Skip to main content

2017 Top 25 College Football Pickem Pools

NCAA Top 25

Football Pickem Pools


It's football season again!
Get your pool together NOW.


We offer weekly NCAA Top 25 pickem-style pools. Our pools start with week 1 of the college football season in late August and go thru the conference championship games, in December.

Pools are Free



Optional Upgrades Available

Learn More

Create your Top 25 pickem pool

We host 10 different formats of NCAA Top 25 football pickem pools. Each week, you'll pick the games with the Top 25 college teams. We even have "combo" pools which include NFL games, too.

Choose the games you want for your NCAA Top 25 football pool:

 College Top 25 Pick em 2017

 College Top 25 + Bowls 2017

 NFL + College Top 25 Regular Season 2017

 NFL + Top 25 Reg Season + Bowls + NFL Playoffs 2017-2017

 College Football Top 25 Pick em (Fri-Mon Games Only)

 College Football Top 25 Streak (Fri-Mon Games Only)

Feature highlights:

  • Commissioners can customize picks deadlines
     
  • Commissioners can edit anyone's picks at any time
     
  • Players can view everyone's picks (after picks deadline)
     
  • Players can add additional sets of picks


  • More Info >>

    What It Is

    Challenge you and your friends to a weekly NCAA top 25 football pool. Everyone makes picks each week. View each other's picks and standings after each game.

    Accrue points based on the outcome of each game. Don't worry, we do all of the calculations..

    There are typically 18 to 22 games per week on the picks sheet. Except for weeks 1 and 2, we have the games for the top 25 teams in the system on Monday. Week 1, we'll have the top 25 teams in as soon as the first AP poll is released. The first AP poll is typically released in mid-to-late August. We start the year using the AP Poll, then around week 8, when the BCS poll is released, we use that. Week 1 typically has a couple of late games on Sunday and Monday, so, that delays the week 2 polls, which in turn delays when we can get the week 2 games into the system. From week 3 on, it's like clock-work, Monday mid-day is usually when the next week's games are in and available to make picks.

    Occasionally, when there aren't enough top 25 teams to get 18 games, we'll look at other polls, to see if those polls include teams outside of the primary football polls. Those secondary polls include: The USA Today Coaches poll, ESPN's power rankings and other polls.

     

    The object of the game is to accumulate as many points as you can each week, for the entire college football season. On our standings page, you can view pool standings by week or groupings of weeks or by the entire season, at any time.

     

    • Each week games for the nation's top 25 teams will be put into that week's picks sheet, shortly after the football polls are released.
    • Your poolies make picks each week.
    • We keep track of game scores and calculate everyone's pool standings.
    • You and your buddies check the site to see how you did.

     

    For against-the-spread scoring methods, we use half-point spreads, so, there are never any ties. We've found that half-point spreads make understanding how to pick teams against the spread a lot easier. We typically get spread information from reputable outlets, like usa today, ScoresAndOdds.com and TheScore.com. Please note that games involving non-FBS teams won't typically have official spreads. In that case, the spread is up to our discretion. We do our best to research the teams involved, where the game is to be played and other key factors, before coming up with a spread. The same goes for games with teams that have key injuries, where Vegas is slow/reluctant to release a spread. This scenario doesn't typically happen very often, but, when a key player, like a starting QB or primary RB sustains an injury and there is no information available about whether that player will play the next game or not, then the release of the spread for that game may be delayed several days. In the event that a spread for a game is delayed a few days, we may interven and come up with a spread, ourselves. We prefer not to do that, but, if a spread is not announced by Wednesday night or Thursday morning, before a Saturday game, we'll put one in there.

    Please note, that once a spread is put into the system, it can't be changed, because people may have already made their picks based on that spread.

    We tweet/post new games and spreads, amongst other things, via our twitter account and our facebook page. Follow us to stay abreast of the latest changes.

    We have 8 different scoring options to choose from.
    Straight Pick em
    » 1 point for each correct pick
     
    Ranked Pick em
    » For each correct pick, users will receive the number of points equal to the confidence rank that they entered for that game.
    » The goal is to score the most points, which may not equate to the most wins
    » The "catch" is that ranking numbers can only be used once
    • Put high points on your most confident pick
    • Put low points on your least confident pick

     
    Pick em Against The Spread (ATS)
    » All games are picked against half-point spreads
    » 1 point for each correct pick
    » How it works: Picking Against the Spread
    • Picking against the spread is where you try to determine which team will cover the spread; not necessarily which team will win.
    • While certain teams will win their game, they will not “cover the spread”, and thus if the team is selected it will count as a loss.
    • Example
      • The home team is favored by 16.5 points (-16.5)
      • The home team beats their opponent by 8 points (31 to 23), but, the home team's spread was (-16.5), so, when picking against the spread, the home team's score was 14.5 (31 minus 16.5), which is less than their opponent's score of 23.
      • This means anyone who picked the home team to win by 16.5 points or more was incorrect, since they only won by 8 points
    Ranked Pick em Against The Spread (ATS)
    » All games are picked against half-point spreads
    » For each correct pick, users will receive the number of points equal to the confidence rank that they entered for that game.
    » The goal is to score the most points, which may not equate to the most wins
    » The "catch" is that ranking numbers can only be used once
    • Put high points on your most confident pick
    • Put low points on your least confident pick

    » Odds are enterred for the following week after the current week's last game, by The PoolTracker Team
     
    Straight Pick 'em - Losses count negative
    » 1 point for each correct pick
    » -1 point for each incorrect pick
     
    Ranked Pick 'em - Losses count negative
    » For each incorrect pick, users will have the number of points equal to their confidence rank for that game subtracted from their total.
    » The goal is to score the most points, which may not equate to the most wins
    » The "catch" is that ranking numbers can only be used once
    • Put high points on your most confident pick
    • Put low points on your least confident pick

     
    Pick em Against The Spread - Losses count negative
    » All games are picked against half-point spreads
    » 1 point for each correct pick
    » -1 point for each incorrect pick
     
    Ranked Against The Spread - Losses count negative
    » All games are picked against half-point spreads
    » For each incorrect pick, users will have the number of points equal to their confidence rank for that game subtracted from their total.
    » The goal is to score the most points, which may not equate to the most wins
    » The "catch" is that ranking numbers can only be used once
    • Put high points on your most confident pick
    • Put low points on your least confident pick

     

     

    Tie Breaker:

    Total Points of Last Game of the Week

    Tie breakers help determine weekly winners, as well as season long pool champions. The season long tie breaker is the sum of all of your tie breaker predictions, for each week, compared to the sum of the actual values for each week.
    ie. [Total of all actual tie breaker values] - [Total of your predicted tie breaker values] = [Season long tie breaker difference]

    Example, using a 3 week season:

    Tie Breaker Values

    Week Player A's Predictions Player B's Predictions Actual Values
    1 41 39 42
    2 35 21 38
    3 65 30 30
    Total: 141 90 110
    Difference: (141 - 110) = 21 (110 - 90) = 20  

    Findings:

    • Player A's tie breaker predictions were closer than Player B's predictions in weeks 1 and 2.
    • Player B's tie breaker predictions were closer than Player A's predictions in week 3.
    • Player B's season-long tie breaker was closer to the actual amount, than Players A's season-long tie breaker.

    Conclusion:

    In the example above, Player B would have won the season-long tie breaker battle, even though Player A was closer in 2 out of the 3 weeks.

     

    The college football season usually starts a week before the NFL season, the last week of August: Friday, September 1, 2017.

    Our college football pickem pools start with the first college game of the season, but, you can start your pool at any time. You can choose to enter player picks for missed weeks or skip any number of missed weeks for the final pool standings.

     

    • You choose how many weeks to compare, for the season standings.
    • You choose your pool's weekly picks deadline.

    Pool administrators can abdicate their admin prividges, to avoid any chance or thought of impropriety, from other poolies. We ask that the pool administrator send us an email requesting us to remove his admin priviledges after all the settings have been configured and all expected players have joined. This is so no other admin tasks are required.

     

    » College Bowl Challenge Pickem Pool

    » College Football Top 25 Weekly Pickem Pool

    » ACC Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » American Athletic Conference / Big East Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » Big 12 Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » Big Ten Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » Conference-USA Football Pickem Pool

    » MAC Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » PAC-12 Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » SEC Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » Sun Belt Conference Football Pickem Pool

    » Mountain West Conference (MWC) Football Pickem Pool

    Our Pickem Pool Expertise
    We've been hosting college football pools on the Internet for years!

     

     

    SN: h2-mdmgames