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 Froeber and Jon Moore) and one surprise guest. This week’s surprise guest is former Trustee John Chinuntdet, YΔ ’88.
Check out this week’s games to watch and our picks below:
Minnesota vs. #16 Wisconsin
Facebook fan favorite to win: Wisconsin
|Justin Froeber: Minnesota is having a great year but the Badgers are playing to lock up another appearance in the Big Ten title game. There is no way Wisconsin loses with the title game on the line. Wisconsin wins.|
|Sam Bessey: While the Big 10 is down this year Minnesota is up, and Gopher fans are enjoying the thrill of victory for the first time in several years. It won’t be easy, but I see Goldie taking down Bucky on Saturday afternoon. The axe will change hands for the first time in ten years.|
|Jon Moore: Wisconsin is one of the best two loss teams in America. They’ve ripped off five straight wins by double digits and still have an outside chance at a BCS at large berth. Badgers win.|
|John Chinuntdet: Despite the two teams having identical 8-2 overall records and the Golden Gophers playing at home following a bye week, I am picking the Badgers in this big Midwest rivalry. I just can’t see the Golden Gophers’ defense slowing down the Badger’s powerful running attack enough to win the game. I do think the game will be very close and note that if I were picking against the line, I would instead take Minnesota and the 15 points. Wisconsin to win.|
Wake Forest vs. #25 Duke
Facebook fan favorite to win: Duke
|Justin Froeber: Wake Forest is 12-1 against Duke in their recent match ups and Wake Forest likes to play spoiler at home and ruin teams ACC title hopes. However, I think that this is the year Duke breaks their losing streak against the Demon Deacons. Duke is in the top 25 for probably the first time ever. I like Duke to steal a win on the Road in Winston Salem. Duke wins.|
|Sam Bessey: Duke is going to beat two instate rivals over the next two weeks and play in the ACC championship game against FSU. At the beginning of the year, only their coach might have imagined that line would be written in late November. And, I obviously hope they win the ACC championship. For many reasons.
|Jon Moore: The last time Duke was a road favorite in a conference game was November 20, 1999. Let that sink in for a minute. Good job to the Blue Devils for being bowl eligible, but I’m picking Wake to pull the upset, just like they did in week 6.
|John Chinuntdet: In what might be wishful thinking on my part, I project that Duke coming off their big weekend (winning a come-from-behind game over the University of Miami) will lay an egg on the road in Winston-Salem. Duke comes into the game ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 1999. Incidentally, Wake Forest is 12-1 against Duke since 1999. I expect Coach Jim Grobe to add to his record of 33-10 against North Carolina teams during his Wake Forest tenure. Speaking of North Carolina, can anyone else believe that Belmont beat UNC-Chapel Hill in basketball last weekend?! Here’s hoping for my Deacons to bring home a W.|
Lehigh vs. Lafayette
Facebook fan favorite: Lehigh
BONUS GAME! Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
Facebook fan favorite: Tennessee
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