2012 Elite Series Ramada Championship Oneida Lake - Syracuse, NY, Aug 23 - 26, 2012

Don't expect an all-Northern Top 12

Bucket C – Biffle, Kennedy, Roumbanis

Although conventional wisdom dictates that Oneida will be won with a mixed bag of both green and brown bass, Bucket C favorite Tommy Biffle won here in 2006 on just largemouth. Remember also that Biffle bucked conventional wisdom last month on Green Bay, scoring a Top 12 finish with largemouth in a tournament otherwise dominated by smallmouth.

Another Oklahoman on the Classic bubble (38th in AOY points), Biffle must finish high here for a chance to fish for a half-million at home next February on Grand Lake. Considering his history on Oneida, it's a good bet he'll do just that. His average finish here is 10th (first, 2006; eighth, 2009; 15th, 2007; 16th, 2008.)

At 7.6 percent ownership, Biffle is the third-most-picked angler so far in Bucket C, following Timmy Horton (22.2 percent) and John Crews (14.6 percent). Horton's best finish here is 10th (July 2006). His other finishes are 26th, 29th and 65th. Crews averages a 45th-place finish here (12th, 13th, 76th, 78th).

Also popular in Bucket B, at 6.8 percent ownership, is Steve Kennedy. And for good reason – his average finish here is 14th, having placed second in 2007 and sixth in 2009. In 2008 and 2006, he placed 19th and 30th. Kennedy is my gut pick. Not sure yet if I'm going to go with it, though. I'm leaning toward Biffle.

At 2.7 percent ownership, Oklahoman Fred Roumbanis, is an intriguing risk-reward pick. If a frog bite turns out to be the deal, Roumbanis could blow up. His previous finishes here: 18th, 23rd, 33rd, 86th.

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