Peter’s Pack of Pickled Pigskin Picks 2021 Week 14

It’s the week a lot of teams hope to play, but don’t get to. It’s Conference Championship weekend. It all starts Friday evening when the Conference USA gets it going. Pick your teams and see how well you do. I included the records for all the teams, overall and conference. But don’t let the numbers fool you. In college football anything can happen. (Rankings are the College Football Playoff rankings, not the AP rankings.)

So here they are, complete with a few editorial comments. Feel free to agree or disagree, just make sure to pick and post by 7:00 EST, Friday, December 3.

  1  Conference USA: Western Kentucky (8-4, 7-1) @ Texas – San Antonio (11-1, 7-1)

  2 PAC-12: #10 Oregon (10-2, 7-2) vs #17 Utah (9-3, 8-1)

  3 Big 12: #9 Baylor (10-2, 7-2) vs #5 Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1) (should be ranked  higher than Alabama)

  4 MAC: Kent State (7-5, 6-2) vs Northern Illinois (8-4, 6-2)

  5 Mountain West: Utah State (9-3, 6-2) @ #19 San Diego State (11-1, 7-1)

  6 Sun Belt: Appalachian State (10-2, 7-1) @ #24 Louisiana (11-1, 8-0)

  7 American Athletic: #21 Houston (11-1, 8-0) @ #4 Cincinnati (12-0, 8-0) (should be ranked higher than Alabama)

  8 B1G 10: #2 Michigan (11-1, 8-1) vs #13 Iowa (10-2, 7-2)

  9 Atlantic Coast: #15 Pittsburgh vs #16 Wake Forest (both 10-2, 7-1)

10 Tiebreaker: Pick winner & final score: SEC: #1 Georgia (12-0) vs #3 Alabama (11-1) (should be #6 or #7 after almost losing to Auburn)

Prayer Requests 12-2-21

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.

10 I trusted in the Lord when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
    “Everyone is a liar.”

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord
    in your midst, Jerusalem.

   Praise the Lord.

Prayer Requests 12-1-21

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajissun and the folks in The Gambia.

Let’s continue to lift 6 Arrows and her family as well.

Anyone else?

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us
    but to your name be the glory,
    because of your love and faithfulness.

Why do the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven;
    he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
    noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
    feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

All you Israelites, trust in the Lord
    he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord
    he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord
    he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
    He will bless his people Israel,
    he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord
    small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
    both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
    but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
    those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
    both now and forevermore.

   Praise the Lord.

Prayer Requests 11-30-21

Let’s keep 6 Arrows and her family in prayer as they grieve the loss of her mother in law.

Anyone else have something to share?

Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,
    Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled,
    the Jordan turned back;
the mountains leaped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    you hills, like lambs?

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
    the hard rock into springs of water.