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Week 11 Picks Recap

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Jon would have widened his lead on me this week if only he hadn’t taken Idaho over No. 6 Boise State. He correctly called the upsets of Stanford over No. 9 USC and North Carolina over No. 14 Miami. I correctly called California over No. 17 Arizona.  We were both wrong about Houston (which allowed Central Florida to win its first game ever against a ranked opponent, now 1-22 on that mark) and South Florida (which was absolutely trounced by Rutgers for the second year in a row and now has a four-game losing streak to the Scarlet Knights).

Week 11 picks:

Jon:  18-4

Austin:  18-4

Season total:

Jon:  162-42

Austin:  160-44

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Written by Austin Swafford

November 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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Week 11 Picks

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Jon and I split picks again last week, so he remained two picks ahead. Our standings on the season:

Jon:  144-38

Austin:  142-40

Jon is getting bold and going way out on some picks again.  I only picked two upsets, and one of them isn’t even that much of an upset, since it’s No. 11 Ohio State over No. 10 Iowa, who is still missing their QB.

  Austin Jon
#1 Florida at South Carolina Florida Florida
#2 Alabama at Mississippi St. Alabama Alabama
#3 Texas at Baylor Texas Texas
#4 TCU vs. #16 Utah TCU TCU
#5 Cincinnati vs. #25 West Virginia Cincinnati Cincinnati
#6 Boise State vs. Idaho Boise State Idaho
#7 Georgia Tech at Duke Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
#8 LSU vs. Louisiana Tech LSU LSU
#9 USC vs. Stanford USC Stanford
#10 Iowa at #11 Ohio St. Ohio St. Ohio St.
#12 Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
#13 Oregon vs. Arizona St. Oregon Oregon
#14 Miami (FL) at North Carolina Miami (FL) North Carolina
#15 Houston at Central Florida Houston Houston
#17 Arizona at California California Arizona
#18 Penn St. vs. Indiana Penn St. Penn St.
#19 Oklahoma St. vs. Texas Tech Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St.
#20 Wisconsin vs. Michigan Wisconsin Wisconsin
#21 Virginia Tech at Maryland Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
#22 BYU at New Mexico BYU BYU
#23 Oregon State vs. Washington Oregon State Oregon State
#24 South Florida at Rutgers South Florida South Florida


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November 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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Week 10 Picks Recap…or, Week 9 Picks Recap, Part II: The Reckoning

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Just like a movie sequel, it’s a different week with different events but the same results.  Jon and I both got dinged up by the myriad of upsets this weekend, but the only things that matter are that Penn State is way worse than I thought, East Carolina is way worse than Jon thought, and we split picks for the second week in a row to stay two picks apart on the season.

This week’s results:

Jon:  16-6

Austin:  16-6

This season’s results:

Jon:  144-38

Austin:  142-40

Written by Austin Swafford

November 8, 2009 at 11:21 am

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Week 10 Picks

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Jon and I split last week, so he maintained his two-game lead over me in the picks.  This is where we stand:

Jon:  128-32

Austin:  126-34

There is a lot of potential for upsets this week, but nothing terribly likely.  Because of that, we only differ on two picks this week.  Just enough for me to tie things back up…


Austin Jon
#1 Florida vs. Vanderbilt Florida Florida
#2 Texas vs. Central Florida Texas Texas
#3 Alabama vs. #9 LSU Alabama Alabama
#4 Iowa vs. Northwestern Iowa Iowa
#5 Cincinnati vs. UConn Cincinnati Cincinnati
#6 TCU at San Diego St. TCU TCU
#7 Boise State at Louisiana Tech Boise State Boise State
#8 Oregon at Stanford Oregon Oregon
#10 Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
#11 Penn St. vs. #16 Ohio St. Penn St. Ohio St.
#12 USC at Arizona St. USC USC
#13 Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
#14 Utah vs. New Mexico Utah Utah
#15 Houston at Tulsa Houston Houston
#17 Miami (FL) vs. Virginia Miami (FL) Miami (FL)
#18 Arizona vs. Washington St. Arizona Arizona
#19 Oklahoma St. at Iowa St. Oklahoma St. Oklahoma St.
#20 California vs. Oregon St. California California
#21 Wisconsin at Indiana Wisconsin Wisconsin
#22 Notre Dame vs. Navy Notre Dame Notre Dame
#23 Virginia Tech at East Carolina Virginia Tech East Carolina
#24 Oklahoma at Nebrasksa Oklahoma Oklahoma


