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Did You Notice? NCAA Week 3
  • Pac-12 Still #1?
    Much buzz after Week 2 about the Pac-12 being the best conference after Oregon whacked Michigan State 46-27. (If you're waiting for another reason for the buzz other than just that game, I can't give one. SEC detractors were grasping at anything to exalt a different league.) But now that USC traveled across the continent and lost to Boston College 37-31, the silence from the West Coast is deafening. After all, the Trojans the week before had upset Stanford, one of the leag ue's powers. The league did get two other wins over Power Five conference foes last Saturday: Washington 44 Illinois 19 and UCLA 20 Texas 17. But neither the Illini nor the Longhorns are considered serious contenders in their leagues.
  • More on UCLA
    The UCLA-Texas game started with a blunder by the Texas captains. UCLA won the coin toss and elected to defer its choice until the second half. Then Texas chose to kickoff. The referee turned off his microphone and spoke to the Longhorn players about their decision, which meant they would kick off both halves. Bruin coach Jim Mora said afterward, I had trouble believing it at first. ... It helped us win the game tonight. We were able to steal a possession without taking the ball away. UCLA didn't do anything with the opening possession, but they did drive 75y with the second half kickoff to tie the game 10-10. In the meantime, start QB Brett Hundley hurt his left elbow in Q1. With Bruin Nation in despair over losing their Heisman candidate, redshirt sophomore Jerry Neuheisel, son of the former UCLA QB and coach Rick, entered the game after having thrown only 13 passes last season and none this season. But he performed admirably in Jerry's World, completing 23 of 30 for 178y for 2 TD and 0 INT to lead the comeback win 20-17. The go-ahead score came on his 33y pass to Jordan Payton with 3:00 left. Neuheisel's teammates carried him off the field on their shoulders after the game. The Bruins are now an "ugly" 3-0.
  • Rutgers AD Apologizes
    Rutgers
    played its first Big Ten game Saturday night, hosting Penn State, the Scarlet Knights' longtime rival from their days as Eastern Independents. The result was the largest crowd in school history, 53,774. The Nittany Lions won the contest 13-10. So far, so good. But Monday afternoon, Rutgers AD Julie Hermann issued a public apology for the "classless display" of some fans after photos popped up on social media of some Scarlet Knight fans making light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Two pictures even briefly appeared on the Rutgers web site as part of a 200-picture montage. One showed fans wearing red "Beat Ped State!" t-shirts while another showed an inappropriate banner in Penn State's colors.
  • Pray for Marshall Morgan
    Who is Marshall Morgan, you ask? He's the kicker for the Georgia Bulldogs. His Q1 FG that put UGa ahead of South Carolina 10-7 was his 19th straight to set an SEC record. He nailed another in Q2 to regain the lead 14-13. But later in the first half, Morgan missed on a 44-yarder to end his streak. Then in the final period, after Georgia narrowed a 31-20 deficit to 38-35, the Bulldogs got a great chance to at least tie the score when Damiam Swann intercepted Dylan Thompson and returned to the 4. With the incomparable Todd Gurley at TB, Georgia incomprehensively chose to pass on first down. But senior QB Hutson Mason, finally starting after backing up Aaron Murray for three years, threw the ball away under pressure and was called for intentional grounding - a 10y loss. When two more plays gained just 3y, Mark Richt sent in Morgan for a 28y attempt - duck soup for such a terrific kicker, right? Booted from the right hash, Morgan's attempt sailed inches outside the right upright. The Gamecocks then ran out the remaining 4:24 to get back in the SEC East race. But Georgia fans can take hope in the fact that the last two times their heroes lost to USC, the Bulldogs still won their division.
  • Longest Games of the Day
    Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, two teams that used to battle in the Sun Belt Conference and now cavort in C-USA, went three OT in Murfreesboro before the Blue Raiders won 50-47. After regulation ended 34-34, each team scored 7 in the first OT and matched FGs in the second. But after the Hilltoppers settled for another FG in OT #3, MTU scored on the first play of their possession on a 25y pass to send their fans home happy.
    Further South, Kentucky and Florida played the only other FBS OT game of the weekend, which also went three extra periods. The Wildcats came oh so close to ending the longest current losing streak of one team to another, 27. A UK FG with 1:47 on the clock tied the game at 20 and forced the OT. The Cats then scored on the first play on a pass. Shortly afterward, Florida faced 4th and 7 at the 9. Stop this play and the losing streak is over. But QB Jeff Driskel lofted a fade to Demarcus Robinson in the EZ to survive. After the teams traded FGs in OT #2, Kentucky missed a 41y FG on its third possession. The Gators then ran Matt Jones four times to the EZ to escape with a 36-30 win. The victory did nothing to quiet Gator coach Will Muschamp's detractors, who will grant that UK is better in Year 2 of Mark Stoops' regime but not as good as UF's inept offense made them look.
By the Numbers - Week Three
50
Games in which Oregon has scored 40+ points since 2009, most in the FBS by 3.
2-25 USM's record in its past 27 games since Coach Larry Fedora moved to North Carolina after leading the Golden Eagles to the C-USA championship in 2011.
11/0 TD/INT ratio for Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill after three games
669 Yards gained by Baylor in the Bears' 63-21 win over Buffalo
452/20 Boston College's yards rushing compared to USC's in the Eagles' 37-31 win Saturday night
0.9 Louisiana-Monroe's average per carry against LSU (16y on 18 attempts)
7 Consecutive times Purdue has lost to Notre Dame
0 Penalties committed by ULL in their 56-15 loss at Ole Miss
511 Yards rushing by Arizona State RB D. J. Foster in the first three games
47 Consecutive games in which Missouri has forced a turnover
1934 Last time Ohio State scored 66 or more points against an in-state opponent
Saints-Browns Comments

Another gut-wrenching loss. I will long remember these plays.

  • Q1: Cleveland 4th and 4 at NO 26
    Billy Cundiff's 44y FG hits the right upright - no good. But Patrick Robinson in neutral zone. 5y penalty gives Browns 1st down. Four plays later, Cundiff's 32y FG gives Browns 10-0 lead.
  • Q2: New Orleans 1st and 10 at its 44
    Brees is hit as he throws; ball sails high but Graham jumps and ball goes through his hands right to Tashaun Gipson who runs 62y for a TD to make it 16-3.
  • Q4: Leading 24-23, New Orleans 3rd and 5 at Cleveland 31 with 3:36 left; another first down probably ices the game because the Browns will be forced to use their timeouts and Graham can kick a FG to force the opposition to score a TD.
  • LB Karlos Dansby blitzes up the middle untouched to sack Brees for a 7y loss. Deciding against a 55y FG, Payton orders a punt, which is downed on the 4.
  • Cleveland facing 4th-and-6 at its 38 with 0:38 left.
    Hoyer hits Barnidge over the middle for 10y and a first down.
  • Next play: Hoyer hits a pass to Austin at NO 39; he catches it sliding down just inbounds and falls out of bounds to stop the clock. Cleveland is now in range for a long FG.
  • 1st and 10 at NO 39 with 0:15 left.
    Under pressure, Hoyer finds Hawkins running free in the secondary when two Saints take the out man and no one covers Hawkins who catches the ball for 28y to the 11. That sets up the chip shot FG for the win.

In the last analysis, the Saints lost the game because they were overwhelmed by Cleveland's energy in the first period and didn't start competing until Q2 after falling behind 10-0.

Another way to summarize the game is that the Saints never got a turnover and gave up two.

My Live Game This Weekend

Louisiana-Monroe @ LSU

Not a drop of rain and cooler than usual because of the overcast with a nice breeze out of the north.

  • Tigers employed a vanilla game plan with lots of two TE, one WR sets, pre­sumably to save better stuff for Mississippi State this coming week.
  • The defense is the real deal with two straight shutouts for the first time since 1985. I realize the competition hasn't been the greatest, but in today's foot­ball with spread offenses, it isn't easy to shutout anyone, even a Sun Belt or FCS team.
  • QB Anthony Jennings was hesitant at times and didn't pick up a secondary receiver. He's a dangerous runner out of the pocket but must not give up on passing plays too quickly. He must play better for LSU to beat Mississippi State.
Interesting Quotes

Sports Illustrated's NFL Preview issue
From the Saints preview [11-5 record predicted]
Part of coach Sean Payton's M.O. is to employ 15 different formations over his offense's first 15 plays - give or take - so that his assistants can chart how the defense responds to each one. Payton then bases much of his play-calling on that info. This practice is not uncommon in the NFL, but New Orleans ... is the best at it.
The Saints simply have too many offensive looks for a defense to prepare for, and New Orleans is able to run those out of myriad personnel groupings thanks to its depth at running back, receiver and tight end. The Saints are bound to find favor­able mismatches.

