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Thursday, September 18, 2014

COLLEGE WEEK THREE RECAP

Not a horrible week, but I missed a few close ones. Virginia Tech almost had it into overtime before an inexplicable last minute collapse. And I'm not so sure how Virginia has rebounded from a dismal season in 2013. Then there was a similar finish as Boston College stunned USC. On the plus side, West Virginia and Arkansas came through in nice fashion.

Last Week: 17 - 5
Overall:      57 - 18


Thursday:

Houston (1 - 1) 20 @ (25) BYU (2 - 0) 27 : Correct. BYU wins again. Three down, nine to go if they want to give the playoff committee something interesting to consider. BYU 33 - 25.

Friday:

(8) Baylor (2 - 0) 47  @ Buffalo (1 - 1) 20: Correct. Baylor keeps rolling along. Baylor 63 - 21.

Saturday:

Kent State (0 - 2) 13 @ (22) Ohio State (1 - 1) 30: Correct. The Buckeyes took out their frustration on an overmatched opponent. Ohio State 66 - 0.

East Carolina (1 - 1) 20 @ (17) Virginia Tech (2 - 0) 27: No. Another frustrating loss for the Hokies following the euphoria of their big win over Ohio State. But the Pirates look awfully good at the skill positions. A victory over UNC this week could set the stage for a great season. ECU 28 - 21.

UCF (0 - 1) 24 @ (20) Missouri (2 - 0) 27 : Correct. Missouri finally has me convinced that they're a real threat in the SEC East.  Missouri 38 - 10.

(21) Louisville (2 - 0) 24 @ Virginia (1 - 1) 19: No. UCLA's narrow victory at Virginia to open the season was seen as a disappointing performance for the Bruins. However, the Cavaliers may be the most improved team in the country. Virginia 23 - 21.

Wyoming (2 - 0) 16 @ (2) Oregon (2 - 0) 38: Correct. I'm not sure who will be able to stop the Ducks this year. Oregon 48 - 14.

(6) Georgia (1 - 0) 30 @ (24) South Carolina (1 - 1) 27: No. Great game, Not a lot of defense. The SEC East is wide open now. South Carolina 38 - 35.

La. - Lafayette (1 - 1) 17 @ (14)  Mississippi (2 - 0) 37: Correct. Another SEC rout. Mississippi 56 - 15.

Army (1 - 0) 18 @ (15) Stanford (1 - 1) 31 : Correct. Stanford bounced back nicely after the tough loss to USC. Of course, Army was traveling west. Stanford 35 - 0.

Southern Mississippi (1 -1) 10 @ (3) Alabama 38: Correct. The Tide appear to on cruise control, at least in their pre-conference schedule. Alabama 52 - 12.

La. Monroe (2 - 0) 13 @ LSU (2 - 0) 30: Correct. Ditto for LSU. It will get tougher this week as Mississippi State hits Baton Rouge. LSU 31 - 0.

Purdue (1 - 1) 10 @ (11) Notre Dame 34: Correct. The Irish could really be in the running for a playoff berth, but their schedule gets significantly tougher, with games against Florida State, USC, Stanford, Arizona State and Louisville on the horizon. Notre Dame 30 - 14.

(9) USC (2 - 0) 27 @ Boston College (1 - 1) 17: No. Stay west, young men. This was a trap game if there ever was one. Boston College 37 - 31.

(12) UCLA (2 - 0) 27 @ Texas (1 -1) 23: Correct. The Bruin offense still isn't hitting on all cylinders. They better figure something out before heading to Tempe to take on Arizona State next Thursday night. UCLA 20 - 17.

Tennessee (2 - 0) 17 @ (4) Oklahoma 34: Correct.  Score one for the Big 12 over the SEC. It appears Butch Jones still has a lot of work to do in Knoxville to get the Vols back to national prominence. Oklahoma 34 - 10.

Rice (0 -1) 16 @ (7) Texas A&M (2 - 0) 41: Correct. The Aggies keep on scoring and winning. Things will get tougher soon. Texas A&M 38 - 10.

(16) Arizona State (2 - 0) 30 @ Colorado (1 -1) 28: Correct. This one wasn't as close as I thought it might be, but the Buffaloes made a game of it. Arizona State 38 - 24.

Kansas (1 - 0) 24 @ Duke (2 - 0) 34; Correct. The Blue Devils look like they're ready to show that last year was no fluke. Duke 41 - 3.

Arkansas (1 - 1)  31@ Texas Tech (2 - 0)  27: Correct. The Razorbacks are rounding into form on the offensive side of the ball, particularly in the running game. If they can control ball, then we might see them look more like they did in the first half against Auburn. Arkansas 49 - 28

West Virginia (1 - 1) 30 @ Maryland (2 - 0) 28: Correct.  Sometimes you just have a feeling. The Mountaineers could be a factor in the Big 12 if they can pull out a big upset when they host Oklahoma this week. West Virginia 40 - 37.

Nevada (2 - 0)  27 @ Arizona (2 - 0) 24: No. And sometimes you don't. But Nevada gave the Wildcats all they could handle. Arizona 35 - 28.