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Pick’Em Gauntlet: Week Eleven Results and Texas Predictions

Two more weeks before we crown our champion, and we have a new face in that top spot heading into this week.

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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.

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Our first Pick'Em Gauntlet group has filled up but don't worry, we've set up a second group for those who haven't joined yet. People in the second group will still be competing against those in the first group.

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We have 27 games to pick this week, starting on Saturday at Noon and continuing through Pac12 After Dark on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Deadline for each pick is 5 minutes before kickoff.

Here are the leaders after week 10. Congratulations to Pick6 for winning the week with an outstanding 20 correct picks. All you win for this is kudos.

Someone finally knocked Kirchner off that No. 1 spot. It’s about time, because his demands for higher wages were starting to become unbearable.

Week 11 Results

Rank Name Score Overall
Rank Name Score Overall
1 trickett's hair 158 158-131
2 Briophia 157 157-132
3 MKirchner12 156 156-133
4 Luscious Jones 154 154-135
5 Moonshine Runners Race Team 152 152-137
GTENNANT 152 152-137
7 3rd&Perlo 151 151-138
WVU#1 151 151-138
mneer 151 151-138
Southern Mountie 151 151-138


After two weeks of stale second half offense and unnecessarily stressful finishes, I'm ready for a chaser. Unfortunately, while Texas seems a bit adverse to scoring points, they're good at not giving them up. Tom Herman's team plays good pass defense and are pretty formidable against the run and, knowing that they held Oklahoma State to 13 points in an OT contest, Jake Spavital better be have a cot set up in his lab in the Puskar center and an air raid muse on hand to figure out this whole game management thing. Luckily, senior day in front of a home crowd should have this team energized. Weather notwithstanding, this is an offense that has jumped out early in recent weeks and with Justin Crawford back to form, Will Grier and the receivers three should be able to build enough of a lead to overcome the dreaded second half snooze that the Mountaineers have seem to taken a liking to. Horns down, ponchos up. Post game steaks in silver lot.

West Virginia 31 - Texas 17

Nick Shoemaker

I think the Mountaineers will have to win this one by a big margin if they want to have a chance to win at OU. In order to do that, they will have to finally play a complete game and I think they will. I predict that WVU will blow out Texas for senior day.

West Virginia 48 - Texas 28


The Texas defense is for real. Thankfully, they'll be without one of their best corners. This bodes well for our offense. Still, our OL must play above their heads to protect Touchdown Jesus for us to win. They do and Sills is good for at least one TD this week.

West Virginia 24 - Texas 17


Horns Down.

West Virginia 31 - Texas 10


It will be another close game. Hopefully the offense saves some points for the second half but honestly a third straight game where we are held scoreless in the final 30 minutes would not surprise me. Texas is a good defense. It is amazing that we started the year saying VT would be the best defense we face all year and 2 games left, we keep saying "_______ has a good defense". The problem is Texas' offense is dreadful. 13 passing touchdowns and 8 eight interceptions? They average 3.5 YPC rushing.

West Virginia 35 - Texas 20


This will probably be another slug fest with both teams showcasing an inconsistent offense. Texas' defense has been playing much better in conference play, but so has WVU's. If the MOuntaineers want to win, they have to force Buechele to throw interceptions and the offense needs to capitalize on the extra possessions.

West Virginia 30 - Texas 28

Robert Hurst

Texas’s defense can play. I️ think they will disrupt our offense at times and probably do pretty well against the WVU run attack. As long as WVU takes care of the ball and is relatively competent on special teams, none of that will matter. Their offense will struggle against the dawgs, and out offense will get enough to win. (And maybe even find a way onto the scoreboard in the second half).

West Virginia 30 - Texas 17

Jordan Pinto

Texas is not built to come back on people, so a fast start is crucial. Feels like the kind of game where we might be able to cruise to a W if we can jump on 'em early. I think that's what happens. Dawgs are hitting early and force a turnover or two, allowing us to capitalize and take a two-score lead into the half. Spavs learns from the last two weeks and closes it out. Good guys are 8-3.

West Virginia 31 - Texas 20

Michael Miller

Kansas State isn’t the Kansas State we are used to seeing. They’re scoring points, but they’re also giving up points. West Virginia wins this won, and for the first time in over a month I won’t be breathing into a paper bag during the final minutes of the game.

West Virginia 35 - Kansas State 24

John Radcliff

Line play will be huge (like that ever isn't true). But I think we have an advantage at the skill positions. Just need a crack.

West Virginia 24 - Texas 23

Dan Thomas

West Virginia goes out with a W in their final home game of the season. During the process, Justin Crawford eclipses 1,000 yards rushing on the season while both Gary Jennings and Ka'Raun White go over 1,000 yards receiving.

West Virginia 30 - Texas 21