Brees is as adept as anyone at clicking through progressions, and Payton is among the elite at constructing route combinations, particularly with screens, seam pat­terns, posts and deep crosses.
Because of Brees' small stature, the Saints must have solid protection up the mid­dle. Guards Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans earn more than three times what tackles Terron Armstead and Zach Strief earn. Payton's system makes great use of chip blocks ... so having elite tackles is not vital.
The Saints hope that rookie wideout Brandin Cooks can quickly become a threat. ... New Orleans also needs Cooks to create his own opportunities against tight coverage on the outside - something that no one else, including decorated possess­ion target Marques Colston, is capable of doing.
RB Pierre Thomas is an adept receiver, especially on screens, where he has an excellent sense of spacing and timing. Thomas is also a steady ballcarrier, though his touches will be limited in a backfield trio that includes Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson ... Robinson, a second-year pro with excellent burst and control, is viewed by many (including Payton's longtime mentor and friend Bill Parcells) as a budding star.
The swarming nature of the Saints' defense makes it appear as if they have a fierce pass rush. Look closely, though, and you'll see a front seven without any true edge specialists ... Coordinator Rob Ryan compensates with keen blitz designs as well as blitz looks that wind up bringing only the standard four rushers.
Kenny Vaccaro is a deft slot defender, thanks to man-coverage skills honed at Texas ... He's also a heady linebacker, capable of slithering around bodies much as Charles Woodson did in his days as a Packer ... Interchangeable safeties are most dangerous playing alongside quality man-to-man corners. The Saints have one of those in Keenan Lewis, who is ascending toward the top echoelon at his position.

Each team preview includes a "Secret Superstar" item (including Vaccaro for the Saints). Here are two about former LSU players.
Arizona Cardinals Secret Superstar: CB Tyrann Mathieu
Yards per coverage snap allowed in slot: 0.9 (NFL average: 1.24)
Before tearing his ACL in Week 14, Mathieu played 65.4 percent of his snaps in the slot, allowing the 10th-fewest yards per coverage snap (0.9). With eight stops (tied for eight among CBs) and 12 QB pressures (second), the Honey Badger did it all as a rook.
St. Louis Rams Secret Superstar: OT Joe Barksdale
Barksdale was a backup on his second team in three seasons when a Week 2 injury to Rodger Saffold forced him into duty. Barksdale allowed just 27 QB pressures the rest of 2013 - on par with LT Jake Long over that span.

Another quote
Counter to the prevailing notion that early specialization is the key to a pro career, studies show that future elites actually practice less on average in their eventual sports than near-elites and that most U.S.-born big leaguers play multiple sports through high school.

From USA Today Sports Weekly
On the question of whether going winless or undefeated in the preseason carries over into the regular season:
Of the 57 winless preseason teams since 1983:
>Ten ended the regular season with a winning record.
>Eight made the playoffs.
>Two reached the Super Bowl (neither won).
Of the 57 undefeated preseason teams:
>Thirty-two had a winning record.
>Thirty made the playoffs.
Six reached the Super Bowl (four hoisted the Lombardi Trophy).
...The Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins were spotless in the preseason last year. The Seahawks went on to capture Super Bowl XLVIII, while the Redskins went from NFC East champions in 2012 to three wins in 2013. ...
Only one team in history has won a Super Bowl after going winless throughout the preseason - the 1982 Redskins.

Charles Weems, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors in 2005 who was part of the search team that interviewed Les Miles, in Tiger Rag: He has been every­thing we could've wanted. Other than a few glitches here and there that have been magnified mainly because of the coach he followed, he has been great. We couldn't ask for more. He really fit in instantly, and I feel has continued to get better and better. He is more comfortable now and I believe will continue to win big.

