EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 02 : Head coach Rick Neuheisel of the UCLA Bruins celebrates another one of his picks winning in the Dawg Pound Pick 'Em contest. He sure is going to be disappointed to find out there isn't any cash prizes!! (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Well, that might not be 100% true. You can always join later, but once games have been played, those valuable points are gone forever. Needless to say, if you are going to be a contender, you better sign up and make your picks before Friday's games kickoff! Last years contest was great fun, especially for kirkd the Pick 'Em champion in both the Straight Up and Against The Spread categories. This is a contest you don't want to miss.
We've got a very good turn out for this years annual UW Dawg Pound Pac-12 Pick 'Em contest, currently we are at 45 contestants! I would ask all of our competitors to please use your Dawg Pound alias, it will greatly benefit you as I start handing out weekly awards for outstanding performances! I'd hate for you to miss out on the bragging rights you so richly deserve!
If you are interested in joining our contest, keep reading after the jump for the particulars. If you've already joined up, there's no need to read on, but that doesn't mean the trash talking can't begin in the comment section!
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". Please use your Dawg Pound alias for the contest! 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!