Not exactly our finest hour in terms of bowl picks. The entire staff finished sub-0.500 in this segment of the 2013 HailWV Bowl Pick ‘Em pool.
Even though we all failed to pick the majority of games correctly, I have come out on top of the field of mediocrity! With 6 correct picks out of 13, I have to admit that I am quite surprised to take this segment down.
Heading into the New Year’s Eve, it looked as though my odds of winning were all but doomed. Fortunate enough for me, I was the lone HailWV staffer to show any faith in Tulsa and Clemson. Both underdogs rewareded my faith with upset victories.
In the Liberty Bowl, the Golden Hurricane turned the tables on Iowa State, who had beaten Tulsa earlier in the year. After falling behind in the first quarter by a 17-7 margin, Tulsa came roaring back to bury ISU in a 31-17 win. The first win en route to my improbable segment 2 victory.
For me to complete my victory, I had to root heavily for the team that the Mountaineers drummed at the beginning of the year: Clemson. The Clemson Tigers matched up with the LSU Tigers in what should have been named the “Tiger Bowl,” but remained the Chik-Fil-A Bowl.
This bowl game will probably go down as the most entertaining game of the season. Both teams had narrow leads in this game. LSU led at half time by a single point, 14-13 while Clemson won the game 25-24. The back and forth action made for exciting television and a nerve-racking win for this blogger.
With a narrow loss in segment 1, combined with a win in segment 2, I am poised for a run at the overall victory in this bowl pick pool. So far, victories from Stanford and FSU have helped to get me off to a solid start.