wow, another awesome swim today for me at the pool. 4.5k in 88 minutes. strong for the most part, but slowed down towards the end. snowy and freezing rain here today with high winds. not exactly the nicest running weather, but i survived the 4k to the pool and duck pond before and after my swim.
NCAA Bowl Season starts today. I've signed up for a free complex pool over at CBS sports website, where you have to pick the winners, and rank each game in terms of confidence levels from 1-34 to your pics. the higher the confidence, the higher the score for a right pic. for example, my highest game will be worth 34 points, where my lowest game will be for 1 point.
out of 34 games, i've got today's New Mexico Bowl as my highest ranked game, with 34 points on the line as i am extremely confident that Fresno State will take care of Wyoming. I've also got 32 points on the line as i feel Rutgers will take care of Central Florida later tonight in the St. Petersburg Bowl. in all, i am going with 9 upsets out of the 34 games, although most of my upset pics are for lower points. my most risky upset pic will be Idaho over Bowling Green for 16 points. i am also going with the third highest underdog out of all the bowls, Cincinnati, who i feel will shock the world by beating Florida; but this is only for 2 points.
a total of 595 points are on the line. and it is likely going to take a perfect 34-0 to win the pool. grand prize is $10000, which would definitely come in handy!
here's what my pics look like in total. Note, spread only included for interest sake. this pool is strictly for picking winners.
2009-2010 CBS NCAA Bowl Pool
rank - date - pick - spr - opponent
34 - 12/19 - Fresno State -13 Wyoming
33 - 12/24 - Nevada -13 Southern Methodist
32 - 12/19 - Rutgers -4 Central Florida
31 - 01/06 - Central Michigan -4.5 Troy
30 - 12/31 - Houston -7 Air Force
29 - 12/31 - Missouri -6 Navy
28 - 01/02 - Arkansas -10 East Carolina
27 - 01/02 - South Florida -4.5 Northern Illinois
26 - 01/02 - Texas Tech -9.5 Michigan State
25 - 01/02 - South Carolina -3 Connecticut
24 - 12/27 - Clemson -7.5 Kentucky
23 - 01/01 - Auburn -4.5 Northwestern
22 - 12/29 - UCLA -4 Temple
21 - 01/07 - Alabama -4 Texas
20 - 12/26 - Ohio -4 Marshall
19 - 12/31 - Minnesota -1.5 Iowa State
18 - 12/31 - Virginia Tech -4 Tennessee
17 - 01/05 - Georgia Tech -3.5 Iowa
16 - 12/30 - Idaho +1 Bowling Green
15 - 12/31 - Stanford +7 Oklahoma
14 - 01/01 - West Virginia +1 Florida State
13 - 01/01 - LSU +3 Penn State
12 - 01/04 - Boise State +4 Texas Christian
11 - 12/28 - Georgia -4 Texas A&M
10 - 12/26 - Southern California -7 Boston College
09 - 12/26 - Pittsburgh -2 North Carolina
08 - 12/30 - Nebraska PK Arizona
07 - 12/22 - Oregon State -2.5 Brigham Young
06 - 12/23 - Utah +2.5 California
05 - 12/29 - Miami, FL -6.5 Wisconsin
04 - 01/02 - Ol’ Miss 2.5 Oklahoma State
03 - 01/01 - Ohio State +2 Oregon
02 - 01/01 - Cincinnati +10.5 Florida
01 - 12/20 - Mid Tennessee State +6 Southern Mississippi
if the pool is tied, then it will be up to a tiebreaker of predicting the total points scored in the Alabama/Texas game, and i am going with 53. should make bowl season extra fun to watch, that's for sure!
rain in the forecast all night and into tomorrow. i am hoping to get over to the pool again for another swim. i need 28.9k more in the pool to reach half of what i swam last year. i am now at 3899k running, so 4000k should be easily reached before year end.