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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9 RECAP

There were a few upsets, but the week went pretty much as scripted in college football. The top four  teams dominated as expected, with the next three having some difficulty, but only Missouri failing to come out on top.

Last Week:  19 - 5
Overall:  141 - 40

Tennessee (4-3)  17 @ (1) Alabama  31:  No surprise here, as the Tide roll toward a their big games against LSU and Auburn.  Correct. 10 - 45.

NC State (3-3) 14 @ (2) Florida State (6-0) 35: I'm not so sure that FSU isn't the best team in the country right now. They just have to hope it doesn't come down to field goal this weekend against Miami. Just sayin'. Correct. 17 - 49.

(12) UCLA (5-1) 24 @ (3) Oregon (7-0) 38:  Okay, so maybe the Ducks are the best.  Correct. 14 - 42.

Penn State (4-2)  20 @ (4) Ohio State (7-0) 27:  Ohio State needed to step up and stomp a quality opponent. That's exactly what they did.  Correct. 14 - 63.

(21) South Carolina (5-2)  23 @ (5) Missouri (7-0) 21: My best pick of the week. What a collapse by the Tigers. Correct. 27 - 24 2 OT.

(6) Stanford (6-1) 27 @ (25) Oregon St. (6-1) 30: Stanford held on for a big win, setting up their Thursday night showdown on Nov. 7 against Oregon. No. 20 - 12.

Wake Forest (4-3)  17 @ (7) Miami (6-0) 27: Miami may have been looking ahead to Florida State. No need to do that. Correct. 21 - 24.

(8) Baylor (6-0)  41 @ Kansas (2-4) 20: Okay, now Baylor gets to play some real college football teams.  Correct. 59 - 14.

(9) Clemson (6-1)  30 @ Maryland (5-2) 20: Clemson struggled early, but put it together late to stay alive for a BCS at large berth later in the season. Correct. 40 - 27.

(10) Texas Tech (7-0)  27 @ (15) Oklahoma (6-1) 24: The Sooners wish they'd played this way against Texas.  No. 30 - 38.

Florida Atlantic (2-5) 13 @ (11) Auburn (6-1) 45: No comment.  Correct. 10 - 45.

Furman (3-4) 10 @ (13) LSU (6-2) 48: Repeat the prior comment. Correct. 16 - 48.

Duke (5-2) 17 @ (14) Virginia Tech (6-1) 26: Logan Thomas was terrible and as good as the Hokies played defense, it still wasn't enough.  You can't win if you can't score. No. 13 - 10.

Vanderbilt (4-3) 30 @ (15) Texas A&M (5-2) 38: The Aggies finally played some defense. Still, it's Vanderbilt. Let's now get carried away here. Correct. 24 - 56.

(17) Fresno State (7-0) 40 @ San Diego State (3-3) 27: Fresno State is without a doubt the mose overrated team I can remember in recent memory. Whoever continues to vote this team in the top twenty 1) Knows very little about college football and 2) Clearly isn't paying attention.  Correct. 35 - 28 OT.

E. Michigan (1-6) 14 @ (18) N. Illinois (7-0) 31:  The MAC isn't as strong as last year, but Northern Illinois is still a tough team.  Correct. 20 - 59.

(19) Oklahoma St. (5-1) 27 @ Iowa St. (1-5) 19: The Big 12 (well, okay, so college football conferences aren't exactly stellar in the math department) is actually more compelling with only ten teams and no division split. Five teams still control their own destiny in the championship race. Correct. 58 - 27.

(20) Louisville (6-1) 37 @ South Florida (2-4) 21: It's a little crazy that the American Athletic Conference was able to keep its BCS automatic qualifying status. Really? Could any of these teams even win a game in the SEC West? Doubtful. Correct. 34 - 3.

Connecticut (0-6) 17 @ (23) UCF (5-1) 28: UCF took care of business in impressive fashion. They have to be the favorite in this quasi-conference. Correct. 17 - 62.

(24) Nebraska (5-1) 27 @ Minnesota (5-2) 24: I've gone back and forth on the Golden Gophers, but they're definitely playing good football, despite the medical issues of their head caoch. No. 23 - 34.

Boston College (3-3) 28 @ UNC (1-5) 27: Maybe the Tar Heels are coming on after a dismal start. However, it's a little late for them to have any impact on the ACC Coastal Division race. No. 10 - 34.

Texas (4-2)  24 @ TCU (3-4) 20: Mack Brown should get some credit for turning this season around. The Longhorns are sitting on top of the Big 12 and look like they might be the team to beat. Correct. 30 - 7.

Northwestern (4-3) 24 @ Iowa (4-3) 27: So it's back to earth for Northwestern. I guess they are who we always thought they were. Not much chance of losing Pat Fitzgerald to another program, at least not for the foreseeable future. Correct. 10 - 17.


Utah (4-3)  23 @ USC (4-3) 27: Could USC make some noise in the Pac 12 the rest of the way? If that defense keeps playing like they are, Stanford and UCLA better be on upset alert when they step into the Coliseum.  Correct. 3 - 19.