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Xavier

Georgetown

2.6

Auburn

South Carolina

10.9

Louisville

Georgia Tech

13.6

Dayton

St. Bonaventure

16.9

Michigan

Penn St.

4.0

Mississippi St.

Arkansas

1.4

Richmond

La Salle

11.7

Rhode Island

Duquesne

4.3

Fordham

George Washington

0.3

Stony Brook

Binghamton

17.9

Hartford

UMBC

4.6

Albany

UMass Lowell

4.7

Notre Dame

Syracuse

3.2

Temple

Cincinnati

0.1

Marist

Manhattan

-4.2

Loyola (MD)

American

0.4

Lafayette

Army

9.7

Boston U

Navy

5.8

Evansville

Drake

-6.1

Chattanooga

Citadel

10.2

Mercer

Western Carolina

-2.0

Furman

Samford

16.3

Maine

Vermont

-15.9

Davidson

Saint Louis

3.3

George Mason

Massachusetts

5.9

Marshall

Western Kentucky

-0.2

Wofford

VMI

11.8

Holy Cross

Lehigh

-3.5

Northwestern St.

Stephen F. Austin

-10.5

Little Rock

Troy

10.0

Incarnate Word

Lamar

-7.1

Nicholls St.

Houston Baptist

16.4

Loyola (Chi)

Indiana St.

5.1

Texas A&M-CC

New Orleans

4.6

SMU

East Carolina

15.3

Bradley

Illinois St.

11.2

SE Louisiana

McNeese St.

-3.5

South Dakota St.

North Dakota St.

3.6

Virginia Tech

North Carolina

5.4

Seton Hall

Providence

11.4

Sam Houston St.

Abilene Christian

5.3

Tulsa

Memphis

-4.5

DePaul

Creighton

0.5

Pittsburgh

Boston College

10.9

Iowa

Rutgers

5.6

Vanderbilt

Alabama

-8.3

Southern Illinois

Northern Iowa

-6.6

Colorado St.

Fresno St.

4.4

California Baptist

Chicago St.

25.3

UC Davis

Cal St. Fullerton

5.1

Long Beach St.

UC Irvine

-9.6

UCSB

Cal St. Northridge

9.9

Nevada

UNLV

5.1

 

 

 

 

 

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Seton Hall

4.8

South Carolina

Kentucky

-6.1

Syracuse

Boston College

10.3

Florida St.

Virginia

7.7

Georgetown

Creighton

1.7

Georgia

Tennessee

0.1

Duquesne

Fordham

16.0

North Carolina St.

Miami (Fla.)

6.8

East Carolina

Tulsa

-3.6

Saint Bonaventure

Massachusetts

6.8

Rutgers

Indiana

3.2

Saint Joseph’s

Rhode Island

-9.6

Baylor

Iowa St.

10.4

Marquette

Xavier

5.4

Oklahoma St.

Texas

4.0

Arkansas

Vanderbilt

13.0

Providence

St. John’s

3.4

Georgia Tech

Notre Dame

1.4

Alabama

Auburn

-2.3

Minnesota

Penn St.

2.8

Temple

Wichita St.

-1.6

Houston

SMU

8.0

Air Force

Boise St.

-0.7

Colorado St.

New Mexico

-0.1

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Stanford

-3.1

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PiRate Ratings

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

L S U

142.1

140.5

142.9

141.8

2

Ohio St.

141.3

140.2

142.0

141.2

3

Clemson

139.0

137.5

140.2

138.9

4

Alabama

130.2

127.4

130.7

129.4

5

Georgia

126.5

124.9

126.7

126.0

6

Florida

125.1

122.8

124.9

124.2

7

Michigan

124.2

122.6

124.3

123.7

8

Wisconsin

122.6

122.5

123.0

122.7

9

Oregon

122.1

122.0

122.9

122.3

10

Notre Dame

122.1

121.4

122.5

122.0

11

Utah

121.8

120.9

122.4

121.7

12

Penn St.

121.5

120.8

121.8

121.4

13

Auburn

121.7

119.9

121.2

120.9

14

Oklahoma

121.1

120.5

120.8

120.8

15

Iowa

120.1

118.8

119.9

119.6

16

Minnesota

118.4

118.0

118.0

118.1

17

Baylor

117.3

117.1

116.4

116.9

18

Washington

115.5

115.2

116.4

115.7

19

Texas

113.6

113.9

113.5

113.7

20

Texas A&M

115.0

112.5

113.2

113.6

21

Kentucky

112.5

111.6

112.0

112.0

22

Central Florida

111.7

111.2

112.2

111.7

23

Iowa St.

111.6

111.7

111.2

111.5

24

Kansas St.

111.1

111.1

110.9

111.0

25

Virginia Tech

110.4

110.2

110.8

110.5

26

Tennessee

110.7

110.4

110.1

110.4

27

North Carolina

110.2

110.1

110.9

110.4

28

Oklahoma St.

110.4

110.8

109.8

110.3

29

Memphis

110.0

110.1

110.7

110.3

30

U S C

109.3

109.7

109.9

109.7

31

Indiana

109.9

108.9

109.5

109.4

32

Appalachian St.

109.1

108.7

108.3

108.7

33

Missouri

109.9

107.5

108.5

108.6

34

Washington St.

108.8

108.1

108.7

108.5

35

T C U

107.7

109.7

107.9

108.4

36

Cincinnati

108.3

107.9

108.5

108.2

37

Virginia

108.1

107.9

108.5

108.2

38

South Carolina

109.0

107.1

108.0

108.0

39

Arizona St.

108.0

107.5

108.4

108.0

40

Mississippi St.

108.0

104.9

111.0

108.0

41

Ole Miss

107.8

106.9

108.1

107.6

42

Michigan St.

107.7

106.8

106.8

107.1

43

Air Force

105.8

107.5

106.9

106.7

44

Nebraska

106.3

106.5

105.6

106.1

45

Boise St.

105.7

106.1

106.0

105.9

46

California

104.7

104.7

105.3

104.9

47

Florida St.

104.7

104.4

104.6

104.6

48

Texas Tech

104.6

104.9

103.7

104.4

49

Florida Atlantic

103.7

103.9

105.0

104.2

50

Navy

102.9

105.1

104.4

104.1

51

Purdue

104.1

103.9

103.7

103.9

52

Louisiana

103.0

103.1

102.6

102.9

53

Wake Forest

103.1

102.4

103.2

102.9

54

Northwestern

103.4

102.6

102.1

102.7

55

SMU

102.4

102.3

103.0

102.6

56

West Virginia

102.7

102.7

102.3

102.5

57

Miami (Fla.)

102.3

101.8

102.6

102.2

58

Louisville

102.0

101.5

102.2

101.9

59

Pittsburgh

102.1

101.5

101.9

101.8

60

BYU

101.9

102.1

101.2

101.7

61

Oregon St.

101.2

102.1

101.5

101.6

62

Illinois

101.2

101.6

100.7

101.2

63

Stanford

101.6

100.6

100.8

101.0

64

Tulane

100.6

100.8

101.2

100.9

65

San Diego St.

100.1

101.7

100.1

100.6

66

Wyoming

99.7

101.4

100.1

100.4

67

Boston College

99.5

99.0

99.6

99.4

68

Syracuse

99.7

98.9

98.9

99.2

69

Duke

99.4

98.6

99.1

99.0

70

Colorado

98.6

98.5

98.7

98.6

71

U C L A

98.7

98.3

98.2

98.4

72

Ohio

98.4

97.8

98.9

98.4

73

Georgia Southern

97.9

98.0

97.5

97.8

74

Hawaii

97.0

98.3

96.4

97.2

75

Temple

96.9

96.8

98.0

97.2

76

Western Michigan

97.4

96.5

96.9

96.9

77

Arizona

97.0

96.8

96.8

96.9

78

Buffalo

95.7

96.4

97.2

96.4

79

Louisiana Tech

96.1

96.3

96.2

96.2

80

Western Kentucky

95.5

96.0

96.7

96.1

81

Houston

94.8

95.7

96.4

95.6

82

Utah St.

95.6

95.2

95.7

95.5

83

Tulsa

94.1

95.1

95.4

94.9

84

Kansas

93.7

94.7

93.8

94.1

85

Maryland

93.5

92.6

92.0

92.7

86

Fresno St.

92.4

93.4

92.2

92.7

87

Army

92.8

93.0

92.0

92.6

88

Southern Miss.

92.7

92.0

92.7

92.5

89

Marshall

91.9

91.6

92.4

92.0

90

North Carolina St.

92.3

91.4

91.6

91.8

91

Vanderbilt

92.5

90.9

90.9

91.4

92

Liberty

90.6

91.9

91.0

91.1

93

Ball St.

91.0

90.7

91.2

91.0

94

Arkansas St.

