2017 Six-Pick Final Week (MAKE YOUR PICKS IN THE COMMENTS)

CBSSports has bowed down to their ShieldBall masters and now there are no college games to pick this week. Which makes sense; it's not like there are any games left or anything. Oh, there are? Well then I guess that means we're picking them here. In the comments. Again. Like with Week 1, just post them here and I'll tally them up.

Friday, December 1
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Stanford vs USC (-4)
Factoid #1: This is one of several conference championship games that's a rematch.
Factoid #2: Sam Darnold denied rumors this week that he'd rather stay in college another year than end up with the Browns. Can't say I'd blame him.
PICK: Both teams have improved down the stretch compared to where they were early in the season. Tough call, but I'll take Stanford to cover.

Saturday, December 2
AAC CHAMPIONSHIP
Why does Nebraska want Tommy Wiseau again?
Memphis at UCF (-7)
Factoid #1: Mike Norvell led Memphis to their first 10-win season since 1938.
Factoid #2: Scott Frost told Florida to go pound sand, leading to them hiring Dan Mullen.
PICK: Frost is likely gone after this; I'll take his UCF team to cover in his final game.

BIG XII CHAMPIONSHIP
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7)
Factoid #1: Gary Patterson likely turned off his phone, as he does every time this year, which is why he never got a call from Tennessee for their job opening. And, like, every other job opening.
Factoid #2: Lincoln Riley guided Oklahoma to the Big XII championship in their first year, slightly lessening my own worries that he would be bad, get fired, and have the Sooners come after Justin Fuente.
PICK: TCU probably isn't as good as their record indicates. I'll take Oklahoma and lay the points.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
With all the anger in the game these days, it's nice to see some brotherly love
Georgia vs Auburn (-2)
Factoid #1: This is another one of these rematches, though the line suggests Vegas suspects an Auburn letdown.
Factoid #2: Gus Malzahn is rumored to be in the running for the Arkansas job. Can you imagine him leaving Auburn during the playoffs to start recruiting at Arkansas?
PICK: Auburn's been on fire lately, but the same voice that told me to take them against Georgia last time now tells me to take UGA. I'll listen.

MWC CHAMPIONSHIP
Fresno State at Boise State (-9)
Factoid #1: Fresno State beat Boise State already. Like, last week. By two scores.
Factoid #2: Boise State lost to UVA this year. At home. Bad.
PICK: I'm having a hard time believing in a team that got pummeled at home by UVA. Give me Fresno State.

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
I thought this was Dabo at first glance
Clemson (-9) vs Miami
Factoid #1: Dabo Swinney got the rare coach personal foul last week against South Carolina for complaining about their fans throwing bottles at his players. He's got a point, really.
Factoid #2: This is Miami's first appearance in this game. Just as the ACC planned when they setup the divisions.
PICK: Miami's lost a bunch of starters to injury recently. Uh oh. Clemson blows them out.

B1G CHAMPIONSHIP
Googling "Paul Chryst" gets you some weird results
Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin
Factoid #1: Ohio State is likely out of the CFP, but you'd never know by talking to their fans here, who all assume they're in with a win regardless.
Factoid #2: S&P+ says the Badgers have the best defense in the country. I can't say I knew that about them.
PICK: I'd be lying if I said I had seen much of Wisconsin this year, but I can't help being reminded of Iowa a couple of years ago when they lost to Michigan State in the B1G championship. Ohio State by a TD.

PILLOW FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Green skin, grimacing face, holding his stomach...probably got food poisoning from Chipotle
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina
Factoid #1: Georgia Southern upset Louisiana Lafayette by going back to their traditional triple-option roots. Yuck.
Factoid #2: Coastal Carolina actually lost their coach to a season-ending injury before the season started.
PICK: Georgia Southern's actually playing something resembling football since hiring Chad Lunsford this season. I'll take them to win & cover.

DRINK OF THE WEEK:

Full disclosure: I'm a Maker's Ambassador. Basically that just means they have a barrel aging in a warehouse with my name on it (literally). Yet they send me free stuff every Crimbo, including a little scarf and hat for my Maker's bottles, and a bunch of Maker's Ambassador business cards. I put some of them in my wallet as a joke, then almost accidentally handed one to my current employer when I interviewed for my current job. Alcohol really can sabotage your life if you're not careful.

Remember, we're making our picks IN THE COMMENTS BELOW this week.

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Comments

Stanford vs USC (-4) - Stanford a 4 pt dog...gimme the points Stanford wins outright
Memphis at UCF (-7) - Too much going on with Frost, Memphis wins outright
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7) - OU and Baker go off for a big win
Georgia vs Auburn (-2) - Auburn is real deal, beat UGA again by more than a safety
Fresno State at Boise State (-9) - 9 point dog and you literally just beat the team, give me the points
Clemson (-9) vs Miami - Clemson proves its a playoff team and blows out Miami
Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin - OSU is not that good, give me the undefeated team plus 6 points
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina - I have no idea but Chanticleer is a cool mascot

Stanford
UCF
TCU
UGA
Fresno
Clemson
anOSU
GA SOUTHERN

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USC
UCF
TCU
Auburn
Boise
Miami
Wisc
Georgia South

VT '10 #AllMaroonEverything

Stanford
UCF
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno
Clemson
OSU
GA Southern

Stanford (+4) vs USC ... team #manball til the day i die
Memphis (+7) at UCF ... will be a shootout and close, UCF barely wins
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7) ... OU covers, but the real bet is O/U -1.5 on how many times Baker Mayfield will be an ahole
Georgia (+2) vs Auburn ... dawgs buck up and win
Fresno State (+9) at Boise State ... gimme the team that didn't get boatraced by uva at home
Clemson (-9) vs Miami ... experience, health, talent all point Tigers to roll
Ohio State vs Wisconsin (+6) ... no one really respects Wiskey, gimme that midwest manball team
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina ... hell if know, i'll take the annoying triple option

BotW

I do not know, gonna guess ... it won't suck. Veil, Final Gravity, the Answer, Hardywood, Triple Crossing something from the RVA.

TotW

Seems like a good vehicle to drive Miami home in

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Stanford vs USC (-4) - This feels like a 3-point game to me. Gotta go with the 'Furd.

Memphis at UCF (-7) - UCF is bound to be distracted by the coaching carousel and the realization that they have no shot at the Playoff. Memphis keeps it close.

TCU vs Oklahoma (-7) - I ain't taking anyone over TCU +7. Gimme the horny toads.

Georgia vs Auburn (-2) - The only thing more predictable than UVa's suckitude is Auburn's unpredictability. Auburn should clearly win this by a touchdown or more. Therefore give me the Bulldogs.

Fresno State at Boise State (-9) - This line baffles me. Gotta go Fresno.

Clemson (-9) vs Miami - This Miami team is impossible to predict. One thing that does seem predictable is that they are one of a very few teams with the kind of athletes on defense to keep it close even when Clemson is playing well. Give me the 'Canes and the points.

Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin - Too much on the line here. Badgers win and they're in. Buckeyes lose and the conference likely loses out on the playoff. My inner conspiracy theorist thinks that even if OSU does play better, the league wont let them win. Wisky wins outright.

Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina - Two bad teams with nothing to lose, but also nothing to gain. Tough choice. Guess I'll take the home team and the points. Why the hell not.

Drink of the Week: My Maker's bottle has run dry so I guess I'm opening up something new this weekend. Help me out TKP. I picked up two bottles that I haven't been able to find around here on my travels last week. Do I crack open the Michters Small Batch Bourbon, or Buffalo Trace Single Barrel? I've also got half a bottle of Eagle Rare in the cabinet, but I'm enjoying that so much I want to make it last a bit longer. Thoughts?

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

I really enjoyed the Michters when I cracked it open. Drank it way too fast, should have savored it more

Long time listener...first time poster

I'm biased because I've never had Michters but the Buffalo Trace Single Barrel is on point.

Yup, they have their own barrel at my local whiskey bar, and it's excellent.

Stanford
Memphis
TCU
Auburn
Fresno State
Miami
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

USC
UCF
Oklahoma
Georgia
Fresno State
Clemson
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

I was going to predict with my brain, but as I am far out of the running, I say "let there be Chaos"

Stanford outright
UCF
TCU outright
UGA outright
Fresno St
Miami outright
Ohio State
and finally

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

USC
UCF
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno State
Clemson
Ohio State
Coastal Carolina

Stanford University
University of Central Florida
University of Oklahoma
GOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS SIC 'EM WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF
California State University, Fresno
Clemson University
University of Wisconsin
Coastal Carolina University (I really know nothing about either team except that GaSo took a nosedive this year)

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Stanford
UCF
Oklahoma
Georgia
Fresno St.
Miami
OSU
GASo

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Stanford. Not sure why.
UCF- Frost gets it done before leaving for Lincoln.
TCU - because Baker has the same initials as Bronco
Auburn makes it through and wins the NC, then Malzahn leaves for Arkansas.
Fresno State channels their inner bronco to beat the broncos.
Clemson sticks the turnover chain up Diaz' keyster.
Wisconsin wins, buckeyes can bite me.
Coastal Carolina - because I really like the OBX

edit: just checked and my selections are unique. noice.

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#extendbronco

USC
UCF
Oklahoma
Georgia
Boise State
Clemson
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

Hey! I'm a Maker's Mark ambassador too! When is the expected finish date for your barrel? Mine is August 2021 - August 2023.

Stanford
Memphis
Oklahoma
Auburn
Boise State
Clemson
Ohio State
Georgia Southern

BOTW

Triple Crossing Collabs

Mine is August 2021 - August 2023.

Sounds like Microsoft provided them with their estimates...or VDOT.

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How does one become a Makers Mark Ambassador? Is this a club you pay to join, or a promotional-type thing?

Also, is that bourbon in a can, or does the B in BOTW mean beer for you?

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

So you can visit MakersMark.com and sign up here.

It's completely free, and they send you free stuff, as well as invites to exclusive events. Being in Northern Virginia, there are always things going on in DC like tastings, dinner pairings, etc. The cool part is that when your barrel has completed the aging of the bourbon, you get an invite to come down and purchase a bottle from your barrel, along with a tour. I'm a big bourbon fan, so it's pretty cool for me.

Also, for me this week, B = Beer.

Also, for me this week, B = Beer.

Thank goodness. Since we were talking about bourbons, as we so often do in these parts, I was terrified that someone actually thought it might be a good idea to put it in a can. That would be an abomination.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Stanford vs USC (-4)
Memphis at UCF (-7)
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7)
Georgia vs Auburn (-2)
Fresno State at Boise State (-9)
Clemson (-9) vs Miami
Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina

Stanford
UCF
OK
Auburn
Fresno
Clemson
Wiscy
GA SOUTHERN

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Gotta protect my #3 finish.

USC, as long as Darnold doesn't throw 3 picks
Memphis, amid the Scott Frost to Nebraska distractions.
Oklahoma, big
Georgia, manballs Auburn to death
Fresno State, because Boise lost to UVA
Clemson, and they keep the turnover chain in the box
Wisconsin, because I'm sick of Ohio State sticking around the playoff discussion

Factoid of the week: After losing their first 9 games of the season Georgia Southern roasted South Alabama to the tune of 52-0 and beat ULL by 10.

Give me the Eagles.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Stanford vs USC (-4) - Stanford wins outright
Memphis at UCF (-7) - Frost goes out with a bang, setting in place the wheels for a G5 playoff
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7) - Honestly have not seen TCU play this year
Georgia vs Auburn (-2) - Auburn as long as Kerryon Johnson plays
Fresno State at Boise State (-9) - what a slap in the face of Fresno State
Clemson (-9) vs Miami - Miami covers? Big game Miami > regular game Miami
Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin - When OSU shows up they can hang with anyone, should bring in Cardale Jones to get the troops ready
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina - (Insert shrugging shoulder emoji)

I picked up one of these commemorative lunch boxes at Whole Foods a few weeks back and need to polish off the final 2. There was only 1 left so i assumed it must be something special (it is)

Stanford
UCF
TCU
Auburn
Fresno
Clemson
OSU
Coastal Carolina

BotW:

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Stanford
UCF
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno State
Miami
Wisconsin
Coastal Carolina

USC
UCF
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno State
Miami
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

USC (-4)
UCF (-7)
Oklahoma (-7)
Auburn (-2)
Fresno State (+9)
Clemson (-9)
Wisconsin (+6)
Georgia Southern (-3)

Stanford
Memphis
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno State
Clemson
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

Stanford
UCF
TCU
Georgia
Fresno State
Clemson
Ohio State
Georgia Southern

Stanford vs USC (-4)
Memphis at UCF (-7)
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7)
Georgia vs Auburn (-2)
Fresno State at Boise State (-9)
Clemson (-9) vs Miami
Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina

Tree
Knight
Sooner
Tiger
Bulldog
Tiger
Badger
Chanticleers (had to look this one up)

USC (-4)
Memphis (+7)
Oklahoma (-7)
Georgia (+2) outright!!!!
Fresno State (+9)
Miami (+9)
Wisconsin (+6)
Coastal Carolina (+3)

Making some chili this weekend, and going to drink some of these.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

USC
UCF
Oklahoma
Georgia
Fresno State
Clemson
Ohio State
Georgia Southern

Beer: We'll see if it works out, but I plan on picking up Founder's CBS tomorrow from my local bottle shop.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Hoping to get one, but being in the beer desert on the shore, I still haven't gotten confirmation yet that they are getting any. Word around is that it may be next Monday before some get there's outside of the big release events in DC, Baltimore, and Richmond.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

It's all over VA right now...so you shouldn't have any issues finding some today.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

My bottle shop only had 24 total bottles. I showed up when they opened and they were already done. So I'll have to try a couple different locations after work. Good luck on finding some as well, it's a lot tougher in Maryland

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Even tougher on the shore...we rarely get some of the good stuff. Not sure BCBS made it down here this year. (Didn't look, don't care. We got shut out last year and have a bad taste from 2015 and the a-hole store nearby. Either way, I've got BA Ten Fidy and 5 bottles of 2015 BCBS and a 4 pack of 2015 KBS to keep me busy, among the other stuff.)

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I lived a block from Founders in Grand Rapids my senior year in college. Sure miss that place.

Stanford
UCF
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno State
Clemson
Ohio St
Joja Southern

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

USC (-4)
Memphis (+7)
Oklahoma (-7)
Georgia (+2)
Fresno State (+9)
Clemson (-9)
OSU (-6)
Georgia Southern (-3)

@Fightin_Gobbler

Go Hokies

Go Falcons

Stanford
Memphis
Oklahoma
Georgia
Fresno St
Miami
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

Stanford
UCF
Oklahoma
Auburn
Fresno State
Clemson
Wisconsin
Coastal Carolina

Bumping this so people see it before tonight's game

Stanford
Memphis
Oklahoma
Georgia
Fresno State
Clemson
OSU
Southern

Drink of the week:

Dissapointments: the flu that I've had since Saturday. Also, that I can't pick ULM to win outright against free shoes university.

Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

Stanford
UCF
Oklahoma
Georgia
Fresno State
Clemson
Wisconsin
Georgia Southern

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Stanford vs USC (-4)
Memphis at UCF (-7)
TCU vs Oklahoma (-7)
Georgia vs Auburn (-2)
Fresno State at Boise State (-9)
Clemson (-9) vs Miami
Ohio State (-6) vs Wisconsin
Georgia Southern (-3) at Coastal Carolina

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

results?

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I'm putting them together now. Should be up later today.

It's taking longer than I expected. There are a lot of names on the CBS Sports site that don't easily correspond to TKP handles. I'm having to do it by hand, which is quite the pain in the ass.

Thanks for putting in all the work. I wonder if next year we should just say screw cbs and do a survey format each week. At least then the results would export to excel

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