David J. Neal

David vs. Goliath: College football predictions for Week 3

MIAMI HERALD STAFF

David’s record

Overall

Pct.

Vs. spread

Pct.

Last week

4-4

.500

2-6

.250

Season

12-4

.750

9-6

.600

Goliath’s record

Overall

Pct.

Vs. spread

Pct.

Last week

6-2

.750

3-5

.375

Season

14-2

.875

9-6

.600

Florida State at Boston College, FSU by 8

David: Isn’t it time for Florida State quarterback Everett Golson to step up his game, which is producing turnovers at Publix bakery speed? Maybe if Dalvin Cook gets stonewalled and Golson’s got to be The Man against a good opponent. Not this week. FSU overwhelms sophomore quarterback Darius Wade. Florida State 31, Boston College 21

Goliath: Eagles have played two lightweights to open the season but their run defense held Seminoles to 3.8 YPC last year. They are stout again and own two straight easy covers vs FSU in what seems to be a Dalvin Cook led team that is ordinary if he's not sensational. Florida State 27 Boston College 24

Auburn at LSU, LSU by 7

David: Auburn needed OT to outlast FCS toughie Jacksonville State last week and didn’t crack 400 yards of offense in either of its first two games. Now, with a midseason amount of injuries, Auburn visits perpetually overtalented LSU. Coach Gus Malzahn could look like he got some bad crayfish by the end. LSU 27, Auburn 21

Goliath: You get added value of at least three points because Auburn looked like the FCS opponent last week not Jacksonville State. I’ll take Jeremy Johnson over Brandon Harris every day of the week and Sunday. The wrong team is favored! Auburn 27, LSU 25

Mississippi at Alabama, Alabama by 7

David: Can’t say Bama’s easing into the season with Wisconsin, Ole Miss and Georgia in the first five games. Ole Miss opened with Fresno State and UT-Martin, UP-Manning, QB-Dickey something like that. They beat Alabama 23-17 in Oxford last year. Little Nicky remembers. He’ll make sure the team does, too. Alabama 28, Ole Miss 13

Goliath: Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly who happens to be Jim Kelly’s nephew is the real deal. HC Hugh Freeze is on a 9-3 ATS run as an underdog and if he plays to win not just stay close look out. Alabama 24, Mississippi 23

Nebraska at Miami, UM by 3

David: Any puffery that this hearkens 1983-91 Nebraska vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl gets punctured with: neither team’s ranked, Nebraska’s head coach (Mike Riley) is three games into this job, UM’s coach is embattled and his roster isn’t one of America’s most talented. One similarity: UM is better. Miami 31, Nebraska 23

Goliath: If I’m on target the Canes have been very vanilla with their schemes and play calling in their two wins. They probably have been waiting to unleash new blitz packages on defense and new plays on offense in this big time emotional revenge game that could make or break their season. Miami 35 Nebraska 24

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, Ga. Tech by 2

David:Nobody defends Georgia Tech well anymore because nobody runs the triple option like they do, even at the high school level. They’re a new experience for everybody these days. Makes me wonder if the single wing could make succeed if you just get the right athletes. Georgia Tech 45, Notre Dame 28

Goliath: Fighting Irish have given up 39 and 34 points to triple option based Navy the last two years. Tech has more talent than Navy on offense and has a very opportunist defense looking to pounce on an Irish first time starting QB. Georgia Tech 30 Notre Dame 24

Florida at Kentucky, UF by 3

David: Florida coach Jim McElwain went too far off at throat-slash-gesturing Kelvin Taylor just like you would occasionally if your job relied on getting 18-to-22-year-old males to do what they should. Even if that happens in Lexington, Florida’s too young to assume that means a win. Kentucky 38, Florida 27

Goliath: Wildcats might still be celebrating their win over South Carolina while Gator head boss Jim McElwain will channel his energy towards beating his opponent not berating his top RB. Florida 34 Kentucky 23

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