As we all count the hours (less than 18!) until the college football season begins with that much-anticipated Boston College-Central Michigan showdown — lots of BCS implications there! — I figure this should help tide us over: the Irish Trojan’s second annual ND & USC prediction contests!
Just like last year, the goal is not merely to predict each team’s final record correctly, but to predict each game correctly, and that is how the contests will be scored. Final record and margin of victory will be used as tiebreakers.
To enter the contest, simply leave a comment with your name* (or a psuedonym that will adequately identify you to Irish Trojan readers) and your predicted margin of victory for each USC and Notre Dame game. (They’re separate contests, so you can choose to enter one or the other if you wish; you don’t have to enter both, though of course it’s encouraged.) Positive margins of victory mean you’re predicting a win by the Trojans/Irish; negative margins of victory mean you’re predicting a loss. So, for example, if I want to predict that USC will beat Arkansas by 10, beat Nebraska by 13, and lose to Arizona by 3, my entry for the Trojans would begin:
USC’s schedule is here; Notre Dame’s schedule is here. I’ll leave a comment at the top of comments listing all the games, so you can copy & paste that, and then fill in the relevant numbers, if you wish.
The deadline to enter is 8:00 PM EDT on Saturday. The prize is eternal glory, bragging rights, and… that’s it. But isn’t that enough?
Good luck! (Especially to those who predict an undefeated Trojan season! :)
*First and last names preferred, not required. But please, if you have a particularly common name, at least give a last initial or something. I don’t want three “Davids” and four “Andrews” with no last names. :)