The Gazette-Virginian’s Professor Pigskin Football Contest has come to a close, with the final week’s contest being the closest of the season.

Three games on the 15-game slate were ties thanks to The Professor being so close with point spreads, leaving the final week’s results to be based on the remaining 12 games.

A dozen contest entry blanks had nine correct picks from among the remaining 12 games, forcing The Professor to have to go to the tiebreaker, the score of the Syracuse-Duke game.

First, The Professor checked to see which entry blanks had correctly picked Syracuse as the winner, and none of the 12 entries showed Syracuse as the winner. Then, The Professor went to a total point differential to determine the winner.

After that was done, Darryl Carter of South Boston emerged with the $30 first prize. Following Carter, there were three entry blanks that contained the second-closest point differential. As a result, The Professor combined the second prize of $20 and the third prize of $10 to make a total of $30, and divided the $30 among the three entry blanks that contained the second-closest point differential.

Corky Sterns of South Boston had two of the three entries and will receive $20. Mike Hailey of South Boston had the other entry and will receive $10.

To demonstrate how close the final week’s contest was, 12 entry blanks contained nine correct picks. Another dozen contained eight correct picks. And, there were 10 entry blanks that contained seven correct picks.

“The competition in the contest this season has been outstanding,” The Professor pointed out.

“There were several times during the course of the contest season where the tiebreaker had to be used to determine winners. The participants that entered the contest this season were really sharp with their picks and with who, showed they were staying on top of what was going on in the world of college football.

“With the close of the contest for the season, I want to thank everyone that participated in the contest throughout the contest season,” added The Professor.

“I also want to thank the businesses that participated in the contest this season. We very much appreciate their support in helping make the contest a success. To everyone, I wish a Happy Thanksgiving, a joyous Christmas and a great New Year in 2020.”