Oklahoma Region: COOP DNR - 68 percent vs. Bricktown Red Brick Ale - 32 percent
International Region: Modelo Negra- 74 percent vs. Labatt Blue – 26 percent
USA Region: Sam Adams Boston Lager – 87 percent vs. Pyramid Apricot Ale - 13 percent
Europe Region: Guinness- 63 percent vs. Peroni – 37 percent.
I’m a little sad to see one of my Canadian beers go down so early, but hey, it’s a cut-throat world in beer bracket competitions.
And here are the match-ups for today (Note: I’m expanding to seven picks a day for the next four days so we can get round one completed by the end of the week. Also, voting will close each day at 10 p.m.)
Baylor is taking up its rightful place at the top of the Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll. Just the way The Thirsty Beagle likes it! Let’s get to the rankings:
(Note: If you’re looking for the Beer Championship Series, you can vote in the post below this one)
1. Baylor (3-5, 0-4, lost to Nebraska 20-10; next, at Missouri) The Baylor Bears: Giving Big 12 North teams hope since 1996.
2. Colorado (2-6, 1-3, lost to Missouri 36-17; next, vs. Texas A&M) The Lower Buffs put on a great show for the home faithful on Saturday: Four turnovers, only 23 minutes with the ball, a mere 176 yards of offense. Maybe the players have forgotten that IT’S THE BIG 12! Maybe they should GO PLAY INTRAMURALS, BROTHER!
3. Kansas (5-3, 1-3, lost to Texas Tech 42-21; next, at Kansas State) Oh how the once-kind-of-mighty have fallen. Let’s remember that the Jayhawks only made it to the Orange Bowl a couple years back because they didn’t face OU or Texas that year.
4. Nebraska (5-3, 2-2, beat Baylor 20-10; next, vs. Oklahoma) If Nebraska thinks it’s a whole mess of fun scoring 20 points against Baylor and the week before netting only 7 points against Iowa State at home, the Lincoln faithful will really enjoy it when OU’s defense comes to town. Nebraska gets 10 points, max.
5. Iowa State (5-4, 2-3, lost to Texas A&M 35-10; next, vs. Oklahoma State) That speech Paul Rhoads gave after the Cylcones win at Nebraska, the one about how proud he was to be Iowa State’s coach… can he take that back now?
6. Missouri (5-3, 1-3, beat Colorado 36-17; next, vs. Baylor) I don’t really have anything to say about Missouri, so let’s take a short beer detour. I tried Bud Light Golden Wheat at my tailgate on Saturday; I was actually mildly surprised. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was great, but it was, you know, not terrible. And it was free. So that was nice, too.
7. Texas A&M (5-3, 2-2, beat Iowa State 35-10; next, at Colorado) A few weeks ago, the Aggies were being touted as the worst team in the conference; now they have winnable games left against Colorado and Baylor and are looking at a possible seven-win season. Definitely an upgrade.
8. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-2, beat Kansas 42-21; next, bye) Apparently Texas Tech players were sufficiently angry that their coach called their girlfriends fat; how else to explain their uprising against the Jayhawks? Except that the Jayhawks are terrible. That could also explain it.
9. Kansas State (5-4, 3-2, lost to Oklahoma 42-30; next, vs. Kansas) Somehow Kansas is a 2.5-point favorite on the road for Saturday’s game, but mark my words, the Jayhawks will be sorry they crossed Old Man Snider this weekend.
10. Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-1, lost to Texas 41-14; next, at Iowa State) I wrote on the blog last week that I found it hard to believe how one BCS computer didn’t have OSU ranked in its top 25. After Saturday, I see how that could happen.
11. Oklahoma (5-3, 3-1, beat Kansas State 42-30; next, at Nebraska) Kansas State exposed some cracks in OU’s defensive armor, but Sooners seem to be picking up momentum as the season rolls along. They’ll have a chance to play themselves into the Cotton Bowl.
12. Texas (8-0, 5-0, beat Oklahoma State 41-17; next, vs. UCF) Somewhere along the way, Texas developed one of the best defenses in the country. The secondary, which unfortunately for the rest of the league, is very young, is also pretty freakin’ good. OSU receivers pretty much had to fight off interceptions to even make a catch.
If there’s one thing The Thirsty Beagle loves, it’s organizing annual competitions. I know, that sounds kind of weird. But you can break my love of organizing annual competitions down into two areas: I love competitions and I love tradition. It’s why I’ve been the organizer for the past eight years of a March Madness bracket. If I can attach a “XXth Annual” to the title of something, all the better. That’s the tradition part. And since my competitive sports days are long gone, I’m always searching for the next competitive outlet. That’s the competition part. So what better thing to do on my blog than organize an annual competition. Last year I started a 64-beer, bracket-style playoff — the Beer Championship Series — as an antidote to the college football BCS. And this year, it’s back. I give you the Second Annual Beer Championship Series. You can find the bracket at this link. Voting will start today with match-ups from each region of the bracket and will continue on weekdays until we’ve crowned the winner. You can use the handy-dandy polls below to cast your vote for Oklahoma’s favorite beer. Let the voting begin!