That whiny Jim Mora Jr. showed me! I prefer to give credit to UCLA QB Brett Hundley who torched the Blackshirts with 3 touchdown passes in the 3rd quarter to stun the Huskers on their home turf enroute to a 41-21 victory last Saturday. That game along with the last minute fiasco in the desert which had the Sun Devils holding on to victory over Wisconsin, proved to be the two pivotal games which tripped up the majority of our entries in week #3 of the Retro Brand "High-Five" College Football contest.
When the dust finally settled, we had 5 entries (out of 92) who ran the table with perfect 5-0 records forcing a tie-breaker drawing to determine the winner of the FREE Retro Brand t-shirt. Jess Rawlings from Scottsdale, Arizona, was lucky enough to beat the odds so congratulations Jess!
Congratulations are not in order for yours truly as I pulled off my worst week of predictions to date with a miserable 1-4 showing therefore avoiding the goose-egg thanks to Texas losing again (record stands at 7-11 after week #3). Johnny Football is the real deal, but McCarron & Co., are realer...what an amazing game. Ok, enough of my own Jim Mora Jr. style whining - Lets get to the rules and then to the games for this week....
1) I will preview 5 College Football Match-ups for the upcoming weekend and offer my expertise, or more commonly lack thereof, as to who will win & why, along with a predicted final score. Sometimes I'll throw in an extra game which is usually my upset special so keep your eyes open!
2) Contestants will enter their winning picks for the same 5 (or 6) games by clicking them into the comment section of this post. The person that beats me and/or the person who picks the most games correctly (no point spreads, straight up wins and losses) will win a FREE Retro Brand vintage t-shirt of their choice from originalretrobrand.com In the event of a tie, we will have a drawing to determine the final winner (this happens quite a bit so prepare yourself). In the rare event that I win, nobody gets nuthin’!
Comments must be posted no later than kickoff of the first scheduled game to be counted! Clemson - NCState would be that game for this week and it begins at 7:30 est on Thursday 9/19/13. ***ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CUSTOMER***
3) I will announce the winner on this blog the following week (usually Wednesday's).
The games for week #4:
Game 1: North Carolina (1-1) @ Georgia Tech (2-0) - The Tar Heels played the South Carolina Gamecocks tough in a week #1 road loss, but the dang Yellow Jackets have outscored their opponents 108 - 14! Durham native and Tech QB Vad Lee is getting it done on the ground and in the air. The real reason I'm going with the Jackets? My wife is a Tech grad and it's her birthday today. Happy Birthday honey! Yellow Jackets - 38, Tar Heels - 24.
Game 2: Michigan State (3-0) @ #22 Notre Dame (2-1) - Brutal loss for Purdue at home when they had Notre Dame on the ropes last week, but you have to give Tommy Rees credit for bringing the Irish back, earning him the FBS Offensive Player of the Week. MSU comes to South Bend sporting a shiny 3-0 record behind a total defense ranked #1, but they haven't faced any tough tests til now. I'm going to drink the Sparty green Hawaiian Punch regardless, and award them the "Megaphone Trophy," in an upset. Spartans - 34, Fighting Irish - 28.
Game 3: Auburn (3-0) @ #6 LSU (3-0) - Tiger vs. Tiger! Another road dog with a shiny 3-0 record but unlike MSU, War Eagle has had a couple of nice wins over decent Washington State and Mississippi State Bulldog squads respectively and are on the rebound. Does that mean they'll knock out the Purple & Gold? QB Zach Mettenberger's really getting his groove on and the ground game is averaging almost 9 yards per carry as a team! ...and it's really tough to beat the Tigers in Baton Rouge, ever. LSU - 33, War Eagle - 20.
Game 4: #23 Arizona State (2-0) @ #5 Stanford (2-0) - I figured it'd be a good idea to feature the only match-up on the schedule this week that has ranked teams going against each other and it's a Pac -12 punch out. Sure the Sun Devils caught a big break last week against Wisconsin but they are still pretty solid across the board. Meanwhile, the Cardinal have handled their inferior foes pretty easily behind workhorse Tyler Gaffneys' back-to-back 100 yard rushing games. I can't help myself again - going with my second road dog on the docket today. Sun Devils - 32, Cardinal - 24.
Game 5: #3 Clemson (2-0) @ NC State (2-0) - Clemson is no road dog... I'm just now getting over them beating my Dawgs a few weeks ago. Ya'll know Tajh Boyd is a beast and Watkins and McDowell are gamebreakers and even the back up QB Cole Stoudt went 19/20 with 3 TD"s off the bench last week! So this game should be a lock, right? Think 2011 when Clemson last came to visit Raleigh. They were ranked #7 and the Wolfpack spanked 'em silly. I can't help myself - going with a Throwback Thursday night win for the home team. NC State - 33, Tigers - 28.
This last game is actually the FIRST game of the week tomorrow night, so be sure to make your picks asap to be counted. NOW LET'S SEE 'EM AND GOOD LUCK!