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Cheddar Bay open thread #1; UGA at Clemson.

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Tajh Boyd’s Chik-Fil-A performance vs. Mingo/LSU was remarkable.

 

The only reality football league where media types and Vegas sharps and a good share of the Cleveland Bar match football wits with the hoi polloi and in all in a judgment-free and supportive community is now off and running.

Week one’s all-play game is Georgia -2 at Clemson (Saturday 8pm, ABC).

The scoring is half points this week:  the total points are four, your essay-pick is worth 1.5.

Submit your picks in the thread below.

Picks should be in an hour before kickoff.

Remember, the preferred entry format is as follows.  These are guidelines, not life/death.   Main concern here is getting the right player name sync’d to his picks.

myhandlename
@Cal +6 NU  (feel free to add comments for your picks if you want; don’t mean to be anal about the form.)
Boise +3.5 @Wash
LSU -5 @TCU
ULM +23.5 @Okla
AP:  UGA -2 @Clemson
Essay:  @WKU +5 UK

Commence essay here, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim .. 

(These are not my picks.)

Registration is still open.  Details here.

And even if you miss this week, no problem if you were on the fence and wanted to take a week to see how the game works.  The four points in week one are minor against the season’s total possible 132 points so feel free to climb on.  Note too that CLTIL did not join until week 2 in 2011 and won the regular season.

Here we go!

This week’s lines here. 

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Does anyone know a simple tag cloud tool?

One of the nice features from Cheddar the last two years was a word cloud or tag cloud that Frowns was able to place in his sidebar.  This let anyone know how the picks were coming in with just a glance.

Google deprecated the gadget I used for this and I for the life of me cannot find a simple tool that:

  • lets me enter text or lets me specify a range from a Google Doc spreadsheet;
  • allows me to specify a width of 200 pixels;
  • gives me an html embed code.

For now I’m on wordpress.com which limits the widgets available to me, that’s why the embed code is a need.

Shooting this to the group in case anyone has a bright idea.

Updated as picks come in.

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112 Comments

  1. cleinmpls says:

    I will take OU +20.5 for my last pick of the weekend.

  2. Just entered on a whim. Sorry Kanick as I know I am putting a few of these in with less than an hr…

    Boise State +3
    Northwestern -5.5

    Ohio +20.5
    Colorado St. -3

    Essa

  3. bupalos says:

    TCU
    Boise
    Cal*
    Georgia
    Ulmonroe
    Marshal

    Essay to come on cal

  4. jmacdaddio says:

    jmacdaddio picks:

    Clemson +2 over UGA
    Nebraska -29 over Wyoming
    UCLA -20 over Nevada
    Louisville -20.5 over Ohio
    Virginia Tech +21 over ‘Bama

    Essay: Boise St. +3 over Washington

    I’ve never done any picking for NCAA games, so this will be interesting. Admittedly Boise St. is more of an emotional pick rather than a rational one, and I’m probably falling to a recency bias since I just read something about how their program was willing to suck it up and play at odd times like 10 PM on Friday night just to help ESPN fill their schedule. Their ascent up the conference hierarchy in search of better competition is something to respect – most smallish schools run away from the big boys. Supposedly their recruiting and off-season went well – we shall see.

  5. PETER M says:

    Clemson
    FSU -10.5 over PItt
    ALABAMA -18.5 over VATECH
    VTECH SEEMS TO WIN GAMES WITH BIG PLAYS ON SPECIAL TEAMS. NICK SABAN’S TEAMS ARE WELL PREPARED. I DONT SEE ALABAMA MAKING MISTAKES TO KEEP THIS GAMES CLOSE. THIS LINE FEELS SMALL TO ME. OPENING DAY OF A THREE PEAT CAMPAING. ALABAMA SENDS A MESSAGE TODAY
    LSU -4 over TCU
    BOISE STATE -3.5 OVER WASHINGTON
    NORTHWESTERN -5.5 OVER CAL

  6. Daniel says:

    trashycamaro picks:

