And down the stretch they come!
One of the nation’s most anticipated college bowl prediction contests — the Golferswest.com Bowl Poll — wobbles toward the finish line and it’s a two-horse race between defending champion Kirby Arnold and first-year champ Jim Street.
Thanks to a 10-game winning streak and despite putting too much faith in woeful Pac-12 “powerhouses” Southern Cal and Washington, Street (20-14) has a one-game lead over Arnold (19-15) with six games, including the Jan. 8 For-All-The-Marbles-Bowl in Atlanta, remaining.
The top dogs entering the New Year differ on two of the five Jan. 1 games, meaning that the race for the coveted Bowl Picker Of the Year Award (there really isn’t one) could be decided in the CFB Championship Game.
Meanwhile, Bob Sherwin, the cog that makes the Bowl Poll run so smoothly, is 17-17 and mathematically alive. But he’s hanging in there despite a winless (0-4) Saturday. If either UCF or Oklahoma wins on New Year’s Day, Bob is toast.
Last, but certainly not least, Candace Oehler can’t win the contest, but could finish as high as second — if she has a win-’em-all New Years Day.
Regardless, hang onto something tight as we head for home.
Bob (20-19) Jim (23-16) Kirby (20-19) Candace (19-20)
New Orleans/Dec. 16 Troy Troy Troy Troy
Cure/Dec. 16 WKU WKU WKU WKU (GaSt)
Las Vegas/Dec. 16 Ore Boise Boise Ore
New Mexico/Dec. 16 ColSt ColSt ColSt ColSt (Marshall)
Camellia/Dec. 16 MTenn ArkSt. MTenn ArkSt
Boca Raton/Dec. 19 FAU FAU FAU FAU
DXL Frisco/Dec. 20 SMU SMU SMU SMU (LaTech)
Gasparilla/Dec. 21 FIU Temple Temple FIU
Bahamas/Dec. 22 Ohio Ohio UAB Ohio
Lockheed/Dec. 23 Army SDS SDS Army
Dollar Gen./Dec. 23 Toledo Toledo Toledo Toledo (APP)
Birmingham/Dec. 23 USF USF USF USF
Hawaii/Dec. 24 Hou Fresno Hou Fresno
Zaxby’s/Dec. 26 Utah Utah Utah WVU
Quick Lane/Dec. 26 NIU Duke NIU Duke
Cactus/Dec. 26 UCLA KanSt. UCLA UCLA
Independence/Dec. 27 FSU FSU FSU FSU
Foster Farms/Dec. 27 Ariz Purdue Purdue Arizona
Pinstripe/Dec. 27 Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa
Texas/Dec. 27 Texas Texas Texas Missouri
Camp. World/Dec. 28 OSU OSU OSU OSU
Military/Dec. 28 Vir Vir Vir Vir (Navy)
Holiday/Dec. 28 MSU MSU WSU WSU
Valero/Dec. 28 TCU TCU Stan Stan
Music City/Dec. 29 NW NW NW NW
Sun/Dec. 29 NCSt NCSt NCSt NCSt
Belk/Dec. 29 Wake TexA&M Wake Wake
Arizona/Dec. 29 UtahSt UtahSt UtahSt UtahSt (NMSU)
Cotton/Dec. 29 OSU USC OSU OSU
Fiesta/Dec. 30 Wash Wash PennSt Wash
Liberty/Dec. 30 Memp Memp Memp Memp (ISU)
Orange/Dec. 30 Miami Wisc Wisc Wisc
Taxslayer/Dec. 30 Louis Louis Louis Louis (MSU)
Citrus/Jan. 1 ND ND LSU ND
Chick-fil-A/Jan. 1 Aub UCF Auburn UCF
Outback/Jan. 1 Mich Mich Mich Mich (SCar)
Rose Playoff/Jan. 1 GA Okla Okla GA
Sugar Playoff/Jan. 1 Alab Alab Alab Clem
Nat. Champ/Jan. 8 GA Bama Bama TBD
2017-18: Jim Street (? – ?)
2016-17: Kirby Arnold (30-12)
2015-16: Bob Sherwin (27-15)
2014-15: Jim Street (23-16)