Fresh off our "Mascot Wars Bracket Challenge", we now bring yet another weekly opportunity for you to win a FREE Original Retro Brand T-Shirt. Our newest contest will simply be called ORB'S College Football "High 5" Contest. Simple name for a simple contest. And this is how it will work....
1) Each Tuesday I will preview 5 of the most compelling College Football Match-ups for the upcoming weekend (except for this week as I will be making my picks for today below), and offer my expertise, or more commonly lack thereof, as to who will win & why, along with a predicted final score.
2) Contestants will e-mail in their picks for the same 5 games to me, and 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 Original Retro Brand t-shirt of their choice. In the event of a tie, we will have a drawing to determine the final winner. Send your picks to me at email@example.com no later than kickoff of the first scheduled game to be counted!
3) I will announce the winner each Tuesday following the weekend's games with the upcoming new picks on the blog. In addition to the FREE ORB T-shirt, the winner will also receive an imaginary heartfelt High- 5!
Here are the picks for this week, and I don't believe there are any more compelling than these "High-5"!
GAME 1: # 22 Georgia @ # 24 South Carolina - The Gamecocks & QB Stephen Garcia looked impressive in their home opener against Southern Miss, while my beloved DAWGS and true freshman QB Aaron Murray, looked equally impressive in their home opener against a weak Ragin' Cajuns club. The Bulldogs visit as road-dogs, having won 7 of their last 8 vs. the Cocks, including 4 straight in Columbia, and I say they make it 5 in this SEC classic. GEORGIA - 24, SOUTH CAROLINA - 21.
GAME 2: # 12 Miami @ # 2 Ohio State - I love Miami QB Jacory Harris, and the Canes are my early favorite to take the ACC title, but Terrelle Pryor is equally as lovable, and won't be denied at the Shoe. Miami may cover the 9.5 spread, but Ohio State will win this game. OHIO STATE - 35, MIAMI - 28.
GAME 3: # 17 Florida State @ # 10 Oklahoma - The Sooners are basking (just a little) in the glow of their week # 1 win - the teams 800th of all-time, and I see # 801 coming against what will be a tough Florida State Seminole team. FSU QB Christian Ponder will not fare as well against OU, as he did against Samford last week. Jimbo Fisher suffers first tough loss as new head coach in a nail biter. OKLAHOMA - 33, FLORIDA STATE - 30.
GAME 4: # 18 Penn State @ # 1 Alabama - Upset special? Nah. I love Jo-Pa and Nittany Lion wideout Brett Brackett, but BAMA is flat out loaded. I don't think true frosh QB Robert Bolden will handle the pressure at Tuscaloosa. It's highly likely that last year's Heisman winner Mark Ingram will not see action again on Saturday, but it won't matter. Senior QB Greg McElroy and Trent Richardson will lead the Tide to victory - a BIG victory. ALABAMA - 32, PENN STATE -14.
GAME 5: Michigan @ Notre Dame - No ranked teams here, but hugely compelling none the less. "Rookie" Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has a nice win over Purdue under his belt, and the Irish are looking to avenge last year's painful loss to Big Blue (came back from 11 points down in 4th qtr., only to yield winning score with 11 seconds on the clock). On the other side you have coach Rich Rodriguez with a big win over a very tough Connecticut team in the Wolverine home opener. Despite the victory, Rodriguez is on the hot seat EVERY week this season, and a 2-0 start will certainly take much of that heat off. It ain't coming off. I'm going with "The Luck of The Irish" as well as the pundits in Vegas on this one. NOTRE DAME - 24, MICHIGAN - 20.
So there you have it folks. My High-5 picks for this week. Wanna win a FREE ORB shirt? Then again, e-mail your winners to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, enjoy the action, and check back next Monday to see how you did.
PARTING FYI'S: Tomorrow I'll be posting my "5 Questions with..." interview with Heisman Trophy Winner & Michigan Wolverine, Desmond Howard - You can also catch the Green Bay Packer Super Bowl MVP covering the BAMA-Penn State game for ESPN's College Gameday this Saturday as well (the "white-out" commercial is hilarious)......45 folks have taken our poll "Who is your early season favorite to win the College Football BCS Championship this year?" so far, and not one vote for the still disrespected Boise State Broncos? What's up with that? (poll is lower right)......Another ORB contest challenging your knowledge of your school campus will be popping up soon, so keep your eye out for that, and yes, you can win FREE ORB gear in this contest too...Happy Rosh Hashanah to our Jewish friends today!.......This Saturday's action will surely be more emotional than normal, as it will be the 9 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.