    @Iowa -3 over N. Illinois
    BYU +1 over @ UVA
    UGA -2 over @Clemson
    FSU -10.5 over @Pitt
    Miss State +13 over OSU

    Essay: LSU -5.5 over @ TCU

    The lines seem to have some trouble reflecting this, but the SEC is really good. All my SEC picks above seem to be tremendously undervalued. Clemson and Tajh Boyd might be real good, but Aaron Murray and UGA are better, and by more than 5 points. But it is not that far off. So my essay is moving to LSU over TCU. I cannot believe the line is this low. I really don’t know much of anything about TCU, but I do know LSU consistently has one of the best defenses in the NCAAs and, while they do have some struggles on offense, they do not struggle against anything but elite defenses.

    I don’t really like playing the CFB side of things – look for better essays on the pro side.

  7. zarathustra says:

    Tulsa (L)
    Fresno St (L)
    Ole Miss (W)
    Georgia (all-play) (essay)
    Adding:
    @Washington -3 over Boist St.
    Betting on an improved o-line, kp1, and sankey at home in a new stadium. Peterson is definitely the better coach, but I’m not a believer in southwick yet.
    @California +5.5 Northwestern
    I love Northwestern as much as everybody else, but excuse me if I’m not ready to lay points on the road for a west coast night game.

  8. Rodofdisaster picks:

    All-Play: Clempson +2

    BYU -3 over Virginia
    Washington State +15.5 over Auburn
    LSU -4 over TCU
    California +5.5 over Northwestern

    Essay: Colorado State +2.5

    Colorado is a team in turmoil. Coming off of a 1-11 season and a firing of its coach under odd circumstances they also proceeded to fire the AD for his shortcomings. Their QB Jordan Webb was arrested and several players transferred. One would assume that they couldn’t possibly be any worse than they were. While Texas transfer Connor Wood may end up raising the level of play on this team, it will prove difficult behind an offensive line that is remarkably weak. Colorado will have trouble stopping a stout running game that the Rams will use. If the Rams can find a deep threat at WR they will prove particularly dangerous.

  9. jimkanicki says:

    f/b/o Art Brosef (camping)
    Toledo
    UTSA
    Clemson
    PSU

  10. danwhalen555 says:

    Mark me down for
    $$$$ Bama -21 over Va Tech (Essay coming this afternoon)
    BYU -1 over VA
    Clemson -2 over GA
    Oklahoma -21 over UL Monroe
    Toledo +23.5 over Florida
    OSU -35.5 over Buffalo.

    • dwhalen says:

      Bama -21 over Va Tech

      Roughly nine months ago, I sat in the south endzone mezzanine level of Sun Life stadium as my beloved Irish got shit-stomped by grown ass men. All day long I listened to bieber-haired rich kids wearing buttoned up oxfords tucked into their seersucker pants echo “ROLL TIDE.” The women were beautiful, dressed in crimson maxi-dresses and high heeled shoes–all to come tailgate for a football game. As the day went on, their passive-agressive arrogance had me boiling and hoping that with a few lucky breaks we may be able to sneak off with a win for the ages.

      Then I sat and watched helplessly as AJ McCarron played mistake-free football to impress his supermodel girlfriend, while Brent Musberger wiped drool from his bottom lip. I slumped back in my seat as TJ Yeldon made us miss tackle after tackle, walking effortlessly into the endzone. “How could anyone have beaten these guys,” I asked. Their perfect blocking technique, their defensive tenacity, their all-world head coach.

      But enough blowing Alabama. The easiest way to say this is, I just think Logan Thomas sucks.

  11. FLORIDA
    RICE
    MISS ST
    SYRACUSE
    VA TECH (essay)
    CLEMSON – ALL PLAY

    • VA TECH ESSAY
      Obviously all over this because of all the love for Bama, of course they deserve all the love, but think the Home Team can stick around. Logan Thomas is going to earn every inch he gets on the field, and as long as he doesn’t turn it over too many times, they should be able to stick around 21. let’s go HOKIES!

      • Petefranklin says:

        Biki with the bowling balls going against Saban with extra time to prep for the opener.

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