90.5

91.0

90.4

90.6

95

Miami (Ohio)

90.6

89.9

91.0

90.5

96

Central Michigan

89.6

90.2

90.6

90.1

97

Nevada

89.8

91.1

89.1

90.0

98

Georgia Tech

90.2

88.9

90.2

89.8

99

Kent St.

89.0

89.1

89.8

89.3

100

Colorado St.

88.0

91.2

88.7

89.3

101

Troy

89.6

89.8

88.1

89.2

102

South Florida

88.8

89.3

88.9

89.0

103

Middle Tennessee

88.9

88.5

89.2

88.9

104

San Jose St.

87.9

89.7

88.1

88.6

105

Florida Int’l.

88.6

88.4

88.6

88.5

106

Eastern Michigan

88.1

88.3

88.6

88.4

107

Georgia St.

88.2

89.0

87.2

88.1

108

Arkansas

88.0

87.8

87.3

87.7

109

Northern Illinois

87.5

86.9

87.8

87.4

110

U A B

86.6

88.2

87.2

87.3

111

Charlotte

87.0

87.3

87.6

87.3

112

Coastal Carolina

86.9

87.8

86.3

87.0

113

Louisiana-Monroe

86.7

87.4

86.4

86.9

114

North Texas

86.3

86.0

86.2

86.2

115

Rutgers

85.1

84.6

83.6

84.4

116

U N L V

83.7

85.4

83.5

84.2

117

Toledo

84.0

83.9

84.1

84.0

118

Rice

82.4

83.7

82.4

82.8

119

East Carolina

82.4

83.6

82.3

82.8

120

New Mexico

79.7

81.7

78.6

80.0

121

Texas St.

79.2

79.9

78.9

79.3

122

South Alabama

77.0

79.5

77.0

77.8

123

Texas-San Antonio

76.1

77.9

76.5

76.8

124

New Mexico St.

75.6

77.3

75.2

76.0

125

Old Dominion

73.5

73.5

73.2

73.4

126

Connecticut

71.3

73.9

70.8

72.0

127

U T E P

68.5

71.8

68.6

69.6

128

Bowling Green

68.1

67.5

67.8

67.8

129

Akron

62.8

62.5

61.7

62.3

130

Massachusetts

56.7

58.2

55.7

56.9

 

By Conference

 

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

111.7

111.2

112.2

111.7

6-2

10-3

Cincinnati

108.3

107.9

108.5

108.2

7-1

11-3

Temple

96.9

96.8

98.0

97.2

5-3

8-5

South Florida

88.8

89.3

88.9

89.0

2-6

4-8

East Carolina

82.4

83.6

82.3

82.8

1-7

4-8

Connecticut

71.3

73.9

70.8

72.0

0-8

2-10

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Memphis

110.0

110.1

110.7

110.3

7-1

12-2

Navy

102.9

105.1

104.4

104.1

7-1

11-2

SMU

102.4

102.3

103.0

102.6

6-2

10-3

Tulane

100.6

100.8

101.2

100.9

3-5

7-6

Houston

94.8

95.7

96.4

95.6

2-6

4-8

Tulsa

94.1

95.1

95.4

94.9

2-6

4-8

AAC Averages

97.0

97.6

97.6

97.4

 

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

139.0

137.5

140.2

138.9

8-0

14-1

Florida St.

104.7

104.4

104.6

104.6

4-4

6-7

Wake Forest

103.1

102.4

103.2

102.9

4-4

8-5

Louisville

102.0

101.5

102.2

101.9

5-3

8-5

Boston College

99.5

99.0

99.6

99.4

4-4

7-6

Syracuse

99.7

98.9

98.9

99.2

2-6

5-7

North Carolina St.

92.3

91.4

91.6

91.8

1-7

4-8

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Virginia Tech

110.4

110.2

110.8

110.5

5-3

8-5

North Carolina

110.2

110.1

110.9

110.4

4-4

7-6

Virginia

108.1

107.9

108.5

108.2

6-2

9-5

Miami (Fla.)

102.3

101.8

102.6

102.2

4-4

6-7

Pittsburgh

102.1

101.5

101.9

101.8

4-4

8-5

Duke

99.4

98.6

99.1

99.0

3-5

5-7

Georgia Tech

90.2

88.9

90.2

89.8

2-6

3-9

ACC Averages

104.5

103.9

104.6

104.3

 

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

121.1

120.5

120.8

120.8

8-1

12-2

Baylor

117.3

117.1

116.4

116.9

8-1

11-3

Texas

113.6

113.9

113.5

113.7

5-4

8-5

Iowa St.

111.6

111.7

111.2

111.5

5-4

7-6

Kansas St.

111.1

111.1

110.9

111.0

5-4

8-5

Oklahoma St.

110.4

110.8

109.8

110.3

5-4

8-5

T C U

107.7

109.7

107.9

108.4

3-6

5-7

Texas Tech

104.6

104.9

103.7

104.4

2-7

4-8

West Virginia

102.7

102.7

102.3

102.5

3-6

5-7

Kansas

93.7

94.7

93.8

94.1

1-8

3-9

Big 12 Averages

109.4

109.7

109.0

109.4

 

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

141.3

140.2

142.0

141.2

9-0

13-1

Michigan

124.2

122.6

124.3

123.7

6-3

9-4

Penn St.

121.5

120.8

121.8

121.4

7-2

11-2

Indiana

109.9

108.9

109.5

109.4

5-4

8-5

Michigan St.

107.7

106.8

106.8

107.1

4-5

7-6

Maryland

93.5

92.6

92.0

92.7

1-8

3-9

Rutgers

85.1

84.6

83.6

84.4

0-9

2-10

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

122.6

122.5

123.0

122.7

7-2

10-4

Iowa

120.1

118.8

119.9

119.6

6-3

10-3

Minnesota

118.4

118.0

118.0

118.1

7-2

11-2

Nebraska

106.3

106.5

105.6

106.1

3-6

5-7

Purdue

104.1

103.9

103.7

103.9

3-6

4-8

Northwestern

103.4

102.6

102.1

102.7

1-8

3-9

Illinois

101.2

101.6

100.7

101.2

4-5

6-7

Big Ten Averages

111.4

110.7

110.9

111.0

 

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

103.7

103.9

105.0

104.2

7-1

11-3

Western Kentucky

95.5

96.0

96.7

96.1

6-2

8-5

Marshall

91.9

91.6

92.4

92.0

6-2

8-5

Middle Tennessee

88.9

88.5

89.2

88.9

3-5

4-8

Florida Int’l.

88.6

88.4

88.6

88.5

4-4

6-7

Charlotte

87.0

87.3

87.6

87.3

5-3

7-6

Old Dominion

73.5

73.5

73.2

73.4

0-8

1-11

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Louisiana Tech

96.1

96.3

96.2

96.2

6-2

10-3

Southern Miss.

92.7

92.0

92.7

92.5

5-3

7-6

U A B

86.6

88.2

87.2

87.3

6-2

9-5

North Texas

86.3

86.0

86.2

86.2

3-5

4-8

Rice

82.4

83.7

82.4

82.8

3-5

3-9

Texas-San Antonio

76.1

77.9

76.5

76.8

3-5

4-8

U T E P

68.5

71.8

68.6

69.6

0-8

1-11

CUSA Averages

87.0

87.5

87.3

87.3

 

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

122.1

121.4

122.5

122.0

x

11-2

BYU

101.9

102.1

101.2

101.7

x

7-6

Army

92.8

93.0

92.0

92.6

x

5-8

Liberty

90.6

91.9

91.0

91.1

x

8-5

New Mexico St.

75.6

77.3

75.2

76.0

x

2-10

Massachusetts

56.7

58.2

55.7

56.9

x

1-11

Indep. Averages

89.9

90.6

89.6

90.1

 

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

98.4

97.8

98.9

98.4

5-3

7-6

Buffalo

95.7

96.4

97.2

96.4

5-3

8-5

Miami (Ohio)

90.6

89.9

91.0

90.5

6-2

8-6

Kent St.

89.0

89.1

89.8

89.3

5-3

6-6

Bowling Green

68.1

67.5

67.8

67.8

2-6

3-9

Akron

62.8

62.5

61.7

62.3

0-8

0-12

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

97.4

96.5

96.9

96.9

5-3

7-6

Ball St.

91.0

90.7

91.2

91.0

4-4

5-7

Central Michigan

89.6

90.2

90.6

90.1

6-2

8-6

Eastern Michigan

88.1

88.3

88.6

88.4

3-5

6-7

Northern Illinois

87.5

86.9

87.8

87.4

4-4

5-7

Toledo

84.0

83.9

84.1

84.0

3-5

6-6

MAC Averages

86.9

86.6

87.1

86.9

 

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Air Force

105.8

107.5

106.9

106.7

7-1

11-2

Boise St.

