The "UnOfficial" Week 1 Game Prediction Thread - Fresno State TrojanHorse Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 4,620 Likes Received: 3,931 Aug 25, 2019 #1 It is that time of year. The anticipation has been building for months. The verbal banter between the optimists and the pessimists has reached its zenith. Now there is nothing left to say...it's all about watching what happens on the field!!! Well...that's not exactly correct. There is plenty more to say...and it all starts here with all of you telling the rest of us what you think will happen in the Trojans Home Opener. We had 211 unique players last year and last year's season long winner was @socallvr Post your best prediction of the final score for this game. We will announce winners after the game. The Overriding Golden Rule of the Prediction Thread series is that this game is open to ALL - Pessimists and Optimists. Everyone's opinion is valid. However this is not the place for name calling or verbal abuse of any kind. State your opinion and try to give a valid reason to back your thoughts up. Then be accepting of other's thoughts and opinions. Maybe we will all learn something over the course of the year. The Basic Rules of tabulation this week will be as follows: *We will track predicted scores (one guess per person) and come up with a winner by 'least cumulative variance.' That is, the real variance of each team's guess added together. *If two people have given the same score, then the first one that gave the score is the winner. Other than that, there could be co-champions. if two people have given different scores, but have the same cumulative variance. *Edits to posted scores will be allowed until game time. *If the least cumulative variance happens to pick the wrong winner, they will be awarded "Closest to the Pin,' but the overall winner must guess the winning team correctly. *A 'Most Wrong' Award will be given out for the guess with the largest cumulative variance. *No more guesses or changes after kickoff. Please Observe The Following Honorary Rules: -The Cardinal & Gold Rule - Whole numbers only. Fractional numbers will be rounded up. -The NorCalSurfer Rule – No ‘Negative’ score predictions -The BigGuard Rule - If someone has two guesses in the same post, for humor or other purposes, I will use the last guess unless it is very obvious that the 1st one is the 'real' guess... so try to be clear. Judges decisions are final. This has been changed from last year to more closely line up with the Trojan Eternity Rule. - The Lizard King Rule – In order to qualify for the honorary tile of most wrong, guesses must be at least somewhat within reason. Nothing over 70 points scored for instance is probably reasonable for either team this week. -The Globe Rule – If more than one player has the same net differential, but at least one has picked the correct team to win...then no “Closest To The Pin” Trophy will be awarded that week. -The Trojan Eternity Clarification – If a contest inadvertently (or otherwise) makes more than one pick, the last pick will be the one used for the purposes of the competition. Technically, this would be the “last” pick. A Season Long Champion will also be crowned: -each week we will calculate the 'average' net points for any participant that has picks in at least 2/3 of the available games. -We will include all games through the regular season in this format. However, once any playoffs or post season games begin, you MUST play those games in order to continue on to become the season champion. It's sort of like the Fed Ex Cup. Beat the Bulldogs!