The Picks: Matching skills vs. Copeland of Sister Hazel
Published: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.
This is always a melancholy time of the year because it's the last time I get to pick college football games. This one is especially a downer because it's my first Christmas without my Mom.
But Dr. Football is not here to make you feel depressed or upset. If you're a Florida football fan, you've had enough of that anyway this fall.
Instead, I am here to entertain. So listen while I play my guitar and offer a Christmas song (OK, so you'll have to pretend you can hear the guitar).
“I'll be home post-Christmas
Never thought I'd be
No Marriott points or free buffets
Or even baggage fees.
I don't understand it
I'll miss the hospitality suites
I'll be home post-Christmas
You'll see it in my Tweets.”
Bah, humbug. I'm bowl eligible. Even with a mustard stain of a final week (5-5), Dr. Football finished 115-35. And that doesn't get me to a bowl? What kind of a system is this?
Next year, there will be four bowls added so any team with a pulse will get a postseason game.
At any rate, it's time for the serious part of The Picks when I go head-to-head with Drew Copeland of Sister Hazel. The loser pays $100 to Stop Children's Cancer and buys lunch for the winner. I enjoyed some lovely chicken wings at Drew's expense on Monday.
I think instead of lunch this year after I boatrace Copeland, maybe I'll ask for a copy of their new CD and DVD when it comes out. The boys have been together for 20 years so they're putting out 20 live songs. Sweet.
We're picking 11 games for this year's finale to make sure there are no ties. There is no overtime in The Picks.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL
Louisville vs. Miami
Dr. Football says: I thought about letting this be my bowl game because Charlie Strong invited me down, but I'd rather sulk in my office and watch it on TV. Miami, 31-27.
Drew Copeland says: This could be Teddy Bridgewater's last game and I think he'll go out in style. Louisville.
MUSIC CITY BOWL
Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech
Dr. Football says: You give a team a month to get ready for the Yellow Jackets' option attack and, well, it doesn't really matter. Georgia Tech, 24-17.
Drew Copeland says: It's an SEC thing. When in doubt, always go with the SEC. Ole Miss.
Duke vs. Texas A&M
Dr. Football says: As bad as the Aggie defense has played this season, the offense indoors on turf will put up amazing numbers. Texas A&M.
Drew Copeland says: Johnny Sharpie is just too good for the Dukies. Texas A&M.
CAPITAL ONE BOWL
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Dr. Football says: The Head Ball Coach should be good for some more zingers during bowl week. It reminds me of the time I told a joke at his expense and he got up to the podium and said, “There are 10,000 comics out of work, but some people still think they're comedians.” Et tu, HBC? South Carolina, 34-24.
Drew Copeland says: I have too many friends at South Carolina not to pick them. South Carolina.
Georgia vs. Nebraska
Dr. Football says: Didn't I see this movie last year? Georgia, 24-19.
Drew Copeland says: No Aaron Murray, you gotta go with Nebraska. Nebraska.
LSU vs. Iowa
Dr. Football says: I was watching ESPNU one day and they had a commercial for college sports and they referred to the injured LSU quarterback as Zach “Mettenburger” and I got hungry for some Iowa beef. See the connection? LSU, 31-21.
Drew Copeland says: This will be Les Miles' last game at LSU before he takes the Texas job. You read it here first. LSU.
UCF vs. Baylor
Dr. Football says: I think UCF is going to get smacked, but who would have thought there would be two teams from Florida in BCS games and neither Florida nor Miami would not be one of them? Baylor, 42-16.
Drew Copeland says: I like that UCF team. In the state of Florida, play hard and Baylor wasn't the same team once the schedule toughened up. UCF.
Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Dr. Football says: The Tide will be properly motivated for this Sugar Bowl. Alabama, 28-17.
Drew Copeland says: Alabama won't have trouble getting over the loss to Auburn because the Tide won big earlier this month when Bama kept Nick Saban. That negates the Auburn loss. Alabama.
Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
Dr. Football says: Hey, Mizzou, Auburn just scored again. Okie State, 35-31.
Drew Copeland says: Gonna stay in the SEC. Missouri.
Clemson vs. Ohio State
Dr. Football says: Told this story before, but I was a young reporter on the Clemson sidelines when Woody Hayes threw the punch heard 'round the world. The Clemson linebacker, Charlie Bauman, ran off the field right to me and I asked him what happened and he said, “The old man hit me!” We had the only live quote that night. Right place, right time theory. Or blind squirrel finds an acorn theory. Ohio State, 54-49.
Drew Copeland says: The last time Urban Meyer coached in that stadium, he won a national title. The last time Clemson played a bowl game in that stadium, it gave up 70 points. Ohio State.
FINAL BCS CHAMPIONSHIP EVER
FSU vs. Auburn
Dr. Football says: The media hotel is the Newport Beach Marriott. I hope the hacks enjoy it. FSU, 35-31.
Drew Copeland says: I don't want to pick FSU. I really don't. Heck, I'm picking Auburn. How can you bet against them? Auburn.
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