Overall Record: 9-1
Note: Team in bold indicates author's pick.
Prediction: South Carolina 28, North Carolina 20
Result: South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10
South Carolina’s physical defense took care of business, and the receiving corps gave the North Carolina secondary all it could handle. This game wasn’t close, as the Gamecocks controlled the game from the start.
Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Vanderbilt 24
Result: Ole Miss 39, Vanderbilt 35
This game could have gone either way and lived up to the hype. These two teams are going to continue to get better and better each year.
Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews proved why is one of the best in the nation, but it was Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott who stole the spotlight with his game-winning 75-yard touchdown run. You also couldn't help but notice the improvement of Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace as well.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 41, Mississippi State 24
Result: Oklahoma State 21, Mississippi State 3
The outcome is what many expected, but the final score was not.
The most surprising part was the Cowboy defense completely shutting down the Bulldog offense. Since when does Oklahoma State hold quality opponents to only three total points? With a lot of hype surrounding Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh proved himself and has been named the starter.
Prediction: Northern Illinois 26, Iowa 20
Result: Northern Illinois 30, Iowa 27
It’s only fitting that Jordan Lynch and company go into Kinnick Stadium and win in the last minute of the game. Northern Illinois came up just short a year ago from defeating Iowa in Chicago. With the Huskies coming in off a BCS bowl birth and the Hawkeyes starting a quarterback that had never taken a snap in college, it was time for Northern Illinois to finally take care of business.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Virginia Tech 17
Result: Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 10
Not much thought went into this pick; the Crimson Tide were going to win this game. No one could have anticipated the Alabama offense not being as productive, but receiver/return man Christion Jones dazzled with his three touchdowns. The Hokies needed quarterback Logan Thomas to have an unbelievable performance, which he did not.
Prediction: Georgia 38, Clemson 28
Result: Clemson 38, Georgia 35
This was going to be a difficult pick, but decided to go with the Dawgs because of Aaron Murray, the running back unit and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who was injured and is now out for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL. Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins lived up to expectations and Roderick McDowell played a big part in the running game.
Prediction: LSU 38, TCU 24
Result: LSU 37, TCU 27
It's really no surprise that LSU would win its third straight game in JerryWorld, but TCU managed to stay in the game until late in the fourth quarter. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger looked impressive and Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry had over 100 yards of receiving.
Prediction: Washington 26, Boise State 23
Result: Washington 38, Boise State 6
It’s not any surprise that Washington knocked off Boise State in its first game back at a newly renovated Husky Stadium, but who could have anticipated such a blow out? Is Boise State not the team we thought they were?
After a disappointing 2012 campaign, Washington quarterback Keith Price threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Bishop Sankey continued to show that he is one the elite running backs in the nation with his 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Northwestern 31, California 20
Result: Northwestern 44, California 30
Sonny Dykes' Cal Bears put up a good fight against Northwestern. They were actually better offensively with true freshman Jared Goff than anticipated and it could translate into a better 2013 season. The Wildcats, though, took advantage of two interceptions in the second half that both went for touchdowns. That’s what hurt Cal from pulling off the upset.
Prediction: Florida State 24, Pittsburgh 17
Result: Florida State 41, Pittsburgh 13
So much for predicting a close game in Pittsburgh’s debut as a member of the ACC, Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston had an impressive coming out party as he had just two incompletions on 27 pass attempts, threw for 356 yards and scored five total touchdowns. The Seminoles looked solid and are going to be in a battle with Clemson for the ACC Atlantic Division title.