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Welcome to the 29th season of the CFPOOL!
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The Entry Forms for the Early Bowls and the Late Bowls are available. The first is due by the kickoff of the New Orleans Bowl on December 20th; the second by the kickoff of the Music City Bowl on December 30th. The winner's bonus for each is 50.00 points. (Also, see note below about the bowl entries.)
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The feedback was overwhelmingly positive for including all four of the possible national championship matchups as part of the Late Bowls entry form and dropping the three matchups that did not materialize after the semi-finals are complete. We will follow that plan this year.
On the entry form for the late bowls, which includes both the semi-final games and the potential national championship games, you will see the semi-final games listed using the usual names (e.g. Alabama-Ohio State and Oregon-Florida State). You will also see the four possible national championship matchups. The team names in those matchups will have either a "1" or a "2" behind them. (For those of you who have playing in the CFPOOL a long time, you may remember using these numbers when the Thanksgiving Week entry form would include multiple games involving the same teams over subsequent weekends.) Don't worry about the specific number listed behind the team. There is no special meaning other than to differentiate for which particular game this pick was meant. In the right-hand side of the classic version of the online entry form where you order your picks (or the email version of the entry form, which is still supported) only the winners are listed, so the software needs to know whether the team you list in the form refers to the semi-final game or one of their two potential matchups in the national championship game. So, Alabama without a suffix refers to the semi-final game against Ohio State. Alabama 1 refers to their potential matchup against Oregon in the national championship game and Alabama 2 refers to their potential matchup against Florida State in the national championship game.
Also, the feedback was positive on allowing people to modify their entry forms after the kickoff of the first game. This is for the two bowl entries only to allow for lengthy period of time between the first game and the last games included in the entry.
Any game that has already started will be locked in and cannot be moved up or down in the confidence order nor can you switch your choice for the winner. The bowl games that haven't yet kicked off can still be updated. The drag-and-drop version of the entry form will show the locked-in games in pink and will not allow you to drag them. The classic version of the entry form won't give you any visual feedback on the locked-in games, but can be used to update your entry as well. However, it will reject any upated entry that changes the locked-in games.
NOTE: YOU WILL STILL NEED TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY FORM BEFORE KICKOFF OF THE FIRST GAME.
To reduce the possibility that contenders for the season title will flip the last couple of games to upsets if that is the only way to win the season, we will lock down all of the remaining games for the Late Bowl entry at kickoff of the first game following the semi-finals. That would lock down the final seven games of the 18 games overall (after drops).
INTRODUCING DRAG-AND-DROP SUPPORT IN ENTRY FORM:
Some of you may have noticed that we have introduced a new version of the entry form on the web site that supports dragging-and-dropping the teams to change the confidence order for the games. If you want to try it yourself, there is a link on the entry form to go to the drag-and-drop version (and a link on the drag-and-drop version to go back to the classic entry form as well).
If you have any difficulties with the new-style form, please let us know via the "Contact Us" page. Please include the browser and operating system you are running if you have troubles. (If you're not sure, the browser type and version can be found listed near the bottom of the drag-and-drop entry form.) We've tested it on the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer running on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. We've also validated that the new form works on iOS and Android, though you can't actually drag-and-drop the rows. On the mobile browsers, you will click on the buttons towards the left-hand side to move the picks up and down.
If things go well, we expect to switch the entry form to use the drag-and-drop version by default. For now, you can go back and forth between the versions and it should remember which style of entry form you used for your submission the last time around and use that style as your default the next time around.
NEW ENTRY FORMS POSTED ON MONDAYS:
New entry forms will generally be posted by Monday night each week, though there may be the occasional exception where an entry will be available as early as Sunday night.
The situation for incoming email remains unchanged from the last few years. We have found a new provider for outgoing email so reminder and other requested emails should go out as expected. Please use the "Contact Us" page to report any problems or ask questions. This is the only reliable way to contact us since those messages will be forwarded to our personal email addresses. Email addressed to email@example.com will typically bounce or just disappear.
There is no requirement to receive email from us to participate in CFPOOL. You can set your email preferences accordingly on the Member Services page and leave the "Email Confirmation" box unchanged when submitting an entry.