By the Numbers - Odds 'n Ends
16 Consecutive home games won by the Saints with Sean Payton on the sidelines
+20 Seahawks' 2013 turnover margin, a stat that tends to swing back the following year
139.3 Drew Brees' passer rating when targeting Kenny Stills last season, the best of any QB-WR combination in the league.
4 Number of takeaways by the Saints in their final nine games of 2013, including none in the two playoff tilts
Week 3 Picks 9-10

No "gimme" spreadless games this week.

  • Wyoming +43 over #3 OREGON
    Ducks coast after big win over Michigan State.
  • Southern Mississippi +48 over #3 ALABAMA
    Remember when USM regularly upset major conference teams?
  • #4 OKLAHOMA over Tennessee +20.5
    Young Vols not ready for a big road test yet.
  • #6 Georgia over #24 SOUTH CAROLINA +6.5 X
    Hard to pick the winner even without the spread.
  • #7 TEXAS A&M over Rice +31.5 X
    No 73 for Aggies this week but enough to cover.
  • #8 Baylor over BUFFALO +35
    Like A&M, Bears usually good to top any spread.
  • #9 USC over BOSTON COLLEGE #17 X
    Trojans get second straight road win.
  • #10 LSU over Louisiana Monroe +31 PUSH
    Young Tigers have fun again.
  • Purdue +27.5 over #11 Notre Dame
    Irish let down after big win over Michigan.
  • Texas +7.5 over #12 UCLA
    Longhorns make up for last week's debacle.
  • Louisiana Lafayette +27.5 over #14 OLE MISS X
    Cajuns show they're not as bad as they played last week.
  • Army +28 over #15 STANFORD X
    Cadets ground game and Cardinal hangover from loss last week keep score down.
  • #16 Arizona State over COLORADO +15 X
    Another romp for Sun Devils.
  • #17 VIRGINIA TECH over East Carolina +10 X
    Hokies avoid letdown after big win in Columbus.
  • UCF +10 over #20 MISSOURI X
    O'Leary's boys play well on road.
  • #21 Louisville over VIRGINIA +6.5 X
    Petrino prepares his men to survive trap game.
  • #22 OHIO STATE over Kent State +32
    Buckeyes losing last week was worst thing that could happen for KSU.

Intriguing Non-Top 25 Games

  • MICHIGAN over Miami (OH) +32.5 X
    Wolverines take out anger on hapless RedHawks.
  • Iowa State +11 over IOWA
    Cyclones always play well in rivalry game.
  • Nebraska over FRESNO STATE +10.5
    Cornhuskers due for big game after last week's scare.
Did You Notice? NFL Week 1
  • The Seahawks picked up right where they left off in the Super Bowl last Jan­uary. They could be even better this year with Percy Harvin playing the en­tire season. Marshawn Lynch gained 110y, but with 1753 rushing attempts in his previous seven sesons, will he hold up all year?
  • Matt Ryan completed 20-of-27 after intermission to lead Atlanta to a come­back 27-24 OT win over the Saints. His 448y total was the most in Atlanta history for a single game and the sixth most by anyone on opening week­end. Julio Jones had only one reception the first half, which ended with losing a fumble in the EZ, but bounced back with six in the second 30 minutes.
  • If you were told that an NFL QB would throw 62 passes last Sunday, you wouldn't have guessed that the man in question would be Joe Flacco of the Ravens. (Ray Rice, why didn't you stay out of the elevator?) At one point, Flacco was 13-of-31 for 95y and an INT. Rarely does a team win when the QB fills the air with that many passes. and that was the case Sunday as the Bengals prevailed 23-16.
  • The team that looked the worst in the preseaon was the Bills, who went winless and endured fights during training camp and dissension in the front office. So what the Buffalo do? They won in Chicago for the first time ever, 23-20. QB E. J. Manuel, who struggled in the exhibition games, finished 16-of-22 for 173y. He was aided by a solid running attack that produced 174y spread among Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, and Anthony Dixon.
  • Another team that had a miserable preseason - in fact, a miserable off-sea­son with arrests, injuries, and holdouts - the 49ers came together to down the Cowboys 28-17 aided by an inept performance - three INTs - by Dallas QB Tony Romo, who didn't play in the preseason after offseason surgery and looked unprepared.
  • The Redskins gave no sign that they would be improved under the new coaching staff in their 17-6 loss in Houston. The Texans were aided by a blocked punt by former LSU RB Alfred Blue, who scooped it up and ran a few steps into the EZ.
  • Based on what the teams did last year, Titans 26 Chiefs 10 seems like the biggest upset of the weekend. But the game may signal what many have predicted for 2014 - Tennessee's rise and KC's fall. Chiefs LB Derrick John­son, the heart and soul of their D for years, is out for the season with an Achilles injury.
  • The Raiders named Derek Carr their starter at QB after he had an impress­ive final preseason game against Seattle's starting D. But when the bell rang for the real season, the rookie struggled, not showing any consisten­cy until Oak­land's final drive in the 19-14 loss to the Jets. With three minutes left in the game, the Raiders had 85y on 43 plays.

