After what we all witnessed this past weekend in College Football, is there any doubt left it's the most exciting & emotionally charged sport on the planet & beyond? Surely you die-hards for your respective teams can only imagine the pure ecstasy & elation every Auburn fan is feeling (and equal agony for Alabama) over the surreal, but very real, worst to first season they've had and the miracle fashion in which they won their last two home games - just the most amazing season for a team I can ever recall. The Michigan-Ohio State, Missouri-Texas A&M, Oregon-Oregon State, and Georgia-Georgia Tech games weren't too shabby either - JUST WOW!!!
And things are shaping up this weekend for another schedule of critical games and we'll get to those in just a minute, but first we have to announce the winner of the FREE Retro Brand t-shirt & go over the rules one more time.
I must apologize to those of you who had a hard time leaving comments last week as we did have technical issues due to the overwhelming amount of traffic to our site with 40% OFF sales going on since Thanksgiving (Hope you took advantage!). Moving on, we did manage to have 36 folks get through and of those we had 6 who went into the drawing with 5-1 records. The name chosen out of the hat this time was Lisa Earnesty from Connellsville, PA. Way to go Lisa!
Now the rules....
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! Oklahoma at Oklahoma State would be that game for this week and it begins at NOON est on Saturday 12/7/13. ***ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CUSTOMER***
Game 1: #17 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) @ #6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) - BEDLAM! More like butt-kickin' last time the Sooners came to Stillwater (they lost 44-10). The Sooners can't win the Big 12 title but they can play spoiler for that 2011 memory. The Cowboys can and will win the title with this victory and to them will go the spoils (Sorry LRB). Cowboys - 35, Sooners - 28.
Game 2: #5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1 SEC) @ #3 Auburn (11-1, 7-1 SEC) - Is it destiny for Auburn or have they used up their lifetimes worth of miracles? The Georgia Dome is not Jordan - Hare & the folks in the Tigers Lair of Mizzou travel well. So does War Eagle & Missouri ain't ready yet for a coveted SEC Championship. I'm drinking the AU miracle Kool-Aid. I want to see another! Auburn - 38, Missouri - 24.
Game 3: #7 Stanford (10-2, 7-2 Pac 12) @ #11 Arizona State (10-2, 8-1 Pac 12) - So they meet again... The Cardinal man handled Sparky in week 3 of the regular season and have a perfect 6-0 record against ranked teams this season. They now look for the sweep at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe for all the Pac-12 marbles. I'm liking all the marbles ASU puts on the scoreboard - 44 points per game. Fear the fork! Sun Devils - 44, Cardinal - 38
Game 4: #2 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 Big 10) vs. #10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0 Big 10) - You can whine all you want about the Big 10 being weak and OSU dodging bullets all year but good lord they dodged them all, so give Urban Meyer some credit for winning 24 straight games dagnabbit! Ok, credit given. Spartans defense has yielded just 7 points per game over their last 6, and will hold Braxton Miller in check just enough to have Connor Cook lead Gang Green to the Big 10 title. Spartans - 24, Buckeyes - 23.
Game 5: #25 Texas (8-3, 7-1 Big 12) @ #9 Baylor (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) - Texas could be playing for the Big 12 title outright had they not gotten whooped at home by the Cowboys a few weeks ago and the same situation was there for Baylor but then they got whooped by them Pokes too and that was a shocker. Da Bears will probably get back to hangin' 50 but it will be too late because the title belt will be donning holsters worn by Pistol Pete. Bears - 53, Longhorns -35.
So there you have it - another shot at picking 5 games correctly. Normally I post my season tally, but at this point there is no point. It sucks, but it sure has been fun. Hope you all have enjoyed it as well. I'll be posting the winner next week and perhaps a new version of High-5 for college hoops or NHL Hockey. Have a preference? Let me know... Until then, let's see those picks and GOOD LUCK!