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ODB's PREDICT THE SCORE game - the Texas Longhorns

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I predict "no flood" this week. Instead of a pot of gold, hopefully the Sugar Bowl is at the end of our rainbow.

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Well we have made it to the first round of the Predict the Score Playoffs.  Congratulations to GeorgiaBear (#1 seed), beardoug1 (#4 seed), C5O (#2 seed), and beefsurpreme* (#3 seed)!  They will be both competing for the weekly bragging rights of trying to pick a perfect score but also competing against one another in the attempt to move on to the ODB Predict the Score Championship round.

(a link to the summary of season-to-date "Predict the Score" game results here)

For the rest of us, never fear.  The weekly stand-alone game goes on as we attempt to prognosticate the correct score for this week's game and win weekly bragging rights.

Here is the First Look at the Texas Longhorns link to help you come to your prediction.

For the four people in the Playoff, please only enter your projections through the portal so your opponent won't have any advantage. I will publish your projections prior to game time for all to know.  Everyone else...you know what to do with the portal below.

They didn't miss predicting a game from TTU to TCU but if one or more of the four competitors does not participate, I will go to my list of alternates until I fill all the spots. (in order: Hyork11, BR-BU, The Shootist Bear, brownbw, etc.)

The Season-Long "Predict the Score" Game Set-up

Layered on top of the weekly contests, I am taking a cue from the NCAA D1 Football and NASCAR. There are going to be two seasons, the first is Baylor's three-game non-con games and the second is Baylor's Big XII conference season through the TCU game. The person with the best cumulative variance after the Rice game wins the non-Con season (you have to play all three games). Then a new season will run Texas Tech through TCU and the best cumulative variance will win the conference season (must play every game). Then comes the playoffs for the University of Texas game and the Playoff/Bowl game. (When we make the National Championship game (see what I did there), that will be just a one game contest for everyone after the playoffs.) Like NASCAR, everyone still plays and anyone could win the week during the two pick 'em playoff weeks. For the UT game, the conference season champ will be seeded #1 and the non-con champ will be seeded #2. The second and third best variances from the conference season will fill in the final two seeds (after the non-con champ should they fill any of the first three spots for the regular season, too). For the UT game, #1 will be head-to-head v. #4 and #2 v. #3. The winners of the head-to-head will go for the overall Pick 'em Championship in the Playoff/Bowl game. Any questions? Put them in the comments.

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Disclaimer....I have found it not uncommon for folks to input a score into the poll portal and then immediate put a different (yet similar) score in the comments section of the Fan Post. In this case, I go with the publicly posted numbers as I cannot be sure what the intent is and I will eventually make the guesses public. It seemed best to me that they match what was in the comments. Thanks for your understanding.