Kudos to Candace!
Thanks to a season-ending eight-game winning streak, capped by the LSU Tigers’ National Championship victory over the Clemson Tigers, Candace Oehler won her first Golferswest.com staff College Football Bowl prediction contest.
And set a record for good measure.
After a pedestrian 4-3 start, the golf-crazed lady from the GW offices in the Phoenix area, also had two five-game winning streaks on the way to an impressive 31-10 record — topping the once-thought-to-be unbeatable 30-12 mark compiled by Kirby Arnold in 2016-17.
The popular prognostication contest came down to the National Championship game in New Orleans. Candace correctly predicted the LSU victory while runner-up Jim Street, one game behind after the first 40 Bowl Games, played the underdog card, choosing the Tigers from Clemson, correctly anticipating Candace would select LSU. Better to tie for first than finish second, right?
A Clemson win would have resulted in the second straight two-way tie for the title and co-bragging rights for the co-champs. Nice try.
Asked about her record-setting win, the newly-crowned champion said, “In the words of the late, great Tom Petty … “Oh my my, Oh hell yes; Honey put on that party dress!”
For the record, the two-time solo champ Street finished with a 29-12 record, followed by Kirby’s 27-14 mark and last but not least, CEO, co-founder and Bowling Green graduate Bob Sherwin posted a 24-17 record.
As for Candace, she can enjoy her life-changing victory for one year, but it must be pointed out that there never has been a back-to-back champ.
Bob (24-17) Jim (29-12) Kirby (27-14) Candace (31-10)
(Buff/Char) Buff Buff Charlotte Buff
Utah St./Kent St. UtahSt UtahSt UtahSt UtahSt
CMU/SDSt SDSt SDSt C.Mich SDSt
AlcornSt/NCA&T AlcornSt NCA&T NCA&T NCA&T
Liberty/Ga.Southern Liberty GaSouth GaSouth GASouth
SMU/Fla. Atl. SMU SMU SMU SMU
FIU/Ark. St. FIU Ark.St FIU FIU
Wash./Boise St. Wash BoiseSt Wash Wash
App. St./UAB AppSt AppSt AppSt. AppSt
UCF/Marshall UCF UCF UCF UCF
Hawaii/BYU BYU BYU BYU Hawaii
LaTech/Miami LaTech Miami Miami Miami
Pitt/East. Mich. Pitt Pitt Pitt Pitt
N. Caro/Temple NC NC NC NC
Mich. St./W Forest MSU MSU MSU MSU
Okla. St./Tex. A&M OKSt TexA&M TexA&M TexA&M
USC/Iowa USC USC Iowa Iowa
Air Force/WSU WSU Air Force WSU WSU
N. Dame/ISU ND ND ND ND
Penn St./Memphis PennSt PennSt PennSt PennSt
OhioSt-Clemson OSU Clem Clem Clem
LSU/Okla. LSU LSU LSU LSU
WKU/WMich WMich WMich WKU WKU
Miss. St./Louisville Louis MissSt Louis MissSt
Cal/Illinois Illinois Cal Cal Cal
Florida/Virginia Florida Florida Florida Florida
Virginia Tech/Kent. VaTech Kent. VaTech Kent.
Navy/Kans. St. Navy Navy KSU KSU
Fla St./ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU
Wyo./Ga. St. GaSt Wyo Wyo Wyo
Utah/Texas Utah Utah Texas Utah
Mich./Ala Alab Alab Alab Alab
Minn./Auburn Aub Aub Aub Aub
Ore./Wisc . Ore Ore Wisc. Ore
Georgia/Baylor GA GA GA GA
Ind./Tenn. Ind Tenn Tenn Tenn
Boston Coll/Cincy Cincy Cincy Cincy Cincy
Famous Idaho Potato
Ohio/Nev. Nev Ohio Ohio Ohio
Sou. Miss/Tulane Tul Tul Tul Tul
LA./Miami (Ohio) LA LA LA LA
Nat. Champ./Jan. 13 LSU Clem Clem LSU
Past GW Champions:
2019-20: Candace Oehler (31-10)
2018-19: (Tie) Bob Sherwin and Kirby Arnold (25-14)
2017-18: Jim Street (27-15)
2016-17: Kirby Arnold (30-12)
2015-16: Bob Sherwin (27-15)
2014-15: Jim Street (23-16)