Chi Psi College Pick’em – Week 13

2009 - ESPN College GameDay

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_v_Wisconsin

Minnesota vs. #16 Wisconsin
Facebook fan favorite to win: Wisconsin

FroeberHead 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.
SamHead 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.
JonHead 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.
Chinuntdet 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.

Matt Daniels, Michael Campanaro

Wake Forest vs. #25 Duke
Facebook fan favorite to win: Duke

 FroeberHead 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.
 SamHead 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. 
 JonHead 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.
 Chinuntdet 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.

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Lehigh vs. Lafayette
Facebook fan favorite: Lehigh

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: Lehigh has looked liked the stronger team this year coming in with an 8-2 record. I like Lehigh to add another W to their record with a win at home in their big rivalry game.
 SamHead Sam BesseyBeta Delta rolls in this one. Never one to miss a significant sporting event, Alpha Visitor Justin Zolot will watch from the stands in Bethlehem as the Mountain Hawks beat the Leopards for the sixth straight year. Mark your calendar: next fall’s 150th meeting between these two schools will be played at Yankee Stadium on 22 November 2014 where Lehigh will make it seven in a row. Beta Delta should plan an NYC alumni gathering around that game. Get on that Zolot.
 JonHead Jon Moore: Shoutout to my Uncle Chris who is a Lafayette grad! Unfortunately for him, the Leopards are in for a rough time against Lehigh this weekend. The Mountain Hawks are 14-2 at home since 2011 and this weekend makes it 15. Lehigh wins!
 Chinuntdet John Chinuntdet: In the “Rivalry,” I have to go with Lehigh on the basis that they have a much better record, are playing at home and after all, have a Chi Psi Alpha.

UT_Vandy

BONUS GAME! Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
Facebook fan favorite: Tennessee

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: The Vols have to win out in order to be bowl eligible so UT has a lot riding on this game, and Vanderbilt comes in having already clinched a bowl birth. However, the Vols record can be a little deceiving. 7 out of their last 8 opponents were ranked at the time when they played them. That being said its tough to get up for a big game when you’re used to losing. This game is going to be a close one but I like Vanderbilt to add to their win total despite the Vols desperate attempt to gain bowl eligibility. Commodores win.

 SamHead Sam BesseyTennessee has improved significantly under Butch Jones.  Vanderbilt has continued to perform well under the leadership of James Franklin though they have not improved as much this year as last.  Vanderbilt may have topped out, and the Vols are going to get better.  I don’t see the Commodores going to Knoxville and beating Tennessee two games in a row for the first time in 87 years.  I see an ugly game with little execution, but that God-awful orange team wins and gets to a bowl game.

 JonHead Jon Moore: I dedicate this pick to the most die-hard college sports fan I have ever met, McLean Beto, Rho Delta `10.  The Vols are a young team at the end of a brutal road, who need to win their final two to get bowl eligible.  The ‘Dores have won 3/4 SEC games and would love nothing more than to spoil Tennessee’s bowl hopes.  Jordan Matthews leads Vanderbilt to the victory.  McLean Beto celebrates.
 Chinuntdet John Chinuntdet: I think Vandy will prove that, in football (just like in life), Brains beat Brawn.  Vanderbilt is headed to its third straight bowl game this year.  Like Stanford, Baylor, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Duke, Vandy illustrates that being a private institution focused on academics doesn’t mean you can’t compete head-to-head in football with the big state universities such as Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

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