At one point in time, you all have probably played the Kill, Marry, Screw game. That''s the game where you're given three names, and you have to choose which one you'd rather kill, marry, and.... well, you know. If haven't played that hypothetical game, you're probably more mature than the rest of us who have.
In a fun football-related twist to that game, we've asked our fearless leaders to choose one game in the upcoming 2012 season for which Cal wins big (30+ point margin), Cal barely wins (3 point margin), Cal barely loses (3 point margin), and Cal loses big (30+ point margin).
The key is that you're not trying to predict which games Cal will win big, barely win, etc., but instead you're forced to pick a game in which they'll win big, barely win, barely lose, and lose big time (as if you could choose the outcomes).
Good. I'll go first.
And here's what the rest of our fearless leaders said...
Yeah, definitely Oregon. Their offense can go off at any time. If things get out of hand against them, it sucks, but hey, it can happen to anyone.
CAL WINS BIG (30+ POINT MARGIN)
I'm tempted to go with Ohio State here, just because it would be great to have a marquee nonconference road win and (selfishly) woofing rights out here. But I am going to go with Oregon here because of what a win like that would do for us in the conference. Oregon is the alpha dog of the Pac-12 North. Best case scenario, beating them so late in the season (Nov. 10) might be significant for the Pac-12 North race. Even if we're not in the hunt, we can point to a win like this as a great win that shows we are peaking in November.
Not seeing a whole lot of good choices for this. But I will go with USC on this one. Having not beaten the Trojies since 2003 and not since 2000 in L.A., it would be nice to get a win. But the next best thing would be a competitive game, as we have not been close to beating them in recent years.
'SC. No win will do more for our program than an upset against a national title contender on the road.
Oregon. But only if it involves some excruciating quirk of fate like a questionable penalty on a controversial playcall that results in a change of possession and a critical special teams blunder.
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Atomsareenough: That doesn't make a lot of sense, Twist. I think maybe you're missing the framework for this exercise.For example, I think you do need to write more about Southern Utah. I think we're likely to win big against them anyway, so why would you waste your chosen outcome on that game? For that matter, why would you pick USC to lose big to, if it makes you sob?TwistNHook: I see now that I failed to fully read the prompt. Please disregard. This is what happens when I try.OhioBear: For your career's sake, it's a good thing you read the bar exam questions more carefully.TwistNHook: Look, OhioBear, I don't need you tell me how to sautee a delightful chicken in this thread, OK!Atomsareenough: ...is the bar exam multiple choice?TwistNHook: Day 2 is 6 hours of multiple choice!OhioBear: That's the fun day.UncleSam22: Well I guess we know that Christmas treeing actually works then!
RAGNAROK (CUGEL, concurring)
Big Win: Furd -- I will never get tired of beating them by any margin, ever, but man, would I love to pour it on.
Ohio State: it would do wonders for the morale of the program to head out to the Horseshoe and deliver a whuppin' to one of college football's most storied programs.
Oregon: this would be a huge win in terms of Pac-12 North standings. Plus, it would be nice to shut up some Oregon fans and reclaim CGB North.