Every college football media outlet has its own version of a pick 'em. SB Nation’s will focus on only the biggest games of the week. Here are the rules:
- We will pick the winner of all games between ranked (AP Poll) teams, but if there are not enough such games in a given week, we will throw in a game or two of note, so we are always picking at least three games per week.
- Players must assign a confidence rating from 1 to 10 points with each pick. If they win, they get the points added to their weekly and season total. If they lose, the points are subtracted. Yes, a player can choose the same confidence number for each game, and yes, this could result in some hilariously poor scores.
This week we have four such games.
The average points wagered this week is 24, a pretty confident slate. Michigan was the most heavily wagered selection, with 17 of 18 picks and 142 points. The Louisville at Clemson game featured only a combined 67 points wagered.
Week 4’s champion was Steven Godfrey, with 20 points. Our other participants are Dan Rubenstein, Matt Brown, Morgan Moriarty, Alex Kirshner, Jason Kirk, Jeanna Thomas, Richard Johnson, Sarah Hardy, Luke Zimmermann, Spencer Hall , Bill Connelly, Brian Floyd, Ryan Nanni, Wescott Eberts, myself, and, Rodger Sherman.
No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington
The winner of this game takes a huge step forward in the Pac-12 North race after Oregon was shown to be nothing special.
No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia
Can Tennessee handle success after coming back to dominate Florida? Can Georgia get off the mat after getting blown out by Ole Miss?
No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan
Can Wisconsin upset Michigan State and Michigan in back-to-back weeks?
No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson
Louisville has been the more impressive team to date, but Clemson may break out Deshaun Watson’s wheels more than it has been willing to do to date.
Please post and track your picks in the comment section.
I'd said the highest-scoring verified commenter each week will get to pick with the staff the following week, but due to some commenters cracking the obvious flaw with week-to-week scoring, the highest-scoring commenter for the season will get to pick with us in 2017 (Week 1 is not included in this due to the initial wonky rules).
So please post your season total each week. At the end of the season, I will verify anyone claiming to be the winner.