I thought I’d introduce something new this year and go back and take a look at the Top 10 games I picked from the previous week. I think it’s one thing to make picks and brag about the ones you got right, but it’s quite another to stare in the face of the ones you got wrong and own it. Luckily this week I don’t have to do much owing. You know they say hindsight is 20/20.
Here’s how I did in Week 3:
My Pick: Wyoming 10, Oregon 55
Actual Score: Wyoming 14, Oregon 48
- Hindsight: Going in I knew the Cowboys wouldn’t be much of a match for the Ducks. Things looked good for Wyoming early, as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. But things began to unravel quickly as they were outscored 48-7 in the final three quarters.
My Pick: Southern Miss 3, Alabama 42 Actual Score: Southern Miss 12, Alabama 52
- Hindsight: Alabama played really well in this game and had one last opportunity to look at both of their quarterbacks even though Blake Sims started and Jake Coker didn’t take very many snaps. Southern Miss was well over matched.
My Pick: Tennessee 18, Oklahoma 59 Actual Score: Tennessee 10, Oklahoma 34
- Hindsight: Oklahoma continued their pounding of SEC teams, much to the delight of Bob Stoops. Tennessee tried to make it a game late, but a pick six thrown in the redzone ended that threat.
My Pick: Georgia 34, South Carolina 28 Actual Score: Georgia 35, South Carolina 38
- Hindsight: I fully expected this one to be close, but I also thought Georgia was a much better team. A couple of gaffes cost the Bulldogs a big SEC East road win and de facto three game lead over the Gamecocks. . A terrible decision to not run Todd Gurley on a 1st and Goal from the 4 yard line, on what could have been a go ahead touchdown, morphed into a missed 28 yard game tying field goal. Give South Carolina credit though; they played as if their championship lives depended on it, which it did.
My Pick: Rice 9, Texas A&M 49 Actual Score: Rice 10, Texas A&M 38
- Hindsight: This one was pretty much never a contest. I knew A&M would easily handle the owls. And I almost got the score correct.
My Pick: Baylor 44, Buffalo 34 Actual Score: Baylor 63, Buffalo 21
- Hindsight: No problems for Baylor going on the road and picking up an easy victory. The Bears will go into conference play, after a bye week, on a high note.
My Pick: ULM 13, LSU 45 Actual Score: ULM 0, LSU 31
- Hindsight: This game went pretty much the way I expected. LSU ran all over a hapless ULM team.
My Pick: UCLA 38, Texas 28 Actual Score: UCLA 20, Texas 17
- Hindsight: Despite losing their star quarterback early in the game, UCLA managed to slug it out with Texas and end up with a win. UCLA hasn’t been very impressive in their three wins so far this season. The three wins have come by a total of 17 points. Texas had their opportunities to win this game late, but they just couldn’t convert. The defense giving up a one play touchdown drive with 3:00 to go didn’t help much either.
My Pick: East Carolina 28, Virginia Tech 30 Actual Score: East Carolina 28, Virginia Tech 21
- Hindsight: Isn't this typical Virginia Tech? I actually could see this one coming a mile away. Tech has never been very good in these “trap” type games. If you’re good enough to be a ranked Ohio St. team in their place, you definitely should be able to beat East Carolina on your own turf. I guess that is if you’re not the Hokies.
My Pick: Louisville 34, Virginia 35 Actual Score: Louisville 21, Virginia 23
- Hindsight: Having 4 turnovers in a road game usually make a victory next to impossible no matter who it is that you’re playing. Louisville found that out the hard way. Virginia isn’t a particularly good team, but this is the ACC and not the AAC or the Big East. And this is just the beginning of Louisville’s taste of what it’s like to play with the big boys.