My picks, Week 19

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College bowl games

Music City Bowl: Mississippi State

Sun Bowl: Utah

Liberty Bowl: Cincinnati

Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Virginia

Ticketcity Bowl: Houston

Outback Bowl: Georgia

Capital One Bowl: South Carolina

Gator Bowl: Ohio State

Rose Bowl: Oregon

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State

Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech

NFL

Detroit

Tennessee

Jacksonville

Miami

Chicago

New Orleans

Philadelphia

Cincinnati

Pittsburgh

Arizona

Denver

Oakland

N.Y. Giants

Pick these games, Week 19

Standings up later today or tomorrow, old-time bloggees — thanks for keeping up with the HSOT here!

By the by, this is the penultimate week of picks — we’ll wrap this puppy up next week with four final bowl games and the first round of the NFL playoffs.

Oh … and because I’m in a great mood or something — 25 games for you in this next-to-the-last picking week of our little game. You’re welcome — now you can make up some space on that guy in front of you!

College bowl games

Music City Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest

Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Utah

Liberty Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt

Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois vs. UCLA

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Auburn vs. Virginia

Ticketcity Bowl: Houston vs. Penn State

Outback Bowl: Georgia vs. Michigan State

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech

NFL

Detroit at Green Bay

Tennessee at Houston

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

N.Y. Jets at Miami

Chicago at Minnesota

Carolina at New Orleans

Washington at Philadelphia

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Pittsburgh at Cleveland

Seattle at Arizona

Kansas City at Denver

San Diego at Oakland

Dallas at N.Y. Giants

Standings after Week 17

NOTE: I HAVE BEEN INFORMED THESE ARE INCORRECT — THEY WILL BE CORRECTED LATER TODAY. THANKS!

Folks … Week 17 was a killer week.

Of the 23 of us who played last week, only 5 — that’s right: FIVE — of us finished over .500. I finished first with a pedestrian 9-6 record.

There were some crazy-hard picks, including Louisiana-Lafayette’s upset of San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl in which only Trumpeting Penguin and CanYouReadThis were correct, along with Indianapolis getting its first win of the season with only three — me, John Q. Awesome and Petey Pablo — correctly picking it.

With all the craziness, Lee reassumed first place and is two games ahead of three-time blog pick ‘em champ JWade and three ahead of B (Brent Pelletier).

As always, thanks to the love of my life, my beautiful Hot Blonde, who puts together the charts for these games for me every week. Any mistakes are mine, not hers.

Leaders by percentage (min. 225 games selected)

Rank (LW)

1. (3) Lee                               175-80 (.686)

2. (1) JWade                         173-82 (.678)

3. (6) B                                   172-83 (.675)

4. (8) BehindTheCounter    151-74 (.671)

T5. (2) Randy Capps            160-80 (.667)

T5. (9) Hanks                        170-85 (.667)  

7. (4) Jackson                        169-86 (.6627)

T8. (NR) Heelatious             159-81 (.6625)

T8. (5) Jourbet                      159-81 (.6625)

10. (NR) Kelly Rouse            148-77 (.658)

Leaders by total wins

Rank (LW)                               OA record      Last weeek

1. (2) Lee                                     175-80 (.686)       8-7 (.533)

2. (1) JWade                               173-82 (.678)      5-10 (.333)

3. (4) B                                        172-83 (.675)      8-7 (.533)

4. (6) Hanks                               170-85 (.667)      9-6 (.600)

5. (3) Jackson                            169-86 (.663)      4-11 (.267)

6. (5) ECPirates11                     167-88 (.655)     4-11 (.267)

7. (7) Jeff Howard                      166-89 (.651)     6-9 (.400)

8. (T11) PeteyPablo                  165-90 (.647)      8-7 (.533)

T9. (T8) Deep Run Dynasty      162-93 (.635)       3-12 (.200)

T9. (T18) Sealgirl                        162-93 (.635)     8-7 (.533)

T11. (T13) Eastern                       161-89 (.644)      5-10 (.333)

T11. (15) Smokin’ Aces                161-89 (.644)    6-9 (.400)

13. (T11) Blake H.                       161-94 (.631)      4-11 (.267)

