The Smoking Musket Pick Em Gauntlet is an online college pick 'em game where we will try to pick the winners of the weekly Big 12 contests plus Yahoo! editors' selected games (usually the games involving the top 25 teams). We do pick against the spread (when available). There are usually 20-30 games to pick each week and each correct pick is worth one point. The winner (excluding Musket staff) will be the person at the end of the regular season who has the most correct picks/points. Points are cumulative, so don't worry if you happen to miss a week or two. We will award the winner a WVU Nike T-shirt at the conclusion of the games in December.
All participants are subject to the Official Rules (PDF document link) as determined by SB Nation.
In the case of a tie at the end, the winner will be determined by who "won" the most weeks, head to head with the other folks tied. Coin flip will be used in case that method not resolving the issue..
Our game, as in the past, will be hosted by Yahoo! Fantasy. GAME LINK
Group Name: The Smoking Musket
Group ID: 8233
Group password: WestByGod
We have 20 games to pick this week, starting with games at Noon ET Saturday. Deadline for each pick is 5 minutes before kickoff.
GAMES ARE AVAILABLE TO PICK NOW.
Here are the top performers (top 11 and ties) from week 11. Congratulations to EdwardsWVU, mn'eer & MntneerSkip for winning week 11 (all you win for this is kudos).
Here are the overall standings after eleven weeks:
We will once again also be featuring staff predictions for the weekly WVU game (or game of interest on the off-weeks). Without further adieu (in order of staff ranking, number correct in parentheses):
John Radcliff (120)
I don't expect us to set the world on fire this week. Having said that, I do expect a workman like performance that is good enough to win comfortably.
Mountaineer Chuck (120)
Momentum is awesome...and we've got it baby!
Kansas has improved recently with Freshman QB Ryan Willis, but the Mountaineers are too much for the Jayhawks to handle.
This has "trap game" written all over it...BUT... Holgorsen and the boys have already proven this year that they have a long memory against teams that embarrassed them in the past (see UMD, game 3). These seniors want to prove a point.
Kansas gave TCU all they could handle last week and will have nothing in the tank this coming Saturday. Smallwood runs downhill all day and Steve Slaton starts to sweat as his record lead shrinks. The defense is also firing on all cylinders after the Texas Turnover Fest and has a field day with the Jayhawks. This one could be a shutout.
JP Fanshawe (85)
October sucked. These past two in November have rekindled some fire.
We bitch slap Kansas on Saturday and erase the memory of one of our worst losses in school history. We lap teams that still have a track encircling the football field.
The last time West Virginia played in Lawrence, Jayhawk fans threw their goal posts in the lake. That ain't happening this time around. Kansas is really, really bad and the Mountaineers have found their mojo. Wendell Smallwood continues his dominance on Saturday.
Mountaineers continue coming back from the dead with a hearty win against a lowly opponent. Wendell Smallwood continues to impress while running for 124 yards and 2 TD's.
Wendell Smallwood breaks 150 yards. Shell breaks 100 yards. William Crest plays the entire 4th quarter. Jacky Marcellus scores a touchdown. There is much rejoicing in Mountaineer Land.
DE White (53)
No need for analysis. Kansas stinks.
Matt Kirchner (34)
Is Kansas as bad as they usually look, or are they as good as what they gave against TCU and Texas Tech? I'm going with the former. Couple that with revenge for our last trip there and it gets ugly.
Kansas and its team full of first year players have a lot to learn and this Saturday will be another lesson.
Patrick Southern (9)
Here's where you can make your own predictions: