The Daily Nonpareil is offering the third annual online contest for fans of local high school and college football. The first night of games included in the contest is Friday, Aug. 19, and the contest will run through the week of the finals of the Iowa high school state football championships.
A player's best 10 weekly scores will be used to determine their overall score. The top overall score will win the grand prize from one of the contest sponsors. The top weekly winner will also receive a prize. Sponsors so far include Quaker Steak & Lube.
The Nonpareil is also offering the 2011 Pigskin Picks pro football contest.
To enter, visit the Pigskin Picks contest site and click on the Play Now link. This year's Pigskin Picks kicks off with the first game of the NFL season, New Orleans vs. Green Bay, on Sept. 8.
Each week entrants pick the winner for each pro football game up to 15 minutes before it is scheduled to start. A competitor's worst four weeks are tossed out so only the best 17 weeks count toward the entrant's overall score for the entire 21-week contest.
Anyone signing up for the contest after week 5 will be behind other competitors in the overall season standings, but late entrants can still win prizes for an individual week. Prizes will be announced soon.
If entrants don't make selections, the computer will select the most picked teams for you that week.
Also, the contest has several special features to enhance the competition, including that you can play from your mobile phone and use Facebook Connect to access the contest site.
Entrants have the opportunity to create a "private group" of friends and family to compete against in the contest. After registering and logging in, click on "My Private Groups" which will appear in the upper-left hand corner of the page. After the page loads, click on "Create a Private Group" and follow the instructions.
Players are able to view a leaderboard to see where they stand.
Weekly winners will receive a prize from the contest sponsors as will the overall winner. Quaker Steak & Lube is among the sponsors so far.
In addition, a second contest, the Pro Football Regular Season Survivor Game, is being offered. If you pick correctly, you'll advance to the next week. However, the only catch is that in future weeks you can't pick the same team again. If you're wrong you'll still be in the pick'em game above, but you're out of this game for the season. Although there is no local prize, UPICKEM, the contest's vendor offers a national prize.