It’s the last week of the regular season. All of these games are conference championships, and several will decide which teams play in the four team “playoff”. The SEC winner is a shoe in. And perhaps so is Notre Dame, which finished the season 12-0 and is an independent. Personally, I think the play-off is good idea, but not really complete since other undefeated teams in non-power conferences (i.e. CFU) don’t get a chance to prove themselves. I say, if Central Florida wins, make them the #4 seed to play the #1 seed in the first round, meaning they would probably play Alabama.
At any rate, here are your final selections. I’ve included some non-championship games in order to round it out to 10 games. Make your selection by Friday, 7:00 PM EST, since that is when the first game happens.
1. PAC-12: #17 Utah (9-3, 6-2) vs #11 Washington (9-3, 7-2)
2. Big 12: #14 Texas (9-3, 7-2) vs #5 Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1) (a rematch of the Red River Rivalry)
3. American: Memphis (8-4, 5-3) vs #8 Central Florida (11-0, 8-0)
It’s RIVALRY WEEK folks! Many of the Big boys play against their main rivals for boasting rights. Some are even making a last ditch effort to make it to the so-called “playoff”. So while enjoying that left-over turkey, enjoy some of these on TV. Just make sure to get in your guesses before 7:30 EST Thursday, when the first game happens.
1. Thursday 7:30pm EST: #22 Mississippi St @ Ole Miss
2. Nebraska @ Iowa
3. #8 Central Florida @ South Florida
4. #16 Washington @ #7 Washington State
5. Arkansas @ Mizzou
6. #13 Florida @ Florida State
7. Auburn @ #1 Alabama
8. Arizona State @ Arizona
9. Wake Forest @ Duke
10. Tie Breaker: Pick winner and final score: #4 Michigan @ #10 Ohio State
BONUS: Guess who will win the Illinois small school (1A) championship to be played Friday @ 10AM in Champaign. I’ll be there cheering on the boys from my school. The teams are: Camp Point Central Panthers (12-1) vs Forreston Cardinals (11-2)
(I won’t say which is my school so as not to influence your selection.)
It’s Week 12. And since AJ picked a small college rivalry game, I have decided that this is Small College Week. Two reason: Why not? And we need a break from the usual, don’t we? Well, there are a few “big” schools in the list for those who need that fix.
Next week has a lot of rivalries for the big schools, so we’ll do those then. But this week, enjoy the challenge, even though I did a little research to see which teams have the better records.
Get the guesses in by NOON EST Saturday. (This time I double checked to make sure no games are on Friday.)
Hello fellow dopesters! No, I’m not saying we’re all hooked on a drug or stupid. No, according to dictionary.com, a dopester is “a person who undertakes to predict the outcome of elections, sports events, or other contests that hold the public interest.” I got that in my daily email from that site. I’ve learned a few useful new words that way. I’ve also learned that it is possible to guess the results of ten college football games and be correct on all ten, as Chas did last week. He picked the tie breaker this week, which is his prize for winning. He actually suggested two different games, so both are here, but only one is the TB.
Pick your ten choices from the games below by NOON Eastern Standard Time (glad EDT is over) Saturday.
AJ’s note: Sorry for the late posting. Peter’s email went to the junk folder for some reason, and I didn’t notice it.
1. #8 Ohio State @ Michigan State
2. TCU @ #7 West Virginia
3. Kansas @ Kansas State
4. Illinois @ Nebraska
5. North Carolina @ Duke
6. Oklahoma State @ #6 Oklahoma
7. Purdue @ Minnesota
8. #16 Fresno State @ Boise State
9. Pillow Fight: Bowling Green (1-8) @ Central Michigan (1-9)
10. Tie Breaker: pick the winner and the final score: South Carolina @ #19 Florida
PS- Someone wondered if we’d ever had a 10 game winner. The answer is yes, Ricky Weaver did it once. I think there may have been another, but I don’t have any past years other than last year and 2016.
Week 10 is upon is. Ten games. No one has won that many yet, especially here. And this week is going to be tougher. Think of it as an exam in a hard class. AJ set the tone by picking a tie breaker of two teams from the FCS (that’s D1-AA, the smaller colleges). Also, most of the games are between Top 25 ranked schools playing against other Top 25 schools in their conferences, including the #1 team going on the road to #3. So a lot is on the line this week. Oh, and I threw in a couple of “favorites” for AJ, along with the Pillow Fight.
Have fun, folks. And don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night so you’re not an hour early to church on Sunday. Just get your picks in by NOON EDT Saturday.
1. #20 Texas A&M @ Auburn
2. #24 Iowa State @ Kansas
3. Air Force @ Army
4. #6 Georgia @ #9 Kentucky
5. #13 West Virginia @ #17 Texas
6. #14 Penn State @ #5 Michigan
7. #1 Alabama @ #3 LSU
8. Duke @ Miami
9. Pillow Fight: UTEP @ Rice
10. Tie Breaker: Pick winner and final score: Holy Cross @ Lafayette
It’s the ninth week. That’s not like the ninth inning of baseball, since there are yet a few more weeks to go. Or the ninth hole in golf, as this season is more than half over, unless a team goes to a bowl game. But it is getting down to the time of season where team records count, so I’m including them. I picked a B1G game for the tie breaker, since my other teams, Arizona and Mizzou, are in games against really good teams. So join in the fray, folks. Just pick by NOON EDT Saturday.
The number eight. The Beatles had a popular song called “Eight Days a Week”. “Eight is Enough” was a popular TV show years ago. Eight wins in a college football season is pretty good. But here at Pickled Pigskins we can’t seem to get to that number correct. Only three of us have been able to get 8 or more correct out of ten games. And most weeks 6 gets a win, including Idaho Mike last week. Let’s see if we can improve. In order to help us out, I’ve included current overall and conference records for each team.
Have at it. Just get it done by NOON EDT Saturday.