Yikes. I was right about just one game in my picks last week but at least it was the BIG one (season tally now 25-39). You all know about the Stanford Stymie over Oregon by now along with the Baylor, BAMA, and Auburn blowouts and the one close game between Arizona and UCLA. The Stanford game knocked most people out of the hunt for the FREE Retro Brand shirt while we had four entries go into the drawing with perfect 5-0 records. The winner turned out to be Robert Conrad from Orlando, Florida. No, not the Robert Conrad of The Wild Wild West TV show and Eveready Batteries "Come on, I dare ya" commercial fame, but a guy who's been entering our contests for years and winning for the first time. Robert had made it to the drawing twice before finally coming out victorious. Third time's the charm and congrats Robert!
Now for the contest rules and then to the games!
1) I will preview 5 College Football Match-ups for the upcoming week and offer my expertise, or more commonly lack thereof, as to who will win & why, along with a predicted final score. Sometimes I'll throw in an extra game which is usually my upset special so make sure to pick all the games featured!
2) Contestants will enter their winning picks for the same 5 (or 6) games by clicking them into the comment section of this post. The person that beats me and/or the person who picks the most games correctly (no point spreads, straight up wins and losses) will win a FREE Retro Brand vintage t-shirt of their choice from originalretrobrand.com In the event of a tie, we will have a drawing to determine the final winner (this happens quite a bit so prepare yourself accordingly). In the rare event that I win, nobody gets nuthin’!
Comments must be posted no later than kickoff of the first scheduled game to be counted! UNC at PITT would be that game for this week and it begins at 12:30 pm est on Saturday 11/16/13. ***ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CUSTOMER***
3) I will announce the winner on this blog the following week (usually Wednesday). Now to the games....
Game 1: North Carolina (4-5, 3-3 ACC) @ PITT (5-4, 2-3 ACC) - Hey, this game could mean something! The Tar heels have reeled off 3 straight ACC wins after a very close loss to the Canes and have a legit shot at the ACC Coastal if they win out. PITT just upset Notre Dame and if they sweep their next 3 to close out, they have a shot at the Coastal too (I think?). I think it's going to be too cold for the southern boys at Heinz field and Carolina will be Blue. Panthers - 28, Tar Heels - 17.
Game 2: #12 Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) @ #24 Texas (7-2, 6-0 Big 12) - Not so fast Nick; Mack will be back. Case McCoy has got the job done for coach Brown leading the Horns to 6 straight W's in the Big 12 including a romp over OU in the Red River Rivalry. The Cowboys off field NCAA troubles will all but disappear if they win out and capture the Big 12 but just the Horns, #5 Baylor, and #18 OU stand in the way making that scenario highly unlikely. Longhorns - 38, Cowboys - 28. (Don't be too pissed at me Cowboy fans. In fact you can get this classic Cowboy shirt for 50% OFF today! Use code OKSC50 @ checkout)
Game 3: #16 Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big 10) @ Nebraska (7-2, 4-1 Big 10) - Man, the Spartans have been just toying with their Big 10 brethren behind a mammoth defense and really took it to the Wolverines a few weeks ago. Meanwhile Nebraska survived that same Wolverine squad on a Hail-Mary from Tommy Armstrong to keep the Huskers in the hunt for the Big 10 Legends. Can that vaunted Sparty D hold off Armstrong and 1,000 yard rusher Ameer Abdullah in Lincoln (8 games over 100 yds including 225 vs. the Illini)? Tough call but I'm saying Sparty can't. Cornhuskers - 24, Spartans - 17.
Game 4: #23 Miami (7-2, 3-2 ACC) @ DUKE (7-2, 3-2 ACC) - See those identical W-L records? What the..? Yes, the Blue Devils are very much in the running for the ACC Coastal title and then they can beat FSU for the Championship! Ok, that is not going to happen but 5 straight W's including a stunner against the Hokies on the road is impressive. Now they host the sliding Canes who've dropped 2 straight (losing to VT). You know me.... underdog (most) every time. Blue Devils - 28, Hurricanes - 24.
Game 5: Michigan (6-3, 2-3 Big 10) @ Northwestern (4-5, 0-5 Big 10) - The sad sack bowl. Ay caramba, what the H-E- double-hockey-sticks happened to these teams?! Well, Michigan was lucky to beat Akron & Connecticut during their time of being ranked and basically the truth came out as they've dropped 3 of their last 4. The Wildcats were on the verge of knocking off the Buckeyes for 5 straight W's and an assured top 5 ranking before tanking and losing 5 straight! I will admit both teams have lost very close games in those stretches and each lost heart-breakers in overtime (...and there's that Hail-Mary to Nebraska). Michigan suffers the heartbreak again. Wildcats - 28, Wolverines - 23.
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Now let's see those picks and GOOD LUCK!
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