With each couple of Bowl games played, a new staffer on a hot streak in the 12 BOWLS OF CHRISTMAS contest emerges. After losing his first 4 picks, ORB CFO Rick Schwartz reeled off 5 straight wins before the Miami Hurricanes got man-handled by Wisconsin last night in the Champs Sports Bowl. The latest to catch fire is ORB marketing guru Cassidy Moore (pictured right of the gentleman), who has won 4 straight, after being the lone employee to pick the Badgers to win last night. Meanwhile, I have lost 3 of my last 4 (You killed me Temple!) and feel the heat from the ORB Arizona Alumni triumvirate! Word on the street is that Marc, Rick, and Cassidy, will all be in San Diego tonight to watch the Holiday Bowl featuring Arizona and Nebraska (I've got the Huskers!). Here are the updated standings:
Andy 7-3 Cassidy 6-4 Marc 5-5 Rick 5-5
With all the hoopla surrounding the Urban Meyer resignation, non-resignation, leave of absence nonsense (actually made Tiger Woods a footnote for a few days!), and the Tim Tebow era at Florida coming to an and chatter, AND former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly headed to Notre Dame chatter, the media in its lust to make a big story a behemoth of a story, has forgotten about something: THE CINCINNATI BEARCATS ARE 12-0, AND WILL BEAT THE FLORIDA GATORS IN THE SUGAR BOWL! Now that will be a behemoth of a story. Bearcats - 35, Gators - 18. (Marc, Cassidy & Rick all have Florida & I'm home alone with Cincy)
The Grandaddy of them all features the Oregon Ducks versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. The last time these teams met in the Rose Bowl was 1958, and Oregon quarterback Jack Crabtree won the Outstanding Player of the game award in a losing cause, as the Buckeyes were outplayed in every aspect of the game, but still managed to win 10-7. The Ohio State defense has been stellar this year, but Oregon will outplay the Buckeyes again, and this time they will win behind Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli & freshman running back LaMichael James. Ducks - 21, Buckeyes - 20. (All staff picking Oregon)
Have to feel for Bobby Bowden this year. He really doesn't deserve the beating he's taken from the press and fans, after being such a positive force for Florida State and college football for the past 50+ years (388-129-4 record!). Will have to add a little more sympathy after West Virginia caps another beat down on the Seminoles in the Gator Bowl, at the hands of senior quarterback Jarrett Brown. The Mountaineers put together a solid season, while FSU was plain lousy. Sorry Bobby. West Virginia - 28, FSU - 13. (Cassidy on her own with FSU pick)
While we are discussing legendary coaches, Joe Paterno (393-129-3!) put such chatter of his demise to bed a few years back by winning 50 games (13 losses) since going 4-7 in 2004. The Penn State Nittany Lions go into the Capital One Bowl versus the LSU Tigers boasting one of the strongest defenses in the country. Meanwhile, LSU has been very inconsistent running and passing all year. It's weird that I am a complete SEC snob, yet I have Florida AND LSU losing? Penn State - 24, LSU - 17. (All by myself in picking Penn State)
And now we can add Auburn to the list......The Tigers lost their last 2 games of the season, while the Northwestern Wildcats stunned Big-Ten rivals # 4 Iowa with a victory, and then finished off their schedule with a huge win over Wisconsin. Big "Mo" is with the 'Cats in the Outback Bowl. Northwestern - 23, Auburn - 21. (All by myself again picking Northwestern)
Enjoy the action tonight, and please check back tomorrow for more picks.