I could not bring myself to do a "High-5" College Football Contest video for picks this week. Normally, I proudly wear my favorite Georgia Bulldogs Original Retro Brand t-shirt and football helmet to ham it up for the camera, but after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Mississippi State Bulldogs (Georgia now 0-3 in the SEC - are you kidding me???!!!!), I simply could not utter a syllable. Wasn't it enough to have the Hogs Ryan Mallet rip my heart out last week against the DAWGS before doing it again in his meltdown against the Tide?! Eeesh...
Outside of my sucky pick of Notre Dame over Stanford, and the "Mallet Meltdown", I did great in my picks last week! Roughly 50 people (out of 60 entries) picked more games correctly than me - I'm the Georgia Bulldogs of the "High-5" contest! My running record now stands at 10 -5. Most entries picked 4 out of 5 correctly, but seemed to get tripped up by the South Carolina - Auburn game. There were 4 entries (out of 54) who picked all 5 games correctly, and thus we went to a drawing to determine the winner of the FREE Original Retro Brand T-shirt. Ted Turich of Denver, Colorado, was the winner and chose this Michigan State Rose Bowl shirt as his prize. Here's what Ted had to say after hearing the good news; "Wow! That is awesome news! I cannot believe I won! First, let me say that I absolutely love Original Retro Brand clothing. It is the main focus of my style and unbelievably, a sports shirt that my wife loves! She just requested that I do not get another beer t-shirt ( I already own four)!" Congrats & Thanks Ted! Before we get to this week's matchups, if this is your first week playing in the “High-5″ contest, you can see the quick & easy rules in the body of this post. Now let's get down to business!
GAME 1: # 21 Texas vs. # 8 Oklahoma - I knew Texas wasn't Texas this year, but who the H*** could have seen UCLA trouncing them in their own crib like they did? The Sooners had their hands full with the Bearcats and Air Force the past two weeks, and haven't looked so great either. Regardless, in the 105th meeting of these 2 teams in this "Red River Rivalry", "Give me a T for Trouble (for Texas)" OKLAHOMA - 35, TEXAS - 28.
GAME 2: # 11 Wisconsin @ # 24 Michigan State - The Badgers come in 4-0 against NOBODY, and the Spartans ain't no Austin Peay. The Spartans come in 4-0 against basically NOBODY (sorry Notre Dame) and the Badgers ain't no Florida Atlantic. Vegas has this as a pick em' for good reason, but I'll go with gang green based on home field advantage, Coach Dantonio being in the press box, and Bubba Smith was my favorite football player of all time (a ridiculous reason for sure; Bubba was NFL's # 1 draft choice out of MSU in 1967). MICHIGAN STATE - 42, WISCONSIN - 28.
GAME 3: # 9 Stanford @ # 4 Oregon - I love this Pac-10 palooza. Many folks saying the Ducks are way overrated. Yeah, averaging 58 points a game ain't that good. I bet against Stanford last week and boy did I screw up on that one. The Tree trounced an apparently good UCLA team on the road a few weeks ago, and just embarrassed the Fighting Irish in another road win. Sorry Oregon, but Andrew Luck & the Cardinal are road tested and win at the Duck Pond. STANFORD - 36, OREGON - 33.
GAME 4: # 22 Penn State @ # 17 Iowa - Another BIG-10 pick em' the way I see it. I love the Hawkeyes Adam Robinson near the goal line - he is a BULL. Ricky Stanzi's stats caught my eye simply because they are bizzare; 99 attempts, 999 yds, 9 TD's. Hawkeyes dressed to the 9's (Couldn't help myself). IOWA - 26, PENN STATE - 17.
GAME 5: # 7 Florida @ # 1 Alabama - The aforementioned "Mallet Meltdown" was my one-sided, sore loser view of what really went down in Arkansas. BAMA never panicked, and did what Champions do to win. Did I say not to worry about Mark Ingram? Eeesh again.... The Gators fumbled their way to victory in their first few contests and looked sloppy, but they are starting to gel, and that means problems for any team they face. Dare I pick against Alabama for the second week in a row in my upset special? Dare, I do! AND I HATE THE GATORS!! FLORIDA - 28, ALABAMA - 21.
Well I haven't picked all 5 games yet in 3 weeks, but this is my week! E-mail your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org and let's see what you got suckers!! Be sure to get them in before kickoff Saturday to be counted.
Parting FYI's: Friday's ORB "5 Questions with..." interview features College & NFL Hall of Famer, Lee Roy Selmon - this guy is one of the most humble and extraordinary individuals I've ever had the honor to speak with - just an amazing guy.....Going to see legendary Georgia Coach Vince Dooley at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta this coming Monday (Will be raffling off ORB T-shirts) in hopes he will bring much needed luck to his alma mater against Colorado.