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Thursday, October 9, 2014

WEEK 6 COLLEGE PICKS RECAP

I've been watching college football for most of my life, and I can't remember a crazier Saturday this early in the season. Of course, I was definitely on the short end of the upset prediction stick, but I probably wasn't alone. But picks aside, you couldn't have picked a better day to sit back and let the DVR and remote do their things. From Game Day at 9:00 am to the last play of the night, I was tuned in. What a day! And just think, there are eight weeks left!

Last Week: 16 - 8
Overall:     103 - 45

Thursday:

Arizona (4 - 0) 31 @ (2) Oregon (4 - 0) 45: No. What a start to the weekend. I don't think many people saw this one coming. Arizona 31 - 24.

Saturday:

Wake Forest (2 - 3) 13 @ (1) Florida State (4 - 0) 31: Correct. No surprise, but the 'Noles still have Notre Dame looming. Florida State 43 - 3.

(3) Alabama (4 - 0) 27 @ (11) Ole Miss (4 - 0) 26: No.  I sure was right about the Tide getting tested. What a comeback by the Rebels. Ole Miss 23 - 17

(4) Oklahoma (4 - 0) 27 @ (25) TCU (3 - 0) 24: No. The Sooners need to play better defense if they're going to be able to put this game behind them. TCU isn't THAT good.  TCU 37 - 33.

(15) LSU (3 - 1) 27 @ (5) Auburn (4 - 0) 31: Correct. LSU got exposed by the other Tigers. They'll have their work cut out for them the rest of the way. Auburn just keeps on rolling.  Auburn 41 - 7.

(6) Texas A&M (4 - 0) 30 @ (12) Mississippi State (4 - 0) 34: Correct. I really like the Bulldogs, but LSU and Texas A&M aren't quite as good as a year ago. Let's not get ahead of ourselves with Mississippi State.  Mississippi State 48 - 31.

(7) Baylor (4 - 0) 30 @ Texas (2 - 2) 21:  Correct. Mack Brown left the cupboard bare in Austin, but Baylor can make a run to the playoffs if they can play some defense.  Baylor 28 - 7.

Utah (3 - 1) 28 @ (8) UCLA (4 - 0) 37: No. I predicted that the Utes would be able to move the ball, but figured UCLA would be able to outscore them. Guess I was wrong! Utah 30 - 28.

(14) Stanford (3 - 1) 17 @ (9) Notre Dame (4 - 0) 23: Correct. Notre Dame just keeps winning. Their schedule doesn't get any easier, but they should be in the playoff conversation throughout the season.  Notre Dame 17 - 14.

(19) Nebraska (5 - 0) 20 @ (10) Michigan State (3 - 1) 24: Correct. Another good game that the Spartans were able to gut out with their defense.  Michigan State 27 - 22.

Vanderbilt (1 - 4) 17 @ (12) Georgia (3 - 1) 30: Correct. You don't think coaches matter? Vandy loses theirs and they don't look competitive this season.  Georgia 44 - 17.

Arizona State (3 - 1) 24 @ (16) USC (3 - 1) 31: No. Fluke play. That's all I can say. Arizona State 38 - 34.

(17) Wisconsin (3 - 1) 27 @ Northwestern (2 - 2) 17: No. It looks like the Wildcats will be a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten. And with very little depth in the conference, who knows how far they can go?  Northwestern 20 - 14.

(20) Ohio State (3 - 1) 34 @ Maryland (4 - 1) 28: Correct. The Buckeyes are really a lot better than the 20th team in the country. Ohio State 52 - 24.

Iowa State (1 - 3) 17 @ (23) Oklahoma State (3 - 1) 35: Correct. Don't count the Cowboys out it they keep playing well. Don't forget that their only loss so far is to top-ranked Florida State.  Oklahoma State 37 - 20.

SMU (0 - 4) 10 @ (22) East Carolina (3 - 1) 48: Correct. SMU looked surprisingly good, but ECU is the class of the non-power conference teams.  East Carolina 45 - 24.

Texas Tech (2 - 2) 20 @ (23) Kansas State (3 - 1) 28: Correct. The Wildcats are another quality one-loss team, with theirs coming against Auburn in a close game.  Kansas State 45 - 13.

Virginia Tech (3 - 2) 31 @ North Carolina (2 - 2) 27: Correct. The Hokies looked as good as they have since the opening win over Ohio State. This one wasn't as close as the final score.  Virginia Tech 34 - 17.

N.C. State (4 - 1) 31 @ Clemson (2 - 2) 34: Correct. I picked this one to be close but it really never was...except at the opening kickoff. Clemson 41 - 0.

Miami (3 - 2) 30 @ Georgia Tech (4 - 0) 27: No. It looks like the Yellow Jackets may be the real deal. Georgia Tech 28 - 17.

South Carolina (3 - 2) 27 @ Kentucky (3 - 1) 24: No. I said it wouldn't be the upset of the week. I was right, but it was still an upset, which I missed. Kentucky 45 - 38.

Michigan (2 - 3) 24 @ Rutgers (4 - 1) 30: Correct. Brady Hoke's days in East Lansing are definitely numbered. Rutgers 26 - 24.

Kansas (2 - 2) 6 @ West Virginia (2 - 2) 34: Correct. I was pretty close on this one. West Virginia 33 - 14.

California (3 - 1) 37 @ Washington State (2 - 3) 31: Correct. Did I mention that Cal could put points on the board? When I saw this score, I was certain it was like a four overtime affair. No, those points were all scored in regulation.  California 60 - 59.