Antonio Brown kicks Browns punter
  • One writer wrote his lead for the Steelers-Browns game at halftime like this: There was one play that completely epi­tomized this game. I'm sure most of you have seen it. Anto­nio Brown, returning a punt, jumped in the air and karate kicked Cleveland's punter in the head on what turned out to be a big gain that set up an eventual touch­down. The score put the Steelers up 27-3 in a game that was completely dominated by Pittsburgh. The Browns, who look like the worst team in the NFL, were absolutely humiliated. But not so fast, my friend! Cleveland came alive the second half and caught the Steelers only to lose 30-27 on a late FG. With many wondering if Johnny Manziel would take over in the second half, Brian Hoyer returned and played like he did early last season before being injured.
  • The Buccaneers must have been licking their chops as they hosted the Panthers, who were playing without QB Cam Newton and with no (as in zero) receivers back from the NFL South champions of 2013. But Carolina backup Derek Anderson, who last start was 2010, completely outplayed TB's Josh McCown, a veteran who was brought in to man­age a (supposedly) improved offense. This game was colos­sally boring immediately after the Game of the Day - Saints-Falcons. The Panthers led 17-0 early in Q4 until TB rallied but lost 20-14.
  • Peyton Manning turned 38 in March. Sunday night it seemed that he stayed up past his bedtime. After going 16-of-22 in the first half for 199y and three TDs, he threw for just 70y (6-of-14) after intermission. That allowed the Colts, trailing 24-7 at halftime, to get back in the game behind frisky young Andrew Luck, Peyton's replacement in Indianapolis, before falling short 31-24.
Saints-Falcons Comments

That was one helluva ball game. Unfortunately, our team lost.

  • I watched the Saints game simultaneously with Patriots-Dolphins on side-by-side TVs. The games were similar in many respects. Both involved a team (Saints/Patriots) that has dominated the division opponent (Falcons/ Dolphins). In both cases, the abused team fell behind (both trailing 20-10 at halftime). Then both home teams came out with new resolve and took it to their tormentors. The Dolphins actually won going away, 33-20, after holding the Pats scoreless in the second half.
  • Someone said after the game, "The Falcons just wanted it more than we did." I don't agree with that. That's the same syndrome that causes LSU fans to berate the coach after every loss. It's never the other team's play that gives them victory; it's our lack of effort or poor coaching. The Saints played hard. They came from behind in the last few minutes to take a 34-31 lead. But the defense couldn't get a stop when it counted.
  • The Saints lost because the Falcons got the deciding turnover in OT, knocking the ball from Colston's hand to set up the winning FG. Demetrius Byrd had done the same thing to Julio Jones in Q1 to save a TD.
  • So hats off to the Falcons. Last year's opening game, a 23-17 victory for the home team in the Superdome, set the tone for the 2013 season, with the Saints bouncing back from a subpar 7-9 season without Peyton to make the playoffs and the defending NFL South champion Falcons winning just four games. Let's hope today's result doesn't have the same effect on the winner and loser this year.
  • The major question from the opener is whether the Saints D will continue as porous or whether this was an aberration due to Matt Ryan having an outstanding day and utilizing all his weapons, including a healthy Julio Jones, who missed most of last season.
  • The turnaround in the game came in the last minute of the first half. After the Saints scored with 0:20 left to take a 20-7 lead as all four possessions had led to scores, Ryan hit a 19y pass to Devin Hester and a 39y completion to Roddy White to set up a 40y FG by Matt Bryant. Not only did those three points eventually enable the Falcons to force OT with another Bryant FG at the end of regulation, but it seemed to give the Dirty Birds heart. They outscored the Saints 14-0 in Q3 to take the lead.
NFL Predictions

Don't be surprised if ...

