WEEK THREE RECAP AND RESULTS

WEEK THREE RECAP

  • Oklahoma set a stadium attendance record for their game against Ohio State.  87,979 people watched the game…87, 983 if you include the Sooner cornerbacks.
  • Oklahoma State striped the stadium for the Pittsburgh game.  It was striped in orange, white and aluminum.
  • Last week was full of bad beats and back door covers.  In six of the fifteen games, the ATS outcome was decided in the final 3:30 minutes of the game.  Four of the six games were particularly painful, or satisfying, depending on your perspective (listed below).  None of the PP6 participants lost all four games, but four participants did lose 3 of the 4.
    • Iowa State scored twice in the final six minutes to cover the 24 point spread against TCU, sealing the deal with a “meaningless” field goal with one minute to play.
    • After trailing 24-3, Alabama roared back to take a 48-3o lead over Ole Miss.  Mississippi scored two touchdowns, eight seconds apart, in the final 3 minutes of the game.
    • LSU got out to a 23-3 lead over Mississippi State.  MSU scored the game’s final 17 points to cover the spread, including two touchdowns in the final 4:30 seconds.
    • UCLA jumped out to a 17-0 lead over BYU.  The Cougars answered with two touchdowns of their own.  The final TD came with 0:37 left to play and allowed them to cover the 3.5 point spread.  Ouch.
  • I usually reserve PP6 specific results for the section listed below.  However, Michael Patton deserves special attention this week, if for no other reason than to jinx him.  He is off to a ridiculous start, going 16-2 through the first three weeks.  If you include the final two weeks from last season, his last five scores have been 91-102-104-101-124.  Michael, you realize that almost everybody is rooting against you, right?  I say almost everybody because I see that you have some family members in the competition.  I imagine they’d like to see your good fortune continue, especially if Jeannie is your Mom or wife.  Maybe not so much if she is your sister-in-law.  Other than your family, 96% of the participants would like to see you go 1-5, because you can’t wish 0-6 on anyone.  The other 4% want you to go 5-1, but only because they think you list losses first and wins second.

WEEK THREE RESULTS

  • WEEK THREE WINNER:  Rusty Risenhoover.  Three people went 6-0 last week.  Rusty’s 128 points were enough to get him the win.
  • The group winning percentage was ok:  48.4%.  The lock percentage was slightly worse: 45.5%.
  • The pick distribution was much more even than usual.  45% of the picks were for the underdog.  However, only 34% of the locks were for underdogs.
  • Home Underdogs went 5-2.
  • The leaderboard for each of the individual groups is now included on the leaderboard page.

You can find a summary of the weekly results in the “Games” tab.

WEEK TWO RECAP AND RESULTS

WEEK TWO RECAP

  • Yogi Berra once famously quipped, “It ain’t over till it’s over”.  In the case of Oklahoma State vs Central Michigan, “It ain’t over till after it’s over.”  In one of the wildest finishes in college football history, CMU upset (in more ways than one) the Cowboys.  By rule, OSU won the game.  That fact cannot be disputed.  By decision, CMU was awarded the win, despite their touchdown being scored after the game was over.  Yes, after the game was over.  Make sense out of that.  Fair or not, the score won’t change now.  As my wife humorously suggested, if  Steve Harvey and the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant can get it right after the fact, why can’t college football?

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WEEK TWO RESULTS

  • WEEK TWO WINNER:  Kabinga Maini.  Just like last week, two people went 6-0 (Kabinga and David Boettcher). Sorry, Dave.  You were outscored.  Get ’em next time.  Next time, based on historical PP6 data (participants have 1:140 odds of going 6-0) will be in 2026.
  • The group winning percentage was bad, really bad:  42.9%.  The lock percentage was even worse: 37.7%.  This should prove to be one of the worst weeks of the year.
  • 10 people went 0-6, while only 2 people went 6-0.
  • The Big 12 killed the group this week.  The three most popular picks were OSU, TCU and Texas Tech.  They were all ATS losers.
  • The six most popular picks went 1-5 this week.
  • In case you were wondering, the official score of the OSU vs CMU game did not affect the weekly winner.  Kabinga would’ve won whether the score was 27-24 or 27-30.

You can find a summary of the weekly results in the “Games” tab.

 

WEEK ONE RESULTS

WEEK ONE RESULTS

  • WEEK ONE WINNER:  Amberlea Smith.  Amberlea and Keith Selensky went 6-0, but Amberlea out scored him.  She’ll collect the check.  Keith will have to settle for the satisfaction of going 6-0.  While Amberlea was counting wins, her husband was suffering through a 1-5 week.  #Theonetimeyourwifeactuallywantstotalkfootballatthedinnertable
  • The group winning percentage  was average:  48.8%.  The lock percentage was worse: 40.4%.
  • History has proven that it is easier to go 0-6 than 6-0.  Last year, there were 38 6-0’s and 55 0-6’s.  In week one, four people went 0-6.  The trend continues.
  • Three of the four most popular picks were ATS losers, including the most popular pick, Clemson.  Clemson was picked 178 times to Auburn’s 29.  The lock disparity was even wider, 55:1.
  • The group majority went for the underdog in only 4 of the 15 games.  3 of those 4 were winners.

You can find a summary of the weekly results in the “Games” tab.

I want to thank Kurtis Hanni for all his help with this league.  I would not want to do it without him…actually, I wouldn’t still be doing it without him.

 

Wow! 377ish sign-ups! Good luck!

Wow, another year, another massive growth. We broke the 300 barrier last year, and look to have over 375 participants this year. We also surpassed 500 total participants over the course of the contest! You’re making our jobs hard, but that’s a good thing. Here’s a chart of our growth:

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  • Out of 80 newcomers last year, 49 returned. I’d say that’s a good retention rate!
  • It looks like we have over 100 new participants this year! Great growth!
  • 17 of last years top 20 returned and 9 of 10 in the top 10. So only 1 took their money and ran, and 11-20 weren’t too discouraged by just missing out.

New year, new participants, so why not highlight some past great performances?

2015 was average

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New Features For 2016: Groups

Looking forward to this year! Everyone has a chance to win… for the moment.

As John addresses in his introduction post, with so many participating, it’s hard to win. So, we encourage you to join with a group of friends and compete together.

This year we’re offering groups. In groups you can:

  • Create a public or private group
  • Have your own conversations
  • And we’ll even track your group competition

Tracking your group results could be difficult, so we’re setting a few ground rules. First, only those playing in the main group can play in this new group feature. Second, tracking won’t be available until week 3. This allows all groups to get formed. Third, anyone joining after week 3 won’t be a part of our group leaderboard. Week 3 we’re going to pull all the groups and use that to create the leaderboard. To keep it as automated as possible, we’ve got to do it this way!

Here’s what you  need to do:

  1. Register or log-in.
  2. Update your profile. Put in some details, add an image, so we know you’re real!
  3. You need friends. Go to Profile > Members. Search members for you’d like to add to your group. Click “Add Friend”.
  4. Now create a group. Go to Profile > Groups. Click “Create a Group”. Setup your group. Once your friends accept your friend invitation, you’ll be able to invite them to your group.

If you’re doing a group for money, we’d suggest only allowing the admin and mods to invite people. This way others cannot join.

We’re hopeful this new option will make the game more enjoyable and keep you more engaged! Feedback is welcome!