Written by Austin Swafford

November 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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Week 9 Picks: The One Where We Break Even

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I was wrong on USC at Oregon and West Virginia at South Florida, and Jon was wrong about South Carolina at Tennessee and California at Arizona State.  Throw in another ridiculous ACC upset, and our picks this week look a little something like this:

Jon:  17-3

Austin:  17-3

To leave our season standings with this two-game margin:

Jon:  128-32

Austin:  126-34

Written by Austin Swafford

November 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

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Week 9 Picks

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Jon took the lead again in picks last week:

Jon:  111-29

Austin:  109-31

He insists he’ll be keeping the lead this time.  This week could be a real separating one for us as we differ on four picks.  Jon picked four upsets; I picked two.  And we only agree on one of them – Auburn over No. 25 Mississippi.  Not even much of an upset there.  And even though it’s not an upset, taking USC over Oregon sure feels like one when you’re picking them in the face of this ESPN.com story – Ducks bring the noise at Autzen Stadium.

Austin Jon
#1 Florida vs. Georgia Florida Florida
#3 Texas at #14 Oklahoma State Texas Texas
#4 Iowa vs. Indiana Iowa Iowa
#5 USC at #10 Oregon USC Oregon
#6 TCU vs. UNLV TCU TCU
#7 Boise St. vs. San Jose St. Boise St. Boise State
#8 Cincinnati at Syracuse Cincinnati Cincinnati
#9 LSU vs. Tulane LSU LSU
#11 Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
#12 Penn St. at Northwestern Penn State Penn State
#13 Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
#16 Utah vs. Wyoming Utah Utah
#17 Ohio St. vs. New Mexico St. Ohio St. Ohio St.
#18 Houston vs. Southern Miss Houston Houston
#19 Miami (FL) at Wake Forest Miami (FL) Miami (FL)
#21 West Virginia at South Florida West Virginia South Florida
#22 South Carolina at Tennessee Tennessee South Carolina
#23 Notre Dame vs. Washington St. Notre Dame Notre Dame
#24 California at Arizona St. California Arizona St.
#25 Mississippi at Auburn Auburn Auburn


Written by Austin Swafford

October 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

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Week 8 Picks Recap

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And Jon takes the lead!  Yep, I made some pretty awful picks this week.  I should have stayed closer to home.  How we fared in week 8:

Jon:  20-2

Austin:  17-5

And this is where we now stand on the season:

Jon:  111-29

Austin:  109-31

As an interesting side-note, Jon and I were marveling this weekend at how unpredictable the Big 10 is and how much that conference has messed up our picks this season (particularly mine).  I have gotten 69.6 percent of my Big 10 picks right, while Jon has gotten 78.3.  That’s well below our averages for picking everyone else.  We both stand at 79.5 on the season.  Incorrect Big 10 picks have accounted for about 23 percent of my losses this season, and 17 percent of Jon’s.

Interesting sub-facts about those picks.  Jon and I have each been perfect on Big 10 picks in two weeks (Jon in weeks two and three and me in weeks three and six).  Week three had a lot of very easy calls.  Big 10 picks have accounted for exactly one of Jon’s incorrect picks for each of the last five weeks.  And I am 1-2 on Big 10 picks each of the last two weeks.  Hopefully Iowa won’t continue to kill me.

Written by Austin Swafford

October 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm