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Old 12-07-2004, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bowl Game Predictions

Make picks on all the bowl games. After the results come in... we'll tally up the scores and see who made the best predictions.

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7 pts for picking an unfavored team to win a BCS game

5 pts for picking a favored team in a BCS game

5 pts for picking unfavored regular bowl team

3 pts for picking a favored regular bowl team

points will be awarded based on which team is favored to win, not whether or not they cover the spread.
Orange - Oklahoma

Sugar - Va. Tech

Rose - Texas

Fiesta - Utah
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New Orleans - Southern Miss
Champs Sports - Georgia Tech
GMAC - Bowling Green
Fort Worth - Marshall
Las Vegas - Wyoming
Hawaii - Hawaii
MPC Computers - Virginia
Motor City - Toledo
Independence - Iowa State
Insight - Notre Dame
Houston - UTEP
Alamo - Oklahoma State
Continental Tire - Boston College
Emerald - Navy
Holiday - Texas Tech
Silicon Valley - Troy
Music City - Alabama
Sun - Purdue
Liberty - Boise State
Peach - Miami
Cotton - Texas A&M
Outback - Georgia
Gator - Florida State
Capital One - LSU
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Old 12-07-2004, 11:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Who is to judge which team is favoured?
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Old 12-08-2004, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i was counting on taking the vegas line unless there is some list of predictions published by the AP or USA today closer to the games.
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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texas > blue
ttu > cal
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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and of course, OU > USC.

pac10 is almost as bad as big east =D
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Old 12-08-2004, 06:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I usually do pretty well with bowl predictions, because I always pick the team that has the better scoring defense. "White" means I got it right; "red" means I missed it; "yellow" means the game hasn't come up yet.

New Orleans - Southern Miss
Champs Sports - Georgia Tech
GMAC - Bowling Green
Fort Worth - Marshall
Las Vegas - Wyoming
Hawaii - UAB
MPC Computers - Virginia
Motor City - Connecticut
Independence - Iowa State
Insight - Notre Dame
Houston - UTEP
Alamo - Ohio State
Continental Tire - Boston College
Emerald - New Mexico
Holiday - California
Silicon Valley - Troy
Music City - Alabama (God, it's hard to type that)
Sun - Purdue
Liberty - Louisville
Peach - Miami
Cotton - Texas A&M
Outback - Wisconsin
Gator - Florida State
Capital One - LSU
Rose - Texas
Fiesta - Utah
Sugar - Auburn
Orange - USC
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Old 12-08-2004, 07:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i was counting on taking the vegas line unless there is some list of predictions published by the AP or USA today closer to the games.
several issues:
1. there are multiple Vegas lines (e.g., Stardust, Mirage, etc.)... which one will be used, and when will it be used (see item #3)?
2. some of the lines are either off the board or haven't been set (e.g., Marshall-Cincinnati, UConn-Toledo).
3. the closer you get to game-time, the more the lines tend to move. a team that is currently listed as the favorite may suddenly become the underdog, or vice-versa (e.g., Okie St. is currently -1.5 over Ohio St.; by game-time, the Buckeyes will likely be favored). how would these types of situations be scored?
4. what's the deadline for making picks?
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Since irateplatypus started this thread, I'll let him pick the odds source. It's not like there's any cash involved, or anything...
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Old 12-08-2004, 11:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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New Orleans - UNT
Champs Sports - Georgia Tech
GMAC - Bowling Green
Fort Worth - Cincy
Las Vegas - UCLA
Hawaii - Hawaii
MPC Computers - Virginia
Motor City - Toledo
Independence - Miami (Ohio)
Insight - Oregon State
Houston - UTEP
Alamo - Ohio State
Continental Tire - Boston College
Emerald - Navy
Holiday - California
Silicon Valley - Troy
Music City - Minnesota
Sun - Purdue (Boo Yah! Stupid mid season slump)
Liberty - Louisville
Peach - Miami
Cotton - Tennessee
Outback - Wisconsin
Gator - Florida State
Capital One - Iowa
Rose - Michigan
Fiesta - Utah
Sugar - Auburn
Orange - OU
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Old 12-08-2004, 11:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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yeah, i didn't think this would be such an issue a month away from the games... but this is what we'll do.

let's just use Anderson & Hester's BCS rankings. it's one of the computer polls that the BCS uses to figure the official rankings.

so... don't worry about odds or spreads. if the anderson & hester computer rates a team higher on their Dec 6th list, they are the favored team. this way we'll have a common set of ranking criteria to start off with and one that will be static throughout the rest of the year.

