If you've ever been to a Super Bowl party, you've probably heard of "Super Bowl squares" pools.
They're pretty simple. There are 100 boxes, each of which costs a certain amount of "money" (we don't condone gambling though, obviously). At the end of each quarter, the score of the game dictates who gets paid, based on the last digit in each team's score. The payouts also escalate as the game goes on.
But maybe you're a diehard college football fan looking for a more interesting version of everyone's favorite Super Bowl pastime. If so, we've got a solution for you:
Here we go:
1. As with the regular game, randomly select the order for the 10 categories (usually 0, 1, 2, 3, etc). You'll need to do it twice, once for each team. The categories:
- Big 12
- Big East
- Big Ten
2. Fill in the 100 squares as you would normally with your friends' names. Again, we don't condone gambling, so we'll assume you're doing this for fun and 10 friends have "bought" 10 boxes each.
a. At the end of each quarter, figure out which player (for each team) scored the most points during that period. That player's alma mater's current (2012) conference is declared the winner. So for example, a Louisville player scoring the most points in the first quarter would be a win for the Big East, not the ACC or C-USA. Keep in mind that it's whoever holds the ball when scoring, meaning that passing touchdowns are awarded to wide receivers.
b. In the event of a tie (let's say two players score touchdowns for six points each), the winner is determined as whoever scored the most recent points.
c. In the event that nobody on a team scores in a quarter, the "C-USA/None" box would be declared the winner.
d. "Other" = Any player not associated with the other nine conferences.
e. "Payout" is up to you, but perhaps: 10% of the beans = 1st quarter, 20% = 2nd quarter, 30% = 3rd quarter, 40% = 4th quarter.
f. If a safety is somehow the only points a team scores in a quarter, the defensive coordinator is awarded the points. For 2013, that means that "Other" would win in both cases.
g. A player's alma mater is the most recent college they attended and played for.
This is where it gets interesting. Here's a list of the number of players from each conference.
- SEC: 19 players
- Big Ten: 15 players
- ACC: 13 players
- PAC-12: 13 players
- Big 12: 9 players
- Big East: 7 players
- C-USA: 6 players
- MWC: 4 players
- Colonial: 3 players
- Other: 17 players + 2 coordinators (safeties)
- While the SEC and Big Ten have the most active players in total, it's the ACC that has the most offensive playmakers (Smith, Gore, Davis, Boldin, etc).
- The Big East has one kicker (Akers), while the Big 12 has the other (Tucker).
- And before you hate on the MWC and Colonial, remember that the two starting quarterbacks hail from those conferences.
Of course, the odds of each box hitting aren't equal - but they aren't in the regular Super Bowl squares pools either - if you're like me, you always wind up with 8-8 and 2-5 anyway.
If you adapt the new College Spun version of Super Bowl squares for your party, shoot us a picture and we'll post it!