Alright boys & girls, it's nearly that time again.
As of Monday, August 3rd (yesterday), we are officially just one (1) month away from the 2015-2016 NCAA College Football season opener!
With that having been said…Let's get it on!
Okay. Since the University of Alabama
won three out of the last six National Championship titles – averaging one every other year – and since we won back-to-back titles in 2011 & 2012, we gave
the rest of you (and your second-rate teams) the opportunity these past two seasons to win yourself a NC. The ONLY two teams who took advantage of our gracious generosity
, however, was FSU & Ohio State. So, you had your chance, but you blew it. Slackers!
Last season, Oregon exposed just how overrated the Seminoles were. Then, we witnessed the Buckeyes dismantle the Ducks (even though they barely beat my Tide
Well, now that's over. The Crimson Tide
is back, Baby! And, now, all y'all are DONE!
Nick – no, not Saint Nick; Nick Saban (even though he is a saint
) – is tired of being Mr. Nice Guy and playing games with your weak, sorry, useless, pathetic, cry-baby team. So, SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP! It's time to Roll Tide
So, here's my prediction for the final four:
The Alabama Crimson Tide
, ASU, Clemson, & Notre Dame, but the reality is it really doesn't matter who else is there, 'cause my 'Bama Boys
are going to leave no doubt about to whom the trophy belongs! We are going to CRUSH all who feebly attempt to stand in our way. We are hongry
and we're coming after what rightfully
belongs to us!
Now that you know how the season is going to unfold, I TRIPLE-DOG-DARE you to step up and see if you can win the Yahoo! Pick'em Challenge.
For you Veterans, you know what to do. So, jump on it!
For you Rookies, here's the scoop:
I've created two challenge groups for you to try your hand. Go to Yahoo! College Football Pick'em Challenge
and join one (or preferably both) of the following:NDB I
(Group ID #1104
): This is for those who barely venture out of their homes. It's for those who faintly exist. It is straight up picks, using nothing but confidence points.NDB II
(Group ID #1105
): This is for those who live life on the edge; the "They haven't made a roller-coaster I won't ride," "Yes, I'll jump out of that plane," "I want to subway/train surf," and "I'll do it just to prove you wrong" people! It is picking against the spread AND
using confidence points.
The password for both groups is glendale
(all lower case).
So, each week you’ll have the chance to predict the winners of the AP Top 25 games (and Yahoo’s picks of the week). No biggie, right?
Fat chance! Not only do you have to select the winners, but you have to decide how strongly you feel about their chances. Confidence Points will be used to accomplish this objective.
For example, if the #1 team in the nation, the fictional Kick Butt University ("KBU"), is playing the unranked, Can't Win College ("CWC"), you might place the maximum points* on KBU. On the other hand, you just may believe that CWC will pull off the upset, but you're not totally sure. In that case, maybe you only put 1 or 2 points on the game.
That's for NDB I
For NDB II
, an additional factor is utilized: that is, the spread (AKA "the line"). Here, you'll have to decide how many confidence points to assign and you'll have to do it based on the projections of the odds-makers. (Don't sweat it though. You're not having to place a bet. It's all for pride & glory only.)
For example, if #1, KBU is favored to beat CWC by 21.5, you determine your confidence points by deciding how strongly you feel about the likely end-result of the game. If you think KBU will beat CWC by MORE THAN 21.5 points (i.e. 22 points or more), you'd "bet" on KBU. If, however, you think CWC will be within 22 points of KBU (i.e. KBU wins, but by LESS THAN 21.5 points)…or if you believe CWC will win outright, you'd put your points on CWC. (One other note: if the line is, let's say, 21, and KBU wins by exactly 21, this is called a "push" and NO POINTS ARE GAINED & Vegas keeps the cash.)
Bottom line: The stronger you feel about a particular outcome, the greater number of points (the more confidence) you should use.
As the last week usually has fewer games and a very low possible point total, we'll drop the two lowest scores during the season (this gives you an additional "off" week: vacation, forget to make your selections or you just totally blow it…like so many of you will).
Anyway, sign up (and invite others, too) and let's get this football season going. When you sign up, if you're not using your actual name for your "Pick Set Name," if you don't mind, please post a message as to who you are & why you selected your particular name. (Should provide some interesting insights.) Also, if you have any questions or need anything, PM me.
* varies from week to week depending on the number of Top 25 games
Mike Cockrell (AKA liberaldemise and/or Dallas Tide)