Week 11 was not kind to Briantology pickers and their teams. Everyone knows about LSU and Alabama, so let’s not dwell on that lest I might cry and/or punch my computer.
To pour salt in the wounds, the picks were not up to Briantology’s normal standards. Only one picker went above .500 in the absolute dismal week. To recap…
LSU vs. Alabama (-12.5)
Yep, Alabama won by a lot and covered. We all got it wrong. Next.
Oregon (-10.5) vs. Stanford
Sadly for a few Briantology readers who are also big Oregon fans, this game was a another disappointment in Week 11. Oregon came out flat for three and a half quarters. Despite a late surge, the Ducks fell short 26-20, ending their BCS title hopes. Why this brings so much glee to fans in SEC territory is beyond me, but I don’t give much intellectual credit to SEC fans, this one included.
Hartley was the only one to pick the Cardinal. He has consistently picked against the Ducks all season and he finally got the anti-Oregon call correct.
Oklahoma vs. Baylor (-15)
After a sluggish quarter and a half in which Oklahoma led 5-3, Baylor rattled off three touchdowns in seven minutes to basically put the game away by halftime. Baylor’s offense is really, really good, and with LSU and now Oregon out of the title picture, the Bears have surged to my BCS title hopeful.
Katie and I picked correctly, while Hartley went with Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. He apparently does not know about “Big Game” Bob’s reputation, and that came to bite him in the ass.
Texas (-6.5) vs. West Virginia
The end of this game was being played during the LSU/Alabama game, so last I saw, the game was a back-and-forth effort and appeared as though West Virginia would beat the spread. It wasn’t until Sunday afternoon when I finally decided to check back to college football that I saw Texas won in overtime by 7 and covered.
All of us picked Texas, so we all got a win with the Longhorns. Hook ‘Em.
Arkansas State vs. ULM (-4.5)
This was another game I didn’t know who won until Sunday. After the LSU game, I turned off college football and instead opted to watch Breaking Bad. Some people cope with their team’s losses by taking drugs. I cope by watching a TV show about people making drugs. Whatever works, right?
To my surprise, Arkansas State crushed ULM 42-14. I was the only one to correctly pick the Red Wolves’ win.
Overall for the week, I finished 3-2, my second straight week above Mount .500 after six weeks of sucking. Katie, again for the second straight week, went 2-3 – Perhaps my sucking has transitioned to her – and the Humans finished the week 5-5 (50 percent). Hartley also struggled this week with a 2-3 (40 percent) effort. The Humans win the week and tie the series with just four weeks remaining. It’s going to be close.