2011 Pick 'Em Gauntlet - Season Kickoff Edition

The 2011 season is upon us and it's time to start our annual contest for picking games.  Each week there will be 6 games to pick with the following breakdown:  5 games of note and WVU or only 5 games only when WVU has the week off.  We will do our best to avoid weeknight games, except when WVU is involved, to allow for more time to get your picks in.  Total number correct (push is as good as a loss in this case) will be tallied and we'll attempt to have standings posted each week.  The season winner amongst the readers will get a WVU Nike Hat and/or T-shirt.

We will pick against the spread here.  Here are the games for this week:

  • USF @ Notre Dame (-10)
  • Boise St. @ Georgia (+3.5) (Georgia Dome)
  • Oregon vs. LSU (-3) (Cowboys Stadium)
  • Miami @ Maryland (+5)
  • UCLA @ Houston (-3)
  • Marshall @ WVU (-23)

Picks (in the comments section below) are due by noon on Saturday this week.  It's total number of wins that count, so don't worry so much if you miss a week or two.  This is the place where a joke is usually made about my picking prowess (or lack thereof), but I'll spare you that this year (feel free to in the comments along with your picks, though).

UPDATE:  There is still time to get your picks in for this week.  Noon EDT is the cutoff.

Here are the staff picks for the week (selection in bold):

Country Roads:

  • Notre Dame (-10) v. USF
  • Boise State (-3.5) v.Georgia
  • Oregon (-4.5) v. LSU
  • Maryland (+5) v. Miami
  • UCLA (+3) @ Houston
  • WVU (-23) v. Marshall

5th Year Senior:

  • USF (+10) @ Notre Dame
  • Boise State (-3.5) v. Georgia
  • Oregon (-4.5) v. LSU
  • Miami (-5) @ Maryland
  • UCLA (+3) @ Houston
  • WVU (-23) v. Marshall

John Radcliff

  • USF (+10) @ Notre Dame
  • Boise State (-3.5) v. Georgia
  • LSU (+4.5) v.Oregon
  • Maryland (+5) v. Miami
  • UCLA (+3) @ Houston
  • WVU (-23) v. Marshall

JP Fanshawe

  • Notre Dame (-10) v. USF
  • Georgia (+3.5) v. Boise St.
  • Oregon (-4.5) v. LSU
  • Miami (-5) @ Maryland
  • UCLA (+3) @ Houston
  • WVU (-23) v. Marshall

Caleb Wygal

  • Notre Dame (-10) v. USF
  • Georgia (+3.5) v. Boise St.
  • Oregon (-4.5) v. LSU
  • Maryland (+5) v. Miami
  • Houston (-3) v. UCLA
  • WVU (-23) v. Marshall

WVUIE97

  • USF (+10) @ Notre Dame
  • Boise State (-3.5) v. Georgia
  • Oregon (-4.5) v. LSU
  • Miami (-5) @ Maryland
  • Houston (-3) v. UCLA
  • WVU (-23) v. Marshall

Good luck everybody.

*no formatting bonus was qualified for by any staff members this week

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