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2015 Frogs O' War Staff Picks: Week 13

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Come pick along with us. Who do you have winning this weekend?

Last week was a terrible, no good, very bad week for picks. Three, count 'em, three, staffers had a record above .500 this week. Congrats, Marsh, Hawk, and Scott, you all went 6-4. Meanwhile, Coach and Felts wen 5-5. The rest of us? Bad. Warrior, Simone, and Sam all went 4-6. Rusty, Swayze, and Mason went 3-7. And I, your fearless leader, went an astonishing 2-8.

TWO AND EIGHT.

What is happening.

Rank

Name

This Week

All Time

% Correct

Closest Score

GB

1

Andrew Felts

5-5

101-29

77.7%

13

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T-2

Marshall Weber

6-4

100-30

76.9%

7

1

T-2

Mason Jamboogie

3-7

97-33

74.6%

11

4

4

HToadSwayze

3-7

96-34

73.8%

14

5

T-6

Melissa Triebwasser

5-5

95-35

73.1%

13

6

5

RustyFrog

3-7

95-35

73.1%

9

6

T-6

Jamie Plunkett

2-8

92-38

70.7%

7

9

8

Hawkeyed Frog

6-4

91-39

70.0%

15

10

9

Scott Boase

6-4

90-40

69.2%

4

11

T-10

Samantha Calimbahin

4-6

87-43

66.9%

12

14

T-10

Simone Elices

4-6

87-43

66.9%

9

14

12

Warrior Horned Frog

4-6

86-44

66.2%

10

15

Marsh and Hawk will be along to add their picks shortly.

Big 12

Texas (4-6) vs. Texas Tech (6-5) - Thursday

Jamie Plunkett: Texas Tech 35, Texas 21 - Tech will kick Texas while they're down, then boast about it for a decade.

Melissa Triebwasser: Texas Tech 48, Texas 30 - Some teams might rally around their coach as rumors swirl that he might be gone. The Horns will probably just tweet about it. This team had their moment, and that moment has passed. Tech actually has a little momentum, and frankly, I think this game just means more to them. That matters at this point in the year.

Andrew Felts: Texas Tech 31, Texas 28 - I keep going back and forth on this one. Part of me thinks Texas will get it done at home on Thanksgiving, but we've seen first-hand just how certain Texas teams perform at home on Thanksgiving. The Red Raiders have proven they can put up points in bunches this season, and I question whether or not the Longhorns' defense will be able to limit Mahomes & Co. enough to pick up a victory.

HToadSwayze: Texas Tech 35, Texas 31 - Tech never beats Texas.  If A&M is the little brother, Tech is the weird cousin like that creepy, artist guy in Wedding Crashers. Even when Tech is clearly the better team, Texas always finds a way to beat them. Well..except for that one time....and this time....hopefully....

Mason Jamboogie: Texas 42, Texas Tech 38 - Texas Tech does not like to defend the run. What is it the Texas can do a little bit better than everything else? Run. The. Football. Texas has the better defense and it is in Austin on Thanksgiving. Raiders do their best, but Kliff still can't beat the Horns. Sorry boutcha.

Rusty Frog: Texas Tech 38,  Texas 31 – Mahomes and Washington are a strong team and they’ll beat the Longhorns in front of the Burnt Orange Nation.

Warrior Horned Frog: Texas Tech 35, Texas 31 - This one's a tough call. In the end, I think Tech wrecks the Longhorns' season with a road win. 

Simone Elices: Texas Tech 41, Texas 28 – Texas at home on Thanksgiving is just not as intimidating as it used to be.

Samantha Calimbahin: Texas Tech 48, Texas 31 - Shortly after posing for pictures by the "I love you so much" sign while sipping on Iced Turbos from Jo's Coffee, the Tech kids show up to the stadium PUMPED. And ready for some OFFENSE. YEAHHH!!!!!!!

Scott Boase: Texas Tech 42, Texas 28 - Texas just simply doesn't have enough firepower to keep up with Tech. The only way this one stays close is if the Longhorns can force some turnovers, something they haven't been great at this year.

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

No. 19 TCU (9-2) vs. No. 7 Baylor (9-1) - Friday

Jamie Plunkett: TCU 45, Baylor 42 - Heavy rain and cold weather are in store for this Friday matchup. TCU gets the win on an Aaron Green touchdown, and then we don't flaunt the score, make towels, trash talk the conference because we don't understand how voting for rules works, generally feel superior for no reason, or hire a PR firm. Instead, we'll go home, dry off, smoke a cigar, and get ready for our bowl game.

