Pigskin Mania and all Mania pools
fall under the specific definition of "social gambling." The
organizers make no profit and take no cut from any entry
fees. All entry fees minus the cost of hosting this web site
are paid out to winners or held on account for future pools.
Account balances and expenses are indicated on the
Accounts page and the
Prize Money page, respectively.
The PM Rules Committee is made up of the
Founding Fathers. The Founding Fathers will rule on any unusual
circumstances which arise and require formation or
interpretation of a rule. The list of Founding Fathers
can be found on the Founding Fathers Page. All rulings will be made in the best
interests of the game. Any Founding Father who is
directly involved in the circumstance in question will not
participate in the ruling.
entry fee is $60, which pays for the entire season. There
are no weekly entry fees. The entry fee must be paid before
the player's first selected game begins in Week 1. If the entry
fee is not paid by that time, the picks in Week 1 will not
The season will start with games on Thursday, September
2, 2021. The season continues for 19 weeks to include the
college football regular season, the NFL regular season,
bowl games, and the College Football Playoff.
Each week, players will attempt
to pick the winners of five football games picking against
the Official Point Spreads posted on
the Pigskin Mania website. Official point spreads are taken
VegasInsider.com. The official spreads are those on the
PM website and not the updated spreads on VegasInsider.com. Choices of games are limited to
those listed in the Official Point Spreads. NCAA games which involve
an FCS team (formerly known as Division 1-AA) are not
included in the point spreads. Both teams in a game must
be FBS teams for the game
to be eligible to be played.
From Week 1 through Week 15, players
must pick at least two college games and
two NFL games on the weekend football schedule. Beginning in
Week 16, players may pick any combination of five games
college or NFL.
The weekly pool is on a Thursday
through Monday schedule. Monday night games are part of the
previous weekend's schedule. Games played Tuesday and
Wednesday during the regular season are not part of the
schedule and are not eligible to be selected. They will not
appear in the Official Point Spreads. Beginning in Week 17,
the pool will be on a Tuesday through Monday schedule to
allow for all the bowl games to be eligible to be picked.
Beginning that week, Official Point Spreads will be posted
on Monday night or Tuesday morning in time for players to
have time to pick those games.
The deadline to submit picks each
week is prior to the start of any one of the player's games selected. If a game has already started, a player may no
longer pick that game, but the player can pick any other game that has
The required mode of reporting picks is the
If that is not available to you or if the Picks Page is
not working, you can send picks by
e-mail to email@example.com
or by text or phone to The
Poolmaster's cell phone at (520) 444-3883. When making picks
by email or text, players must make all five picks at once.
They cannot pick one game and pick the rest later.
Once players make their picks, they can change any
or all of those picks up until any one of their selected games has started. At the time any
ONE of the five selected games has begun,
all of the player's picks are locked and no further changes
can be made to any of the picks with the exception of a
cancelled game (See Rule #11).
If a game is cancelled for any reason, the player may
replace that game with any other game in the weekend that
has not begun, even if it results in failure to meet the
requirement of 2 college and 2 NFL games through Week 15. If
a game is cancelled, a player may submit a new pick by email
or text. Be sure to include the name of your entry when
making the new pick. If a player does not replace the pick,
the cancelled game will count as a loss.
If a cancelled game is ruled a forfeit by one team, that
game is still treated as cancelled. There is no point spread
winner in a forfeited game. If a player does not replace a
forfeited game with a pick on a game that is played, the
game will count as a loss regardless of which team is
declared the winner.
All players' picks will be posted on
the PM website when all of the Top 100 in that week's
standings have submitted picks. This is to avoid, as much as
possible, the prospect of players making their picks based
on other players picks. Because some players might pick only
NFL games later in the season, it is possible that picks will not be posted
until Sunday afternoon.
Scheduled game times
in the Official Point Spreads are listed with the point spreads
as a courtesy.
Posted game times are Eastern time,
initially Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
It remains the responsibility of
the player to know the ACTUAL start time. In the
event a game time changes, the actual time a game starts
will determine whether it is eligible to be picked
regardless of the time listed with the point spreads. Be
advised there have been instances where weather or other
considerations have caused game times to change to an
earlier start, even as much as a day earlier. Likewise, if a
game starts later than the time posted with the point
spreads, it is eligible to be played up until the game
actually begins. We will attempt to keep the listed game
times current, but will not guarantee that the listed times
there is an error in the
Official Point Spreads that is detected
at least two (2) hours before the first scheduled game in the
point spreads, it may be
corrected and will become the official spread. If the
incorrect point spread is not detected at least two hours
before the first scheduled game in a given week, it will remain as the official
spread. There will be no notification of errors
that remain in the point spreads. It is considered part of
the game for players to be aware of the actual spreads.