14. (10) Randy Capps                 160-80 (.667)    3-12 (.200)

15. (T13) BealeStBuc                 160-95 (.627)       4-11 (.267)

T16. (T8) Heelatious                 159-81 (.663)     —–

T16. (17) Jourbet                         159-81 (.663)     5-10 (.333)

18. (T18) Canyoureadthis        159-96 (.624)     5-10 (.333)

19. (16) Horns                             155-85 (.646)     —–

20. (23) John Q Awesome         153-102 (.600)     6-9 (.400)

T21. (20) BehindTheCounter      151-74 (.671)     —–

T21. (21) JacqueStrappe              151-84 (.643)     —–

23. (24) TrumpetingPenguin     149-106 (.584)     7-8 (.467)

24. (22) Kelly Rouse                   148-77 (.658)      —–

25. (26) Patriotflash                     147-78 (.653)     7-8 (.467)

26. (25) Shandsp                        147-93 (.613)     6-9 (.400)

27. (27) Taplie Coile                    140-100 (.583)     7-8 (.467)

T28. (T25) Jagshouse                  130-80 (.619)    —–

T28. (T25) RouseHouse              130-80 (.619)     —–

30. (29) Ryan Herman                128-67 (.656)     —–

31. (30) RJarman                        126-84 (.600)       —–

32. (29) The Kid                          123-67 (.647)     —–

33. (33) Comet65                        79-70 (.530)    5-10

34. (34) CCPirate                         33-21 (.611)      —–

35. (35) JDog                                 21-9 (.700)        —–

T36. (T36) Deep Run Pirate          10-5 (.667)       —–

T36. (T36) Wimpy57                      10-5 (.667)        —–

38. (38) Richard Clark                  9-6 (.600)         —–

39. (39) Lesboulez                           7-8 (.467)            —–

Pick these games, Week 18

Sorry, kids — ridiculously buried in work and life stuff. A flurry of blogginess coming up, but here are your picks:

College bowls

Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. Southern Miss

Independence Bowl: Missouri vs. UNC

Little Caesar’s Bowl: Purdue vs. Western Michigan

Belk Bowl: Louisville vs. N.C. State

NFL

Denver at Buffalo

Tampa Bay at Carolina

Arizona at Cincinnati

Oakland at Kansas City

N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets

Jacksonville at Tennessee

Minnesota at Washington

San Diego at Detroit

Philadelphia at Dallas

San Francisco at Seattle

Atlanta at New Orleans

Standings after Week 16

Well, well, well — look at who’s in first place overall: three-time blog pick ‘em champ JWade.

He took a 12-3 week and jumped ahead of Lee, who had held down first place for seven weeks. Randy Capps (12-3 last week, too) also passed Lee by percentage points.

It’s going to be a heck of a finish.

Horns turned in the best week at 13-2 — only missing Jacksonville’s upset of Tampa Bay and Arizona’s upset of San Francisco. Ironically, those two games turned out to be two of the toughest, with only four players (Blake H., Jourbet, JacqueStrappe and me) picking Arizona and only five (JacqueStrappe, Deep Run Dynasty, SealGirl, TrumpetingPenguin and CanYouReadThis) picking Jacksonville. 

As always, thanks to the love of my life, my beautiful Hot Blonde, who makes the charts for these games for me every week. Any mistakes are mine, not hers.

Leaders by percentage (min. 210 games selected)

Rank (LW)

1. (2) JWade                       168-72 (.700)

2. (3) Randy Capps            157-68 (.698)

3. (1) Lee                               167-73 (.696)

4. (4) Jackson                      165-75 (.688)

5. (5) Jourbet                       154-71 (.684)

6. (T6) B                               164-76 (.683)

7. (T6) ECPirates11             163-77 (.679)

8. (T9) BehindTheCounter  151-74 (.6711)

9. (8) Hanks                           161-79 (.6708)  

T10. (T9) Jeff Howard          160-80 (.667)

T10. (NR) PatriotFlash         140-70 (.667)

Leaders by total wins

Rank (LW)                               OA record      Last weeek

1. (2) JWade                              168-72 (.700)      12-3 (.800)

2. (1) Lee                                     167-73 (.696)       9-6 (.600)

