Week College Bowls
Final Week

And with the passing of Lucky Week Thirteen, we have (sadly) concluded the VHTRC's 2018 Football Contest Season. Thanks everyone for playing!

Congratulations to Heath Harris for his winning the season's title. Heath finished with a particular flourish, getting 12 right in the final week to open up a clear gap over second place finisher Mundy Hackett. Michael Gildea was third. Bill Sublett and Gary Lukacs were joint winners of the final week, with a strong 14 right each, and that allowed them to rise to fourth and fifth, respectively, in the overall season standings. Well done all!

The dessert at the end of another grueling 13 week slate of regular season college and pro football game picking for VHTRC players has now arrived. Your 2018-2019 slate of bowls games - all 41 of 'em!! - are now live, posted and available for your consideration and your selections. You have until NOON on Saturday, December 15th, to put in your picks. And, as in years' past, we will be including as some additional spice, two additional twists in the players' grid.

The first will be adding in the pre-bowl game predictions of a handful of college football 'experts' from networks like ESPN, Fox and CBS. Those experts will be mixed in with the rest of us in the results grid as the bowl season progresses, so you can see how you are faring not only against your fellow VHTRC players, but also against these folks who are paid big bucks to have even bigger takes on who is better than who.

Second, Anstr will add two additional entries into the grid; the Vega picks and the Consensus picks. Vegas will show which teams are favored in each game. If the favored team wins outright, then Vegas wins, and if the underdog wins, then Vegas loses. The Consensus picks will display your collective wisdom in the form of a group pick. So if more than half you pick Notre Dame to beat Clemson, then the Consensus selection will be Notre Dame in the grid.

Good luck, everyone, and enjoy your Cheez-It Weed Eater Bowl Season!

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 Week College Bowls
Final Week

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.

OklahomaTexas +8.5 AlabamaGeorgia+13.5 ClemsonPitt+27.5 Ohio StateNorthwestern+14.5 Louisiana-LafayetteAppalachian State-16.5 Alabama-BirminghamMiddle Tennessee State-1.5 MemphisCentral Florida-3.5 Fresno StateBoise State-2.5 StanfordCalifornia+2.5 MarshallVirginia Tech-3.5 James MadisonColgate+6.5 Northern IowaUC Davis-4.5 Slippery RockNotre Dame (Ohio)-5.5 Ferris StateOuachita Baptist-7.5 St. John (MN)Mary Hardin-Baylor-14.5 RPIJohns Hopkins-2.5 NFL GamesVisiting TeamHome TeamSpread DenverCincinnati+5.5 BaltimoreAtlanta+1.5 Kansas CityOakland+15.5 LA ChargersPittsburgh-3.5

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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