RYP Presents: In Deep Sheet, Part 4: The Promotion
The epic saga of making your own college football spreadsheet continues

RYP Presents: In Deep Sheet, Part 4: The Promotion

As the old saying goes, “The more the merrier” — and that couldn’t be more true for a NCAA college football bowl pool (unless, of course, all the people you know are downers... then we can't help you).

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As the old saying goes, “The more the merrier” — and that couldn’t be more true for a NCAA college football bowl pool (unless, of course, all the people you know are downers... then we can't help you).

There’s just something special about not just beating your little sister, but also all of her smug little friends who say weird stuff like “ACC teams are better than people expect."

Our reaction.

Anyway, if you selected a Google Sheets-based pool from Part 1, know that you probably made a pretty good call. Other than the caveat we’ve already mentioned: If you have folks who want to use your pool, they’re going to need a Gmail account to do so. You may need to walk them through the process of Gmail account creation.

(Or again just use RunYourPool, which has a fantastically easy setup process).

Step 4A: Give Your Ugly Little Spreadsheet a Fun Name

Google wouldn’t be Google if it was named “Uncle McZippy’s Fun Time Search.” So you’re going to want to keep an eye on how you brand this thing if you want to gain traction.

We’ve found that the most engaging NCAA football bowl pools on our site have clever, energetic names. Got an endearing nickname? Use it. Don’t have an endearing nickname? Make one up. Heck, call yourself Uncle McZippy if it fits.

This guy's name is probably Uncle McZippy

Whatever you do, make sure to make it unique and memorable. Because the first difficulty you’re going to face in making a pool yourself is getting attention.

Step 4B: Tap your trusted network (your social media accounts)

Keep in mind that when you first start your college bowl pick'em, you'll be operating at a slight advantage. Most people will be flattered to be invited to your pool, even if your spreadsheet looks like a 2nd grader’s computer science project.

When you first reach out, be sure to include the incentive folks will have to join your pool — that is, the prize(s) — as well as a brief rundown of the rules you’ve decided upon. We've found that it's best not to introduce debate how a college football pool should run at this stage.

As for the actual words themselves, we’d love to provide you with an example of what to email or post on your socials, but that’s actually something we do when you use our product (we have a pre-written email all geared up and ready for you as a commissioners).

You’ll think of something, we’re sure.

Or maybe you won't.

Step 4C: Make your bowl pick'em sheets easy to access, use, and submit

For what it’s worth, once you fill out your initial spreadsheet with the bowls, you can duplicate the sheet we gave you in Step 3 and just have people fill that out. When they’re done making their picks, they can share it with you, and you can copy and paste their answers into a master list.

If you've got untrusting people in your life, we recommend using a screen recording device while you copy and paste answers into your NCAA bowl master list.

The last thing you'll want at the end of the college bowl season is to face an angry mob of people who thought they picked Our Lady of Toledo when they actually picked Northsouthern.

Or... and here's a wild idea:

YOU. CAN. STOP. THIS. INSANITY. AND. JUST. USE. OUR. BEAUTIFULLY. DESIGNED. WEBSITE.

NOTE: For you own sanity as a new college bowl pick'em commish, please consider establishing a hard deadline for submissions a few days before the NCAA  bowl season starts. We've found that there are always quite a stragglers who wait until the last day, who then change their picks up the last minute.

Continue to Step 5: The Upkeep  >>

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Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.