Time for a proper update, now that we've got a decent chunk of bowls under our belt. Since SMan was the only foe to accept my incredibly lame challenge, we have some quality mano-a-mano (whatever that means) action going on here. Prior to tonight's return to multiple-bowl-per-night goodness, let's see where the duel stands a mere nine thirty-fifths of the way through. To the Jump!
Total Picks: 9
Total correct: 5
Total points: 86
Standing in group: T-31st (out of 143)
Best pick: Assigning 32 confidence points to BYU's shellacking of UTEP
Worst Pick: Giving 16 confidence points to Hawaii, not realizing that Tulsa's bad defensive stats were mostly from getting shellacked back in September.
Overall: Can't complain, but I'll need a shocker or two to make some headway.
SMan - (the amateur - I mean he IS just a commenter...right?)
Total Picks - 9
Total correct: 5
Total points: 82
Standing in group(were he in it): T-37th
Best pick: 60 of his 82 points came from correctly picking Air Force and San Diego State as winners
Worst Pick: Hard to say - all of his incorrect picks have been 20-something point picks.
Overall: Steady competition thusfar, the expert and amateur status may yet flip.
We're pretty even thusfar, as you can see. However, I am giving myself the slight edge, since I am four points ahead to date and my four incorrect picks have only cost me 36 points, compared to the 86 points he has lost on his mistakes.
Coming up: Five bowls today and tomorrow. I have 94 points riding on OK State, Maryland, WVU, Baylor and Mizzou. Sman also picked the Terps, Mountaineers and Cowboys, as well as Iowa and Illinois for a total of 68 points. We both have no clue about the Baylor-Illinois game - I've got three points riding on a Bears win and an Illini win gets him four - but who does? Meanwhile, I am 22 points confident that Mizzou earns a W, while he placed 17 points in Ricki Stanzi's unsuspended hands.
Here we go!