The Prognostication Stipulation (week two): A college football prediction thread.
War Eagle everyone! Welcome to another edition of the prognostication stipulation! This week we have several attractive games that look and feel like a shiny new car. Are they? Who knows! But they should at least prove to be interesting. We even have a couple of marquee games that could become… wait for it… wait for it… LEGENDARY!
But first – let’s look back to last week’s results!
Georgia Tech16 69 versus Alcorn State 6
Minnesota 17 versus TCU2 23
Arizona22 42 versus Texas San Antonio 32
Western Michigan 24 versus Michigan State5 37
SMU 21 versus Baylor4 56
Boise State23 16 versus Washington 13
Northwestern 16 versus Stanford21 6
Georgia9 51 versus Louisiana Monroe 14
Ole Miss17 76 versus Tennessee Martin 3
Clemson12 49 versus Wofford 10
UCLA13 34 versus Virginia 16
Arkansas18 48 versus UTEP 13
Auburn6 31 versus Louisville 24
Missouri24 34 versus Southeast Missouri State 3
Tennessee25 59 versus Bowling Green 30
Oklahoma19 41 versus Akron 3
Texas A&M 38 versus Arizona State15 17
LSU14 versus McNeese State (Game called due to weather)
Notre Dame11 38 versus Texas 3
Oregon7 61 versus Eastern Washington 42
Alabama3 35 versus Wisconsin20 17
Florida State10 50 versus Texas State 16
USC8 55 versus Arkansas State 6
Virginia Tech 24 versus Ohio State1 42
Here are this week’s games:
Utah 24 versus Utah State: The mighty Ute warriors who took down Jim Harbaugh’s squad last week are facing the pesky Aggies of Utah State. Auburn fans you will remember the Aggies when they nearly embarrassed us in Jordan Hare. My prediction is Utah after coming off a great win will cover nicely. Utah by 10!
Florida State 11 versus South Florida: This would have been a game a year ago with Blake Bortles as the lead Bull. But since he no longer grazes for South Florida – Seminoles wins big in the Doak! FSU in a blow out by 56!
Auburn 6 versus Jacksonville State: Team ‘Gus and Mus’ will give the reins to Jeremy Johnson and the Auburn defense. This is Jeremy’s coming out party! He either dances a tune or plays spoons on the bench. This Gamecock’s squad won’t play up to the name. No contest in their first game in Jordan-Hare–Auburn by 60!
Clemson 12 versus Appalachian State: Dabo’s tigers are looking to make a meal out of the Mountaineers of Appalachia. Last week the Mountaineers gave a good whipping to Howard, but against these ferocious felines Appalachian State limps out of Death Valley with a loss. Clemson by 35!
Georgia Tech 15 versus Tulane: The ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech cruised last week against Alcorn State, pouring wave after wave of triple option. These boys demonstrated that the triple option is still to be feared. The Green Wave on the other hand is coming off a disappointing start. Paul Johnson’s team will put on another display of offensive prowess and erase the Green Wave altogether from the Atlanta skyline. Yellow Jackets win in a blowout! Georgia Tech by 35!
Virginia versus Notre Dame 9: Last week the Cavaliers lost handily to a talented bruin’s team in the distant lands of California. This week they play on home turf versus the Irish. These lucky leprechauns ate plenty of beef last week at the expense of Charlie Strong’s Texas squad. This game could prove interesting for those that want to invest the time. I believe the Irish will find their four-leaf clover and eat their lucky charms while the Cavaliers go 0-2. Irish by 28!!
TCU3 versus Stephen F. Austin: Minnesota??! If Gary Patterson wanted a statement game – the horny toads found it in the fighting Lumberjacks. This brings back memories of a Monty Python tune! TCU wins big! Horny toads by 48!
Ohio State 1 versus Hawaii: Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, who put on such an offensive display on Monday night, turn around and face the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii. Needless to say ambulances and paramedics in and near Buckeye stadium will be on standby. Buckeyes win by 51!
Ole Miss 17 versus Fresno State: The Rebels, I mean the Black Bears, or whatever the Ole Miss team goes by these days, will face an interesting opponent in Oxford on Saturday. Hugh Freeze will spin his quarterback up and let him march to his own beat as the Bulldogs fight tooth and nail in front of a partisan crowd. These Bulldogs won’t know what to do as they walk through the grove… but that southern hospitality will stop once the referee blows his whistle. The rebels will have to work for it, but they win pulling away. Ole Miss by 14!
Vanderbilt versus Georgia10: After coming off a disappointing loss to Western Kentucky, Vandy coach Mason and the Commodores will have their hands full with the big UGA (aka Nick Chubb) running all over the field. Chubb will have another Heisman performance after coach Richt gives him carry after carry. Georgia knocks Vandy off the map! Bulldogs by 42!
Alabama 2 versus Middle Tennessee: Nick Saban’s pack of pachyderms will roll through the tigers of Middle Tennessee like a hot knife through butter. The third string better suit up because the starters will be riding the pine by halftime. Look for Henry to make another statement why he is the best running back in the SEC. Expect Eli Gold to lose his voice by the third quarter. Alabama by 49.
Arkansas 18 versus Toledo: Expect the pigs to run early and often behind its big offensive line. Bielema won’t call off the pigs until his running backs pass out from exhaustion. Considering how big and talented these guys are that just won’t happen. As the pigs are let out to feast, Bielema will gloat that his Razorbacks have finally arrived. Arkansas by 45!
Tennessee 23 versus Oklahoma 19: Last year when these two teams met, it was a classic western style shoot-out with the Boomer Sooners pulling away as the last team standing in Gaylord Stadium in front of 82,000. This year in Neyland Stadium, with 102,000 screaming red necks singing Rocky Top at the top of their lungs, the Vols will try to stop Bob Stoops’ talented but untested team. Tennessee’s defensive performance last week with Bowling Green left a lot to be desired by allowing BG to put up thirty. But don’t count Butch Davis out; he’s too good to let this opportunity go by. The Vols make a statement in this game. In a wild one and with our first upset! Vols by 3!
Texas A&M 16 versus Ball State: Kevin Sumlin and John Chavis surprised some last week by sneaking up on a sunning devil and upending one of the rising programs in the PAC 12. This week expect these Aggies from College Station to unleash the twelfth man as the birds from Ball State come to Kyle field to look to nest. Only no nesting will be happening here. Sad truth is that these birds get plucked and fricasseed. In a bloodletting… Texas A&M by 35.
Nevada versus Arizona 22: The Wildcats of Arizona had a disappointing outing last week. The good news is that they kept their ranking if that sort of thing means anything at this point in the season. Nevada had the same sort of week. Call me sentimental, but this is an interesting matchup. Wildcats versus Wolf Pack! Who doesn’t like the sound of that? Call me sentimental, but I am going to go with the home team. In another close one and my second upset pick – the Wolf Pack by 7!
Arkansas State versus Missouri 21: At my house we define the word “insane” as doing the same thing you always have done while expecting a different outcome… well that’s what is going to happen as the Red Wolves welcome the Tigers of Mizzou to town on Saturday! The Red Wolves can expect to have the same luck they did the week prior when they battled USC. Gary Pinkel will look to reinforce the growing perception that his Tigers are a force of nature in the Eastern Division of the SEC since they are two time repeat division champions. I look for the Tigers of Mizzou to eat then eat again! Missouri by 35!
Baylor 4 versus Lamar: It’s only fair since I laughed at Gary Patterson that I laugh at Art Briles. Sorry coach! Lamar? What kind of cupcake farm team is Lamar?? Come on Big 12. You can do better.
In a blowout! Baylor by 70!
Michigan State 5 versus Oregon 7: This is the marquee game of the week on the national stage. After losing last year to the Heisman- led ducks in Eugene, the Spartans of Michigan State look to lock shields and hold off another aerial campaign from these high flying Ducks. The Spartan defense can win the game by keeping Oregon air attack to less than thirty points. Look for Dantonio to get his offense and defense visualizing roast duck! In a close one – Michigan State by 5.
USC 8 versus Idaho: Steve Sarkisian and his Trojans expect to make big news as they await the visiting Vandals from Idaho. Honestly, I believe they would take anything to soothe the pain of a coach who has been reprimanded by his AD. I expect no changes in outcome as they play Idaho this week. But it makes you wonder. When the NFL’s Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll starts talking about Sarkisian and the “incident,” it’s got to be bad! In case you slept through it… little Stevie was at an event right before the start of the season and had a bit too much to drink. Cue the microphone and (the tape recorders and) instead of singing “Louie Louie” he is yelling profanities to the crowd. Oh yes. Stevie is picked the drama queen of the PAC 12 for the month of September! In a war to change the narrative – USC wins big! Trojans by 28!
Mississippi State 25 versus LSU 14: The Mad Hatter last week had the game called early due to weather. There was some good and bad that comes with that reality. The good is nobody knows what LSU has. The bad is LSU doesn’t really know what LSU has. Still, I can guarantee you this week that the Tigers will be ready to play as they come rolling into Starkvegas! The amazing Kreskin (aka Les Miles) plans to keep Dan Mullen and Manny Diaz entertained chasing the red dot coming from his laser pointer. Meanwhile Ed Orgeron will be trying to complete a sentence without tearing his shirt off. MSU’s strategy? Getting the student section and fans to bring more cow bell noise than ever before, making Starkvegas the most annoying place in the world! Miles’ plan? It centers around feeding his defense more Dak Prescott. This proves to be a big game in the SEC West. It has regional importance. Still, I look for LSU to win in a close one! LSU by 4!
BYU versus Boise State 20: Last week I picked Washington to beat Boise State, and they came dang close to doing it. If it hadn’t been for a poor output from the field-goal kicker… Washington would have at least tied the game. This week the Broncos leave the cozy confines of the blue field and play at BYU. This game is going to be a hoot. BYU is still riding high from its unexpected come-from-behind win at Nebraska of all places. Rising into the top twent-five like a rocket. I am picking another upset, BYU wins by 14!!
UNLV versus UCLA 13: Last week the Bruins of UCLA dispatched the visiting Cavaliers by mid game at home in front of their fans. This week we should expect no different as UCLA quickly handles this UNLV team. In a runaway! UCLA wins by 17!
Biggest conference projected winner from Week 1: SEC (I have learned my lesson!!)
Conference with most cupcake games in week 1: PAC-12
Biggest SEC winner in week 1: Tennessee
Biggest projected ranked loser week 1: Oregon and Mississippi State
Shocking result from unpredicted loss week 2: Dan Mullen gets fired by MSU after hiring Manny Diaz again and losing to LSU. He immediately gets picked up by Urban Meyer.