Game Prediction Thread - Week 1 (?) ASU

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  1. Game Prediction Thread - Week 1 (?) ASU
    TrojanHorse

    TrojanHorse Junior Member


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    Well, the moment has finally arrived. Even though at times it seemed it never would.

    Given Pac12 games are coincidentally(?) starting just a few days after the election, perhaps they will also provide a much needed salve for feelings and emotions torn apart and left raw for other reasons.

    Rightly or wrongly, we’ve had many factors figuratively seeming to conspire against the season getting started at all. First and foremost an unexpected, worldwide pandemic which forced the cancelation of many things both more, and less, important than sports. Closely on the heels of that, we’ve had a tumultuous, nationwide soul searching over the perception of injustice imbedded in our most closely held systems and traditions which created additional obstacles. We’ve had what many believe to be an incompetent leader of our conference making decisions and announcements which at times seemed inexplicable. We’ve had state and local officials creating obstacles to even practicing. We’ve had players announce their decision to leave and go to the NFL because they thought there would be no season.

    This 2020 S***show has created multiple distractions to focus. And as for excuses to cancel? There were plenty.

    But through all of it--the power and the force of the sport literally demanded its day. And against all odds…that day is here.

    Just remember, this is not the place for politics and settling old personal scores created in other areas. This is the place for the one thing that can bring us all together – football. Everyone is welcome here as long as they are here to talk football. This is the forum to debate who will win, how much they will win by, and the football reasons that will happen. And who knows, maybe we can find some common ground here…or at least learn a little something from each other if we are honest and open enough to do so.


    Stay Tuned as we will post the rules and open the board shortly.
     
       
  2. TrojanHorse

    TrojanHorse Junior Member


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    The first couple of games are always the hardest to predict and this year it seems it will be even harder. No preseason games to get a feel for how either team is pulling things together. We can't even see first hand reports of the practices. Will the 9am
    game time affect things? If so, which team will feel that impact the hardest?

    My best advice is try to channel your inner Houdini and Post your best prediction of the final score for this game. We will announce winners after the game.

    The Basic Rules of tabulation this week will be as follows:
    *We will track predicted scores (one guess per person) and come up with a winner by 'least cumulative variance.' That is, the real variance of each team's guess added together.
    *If two people have given the same score, then the first one that gave the score is the winner. Other than that, there could be co-champions. if two people have given different scores, but have the same cumulative variance.
    *Edits to posted scores will be allowed until game time.
    *If the least cumulative variance happens to pick the wrong winner, they will be awarded "Closest to the Pin,' but the overall winner must guess the winning team correctly.
    *A 'Most Wrong' Award will be given out for the guess with the largest cumulative variance.
    *No more guesses or changes after kickoff.

    Please Observe The Following Honorary Rules:
    -The Cardinal & Gold Rule - Whole numbers only. Fractional numbers will be rounded up.
    -The NorCalSurfer Rule – No ‘Negative’ score predictions
    -The BigGuard Modification - If someone has two guesses in the same post, for humor or other purposes, the second (last) pick is the one that will be used to make it consistent... so try to be clear.
    -The Trojan Eternity Clarification – If a contestant inadvertently (or otherwise) makes more than one pick, the last pick will be the one used for the purposes of the competition. Technically, this would be the “last” pick.
    - The Lizard King Rule – In order to qualify for the honorary title of most wrong, guesses must be at least somewhat within reason. Nothing over 70 points scored for instance is probably reasonable for either team this week.
    -The Lizard King Clarification – If a player picks a score over the above stated maximum, they will not be considered for the Coveted Title of Most Wrong for that week. Players will get one mulligan per season on this clarification rule.
    -The Globe Rule – If more than one player has the same net differential, but at least one has picked the correct team to win...then no “Closest To The Pin” Trophy will be awarded that week.
    -The Golden Trojan Rule – Picks must be posted in the correct weekly pick thread. Otherwise they will not be picked up and counted toward the contest.

    A Season Long Champion will also be crowned:
    -each week we will calculate the 'average' net points for any participant that has picks in at least 2/3 of the available games.
    -We will include all games through the regular season in this format. However, once any playoffs or post season games begin, you MUST play those games in order to continue on to become the season champion. It's sort of like the Fed Ex Cup.
    - Last year the Season Long Prediction Czar was @Carlsport (who also played all 12 games).
    - As a winner this year...at a minimum you will receive year long bragging rights and the knowledge that you really are better than everyone else.
    - It's a long season, don't give up. Have fun and thanks for playing.

    Remember, this thread is about having fun, expressing our honest opinions on how we think the team will do THIS WEEK, and maybe even learning a little from each other. We are not going to always agree with everyone on our predictions--but this is not the place for calling people out or derogatory comments. Otherwise you may get virtually flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    Give us your prediction and tell us why you think it will happen. On any given week we could be very right or very, very wrong. That's sort of the nature of sports though isn't it? You win some...you lose some. You pick your self up, dust yourself off, and tomorrow is a new day.

    Beat the Sun Devils!
     
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    This is a very different start to a year.

    I do believe we will get a bit of a boost over last year on defensive performance, but how do you assess what a home field advantage means this year? Is there one at all?


    USC 31
    ASU 24
     
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    ASU 38 (200+ yards rushing up the gut.)
    USC 35 (Slovis is great with 4 TD passes.)
     
  5. in2nation

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    Starting with cardinal colored glasses:

    SC 41
    ASU 17
     
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    I am not sure what you are smoking but there is no way ASU can stop this USC team. You Will see a remarkable change in the defense under Orlando. Keep it real Usc 45 ASU 31 is more realistic
     
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    USC 49
    Asu 13
    The Trojans will run for over 200 ys, and pass for over 350 yds
     
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    SC 33 ASWho 28
    First game, OL developing, new defense, Hail Mary falls incomplete, stock in Tums soars in value
     
  9. 4thamp1

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    I'm smoking a dose of reality. USC gave up 200+ yards rushing at the Coli in 2018 to ASU. Big losses in the middle on defense due to injuries and an opt out. Its about the Joes, not re-tread coaches. We will know early if USC has fixed anything on defense.
     
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    Devils - 24
    Heltons - 10
     
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    USC - 38
    ASU -17

    I think this game will be close in the beginning given the 9 am kick off and things, will look worrying/sloppy at times. But the difference in talent (with better coaching at key positions) will rear it's head just like in 2019. Without the come back at the end, this time. Although that scoreline will only happen if hugs, stays in his lane, and lets the real coaches coach.
     
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    USC 35
    ASU 27
     
  13. gothamtrojan

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    41-21 SC
     
  14. Ojaitrojan

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    Wait?! You're basing your prediction on a game three seasons ago?
     
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    USC 56
    ASU 41
     
  16. ICEnEC

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    SC 41
    Sunny D's 24
     
  17. AtownSC

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    34-28 USC

    After a comfortable half time lead, SC lets ASU back in it. Sound familiar?
     
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    42 USC
    31 ASU
    Fast start and hold on to the lead.
     
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    USC 42 ASU 10
     

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