Sports / Pick'em: 3 winners from 3 different fan bases in Week 12

Utah fans cheer after a Utah score as Utah and Oregon play an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Utah fans cheer after a Utah score as Utah and Oregon play an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Another week of college football has sadly come and gone.

And though we're getting closer to the end of the regular season, there were still three winners in last week's College Football Pick'em. In the penultimate weekend of the regular season, BYU fan Ben Kirk claimed the top prize with 181 points, followed by Utah fan Dominic Ramsay (177 points) and Boise State fan Gabrial Arnold (172 points).

Congrats, again, to the winners!

Utah claimed the biggest "upset" of the weekend in the picks despite being a 3-point favorite over Oregon at home. The Utes had their way against the Ducks to cement a top spot in the Pac-12 hierarchy and a South division title. Only 48% of all picks had Utah winning, despite 69.5% of the Utah fan base believing in a win. The best pick was a score of 38-13 — close!

And though Ohio State and Cincinnati also dominated their respective opponents, their games were a little more predictable, according to the picks. A whopping 92% of all picks had the Bearcats topping SMU and 85% of all picks had the Buckeyes coming out on top over Michigan State.

Utah State was the big letdown this weekend in a 44-17 loss to visiting Wyoming. The picks were nearly unanimous in the Aggies' favor — 99% of all picks to be exact — and only a select few believed in the Cowboys. As a result, the average score for all picks in that game were 0 — zero, zilch, nada. Talk about an upset.

Conversely, BYU was the near unanimous pick — once again 99% of all picks — to beat Georgia Southern, and the Cougars got the job done despite making the game a little closer than was to be desired in the first half. Regardless, BYU got the win and saved nearly everyone some points — at least one person got the score exactly correct, too.

For Week 12, Utah fans came out on top with an average earned score of 20.6, followed by Utah State at 18.7 and BYU finishing in a distant third with 18.6. For the season, BYU fans remain the team to beat with an average of 21.2, followed by Utah at 20.7 and Utah State at 20.5.

Each week's first-, second- and third-place winners will get a $100, $70 and $30 Visa gift card, respectively, courtesy of Goldenwest Credit Union. The overall winners of Pick'em will receive a $500 gift card for first place, a $250 gift card for second place and a $100 gift card for third place.

Below are the results from Week 12, including the updated leaderboard from the Sports group.

To play College Football Pick'em, click here.

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