Pigskin Picks contest goes down to the wire

LSU and Clemson are playing for the national championship Monday night in New Orleans.

Jayer Williamson and Irish Bill Hammel are as well.

Williamson and Hammel are the last two standing in the battle for the Pigskin Picks crown, and the winner of the annual contest will be decided the same night a champion is crowned in college football.

Williamson holds a one-game lead over Hammel but both picked different national champs. Williamson has LSU winning it all, and Hammel is riding with reigning champ Clemson to bring home the title.

Hammel actually picked the finalists correctly as he has Clemson defeating LSU 38-35 in a barnburner. Williamson had Ohio State playing LSU and has the Tigers winning 31-27.

Williamson entered the bowl season up two games on defending Pigskin Picks champ Sam Parker while Hammel seemed like a long shot to compete for the championship, going into the bowl season four games behind Williamson and two games back of Parker.

But Hammel used his gridiron wisdom to put together a 28-13 record on his bowl picks, the best record among the six-person prognostication panel. That impressive run allowed Hammel to catapult himself into contention and pull himself within striking distance of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

Parker ends up third, and Stacy Wright is fourth. Tony Carter and Jay Walls round out the final two spots in the standings.

Hammel and Williamson are both seeking their first titles and the opportunity to open 2020 on a high note.

As seen in the Jan. 9 issue of Navarre Press.
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