It is the sole responsibility of
players to remember to report picks. Players will not
receive reminders. Players who do not report picks will
receive zero points for the week.
If a player forgets or is unable to
submit picks until there are fewer than five remaining
eligible picks, the player may submit as many picks as are
available. For instance, if during the NCAA regular season
a player doesn't make picks until after all NCAA games have
been played, the player may submit 3 NFL picks and a Lock to
try to score some points. When submitting
fewer than five picks, choose No Pick in the drop-down menu
where you cannot make a valid pick. No Pick is the first
selection in the menus.
When making picks, NCAA teams are designated by the
name of their school. NFL teams are designated by their
mascots. For example, when you select Arizona you have
selected the Arizona Wildcats and not the Arizona
Cardinals. The other NCAA teams with matching NFL teams
are Buffalo (Bills), Cincinnati (Bengals), Houston (Texans),
Miami (Dolphins), Minnesota (Vikings), Pittsburgh
(Steelers), Tennessee (Titans) and Washington (Washington FT).
A pick is declared a win only if the
team selected BEATS the point spread. A tie or "push" counts
as a loss for both teams.
game that has NO LINE or NL in the posted point spreads is
not eligible to be picked. If a game with NO LINE is
selected, a player can change that pick until the start of
the player's first scheduled game as described in Rule #9.
If the game is not changed before any one of the player's
other games starts, it counts as a loss.
spread of zero (0) will be designated as PK (pick 'em) on the
point spreads which means the winner of the game covers the
a player picks both teams in the same game, the favorite in
the game becomes the pick. If the game is a PK (pick 'em),
the home team becomes the pick. The other pick is declared a
a player duplicates a pick, only one of those picks will
count. The other pick is
declared a loss.
Lock of the Week (The Jon
Each week, players have the
declaring one of their picks a "LOCK."
The Lock of the Week
must be one of the five games in your picks.
If you pick a
Lock that is not one of those five games, the Lock is
omitted from your picks.
Players are awarded an additional
0.5 points for picking their Lock of the Week correctly, and
are penalized 0.5 points for an incorrect pick.
The Pigskin Special
Each week, The Poolmaster will designate one
game as the Pigskin Special. The designation will go to the
one game each week - either NCAA or NFL - that appears to
be the game that is generating the most attention from the fans,
media, social media and sports talk shows. The Poolmaster will accept
input from players, but reserves the right to make the final selection.
Anyone who selects the Pigskin Special among their five
games assumes the same risk as if they played a Lock of
the Week. Choosing the game correctly results in an
0.5 points. A loss results in minus 0.5 points.
not have the option of removing the premium point value on
the Pigskin Special. If you play the Pigskin Special,
whether or not you are aware it is the Pigskin Special, you
risk the additional points.
The Pigskin Special is in addition
to the Lock of the Week, which creates the potential for a
maximum high score of 6.0 points for a perfect week with the
Lock and Special and a possible low of -1.0
point for someone who plays both and loses all their games.
The Pigskin Special will be selected and posted on the website
with the weekly update. If there is NO LINE on the game on
Thursday, there will be no Pigskin Special that week. In the
event a Pigskin Special in a given week has no line early in
the week, the
game can be changed by midnight Wednesday. If it is not
changed, the Founding Fathers
have the authority to schedule two Pigskin Specials in the
same week at a
Players' point totals are the sum of total wins, points for
the Lock of the Week and points for the Pigskin Special.
Season standings are based on
players' point totals.
Weekly Prizes: A
player must pick all five games correctly to win a weekly
prize. Picking all five games correctly, including the Lock
of the Week AND the Pigskin Special for a score of 6.0 is
worth $60. Picking all five games correctly which results in
a score of 5.5 or 5.0 pays $30. A score of 5.0 where the
player picks four of five games correctly does not pay a
Season prize money will be awarded to the top 100
players and ties in the standings. Prize money for the Top
25 finishers will be determined by percentage of the pot
remaining after weekly prizes, prizes for 26th through 100th
place, and expenses.
There will be no tiebreakers
for final standings. If there is a tie, players involved
in the tie will split prize money. Example: If there is
a two-way tie for third, prize money for third and
fourth place will be combined and divided evenly among
those two players.
All prize money, including weekly
prizes, will be paid out at the end of the season.
The projected dollar amounts in the chart below are
based on an 19-week season, 800 entries and the same ratio
of weekly prize money per player as in the 2020 season.
||26th - 50th
||51st to 100th
Updated: August 9,