The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 24, 2019

PiRate Ratings NCAA Tournament For Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Tennessee

117.9

0.0

Iowa

111.4

6.5

North Carolina

121.3

0.0

Washington

109.7

11.6

Duke

122.9

0.0

Central Florida

110.0

12.9

Texas Tech

118.0

0.0

Buffalo

115.2

2.8

Virginia Tech

115.5

0.0

Liberty

107.3

8.2

Virginia

120.8

0.0

Oklahoma

111.4

9.4

Houston

115.3

0.0

Ohio St.

110.2

5.1

Oregon

110.8

0.0

UC Irvine

106.6

4.2

Sunday’s Schedule

Time

Game

Network

Site

12:10 PM

Tennessee vs. Iowa

CBS

Columbus

2:40 PM

North Carolina vs. Washington

CBS

Columbus

5:15 PM

Duke vs. Central Florida

CBS

Columbia

6:10 PM

Texas Tech vs. Buffalo

TNT

Tulsa

7:10 PM

Virginia Tech vs. Liberty

TBS

San Jose

7:45 PM

Virginia vs. Oklahoma

TruTV

Columbia

8:40 PM

Houston vs. Ohio St.

TNT

Tulsa

9:40 PM

Oregon vs. UC-Irvine

TBS

San Jose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 13, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Thursday’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

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Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Akron

103.5

1.0

Buffalo

113.6

-9.1

Arizona St.

108.4

0.0

UCLA

104.9

3.5

Auburn

115.7

0.0

Missouri

106.1

9.6

Baylor

110.6

0.0

Iowa St.

114.1

-3.5

Bowling Green

103.0

0.0

Ball St.

102.8

0.2

Cal St. Fullerton

98.9

0.0

UC Davis

95.6

3.3

Duke

123.2

1.0

Syracuse

111.3

12.9

Duquesne

100.1

0.0

Saint Joseph’s

99.4

0.7

Eastern Washington

95.5

0.0

Montana St.

95.2

0.3

Florida

111.7

0.0

Arkansas

108.7

3.0

Florida St.

114.7

0.0

Virginia Tech

116.5

-1.8

Fresno St.

107.5

0.0

Air Force

94.8

12.7

George Mason

101.4

0.0

George Washington

93.3

8.1

Grand Canyon

104.7

0.0

Seattle

98.6

6.1

Howard

91.4

0.0

Bethune-Cookman

92.5

-1.1

Illinois

106.2

1.5

Iowa

110.9

-3.2

Kansas

114.9

1.5

Texas

112.0

4.4

Kansas St.

113.2

1.0

TCU

110.0

4.2

Kent St.

101.5

0.0

Central Michigan

101.9

-0.4

Long Beach St.

96.9

2.0

Hawaii

98.4

0.5

Louisiana

99.7

1.0

South Alabama

97.4

3.3

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

1.0

Coastal Carolina

100.7

1.6

Maryland

113.4

0.0

Nebraska

110.5

2.9

Memphis

106.8

3.0

Tulane

92.9

16.9

Minnesota

109.3

0.0

Penn St.

110.2

-0.9

Mississippi St.

113.4

0.0

Texas A&M

105.4

8.0

Montana

102.8

0.0

Sacramento St.

94.2

8.6

Nevada

115.0

1.0

Boise St.

102.6

13.4

New Mexico St.

107.7

0.0

Chicago St.

79.3

28.4

New Orleans

94

0.0

Lamar

98.0

-4.0

North Carolina

121.0

1.0

Louisville

114.0

8.0

North Carolina Central

92.8

0.0

Delaware St.

79.5

13.3

North Texas

100.9

1.5

Western Kentucky

103.1

-0.7

Northern Colorado

100.4

0.0

Southern Utah

93.0

7.4

Ohio St.

110.3

0.0

Indiana

110.6

-0.3

Old Dominion

103.8

0.0

Louisiana Tech

101.8

2.0

Ole Miss

110.1

0.0

Alabama

108.0

2.1

Oregon St.

106.2

0.0

Colorado

107.0

-0.8

Rhode Island

102.4

0.0

La Salle

97.2

5.2

Saint Louis

103.3

0.0

Richmond

99.0

4.3

Seton Hall

108.4

0.0

Georgetown

106.3

2.1

South Florida

103.2

0.0

Connecticut

105.2

-2.0

Southeastern Louisiana

94.7

0.0

Central Arkansas

91.6

3.1

Southern Miss.

103.4

0.0

Marshall

99.7

3.7

St. John’s

107.8

1.5

Marquette

112.6

-3.3

Texas Tech

118.3

0.0

West Virginia

104.9

13.4

Toledo

107.9

0.0

Northern Illinois

101.1

6.8

Tulsa

103.2

0.0

SMU

104.2

-1.0

UC Irvine

105.5

0.0

UC Riverside

91.6

13.9

UC Santa Barbara

101.0

0.0

Cal St. Northridge

93.7

7.3

UNLV

101.1

2.5

San Diego St.

103.8

-0.2

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.6

0.0

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

0.9

Utah

104.2

0.0

Oregon

109.3

-5.1

Utah St.

110.0

0.0

New Mexico

99.3

10.7

Utah Valley

104.0

0.0

Missouri Kansas City

95.0

9.0

UTSA

99.8

0.0

UAB

100.1

-0.3

Villanova

113.3

0.0

Providence

106.7

6.6

Virginia

123.3

0.0

North Carolina St.

112.9

10.4

Washington

105.5

0.0

USC

105.7

-0.2

Weber St.

98.5

0.0

Portland St.

94.7

3.8

Wichita St.

104.8

0.0

East Carolina

93.7

11.1

Xavier

107.2

0.0

Creighton

110.0

-2.8

 

Conference Tournaments Update

American Athletic Conference

Site: Fedex Forum, Memphis, TN

First Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

South Florida (19-12)

9

Connecticut (15-16)

5

Memphis (19-12)

12

Tulane (4-26)

7

Tulsa (18-13)

10

SMU (14-16)

6

Wichita St. (17-13)

11

East Carolina (10-20)

 

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Site: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

George Washington

68

Massachusetts

64 ot

Richmond

52

Fordham

50

Second Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Rhode Island (16-14)

9

La Salle (10-20)

5

George Mason (17-14)

12

George Washington (9-23)

7

Duquesne (19-12)

10

Saint Joseph’s (13-18)

6

Saint Louis (19-12)

11

Richmond (13-19)

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Site: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

Second Round–Wednesday, March 13

North Carolina St.

59

Clemson

58

Virginia Tech

71

Miami (Fla)

56

Louisville

75

Notre Dame

53

Syracuse

73

Pittsburgh

59

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Virginia (28-2)

8

North Carolina St. (22-10)

4

Florida St. (25-6)

5

Virginia Tech (24-7)

2

North Carolina (26-5)

7

Louisville (20-12)

3

Duke (26-5)

6

Syracuse (20-12)

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

TCU

73

Oklahoma St.

70

West Virginia

72

Oklahoma

71

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Kansas St. (24-7)

8

TCU (20-12)

4

Baylor (19-12)

5

Iowa St. (20-11)

2

Texas Tech (26-5)

10

West Virginia (13-19)

3

Kansas (23-8)

6

Texas (16-15)

 

 

Big East Conference

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Providence

80

Butler

57

St. John’s

82

DePaul

74

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Villanova (22-9)

8

Providence (18-14)

4

Xavier (16-14)

5

Creighton (18-13)

2

Marquette (23-8)

7

St. John’s (21-11)

3

Seton Hall (18-12)

6

Georgetown (19-12)

 

Big Sky Conference

Site: Century Link Arena, Boise, ID

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Sacramento St.

72

Northern Arizona

60

Southern Utah

94

Idaho St.

80

Montana St.

75

Idaho

71

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Montana (23-8)

9

Sacramento St. (15-15)

4

Weber St. (17-14)

5

Portland St. (16-15)

2

Northern Colorado (21-10)

7

Southern Utah (15-15)

3

Eastern Washington (14-17)

6

Montana St. (15-16)

 

 

Big Ten Conference

Site: United Center, Chicago, IL

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Nebraska

68

Rutgers

61

Illinois

74

Northwestern

69 ot

Second Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Ohio St. (18-13)

9

Indiana (17-14)

5

Maryland (22-9)

13

Nebraska (17-15)

7

Minnesota (19-12)

10

Penn St. (14-17)

6

Iowa (21-10)

11

Illinois (12-20)

 

 

Big West Conference

Site: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

UC Irvine (27-5)

8

Cal St. Riverside (10-22)

4

Hawaii (18-12)

5

Long Beach St. (14-18)

3

Cal St. Fullerton (14-16)

6

UC Davis (11-19)

2

UC Santa Barbara (21-9)

7

Cal St. Northridge (13-19)

 

 

Conference USA

Site: Ford Center, Frisco, TX

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Louisiana Tech

57

Florida Atlantic

56

UAB

70

Middle Tennessee

61

North Texas

71

Florida Int’l.

57

Marshall

82

Rice

65

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Old Dominion (23-8)

8

Louisiana Tech (20-12)

4

UTSA (17-14)

5

UAB (19-13)

2

Western Kentucky (18-13)

10

North Texas (21-11)

3

Southern Miss. (19-11)

6

Marshall (19-13)

 

Mid-American Conference (MACtion)

Site: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Buffalo (28-3)

8/9

Akron/Miami (O)

4

Kent St. (22-9)

5

Central Michigan (22-10)

2

Toledo (25-6)

7

Northern Illinois (16-16)

3

Bowling Green (20-11)

11

Ball St. (16-16)

 

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Site: Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 13

North Carolina A&T

82

Coppin St.

79 ot

Norfolk St.

78

South Carolina St.

73

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

North Carolina Central (15-15)

11

Delaware St. (6-24)

Howard (16-15)

5

Bethune-Cookman (14-16)

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Site: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Boise St.

66

Colorado St.

57

New Mexico

78

Wyoming

68

Air Force

87

San Jose St.

56

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Nevada (28-3)

9

Boise St. (13-19)

4

San Diego St. (19-11)

5

UNLV (17-13)

2

Utah St. (25-6)

7

New Mexico (14-17)

3

Fresno St. (21-8)

6

Air Force (14-17)

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

Site: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

USC

78

Arizona

65

Colorado

56

California

51

UCLA

79

Stanford

72

Oregon

84

Washington St.

51

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Washington (24-7)

8

USC (16-16)

4

Oregon St. (18-12)

5

Colorado (20-11)

2

Arizona St. (21-9)

7

UCLA (17-15)

3

Utah (17-13)

6

Oregon (20-12)

 

 

Patriot League

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Championship Game–Wednesday, March 13

Colgate

94

Bucknell

80

Champion: Colgate (24-10)

 

 

Southland Conference

Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Lamar

81

Houston Baptist

79

Central Arkansas

73

Texas A&M CC

53

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

4

New Orleans (17-12)

5

Lamar (20-12)

3

Southeastern Louisiana (16-15)

7

Central Arkansas (14-18)

 

 

Southeastern Conference

Site: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Missouri

71

Georgia

61

Texas A&M

69

Vanderbilt

52

Second Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Florida (17-14)

9

Arkansas (17-14)

5

Auburn (22-9)

12

Missouri (15-16)

7

Ole Miss (20-11)

10

Alabama (17-14)

6

Mississippi St. (22-9)

11

Texas A&M (14-17)

 

Sun Belt Conference

Site:  Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA

Second Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

6

Coastal Carolina (15-15)

7

Louisiana Monroe (17-14)

5

Louisiana (19-12)

8

South Alabama (16-16)

 

 

Western Athletic Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

New Mexico St. (27-4)

8

Chicago St. (3-28)

4

UT Rio Grande Valley (18-15)

5

Cal St. Bakersfield (16-14)

3

Grand Canyon (18-12)

6

Seattle (18-13)

2

Utah Valley (23-8)

7

Missouri Kansas City (11-20)

 

 

Automatic Bids To The NCAA Tournament

Team

Conf

W-L

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

28-6

Gardner-Webb

Big South

23-11

Murray St.

Ohio Valley

27-4

Bradley

Missouri Valley

20-14

Wofford

Southern

29-4

Iona

Metro Atlantic

17-15

Fairleigh-Dickinson

Northeast

20-13

Northern Kentucky

Horizon

26-8

Northeastern

Colonial

23-10

Saint Mary’s

West Coast

22-11

North Dakota St.

Summit

18-15

Colgate

Patriot

24-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PiRate Ratings Bracketology For Wednesday, March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

Seed

Team

Team

Team

Team

1

Virginia

Gonzaga

Kentucky

North Carolina

2

Duke

Michigan St.

Tennessee

LSU

3

Michigan

Texas Tech

Houston

Purdue

4

Florida St.

Wisconsin

Kansas

Kansas St.

5

Virginia Tech

Maryland

Mississippi St.

Nevada

6

Buffalo

Villanova

Marquette

Auburn

7

Wofford

Cincinnati

Louisville

Iowa St.

8

Baylor

VCU

Iowa

Ole Miss

9

Syracuse

Washington

Central Florida

Oklahoma

10

Minnesota

Seton Hall

Utah St.

TCU

11

Temple

Arizona St.

North Carolina St.

Ohio St./St. John’s

12

Florida/Clemson

Saint Mary’s

Murray St.

New Mexico St.

13

Liberty

Vermont

Old Dominion

UC-Irvine

14

Montana

Northeastern

Northern Kentucky

Georgia St.

15

Yale

Bradley

Bucknell

Gardner-Webb

16

Sam Houston St.

Prairie View

Iona/Fairleigh-Dickinson

North Dakota St./Norfolk St.

 

Last 4 Byes

TCU

Temple

Arizona St.

North Carolina St.

 

Last 4 In

Ohio St.

St. John’s

Clemson

Florida

 

First 4 Out

Creighton

Indiana

Georgetown

Texas

Next 4 Out

Alabama

Belmont

Nebraska

UNC Greensboro

 

Bids By Conference

Conference

Bids

ACC

9

Big Ten

8

Big 12

7

SEC

7

Big East

4

AAC

4

MWC

2

Pac-12

2

West Coast

2

One-Bid Leagues

23

 

Automatic Bids To Date

Team

Conf

W-L

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

28-6

Gardner-Webb

Big South

23-11

Murray St.

