Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bowl Pool Update: January 8, 2011

Since last we blogged ... wha happen'?

Stanford 40, Virginia Tech 12
The ACC was terrible this year. They and the Big East should have been stripped of their BCS bids, which should have been handed over to Boise State and either Michigan State or Nevada.

Ohio State 31, Arkansas 26
The SEC bowl curse is over! I think it was an absolute joke that Pryor won game MVP. Cam Heyward was the best player on the field by a significant margin. I think he actually ate one of Arkansas's tackles.

Miami (Not That Miami) 35, Middle Tennessee State 21
Relatively even yardage and yards per play? What could be the difference? MTSU had five turnovers, including four picks, one of which was taken back for a TD. Austin Boucher, who spurned OSU to go to Miami, was named player of the game and got a smooch from the completely overrated Danica Patrick after the game.

LSU 41, Texas A&M 24
LSU was just better. A lot better, actually. Since 1989, TAMU is now 3-13 in bowl games. They are 1-13 against BCS conference teams, with the other two wins coming against TCU and BYU.

In the pick 'em, Di has inexplicably taken the lead on the strength of winning eight of her last ten and putting up 194 points in the process. Unfortunately, she's almost tapped out her points and pretty much has no chance of winning. Take a snapshot of the table as it stands today, Di. One entrant who does not have that problem is coworker Aaron, who has actually won his last nine and accumulating 224 points in those nine. Unlike Di, he still has over 80 points remaining in his incredibly back-loaded pick set (33 points on Miami (OH)?). Other backloaders who have jumped up quite a bit include Fred and, to a lesser extent, Ben. I think in the end it's going to come down to Aaron, Ben, and Joel, who has been top 5 pretty consistently this whole time.

At the other end of the table, Kat is bringing up the rear with a 14-18 record (but she's won her last three!) and 227 points, placing her in percentile 6.1 nationally. She is losing to The Other Snavely, who has an appalling 12-20 record, but more points and more possible points remaining. It's a slow, plodding race between those two. We'll see how that turns out.

Top 15 is below.

1god bless us everyoneDi6379
2Little Orphan AlyAly17378
2Silent VelcroJoel M.43378
4The D.E.N.N.I.S. SystemBen54373
5MarianneSharp 1Take a Guess6369
6aaronjw725 1 Aaron83364
7Shablagoo!BringTheCrunchMatt N.48361
8It's a Furry Pig!Fred60357
9JoannaTake a Guess23353
10I can haz Cam Newton?Todd28350
10Todd McShay's PicksTake a Guess68350
12Dantonios heart attackertsElliott35348
13Boogr, Boogr, & FartybuttAl6345
14Leave me alone JacksonMike N.11340
15katemunger aTake a Guess12333

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