Thursday, November 22, 2007

Runway Challenge Week 13: Happy Thanksgiving

There's been a lot of bowl buzz around the Big East, a welcome late-season topic in Connecticut. Last fall, it became apparent before Halloween the Huskies would be home for the holidays. Not this year. It's a tight race around the league, with four teams fighting it out for the two good bowls. Discussion is hot, and the ol' blog entries and New Haven Register stories on the Sun Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl and UConn's potential place in them have helped fuel the chatter. Your trusty Runway blog has been linked to newspaper and fan websites around the conference, and it's always great to see cynicism and misinterpretation of my articles from other parts of our great country. Yours truly has been disparaged from 'Joisey (Oh! Not for nuttin', but dis' guy dun'no iz azz frum iz elbo!) to Tampa (where apparently not everyone is feasting on the Early Bird special before hitting a Bingo hall) to Cincinnati (they are happy to divert as much attention from the Bengals' records...both police and won-loss).
I've been making predictions on bowls the past few weeks, and it seems to me everything is still a muddled mess. Any team can wind up just about anywhere. Here's my post-turkey take.
IF WEST VIRGINIA
goes 2-0: BCS national championship game vs. LSU
goes 1-1: Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas
goes 0-2: Pat White, Steve Slaton and the Mountaineer mascot are being held hostage and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective is on the case.

IF UCONN...
beats West Virginia: Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
loses to West Virginia: Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Florida State

IF CINCINNATI
beats Syracuse and UConn wins: Sun Bowl vs. Oregon
beats Syracuse and UConn loses: Sun Bowl vs. Oregon
loses to Syracuse: Pigs actually will fly in Cincinnati

My predictions:

BCS championship: LSU vs. West Virginia
Sun Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Oregon
Meineke Car Care Bowl: UConn vs. Florida State
International Bowl: Rutgers vs. Bowling Green
Papajohns.com Bowl: South Florida vs. Southern Mississippi

And the weekly picks. I'm still woozy from the 16 pounds of turkey and stuffing I've consumed today, not including the turkey sandwich I'm about to eat at 10:15 p.m.

Game 1: Maryland (+2) over NC STATE
Game 2: South Florida (-10.5) over PITT
Game 3: Virginia Tech (-3.5) over VIRGINIA
Game 4: Wake Forest (pick 'em) over VANDERBILT
Game 5: GEORGIA TECH (+4) over Georgia
Game 6: UCLA (+1.5) over Oregon
Game 7: Florida State (+14) over FLORIDA
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA (-17.5) over UConn
Game 9: Clemson (-3) over SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: Cincinnati (-20) over SYRACUSE
Game 11: AUBURN (-6) over Alabama
Game 12: KANSAS (-1.5) over Missouri

Last week's results
1. Sammy 8-4
2. Chip 7-5
Dan 7-5
PJ 7-5
Kooch 7-5
6. SeanO's Ghost 6-6
Pete 6-6
Will 6-6
9. Mitch 4-8
Caleb 4-8
11. Ian 3-9
12. Vinny 2-10

Overall standings
1. SeanO's ghost 83
2. Kooch 82
3. Sammy 80
4. Ian 73
5. Will L 72
6. Chip 71
7. Pete 67
8. Vinny from East Haven 64
9. Caleb Mandrake 61
10. Dan 59
11. DetroitTigersHater 47
12. Sturge-Rock 42
13. Mitch Kumpstein 41
14. Kevin 37
15. P.J. 29
16. Alex 16
17. Steve P 8
18. Luc 7
Jerry 7
Tonto Kowalski 7

We're down to the final two weeks, and it's a three-horse race! SeanO's Ghost, still in post-Shelton Gaels playoff berth celebration mode, needs to hold off Kooch and Sammy. Get your picks in. Click "comments", then cut and paste.
I've got a plane to catch in the morning (from JFK. What was I thinking?) See you in Morgantown.

16 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Game 1: Maryland (+2) over NC STATE
Game 2: South Florida (-10.5) over PITT
Game 3: Virginia Tech (-3.5) over VIRGINIA
Game 4: Wake Forest (pick 'em) over VANDERBILT
Game 5: GEORGIA TECH (+4) over Georgia
Game 6: UCLA (+1.5) over Oregon
Game 7: Florida State (+14) over FLORIDA
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA (-17.5) over UConn
Game 9: Clemson (-3) over SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: Cincinnati (-20) over SYRACUSE
Game 11: AUBURN (-6) over Alabama
Game 12: KANSAS (-1.5) over Missouri