Ohio Valley

27-4

Bradley

Missouri Valley

20-14

Wofford

Southern

29-4

Iona

Metro Atlantic

17-15

Fairleigh-Dickinson

Northeast

20-13

Northern Kentucky

Horizon

26-8

Northeastern

Colonial

23-10

Saint Mary’s

West Coast

22-11

North Dakota St.

Summit

18-15

 

 

 

 

March 10, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Sunday, March 10, 2019

Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Lipscomb

109.0

3.0

Liberty

105.9

6.1

Radford

102.7

2.5

Gardner-Webb

99.3

5.9

Hofstra

106.5

0.0

James Madison

93.8

12.7

William & Mary

97.6

0.0

Delaware

94.7

2.9

Northeastern

105.6

0.0

UNC Wilmington

94.7

10.9

Charleston

103.4

1.0

Drexel

95.2

9.2

Siena

95.4

2.5

Iona

97.7

0.2

Canisius

95.1

0.0

Monmouth

93.3

1.8

Northern Iowa

99.1

0.0

Bradley

99.5

-0.4

Colgate

102.1

2.5

Navy

92.8

11.8

Bucknell

101.4

2.5

Lehigh

100.3

3.6

Wofford

112.9

0.0

East Tennessee St.

106.6

6.3

UNC Greensboro

105.5

0.0

Furman

107.9

-2.4

North Dakota St.

97.5

0.0

Oral Roberts

92.8

4.7

South Dakota

97.4

1.0

Purdue Fort Wayne

98.7

-0.3

Cincinnati

111.8

3.0

Houston

114.5

0.3

Penn St.

109.9

2.5

Illinois

106.5

5.9

Indiana

110.4

3.0

Rutgers

106.3

7.1

East Carolina

93.7

2.5

Connecticut

105.2

-9.0

Nebraska

110.5

3.0

Iowa

110.8

2.7

South Florida

103.5

3.0

SMU

103.8

2.7

Ohio St.

110.3

3.0

Wisconsin

115.5

-2.2

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Md.-Baltimore Co.

62

Albany

54

Vermont

73

Maine

57

Binghamton

73

Stony Brook

71

Hartford

78

UMass Lowell

70

 

Semifinals–Tuesday, March 12

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Vermont (25-6)

7

Binghamton (10-22)

3

Maryland-Baltimore Co. (20-12)

4

Hartford (18-14)

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 ***

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Lipscomb (25-6)

2

Liberty (27-6)

 

 

Big South Conference

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 (at Radford) ***

Seed

Home Team

Seed

Visitors

2

Radford (22-10)

4

Gardner-Webb (22-11)

 

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Site: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

First Round–Saturday, March 9

James Madison

74

Towson

73

UNC Wilmington

93

Elon

86

Quarterfinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Hofstra (25-6)

8

James Madison (14-18)

4

William & Mary (14-16)

5

Delaware (16-15)

2

Northeastern (20-10)

10

UNC Wilmington (10-22)

3

Charleston (23-8)

6

Drexel (13-18)

 

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Site: Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Siena)

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Monmouth

98

Quinnipiac

92

Siena

87

Rider

81

 

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Iona (15-15)

5

Siena (17-15)

2

Canisius (15-16)

6

Monmouth (13-20)

 

 

Missouri Valley Conference (Arch Madness)

Site: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO

Semifinals–Saturday, March 9

Bradley

53

Loyola (Chi)

51

Northern Iowa

60

Drake

58

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 ***

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

6

Northern Iowa (16-17)

5

Bradley (19-14)

 

Northeast Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Saturday, March 9

St. Francis (PA)

72

Long Island

64

Fairleigh-Dickinson

66

Robert Morris

62

 

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

St. Francis (PA) (18-13)

2

Fairleigh-Dickinson (19-13)

 

 

Ohio Valley Conference

*** Championship Game–Saturday, March 9 ***

Murray St.

77

Belmont

65

Champion:  Murray St.  27-4

 

 

 

Patriot League

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Colgate (22-10)

5

Navy (12-18)

2

Bucknell (20-10)

3

Lehigh (20-10)

 

 

Southern Conference

Site: US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Wofford

99

VMI

72

East Tennessee St.

68

Chattanooga

64

UNC Greensboro

77

Samford

70

Furman

85

Mercer

74

 

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Wofford (27-4)

4/5

East Tennessee St. (24-8)

2

UNC Greensboro (27-5)

3

Furman (25-6)

 

 

Summit League

Site: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Western Illinois

79

South Dakota St.

76

Omaha

81

North Dakota

76

 

Quarterfinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

Purdue Fort Wayne (17-14)

5

South Dakota (13-16)

North Dakota St. (15-15)

6

Oral Roberts (11-20)

 

 

West Coast Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

San Diego

80

BYU

57

Pepperdine

89

San Francisco

72

 

Semifinals–Monday, March 11

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2

Saint Mary’s (20-11)

6

San Diego (21-13)

1

Gonzaga (29-2)

8

Pepperdine (16-17)

 

Teams In The Big Dance

Murray St.  (OVC)  27-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 28, 2018

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Preview for December 29-30, 2018

This Weekend’s PiRate Ratings Spreads for Teams in Power Conferences

Saturday

Home Team Visitor Spread
North Carolina Davidson 6.2
Notre Dame Coppin St. 28.8
Louisville Kentucky -3.4
Wake Forest Gardner-Webb 3.3
Syracuse St. Bonaventure 11.8
Pittsburgh Colgate 5.4
Miami (Fla.) Campbell 12.4
Kansas Eastern Michigan 17.1
Oklahoma St. Texas A&M–C.C. 18.9
Baylor New Orleans 14.5
Kansas St. George Mason 17.0
Ohio St. High Point 15.3
Penn St. Md.-Baltimore Co. 6.0
Michigan St. Northern Illinois 23.3
Illinois Florida Atlantic 11.9
Rutgers Maine 10.4
Purdue Belmont 9.7
Western Kentucky Wisconsin -6.6
Maryland Radford 8.3
Iowa Bryant 26.6
Utah Nevada -10.1
Washington St. Santa Clara 6.7
Arizona St. Princeton 14.7
UCLA Liberty 6.0
Boise St. Oregon 2.7
California Seattle -0.2
Oregon St. Central Connecticut 16.5
Stanford Long Beach St. 9.9
Mississippi St. BYU 6.8
Tennessee Tennessee Tech 28.0
Vanderbilt Tennessee St. 15.9
Missouri Morehead St. 16.5
Ole Miss Florida Gulf Coast 5.6
Texas A&M Texas Southern 12.7
Florida Butler 3.4
Auburn North Florida 19.6

 

Sunday

Home Team Visitor Spread
Michigan Binghamton 23.1
West Virginia Lehigh 13.0
Clemson Lipscomb 9.9
Minnesota Mount St. Mary’s 15.2
Northwestern Columbia 13.9
Georgia U Mass 6.0
USC UC-Davis 12.3

 

Basketball Ratings Explanation

We are very happy to have your patronage here at the PiRate Ratings, and we know that since the end of last basketball season, we have seen more than one thousand new readers discover us through other sites.  We really appreciate those of you that have sent us comments saying that you posted our site on sports forums.  We need to explain how we calculate our basketball ratings, which are entirely different from how we calculate our football ratings.

First, our basketball ratings are 100% derived from the “Four Factors” and Schedule Strength.  Thus, it takes a long time to input the ratings for each team, since all 353 teams’ statistics must be updated after every game played by every Division 1 team.  We can only do this late Thursday Night in order to publish on Friday.  You will only see us submit games involving Power Conference teams that are playing Division 1 opponents on Saturday or Sunday every week, until March.  We will occasionally add top Mid-Majors like Gonzaga, Buffalo, and Nevada, as long as they are in the top 25 or close to it and look like at-large candidates for the NCAA Tournament if they don’t get the automatic bid.

What are the Four Factors?

Those of you that know us know that our PiRate Captain is a baseball sabermetrician and former Major League analyticist and scout.  He likes to see the Four Factors as something similar to Weighted On-Base Average and WAR in baseball.  Since baseball players’ stats can be calculated to figure out expected wins, he believes that similar basketball data can be calculated to determine the winner in college basketball games.  He goes one step further, trying to find an algorithm that also estimates the pointspread.  This is an ongoing experiment in its fifth year, with the algorithm being tweaked a little each year, much like the wOBA numbers adjust every year in baseball.

Here are the Four Factors for College Basketball as Used by the PiRate Captain.  Because they apply to offense and defense, they are really like Eight Factors.

1.) Effective Field Goal Percentage 

This is a measure that combines two-point and three-point shooting percentages into one.  Since a made three-point basket is the same as 1.5 made two-point baskets, the easy calculation for this stat is. (FG + 0.5*3pt))/FGA

where FG is all field goals made, 3 pt is three-pointers made, and FGA is all field goals attempted.

If your team makes 28 baskets in a game, with 8 of those being 3-pointers and attempts 60 shots in a game, their EFG% is: (28+(0.5*8)/60, which equals 53.3%

 

2.) Turnover % 

This measures the percentage of possessions in which a team turns the ball over without a shot and conversely forces the opponent to turn the ball over without a shot.  The PiRates add a little bit of a twist to how most analytics folks use this one.  We will explain the R+T factor later, but for now consider that a steal is a more important turnover than all others, because many times a steal leads to easy points and possible fouls.

The TOV% is simply Turnovers per 100 possessions.  So that if a team has 70 possessions in a game and turns the ball over 14 times, their TOV% would be (14/70*100) = 20.0%

College Basketball Possessions are now kept for all games, but if you don’t have access to these stats, you can estimate possessions per game by the following formula used only for college and not NBA (slightly different formula for the pros)

FGA + (0.465* FTA) – Off Rebounds + Turnovers

 

3.) Offensive Rebounding Percentage

This is actually both offensive and defensive rebounding margin, since opponents’ offensive rebounding margin is the other teams’ defensive rebounding margin.

You calculate this for both teams by this easy formula: (100* Off. Rebounds) / (Off. Rebounds + other team’s Def. Rebounds)

If your team has 15 offensive rebounds, and the other team has 25 defensive rebounds, your team’s Off. Reb % is (100*15)/(15+25) =37.5%

 

4.) Free Throw Rate

The “experts” disagree on how to calculate this rating.  Some of the most famous people that release advanced metric cannot come to a consensus.  There is a problem with free throws to begin with, because late in games, the trailing team deliberately fouls the leading team, thus giving the most likely winner more chances at going to the foul line than the actual game flow indicates.  Earlier this year, a team we watched on TV had attempted 12 foul shots in the first 34 minutes of the game, and instead of being ahead by 20 points (which they should have been), they only led by 5 with 6 minutes to play.  The underdog team tried to play pressure defense but could not force turnovers, so they began fouling and fouling and fouling.  Meanwhile, they bricked a lot of 3-pointers at their end, and the final outcome was 17 points.  The winning team with just 12 FTA in the first 34 minutes shot 13 more in the final 6 minutes.

This is the type of thing that gives this part of the rating too much weighting, and we tend to lower the importance of this rating for that purpose.  Over the course of NCAA Basketball history, the top foul shooting teams have tended to underperform in the Big Dance, while the National Champions have tended to be a little below normal in free throw percentage but above normal in drawing fouls, again mostly because the other team is forced to foul in the final minutes.

This is the formula we use at the PiRate Ratings: FT Made per 100 possession.

We hope this explains a little about how we calculate our ratings.  Obviously, to explain our algorithm would be like giving you the formula for Coca-Cola or Pepsi.  Plus, it would be too difficult to explain how we back-tested numbers until we came up with the exact formula, which is tweaked a little every season.

Our Plan For 2019

We plan to issue two posts per week until the start of conference tournament play in late February.  Our Monday or Tuesday publication will be our most popular feature of the entire site.  We have a baker’s dozen of accurate bracketologists (some of whom have their own sites) that send us their weekly bracketology.  We call these guys (and one gal) our Bracket Gurus.  This will be the Gurus’ third year doing this for us.  In 2017, they went 68 for 68 correctly picking every team chosen for the field.  In 2018, they went 67 for 68, so in two years, they have picked 135 out of the 136 teams.  The famous bracketologists on the big national sites average about 65 1/2 correct every year, so our Gurus are better than the leading brands.

We will issue a Friday afternoon publication like this one.  The regular menu for Friday is to post the spreads of the power conference team games for the weekend, our PiRate Ratings rankings, and then something we hope you find of interest.  In the past, we have spotlighted low and mid-major teams that might have a chance to create a little havoc in March; featured the up and coming assistant coaches that we believe will become successful head coaches; and written a little about something interesting in basketball history.  Our captain has been watching college basketball since the 1963-64 season, and he can describe the UCLA-Duke championship game like he is watching live today.  It didn’t hurt that he was a left-handed point guard who thought Gail Goodrich was an older version of him until Louie Dampier starred for Kentucky once Goodrich graduated.

