College Bowl Pick' Em 2009
- February 2nd
- January 8th
- With Alabama’s National Championship win last night Bowl
Pick Em is sadly over for another year.
Congratulations to Nate Davenport who takes home the prize this
year with a record breaking performance of 23 wins. Very impressive.
While you may not have enjoyed it as much as Nate, I hope you
have enjoyed it nonetheless. We always get good feedback on how
much people enjoy this competition and the attention they pay
to all these great games. Have a great year and we hope to see
you next time.
We do have a couple deadbeats left, please pay now if you haven’t
(you should know who you are as I have sent separate emails) or
risk incurring my ever living enmity for making us track you down.
LT & Brad & Wes
- January 6th
- Congrats to Nate Davenport! With Iowa's win last night he opened
up a two game lead and as he shares one game with both Jake and
Ryan (who are two games back) he has this thing clinched. Great
work Nate. Believe it or not, Nate claims he went the opposite of
what his gut told him, it has worked out.
- New Years Day (3:16 pm)
- What a great Auburn Northwestern game, I hope you all caught that
- New Years Day (early)
- Happy New Years to all and good luck, five games today
- December 31st (early)
- And a happy New Year to everyone.
- Prior to todays games, we have a serious bunching at the top of
the standings. We now have six people tied for first, nine one game
back, and another nineteen two games back
- All in all 60 people now within four games and everyone but Chad
East within six games of the lead with lots to go. Really amazing
to see 45 people within three games and easy striking distance of
- December 28th
- Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope everyone is having a good
- After losing his first game, Nate Davenport has won nine games
in a row and is our first sole leader.
- It is, of course, still wide open, with 47 people within four
games and 58 within six
- December 19th
- With seventy entries this year the prize is $5,250, a new high.
Best of luck.
Just as importantly, we have a great slate of football games
to follow and enjoy.
We will not bother you with emails during the contest, but there
is a wealth of information (46 people picked Rutgers, for example,
and are looking to notch an early win) on the home page, plus
updates that we hope will add to your enjoyment. All the picks
are up for everyone to look at, as well as standings, how many
people picked what teams (report package, Tournament Results),
and much more.
Happy Holidays to all.
LT & Brad & Wes
- December 12th
- Welcome to College Bowl Pick Em 2009, our ninth bowl season. For
those of you that have participated in years past welcome back.
For newcomers, this is a great event and I know you will enjoy it.
There is no better way to become intimately involved in all the
games. People often talk about the meaning of the season around
this time of year......and I am pretty sure they mean College Bowl
- There are 34 bowl games this year, however, like last year we
are only playing 32. We have looked at several different formats/websites
and none allowed us to run the contest in the same manner as we
have in the past (specifically the weighted favorites, which we
believe is a superior method for choosing a champion). We are not
using the first game (Fresno Vs Wyoming) or the Eagtlebank (Temple
vs UCLA) games.
- Pick 32 Bowl Games against the spread plus the tiebreak of your
top 5 best bets and predicted score of the Championship Game. You
will get 5 points for your 1st best bet, 4 pts for your 2nd, 3 for
your 3rd, and so on down to 1 pt for your 5th. In the event of a
tie, the person with the most points wins. If still tied, closest
- You will be able to track your standings daily on this website.
The first game is the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday December 19th
at 8:00 pm EST. That is the deadline for joining and payment should
be submitted upon completing your entry.
- The fee is $75 (or less than $3 per game, which netted the winner
last year $3,300) is payable to: [email protected] via paypal ($78
using Paypal) with a debit or credit card. Or you can send a check
snail mail to Bradley Cohen: 516 S. Highland Ave. Apt. #31 Pittsburgh,
PA 15206. If you use Paypal make sure you make the subject line
something innocuous such as 'ski trip payment' or something. I got
in trouble a couple years ago.
- You can email me at [email protected] if you have any questions.
- A quick note on corrections. Once you have made
your picks online you can not make changes. However, if you need
to change a pick you made, email me the details at [email protected]
before the deadline (No changes allowed after that) and I can make
- John Mah (2008) (44 competitors
- $3,300 - 20 wins, 63% Winning Percentage)
- Ryan Friend (2007) (67 - $5,025
- 20T, 66%)
- Chris Williams
(2006) (54 - $4,050 - 22, 69%)
- Rob Hassell (2005) (38 - $2,850
- 17T, 61%)
- Lincoln Gaffney (2004) (31 -
$2,325 - 22, 79%)
- Steven Sparks (2003) (27 - $2,025
- 18, 64%)
- Chris Williams (2002) (26 -
$1,950 - 17, 61%)
- Rocky Stone (2001) (15 - $1,125
- 16T, 64%)
- Updated Archives (thanks to wes)
- Below is a graph of the growth of the pool. Blue is total entries
on the left axis, the red line is % growth on the right axis.
- Historical Notes
- New Archives,
thanks to Wes
1) Wes Battle has tied for 1st twice (2001, 2005) and placed 2nd
once (2003) without a victory: he is the all times wins leader.
2) For those that have played at least 3 years, Mark Gander leads
in Average Wins per season (18.0)-Tania Harrick 2nd at 17.5.
3) Chris Williams is a two-time winner with $6,000 and your Money
4) Through 2008, the Bowl Poll has been contested by 119 players.
5) 6 players have competed in every bowl poll (8 years) Battle,
McBride, C. Harrick, LT, B. Cohen and M. Shaker
6) Doug Cohen owns the distinction for getting last THREE TIMES,
including twice in back-to-back seasons (2003-2004)
7) Lincoln Gaffney went from first to worst in 2004-2003
8) 45 of 67 participants in 2007 had competed before. 22 were newcomers.
9) In 2008, 41 of 44 participants had played before-only 3 newcomers.
10) The average Winner picks 67% of the games correctly.
11) 3 out of 8 years, the Champion has been decided by the tiebreak-your
5 Best Bets.
12) Linoln Gaffney had the best single year in 2004, winning 79%
!!! Or 22 of 28 games.
13) Doug Cohen had the worst single year in 2004, winnning 25% or
7 of 28 games.