The original reality TV show is sports. No contrived setting where seven strangers living in a house or one bachelor searching for love can match the excitement the Iron Bowl delivered last fall. The beauty of college football lies in its complete unpredictability and drama. Here are some outrageous predictions for Week 3. (Note: The point of this column is to have some fun and make some outlandish predictions. Please react accordingly.)
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Only one Top 25 team will lose
And the only reason one Top 25 team will lose is because both Georgia and South Carolina are ranked. This week’s slate is extremely lacking in anything juicy as Florida State, Auburn, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kansas State and Clemson are off and only one game features two ranked teams. Only UCLA (Texas), Virginia Tech (ECU) and Mizzou (UCF) should even be worried in the slightest in what should be a weekend full of blowouts.
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Todd Gurley will rush for fewer than 40 yards
The Georgia running back is a freak of nature and ran all over the Gamecocks last year (132 yards). But he was held to just 39 yards on 13 carries in a 35-7 loss the last time UGA visited South Carolina. Look for Steve Spurrier to focus on Gurley, forcing Hutson Mason to make plays (and the Dawgs will still win).
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Tennessee won't gain positive rushing yards
The Vols rank 91st in the nation in rushing (139.0 ypg) and are 11th in the SEC. However, Tennessee has struggled mightily to get any push against Utah State and Arkansas State and will be without its starting left tackle. Against an Oklahoma Sooners defense that has allowed 148 yards on 63 carries (2.4 ypg) and no touchdowns in two games, there is a chance the Vols have a negative rushing total in Week 3.
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Twitter will break when Maryland takes the field
Whether you like or hate the new wave of alternate uniforms, I am willing to bet you will have something to say when Maryland takes the field against West Virginia this weekend. Not only has it turned into an interesting game, but Maryland also will be dressed like this.
Every AAC team will have a loss
The AAC was the only league to have a worse Week 2 than the Big Ten. The league went 2-7 with its only wins coming courtesy of Stony Brook and Grambling State. Cincinnati is the only team left in the league without a loss and the Bearcats open the season (that’s right) on Friday against a very solid Toledo squad. A Rockets win means every team in the AAC will have already lost.
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