Scott here. I’m going to try to take a quick stab at recapping some of last week’s games, along with our predictions!
Games of Note and Predictions
#22 Baylor 31 – #24 Texas Tech 27
Scott – Baylor 38-32
Gavin – Texas Tech 42-35
BU makes it three in a row against the Red Raiders, as they squeak one out at home. Baylor gets to 2-1 in conference, and keeps legitimate hopes alive for reaching the Big XII title game. TTU has an uphill climb now, especially with Texas and OK State next up on the schedule.
Memphis 32 – UCF 31
Scott – Memphis 42-35
Gavin – UCF 31-24
UCF gets Boise’d here in the Liberty Bowl in an instant classic that saw the Knights go for 2 and the win and instead of playing for OT. The American is absolutely nutty this year, with both teams now at 2-1 in conference play. The Tigers are now ranked, and realistically whoever wins the AAC will most likely get the New Years Six berth, barring San Diego State, Air Force, or App State domination. UCF should get a nice bounceback opportunity next week in Tulane, while Memphis has a tricky game on the docket, hosting Temple.
#5 Penn State 25 – #23 Iowa 18
Scott – Penn State 27-21
Gavin – Iowa 24-21
Well, I hinted as this being a sleepy game for the Nittany Lions. I was right about that. We all know what’s next weekend. But Iowa is still a good opponent, and kept this game close for its entirety. Penn State hosts the potential game of the year next Saturday, but a win is a win. Iowa is suddenly 1-3 in conference, but has much more winnable games coming up.
#8 Georgia 41 – Missouri 15
Scott – Georgia 27-3
Gavin – Georgia 35-10
Missouri felt they should be ranked prior to this one. It’s hard to make that argument now. Dawgs roll, and have an off week before a monster showdown with Florida in Jacksonville that will almost certainly decide the East. Mizzou has another ranked team come to Columbia in Kentucky next week.
#9 Auburn 41 – #7 Texas A&M 16
Scott – Auburn 28-27
Gavin – Auburn 25-21
In the game of the week, Auburn made a statement that the crazy overtime loss to Georgia would not derail their season. Auburn hammered the undefeated Aggies. Keep in mind how dominant A&M had looked all season before this one. This one really does not look good for TAMU, as this confirmed the opinions of those who thought they were rather untested. Bo Nix was elite in this one, and Auburn stays in the mix for the West. Don’t count out the Aggies just yet either.
#13 Oregon 27 – #17 California 19
Scott – Oregon 30-14
Gavin – Oregon 42-28
I think we have really underestimated how good of a team Justin Wilcox has in Berkeley this season. Cal was very very competitive against the Ducks, but the defense was just a bit too much. Oregon is now alone in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North, and will try to notch its third straight divisional win next weekend against Stanford. Cal has a tough trip to Corvallis next week, which they should not take lightly.
#16 Oklahoma 41 – #15 Iowa State 30
Scott – Oklahoma 45-34
Gavin – Oklahoma 38-24
The Sooners bounced back in a major way against a team they normally have problems with. ISU did keep it close, but the Cyclones in their own right are a very solid team. This was just a bad spot for them, since OU rarely is coming off a loss. Now each with one conference loss, they are each very much alive for the conference championship berth. Don’t be surprised if these two are playing each other again in early December. OU has a massive contest next week with Bedlam, while Iowa State has an off week before Farmageddon.
#10 Michigan 57 – #12 Minnesota 31
Scott – Minnesota 35-26
Gavin – Michigan 24-17
Michigan made perhaps the biggest statement of the week, going to the Twin Cities and racing past the Gophers to claim the Little Brown Jug. This is a Michigan offense we have not seen before, and they are picking up steam fast. The Wolverines have three very winnable games before a tougher test in Indiana, whom they still should beat. If they can take those 4, don’t be surprised to see a 10-1 squad looking for blood in Columbus. All of a sudden, the Gophers have fallen off the national radar after two straight blowout losses. The Gophers won’t be in the playoff conversation any longer. More winnable games are coming, however, and the West could still be won with some help.
Temple 23 – South Florida 17
Scott – Temple 28-20
As I said before, the AAC is nutty in 2020, and this game shows. Temple defended home turf and now has to travel to Memphis. The Owls could easily hit a stride and run the table, but there are so many challenging games left. The same is said for USF, and I suppose these teams could also have a rematch down the road. All options are on the table in the American.
TCU 34 – Kansas State 28
Gavin – Kansas State 35-28
TCU needed this one after dropping two straight. Nice win for the Frogs, and K-State has a gauntlet the rest of the way, so I suggest they get to bowl eligibility as soon as they can. TCU faces the rival Bears next weekend in Waco.
Our Pick Results
Gavin 5-4 (26-18 overall)
Scott 8-1 (30-14 overall)
Gavin went out on a limb with a couple picks and they did not pay off too well. I will admit, I had a solid week, and the upset pick helped a lot. So the lead is up to four, but plenty of games remain.
Other Games of Note
#14 Notre Dame 38 – Pittsburgh 27
ND got a solid win here against a good Pitt team. The Irish go on a bye now, and can not be counted out of the playoff race quite yet, but they need lots of help. Pitt is starting to flounder a bit, but still has the defense to win the Coastal.
East Carolina 42 – #21 Navy 37
The AAC is nutty. Pirates defended Greenville and sink the Midshipmen in a huge win for the program.
Duke 19 – North Carolina 12
Duke has sole possession of the Victory Bell and first place in the ACC Coastal. UNC was seeming to hit a stride, but the Blue Devils defense shows up again.
San Diego State 21 – Wyoming 15
SDSU rebounds from their first loss of the season with a monster road win in Laramie against fellow conference contender in Wyoming. Another game we could be seeing again come December.
#19 Utah 38 – Washington 16
Utah looks to be for real, and this game shows that. Washington had been competitive in every game until this one. The MUSS intimidated the Huskies and Utah might just be the best team in the Pac-12.
USC 43 – Arizona 19
Combined with the game above this one, Arizona loses first place in the South. Wildcat fans really hope the hot start was not a fluke, but it will be tested in the following weeks. Washington, Oregon, and Utah come next. USC will try to continue to salvage its season, but a rest comes next week.
Be sure to check out the schedule and scores page for complete results!