105.7

106.1

106.0

105.9

8-0

12-2

Wyoming

99.7

101.4

100.1

100.4

4-4

8-5

Utah St.

95.6

95.2

95.7

95.5

6-2

7-6

Colorado St.

88.0

91.2

88.7

89.3

3-5

4-8

New Mexico

79.7

81.7

78.6

80.0

0-8

2-10

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

San Diego St.

100.1

101.7

100.1

100.6

5-3

10-3

Hawaii

97.0

98.3

96.4

97.2

5-3

10-5

Fresno St.

92.4

93.4

92.2

92.7

2-6

4-8

Nevada

89.8

91.1

89.1

90.0

4-4

7-6

San Jose St.

87.9

89.7

88.1

88.6

2-6

5-7

U N L V

83.7

85.4

83.5

84.2

2-6

4-8

MWC Averages

93.8

95.2

93.8

94.3

 

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

122.1

122.0

122.9

122.3

8-1

12-2

Washington

115.5

115.2

116.4

115.7

4-5

8-5

Washington St.

108.8

108.1

108.7

108.5

3-6

6-7

California

104.7

104.7

105.3

104.9

4-5

8-5

Oregon St.

101.2

102.1

101.5

101.6

4-5

5-7

Stanford

101.6

100.6

100.8

101.0

3-6

4-8

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

121.8

120.9

122.4

121.7

8-1

11-3

U S C

109.3

109.7

109.9

109.7

7-2

8-5

Arizona St.

108.0

107.5

108.4

108.0

4-5

8-5

Colorado

98.6

98.5

98.7

98.6

3-6

5-7

U C L A

98.7

98.3

98.2

98.4

4-5

4-8

Arizona

97.0

96.8

96.8

96.9

2-7

4-8

Pac-12 Averages

107.3

107.0

107.5

107.3

 

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

126.5

124.9

126.7

126.0

7-1

12-2

Florida

125.1

122.8

124.9

124.2

6-2

11-2

Kentucky

112.5

111.6

112.0

112.0

3-5

8-5

Tennessee

110.7

110.4

110.1

110.4

5-3

8-5

Missouri

109.9

107.5

108.5

108.6

3-5

6-6

South Carolina

109.0

107.1

108.0

108.0

3-5

4-8

Vanderbilt

92.5

90.9

90.9

91.4

1-7

3-9

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

L S U

142.1

140.5

142.9

141.8

8-0

15-0

Alabama

130.2

127.4

130.7

129.4

6-2

11-2

Auburn

121.7

119.9

121.2

120.9

5-3

9-4

Texas A&M

115.0

112.5

113.2

113.6

4-4

8-5

Mississippi St.

108.0

104.9

111.0

108.0

3-5

6-7

Ole Miss

107.8

106.9

108.1

107.6

2-6

4-8

Arkansas

88.0

87.8

87.3

87.7

0-8

2-10

SEC Averages

114.1

112.4

113.9

113.5

 

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

109.1

108.7

108.3

108.7

7-1

13-1

Georgia Southern

97.9

98.0

97.5

97.8

5-3

7-6

Troy

89.6

89.8

88.1

89.2

3-5

5-7

Georgia St.

88.2

89.0

87.2

88.1

4-4

7-6

Coastal Carolina

86.9

87.8

86.3

87.0

2-6

5-7

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

103.0

103.1

102.6

102.9

7-1

11-3

Arkansas St.

90.5

91.0

90.4

90.6

5-3

8-5

Louisiana-Monroe

86.7

87.4

86.4

86.9

4-4

5-7

Texas St.

79.2

79.9

78.9

79.3

2-6

3-9

South Alabama

77.0

79.5

77.0

77.8

1-7

2-10

SBC Averages

90.8

91.4

90.3

90.8

 

Conference Power Ratings

#

League

Average

1

Southeastern

113.5

2

Big Ten

111.0

3

Big 12

109.4

4

Pac-12

107.3

5

Atlantic Coast

104.3

6

American

97.4

7

Mountain West

94.3

8

Sun Belt

90.8

9

Independents

90.1

10

Conference USA

87.3

11

Mid-American

86.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 24, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Welcome to the inaugural post for the 2019-2020 College Basketball Season.  In past years, we did not issue power ratings until past January 1, because our ratings need a substantial sample size before the variance is negligible.

For those of you new to our basketball ratings, they are nothing like our football ratings.  We use an algorithm based on the Four Factors of basketball combined with schedule strength.  We spent a couple years testing out a system and tweaking the variables until we ended up with what we hope is accurate enough ratings to predict game outcome and maybe, if lucky, a comparison to the Nevada Spread.

Our inspiration comes from baseball sabermetric genius Tom Tango aka Tango Tiger, who we would really love to meet one day after having traded some ideas via the Baseball-Fever site many years ago.  Tango created the Weighted On-Base Average, which is about as positively correlated to run scoring among the well-known sabermetric runs formulas.

Our basketball ratings apply weights to the four factors and then adjust these weights to schedule strength.  It takes about 1,750 games before schedule strength adjustment variance lowers to a minimum number in our calculating loop.  

Since we are beginning our ratings’ publication early this year, we have not yet decided on a set schedule for when we will release updated ratings.  

Starting in January, this is what we will present weekly in our basketball category.

  1. Twice Weekly Power Rating Updates

  2. Predicted Spreads of Games Played Between Power Conference Teams

  3. Weekly Bracketology Updates

  4. Occasional Editorial Or Other Written Information

We went back and looked at what our most read posts were for the 2018-19 season, and by far you chose our feature naming the top 20 candidates to move up to Power Conference head coaching jobs.  In that post, we rated Eric Musselman, then of Nevada, as not only the top coach that could potentially move up to a Power Conference job, we named him the overall best college basketball coach at the present time, ahead of all the legends still coaching.

We based that accolade on the fact that Musselman has improved the overall efficiency of close to 100% of the players he has coached at the college level that have also played for other Division 1 Head Coaches.

Musselman is living up to this accolade in his first year at Arkansas, where the Razorback players that played for another Division 1 Head Coach (either players he inherited at Arkansas or transfers from other teams) have enjoyed massive improvement in total efficiency, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

We will post a new list sometime in February.  Believe it or not, it takes longer to study efficiency ratings for players from one year to the next than it does to figure all the power ratings for 353 teams.

Here are our Opening PiRate Ratings for Christmas Eve, 2019

Power Ratings  12/24/19

 

#

Team

Conference

PiRate

1

Duke

Atlantic Coast

120.7

2

Kansas

Big 12

120.1

3

Ohio St.

Big Ten

119.6

4

Michigan St.

Big Ten

118.9

5

Gonzaga

West Coast

118.4

6

Louisville

Atlantic Coast

117.7

7

Maryland

Big Ten

116.3

8

Arizona

Pac-12

115.9

9

Baylor

Big 12

115.3

10

Dayton

Atlantic 10

115.0

11

Oregon

Pac-12

114.9

12

Butler

Big East

114.8

13

Auburn

Southeastern

114.6

14

Michigan

Big Ten

114.6

15

Florida St.

Atlantic Coast

114.3

16

Kentucky

Southeastern

114.0

17

Memphis

American Athletic

113.7

18

Seton Hall

Big East

113.6

19

San Diego St.

Mountain West

113.5

20

Villanova

Big East

113.5

21

Purdue

Big Ten

113.3

22

Iowa

Big Ten

113.3

23

Penn St.

Big Ten

113.1

24

West Virginia

Big 12

112.7

25

Marquette

Big East

112.6

26

BYU

West Coast

112.5

27

Florida

Southeastern

112.3

28

Texas Tech

Big 12

112.3

29

Indiana

Big Ten

112.1

30

Wichita St.

Big East

112.1

31

Houston

American Athletic

112.0

32

Xavier

Big East

111.8

33

Arkansas

Southeastern

111.7

34

Tennessee

Southeastern

111.6

35

LSU

Southeastern

111.5

36

Iowa St.

Big 12

111.5

37

North Carolina St.

Atlantic Coast

111.5

38

Utah St.

Mountain West

111.4

39

Saint Mary’s

West Coast

111.4

40

North Carolina

Atlantic Coast

111.4

41

Georgetown

Big East

111.3

42

Washington

Pac-12

111.1

43

Virginia

Atlantic Coast

111.1

44

Colorado

Pac-12

111.0

45

Minnesota

Big Ten

110.8

46

Illinois

Big Ten

110.8

47

Creighton

Big East

110.6

48

Oklahoma St.

