Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week. Last week, we challenged 188 participants to outpick the BTB frontpage writers, and many responded with strong results.
Overall, the Pick 256 Consensus got 11 picks right, the same number as the BTB writers. But where the writers' results were pretty tightly bunched (Danny Phantom with 12 correct picks, three writers with 11, four writers with 10), the Pick 256 participants showed a larger spread:
|Pick 256 Result Distribution, Week 15
33 participants beat the BTB writers outright, 47 participants beat the writers' consensus.Apparently, our writer picks were not a big enough challenge, so this week we're asking you to outpick the pros.
Had you simply picked the favorites in each game last week, you'd have gotten 12 games right. Here's an overview of some different permutations you could have chosen to pick, and how each performed last week and over the entire 15 weeks of the season so far.
|Week 15||Season to date|
As you review the upcoming slate of Week 16 games, are you going to go with the home teams to win or are you picking the favorites, perhaps even a combination of both? In any case, will you be able to beat the Pros in Week 16 with your picks? Join our Pick 256 challenge below to find out.
Week 16 Picks
Click on the link below and you'll be taken directly to the Pick 256 entry form where you can select the Week 10 teams you like for the win.
The link above should auto-fill your BTB user name into the entry form (in most cases). In some cases, the link hasn't worked properly, so here's an alternative link that works without the auto-fill - just remember to spell your username correctly.
If you prefer not to use your BTB user name, or are not a BTB member, go ahead and enter a name of your choosing, but try to stick with that name throughout the season.
Week 15 Results
You can find a full list of all results in a fanpost by BTB-member Hookerhome later this week, so I'll just list the participants who outpicked the consensus.
|Week 15 Top Finishers
|14||Aggie Man, bartman, benray53, cap2vator, delta quad man, just-the-facts, revellyre|
|13||1MissouriCowboysFan, AzDbackfanInDc, bigoljimbo, Cowboys Win, cowchips, Frank Stanford, GalTex, Glenstorm68, ibleedcowboyblue, JDobermans, Katana, klkmainiac, LM, Max2, newwallOD, Nova84, QBTurner7, Roun2It, Shadowcat, Sir Robin, tbar1, The Sethnicity, Timmy G, vectorspace, Wfldude@gmail.com|
|12||1Bullseye, 50yrcowboy, APerfectStar, Az_dave, BayouCowboy, Blue & silver, boys.camncrew, Bud, Canadian Cowboy_74, CTCowboy, DandyDanny, Densa, DorieStreet, dtwmm, earl, goddard55, Holyroof, Jebediah Flibberbrush, Jessy S, jimmy.marshall2, jwdge, k@s!, Keepsoccer18, Lcdano24, maragath, Markythearky, Millard Fillmore, Mordregard, MS Cowboys Fan, ounceler, PrfBrain, Rdbull1, Ride Together, Die Together, Sandmann, scottysd, stanthecowboyfan, Starfire6, starmesh23, Stevefromerrick, Truebluedcfan, UTcowboy, Vancity Cowboy|
Aggie Man and revellyre both had very strong weeks, with 14 correct picks each, and were able to close the gap to the previous leader oldboysfan (11 correct picks), so that we now have three participants sharing the top spot on our season leaderboard. Note that those three guys are the only three participants to have outperformed the Vegas favorites with their picks over the entire season.
|Pick 256 Leaderboard
|146||3||Aggie Man, oldboysfan, revellyre|
|139||3||bartman, Rdbull1, Roun2It|
|138||4||cap2vator, dtwmm, gwzahn7, Max2|
|137||6||blue & silver, ibleedcowboyblue, I'm_people_too, mahenza, MinasIthil92, Normrock|
|136||6||aaa61aaa, CapitalT, cwby4lf, Reno Cowboy, Starheel42, Truebluedcfan|
|135||7||Benthere, CTCowboy, PrfBrain, Realist Larry, Ride Together, Die Together, Sir Robin, Stevefromerrick|
|134||7||Frank Stanford, jwdge, Ncstar, Sandmann, Terry, Timmy G, UTcowboy|
|133||7||earl, lenboy, MUTTS, PAPAGDAVIS69, Shadowcat, starmesh23, thesirknight|
|132||7||ansky23, goddard55, JDobermans, maragath, Pagrebo, scottysd, Vancity Cowboy|
|131||8||duffer33, Fred G Samford, klkmainiac, LoboTX, Rajohnnn, stanthecowboyfan, TazJr89, tmaeus|
|130||8||1Bullseye, camrin55, Canadian Cowboy_74, carguy102, enogueras, just-the-facts, Mark Barrington, since '66|
The fine print
Submissions have to be in by kickoff time of the Thursday night game, which kicks off at 8:25 pm ET on Thursday. To keep a level playing field for everybody, late submissions will not be accepted (all entries are time-stamped). This gives you a good two days to submit your picks.
Every week, we'll publish a spreadsheet with all the picks here on BTB, usually on Saturday.
The entry form contains detailed instruction on how you can change your picks at a later point, read them carefully. You can of course come back at any time before kickoff on Thursday and submit new picks. When there are multiple picks by the same BTB member, our pick tracker will always default to the latest entry.
With all of the technical stuff out of the way, good luck with your picks.