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2023 Staff Pick’em: Bowl Season

Well this contest took a SHARP turn late in the season.

Cole upped the Tempo down the stretch.

The combination of conference championship week and Army-Navy on its standalone week resulted in 6 games being picked. Cole, Christian, and Andrew all went 4-2. The Commentariat tied with me at 3-3. Tom was 1-5.

With the nonsense of opt outs, this concludes the official contest. The staff went 331-384 (46.3%). The Commentariat fared slightly better than the aggregate at 68-75 (47.6%). Next season, I will try to include a “staff majority” that is more representatitve of a staff versus Commentariat competition since comparing those two numbers unfairly punishes the staff for games where we are unanimously wrong while also punishing us for any dissenters when our majority is correct.

For the individual staffers, Cole made an absolutely ridiculous comeback to claim the crown at 69-74. From Week 10 through the finish, he went 30-18 to surge from 6 games off the lead in dead last to winning by 2 games. He also beat the Commentariat by a game. Andrew, Christian, and myself all tied another game behind. Tom was a bit further back at 61-82.

For the fun of bowl season, check out our picks below. They may deviate from the ESPN Bowl contest since these are ATS while ESPN has us picking outright winners.

NOTE: The picks for Texas A&M versus Oklahoma State were in yesterday before kickoff.

The Rules

  1. Normally, the picks are for all SEC games with one dealer’s choice where I get to choose another game to make us pick. With two new teams set to join in 2024, Texas and Oklahoma will have all of their games picked, too.
  2. The picks will be made AGAINST THE SPREAD. Too many games are easy to pick heads up. Also, this will serve as a PSA for why you should not get into sports gambling, which is especially important with sports gambling being legal in Tennessee now.
  3. The lines will be taken from Oddshark’s consensus spread some time Monday, so they may not match what is listed at the time this article is published.

The Standings

WRITER SEASON WEEK 12
W L W L
Cole 69 74 4 2
Commentariat 68 75 3 3
VU 04 67 76 4 2
CDA 67 76 4 2
Patrick 67 76 3 3
Tom 61 82 1 5

The Picks

GAME DotP Cole Tom VU04 CDA
Texas A&M (+2.5)
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Oklahoma State
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Auburn (-7)
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Maryland
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Clemson (-5)
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Kentucky
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Missouri (+1)
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Ohio State
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Ole Miss (+4)
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Penn State
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Georgia (-17)
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Florida State
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Wisconsin (+10)
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LSU
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Iowa (+8)
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Tennessee
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Alabama (+1.5)
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Michigan
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Arizona(+3)
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Oklahoma
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Texas (-4)
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Washington
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