Chi Psi College Pick’em – Week 11

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This year we’ve launched the first-ever Chi Psi College Pick’em blog series!

Each Tuesday afternoon, we’ll post on Facebook which three games we’re watching that weekend, and on Thursday we’ll announce here the picks from our three “experts” (Sam Bessey, Justin, and Jon Moore) and one surprise guest. This week’s surprise guest is Executive Council Chairman Dennis “DE” Whitfield, AΔ ’71.

Check out this week’s games to watch and our picks below:


#1 Alabama vs. #10 LSU
Facebook fan favorite to win: Alabama

Justin: Whenever these two teams get together its exciting. Two of the best coaches and the two of the most athletic teams in football going at it. LSU will probably give Bama a run for their money. However, this year I’m not so sure anybody can actually beat Alabama. Alabama wins and remains undefeated.
SamHead Sam Bessey: Les Miles has nothing to lose on Saturday night. Alabama has a third straight title to lose and is expected to win (latest odds are between 12.5 and 13. Should be fun to watch what Les pulls out of his hat, but insufferable Alabama fans will have more to cheer about come the end of this game. The Tigers will make it interesting, but Alabama wins.
JonHead Jon Moore: Before the season started I picked LSU as my national champion with the thought they could/would beat Alabama. LSU has played even with the Tide in the last two regular seasons. The difference this year is Zach Mettenberger. LSU ends Alabama’s winning streak this week.
DE Dennis Whitfield: 37-24 Alabama.


Amherst vs. Williams
Facebook fan favorite to win: Williams

Justin: Amherst’s only loss this season came against Wesleyan, while Williams has only won 2 games all year. I like Amherst to beat up on Williams.
 SamHead Sam Bessey: In the 2013 edition of the ‘Biggest Little Game in America,’ Amherst and Williams will meet for the 128th time. This game is a big deal if you are loyal to the Ephs or Jeffs. Last year, Bob Preble, X `44, and Dick Sturtevant, X `56, watched the game (it was nationally televised) together with other Williams and Amherst alumni outside of Atlantic Beach, Florida. Bob, Dick, and the rest of the Amherst faithful will enjoy the game on Saturday; Amherst’s lone loss this year was to undefeated Wesleyan, and Williams is 2 – 5 (though they played Little Three Champ Wesleyan close their last time out). They clearly don’t want to be swept, but I think Amherst will beat Williams on the road this Saturday. Apologies to the Jeffrey Family.
 JonHead Jon Moore: On a cold day in Williamstown, Mass., I expect this to be a low-scoring, defensive struggle. Amherst has the better offense and better defense, so I’ll pick them again, even though they let me down three weeks ago.
 DE Dennis Whitfield: Who cares? I have no idea. Do these schools even have football teams? I’m told Williams is the favorite on Facebook so I’ll pick them to win.


#25 Texas Tech vs. Kansas State
Facebook fan favorite: Texas Tech

  Justin: The Red Raiders are too much to handle for Kansas State. Texas Tech wins in convincing fashion.
 SamHead Sam Bessey: Texas Tech doesn’t want to lose three straight after getting to 7 – 0. K-State doesn’t want to head in the wrong direction after getting back to .500 ball. The Wildcats need to win one of the next three games to become bowl eligible (I’m assuming a win at Kansas to end the season), and I think they are hungry. Texas Tech hasn’t lost to any unranked teams so far, but I think that streak ends on Saturday when they look past the visiting Cats in preparation for their 4th loss of the season to Baylor on 11/16. Kansas State wins.
 JonHead Jon Moore: How absurd is this: Under Bill Snyder, Kansas State is 163-5 when leading at halftime? WOW! if there is such a thing as “the best four-loss team in America, K-State might be it.” The Red Raiders have lost two straight and I think this week makes it three. Wildcats win.
 DE Dennis Whitfield: 31-28 Texas Tech.


Sam’s Bonus Pick! #2 Oregon vs. #6 Stanford
All season we have stuck to picking Saturday games only, but I must weigh in on what I hope will be the second biggest game on Oregon’s schedule this year.  Stanford has spoiled two legit chances for Oregon to get to the National Championship game (2002 and 2012).  It’s a great matchup of two solid teams that go about their business in different ways but both spend Phil’s money to do it.  History does not repeat this year, and Oregon gets back to the [last] BCS National Championship Game (the term ‘Natty’ is as obnoxious as many Oregon fans who didn’t experience decades of being terrible).  Go Ducks.

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