The quest to get back to .500 continues. I am now 11-14 on the year and 2-3 this week. Let’s digest this week’s games and see where I went right and wrong.
#14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma
(14) Kansas State 31
(5-1, 3-0 Big 12)
(11) Oklahoma 30
(5-2, 2-2 Big 12)
What I thought would happen: Oklahoma would win by at least two touchdowns and get an easy Big 12 victory.
What Actually Happened: Oklahoma missed an easy chip shot field goal and as a result Kansas State was able to hold on for a one-point upset.
What I Learned: Kansas State has no conference losses. With Baylor losing they are the only undefeated team in the Big 12 in conference play. I know this is a bit of a stretch, but don’t be surprised to see this team make a run at the playoff. Their only loss was to Auburn and they very well could be in the playoff as well depending on how things in the SEC turn out. As for Oklahoma, stick a fork in them, they’re done.
#21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama
(7) Alabama 59
(6-1, 3-1 SEC)
(21) Texas A&M 0
(5-3, 2-3 SEC)
What I thought would happen: Alabama would easily win this by double digits.
What Actually Happened: Alabama one-upped me and shutout A&M in a 59-0 blowout.
What I Learned: Don’t count Alabama out yet. They are still very much in this, especially with Notre Dame losing. Meanwhile A&M has suffered three consecutive defeats and as a result they are out of the playoff. Sad considering that their season started with so much promise.
#15 Oklahoma State at #12 TCU
(12) TCU 42
(5-1, 2-1 Big 12)
(15) Oklahoma State 9
(5-2, 3-1 Big 12)
What I thought would happen: TCU would bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to Baylor and beat a good Cowboys team.
What Actually Happened: TCU did more than that, blowing out the Cowboys by a score of 42-9.
What I Learned: TCU is a very good team. They should be undefeated, and soon they will get themselves back in the Top 10 with this statement win. Oklahoma State meanwhile showed they still have a lot of work to do before they become a serious contender.
#5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State
(2) Florida State 31
(7-0, 4-0 home)
(5) Notre Dame 27
(6-1, 0-1 away)
What I thought would happen: Notre Dame would make a statement win and beat the Seminoles by double digits.
What Actually Happened: Notre Dame should’ve won this one, but an offensive foul was called in the final seconds and a potential game-winning touchdown was negated. Florida State won and probably will stay #2 (grrrr).
What I Learned: As much as I dislike Jameis Winston, he makes the plays when it counts. Notre Dame isn’t out of it yet, but this loss really hurts them. A lot of criticism for FSU has been directed at how weak their strength of schedule is, and they definitely silenced a lot of their doubters tonight with this game.
#23 Stanford at #17 Arizona State
(17) Arizona State 26
(5-1, 3-1 Pac-12)
(23) Stanford 10
(4-3, 2-2 Pac-12)
What I thought would happen: Stanford’s physical play would be too much for the Sun Devils to handle, and they would be able to easily defeat the Sun Devils.
What Actually Happened: The Sun Devils were able to make a statement win and force Kevin Hogan to throw the ball. Kevin Hogan is well Kevin Hogan, and he really can’t do much.
What I learned: As good as Stanford is they can’t make that leap as a program if they can’t get a decent quarterback. Hogan is not the answer. Meanwhile UCLA suffered another loss, and with the Sun Devils win against USC they are in the drivers seat for the PAC-12 South division crown. We’ll see how they stack up against the conference’s best.
Stay Classy Everyone! Let me know if you think I should do it this way now?