• WEEK THIRTEEN WINNER:  Zachary Favors. In a tough week for the group, he was the only person with a perfect record.  Even more impressive, he has gone 6-0 the last two weeks.  Even more impressive than that, he has stayed relatively humble.
  • The group winning percentage was 41.7%.  The lock percentage was  an ugly 26.2%.
  • Most of the blame for the poor lock record was Baylor and Wisconsin failing to cover.
  • Double digit favorites went 1-4.  OU was the only big favorite to cover.
  • John Forrest still leads the lock race.  He is also still alive in the bracket.
  • Speaking of the bracket, there is still a chance we could have a husband vs wife final.  The Bowman’s are both still alive.
  • We are two weeks into the “Best Finish”, and Zach Favors obviously has the lead.

Finish Strong – we got a prize!

By Kurtis Hanni

The last four weeks are upon us, which means most of us are out of the running. But, if you’re in the top 75, you still have a chance! I know you don’t believe me, but check this out:

  • Last season, David Boettcher was ranked 55 after week 11. He finished 6th, raking in a nice chunk of the pot.
  • John Mellish climbed the ranks from 52 and finished 8th, just in the money.

Another positive, this year finishers 9-10 were added to the list of money winners. So, if you’re ranked 11-75, don’t give up. If anything, bear down… you still have a shot.

Ranked below 75? Well, this contest is made just for you. It gives you hope! If Best Finish was a thing last year, Kyle Nevels would have won. After Week 11 he was in lowly 186th place. His record was 28-30-2. After finishing the season on a 20-4 run, Kyle finished in the 39th spot. Last season it didn’t get him anything(Poor Kyle). This year he would have finished as our Best Finish winner. So, congratulations on nothing Kyle!

What is Best Finish?

Best Finish is a race to the finish. Scoring is the same, but the person who has the most points in the final four weeks walks away with some extra cash in their pocket.

Sure, this has been a season of disappointments. Sure, you stink at picking games. But, over four weeks… anyone can get lucky. And, you’ve hit your groove, you’ve realized the mistakes of the past 11 weeks and you’re ready to hit your stride. In past years, you had no incentive… but now, you have the all-mighty dollar incentivizing you. So tighten those britches and lets get serious. It’s time to show people you’re a force to be reckoned with… you just didn’t care the first 11 weeks.




  • WEEK ELEVEN WINNER:  George Strategakos.  He was 3 points better than Joe Cafiero.
  • The group struggled this week, thanks in large part to West Virginia and Michigan State failing to cover.  The group winning percentage was 44.3%.  The lock percentage was 37.2%.
  • Nobody went 6-0.  Seven people went 0-6.
  • We are down to the sweet 16 in the elimination bracket.  Trevor Bowman is the highest ranking participant.  He is also leading the entire league, so that wasn’t very tough to figure out.  Strangely, his wife is the lowest ranking participant.  She is currently in 134th place.
  • John Forrest and Brian Marshall are tied atop the lock standings.



  • WEEK TEN WINNER: Brian Patton.  Patton won the battle for the week’s top spot.  He scored 131 points, three better than Jon Taber.
  •  The group had an average week.  49.7% overall.  56.7% on locks.
  • The most popular lock was easily Kansas State over OSU.  Easy Money.
  • The separation between the top of the pack and everyone else keeps expanding.  52 points separate 1st from 3rd.
  • Steve Stephenson still has a slim lead in the lock race, with a record of 8-1-1.  Four people are tied for last with a record of 1-9.  If only they had picked opposite of their instinct in every game…
  • Dan Kucab and George Sievers have scored over 100 points three weeks in a row.