#23 Arizona State @ #5 Stanford - CORRECT!
Didn't get a chance to see this game, but according to Twitter, this was a blowout from the start. The Cardinal broke out to a 29-0 lead, but a late surge by the Sun Devils offense, also due in part to the second team defense for the Cardinal, allowed Arizona State to slim this margin down to 14 points.
Predicted: Stanford W 34-21
Actual: Stanford W 42-28
Missouri @ Indiana - CORRECT!
An absolute offensive showdown, as both teams accounted for a combined 108 yards of total offense. Mizzou might have a pretty good football team this year...maybe good enough to finish ahead of Vandy and Tennessee in the east. I kid, I kid (not really)...but seriously, this game was a bigger blowout than the final score told, as Indiana scored their final (unnecessary) touchdown with ten seconds left in the game. James Franklin, aside from his two picks, had a pretty good game, as he led the Tigers to 623 total yards of offense with 343 of those coming through the air. Mizzou plays Arkansas State next week at home before facing eight straight SEC opponents to end the season.
Predicted: Missouri W 36-27
Actual: Missouri W 45-28
North Carolina @ Georgia Tech
The Jackets struggled early in their showing against ACC rival, UNC, but rallied back with the trademark option attack of Paul Johnson, and 324 yards on the ground, to get the big W. After jumping out to a 13-0 lead, the Tarheels faded, as only seven points were scored for the rest of the matchup; none coming in the second half. Tech has a big Thursday night game at home this week against the Hokies from Virginia Tech, so it will be interesting to see just how special this Jackets' team really is this year.
Predicted: Georgia Tech W 36-24
Actual: Georgia Tech W 28-20
Arkansas @ Rutgers - WRONG!
I was forced to watch this game, much to my displeasure, on the bus en route to Baton Rouge last Saturday. The Tennessee/Florida game was much more appealing to me. Of course, Arkansas disappointed me once again, as always. We can't beat them when we're supposed to, they make the SEC look terribly, and when you pick them to win....you can bet you're getting that prediction wrong. Up 24-7 in the third quarter, the game looked pretty secure. But nope...the Razorbacks laid a big, fat egg on the field and allowed Rutgers to score 21 unanswered points on their way to a 28-24 victory. Mark this down....the Razorbacks will lose every single game from here on out. Get ready for the SEC, Bielema....
Tennessee @ #19 Florida - (Sadly) Correct...
Butch, please! At this point, I don't know why I put any faith in Tennessee. I really hope I'm wrong, but Butch Jones is just not capable of being an SEC powerhouse coach. To bench Justin Worley in favor of a freshman quarterback, Nathan Peterman, is completely idiotic. How on earth can you just throw experience and playing time out the window in your first SEC road game? Worley soaked his feet in the hostile waters last week at Oregon, and honestly....didn't do too terribly, as he went 13-25 for 126 yards and a touchdown. That is not bench worthy material, Butch. The freshman quarterback, Peterman, had one of the worst first half performances of any quarterback in college football history...yes, even worse than Kiehl Frazier against Mississippi State last year. 5 yards passing, -3 rushing, 2 interceptions, and a fumble. Yeah, it was bad. The Vols actually showed some progress and fight in the second half...I wonder why? Justin Worley stepped into the game after Peterman injured himself in the first half. Butch...that's on you, bud.
Prediction: Florida W 27-19
Actual: Florida W 31-17