Big 12

110.5

49

VCU

Atlantic 10

110.1

50

Rutgers

Big Ten

110.1

51

Oklahoma

Big 12

110.0

52

Temple

American Athletic

109.7

53

Wisconsin

Big Ten

109.7

54

Missouri

Southeastern

109.6

55

Alabama

Southeastern

109.4

56

Connecticut

American Athletic

109.2

57

Cincinnati

American Athletic

109.1

58

Stanford

Pac-12

109.0

59

Notre Dame

Atlantic Coast

108.8

60

Syracuse

Atlantic Coast

108.6

61

Mississippi St.

Southeastern

108.6

62

USC

Pac-12

108.5

63

Texas

Big 12

108.3

64

East Tennessee St.

Southern

108.3

65

Virginia Tech

Atlantic Coast

108.0

66

Duquesne

Atlantic 10

107.9

67

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

107.9

68

TCU

Big 12

107.9

69

DePaul

Big East

107.8

70

Yale

Ivy

107.7

71

Davidson

Atlantic 10

107.7

72

Oregon St.

Pac-12

107.7

73

St. John’s

Big East

107.5

74

Arizona St.

Pac-12

107.3

75

UNC Greensboro

Southern

107.2

76

Mississippi

Southeastern

107.1

77

Belmont

Ohio Valley

107.1

78

Pittsburgh

Atlantic Coast

107.1

79

Providence

Big East

107.0

80

Louisiana Tech

Conference USA

107.0

81

Rhode Island

Atlantic 10

107.0

82

Richmond

Atlantic 10

107.0

83

Northern Iowa

Missouri Valley

106.9

84

Furman

Southern

106.8

85

Miami (Fla.)

Atlantic Coast

106.8

86

Georgia

Southeastern

106.7

87

Vermont

American East

106.6

88

Western Kentucky

Conference USA

106.3

89

Kansas St.

Big 12

106.1

90

New Mexico

Mountain West

106.1

91

South Carolina

Southeastern

105.9

92

Clemson

Atlantic Coast

105.7

93

San Francisco

West Coast

105.6

94

Nevada

Mountain West

105.5

95

SMU

American Athletic

105.4

96

Harvard

Ivy

105.2

97

Saint Louis

Atlantic 10

105.1

98

Toledo

Mid-American

105.1

99

Kent St.

Mid-American

105.0

100

Wake Forest

Atlantic Coast

104.9

101

New Mexico St.

Western Athletic

104.8

102

Utah

Pac-12

104.8

103

Boise St.

Mountain West

104.6

104

Northwestern

Big Ten

104.5

105

Akron

Mid-American

104.5

106

UCLA

Pac-12

104.5

107

Georgia Tech

Atlantic Coast

104.4

108

Central Florida

American Athletic

104.3

109

Penn

Ivy

103.9

110

Wright St.

Horizon

103.8

111

Loyola (Chi.)

Missouri Valley

103.8

112

Ball St.

Mid-American

103.8

113

South Florida

American Athletic

103.6

114

Georgia St.

Sun Belt

103.3

115

Fresno St.

Mountain West

103.2

116

George Mason

Atlantic 10

103.1

117

Northern Colorado

Big Sky

102.7

118

Bradley

Missouri Valley

102.7

119

Northern Kentucky

Horizon

102.7

120

UC Irvine

Big West

102.6

121

Murray St.

Ohio Valley

102.6

122

Vanderbilt

Southeastern

102.6

123

Tulsa

American Athletic

102.5

124

Washington St.

Pac-12

102.5

125

North Texas

Conference USA

102.4

126

Radford

Big South

102.3

127

Nebraska

Big Ten

102.3

128

Eastern Washington

Big Sky

102.2

129

Boston College

Atlantic Coast

102.2

130

St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10

102.1

131

Indiana St.

Missouri Valley

102.1

132

Buffalo

Mid-American

102.0

133

Wofford

Southern

101.9

134

Stephen F. Austin

Southland

101.9

135

Oral Roberts

Summit

101.8

136

UT Arlington

Southland

101.7

137

Hofstra

Colonial Athletic

101.6

138

Colorado St.

Mountain West

101.6

139

Appalachian St.

Sun Belt

101.6

140

Texas St.

Sun Belt

101.6

141

UTEP

Conference USA

101.5

142

Colgate

Patriot

101.5

143

Rider

Metro Atlantic

101.4

144

Missouri St.

Missouri Valley

101.4

145

Bowling Green

Mid-American

101.2

146

Northeastern

Colonial Athletic

101.1

147

Texas A&M

Southeastern

101.0

148

Pepperdine

West Coast

100.9

149

Drake

Missouri Valley

100.9

150

Charleston

Colonial Athletic

100.8

151

Towson

Colonial Athletic

100.8

152

La Salle

Atlantic 10

100.7

153

Stony Brook

American East

100.7

154

UC Santa Barbara

Big West

100.6

155

North Dakota St.

Summit

100.5

156

Southern Utah

Big Sky

100.5

157

Santa Clara

West Coast

100.4

158

Georgia Southern

Sun Belt

100.3

159

Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt

100.2

160

UAB

Conference USA

100.2

161

Florida Int’l.

Conference USA

100.2

162

California Baptist

Western Athletic

100.1

163

Valparaiso

Missouri Valley

100.1

164

Hawaii

Big West

100.0

165

Little Rock

Sun Belt

100.0

166

Northern Illinois

Mid-American

99.9

167

Delaware

Colonial Athletic

99.9

168

Western Carolina

Southern

99.9

169

Charlotte

Conference USA

99.6

170

Central Michigan

Mid-American

99.6

171

Sam Houston St.

Southland

99.6

172

Pacific

West Coast

99.6

173

UNLV

Mountain West

99.5

174

Winthrop

Big South

99.5

175

Ohio

Mid-American

99.4

176

San Diego

West Coast

99.4

177

California

Pac-12

99.4

178

South Dakota St.

Summit

99.3

179

Old Dominion

Conference USA

99.2

180

Marshall

Conference USA

99.0

181

North Florida

Atlantic Sun

99.0

182

South Dakota

Summit

98.9

183

William & Mary

Colonial Athletic

98.9

184

St. Francis (PA)

Northeast

98.8

185

Massachusetts

Atlantic 10

98.7

186

South Alabama

Sun Belt

98.7

187

Oakland

Horizon

98.7

188

Sacred Heart

Northeast

98.7

189

Tulane

American Athletic

98.6

190

Southern Illinois

Missouri Valley

98.6

191

Siena

Metro Atlantic

98.4

192

Dartmouth

Ivy

98.3

193

Iona

Metro Atlantic

98.2

194

Rice

Conference USA

98.1

195

Lafayette

Patriot

98.1

196

Eastern Illinois

Ohio Valley

98.1

197

Eastern Michigan

Mid-American

98.1

198

Sacramento St.

Big Sky

98.1

199

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

98.0

200

UTSA

Conference USA

98.0

201

Omaha

Summit

97.8

202

Evansville

Missouri Valley

97.8

203

Loyola Marymount

West Coast

97.8

204

Lipscomb

Atlantic Sun

97.7

205

Florida Atlantic

Conference USA

97.6

206

Miami (O)

Mid-American

97.5

207

Portland St.

Big Sky

97.4

208

Air Force

Mountain West

97.4

209

Montana

Big Sky

97.4

210

Loyola (MD)

Patriot

97.4

211

Illinois St.

Missouri Valley

97.3

212

Chattanooga

Southern

97.2

213

Green Bay

Horizon

97.1

214

Samford

Southern

97.0

215

Princeton

Ivy

97.0

216

American

Patriot

96.9

217

Boston U

Patriot

96.9

218

Missouri-KC

Western Athletic

96.9

219

Bryant

Northeast

96.7

220

UC Riverside

Big West

96.7

221

Grand Canyon

Western Athletic

96.6

222

North Dakota

Summit

96.5

223

Columbia

Ivy

96.4

224

Arkansas St.

Sun Belt

96.3

225

Bucknell

Patriot

96.2

226

Nicholls St.

Southland

96.1

227

George Washington

Atlantic 10

96.1

228

Gardner-Webb

Big South

96.1

229

Canisius

Metro Atlantic

96.0

230

Brown

Ivy

96.0

231

Tennessee St.

Ohio Valley

96.0

232

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

96.0

233

Youngstown St.

Horizon

95.9

234

Illinois Chicago

Horizon

95.9

235

Albany

American East

95.9

236

Fairfield

Metro Atlantic

95.8

237

Seattle

Western Athletic

95.8

238

Monmouth

Metro Atlantic

95.8

239

Abilene Christian

Southland

95.8

240

James Madison

Colonial Athletic

95.7

241

Purdue Fort Wayne

Summit

95.7

242

Campbell

Big South

95.6

243

Prairie View A&M

Southwestern Athl.

95.6

244

UMass Lowell

American East

95.6

245

Montana St.

