It was time again for our group to pick the 35 teams for the 2013 College football season bowl games.
The rules are simple (until you get to the tiebreaker part...). Simply pick the winners of more of this year's College Football Bowl Games than any other contestant and walk away with a reward so priceless, you don't have to declare it on your income taxes!
The following is a list of this year's games - all 35 of them. Please submit your picks back to me, ideally before kickoff of the first game. Picks for games that have occurred before the picks are received are invalid.
Again, for this year's tiebreaker, I would like to use the ESPN method of assigning a "confidence number" to each game. Once you have picked all the games, assign each game a number from 1 to 35, USING EACH NUMBER ONCE AND ONLY ONCE. The higher the number, the more confident you are that your pick is correct. 35 means you might bet your house and/or grandchildren that your pick will win, whereas your 1-point pick is for the game where you've never heard of either team involved and might as well let your neighbor's cat make the pick (or you feel the need to be loyal to your team but just know they're going to get smeared (not a problem for Cal fans this year)...). A correct pick then scores points equal to the confidence number, and at the end, any tie is won by the player with the most points.
To keep it interesting and in order to place value on the bigger, later games, ALL BCS GAMES (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, & BCS Championship) MUST BE GIVEN A CONFIDENCE NUMBER OF AT LEAST 25!!
For submitting your official picks, management asks that you please KEEP IT SIMPLE! I'm easily confused.
The ideal format for picks is Game, Team, Confidence Number, i.e.:
Star Wars Bowl: REBELLION (27)
Non-Ideal Format for picks:
Star Trek Bowl: I like the Klingons, I think they have the better defense in case of a tight, low scoring game. And besides, they have to win one sometime. I really want the Federation to win, though. The Klingons also have better uniforms. Too bad the Romulans are on probation; they'd mop the floor with either of these teams!
(Note the absence of a Confidence Number)
12/21/2013 - New Mexico Bowl , Washington State vs Colorado State, WSU @Confidence Level: 2
12/21/2013 - Las Vegas Bowl , Fresno State vs USC, FRESNO STATE @Confidence Level: 23
12/21/2013 - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl , Buffalo vs. San Diego State, SDSU @Confidence Level: 3
12/21/2013 - New Orleans Bowl , Tulane vs Louisiana Lafayette , TULANE @Confidence Level: 1
12/23/2013 - Beef O'Brady's Bowl , East Carolina vs Ohio, EAST CAROLINA @Confidence Level: 14
12/24/2013 - Hawaii Bowl , Boise State vs Oregon State , OSU @Confidence Level: 13
12/26/2013 - Little Caesars Pizza Bowl , Pittsburgh vs Bowling Green, BOWLING GREEN @Confidence Level: 22
12/26/2013 - Poinsettia Bowl , Utah State vs Northern Illinois, NIU @Confidence Level: 24
12/27/2013 - Military Bowl , Marshall vs Maryland, MARSHALL@Confidence Level: 12
12/27/2013 - Texas Bowl , Syracuse vs Minnesota, MINN @Confidence Level: 10
12/27/2013 - Fight Hunger Bowl , Brigham Young vs Washington, UW @Confidence Level: 11
12/28/2013 - Pinstripe Bowl , Rutgers vs Notre Dame, ND @Confidence Level: 21
12/28/2013 - Belk Bowl , Cincinnati vs North Carolina, NC @Confidence Level: 19
12/28/2013 - Russell Athletic Bowl , Miami vs Louisville, LOUISVILLE @Confidence Level: 20
12/28/2013 - Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl , Michigan vs Kansas State, K-STATE@Confidence Level: 9
12/30/2013 - Armed Forces Bowl , Middle Tennessee vs Navy, NAVY@Confidence Level: 30
12/30/2013 - Music City Bowl , Mississippi vs Georgia Tech, TECH @Confidence Level: 8
12/30/2013 - Valero Alamo Bowl , Oregon vs Texas , ORE @Confidence Level: 31
12/30/2013 - Holiday Bowl , Arizona State vs Texas Tech , ASU @Confidence Level: 18
12/31/2013 - AdvoCare V100 Bowl , Arizona vs Boston College , AZ@Confidence Level: 17
12/31/2013 - Sun Bowl , Virginia Tech vs UCLA , UCLA @Confidence Level: 15
12/31/2013 - Liberty Bowl , Rice vs Mississippi State, MISSISSIPPI STATE @Confidence Level: 16
12/31/2013 - Chik-Fil-A Bowl , Duke vs Texas A&M, TAMU @Confidence Level: 32
01/01/2014 - Capitol One Bowl , Wisconsin vs South Carolina, SCarolina @Confidence Level: 7
01/01/2014 - Gator Bowl , Nebraska vs Georgia , UG @Confidence Level: 33
01/01/2014 - Heart of Dallas Bowl , Nevada Las Vegas vs North Texas, North TEXAS@Confidence Level: 5
01/01/2014 - Outback Bowl , Iowa vs Louisiana State , LSU @Confidence Level: 6
01/01/2014 - Rose Bowl - BCS - , Stanford vs Michigan State , LSJU@Confidence Level: 25
01/01/2014 - Fiesta Bowl - BCS - , Central Florida vs Baylor , BAYLOR@Confidence Level: 35
01/02/2014 - Sugar Bowl - BCS - , Oklahoma vs Alabama , ALABAMA@Confidence Level: 26
01/03/2014 - Orange Bowl - BCS - , Clemson vs Ohio State , CLEMSON@Confidence Level: 27
01/03/2014 - Cotton Bowl , Oklahoma State vs Missouri, OK STATE @Confidence Level: 29
01/04/2014 - BBVA Compass Bowl , Vanderbilt vs Houston , VANDY@Confidence Level: 4
01/05/2014 - GoDaddy Dotcom Bowl , Arkansas State vs Ball State, BALL STATE @Confidence Level: 34
01/06/2014 - BCS Championship Game - BCS - , Florida State vs Auburn , AUBURN @Confidence Level: 28