3. (3) Jackson                           165-75 (.688)      11-4 (.733)

4. (T4) B                                     164-76 (.683)      11-4 (.733)

5. (T4) ECPirates11                   163-77 (.679)     10-5 (.667)

6. (6) Hanks                              161-79 (.671)      10-5 (.667)

7. (7) Jeff Howard                    160-80 (.667)     10-5 (.667)

T8. (8) Deep Run Dynasty      159-81 (.663)       11-4 (.733)

T8. (9) Heelatious                     159-81 (.663)     12-3 (.800)

10. (14) Randy Capps              157-68 (.698)    12-3 (.800)

T11. (T10) Blake H.                   157-83 (.654)      11-4 (.733)

T11. (T10) PeteyPablo              157-83 (.654)      11-4 (.733)

T13. (T10) BealeStBuc              156-84 (.650)       10-5 (.667)

T13. (T10) Eastern                       156-84 (.650)      10-5 (.667)

15. (17) Smokin’ Aces                 155-80 (.660)    12-3 (.800)

16. (T19) Horns                             155-85 (.646)     13-2 (.867)

17. (16) Jourbet                            154-71 (.684)     11-4 (.733)

T18. (T19) Canyoureadthis        154-86 (.642)     12-3 (.800)

T18. (15) Sealgirl                        154-86 (.642)     10-5 (.667)

20. (21) BehindTheCounter      151-74 (.671)     11-4 (.733)

21. (18) JacqueStrappe              151-84 (.643)     9-6 (.600)

22. (23) Kelly Rouse                  148-77 (.658)      11-4 (.733)

23. (22) John Q Awesome         147-93 (.613)     9-6 (.600)

24. (24) TrumpetingPenguin    142-98 (.592)     11-4 (.733)

25. (T25) Shandsp                      141-84 (.627)     11-4 (.733)

26. (28) Patriotflash                     140-70 (.667)     11-4 (.733)

27. (31) Taplie Coile                    133-92 (.591)     9-6 (.600)

T28. (T25) Jagshouse                  130-80 (.619)    —–

T28. (T25) RouseHouse              130-80 (.619)     —–

30. (29) Ryan Herman                128-67 (.656)     —–

31. (30) RJarman                        126-84 (.600)       —–

32. (29) The Kid                          123-67 (.647)     —–

33. (33) Comet65                        74-60 (.552)    —–

34. (34) CCPirate                         33-21 (.611)      —–

35. (35) JDog                                 21-9 (.700)        —–

T36. (T36) Deep Run Pirate          10-5 (.667)       —–

T36. (T36) Wimpy57                      10-5 (.667)        —–

38. (38) Richard Clark                  9-6 (.600)         —–

39. (39) Lesboulez                           7-8 (.467)            —–

Pick these games, Week 17

College bowls

New Mexico Bowl: Temple vs. Wyoming

Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Utah State

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State

St. Petersburg Bowl: Florida International vs. Marshall

NFL

Dallas at Tampa Bay

Miami at Buffalo

Seattle at Chicago

Carolina at Houston

Tennessee at Indianapolis

Washington at N.Y. Giants

Detroit at Oakland

New England at Denver

N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia

Baltimore at San Diego

Pittsburgh at San Francisco

Standings after Week 15

Eh, better late than never, right? Before you get confused, note this is LAST WEEK’S standings, not this week’s.

Anyhoo, great weeks were turned in by Jeff Howard and Deep Run Dynasty, who each went 12-3. Jeff’s only misses were West Stokes-Kinston in preps, Clemson-Virginia Tech in college and Carolina-Tampa Bay in the NFL; Deep Run was perfect in the NFL and his only misses were Swain County/Ayden-Grifton in preps along with Oklahoma State-Oklahoma and North Texas-Middle Tennessee in college.

The toughest games to pick were the West Stokes/Kinston game, where only four (Brent Pelletier, ECPirates11, Deep Run Dynasty and Petey Pablo) were correct and the Clemson/Virginia Tech game, where only five (John Q. Awesome, Smokin’ Aces, Jacque Strapper, Randy Capps and Deep Run Dynasty) were right.

The overall race continues to tighten with Lee now holding a two-game lead over three-time blog pick ‘em champ JWade and Randy Capps.

