33-21, End of Season Sorrow

By Amsinger - November 20, 2006


Boy, this isn't fun anymore. As I sit here watching my overall prediction record plummet into the toilet, the act of prognosticating is losing its luster with yours truly. Who REALLY expected Rutgers to lay an egg in Cincinnati? Miami (OH) over Bowling Green? Iowa State over Missouri? Tennessee over Vanderbilt? Auburn over Alabama? USC over Cal?

Okay, fine. I had a few rotten picks.

In a hunt for "some" dignity, I refused to pick the Independents. Notre Dame vs. Army? Navy vs. Temple? Please. I didn't want to inflate my overall record with taking advantage of such easy predictions.

Don't worry Independent fans, the only contest to pick this week is the "biggy" between USC and Notre Dame.

This week I'm spending more time on the important BCS "relevant" games this weekend. Sorry folks, if your favorite team isn't in the hunt for the "crystal ball" you're not getting much attention on "Off Prompter."

Before we get started, let's rundown my weekly progress:

Week 1: 61-12
Week 2: 46-18
Week 3: 47-15
Week 4: 43-15
Week 5: 38-17
Week 6: 38-18
Week 7: 34-20
Week 8: 40-16
Week 9: 34-19
Week 10: 41-14
Week 11: 37-17
Week 12: 33-21

My overall record stands at 492-203. The goal WAS to get to 500 wins before the 200 loss plateau.

Obviously, I didn't do that.

I enter week 13 with no self-confidence. Go ahead and rip away at my next list of predictions.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: 6-0 last week, 72-16 in this league.

Purdue - 42
HAWAII - 58

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE: 5-2 last week, 71-19 in this league.

LSU - 20
ARKANSAS - 24

*Picking against the Hogs resulted in a snazzy 1-4 record for me this season. Darren McFadden was shut down last year in Baton Rouge, just 57 yards on 24 carries. He's a year older and Houston Nutt is wiser, he understands Darren is the focus of the offense and now he doesn't attempt to push the offensive load on anyone else (hence Mitch Mustain on the bench). McFadden rushes for 120 yards and two touchdowns as the Razorbacks are set for the faceoff in Atlanta. JeMarcus Russell chucks three picks and walks off the field in Little Rock contemplating a move to defensive end.

FLORIDA - 27
Florida St. - 3

*The Gators roll through their rival with ease and at moments almost "feel bad" for their fallen foe. Chris Leak's days are numbered as a college quarterback and needs to start showing off his skills for the NFL scouts in attendance. Florida does a great job of focusing on the 'Noles and rooting for Notre Dame at the same time.

Kentucky - 28
TENNESSEE - 45

GEORGIA TECH - 24
Georgia - 14

Miss. State - 10
OLE MISS - 23

So. Carolina - 21
CLEMSON - 34

PAC-TEN CONFERENCE: 2-3 last week, 45-25 overall in this league.

NOTRE DAME - 41
USC - 38

*Another classic with the same implications as last year. This go around, Charlie Weis doesn't have to deal with Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart or LenDale White. Dwayne Jarrett will catch two touchdowns, but Brady Quinn gets sweet revenge to end his career. Let's face it, this game will mean more to him than whatever Bowl game he plays in next.

Oregon - 24
OREGON ST. - 35

Arizona St. - 12
ARIZONA - 20

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: 5-1 last week, 65-23 overall in this league.

FLORIDA - 27
Florida St. - 3

*The Gators roll through their rival with ease and at moments almost "feel bad" for their fallen foe. Chris Leak's days are numbered as a college quarterback and needs to start showing off his skills for the NFL scouts in attendance. Florida does a great job of focusing on the 'Noles and rooting for Notre Dame at the same time.

GEORGIA TECH - 24
Georgia - 14

So. Carolina - 21
CLEMSON - 34

BOSTON COLLEGE - 30
Miami - 14

UNC - 27
Duke - 17

Virginia - 7
VA TECH - 35

WAKE FOREST - 17
Maryland - 14

EAST CAROLINA - 24
North Carolina St. - 13

BIG 12 CONFERENCE: 2-2 last week, 63-29 overall in this league.

Texas A&M - 23
TEXAS - 27

Colorado - 16
NEBRASKA - 31

Kansas - 24
MIZZOU - 28

Oklahoma - 34
OKLAHOMA ST. - 38

UPSET SPECIAL #1

BIG EAST CONFERENCE: 1-3 last week, 45-17 overall in this league.

CINCINNATI - 40
Connecticut - 21

Syracuse - 13
RUTGERS - 27

So. Florida - 24
W. VIRGINIA - 45

LOUISVILLE - 41
Pittsburgh - 24

CONFERENCE USA: 2-4 last week, 57-33 overall in this league.

Tulane - 16
TULSA - 21

UAB - 10
UCF - 13

SMU - 30
RICE - 34

Memphis - 21
UTEP - 49

Marshall - 20
SO. MISS. - 37

EAST CAROLINA - 24
North Carolina St. - 13

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: 4-0 last week, 44-22 overall in this league.

BYU - 45
Utah - 28

Air Force - 24
UNLV - 34

UPSET SPECIAL #2

SAN DIEGO ST. - 23
New Mexico - 21

UPSET SPECIAL #3

TCU - 41
Colorado St. - 27

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: 4-0 last week, 48-13 overall in this league.

BOISE ST. - 45
Nevada - 20

*This is supposed to be an upset special. Well, it's not. Ian Johnson will play with a flack jacket to protect his ribs and Nevada needs a flack jacket to protect themselves from Ian.

FRESNO ST. - 23
La. Tech - 14

Purdue - 42
HAWAII - 58

San Jose St. - 21
IDAHO - 23

UPSET SPECIAL #4

NEW MEXICO ST. - 45
Utah State - 24

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE: 4-3 last week, 65-25 overall in this league.

Bowling Green - 23
TOLEDO - 38

N. ILLINOIS - 28
E. Michigan - 16

OHIO - 13
Miami - 3

Kent State - 21
BALL ST. - 30

UPSET SPECIAL #5

C. MICHIGAN - 21
Buffalo - 9

W. MICHIGAN - 30
Akron - 23

SUN-BELT CONFERENCE: 3-2 last week, 47-15 overall in this league.

Troy - 7
M. TENN. ST. - 28

Arkansas St. - 17
LA. LAFAYETTE - 21

UPSET SPECIAL #6

Florida International - 24
FLORIDA ATLANTIC - 27

North Texas - 10
LA. MONROE - 24

Posted by Amsinger at 08:10 PM on November 20, 2006
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