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 as determined by SB Nation.
We actually filled the first group, so we had to open a second league to fit everyone in. The second league will serve solely as an extension of the first league, and is not a standalone league. If you are in the second league, you are still competing with those in the first league.
Our game, as in the past, will be hosted by Yahoo! Fantasy. GAME LINK
Group Name: The Smoking Musket II
Group ID: 10963
Group password: LetsGo
We have 23 games to pick this week, starting at Noon ET on Saturday. Deadline for each pick is 5 minutes before kickoff.
Here are the leaders (top 7 plus ties) after week 11. Congratulations to WVUNite for winning week 11 (all you win for this is kudos). RockyMtMountaineer is still holding on to that top spot, for the third straight week. Can someone unseat the leader, or will he ride these next three weeks out and win the Nike WVU t-shirt?
|Rank||Pick Set Name||Total Pts||W-L|
|4||Coal Powers America||137||137-114|
|5||How do you pronounced Nwachukwu||136||136-115|
Now, on to the fun stuff. West Virginia is looking at their biggest game in nearly a decade this Saturday against the Oklahoma Sooners. How does the Musket staff see this one playing out?
We out block them, out tackle them, out hit them, and out hustle them.
West Virginia 48
This is where we finally block a field goal and run it back for a score.
West Virginia 41
Howard to Gibson for three TD's. The Dawgs do just enough to pull out one of the biggest wins in WVU history.
West Virginia 24
West Virginia is an improved team this year. There can be no doubt about this. But the turnover-filled, uneven offensive performances in the team's last two games against opponents with a pulse bodes poorly against Oklahoma, which is easily the best offensive team WVU has faced. The Mountaineers will have to score points to keep up with OU, and I'm not convinced they can.
West Virginia 20
WVU has to play better to win this game. The defense remains the strongest unit on the team. They slow down Perrine just enough and Howard limits his mistakes. An interception in the endzone seals victory for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia 31
Mayfield and Westbrook connect on several crucial plays, and Howard continues his recent poor play (minus Kansas). WVU falls on the big stage for the second time this year.
West Virginia 31
The last time two ranked teams faced off under the lights in Morgantown I was a 9th grader neck-deep in the greatest football season of my life. Jake Kelchner put on a gutty one-legged performance as the WVU defense held the line until Robert Walker sprinted 19 yards down the left sideline into history. I was in that end zone. I touched the goalpost as it was passed through the stands. I have chills just thinking about it. A forgotten aspect of that game was the periodic updates being given of Boston College v #1 Notre Dame. When confirmation of the Eagle's upset was announced, the crowd went insane and we knew the stakes had become that much higher.
On Saturday night the Mountaineers will play the most significant and nationally-heralded home contest since that game 23 short years ago - almost to the exact day (Miami was November 20th). Everyone is ready for the Big 12 fireworks, but on November 19th the West Virginia Mountaineers will assert their hard-nosed historical identity and it will be Gibby's DAWGS holding the line until Kennedy McKoy sprints into lore. Oh, and in another echo from the past, an earlier upset of either Michigan, Ohio State or Clemson will let us all know that this one means more and we'll once again be dreaming big.
West Virginia 17
Gibby dials up some "under the lights in Morgantown" magic and Skyler and the boys put on an air show. But it's still close...
West Virginia 31
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
West Virginia 13
Oklahoma is 7-0 in the conference for a reason. Dede Westbrook is a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist for a reason. He'll add to his already 14TD tally as the already battle-tested Sooner squad edge out the Mountaineers. If Bad Skyler shows up...... woof.
West Virginia 27
This one can easily go either way, and it scares the living crap out of me. Will we see Good (or even Decent) Skyler return, or will Bad Skyler rear his ugly head again this week and put the Mountaineers in a hole by turning the ball over? That's the most important question, and there's no way of knowing the answer until Saturday night.
My gut says we see Decent Skyler, with a lone turnover coming on a interception on a crossing route, but the DAWGS keep West Virginia in this one. West Virginia escapes with the narrow victory, and (as long as Oklahoma State loses within the next 3 weeks) the Big 12 Championship.
West Virginia 28
Disrespected WVU, in Morgantown, at night. It's still gonna be close, but Oklahoma will be leaving Morgantown 8-3.
West Virginia 45
I just don't see our offense being able to score the points to beat OU. Skyler's performance has been trending downward since TCU, with the two toughest opponents forcing 6 turnovers from him. D can't always bail him out and this week, it loses us the game.
West Virginia 31
I've been thinking about this game all season. All season I've felt like Perine would break our hearts. I can't figure out if there is a heartbreak so I'm going to believe we win.
West Virginia 30