http://www.andersonsports.com/football/ACF_frnk.html

the only statute of limitations is that all submissions must be made the day before the start of the first bowl game. feel free to edit your submissions until then.
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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New Orleans -- 59. Southern Miss over 67. North Texas
Champs Sports -- 33. Georgia Tech over 45. Syracuse
GMAC -- 66. Bowling Green over 44. Memphis
Fort Worth -- 60. Cincinnati over 83. Marshall
Las Vegas -- 37. UCLA over 62. Wyoming
Hawaii -- 61. Hawaii over 49. UAB
MPC Computers -- 38. Fresno State over 20. Virginia
Motor City -- 58. Toledo over 56. Connecticut
Independence -- 78. Miami-OH over 39. Iowa State
Insight -- 26. Oregon State over 27. Notre Dame
Houston -- 30. UTEP over 24. Colorado
Alamo -- 23. Ohio State over 21. Oklahoma State
Continental Tire -- 32. Boston College over 28. North Carolina
Emerald -- 40. Navy over 35. New Mexico
Holiday -- 6. California over 22. Texas Tech
Silicon Valley -- 71. Northern Illinois over 70. Troy
Music City -- 47. Minnesota over 46. Alabama
Sun -- 25. Purdue over 11. Arizona State
Liberty -- 17. Louisville over 7. Boise State
Peach -- 15. Miami-FL over 29. Florida
Cotton -- 14. Tennessee over 16. Texas A&M
Outback -- 9. Georgia over 19. Wisconsin
Gator -- 18. Florida State over 36. West Virginia
Capital One -- 10. LSU over 8. Iowa

Rose -- 5. Texas over 12. Michigan
Fiesta -- 4. Utah over 31. Pittsburgh
Sugar -- 3. Auburn over 13. Virginia Tech
Orange -- 2. USC over 1. Oklahoma

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Old 12-08-2004, 03:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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the dude, dont forget: Auburn > USC, OU
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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^^Good plan...it doesn't really matter as long as you pick the games right, anyway.

The New Orleans Bowl is Dec. 14, and then the rest of the bowl season starts Dec. 21.

Here's my list:

New Orleans-Southern Miss
Champs Sports-Syracuse
GMAC-Memphis
Fort Worth-Cincinnati
Las Vegas-UCLA
Hawaii-Hawaii
MPC Computers-Virginia
Motor City-Toledo
Independence-Miami(OH)
Insight-Oregon St.
Alamo-Ohio St.
Silicon Valley Classic-Troy
Continental Tire-North Carolina
Houston-UTEP
Emerald-Navy
Holiday-California
Music City-Alabama
Sun-Purdue
Liberty-Louisville
Peach-Miami
Outback-Georgia
Cotton-Tennessee
Gator-Florida St.
Capital One-Iowa
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Rose-Michigan
Fiesta-Utah
Sugar-Auburn
Orange-Oklahoma

Will we need a tiebreaker? Final Orange Bowl Points scored: 43
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Orange: USC
Sugar: VTech
Fiesta: Utah
Rose: Texas

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New Orleans: Southern Miss
Champs Sports: Syracuse
GMAC: Bowling Green
Fort Worth: Cincinnati
Las Vegas: UCLA
Hawaii: Hawaii
MPC Computers: Virginia
Motor City: Toledo
Independence: Miami (OH)
Insight: Notre Dame
Houston: UTEP
Alamo: Ohio State
Continental Tire: Boston College
Emerald: New Mexico
Holiday: California
Silican Valley Classic: Northern Illinois
Music City: Alabama
Sun: Purdue
Liberty: Boise State
Peach: Miami (FL)
Cotton: Tennessee
Outback: Wisconsin
Gator: Florida State
Capitol One: LSU


Status: 12/26 correct

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Old 12-09-2004, 01:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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New Orleans --Southern Miss
Champs Sports -- Georgia Tech
GMAC -- Memphis
Fort Worth -- Marshall
Las Vegas --UCLA
Hawaii -- UAB
MPC Computers -- Virginia
Motor City -- UCONN
Independence -- Miami (Oh)
Insight -- Notre Dame
Houston -- Colorado
Alamo -- Ohio State
Continental Tire -- Boston College
Emerald -- Navy
Holiday -- Cal
Silicon Valley -- Northern Illinois
Music City -- Minnesota
Sun -- Purdue
Liberty -- Louisville
Peach -- Miami Fl
Cotton -- Texas A&M
Outback -- Georgia
Gator -- Fla St.
Capital One -- LSU

Rose -- Michigan
Fiesta -- Utah
Sugar --Auburn
Orange -- USC
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Old 12-09-2004, 06:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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everyone so far has picked miami over florida in the peach bowl. mark my words, florida will win the peach bowl. you heard it here.
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
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New Orleans -- Southern Miss
Champs Sports -- Georgia Tech
GMAC -- Memphis
Fort Worth -- Marshall
Las Vegas -- UCLA
Hawaii -- Hawaii
MPC Computers -- Virginia
Motor City -- Connecticut
Independence -- Iowa State
Insight -- Oregon State
Houston -- Colorado
Alamo -- Oklahoma State
Continental Tire -- UNC
Emerald -- Navy
Holiday -- California
Silicon Valley -- Northern Illinois
Music City -- Minnesota
Sun -- Arizona State
Liberty -- Louisville
Peach -- Miami
Cotton -- Tennessee
Outback -- Wisconsin
Gator -- Florida State
Capital One -- LSU

Rose -- Michigan
Fiesta -- Pittsburgh
Sugar -- Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!)
Orange -- USC
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Old 12-14-2004, 05:24 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Watching New Orleans Bowl right now.
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Old 12-14-2004, 10:20 PM   #19 (permalink)
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and of course, OU > USC.

pac10 is almost as bad as big east =D

you've obviously not watched many pac-10 games. and USC is going to win the Orange Bowl by at least 10.
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Old 12-14-2004, 11:06 PM   #20 (permalink)
 
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the dude, dont forget: Auburn > USC, OU
does that account for their loss to usc last year?
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Old 12-14-2004, 11:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I hope everyone that picked Troy over Northern Illinois is wrong... My Huskies are gonna pull through you wait and see
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Top three bowl games to watch in my opinion:
USC and OU
Boise St. and Louisville
Texas Tech and Cal
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Old 12-15-2004, 06:41 PM   #23 (permalink)
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VT is going to give Auburn a run. They might not win, but it'll be damn close.
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Old 12-15-2004, 08:21 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I don't know about that, Auburn is coming into this game trying to prove that they should be playing USC in the Orange Bowl. Hard to tell on that game.
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Old 12-21-2004, 05:42 PM   #25 (permalink)
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But they're playing a very, very underrated VT team, who have reeled off 8 straight wins.

And while they had a good season, you shouldn't be scared of a team that beat Louisiana Monroe, Miss. St., The Citadel (?!?!?), Louisiana Tech, Kentucky, and Mississippi for 6 of their wins.
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Old 12-21-2004, 08:22 PM   #26 (permalink)
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But then again they have beat Tennessee twice, Georgia, and LSU.

Anyhow, Syracuse got their behinds handed to them today. I thought they'd do a little better considering they were coming off a win against BC.
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Old 12-27-2004, 02:58 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Good job Bond, the only one of us who chose Fresno State over Virginia. That was an interesting game to say the least.
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Old 12-27-2004, 03:24 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Good job Bond, the only one of us who chose Fresno State over Virginia.
thanks, but I'm making up for it with my pick of Toledo in the Motor City Bowl.
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Old 12-27-2004, 08:25 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Yeah, today wasn't a very good day for my picks. 0 out of 2.
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Old 12-28-2004, 10:32 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I like your Org State pick tonight, but not too sure about the Iowa State/Miami O game... I will prolly stay away from that one. Good Luck
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Old 12-29-2004, 12:35 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I'm not doing too hot. I guess I should do a little research before predicting next time.

For example, Toledo's QB had screws in his throwing hand which hindered him majorly.

I've only gotten four predictions right.
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Old 12-29-2004, 07:08 AM   #32 (permalink)
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For example, Toledo's QB had screws in his throwing hand which hindered him majorly.
that's one of the downsides of trying to predict the outcome of games three weeks before they occur.

btw: yeah, yeah... hindsight's 20/20... whatever... but I can't believe I predicted the MAC to have a 4-1 bowl record!
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Old 12-29-2004, 03:09 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Plus Notre Dame players didn't even want to play in the bowl game since Willingham was fired.
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Old 12-29-2004, 03:10 PM   #34 (permalink)
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btw: yeah, yeah... hindsight's 20/20... whatever... but I can't believe I predicted the MAC to have a 4-1 bowl record!
Haha, I gave them a 4-1 record too. I was 50/50 on the Miami game and just picked them randomly. I didn't really know much about either team.
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Old 12-31-2004, 07:37 AM   #35 (permalink)
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irateplatypus... good call on the Holiday Bowl. you were the only one of us to correctly predict that Texas Tech would kick Cal's ass!
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Old 12-31-2004, 09:17 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Heh, I felt obliged to pick New Mexico in the Emerald bowl considering I used to live right next to the campus in Albuquerque.
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Old 12-31-2004, 11:29 AM   #37 (permalink)
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all i know is that Miami better beat the Crocs!!!!!
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Old 01-01-2005, 12:21 AM   #38 (permalink)
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8 out of 20. Ow.

I'm sad that my Broncos lost today, but you must admit. The most exciting bowl game I've seen so far this year.
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Old 01-01-2005, 06:33 AM   #39 (permalink)
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irateplatypus... good call on the Holiday Bowl. you were the only one of us to correctly predict that Texas Tech would kick Cal's ass!
Anybody been able to scrape Mobo123 off the floor yet?
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Old 01-01-2005, 01:29 PM   #40 (permalink)
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I just got back from the Cottonbowl and I can't describe it as anything but brutal. A&M's ass got handed to them, but as life goes they fumbled that too.
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