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

Rk Team PiRate Rating
1 Duke 122.9
2 Gonzaga 118.5
3 Virginia 117.8
4 Michigan St. 116.3
5 Virginia Tech 115.9
6 Texas Tech 115.2
7 Nevada 115.2
8 Tennessee 115.0
9 Auburn 114.7
10 Wisconsin 114.5
11 Iowa St. 113.7
12 Florida St. 113.4
13 Kansas St. 113.2
14 Villanova 113.0
15 Purdue 113.0
16 Oklahoma 112.6
17 Indiana 112.6
18 Cincinnati 112.0
19 TCU 111.9
20 Buffalo 111.6
21 Florida 111.5
22 Butler 111.1
23 Iowa 111.0
24 Kansas 110.8
25 Creighton 110.4
26 Houston 110.3
27 Mississippi St. 110.2
28 Clemson 110.1
29 Syracuse 110.0
30 Arizona St. 109.8
31 Texas 109.6
32 Michigan 109.6
33 UCF 109.5
34 Kentucky 109.4
35 San Francisco 109.1
36 Saint Mary’s 109.1
37 St. John’s 109.0
38 Utah St. 109.0
39 West Virginia 108.7
40 Fresno St. 108.3
41 Notre Dame 108.3
42 Arizona 108.0
43 Seton Hall 107.9
44 Oklahoma St. 107.9
45 North Carolina 107.8
46 Wofford 107.8
47 Nebraska 107.8
48 Northwestern 107.8
49 Washington 107.7
50 Ohio St. 107.6
51 Alabama 107.4
52 Maryland 107.3
53 Vanderbilt 107.3
54 Baylor 107.2
55 Providence 107.1
56 Toledo 107.1
57 Missouri 107.0
58 Temple 107.0
59 Oregon St. 106.8
60 Belmont 106.8
61 UCLA 106.7
62 Northern Colorado 106.7
63 North Carolina St. 106.6
64 Texas A&M 106.6
65 BYU 106.4
66 VCU 106.4
67 Xavier 106.3
68 San Diego St. 106.3
69 Dayton 106.2
70 Colorado 106.2
71 Marshall 106.0
72 Louisiana 106.0
73 Penn 105.9
74 Loyola Marymount 105.8
75 Connecticut 105.7
76 Old Dominion 105.7
77 Marquette 105.6
78 Ball St. 105.6
79 Davidson 105.6
80 USC 105.6
81 San Diego 105.5
82 SMU 105.5
83 South Dakota St. 105.4
84 Yale 105.3
85 New Mexico 105.3
86 Miami FL 105.0
87 Furman 104.9
88 Boston College 104.9
89 UC Irvine 104.9
90 Hofstra 104.8
91 Georgia 104.8
92 Georgia Tech 104.7
93 Rutgers 104.6
94 Penn St. 104.5
95 Illinois 104.5
96 Rhode Island 104.4
97 Western Kentucky 104.4
98 East Tennessee St. 104.3
99 Harvard 104.3
100 New Mexico St. 104.3
101 Lipscomb 104.2
102 Saint Joseph’s 104.1
103 Georgia St. 104.1
104 Saint Louis 104.1
105 Georgetown 104.1
106 DePaul 104.1
107 Miami OH 104.1
108 Akron 104.0
109 Vermont 104.0
110 Charleston 104.0
111 Northeastern 103.8
112 Loyola Chicago 103.7
113 Liberty 103.7
114 Louisville 103.5
115 Wichita St. 103.5
116 Stanford 103.4
117 LSU 103.2
118 South Carolina 103.2
119 Tulsa 103.0
120 Grand Canyon 102.8
121 Texas St. 102.8
122 Middle Tennessee 102.6
123 Minnesota 102.6
124 Oregon 102.6
125 Southern Illinois 102.6
126 Radford 102.5
127 Georgia Southern 102.4
128 Boise St. 102.3
129 Austin Peay 102.2
130 Drake 102.2
131 Pittsburgh 101.9
132 Massachusetts 101.8
133 Utah Valley 101.7
134 Wright St. 101.7
135 Southern Miss 101.7
136 UCSB 101.6
137 Bucknell 101.6
138 Utah 101.6
139 UNLV 101.5
140 Pacific 101.5
141 UMBC 101.5
142 Rider 101.4
143 Northern Kentucky 101.3
144 St. Bonaventure 101.2
145 Mercer 101.1
146 Wake Forest 101.1
147 Indiana St. 101.0
148 Louisiana Monroe 100.9
149 Gardner Webb 100.8
150 Missouri St. 100.7
151 Brown 100.7
152 Pepperdine 100.6
153 Murray St. 100.6
154 Seattle 100.6
155 Winthrop 100.5
156 LIU Brooklyn 100.4
157 Arkansas 100.1
158 Duquesne 100.1
159 The Citadel 100.0
160 Colgate 100.0
161 Richmond 100.0
162 North Texas 100.0
163 Holy Cross 99.9
164 Louisiana Tech 99.9
165 Bradley 99.8
166 Washington St. 99.8
167 Weber St. 99.8
168 Memphis 99.7
169 Troy 99.7
170 Lehigh 99.7
171 George Mason 99.7
172 UNC Wilmington 99.6
173 Stony Brook 99.6
174 South Florida 99.6
175 Central Michigan 99.6
176 Valparaiso 99.6
177 Samford 99.5
178 Green Bay 99.4
179 Illinois St. 99.4
180 Jacksonville St. 99.3
181 Montana 99.3
182 Cal St. Fullerton 99.2
183 UAB 99.1
184 Abilene Christian 99.1
185 Appalachian St. 99.0
186 Coastal Carolina 98.9
187 North Dakota St. 98.7
188 Ohio 98.6
189 Mississippi 98.6
190 Princeton 98.6
191 UNC Greensboro 98.5
192 Little Rock 98.4
193 South Dakota 98.4
194 Fordham 98.3
195 Bowling Green 98.3
196 IUPUI 98.3
197 Stephen F. Austin 98.2
198 Northern Iowa 98.1
199 Evansville 98.1
200 Hawaii 98.1
201 Purdue Fort Wayne 98.1
202 North Florida 98.1
203 Loyola MD 98.1
204 Omaha 98.0
205 American 98.0
206 South Alabama 97.8
207 NJIT 97.7
208 Portland 97.7
209 Eastern Michigan 97.7
210 William & Mary 97.6
211 Iona 97.5
212 Dartmouth 97.5
213 Western Michigan 97.5
214 Boston University 97.5
215 California 97.4
216 La Salle 97.3
217 Northern Arizona 97.2
218 Maine 97.2
219 Navy 97.2
220 Hartford 97.0
221 Illinois Chicago 97.0
222 UTSA 97.0
223 Canisius 97.0
224 Oral Roberts 97.0
225 St. Francis PA 97.0
226 Columbia 96.9
227 Kent St. 96.8
228 FIU 96.8
229 Arkansas Pine Bluff 96.7
230 UNC Asheville 96.6
231 Cal Baptist 96.5
232 Sacramento St. 96.5
233 Montana St. 96.5
234 Northern Illinois 96.5
235 Long Beach St. 96.5
236 Hampton 96.4
237 Texas Southern 96.4
238 Delaware 96.4
239 Kennesaw St. 96.4
240 UC Davis 96.3
241 Santa Clara 96.1
242 Florida Atlantic 96.1
243 Colorado St. 96.1
244 UTEP 96.1
245 Florida Gulf Coast 96.0
246 Lafayette 95.9
247 High Point 95.8
248 Fairfield 95.7
249 New Orleans 95.7
250 Charleston Southern 95.7
251 Cornell 95.7
252 Campbell 95.6
253 Wagner 95.5
254 Cleveland St. 95.5
255 Cal St. Bakersfield 95.5
256 Southern Utah 95.5
257 Norfolk St. 95.5
258 Milwaukee 95.4
259 Fairleigh Dickinson 95.4
260 Western Illinois 95.3
261 UMKC 95.3
262 Quinnipiac 95.1
263 Wyoming 95.0
264 Towson 95.0
265 Presbyterian 95.0
266 Idaho St. 94.9
267 UT Arlington 94.8
268 Tulane 94.7
269 Lamar 94.7
270 Eastern Kentucky 94.7
271 Niagara 94.7
272 Army 94.7
273 Drexel 94.6
274 Sam Houston St. 94.6
275 Monmouth 94.6
276 Mississippi Valley St. 94.5
277 Nicholls St. 94.4
278 James Madison 94.4
279 Prairie View A&M 94.4
280 Marist 94.4
281 Air Force 94.3
282 Eastern Washington 94.3
283 UT Rio Grande Valley 94.2
284 Northwestern St. 94.2
285 East Carolina 94.2
286 St. Francis NY 94.2
287 Siena 94.2
288 Cal St. Northridge 94.1
289 Robert Morris 94.1
290 George Washington 94.1
291 SEMO 94.0
292 Grambling St. 94.0
293 Central Arkansas 94.0
294 Sacred Heart 94.0
295 Albany 93.9
296 Central Connecticut 93.8
297 Houston Baptist 93.8
298 Saint Peter’s 93.8
299 Portland St. 93.8
300 Detroit 93.7
301 Arkansas St. 93.7
302 Longwood 93.6
303 Morehead St. 93.5
304 Denver 93.4
305 McNeese St. 93.1
306 Howard 93.0
307 North Dakota 93.0
308 Tennessee St. 92.9
309 Chattanooga 92.9
310 UC Riverside 92.9
311 Eastern Illinois 92.8
312 North Carolina Central 92.7
313 UT-Martin 92.6
314 Texas A&M Corpus Chris 92.5
315 Oakland 92.5
316 Morgan St. 92.4
317 Cal Poly 92.3
318 Jackson St. 92.2
319 Jacksonville 92.0
320 Idaho 91.9
321 Charlotte 91.9
322 Bethune Cookman 91.9
323 Western Carolina 91.9
324 New Hampshire 91.7
325 Rice 91.7
326 North Carolina A&T 91.7
327 Elon 91.5
328 Youngstown St. 91.4
329 Southeastern Louisiana 91.4
330 North Alabama 91.3
331 UMass Lowell 91.3
332 VMI 90.7
333 Binghamton 90.5
334 Mount St. Mary’s 90.4
335 USC Upstate 90.1
336 Manhattan 90.1
337 San Jose St. 90.0
338 Alabama St. 90.0
339 SIU Edwardsville 89.9
340 Tennessee Tech 89.5
341 Maryland Eastern Shore 89.2
342 Southern 88.8
343 South Carolina St. 88.6
344 Florida A&M 88.5
345 Bryant 87.9
346 Stetson 87.4
347 Incarnate Word 87.2
348 Alcorn St. 86.5
349 Alabama A&M 84.6
350 Savannah St. 83.7
351 Coppin St. 83.5
352 Delaware St. 82.7
353 Chicago St. 82.3

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

# Team PiRate Rating Conf

1

VCU

106.4

A10

2 Dayton 106.2 A10
3 Davidson 105.6 A10
4 Rhode Island 104.4 A10
5 Saint Joseph’s 104.1 A10
6 Saint Louis 104.1 A10
7 Massachusetts 101.8 A10
8 St. Bonaventure 101.2 A10
9 Duquesne 100.1 A10
10 Richmond 100.0 A10
11 George Mason 99.7 A10
12 Fordham 98.3 A10
13 La Salle 97.3 A10
14 George Washington 94.1 A10
 

1

Duke

122.9

ACC

2 Virginia 117.8 ACC
3 Virginia Tech 115.9 ACC
4 Florida St. 113.4 ACC
5 Clemson 110.1 ACC
6 Syracuse 110.0 ACC
7 Notre Dame 108.3 ACC
8 North Carolina 107.8 ACC
9 North Carolina St. 106.6 ACC
10 Miami FL 105.0 ACC
11 Boston College 104.9 ACC
12 Georgia Tech 104.7 ACC
13 Louisville 103.5 ACC
14 Pittsburgh 101.9 ACC
15 Wake Forest 101.1 ACC
 

1

Vermont

104.0

AmEst

2 UMBC 101.5 AmEst
3 Stony Brook 99.6 AmEst
4 Maine 97.2 AmEst
5 Hartford 97.0 AmEst
6 Albany 93.9 AmEst
7 New Hampshire 91.7 AmEst
8 UMass Lowell 91.3 AmEst
9 Binghamton 90.5 AmEst
 

1

Cincinnati

112.0

AAC

2 Houston 110.3 AAC
3 UCF 109.5 AAC
4 Temple 107.0 AAC
5 Connecticut 105.7 AAC
6 SMU 105.5 AAC
7 Wichita St. 103.5 AAC
8 Tulsa 103.0 AAC
9 Memphis 99.7 AAC
10 South Florida 99.6 AAC
11 Tulane 94.7 AAC
12 East Carolina 94.2 AAC
 

1

Lipscomb

104.2

ASun

2 Liberty 103.7 ASun
3 North Florida 98.1 ASun
4 NJIT 97.7 ASun
5 Kennesaw St. 96.4 ASun
6 Florida Gulf Coast 96.0 ASun
7 Jacksonville 92.0 ASun
8 North Alabama 91.3 ASun
9 Stetson 87.4 ASun
 

1

Michigan St.

116.3

BTEN

2 Wisconsin 114.5 BTEN
3 Purdue 113.0 BTEN
4 Indiana 112.6 BTEN
5 Iowa 111.0 BTEN
6 Michigan 109.6 BTEN
7 Nebraska 107.8 BTEN
8 Northwestern 107.8 BTEN
9 Ohio St. 107.6 BTEN
10 Maryland 107.3 BTEN
11 Rutgers 104.6 BTEN
12 Penn St. 104.5 BTEN
13 Illinois 104.5 BTEN
14 Minnesota 102.6 BTEN
 

1

Texas Tech

115.2

B12

2 Iowa St. 113.7 B12
3 Kansas St. 113.2 B12
4 Oklahoma 112.6 B12
5 TCU 111.9 B12
6 Kansas 110.8 B12
7 Texas 109.6 B12
8 West Virginia 108.7 B12
9 Oklahoma St. 107.9 B12
10 Baylor 107.2 B12
 

1

Villanova

113.0

BEast

2 Butler 111.1 BEast
3 Creighton 110.4 BEast
4 St. John’s 109.0 BEast
5 Seton Hall 107.9 BEast
6 Providence 107.1 BEast
7 Xavier 106.3 BEast
8 Marquette 105.6 BEast
9 Georgetown 104.1 BEast
10 DePaul 104.1 BEast
 

1

Northern Colorado

106.7

BSky

2 Weber St. 99.8 BSky
3 Montana 99.3 BSky
4 Northern Arizona 97.2 BSky
5 Sacramento St. 96.5 BSky
6 Montana St. 96.5 BSky
7 Southern Utah 95.5 BSky
8 Idaho St. 94.9 BSky
9 Eastern Washington 94.3 BSky
10 Portland St. 93.8 BSky
11 Idaho 91.9 BSky
 

1

Radford

102.5

BSou

2 Gardner Webb 100.8 BSou
3 Winthrop 100.5 BSou
4 UNC Asheville 96.6 BSou
5 Hampton 96.4 BSou
6 High Point 95.8 BSou
7 Charleston Southern 95.7 BSou
8 Campbell 95.6 BSou
9 Presbyterian 95.0 BSou
10 Longwood 93.6 BSou
11 USC Upstate 90.1 BSou
 

1

UC Irvine

104.9

BWest

2 UCSB 101.6 BWest
3 Cal St. Fullerton 99.2 BWest
4 Hawaii 98.1 BWest
5 Long Beach St. 96.5 BWest
6 UC Davis 96.3 BWest
7 Cal St. Northridge 94.1 BWest
8 UC Riverside 92.9 BWest
9 Cal Poly 92.3 BWest
 

1

Hofstra

104.8

CAA

2 Charleston 104.0 CAA
3 Northeastern 103.8 CAA
4 UNC Wilmington 99.6 CAA
5 William & Mary 97.6 CAA
6 Delaware 96.4 CAA
7 Towson 95.0 CAA
8 Drexel 94.6 CAA
9 James Madison 94.4 CAA
10 Elon 91.5 CAA
 

1

Marshall

106.0

CUSA

2 Old Dominion 105.7 CUSA
3 Western Kentucky 104.4 CUSA
4 Middle Tennessee 102.6 CUSA
5 Southern Miss 101.7 CUSA
6 North Texas 100.0 CUSA
7 Louisiana Tech 99.9 CUSA
8 UAB 99.1 CUSA
9 UTSA 97.0 CUSA
10 FIU 96.8 CUSA
11 Florida Atlantic 96.1 CUSA
12 UTEP 96.1 CUSA
13 Charlotte 91.9 CUSA
14 Rice 91.7 CUSA
 

1

Wright St.

