Each week I write separate blogs advancing the weekend games in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC with my power poll of how the teams stack up in the conferences. I then make a comment about each team, either looking back at a relevant statistic or providing some other insight into how the team is performing.
I might even be snarky about it.
This blog entry is intended to look back at last week’s games between conference opponents. It includes the final score, my pregame comments from the previous week’s blogs and my rating of how close I was on my assessment of the matchup.
Last week I was 8-0 in my SEC picks to run my season total to 35-9. In the Big Ten, I was 6-1 for a 35-10 season total. And in the ACC, I went 8-2 for the week to improve to 37-7.
Here’s what I said in advance of the conference matchups and what happened. If you want to question my self rating, go back and read what happened in the games first.
But I do welcome your comments.
PENN STATE 21, IOWA 19
My Pregame Thoughts On Iowa: Hawkeyes are unbeaten, but so are Nittany Lions, who have allowed only two touchdowns through three games.
My Pregame Thoughts On Penn State: The Nittany Lions are hoping old-school formula of strong running game and stingy defense will be enough to rule Big Ten.
MICHIGAN 28, PURDUE 10
My Pregame Thoughts On Michigan: Wolverines should be wary of having targets on their backs with inspired Boilermakers looking for signature win for Jeff Brohm.
My Pregame Thoughts On Purdue: Boilermakers keep swinging the hammer, but will that be enough to pound the Wolverines into submission?
NEBRASKA 27, RUTGERS 17
My Pregame Thoughts On Nebraska: Cornhuskers have lost two in a row, which means the timing couldn’t be better for sputtering Rutgers to visit.
My Pregame Thoughts On Rutgers: Scarlet Knights have to be encouraged after 65-0 romp against a bad FCS school, but they’ve still lost their last 14 conference games.
FLORIDA 28, KENTUCKY 27
My Pregame Thoughts On Florida: Team of destiny? Gators struck on final play of game when Felipe Franks connected with Tyrie Cleveland on 63-yard bomb to topple Tennessee.
My Pregame Thoughts On Kentucky: Wildcats brought Gamecocks back to earth to become the true challenger to Vanderbilt as the dark horse team in the SEC East.
AUBURN 51, MISSOURI 14
My Pregame Thoughts On Auburn: Tigers racked up more than 500 yards but had five turnovers, including four fumbles, against FCS school Mercer that just resumed playing football five years ago.
My Pregame Thoughts On Missouri: Mizzou isn’t trending in the right direction after losing two in row, and looking rather inept doing it.
ALABAMA 59, VANDERBILT 0
My Pregame Thoughts On Alabama: Nick Saban’s bunch could find the points tougher to produce against a Vandy defense that has allowed just 13 points in three games and shut out the last Alabama (A&M) team it played.
My Pregame Thoughts On Vanderbilt: Derek Mason appears to have his players prepared to challenge Crimson Tide for 60 minutes – if that’s even possible. If that happens, Nick Saban might even retire on spot.
GEORGIA 31, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3
What I Wrote About Georgia: In a battle of Bulldogs between The Hedges, it will be visitor’s offensive strength (143 points scored) vs. the home squad’s defense (43 points allowed).
What I Wrote About Mississippi State: Nick Fitzgerald scored two touchdowns rushing and threw for two more in surprising rout of LSU, which is why folks in Starkville are beginning to believe he’s the second coming of Dak Prescott.
CLEMSON 34, BOSTON COLLEGE 7
What I Wrote About Clemson: Dabo Swinney’s bunch has served notice that the only unanswered question left in the ACC is which team will finish second. Tigers are 9-1 in Top 15 matchups over last three seasons.
What I Wrote About Boston College: BC stayed close until late in third quarter before being blown out by Irish, which isn’t a good sign for Saturday’s game against relentless Clemson.
DUKE 27, NORTH CAROLINA 17
What I Wrote About Duke: Shaun Wilson scored on runs of 50 and 65 yards, finished with 176, and Blue Devils have won their first three games for first time since 1994.
What I Wrote About North Carolina: Tar Heels are surrendering 35 points per game, which can’t make Larry Fedora happy, but getting a win was at least a step in the right direction.
What Happened: Duke won, 27-17.
N.C. STATE 27, FLORIDA STATE 21
What I Wrote About Florida State: Seminoles will finally learn if freshman James Blackmon can handle starting QB duties. If he falters, Ryan Finley-led Wolfpack could score enough points to make things interesting.
What I Wrote About N.C. State: Wolfpack finally flexed their muscles in running game with 242 yards but it came against FCS Paladins.
dGEORGIA TECH 37, PITTSBURGH 17
What I Wrote About Georgia Tech: After having only four days between first two games, Yellow Jackets essentially have had two-week “mini-camp” to prepare for ACC opener against Pitt.
What I Wrote About Pittsburgh: Panthers were picked apart, leading Pat Narduzzi to label the blowout loss as ”about the worst day you can have at the office.” Well, except for being fired.
What Happened: Georgia Tech won, 37-17.