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Climactic finish set for Bills Pick the Bowls

Posted Jan 6, 2014

An updated look at the Bills picks in the college bowl games.


And then there was one.

With 34 of the 35 college bowl games in the books, the players' selections in Bills Pick The Bowls have come down to the wire. Pending the results of tonight's BCS National Championship, there could be a three-way tie at the top, or a lone champion with all the bragging rights. Seems fitting for the end of the traditional BCS era in college football doesn't it?

With one game to play, here are the standings in Bills Pick the Bowls:
1. EJ Manuel (21-13)
2t. Marcell Dareus (20-14)
2t. Da'Norris Searcy (20-14)
2t. Aaron Williams (20-13, 1 no pick)
5. Eric Wood (16-18)
6. C.J. Spiller (15-16, 3 no picks)

The complete list of picks is HERE.

This is where things get interesting (if the national championship isn't interesting enough on its own). Marcell Dareus is the only player to select Auburn as the winner tonight (see the full list), meaning that a Tigers' win would leave a three-way tie for first place in the three-week bowl feast.

EJ MANUEL

-Turned in an impressive 15-3 pick streak from the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to the Rose Bowl
-Despite sitting in first place, he's just 2-4 in his last six predictions.
-BEST PICK(S): Kansas State & Nebraska (only player to correctly predict); Washington & Mississippi (1 of 2 players)
-WORST PICK: Middle Tennessee State (one of only 2 to make the wrong pick)

MARCELL DAREUS

-Picked every team from the SEC to win its bowl game; the SEC is the nation's leading conference in 2013-14 bowl wins (7-2).
-Started slow (1-4), but got hot (streaks of 6-1 and 7-2).
-Only two back-to-back losses; lost three straight only once.
-BEST PICK(S): Marshall (only player to correctly predict); Texas Tech & UCF (1 of 2 players)
-WORST PICK: Rutgers (only player to make the wrong pick)
-DECISIVE PICK: Auburn (a correct pick in this spot vaults him into a three-way tie for 1st place)

DA'NORRIS SEARCY

-Wins the award for consistency of picks: selected 3 straight games correctly only once, but also never lost more than 3 straight.
-Chose every ACC team to win its bowl game ... except Texas A&M (against Duke), who overcame a 21-point deficit to claim the Chick-fil-A bowl.
-BEST PICK(S): North Texas (1 of 2 players)
-WORST PICK: Iowa (only player to pick incorrectly)

AARON WILLIAMS

(did not pick a winner in one game)
-Currently sits as the only player to have his former school lose its bowl game (Texas defeated by Oregon), with EJ Manuel's alma mater Florida State still to play.
-Picked correctly in 8 of 9 games down the stretch, with Texas being the only incorrect pick.
-Was the only player to pick against the hometown-favorite UB Bulls ... and was the only player to get that game right (picked San Diego State).
-BEST PICK(S): San Diego State (only player); North Texas & Texas Tech (1 of 2)
-WORST PICK: Houston (only player to pick incorrectly)

ERIC WOOD

-Got off to a decent start (2-0) but stumbled through a 7-11 stretch through the heart of the bowl season.
-BEST PICK(S): Louisiana Lafayette (only player to pick correctly)
-WORST PICK: Wisconsin (only player to pick incorrectly)

C.J. SPILLER

(did not pick a winner in 3 games)
-Earned the "Boom-or-Bust" award: correctly picked 6 wins in one 8-game streak; went 4-9 in a 13-game span of picks.
-BEST PICK(S): Clemson (1 of 2 players to pick correctly)
-WORST PICK: Miami (only player to pick incorrectly)

OTHER NOTES: The Bills' former schools are currently 4-1, with Texas (Aaron Williams) the only loss among former squads ... The group unanimously picked the winner in the Las Vegas Bowl (USC), Liberty Bowl (Mississippi State), and Chick-fil-A Bowl (Texas A&M), and unanimously picked the incorrect side in the Sugar Bowl (Alabama).