It’s unusual for one football team to be the difference in this weekly contest, but it happened last week.
Not one single pigskin picker forecasted Arkansas to upset Mississippi State in Starkville and that turned out to be the difference in having three 12-1 entries instead of three 13-0 ballots.
This is 2020, the year of abnormalities, and as usual there was one ‘gimme contest. The McNairy Central at Bolivar Central game was called a forfeit by the Tigers due the entire team being in quarantine.
Every entry received a free pass there.
Of the remaining games, the ones that caused the most miscast votes were Thrasher vs Byers, Georgia vs Auburn and Walnut vs Byers.
The most common record was 11-2 with 10-3 being a close second.
The aforementioned three 12-1 ballots, that triggered the tiebreaker, were Lamar Keith, David Green and Jerry Robertson, all of Corinth. The tiebreaker was the total points scored in the Booneville at Alcorn Central contest, won 50-14 by the Blue Devils setting the magic number at 64.
Keith came closest with a guess of 55 while Robertson said 54 and Green guessed 52. A closer look at Keith’s ballot shows that his original guess was 48 but he marked thru that number and slid 55 in its place.
Sometimes instincts take over when it comes to picking winners but a little luck never hurt anyone.
Congratulations to Lamar Keith, this week’s Pigskin Picks winner of the $25 prize via the tiebreaker.
This week’s games are in today’s Daily Corinthian. Make sure your entries arrive at the Daily Corinthian office by 5 p.m. on Friday.