Welcome to the 2017 RamNation Bowl Pick’em Contest, sponsored by the Rams Book Store!
Diesel11 goes nearly wire-to-wire to win the Championship! Tiebreakers crown RamsDuJour the runner-up and MIZZOU as third-place in a dramatic final day of the contest
1/2/18–Diesel11, who snatched first place just a couple days into the contest and never relinquished the lead, is crowed the 2017 RamNation Bowl Pick’em Contest, sponsored by the Rams Book Store! With contestants breathing down his neck, he went 3-2 on Monday in the final day of play, which was good enough to not just win, but extend his lead by two games. The three wins were hard to come by as four of five underdogs won outright on Monday, which wrecked a lot of contestants’ hopes for a final-day surge into the prizes. But the high school freshman Diesel11 channeled his legendary father’s (long-time Pick’em contestant, “WEB”) prognostication skills to finish strong, ending with a 26-13 record (67.7%). He earns not only bragging rights, but the $100 store credit to Rams Book Store (please email us to arrange collecting your prize).
Second place wasn’t so clear cut. Heading into the final day of action, we had a five-way tie for second place between Braiden151, Haney9, njeppson, DainJeppson, and matth. Haney9 and njeppson both went just 1-for-5 to drop out of the running, but several others stepped up to the plate to create a nine-way tie for second place at 24-15: Braiden151, DainJeppson, matth, MIZZOU, JulesJepp, RamsDuJour, Gibbon Jockey, buff skinner, and Thosedernramz.
So, the final results came down to the total points tiebreaker in the Rose Bowl, which had a huge total score of 102 points. RamsDuJour (72 points) and MIZZOU (66 points) had the highest guesses of the bunch, and thus earned second, and third place, respectively. RamsDuJour earns the $50 store credit and MIZZOU earns the $25 store credit. (Again, please email us to arrange collecting your prize.) GibbonJockey was the hard-luck loser, going 4-for-5 to give himself a shot, but his tiebreaker guess of 62 was just shy of the others, and he finished in fourth.
The final top 10 looked like this:
- Gibbon Jockey
- buff skinner
Thosedernramz had the most impressive close of the bunch though, as she finished the contest season on a 9-2 tear to come out of nowhere to give herself a shot, only to come up just short on the tiebreaker. DurwardRam also went 9-2 to end the season, but finished one win behind the second-place group.
Another interesting tidbit from this year’s contest is that three members of the Jeppson family finished in the top 10: MIZZOU (3rd), DainJeppson (8th), and JulesJepp (10th), while a fourth — njeppson — finished just outside the top 10 at No. 12. A total of 17 members from the family participate, spearheaded by long-time RamNationer “72kram”, who offers his own prize to the family winner. They had entries from Japan, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Iowa — with family members representing about 10 different university allegiances. Those Jeppsons are pretty good at this….aside from those top-10 finishers, a total of nine family members finished in the top 50, and if you look back at the regular season contest, “jjeppson” finished in 12th overall, and “njeppson” was the individual winner of Week 13. Thanks for participating, Jeppsons!
We have to say, sorry to our long-time player, KitKarson, who took last place in the contest, correctly picking just 12 of 39 games. But overall, it was a great comeback by the field, as we teetered in the low 40% range for the first half of the contest before catching fire and finishing at 50.1%. We finished at 20 favorites covering and 19 underdogs covering (17 of which won outright) — quite a year for underdogs.
We thank you all for playing. Happy New Year, and check back again in March for the RamNation March Madness Contest, sponsored by Rams Book Store!
Please join me in thanking Rams Book Store for their 17th year of sponsorship to this contest. When you’re in need CSU memorabilia, gear, or school books, Rams Book Store should be your first choice!
- Contestants will pick a point-spread winner in every bowl game.
- Contestant’s should make their picks “against the spread”. For instance, if CSU is favored by -5.5 vs. Marshall, and CSU wins by more than 5.5 points, they win “against the spread.” If CSU does not win by more than 5.5 points, then Marshall wins “against the spread,” even though they might lose the game.
- In the event of a tie between contestants at the end of the bowl season, the first tiebreaker is the total points scored in the “tiebreaker” game. The contestant that picks closest to the total points scored wins the tiebreaker. If total points does not break the tie, then total yards will be used. Again, closest guess to the total yards gained from scrimmage by both teams during that game will win the tiebreaker.
- Entries are due by 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 16 prior to the first kickoff that day.
- Please submit only one entry form per contestant.
- The system is set up so that if you want to change your picks (before the start of the first game), you simply have to to resumbit your entry, and it will overwrite the exisiting entry.
Guidelines and other notes:
Q.Ram, our contest administrator, will make his picks known on the message board prior to deadline, so that everyone will know he is not rigging the game to win all of the prizes.
When in Fort Collins, please pay a visit to our gracious sponsor, Rams Book Store, for furnishing the prizes. Their sponsorship is what helps make RamNation go.
All registered posters are welcome to join the contest, but remember all you Ram foes out there…the prizes are limited to what Rams Book Store has in stock, which is primarily CSU-related gear! Thanks and best of luck to everyone (except Buffaloes, Cowboys, and Falcons).
–Q.Ram, Good SHEP, and CSURamFan