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Week 6 in Review

So just like that, Houston’s chances of sneaking into the playoff just went up in smoke. One of the easiest qualifications to make the play off: You don’t ever, EVER lose to Navy. The Cougars were never in my Top 5 anyway.

I don’t think we will need a playoff committee to figure out who the Top 4 teams are going to be at the end of the season. Clemson will win out. Washington is destroying everyone. The Ohio State / Michigan winner is in. And as long as Alabama continues to do what they did against Arkansas, things will be fine.

My Top 5:
1. Ohio State
2. Clemson
3. Alabama
4. Washington
5. Louisville

However, Alabama will have the hardest run of the bunch. The Tide has a road game against 5-1 Tennessee and after that faces undefeated Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa. Then must go on the road and play LSU. At the end of the season, Bama finishes with Auburn. You almost get the feeling that Alabama will get tagged somewhere along that line.

Oh and by the way…. Auburn is getting better each week.

Hey Look! Notre Dame lost… AGAIN! This time to North Carolina State in the Hurricane Matthew slop fest.
Nobody’s paying attention, but believe it or not, the Big 12 still has two undefeated teams left in Baylor and West Virginia. But not to worry, any stock I had in the Big 12 reaching the College Football Play Off was sold in week 3.

Really Florida State! Really? Right when you thought the Seminoles were down and out, they came back down 13-0 to finish off Miami in a classic. It all came down to a blocked field goal.

On to Pick’ems……

Let’s get this out of the way. ESPN made a major gaffe on either: a) not placing a new match-up in Pick’ems instead of the LSU/Florida game which was postponed, or b) Not e-mailing a single soul about how they are going to play this.

Instead, ESPN locks the game at least 10:55 AM on Saturday morning and I’m out 4 points. Thanks ESPN! For that, Teddy gained on me.

Cindie and Jim have taken their commitment to the next level. Cindie FINALLY purchased Jim his first Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt. But of course, getting a picture of him in it is harder than finding Bigfoot. Intimate time with Jim must be paying off considering Cindie received 42 of 55 points.

But of course, Mike and Teddy probably gave Priscilla and Sylvia an Auburn t-shirt on their first date! That’s just sick!

Megan is on a hot streak. In 5 of 6 weeks, she has scored 40 points or higher. For that very reason, she is in a comfortable 4th place.

At any moment, Wendi is about to have a bad week.

After talking all week on Zello about making her move up, Mom still comfortably sits in last place. Smooth move.

It’s almost time to hit the panic button if you’re Wendi, Mike, Kim, and Mom. First of all, anytime Megan is ahead of you; that alone should send off an alarm. Secondly, the gap is about the same it has been the last few weeks from 1st to 8th place.

Best Pick of the week: Hands down that was Teddy and Mike. Teddy was just somehow hoping Florida State would beat Miami. And they did. Mike didn’t buy into the North Carolina beating Florida State hype and picked the Hokies to win. And most everyone lost BIG.

Worst Pick of the week: Me sticking 4 points on LSU to win…….. in a postponed game!

Most Points for the week: Teddy for nailing 44 of 54 total points.

Lowest Points for the week: It’s not that Kim was horrible this week hitting on 37 points. It’s just that nobody wet the bed with their picks.

Here are our current standings:
1. David (242 points)
2. Teddy (234 points)
3. Cindie (228 points)
4. Megan (226 points)
5. Wendi (215 points)
6. Mike (214 points)
7. Kim (212 points)
8. Mom (209 points)
Only 33 points separate last place from first place. Everyone is still in it. However, we are almost halfway through the contest!

Who needs the $80.00 this week? That’s Wendi after Hurricane Matthew came through blowing a few lemons off of the trees. Now she’ll have to go to the store and buy the lemons.

Good Luck in your picks this week… Not really!

Week 5 Hall Family Iron Bowl Pick Em’s Contest

Now that’s why I LOVE college football! Week 5 provided some outstanding match-ups in which many came down to the final wire. In fact, six of the games on our pick’ems contest went down to the wire.
Starting with the ACC….

Yeah, Clemson and Louisville are legit Top 5 teams. It’s a shame one of them had to lose. But for now, Clemson has the edge in the Atlantic and is now 5-0. I believe Louisville has a shot of still getting into the playoff but now it’s an uphill climb. Florida State lost to resurging North Carolina on the last play. Right when Florida State made their epic comeback, the Tar Heels rapidly moved into at field goal range. Of course the rest is history. What’s shocking is that the Seminoles are 0-2 in conference play. Ssshhhh…very quietly Miami is 4-0.

The Big 12 conference is a heap of burning trash. Baylor worked way too hard to beat a 1-4 Iowa State team. However Baylor and West Virginia are the only two undefeated teams in the conference. You’ve heard it here… the Big 12 will not have a representative in the College Football Playoff.

Now that the B1G has started conference play, some things are starting to settle. For one, I still believe Ohio State is the Top team in the conference. After watching the yawner of a game between Wisconsin and Michigan, nothing has changed that outlook. However, keep an eye out on Nebraska which is 5-0. Those road dates against Wisconsin and Ohio State in a few weeks will determine how good the Huskers really are. It’s very possible that they win 10 games.

The Pac-12 conference is also shaping up. In the North, Washington absolutely hammered Stanford which gives them the inside track to the conference championship game. In the South, things get a little muddied. Colorado is 4-1 overall, and 2-0 in conference play, but things are still early. Arizona State, Utah, and UCLA will still have a say.

How lucky is Tennessee? In the last 10 seconds of that game, both teams traded scores. A win is a win is a win. Now, the Volunteers are 5-0 and are in total control of the SEC East after beating both Georgia and Florida. In the West, Alabama and A&M are the undefeated teams. The Tide travel to Arkansas this week that A&M has already dispatched. In fact, these next 4 games are pivotal for Bama. Look at this schedule; at Arkansas, at Tennessee, Texas A&M, and at LSU. Oh, and LSU broke the school record for the most offensive yards in a game with 634. They absolutely pounded Mizzou 42-7. Yeah remember when I said the LSU program is in turmoil? Maybe that’s not the case. Who knew that firing Les Miles and the offensive coordinator would light a fire?

My Top 5 teams after watching 5 weeks of College Football:
1. Ohio State
2. Clemson
3. Alabama
4. Louisville ( I know they lost)
5. Washington

On to our Pick’ems contest………

Yes, I agree Wendi. It is time to address the elephant in the room.

I have it all figured out though. Jacob has put so much pressure on Megan on winning all of these awards/certificates in school. He’s now even scoring goals in soccer…..without a goalie present mind you. I’m sure Jacob has already posed this question to his mother. "Mom, do you have any awards or trophies that you can show me that might inspire me to do even better?” Megan would naturally look around the house pretending as though she had something to show. Just as she was about to grab a sharpie and notebook paper to ‘create’ an award, she slumps and says…, "Son, I am going to win the Hall Family Pick’ems contest which is $80.00. That’s worth more than your awards, certificates, and goals scored in soccer.” But little does Jacob know, his mother has NEVER won this contest and probably won’t. However, rest assured; there will be an "award” for the unfortunate soul that comes in last place. But for now, Megan NEEDS to win… something. Anything…

Quick, solve this riddle….. ‘From last you came, to third you went, and to the bottom again you go’.
If you guessed Mike, you’d be correct. But to fair, most everyone had a poor showing in Week 5.

Mom sank to the bottom in a matter of minutes. Mike starting losing points before the games even kicked off. 
Teddy let the pressure of 1st place get to him and Kim had an ...


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