October Football Madness Betting Contest: Bracket and Second-Round Picks

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  • Welcome to the second round of Month 2 of our first of many internal monthly football betting contests.
  • Sixteen started off in the bracket and eight now remain, but only one will be left standing at the end of the month.
  • Three picks (sides or totals) are required each weekend, including at least one from NFL and NCAA.

I started off last week’s post by congratulating PJ Walsh for his victory last month, but he will not be repeating as Football Madness champion as Travis Reed (despite going 0-3) pulled off the upset in the first round via tiebreaker. Geoff Schwartz, a September semifinalist, also went down last weekend — although there’s no shame in losing to BlackJack Fletcher in the opening week. Tough draw.

For those not familiar with the format or looking for a rules refresher, please reference the rules below for our monthly 16-team single-elimination betting bracket contest:


  • Each person must submit three weekend picks by Friday each week.
  • They can only be sides or totals — based on the lines set each Wednesday.
  • One pick must be from the NFL, one from NCAA and the third from either.
  • You get +1 for a win, -1 for a loss and 0 for a push.
  • Each head-to-head winner advances to the next weekend.
  • In the event of a tie, the person with the greatest margin of cover advances.
  • Side action is encouraged.

*Each month, I will hold a random contest on Twitter to select two members who will receive a free entry into our monthly betting contest. A risk-free shot at glory and a nice little prize if you can’t make it through the 16-team bracket unscathed.

Now, let’s take a look at the matchups and picks for the first round. Lifetime contest records can be found in parentheses next to each participant.


Travis Reed (Missouri) vs. Vik Chokski (Cubs)

Could Travis win the tourney without a win?

Reed (0-3): Tennessee +15, Seahawks -2.5, Steelers +2.5
Chokski (2-1): Vanderbilt +7, Patriots -3.5, Broncos +7

Our first game on International soil.

Sean Koerner (CA) vs. Jack Settleman (TX)

Can Jack continue his upset tour?

Koerner (6-3): UNC +6, UCF/Memphis Under 81, Broncos +7
Settleman (1-2): Oregon +3, Wisconsin/Michigan Under 49, Dolphins +3.5

A battle of unders and dogs.


Stuckey (Ravens) vs. Chris Ahl (Edge)

Sponsor vs. Subscriber.

Stuckey (10-5):  WVU/Iowa State Over 55.5, Falcons -3, Steelers +2.5
Ahl (2-1): Washington -3, Bears -3.5, Chargers/Browns Under 45

Considering I sponsored Chris’ entry for winning the Edge membership free contest, I hope he doesn’t take me out.

Locky (Video) vs. BlackJack (ITTB)

Matchup of the week. 

Locky (3-2-1): Florida -7, Duke +3, Chargers -1
BlackJack (2-3-1): Buffalo -11, Broncos +7, Colts  +2.5

Two men who only need one name.