Wow. That's the depth of my expertise in summing up what happened in College Football last weekend. The now Sad-Sacked favored teams of the SEC landslide losses sans Alabama experience was the biggest shake up I've ever experienced in my 23 years of Southern livin'. And my Georgia Bulldogs get the booby-prize (deserved to lose and congrats to Vandy straight up!). Sheez.... You gotta hand it to Auburn and FSU for their humongous road victories and you also gotta hand the FREE Retro Brand t-shirt to Brianne Staub of Spring Lake, North Carolina as she is the winner of our "High-Five" College Football contest for Week #8. Both Brianne and Joe Bakara were the only entrants to go 5-1 and Brianne was the lucky winner of the drawing. I'm pretty sure Joe has won some gear in the past so don't feel too bad for him!
More HUGE games this weekend of course, but gotta copy and paste in the rules of the contest for newcomers (Hello!) and refresh memories of the regulars and here they are.....
1) I will preview 5 College Football Match-ups for the upcoming weekend 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! Wake Forest - Miami would be that game for this week and it begins at Noon est on Saturday 10/26/13. ***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: Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2 ACC) @ #7 Miami (6-0, 2-0 ACC) - The Canes beat the rap in the Nevin Shapiro mess and are Bowl eligible and feeling good at home with that goose egg in the loss column. TRAP! Those pesky Demon Deacons just routed Maryland and the Canes will be overconfident. Upset Special exhibit A. Deamon Deacons - 28, Hurricanes - 20.
Game 2: #10 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0 BIG 12) @ #15 Oklahoma Sooners (6-1, 3-1 BIG 12) - Boomer Sooner will take out their frustration with the state of Texas (remember the arse beating they took a few weeks ago?) on a good but overrated Texas Tech team in Norman. They'll need the confidence as they face the NOT overrated other team from Texas in the Baylor Bears the week after. Sooners - 35, Red Raiders - 24.
Game 3: #21 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC) @ #5 Missouri (7-0, 3-0 SEC) - Mizzou continues to impress with consecutive wins over their nationally ranked SEC brethren. Freshman backup QB Maty Mauk has filled in without a hitch for injured James Franklin as the Tigers get ready to host Clowney and Co. Can the Gamecocks recover from their bitter defeat against the Vols without Connor Shaw? YES! Can't you just see Spurrier working his magic while gyrating & fidgeting & spinning his visor non-stop? I can. Upset special exhibit B. Gamecocks - 28, Tigers - 14.
Game 4: Toledo Rockets (4-3, 2-1 MAC) @ Bowling Green (5-2, 3-0 MAC) -The Rockets played both Florida & Missouri tough in opening season losses and with 1,000 yard rusher David Fluellen, they're a legitimate threat to challenge #18 Northern Illinois for the MAC West title when they face off on November 20th. Bowling Green has a pretty stealth defense and a decent QB in Soph Matt Johnson but Toledo will hand the Falcons their first conference loss. Rockets - 34, Falcons - 21.
Game 5: #6 Stanford (6-1, 4-1 PAC 12) @ #25 Oregon State (6-1, 4-0 PAC 12) - Huge, huge, huge game for both teams vying to dump the Ducks in the Pac-12 North when all is said and done. I picked against the Cardinal last week and got slammed. Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment but I like the Beavers running the table on their schedule up to the "Civil War" with Oregon to close out the regular season so yeah - upset special exhibit C. Beavers - 35, Cardinal - 33.
Upset Special: Penn State (4-2, 1-1 BIG 10) @ #4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 BIG 10) - Ok, here's the real upset special. Since a ludicrous game against Florida A&M, the Buckeyes have played three pretty close games in a row and while they've won all three, they're not exactly Oregonning anybody. Meanwhile Penn State is riding high after their quadruple OT win over Michigan last week so I've got a hunch another big road upset is in the making. Nittany Lions - 28, Buckeyes - 24.
That's it for week #9 ya'll. Anybody keeping track of their season tally to date? After splitting last week my record remains stagnant & stinky at 20-26 so running the table will get me to .500! Now let's see those picks and Good Luck!