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Smoking Musket College Pick 'Em Gauntlet Week Nine Results, Plus Kansas Predictions

Join in on the fun picking the winners each week. Overall winner at the end of the year will win a Nike shirt. Plus, the staff tries to recover from a bad week of predictions with our shot at a night game against Kansas.

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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 25 games to pick this week, starting at 10:15 PM ET on Friday. Deadline for each pick is 5 minutes before kickoff.

Here are the leaders (top 8 plus ties) after week 9. Congratulations to 79’er for winning week 9 (all you win for this is kudos).

Rank Pick Set Name Total Pts W-L
1 RockyMtMountaineer 114 114-91
2 WVMoonshiner 112 112-93
3 dougals1 112 112-93
4 How do you pronounce Nwachukwu 112 112-93
5 cellyson84 111 111-94
6 BEJWVU74 111 111-94
7 Ollie's Mom 111 111-94
8 79'er 110 110-95
9 Dustin White 110 110-95
10 HolgorBull 110 110-95
11 Coal Powers America 110 110-95

Last week, all but one of us predicted West Virginia to escape Stillwater with the win and move to 7-0. We know how that turned out, so let’s try this again.

WVUNite

Kansas' defense is actually better than advertised. While they give up yards and points, they seem to do a decent job of getting 3rd down stops and limiting scoring in the redzone. I think for a quarter you'll see Kansas play well before West Virginia turns it up and runs away. This team knows that they gave away an opportunity in Stillwater and the press is hounding them about will this turn into another multiple game losing streak. I don't think so.

Final Score:
West Virginia 42
Kansas 14

BartimusPrime

This is not as much a prediction as much as it is a desire. WVU has struggled to put up major points this season and they need another plus-40 output against Kansas. Score. Touchdowns.

Final Score:
West Virginia 45
Kansas 14

SmithFire13

Kansas has gotten better under David Beatty. There's no question that this is a tough job and there as at least been progress so kudos to him. However, all the talk out of the WVU camp is that the team has recalibrated after the loss in Stillwater and seemed properly motivated to take it to the Jayhawks at night in Morgantown. West Virginia doesn't cover the 35-point spread, but they handle their business.

Final Score:
West Virginia 38
Kansas 13

WVUIE97

WVU misses Rushel Shell more than most would like to admit, thus keeping the scoring relatively down. But, the DAWGS are pissed about last week and look to pitch a shutout against an improving Kansas team. They’ve improved enough to not get shut out, but WVU still takes this one fairly easily.

Final Score:
West Virginia 41
Kansas 6

John Radcliff

No snark, we just need to steamroll Kansas.

Final Score:
West Virginia 55
Kansas 17

Matt Kirchner

Final Score:
West Virginia 55
Kansas 9

Robert Hurst

Should be easy. The offense looks to minimize mistakes, and the defense looks to put last week behind it.

Kansas is improving, but by no measure good. WVU rolls.

Final Score:
West Virginia 52
Kansas 3

Will Hirsch

WVU uses the CFB playoff ranking as motivation to crush a far lesser opponent. The Mountaineers run up the score a bit to prove themselves. The night crowd in Morgantown certainly won't hurt things.

Final Score:
West Virginia 60
Kansas 7

John Lowe

West Virginia is angry+Kansas is bad=blowout

Final Score:
West Virginia 62
Kansas 21

Michael Miller

The Mountaineers should roll over Kansas in a night game at home, and the fans should expect as much. Anything less than a 30+ point win is a loss in my eyes. We’ve got a tough road ahead of us, starting next week at Texas, and if we can’t shake the Oklahoma State loss and turn this one into a #BEATEMDOWN, then I start growing concerned about how the rest of the season turns out.

Final Score:
West Virginia 42
Kansas 10