College Football Accountability Report – What I predicted wrong
In week 3, I went 57-11 predicting games straight up. With twitter trolls constantly out to get you for being wrong, I am here to hold myself accountable for what I got wrong and explain those decisions.
Kansas @ Boston College – I honestly can’t explain this one. Did ANYONE think Kansas would beat them IN Chestnut Hill? Come on. I don’t even believe Kansas fans, or even players, believed they could win this one. I’m chalking this miss up to pure fluke!
NC State @ West Virginia – Mountaineers were very impressive in this one. No excuse, I overestimated NC State and completely underestimated West Virginia.
Eastern Michigan @ Illinois – I am very upset with Illinois. I picked them to finish 6-6 and the basis of that was a “weak” non-conference schedule. Without this win, getting to bowl eligibility is now going to be a major uphill battle. EMU is 3-0 in Big Ten games since 2017. I have should known better than to trust Illinois. That’s on me.
Kansas State @ Mississippi State – It was only a matter of time before the Mississippi State defense showed vulnerability, with several key stats departing for the NFL after the 2018 season. I just didn’t think Kansas State was the team to exploit them. Kudos to first year coach Chris Kleiman for clearly maximizing the Wildcats limited talented.
Maryland @ Temple – This is 100% on me. I knew Temple would win. I knew Maryland’s scorching hot offensive start was too good to be true. And I know Temple would win, because they are always tough outs in these types of games. I have only myself to blame. And Temple.
The Citadel @ Georgia Tech – I mean really? My only takeaway from this is that USF lost 14-10 to Georgia Tech last week. How bad is USF??
Air Force @ Colorado – I was riding the high of last week’s Colorado win against Nebraska. I assumed the team would ride that same high to a 3-0 start, but Air Force was impressive, rushing for 289 yards and winning in overtime.
USC @ BYU – The Cardiac Cougs! Two weeks in a row BYU overcomes a late deficit to win. First Tennessee last week, now USC.
Iowa @ Iowa State – What a ridiculous way to end this game for the Cyclones. I thought the excitement of College Gameday would energize the crowd, energize the players and help will them to their first win in this rivalry since 2014. Hawkeyes did just enough to come out of Ames with a victory.
Arizona State @ Michigan State – I thought coming into this game that ASU was the better team. But with a true freshman QB, against the Spartans defense, I just couldn’t see Jayden Daniels having success and couldn’t see Mark Dantonio losing for the second time to Arizona State. Daniels wasn’t perfect. In fact, Spartans had nearly twice as many yards as ASU. But they did just enough on both sides of the ball to win.
Buffalo @ Liberty – I overestimated the craziness surrounding Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze
Bonus – I picked Clemson over Syracuse this week, but before the season I preached that Clemson would lose one game and it would be to Syracuse. Cuse handed Clemson their last regular season loss and played them tough last season. I thought, after a hard fought games with Texas A&M that maybe Clemson would come out a bit flat and with a crazy crowd behind them, the Orange could muster up some early momentum and take advantage. This Clemson team is way too good, way too talented and well coached to have any type of letdown. I was wrong. And now that they have beaten the two toughest teams on their schedule, there is nothing in the way of a perfect regular season. Can’t wait to see Clemson play Alabama/Georgia/LSU/Ohio State/Oklahoma in the CFB Playoffs on December 28!
For the season, I am 187-35 (84%), picking winners of every FBS game, straight up (no spreads).