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Two late Texas A&M touchdowns gave the Aggies the cover in the Orange Bowl and gave The Poolmaster his first win in Bowl Pool history. The Poolmaster became the second player to win 11 of 12 picks under the current format and collects $947.50. It is only the third pool win in the 29-year history of Mania pools for The Poolmaster who won PIgskin Mania in 1997 and March Mania in 2006. Manny Gomez 1 and Shrivelhead 1 will split second- and third-place prize money to collect $350.58 each. Including ties, the pool will pay 32 places. Winners should go directly to the Winners' Page at this link to fill out the form with directions on how to handle your winnings. As always, we encourage players to leave funds on account for future pools to limit the number of transactions we have to make. Thanks to everyone for playing. One more week of Pigskin Mania and then it's on to March Mania...we hope.

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Poolmaster 2 entry confirmation

Final Standings
  Player Pts Poss Cash   Player Pts Poss   Player Pts Poss
1. Poolmaster 2 74 74 $947.50 101. Greg Janczak 1 42 42 198. Mattwilson206 1 30 30
2. Manny Gomez 1 69 69 $350.58 101. Jeff Knouse 1 42 42 198. Rob Uhring 3 30 30
2. Shrivelhead 1 69 69 $350.58 101. Stan tangeman 1 42 42 198. Shawman27 2 30 30
4. Feder16 1 66 66 $151.60 101. Todd George 2 42 42 198. TMAC 2 30 30
5. Allen/Diggs 3 62 62 $94.75 105. Adam D Kilgore 1 41 41 205. AARZOOOO 1 29 29
6. Bob Mika 1 61 61 $50.00 105. Butch K 1 41 41 205. Bridger, Mary 1 29 29
6. Bryan Barger 2 61 61 $50.00 105. Heleebs 1 41 41 205. Brooksy 1 29 29
6. Charles Durrenberger 1 61 61 $50.00 105. Italian Ice 1 41 41 205. Gerrettie, Jimmy 2 29 29
9. Mark Schumaker 3 60 60 $50.00 105. Jim Maguire 1 41 41 205. Mthompson 1 29 29
9. RazorBill 1 60 60 $50.00 105. Mattwilson206 2 41 41 210. Chris Vafinis 2 28 28
11. Johanna Farinsky 1 59 59 $50.00 105. Messky 1 41 41 210. Freeball 1 28 28
11. Rob Hollnagel Jr 1 59 59 $50.00 105. PJs College Fund 2 41 41 210. J Billman 3 28 28
13. Chad Sumner 1 58 58 $50.00 105. superdave 2 41 41 210. Skitch Patterson 1 28 28
13. ritchieblackmore 1 58 58 $50.00 105. The Gipper 1 41 41 210. Tribe94 2 28 28
15. Bryan Barger 1 57 57 $25.00 105. Tony 1 2 41 41 215. ArizonaPokerBob 2 27 27
15. jmagrudes 1 57 57 $25.00 105. Wyo.JAnderson 1 41 41 215. B Adams 1 27 27
15. peewa4prez 1 57 57 $25.00 117. B&J 4ever 2 40 40 215. Brian Akers 3 27 27
15. Ratzy 1 57 57 $25.00 117. Bill G 1 40 40 215. ChuckCripe 2 27 27
19. Chris V 2 56 56 $25.00 117. Caitlin Peel 1 40 40 215. coachvdaisy 1 27 27