  • ... the winner of the Green Bay-Seattle game represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.
    The Packers and Seahawks are expected to be the class of the conference. So the winner of the game (which was Seattle) has the tiebreaker on the other should they finish with identical records. And that could make the difference in determining home field for a rematch.

  • ... the Saints make the playoffs.
    I don't think I buy the notion that some have advanced that this is Sean Peyton's most talented Saints team. A few writers put them in the Super Bowl. But I do think that, with continued improvement in the defense, the Saints should win the NFC South after finishing 2nd to the Panthers last year.

  • ... the following teams improve on their 2013 records.
    Lions (7 wins in 2013)
    Vikings (5)
    Texans (2)
    Bears (8)
    Titans (7)

  • ... the following teams do not do win as many games as in 2013.
    Eagles (10 wins in 2013)
    Cowboys (8)
    Panthers (12)
    Seahawks (13)
    Chiefs (11)
College Football Predictions

With games starting tonight, it's time for my annual predictions - college this week, NFL next week.

Don't be surprised if ...

  • LSU loses to either Mississippi State or Ole Miss at home.
    One of my predictions last year was that LSU would lose a game in which it was favored and win a game in which it was an underdog. That came to pass when the Tigers lost at Ole Miss but beat Texas A&M at home. This year, LSU has an even younger team with no experience to speak of at QB. That means inconsistent play. Ole Miss has its most talented team in some time and is predicted by many to finish ahead of LSU in the West. And the law of averages may catch up with the Tigers in regard to Mississippi State, whom they've beaten 14 times in a row.

  • LSU beats Alabama.
    No, this isn't a contradiction to the previous prediction. By November 8, both young QBs will have nine games of experience. The Tigers have the week off before the clash (although Bama does too). The Tide's QB situation is uncer­tain also. Tiger Stadium will be jumping. Miles & Company remember how close they came to an upset two years ago when A. J. McCarron led a last minute winning drive. Saban doesn't have a McCarron under C this year.

  • LSU's string of four consecutive double-digit win seasons ends.
    Les Miles and his staff will do well to coax nine wins out of this team. Four losses ends any hope of ten wins. Back-to-back games at Auburn and Flori­da will probably produce two of those defeats. A loss to Wisconsin in the opener will make it hard to get ten wins with the conference schedule still ahead. Defeat the Badgers and the Tigers might get to ten wins with a bowl victory.

  • The winner of the Georgia-South Carolina game in Week 2 wins the SEC.
    Predicting the UGa-SC winner captures the East crown is not going out on a limb. But taking the victor to win the Championship Game is a bold choice.

  • Auburn doesn't finish in the Top Ten.
    The Tigers were the biggest surprise of 2013. But their last two wins came on freak plays. One Georgia defender was ready to intercept or at least knock down the desperation pass when a teammate knocked it from him into the arms of the Auburn receiver. Nick Saban and his staff made numerous coaching mistakes in the Iron Bowl, including lobbying for a second to be put back on the clock and sending in the FG unit instead of throwing a Hail Mary. Of course, Auburn might still have won in OT. Also, the week before AU played in Baton Rouge September 21, Nick Marshall came off the bench and led a last ditch drive that culminated in a winning TD pass with 0:10 left. All in all, last season had enough breaks go Auburn's way to last a lifetime. Fur­thermore, opponents have had the entire off-season to study video of Gus Malzahn's offense.

  • UCLA wins the Pac-12 and makes the College Football Playoff.
    This is my surprise Final Four participant. Jim Mora's Bruins have gone from nine wins his first year to ten last year. He has 16 returning starters including, best of all, QB Brett Hundley, who decided to come back for another year despite being eligible for the NFL draft.

  • At most one team nationally goes undefeated.
    Only one squad, Florida State, finished the regular season unblemished last year. With eight SEC teams, including Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia, deploying new QBs, it is highly likely no team in the nation's tough­est league will emerge without a loss. With the exception of FSU, no squad in any other conference seems capable of running the table. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Seminoles dropped a game along the way - hence the "at most one" in my prediction.

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