Before we get to this weeks’ match-ups and announce the winner for week # 7 of the Original Retro Brand “High-5″ contest, let’s announce the 2 winners of the other drawing; We’ve had so many folks make it to the weekly drawing and not get picked for the FREE ORB shirt, that I felt I’d give ’em another shot. Of course the odds were even tougher for this “supplemental” drawing (over 60 entries), but what the heck….The lucky winners are Osamu Umemora from Tokyo Japan (whaat?!), and Lauren Sandven from Seattle, Washington. Congrats to the both of you! To the rest, please keep on trying!
Last week, a whopping 21 entries ran the table – 21! I was kinda stunned at how many folks picked against the Spartans, but ya’ll figured they’d have the Hail – Mary Hangover with a Husker aspirin on the side, right? Stanford had enough to gut it out in 3 OT’s over USC (you were worried). Previously unbeaten K-State had a 17-14 lead before the Sooners rebounded HARD on them after a loss to Texas Tech (you weren’t worried), despite the worst special teams play I’ve seen in my entire life, the DAWGS outlasted the Gators (good pick everyone!), and Penn State won their 8th game of the season (how’d that happen?) thanks to ye olde goalpost. So the one person who got picked out of the 21 for the shirt was Joe Knaus, who happens to be a Penn State Alum and VERY HAPPY right now – Congrats Joe! Wonder if Joe knows the Nittany Lions final 3 games are Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin? He knows… Don’t worry, be happy. For now…
As is our weekly custom, the rules for those just joining us for the first time are laid out below. The rest know what to do…
1) Every week I will preview 5 of the most compelling 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than kickoff of the first scheduled game to be counted! ***ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CUSTOMER***
3) I will announce the winner on this blog and our Facebook page the following week – Usually Tuesday or Wednesday – Then we’ll do it again. NOW TO THE GAMES!
GAME 1: Texas A&M (5-3) @ # 6 Oklahoma (7-1): The Aggies come off a tough OT loss to Mizzou. They’ve lost their 3 games by a combined total of just 12 points and knocked off the same Red Raider team that stunned OU a few short weeks ago. Watch for that total to get doubled or tripled – the problem for A&M is Landry Jones has over 3,000 yards passing, and the Sooners don’t lose 2 straight in Norman. SOONERS 45, AGGIES – 20.
GAME 2: Texas Tech (5-3) @ # 21 Texas (5-2): Question for the Red Raiders; How do you beat the Sooners and then get your arse kicked by Iowa State 41-7 ?!?! That is Hangover Hell. UT can beat just about anybody as long as they’re not from the state of Oklahoma! LONGHORNS – 36, RED RAIDERS – 28.
GAME 3: # 9 South Carolina (7-1) @ # 7 Arkansas (7-1): No stud running back Marcus Lattimore means no win for USC over Arky in Razorback Stadium. A win here for the Hogs opens the door for my DAWGS to control their own destiny towards an SEC East title. WOOO PIG SOOIE! RAZORBACKS – 31, GAMECOCKS – 17.
GAME 4: TCU (6-2) @ Wyoming (5-2): Welcome to the ‘High-5′ contest Cowboys! Hey, they’re 2-0 in the MWC, tied with # 5 Boise for Pete’s sake! They have a legit chance at winning the conference for the first time since joining in 1999. They’ll get this win (my upset special) with the Broncos looming three weeks away. Jay Novacek will be proud! COWBOYS – 28, HORNED FROGS – 27.
GAME 5: Notre Dame (5-3) @ Wake Forest ( 5-3): Every time I watch the Fighting Irish, they implode. Regardless, they’re still a decent team, and could easily be 8-0 if it weren’t for those 100 turnovers at critical moments (is that part of football?). I was jazzed for the Demon Deacons when they smacked down the Noles and held their own against the Hokies. With the help of the usual handouts by the Golden Domers, Wake will get the Winstom-Salem Win! Can I have 2 upset specials? OF COURSE I CAN! DEMON DEACONS – 35, FIGHTING IRISH – 28.
What about LSU-BAMA, you ask? Well, that’s the BONUS BABY! Yep, we needed to spice this thing up a tad this week with some Southern Fried Football at it’s best. Behold The Original Retro Brand ‘PICK 6′ College Football Contest (at least for this week)!
BONUS BABY! # 1 LSU (8-0) @ # 2 Alabama (8-0): So many superlatives and similarities, so little space to write it in. For me, it’s this simple: BAMA ROLLS IN TUSCALOOSA! CRIMSON TIDE – 24, TIGERS – 21.
That’s it. Pick 6. Oh wait, that’s not it… One more twist this week, and it’s a chance to win another FREE ORB shirt. The person who sends in the most creative, funniest, and best prediction write-up for the above games according to the judges (there’s just one, and it’s me), will win the FREE ORB shirt of their choice. So 6 games and 2 winners for this week! LET’S SEE WHAT YOU GOT!