SBM College Bowl Pick ‘Em Challenge Update: The First Half

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What can I say? This may very well be the worst showing I’ve ever had in a Challenge like this. Not only am I under .500, I’m losing to a guy whose name is “I do not watch college football.”

Anyway, here’s the rundown up to this point.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (formerly the Insight Bowl):

  • Dec. 29
  • Big 10 #4/5 vs. Big 12 #4
  • Payout: $3,350,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Purdue (Big Ten #7) vs. TCU (Big 12 #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Michigan State (Big Ten #5) vs. TCU (Big 12 #5)
  • Predicted Winner: TCU
  • Actual Winner: Michigan State

Alamo Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • Big 12 #3 vs. Pac-12 #2
  • Payout: $3,175,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Oklahoma State (Big 12 #4) vs. Utah (Pac-12 #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Texas (Big 12 #3) vs. Oregon State (Pac-12 #3)
  • Predicted Winner: Oregon State
  • Actual Winner: Texas

Russell Athletic Bowl (formerly the Champs Sports Bowl):

  • Dec. 28
  • Big East #2 vs. ACC #3
  • Payout: $2,275,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Louisville (Big East #1) vs. Georgia Tech (ACC #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Rutgers (Big East #2) vs. Virginia Tech (ACC #7)
  • Predicted Winner: Rutgers
  • Actual Winner:  Virginia Tech 

Holiday Bowl:

  • Dec. 27
  • Pac-12 #3 vs. Big 12 #5
  • Payout: $2,075,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Stanford (Pac-12 #4) vs. Baylor (Big 12 #6)
  • Actual Matchup: UCLA (Pac-12 #4) vs. Baylor (Big 12 #5)
  • Predicted Winner: UCLA
  • Actual Winner: Baylor

Pinstripe Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • Big East #4 vs. Big 12 #7
  • Payout: $1,800,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Rutgers (Big East #3) vs. Notre Dame
  • Actual Matchup: Syracuse (Big East #4) vs. West Virginia (Big 12 #7)
  • Predicted Winner: West Virginia
  • Actual Winner: Syracuse 

Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl:

  • Dec. 28
  • Big 12 #6 vs. Big Ten # 6
  • Payout: $1,700,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Texas (Big 12 #7) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten #9)
  • Actual Matchup: Texas Tech (Big 12 #7) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten #7)
  • Predicted Winner: Texas Tech
  • Actual Winner: Texas Tech

Belk Bowl:

  • Dec. 27
  • Big East #3 vs. ACC #5
  • Payout: $1,700,000
  • Predicted Matchup: South Florida (Big East #2) vs. Miami (Fla.) (ACC #8)
  • Actual Matchup:  Cincinnati (Big East #2) vs. Duke (ACC #8)
  • Predicted Winner: Cincinnati
  • Actual Winner: Cincinnati

Independence Bowl:

  • Dec. 28
  • SEC #10 vs. ACC#7
  • Payout: $1,150,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Texas A&M (SEC #10) vs. Wake Forest (ACC #9)
  • Actual Matchup: Louisiana-Monroe (Sun Belt #3) vs.  Ohio (MAC #6)
  • Predicted Winner: Louisiana-Monroe
  • Actual Winner: Ohio

Maaco Las Vegas Bowl:

  • Dec. 22
  • MWC #1 vs. Pac-12 #5
  • Payout: $1,100,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Boise State (MWC #1) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 #7)
  • Actual Matchup: Boise State (MWC #1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 #6)
  • Predicted Winner: Washington
  • Actual Winner: Boise State

Military Bowl:

  • Dec. 27
  • ACC #9 vs. Army/C-USA
  • Payout: $1,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Army vs. East Carolina (C-USA #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Bowling Green (MAC #4) vs. San Jose State (WAC #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Bowling Green
  • Actual Winner: San Jose State 

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • Pac-12 #6 vs. Navy/ACC #9
  • Payout: $837,500
  • Predicted Matchup: California (Pac-12 #7) vs. Navy
  • Actual Matchup: Arizona State (Pac-12 #7) vs. Navy (Independent)
  • Predicted Winner: Arizona State
  • Actual Winner: Arizona State

Armed Forces Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • C-USA #3 vs. MWC #4/5
  • Payout: $600,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Tulsa (C-USA #3) vs. Fresno State (MWC #4)
  • Actual Matchup: Rice (C-USA #5) vs. Air Force (MWC #4)
  • Predicted Winner: Air Force
  • Actual Winner: Rice

Little Caesars Bowl:

  • Dec. 26
  • MAC #1 vs. Big Ten # 8
  • Payout: $750,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Western Michigan (MAC #1) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Central Michigan (MAC #6) vs. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt #5)
  • Predicted Winner: Central Michigan
  • Actual Winner: Central Michigan

Hawaii Bowl:

  • Dec. 24
  • C-USA #2 vs. Hawaii/MWC#3
  • Payout: $650,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Southern Mississippi (C-USA #2) vs. Wyoming (MWC #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Southern Methodist (C-USA #3) vs. Fresno State (MWC #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Southern Methodist
  • Actual Winner: Southern Methodist

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl:  

  • Dec. 21
  • Big East #6 vs. C-USA #4
  • Payout: $537,500
  • Predicted Matchup: Cincinnati (Big East #5) vs. Ohio (MAC #4)
  • Actual Matchup: Central Florida (C-USA #2) vs. Ball State (MAC #3)
  • Predicted Winner: Central Florida
  • Actual Winner:  Central Florida

New Orleans Bowl:

  • Dec.22
  • Sun Belt #1 vs. C-USA #5
  • Payout:$500,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt #1) vs. Louisiana Tech (WAC #2)
  • Actual Matchup: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt #2) vs. East Carolina (C-USA #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Actual Winner: Louisiana-Lafayette

Poinsettia Bowl:

  • Dec. 20
  • MWC #2 vs. BYU/WAC
  • Payout: $500,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Nevada (MWC #2) vs. Brigham Young
  • Actual Matchup:  San Diego State (MWC #3) vs. Brigham Young (Independent)
  • Predicted Winner: Brigham Young
  • Actual Winner: Brigham Young

New Mexico Bowl:

  • Dec. 15
  • MWC #4/5 vs. Pac-12 #7/WAC
  • Payout: $456,250
  • Predicted Matchup: San Diego State (MWC #5) vs. Bowling Green (MAC #6)
  • Actual Matchup: Nevada (MWC #5) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 #8)
  • Predicted Winner: Nevada
  • Actual Winner: Arizona

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

  • Dec. 15
  • WAC #1/2 vs. MAC #3
  • Payout: $325,000
  • San Jose State (WAC #1) vs. Toledo (MAC #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Utah State (WAC #1) vs. Toledo (MAC #4)
  • Predicted Winner: Utah State
  • Actual Winner: Utah State
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3 responses to “SBM College Bowl Pick ‘Em Challenge Update: The First Half

  1. Dub…

    You think you’d have become accustomed to losing pools like this by now.

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