19. Colin97 1 56 56 $25.00 117. Dan Steinberg 1 40 40 215. DLeslie 1 27 27
19. derekdew 2 56 56 $25.00 117. DosXX 1 40 40 215. Dragon 1 27 27
19. Velvet Milkman 2 56 56 $25.00 117. Greg Janczak 3 40 40 215. Freeball 2 27 27
23. bcpeel 1 55 55 $25.00 117. John Miller 1 40 40 215. Jeremy S 1 27 27
23. John Farinsky 1 55 55 $25.00 117. timmytee10 1 40 40 215. Scott Sokerka 1 27 27
23. johnnie flash 1 55 55 $25.00 117. Woody 1 40 40 215. Shane Hogan 1 27 27
23. Jon G 2 55 55 $25.00 126. ballickmoyler 1 39 39 215. TOMMY TEES IT UP 1 27 27
27. Beej 1 54 54 $25.00 126. Gerrettie, Jimmy 3 39 39 227. Butch K 2 26 26
27. Bill G 2 54 54 $25.00 126. gfloyd86 1 39 39 227. Cara Sumner 1 26 26
27. Bizz1984 1 54 54 $25.00 126. Tony V 2 39 39 227. Fish Sticks 2 26 26
27. Gary Washburn 2 54 54 $25.00 130. ANDY CAMEN 1 38 38 227. Fishbain 1 26 26
27. TOMatillo 1 54 54 $25.00 130. DanTrujillo 1 38 38 227. Steph Currie 2 26 26
32. derekdew 3 53 53 130. KingJ1010 1 38 38 232. Bob Cape 1 25 25
32. Italian Ice 2 53 53 130. Mark Schumaker 1 38 38 232. digger 1 25 25
32. joenole 1 53 53 130. potentpotables 1 38 38 232. GoIrish 1 25 25
32. Jon G 1 53 53 130. Rodney Campbell 1 38 38 232. RedBaron 2 25 25
32. mpsinger1982 1 53 53 130. TOMMY TEES IT UP 2 38 38 232. rsrich 2 25 25
32. TR Zman 1 53 53 137. BriAlubowicz 1 37 37 232. Shooter McGavin 1 25 25
38. AMcKenny 1 52 52 137. Dennis Schiefer 2 37 37 238. Freeball 3 24 24
38. ArizonaPokerBob 3 52 52 137. Fish Sticks 3 37 37 238. JMU Duuukes 1 24 24
38. BeBad 1 52 52 137. Furious47 2 37 37 238. Rick Gonzales 1 24 24
38. Chris Finley 1 52 52 137. Mark Schumaker 2 37 37 238. Tackleberry#5 1 24 24
38. Gilmaniac5 2 52 52 137. Stan tangeman 2 37 37 242. B Adams 2 23 23
38. TOMMY TEES IT UP 3 52 52 137. Steph Currie 1 37 37 242. dowlingbrett 2 23 23
44. Chuck Stanifer 1 51 51 137. superdave 1 37 37 242. GoIrish 3 23 23
44. J Billman 1 51 51 137. T-BUG 1 37 37 242. Shane Hogan 2 23 23
44. Nate Searles 1 51 51 146. ballickmoyler 2 36 36 242. Tribe94 3 23 23
44. Westyah99 1 51 51 146. BriAlubowicz 2 36 36 247. ArizonaPokerBob 1 22 22
48. Allen/Diggs 1 50 50 146. John Stephens 2 36 36 247. Carole 1 22 22
48. B&J 4ever 1 50 50 146. Rick Gonzales 2 36 36 247. JEFF-HARTATTACK 1 22 22
48. Chris V 1 50 50 146. rsrich 1 36 36 247. Slim Pickins 2 22 22
48. DK Miller 1 50 50 146. superdave 3 36 36 251. Manifold 1 21 21
48. Furious47 1 50 50 152. Bizz 2 35 35 251. Poolmaster 1 21 21
48. potentpotables 2 50 50 152. Gilmaniac5 3 35 35 251. Steph Currie 3 21 21
54. bcpeel 2 49 49 152. JPCurrie 1 35 35 254. Mike Wargo 1 20 20
54. Blancett 1 49 49 152. Mantooth 1 35 35 255. PJs College Fund 1 19 19
54. Bonedogg 1 49 49 152. MIKE 1 35 35 256. brent57 2 18 18
