The Pi-Rate Ratings

July 18, 2022

PiRate College Football Game Debuts

After months of planning and design, the makers of the PiRate Ratings have created a college football game that can be played by one person in solitaire mode or by two people in head-to-head mode. All teams have been designed to perform as they did in real life using the PiRate Ratings’ Strength of Schedule formula to adjust their statistics to account for quality of opposition.

If you played the Sports Illustrated and Avalon Hill games of Bowl Bound and Pay Dirt, you will find this game a little more strategically involved while a little easier to play, as it used standard dice to see the results.

For the low price of $8, we will send you a zip file with all the charts, rules, and a scoreboard and numbers that you can print out to keep track of the action. We also send you a blank statistics sheet so you can record the action for posterity.

All you need are the dice, or to use one of many different free online dice rollers available online.

Go to https://pirate-football.square.site/ to purchase.

Our debut college game is the 1960-1979 Best of the Big Ten Conference. Here are the teams included in this set.

1963 Illinois–The greatest linebacker of all time, Dick Butkus, played center as well and made All-American with a powerful team

1967 Indiana–One of the most exciting teams of all time, the “Cardiac Kids” kept pulling out late victories week after week until they won a trip to the Rose Bowl

1960 Iowa–Some computer formulas say the Hawkeyes were the best team in the nation, as they beat 7 ranked teams and finished 8-1

1973 Michigan–Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines went 10-0-1 but had to stay home for the Holidays thanks to the archaic Big Ten rules of the time

1966 Michigan St.–Duffy Daugherty stockpiled some of the best talent ever to appear on a Big Ten campus at the same time. Bubba Smith anchored a stellar defense, while Gene Washington stretched defenses with his quickness and deceptive moves

1960 Minnesota–Coach Murray Warmath played for General Robert Neyland at Tennessee and continued to follow the General’s philosophy of playing conservative football and waiting for the other team to make the mistakes. He had a great squad in 1960, featuring the multi-tooled Sandy Stephens, who was the starting quarterback, a starting defensive back, the team’s punter, and the top punt returner. Future All-Pro Bobby Bell led the defensive charge and also opened up running lanes as an offensive lineman

1962 Northwestern–Before he became a multiple national championship winning coach at Notre Dame, Ara Parseghian took the Wildcat to Number 1 in the polls for a couple weeks in 1962

1973 Ohio State–Woody Hayes had no trouble stockpiling talent, and he had it on both sides of the ball in 1973, as the Buckeyes went 10-0-1 with a 21-point win in the Rose Bowl

1967 Purdue–The Boilermakers split the conference championship, as Leroy Keyes may have deserved the Heisman Trophy with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, run the sweep and off-tackle as competently as anybody in the game, and to pull up and throw a halfback option pass like a pro. Having future pro quarterback Mike Phipps made the offense click

1962 Wisconsin-The Badgers came within one close incomplete pass of coming back from a 42-14 deficit to win the Rose Bowl

March 15, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
TeamTeamSpread
Texas SouthernTexas A&M–CC3.9
WyomingIndiana-4.6
VCUPrinceton7.3
VanderbiltBelmont2.4
OklahomaMissouri St.5.7
North TexasTexas St.8.1
XavierCleveland St.13.7
Texas A&MAlcorn St.19.1
Utah St.Oregon3.4
Washington St.Santa Clara4.3
ColoradoSt. Bonaventure4.4
Appalachian St.USC Upstate10.2
UTEPWestern Illinois6.6

Coming Around 4 PM EDT–Bracketnomics 2022, The Analysis to help you pick your brackets

March 7, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 9:00 am
Date3/7/2022
SeedTeamTeamTeamTeamTeamTeam
1ArizonaGonzagaBaylorAuburn
2KansasKentuckyDukePurdue
3WisconsinVillanovaTennesseeTexas Tech
4IllinoisProvidenceUCLAArkansas
5ConnecticutHoustonTexasAlabama
6Saint Mary’sLSUIowaOhio St.
7Colorado St.USCBoise St.Seton Hall
8Michigan St.Iowa St.Murray St.Marquette
9North CarolinaSan Diego St.TCUSan Francisco
10CreightonMichiganLoyola (Chi.)Davidson
11Miami (Fla.)MemphisXavierNotre Dame
12South Dakota St.North TexasWake ForestWyomingRutgersSMU
13IonaToledoChattanoogaVermont
14New Mexico St.PrincetonTowsonMontana St.
15Long Beach St.LongwoodJacksonville St.Colgate
16Georgia St.Purdue Ft. WayneBryantNicholls St.Norfolk St.Texas Southern

Last 4 Byes

Miami (Fla.)

