Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sign up today to compete in local College Football Pick 'Em Contest

One thing that more and more local football fans look forward to each year as we approach the start of the college football season is the beginning of’s College Football Pick ‘Em Contest.

Again this season, The Courant is inviting readers to sign up for a local group in the contest, which will allow readers to compete against college football fans in and around Conecuh County. Many in the reading audience have participated in this free online contest for 15 years, and there are always a few upsets, good-natured controversies and surprises. Many have said that the contest makes the college football season more interesting and fun.

Here's how the contest works: Each week during the coming college football season, you'll pick the winners of 10 games for the upcoming college football weekend. Your correct picks will be added up after the weekend's games to give you your total for the week. Whoever gets the most right, wins. If you don’t do so hot one week, don’t worry, the contest runs for 14 weeks. This contest’s a marathon, not a sprint.
To sign up for the game, go online and visit the contest website at (or you can just Google “ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em Contest.”) Once there, sign in with your member name. If you don't have an account, take about two minutes to sign up for one. It's absolutely free, as is the contest. It's easy, especially for those of you who are Internet savvy enough to find the contest site online.

Once you've got your account and have signed in, create your own contest entry. Click on "Create Entry," and follow the simple instructions. When you get to the “Name Your Entry” part, The Courant asks that you USE YOUR REAL NAME, so that we can post the standings each week in the paper.

Once you've created an entry, you can join our local group of football fans, allowing you to compete against other contestants from Conecuh County and other areas. This is where the real fun comes in.
The Courant has set up a group that all of you can join, so we'll all be able to compete against each other in the contest. Go ahead and click on "Create or Join a Group." That'll take you to another page, where you'll be able to join our local group.

The name of our group this year is called "South Alabama FB Experts." Enter that in the appropriate space (without the quotation marks and period). If you played last year, all you have to do is click “rejoin,” and it’ll automatically put you in the same group we had last season.

The local group is a private group, so you'll have to have a password to join. Our password is "football." Just type it in without the quotation marks and the period. In the end, if you have any trouble signing up, getting started or if you have any other questions, just e-mail me at If you’re interested in signing up, don’t delay, the contest officially kicks off on the first full Saturday of the college football season, Sept. 2, which is just around the corner.

2016 winner Drew Skipper.
Our 14th annual ESPN College Pick ‘Em contest ended in early December of last year, and many of you will remember that local football expert Drew Skipper claimed the 2016 “Mr. Football” title by finishing in first place. During the 14-week contest, Skipper bested 40 other local contestants by correctly picked the outcomes of 98 percent of the games over the course of the college football season.

Steve Stacey finished in the second place, just seven points behind Skipper. Past Champion Ricky Taylor finished in third place, and Courant Publisher Robert Bozeman came in fourth.

Justin Chandler and Travis Presley tied for the fifth-place spot. Past Champion Hunter Norris finished in seventh place, and Lee Peacock came in eighth. Casey Grant finished in the No. 9 spot, and Eric Talbot rounded out the Top 10.

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