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  1. PLEASE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY. Well, here we are again. It’s August 12th and time to officially begin the 2017 Edition of The TOUCHDOWN AUBURN BOWL. This is our 15th year of the TDA Bowl. I was not the person that started this pick ‘em contest, so I don’t have any winners prior to 2005. But, I do have a list of the winners from 2005 through last year and we have yet to have a person win the TDA bowl a 2nd time. Is 2017 the year for that? Here are the previous winners from the information that I have: 2005 Carolina Tiger 2006 Scottie4AU 2007 TheDrewYouKnew 2008 TigerInBham 2009 WarEagle71 2010 DadyBoyAU 2011 TigerRag229 2012 tigersauburn217 2013 Ravad 2014 eagle76 2015 ValleyTiger 2016 AuTiger_1998 Since we have so many new posters this year, let me explain what the Touchdown Auburn Bowl is. Each week during the season there will be a group of games to pick the winners from. All SEC games each week will be used in addition to other games across the country. The games all carry point values ranging from 3 points up to 10 points. We begin every year in august by making our picks for the order of finish in each division in the SEC, who we think will win the conference championship, and who we think will win the National title. We also do a tie breaker/ bonus points. This year the tie breaker/bonus points will be: “how many TOTAL POINTS will auburn score this season”? I wish we could do prizes at the end of the year (if anybody has any ideas or would like to volunteer anything let me know) but so far its just for bragging rights and a little fun during the season. We will pick games every week, and then pick every bowl game. There will be a post listing that current week results and the current overall leader. When the weekly winners are announced there will be two totals posted in a single row. First will be the totals from that week. Underneath that will be the cumulative season totals. We will also have beneath that, the weekly power rankings. The power rankings are the percentage of the total games to date that each user has picked correctly. After the championship game, I’ll announce the winner. If anybody has any questions about the game, please don’t hesitate to pm me or start a thread with the question. I don’t want any questions asked in the selection threads. Last year we had approximately 90 players participating at one point or another. We have had some new faces join us this year, and hope they will jump right in and play along with us. This is open to anybody that is a member at AUFAMILY, so everybody PLEASE jump in and join us. . Now, here is some extremely important information and rules regarding TDA Bowl 2017. This is all done on a very extensive excel spreadsheet so all results are kept in one excel workbook. I have developed a pretty sophisticated spread sheet to keep up with this for the entire season. I have it currently set up to accommodate 110 players. HOWEVER, there were several last year that either never made any picks (after entering pre-season picks) or only picked in the first week or 2. So, my point in making this known, is that if you don’t intend to play consistently every week please don’t take a slot from someone that will want to play every week. There are a limited number of slots for players. Like last season, the game will be closed to any new players after week 3 of the regular season. Hopefully this will encourage you to get a spot NOW in the pre-season predictions thread and continue to pick throughout the season. Now, let me address the point system. First, the preseason: The points for the preseason picks will be as follows. 1.) Picking each division in order of finish will be rewarded like this: 7 points for 1st place, 6 points for 2nd, 5 points for 3rd, 4 points for 4th, 3 points for 5th, and 2 points for 6th and 1 point for 7th. That means predicting the order of finish for both divisions will be worth 56 points (28 points per division). Picking the SEC Champion will be worth 25 points, and picking the National Champion will be worth 50 points. Our tie-breaker/bonus points will be the number of POINTS auburn will score in the entire season. In the event that we have a tie at the end of the season the tiebreaker/bonus points will be used to determine a winner and decided by whoever is closer without going over. If anyone picks this exactly right, they will receive 20 bonus points. (this alone could change who wins or loses). The Bonus points will be awarded regardless of whether it is needed to break a tie, provided someone has picked this total correctly. This makes the Pre-Season picks worth a total of 151 points. Now, these are the posting rules. This game takes a lot of time to run and I need for you, the player, to make it as easy on me as possible. Therefore, we are going to use these rules for posting your weekly picks. Each game picked will carry a point value of anywhere between 3 and 10 points. 1.) post ONLY the team you pick to win the game ( do not include the point total for the game, or any editorials about the game. If you want to discuss picks, start another thread.) 2.) DO NOT use nicknames such as tigers, rebels, elephants, dawgs, etc. or to identify teams. The ONLY acceptable form of entry for our conference teams, are as follows: Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt. Using anything other than the list above will make your selection wrong and it will NOT be corrected and as a result it will NOT count 3.) Post the team EXACLY how I type it out in the initial game list. DO NOT abbreviate on your own, and please find the caps lock key and turn it off. DO NOT CHANGE THE ORDER of the teams. 4.) Do NOT double space your picks. One single line down the thread is how it needs to be. I copy and paste from the thread and having them double spaced, makes me have to go in and manually enter those picks. I WILL NOT DO THIS. NOTE: Shift/Enter will space you down one space instead of the stupid default double space currently in place. However, it’s easier to copy/paste to your post then edit to make your selections. 5.) If you change your mind and want to change a selection before the game starts, DO NOT edit your post. PM me with the change. I will not be going back through the thread to check for any changes once I have recorded your picks. I don’t always go back in the thread to make the changes that are PM’d to me either. It just takes too much time. If you PM me a change, it will be changed on my spreadsheet. DO NOT EDIT YOUR POSTS. 6.) The standings will be posted sometime late Saturday night after the last game. In the event there is a game we are picking on Sunday or Monday, then the results will be posted as soon as possible following that game. 7.) The next weeks picks will be put up sometime on Sunday afternoon each week and the threads will be locked on Friday night at 10:00. In the event there is a Thursday game and you don’t get your picks in until Friday, the games that have not been played for that week will all count. The game that was played before your picks were submitted will not count. IF for some reason you don’t get your picks in before the thread is locked, you can PM me your picks (in the correct format) before the games begin on Saturday. The cutoff time for this will be 11:00 AM. As long as I have them in my inbox by 11:00 that day, they will count. Even if I don’t check it until late Saturday. 8.) In addition to posting the weekly standings, I will also be posting weekly power rankings as well. This will show the rankings in the order of who had the higher percentage correct. Keep in mind this may be different than the weekly point winners. 9.) We will be picking every game involving an SEC member as well as select games across the country. There are no such team as USCw or USCe. The ONLY team referred to as USC will be Southern Cal. Using USCw or USCe will make your entry incorrect and it will NOT be corrected. It will be considered WRONG. It’s imperative that everyone follow these rules. Failure to follow these simple rules will result in your picks NOT being counted for that week. I do not have the time to make corrections for 100 or more players every week. So, let’s get started making picks for the predicted order of finish of each division, conference champion, National Champion and # of Auburn POINTS.. When posting your predicted order of finish, post in the following order East, West, Conference Champion, National Champion, and number of POINTS auburn will score. (See example below) Just a reminder since we are using POINTS scored this year: 2006 Total Points 322 2007 Total Points 315 2008 Total Points 208 2009 Total Points 433 2010 Total Points 577 2011 Total Points 334 2012 Total Points 224 2013 Total Points 553 2014 Total Points 461 2015 Total Points 357 2016 Total Points 406 Example of posting order East 1 East 2 East 3 East 4 East 5 East 6 East 7 West 1 West 2 West 3 West 4 West 5 West 6 West 7 SEC Champion National Champion # of POINTS auburn will score (Please note there are NO BLANK LINES BETWEEN SELECTIONS) Failure to post in the proper order will result in your picks not counting. This thread will be locked on Tuesday, August 29 at 5:00 PM. Good Luck everyone and let’s have a great 2017 season. WAR EAGLE!!!