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Last week started out quite well. I picked the Cincinnati Bearcats to defeat the USF Bulls 28 to 20. The real final score? Cincy 28, USF 21. GENIUS! Not so fast...I picked the Sooners to defeat Texas (buzzer sound),.....Notre Dame to defeat USC (buzzer), and Virginia Tech to dump Georgia Tech (final buzzer - EEEEHHH!). Iowa proved they are not a fluke as they erased a 10-0 deficit, and came back to beat Wisconsin for an impressive road win. The Red River Rivalry could have gone either way, and The Fighting Irish just missed...The Hokies game was the only one I really missed by a long shot. Thus my record stands at 5 wins and 7 losses. Perhaps it's time to remove the word "expert" from the Original Retro Brand newsletter, when referring to my "Games of the Week" picking prowess. Regardless, I must soldier on, and we have four more doozies for this weekend:
GAME 1: The # 13 Penn State Nittany Lions head into Ann Arbor to face Michigan freshman quarterback phenom, Tate Forcier. Forcier has pulled off some miracle plays in leading the Wolverines to the highest scoring offensive attack in the Big 10. The Penn State defense has been dominating all year, giving up just 3 points in their last two games, but Michigan has suffered two excruciating close defeats this year (Michigan State in overtime, and a 2 point heartbreaker vs Iowa), and will not lose in their house this weekend. Michigan 35, Penn State 20.
GAME 2: Since the LeGarrette Blount sucker punch debacle, and opening loss to Boise State, the # 11 Oregon Ducks have reeled off 5 staight wins (2 against ranked teams) outscoring their last 3 PAC 10 rivals 118 to 19!! It would behoove them not to overlook Washington with USC on the horizon. The Huskies have that big win over the Trojans, and played LSU and Notre Dame tough. Even so, the Ducks will continue to roll on the road. Oregon 38, Washington 28.
GAME 3: The Clemson Tigers rank second in total defense, and eighth in total offense in the ACC, just one behind the # 10 ranked Miami Hurricanes, who they face on the road at Landshark Stadium. As tough as the Clemson defense has been, I think Jacory Harris at QB is really hitting his stride. I feel Miami's one loss at Virginia Tech was an anomaly, and they bounced back strong against Oklahoma, and I believe they will beat Clemson handily and then win out. Miami 27, Clemson 13.
GAME 4: I'm going to get whacked for this one...Tennessee will knock off # 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Vols nearly beat Florida in the swamp, almost knocked off a then unbeaten Auburn team, and then absolutely crushed my Georgia Bulldogs. Heck, the Vols are ranked 5th in total offense in the SEC (just one behind the Tide), and 3rd in total defense (Bama ranked # 1). Mark Ingram will be tough to stop no doubt (he only gained 1 yard on 4 carries against UT last year), but QB Jonathan Crompton is quietly coming into his own. Purdue stunned Ohio State last week. This is my # 1 stunner. Tennessee 33, Alabama 24.
AND THIS IS MY # 2 STUNNER: Mississippi State will win their 5th straight over Florida in Starkeville! I'm upset crazy!! Michigan State will halt the Hawkeyes, and Mizzou will NOT beat Texas, but it will be close.....
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