Beyond Golf — 05 January 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Bowl picks: Eyes of nation turn here

In the closest finish in the two-year history of the college football bowl game prediction competition, only 13 seconds separated first place from the rest of the field, which consists of three people.

Florida State scored the winning touchdown in the BCS National Championship game Monday night with just 13 seconds left, beating Auburn, 34-31. With that prediction, Bob Sherwin beat Kirby Arnold by one game. The two had been tied after the first 34 bowl games, 18-16, in a competition that began Dec. 21.

Jim Street, who fell behind early, but bounced back nicely. He also picked Florida State in the finale and finished in a tie for second at 18-17.

Sherwin, 19-16, had a one-game lead heading into Sunday’s Bowl, the penultimate bowl between Arkansas State and Ball State. A blocked field goal in the final seconds allowed Arkansas State to escape with victory. Arnold picked that one and pulled into a tie.

In Monday’s decider, Auburn led through much of the BCS game but Florida State mounted a touchdown-winning drive over the final 1:19, allowing Sherwin to escape. Arnold had picked Auburn.

That result is likely what most of the nation will be talking about all this week.

(bold face CAP=winner)        

                                                                           Bob (19-16)          Jim (18-17)           Kirby (18-17)

Gildan New Mexico/Dec. 21                            Wash St.                  Wash St.                  Wash. St. (COLO ST.)

Famous Idaho Potato/Dec. 21                          SD ST.                  SD ST.                   SD ST.

Royal Purple Las Vegas/Dec. 21                      USC                        Fresno St.              USC

R+L  Carriers New Orleans/Dec. 21               Tulane                       Tulane                    Tulane (LA-LAFAYETTE)

Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg/Dec. 23            E. CAROLINA     Ohio                       Ohio

Sheraton Hawaii/Dec. 24                                   Boise St.                  OREGON ST.    OREGON ST.

Little Caesars Pizza/Dec. 26                              B. Green                   B. Green               PITTSBURGH

San Diego County CU Poinsettia/Dec. 26       N. Illinois                N. Illinois              N. Illinois (UTAH ST.)

Military/Dec. 27                                                   Maryland                 Maryland              Maryland (MARSHALL)

Texas/Dec. 27                                                       SYRACUSE           Minnesota            SYRACUSE 

Fight Hunger/Dec. 27                                         WASHINGTON    BYU                     BYU

New Era Pinstripe/Dec. 28                                N. DAME             N. DAME            N. DAME

Belk/Dec. 28                                                         N. CAROLINA   Cincinnati             N. CAROLINA

Russell Athletic/Dec. 28                                     LOUISVILLE     LOUISVILLE    LOUISVILLE  

Buffalo Wild Wings/Dec. 28                              Michigan                KANSAS ST.      Michigan

Bell Helicopter Armed Service/Dec. 30           NAVY                    NAVY                    NAVY

Music City/Dec. 30                                               G. Tech                   OLE MISS          OLE MISS

Valero Alamo/Dec. 30                                         OREGON            OREGON            OREGON

National University Holiday/Dec. 30               Arizona St.             Arizona St.           Arizona St. (TEXAS TECH)

AdvoCare V100/Dec. 31                                       ARIZONA           ARIZONA          ARIZONA 

Hyundai Sun/Dec. 31                                           UCLA                     UCLA                 UCLA

AutoZone Liberty/Dec. 31                                   Rice                          MISS ST.           Rice

Chick-fil-A/Dec. 31                                               TEXAS A&M        TEXAS A&M   Duke

Heart of Dallas/Jan. 1                                          N. TEXAS             N. TEXAS        UNLV

Tax Gator/Jan. 1                              Georgia                    Georgia               Georgia (NEBRASKA)

Outback/Jan. 1                                                      LSU                        LSU                    LSU

Capital One/Jan. 1                                               S. CAROLINA     S. CAROLINA  S. CAROLINA 

Rose/Jan. 1                                                            Stanford                    Stanford            Stanford  (MICH. ST.)

Tostitos Fiesta/Jan. 1                                          Baylor                        Baylor                Baylor  (CFU)

Allstate Sugar/Jan. 2                                           Alabama                   Alabama            Alabama (OKLAHOMA)

AT&T Cotton/Jan. 3                                            MISSOURI           MISSOURI      MISSOURI 

Discover Orange/Jan. 3                                      Ohio St.                     Ohio St.             Ohio St. (CLEMSON)

BBVA Compass/Jan. 4                                        VANDERBILT     VANDERBILT   VANDERBILT

Go 5                                          Ball St.                      Ball St.                 ARKANSAS ST.

National Championship/Jan. 6                         FLORIDA ST.      FLORIDA ST.    Auburn


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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 41st year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past seven years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 15 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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