Melissa Triebwasser: TCU 42, Baylor 41 - I really want to go 61-58 here, but with the injuries these two teams have suffered on offense lead me to believe this will be slightly lower scoring. These two teams are broken, beaten, and maybe out of the playoff picture, but this game still means SO DAMN MUCH. I don't care what we are ranked. I don't care what they are ranked. I don't like them, and they don't like me. I just want our boys - Boykin, Doc, Derrick, and the rest of the seniors especially - to be better than theirs for 60 minutes. This is Deuce's Heisman moment, whether those blow hards invite him to NYC or not. Don't get too hyped Tre, just go do your job. You're the best player in college football - be that guy and we will be fine. Baylor Delenda Est.

Andrew Felts: TCU 45, Baylor 38 - This is a classic internal struggle between brain and heart for me. I am very skeptical that the Frogs in their current state can pick up a win over a top-10 team. But, I think we'll see some next-level Frogs on Friday. TCU is at home against their most-hated rival (even though it's #NotARivalry), coming off a stellar performance at Oklahoma. If that's not enough to motivate you to a win, what is?

HToadSwayze: TCU 45, Baylor, 31 - The day of reckoning is upon us.  It will be cold, rainy and miserable on Friday. While Baylor's WRs are clearly unstoppable, Baylor's 3rd string QB will be no match for Gary Patterson's flawless game plan. TCU beats them by two touchdowns, Baylor's bus breaks down in the rain on the way back to Waco, and peace and order is restored to the Galaxy. 

Mason Jamboogie: TCU 58, Baylor 41 - HERE IT IS, THE MOMENT THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. I called it at the beginning of the season that we would beat Baylor by 17+ points. With an Ironic score, we drop 58 on Meme Machine Shawn Oakman and the Bears defense, with 3 turnovers for the Frogs defense. I despise all of you 61-58 trolls, and I will be looking forward to sharing a cup of tea with you after WE R.K.O. YOU. Gary gang till I die, #AwarenessForChrisCallahan'sHead, God bless America, be loud, and let the entire first quarter just be a loud chant of "Baylor Sucks".

Rusty Frog: TCU 49, Baylor 3 – I hate Baylor.

Warrior Horned Frog: TCU 61, Baylor 58 - Head to head. Leaping Horny Toads, I loathe the Baylor Bears. If the networks don't like the noise of the Frog Horn, just wait until they also have to deal with loud snapping bear traps going off left and right! 

Simone Elices: TCU 48, Baylor 28 – I fully expect Trevone Boykin to have an unbelievable game in his last home game as a Horned Frog, and the chance of Baylor having to start their third string quarterback just doesn’t sound very promising for the Bears.

Samantha Calimbahin: TCU 61, Baylor 58 - This is it. The game of games. The Black Friday to rule all Black Fridays. With playoff hopes and conference title hopes cast to the side, it seems TCU may be playing this game for nothing much more than personal vendetta. But regardless, this game will still carry infinitely more passion than the one in Stillwater. And yes, the score will be as golden as it gets. Then Frogs can yell, "61-58!" And Bears can yell, "61-58!" And everyone will be confused.

Scott Boase: TCU 42, Baylor 38 - This one might end up being a bit of a defensive struggle (just like we all expected) due to the rain. With Shock Linwood questionable, can Baylor's run game produce the same it has all year?

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

West Virginia (6-4) vs. Iowa State (3-8)

Jamie Plunkett: West Virginia 44, Iowa State 35 - Iowa State was close in several games this year, but now they're in the coaching search business.

Melissa Triebwasser: West Virginia 41, Iowa State 34 - Iowa State is going to be scary next year, if they hire well. I think Paul Rhoads kids rally to try and send him out with a W, but WVU is just a little bit better right now.

Andrew Felts: West Virginia 42, Iowa State 21 - Godspeed Paul Rhoads

HToadSwayze: West Virginia 48, Iowa State 28 - I don't know how Iowa State gave up 24 unanswered points last week.  I mean, I do, but how does that ever happen to anybody?  Especially against a team that is so inept at passing the football. West Virginia is on a roll and they will roll right over Iowa State in Morgantown this week. 

Mason Jamboogie: West Virginia 33, Iowa State 28 - Iowa State is getting there, but I don't think they have enough after collapsing against Kansas State last week.