Memphis

Xavier

Notre Dame

Last Four In

Wake Forest

Wyoming

Rutgers

SMU

First Four Out

VCU

Indiana

BYU

Dayton

Next Four Out

Texas A&M

Florida

Virginia Tech

Saint Louis

March 2, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Wednesday’s College Basketball Spreads

Wednesday’s Conference Tournaments
Big South Conference–1st Round
Charlotte, NC
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
RadfordNorth Carolina A&T1.2
UNC AshevilleCharleston Southern12.1
High PointHampton6.2
CampbellPresbyterian3.4
Northeast Conference–1st Round
Campus Sites
HomeVisitorsSpread
BryantCentral Connecticut14.6
WagnerSt. Francis (PA)13.2
Long IslandSacred Heart8.1
Mount St. Mary’sSt. Francis (NY)6.4
Ohio Valley Conference–1st Round
Evansville, IN
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Tennessee St.SIU-Edwardsville1.9
Austin PeayTennessee Tech-0.7
Wednesday’s Regular Schedule
HomeVisitorsSpread
St. John’sXavier1.3
AlabamaTexas A&M9.2
Seton HallGeorgetown15.4
MarshallWestern Kentucky-4.6
Louisiana TechOld Dominion7.9
CharlotteMiddle Tennessee-2.5
ClemsonGeorgia Tech9.6
Florida St.Notre Dame-0.8
Iowa St.Oklahoma St.2.8
Rhode IslandSaint Louis-2.6
La SalleSaint Joseph’s-1.0
MassachusettsFordham2.6
George WashingtonDuquesne5.3
DavidsonGeorge Mason8.3
IndianaRutgers6.3
Southern Miss.UAB-19.2
New OrleansHouston Baptist10.3
LamarUT Rio Grande Valley-2.4
CreightonConnecticut-3.2
Texas A&M-CCNicholls St.-1.0
Mississippi St.Auburn-5.0
ArkansasLSU2.6
TulsaWichita St.-3.0
DePaulMarquette-2.8
New Mexico St.Stephen F. Austin5.9
Wake ForestNorth Carolina St.10.8
Boston CollegeMiami (Fla.)-3.7
MarylandMinnesota5.9
California BaptistChicago St.14.3
UNLVWyoming0.8

Tuesday’s Conference Tournament Results

Atlantic Sun
1st Round
Central Arkansas74Stetson73
Kennesaw St.82Eastern Kentucky73
Florida Gulf Coast81North Alabama72
Lipscomb74North Florida65
Horizon League
1st Round
Detroit79Green Bay62
Robert Morris77Youngstown St.73
Oakland69IUPUI58
Illinois Chicago80Milwaukee69
Patriot League
1st Round
American69Holy Cross63
Bucknell82Lafayette81

February 28, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 2:10 pm
Date2/28/2022
SeedTeamTeamTeamTeamTeamTeam
1ArizonaGonzagaBaylorKansas
2AuburnDukeKentuckyPurdue
3Texas TechVillanovaWisconsinTennessee
4ProvidenceIllinoisConnecticutUCLA
5TexasArkansasOhio St.Alabama
6HoustonSaint Mary’sUSCMichigan St.
7LSUMarquetteIowaIowa St.
8Colorado St.Boise St.Seton HallMurray St.
9WyomingTCUNotre DameXavier
10CreightonSan FranciscoWake ForestDavidson
11North TexasNorth CarolinaSan Diego St.Miami (Fla.)
12IonaSouth Dakota St.IndianaMemphisMichiganSMU
13ChattanoogaNew Mexico St.ToledoVermont
14TowsonTexas St.PrincetonNorthern Iowa
15Jacksonville St.Montana St.Long Beach St.Longwood
16ColgatePurdue Ft. WayneBryantNicholls St.Norfolk St.Texas Southern

