2023 RamNation Pigskin Pick’em Contest Presented by CSU Ram Zone

Contest Homepage, Entry Form, Standings

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Welcome to the 2023 RamNation Pick’em Contest, presented by CSU Ram Zone powered by CSU Bookstore!

Dougw65 is crowned the champ! Second and third place comes down to tiebreaker. RAM Texas wins the final weekly prize

12/3/23–In a smaller conference championship weekend schedule, RAM Texas earned the individual win this week, going 8-2 to beat all other contenders. Eight others went 7-3 to tie for second place for the week but RAM Texas earns the final $25 gift card to Ram Zone, powered by the CSU Bookstore this year. Congrats! (Well be in touch to arrange getting you your gift card.)
One of those contestants who managed a 7-3 was dougw65, who went into the final week with a one-game lead on the field and used his solid week to clinch the title in the RamNation Pigskin Pick’em, presented by Ram Zone! Congratulations! Doug finished the year 118-87 (57.6% winning percentage) and four games ahead of the next closest competitors. He earns the $300 gift card to Ram Zone! (We’ll be in touch!)
Three contestants tied for second place at 114-91, four games behind the winner. That group consisted of Ryan Gilbert, Shiner, and Kale Burnham. Ryan and Gilbert only managed 4-6 records this week, while Shiner went 6-4 to surge into the three-way tie for second. Thus, the tiebreaker came into place, using OfficePoolStop.com’s tiebreaker hierarchy, which includes Win %, Strength of Victory, and Aggregate. With the three owning identical win percentages, it came down to “Strength of Victory”, which is a formula essentially using a cumulative margin of victory for the season. According to that formula, Ryan Gilbert officially earns second place ($150 gift card), and Shiner takes third place ($75). It is a hard-luck loss for Kale Burnham, but he had an amazing season, winning three individual weeks – only the second time in 24 years that has happened. Congrats to our winners, and we’ll be in touch in the next week!

Ramitin, Bryan Archer, and RamsRule were close – just one game out of the prizes, but each would have needed seven wins this week to make that happen, and nobody in the group won more than six.

It was a great year, and we thank you all for playing!

Check back for the launch of our annual Bowl Pick’em Contest, where everyone starts from scratch, you pick every bowl game against the point spread, and the top three finishers win prizes. 

Visit the final contest page here for full standings/results. 


Thanks to our sponsor, CSU Ram Zone, powered by the CSU Bookstore, for their generous donation of prizes and partnership with RamNation.com. Please support them and all of our sponsors for what they do for RamNation.com and helping us stay up and running! 

Thanks to everyone for playing!

–Joel Cantalamessa (Good SHEPHERD)


Contest details/rules

  • Contestants will pick a point-spread winner in 15 games each week, plus a total score tiebreaker in the final contest game of the weekend. (Please note, we never include CSU games on the list, but try to include most Mountain West matchups.)
  • Contestant’s should make their picks “against the spread”. For instance, if Washington is favored by -14.5 vs. Boise State, and Washington wins by more than 14.5 points, they win “against the spread.” If Washington does not win by more than 14.5 points, then Boise State wins “against the spread,” even though they might lose the game.
  • The system will auto-pick up to three weeks for you if you fail to get your entry in by deadline. If you miss beyond three weeks, you’ll receive a score of 0 for each week missed. 
  • In the event of a tie between contestants at the end of the contest season, Win %, Strength of Victory, and Aggregate tiebreaker as determined by the OfficePoolStop software. If the tie is still not broken we’ll determine an equitable split of the prizes.  
  • Entries are due prior to the first kickoff of a game included in that week’s contest list (typically 10 a.m. MT each Saturday, although some weeks will include Friday and even Thursday games later in the season, so pay attention and get picks in by first game! 
  • You may submit up to three entries per contestant.
  • You may edit your entries via the pool dashboard as long as it’s before the start of the first game of the contest that week. Your final entry is the one submitted last prior to the first kickoff. 
  • If a game is canceled/postponed in a given week, it will merely be omitted from the week’s scores. 

Thanks and best of luck to everyone (except Buffaloes, Cowboys, and Falcons, of course!).

–Good SHEP