Rusty Frog: West Virginia 45, Iowa State 34 – Give this one to the home team.  They’ll give the home crowd something to smile about and will easily beat the Cyclones.

Warrior Horned Frog: West Virginia 42, Iowa State 28 - If I was still in Asheville, NC where I was a couple of weeks ago, I imagine I'd be able to see the glow of the burning couches from there.

Simone Elices: West Virginia 34, Iowa State 31 – Iowa State should have won their game last week against Kansas State and I can easily see them losing another close one this week. Once they learn how to finish games out, this team has a chance to get out of the bottom of Big 12 every year.

Samantha Calimbahin: West Virginia 40, Iowa State 28 - Iowa State, man. NEVER sleep on the Cyclones. But, meh, they'll still lose. Either way, it'll be a good game. Probably with exciting things like turnovers and return touchdowns. It may be so good, Brad Paisley will write a song about it.

Scott Boase: West Virginia 38, Iowa State 3 - The Cyclones have to be running on fumes at this point, especially with their head coach out the door.

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

Kansas (0-11) vs. Kansas State (5-6)

Jamie Plunkett: Kansas State 42, Kansas 0 - Kansas State gets bowl-eligible with a drubbing of their rival. Kansas disbands the football program.

Melissa Triebwasser: Kansas State 31, Kansas 24 - Who cares. This game sucks. But glad the Wizard will be back for another year!

Andrew Felts: Kansas State 38, Kansas 17 - A Big 12 team goes winless for the first time in the history of the Conference. Shout-out to Baylor for having not already accomplishing this.

HToadSwayze: Kansas State 35, Kansas 17 - Easiest pick of the week, for the 13th week in a row. 

Mason Jamboogie: Kansas State 42, Kansas 23 - Oh my gosh I gave Kansas a lot of points, but I feel like the Jayhawks will make a last ditch effort to get at least a digit other than zero in the W column...alas it won't be enough, ON TO BASKETBALL!

Rusty Frog: Kansas State 34, Kansas 28 – Looking forward to watching Kansas…in 2016.  Sorry, Jayhawks.

Warrior Horned Frog: Kansas State 42, Kansas 14 - This game should b... ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.

Simone Elices: Kansas State 42, Kansas 17 – Just one more week until Kansas fans can focus fully on basketball; as if they haven’t been since around week two of the football season anyways.

Samantha Calimbahin: Kansas State 38, Kansas 17 - Hey wassup helloooo, Kansas peeps! The end of Kansas' winless season is here. But consider this the turnaround moment for the Jayhawks. I smell major, major changes coming to the program next year. On the other end of things, Bill Snyder will probably send Christmas presents to every Kansas player on the roster, which they'll all tweet after the game. Said present is likely those popcorn tins with the three different flavors, you know. Cheese was always the best flavor.

Scott Boase: Kansas State 28, Kansas 7 - Bill Snyder won't let his team off easy with a chance to go bowling. Wildcats roll.

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

No. 11 Oklahoma State (10-1) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma (10-1)

Jamie Plunkett: Oklahoma 31, Oklahoma State 30 - Baker Mayfield is probably going to play after passing his concussion protocols, and he has just enough to lead the Sooners over the Cowboys in Stillwater. With the win, Oklahoma is tabbed Big 12 Champion, and they'll be in the College Football Playoff.

Melissa Triebwasser: Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 44 - Is it bad that I am picking OU just to make sure there is no way Baylor can win the Big XII? This game will be LIT. I will not cheer for the Sooners in the playoffs though, if only because of all the #HotTakes from their fans on Ty Summers.

Andrew Felts: Oklahoma 56, Oklahoma State 52 - Defense will be optional in this one. Oklahoma's offense has been lethal as of late, despite their minor hiccup against TCU. I think the Sooners will return to their dominant form in Stillwater on Saturday. In a game that could come down to whichever team has the ball last, the winner will likely be the Big 12's final hope of getting into the College Football Playoff.

HToadSwayze: Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 34 - The reports out of Norman this weekend are that Baker Mayfield will be available to play this weekend it Stillwater.  For that reason, I'm picking OU. Mayfield was impossible to tackle last weekend, despite the Frogs getting the best pressure they have gotten all year from our front four. Oklahoma beats their rivals and go on to win it all, solving all of the Big XII's playoff problems in the process. 

Mason Jamboogie: Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 37 - As much as I love to see Bob Stoops just blow it in the final game of the season, and watch Bedlam truly unfold...I'm going with Baker Mayfield and the Sooners in this one. This'll be a fun one, but I don't think the OU secondary will be able to lock down Sterling Shepard. Really just rooting for a good game here.

