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Friday, December 20, 2013 9:24 PM

I got left out in the cold last week amongst the five pickers.

Everyone else went 8-4 except me, who went 6-6.

We all got the Navy game correct but I went 5-6 in the rotten, so-and-so, they-just-KNOW pros, whilst everyone else was 7-4.

Thus and thoughforth (if it isn’t a word, I just coined it!), our records are: myself, 103-76-1 (51-34, 52-42-1); regulars Dave Boninsegna 104-74-1 (54-30, 50-44-1) and Bob Weber 112-67-1 — 57-28 and 55-39-1 and Guest Pickers John Parent and Erin Cox moving that combined person to 178-154-2 (84-73, 94-81-2).

Erin — my go-to picker! — and Jake “The Snake” return as GP (combining with his WDOH colleague, Rick “I will never retire” Miller).

Here are the Games:

College Bowls: New Mexico Bowl - Washington State vs. Colorado State; Las Vegas Bowl - Fresno State vs. Southern Cal; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Buffalo vs. San Diego State; New Orleans Bowl - Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette; Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (Monday) - Ohio vs. East Carolina.

Pros: New England at Baltimore; Pittsburgh at Green Bay; Dallas at Washington; New Orleans at Carolina; Miami at Buffalo; Chicago at Philadelphia; Tampa Bay at St. Louis.

 

JIM METCALFE

 

COLLEGE:

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars are from an underrated conference — surprising! — and their spread offense is too much for the Rams, especially at high altitude. Ask any team that plays basketball/football in New Mexico how quickly you can get gassed, especially on defense. So begins the bowl season!

SOUTHERN CAL: Ed Orgeron got screwed out of a chance to coach the Trojans full time; the Trojans will make sure he goes out well and have a good dress rehearsal for incoming coach Steve Sarkisian. This team was and is too talented to have started the way they did and Bulldogs will find out the hard way how much; any defense that can stymie the high-powered passing attack of Oregon State can do the same against FSU, especially considering the break between the regular-season ender.

BUFFALO: This is not the Marshall Faulk-led Aztecs of two decades ago. Bulls looking to make a statement for the MAC and had better results against traditional big-boy powers.

TULANE: Another expected fine matchup of two lesser-knowns. The Green Wave are just a little more talented.

OHIO: The MAC keeps trying to break into the national picture. Bobcats have a solid chance against a good Pirates team and take it.

PRO:

BALTIMORE: Patriots are missing Gronk big-time, besides Wes Welker last year, he was Brady’s security blanket. Plus, Ravens seem to have Brady’s number; they tend to get pressure in his face better than anyone except the New York G-Men and their defense is better than expected.

GREEN BAY: Aaron Rodgers won’t play, so Matt Flynn will start. Packers should be flying high after comeback vs. Cowboys — or was it choke-job by Da Boys? — and they shouldn’t need such a rally this time. Beware the Steelers who need all kinds of help to make the playoffs and would like to play spoiler but this is not the same Blitzburgh defense, either.

DALLAS: Two soap opera teams in the NFL. Dallas is more ridiculous — Jerry Jones was quoted before last week’s debacle that he is going to hold people accountable (finally or fool me twice?) — but Redskins are more shaky. At some point, Cowboys will figure out they can run the ball and actually take some pressure off horrible defense — hey Jerry, you fired Rob Ryan as DC (when his unit was ravaged with injuries) for Monte Kiffin (whose unit is injury-plagued) and the defense is even worse?

CAROLINA: Saints fooled me last week in a dome, thinking they would run roughshod over Rams. They just aren’t the same outside and Panthers will have lots of revenge on their minds.

MIAMI: Martin/Incognito who? Joe Philbin should get coach of the year in the NFL. Though this game will be in (likely frigid) Buffalo, Dolphins are a pretty good cold-weather unit.

CHICAGO: Does Marc Trestman know something we don’t? Probably. Eagles got burnt by AD-less Six Rulers last week and methinks they will again by Matt Forte-led Bears, who are starting to get some injured bodies back just in time.

ST. LOUIS: Rams are for real — I think. They are as up and down as anyone but they tend to play much better at home. Buccaneers will fight them to the end but their offense just doesn’t quite have the horses.

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DAVE BONINSEGNA

Editor’s Note: His pick for the Cowboys last week was appreciated but since we ALL picked them, we ALL shouldst be angry!

College:

Colorado State: This is Washington State’s first bowl appearance since 2003, while Colorado State is back in the postseason after a 4-year absence. Colorado State is coming off a thumping of Air Force; the Cougars lost 4 of their last 6 games. I am going to go with the Rams of Col. St here.

Fresno State: Fresno State has an explosive offense. USC is in disarray; I like Fresno in this one.

Buffalo: Who doesn’t like potatoes, so let’s name a Bowl after them. San Diego State rebounded from an 0-3 start to the season to win seven of its last nine. Buffalo opened 7-2, with its only two losses coming to teams playing in BCS bowl games (Ohio State, Baylor). That being mentioned; I think Buffalo comes out the big potatoes here.

Tulane: Tulane will not have to travel far for its first bowl trip in 11 years -- the Green Wave will not have to travel at all. Having home field advantage is always a good thing, especially in a bowl. The Green Wave wins “at home”.

East Carolina: East Carolina (9-3) was riding a five-game winning streak behind its high-powered offense before losing 59-28 on Nov. 29 at Marshall, which wrapped up the East Division and a spot in the conference title game. The Pirates are vying for the school’s first 10-win season in more than 30 years; they get it on Saturday.

