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Pick It Standings Week 05: Hanging In There

Okay, finally we see the dropped points come into effect.  Not only that, but now we are finally seeing what teams are in full effect.  Conference play started around the landscape and we are starting to see the pretenders fall to the winners.  The hype turned sour to teams like Baylor and Florida, while the winners took care of business.  Will we see the pretenders fall off in the Pick It and Stick It standings?  We have a couple of weeks to find out because of the dropped points, but the dropped points are now in play.

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Pick It and Stick It 2011 Week 05: Time To Play For Real

Conference play kind of opened up last weekend for the Big 12, but this weekend we have a couple of head to head match ups.  I don’t know which game will be more exciting, the Texas vs Iowa State or Kansas State vs Baylor.  The obvious is the Kansas State game but if you remember last year, Iowa State went down to Austin and beat the Longhorns.  The local media around here is chirping about how it’s a revenge game but the player interviews talk about how they expect to handle Iowa State easily.  We’ll find that out Saturday as well as just how real Kansas State’s defense really is.  Here’s this week’s Pick It and Stick It: Continue reading Pick It and Stick It 2011 Week 05: Time To Play For Real

Barspotting: Laying up to the Backspin Sports Bar & Grill

Another week of barspotting and I’m going for the trifecta.  It’s been 2 great weeks of college football watching and I need one more joint to make me believe that Austin is serious about sports bars.  The last two weeks were easy because it was close to downtown.  Now it’s time to throw Austin for a loop and go for that ‘remote neighborhood family bar’ joint.  Well, I’ve found down south in the Backspin Sports Bar & Grill.  Saturday I’ll find out if the remote locations of Austin bring the game like the places closer to the heart of the city do.
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PIck It and Stick It: Fling It Home

That’s right, I’ll be on a plane shortly but I want to get the picks up for the week.  It’s hard to stay focused with the Big 12 in legal gridlock.  You know, I thought professional wrestling was soap opera for guys but now I know that college football realignment is the real deal.  No offense to the WWE, but this stuff is way better than the scripted stuff I used to watch.  So as the conference turn, get your picks in and hope for the best.

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Johnny’s Hall of Fame was not that Lame

Even thought the weekend at hand had more than just college football at play, we managed to make it out to a hot spot of sports for Des Moines, Iowa.  Granted it was in the downtown district and amazingly enough we got the same type of people out there that we see in downtown Kansas City.  Yeah, lots of Ed Hardy shirts. But even though the efforts of the douche bag army tried to stamp out our fun, we managed to kick it pretty well up there in God’s Country.  Recovery mode on.

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Pick It and Stick It: Falling Down

Some teams are on their way up and some are falling down.  Things usually tend to even out right before conference play starts.  Most underrated teams start getting talk and the overrated teams get even more.  When conference play hits, you have to throw out the numbers because of rivalry and tradition.  That said, this week’s Pick It and Stick It takes a look at the teams from all points including the Big 12.  Let’s hope that everyone’s picks doesn’t fall down as well.

Final Status (CDT)
(4)TCU vs @SMU 17.5 Fri 09/24 07:00pm
@Georgia Tech vs N.C. State 8.5 Sat 09/25 11:00am
Virginia Tech vs @Boston Coll. 4.0 Sat 09/25 11:00am
@(18)Iowa vs Ball St. 28.0 Sat 09/25 11:00am
@(21)Michigan vs Bowling Green 25.5 Sat 09/25 11:00am
@(25)Michigan St. vs Northern Colorado Off (0) Sat 09/25 11:00am
@Purdue vs Toledo 12.0 Sat 09/25 11:00am
@(11)Wisconsin vs Austin Peay Off (0) Sat 09/25 11:00am
@Kansas St. vs UCF 7.0 Sat 09/25 11:30am
@Missouri vs Miami (OH) 20.0 Sat 09/25 01:00pm
(20)USC vs @Washington St. 22.0 Sat 09/25 02:00pm
@Florida St. vs Wake Forest Off (0) Sat 09/25 02:30pm
North Carolina vs @Rutgers 2.0 Sat 09/25 02:30pm
@(2)Ohio St. vs East. Michigan 44.5 Sat 09/25 02:30pm
@(23)Penn St. vs Temple 13.5 Sat 09/25 02:30pm
(1)Alabama vs @(10)Arkansas 7.0 Sat 09/25 02:30pm
@(7)Texas vs UCLA 15.0 Sat 09/25 02:30pm
(16)Stanford vs @Notre Dame 4.5 Sat 09/25 02:30pm Okay
Nevada vs @BYU 4.0 Sat 09/25 05:00pm
(8)Oklahoma vs @Cincinnati 13.5 Sat 09/25 05:00pm
@Iowa St. vs Northern Iowa Off (0) Sat 09/25 06:00pm
@Kansas vs New Mexico St. 23.0 Sat 09/25 06:00pm
@(6)Nebraska vs South Dakota St. Off (0) Sat 09/25 06:00pm
@(9)Florida vs Kentucky 14.0 Sat 09/25 06:00pm
@Mississippi St. vs Georgia 0.0 Sat 09/25 06:00pm
@Mississippi vs Fresno St. 2.5 Sat 09/25 06:30pm
@(17)Auburn vs (12)South Carolina 3.0 Sat 09/25 06:45pm
Baylor vs @Rice 7.5 Sat 09/25 07:00pm
@(13)Utah vs San Jose St. 31.0 Sat 09/25 07:00pm
@(3)Boise St. vs (24)Oregon St. 17.5 Sat 09/25 07:00pm
@Minnesota vs Northern Illinois 4.0 Sat 09/25 07:30pm
@(15)LSU vs (22)West Virginia 9.5 Sat 09/25 08:00pm
@(14)Arizona vs California 6.5 Sat 09/25 09:00pm
(5)Oregon vs @Arizona St. 11.0 Sat 09/25 09:30pm

So let’s take a look at those falling down.  The big one from last week was Iowa.  They went to Arizona and lost.  Did you know that Iowa has not won a game west of the Central Time Zone since 1986?  Crazy stuff.  They should still be tough though.  They get to take out their aggressions against Ball State.

Virginia Tech is another team that fell down.  You don’t see them this week on picks.  That’s because they lost their first game against Boise State and another against FCS opponent James Madison.  Yeah, the Hokies lost to a President.  So Frank Beamer is way down and he may actually he on his way out after this year.  He’s had a long long run there in Blacksburg.

The weird falls are the ones for schools that win and still lose ground.  Texas is a great example.  They win all of their games but do not look that impressive.  Because of that they fall to 7.  Now, UCLA is coming to Austin and if they look real good they may climb back up.  Chances are, though, that any jump back into BCS fray will come from an undefeated conference season.  Yes, the Big 12 is tough.  Don’t listen to anyone else.

Barspotting: They Built It, We’re Coming

So way back in 2007 we went on a road trip up to Iowa and now we are finally heading back.  Des Moines, specifically.  Much has happened up there and we’re itching to see what’s changed.  We’re gonna do the same thing we did with Wichita and just pick a spot.  Same stips’ apply.  If you are lucky enough to be in the Des Moines area or want to follow us on up there, check out this page or our twitter feed (@kccgd) and we’ll let you know.  Until then, we got some tasty roasted corn like games for the weekend that you need to check out.

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