The Football Association (TFA) is an organization formed to run "just
for fun" contest based around NCAA college football. Our members pay a
nominal fee for the maintenance of this web site and to provide awards for the
contest winners. For their membership fee, TFA members receive a weekly e-mail
newsletter summarizing results from the week's contests, have their results
tracked from year to year, are eligible to participate in Sub-pools, and are
allowed to post messages on the TFA Comment Board.
The purpose of the TFA contests is amusement, and as such, you do not have to
be a member of the TFA or spend any money to participate, however, it is our
strong hope that if you can afford the very modest 19.2 cents per week (10$ per
year) that a TFA membership costs, that you will participate as a full TFA
Note: The TFA as an organization, nor the operator of this web site make
*any* money from this web site or from the collection of TFA membership dues.
All money collected in dues is spent to maintain this site and to provide
awards for the contests.
1) ABOUT THE PICK SHEETS:
Each week of the football season through the Bowls I will send out a list of
College Football games for you to pick (Normally 20 games, however,
The last week of the season is usually less than 20 games followed by the
bowl picks which will include all bowls (usually more than 20)).
The games on the sheets will
be as follows:
Alabama and Tennessee
The best top 25, SEC,
and "Name" team games
The closest lines.
You will be provided the new
AP ranking for the week and the first line available on Sunday night for
the games for your information, BUT
YOU ONLY PICK WHO WILL WIN THE GAME. The line and rankings are given
to make it easier for you to pick the winner.
For each game you have four choices of how to pick:
For a 1 point score you can
pick who will win the game. (regardless of whether the game ends in
overtime or regulation play)
For a 7.1 point score you can
pick "win in overtime" for a team. To get the 7.1 point bonus
score the team you pick must win in overtime. If the other team wins in
overtime or if either team wins in regulation you score zero.
This rule replaces the
"Route of the week" bonus scoring scheme that was used when
overtime started in college football (before that players could pick a
The .1 provides a
counter that shows how many overtime picks a player has had to inflate
3) MISSED WEEKS (AWOL SCORES)
If you know that you are going to miss a week (for whatever reason, (travel
etc)) You should arrange for someone else to make your picks for you.
If you forget your picks (or your arranged friend does) then you will get the
AWOL (Absent without Leave) score as follows:
Weeks with 16 or more games:
Average score (Rounded down) minus 3
Weeks with 11-15 games:
Average score (Rounded down) minus 2
Weeks with 6-10 games:
Average (Rounded down) score minus 1
Weeks with 5 or less games:
the Average score (Rounded down).
The penalty is waived for week 1 picks and AWOL scores simply get the average.
(Note, if you start the pool you need to finish!,
those dropping out mid season are left in the rankings and drop like a rock
with accumulating AWOL scores. See #5 for additional motivation)
4) MAKING YOUR PICKS All picks are entered on line through The Football
Association web site (http://www.tfaweb.com) and the link "Make Picks".
The week's Pick Sheet is normally posted on Sunday night after the AP Poll and
first line is released for the next week's games (around Central time).
WHAT HAPPENS: When you make your picks two things happen. 1) your picks are added to compilation page with everyone
else's picks. (You can view this page at with the "View this week's
Pick" link). Also, a copy of your picks is E-mailed to me as a backup
CHANGING PICKS: You may change your picks by resubmitting them. You are
free to view other's picks before you make your selection. You are also free to
change your picks based on other's selections up until the deadline.
DEADLINES: The deadline for picks will be posted on each pick sheet.
Usually this deadline will be 10AM Central Time on Saturday but some weeks will
include a Thursday or Friday game (only if the game is a major game involving
Auburn, Alabama or Tennessee or a top 10 match up, or the week of Thanksgiving
The listed deadline is the time by which your picks are guaranteed to count. I
will employ a 1 hour grace period from the posted deadline. This allows for any
deviation of the server clock from your own clock (in other words I look at
your posted time and disallow picks one hour after the posted deadline. If you
post at but the server said it
was you are out of luck. The
one hour grace period eliminates the "blame it on the server clock"
excuse because it WON"T be more than an hour off).
Bowl games will be scored the same except each individual game will have it's own deadline. If you change picks during the bowls you
must ensure that you do not change any games already played. If you accidentally change
a pick tht has already been made you must submit yet another pick sheet to correct the error and
this correction must be made before the deadline of the final game or the pick will be counted wrong.
5) POSTING OF WEEKLY RESULTS / SUB-POOLS/TFA NEWSLETTER
ONLINE POSTING: All results are posted on line through The Football
Association web site (http://www.tfaweb.com) and the links for this year's
results & sub pool results. Results posted on-line include:
Current standings (includes
score, percentage & games back)
Scores for the year by week
Ranking of each player by
Games back for each player by
All time Standings (of TFA
Members, updated weekly)
Standings of Each sub-pool
SUB POOLS: TFA members can be listed in subpools.
A POC from any desired subpool should contact me to
set up your sub-pool ranking. TFA RESULTS SUMMARY: TFA Members receive a weekly TFA newsletter via
e-mail that summarizes the weekly results (from the web site) and highlights
quotes of the week from TFA message boards and various outside press. This is
also posted on line.
6) HISTORICAL RECORDS
Scores of TFA Members are kept indefinitely.
·The all time standings of TFA Members
·Each year's Final rankings from the
entire history of the pool.
·TFA Record Book.
7) WEB SECURITY
If you are tempted to cheat by taking advantage of my lax web security, please
note you will be expelled from the pool and mocked for all time. I use a very
simple system that would be easy to break so don't bother trying it won't
8) WEEKLY "POT"
In each week, a designated amount of money (TFA provided) will be established
for the weekly "pot". If a player in the NCAA Football Pool wins the
high score for that week by himself then he collects the "pot". If
there is a tie for the high score then the "pot" rolls over and is
added to the next week. If there is a tie in the final week the tied weekly
contest members share the final pot.
9) THE TFA CHAMPIONSHIP
The top 3 finishers in the pool will receive a cash prize and have their names
engraved on the TFA perpetual trophy.
10) THE TFA LUNCH & CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
There will be a luncheon in HuntsvilleAlabama
for the TFA NCAA Football Pool Champion. The TFA Perpetual Trophy will be
presented to the winner for the winner to keep for the next year. The names of
the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will be put on a brass plate on the trophy
alongside the plates for past winners. The winner is stuck with keeping this
trophy until the next year.