Big Sky

95.6

246

Cal St. Bakersfield

Western Athletic

95.6

247

Northern Arizona

Big Sky

95.5

248

Navy

Patriot

95.5

249

Long Island

Northeast

95.5

250

Drexel

Colonial Athletic

95.4

251

Southern Miss.

Conference USA

95.4

252

Saint Joseph’s

Atlantic 10

95.3

253

East Carolina

American Athletic

95.2

254

Milwaukee

Horizon

95.2

255

Fordham

Atlantic 10

95.2

256

Jacksonville St.

Ohio Valley

95.2

257

UC Davis

Big West

95.1

258

Lehigh

Patriot

95.0

259

UNC Asheville

Big South

94.9

260

Louisiana

Sun Belt

94.8

261

Utah Valley

Western Athletic

94.8

262

Quinnipiac

Metro Atlantic

94.8

263

McNeese St.

Southland

94.7

264

Middle Tennessee

Conference USA

94.6

265

Lamar

Southland

94.6

266

Texas Southern

Southwestern Athl.

94.4

267

Western Michigan

Mid-American

94.4

268

Louisiana Monroe

Sun Belt

94.3

269

Mercer

Southern

94.3

270

Weber St.

Big Sky

94.3

271

Cal St. Northridge

Big West

94.2

272

Troy

Sun Belt

94.1

273

UT Rio Grande Valley

Western Athletic

94.0

274

Portland

West Coast

93.9

275

Manhattan

Metro Atlantic

93.9

276

UM Baltimore Co.

American East

93.8

277

Morehead St.

Ohio Valley

93.8

278

NJIT

Atlantic Sun

93.8

279

VMI

Southern

93.7

280

New Orleans

Southland

93.5

281

New Hampshire

American East

93.3

282

Robert Morris

Northeast

93.2

283

Cal St. Fullerton

Big West

93.2

284

Cornell

Ivy

93.2

285

Mount St. Mary’s

Northeast

93.2

286

Saint Peter’s

Metro Atlantic

92.8

287

Bethune Cookman

Mideastern Athletic

92.5

288

Merrimack

Northeast

92.4

289

North Alabama

Atlantic Sun

92.3

290

Texas A&M CC

Southland

92.2

291

Grambling

Southwestern Athl.

92.1

292

Long Beach St.

Big West

91.9

293

Army

Patriot

91.9

294

Norfolk St.

Mideastern Athletic

91.9

295

Wyoming

Mountain West

91.8

296

Citadel

Southern

91.8

297

Fairleigh Dickinson

Northeast

91.6

298

Idaho St.

Big Sky

91.6

299

UNC Wilmington

Colonial Athletic

91.5

300

Detroit

Horizon

91.4

301

Longwood

Big South

91.3

302

UT-Martin

Ohio Valley

91.2

303

Coppin St.

Mideastern Athletic

91.2

304

SE Missouri

Ohio Valley

91.1

305

Western Illinois

Summit

91.0

306

IUPUI

Horizon

90.8

307

Morgan St.

Mideastern Athletic

90.8

308

Charleston Southern

Big South

90.5

309

Wagner

Northeast

90.3

310

St. Francis (NY)

Northeast

90.3

311

Elon

Colonial Athletic

90.1

312

Niagara

Metro Atlantic

90.0

313

Binghamton

American East

90.0

314

Central Arkansas

Southland

89.9

315

Hampton

Big South

89.8

316

Cleveland St.

Horizon

89.8

317

Denver

Summit

89.6

318

Hartford

American East

89.6

319

Alcorn St.

Southwestern Athl.

89.6

320

North Carolina Central

Mideastern Athletic

89.5

321

Cal Poly

Big West

89.3

322

North Carolina A&T

Mideastern Athletic

89.2

323

Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic Sun

89.2

324

Florida A&M

Mideastern Athletic

89.2

325

Jackson St.

Southwestern Athl.

89.1

326

Eastern Kentucky

Ohio Valley

89.1

327

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

89.0

328

San Jose St.

Mountain West

89.0

329

Tennessee Tech

Ohio Valley

89.0

330

Southern

Southwestern Athl.

88.9

331

SE Louisiana

Southland

88.9

332

Idaho

Big Sky

88.5

333

Houston Baptist

Southland

88.3

334

Holy Cross

Patriot

88.2

335

Maine

American East

87.7

336

Alabama St.

Southwestern Athl.

87.3

337

Marist

Metro Atlantic

87.3

338

USC Upstate

Big South

87.3

339

South Carolina St.

Mideastern Athletic

86.7

340

High Point

Big South

86.5

341

Alabama A&M

Southwestern Athl.

86.4

342

Presbyterian

Big South

86.4

343

Kennesaw St.

Atlantic Sun

85.8

344

Northwestern St.

Southland

85.7

345

SIU Edwardsville

Ohio Valley

85.1

346

Arkansas Pine Bluff

Southwestern Athl.

84.8

347

Howard

Mideastern Athletic

83.9

348

Incarnate Word

Southland

83.4

349

MD Eastern Shore

Mideastern Athletic

82.1

350

Central Connecticut

Northeast

81.6

351

Delaware St.

Mideastern Athletic

81.2

352

Chicago St.

Western Athletic

80.3

353

Mississippi Valley St.

Southwestern Athl.

77.5

 

Alphabetical

 

#

Team

Conf.

PiRate

1

Abilene Christian

Southland

95.8

2

Air Force

Mountain West

97.4

3

Akron

Mid-American

104.5

4

Alabama

Southeastern

109.4

5

Alabama A&M

Southwestern Athl.

86.4

6

Alabama St.

Southwestern Athl.

87.3

7

Albany

American East

95.9

8

Alcorn St.

Southwestern Athl.

89.6

9

American

Patriot

96.9

10

Appalachian St.

Sun Belt

101.6

11

Arizona

Pac-12

115.9

12

Arizona St.

Pac-12

107.3

13

Arkansas

Southeastern

111.7

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

Southwestern Athl.

84.8

15

Arkansas St.

Sun Belt

96.3

16

Army

Patriot

91.9

17

Auburn

Southeastern

114.6

18

Austin Peay

Ohio Valley

98.0

19

Ball St.

Mid-American

103.8

20

Baylor

Big 12

115.3

21

Belmont

Ohio Valley

107.1

22

Bethune Cookman

Mideastern Athletic

92.5

23

Binghamton

American East

90.0

24

Boise St.

Mountain West

104.6

25

Boston College

Atlantic Coast

102.2

26

Boston U

Patriot

96.9

27

Bowling Green

Mid-American

101.2

28

Bradley

Missouri Valley

102.7

29

Brown

Ivy

96.0

30

Bryant

Northeast

96.7

31

Bucknell

Patriot

96.2

32

Buffalo

Mid-American

102.0

33

Butler

Big East

114.8

34

BYU

West Coast

112.5

35

Cal Poly

Big West

89.3

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

Western Athletic

95.6

37

Cal St. Fullerton

Big West

93.2

38

Cal St. Northridge

Big West

94.2

39

California

Pac-12

99.4

40

California Baptist

Western Athletic

100.1

41

Campbell

Big South

95.6

42

Canisius

Metro Atlantic

96.0

43

Central Arkansas

Southland

89.9

44

Central Connecticut

Northeast

81.6

45

Central Florida

American Athletic

104.3

46

Central Michigan

Mid-American

99.6

47

Charleston

Colonial Athletic

100.8

48

Charleston Southern

Big South

90.5

49

Charlotte

Conference USA

99.6

50

Chattanooga

Southern

97.2

51

Chicago St.

Western Athletic

80.3

52

Cincinnati

American Athletic

109.1

53

Citadel

Southern

91.8

54

Clemson

Atlantic Coast

105.7

55

Cleveland St.

Horizon

89.8

56

Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt

100.2

57

Colgate

Patriot

101.5

58

Colorado

Pac-12

111.0

59

Colorado St.

Mountain West

101.6

60

Columbia

Ivy

96.4

61

Connecticut

American Athletic

109.2

62

Coppin St.

Mideastern Athletic

91.2

63

Cornell

Ivy

93.2

64

Creighton

Big East

110.6

65

Dartmouth

Ivy

98.3

66

Davidson

Atlantic 10

107.7

67

Dayton

Atlantic 10

115.0

68

Delaware

Colonial Athletic

99.9

69

Delaware St.

Mideastern Athletic

81.2

70

Denver

Summit

89.6

71

DePaul

Big East

107.8

72

Detroit

Horizon

91.4

73

Drake

Missouri Valley

100.9

74

Drexel

Colonial Athletic

95.4

75

Duke

Atlantic Coast

120.7

76

Duquesne

Atlantic 10

107.9

77

East Carolina

American Athletic

95.2

78

East Tennessee St.

