Guess what my record was for the third week in a row…if you said anything other than 5/7 you’re wrong. I should’ve gone 7/7, but Clemson and Notre Dame both lost leads at the very end of the game – the NCAA is rigged and doesn’t want the Moosebeing perfect. Alas, Mr. Blue Collar is back this week with another crisp slate of 7 games to predict and get excited about.
Last week’s results:
• 5/7 correct
• 24/35 for the year
• Surprise: Arkansas bounced back from losing to BYU by losing to LSU on a last second field goal. Yes, they lost, but they looked great abusing the Tiger’s defense. KJ Jefferson and crew are not a team you can overlook, and they proved that on Saturday.
• Best game: Notre Dame and Ohio St. literally came down to the last play of the game. Even though everyone is focusing on Notre Dame’s inability to put 11 players on the field, don’t overlook the fact that these two teams were very evenly matched.
• Disappointment: Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss had their best chance to take down the Tide in Tuscaloosa for the first time in Kiffin’s career. The monkey will stay on their back as the offense wasn’t able to move the ball and the defense fell apart late. Ole Miss is still a good team, but this has to be disappointing for the Rebels.
Now to this week’s slate.
(10) Utah at (19) Oregon St.
In Oregon St.’s first Power 5 matchup of the year, DJ Uiagalelei struggled as he put forth his 2nd worst game of the year. The positive side of this is that the running game looked good, rushing for a total of 242 yards against a Cougar defense that was able to keep Wisconsin under the century mark on the ground. However, this good news isn’t something that will work to the Beavers favor as the Utah defense, who ranks 3rd in the nation after facing the likes of Florida, Baylor and UCLA comes to town. I think this game will get ugly as the Beavs will have to rely on the inconsistent arm of DJU.
Utah 31 Oregon St. 14
(8) USC at Colorado
This game was circled two weeks ago as a second prove it game for Deion and the Bufs. This game will end up being a shootout in my opinion due to USC’s supreme talent on offense, but also because of their lack of execution on defense. We may see 90 points scored here folks.
USC 57 Colorado 33
Texas A&M vs Arkansas *in Arlington, TX
Texas A&M thinks they’re back after besting a struggling Auburn squad at home, 27-10. However, this Arkansas team is a much better squad than Hugh Freeze and the boys. Texas A&M boasts the nation’s 14th best defense, and they’ll need every bit of it to slow down KJ Jefferson and crew. I think Arkansas, who should’ve won this game last year, will tap into their inner Bachman-Turner Overdrive and take care of business.
Arkansas 24 Texas A&M 21
(24) Kansas at (3) Texas
No folks, this is not a basketball game. Texas and Kansas are taking us back to the Mack Brown and Mark Mangino days as both of these teams are ranked in their matchup for the first time since 2007 ((3) Kansas and (15) Texas – what a world we lived in). This Kansas team is no joke, but I think Texas has a legitimate chance at competing for a national title this year.
Texas 38 Kansas 24
(13) LSU at (20) Ole Miss
LSU survived a great game against Arkansas and retained the Golden Boot. Ole Miss fell short of taking down Bama in what was a close game until the 4th quarter. I think Ole Miss still has a legit shot to win the SEC West, but it looks like LSU has found their identity on offense. I think this game is a shootout and LSU comes out on top.
LSU 45 Ole Miss 39
South Carolina at (21) Tennessee
Spencer Rattler completed 90% of his passes against Mississippi St., going 18/20 for 288 and 3 TDs. This Gamecock passing attack is legit and that’s without star wideout Juice Wells and without protecting Rattler – he’s been sacked 16 times in 4 games putting them at 125th in the nation in sacks allowed. Tennessee will look to get off the mat after taking a huge gut punch from Florida, but I think they won’t get up fast enough. Look for Nico Iamaleavatalk to start buzzing after this weekend.
South Carolina 37 Tennessee 30
(11) Notre Dame at (17) Duke
Nothing says College Gameday like Durham North Carolina, am I right? The Blue Devils are playing host to the iconic football morning show for the first time in school history and boy is this game juicy. Duke was able to beat Clemson by 28 after forcing 7 turnovers, but Clemson was still able to move the ball all over the field on Duke. I think the weaknesses get exposed on defense again this weekend and Audric Estime has a career day to get the taste of last weeks loss out of their mouth.
Notre Dame 38 Duke 22
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