WEEK ONE RECAP
- The Tom Herman era at the University of Texas was supposed to be christened with an easy win. Instead, the Maryland Terrapins, donning their Jack of Diamonds costumes, marched into Austin and won convincingly as an 18 point underdog. It was their first win over a ranked opponent since 2010. Although, breaking their streak against Texas has to be somewhat hollow since the Longhorns were only ranked because of their brand. It will take more than a few of Tom Herman’s kisses to wake this sleeping giant. It will take time. One thing is for sure. This time next year, the Longhorn hype will again be in full fervor. By then, maybe, it will be warranted.
- Yes, Liberty University has a football team. Yes, they beat Baylor as a 35 point underdog. “This was not what we wanted tonight”, said Baylor’s new coach, Matt Rhule. I tend to agree.
- If you watched the Tennessee vs Georgia Tech game on Monday, you saw that Tennessee had no business winning that game…oh, and you saw the big gray trash can. Tennessee apparently began a new tradition. The trash can is held up all game by some pour soul. After the defense forces a turnover, they run over to the trash can and dunk the ball. It’s a bad idea if all goes as planned. It’s a much worse idea if it doesn’t:
Retire the tradition, Tennessee. Even Oscar the Grouch thinks the trash can gimmick is a little much.
WEEK ONE RESULTS
- WEEK ONE WINNER: Matt Bartholomew and Stephanie Hoisington. Eight people went 6-0, but Matt and my sister, Stephanie, led the way. I know what you are thinking: This league is rigged. He had his own sister win the weekly prize. Well, that is not true. If it was truly rigged, I would’ve had one of my other sisters win instead.
- The group winning and lock winning percentages were great: 58.3% and 72.2%, respectively.
- The lock winning percentage might be the best of all time. It is at least the best in the last two years.
- 78 people scored 100 or more points…another PP6 record.
- Despite all the success stories, 4 people managed to go 0-6.
- Why such a good week? When favorites win, the group wins. Favorites were 10-5 this week, and they were picked 2 to 1 in favor of underdogs.
- The group majority only picked the underdog in two games. Utep vs OU and West Virginia vs Virginia Tech. The underdogs, Utep and WVU, failed to cover.
- The most popular game of the week also saw the biggest pick disparity. 264 people made a selection in the Florida vs Michigan game, with 228 of those picks going on Michigan. This could end up being the biggest pick disparity all season.
- 184 of the 352 locks (52.3%) were made on 3 teams: Oklahoma State (75), Michigan (61) and Alabama (48). All three covered the spread, which explains the incredible group lock record.