101.7

Horiz

2 Northern Kentucky 101.3 Horiz
3 Green Bay 99.4 Horiz
4 IUPUI 98.3 Horiz
5 Illinois Chicago 97.0 Horiz
6 Cleveland St. 95.5 Horiz
7 Milwaukee 95.4 Horiz
8 Detroit 93.7 Horiz
9 Oakland 92.5 Horiz
10 Youngstown St. 91.4 Horiz
 

1

Penn

105.9

Ivy

2 Yale 105.3 Ivy
3 Harvard 104.3 Ivy
4 Brown 100.7 Ivy
5 Princeton 98.6 Ivy
6 Dartmouth 97.5 Ivy
7 Columbia 96.9 Ivy
8 Cornell 95.7 Ivy
 

1

Rider

101.4

MAAC

2 Iona 97.5 MAAC
3 Canisius 97.0 MAAC
4 Fairfield 95.7 MAAC
5 Quinnipiac 95.1 MAAC
6 Niagara 94.7 MAAC
7 Monmouth 94.6 MAAC
8 Marist 94.4 MAAC
9 Siena 94.2 MAAC
10 Saint Peter’s 93.8 MAAC
11 Manhattan 90.1 MAAC
 

1

Buffalo

111.6

MAC

2 Toledo 107.1 MAC
3 Ball St. 105.6 MAC
4 Miami OH 104.1 MAC
5 Akron 104.0 MAC
6 Central Michigan 99.6 MAC
7 Ohio 98.6 MAC
8 Bowling Green 98.3 MAC
9 Eastern Michigan 97.7 MAC
10 Western Michigan 97.5 MAC
11 Kent St. 96.8 MAC
12 Northern Illinois 96.5 MAC
 

1

Norfolk St.

95.5

MEAC

2 Howard 93.0 MEAC
3 North Carolina Central 92.7 MEAC
4 Morgan St. 92.4 MEAC
5 Bethune Cookman 91.9 MEAC
6 North Carolina A&T 91.7 MEAC
7 Maryland Eastern Shore 89.2 MEAC
8 South Carolina St. 88.6 MEAC
9 Florida A&M 88.5 MEAC
10 Savannah St. 83.7 MEAC
11 Coppin St. 83.5 MEAC
12 Delaware St. 82.7 MEAC
 

1

Loyola Chicago

103.7

MVC

2 Southern Illinois 102.6 MVC
3 Drake 102.2 MVC
4 Indiana St. 101.0 MVC
5 Missouri St. 100.7 MVC
6 Bradley 99.8 MVC
7 Valparaiso 99.6 MVC
8 Illinois St. 99.4 MVC
9 Northern Iowa 98.1 MVC
10 Evansville 98.1 MVC
 

1

Nevada

115.2

MWC

2 Utah St. 109.0 MWC
3 Fresno St. 108.3 MWC
4 San Diego St. 106.3 MWC
5 New Mexico 105.3 MWC
6 Boise St. 102.3 MWC
7 UNLV 101.5 MWC
8 Colorado St. 96.1 MWC
9 Wyoming 95.0 MWC
10 Air Force 94.3 MWC
11 San Jose St. 90.0 MWC
 

1

LIU Brooklyn

100.4

NEC

2 St. Francis PA 97.0 NEC
3 Wagner 95.5 NEC
4 Fairleigh Dickinson 95.4 NEC
5 St. Francis NY 94.2 NEC
6 Robert Morris 94.1 NEC
7 Sacred Heart 94.0 NEC
8 Central Connecticut 93.8 NEC
9 Mount St. Mary’s 90.4 NEC
10 Bryant 87.9 NEC
 

1

Belmont

106.8

OVC

2 Austin Peay 102.2 OVC
3 Murray St. 100.6 OVC
4 Jacksonville St. 99.3 OVC
5 Eastern Kentucky 94.7 OVC
6 SEMO 94.0 OVC
7 Morehead St. 93.5 OVC
8 Tennessee St. 92.9 OVC
9 Eastern Illinois 92.8 OVC
10 UT-Martin 92.6 OVC
11 SIU Edwardsville 89.9 OVC
12 Tennessee Tech 89.5 OVC
 

1

Arizona St.

109.8

Pac12

2 Arizona 108.0 Pac12
3 Washington 107.7 Pac12
4 Oregon St. 106.8 Pac12
5 UCLA 106.7 Pac12
6 Colorado 106.2 Pac12
7 USC 105.6 Pac12
8 Stanford 103.4 Pac12
9 Oregon 102.6 Pac12
10 Utah 101.6 Pac12
11 Washington St. 99.8 Pac12
12 California 97.4 Pac12
 

1

Bucknell

101.6

Pat

2 Colgate 100.0 Pat
3 Holy Cross 99.9 Pat
4 Lehigh 99.7 Pat
5 Loyola MD 98.1 Pat
6 American 98.0 Pat
7 Boston University 97.5 Pat
8 Navy 97.2 Pat
9 Lafayette 95.9 Pat
10 Army 94.7 Pat
 

1

Louisiana

106.0

SBC

2 Georgia St. 104.1 SBC
3 Texas St. 102.8 SBC
4 Georgia Southern 102.4 SBC
5 Louisiana Monroe 100.9 SBC
6 Troy 99.7 SBC
7 Appalachian St. 99.0 SBC
8 Coastal Carolina 98.9 SBC
9 Little Rock 98.4 SBC
10 South Alabama 97.8 SBC
11 UT Arlington 94.8 SBC
12 Arkansas St. 93.7 SBC
 

1

Wofford

107.8

Socon

2 Furman 104.9 Socon
3 East Tennessee St. 104.3 Socon
4 Mercer 101.1 Socon
5 The Citadel 100.0 Socon
6 Samford 99.5 Socon
7 UNC Greensboro 98.5 Socon
8 Chattanooga 92.9 Socon
9 Western Carolina 91.9 Socon
10 VMI 90.7 Socon
 

1

Tennessee

115.0

SEC

2 Auburn 114.7 SEC
3 Florida 111.5 SEC
4 Mississippi St. 110.2 SEC
5 Kentucky 109.4 SEC
6 Alabama 107.4 SEC
7 Vanderbilt 107.3 SEC
8 Missouri 107.0 SEC
9 Texas A&M 106.6 SEC
10 Georgia 104.8 SEC
11 LSU 103.2 SEC
12 South Carolina 103.2 SEC
13 Arkansas 100.1 SEC
14 Mississippi 98.6 SEC
 

1

Abilene Christian

99.1

Southl

2 Stephen F. Austin 98.2 Southl
3 New Orleans 95.7 Southl
4 Lamar 94.7 Southl
5 Sam Houston St. 94.6 Southl
6 Nicholls St. 94.4 Southl
7 Northwestern St. 94.2 Southl
8 Central Arkansas 94.0 Southl
9 Houston Baptist 93.8 Southl
10 McNeese St. 93.1 Southl
11 Texas A&M Corpus Chris 92.5 Southl
12 Southeastern Louisiana 91.4 Southl
13 Incarnate Word 87.2 Southl
 

1

South Dakota St.

105.4

Sum

2 North Dakota St. 98.7 Sum
3 South Dakota 98.4 Sum
4 Purdue Fort Wayne 98.1 Sum
5 Omaha 98.0 Sum
6 Oral Roberts 97.0 Sum
7 Western Illinois 95.3 Sum
8 Denver 93.4 Sum
9 North Dakota 93.0 Sum
 

1

Arkansas Pine Bluff

96.7

SWAC

2 Texas Southern 96.4 SWAC
3 Mississippi Valley St. 94.5 SWAC
4 Prairie View A&M 94.4 SWAC
5 Grambling St. 94.0 SWAC
6 Jackson St. 92.2 SWAC
7 Alabama St. 90.0 SWAC
8 Southern 88.8 SWAC
9 Alcorn St. 86.5 SWAC
10 Alabama A&M 84.6 SWAC
 

1

New Mexico St.

104.3

WAC

2 Grand Canyon 102.8 WAC
3 Utah Valley 101.7 WAC
4 Seattle 100.6 WAC
5 Cal Baptist 96.5 WAC
6 Cal St. Bakersfield 95.5 WAC
7 UMKC 95.3 WAC
8 UT Rio Grande Valley 94.2 WAC
9 Chicago St. 82.3 WAC
 

1

Gonzaga

118.5

WCC

2 San Francisco 109.1 WCC
3 Saint Mary’s 109.1 WCC
4 BYU 106.4 WCC
5 Loyola Marymount 105.8 WCC
6 San Diego 105.5 WCC
7 Pacific 101.5 WCC
8 Pepperdine 100.6 WCC
9 Portland 97.7 WCC
10 Santa Clara 96.1 WCC

 

 

December 9, 2018

PiRate Ratings–College Football Bowls & Playoffs

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All times given are Eastern Standard

Saturday December 15
New Mexico Bowl 2:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Utah St. North Texas 11.6 10.2 12.4
Cure Bowl 2:30 PM on CBSSN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Tulane Louisiana 9.3 7.5 7.3
Las Vegas Bowl 3:30 PM on ABC
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Fresno St. Arizona St. 2.8 3.7 3.4
Camellia Bowl 5:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Georgia Southern Eastern Michigan -4.7 -4.2 -4.3
New Orleans Bowl 9:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Appalachian St. Middle Tennessee -0.6 -0.7 -0.2
 

 

Tuesday December 18
Boca Raton Bowl 7:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
UAB Northern Illinois -0.6 0.7 -0.2
 

 

Wednesday December 19
Frisco Bowl 8:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
San Diego St. Ohio U -8.7 -9.8 -9.4
 

 

Thursday December 20
Gasparilla Bowl 8:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
South Florida Marshall -1.9 -2.8 -3.0
 

 

Friday December 21
Bahamas Bowl 12:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Toledo Florida Int’l. 9.8 7.9 9.3
Idaho Potato Bowl 4:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Western Michigan BYU -11.1 -10.0 -11.2
 

 

Saturday December 22 12:00 PM on ESPN
Birmingham Bowl
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Memphis Wake Forest -2.3 0.7 0.3
Armed Forces Bowl 3:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Houston Army -1.3 -1.5 -1.2
Dollar General Bowl 7:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Buffalo Troy 5.6 5.8 5.1
Hawaii Bowl 10:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Hawaii Louisiana Tech -3.3 -3.6 -4.0
 

 

Wednesday December 26
First Responder Bowl 1:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Boise St. Boston College -0.3 1.7 0.5
Quick Lane Bowl 5:15 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Minnesota Georgia Tech -11.4 -11.6 -11.4
Cheez-it Bowl 9:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
TCU California 0.4 1.2 -0.8
 

 

Thursday December 27 1:30 PM on ESPN
Independence Bowl
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Duke Temple 6.4 4.1 5.0
Pinstripe Bowl 5:15 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Wisconsin Miami (Fla.) -6.5 -7.5 -7.0
Texas Bowl 9:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Baylor Vanderbilt -0.4 -2.1 -1.1
 

 

Friday December 28
Music City Bowl 1:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Auburn Purdue 6.8 7.2 8.4
Camping World Bowl 5:15 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Syracuse West Virginia 1.0 0.8 1.2
Arizona Bowl 5:30 PM on CBSSN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Nevada Arkansas St. 3.6 2.2 1.6
Alamo Bowl 9:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Iowa St. Washington St. -3.3 -3.9 -3.6
 

 

Saturday December 29
Peach Bowl 12:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Florida Michigan -9.7 -9.9 -9.6
Belk Bowl 12:00 PM on ABC
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
South Carolina Virginia 5.9 4.8 6.6
Cotton Bowl 4:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Clemson Notre Dame 12.6 12.9 14.3
Orange Bowl 8:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Alabama Oklahoma 19.2 18.7 20.8
 

 

Monday December 31
Redbox Bowl 3:00 PM on Fox
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Oregon Michigan St. -0.8 1.0 0.4
Military Bowl 12:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Virginia Tech Cincinnati 1.9 -0.2 1.0
Sun Bowl 2:00 PM on CBS
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Stanford Pittsburgh 5.3 4.2 6.1
Liberty Bowl 3:45 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Missouri Oklahoma St. 12.0 12.1 13.1
Holiday Bowl 7:00 PM on FS1
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Utah Northwestern 6.0 6.1 6.7
Gator Bowl 7:30 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
North Carolina St. Texas A&M -2.9 -2.7 -4.0
 

 

Tuesday January 1
Outback Bowl 12:00 PM on ESPN2
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Iowa Mississippi St. -7.5 -7.8 -9.3
Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM on ABC
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Kentucky Penn St. -6.7 -5.6 -6.5
Fiesta Bowl 1:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
LSU Central Florida 2.9 1.5 3.0
Rose Bowl 5:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Ohio St. Washington 6.9 7.1 6.6
Sugar Bowl 8:45 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Georgia Texas 14.9 14.3 17.1
 

 

Monday January 7
National Championship Game 8:00 PM on ESPN
Team 1 Team 2 PiRate Mean Bias
Bama or Okla. Clem or N. Dame

For those that need to know–these ratings include the list of star players that are sitting out their bowl so as not to risk injury prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.  For example, Will Grier will not play for West Virginia, and that is enough to switch the Mountaineers from favorite to underdog.  This includes a list through Saturday, December 9.

