In the closest finish in the two-year history of the golferswest.com 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 GoDaddy.com 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 Slayer.com 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 Daddy.com/Jan. 5 Ball St. Ball St. ARKANSAS ST.
National Championship/Jan. 6 FLORIDA ST. FLORIDA ST. Auburn