Your snack bracket app

  • Updated: March 16, 2011 - 2:38 PM

Betty Crocker has found a way into our heart with a snack-based bracket combining two things near and dear to our heart: food and basketball.

You'll find no shortage of companies trying to cash in on bracket concepts this time of year. But we have to say: Betty Crocker has found a way into our heart with a snack-based bracket combining two things near and dear to our heart: food and basketball.

Sixty-four concoctions (with recipes) -- and only one can win. Indiana Pacers guard and former Texas standout T.J. Ford is backing his Tex-Mex enchilada recipe; many of the other entrants are regionally inspired dishes that coincide with this year's tournament teams. Minnesota, you will note, does not have an entrant -- didn't even get into the NIT (Noshing Invitational Tournament ... OK, that doesn't exist).

Voting started Tuesday and runs through April 4 at bettycrocker.com/bettybracket. But we've taken a spin through the four regions and 64 food items to give you a head start. Call it Snacketology. Or don't. Yeah, please don't. And remember, these are their region names:

Magnificent Munchies

The whiskey and beer barbecue chicken sliders out of West Lafayette, Ind., are a strong contender here -- just like Purdue. But don't overlook the fightin' jalapeno poppers out of South Bend. The cheesy margarita pizza out of Boston seems destined for an early exit. Dough, cheese, tomato, basil and olive oil are a solid five ingredients, but where is the depth? This snack is going to wear out in the second half right when you need it most.

Exceptional Eats

As much as it might pain us to say it, the blue cheese deviled dogs look very strong. Straight out of Durham, N.C. -- home of defending national champion Duke -- the recipe had us at all-beef hot dogs, blue cheese, Sriracha hot sauce and hard-boiled eggs. Conspiracy theorists will also note that there doesn't appear to be a great challenger to go with it in the upper half of the bracket. Lower down, we like the chili dog tacos (University Park, Pa.). Maybe we're just craving some heartburn?

Appealing Apps

Another painful admission, but the kielbasa pizzas here out of Milwaukee sound delightful. Tell you what, too: We'd eat about 15 of the sausage-cheese balls out of Athens, Ga., without a tinge of regret. Just watch us. But the Kentucky bourbon bacon Chex mix (Lexington) has a one-and-done feel. Seems like a superfluous use of perfectly good bacon, a star player miscast on a losing team.

Super Snacks

Grilled reuben brats (New York City)? Yes. Spicy fish tacos (Gainesville, Fla.) also have a strong presence in this bracket. A deep run is not out of the question. Lemon shrimp California rolls (Santa Barbara) would class up a party. Unfortunately, this is not the time for class.

The winner

If this sports season holds form, we'll see the deviled dogs vs. the kielbasa pizzas in the finals. Could you stomach a entrant from Wisconsin vs. one that hails from Duke? Maybe not, but we'll take the deviled dogs to win.

-- MICHAEL RAND

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Seattle
Minnesota 59 3rd Qtr
Philadelphia 61
Houston 50 2nd Qtr 5:11
Boston 33
Portland 39 2nd Qtr 6:14
Atlanta 43
Sacramento 30 2nd Qtr 6:36
Cleveland 39
Toronto 47 2nd Qtr 6:29
Brooklyn 38
Dallas 7 1st Qtr 6:35
Miami 11
LA Clippers 6 1st Qtr 8:16
New Orleans 9
Golden State 8:00 PM
Utah
Chicago 9:30 PM
Phoenix
Pittsburgh 0 2nd Prd 8:24
New Jersey 0
St. Louis 2 2nd Prd 9:49
Carolina 1
Nashville 8:00 PM
Colorado
Buffalo 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Chicago 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Harvard 75 FINAL
Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 32 2nd Half 16:14
Canisius 35
Brown 42 2nd Half 8:45
Cornell 44
Siena 53 2nd Half 14:17
Manhattan 54
Marist 42 2nd Half 11:57
Niagara 38
Dartmouth 21 2nd Half 15:03
Penn 33
Oregon 10 1st Half 11:51
Arizona State 9
Yale 2 1st Half 13:46
Columbia 11
Monmouth 12 1st Half 12:40
Fairfield 10
IUPUI 8 1st Half 13:09
Western Ill 8
Oregon State 9:00 PM
Arizona
Kent State 9:00 PM
Buffalo
Canisius 75 FINAL
Monmouth 58
Butler 47 2nd Half 12:32
Providence 41
Cornell 45 2nd Half 10:11
Brown 34
Columbia 32 2nd Half 10:36
Yale 38
Coll of Charleston 35 2nd Half 10:55
Drexel 43
Penn 39 2nd Half 11:37
Dartmouth 22
Elon 30 2nd Half 15:59
James Madison 50
(19) Princeton 48 2nd Half 15:45
Harvard 30
(9) Florida State 51 2nd Half 13:55
Georgia Tech 37
Quinnipiac 51 2nd Half 12:59
Siena 41
Richmond 44 2nd Half 10:00
Rhode Island 38
Loyola-Chicago 38 2nd Half 16:35
Southern Ill 32
Villanova 7:00 PM
Marquette
Wichita State 7:00 PM
Northern Iowa
Georgetown 2 1st Half 15:08
DePaul 13
Missouri State 7:05 PM
Drake
Xavier 7 1st Half 13:38
Creighton 14
Bradley 8 1st Half 15:23
Illinois State 6
Arizona 8:00 PM
Utah
(11) Arizona State 8:00 PM
Colorado
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