Guess what? Another week has gone by. And what could that mean, but another one-point loss for the Boise State Broncos. You heard me right. That makes FOUR STRAIGHT ONE-POINT LOSSES. Three was unbelievable, so what do you even say after four? The curse is real folks. Woe to the Broncos.
Now believe it or not, there were other games this week, and some very good ones at that. (Including five overtime games!) Not to mention several games with potentially massive playoff implications. Let’s get to it shall we?
Games of Note and Predictions
Utah 33 – #16 USC 20
Scott – Utah 36-33
Gavin – USC 38-24
A two score win over the #16 team in the country is about as good of a bounce back as you can get. And indeed, the Utes bounce back into the top 25 after only a week-long absence. USC cling to the 25th spot and will have a chance at a bounce back of their own this week when Cal comes to town. Can you tell I like the phrase bounce back?
#17 Oklahoma State 27 – #23 TCU 24
Scott – Oklahoma State 40-34
Gavin – TCU 45-42
It may have been lower scoring than we expected, but this game certainly did not disappoint. Mike Gundy gets his 6th win against Gary Patterson in 9 tries, which gives the Cowboys the perfect start to Big 12 play. They will look to carry their momentum into next week’s matchup with a solid Iowa State team.
#14 Texas A&M 37 – Mississippi State 6
Scott – Texas A&M 42-24
Gavin – Texas A&M 42-17
It wasn’t unexpected, but wow Mississippi State really took a beating. A disappointing loss last week for the Bulldogs is compounded with this shellacking, but they don’t have time to recover and lick their wounds. The next three weeks are an absolute nightmare for Mississippi State, with trips to Bama and LSU followed by a home matchup with Auburn. Ouch. Texas A&M meanwhile maintains their perfect start to the season, looking more and more impressive each week. A win this week vs Fresno State could see the Aggies crack into the top 10.
#15 Oregon 33 – Washington 26
Scott – Oregon 31-14
Gavin – Oregon 28-10
Rivalry games are always unpredictable, and Washington did keep it close. But the Ducks seem to be just a step above their competition in the PAC 12. It is a long season however, and Oregon certainly cannot afford to be complacent. If the Ducks drop a game or two, Washington could prove to be a threat in the PAC 12 race. Two narrow losses to top 15 teams leaves me feeling impressed with the Huskies so far despite their meager 2-2 record. Washington need to prove that they can win the close ones, but if they do, look out.
#5 Oklahoma 48 – #18 Baylor 16
Scott – Oklahoma 47-30
Gavin – Oklahoma 38-24
This is absolutely a statement win for Oklahoma. The statement? The Big 12 still runs through Norman. The question left to be answered is what team can step up and challenge the Sooners? Texas will have the next chance in this week’s Red River Rivalry.
#11 Minnesota 55 – Maryland 29
Scott – Minnesota 48-14
Gavin – Maryland 28-24
My prediction was a bit more hopeful than realistic. It appears Maryland is doomed to another season battling the likes of Rutgers at the bottom of the B10, because most of the rest of the conference is stacked. Minnesota are off to an impressive 2-0 start in conference, and have a chance to take firm control over the West division if they can pull off a win this week at Wisconsin.
#6 Penn State 31 – #8 Michigan 13
Scott – Penn State 31-15
Gavin – Penn State 35-21
In a week full of big wins for big teams, this might be the biggest. A top 10 win over a division rival by three scores proves that the Nittany Lions belong not only in B10 championship contention, but also firmly in the national playoff conversation. That being said, Michigan’s season is far from over, as demonstrated by their dip in the rankings only down to #12. Bringing home the Paul Bunyan trophy this week would be a decent way to numb the pain.
#12 Wisconsin 37 – #10 Notre Dame 22
Scott – Notre Dame 24-20
Gavin – Wisconsin 21-17
I told you Scott, Wisconsin teams don’t lose at Lambeau. (I was right on two accounts for those of you keeping track) What a way to follow up a Boise-esque loss to Michigan the previous week. The Badgers looked thoroughly dominant, but hopefully they left something in the tank. This week brings with it another top 10 opponent in #9 Minnesota, in what could be a B10 West decider.
Miami (OH) 42 – Army 30
Scott – Army 29 – 19
Never bet against the MAC Scott. You of all people should know that. All jokes aside, Army have now dropped 3 straight. Fans hoping for a 2018 repeat will be disappointed, but this team just isn’t very good.
Arizona 40 – UCLA 31
Gavin – Arizona 45-35
Arizona continues what has been an impressive season so far, while UCLA continue what has been a disappointing one. I don’t think the Wildcats are bona fide conference title challengers, but they could certainly cause some problems for teams this year.
Our Pick Results
Scott 7-2 (18-8 overall)
Gavin 6-3 (16-10 overall)
I don’t even feel too bad about this week. The difference proved to be my hopeful Maryland prediction, which I can overlook. I’m pretty sure the only thing that should matter is upset picks anyway. (Pfft. No, of course not just because I am winning that…)
Anyway, Here are a few other games that stood out this week.
Other Games of Note
SMU 43 – #19 Memphis 39
This week was a wild one in the American conference, which is looking to be wide open. SMU is one team that will feel as though they have a great chance at stepping in and competing.
Rutgers 35 – Illinois 34
Illinois got Boised here by perennial B10 cellar dwellers Rutgers. Did I include this game just to have a chance to say Boised? Maybe.
Duke 24 (OT) – Wake Forest 23
Although I could have just as easily said it here. Wake Forest with a Boise of their own against Duke. The Blue Devils were in risk of starting 0-2 in the ACC after such an impressive start to the season, but luckily for them a narrow win counts the same as a blowout win.
Miami 22 – #25 Pittsburgh 20
A narrow loss also counts the same as a blowout loss, unfortunately for Duke’s ACC coastal rivals Pittsburgh. The Panthers blow a prime opportunity to establish control over the division here, dropping this one by two whole Boises.
#22 Nebraska 30 – Northwestern 29
Ah Northwestern, they are currently feeling the pain of a devastating Bronco-like loss. This could have been a huge upset, shaking up the picture of the B10 West. But instead Nebraska continue to take offense to my previous comments about them and do the only thing they can: keep winning.
South Florida 27 – #24 Cincinnati 22
No Boise jokes here, just some Bearcats feeling blue after dropping a second straight. (Ok that was too much, I’m sorry) USF meanwhile are making a case for themselves to be considered as the cream of the group of 5 crop. At minimum, the Bulls must be watched as serious American conference contenders.
San Jose State 37 (OT) – Boise State 36
Finally, after far too many forced references and bad puns, we have arrived at perhaps the most anticipated game of the week. It did not disappoint, as Boise did what they do best. How long can this go on? Luckily for the Broncos, even they won’t be able to find a way to lose this week, with a Bye on the schedule. Although maybe I shouldn’t say that just yet. Who knows at this point.
And fittingly, that brings us to the end of week 5. Week 6 has plenty more marquee matchups, even if everyone’s favorite Broncos are off. Be sure to stay tuned for our preview, coming soon.