With mostly everyone picking Illinois to win last Saturday, there really isn't much to look at early on, but here it is. For the newbies out there, here's how it works. After Saturday's games, I will keep track of how your predictions stacked up, and will update the standings after each week of the season. There are three things that determine how high you place in the standings.
1) Did you predict correctly? Just like with anything else, the more you win, the higher up you will be.
2) How many games did you predict? The more you participate, the higher you will be. Say you have predicted five games correctly, but have missed a week. Someone else who has predicted five games correctly, but has predicted every week, will be placed ahead of you.
3) RSDT (Real Spread Difference Total) Say the score you predicted had Illinois +10 last week. With their 24-7 win, the spread was Illinois +17, so your RSDT for the week is 7. The lower this number, the better you are doing at predicting the spread, and the better chance you have of being placed ahead of someone with the same win total.
4) Tie breaker - Predicting a correct score: It doesn't happen often, in fact there wasn't a correct score prediction last week, but it has happened before. If you are tied with someone after looking at 1 through 3, a correct score could be the difference. If neither person has predicted one, then I will figure something out. It hasn't been an issue to this point.
I know it isn't perfect, and some people I feel try to make a point of telling me that by predicting incredibly outrageous scores where the spread is realistic. Got no problems if you want to do that. I think half the fun is trying to predict the score correctly, and seeing what other people think about the upcoming games.
Also, my description of how things work might not be perfect. If you have any questions, just hit me up via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here's how things look after the first week. Five people out of the 69 that participated predicted a correct spread, but like I said earlier, no correct scores. Illinois won 24-7 against Western Michigan, so it was Illinois +17 on the real game spread.
|Mike Goebel||Illinois 30-13||1||0||0|
|Jim Rossow||Illinois 42-23||1||0||2|
|Tom Young||Illinois 21-14||1||0||10|
|Bwp 5P||Illinois 20-13||1||0||10|
|Eric 22||Illinois 26-20||1||0||11|
|Bob Asmussen||Illinois 27-24||1||0||14|
|caillini||W. Michigan 13-10||0||1||20|
|dealmaker21||W. Michigan 32-23||0||1||26|
* - Real Spread Difference Total
Scores in bold were those that correctly predicted the spread.
My Prediction for the Arizona State game will come your way tomorrow. Still waiting to hear how Scheelhaase is doing.