"Roughing the Passer - A PK Frazier Novel"

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WEEK ONE COLLEGE PICK RESULTS: 22 - 4

For those of that are new to my blog, I not only pick the games, but I come back and look at how I did. Not a bad start, going 9 - 0 on Thursday and Friday, but I underestimated how good the SEC West teams Texas A&M and Auburn are, at least in their opening games. Overall, the SEC looked great, while the Pac-12 and Big Ten didn't.

This week: 22 - 4
Season: 22 - 4

Alcorn State 20 @ (16) Georgia Tech 34:  It looks like Paul Johnson might have a team capable of returning to the ACC Championship, especially with Va. Tech having to break in a new starter. Correct. Ga. Tech 69 - 6.

(2) TCU 37 @ Minnesota  17: Not the overpowering performance many expected from the Horned Frogs, but Minnesota's a tough team, especially at home. Correct. TCU 23 - 17.

Texas San Antonio 10 @ (22) Arizona 44: I didn’t see much chance for a close game, but UTSA showed up and made the Wildcats sweat it out. Correct. Arizona 42 - 32.

North Carolina 24 vs. South Carolina 27 (Charlotte, NC): As predicted, it was a close one, but at the end the Gamecocks just had a little too much. Correct. South Carolina 17 - 13.

Oklahoma State 30 @ Central Michigan 21: The Cowboys weren't particularly impressive in what will be their toughest non-conference game. We won't know how good this team is until they start Big 12 play. Correct. OSU 24 - 13.

Michigan 23 @ Utah 28: This one went pretty much as expected. I think the Wolverines will improve, but coach Jim Harbaugh need another recruiting season to get some better players in Ann Arbor. Correct. Utah 24 - 17.

(5) Michigan State 30 @ Western Michigan 23: The Spartans jumped out fast, but Western Michigan hung around. Correct. Michigan State 37 - 24.

(4) Baylor 41 @ SMU 10: The Bears didn't look very dominant in the first half, but wore down a less talented SMU squad in the second half. Correct. Baylor 56 - 21.

Washington 27 @ (23) Boise State 35:Way less offense and a lot more defense than I expected in this one. Washington may be on the way back up, or maybe Boise will struggle. Tough to say which one. Correct. Boise State 16 - 13.

(21) Stanford 31 @ Northwestern 24: I'm not sure anyone saw this one coming. The Cardinal will have some work to do to recover from a dismal performance. No. Northwestern 16 - 6.

Lousiana-Monroe 13 @ (9) Georgia 44: Not much to say. Correct. Georgia 51 - 14.

Tennessee-Martin 14 @ (17) Ole Miss 30: The Rebels could have taken their foot off the pedal, or maybe it wouldn't have mattered. Correct. Ole Miss 76 - 3.

Wofford 10 @ (12) Clemson 37: Another FBS rout over an FCS team. Correct. Clemson 49 - 10.

Virginia 24 @ (13) UCLA 28:Freshman QB of the Bruins is the talk of the college football world as he stung the Cavs for 351 yards and three TD's in his debut. Watch out Pac-12. Virginia's defense isn't that bad. Correct. 34 - 16.

UTEP 17 @ (18) Arkansas 34: Arkansas picked up where they left off from their 31 - 7 beat down of Texas to end last season. The Hogs were impressive on both sides of the ball. Correct. Arkansas 48 - 10.

Louisville 27 vs. (6) Auburn 24 (Atlanta, GA): Louisville was my pick to win the ACC. If Auburn is as good as their ranking, the Cardinals will probably still contend. This was an important non-conference win for the Tigers, especially if Louisville excels. No. Auburn 31 - 24.

Bowling Green 24 vs. (25) Tennessee 38 (Nashville, TN): I predicted that the Bowling Green defense probably wouldn't be able to contain the Vols, and I got it right. They were able to put up 30 on Tennessee, so the Vols need to shore up that defense. Correct. UT 59 - 30.

Southeast Missouri State 13 vs. (24) Missouri: 37: There wasn't much to be learned from this game. Correct. Missouri 34 - 3.

Akron 16 @ (19) Oklahoma 38: An impressive performance from the Sooner defense as they try to contend with TCU and Baylor in the Big 12. Correct. OU 41 - 3.

(15) Arizona State 31 vs. Texas A&M 30 (Houston, TX): This was a three point ballgame entering the fourth quarter, but the Aggies dominated the rest of game and won going away. It was a huge win and could be extremely meaningful when it comes time for the committee to pick its final four. No. Texas A&M 38 - 17.

Texas 20 @ (11) Notre Dame 27: Just  like Arkansas, Texas continued their bowl game play into this season. Things are not going well for Charlie Strong in Austin. On the other hand, Notre Dame looked good, and they better with that schedule if the Irish want to contend for a title. Correct. Notre Dame 38 - 3.

McNeese State 13 @ (14) LSU 44: No contest here. That's what I wrote on Saturday. I didn't mean there would literally be no game, but that's what happened when weather intervened.

(20) Wisconsin  24 @ (3) Alabama 27(Arlington, TX): The Tide seem to have rebounded nicely from the playoff loss and the turnover of personnel on the offense. Of course, Wisconsin lost to Ohio State 59 - 0 last season, so it's difficult to say what was really going on in this one. Correct. Alabama 35 - 17.

Eastern Washington 20 @ (7) Oregon 41: If I was Oregon, I'd be concerned about my defense. Eastern Washington had a new quarterback, because their old one was playing for the Ducks. Vernon Adams was impressive before getting knocked out of the game on a bad hit from a former teammate. Correct. Oregon 61 - 42.

Texas State 10 @ (10) Florida State 51: Texas State hung around in the first half, then faded as expected. Correct. FSU 59 - 16.

Arkansas State 21 @ (8) USC 30: Arkansas State was over-matched, but the Trojan defense looked very good. USC was my pick in the Pac-12 and I didn't see anything that would change my mind. Correct. USC 55 - 6.

BYU 21 @ Nebraska 24: A 42 yard Hail Mary spoiled Nebraska coach Mike Riley's debut. A heartbreaker in Lincoln. No. BYU 33 - 28.

Don't forget to check out my new book, "Roughing the Passer - A PK Frazier Novel" and my first, "Illegal Procedure - A PK Frazier Novel", available in print and e-formats at Amazon.com, iBooks and Smashwords. The third installment, "Offsetting Penalties" is due out in the fall.