Beat the Experts contest down to two contestants



Steve Rivera of FoxSportsArizona.com and Anthony Gimino of TucsonCitizen.com don’t always agree on the Arizona outcome, but they were identical in terms of points scored in Arizona’s 38-13 victory over UTSA on Saturday night.

Rivera and Gimino qualified for the pick to top in our “Beat the Experts” contest. Both were 14 points off in Arizona’s win. Rivera picked the UA to win 48-17 and Gimino went with the Wildcats 44-21.

Rivera was 10 off Arizona’s total and four off the UTSA score for a 14-point difference. Gimino was six off Arizona’s score and eight away from UTSA’s total for a differential of 14.

Only two contestants remain — Justin Jolly and Matt Neely. Jolly predicted a 42-17 win for Arizona (eight points off), while Neely picked the UA to win 49-10 (14-point differential).

They must wait until Arizona’s game at Washington on Sept. 28 to make their next selection.

Here is the breakdown:

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The rules:

1. Contestants move on to the next week if they pick the right winner of Arizona’s game and their projected scoring total is closer than what Gimino and Rivera select. The best pick between Gimino and Rivera will be what contestants must beat. Predictions made by Gimino and Rivera will not be revealed until game time. For those who survived, get your picks in before kickoff or you will be disqualified.

2. Everybody survives to the next week if nobody tops either prediction made by Rivera or Gimino.

3. Predicted scores will serve as tie-breakers in the end, if necessary.

4. Justin and Matt, to make picks you must enter them below in the Facebook comment section below! All you have to type is Arizona or Washington and then your predicted score. If you feel you have to explain your pick, feel free.

5. An Arizona-related prize will be awarded to the winner.

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.


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