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The Football Association (TFA) is an organization formed to run "just for fun" contest based around NCAA college football. The pool is free to play, Our sponsors pays for the maintenance of this web site, provide awards for the contest winners and promotes worth non profit organizations through exposure and donations made to the organization championed by the pool winner.

TFA members have the opporutnity to participate in our contest, post on our board and interact through our Facebook group. Each TFA member will pick a non profit organization to champion. Non profits must be certified 501c3 Non Profit organizations. We will review all requested non profit organizations to assure that they are not in conflict with the values and mission of our sponsor. Most certified non-profit organizations will qualify.

If you do not know who to chose who to champion, here are some examples:
- Fellowship of Christian Atheletes (FCA) Northeast Alabama (for national organizations please specify the local organization)
- Luke's Wings
- Veterans Community Project
- Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen
- The Cornerstone Intiative
- Schools and churches are eligible if they are 501c3 organizations.

The purpose of the TFA is amusement, and as such, you do not have to spend any money to participate, however, it is our strong hope that if you can afford it that you will consider contributing toward the organization championed by our winner at the end ofthe year. Our sponsor will provide a flat donation to the winner's organization AND a match of all funds raised by the 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.

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 seasonmay be less than 20 games followed by the bowl picks which will include all bowls (usually often up to 40 games)). There will be a final pick for the championship game that will follow the Bowl week pick sheet. This final pick is usually handled by exception only where everyone is given the line unless they want to spefify a different pick).

  • The games on the sheets will be as follows:
    • The best top 25 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 tie).
    • The .1 provides a counter that shows how many overtime picks a player has had to inflate their score.

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)

All picks are entered on line through The Football Association web site ( 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 midnight 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 copy.

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 on rare occations will include a Thursday or Friday game (only if the game is needed to fill out a 20 game week or the week of Thanksgiving or beyond.)

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 10:50 but the server said it was 11:01 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.



ONLINE POSTING: All results are posted on line through The Football Association web site ( 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 week
  • Games back for each player by week
  • All time Standings (of TFA Members, updated weekly)

Scores of TFA Members are kept indefinitely.

The all time standings of TFA Members (updated weekly)

Each year's Final rankings from the entire history of the pool.

TFA Record Book.


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 impress anyone!


If a player in the NCAA Football Pool wins the high score for that week by themselves then they win the Lunch of the week. If there is a tie for the high score then the lunch award 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 Lunch awards. Lunch awards are a gift card of approximately $10 in value


The top 3 finishers in the pool will receive a restarunt gift card of approximately $50 and have their names engraved on the TFA perpetual trophy.
The overall winner will then have the opportunity to champion their cause to the TFA. We will solicit donations for the winner's cause and our sponsor will provide both a flat grant and a matching grant for what we raise to the winner's cause.


There will be a luncheon in Huntsville Alabama for the TFA NCAA Football Pool Champion. The TFA Perpetual Trophy will be displayed for winner. 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.


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