I’ll start off by saying this: when I started this challenge with my family last year, I fell off writing about it halfway through. Work, life, me just being lazy, whatever the reason, I didn’t keep up with it, and for that I’m sorry.
For those wondering, my sister Anne finished first, while I was tied for third with my mom, my cousin Sarah got second and my dad, grandfather, and sister Molly finished fourth, fifth and last.
Now, this year, we opened it up to more family members. Anne becomes commissioner, due to claims of cheating made by other participants (looking right at you, Sarah), which were unfounded, but Anne is now commissioner. She was quick to let us all know.
Now, here are the games we picked for last week.
- Maryland at (23) Texas (-18.5)
- Temple at Notre Dame (-18.5)
- Kentucky (-10.5) at Southern Miss
- NC State (-5) vs. South Carolina
- (3) FSU vs. (1) Alabama (-7)
- BYU vs. (13) LSU (14.5)
- (22) WVU vs (21) Virginia Tech (-4)
- (11) Michigan (-5) vs. (17) Florida
- Texas A&M at UCLA (-3.5)
- (25) Tennessee (-3) vs. Georgia Tech
Of course, there was much trash talk, especially as the new members, which include my aunts, uncles, cousins and my grandmother, felt they had to claim this year it would be better.
Here were everyone’s picks.
Sarah: Texas, Notre Dame, Southern Miss, South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, WVU, Michigan, UCLA, Ga Tech
Molly: Texas, Temple, Southern Miss, NC State, FSU, LSU, Virginia Tech, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee
John: Maryland, Temple, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, BYU, WVU, Florida, Aggies, Tennessee
Rosemary: Maryland, Temple, Southern Miss, South Carolina, Alabama, BYU, WVU, Florida, Aggies, Georgia Tech
Joe: Turtles, Owls, Calipari, Fighting Muschamp’s, Satan (Saban), The No Les Miles, The Burnt Couches, Gators, Aggies, Ramblin’ Wreck
MK: Maryland, Temple, Kentucky, South Carolina, FSU, LSU, WVU, Florida, Aggies, Georgia Tech
Mert: Texas, Notre Dame, Southern Miss, NC State, FSU, BYU, WVU, Florida, Aggies, Tennessee
Mimi: Texas, Notre Dame, Kentucky, South Carolina, FSU, LSU, WVU, Florida, Aggies, Ga Tech
Larks: Maryland, Notre Dame, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, Virginia Tech, Florida, Aggies, Tennessee
Larry: Maryland, Temple, Southern Miss, South Carolina, FSU, LSU, WVU, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee
Jess: Texas, Notre Dame, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, BYU, Virginia Tech, Florida, UCLA, GT
But in the end, it all amounted to one, simple fact: WE ALL LOST TO A DOG.
For those who don’t know, I’m very much obsessed with my dogs. But to be fair, Malarky, or Larks, is pretty much the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen, so it’s hard not to be obsessed. Which is why he was included in this year’s pick challenge.
I’ll get to the standings in a bit. As for how Larks picks his games, that can be found here. The games this weekend were interesting. One thing is certain: Florida’s offense is just as much of a dumpster fire as it was last year. The offensive line we’ve heard was going to be the focal point of the team? They couldn’t stop my 11 year old arthritic dog. The only reason the Gators didn’t score solely field goals is because the defense made extraordinary back to back pick sixes.
Moving over to the Texas-A&M UCLA game. Appropriately coined as the “Losing coach gets fired bowl” by my father, it did not look good for Jim Mora. But then… I don’t know what happened. Somehow, an incredible comeback for the Bruins, complete with a last minute winning play. Was one of the more exciting games last weekend.
Now, it usually fills me with glee when something bad happens to FSU. But I feel for Deondre Francois. That young man is a damn good quarterback and my heart goes out for him with that knee injury. However, it does make the FSU-Florida game slightly more interesting in late November.
Now, to the standings.
- Sarah and Larks: 7-3
- MK, Rosemary and Joe: 6-4
- Larry, Mimi and Jess: 5-5
- John and Molly: 4-6
- Mert: 3-7
Here’s who’s in the contest: myself (MK), my mother and father (Joe and Rosemary), my cousins Sarah, John and Jess, my Uncle Larry, my aunts Molly and Mimi and my grandma Mert. And Larks.
I will make one thing clear: A tie with a dog still means you LOST TO A DOG.
My dad felt the need to voice how much Larks wanted to troll us all after the standings came out:
So here’s to Larks. 11 years old, arthritic, and always working to get a cookie. Trying to keep the CFB belt in the family.
Tune in next week to find out how the standings get shaken up and if we all continue to get school by a fluffy dog with an amazing bark.