LOS ANGELES CA - January 2012: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies pumps his fist after learning that kirkd swept both categories in the UW Dawg Pound Pac-12 Pick 'Em contest. Sark commented later; "See what happens when you Expect to Win" (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Hello, Dawg fans! Are you ready for some football? The start of the 2012 college football season is just a few weeks away, which means it time for the 3rd edition of the Pac-12 Pick 'Em contest here at the Dawg Pound. The past two pick 'em contest have been quite the success, not to mention a whole lot of fun. This is your chance to prove you know what you are talking about, not to mention bragging rights for the next year! I've even heard a rumor that the winner will receive an actual prize this year!
The first annual contest winners were Lear Pilot (yep, me) in the Straight Up category and CAHusky in the Against the Spread category. The second annual contest saw the first sweep of both categories as kirkd showed why he is one of the most respected posters on the blog!
If you aren't familiar with Pick 'em contests, they are really simple. Each week you pick which Pac-12 teams you think will win their games, and get points for each correct game you picked. If you are up for a more difficult challenge, you can also pick the games against the spread. If you are interested, continue reading after the jump for more details.
In the past contests here at the Dawg Pound, John would post his picks mid week, then everybody would post their picks in the comments section of that story. At the end of the week, I would go through all the picks and tally the stats, which was A LOT of work. This year we are going to change it up and use Yahoo Sports to host our contest. This will make it much easier for all of you to make your picks at your leisure, and it will be a lot easier for me to manage the contest.
There are only two downfalls to using Yahoo for the contest. In past seasons, we have had two categories, Straight Up and Against the Spread. Because of the way Yahoo is set up, we can only do one category per Yahoo group. Easy solution, I created two yahoo groups: Dawg Pound - Straight Up and Dawg Pound - A.T.S. (Against The Spread). The good news is that Yahoo is set up really well to play in multiple groups and it only takes a minute to make your picks. Trust me, it will be a big improvement over previous years!!
The other minor issue is they don't make it possible to pick games that are played on Thursdays. The first week of the season we won't be able to pick four games, but I only counted eight Pac-12 games on Thursdays this year. Such as life.
Just like last year, I'll make a weekly fanpost (check the right column, it won't be on the front page) to update the Dawg Pound on the current stats and progress of both categories of the contest.
If you are interested in competing in our annual contest, you can find it at the Yahoo Pick 'Em website. The "Straight Up" category group ID# is 6777, the "Against The Spread" group ID# is 6782. The password for both categories is "dawgy style". Remember, you can participate in the Straight Up category, the Against The Spread category, or both (in past season everybody participated in both).
If you have any questions, fire away, that's why we have a comment section!
Who will win the 2012 UW Dawg Pound Pick 'Em contest?
kirkd (defending champion in both categories) (16 votes)
Lear Pilot (former champion in the straight up category) (6 votes)
CAHusky (former champion in the Against the Spread category) (3 votes)
Gekko Mojo (The Dawg with the Dots) (11 votes)
John Berkowitz (The Dawgfather of the Dawg Pound) (7 votes)
I'm going to win (you, the person casting the vote) (50 votes)
Other (28 votes)
121 total votes