NOTE:  The PiRate Ratings will commence with college basketball coverage as soon as all the major conference teams have played their tenth game.  Our rating is meaningless until every team has played 10 games.

Once again, we have combined all three of our sub-ratings into one more accurate rating.  We will issue spreads on weekend games through the conference tournaments and then spreads on the conference tournament games.

Additionally, starting in Mid-January, we will see the return of our Bracketology Gurus, who in two years of existence have gotten all 68 teams in the tournament one year and 67 of the 68 teams in the other.  We hand-picked 12 not-so-angry men that love college basketball and devote about the same amount of time in analyzing college basketball data as we analyze Major League Baseball.

 

 

December 5, 2018

What If… An NCAA Playoffs With No Committee Choices

Four teams are happy.  At least three teams are sad and feel slighted.  Oklahoma and Notre Dame have been invited to the playoffs.  Ohio State and Georgia were jilted.

There could be an argument for Oklahoma and Notre Dame over Ohio State and Georgia.  On the other hand, the folks that know best, those sharps in Nevada, would tell you that Georgia is the third best team in the nation.  Many computers will tell you that on December 29, 2018, Ohio State would be a better team than Oklahoma.

Imagine if specially appointed committees chose other things for the rest of us.  How would you like some insider former politicians explaining to you why Candidate A will be your President instead of Candidate B, even though all the political experts say that Candidate B would be the better Chief Excutive?

What is a special committee of psychologists chose who you will marry based on their criteria.  You may be in love with Michelle, but they may choose Kelly for you because she can balance a checkbook and you cannot?

What if the NFL had to choose just four teams for the playoffs.  This year, there are five really good teams in the Rams, Chiefs, Saints, Patriots, and Texans.  Maybe the Bears and Chargers are also among the four best.  Do you want a 12-4 division winner not making the NFL Playoffs?

Of course you don’t.  And, the fandom of college football doesn’t buy for a minute that the Selection Committee knows what it’s doing.  Let’s see any of them pick games against the spread.  If they are true experts, then they will put up results that make Billy Walters look like an amateur.

The four team playoff did nothing to solve the problems of the two-team BCS National Championship Game it replaced.  In fact, this year, you could make an excellent argument that just putting Alabama against Clemson would be a better option than picking four out of six or seven deserving teams.

Any legitimate FBS Playoffs must allow every FBS team a chance to play their way into said playoffs.  There are 130 FBS teams.  There needs to be no more than 64 top level teams and preferably 32, but let’s not even talk about separating the Power 5 from the Group of 5.  Let’s talk about honest realignment into 7 conferences of 16 teams  and 1 conference of 18 teams.  In an even better world, two FBS teams would drop down to FCS, leaving 128 teams.

Divide each conference into two divisions.  Every team within a division will play each other during the regular season plus three teams in the other division.  In the 18-team conference, there will be just two teams against the other division.  The rhyme and reason to which schools a team in the other division would play would be made by the league with a rotating schedule so that a different three teams would be played every year, possibly using the NFL’s strategy of having the prior first place team in one division playing the prior first place team in the other division and so on down to the prior last place teams playing each other.

At the end of the season, the top team in each division of each conference would then make the 16-team playoff.  In the first round, the division winners of each conference would play to determine the conference champion.  This would leave eight teams for eight playoff spots.

These conference championship games could be played on neutral sites like the current Power Five Conference Championship Games, or on the home field of the team with the better conference record with set tiebreakers to determine the higher seed if there is a tie.

With the number down to eight, the next round could be played on home fields of the higher seeds as determined by criteria that all teams and all fans will know, just like home field is determined in the NFL.  At no time will a committee of so-called experts determine who is in these playoffs and who will be the home team.

After this second round of the playoffs, the final four can then be played like it is today.

This would give every team a chance to play for the national title, just like all 350 Division 1 basketball teams have a chance.  If you think this isn’t fair to Alabama or Clemson to have to play more games to become national champion, then you must absolutely hate March Madness when Sister Jean and her Loyola Ramblers or Butler or Wichita State can make a run to the Final Four.  You must hate the fact that a Gonzaga can advance from a small program into one of the top 10 in the nation.

If the entire FBS has a chance to win the national title, then all programs will have a chance to do what Gonzaga has done in basketball.

Another bonus could be in scheduling.  Instead of an SEC team like Georgia scheduling Austin Peay and Massachusetts, or Alabama scheduling The Citadel, Arkansas State, and Louisiana (the one in Lafayette and not Baton Rouge), the national schedule makers could schedule Alabama and Oklahoma, or Georgia and Michigan.

What about the FBS vs. FCS games?  Why not give each FBS team two preseason games against FCS teams, where the FBS team pays the FCS team a check just like they do now?  With all the extra billions coming into this new paradigm, the FBS teams could keep these FCS programs solvent without putting a 63-3 pasting on them in a regular season game.

November 25, 2018

PiRate Ratings–College Football Week 14

This Week’s PiRate Rating Spreads

Friday November 30
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Mid-American Conference Championship Game @ Buffalo
Buffalo Northern Illinois 5.9 6.9 7.0
 

 

Pac-12 Conference Championship Game @ Santa Clara, CA
Washington Utah 5.4 4.5 5.4

 

Saturday November 24
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Big 12 Conference Championship Game @ Arlington, TX
Oklahoma Texas 7.2 7.4 7.6
 

 

Sun Belt Conference Championship Game @ Appy St.
Appalachian St. Louisiana 17.8 17.6 18.0
 

 

Conference USA Championship Game @ Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee UAB 2.3 2.0 2.8
 

 

American Athletic Conference Championship Game @ Central FL
Central Florida Memphis 11.3 10.4 10.8
 

 

Southeastern Conference Championship Game @ Atlanta
Alabama Georgia 12.8 13.4 13.3
 

 

Mountain West Conference Championship Game @ Boise St.
Boise St. Fresno St. 2.7 3.0 3.2
 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game @ Charlotte, NC
Clemson Pittsburgh 30.3 28.7 31.4
 

 

Big Ten Conference Championship Game @ Indianapolis, IN
Ohio St. Northwestern 15.5 15.4 16.0

Other Saturday Games

Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Virginia Tech Marshall 12.6 8.6 10.7
North Carolina St. East Carolina 30.9 29.9 30.5
South Carolina Akron 30.2 28.2 30.4
California Stanford -5.2 -5.0 -5.2

 

FBS FCS
Home Visitor PiRate
Iowa St. Drake 42.7
Liberty Norfolk St. 26.5

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

PiRate Ratings
# Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
1 Alabama 141.3 139.7 143.1 141.4
2 Clemson 138.8 136.5 139.5 138.3
3 Georgia 128.6 126.3 129.8 128.2
4 Ohio St. 126.3 124.5 126.4 125.7
5 Michigan 125.9 124.5 126.3 125.5
6 Notre Dame 126.3 123.9 125.4 125.2
7 Mississippi St. 124.2 122.6 125.4 124.1
8 Washington 122.0 119.9 122.4 121.4
9 Oklahoma 121.5 120.2 121.3 121.0
10 Missouri 121.1 119.6 122.1 120.9
11 Penn St. 119.3 117.0 119.0 118.4
12 L S U 117.6 116.7 118.4 117.6
13 Auburn 116.8 115.6 118.1 116.8
14 West Virginia 117.3 116.1 116.5 116.6
15 Iowa 117.2 115.3 116.6 116.4
16 Utah 116.6 115.3 117.0 116.3
17 Washington St. 115.8 114.7 115.5 115.3
18 Miami 115.8 114.4 115.4 115.2
19 Florida 115.2 113.6 115.7 114.8
20 Texas A&M 114.6 113.6 115.1 114.4
21 Central Florida 114.0 114.4 114.5 114.3
22 Stanford 114.5 112.3 114.5 113.8
23 Texas 114.3 112.8 113.7 113.6
24 Iowa State 113.5 111.8 112.9 112.7
25 Georgia Tech 113.1 111.9 112.7 112.6
26 S. Carolina 112.9 111.7 112.6 112.4
27 Kentucky 112.7 111.4 112.5 112.2
28 Syracuse 112.7 111.4 112.2 112.1
29 N. Carolina St. 112.5 111.6 111.7 111.9
30 Fresno St. 111.8 111.3 111.8 111.7
31 Boise St. 111.5 111.4 112.0 111.6
32 Oregon 111.2 110.9 111.8 111.3
33 Michigan St. 112.0 109.9 111.3 111.1
34 Boston College 111.6 109.4 111.1 110.7
35 Utah St. 109.7 110.9 110.6 110.4
36 Northwestern 110.7 109.2 110.4 110.1
37 Arizona St. 110.2 108.9 109.8 109.6
38 Purdue 110.0 108.3 109.7 109.3
39 Pittsburgh 109.5 108.7 109.0 109.1
40 Oklahoma St. 109.6 108.0 109.5 109.0
41 Duke 109.4 107.4 108.6 108.5
42 Wisconsin 109.3 106.9 108.4 108.2
43 California 108.3 106.3 108.3 107.6
44 U S C 107.1 105.6 106.2 106.3
45 Texas Tech 107.0 105.4 105.7 106.0
46 Virginia 106.2 106.1 105.4 105.9
47 Vanderbilt 105.7 105.7 106.1 105.9
48 Temple 105.5 105.8 106.1 105.8
49 Wake Forest 106.8 105.0 105.0 105.6
50 T C U 106.5 105.2 105.1 105.6
51 Memphis 104.7 106.0 105.7 105.5
52 Nebraska 105.4 104.2 104.9 104.8
53 Kansas St. 104.8 103.6 104.1 104.2
54 Ohio U 103.3 104.5 104.2 104.0
55 Virginia Tech 104.3 103.1 103.5 103.6
56 Army 103.1 103.8 103.3 103.4
57 Cincinnati 102.7 104.1 103.2 103.3
58 Baylor 103.8 102.2 103.4 103.1
59 Florida St. 103.7 102.4 102.8 102.9
60 Ole Miss 102.5 101.8 102.7 102.3
61 Minnesota 102.8 101.4 102.3 102.2
62 Arizona 102.1 100.7 102.4 101.7
63 Maryland 102.4 100.9 101.5 101.6
64 BYU 100.9 101.5 101.9 101.4
65 Houston 101.1 101.6 101.2 101.3
66 Indiana 101.4 100.2 101.1 100.9
67 Buffalo 99.6 101.6 100.9 100.7
68 N. Carolina 100.7 100.0 100.7 100.5
69 Toledo 99.4 100.9 99.6 100.0
70 U C L A 100.7 100.1 99.2 100.0
71 Appalachian St. 98.7 100.6 100.3 99.8
72 Tennessee 98.6 99.0 98.0 98.5
73 Colorado 98.4 98.5 98.5 98.5
74 Kansas 98.4 97.1 97.5 97.7
75 Wyoming 97.2 97.7 97.2 97.3
76 Middle Tennessee 96.2 98.2 97.4 97.3
77 Miami (O) 95.7 97.6 97.8 97.0
78 U A B 95.9 98.2 96.6 96.9
79 Northern Illinois 96.2 97.1 96.4 96.6
80 N. Texas 95.7 98.2 95.7 96.5
81 Air Force 95.6 96.2 95.9 95.9
82 Eastern Michigan 95.2 96.6 95.5 95.8
83 Arkansas 96.7 94.3 95.7 95.6
84 Marshall 94.2 97.0 95.3 95.5
85 Florida Atlantic 94.4 95.6 94.8 94.9
86 Nevada 94.8 94.9 94.6 94.8
87 San Diego St. 94.6 94.7 94.8 94.7
88 SMU 94.2 93.7 93.2 93.7
89 Tulane 93.0 93.5 92.7 93.1
90 Troy 91.4 93.0 92.9 92.4
91 Arkansas St. 91.2 92.8 92.9 92.3
92 Georgia Southern 90.5 92.4 91.2 91.4
93 Florida Int’l. 89.6 93.0 90.3 91.0
94 South Florida 90.5 91.9 90.1 90.8
95 Western Michigan 89.8 91.4 90.7 90.7
96 Tulsa 90.0 89.8 90.0 89.9
97 Louisiana Tech 89.0 90.9 89.3 89.7
98 Southern Miss. 88.2 91.4 89.0 89.6
99 Rutgers 90.2 89.1 89.1 89.5
100 Navy 88.7 90.5 88.8 89.4
101 Illinois 89.6 89.0 88.6 89.1
102 UL-Monroe 85.9 86.7 86.5 86.4
103 Akron 85.6 86.5 85.1 85.8
104 W. Kentucky 84.1 87.0 84.7 85.3
105 Louisiana 83.3 85.5 84.8 84.5
106 Colorado St. 83.5 84.2 83.3 83.7
107 U N L V 83.2 84.1 83.3 83.5
108 Oregon St. 84.4 82.5 83.4 83.4
109 Louisville 83.9 83.3 82.7 83.3
110 East Carolina 83.1 83.2 82.7 83.0
111 Charlotte 81.8 84.4 82.7 83.0
112 New Mexico 82.6 83.3 81.8 82.6
113 Hawaii 82.2 83.8 81.7 82.6
114 Massachusetts 80.9 82.3 81.2 81.5
115 Bowling Green 80.5 81.4 80.9 80.9
116 Old Dominion 79.7 82.9 79.6 80.8
117 San Jose St. 80.4 81.3 79.8 80.5
118 Ball St. 79.9 81.9 79.7 80.5
119 Liberty 80.4 79.9 80.4 80.3
120 Central Michigan 79.0 81.0 79.0 79.7
121 Kent St. 78.9 80.0 78.9 79.3
122 Coastal Carolina 76.0 78.1 76.3 76.8
123 Georgia St. 75.6 77.2 75.6 76.1
124 U T S A 73.6 77.2 74.0 75.0
125 South Alabama 73.4 75.2 73.8 74.1
126 Texas State 72.8 75.2 73.1 73.7
127 N. Mexico St. 72.3 73.8 72.3 72.8
128 Rice 70.0 72.7 69.0 70.6
129 Connecticut 70.2 70.5 69.3 70.0
130 U T E P 68.8 71.8 68.6 69.7

