Firstly, congratulations to user javawaken on winning the Total Pick’Em $5,000 grand prize; they went 9-3 down the stretch and 60-16 overall on the season en route to the win.
Now that the regular season is behind us, let’s crunch the numbers of the Pick’Em campaign that was.
On a general note, home teams went 98-64 (.605) this season, while road teams went 64-98 (.395).
Following historical trends, the Calgary Stampeders (85,899) and Edmonton Eskimos (78,183) were once again the most-picked teams throughout the season — despite the fact the latter finished the season 9-9 and missed the playoffs. Calgary and Edmonton were the first- and second-most picked teams in 2017, too.
Dave Dickenson’s Stampeders proved a fairly safe pick, delivering correct points on 79 per cent of their picks; Marc Trestman’s Argonauts, in contrast, were picked incorrectly most often with just a 25.1 per cent correct rate.
The Esks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats proved to be the trickiest picks for users, with 54.7 and 49.6 per cent correct rates respectively.
Pick’Em players’ decision-making often followed the standings, as the first-place Stamps (record: 13-5) were favoured a league-high 13 times and the second-to-last Montreal Alouettes (record: 5-13) were favoured just once.