Best of the Rest

69Loyola (Chi.)
70BYU
71Rutgers
72Florida
73VCU
74Virginia Tech
75Oregon
76St. Bonaventure
77Dayton
78Oklahoma
79Mississippi St.
80Belmont

February 27, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Sunday, February 27, 2022

HomeVisitorsSpread
GeorgetownConnecticut-14.7
HarvardPrinceton-5.1
HoustonSMU12.8
QuinnipiacCanisius1.1
MichiganIllinois-0.1
ManhattanFairfield-0.2
Saint Peter’sNiagara4.9
SienaMonmouth-5.5
RiderIona-12.1
MemphisWichita St.8.1
George MasonGeorge Washington11.5
TempleTulane1.0
MarylandOhio St.2.5
UNC GreensboroEast Tennessee St.3.4
DePaulSt. John’s-1.6
MontanaMontana St.-2.8
MinnesotaIndiana-3.3
Penn St.Nebraska12.6

February 25, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 1:28 pm
Date2/25/2022
SeedTeamTeamTeamTeamTeamTeam
1GonzagaArizonaKansasAuburn
2KentuckyBaylorPurdueDuke
3Texas TechVillanovaTennesseeWisconsin
4IllinoisUCLAProvidenceTexas
5Ohio St.ConnecticutAlabamaHouston
6ArkansasLSUUSCMarquette
7IowaMichigan St.Iowa St.Saint Mary’s
8Colorado St.Boise St.XavierMurray St.
9Seton HallWyomingCreightonTCU
10Miami (Fla.)MichiganSan FranciscoWake Forest
11Notre DameDavidsonLoyola (Chi.)North Carolina
12North TexasIonaSan Diego St.MemphisRutgersIndiana
13ChattanoogaSouth Dakota St.New Mexico St.Vermont
14ToledoWagnerTowsonMontana St.
15PrincetonTexas St.Long Beach St.Jacksonville St.
16Cleveland St.LongwoodColgateNicholls St.Norfolk St.Texas Southern

Best of the Rest

69SMU
70BYU
71VCU
72Oregon
73Dayton
74Florida
75Virginia
76St. Bonaventure
77UAB
78Virginia Tech
79Belmont
80Mississippi St.

February 24, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Thursday, February 24, 2022

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 3:00 am
HomeVisitorsSpread
Fairleigh DickinsonWagner-14.3
NortheasternWilliam & Mary10.0
Miami (O)Central Michigan9.0
MemphisTemple11.4
Middle TennesseeMarshall9.7
Old DominionFlorida Atlantic-1.2
CharlotteFlorida Int’l5.9
St. Francis (NY)Bryant-3.0
Sacred HeartMount St. Mary’s-2.3
Long IslandMerrimack6.7
Central ConnecticutSt. Francis (PA)-0.4
WinthropUSC Upstate9.4
Wright St.Youngstown St.6.0
Northern KentuckyRobert Morris9.8
OaklandPurdue Fort Wayne7.0
DetroitCleveland St.0.1
Western IllinoisOmaha12.8
HofstraElon13.5
DrexelUNC Wilmington6.5
DelawareCharleston4.1
QuinnipiacSiena2.5
IndianaMaryland6.5
Stephen F. AustinSam Houston4.4
Northern IllinoisBuffalo-10.8
GeorgetownDePaul-2.4
Southeast Missouri St.UT Martin5.1
UTSAUAB-17.2
North TexasSouthern Miss.22.8
RiceLouisiana Tech-4.5
Northern ArizonaIdaho St.4.7
Northern ColoradoEastern Washington3.5
Houston BaptistIncarnate Word3.7
Utah ValleySeattle2.3
Tarleton St.UT Rio Grande Valley8.2
Abilene ChristianLamar16.8
IUPUIMilwaukee-6.4
Illinois ChicagoGreen Bay8.0
Oral RobertsSouth Dakota St.-3.8
UMKCSouth Dakota2.6
St. ThomasDenver2.3
Tennessee TechTennessee St.4.9
Eastern IllinoisMorehead St.-15.7
SIU EdwardsvilleAustin Peay1.5
Northwestern St.Nicholls-6.1
McNeese St.Texas A&M-CC0.1
San FranciscoGonzaga-10.2
IllinoisOhio St.4.9
Murray St.Belmont4.6
ColoradoArizona St.6.0
UC DavisUC Santa Barbara-2.6
Southern UtahMontana4.8
Southeast LouisianaNew Orleans-0.6
Dixie St.California Baptist-1.8
OregonUCLA-5.4
San DiegoSaint Mary’s-11.5
UC RiversideCal St. Northridge11.6
Long Beach St.UC San Diego7.9
Cal St. FullertonUC Irvine-1.5
Portland St.Weber St.-3.6
Sacramento StateIdaho1.3
BYULoyola Marymount13.1
PacificPortland-1.1
PepperdineSanta Clara-10.4
UtahArizona St.3.0
Oregon St.USC-11.3
HawaiiCal Poly13.0

