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Bottoming Out

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Bottoming Out

Before we post the Daily News Staff college football selections for this weekend (which we will do early Thursday morning), we wanted to make you aware of the record-setting performance last week by the BoopStats College Selection Staff (because no one person could do all this).

1-14 ... as in ONE win and FOURTEEN losses ... Hard to do ... So, hard to do it had not been done in the 16 years the paper has been making college picks. (There has been at least one 2-13 week.)

Our 14 losses were by a combined 122 points, which means the average loss was 8.7 points, which mean on average we lost each game by more than one possession. Now that is really hard to do.

Here's the damage:

 


Boop's Pick

Line

Opponent
Actual
Winner

Score
Boop
vs. Spread
Louisville -19 Rutgers Louisville 24-10 L (5)
Arizona +6 USC USC 38-31 L (1)
Cincinnati -21 Temple Cincinnati 38-20 L (3)
Oklahoma -14 Texas Texas 36-20 L (30)
Pittsburgh +9 Va. Tech Va. Tech 19-9 L (1)
Texas A&M -6.5 Mississippi Texas A&M 41-38 L (3.5)
Stanford -9 Utah Utah 27-21 L (3)
Georgia Tech +7 BYU BYU 38-20 L (25)
Georgia -9 Missouri Missouri 41-26 L (24)
Baylor -17.5 Kansas St. Baylor 35-25 L (7.5)
Florida +7 LSU LSU 17-6 L (4)
Washington +14 Oregon Oregon 45-24 L (7)
Wisconsin -10.5 N'western Wisconsin 35-6 W (18.5)
Kentucky +28 Alabama Alabama 38-7 L (3)
Michigan -2 Penn St. Penn St. 43-40 L (5)
Bob Vetrone Jr.
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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