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Bowl Pick 'Em Update: And Away We Go

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Bowl season opened with a bang and a closer New Mexico Bowl game than most of us thought. It has put us in an early hole. Can we get back to MEDIOCRITY?

Rich Rod thinks about screwing up the contest right out of the gate
Rich Rod thinks about screwing up the contest right out of the gate
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Alright folks, here is the first update of the bowl season. As I will try to do all throughout, and for those of you who are new to this process, I will do my best to get this updated by the morning after a bowl game.  It wont always happen, so I ask for your patience.

New Mexico keeping it close with Arizona was the first "upset" of the tournament, and caused us as a group to finish the day below .500 at 48.56%. From an all-time standpoint, we are still around 1,500 picks above the line, so it would take a really crappy year to start to get close to that.  However, as we are always looking to improve, we did drop a few hundredths down to 51.15% all time.

At the top of the table, we have a bit of a strange occurrence.  The leader through 5 games/10 picks is actually Pat Forde.  Now, Pat Forde (to our knowledge) is not a member of the RMN community, but I have entered him in many seasons of this tournament because he provides his picks with the scores (from which I can extrapolate the winner against the spread and over/under). Pat sits at 8-2 thus far.  Even stranger is the some of the picks one game back at 7-3 aren't human. First, we have Ask the Nickel (one of two coin flip picks in the field).  We also have "Dawg/Over" which is exactly what it sounds like in all the underdogs and all the Over picks. Certainly, there are some real posters in this group, including The Tailgate Princess and The Tailgate Queen (yep, had my daughter of five pick games).

At the bottom of the barrel, we have a tie, with Gregg and trripleplay hanging out at 2-8, which a large group one up at 3-7.

Next up is a single game on Monday afternoon, with Western Kentucky giving 3 against South Florida.  The community favored WKU in a big way (over 75%) and was almost dead split on the O/U (Over 50.52%).

For a look at the datasheet, click HERE. On the link you can find your picks on the first tab (Form Responses 1). After each pick, I will color them up red/green to denote the winner. On the results tab you can find much of the behind-the-scenes data, but I would also invite you to the bottom of the page to see the yearly and all-time numbers, as well as the per-game percentages. Finally, on the Records tab can you find the Leaderboard.

Happy Bowling Everyone!