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The upsets are only just beginning this season

Published 8:22pm Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Will Stanford, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida please report to the nearest emergency room? Your title hopes are on life support.
If anyone dares to remember what I predicted for last week’s key games, you will know that I do my homework. When it comes to college football, I do,  in fact, study the facts.
History – good or bad – and matchups are always in play when I predict an outcome. I am trying not to come off as a jackanapes, but the results speak for themselves.
Rarely do I say, “I did not see that coming”.
Rewind prediction: Missouri defeats Georgia. It had nothing to do with Georgia and the loss of some key players. Those players were all on the offensive side of the ball.
Missouri put up 41 points on the Georgia defense.
Rewind prediction: LSU was favored by 10 over Florida. LSU won 17-6.
LSU was a more complete and balanced team. They are also staying away from key injuries.
Rewind prediction: Oregon runs away in the second half over Washington.
The Ducks ran away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Huskies 14-0.
The score (41-24) did not tell the real story. Oregon was content to shut down at the Washington 11-yard line.
The real story was the second half total yards: Oregon outgained Washington 409-73.
The best two teams in college football without a doubt are Alabama and Oregon, but Oregon will have a much tougher road to the BCS title game then Alabama.
Facts: Alabama has key wins over Virginia Tech, which is still ranked No. 111 in the nation in total offense. Then, the Tide slipped by Texas A&M 49-42. The Aggies are ranked a dismal 113th in total defense.
Alabama’s remaining schedule has the Tide playing Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Chattanooga (Southern Conference) and Auburn.
The remaining opponents combined record is 20-12 (not including Chattanooga), with LSU (6-1) and Auburn (5-1) making up 11 of those wins.
The Ducks still have games remaining with No. 9 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford and an Oregon State team (5-1) that has the top rated quarterback in the nation in Sean Mannion.
Sandwiched between Stanford and Oregon State, the Ducks must play Utah (4-2) and Arizona (3-2).  The remaining teams on Oregon’s slate have a combined record of 22-6.
The official BCS ranking will be released after this weekend.
Predictions:
In the don’t look now department, the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes are back, and tonight they have the opportunity to showcase what coach Al Golden has accomplished since 2010.
After a mess of issues surrounding the program, the Canes are now within striking distance of becoming relevant again in the BCS conversation.
Miami still has Florida State and Virginia Tech in back-to-back weekends in November.
No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson will be the best game of the weekend.
Clemson has given up 10 rushing touchdowns, while Florida State has allowed only one rushing touchdown.
FSU has rushed for 16 touchdowns and passed for another 17 TDs.
The Seminoles have only given up seven touchdowns all season. They have also played one less game then Clemson.
The Florida State defense will keep pressure on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd all day.
FSU wins this one.
Upset alert: No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford.
Did you ever get the feeling that someone is headed into a hornets’ nest?
Stanford is snarling after blowing an opportunity to win at Utah. Look for the Cardinal to upset the Bruins in Palo Alto.
When Auburn visits College Station this Saturday, no one expects them to come away with an upset win – or do they?
Did you ever get the feeling your opponent could care less about what others think?
Well that should be the thought process Johnny Manziel and his Texas A&M teammates should be pondering.
Somewhere in the Auburn schedule is a team that Auburn is not supposed to beat – but does.
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.

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