Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Pick Six '06 | by Jay

Now that the AP Poll is out, it's time for the Pick Six contest. This is your opportunity to showcase your pigskin prognostication skills, get on the record and be able to tell everyone, "I just knew Louisiana-Monroe was going to win it all this year!"

Here's how it works.

1. We divide the top 25 into 5 groups of 5 based on the AP Poll: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, etc. For this year's poll, the groups are thus:

A - Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas, Auburn, West Virginia
B - Southern Cal, Florida, LSU, California, Oklahoma
C - Florida State, Miami, Louisville, Michigan, Georgia
D - Iowa, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Penn State, Nebraska
E - Oregon, TCU, Tennessee, Arizona State, Texas Tech
2. 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.

3. Each week we'll update the standings. 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. Unlike last year, we'll use the AP Poll all season long (instead of switching to the BCS standings).

5. The winner is the person at the end of the year with the most highly-ranked teams. As an example, here's the final tally from last year.

6. And the grand prize? I'm still searching around for a suitable piece of college football bric-a-brac. How about a Bo Schembechler bobblehead? A Ty Willingham cut-out? We'll come up with something good.

That's it for the Pick Six: short, sweet and simple. Polling closes next Wednesday, so get your picks in now. Good luck!