NCAA College Ultimate PickEm: 10/6
What better way to pick who will win some of the big college football matchups of this upcoming weekend, then to think about it as a game of Ultimate. While you aren’t advised to bet any money based on these projections, let’s starting thinking about everyone’s favorite season with the fall’s biggest college season.
(23) Washington AT (2) Oregon
A classic Northwest Region matchup, as Washington travels to Oregon to take on Ego. How can you not pick Oregon in this situation; Dylan Freechild, Camden Allison-Hall and Aaron Honn are coming back this season, and have to be out for blood after the semi-finals loss to Wisconsin. Washington is losing Jesse Macdandang, the defensive stud from Virginia, and Connor Smith, ex-Middlebury Prankster. Though Washington does pick up one of the most dangerous freshmen this year in Khalif El-Salaam, as well as Voodoo’s Casey Macphee, they and handler Michael Capaloto can help avenge the two losses last spring against a strong Duck squad – Oregon wins in a barn-burner.
Georgia Tech AT (15) Clemson
Georgia Tech is going to suffer from losing NexGen and Chain Lightning stud Nick Lance, his presence is felt on the field every time he steps on. Not only that, losing best-bud and ex-Tufts player Jay Clark isn’t helping their case either. But Clemson is losing a lot too. Looking at their 2012 roster, there were 12 graduate school players and three seniors. with that drop in experience, Clemson won’t be making pre-quarters at Atlantic Coast regionals again this year – Georgia Tech wins by four scores.
UConn AT (22) Rutgers
UConn was expected to come out of the Metro East and possibly make some noise at the College Championships last year; that all fell apart, and the Cornell Buds came out of the region yet again. Regional rival Rutgers lost to the Grind twice last year, not able to matchup against the pure athleticism boasted by the tall UConn roster. Rutgers freshmen Jibran Mieser was the talk of the region, and is coming off a summer playing with Southpaw – Rutgers finally figures them out for the win, but UConn keeps it within two scores.
Illinois AT Wisconsin
Illinois, who had been known for squeaking into the College Championships, was eliminated last year on the final point of regional play – losing to Michigan State. Wisconsin on the other hand came into the show expecting to win, and lost in the finals to Pittsburgh. With the Hodags returning 20, the same expectations hold for this season after many – such as Colin Camp – played and excelled in club this summer – Illinois can’t make it close, Hodags hold them to one score and take the W.
Wake Forest AT Maryland
At the D3 Championships, Wake Forest lost in pre-quarters to Bentley after being placed in a pool with eventual champion Carleton College. Maryland gave themselves a tough run at D1 Atlantic Coast Regionals, and lost in semi-finals to runner up NC State. Womb and Space Bastards were in ACCUC together last spring, never facing each other. But the Bastards came out on top over Boston College while Wake Forest lost – yet Wake Forest beat NC State that same weekend. This game is a true toss up, but – Wake Forest takes it in a close one, with one score deciding the game.
Feature photo by Kyle Mcbard – Ultiphotos.com