Welcome to the 2016 version of Gator Pick'em.
Here are a few things that you should know before you get started:
- We pick against the spread. This means that the team with the
negative number after their name in parenthesis, "(-13)" for example,
is FAVORED to win that game by that many points. If they win
by less than the spread, then they are a LOSING pick. In the
event that they win by exactly the spread, we have a PUSH
which is scored as a win for either pick. The spread is shown as
negative because it is subtracted from the favored team's
score before comparison to the underdog's score. The one who still
has the higher score after this adjustment is the winning pick.
Still confused? Ask John and see if
he can do a better job explaining than me.
Let's say a game has the following line:
LSU (-12.5) vs. Vandy
If LSU wins the game 36-24, then the "spread winner" is computed by taking 36, subtracting 12.5, and comparing the result to 24. In this case:
36 - 12.5 = 23.5
And because 23.5 is less than 24, Vandy is the "spread winner"
even though LSU won the game (LSU is the "straight" or "straight up"
- Favorites are selected by default the first time you go to the picks
page each week. Because more favorites tend to be picked than underdogs,
this is simply for your convenience (less clicking). They are NOT automatically selected as your picks for the week, you'll have to click to save them as your picks. We make it easy, but we're not playing the game for you.
- Usernames/passwords are kept from year-to-year, so you should continue
to use your username and password from the previous season(s). If
you haven't played on the current system (2003 onward), you will need
to create a new account by clicking on the "register" link on the
login page (below the login box). If you already have an account,
please use it rather than creating a new one. Username and password
reminders are emailed to people at the beginning of the season for
people who played in the prior season, but if you have any other issues
with logging in, let Oz know.
- Each week is usually open for picking some time on Monday or Tuesday and
the previous week scored by Monday evening (depending on my travel
to/from games mostly). You will receive email when the new week's game is
up and when the previous one is scored. John also announces this (and the week's winner) on GatorNews/Talk.
- Pick 'em closes one hour prior to the start-time of the first game
included in the picks and the close time is displayed under the main menu (We
try to stick mostly to Saturday games so this is typically around 11am
Saturday, though Thursday night games are becoming more and more popular -- keep this in mind). You can edit your picks as many times as you want heading up
to the deadline (don't be afraid to make some initial picks on Tuesday
and then go back and change them later if you'd like -- Remember: Your
picks are not locked in until pick'em closes for the week).
- In order to show up in the overall scores for the season, you will need
to make picks for at least half of the weeks that have been played. This is done to keep the
scoreboard clean of people who only pick for a week or two. Obviously,
people will also only show-up in the per-week scoreboard for weeks they have picked.
- While I hope the system is fairly stable and works well, you
may find the occasional bug. If you have any bug reports, feature
requests, comments, etc. please email Oz about it. You
can also take a look at the To-Do List to see
if it's already there. I will try to be as responsive as possible to
any bug reports or administrative requests. However, I get especially
busy during football season, so please try to be patient if you don't
hear from me right away.
- Thanks for playing and...Go Gators!
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