Beyond Golf — 14 December 2017 by Bob Sherwin
GW Predictions: Bowl Poll

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.

(bold face=winner)            

                                            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

Idaho Potato/Dec. 22      CMU                         CMU                          Wyoming                  Wyoming

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

Past Champions:

2017-18: Jim Street (? – ?)

2016-17: Kirby Arnold (30-12)

2015-16: Bob Sherwin (27-15)

2014-15: Jim Street (23-16)

 

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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 46th 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 the 2015 U.S. Open 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. Despite (or perhaps because) of his 14 handicap, he won the 'Super Senior'' (65 and older) championship in 2017. He has 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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