The 2013 College football season dished out a few quality upsets over the weekend with Florida, Texas and USC all suffering the back-side bite from the underdog. Stanley’s Stinkers finished the weekend 17-3 which is not too bad considering we never back down from the big games. We use Reverse Prognostication to predict the losers in college football’s biggest games. With that said, here are the games that show up, this week, on the Stink-o-meter.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Duke Blue Devils. There will certainly be a lot of those legendary smart pills around Durham, North Carolina when the Hive invades Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday. The Blue Devils will be trying everything they can to swat away those bees and start the season a perfect 3-0. But, Tech will be running the old-fashioned option offense that racked up seventy points a week ago. For Duke to have a chance, they’ll have to solve the Tech offensive equation. Stanley’s Stinker, in a mathematical brain teaser: Duke.
Louisville Cardinals at the KentuckyWildcats. Heisman front-runner Teddy Bridgewater brings his flock of Red Birdsinto Commonwealth Stadium for a game that would be a real contest if it was on the basketball court. But, this one will be played on the green grass of the blue grass state. Should that stop Louisville from putting up basketball-like numbers? Probably not. It will be 1-2 for Bob Stoops to start his head coaching career. Stanley’s Stinker: Kentucky.
Nevada Wolfpack at the Florida State Seminoles. The River Chiefs had a week off to reflect on their opening win against Pitt and also to brag about the play of freshman Quarterback “Famous”Jameis Winston. The Alabama native completed 93% of his passes for 356 yards in the first game against what was supposed to have been a tough Pitt defense. This week, against a Nevada defense that gave up 58 points to UCLA, Famous Jameis should become even more renowned. In a blowout, Stanley’s Stinker: Nevada.
Ohio State Buckeyes at the California Golden Bears. Coach Urban Meyer loads his Buckeyes up for a trip to the west coast this weekend for what could be a big test for the Ohio State defense. Cal Freshman Quarterback Jared Goff leads the nation in passing with 930 yards but he has thrown almost as many interceptions as touchdowns. If Ohio State wants to continue their run to the title, they’ve got rely heavily on their defense because starting Quarterback Braxton Miller may not even play in this game. If Miller is out, look for a demonstration in Berkeley. Either way, it may be time for the streak to end. Stanley’s Stinker, in an upset, THE Ohio State.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Auburn Tigers. The Gus Bus appears to be nearing full speed on the Plains in Auburn as new head coach Gus Malzahn has his striped Cats on an offensive roll. But, the Bull Pups come to town this week and it will be the first real threat for new Auburn Quarterback Nick Marshall who threw for a bunch of touchdowns and as many interceptions last year in Junior College. If the Gus Bus wants to stay on the road to success, they’ll have to make sure this Marshall shoots straight. In a close one, Stanley’s Stinker: Mississippi State.
Vanderbilt Commodores at the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Ole Ball Coach lost his visor a few times last week as Georgia finally beat South Carolina. And you can bet Steve Spurrier will try to keep the hat firmly affixed this week against Vandy. To do that, the Fearless Fowl must get Heisman candidate Jadaveon Clowney back in winning form. The star defensive end went hungry for most of the first two games but a feast from the sea might just be enough to get him back on track for a post season trophy. This game could be close but not that close. Stanley’s Stinker: Vanderbilt.
Ole Miss Rebels at the Texas Longhorns. The Insurgents from Ole Miss have been highly successful at bringing in top talent to the Grove but, so far, that success has been elusive on the field.This week, they take on a Texas team that is still stinging from an upset a week ago to BYU. If Ole Miss is able to imitate what BYU did on offense, their defense may be enough to cause a stampede in Austin. It’s hard for the Longhorns to lose two in a row but the Rebel talent may be too much to handle. Stanley’s Stinker, on the Big Horn network: Texas.
Tennessee Volunteers at the Oregon Ducks. The Riflemen from Tennessee head out west to do some exploring this weekend and they hope to bring home some fresh game. But, new head coach Butch Jones may need a bazooka to bring down the high flying Quackers. Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De’Anthony Thomas may be the best tandem in college football and that may be enough to throw the Vols off the Oregon trail. A tough stretch begins for UT, Stanley’s Stinker: Tennessee.
UCLA Bruins at the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who was killed last weekend in a traffic accident in San Clemente, California. This game will mean a lot to his team mates and they will need all the motivation they can get if they want to stop Taylor Martinez and the Shuckers offense. But, that may not be the only problem for the Bruins. The heralded Black Shirt defense of Nebraska comes into the game ready to prove their worth. There will be a lot of heavy hearts for the visiting team but Stanley’s Stinker is UCLA.
Alabama Crimson Tide at the Texas A&M Aggies. This is the rematch that Bama fans have waited for since last November when Johnny Football put his signature on a Heisman season with an upset win in Tuscaloosa. The flamboyant QB returns and this time the game is in College Station where the Twelfth Man is always ready to enter the fray. But, with a week off to prepare and a defense that has studied Aggie film for months, A&M may need more than twelve men to stop a rush of red pachyderms poised for payback. It’s always hard to stop Nick Saban in a rematch. This should be no different. Stanley’s Stinker: Texas A&M.
While we are at it, here are some othergames we’ll be watching this weekend:
Army will be bombed by the Stanford Cardinal, East Carolina’s Pirates will walk the plank against Virginia Tech, the Akron Zips will be zapped by Michigan, Tulsa’s Golden Hurricanes will be blown away by Oklahoma, Southern Miss will lose to Arkansas, Iowa will hand the Cy-Hawk trophy to Iowa State again, Kent State will be bitten by the LSU Bayou Bengals, South Alabama will lose to Western Kentucky, Arizona State will fall to Wisconsin and the Purdue Boilermakers will get steamed by Notre Dame.
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