The fifth week of pick'em turned out to be a week where winners of each contest won decisively with each team winning by a double-digit margin and even though Notre Dame lost by only eight points, its game was not as close as indicated by the score.
Eight readers battled for the top three spots as no one was able to turn in a perfect slate in week five action on the gridiron.
Teams who came away with a victory were: Franklin Central (42-14, tiebreaker), Beech Grove (47-33), Plainfield (28-0), Center Grove (51-14), Lutheran (42-14), Roncalli (31-6), Bloomington South (49-35) and Michigan State (36-28).
This pick'em proved to be the most competitive so far this season as eight readers missed only one game to vie for the coveted top three spots. The readers who missed only one game were: Nick Ray, Paul Johnson, John Faust, Mike Cahill, Kelly Alford, Jennifer McNally, John Ockomon and Carl Rentzell.
The pick'em winner is determined by who correctly guesses the most winners among that week's slate of games. The first tiebreaker is determined by the reader who guesses closest to the points cored by the winning team in the tiebreaker while the second tiebreaker is determined by the overall score of the game. A third tiebreaker, if needed, is determined by who sends in picks the earliest.
Faust and Johnson separated themselves from the pack by missing the first tiebreaker by only seven points. Johnson sent his picks on September 12 just one day ahead of Faust to capture first-place. Ray missed the tiebreaker game by 11 points to capture third-place.
Johnson comes away with a combo meal from Chick-A-Boom (8028 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite B) and a gift certificate to Jersey Mike's Subs (6815 S. Emerson Avenue). Faust wins a gift certificate from Chicago's Pizza (1280 US 31, Greenwood) while Ray grabs a gift certificate for a cactus blossom or fried pickles appetizer at Texas Roadhouse (270 S. Marlin Drive, Greenwood). Each of the top-three finishers also receives a gift certificate from SportClips, good for 50 percent off any men's or boys service for new clients (ID required) or get a MVP or triple play upgrade (men's or boys) for loyal returning clients. All winners may pick up their prizes at The Southsider Voice office at 6025 Madison Ave
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