Hey kids that's right, we're right on the cusp of another season of America's most absurd major sport: college football!
Your Official Narratives for 2019:
- Does anyone other than Clemson or Bama realistically have a shot at the title?
- Is Texas back?
- Can those scrappy upstart Michigan Wolverines breakthrough and finish higher than third in the Big Ten East?
- Hey, remember that time Bama ran a fake field goal with the kicker as the lead blocker in the national championship game?
- Will Southern Cal start the season 0-6?
- More mysterious: that Kansas offered Les Miles the head coaching job, or that he took it?
This is where YOU come in! Help me fill in the rest of the narratives, and we'll see how they hold up as the season progresses!
In addition, as the subject alludes to, the SE++ College Football Thread Pick 'Em will be back for 2019! Once again @Nirya
and I will pick the games and you'll pick the results (of those games).
I'll spice it up for y'all. For the Week 1 pick 'em, I will also allow you to submit your predicted Week 1 Playoff. I won't make you pick the seeds, so you just need to guess four teams. For each of your teams that appear in the playoff, you'll get 1 point. (Also, there won't be a Week 0 pick 'em.)
PICK 'EM RULES
Nirya and I will pick 10 games every week. We will not
pick games that occur during the week, with one major exception: our rivalry week pickstravaganza that occurs every Thanksgiving. Each correct pick counts for one (1) point, except for one contest we designate as the GAME OF THE WEEK (GOTW), which is worth two (2) points. Though it's not usually the case, for all intents and purposes you should consider our picks to be arbitrary, because it's easier for everyone that way.
For games that are Against the Spread (ATS), we will designate a spread (or line) that is usually an average or thereabouts of whatever spreads I can find at the beginning of any particular week. Spreads will be in this format:
Utah State @ Nevada (-7)
This means that Nevada is favored
by 7 points. If you pick Nevada, you are saying that they will win by at least
7 points. If the final score is Nevada 31, Utah State 24, picking Nevada wins and picking Utah State loses. If the final score is Nevada 30, Utah State 24, picking Nevada loses and picking Utah State wins. To reduce confusion on this point, I try to use half-points to make this clear (i.e., Nevada (-6.5)) as often as possible.