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Ol' Doc's Football Forecast Week 3

September 13, 2012 - Al Stephenson
If one thing was learned last week it was the fact that Ol' Doc must spend more time eating than watching football in the backyard. Two backyard games were predicted and Ol' Doc missed em both. Urban Meyer being a former coach at Utah wasn't enough to allow the Utes to beat Utah State. At least it was a good game. The other backyard brawl saw Iowa State kick one more field goal than Iowa. Can you imagine sitting through a 9-6 game. It probably wasn't that bad IF you are a Cyclone fan.

The only game Ol' Doc got right was Georgia knocking off Missouri in the Tigers first foray into SEC football. Oh yeah, I was also correct in my suggestion that Savannah State would not get beat by 84 points. Instead it was only a 55-0 defeat at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles. Of course two weather delays, the last of which ended the game in the third quarter may have kept the point differential below the 84 that Oklahome State put on Savannah the week before. By the way, in your life, have you ever heard of the two coaches agreeing to use a running clock for the second half? Mother Nature put a halt to that idea. At least the fans in Iowa City got to see FOUR quarters of football.

Perhaps another thing Ol'Doc might have learned was to avoid the Backyard Brawls when picking games. Oh what the heck. I'm not passing up a chance to forecast the outcome of Bowling Green and Toledo. The two local MAC schools have moved up their traditional late season tilt and will play this Saturday. Here's what Ol' Doc has to say about that.

Bowling Green at Toledo. The Rockets have been pretty good for the last several seasons. Former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski even married a local girl. The Falcons seem to be having a resurgence. I have friends that went to both schools. My wife is a BG graduate. The game however is in the Glass Bowl and that gives the edge to the Rockets. Sorry honey!

Toledo 38. Bowling Green 27.

#18 Florida at #23 Tennessee. A matchup of second tier SEC schools though both are ranked. Florida may be going the wrong way in the polls while Tennessee is showing life for the first time since Philip Fulmer was let go. Speaking of the former coach, I had a Philip Fulmer burger at a restaurant/bar in Knoxville several years ago. That fact, combined with my favorite Nascar driver being Sterling Marlin before he retired (he's from Columbia, Tennessee and is a big Vols fan) means the Volunteers prevail.

Tennessee 31. Florida 28.

#20 Notre Dame at #10 Michigan State. It's in East Lansing. Michigan State has a great running back. MSU should win, but I feel an upset. I hope it's not my stomach from all those backyard burgers.

Notre Dame 24. Michigan State 20.

The view from my seat suggests that Ol' Doc (3-3 on the season) goes back on the plus side after week 3. I wouldn't however wager a lot of money on these picks!


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