Eleven correct picks out of a dozen can mean just one thing - the doctor is up and he's better than ever. My only goof came when Pendleton County nipped Pocahontas County by six points. Although I did miss it, I can see a little humor in the outcome since I said Pocahontas County by six, which showed that I was in the right church, but in the wrong pew.
Oh well, what the heck, there is no need to cry over spilled milk. Have you ever wondered just how they, the so called experts, rate football teams? Well, I'm here to tell you that I have done a lot of pondering over the subject and we here at the clinic have come up with the following.
For example, take Dr Elmo's "Dandy Dozen" teams which after the third week of the season, has just three teams that are undefeated in East Hardy (2-0), Elkins (3-0) and Tucker County (3-0). Forget about the classifications of these teams and just focus on the wins and losses, and who they have beaten.
East Hardy, who won two games over Virginia teams that I know very little about, has won both contests by a total score of 81-0, which says something about East Hardy's team. Tucker County has outscored its three opponents by an average of 43-8 per game. Elkins has outscored its three victims by a count of 46-35 per-game average. Do these numbers tell us anything? I don't think so. Now consider the Tigers defeated three teams with total wins of three games, while the Mountain Lions' three defeated opponents show a total of zero wins. In conclusion, we here at the clinic believe the Elkins team has thus far, played a tougher schedule.
Just what does all of this mean? I don't have the slightest idea only that it is just food for thought. Just a quick note on last week's results and my 10-1 record. A few of my picks were extremely close, such as when I said Moorefield would win by 15 and the final score showed it to be by 18. And let's not forget that I said Petersburg would win by 10 and ended being 11. It's sure hard to be humble when your perfect in every way. Now on to this week's menu.
PRESTON (0-3) at ELKINS (3-0): A number of this week's games might be tough to pick, but believe me, this isn't. This is what is called "a no brainer," and since yours truly has no brains at all, it just might be a cake walk. I'm taking the Tigers to remain undefeated with a 30-point win.
NORTH MARION (0-3) at BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR (0-3): What happens when two teams without a win tangle? Well, you'll just have to go to Upshur County Friday night to find out. I just can't keep you hanging though, so here it is. The Bucs will get win No. 1 by 14 points.
EAST FAIRMONT (0-2) at LEWIS COUNTY (1-2): I see this one as one of the better games for the fans to watch, and better still if you are a Minuteman fan. Lewis County by 7.
LINCOLN (0-3) at PETERSBURG (2-1): I can not remember ever seeing Lincoln with no wins and three losses. Oops, make that four losses after Friday's game. The Vikings of Petersburg will win this one by 17 markers.
LIBERTY (0-3) at PHILIP BARBOUR (2-1): I see in the magic 8-ball that Philip Barbour and coach Curtis Bodkins will win by 20 points.
MOOREFIELD (2-1) at TUCKER COUNTY (3-0): The high-riding Yellow Jackets will buzz into Parsons in an attempt to hand the Mountain Lions their first loss. If you really like smash mouth football, head out to Armstrong Field and be part of the action. The Hardy County team thinks the Lions haven't played anyone. I see them returning to Moorefield with a different opinion. Tucker by 13 points.
POCAHONTAS (0-3) at EAST HARDY (2-0): I have gone along with Pocahontas County the last two weeks and came home empty handed. But this time it is quite easy and everyone knows the Cougars are tough, especially at home. East Hardy to win 32
FISHBURN ACADEMY (Va.) at PENDLETON COUNTY (2-1): Still another team that I know nothing about, so for the time being, I will go with the good guys. Pendleton County by 18.ROBERT C. BYRD (3-0) at BRIDGEPORT (2-1): I would normally go with the Indians while playing at home and be assured that most others will take them, but not this wise old doctor who sees an upset. The Eagles by 3 points.
WEST VIRGINIA (1-0) at JAMES MADISON: It's looking like just another Big 12 Conference warm up game for the Mountaineers. West Virginia by 32.