Rusty Frog: Oklahoma State 35, Oklahoma 34 – If Oklahoma plays the way they did last week, and Oklahoma State can play defense the way TCU did last week, the Cowboys will take this one.

Warrior Horned Frog: Oklahoma State 42, Oklahoma 35 - No way the Cowboys give up the the Conference Championship at home in Stillwater. Just. Ain't. Gonna. Happen.

Simone Elices: Oklahoma 41, Oklahoma State 40 – I’m fully expecting something crazy to happen in this game. Night game in Stillwater, College Gameday, Bedlam. Need I say any more?

Samantha Calimbahin: Oklahoma 45, Oklahoma State 42 - Funny how months ago, all anyone cared about was two private schools in Texas. Now, it's all about two teams in Oklahoma. Okay sure, it would be cool to see Oklahoma State win the conference and go to the playoff and make us #Big12Proud. But! I'm going to give in to bias here. BOOMER.

Scott Boase: Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 38 - This is going to be a wild Bedlam, and could go either way. Probably the most excited I've been to watch a non-TCU game in a while.

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

Around the Country

No. 10 Michigan (9-2) vs. No. 8 Ohio State (10-1)

Jamie Plunkett: Ohio State 24, Michigan 14

Melissa Triebwasser: Michigan 24, Ohio State 21

Andrew Felts: Ohio State 10, Michigan 7

HToadSwayze: Michigan 28, Ohio State 20

Mason Jamboogie: Michigan 27, Ohio State 24

Rusty Frog: Michigan 24, Ohio State 21

Warrior Horned Frog: Michigan 28, Ohio State 24

Simone Elices: Michigan 28, Ohio State 21

Samantha Calimbahin: Ohio State 31, Michigan 27

Scott Boase: Michigan 27, Ohio State 19

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

USC (7-4) vs. No. 22 UCLA (8-3)

Jamie Plunkett: UCLA 42, USC 35

Melissa Triebwasser: USC 31, UCLA 28

Andrew Felts: USC 34, UCLA 27

HToadSwayze: USC 24, UCLA 21

Mason Jamboogie: USC 42, UCLA 35

Rusty Frog: USC 31, UCLA 25

Warrior Horned Frog: UCLA 48, USC 45

Simone Elices: USC 35, UCLA 21

Samantha Calimbahin: UCLA 35, USC 24

Scott Boase: USC 35, UCLA 31

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

No. 12 Florida (10-1) vs. No. 13 Florida State (9-2)

Jamie Plunkett: Florida State 31, Florida 17

Melissa Triebwasser: Florida 9, Florida State 7

Andrew Felts: Florida State 28, Florida 14

HToadSwayze: Florida State 20, Florida 17

Mason Jamboogie: Florida 30, Florida State 28

Rusty Frog: Florida State 21, Florida 17

Warrior Horned Frog: Florida 31, Florida State 28

Simone Elices: Florida 21, Florida State 17

Samantha Calimbahin: Florida 42, Florida State 32

Scott Boase: Florida 24, Florida State 21

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

LSU (7-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-3)

Jamie Plunkett: LSU 21, Texas A&M 15

Melissa Triebwasser: LSU 45, Texas A&M 30

Andrew Felts: LSU 28, Texas A&M 20 - Les Miles to Iowa State

HToadSwayze: Texas A&M 31, LSU 17

Mason Jamboogie: LSU 35, Texas A&M 24

Rusty Frog: LSU 30, Texas A&M 24

Warrior Horned Frog: LSU 45, Texas A&M 42

Simone Elices: LSU 35, Texas A&M 31

Samantha Calimbahin: LSU 35, Texas A&M 28

Scott Boase: LSU 30, Texas A&M 23

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog:

No. 9 Stanford (9-2) vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (10-1)

Jamie Plunkett: Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20

Melissa Triebwasser: Stanford 27, Notre Dame 24

Andrew Felts: Notre Dame 31, Stanford 29

HToadSwayze: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 21

Mason Jamboogie: Stanford 38, Notre Dame 35

Rusty Frog: Stanford 27, Notre Dame 23

Warrior Horned Frog: Notre Dame 35, Stanford 32

Simone Elices: Stanford 31, Notre Dame 28

Samantha Calimbahin: Notre Dame 30, Stanford 24

Scott Boase: Notre Dame 28, Stanford 27

Marshall Weber:

Hawkeyed Frog: