With a relatively quiet week 3 behind us, let’s start by looking back at our games of note and predictions.
Games of Note and Predictions
#14 Minnesota 44 – #19 Iowa 18
Gavin – Iowa 28-24
Scott – Minnesota 30-24
Ouch, this one hurts. As a well documented Hawks fan, this is a tough one to swallow. With the announcement that the B10 is back, this will be a matchup that I look forward to actually seeing on the field. For the purposes of our season however, it wasn’t much of a matchup at all. Don’t count out Iowa though in the race for the B10 West just yet…
Temple 28 – Rutgers 10
Gavin – Rutgers 21-20
Scott – Temple 23-19
So my predictions are not off to a great start, going 0-2 in games that ESPN saw as virtual toss ups. I guess that’s what I get for putting any amount of faith in the Scarlet Knights. Temple are off to a 3-0 start and are putting themselves in position to better their 8-5 record from the previous two years. Meanwhile, things probably wont be getting any better for Rutgers, with a trip to Columbus on the cards in week 4.
Florida State 22 – Boise State 21
Gavin – Boise State 24-17
Scott – Boise State 27-11
You have to feel for the Broncos. Their season has now been derailed by two straight 1-point losses in difficult, but very winnable games. The Seminoles have looked good to start the season, jumping out to a 3-0 record including this week’s triumph and a week 1 victory over West Virginia. Keeping up with Clemson in the ACC Atlantic is surely far too tall of a task, but FSU has a good chance to at least move in the right direction this season, after 3 disappointing years in a row.
#3 Alabama 42 – #6 Georgia 20
Gavin – Alabama 40-28
Scott – Alabama 33-24
To answer Scott’s question from last week: It sure doesn’t look like it. Nick Saban takes down a former assistant yet again to no one’s surprise, with Kirby Smart’s side not keeping it as close as either Scott or I predicted they would. The Tide keep rolling with their 6th straight win over the Bulldogs for the longest streak in the history of the series.
#13 Texas A&M 46 – Colorado 24
Gavin – Texas A&M 49-10
Scott – Texas A&M 50-13
Texas A&M needed this one to keep pace with what is shaping up to be an absolutely stacked SEC West division. There will be plenty of tougher tests ahead for the Aggies. For Colorado, they will have another chance to play giant slayer next week, as they host #15 Oregon in the PAC-12 opener for each team.
#20 Memphis 38 – Houston 16
Gavin – Memphis 35-31
Scott – Memphis 44-26
With UCF going down this week, the American conference is looking to be a two-horse race between Memphis and Cincinnati. It’s still early though, and this is college football. In other words, who knows what will happen. Houston dropping their 5th straight against the Tigers is proof that they are not yet ready to return to their status as one of the top group of 5 teams. Memphis though are looking strong. Can they continue their upward trajectory and become a true contender? Time will tell.
Texas Tech 54 – Arizona 27
Gavin – Texas Tech 48-14
Scott – Arizona 48-43
Come on Scott, did you miss the part where I said Texas Tech hadn’t allowed a point through 2 weeks? The Red Raiders give up 27 here, but still manage to blow out Arizona. It’s hard to get a read on Tech given their opponents thus far, but a game this week against #23 Iowa State should help us determine where they stand.
Arizona State 27 – BYU 17
Scott – BYU 30-28
ASU with a bounce back win to avoid the upset, but a big test ahead @ #19 USC. With a win, they could vault themselves back into the national conversation.
Air Force 29 – Purdue 28
Gavin – Air Force 31-24
Fly Falcons, fly! Another week and another upset for AFA. The rankings committee show their respect, with the Falcons earning a spot in the top 25. Now a ranked Air Force squad will play host to Fresno State, no longer underdogs. Who on earth will I pick this week?
Our Pick Results
So we each go 5-3 in our first week predicting against each other. Not a bad start I suppose. Does predicting the upset correctly give me the tie-breaker Scott? Either way, I look forward to next week! But first, here is a look at some other games of note from week 3.
Other Games of Note
Georgia Tech 32 – #17 UCF 23
79.3% favorites UCF fall to the Yellow Jackets by two scores. This is definitely a loss that puts a knock in the Knights contender status. However, they cling to a spot in the top 25 and have a solid bounce back opportunity this week against East Carolina.
#24 Utah 22 – Wyoming 18
Wyoming took the Utes down to the wire, but the heavy favorites managed to come out with a win to preserve their perfect start. They’ll need to step it up this week on the road at a Cal team that will be looking to open up conference play with a signature win. Meanwhile, there is nothing to be ashamed of here for the Cowboys, and they will look to continue their good start to the season against Ball State.
Maryland 29 – West Virginia 24
West Virginia’s struggles continue, as the 76% favorites drop this one to an undefeated Maryland squad. Two narrow losses in the non-conference will have dented the confidence of the Mountaineers as they enter conference play.
South Florida 33 – Nevada 13
A matchup of two unlikely undefeated teams goes the way of the Bulls. This USF team might start to garner some attention if they continue to win, but I’m not convinced yet. A big game looms on the road against Florida Atlantic.
Kansas 45 – Boston College 38
This is a good win for Kansas, who will take wins where they can get them with the meat of the conference schedule (and plenty of losses, as usual) only a few weeks away. For Boston College though, two straight disappointing losses after a good opening week win leaves the Eagles at a very confusing 1-2.
Liberty 16 – Western Kentucky 15
Liberty come out with a huge upset, and they do it with defense. Western Kentucky’s offense is sputtering, putting up just 27 combined points now in the last two weeks. You have to feel for the Hilltoppers though, as they lose their second straight game decided by only a point.
#21 USC 34 – Stanford 33
Poor Stanford. They join Boise State and Western Kentucky as the third team to lose by a single point for the second straight week. For it to be two straight conference games has to hurt even worse. USC on the other hand will be breathing a sigh of relief, but need to move on quickly with a home game against Arizona State next.
New Mexico State 28 – New Mexico 25
These two rivals have played every year since 1946. With both teams struggling in recent times, this is always a big one for the fanbases of each school. Of course it had to be a close game, but New Mexico have traditionally dominated their rivals and were heavy favorites again here. Huge win for the Aggies and their fans.
That wraps up my week 3 recap. As always, there were plenty of games I couldn’t cover, so check out the results page for all the latest scores. Stay tuned for our week 4 preview!