That's right, ladies and gentlemen. The longest standing tradition on Rock M Nation is back. The "Sweet Smell of Mediocrity™" has returned in the 6th annual installment of the Rock M Nation Bowl Pick 'Em Contest. For those of you who are new to these parts since last year, the contest is simple. I have lined out all of the bowl games with the spread and the over/under. Once again this year, thanks to Google and their "forms" (whatever those really are), all you need to do is select (by clicking a bubble) your choices and submit them via the form.
Once again, we've experienced considerable community growth from last year to this year, but I really do want everyone to throw down, and not just RMN folks. All our friends from around SBN are welcome to join as well. As I find predictions from national pundits (usually in the form of a prediction with a score), I will go ahead and submit them as well, just so you can see how you stacked up. The contest will be open to entry until next Saturday (the 15th) at 11am (central), as the first game is at 12pm central time.
After typing in your RMN handle (and let me know if you have switched names and have entered previous years as another handle) you will see that the point spread is used as part of your selecting the "winner". For those of you who are not familiar with the point spreads, the first game is the New Mexico Bowl, where we find the line reading as "Arizona -7.5 vs. Nevada". If you select Arizona, it means you not only believe Arizona will win, but they will win by more than 7.5 points. A Nevada selection means you either believe Nevada will win the game outright, or will be within 7.5 points if they lose. The second selection is the over/under. For this game, the O/U is 73. If you believe the teams will combine to score more than 73 points, you go with the over. If you believe they will combine to score less than 73 points, you go with the under. If you believe they are going to score 73 exactly, well...you should do well here. And because there is no real money involved, and we need all the help we can get, ties are wins for everyone :-)
As we last left off, I believe there are only there people above .500 who have participated in all five contests. MU 1839 is our leader, with Bill C. and RPT behind. Anyone else who has a 5-year badge is under .500 (myself very much included). As a community, we are 366 picks under .500 all-time at 13,995-14,361, which is good enough for a .494 average. I say we go over .500 this year and see where that gets us. Here is a link (hopefully) to the all-time tracking spreadsheet Link:
In terms of prizes...I don't think we do anything beyond bragging rights, but if Bill wants to dip into the DEEP pool of RMN-generated funds, who am I to question him? Lines are courtesy of VegasInsider.com simply because they were the first I could find with both a line and the O/U. These lines (for the purposes of this contest) are locked, so if it moves later because of suspensions or whatever, it is what it is. You will not be able to change your picks once the contest closes, so keep that in mind.