College Football Playoffs FAQ

The Main Issue
While the four playoff teams will be announced in early December, the two semi-final bowl games (the Orange Bowl (Miami) and Cotton Bowl (Arlington)) will be played on December 31, and only then will the National Championship matchup be determined.
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General Information
What will the picksheet look like?

All the bowl and playoff games are available to be included on the picksheet, including the championship game. Before the semi-final games are played (Dec 31), the team selections for the championship game will include all 4 playoff teams. If you want, you can use a late pick deadline so that people can go back in and change their picks on the final game, as described below.

What options are available for setting the Pick Deadline?

There are at least three options with the pick deadline:

  1. Set it for an early time, say the first game, and don't change it. This will make it harder for people to get the championship game correct since you will have to commit to one of four teams, rather than just two (it's like a mini-bracket in that way). This is especially difficult if your pool is against the spread.
  2. Set it for an early time, and check the box to "Unlock Championship Game once all other games are over". This will open up the picksheet again so that people can change their pick for the Championship game based on the two teams that actualy advance to the final (and based on the spread, if applicable)
  3. Set it for a late time, like kickoff of the Championship game (Jan 10) and leave it. That way you can change your picks for any game that hasn't started yet, and will have plenty of time to lock down your Championship winner after the two final teams are known.

Will the National Championship game be scored "against-the-spread"?

Yes, if your pool is against-the-spread (ATS) then the National Championship game will be scored the same way. The difference is that the spread won't be entered into the website until a day or two after the playoff games have been completed. If you do not want the final game to be ATS, then you can force a "straight up" pick by going to POOL ADMIN>Set Custom Spreads, and setting the spread to "0.0". You can do that in advance, and you should also make it clear in your written rules (POOL SETTINGS>Written Rules) that the National Championship game will be scored straight up.

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