Hello Peter. The PiRate Ratings are used strictly for FBS teams. I estimate FBS vs. FCS games using my old formula from the 20th century. I don’t rate FCS teams for games against other FCS teams. All I can do is provide a rough estimate, which would be Montana by 4 1/2 points. This is only a rough estimate based on factors that I wouldn’t rely on for handicapping purposes. After all, I stopped using this method in 1998. I only use it for FBS vs. FCS games, because I don’t have access to the numbers I need to rate FCS teams with the current 3-rating system.

]]>Thanks for inquiring, Jack. Our basketball ratings are totally different from the football ratings. We use a combination of the Four Factors and schedule strength to rate teams. It requires all D1 teams to play 8-10 games each before the standard deviation of results reduces to a usable rating. Before then, teams like Bellarmine and Florida Gulf Coast might be ranked in the top 5 ahead of teams like Kentucky, Kansas, and Gonzaga. Look for our first ratings to debut somewhere either side of New Year’s Day.

]]>Interesting observation, but my ratings only have one significant digit. Basically, the second digit would always be “0”. The algorithm used to make the preseason ratings of the teams makes one decimal the maximum certain digit. The update process is made in tenths of a point. In essence, there is no way to break a tie when two teams rate the same to tenths of a point.

]]>Hello Ryan, the ratings will be uploaded in an hour or so. I had no access to a computer or internet from Sunday night until tonight. Thanks for the inquiry.

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