Just a note: Writing your picks in the comment section is NOT a valid entry. You must enter your picks using the form below or at this link. Feel free to discuss your picks here, but you must submit the form in order to enter the contest.
After a great first year of Pick Six on MGoBlog, we had a bit of a sophomore slump. I was too busy to write the weekly recaps and never got a system going for the great volunteers who were willing to take over that part of the job. I did update all the standings (you can find them at this link) but most people probably didn’t see them.
User BaldBill was leading for the last few weeks of the season with a great entry. In 5 of the 6 groups he picked the highest ranked team. His only downfall was picking Wisconsin (who ended up unranked) instead of Clemson or Texas in Group C. One mistake was all it took and he lost by one point to NYC Blue. NYC Blue picked the second best team from 4 groups and the best team (Georgia and Ohio State) from the other 2. Interestingly enough, he was the only one in the top 11 to not pick Alabama.
As usual, the unranked team you pick is very important. The top 50 is dominated by people who picked Notre Dame and a few Texas A&M picks. Remember that this year.
With a fresh new football season, we get a fresh start and this year will be better than ever. There will be weekly recaps and lots of fun discussion about the AP poll. So enter this totally free contest.
Here's how it works.
1. We divide the top 25 into 5 groups of 5 based on the preseason AP Poll: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, etc. For this year's poll, the groups are:
- A: Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, Georgia
- B: South Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson, Louisville, Florida
- C: Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Texas
- D: Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State, TCU
- E: UCLA, Northwestern, Wisconsin, USC, Oregon State
2. Before the season starts you pick one team from each group, plus one unranked team. You're trying to pick the teams you think will finish highest in the final AP poll (after the bowl games).
3. Each week we'll try to update and publish the standings in a spreadsheet so you can track the progress of your teams. You get 25 points for having the #1 team, 24 points for the #2 team, on down to 1 point for the #25 team. Unranked teams get zero points.
4. The winner is the person with the most points (i.e. the highest ranked teams) after the bowl season. The midseason standings are only for entertainment purposes. Only the final AP poll counts.
5. And the grand prize? I will personally give the winner 10 meaningless (and now non-existent) upvotes.
That's it for the Pick Six: short, sweet and simple. The entry form closes before the first kickoff, so get your picks in now. Good luck!