Southern

108.3

79

Eastern Illinois

Ohio Valley

98.1

80

Eastern Kentucky

Ohio Valley

89.1

81

Eastern Michigan

Mid-American

98.1

82

Eastern Washington

Big Sky

102.2

83

Elon

Colonial Athletic

90.1

84

Evansville

Missouri Valley

97.8

85

Fairfield

Metro Atlantic

95.8

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

Northeast

91.6

87

Florida

Southeastern

112.3

88

Florida A&M

Mideastern Athletic

89.2

89

Florida Atlantic

Conference USA

97.6

90

Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic Sun

89.2

91

Florida Int’l.

Conference USA

100.2

92

Florida St.

Atlantic Coast

114.3

93

Fordham

Atlantic 10

95.2

94

Fresno St.

Mountain West

103.2

95

Furman

Southern

106.8

96

Gardner-Webb

Big South

96.1

97

George Mason

Atlantic 10

103.1

98

George Washington

Atlantic 10

96.1

99

Georgetown

Big East

111.3

100

Georgia

Southeastern

106.7

101

Georgia Southern

Sun Belt

100.3

102

Georgia St.

Sun Belt

103.3

103

Georgia Tech

Atlantic Coast

104.4

104

Gonzaga

West Coast

118.4

105

Grambling

Southwestern Athl.

92.1

106

Grand Canyon

Western Athletic

96.6

107

Green Bay

Horizon

97.1

108

Hampton

Big South

89.8

109

Hartford

American East

89.6

110

Harvard

Ivy

105.2

111

Hawaii

Big West

100.0

112

High Point

Big South

86.5

113

Hofstra

Colonial Athletic

101.6

114

Holy Cross

Patriot

88.2

115

Houston

American Athletic

112.0

116

Houston Baptist

Southland

88.3

117

Howard

Mideastern Athletic

83.9

118

Idaho

Big Sky

88.5

119

Idaho St.

Big Sky

91.6

120

Illinois

Big Ten

110.8

121

Illinois Chicago

Horizon

95.9

122

Illinois St.

Missouri Valley

97.3

123

Incarnate Word

Southland

83.4

124

Indiana

Big Ten

112.1

125

Indiana St.

Missouri Valley

102.1

126

Iona

Metro Atlantic

98.2

127

Iowa

Big Ten

113.3

128

Iowa St.

Big 12

111.5

129

IUPUI

Horizon

90.8

130

Jackson St.

Southwestern Athl.

89.1

131

Jacksonville

Atlantic Sun

96.0

132

Jacksonville St.

Ohio Valley

95.2

133

James Madison

Colonial Athletic

95.7

134

Kansas

Big 12

120.1

135

Kansas St.

Big 12

106.1

136

Kennesaw St.

Atlantic Sun

85.8

137

Kent St.

Mid-American

105.0

138

Kentucky

Southeastern

114.0

139

La Salle

Atlantic 10

100.7

140

Lafayette

Patriot

98.1

141

Lamar

Southland

94.6

142

Lehigh

Patriot

95.0

143

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

107.9

144

Lipscomb

Atlantic Sun

97.7

145

Little Rock

Sun Belt

100.0

146

Long Beach St.

Big West

91.9

147

Long Island

Northeast

95.5

148

Longwood

Big South

91.3

149

Louisiana

Sun Belt

94.8

150

Louisiana Monroe

Sun Belt

94.3

151

Louisiana Tech

Conference USA

107.0

152

Louisville

Atlantic Coast

117.7

153

Loyola (Chi.)

Missouri Valley

103.8

154

Loyola Marymount

West Coast

97.8

155

Loyola (MD)

Patriot

97.4

156

LSU

Southeastern

111.5

157

Maine

American East

87.7

158

Manhattan

Metro Atlantic

93.9

159

Marist

Metro Atlantic

87.3

160

Marquette

Big East

112.6

161

Marshall

Conference USA

99.0

162

Maryland

Big Ten

116.3

163

Massachusetts

Atlantic 10

98.7

164

McNeese St.

Southland

94.7

165

MD Eastern Shore

Mideastern Athletic

82.1

166

Memphis

American Athletic

113.7

167

Mercer

Southern

94.3

168

Merrimack

Northeast

92.4

169

Miami (Fla.)

Atlantic Coast

106.8

170

Miami (O)

Mid-American

97.5

171

Michigan

Big Ten

114.6

172

Michigan St.

Big Ten

118.9

173

Middle Tennessee

Conference USA

94.6

174

Milwaukee

Horizon

95.2

175

Minnesota

Big Ten

110.8

176

Mississippi

Southeastern

107.1

177

Mississippi St.

Southeastern

108.6

178

Mississippi Valley St.

Southwestern Athl.

77.5

179

Missouri

Southeastern

109.6

180

Missouri-KC

Western Athletic

96.9

181

Missouri St.

Missouri Valley

101.4

182

Monmouth

Metro Atlantic

95.8

183

Montana

Big Sky

97.4

184

Montana St.

Big Sky

95.6

185

Morehead St.

Ohio Valley

93.8

186

Morgan St.

Mideastern Athletic

90.8

187

Mount St. Mary’s

Northeast

93.2

188

Murray St.

Ohio Valley

102.6

189

Navy

Patriot

95.5

190

Nebraska

Big Ten

102.3

191

Nevada

Mountain West

105.5

192

New Hampshire

American East

93.3

193

New Mexico

Mountain West

106.1

194

New Mexico St.

Western Athletic

104.8

195

New Orleans

Southland

93.5

196

Niagara

Metro Atlantic

90.0

197

Nicholls St.

Southland

96.1

198

NJIT

Atlantic Sun

93.8

199

Norfolk St.

Mideastern Athletic

91.9

200

North Alabama

Atlantic Sun

92.3

201

North Carolina

Atlantic Coast

111.4

202

North Carolina A&T

Mideastern Athletic

89.2

203

North Carolina Central

Mideastern Athletic

89.5

204

North Carolina St.

Atlantic Coast

111.5

205

North Dakota

Summit

96.5

206

North Dakota St.

Summit

100.5

207

North Florida

Atlantic Sun

99.0

208

North Texas

Conference USA

102.4

209

Northeastern

Colonial Athletic

101.1

210

Northern Arizona

Big Sky

95.5

211

Northern Colorado

Big Sky

102.7

212

Northern Illinois

Mid-American

99.9

213

Northern Iowa

Missouri Valley

106.9

214

Northern Kentucky

Horizon

102.7

215

Northwestern

Big Ten

104.5

216

Northwestern St.

Southland

85.7

217

Notre Dame

Atlantic Coast

108.8

218

Oakland

Horizon

98.7

219

Ohio

Mid-American

99.4

220

Ohio St.

Big Ten

119.6

221

Oklahoma

Big 12

110.0

222

Oklahoma St.

Big 12

110.5

223

Old Dominion

Conference USA

99.2

224

Omaha

Summit

97.8

225

Oral Roberts

Summit

101.8

226

Oregon

Pac-12

114.9

227

Oregon St.

Pac-12

107.7

228

Pacific

West Coast

99.6

229

Penn

Ivy

103.9

230

Penn St.

Big Ten

113.1

231

Pepperdine

West Coast

100.9

232

Pittsburgh

Atlantic Coast

107.1

233

Portland

West Coast

93.9

234

Portland St.

Big Sky

97.4

235

Prairie View A&M

Southwestern Athl.

95.6

236

Presbyterian

Big South

86.4

237

Princeton

Ivy

97.0

238

Providence

Big East

107.0

239

Purdue

Big Ten

113.3

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

Summit

95.7

241

Quinnipiac

Metro Atlantic

94.8

242

Radford

Big South

102.3

243

Rhode Island

Atlantic 10

107.0

244

Rice

Conference USA

98.1

245

Richmond

Atlantic 10

107.0

246

Rider

Metro Atlantic

101.4

247

Robert Morris

Northeast

93.2

248

Rutgers

Big Ten

110.1

249

Sacramento St.

Big Sky

98.1

250

Sacred Heart

Northeast

98.7

251

Saint Joseph’s

Atlantic 10

95.3

252

Saint Louis

Atlantic 10

105.1

253

Saint Mary’s

West Coast

111.4

254

Saint Peter’s

Metro Atlantic

92.8

255

Sam Houston St.

Southland

99.6

256

Samford

Southern

97.0

257

San Diego

West Coast

99.4

258

San Diego St.

Mountain West

113.5

259

San Francisco

West Coast

105.6

260

San Jose St.

Mountain West

89.0

261

Santa Clara

West Coast

100.4

262

SE Louisiana

Southland

88.9

263

SE Missouri

Ohio Valley

91.1

264

Seattle

Western Athletic

95.8

265

Seton Hall

Big East

113.6

266

Siena

Metro Atlantic

98.4

267

SIU Edwardsville

Ohio Valley

85.1

268

SMU

American Athletic

105.4

269

South Alabama

Sun Belt

98.7

270

South Carolina

Southeastern

105.9

271

South Carolina St.

