I'm sure that, ever since the final whistle of the Orange Bowl, you've been waiting eagerly on the edge of your seat for the results of our season-long over/under competition. The suspense has been especially built up, as you don't know the results of the regular season finale, conference championship game, or bowl game! That said, let's get to it.
|Atlanta's Original Team||6||Yeller Bug||4|
|If Do Right, No Can Defense||5||CTjacket||4|
An impressive showing from Atlanta's original team this week, with a perfect 6-for-6 mark! He wasn't about to be fooled by this game...which makes him a bit unique. The average score for this game was 2.91 out of 6 -- less than 50% for only the third time this season. AOT was trailed closely by users JackAdamParker and If Do Right, No Can Defense who each had 5, as well as staff runner-up Tyler Duke (among others) with 4. LVPs this week were acedarney, AugustaJacket, and EagleJacket99 -- all of whom went scoreless except for the spread. As for the overall score? Here's what it looked like, post-georgia:
|Username||Weeks Participated||Score||Username||Weeks Participated||Score|
|Atlanta's Original Team||14||52||gtee03||14||48|
|Tyler Duke||15||51||Buddy Smiggins||15||44|
ACC Championship Game
|ACC Championship Leaderboard|
|Atlanta's Original Team||5||dhbartlett||4|
The Jackets may not have come away with a win in this game, but a strong performance against an opponent few teams would have beaten that night makes me say, "gettem'buzz indeed!" (But that's just because I like puns.) Indeed, user gettem'buzz tied for this week's MVP spot with repingtinraligh, baseball211, and Atlanta's original team -- his second straight MVP. Strangely, it also came on a week where the average was below 50% -- it was 2.51, the lowest on the season. LVPs for the ACC Championship Game were youngjacket and dpearson6, both of whom put forth a valiant effort and came away with a goose egg...luckily, there's always next time! (Until the season's over, at least.) Let's revisit the leaderboard, where AOT's two MVP awards have put him comfortably in the lead:
|Username||Weeks Participated||Total Score||Username||Weeks Participated||Total Score|
|Atlanta's Original Team||14||57||Caplax||15||47|
|Tyler Duke||15||53||Buddy Smiggins||15||46|
That's right, it's all over but the cryin'. But we'll check on the Orange Bowl anyways.
|Orange Bowl Leaderboard|
Look at jerrlee and Gtsam finishing the season on a high note! Both posted a perfect score in the final game of the year, nailing even the strangest of over/under lines. It was an above-average performance across the board, with an average of 3.72 -- over a full point higher from the ACC Championship Game. The staff leader from the game was basically the entire staff that got 4 -- Ben, Tyler, Chris, Cade, and myself. (Grant was the staff LVP with a totally weak score of 3.) The game's LVP? User south of the border didn't find success on South Beach, only coming away with 1 correct answer. Better luck next year, friend!
So this is the part where we take a look at the leaderboard and see how much Atlanta's original team won by. EXCEPT THAT HE DIDN'T WIN. YEAH, YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
Yes, after leading by 5 through 13 games, AOT actually failed to submit picks for the Orange Bowl. He was on the 72nd hole with a 4-stroke lead, and decided he needed to go get a hot dog, never to return. WHY, AOT? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Here are the actual top 20 scores at the season's end:
|Place||Username||Weeks||Total Score||Place||Username||Weeks Participated||Total Score|
|1||Atlanta's Original Team||13||57||12||JoshJGT||13||48|
Yes, we're left with a four-way tie at the top at the season's end between Atlanta's Original team, Tyler Duke, ClavinCliff, and YellerBug. So, what are we to do about that?
As it turns out, there's one more set of Over/Unders we did and never took inventory on. We actually did them before the season ever started -- 10 categories this time, based on the season's results. So what did that look like?
2014 Season Over/Unders
|Username||Total Score||Username||Total Score|
Again, there were 10 categories we picked from, and four users got 9 correct! Congrats to our in-house committee of Nostradamus users Banerjea, upwut, gtee03, and Buzzgtg776g (some of whom I can only hope are still reading the site nearly 6 months later). Overall, users averaged 6.1 correct picks, meaning the man setting lines was clearly still warming up. Staff leaders were AOT and Tyler Duke, each of whom nailed it for a solid 7 of 10 correct picks. Staff LVP was...I don't want to talk about it. (I only had 4 correct picks. It was a focal point of my annual performance review. I apologize and have to be better.) Overall LVPs were DressHerInWhiteAndGold and NoThanks, who each only had 1 correct pick. Guess this season was a pleasant surprise for you, eh?
So here's how this is going to go. The season-long Over/Under selections will serve as the tiebreaker for the four tied participants. Their scores were as follows:
|Atlanta's Original Team||7|
Strong showings from all involved, but this eliminates Atlanta's Original team and Tyler Duke while still leaving us tied for the top spot. So what now?
As a true planner, I made sure to install a backup to the backup. (My mother would be proud, trust me.) Yes, within the season-long picks, we added another layer of tie-breaker, this one the tiebreaker to rule them all. At the end of season selections, you were requested to predict the total final number of rushing yards that Georgia Tech would finish with, and no penalty for going over. Well, Georgia Tech finished with a strong 4,789 rushing yards...so how did our tiebreaker turn out?
WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Yeller Bug, who won on a double tiebreaker after coming back from a 4-point deficit in the final game of the year! This is the true drama we've come to expect to see in these all-too-important competitions at FTRS.
Thanks to everyone who played this year! You can see the full season leaderboard, the full weekly leaderboards, and the full season picks leaderboard by clicking here: link.