Going Streaking

Going Streaking is a weekly prediction column in which Nick Gourdoux and Frank Pellegrino, the two sports editors of The Spectator, compete head-to-head in an attempt to see who can accurately predict more sporting events.

Nick: This week, I only managed to accurately predict one thing – the outcome of the football game against Hope College (Mich.). Thankfully, my co-editor Frank failed once again, proving that his four accurate predictions from two weeks ago were flukes and that he should barely even be mentioned in my quest to become the greatest sports predictor ever.

Frank: I went two for five in my predictions last week after a remarkable four-of-five effort the week before, and I’m hoping to soon be back to my stellar form. Even with my mediocre effort in the last column, I am still destroying my co-editor, and fellow predictor, Nick Gourdoux. Not only did I outdo Nick last week, but I also boast the longer streak of correct predictions at four. On top of all that I have the higher prediction percentage at .600, and I have predicted the correct result nearly twice as many times as Nick. This week I hope to improve on my mediocre performance and, most importantly, continue to embarrass Nick.

Women’s Tennis – How many of the singles players will win their matches against UW-Stevens Point? (A) Less than four (B) four or more

Nick: The UW-Eau Claire women’s tennis team has won three of the four meets it has played, and is averaging 4.25 singles wins per match – win or lose. On the other hand, Stevens Point is 7-3 on the season and averages 4.4 singles wins per match. Since the Pointers have a larger sample size, and have played more this year, I’m going to have to give them the advantage. My prediction: (A) less than four.

Frank: Just once in their four matches this season the tennis team has had fewer than three of their singles players beat their opponent. In two of those contests, five of the singles players won against the opposition. Stevens Point is 7-3 overall and has looked impressive thus far, but I still think the Blugolds will four win or more. My vote: four or more

Cross Country – Who will finish higher at the Roy Griak Invite? (A) Men’s team (B) Women’s team or tie

Nick: There isn’t much to go off of yet for the cross country teams – both teams have only competed once. Still, the women’s team placed third out of eight teams, while the men took seventh. I’m going to stick with the women on this one. My prediction: (B) Women’s team or tie.

Frank: In the one invite this year the men’s team placed seventh out of eight while the women’s team finished third. My only other comparison is when 2008 both teams had great seasons and finished near the top at almost every meet. Since the men stumbled out of the gate this year I can’t pick them this time. My vote: Women’s team

Soccer – how many goals will the soccer team score against Luther College? (A) 2 or less (B) more than 2

Nick: Luther College is coming off of a 4-3 loss, while the Blugolds seemingly have returned to the form that made them one of the better teams nationally last year after a pair of 5-2 victories. My prediction: (B) more than two.

Frank: Luther College soccer is just 3-4 on the year, but they are giving up only 1.42 goals per game. The Blugolds average 2.28 goals per game and are coming off of consecutive five goal games. Eau Claire’s offense is impressive and led by underclassmen who continue to just score goals. I don’t see Luther being able to tie down the ‘Golds. My vote: more than two

Volleyball – How many matches will the volleyball team win in the Wheaton Thunder Invite? (A) two or less (B) more than two

Nick: The Blugolds are a combined 9-1 against the teams they are scheduled to play this weekend in Illinois. The team also rebounded from a tough loss to UW-Platteville last weekend to sweep UW-La Crosse Saturday. On top of that, in the previous two four-game tournaments, the Blugolds have won seven of their eight matches. My prediction: (B) more than two

Frank: In their first tournament this year the Eau Claire volleyball team went a perfect four for four in their tournament, not even dropping a single match. In their second tournament the team went three for four and looked good in the process. Overall the team is 10-2 on the season, and I see them winning at least 3 of 4 of their matches this weekend. My vote: more than two

National – Who will win this matchup? (A) Tennessee Titans or (B) New York Jets

Nick: The Titans lost a tough one in their season opener against Pittsburgh, and then fell to the Houston Texans last week. The Jets on the other hand beat the Texans in week one and then upset the Super Bowl-favorite New England Patriots last week. Still, I believe that last year was not a fluke for the Titans and that they will still be one of the better teams in the league this year – both of their losses were by three points. The Jets on the other hand are starting a rookie quarterback and have a new defensive coordinator. My prediction (A) Tennessee Titans

Frank: The Jets have started 2-0 while the Titans have started 0-2, but Tennessee has performed much better than their record reflects. In week one they lost in overtime to the defending champions and in week two they were barely edged by Houston. The Jets, on the other hand, beat that same Houston team 24-7 in week one, and took down the mighty Patriots in week two. Led by rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and a stingy defense, the Jets will continue to impress this week at home. My vote: New York Jets.