Friday, December 24, 2010

Bowl Pool Update: December 24, 2010

We've had some movement in the pick 'em. Unfortunately Todd McShay is still one of the favorites. So ... wha happen?

Louisville 31, Southern Mississippi 28
Louisville overcame a yardage deficit of over 100 offensive yards and a 14-0 first quarter hole, with the help of a timely turnover or two and some special teams gaffes by the Eagles. This has been the only close game of the bowl season so far. Joel, McShay, Smails, Javy, and Wolfe picked up an assload of points. Kate, Mike Neary, Aly, Sean, Frange, Al, Schill, Ryan, "K. Keenan," and Kat all lost at least 22 points by going with USM.

Boise State 26, Utah 3
Boise only punted once all game and accumulated 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in blowing out the Paper Utes. Boise looked disinterested in the first quarter, then outscored Utah 23-0 in the second and third quarters, then coasted to victory. Good enough. All of three people picked Utah in the pick 'em, but two of them - Kate and Mike Neary - put 30 and 35 points on the Utes, respectively. Eighteen of our 32 entrants put at least 30 points on Boise, and several others had the Broncos in the upper twenties.

San Diego State 35, Navy 14
This was a seven-point game going into the fourth quarter before SDSU punched in a couple of TDs to ice it. The Aztecs averaged 8.7 yards per play in putting up 555 yards of offense. This was a separation game in the pick 'em. Only ten of our 32 picked picked SDSU, and nine of those ten are in the top 13 in the pick 'em. An oddly large number of people put a LOT of points on this game, in both directions. And that probably explains why people who picked the Aztecs trend toward the top.

Overall, Joel continues his perfect record, as does *sigh* Todd McShay. Marianne is in second but her two losses were her 33- and 30-point games. The Mysterious Judge Smails is in fifth, but he/she has lost his/her 34-, 33-, and 30-point games already. Javy bounced back from his 0-3 start with three straight wins, vaulting him into the top 10 (although he's still dropped his 35-, 34-, and 33-point games). Toward the bottom of the top 15, Todd is looking dangerous, as he's only lost his 7- and 15-point games, with a shitload of possible points remaining. Below the top 15, the Brothers Smavels have iffy records so far, but the games they lost have not been high-value games, so they could jump up. Aaron Wilson is 4-2 and has lost two low-point games, so he won't be 24th much longer (provided he actually wins some games). Conversely, defending champ Chris C. is 2-4 and has lost some high point games. Frange, Al, and Schill have lost a bunch of really high-point games. Kat is second-to-last. Evan is last, currently in percentile 8.3 nationally.

Three games have been played since Jeff, Ryan, Scott, Sean, Todd, and I had our fantasy draft of the bowl teams. Todd owns the winners of all three games, and has jumped out to a 3-0 record. Jeff and Sean are both 0-1. No one picked Utah, so their loss didn't affect anyone.

Full top 15 of the pick 'em is below.

1Silent VelcroJoel M.6-0149211
2MarianneSharp 1Take a Guess 4-2132165
3Todd McShay's PicksTake a Guess6-0119241
4Chokin' on ApplesauceYours Truly5-1114218
6Dantonios Heart AttackersElliott5-197243
7Christmas AleScott3-394227
7The D.E.N.N.I.S. SystemBen4-294237
9katemunger 1Take a Guess3-393172
9astro1305 1Javy3-393165
9Shablagoo!BringTheCrunchMatt N.4-293227
12Leave me alone JacksonMike N.3-387177
13I can haz Cam Newton?Todd4-285253
14Little Orphan AlyAly3-381200
15Zoe's First Bowl Pick 'EmKristin3-377233

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