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average AAC Overall
Central Florida 114.0 114.4 114.5 114.3 8-0 11-0
Temple 105.5 105.8 106.1 105.8 7-1 8-4
Cincinnati 102.7 104.1 103.2 103.3 6-2 10-2
South Florida 90.5 91.9 90.1 90.8 3-5 7-5
East Carolina 83.1 83.2 82.7 83.0 1-7 3-8
Connecticut 70.2 70.5 69.3 70.0 0-8 1-11
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average AAC Overall
Memphis 104.7 106.0 105.7 105.5 5-3 8-4
Houston 101.1 101.6 101.2 101.3 5-3 8-4
SMU 94.2 93.7 93.2 93.7 4-4 5-7
Tulane 93.0 93.5 92.7 93.1 5-3 6-6
Tulsa 90.0 89.8 90.0 89.9 2-6 3-9
Navy 88.7 90.5 88.8 89.4 2-6 3-9
AAC Averages 94.8 95.4 94.8 95.0
Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average ACC Overall
Clemson 138.8 136.5 139.5 138.3 8-0 12-0
Syracuse 112.7 111.4 112.2 112.1 6-2 9-3
N. Carolina St. 112.5 111.6 111.7 111.9 5-3 8-3
Boston College 111.6 109.4 111.1 110.7 4-4 7-5
Wake Forest 106.8 105.0 105.0 105.6 3-5 6-6
Florida St. 103.7 102.4 102.8 102.9 3-5 5-7
Louisville 83.9 83.3 82.7 83.3 0-8 2-10
Coastal Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average ACC Overall
Miami 115.8 114.4 115.4 115.2 4-4 7-5
Georgia Tech 113.1 111.9 112.7 112.6 5-3 7-5
Pittsburgh 109.5 108.7 109.0 109.1 6-2 7-5
Duke 109.4 107.4 108.6 108.5 3-5 7-5
Virginia 106.2 106.1 105.4 105.9 4-4 7-5
Virginia Tech 104.3 103.1 103.5 103.6 4-4 5-6
N. Carolina 100.7 100.0 100.7 100.5 1-7 2-9
ACC Averages 109.2 108.0 108.6 108.6
Big 12 Conference
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average B12 Overall
Oklahoma 121.5 120.2 121.3 121.0 8-1 11-1
West Virginia 117.3 116.1 116.5 116.6 6-3 8-3
Texas 114.3 112.8 113.7 113.6 7-2 9-3
Iowa State 113.5 111.8 112.9 112.7 6-3 7-4
Oklahoma St. 109.6 108.0 109.5 109.0 3-6 6-6
Texas Tech 107.0 105.4 105.7 106.0 3-6 5-7
T C U 106.5 105.2 105.1 105.6 4-5 6-6
Kansas St. 104.8 103.6 104.1 104.2 3-6 5-7
Baylor 103.8 102.2 103.4 103.1 4-5 6-6
Kansas 98.4 97.1 97.5 97.7 1-8 3-9
Big 12 Averages 109.7 108.2 109.0 109.0
Big Ten Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average BTen Overall
Ohio St. 126.3 124.5 126.4 125.7 8-1 11-1
Michigan 125.9 124.5 126.3 125.5 8-1 10-2
Penn St. 119.3 117.0 119.0 118.4 6-3 9-3
Michigan St. 112.0 109.9 111.3 111.1 5-4 7-5
Maryland 102.4 100.9 101.5 101.6 3-6 5-7
Indiana 101.4 100.2 101.1 100.9 2-7 5-7
Rutgers 90.2 89.1 89.1 89.5 0-9 1-11
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average BTen Overall
Iowa 117.2 115.3 116.6 116.4 5-4 8-4
Northwestern 110.7 109.2 110.4 110.1 8-1 8-4
Purdue 110.0 108.3 109.7 109.3 5-4 6-6
Wisconsin 109.3 106.9 108.4 108.2 5-4 7-5
Nebraska 105.4 104.2 104.9 104.8 3-6 4-8
Minnesota 102.8 101.4 102.3 102.2 3-6 6-6
Illinois 89.6 89.0 88.6 89.1 2-7 4-8
Big Ten Averages 108.8 107.2 108.2 108.1
Conference USA
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average CUSA Overall
Middle Tennessee 96.2 98.2 97.4 97.3 7-1 8-4
Marshall 94.2 97.0 95.3 95.5 6-2 8-3
Florida Atlantic 94.4 95.6 94.8 94.9 3-5 5-7
Florida Int’l. 89.6 93.0 90.3 91.0 6-2 8-4
W. Kentucky 84.1 87.0 84.7 85.3 2-6 3-9
Charlotte 81.8 84.4 82.7 83.0 4-4 5-7
Old Dominion 79.7 82.9 79.6 80.8 2-6 4-8
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average CUSA Overall
U A B 95.9 98.2 96.6 96.9 7-1 9-3
N. Texas 95.7 98.2 95.7 96.5 5-3 9-3
Louisiana Tech 89.0 90.9 89.3 89.7 5-3 7-5
Southern Miss. 88.2 91.4 89.0 89.6 4-4 6-5
U T S A 73.6 77.2 74.0 75.0 2-6 3-9
Rice 70.0 72.7 69.0 70.6 1-7 2-11
U T E P 68.8 71.8 68.6 69.7 1-7 1-11
CUSA Averages 85.8 88.5 86.2 86.8
FBS Independents
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average Conf. Overall
Notre Dame 126.3 123.9 125.4 125.2 x 12-0
Army 103.1 103.8 103.3 103.4 x 9-2
BYU 100.9 101.5 101.9 101.4 x 6-6
Massachusetts 80.9 82.3 81.2 81.5 x 4-8
Liberty 80.4 79.9 80.4 80.3 x 5-6
N. Mexico St. 72.3 73.8 72.3 72.8 x 3-9
Indep. Averages 94.0 94.2 94.1 94.1
Mid-American Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MAC Overall
Ohio U 103.3 104.5 104.2 104.0 6-2 8-4
Buffalo 99.6 101.6 100.9 100.7 7-1 10-2
Miami (O) 95.7 97.6 97.8 97.0 6-2 6-6
Akron 85.6 86.5 85.1 85.8 2-6 4-7
Bowling Green 80.5 81.4 80.9 80.9 2-6 3-9
Kent St. 78.9 80.0 78.9 79.3 1-7 2-10
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MAC Overall
Toledo 99.4 100.9 99.6 100.0 5-3 7-5
Northern Illinois 96.2 97.1 96.4 96.6 6-2 7-5
Eastern Michigan 95.2 96.6 95.5 95.8 5-3 7-5
Western Michigan 89.8 91.4 90.7 90.7 5-3 7-5
Ball St. 79.9 81.9 79.7 80.5 3-5 4-8
Central Michigan 79.0 81.0 79.0 79.7 0-8 1-11
MAC Averages 90.3 91.7 90.7 90.9
Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MWC Overall
Boise St. 111.5 111.4 112.0 111.6 7-1 10-2
Utah St. 109.7 110.9 110.6 110.4 7-1 10-2
Wyoming 97.2 97.7 97.2 97.3 4-4 6-6
Air Force 95.6 96.2 95.9 95.9 3-5 5-7
Colorado St. 83.5 84.2 83.3 83.7 2-6 3-9
New Mexico 82.6 83.3 81.8 82.6 1-7 3-9
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MWC Overall
Fresno St. 111.8 111.3 111.8 111.7 7-1 10-2
Nevada 94.8 94.9 94.6 94.8 5-3 7-5
San Diego St. 94.6 94.7 94.8 94.7 4-4 7-5
U N L V 83.2 84.1 83.3 83.5 2-6 4-8
Hawaii 82.2 83.8 81.7 82.6 5-3 8-5
San Jose St. 80.4 81.3 79.8 80.5 1-7 1-11
MWC Averages 93.9 94.5 93.9 94.1
Pac-12 Conference
North Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average P12 Overall
Washington 122.0 119.9 122.4 121.4 7-2 9-3
Washington St. 115.8 114.7 115.5 115.3 7-2 10-2
Stanford 114.5 112.3 114.5 113.8 5-3 7-4
Oregon 111.2 110.9 111.8 111.3 5-4 8-4
California 108.3 106.3 108.3 107.6 4-4 7-4
Oregon St. 84.4 82.5 83.4 83.4 1-8 2-10
South Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average P12 Overall
Utah 116.6 115.3 117.0 116.3 6-3 9-3
Arizona St. 110.2 108.9 109.8 109.6 5-4 7-5
U S C 107.1 105.6 106.2 106.3 4-5 5-7
Arizona 102.1 100.7 102.4 101.7 4-5 5-7
U C L A 100.7 100.1 99.2 100.0 3-6 3-9
Colorado 98.4 98.5 98.5 98.5 2-7 5-7
Pac-12 Averages 107.6 106.3 107.4 107.1
Southeastern Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SEC Overall
Georgia 128.6 126.3 129.8 128.2 7-1 11-1
Missouri 121.1 119.6 122.1 120.9 4-4 8-4
Florida 115.2 113.6 115.7 114.8 5-3 9-3
S. Carolina 112.9 111.7 112.6 112.4 4-4 6-5
Kentucky 112.7 111.4 112.5 112.2 5-3 9-3
Vanderbilt 105.7 105.7 106.1 105.9 3-5 6-6
Tennessee 98.6 99.0 98.0 98.5 2-6 5-7
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SEC Overall
Alabama 141.3 139.7 143.1 141.4 8-0 12-0
Mississippi St. 124.2 122.6 125.4 124.1 4-4 8-4
L S U 117.6 116.7 118.4 117.6 5-3 9-3
Auburn 116.8 115.6 118.1 116.8 3-5 7-5
Texas A&M 114.6 113.6 115.1 114.4 5-3 8-4
Ole Miss 102.5 101.8 102.7 102.3 1-7 5-7
Arkansas 96.7 94.3 95.7 95.6 0-8 2-10
SEC Averages 114.9 113.7 115.4 114.6
Sunbelt Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SBC Overall
Appalachian St. 98.7 100.6 100.3 99.8 7-1 9-2
Troy 91.4 93.0 92.9 92.4 7-1 9-3
Georgia Southern 90.5 92.4 91.2 91.4 6-2 9-3
Coastal Carolina 76.0 78.1 76.3 76.8 2-6 5-7
Georgia St. 75.6 77.2 75.6 76.1 1-7 2-10
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SBC Overall
Arkansas St. 91.2 92.8 92.9 92.3 5-3 8-4
UL-Monroe 85.9 86.7 86.5 86.4 4-4 6-6
Louisiana 83.3 85.5 84.8 84.5 5-3 7-5
South Alabama 73.4 75.2 73.8 74.1 2-6 3-9
Texas State 72.8 75.2 73.1 73.7 1-7 3-9
Sun Belt Averages 83.9 85.7 84.7 84.8

 

Conference Ratings

PiRate Ratings By Conference
# League PiRate Mean Bias Average
1 SEC 114.9 113.7 115.4 114.6
2 B12 109.7 108.2 109.0 109.0
3 ACC 109.2 108.0 108.6 108.6
4 BTEN 108.8 107.2 108.2 108.1
5 PAC12 107.6 106.3 107.4 107.1
6 AAC 94.8 95.4 94.8 95.0
7 MWC 93.9 94.5 93.9 94.1
8 IND 94.0 94.2 94.1 94.1
9 MAC 90.3 91.7 90.7 90.9
10 CUSA 85.8 88.5 86.2 86.8
11 SUN 83.9 85.7 84.7 84.8

 

Top Group of 5

Central Florida will get the New Year’s 6 Bowl Bid with a win over Memphis this week in the CUSA Championship Game.  If Memphis pulls off the upset, then UCF could still sneak in depending on how the loss looks.

Should UCF fall by a considerable margin because Mackenzie Milton is out for the season, then Boise State could move above the Golden Knights should the Broncos defeat Fresno State for the second time.

Should Fresno State beat Boise State, and Memphis beat Central Florida, then there could be some issues with the awarding of Bowl Bids.  Because Army doesn’t play Navy until December 8, and the announcement of the bowl bids is December 3, then Army could be excluded even if they blowout Navy by 50 points.  In this instance, Central Florida would probably still get the bid at 11-1.  Had Army defeated Duke at the beginning of the season, then at 11-1 with a loss only to Oklahoma (a game they came close to winning), then the Bowl Committee would have been in a heap of trouble, having to make alternate announcements pending what Army did versus Navy.

At 10-2, Army may still get a chance to play a Power 5 opponent in a bowl game.  Coach Jeff Monken would be a cinch to be offered a Power 5 job if he was not in the Paul Johnson mode.  Monken’s triple option offense is stronger than Georgia Tech’s this year, and his defense is considerably better.

 

Playoff and Bowl Projections

This week, you will see many of the bowl projection sites beginning to come to agreement on the top bowl games.  No doubt, almost every projection will have Alabama in the Cotton Bowl against either Oklahoma or Ohio State, while Clemson and Notre Dame will be in the Orange Bowl.

We thought about this for a long time Saturday night as Clemson and Alabama continued to dominate.  It looked so much like the Playoffs could be narrowed to two teams.  However, we thought about something.  Georgia is not going to lay over and die for the Crimson Tide to roll over.  The Bulldogs have a bad taste in their mouth from last year, where they could smell the National Championship Trophy in the second half of the title game, before some freshman named Tua came off the bench in the second half and looked like a combination of Joe Montana, Brett Favre, John Elway, and Doug Flutie.

We have noticed the teams that have given Alabama the most trouble through the Nick Saban years.  These teams have physical defenses and offenses with dual-threat quarterbacks that can act as another running back while still passing like stars.  Think about Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel, or DeShaun Watson.  Even Chad Kelly had legs and could take off and run.  These are the teams that gave the Crimson Tide the most trouble in the last decade.

In the last few weeks, Alabama’s defense has been exposed by this read and react style of offense.  The Citadel’s triple option basically embarrassed Alabama in the first half.  Auburn’s spread option offense did some damage, but Jarrett Stidham does not have the legs to motor on the keeper like the QBs that have outscored Alabama to victory.

Here’s the thing.  Just like Alabama last year, Georgia has their not-so-secret weapon sitting on the bench waiting to be this year’s Tua Tagovailoa.  Freshman sensation Justin Fields possesses the same skills as Newton, Manziel, and Watson.  He has the potential to lead Georgia to an upset victory and totally throw the FBS Playoffs into disarray.