54. Pat Finley 1 49 49 152. PJs College Fund 3 35 35 256. D&S Schiefer 2 18 18
58. Bill Stewart 1 48 48 152. Scooter 2 35 35 256. dowlingbrett 3 18 18
58. Chris V 3 48 48 152. Scott Allen 1 35 35 256. Rob Uhring 2 18 18
58. Gerrettie, Jimmy 1 48 48 152. Scott Wiley 1 35 35 260. AvaWar17 1 17 17
58. JEFF-HARTATTACK 2 48 48 152. SteelfanNSouth  1 35 35 260. Bob Mika 2 17 17
58. Marc Vielledent 1 48 48 162. B Adams 3 34 34 260. ChuckCripe 1 17 17
58. Velvet Milkman 1 48 48 162. Bill G 3 34 34 260. JPCurrie 2 17 17
64. Greg Janczak 2 47 47 162. Dale Collins 1 34 34 260. Slim Pickins 1 17 17
64. johnnie flash 2 47 47 162. Fish Sticks 1 34 34 265. GMen, Kevin 2 16 16
64. Zach Pagan 2 47 47 162. John Stephens 1 34 34 265. Slim Pickins 3 16 16
67. ANDY CAMEN 2 46 46 162. Logan Synoracki 1 34 34 267. Cole/Troy 1 15 15
67. Bizz 1 46 46 162. Manny Gomez Jr 1 34 34 268. Brian Akers 1 14 14
67. Colin97 2 46 46 162. RDobbs 2 34 34 268. digger 3 14 14
67. derekdew 1 46 46 162. Shooter McGavin 2 34 34 270. AhDonnelly 1 12 12
67. Ijwynn88 1 46 46 162. Ste004 2 34 34 270. BriAlubowicz 3 12 12
67. John Miller 2 46 46 162. TheNoodle2 1 34 34 272. Scooter 1 10 10
67. Marc Vielledent 3 46 46 173. AlexRucks 1 33 33 273. Manifold 2 9 9
67. Poolmaster 3 46 46 173. Allen/Diggs 2 33 33 273. Matt Lichtel 1 9 9
67. Ratzy 2 46 46 173. ballickmoyler 3 33 33 275. Brian Akers 2 8 8
67. Ste004 1 46 46 173. brent57 1 33 33 276. Colin97 3 6 6
67. Tony 1 1 46 46 173. Ds0589 1 33 33 277. dowlingbrett 1 3 3
78. B&J 4ever 3 45 45 173. Maid09 1 33 33
78. Cole/Troy 2 45 45 173. Manifold 3 33 33
78. Dustin Sedatole 1 45 45 173. RedBaron 1 33 33
78. Gary Washburn 1 45 45 173. TreyPollard 1 33 33
78. GoIrish 2 45 45 173. Tribe94 1 33 33
78. TMAC 1 45 45 183. Chris Vafinis 1 32 32
84. Ater 1 44 44 183. ClownShow47 1 32 32
84. Dan Korentayer 1 44 44 183. Dennis Schiefer 1 32 32
84. DDJ17 1 44 44 183. Derek Rickard 1 32 32
84. Matt Bonesteel 1 44 44 183. Gary Washburn 3 32 32
84. Ratzy 3 44 44 183. Schwindie 1 32 32
84. Rob Uhring 1 44 44 183. Scott Allen 2 32 32
84. Todd George 1 44 44 183. Shawman27 1 32 32
84. Zach Pagan 1 44 44 183. Wyo.JAnderson 2 32 32
92. AKA DosXX 1 43 43 192. D&S Schiefer 1 31 31
92. AlliFraz 1 43 43 192. digger 2 31 31
92. Bob Mika 3 43 43 192. GMen, Kevin 1 31 31
92. Bolt Bowicz 1 43 43 192. J Billman 2 31 31
92. Gilmaniac5 1 43 43 192. RDobbs 1 31 31
92. Jon Forsythe 1 43 43 192. Woody 2 31 31
92. Justin Herman 1 43 43 198. BP Blowout 1 30 30
92. Marc Vielledent 2 43 43 198. Cory Matteson 1 30 30
92. powerjim92 1 43 43 198. Dan Korentayer 2 30 30
Schedule of Games and Results (Listed game times are Eastern Standard Time)

Winning picks are highlighted in  NAVY. Losing picks highlighted in  GRAY.

Bowl Date, Time Favorite Line Underdog Score
Camellia Dec. 25, 2:30 PM Buffalo 3.5 Marshall Buffalo 17, Marshall 10
First Responder Dec. 26, 3:30 PM La.-Lafayette 14 UTSA La.-Lafayette 31, UTSA 24
LendingTree Dec. 26, 3:30 PM Georgia St. 4 W. Kentucky Georgia St. 39, W. Kentucky 21
Cure Dec. 26, 7:30 PM Coastal Carolina 7 Liberty Liberty 37, Coastal Carolina 34
Cheez-It Dec. 29, 5:30 PM Oklahoma St. 2 Miami, Fla. Oklahoma St. 37, Miami, Fla. 34
Alamo Dec. 29, 9:00 PM Texas 10.5 Colorado Texas 55, Colorado 23
Mayo Dec. 30, 12:00 PM Wisconsin 6.5 Wake Forest Wisconsin 42, Wake Forest 28
Music City Dec. 30, 4:00 PM Iowa OFF Missouri CANCELLED
Cotton Dec. 30, 8:00 PM Florida 3 Oklahoma Oklahoma 55, Florida 20
Armed Forces Dec. 31, 12:00 PM Tulsa 2.5 Mississippi St. Mississippi St. 28, Tulsa 26
Arizona Dec. 31, 2:00 PM San Jose St. 7.5 Ball St. Ball St. 34, San Jose St. 13
Liberty Dec. 31, 4:00 PM West Virginia 7.5 Army West Virginia 24, Army 21
Texas Dec. 31, 8:00 PM TCU OFF Arkansas CANCELLED
Peach Jan. 1, 12:00 PM Georgia 7 Cincinnati Georgia 24, Cincinnati 21
Citrus Jan. 1, 1:00 PM Northwestern 3.5 Auburn Northwestern 35, Auburn 19
Rose Jan. 1, 4:00 PM Alabama 19.5 Notre Dame Alabama 31, Notre Dame 14
Sugar Jan. 1, 8:00 PM Clemson 7.5 Ohio St. Ohio St. 49, Clemson 28
Gator Jan. 2, 12:00 PM Kentucky 2.5 N. Carolina St. Kentucky 23, N. Carolina St. 21
Outback Jan. 2, 12:30 PM Indiana 6.5 Mississippi Mississippi 26, Indiana 20
Fiesta Jan. 2, 4:00 PM Iowa St. 4.5 Oregon Iowa St. 34, Oregon 17
Orange Jan. 2, 8:00 PM Texas AM 7 North Carolina Texas AM 41, North Carolina 27
2020-2021 Rules

Rules (updated with cancelled games)

  1. Entry fee is $10.

  2. The pool is open to anyone who submits picks and an entry fee. You do not need to be in the Pigskin Mania regular season pool to play.

  3. The pool begins with games on Dec. 25 and continues through the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2.

  4. Each player picks 12 winners against the point spread from the list of 21 games in the Schedule of Games and Results below. Players may choose any 12 games they prefer, leaving 10 games that are not part of their entry. In addition, players will make 3 alternate picks in order of preference in case teams do not play because of COVID. See the COVID RULE below.

  5. This is a "confidence pool." Players will assign a point value from 12 to 1 for each pick, with a point value of 12 for the game in which the player has the most confidence to cover the point spread, down to 1 for the player's least confident pick of the 12 games selected for action.

  6. If a pick covers the point spread, the player scores the points assigned to that game. If the pick does not cover or if there is a push, the player scores zero points for that pick. There are a total of 78 points possible for a player who picks 12 winners.

  7. The winner of the pool is the player who scores the most points.

  8. There is no tiebreaker. Entries that are tied in the standings will split winnings for those spots.

  9. COVID RULE: In addition to the 12 picks, players will make 3 alternate picks in order of preference. If one of the player's 12 original picks does not play its game, the alternate pick be put in play as follows. Each pick below the pick that does not play will move up in the player's entry and the alternate pick will assume the #1 spot in the entry. EXAMPLE: The #8 pick in an entry does not play or has its game cancelled. Each pick below that will move up one spot. The #7 pick becomes the #8 pick, #6 becomes #7 and so on. The alternate pick then becomes the #1 pick. This will be done each time a pick cancels its bowl appearance or if a game is cancelled. If a player loses more than three picks, the player should contact The Poolmaster at poolmaster@pigskinmania.net to replace the pick with a game that has not been played. Alternate picks are only used to resolve cancelled games. If you make a mistake in your picks such as picking both teams in the same game or duplicating a pick, an alternate pick does not fix the error.

  10. With the Texas Bowl cancelled, the deadline for picks now is kickoff of the Cotton Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. EST. Players can select games early in the schedule or can wait up until the Cotton Bowl to submit an entry or multiple entries. When the Cotton Bowl kicks off, there are no longer 12 games left to pick from and entries are closed.

  11. Players may submit up to three entries. All three entries can be submitted at the start of the pool or the player may wait and submit additional entries up until the picks deadline which is kickoff of the Armed Forces Bowl.

  12. Entry fees must be received by kickoff of the first game in a player's picks, or, if sent by mail, the entry fee must be postmarked no later than the date of the first game in the player's picks. Entry fees can be submitted via check, cash, Venmo or Zelle, Paypal, or with the player's Pigskin Mania account. Payment information is below.

  13. Entries must be submitted using the Picks Page. To go to the Pick Page, click on the SUBMIT PICKS link after the list of games and point spreads below. The link will be active on Dec. 21.

  14. When you submit your picks, you should receive a Confirmation Page. You are advised to double check your picks and print the Confirmation Page. If you do not receive a Confirmation Page, your picks did not go through and you should submit again.

  15. Players may change or correct their picks until one of their games in their entry has started by just resubmitting new picks. Once a game in a player's entry has started, ALL picks are locked and any errors in picks will remain as lost games.

  16. Once a game has started, it is no longer eligible to be picked.

  17. An entry cannot have a team more than once. If you pick a team twice, the pick with the higher value will count and the pick with the lower value will count as a loss.

  18. An entry cannot have both teams from the same game. If you pick both teams in a game, the pick with the higher value will count and the pick with the lower value will count as a loss.

  1. All entries must be numbered. The form on the Picks Page will require you to number your entry. If you submit multiple entries be sure they are numbered accordingly. If you submit an entry with the same number as a previous entry, it will replace the previous entry.

  2. There are a number of ways to pay entry fees. They are listed below in order of preference:

    Pigskin Mania Account: If you have money on account in Pigskin Mania, including winnings from the current season, your entry fee will be automatically deducted from your account and you do not need to send an entry fee. The Accounts page is updated to include prizes won during the current regular season. If you are using your PM account for your entry fee, please indicate when you submit your picks. If you want to use your account to pay for someone else's entry, send an email with your instructions to poolmaster@pigskinmania.net.

    Venmo: Our Venmo account is @Javier-Gonzales-5. You can also submit through Venmo using this email address jaygonzales@comcast.net, or cell number 520-444-3883.

    Zelle: Our email address for Zelle is jaygonzales@comcast.net

    Paypal: The Poolmaster's Paypal account is under the email address jaygonzales@comcast.net. If you do not have a Paypal account and are using a credit or debit card for your entry fees, you must add the service fees using the schedule below. If you do have a Paypal account, just send the amount of the entry fees.

    1 entry = $10.61

    2 entries = $20.91

    3 entries = $31.20

    Check or Cash by Mail or hand-delivered: To 7656 E. Park View Drive, Tucson, AZ, 85715. Checks should be made out to Jay Gonzales.

  1. A link to all picks will be posted on this page so you can track the progress of the pool. Standings also will be updated and posted periodically during the course of the bowl season.

  2. Prize money will be paid as indicated in the chart below. Total prize money is $2,770.

Place Total Pot $2,770.00
1st Place 50% $1,010.00
2nd Place 25% $505.00
3rd Place 12% $242.40
4th Place 8% $161.60
5th Place 5% $101.00
6th-13th and ties   $50.00
14th-27th and ties   $25.00
Previous Winners

Here are the winners of the pool since 1994. For a sense of what it takes to win the pool, we have had the current format since 2007.

Year Winner Prize Entries Pts Wins Games Pct.
2019 B&J 4ever 2 $1,372.50 442 74 10 12 .833
2018 Velvet Milkman $1,277.50 398 70 10 12 .833
2017 George, Todd 1 $1,182.50 319 72 9 12 .750
2016 Hart, Jeff $865.00 263 73 11 12 .917
2015 Janczak, Greg 2 $1,037.50 295 70 10 12 .833
2014 Mika, Bob 2 $1,140.00 228 66 9 12 .750
2013 McGrail, Terry $1,080.00 180 66 8 12 .667
2012 Cape, Bob $984.00 164 65 9 12 .750
2011 Gomez, Brian $805.00 115 66 9 12 .750
2010 Kennedy, Butch $757.50 101 61 7 12 .583
2009 Campbell, Rodney $922.50 123 73 10 12 .833
2008 Leon, Jake $825.00 110 68 9 12 .750
2007 Gonzales, Rick 1 $960.00 128 75 10 12 .833
Current format introduced in 2007
2006 Nintzel, William $765.00 102 92 12 15 .800
2005 Agajanian, Carole 3 $682.50 91 61 8 12 .667
2004 Gonzales, Gene   $495.00 66 527 15 25 .600
2003 Purdy, Jim $517.50 69 767.5 19 25 .760
2002 Wiley, Scott $487.50 65 58 9 12 .750
2001 Messenger, Troy $510.00 68 49 7 10 .700
2000 Alubowicz, Brian $532.50 71 229 18 25 .720
1999 Hansen, Bill $510.00 68 147 13 20 .650
1998 Results not available
1997 Clem, Kim $522.00 87 167 14 20 .700
1996 Bull, Fred $408.00 68 120 11 17 .647
1995 Nintzel, William $372.00 Statistics unavailable
1994 Hansen, Greg $300.00 50 141 13 17 .765