Beyond Golf — 29 December 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Bowl picks: Holy Toledo, what a finish

There’s a lot of drama left in the football season, from the NFL playoffs to the National Championship Game Jan. 12, but they have to go a long way to match the excitement generated in the golferswest.com bowl game prediction competition.

Kirby Arnold, seemingly out of the running 10 games ago when he trailed leader Jim Street by four games, has won all three games that he differed from The Street. He now trails Jim by just one game with two games remaining. Street is at 22-15 while Arnold is 21-16.

And Kirby can tie for the championship Sunday night. Arnold has picked Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl while Street has Toledo. They both picked Oregon to win the national title. Toledo may be carrying the championship trophy onto the field.

However, there’s more.

Bob Sherwin also needed to run the table on the games he differed from Jim this past week. Thus far, he has. He picked both Ohio State and UCLA upsets to also pull within one game of Jim at 21-16. Also, Bob has a different selection in each of the final two games from Jim. He had Arkansas State and Ohio State.

Bob can win it all, but he can’t lose again. Jim now becomes the Rocket Man, as he simply needs Toledo to win Sunday night to claim the prestigious title.

(bold face CAP=winner)            

                                                                                  Bob (21-17               Jim (23-15)         Kirby (21-17)

R+L  Carriers New Orleans/Dec. 20                     LA-LAFAYETTE      Nevada                    LA-LAFAYETTE

Gildan New Mexico/Dec. 20                                   UTAH ST.                  UTAH ST.            UTAH ST. 

Royal Purple Las Vegas/Dec. 20                            Colo. St.                         UTAH                    UTAH 

Famous Idaho Potato/Dec. 20                               AIR FORCE              AIR FORCE          W. Mich.

Raycom Camellia/Dec. 20                                      B. GREEN                  B.GREEN              B. GREEN

Miami Beach/Dec. 22                                               BYU                              MEMPHIS            MEMPHIS 

Boca Raton/Dec. 23                                                 MARSHALL             MARSHALL          N. Illinois

San Diego County CU Poinsettia/Dec. 23            S.D. St.                         NAVY                      S.D. St.

Popeyes Bahamas/Dec. 24                                      W. KENTUCKY     W. KENTUCKY    C. Mich.

Hawaii/Dec. 24                                                          Fresno                          RICE                       RICE

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas/Dec. 26                            LA. TECH                 LA. TECH              LA. TECH

Quick Lane/Dec. 26                                                 RUTGERS                N. Carolina               N. Carolina

Bitcoin St. Petersburg/Dec. 26                               UCF                            UCF                    UCF    (N.C. ST.)

Military/Dec. 27                                                        Cincy                          Cincy                  Cincy   (VA. TECH)

New Era Pinstripe/Dec. 27                                      BC                                 BC                    BC        (PENN ST.)

Duck Commander Independence/Dec. 27           Miami                          S. CAROLINA      S. CAROLINA 

Hyundai Sun/Dec. 27                                               ASU                            ASU                         ASU

National University Holiday/Dec. 27                    USC                           USC                          USC

AutoZone Liberty/Dec. 29                                       W. Va.                          W. Va.                       TEXAS A&M

Russell Athletic/Dec. 29                                          CLEMSON               CLEMSON            CLEMSON   

AdvoCare V100 Texas/Dec. 29                              ARKANSAS              ARKANSAS          ARKANSAS

Franklin Am-Music City/Dec. 30                           LSU                              LSU                          LSU (ND)

Belk/Dec. 30                                                               GEORGIA               GEORGIA              GEORGIA 

Foster Farms/Dec. 30                                               STANFORD            STANFORD          STANFORD

Chick-fil-A Peach/Dec. 31                                        TCU                           TCU                         TCU

VIZIO Fiesta/Dec. 31                                                Arizona               Arizona          Arizona      (BOISE ST.)

Capital One Orange/Dec. 31                                    Miss. St.             Miss. St.         Miss. St.     (GA. TECH)

Outback/Jan. 1                                                           WISCONSIN           Auburn                     Auburn

Goodyear Cotton/Jan. 1                                           Baylor                          MICH. ST.             Baylor

Buffalo Wings Citrus/Jan.1                                     MISSOURI              MISSOURI           MISSOURI                      

Rose/Jan. 1                                                                 OREGON                 OREGON               OREGON    

Allstate Sugar/Jan. 1                                                 OHIO ST.                 Alabama                   Alabama

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces/Jan. 2                HOUSTON             HOUSTON            HOUSTON 

TaxSlayer/Jan. 2                                                        Iowa                             Iowa                         TENNESSEE

Valero Alamo/Jan. 2                                                 UCLA                         Kansas St.                Kansas St.

TicketCity Cactus/Jan. 2                                          Wash.                          Wash.                    Wash. (OKLA. ST.) 

Birmingham/Jan. 3                                                   E. Carolina                  E. Carolina             FLORIDA

Go Daddy.com/Jan. 4                                              Arkansas St.                TOLEDO                    Arkansas St.

National Championship/Jan. 12                            Ohio St.                        Oregon                    Oregon

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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 44th 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 10 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 14 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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