Justin Tadlock

My college football bowl picks

Each year, 20 or so of my friends and I get together to pick which teams we think will win the college football bowl games. Each person playing the game puts $10 into the pool. The winner takes the entire pot in January.

The rules

The rules to our game are fairly basic:

  • Pick a winner for all 35 bowl games.
  • Assign a confidence number ranging from 1 – 35 with 1 being the least confident pick and 35 being the most confident pick.
  • For every game you win, you get those confidence points.
  • For every game you lose, you subtract confidence points.

So, if you correctly pick the winner of all 35 bowl games, you get a total of 630 points (and most likely all the cash).

My picks

I meant to post this last week but got a little too busy. I’ve already lost two and won two games at the moment.

Here’s my list in the order the games are played in.

Bowl Winner Loser Points
Bowl Winner Loser Points
New Mexico BYU UTEP 34
Humanitarian Fresno State Northern Illinois 1
New Orleans Ohio Troy 5
Las Vegas Louisville Southern Miss. 11
St. Petersburg Boise State Utah 32
Poinsettia San Diego State Navy 7
Hawaii Hawaii Tulsa 28
Little Caesars Toledo Florida Int. 2
Independence Georgia Tech Air Force 13
Champs Sports NC State West Virginia 10
Insight Missouri Iowa 6
Military Maryland East Carolina 27
Texas Baylor Illiniois 17
Alamo Oklahoma State Arizona 16
Armed Forces SMU Army 12
Pinstripe Kansas State Syracuse 4
Music City Tennessee North Carolina 8
Holiday Nebraska Washington 30
Meineke Car Care Clemson South Florida 23
Sun Miami Notre Dame 19
Liberty Georgia Central Florida 31
Chick-fil-A South Carolina Florida State 15
TicketCity Texas Tech Northwestern 20
Outback Florida Penn State 18
Capital One Alabama Michigan State 25
Gator Bowl Mississippi State Michigan 14
Rose Bowl Wisconsin TCU 24
Fiesta Oklahoma UConn 35
Orange Stanford Virginia Tech 29
Sugar Arkansas Ohio State 9
GoDaddy Miami (Ohio) Mid. Tennessee 3
Cotton LSU Texas A&M 22
Compass Pittsburgh Kentucky 21
Kraft Fight Hunger Nevada Boston College 33
Nat. Championship Auburn Oregon 26

Your picks

Call me crazy on some of these. I’m definitely gambling on a few games, but you have to take a few chances to win.

Do any of you do similar pools? Feel free to write a blog post and link back here with your list. Or, just call me out in the comments when you see how horrible my picks are.