VHTRC College Bowl Contest
2017

Congratulations to Paul Blackman and John Fitz who shared the win for the 2017-18 College Bowl Contest. Jon Jester was one game back in third. Final Results

It was quite a bowl season. Many contestants did well, but then fell back.

Thanks again to Paul and Quatro for all their help this year. You will not believe the discussions we had about which games to put in. Additionally, they had to put up with my snarkiness over outrages like the Rose Bowl game not being the Rose Bowl game (i.e. between the Big 10 and Pac 10 champions).

Thanks to those who entered results. There was a problem at the end. If you tried to enter Notre Dame's win, it wouldn't take. I promise I didn't do that intentionally although if I thought I could suppress an Irish win on every computer in America, I would do it!

Happy trails!

About the Contest and Rules (read before playing the first time)

Prior Weeks

Bowl Contest Final Standings

This Year's Season Standings

Prior Years

Games for VHTRC College Bowl Contest
2017

These are the games you will pick. When you are ready to pick, start the process at the top right of this page. Points are added or subracted to the home team's score.

College Bowl Games
BowlDateTeam OneTeam Two
Celebration
Atlanta
Dec 16
12 p.m. ABC
North Carolina A&TGrambling State
New Orleans
New Orleans
Dec 16
1 p.m. ESPN
TroyNorth Texas
Cure
Orlando, Fla.
Dec 16
2:30 p.m. CBSSN
Western KentuckyGeorgia State
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Dec 16
3:30 p.m. ESPN
Boise StateOregon
New Mexico
Albuquerque, N.M.
Dec 16
4:30 p.m. ESPN
MarshallColorado State
Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
Dec 16
8 p.m. ESPN
Arkansas StateMiddle Tennessee
Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Fla.
Dec 19
7 p.m. ESPN
Fla AtlanticAkron
Frisco
Frisco, Tex.
Dec 20
8 p.m. ESPN
Louisiana TechSMU
Gasparilla
St. Petersberg, Fla.
Dec 21
8 p.m. ESPN
Fla InternationalTemple
Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Dec 22
12:30 p.m. ESPN
Ala BirminghamOhio
Famous Idaho Potato
Boise, Id.
Dec 22
4 p.m. ESPN
Central MichiganWyoming
Birmingham
Birmingham, Ala.
Dec 23
12 p.m. ESPN
Texas TechSouth Florida
Armed Forces
Fort Worth, Tex.
Dec 23
3:30 p.m. ESPN
ArmySan Diego State
Dollar General
Mobile, Ala.
Dec 23
7 p.m. ESPN
Appalachian StateToledo
Hawaii
Honolulu
Dec 24
8:30 p.m. ESPN
HoustonFresno State
Heart of Dallas
Dallas
Dec 26
1:30 p.m. ESPN
West VirginiaUtah
Quick Lane
Detroit
Dec 26
5:15 p.m. ESPN
DukeNorthern Illinois
Cactus
Phoenix
Dec 26
9 p.m. ESPN
Kansas StateUCLA
Independence
Shreveport, La.
Dec 27
1:30 p.m. ESPN
Florida StateSouthern Miss
Pinstripe
New York
Dec 27
5:15 p.m. ESPN
IowaBoston College
Foster Farms
Santa Clara, Calif.
Dec 27
8:30 p.m. Fox
PurdueArizona
Texas
Houston
Dec 27
9 p.m. ESPN
TexasMissouri
Military
Annapolis, Md.
Dec 28
1:30 p.m. ESPN
VirginiaNavy
Camping World
Orlando, Fla.
Dec 28
5:15 p.m. ESPN
Virginia TechOklahoma State
Alamo
San Antonio, Tex.
Dec 28
9 p.m. ESPN
StanfordTCU
Holiday
San Diego, Calif.
Dec 28
9 p.m. Fox
Michigan StateWashington State
Cotton Bowl
Arlington, Texas
Dec 29
8:30 p.m. ESPN
Ohio StateUSC
Belk
Charlotte, N.C.
Dec 29
1 p.m. ESPN
Wake ForestTexas A&M
Hyundai Sun
El Paso, Tex.
Dec 29
3 p.m. CBS
NC StateArizona State
Music City
Nashville, Tenn.
Dec 29
4:30 p.m. ESPN
KentuckyNorthwestern
Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.
Dec 29
5:30 p.m. CBSSN
New Mexico StateUtah State
Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, Ariz.
Dec 30
4 p.m. ESPN
Penn StateWashington
Orange Bowl
Miami
Dec 30
8 p.m. ESPN
WisconsinMiami
TaxSlayer
Jacksonville, Fla.
Dec 30
12 p.m. ESPN
LouisvilleMississippi State
Liberty
Memphis, Tenn.
Dec 30
12:30 p.m. ABC
MemphisIowa State
Peach Bowl
Atlanta
Jan 1
12:30 p.m. ESPN
AuburnCent Fla
Bowl in Pasadena Semifinal
Pasadena
Jan 1
5 p.m. ESPN
OklahomaGeorgia
Sugar Bowl Semifinal
New Orleans
Jan 1
8:45 p.m. ESPN
ClemsonAlabama
Outback
Tampa, Fla.
Jan 1
12 p.m. ESPN2
MichiganSouth Carolina
Citrus
Orlando, Fla.
Jan 1
1 p.m. ABC
Notre DameLSU
National Championship
Atlanta
Jan 8
8 p.m. ESPN
Pasadena WinnerSugar Bowl Winner

About the Contest - Rules

These rules are for the regular season. We don't do points for the bowl games.

In this contest, VHTRC members pick the winners of 16 college and four NFL games each week. The contestants are ranked by correct picks. (NFL ties don't count.)

Quatro and Anstr (and any other volunteers) select the games each week. Contestants must submit their picks by 11 p.m. on Friday. We tally scores for the week and over the season. (For the season totals, a contestant who misses a week's submission will receive the number of correct picks of the worst player minus two.)

Point Spreads We will continue to have point spreads for some games. We will list a number of points that will be added to or subtracted from the score of the home team before determining the game winner for our purposes. If the home team is the favorite, the spread will be a negative number, e.g. "-3.5," meaning that, in this case, if the home teams wins the game, 10-7, it will lose for our purposes because we will subtract 3.5 points from the home team's score.

If the home team is an underdog, the points will be postive, e.g. +3.5 points. In this case, if the home team loses 10-7, it will win for our purposes.

All point spreads will include half a point to prevent ties.

Ties in Regulation New this year, if a game with a point spread is tied in regulation, we will stop there and declare the underdog the winner. We will not use the final score. If there was no point spread or the game was "pick 'em," we will use the final score.

Some games will not have points. We will obtain points from Internet sources of Las Vegas odds, we may make up spreads ourselves. In any case, the points we list are the points that count regardless of what any other Web site says or how they may change during the week.

The goal of having points is to be able to have games like Notre Dame vs. Navy in the contest even if the game is in South Bend.

Regular entrants will receive a reminder e-mail on Thursday if they have not yet submitted picks for that week. A contestant may submit picks each week multiple times, but only the last submission counts.

There is no tangible award for the winner. Winning is priceless! (So suck eggs, Mr. IG!)

Your ranking will be public, so don't do this if you don't want that.

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