Mideastern Athletic

86.7

272

South Dakota

Summit

98.9

273

South Dakota St.

Summit

99.3

274

South Florida

American Athletic

103.6

275

Southern

Southwestern Athl.

88.9

276

Southern Illinois

Missouri Valley

98.6

277

Southern Miss.

Conference USA

95.4

278

Southern Utah

Big Sky

100.5

279

St. Bonaventure

Atlantic 10

102.1

280

St. Francis (NY)

Northeast

90.3

281

St. Francis (PA)

Northeast

98.8

282

St. John’s

Big East

107.5

283

Stanford

Pac-12

109.0

284

Stephen F. Austin

Southland

101.9

285

Stetson

Atlantic Sun

89.0

286

Stony Brook

American East

100.7

287

Syracuse

Atlantic Coast

108.6

288

TCU

Big 12

107.9

289

Temple

American Athletic

109.7

290

Tennessee

Southeastern

111.6

291

Tennessee St.

Ohio Valley

96.0

292

Tennessee Tech

Ohio Valley

89.0

293

Texas

Big 12

108.3

294

Texas A&M

Southeastern

101.0

295

Texas A&M CC

Southland

92.2

296

Texas Southern

Southwestern Athl.

94.4

297

Texas St.

Sun Belt

101.6

298

Texas Tech

Big 12

112.3

299

Toledo

Mid-American

105.1

300

Towson

Colonial Athletic

100.8

301

Troy

Sun Belt

94.1

302

Tulane

American Athletic

98.6

303

Tulsa

American Athletic

102.5

304

UAB

Conference USA

100.2

305

UC Davis

Big West

95.1

306

UC Irvine

Big West

102.6

307

UC Riverside

Big West

96.7

308

UC Santa Barbara

Big West

100.6

309

UCLA

Pac-12

104.5

310

UM Baltimore Co.

American East

93.8

311

UMass Lowell

American East

95.6

312

UNC Asheville

Big South

94.9

313

UNC Greensboro

Southern

107.2

314

UNC Wilmington

Colonial Athletic

91.5

315

UNLV

Mountain West

99.5

316

USC

Pac-12

108.5

317

USC Upstate

Big South

87.3

318

UT Arlington

Southland

101.7

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

Western Athletic

94.0

320

UT-Martin

Ohio Valley

91.2

321

Utah

Pac-12

104.8

322

Utah St.

Mountain West

111.4

323

Utah Valley

Western Athletic

94.8

324

UTEP

Conference USA

101.5

325

UTSA

Conference USA

98.0

326

Valparaiso

Missouri Valley

100.1

327

Vanderbilt

Southeastern

102.6

328

VCU

Atlantic 10

110.1

329

Vermont

American East

106.6

330

Villanova

Big East

113.5

331

Virginia

Atlantic Coast

111.1

332

Virginia Tech

Atlantic Coast

108.0

333

VMI

Southern

93.7

334

Wagner

Northeast

90.3

335

Wake Forest

Atlantic Coast

104.9

336

Washington

Pac-12

111.1

337

Washington St.

Pac-12

102.5

338

Weber St.

Big Sky

94.3

339

West Virginia

Big 12

112.7

340

Western Carolina

Southern

99.9

341

Western Illinois

Summit

91.0

342

Western Kentucky

Conference USA

106.3

343

Western Michigan

Mid-American

94.4

344

Wichita St.

Big East

112.1

345

William & Mary

Colonial Athletic

98.9

346

Winthrop

Big South

99.5

347

Wisconsin

Big Ten

109.7

348

Wofford

Southern

101.9

349

Wright St.

Horizon

103.8

350

Wyoming

Mountain West

91.8

351

Xavier

Big East

111.8

352

Yale

Ivy

107.7

353

Youngstown St.

Horizon

95.9

 

Ratings By Conference

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Memphis

113.7

2

Houston

112.0

3

Temple

109.7

4

Connecticut

109.2

5

Cincinnati

109.1

6

SMU

105.4

7

Central Florida

104.3

8

South Florida

103.6

9

Tulsa

102.5

10

Tulane

98.6

11

East Carolina

95.2

Avg

American Athletic

105.8

#

American East

PiRate

1

Vermont

106.6

2

Stony Brook

100.7

3

Albany

95.9

4

UMass Lowell

95.6

5

UM Baltimore Co.

93.8

6

New Hampshire

93.3

7

Binghamton

90.0

8

Hartford

89.6

9

Maine

87.7

Avg

American East

94.8

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

115.0

2

VCU

110.1

3

Duquesne

107.9

4

Davidson

107.7

5

Rhode Island

107.0

6

Richmond

107.0

7

Saint Louis

105.1

8

George Mason

103.1

9

St. Bonaventure

102.1

10

La Salle

100.7

11

Massachusetts

98.7

12

George Washington

96.1

13

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

14

Fordham

95.2

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.6

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

120.7

2

Louisville

117.7

3

Florida St.

114.3

4

North Carolina St.

111.5

5

North Carolina

111.4

6

Virginia

111.1

7

Notre Dame

108.8

8

Syracuse

108.6

9

Virginia Tech

108.0

10

Pittsburgh

107.1

11

Miami (Fla.)

106.8

12

Clemson

105.7

13

Wake Forest

104.9

14

Georgia Tech

104.4

15

Boston College

102.2

Avg

Atlantic Coast

109.5

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

107.9

2

North Florida

99.0

3

Lipscomb

97.7

4

Jacksonville

96.0

5

NJIT

93.8

6

North Alabama

92.3

7

Florida Gulf Coast

89.2

8

Stetson

89.0

9

Kennesaw St.

85.8

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.5

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

120.1

2

Baylor

115.3

3

West Virginia

112.7

4

Texas Tech

112.3

5

Iowa St.

111.5

6

Oklahoma St.

110.5

7

Oklahoma

110.0

8

Texas

108.3

9

TCU

107.9

10

Kansas St.

106.1

Avg

Big 12

111.5

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Butler

114.8

2

Seton Hall

113.6

3

Villanova

113.5

4

Marquette

112.6

5

Wichita St.

112.1

6

Xavier

111.8

7

Georgetown

111.3

8

Creighton

110.6

9

DePaul

107.8

10

St. John’s

107.5

11

Providence

107.0

Avg

Big East

111.2

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

102.7

2

Eastern Washington

102.2

3

Southern Utah

100.5

4

Sacramento St.

98.1

5

Portland St.

97.4

6

Montana

97.4

7

Montana St.

95.6

8

Northern Arizona

95.5

9

Weber St.

94.3

10

Idaho St.

91.6

11

Idaho

88.5

#

Big Sky

96.7

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Radford

102.3

2

Winthrop

99.5

3

Gardner-Webb

96.1

4

Campbell

95.6

5

UNC Asheville

94.9

6

Longwood

91.3

7

Charleston Southern

90.5

8

Hampton

89.8

9

USC Upstate

87.3

10

High Point

86.5

11

Presbyterian

86.4

Avg

Big South

92.7

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Ohio St.

119.6

2

Michigan St.

118.9

3

Maryland

116.3

4

Michigan

114.6

5

Purdue

113.3

6

Iowa

113.3

7

Penn St.

113.1

8

Indiana

112.1

9

Minnesota

110.8

10

Illinois

110.8

11

Rutgers

110.1

12

Wisconsin

109.7

13

Northwestern

104.5

14

Nebraska

102.3

Avg

Big Ten

112.1

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

102.6

2

UC Santa Barbara

100.6

3

Hawaii

100.0

4

UC Riverside

96.7

5

UC Davis

95.1

6

Cal St. Northridge

94.2

7

Cal St. Fullerton

93.2

8

Long Beach St.

91.9

9

Cal Poly

89.3

Avg

Big West

96.0

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Hofstra

101.6

2

Northeastern

101.1

3

Charleston

100.8

4

Towson

100.8

5

Delaware

99.9

6

William & Mary

98.9

7

James Madison

95.7

8

Drexel

95.4

9

UNC Wilmington

91.5

10

Elon

90.1

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.6

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

107.0

2

Western Kentucky

106.3

3

North Texas

102.4

4

UTEP

101.5

5

UAB

100.2

6

Florida Int’l.

100.2

7

Charlotte

99.6

8

Old Dominion

99.2

9

Marshall

99.0

10

Rice

98.1

11

UTSA

98.0

12

Florida Atlantic

97.6

13

Southern Miss.

95.4

14

Middle Tennessee

94.6

Avg

Conference USA

99.9

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Wright St.

103.8

2

Northern Kentucky

102.7

3

Oakland

98.7

4

Green Bay

97.1

5

Youngstown St.

95.9

6

Illinois Chicago

95.9

7

Milwaukee

95.2

8

Detroit

91.4

9

IUPUI

90.8

10

Cleveland St.