What if Georgia beat Alabama?  Assuming Clemson easily dismisses Pittsburgh, then Clemson would be number one, Georgia and Notre Dame would be number two and three in either order, and Alabama would fall to number four.  Ohio State and Oklahoma would be left out.  Forget Central Florida.  Even if Bama beats Georgia, Northwestern beats Ohio State, and Texas beats Oklahoma, a Georgia team at 11-2 would get into the playoffs before UCF.

If Georgia were to upset Alabama, then four SEC teams would most likely make the NY6 bowls.  The Bulldogs and Tide would make the playoffs.  Florida would most likely make the Peach Bowl, and LSU would probably edge out Penn State and others for the Sugar Bowl.

There are 81 bowl eligible teams as of today.  Virginia Tech is a win over Marshall this weekend from becoming bowl eligible and making it  82.  Liberty can get to 6-6 with a win over Norfolk State, but they have already been eliminated from bowl eligibility as a transition team to FBS once 78 teams became bowl eligible.

If you are a fan of a Mountain West, Mid-American, or Sun Belt Conference team that is 6-6 today, you better cheer hard for Marshall to knock off Virginia Tech.  There are already three teams too many for the bowls, and if the Hokies win, they will jump over any of the Group of 5 teams hoping to land in a bowl.  Teams like Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Wyoming, and Louisiana-Monroe are holding out for a miracle.  At most one of these teams will make it to a bowl, and if Virginia Tech wins this weekend, all four are likely to have empty envelopes.  Eastern Michigan could still top Western Michigan, but the Broncos have a larger fan base than the Eagles.

What you see below is our look at the bowls should Georgia beat Alabama.  You can look at all the others on the Internet to see what it would look like if the status quo remains, but we believe you will want to read this alternative look.

 

Bowl Conferences Team 1 Team 2
New Mexico MWC CUSA Utah St. Louisiana Tech
Cure AAC SBC Memphis Troy
Las Vegas MWC Pac-12 Boise St. Arizona St.
Camellia MAC SBC Northern Illinois Appalachian St.
New Orleans CUSA SBC Southern Miss. Louisiana
Boca Raton AAC CUSA South Florida Florida Int’l.
Frisco AAC At-Large Tulane [Army]
Gasparilla AAC CUSA [Duke] UAB
Bahamas MAC CUSA Toledo North Texas
Idaho Potato MAC MWC Ohio U Nevada
Birmingham AAC SEC Cincinnati [Wake Forest]
Armed Forces AAC Big 12 Houston TCU
Dollar General MAC SBC Buffalo Georgia Southern
Hawaii CUSA MWC Middle Tennessee Hawaii
Heart of Dallas Big Ten CUSA [Western Michigan] Marshall
Quick Lane ACC Big Ten Boston College Purdue
Cactus Big 12 Pac-12 Baylor [San Diego St.]
Independence ACC SEC Virginia [BYU]
Pinstripe ACC Big Ten Pittsburgh Wisconsin
Texas Big 12 SEC Iowa St. Mississippi St.
Music City ACC/Big Ten SEC Georgia Tech Missouri
Camping World ACC Big 12 Syracuse West Virginia
Arizona MWC SBC Fresno St. Arkansas St.
Alamo Big 12 Pac-12 Texas Utah
Belk ACC SEC North Carolina St. South Carolina
Peach At-large At-large Michigan Florida
Military AAC ACC Temple Virginia Tech
Sun ACC Pac-12 Miami (Fla.) California
San Francisco Big Ten Pac-12 Minnesota Stanford
Liberty Big 12 SEC Oklahoma St. Vanderbilt
Holiday Big Ten Pac-12 Iowa Oregon
Gator ACC/Big Ten SEC Northwestern Auburn
Outback Big Ten SEC Michigan St. Texas A&M
Fiesta At-large At-large Central Florida Washington St.
Citrus ACC/Big Ten SEC Penn St. Kentucky
Rose Big Ten Pac-12 Ohio St. Washington
Sugar Big 12 SEC Oklahoma LSU
FBS PLAYOFFS
Cotton Notre Dame Georgia
Orange Clemson Alabama
Championship Game Georgia Alabama
Teams in [Brackets] are at-large selections

November 4, 2018

PiRate Ratings–College Football Week 11

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Tuesday November 6
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Buffalo Kent St. 22.1 23.1 23.3

 

Wednesday November 7
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Miami (O) Ohio U -3.7 -3.3 -2.3
Northern Illinois Toledo 0.2 -0.1 0.5

 

Thursday November 8
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
North Carolina St. Wake Forest 11.7 13.2 13.5

 

Friday November 9
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Syracuse Louisville 22.9 22.1 23.2
Boise St. Fresno St. -2.0 -2.3 -2.9

 

Saturday November 10
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
Houston Temple 1.8 2.5 1.5
Rutgers Michigan -40.1 -39.9 -42.5
Pittsburgh Virginia Tech -1.4 -0.6 -0.8
Boston College Clemson -19.6 -19.4 -20.6
Texas A&M Ole Miss 13.3 12.4 13.2
Tennessee Kentucky -13.0 -11.2 -13.3
Massachusetts BYU -16.5 -15.3 -16.5
Virginia Liberty 26.1 26.9 25.1
Georgia Southern Troy 1.2 1.6 0.3
Iowa St. Baylor 15.8 16.1 16.0
Central Florida Navy 30.0 28.3 30.8
West Virginia TCU 10.6 11.0 11.6
Georgia Tech Miami (Fla.) 4.3 5.0 5.0
Kansas St. Kansas 7.3 7.4 8.1
Eastern Michigan Akron 7.4 7.7 7.8
Indiana Maryland -1.4 -1.1 -0.7
Connecticut SMU -18.9 -18.4 -19.5
Duke North Carolina 13.9 12.9 13.7
Oklahoma Oklahoma St. 16.1 16.7 16.7
Iowa Northwestern 9.0 9.0 8.9
Cincinnati South Florida 12.9 13.2 13.9
Coastal Carolina Arkansas St. -6.5 -5.4 -7.2
Tulane East Carolina 15.3 16.1 15.9
Utah Oregon 9.7 8.1 9.5
Colorado Washington St. -9.1 -7.5 -8.2
Marshall Charlotte 18.1 18.4 18.4
Old Dominion North Texas -15.6 -14.6 -16.5
Central Michigan Bowling Green 8.0 10.0 8.5
Nevada Colorado St. 12.8 12.2 13.3
Stanford Oregon St. 32.1 31.9 33.6
UTEP Middle Tennessee -17.5 -16.1 -18.8
Georgia Auburn 15.9 14.6 15.6
Penn St. Wisconsin 8.8 8.8 9.5
Alabama Mississippi St. 24.1 24.3 24.7
Air Force New Mexico 14.2 13.7 14.9
Missouri Vanderbilt 19.1 17.4 20.0
Nebraska Illinois 12.8 12.0 12.8
Minnesota Purdue -14.2 -13.9 -14.7
Memphis Tulsa 12.6 14.5 13.2
Florida South Carolina 3.1 2.4 4.3
USC California 3.9 4.5 3.1
Texas Tech Texas 1.2 1.5 1.0
Arkansas LSU -16.4 -18.2 -18.7
Utah St. San Jose St. 35.3 35.7 38.0
Texas St. Appalachian St. -21.4 -20.3 -22.5
Louisiana Georgia St. 9.0 9.2 10.1
Florida Atlantic Western Kentucky 20.9 19.3 20.9
South Alabama UL-Monroe -7.7 -6.4 -8.0
Louisiana Tech Rice 28.6 27.9 30.9
UTSA Florida Int’l. -10.3 -9.9 -10.4
Notre Dame Florida St. 21.8 20.2 21.6
UAB Southern Miss. 17.2 16.8 17.8
Michigan St. Ohio St. -0.2 -0.3 -0.4
Arizona St. UCLA 16.3 15.5 18.6
San Diego St. UNLV 22.7 21.7 23.1

 

FBS FCS
Home Visitor PiRate
Army Lafayette 47.5

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

PiRate Ratings
# Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
1 Alabama 142.0 140.3 143.6 142.0
2 Clemson 139.2 136.9 140.1 138.7
3 Michigan 130.2 129.0 131.0 130.0
4 Georgia 128.9 126.3 130.0 128.4
5 Notre Dame 124.2 121.5 123.1 122.9
6 Oklahoma 123.0 121.8 123.3 122.7
7 Ohio St. 121.7 119.7 121.5 121.0
8 Washington 121.0 118.9 121.6 120.5
9 Mississippi St. 120.4 118.5 121.4 120.1
10 L S U 119.1 118.4 120.2 119.2
11 Missouri 119.0 117.5 120.1 118.8
12 Michigan St. 118.4 116.4 118.1 117.7
13 Penn St. 118.1 115.5 117.9 117.2
14 Iowa 116.6 114.8 116.4 115.9
15 Boston College 116.6 114.4 116.4 115.8
16 Auburn 115.5 114.3 116.9 115.6
17 Utah 115.7 114.0 116.1 115.3
18 West Virginia 115.6 114.6 114.9 115.0
19 Central Florida 114.4 114.6 114.7 114.6
20 Fresno St. 114.3 113.9 115.0 114.4
21 Iowa State 114.7 113.3 114.6 114.2
22 Kentucky 114.5 113.2 114.4 114.0
23 Stanford 114.6 112.3 114.8 113.9
24 Georgia Tech 114.2 113.2 114.0 113.8
25 Texas A&M 113.9 112.5 114.1 113.5
26 Purdue 113.8 112.2 113.6 113.2
27 Washington St. 113.0 111.8 112.6 112.5
28 Texas 113.1 111.5 112.4 112.3
29 Miami 112.9 111.2 112.0 112.1
30 Utah St. 111.1 112.5 112.5 112.0
31 N. Carolina St. 112.2 111.6 111.9 111.9
32 Duke 112.4 110.5 111.8 111.6
33 Florida 111.7 109.9 112.3 111.3
34 Wisconsin 112.3 109.7 111.4 111.1
35 S. Carolina 111.6 110.5 111.0 111.0
36 Syracuse 111.6 110.4 110.9 111.0
37 Arizona St. 111.3 110.0 111.2 110.8
38 Texas Tech 111.2 109.9 110.4 110.5
39 Northwestern 110.6 108.9 110.4 110.0
40 Oregon 109.0 108.9 109.6 109.2
41 Boise St. 109.3 108.7 109.1 109.0
42 Virginia Tech 109.7 108.4 108.9 109.0
43 Oklahoma St. 108.9 107.1 108.6 108.2
44 U S C 108.5 106.9 107.7 107.7
45 T C U 108.0 106.6 106.3 106.9
46 California 107.6 105.5 107.6 106.9
47 Virginia 105.9 106.1 105.2 105.7
48 Pittsburgh 105.3 104.8 105.1 105.1
49 Florida St. 105.3 104.3 104.5 104.7
50 Army 104.3 105.0 104.5 104.6
51 Maryland 104.3 102.9 103.4 103.5
52 Ole Miss 103.6 103.1 103.9 103.5
53 Arizona 103.8 102.4 104.1 103.4
54 Vanderbilt 102.9 103.0 103.1 103.0
55 Temple 102.6 102.6 103.3 102.8
56 Kansas St. 103.0 101.6 102.0 102.2
57 Cincinnati 101.2 102.9 101.7 101.9
58 Memphis 101.2 102.6 101.9 101.9
59 Houston 101.4 102.1 101.8 101.8
60 Nebraska 102.2 100.9 101.1 101.4
61 Baylor 101.9 100.2 101.6 101.2
62 Colorado 100.9 101.3 101.4 101.2
63 Wake Forest 102.5 100.4 100.4 101.1
64 BYU 100.3 100.7 100.8 100.6
65 U A B 99.3 102.0 100.3 100.6
66 Ohio U 99.8 101.1 100.7 100.5
67 Buffalo 99.3 101.3 100.5 100.4
68 Toledo 99.2 100.6 99.2 99.7
69 N. Carolina 100.0 99.1 99.6 99.6
70 San Diego St. 99.4 99.4 99.9 99.5
71 N. Texas 98.6 100.9 99.1 99.5
72 Indiana 99.9 98.8 99.7 99.5
73 Appalachian St. 97.7 99.4 99.2 98.7
74 Tennessee 98.5 98.9 98.1 98.5
75 Arkansas 99.7 97.2 98.5 98.5
76 Florida Atlantic 97.0 98.2 97.5 97.6
77 U C L A 98.0 97.5 95.7 97.0
78 Northern Illinois 96.5 97.4 96.7 96.9
79 Air Force 96.1 96.8 96.6 96.5
80 Tulane 96.2 96.8 96.3 96.4
81 Kansas 97.2 95.7 95.5 96.1
82 Minnesota 96.6 95.3 95.9 95.9
83 Marshall 94.2 96.8 95.3 95.5
84 Miami (O) 94.1 95.8 96.3 95.4
85 SMU 95.3 95.0 94.8 95.0
86 Eastern Michigan 94.0 95.4 94.3 94.6
87 Wyoming 94.7 94.8 94.3 94.6
88 Middle Tennessee 93.5 95.3 94.6 94.5
89 Nevada 94.2 94.3 94.4 94.3
90 Louisiana Tech 92.6 94.6 93.6 93.6
91 Troy 91.2 92.5 92.7 92.1
92 Illinois 92.4 91.9 91.3 91.9
93 South Florida 91.3 92.7 90.8 91.6
94 Louisville 91.7 91.2 90.7 91.2
95 Tulsa 91.1 90.6 91.2 91.0
96 Georgia Southern 89.9 91.6 90.5 90.7
97 Akron 89.1 90.2 89.0 89.5
98 Western Michigan 88.5 90.1 89.5 89.4
99 Florida Int’l. 87.6 91.2 88.1 89.0
100 Arkansas St. 87.8 89.3 89.2 88.8
101 Navy 87.4 89.3 86.9 87.9
102 Rutgers 87.5 86.5 86.0 86.7
103 Southern Miss. 84.6 87.7 85.0 85.8
104 UL-Monroe 85.2 85.7 85.8 85.6
105 New Mexico 84.9 86.1 84.6 85.2
106 Colorado St. 84.4 85.1 84.1 84.5
107 Oregon St. 85.5 83.4 84.2 84.4
108 Central Michigan 83.2 85.5 83.6 84.1
109 Louisiana 82.5 84.7 83.9 83.7
110 East Carolina 83.4 83.2 82.9 83.2
111 Liberty 81.8 81.2 82.1 81.7
112 Old Dominion 80.5 83.7 80.1 81.5
113 Massachusetts 80.3 81.9 80.8 81.0
114 Kent St. 80.1 81.2 80.2 80.5
115 W. Kentucky 79.1 81.9 79.5 80.2
116 Charlotte 79.1 81.5 79.9 80.2
117 Ball St. 79.7 81.7 79.1 80.2
118 Hawaii 79.9 81.5 78.8 80.1
119 U N L V 79.7 80.6 79.7 80.0
120 Coastal Carolina 78.8 81.3 79.6 79.9
121 San Jose St. 78.8 79.8 77.5 78.7
122 Bowling Green 77.7 78.1 77.5 77.8
123 Georgia St. 76.6 78.5 76.8 77.3
124 U T S A 74.8 78.7 75.2 76.3
125 South Alabama 75.0 76.8 75.3 75.7
126 Texas State 73.8 76.6 74.1 74.8
127 U T E P 73.0 76.2 72.9 74.0
128 Connecticut 73.8 74.2 72.8 73.6
129 N. Mexico St. 72.0 73.8 71.9 72.6
130 Rice 66.5 69.2 65.2 67.0

