I cannot believe that this is the final edition of this season’s college football pick’em. It’s really unbelievable that the season has almost come to a close. It feels like just yesterday I was writing up the first week of picks. It’s been a fun journey through the entire season with all of my colleagues here at Pro Sports Fandom, and we’ll almost certainly be back next season, but for now, we’ve still got bowl mania to get to!
Our pick’em playoffs are continuing throughout the bowl schedule. After a long regular season, the writers were rewarded with playoff points based on how they finished in the regular season standings. The first leg of the pick’em playoffs is underway and the storylines are hotter than ever.
Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick.
With all of that said, it’s time to close out the year on a high note, and I present to you the season-ending edition of the 2018 College Football Pick’em…
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- Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
- Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
- Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
- Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
- Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
- Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
- Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
- Tim (@obstructedview2)
Now before we unveil the picks for all of this bowl season action, let’s take a closer look at the playoff standings:
- Tristan Beckmann (76 points)
- Brian Willis (67 points)
- Ian Cusick (60 points)
- Chris Chastain (56 points)
- Travis Calvin (53 points)
- Obstructed Viewer (48 points)
- Heath Kyser (46 points)
- Eric Jensen (42 points)
Note to the Reader: This article will be updated occasionally throughout bowl season to reflect game conclusions and our national championship game selections.
Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the 2018 bowl games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: USF over Marshall.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: BYU over Western Michigan.
Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis over Wake Forest.
Quick Lane Bowl: Georgia Tech over Minnesota.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Wisconsin over Miami (FL).
Valero Alamo Bowl: #13 Washington State over #24 Iowa State.
Capital One Orange Bowl – CFP Semifinal: #1 Alabama over #4 Oklahoma.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: #19 Texas A&M over NC State.
Now let’s look at the game picks that most of the staff agreed on for the 2018 bowl games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)
Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Toledo over FIU. Travis Calvin and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked FIU to win.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston over Army. Heath Kyser and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Army to win.
Sofi Hawai’i Bowl: Hawaii over Louisiana Tech. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked Louisiana Tech to win.
Servpro First Responder Bowl: #25 Boise State over Boston College. Travis Calvin and Obstructed Viewer were the only writers who picked Boston College to win.
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Duke over Temple. Ian Cusick and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Temple to win.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Baylor over Vanderbilt. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Vanderbilt to win.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Auburn over Purdue. Heath Kyser was the only writer who picked Purdue to win.
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: #7 Michigan over #10 Florida. Eric Jensen and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked #10 Florida to win.
Belk Bowl: South Carolina over Virginia. Travis Calvin and Obstructed Viewer were the only writers who picked Virginia to win.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – CFP Semifinal: #2 Clemson over #3 Notre Dame. Travis Calvin was the only writer who picked #3 Notre Dame to win.
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Virginia Tech over Cincinnati. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked Cincinnati to win.
Hyundai Sun Bowl: Stanford over Pittsburgh. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Pittsburgh to win.
Redbox Bowl: Oregon over Michigan State. Ian Cusick was the only writer who picked Michigan State to win.
Outback Bowl: #18 Mississippi State over Iowa. Heath Kyser was the only writer who picked Iowa to win.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: #11 LSU over #8 UCF. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked #8 UCF to win.
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: #6 Ohio State over #9 Washington. Brian Willis was the only writer who picked #9 Washington to win.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia over #15 Texas. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked #15 Texas to win.
Now let’s look at the game pick that the staff had a lot of mixed feelings on out of the 2018 bowl games. (The predicted winner is noted in bold.)
Dollar General Bowl: Buffalo over Troy. Tristan Beckmann, Ian Cusick, and Heath Kyser all picked Troy to win.
Cheez-It Bowl: California over TCU. Tristan Beckmann, Travis Calvin, and Eric Jensen all picked TCU to win.
Camping World Bowl: #16 West Virginia over #20 Syracuse. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked #20 Syracuse to win.
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Nevada over Arkansas State. Travis Calvin, Heath Kyser, and Brian Willis all picked Arkansas State to win.
Autozone Liberty Bowl: Missouri over Oklahoma State. Tristan Beckmann, Ian Cusick, and Eric Jensen all picked Oklahoma State to win.
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: #22 Northwestern over #17 Utah. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Obstructed Viewer all picked #17 Utah to win.
VRBO Citrus Bowl: #12 Penn State over #14 Kentucky. Travis Calvin, Eric Jensen, and Heath Kyser all picked #14 Kentucky to win.
On that note, I’d like to thank each and every one of the writers that has been along the ride of this wonderful college football season. This pick’em wouldn’t be possible without them. I’d also like to thank the fans who read this weekly installment, and while I know it’s disappointing to see it come to an end, I advise you to enjoy your holiday season, watch tons of football, and then relax, because we’ll be back next year! Peace!