I went 2-1 this week to improve my overall record to 24-22. It’s a shame this couldn’t happen at the start of the year, let’s begin.
#25 Minnesota at #23 Nebraska
(25) Minnesota 28
(8-3, 5-2 Big Ten)
(23) Nebraska 24
(8-3, 4-3 Big Ten)
What I Thought was going to Happen: The Nebraska Cornhuskers would get an easy win and Ameer Abdullah would have a huge game.
What Actually Happened: Abdullah had 98 yards and a touchdown, but the Golden Gophers were able to rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit to upset the Cornhuskers in Lincoln.
What I Learned: Minnesota might just take the West. Sure they’re going to have to beat Wisconsin and Melvin Gordon, but crazier things have happened. As for Nebraska, this ends their Big Ten Title hopes, and now they have to hope for a January 1st bowl. Oh well it could be worse, they could be the Washington State Cougars right now and not be bowl eligible (too far?!).
#15 Arizona at #17 Utah
(15) Arizona 42
(9-2, 6-2 Pac-12)
(17) Utah 10
(7-4, 4-4 Pac-12)
What I Thought was going to Happen: Arizona would get a hard fought win against a tough Utah team and build off of a comeback victory against UW.
What Actually Happened: Arizona didn’t just get the win, they blew Utah out of the water. They now prepare to face the rival ASU Sun Devils.
What I Learned: Arizona might not make the PAC-12 Title game (UCLA holds the tiebreaker), but they’ve had a heck of a season and could be eligible for a New Years Six bowl if they play their cards right. As for Utah, a season that began with so much promise has ended with them crashing back to reality. They play the Colorado Buffaloes next, but don’t expect too much as far as their postseason goes.
#19 USC at #9 UCLA
(19) USC 20
(7-3, 6-2 Pac-12)
(9) UCLA 38
(8-2, 5-2 Pac-12)
What I Thought was going to Happen: UCLA was going to get a convincing win against USC.
What Actually Happened: UCLA more than got a convincing win, they throttled the Trojans for their third straight victory in the series.
What I Learned: UCLA might be a pretty good match for Oregon should they beat Stanford and win the PAC-12 South. They might have a chance after all, it’s not much but it’s better than what some people are giving them.
USC might have had an up and down 2014, but that shouldn’t discount them for the 2015 season. This was a great first year for Steve Sarkisian, and it’ll only get better.
Stay Classy Everyone!