Late in the second quarter of the Wisconsin-Penn State game, the Camp Randall scoreboard operator and PA announcer reported that the halftime score of the Fordham-Nebraska game was Fordham 24, Nebraska 7. (The scoreboard operatorś performance was very representative of Wisconsin-related accomplishments yesterday.)
For a few minutes, I thought we were going to have another short survivor year, but then the mistake was corrected, and all was ¨right¨ with the world.
B1G Survivor saw a record 102 entrants this year, and most of them were smart enough to move on by picking Nebraska over a lowly FCS team. I have gone back and forth over the years on the question of being able to pick against FCS teams. I feel as though I may have made a mistake this year by allowing it, but here we are. I guess we will see how things go...
Here is the distribution of Week 0/1 picks. Next week, I will start listing all remaining contestants, along with the teams they have picked.
Nebraska (Week 1) 71
Illinois (Week 1) 13
Nebraska (Week 0) 3
Illinois (Week 0) 2
Minnesota 1 Indiana 1
So out of our 102 initial entrants, 84 are moving on to Week 2.
Covid forfeits: The question of Covid forfeits came up last week, and this is my plan going forward: If a team that you pick ends up having to forfeit, you are eliminated. Also, if a team you pick wins by forfeit, you are eliminated if the forfeit is announced at least one day before it´s scheduled to be played. If that forfeit is announced on gameday, you move on. I put this in because usually we know multiple days ahead of time when a team is going to (or may potentially have to) cancel/forfeit.
Here is the Week 2 Schedule. All games are on Saturday:
Illinois @ Virginia
Youngstown St @ Michigan State
Miami (OH) @ Minnesota
Indiana St @ Northwestern
Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Syracuse
Purdue @ UConn
Ball State @ Penn State
Buffalo @ Nebraska
Iowa @ Iowa State
Eastern Michigan Eagles @ Wisconsin
Idaho @ Indiana
Howard @ Maryland
Washington @ Michigan
So many cupcakes to choose from this week!
My Week 2 pick: is irrelevant, as I put too much faith in Bert. Good luck to all remaining participants!