If you participated in our picks contest last year, you should have received an email this afternoon inviting you back to the pool again. If not, or if you're new, welcome! The Rocky Top Talk 2014 Picks Contest is now open - you can sign up for free here then join the "Rocky Top Talk 2014" group.
For the uninitiated, our system runs on confidence points: you pick the winner of each week's 20 matchups straight up, then assign a confidence value 1-20 based on each pick. We'll update the standings every week.
As the 2014 season kicks off on Wednesday night, note that we've included the Wednesday night Georgia State/Abilene Christian game this week for your viewing pleasure. Picks lock just before the first game each week on Saturday, so even if you miss the midweek games you can still get your picks in for the main event. And once again this year if you forget to send in your picks, instead of taking 0 points for the week you'll get one less point than the worst picker of the week, so everyone stays alive. Any questions about the process, leave us a note in the comments - we'll continue to post the community pick 'em trends every Thursday before the action begins.
Here are our games for Week One - sign up and play along!
Wednesday, August 27
Abilene Christian at Georgia State - 7:00 PM - ESPNU
Thursday, August 28
#20 Texas A&M at #9 South Carolina - 6:00 PM - SEC Network
Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe - 7:00 PM - ESPNU
Boise State vs #19 Ole Miss (Atlanta) - 8:00 PM - ESPN
Temple at Vanderbilt - 9:15 PM - SEC Network
Friday, August 29
BYU at UConn - 7:00 PM - ESPN
Colorado vs Colorado State (Denver) - 9:00 PM - Fox Sports 1
Saturday, August 30
Central Florida vs Penn State (Dublin) - 8:30 AM - ESPN2
#6 Ohio State vs Navy (Baltimore) - 12:00 PM - CBS Sports Network
#7 UCLA at Virginia - 12:00 PM - ESPN
#2 Alabama vs West Virginia (Atlanta) - 3:30 PM - ABC
California at Northwestern - 3:30 PM - ESPN2
Arkansas at #5 Auburn - 4:00 PM - SEC Network
#16 Clemson at #12 Georgia - 5:30 PM - ESPN
Fresno State at #15 Southern Cal - 7:30 PM - FOX
Southern Miss at Mississippi State - 7:30 PM - SEC Network
#1 Florida State vs Oklahoma State (Arlington) - 8:00 PM - ABC
#13 LSU vs #14 Wisconsin (Houston) - 9:00 PM - ESPN
Sunday, August 31
Utah State at Tennessee - 7:00 PM - SEC Network
Monday, September 1
Miami at Louisville - 8:00 PM - ESPN