Pros:

Baltimore: As a Bengals fan I am rooting like crazy for New England but Baltimore is tough at home and take care of things on Sunday.

Pittsburgh: I was really hoping for Aaron Rogers to be back this week; after the Steelers cheap shot on Huber of the Bengals last week, a well deserved $25,000 fine was handed out. Hope the Packers can punch the Steelers in the jaw but I have to take Pittsburgh. However, if the Bengals beat the Vikings and Baltimore wins, Pittsburgh will be sitting at home for the playoffs.

Dallas: Dallas; Washington is just terrible.

Carolina: The Saints don’t play well away from home (3-4), Caroling is 6-1 at home= Panthers win.

Miami: The Dolphins had a big win last week against the Pats and continue the 3-game winning streak this week despite dropping the earlier match up this year.

Chicago: This is for sure a toss up game this week but I am going to go with Chicago to win on the road.

St. Louis: The Rams really laid it to New Orleans last week and look to put a beat down on the Buccs this week. Tampa Bay has won 4 of 6; another toss up game but I will take the home team this time.

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BOB WEBER

Editor’s Note: Not bad for being out of town and fighting illness last week, eh?

NOTE TO EDITOR – Happy Holidays to you and the entire staff at the Herald. Hope that Santa blesses you with a very successful week of picks (EN: Agreed!).

College:

WASHINGTON STATE – The Cougars use the spread offense behind junior QB Connor Halliday that ranks 4th nationally in passing yards.

USC – All the coaching changes at USC worry me about their desire and concentration in playing this game; however, still going with the Trojans.

SAN DIEGO STATE – Who! Hoo! – The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – I love baked potatoes so I’m going with the Aztecs (profound logic) - EN: Yea, verily!.

TULANE – Let’s go Green Wave! Joe Montana at quarterback. Sorry – his son Nick!

EAST CAROLINA – Hate to go against the Bobcats but the Pirates are led by Conference USA MVP Shane Carden whose 3,866 passing yards, 32 TD passes and 71.0 completion percentage are amongst the leaders in the nation.

Pro:

NEW ENGLAND – Joe Flacco got knocked around last week and will be wearing a brace this week. Just don’t think Brady will lose two games in a row.

GREEN BAY – I’m using my same logic as last week here. Picking against the Steelers but hoping they win and keep slim playoff chances alive (EN: Profound!!).

DALLAS – Unless they forget how to run the ball again this week I think the Cowboys will prevail.

CAROLINA – The Saints struggle away from the Dome.

BUFFALO – This time of year, the Dolphins heading to cold Buffalo – Bills in an upset.

CHICAGO – The Bears offense will be too much for the Eagles bad secondary.

ST. LOUIS – The Rams defense has 42 sacks this year. I like what Jeff Fisher has done with this club and he has them in playoff contention.

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JAKE BOWERS/RICK MILLER

College:

Washington State: First meeting ever between these teams. Colorado State has not been to a bowl game since 2008 and Washington State since 2003. My pick WSU 30-20.

USC: Since firing Lane Kiffin as coach, USC has won 6 out of 7 games. USC 42-23.

Buffalo: Buffalo played Ohio State tough in week one and lost 40-20. In week number two, San Diego State got blasted by the Buckeyes 42-7. Buffalo 35-21.

Tulane: This is a home game for Tulane at the Superdome. Tulane plays good defense and is a minus-12 in the turnover department. Tulane 31-13.

East Carolina: East Carolina is riding a 5-game winning streak and has a high-powered offense. Ohio University is too inconsistent. East Carolina 46-27.

Pro:

Baltimore: Ravens 6-1 at home; New England 3-4 as a road team. Baltimore 24-20.

Green Bay: Steelers 2-5 as a road team and Green Bay needs to win to have chance for playoffs. Green Bay 27-24.

Dallas: Cowboys 4-0 in the division and Washington 0-4. Cowboys need win to stay in playoff picture. Dallas 31-21.

New Orleans: This game could go either way; probably for the division title. New Orleans not a great road team but pulls this one out 37-28.

Miami: Miami has outside chance for playoffs. Miami 24-17.

Philadelphia: Both teams 8-6. Both teams lead their divisions and need to win for playoff position. Philadelphia 20-19.

St. Louis: St. Louis could finish at .500 if they win out; neither team going anywhere. St. Louis 43-27.

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ERIN COX

COLLEGE:

Colorado State: Both of these teams colors together look like Christmas! Oh, and just picking based on record.

Fresno State: Their offensive numbers are more impressive than the USC defense.

Buffalo: That Buffalo logo is cool, lots of blue, that’s enough for me.

Tulane: Going with passion on this one.

East Carolina: I went to two other MAC schools during my college career so I’m not about to pick Ohio.

NFL:

Baltimore: More Christmas presents for me?! I hope. The Boo-Hoo Bill doll is my favorite present.

Green Bay: Maybe Pittsburgh will hand them the game like Dallas did last week.

Dallas: My bet is Jerry Jones decided to fire the whole team. He’s going to go out Sunday, play every position himself and he’ll win because he is just that awesome.

New Orleans: I’d like to see Carolina win and I’m feel like I’m picking very badly this week so I’m going to jinx the Saints by picking them.

Miami: I’m dreaming of the sunshine in Miami instead of this rain so here’s to that.

Chicago: This is a heart pick. I’m hoping that the Bears can help out my ‘boys a little bit, since I can’t rely on Dallas to do anything themselves.

St. Louis: I don’t know why I don’t like picking the Rams but I don’t think I’ve ever typed St. Louis so I thought I’d try that for a change.

Last Updated on Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:41 PM
 

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