Note: My spread picks are denoted by which team the line is specified for, and straight-up picks are noted where different.
Final Score: Deacons 10, Eagles 24
I was wrong thinking the veteran QB would play well at home (Chase Rettig was 7-14, 123 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT), but RB Andre Williams went for 204 yards and a score and BC's defense was stifling, holding Wake to just shy of 250 yards and causing 3 turnovers.
#12 Florida Gators (-2) @ Miami Hurricanes
Final Score: Gators 16, Hurricanes 21
It was a huge win for the ACC, and if I'm not mistaken its third straight against a ranked SEC opponent (Clemson against LSU and uga being the other two). That said, while Miami played a solid game, Florida did themselves no favors with 5 turnovers, 10 penalties, and a 40% 3rd Down Conversion rate. Miami looks to be a talented team though. I'm not looking forward to this game.
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders @ North Carolina Tar Heels (-21.5)
Final Score: UNC 40, MTSU 20
This game looks like one thing, but it's not quite that. The Tar Heels took a 23-0 lead to halftime, and it was only after that where MTSU was able to operate on offense. They scored a touchdown in the last 30 seconds of the game to cover the spread. (Jerks.) UNC had this game well in hand, yet they relied on the pass and gave up 400 yards to the Blue Raiders. A one-dimensional offense like that could have a tough time putting up a major fight against the Yellow Jackets this year.
Western Carolina Catamounts (+41) @ Virginia Tech Hokies (win)
Final Score: Catamounts 3, Virginia Tech 45
Again, pretty unbelievable way to lose to the spread. Hokies were fairly unimpressive on offense again, only scoring 21 before halftime, the same time that the Yellow Jackets needed to score 42 on the Catamounts two years ago. It should also be noted that only 2 of those touchdowns were offensive -- they also had a pick-six in the first quarter. Logan Thomas went 17-31 (55%) for 200 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs...against Western Carolina. Not sure anyone's Draft stock has fallen farther in the last year.
#2 Oregon Ducks (-23.5) @ Virginia Cavaliers
Final Score: Oregon 59, Virginia 10
Oregon lead 28-10 at halftime before fatigue really set in for the Hoos. Oregon is a really good all-around team, but it still says a lot that Virginia had the ball for over 38 minutes and could hardly manage 300 yards of offense. Virginia QB David Watford went 29-41, but for only 161 yards, no TD's, and 3 INT's before being pulled. Virginia RB Kevin Parks supplemented that with 19 carries for 60 yards. I don't take much away from this game other than Virginia's offensive impotency, even when playing from behind.
Duke Blue Devils (-6) @ Memphis Tigers
Final Score: Blue Devils 28, Tigers 14
This game was tied 7-7 at halftime and 14-14 with 10 minutes left before Duke scored twice to pull away. Of their first 10 drives, Duke scored twice, punted 5 times, turned it over twice, and turned it over on downs another time. Maybe it's a poor assumption, but I don't think that Memphis is much of a defensive powerhouse. I'll be highly disappointed if we allow the Blue Devils to score a lot of points.
Syracuse Orange (+12) @ Northwestern Wildcats (win)
Final Score: Syracuse 27, Northwestern 48
This was never really a game. Northwestern scored 20 points before Syracuse was able to get on the board, and it was 34-7 at halftime. Syracuse QB Drew Allen threw 4 interceptions and Syracuse had 7 penalties in a game where Northwestern just ran away with it. Northwestern managed 581 yards on offense, exploiting a defense that allowed Penn State 353 yards last week.
(6) South Carolina Gamecocks (+4.5) @ (11) uga bulldogs
Final Score: USC 30, uga 41
I made it clear that I had a major lack of confidence in this game, regardless of which team I picked. It was actually a great game for those who watched. uga didn't make any mistakes and fed off of a lively crowd. South Carolina's defense was exhausted after being on the field for 35 minutes and tackled poorly in some key situations. Aaron Murray made a mess of a poor Gamecock secondary too.
(14) Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ (17) Michigan Wolverines (-3)
Final Score: Notre Dame 30, Michigan 41
This game was full of offensive firepower, with both teams managing over 400 yards of offense. The Wolverines scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half to take a 27-13 lead into halftime, and the Irish were playing catch up the rest of the game. Hopefully we see this match up again in future years, and sooner rather than later.