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average AAC Overall
Central Florida 114.4 114.6 114.7 114.6 5-0 8-0
Temple 102.6 102.6 103.3 102.8 4-1 5-4
Cincinnati 101.2 102.9 101.7 101.9 4-1 8-1
South Florida 91.3 92.7 90.8 91.6 3-2 7-2
East Carolina 83.4 83.2 82.9 83.2 0-5 2-6
Connecticut 73.8 74.2 72.8 73.6 0-5 1-8
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average AAC Overall
Memphis 101.2 102.6 101.9 101.9 2-3 5-4
Houston 101.4 102.1 101.8 101.8 4-1 7-2
Tulane 96.2 96.8 96.3 96.4 3-2 4-5
SMU 95.3 95.0 94.8 95.0 3-2 4-5
Tulsa 91.1 90.6 91.2 91.0 1-4 2-7
Navy 87.4 89.3 86.9 87.9 1-4 2-7
AAC Averages 94.9 95.5 94.9 95.1
Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average ACC Overall
Clemson 139.2 136.9 140.1 138.7 6-0 9-0
Boston College 116.6 114.4 116.4 115.8 4-1 7-2
N. Carolina St. 112.2 111.6 111.9 111.9 2-2 6-2
Syracuse 111.6 110.4 110.9 111.0 4-2 7-2
Florida St. 105.3 104.3 104.5 104.7 2-5 4-5
Wake Forest 102.5 100.4 100.4 101.1 1-4 4-5
Louisville 91.7 91.2 90.7 91.2 0-6 2-7
Coastal Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average ACC Overall
Georgia Tech 114.2 113.2 114.0 113.8 3-3 5-4
Miami 112.9 111.2 112.0 112.1 2-3 5-4
Duke 112.4 110.5 111.8 111.6 2-3 6-3
Virginia Tech 109.7 108.4 108.9 109.0 3-2 4-4
Virginia 105.9 106.1 105.2 105.7 4-2 6-3
Pittsburgh 105.3 104.8 105.1 105.1 4-1 5-4
N. Carolina 100.0 99.1 99.6 99.6 1-5 1-7
ACC Averages 110.0 108.8 109.4 109.4
Big 12 Conference
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average B12 Overall
Oklahoma 123.0 121.8 123.3 122.7 5-1 8-1
West Virginia 115.6 114.6 114.9 115.0 5-1 7-1
Iowa State 114.7 113.3 114.6 114.2 4-2 5-3
Texas 113.1 111.5 112.4 112.3 4-2 6-3
Texas Tech 111.2 109.9 110.4 110.5 3-3 5-4
Oklahoma St. 108.9 107.1 108.6 108.2 2-4 5-4
T C U 108.0 106.6 106.3 106.9 2-4 4-5
Kansas St. 103.0 101.6 102.0 102.2 1-5 3-6
Baylor 101.9 100.2 101.6 101.2 3-3 5-4
Kansas 97.2 95.7 95.5 96.1 1-5 3-6
Big 12 Averages 109.6 108.2 109.0 108.9
Big Ten Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average BTen Overall
Michigan 130.2 129.0 131.0 130.0 6-0 8-1
Ohio St. 121.7 119.7 121.5 121.0 5-1 8-1
Michigan St. 118.4 116.4 118.1 117.7 5-2 6-3
Penn St. 118.1 115.5 117.9 117.2 3-3 6-3
Maryland 104.3 102.9 103.4 103.5 3-3 5-4
Indiana 99.9 98.8 99.7 99.5 1-5 4-5
Rutgers 87.5 86.5 86.0 86.7 0-6 1-8
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average BTen Overall
Iowa 116.6 114.8 116.4 115.9 3-3 6-3
Purdue 113.8 112.2 113.6 113.2 4-2 5-4
Wisconsin 112.3 109.7 111.4 111.1 4-2 6-3
Northwestern 110.6 108.9 110.4 110.0 5-1 5-4
Nebraska 102.2 100.9 101.1 101.4 1-5 2-7
Minnesota 96.6 95.3 95.9 95.9 1-5 4-5
Illinois 92.4 91.9 91.3 91.9 2-4 4-5
Big Ten Averages 108.9 107.3 108.4 108.2
Conference USA
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average CUSA Overall
Florida Atlantic 97.0 98.2 97.5 97.6 2-3 4-5
Marshall 94.2 96.8 95.3 95.5 3-2 5-3
Middle Tennessee 93.5 95.3 94.6 94.5 5-1 6-3
Florida Int’l. 87.6 91.2 88.1 89.0 4-1 6-3
Old Dominion 80.5 83.7 80.1 81.5 1-5 2-7
W. Kentucky 79.1 81.9 79.5 80.2 0-5 1-8
Charlotte 79.1 81.5 79.9 80.2 3-2 4-5
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average CUSA Overall
U A B 99.3 102.0 100.3 100.6 6-0 8-1
N. Texas 98.6 100.9 99.1 99.5 3-2 7-2
Louisiana Tech 92.6 94.6 93.6 93.6 4-1 6-3
Southern Miss. 84.6 87.7 85.0 85.8 2-3 3-5
U T S A 74.8 78.7 75.2 76.3 2-3 3-6
U T E P 73.0 76.2 72.9 74.0 1-4 1-8
Rice 66.5 69.2 65.2 67.0 0-6 1-9
CUSA Averages 85.7 88.4 86.2 86.8
FBS Independents
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average Conf. Overall
Notre Dame 124.2 121.5 123.1 122.9 x 9-0
Army 104.3 105.0 104.5 104.6 x 7-2
BYU 100.3 100.7 100.8 100.6 x 4-5
Liberty 81.8 81.2 82.1 81.7 x 4-4
Massachusetts 80.3 81.9 80.8 81.0 x 4-6
N. Mexico St. 72.0 73.8 71.9 72.6 x 3-7
Indep. Averages 93.8 94.0 93.9 93.9
Mid-American Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MAC Overall
Ohio U 99.8 101.1 100.7 100.5 4-1 6-3
Buffalo 99.3 101.3 100.5 100.4 5-0 8-1
Miami (O) 94.1 95.8 96.3 95.4 3-2 3-6
Akron 89.1 90.2 89.0 89.5 2-3 4-4
Kent St. 80.1 81.2 80.2 80.5 1-4 2-7
Bowling Green 77.7 78.1 77.5 77.8 0-5 1-8
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MAC Overall
Toledo 99.2 100.6 99.2 99.7 3-2 5-4
Northern Illinois 96.5 97.4 96.7 96.9 5-0 6-3
Eastern Michigan 94.0 95.4 94.3 94.6 3-3 5-5
Western Michigan 88.5 90.1 89.5 89.4 4-2 6-4
Central Michigan 83.2 85.5 83.6 84.1 0-6 1-9
Ball St. 79.7 81.7 79.1 80.2 2-4 3-7
MAC Averages 90.1 91.5 90.6 90.7
Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MWC Overall
Utah St. 111.1 112.5 112.5 112.0 5-0 8-1
Boise St. 109.3 108.7 109.1 109.0 4-1 7-2
Air Force 96.1 96.8 96.6 96.5 1-4 3-6
Wyoming 94.7 94.8 94.3 94.6 2-4 4-6
New Mexico 84.9 86.1 84.6 85.2 1-4 3-6
Colorado St. 84.4 85.1 84.1 84.5 2-3 3-6
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average MWC Overall
Fresno St. 114.3 113.9 115.0 114.4 5-0 8-1
San Diego St. 99.4 99.4 99.9 99.5 4-1 7-2
Nevada 94.2 94.3 94.4 94.3 3-2 5-4
Hawaii 79.9 81.5 78.8 80.1 3-3 6-5
U N L V 79.7 80.6 79.7 80.0 0-5 2-7
San Jose St. 78.8 79.8 77.5 78.7 1-4 1-8
MWC Averages 93.9 94.5 93.9 94.1
Pac-12 Conference
North Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average P12 Overall
Washington 121.0 118.9 121.6 120.5 5-2 7-3
Stanford 114.6 112.3 114.8 113.9 3-3 5-4
Washington St. 113.0 111.8 112.6 112.5 5-1 8-1
Oregon 109.0 108.9 109.6 109.2 3-3 6-3
California 107.6 105.5 107.6 106.9 2-4 5-4
Oregon St. 85.5 83.4 84.2 84.4 1-5 2-7
South Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average P12 Overall
Utah 115.7 114.0 116.1 115.3 4-3 6-3
Arizona St. 111.3 110.0 111.2 110.8 3-3 5-4
U S C 108.5 106.9 107.7 107.7 4-3 5-4
Arizona 103.8 102.4 104.1 103.4 4-3 5-5
Colorado 100.9 101.3 101.4 101.2 2-4 5-4
U C L A 98.0 97.5 95.7 97.0 2-4 2-7
Pac-12 Averages 107.4 106.1 107.2 106.9
Southeastern Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SEC Overall
Georgia 128.9 126.3 130.0 128.4 6-1 8-1
Missouri 119.0 117.5 120.1 118.8 1-4 5-4
Kentucky 114.5 113.2 114.4 114.0 5-2 7-2
Florida 111.7 109.9 112.3 111.3 4-3 6-3
S. Carolina 111.6 110.5 111.0 111.0 4-3 5-3
Vanderbilt 102.9 103.0 103.1 103.0 1-4 4-5
Tennessee 98.5 98.9 98.1 98.5 1-4 4-5
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SEC Overall
Alabama 142.0 140.3 143.6 142.0 6-0 9-0
Mississippi St. 120.4 118.5 121.4 120.1 2-3 6-3
L S U 119.1 118.4 120.2 119.2 4-2 7-2
Auburn 115.5 114.3 116.9 115.6 3-3 6-3
Texas A&M 113.9 112.5 114.1 113.5 3-3 5-4
Ole Miss 103.6 103.1 103.9 103.5 1-4 5-4
Arkansas 99.7 97.2 98.5 98.5 0-5 2-7
SEC Averages 114.4 113.1 114.8 114.1
Sunbelt Conference
East Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SBC Overall
Appalachian St. 97.7 99.4 99.2 98.7 4-1 6-2
Troy 91.2 92.5 92.7 92.1 5-0 7-2
Georgia Southern 89.9 91.6 90.5 90.7 4-1 7-2
Coastal Carolina 78.8 81.3 79.6 79.9 2-3 5-4
Georgia St. 76.6 78.5 76.8 77.3 1-4 2-7
West Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average SBC Overall
Arkansas St. 87.8 89.3 89.2 88.8 2-3 5-4
UL-Monroe 85.2 85.7 85.8 85.6 3-2 5-4
Louisiana 82.5 84.7 83.9 83.7 2-3 4-5
South Alabama 75.0 76.8 75.3 75.7 1-4 2-7
Texas State 73.8 76.6 74.1 74.8 1-4 3-6
Sun Belt Averages 83.8 85.6 84.7 84.7

 

Ranking of Conferences

# League PiRate Mean Bias Average
1 SEC 114.4 113.1 114.8 114.1
2 ACC 110.0 108.8 109.4 109.4
3 B12 109.6 108.2 109.0 108.9
4 BTEN 108.9 107.3 108.4 108.2
5 PAC12 107.4 106.1 107.2 106.9
6 AAC 94.9 95.5 94.9 95.1
7 MWC 93.9 94.5 93.9 94.1
8 IND 93.8 94.0 93.9 93.9
9 MAC 90.1 91.5 90.6 90.7
10 CUSA 85.7 88.4 86.2 86.8
11 SUN 83.8 85.6 84.7 84.7

Top 5 Group of 5

  1. Central Florida
  2. Fresno St.
  3. Utah St.
  4. Cincinnati
  5. UAB

 

This Week’s Playoff and Bowl Projections

Bowl Conferences Team 1 Team 2
New Mexico MWC CUSA Utah St. North Texas
Cure AAC SBC South Florida Appalachian St.
Las Vegas MWC Pac-12 Fresno St. Stanford
Camellia MAC SBC Ohio U Troy
New Orleans CUSA SBC Louisiana Tech Louisiana
Boca Raton AAC CUSA Cincinnati Florida Atlantic
Frisco AAC At-Large Houston [BYU]
Gasparilla AAC CUSA Memphis Marshall
Bahamas MAC CUSA Toledo Florida Int’l.
Idaho Potato MAC MWC Eastern Michigan Boise St.
Birmingham AAC SEC Tulane Vanderbilt
Armed Forces AAC Big 12 SMU [Army]
Dollar General MAC SBC Northern Illinois Georgia Southern
Hawaii CUSA MWC UAB Hawaii
Heart of Dallas Big Ten CUSA [California] Middle Tennessee
Quick Lane ACC Big Ten Virginia [Buffalo]
Cactus Big 12 Pac-12 Oklahoma St. Arizona St.
Independence ACC SEC Miami (Fla.) [Arizona]
Pinstripe ACC Big Ten Pittsburgh Purdue
Texas Big 12 SEC Baylor Texas A&M
Music City ACC/Big Ten SEC Boston College Auburn
Camping World ACC Big 12 Syracuse Iowa St.
Arizona MWC SBC San Diego St. UL-Monroe
Alamo Big 12