One of the wildest games of the college football bowl season ended up being the title-clincher for Bob Sherwin.
All but assured of going into the National Championship game with a one-game lead over Kirby Arnold in the always-popular Golferswest.com bowl prediction game, Bob gleefully watched TCU overcome a 31-0 halftime deficit to defeat the University of Oregon Ducks, 47-41, in a triple-overtime Alamo Bowl thriller on Jan. 2.
That gave Bullet Bob (aka CEO) a 25-16 record and three-game lead over fast-fading Arnold with only one game remaining.
Kirby, who had a staff-best 10-game winning streak from Dec. 26-30, went down in flames in January, missing on four of his last five selections and eight of his last 12 overall. From now on, he says, he’s sticking to golf.
Newcomer Candace Oehler, who went 0-4 on Jan. 2, and defending champion Jim Street are tied for third place at 22-19 with one game remaining — the mythical National Championship game on Jan. 11. Candace selected ‘Bama and Jim picked eventual titleist Clemson.
Congrats, Bob, but there is no gloating around the GW office. Oh, we don’t have an office? Never mind.
(bold face CAP=winner)
Bob (27-15) Jim (22-20) Candace (23-19) Kirby (23-19)
Celebration Alcorn NCA&T NCA&T NCA&T
New Orleans/Dec. 19 LA. TECH Ark. St. Ark St. Ark. St.
New Mexico/Dec. 19 ARIZ NMS ARIZ ARIZ
Cure/Dec. 19 S.JOSE Ga.Tech S.JOSE S.JOSE
Royal Purple/Dec. 19 UTAH UTAH UTAH UTAH
Camellia/Dec. 19 Ohio APPST APPST APPST
Miami Beach/Dec. 21 S. Fla. W.KY. S. Fla. W.KY.
Idaho Potato/Dec. 22 UtahSt. AKRON AKRON UtahSt.
Boca Raton/Dec. 22 TOLEDO Temple Temple Temple
Poinsettia/Dec. 23 BOISE BOISE BOISE BOISE
GoDaddy/Dec. 23 BG BG BG BG (GA.SO.)
Hawaii/Dec. 24 SD ST. SD ST. SD ST. Cincy
Bahamas/Dec. 24 W. MICH. W. MICH. W.MICH. Mid.Tenn.
Heart of Dallas/Dec. 26 WASH WASH WASH WASH.
Pinstripe/Dec. 26 Ind. Ind. Ind. Ind. (DUKE)
Foster Farms/Dec. 26 UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA (NEB)
Independence/Dec. 26 VT Tulsa VT VT
St. Pete/Dec. 26 MARSHALL MARSHALL Conn MARSHALL
Sun/Dec. 26 WSU WSU WSU WSU
Quick Lane/Dec. 28 MINN MINN C.Mich. MINN
Military/Dec. 28 NAVY NAVY NAVY NAVY
Russell Ath./Dec. 29 BAYLOR NC NC BAYLOR
Texas/Dec. 29 LSU LSU LSU LSU
Armed Forces/Dec. 29 CAL AF CAL CAL
Arizona/Dec. 29 Colo. St. Colo. St. Colo.St. NEV.
Birmingham/Dec. 30 Memp. Memp. AUBURN AUBURN
Holiday/Dec. 30 USC USC USC USC (WIS)
Music City/Dec. 30 Texas A&M Tex A&M L’VILLE Texas A&M
Belk/Dec. 30 MISS.ST. MISS.ST. MISS.ST. MISS.ST.
Peach/Dec. 31 FSU HOUSTON FSU FSU
Orange/Dec. 31 CLEM CLEM CLEM Okla
Cotton/Dec. 31 ALAB ALAB MSU MSU
Fiesta/Jan. 1 OSU OSU ND!!! ND
Outback/Jan. 1 NW NW NW TENN
Citrus/Jan.1 MICH MICH MICH MICH
Rose/Jan. 1 STAN STAN STAN STAN
Sugar/Jan. 1 OLEMISS OKSt. OLEMISS OKSt.
Taxslayer/Jan. 2 PSU GEORGIA PSU PSU
Liberty/Jan. 2 ARK KSt. KSt. ARK
Alamo/Jan. 2 TCU Ore. Ore. Ore
Cactus/Jan. 2 ASU ASU ASU ASU (W.VA)
Nat. Champ/Jan. 12 ALAB Clem ALAB Clem