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New Year’s Day AoG Bowl Pick ‘Em Standings and Schedule

Happy 2024, everyone!

Rose Bowl - Illinois v USC Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

No Anchor Drop this morning because there’s not really anything to report, other than the women’s basketball team closing out 2023 with a blowout win over Radford.

Oh, fine, I’ll give you optional musical accompaniment to this post.

In the AoG Bowl Pick ‘Em, Smashed Potatoes took the lead on Saturday while I’m still in second place. Your Uncle Mike is making his annual charge thanks to saving all of his big picks for the end — though Smashed Potatoes also has the highest maximum point total left on the board.

AoG Bowl Pick ‘Em Standings

Entry Won Lost Points Max Points
Entry Won Lost Points Max Points
Smashed Potatoes 25 12 477 720
Tom Stephenson 24 13 471 622
Smuggo 21 16 468 656
Your Uncle Mike 24 13 441 684
Jeturn 18 19 425 536
ApexBandit 21 16 423 605
C. Lea's Fighting Punters 20 17 414 593
Not 0-9!! 18 19 409 620
DumbleDore69 22 15 408 599
ESPNFAN3792695013 24 13 406 649
tinioril 21 16 405 533
eColibrarian 17 20 405 588
ethan55555 17 20 386 552
Rockland55 18 19 385 535
barretchap 18 19 381 603
theCADDYdaddy 20 17 377 538
KnockinOnHeavensDore 22 15 370 613
Papa was a Stevie Sloan 19 18 365 608
looseballpush 21 16 357 600
VU1970 18 19 355 598
DoreDaddy 20 17 348 591
Vandyfan1 17 20 330 525
Clarksburger 13 18 306 540
Ted84grad 18 19 287 499
captainwjm 15 22 268 511
DoreonthePlains 8 8 246 489

Anyway, today’s basically the last day of bowl season except for the championship game, and there are five games today... which we’re going to watch because really what the hell else are we going to do?

TAFKA Outback Bowl: Wisconsin vs. LSU (11:00 AM CT, ESPN2/ESPN+): I don’t know what a ReliaQuest is and neither should you. (Apparently it’s a computer security service based in Tampa. This definitely sounds like it should be the title sponsor of a New Year’s Day bowl. Not just a title sponsor, but a title sponsor that actually gets the bowl named after it. This isn’t even like the USF&G Sugar Bowl.)

Anyway, LSU’s wearing purple jerseys and their fans are mad about it.

Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Tennessee (12:00 PM CT, ABC/ESPN+): (insert Steve Spurrier wisecrack here)

Fiesta Bowl: Liberty vs. Oregon (12:00 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN+): Who here still thinks we should have hired Jamey Chadwell in 2020? Show of hands? Oh... is that all of you?

Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan (4:00 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN+): I know ESPN runs the damn thing but I still don’t understand why they don’t put the playoff semifinals on ABC. Anyway, it would be good for the sport if Alabama didn’t win, which means they probably will.

(No, I don’t think Michigan’s cheating scandal is a real scandal. Fight me.)

Sugar Bowl: Texas vs. Washington (7:45 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN+): On paper this looks like a good matchup, which means it will probably be a blowout one way or another.