Overall Record: 23-7
Week 3 Record: 8-2
Note: Team in Bold indicates author’s pick.
Prediction: Nebraska 31, UCLA 28
Result: UCLA 41, Nebraska 21
It was a tale of two halves for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It was a bit surprising to see the Huskers take a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and it appeared they would run away with the game. Then the second half started, and everything went downhill from there.
The Huskers were outscored 31-0 and couldn't get anything going offensively. The Nebraska defense was dominated yet again, this time by one of the best quarterbacks in the country, Brett Hundley, who passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns.
Prediction: Oregon 48, Tennessee 17
Result: Oregon 59, Tennessee 14
Tennessee enjoyed their temporary 7-0 lead in the first quarter as the Oregon offense struggled, but it eventually got ugly for Rocky Top as the Ducks dismantled them in the second quarter.
By the end of the first half, Oregon was already up 38-7 and the game was clearly over.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota had a career-high 456 passing yards and five total touchdowns. Wide receiver Josh Huff had a solid 125 receiving yards and one touchdown, but it was freshman tight end John Mundt, who replaced Colt Lyerla for the game, that looked impressive. Mundt had five receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 31
Result: Alabama 49, Texas A&M 42
The most hyped game heading into the 2013 season turned into a more of a shootout than expected. Texas A&M came out of the gates ready to go, as they quickly went up 14-0, but the Crimson Tide stormed back and made it 28-14 heading into the half.
It looked like Alabama was going to run away with the game after Vinnie Sunseri intercepted Johnny Manziel’s pass and ran it back for a 73-yard touchdown, but the game was far from over. Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans played great and almost brought the Aggies back, but they fell just short, 49-42.
Prediction: Washington 33, Illinois 31
Result: Washington 34, Illinois 24
The game was rather defensive in the first half and basically all of the scoring occurred in the second half. Washington led 31-10 near the end of the third quarter and Illinois tried to battle back by getting the score to 34-24 in the fourth quarter, but a Nathan Scheelhaase interception with 3:51 to go helped give the Huskies the win.
Washington senior quarterback Keith Price had another solid outing, as he threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Star running back Bishop Sankey rushed for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns. The Husky offense racked up an astounding 615 total yards.
Prediction: Iowa 20, Iowa State 17
Result: Iowa 27, Iowa State 21
Iowa controlled the game for the most part as they led 27-7 with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter, but Iowa State made a comeback by scoring two touchdowns in two minutes to put the game at 27-21. The Hawkeyes held on for dear life and escaped Ames with their first win over the Cyclones since 2010. Iowa running back Mark Weisman had a good day offensively by rushing for 145 yards.
Prediction: Ohio State 42, Cal 27
Result: Ohio State 52, Cal 34
No Braxton Miller, no problem. Backup Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton had a stellar performance as he threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Both wide receiver Devin Smith and running back Jordan Hall had a big game as well. Smith had 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while Hall rushed for 168 yards and scored three touchdowns. Ohio State won by a solid margin, but the defense gave up a few long touchdown plays and 503 total yards.
Prediction: South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 20
Result: South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25
South Carolina was up the entire game and easily took down James Franklin’s Commodores at home. Connor Shaw had three touchdown passes, while wide receiver Bruce Ellington had 111 yards and one touchdown reception. All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney finally looked like his normal self, as he recorded four tackles and one sack.
Prediction: Auburn 28, Mississippi State 23
Result: Auburn 24, Mississippi State 20
This was a huge win for new head coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn program. The Tigers started at their 12-yard line with 1:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Nick Marshall took his team down the field and eventually threw a game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left. With this being a win Auburn needed more than anything, Mississippi State was left heartbroken with their second loss of the season.
Prediction: Ole Miss 31, Texas 27
Result: Ole Miss 44, Texas 23
The Longhorns were without starting quarterback David Ash because of a head and right shoulder injury, but that wasn't even the biggest issue. The Texas defense had trouble all night trying to contain quarterback Bo Wallace and lethal running back Jeff Scott. Scott’s 73-yard punt return at the end of the third quarter is what put the game out of reach for Texas.
The Longhorns did not play well during their non-conference schedule and will be hoping to bounce back at home against Kansas State next week.
Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Arizona State 35
Result: Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30
This ended up being the close game it was supposed to be. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon played lights out by rushing for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona State’s Marion Grice hit 87 rushing yards and found the end zone four times. The Badgers led mostly the entire game, until the Sun Devils scored two touchdowns in about three minutes in the fourth quarter to make it 32-24.
Wisconsin came back and scored with 3:53 remaining and was still down by two after a missed two-point conversion. Their final drive was about to be topped off with a game-winning field goal, but chaos erupted and the Sun Devils came away with the win.