Educated Guesses: Week 3 with Bama vs. Johnny Football
Fatal mistake placing any faith in Jeff Driskel and a defensive head coach’s offense.
Florida’s name keeps getting them national rankings, but that offense isn’t worthy of the acclaim. Driskel isn’t just the No. 3 QB (at best) in the SEC East, he’s ranked no higher in his own state. Miami proved that with the lifetime bragging rights on an in-state showdown that may never be seen again.
When it comes time to make a crucial play, Driskel is as likely as not to do the wrong thing. The Gators had a chance to steal this game late against the Hurricanes, but an interception killed it. Will Muschamp should just be happy that Texas coach Mack Brown and Southern Cal chief Lane Kiffin are distracting all the national attention away from him. But when the Gators inevitably slip into the role of hoping to play division spoilers, the heat in Gainesville is going to get intense.
Before we move on to this week’s educated guesses, let’s just say that while everything is gone right with my regional Big Four picks so far, that Heisman Trophy prediction for Jadeveon Clowney is not looking so good. He hasn’t made such a good impression in two nationally televised games. That needs to change – not really for the Heisman’s sake but for South Carolina’s.
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Good luck. Bring on Week 3:
Vanderbilt @ South Carolina: This is not the pushover game it once was and losing last week should awaken the Gamecocks. Steve Spurrier has never lost to Vandy. GAMECOCKS 31, Commodores 21.
Georgia Tech @ Duke: Like Vandy, the Blue Devils are better than they used to be. But Yellow Jackets are better than people think. RAMBLIN’ WRECK 42, Blue Devils 21.
Alabama @ Texas A&M: Payback will derail the already teetering Johnny Football bandwagon. Tide is more complete than Aggies. CRIMSON TIDE 38, Aggies 24.
Tennessee @ Oregon: This ought to wash away that undefeated new-coach smell on Rocky Top. DUCKS 49, Vols 31.
Ole Miss @ Texas: I’ve said this many times, Mack Brown is a recruiter and not a coach. But Mississippi is now out-recruiting him. Pasture time. REBELS 28, Longhorns 17.
TCU @ Texas Tech: When in doubt, always go with the one Dan Jenkins loves. HORNED FROGS 38, Red Raiders 35.
MississippiState @ Auburn: This will be the biggest win of the Gus Malzahn era (such as it is). WAR EAGLE 27, Bulldogs 20.
UCLA @ Nebraska: No offense, but Huskers barely escaped Wyoming. Jim Mora Jr. has turned the ship around in LA-LA land. BRUINS 38, Cornhuskers 28.
Louisville @ Kentucky: Next year this will be another ACC win over the mighty SEC. Wait until basketball season. CARDINALS 54, Wildcats 14.
Washington @ Illinois: The Fighting Illini are proving to be more formidable than usual, but this is as close to a Rose Bowl mtchup as they’ll get. HUSKIES 42, Fighting Illini 30.
GeorgiaSouthern @ Wofford: Upon further review, Terriers’ 69-3 loss to Baylor was just what happens when you play the prolific Bears. However ... EAGLES 27, Terriers 24.
LAST WEEK: 9-2
Winners: Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, Boston College, Oregon, Northwestern, Georgia Southern
Losers: Florida, Indiana
Year-to-date record: 19-3 (.864)
2012 record: 117-48 (.709)
2011 record: 115-51 (.693)
2010 record: 97-49 (.664)