November 22, 2007 10:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch Kumpstein
Game 1: NC STATE
Game 2: PITT
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: Oregon
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: UConn
Game 9: Clemson
Game 10: Cincinnati
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: Missouri

November 22, 2007 11:26 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's Picks:
1. Maryland
2. South Florida
3. Virginia Tech (lock of the week)
4. Vandy
5. Georgia
6. Oregon
7. Florida
8. West Virginia (2nd lock of the week)
9. South Carolina
10. Cincy
11. Alabama
12. Kansas

Good luck UConn fans...you are about to see your team get smoked by about 40 points. It's a testament to how terrible college football is this year that UConn is ranked in the top 20. No offense, a defense that is completely overrated, and a coach who makes Herm Edwards look like a genius.
Here's hoping a lot of the other college football teams follow UConn's strategy...schedule the worst possible opponents early on in the season and then hope for dumb luck to get them through the conference.
Go Mountaineers. Bring these delusional Husky fans back down to earth.

FYI - if the Huskies go to the bowl in North Corlina, I will be there. I'll meet anyone who makes the trip who wants to say a few words to Vinny. I just hope my camaro can make the drive.

November 23, 2007 1:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maryland

South Florida

VIRGINIA

VANDERBILT

Georgia

UCLA

FLORIDA

WEST VIRGINIA

SOUTH CAROLINA

Cincinnati

AUBURN

Missouri

Will L, it was a good college football year.

November 23, 2007 1:31 AM 
Blogger Dan said...

Dan's picks
Game 1: Maryland
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4:VANDERBILT
Game 5:Georgia
Game 6: Oregon
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: UConn
Game 9: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: SYRACUSE
Game 11: Alabama
Game 12: Missouri

November 23, 2007 9:23 AM 
Blogger Sturge-Rock said...

Game 1: NC STATE over Maryland
Game 2: South Florida over PITT
Game 3: Virginia Tech over VIRGINIA
Game 4: VANDERBILT over Wake Forest
Game 5: GEORGIA TECH over Georgia
Game 6: Oregon over UCLA
Game 7: FLORIDA over Florida State
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA over UConn
Game 9: Clemson over SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: Cincinnati over SYRACUSE
Game 11: AUBURN over Alabama
Game 12: KANSAS over Missouri

November 23, 2007 10:04 AM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: Maryland (+2)
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: UConn
Game 9: Clemson
Game 10: SYRACUSE
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: Missouri

November 23, 2007 10:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sammy's picks
Game 1: NC STATE
Game 2: PITT
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 9: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: Cincinnati
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: KANSAS

November 23, 2007 2:13 PM 
Anonymous Caleb Mandrake said...

Game 1: NC STATE
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: VIRGINIA
Game 4: VANDERBILT
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: UConn
Game 9: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: Cincinnati
Game 11: Alabama
Game 12: Missouri

November 23, 2007 2:35 PM 
Anonymous P.J. said...

Game 1: Maryland
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: Oregon
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 9: Clemson
Game 10: Cincinnati
Game 11: Alabama
Game 12: Missouri

November 23, 2007 3:07 PM 
Anonymous kooch said...

Game 1: NC STATE
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4: VANDERBILT
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: Oregon
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 9: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: Cincinnati
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: KANSAS

November 23, 2007 5:51 PM 
Anonymous Jerry said...

Game 1: NC STATE
Game 2: PITT
Game 3: VIRGINIA
Game 4: VANDERBILT
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: Oregon
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 9: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 10: SYRACUSE
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: KANSAS

November 23, 2007 7:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting game for the top program in New England this weekend...WVU will be tough but this defense will ready ready. GO HUSKIES!!!

November 23, 2007 7:49 PM 
Anonymous SeanO's Ghost said...

Shelton Ghost picks:

Game 1: NC STATE
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: VIRGINIA
Game 4: VANDERBILT
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: Oregon
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: Connecticut
Game 9: Clemson
Game 10: Cincinnati
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: KANSAS

November 23, 2007 8:59 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

I'll be first in line to check out the Camaro and meet the great Vincenzo. Maybe I'll even bring you a "gaba-ghooul" and mootz sub, swimmin' in vinegar, of course.

November 24, 2007 11:19 AM 
Blogger Ian said...

I started out like a Kentucky Derby favorite and faded in the home stretch. If I was smart i'd pick the opposite of the leaders and hope for the best.

Game 1: Maryland
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: Virginia Tech
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Georgia
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: FLORIDA
Game 8: UConn
Game 9: Clemson (-3)
Game 10: SYRACUSE
Game 11: AUBURN
Game 12: KANSAS

November 24, 2007 11:47 AM 

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