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OBNUG Pick 'Em Contest: Eliminator picks for Week Two

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Bye weeks suck, especially after a loss.

I guess the rational side of me says this is probably a good thing for the players who are probably banged up from the physical game against Michigan State. And it's probably even good for the coaches so they have time to break down, digest the film, and make the necessary adjustments. But as fans, bye weeks really suck.

I guess this has become sort of a habit for Boise State in the last couple of years to take a breather after a game like Georgia or Virginia Tech. But I guess I don't remember them as much since it gave us time to savor the win. Now it just seems like we can't put the loss at Michigan State behind us quick enough. I'm ready to get back out there (figuratively) and watch Boise State's offense get back to it's scoring ways.

Anyways, with a lack of Boise State football to watch, I'll be watching other games. And for this week I'm taking this to the bank:

(20) TCU over Grambling State

I'm playing it safe this week. I'm taking the layup.

ELIMINATOR: Come play games with us!

The name of this game is winning. No matter what, your team has to win so I'm not going to start playing it cute this week. I still need a few more weeks to figure out these teams and who is good and who is not. I may be burning a team with plenty more wins under its belt, but I need a sure thing. Don't let me down, Gary Patterson!

Previous Nick picks: Utah



UNLV over Northern Arizona

The Rebels went to triple overtime against a Big Ten team (albeit a baaaad Big Ten team - Minnesota) while Northern Arizona was giving up 42 first-half points to Arizona State in an eventual 63-6 loss. I like UNLV's chances, mostly because I do not foresee liking UNLV's chances at any other time this year. It's now or never, Running' Rebs! Don't let me down!

(There is at least a 30 percent chance UNLV lets me down. Eliminator is slowly eating me away.)

Previous Kevan picks: Air Force



TCU over Grambling State

Yikes! It appears I put far too much faith in Stanford, which is why I'm glad that pick is out of the way. I can already see I'm screwed here so I'll just go with what should be a gimme and choose TCU over Grambling. I'm toast in a week or two.

Previous Drew picks: Stanford


Wanna play?

The OBNUG Eliminator challenge is open to anyone and everyone who knows how to use a Google document or begs us really hard in the comments to use a Google document for them.

Enter your weekly pick into the Eliminator form.

One big rule: You can't pick the same team twice.

Note: There seemed to be some confusion last week. You can only pick from the 20 teams listed below. You can not pick the teams they are playing. Also, you can not pick teams you have picked previously.

Additional rules are 1) don't cheat and screw with the spreadsheet, 2) make your picks before your game starts, 3) keep playing as long as you want after you pick wrong. All other rules are meaningless to the extent that I cannot remember them now.

Winner gets a free Deuce Brand watch.

Pick. Survive. Gloat. Enjoy.


We will be playing this for 14 weeks so we have selected a list of 20 teams to pick from. These include all Mountain West teams as well as a selection of regional teams and, for those who love making bad decisions, Idaho.

Boise State Air Force Fresno State Hawaii Nevada
New Mexico San Diego State UNLV Wyoming Idaho
TCU BYU Utah Louisiana Tech Utah State
Washington Washington State Oregon Oregon State Stanford

This Week's Games

There are a total of 18 teams to pick from this week. Boise State and Hawaii are on byes. Here's the schedule:

  • Boise State -- BYE
  • Air Force at (19) Michigan
  • Fresno State at (4) Oregon
  • Hawaii -- BYE
  • Nevada vs. South Florida
  • New Mexico at (17) Texas
  • San Diego State vs. Army
  • UNLV vs. Northern Arizona
  • Wyoming vs. Toledo
  • Idaho at Bowling Green
  • (20) TCU vs Grambling State
  • BYU vs. Weber State
  • Utah at Utah State
  • Louisiana Tech at Houston
  • Utah State vs. Utah
  • Washington at (3) LSU
  • Washington State vs. Eastern Washington
  • (4) Oregon vs. Fresno State
  • Oregon State vs. (13 Wisconsin)
  • (25) Stanford vs. Duke

See some winners there? Of course you do. Enter your pick in the spreadsheet and share your team du jour in the comments.