As always, thanks to the love of my life, my beautiful Hot Blonde, who makes the charts for these games for me every week. Any mistakes are mine, not hers.

Leaders by percentage (min. 195 games selected)

Rank (LW)

1. (1) Lee                                158-67 (.702)

2. (T2) JWade                      156-69 (.693)

3. (T4) Randy Capps           145-65 (.690)

4. (T2) Jackson                      154-71 (.684)

5. (T4) Jourbet                       143-67 (.681)

T6. (T6) B                               153-72 (.680)

T6. (8) ECPirates                   153-72 (.680)

8. (T6) Hanks                         151-74 (.671)

T9. (NR) Jeff Howard          150-75 (.667)

T9. (9) BehindTheCounter  140-70 (.667)

Leaders by total wins

Rank (LW)                               OA record      Last weeek

1. (1) Lee                                     158-67 (.702)       9-6 (.600)

2. (T2) JWade                          156-69 (.693)      11-4 (.733)

3. (T2) Jackson                         154-71 (.684)      9-6 (.600)

T4. (T4) B                                   153-72 (.680)      10-5 (.667)

T4. (6) ECPirates11                   153-72 (.680)     11-4 (.733)

6. (T4) Hanks                             151-74 (.671)      8-7 (.533)

7. (T7) Jeff Howard                  150-75 (.667)     12-3 (.800)

8. (T11) Deep Run Dynasty      148-77 (.658)       12-3 (.800)

9. (T7) Heelatious                     147-78 (.653)     9-6 (.600)

T10. (T11) BealeStBuc              146-79 (.649)       10-5 (.667)

T10. (T7) Eastern                       146-79 (.649)      8-7 (.533)

T10. (T11) Blake H.                       146-79 (.649)      10-5 (.667)

T10. (10) PeteyPablo                  146-79 (.649)      9-6 (.600)

14. (T15) Randy Capps              145-65 (.690)    11-4 (.733)

15. (T11) Sealgirl                       144-81 (.640)     8-7 (.533)

16. (T15) Jourbet                        143-67 (.681)     9-6 (.600)

17. (18) Smokin’ Aces                 143-77 (.650)    10-5 (.667)

18. (19) JacqueStrappe            142-78 (.645)     10-5 (.667)

T19. (17) Horns                             142-83 (.631)     8-7 (.533)

T19. (20) Canyoureadthis           142-83 (.631)     10-5 (.667)

21. (21) BehindTheCounter     140-70 (.667)     9-6 (.600)

22. (25) John Q Awesome      138-87 (.613)     10-5 (.667)

23. (26) Kelly Rouse                  137-73 (.652)      10-5 (.667)

24. (28) TrumpetingPenguin    131-94 (.582)     7-8 (.467)

T25. (T22) Jagshouse                  130-80 (.619)    —–

T25. (T22) RouseHouse              130-80 (.619)     —–

T25. (31) Shandsp                          130-80 (.619)     11-4 (.733)

28. (30) Patriotflash                     129-66 (.662)     10-5 (.667)

29. (24) Ryan Herman                128-67 (.656)     —–

30. (27) RJarman                        126-84 (.600)       —–

31. (32) Taplie Coile                    124-86 (.590)     7-8 (.467)

32. (29) The Kid                          123-67 (.647)     —–

33. (33) Comet65                        74-60 (.552)    —–

34. (34) CCPirate                         33-21 (.611)      —–

35. (35) JDog                                 21-9 (.700)        —–

T36. (T36) Deep Run Pirate          10-5 (.667)       —–

T36. (T36) Wimpy57                      10-5 (.667)        —–

38. (38) Richard Clark                  9-6 (.600)         —–

39. (39) Lesboulez                           7-8 (.467)            —–

Pick these games, Week 16

College football

Army vs. Navy

NFL

Atlanta at Carolina

Houston at Cincinnati

Minnesota at Detroit

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

Philadelphia at Miami

Kansas City at N.Y. Jets

New Orleans at Tennessee

New England at Washington

San Francisco at Arizona

Chicago at Denver

Oakland at Green Bay

Buffalo at San Diego

N.Y. Giants at Dallas

St. Louis at Seattle