One Bay Area student remains in ‘College Championship’

OK, so maybe we overestimated the brain power and buzzer-pushing reflexes of the three Bay Area contestants competing in the annual “Jeopardy! College Championship.”

After we enthusiastically boasted about their vast intelligence, we watched in utter dismay as all three local students failed to win their games last week and two of them finished last on their respective nights. Did we jinx them? Let’s hope not.

Still, one Bay Area contestant — Los Altos resident William Scott — remains alive as the competition enters its second and final week.

Scott, a freshman at Tufts University in Massachusetts, put up a valiant effort — and led for most of the night — in his battle last week before finishing a close second to Rishab Jain, a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jain came from behind to win, mainly because he was a riskier bettor in Final Jeopardy, wagering $6,500 to Scott’s $4,199. Both answered the question correctly as Jain finished with $20,100 to Scott’s $19,999.

Still, Scott’s total was one of the week’s best and it enabled him to secure one of the four wild card spots in this week’s competition.

Meanwhile, Josie Bianchi, a San Jose resident who attends Stanford University, and Patricia Jia, a Fremont resident enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania were ousted.

The “Jeopardy! College Championship” continues tonight at 7 p.m. on KGO-TV (Channel 7).