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: 10859
Group password: letsgo
We have 25 games to pick this week, starting TONIGHT AT 9PM EST. Deadline for each pick is 5 minutes before kickoff.
Here are the leaders after week 6. Congratulations to BullsBets and HootiecowTD for winning week 6 with 16 correct picks each (all you win for this is kudos).
Smoking Musket Pick’Em Gauntlet Week Six Leaderboard
|Pick Set Name
|Pick Set Name
|Dan D'Antoni is a chode
|The Heisman Connection
|National Champs or Bust
|Don't Bet On It
|Coal Powers America
And now, the predictions!
I think that this game will go better for the Mountaineers than most people would expect. After a rough week with four turnovers, I think Will Grier will bounce back and lead WVU to win by double digits on the road in a tough environment.
West Virginia 48 - Iowa State 34
Ames at night scares me to death. I don’t know what else to say.
West Virginia 22 - Iowa State 20
This is going to be a tough, weird game. I think this game puts Grier back in the Heisman talk. Last season, West Virginia lost two games 31-24 when it failed to produce a game-tying drive. That doesn’t happen this year as Grier throws a go-ahead touchdown to David Sills and then Kenny Bigelow and David Long stifle Brock Purdy on his two-minute drill.
West Virginia 31 - Iowa State 24
Cyclones could be 0-11 and make you sweat it out. I think WVU wins another tight battle, in a low scoring affair.
West Virginia 28 - Iowa State 23
West Virginia has faced a true road test in Lubbock and passed, but Ames is a special place where magic is real. I think that last week was more of a Turnover Luck abberation than it was the start of a trend. Will Grier bounces back (from a 350 yard/4 TD day) and cleans up the sloppiness as West Virginia picks up a hard fought road win.
West Virginia 34 - Iowa State 21
If there’s one thing everyone should know about Iowa State, it’s that they’re always better than their record indicates. Combine that with the fact that this is a night game in Ames in which the Cyclones are breaking out new uniforms, and the Mountaineers should be on high alert.
This game will likely be the toughest test we face outside of Texas and Oklahoma. Look for this one to stay close late into the game until Will Grier’s elite-ness just becomes too much for Iowa State to handle.
West Virginia 38 - Iowa State 21
I’d like to tell you I know how this one is going to play out. But I don’t and you don’t either. There will be drinking and scoring and trash cans and dumpsters on fire. We know this. WVU should win, and most likely with a certain ease. But I’m afraid this one is going to overtime tied at 35. WVU scores a touchdown and ISU doesn’t.
West Virginia 42 - Iowa State 35
Tough place to play at night. ISU keeps it close early and the crowd rocks. Grier and Co. reverse the recent trend and accelerate in the second half after a close first. WVU extends the lead in the fourth and the game finishes looking like it wasn’t quite as close as it was.
West Virginia 49 - Iowa State 27
This game will depend on how well WVU prepared for a mobile QB. With Brock Purdy playing quite well against Oklahoma State last week, the #DAWGS will need to be on the hunt for more QB runs. This ultimately killed WVU in the TTU game, but having time to prepare for QB runs should hopefully yield success like the Kansas State game. Iowa State doesn’t scare me on offense, but this one wrinkle does.
The key for WVU’s offense is to not turn the ball over. ISU will likely do a lot of what KU did on defense, so Grier needs to be humble with his throws and look to run the ball more.
West Virginia 33 - Iowa State 24
Iowa State is allowing more points per game (24.2) this year than they’re scoring (23.6). We’ve played about 4 good halves of football and are 5-0. I don’t care if it is a night game in Ames, we’re a much, much better football team than they are.
West Virginia 41 - Iowa State 20