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Buffalo Football Pick 'Em - BRuWPeG is back for 2015

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Could you be our 2015 pick-em champion? Make your picks now.

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Now you know it's really UB football season: Bull Run's BRuWPeG is back.

For the uninitiated and new readers, that jumble of letters is our shorter word for "Bull Run Weekly Pick-em Game." Now old enough that it's as much of an institution as Bull Run itself, last year we expanded the game to basketball season, and it's back for football in 2015.

There are now more ways to enter than ever before, as we've broadened our reach and readership in the last year:

1) Leave a comment on this post, which will be stickied near the top of the site until kickoff against Albany.
2) Make your prediction on the appropriate thread on UBFan.com, the original home of Bulls fans on the internet and BRuWPeG itself.
3) Tweet at us (@ubbullrun) with your score prediction and the hashtag #bruwpeg.

It's easy to get started, and there's no penalty for missing a week. Whatever predictions you make go to your seasonlong score with no penalties.

Understanding the scoring system and actually beating out the dozens of pickers in any one week, or in the yearlong competition, is significantly harder. Here's how we divvy up points:

Hit UB or opponent score perfect: 3 points
Within three of UB or opponent score: 1 point
Hit total combined score perfect: 3 points
Within six of total combined score: 1 point
Pick correct winner: 1 point
Perfect pick: 6 point bonus

A perfect score, then, is 16 points: 3 points for UB's score right-on, 3 points for the opponent's, 3 points for the total score right-on, 1 point for the correct winner, and a 6-point bonus. Typically, a weekly winner scores 4-7 points, and though we've have a handful of perfect scores over the years, the best pickers rack up at least two points a week.

Tiebreakers often come into play. There are only two:

1) Preference is given to pickers who post here on Bull Run
2) You are strongly encouraged to add a little flavor to your pick. This is usually a more in-depth prediction of how you came to your pick or a specific player's statline, but could also be some inspired trash talk or just a fun fact about the current week's opponent. Albany Bull is the current champion of the extra pick trash talk.

This table will update over the course of the week as picks roll in. Remember, we're always happy to add names in even if you haven't participated before or start picking midway through the season.

In recent years a number of new names have joined the year-over-year top pickers on the leader boards. Can Matt Cohen, ArborHill and Bills Backer Bob once again challenge Zigo230, dbburns, and ukbro00 for pick-em supremacy? Will former champion Dave Brand, having handed over the reigns, return to the game he made an institution? Who will succeed yours truly as the leader among the Bull Run editorial staff?

Results are posted on the morning following each week's game, and the new predictions post later that evening. Victory speeches are customary.

Game Result UB Albany W
Participant PTS Bulls Albany Winner Total
Zigo230 0 38 17 Buffalo 55
Bills Backer Bob 0 48 28 Buffalo 76
Matt Cohen 0
ukbro00 0 41 28 Buffalo 69
dbburns 0 48 31 Buffalo 79
Arborhill 0 38 14 Buffalo 52
Matt Gritzmacher 0 45 13 Buffalo 58
Buffalo Super Fan 0 70 20 Buffalo 90
BVFA12 0 34 10 Buffalo 44
121Merimac 0 41 17 Buffalo 58
Calvin 0
@kginbeelo 0 48 13 Buffalo 61
rockostonehenge 0 28 21 Buffalo 49
UBHoops03 0 45 16 Buffalo 61
mrgondek 0 38 17 Buffalo 55
Island Bull 0 48 22 Buffalo 70
BullsFanInChiTown 0 45 21 Buffalo 66
meigs1414 0
PittBull1 0 38 10 Buffalo 48
UBFan99 0 31 10 Buffalo 41
wearub46 0 38 14 Buffalo 52
Big Maple 0 38 7 Buffalo 45
rma116 0 46 18 Buffalo 64
CT Bulls Fan 0 43 17 Buffalo 60
HomeyG 0 31 14 Buffalo 45
Tim Riordan 0 38 17 Buffalo 55
UB92 0 27 13 Buffalo 40
EcoGeo 0 44 6 Buffalo 50
amt25 0 42 17 Buffalo 59
ATcarusoUbuff 0 31 21 Buffalo 52
Daveysbrew 0 51 23 Buffalo 74
J. David Brand 0 38 7 Buffalo 45
TawJackson 0 70 3 Buffalo 73
UB_Dropout 0
Kurt Dahlberg 0 48 10 Buffalo 58
RJohnson4748 0 42 13 Buffalo 55
Jeff Screen 0 40 7 Buffalo 47
@mvanharrison 0 30 20 Buffalo 50
113P 0 38 24 Buffalo 62
UBBulls98 0 35 13 Buffalo 48
Jeff_Lebowski 0 36 3 Buffalo 39
verandaman 0 41 17 Buffalo 58
John McWhinnie 0 49 14 Buffalo 63
Albany Bull 0 48 21 Buffalo 69
Mark Chicago 0 38 14 Buffalo 52
squire17 0
C-Squared 0 34 16 Buffalo 50
Roch Bull 0
everlast2504 0 48 3 Buffalo 51
sabresfan_97 0 34 17 Buffalo 51
Conrad Mostiller 0 61 0 Buffalo 61
drewgacz 0 45 17 Buffalo 62
Sflbull 0 52 21 Buffalo 73
Clodney 0
Average 0.0 42.1 15.2 UB:47 - UA:0 57.3
Max 70 31 90
Min 27 0 39

Of course, BRuWPeg is also about the songs of the week. (The results post features a song that sums up the game behind us.) This is the one part of tradition I am most concerned to be taking over for Dave. This week, it's easy. Start Me Up from the Stones.