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The 2014 Underdog Dynasty Pick’em Challenge: Week One

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We're putting ourselves to the test and picking games all season. This will probably turn out poorly.

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

I don't think anyone that writes for this site has ever claimed to be an expert in anything beside pizza bagel stacking, but that doesn't mean we don't like to test our knowledge of the game now and then. For that reason, some of your favorite bloggers, and a few who are passable, will be facing off this season in the Great Underdog Dynasty Pick'em Challenge.

The rules of the game are the same as in the home version. Ten Underdog Dynasty bloggers (UPDATE: 11 now because I'm dumb and forgot to add Hondros) will pick ten games each week. And just to make things interesting, we're picking against the spread. After the games are played each week, we will face the music and post the results. At the end of the season we will do something special with the loser, but that penance will be determined at a later date.

So, let's introduce the contestants.

  • Bryan Vance, SB Nation G5 Manager
  • Nic Lewis, Underdog Dynasty Managing Editor
  • Al Burke, AAC Manager
  • Carson Ingle, AAC Beat Writer
  • Dieter Kurtenbach, C-USA Manager
  • Adam Rosenfield, North Texas Beat Writer
  • Matt Monte, Sun Belt Manager
  • Karl Strength, Georgia State Beat Writer
  • Kyle Vos, Arkansas State Beat Writer
  • Sean Kramer, Idaho/NMSU Beat Writer
  • Chris Hondros, Academies Manager

All games will involve at least one team covered by this site. Beyond that, I won't pretend there is any rhyme or reason for which games I choose each week. I'll probably just go with the ones that give me an edge. Here is the slate for week one (with my picks filled in):

NFL -
NCAA
Day
Date
Away Team
Away
Pick
Selection
Point
Value
Home
Pick
Home Team
Home
Spread
Game
Info
TOTAL 0
NCAA Thu Aug 28 19:00
Wake Forest (0-0) 1 La.-Monroe(0-0) 2.5 MATCHUP
ESPNU, ESPN3
NCAA Thu Aug 28 20:00
Tulane (0-0) 1 Tulsa (0-0) -4.5 MATCHUP
CBSSports, CBS
NCAA Fri Aug 29 21:00
UTSA (0-0) 1 Houston (0-0) -13.5 MATCHUP
ESPNU, ESPN3
NCAA Sat Aug 30 8:30
UCF (0-0) 1 Penn St. (0-0) -1.5 MATCHUP
ESPN2, ESPN3
NCAA Sat Aug 30 12:00
Troy (0-0) 1 UAB (0-0) -1.5 MATCHUP
NCAA Sat Aug 30 12:00
Ohio St. (#6) (0-0) 1 Navy (0-0) 18.5 MATCHUP
CBSSports, CBS
NCAA Sat Aug 30 12:00
Appalachian St.(0-0) 1 Michigan (0-0) -35.5 MATCHUP
ESPN2, ESPN3
NCAA Sat Aug 30 15:30
Rice (0-0) 1 Notre Dame(#17) (0-0) -24.5 MATCHUP
NBC
NCAA Sat Aug 30 15:30
Marshall (0-0) 1 Miami (Ohio)(0-0) 24.5 MATCHUP
ESPN3
NCAA Sat Aug 30 19:00
Idaho (0-0) 1 Florida (0-0) -35.5 MATCHUP
ESPNU, ESPN3

h/t to PodKatt for the assistance with this nonsense.