February 21, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 3:40 pm
Date2/21/2022
SeedTeamTeamTeamTeamTeamTeam
1GonzagaArizonaKansasAuburn
2KentuckyBaylorPurdueDuke
3Texas TechIllinoisVillanovaTennessee
4WisconsinUCLAProvidenceTexas
5AlabamaHoustonOhio St.Connecticut
6LSUArkansasMichigan St.USC
7MarquetteSaint Mary’sXavierColorado St.
8Boise St.Iowa St.Seton HallMurray St.
9WyomingIowaSan FranciscoTCU
10Wake ForestDavidsonSan Diego St.Creighton
11Notre DameMiami (Fla.)IndianaMemphisMichigan
12North TexasIonaChattanoogaLoyola (Chi.)North Carolina
13South Dakota St.New Mexico St.Northern IowaVermont
14ToledoWagnerTowsonMontana St.
15Jacksonville St.PrincetonTexas St.UC-Irvine
16Cleveland St.ColgateLongwoodNew OrleansNorfolk St.Texas Southern

Best of the Rest

69BYU
70SMU
71Florida
72Rutgers
73VCU
74Belmont
75Oklahoma
76Oregon

February 14, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 12:55 pm
Date2/14/2022
SeedTeamTeamTeamTeamTeamTeam
1GonzagaAuburnArizonaKentucky
2KansasPurdueBaylorDuke
3VillanovaTexas TechProvidenceWisconsin
4IllinoisUCLATennesseeHouston
5TexasMichigan St.MarquetteAlabama
6LSUOhio St.XavierConnecticut
7ArkansasUSCIowaSaint Mary’s
8Seton HallWyomingColorado St.TCU
9Wake ForestBoise St.Iowa St.Murray St.
10Loyola (Chi.)IndianaNotre DameMiami (Fla.)
11San FranciscoOklahomaDavidsonNorth Carolina
12North TexasIonaMichiganBYUMemphisBelmont
13ToledoNew Mexico St.ChattanoogaSouth Dakota St.
14VermontWagnerLibertyMontana St.Oregon
15Cleveland St.YaleTexas St.Long Beach St.
16ColgateUNC WilmingtonLongwoodNorfolk St.New OrleansTexas Southern

Best of the Rest

69Creighton
70San Diego St.
71SMU
72Oregon
73Florida
74Rutgers
75Kansas St.
76Saint Louis

PiRate Ratings Bracketology is an estimate of what we believe the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will do and not our own personal beliefs on which 68 teams deserve a spot in the field. If we chose the at-large teams, no power conference team in last place or four games under .500 in their league would be considered for the Big Dance, while teams like Rutgers and Virginia, which have proven themselves in conference play and hailing from a Power Conference would be given preference over teams behind them in the conference standings.

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