I did pretty well with my week 2 predictions, as I came out with a 3-1 record, including a huge upset prediction in the USC/Wazzu game. So read below, and then give your bookie a call...I'm gonna win you some money. *Not responsible for incorrect picks/absurd gambling tactics*
#23 Arizona State @ #5 Stanford
Forgive me, all I know from Stanford is the enormous amount of hype surrounding the program this year. Does this team really have a chance against Oregon? Does anyone? Anyway, the Cardinal(s) play(s) the team that basically had a game handed to them last weekend....Arizona State. The Pac-12 officiating in this one was some of the worst I've seen in years, and while I don't think they deserve to lose their jobs over it, I do think that some action should be taken in Wisconsin's favor. Anyway, back to this game. Is there any doubt that Stanford will come on top? Let's be honest...
Prediction: Stanford W 34-21
Missouri @ Indiana
The Tigers (of Mizzou) will be making the trip up to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers. Both schools are better known for their basketball programs, as of recently, so popularity and viewership will take a hit, which is a shame, because I expect a pretty good ballgame. Not many people know what to think about Missouri at this point of the season, especially after a pretty disappointing SEC debut last season, but nonetheless, the Tigers are 2-0 to start the year. Indiana fell victim to Navy for their only loss of the year thus far, so again....not sure what to expect out of the Hoosiers in this one. However, I do know that Indiana, while it may be a basketball school, isn't the easiest place to play, so I won't predict a Missouri blowout this time. I expect Missouri QB James Franklin to make plays with his feet against a team that struggles against the run and misdirection plays, so with that....I will predict a high-scoring, Missouri win.
Prediction: Missouri W 36-27
North Carolina @ Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech head coach, Paul Johnson, might have the answer he's looking for with his new dual-threat quarterback, Vad Lee. Lee has shown a different side to the Jackets typical run-first, triple option offense, as he has the ability to actually make plays through the air, something Tevin Washington could never do. Thus far, in the 2013 season, the Jackets are averaging 54 points per game with 712 yards on the ground in just two games of work. North Carolina looked pretty rough in their first outing against Spurrier and the Gamecocks, as the defense looked like gased against Connor Shaw and receiving corps of South Carolina. Georgia Tech will need to keep a fairly quick pace, and if they take the lead early, they should be able to coast along for a win in Atlanta.
Prediction: Georgia Tech W 36-24
Arkansas @ Rutgers
In some of the most recent power rankings for the SEC, I have seen Arkansas come right behind Auburn in the #9 spot. Are you kidding, me? Sure, they may be 3-0, but look at each of their wins...Louisiana-Lafayette, Samford, and Southern Miss. So in that bunch, you have the "Ragin' Cajuns", an FCS team, and lastly, a team who hasn't won in 15 straight games. Now, I think Arkansas will win this game, but after four straight non-conference games to open the year, it's all downhill for Bret Bielema and the Hogs now, as conference play kicks in next week. Not a sure fire win this week, but overall, I think Arkansas wins this one purely with raw, SEC talent. Enjoy this one while you can, Razorbacks....8 straight losses are coming up.
Prediction: Arkansas W 27-21
Tennessee @ #19 Florida
Behind Auburn, of course, my two favorite college football teams are Georgia Tech and Tennessee. My mom is a science nerd from Tech, while my dad majored in advertising at Tennessee. The Vols have had a rough time against the Gators for the past few years, as their last win against the "jorts" loving, swamp boys occurred all the way back in 2004. Florida is a heavy, 17.5 point favorite for this year's matchup, which confuses me greatly. What on earth has Florida done this year to deserve this point spread? In the Gators' first two games, Toledo and Miami, the offense managed to score 24 and 16 points, respectively. The only explanation I can see for this extremely high point spread is the fact that the Vols suffered a huge blow last week against the high-octane offense of Oregon. Florida will need to take advantage of the fact that the Vol defenders should be pretty winded after last week, and two straight road games against top 25 teams is never an easy feat. Florida will win, but expect a closer game than Vegas predicts...
Prediction: Florida W 27-19