89.8

Avg

Horizon

96.1

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

107.7

2

Harvard

105.2

3

Penn

103.9

4

Dartmouth

98.3

5

Princeton

97.0

6

Columbia

96.4

7

Brown

96.0

8

Cornell

93.2

Avg

Ivy

99.7

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

101.4

2

Siena

98.4

3

Iona

98.2

4

Canisius

96.0

5

Fairfield

95.8

6

Monmouth

95.8

7

Quinnipiac

94.8

8

Manhattan

93.9

9

Saint Peter’s

92.8

10

Niagara

90.0

11

Marist

87.3

Avg

Metro Atlantic

94.9

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Toledo

105.1

2

Kent St.

105.0

3

Akron

104.5

4

Ball St.

103.8

5

Buffalo

102.0

6

Bowling Green

101.2

7

Northern Illinois

99.9

8

Central Michigan

99.6

9

Ohio

99.4

10

Eastern Michigan

98.1

11

Miami (O)

97.5

12

Western Michigan

94.4

Avg

Mid-American

100.9

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Bethune Cookman

92.5

2

Norfolk St.

91.9

3

Coppin St.

91.2

4

Morgan St.

90.8

5

North Carolina Central

89.5

6

North Carolina A&T

89.2

7

Florida A&M

89.2

8

South Carolina St.

86.7

9

Howard

83.9

10

MD Eastern Shore

82.1

11

Delaware St.

81.2

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

88.0

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

106.9

2

Loyola (Chi.)

103.8

3

Bradley

102.7

4

Indiana St.

102.1

5

Missouri St.

101.4

6

Drake

100.9

7

Valparaiso

100.1

8

Southern Illinois

98.6

9

Evansville

97.8

10

Illinois St.

97.3

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.2

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

113.5

2

Utah St.

111.4

3

New Mexico

106.1

4

Nevada

105.5

5

Boise St.

104.6

6

Fresno St.

103.2

7

Colorado St.

101.6

8

UNLV

99.5

9

Air Force

97.4

10

Wyoming

91.8

11

San Jose St.

89.0

Avg

Mountain West

102.1

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

St. Francis (PA)

98.8

2

Sacred Heart

98.7

3

Bryant

96.7

4

Long Island

95.5

5

Robert Morris

93.2

6

Mount St. Mary’s

93.2

7

Merrimack

92.4

8

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.6

9

Wagner

90.3

10

St. Francis (NY)

90.3

11

Central Connecticut

81.6

Avg

Northeast

92.9

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

107.1

2

Murray St.

102.6

3

Eastern Illinois

98.1

4

Austin Peay

98.0

5

Tennessee St.

96.0

6

Jacksonville St.

95.2

7

Morehead St.

93.8

8

UT-Martin

91.2

9

SE Missouri

91.1

10

Eastern Kentucky

89.1

11

Tennessee Tech

89.0

12

SIU Edwardsville

85.1

Avg

Ohio Valley

94.7

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

115.9

2

Oregon

114.9

3

Washington

111.1

4

Colorado

111.0

5

Stanford

109.0

6

USC

108.5

7

Oregon St.

107.7

8

Arizona St.

107.3

9

Utah

104.8

10

UCLA

104.5

11

Washington St.

102.5

12

California

99.4

Avg

Pac-12

108.0

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

101.5

2

Lafayette

98.1

3

Loyola (MD)

97.4

4

American

96.9

5

Boston U

96.9

6

Bucknell

96.2

7

Navy

95.5

8

Lehigh

95.0

9

Army

91.9

10

Holy Cross

88.2

Avg

Patriot

95.8

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Auburn

114.6

2

Kentucky

114.0

3

Florida

112.3

4

Arkansas

111.7

5

Tennessee

111.6

6

LSU

111.5

7

Missouri

109.6

8

Alabama

109.4

9

Mississippi St.

108.6

10

Mississippi

107.1

11

Georgia

106.7

12

South Carolina

105.9

13

Vanderbilt

102.6

14

Texas A&M

101.0

Avg

Southeastern

109.0

#

Southland

PiRate

1

Stephen F. Austin

101.9

2

UT Arlington

101.7

3

Sam Houston St.

99.6

4

Nicholls St.

96.1

5

Abilene Christian

95.8

6

McNeese St.

94.7

7

Lamar

94.6

8

New Orleans

93.5

9

Texas A&M CC

92.2

10

Central Arkansas

89.9

11

SE Louisiana

88.9

12

Houston Baptist

88.3

13

Northwestern St.

85.7

14

Incarnate Word

83.4

Avg

Southland

93.3

#

Southern

PiRate

1

East Tennessee St.

108.3

2

UNC Greensboro

107.2

3

Furman

106.8

4

Wofford

101.9

5

Western Carolina

99.9

6

Chattanooga

97.2

7

Samford

97.0

8

Mercer

94.3

9

VMI

93.7

10

Citadel

91.8

Avg

Southern

99.8

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

95.6

2

Texas Southern

94.4

3

Grambling

92.1

4

Alcorn St.

89.6

5

Jackson St.

89.1

6

Southern

88.9

7

Alabama St.

87.3

8

Alabama A&M

86.4

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

84.8

10

Mississippi Valley St.

77.5

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

88.6

#

Summit

PiRate

1

Oral Roberts

101.8

2

North Dakota St.

100.5

3

South Dakota St.

99.3

4

South Dakota

98.9

5

Omaha

97.8

6

North Dakota

96.5

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.7

8

Western Illinois

91.0

9

Denver

89.6

Avg

Summit

96.8

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

103.3

2

Appalachian St.

101.6

3

Texas St.

101.6

4

Georgia Southern

100.3

5

Coastal Carolina

100.2

6

Little Rock

100.0

7

South Alabama

98.7

8

Arkansas St.

96.3

9

Louisiana

94.8

10

Louisiana Monroe

94.3

11

Troy

94.1

Avg

Sun Belt

98.7

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

104.8

2

California Baptist

100.1

3

Missouri-KC

96.9

4

Grand Canyon

96.6

5

Seattle

95.8

6

Cal St. Bakersfield

95.6

7

Utah Valley

94.8

8

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.0

9

Chicago St.

80.3

Avg

Western Athletic

95.4

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

118.4

2

BYU

112.5

3

Saint Mary’s

111.4

4

San Francisco

105.6

5

Pepperdine

100.9

6

Santa Clara

100.4

7

Pacific

99.6

8

San Diego

99.4

9

Loyola Marymount

97.8

10

Portland

93.9

Avg

West Coast

104.0

 

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November 3, 2019

PiRate College Football Ratings: November 3, 2019

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This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Tuesday

November 5

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Toledo

Kent St.

2.8

3.2

3.2

Western Michigan

Ball St.

10.9

10.5

10.8

 

 

Wednesday

November 6

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Ohio U

Miami (O)

7.4

7.8

7.5

 

 

Thursday

November 7

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Coastal Carolina

Louisiana

-11.7

-10.7

-12.1

South Florida

Temple

-3.9

-1.8

-4.3

 

 

Friday

November 8

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Oregon St.

Washington

-11.6

-10.2

-12.9

Tulsa

Central Florida

-18.6

-17.1

-18.3

 

 

Saturday

November 9

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Alabama

LSU

9.2

8.4

9.9

Arizona St.

USC

2.9

1.8

3.1

Arkansas

Western Kentucky

5.8

5.1

3.9

Army

Massachusetts

38.5

36.9

39.1

Boise St.

Wyoming

9.9

7.7

9.6

Boston College

Florida St.

2.6

2.4

3.0

BYU

Liberty

17.2

15.9

17.4

California

Washington St.

-7.1

-6.7

-7.3

Cincinnati

Connecticut

38.8

34.5

40.2

Colorado

Stanford

-5.5

-5.1

-5.6

Duke

Notre Dame

-7.7

-6.5

-7.3

Florida

Vanderbilt

28.5

26.9

29.3

Florida Atlantic

Florida Int’l.

9.4

9.5

10.9

Fresno St.

Utah St.

-1.0

0.9

-1.2

Georgia

Missouri

18.1

18.6

18.6

Hawaii

San Jose St.

12.0

11.5

11.1

Kentucky

Tennessee

2.2

1.0

2.0

Louisiana Tech

North Texas

6.4

7.1

6.2

Miami (Fla.)

Louisville

10.7

10.4

11.8

Michigan St.

Illinois

14.0

12.1

13.9

Minnesota

Penn St.

-3.9

-3.1

-4.5

New Mexico

Air Force

-21.4

-20.3

-23.4

North Carolina St.

Clemson

-35.7

-33.8

-36.9

Northwestern

Purdue

1.5

0.5

0.7

Ohio St.

Maryland

42.4

42.6

44.9

Oklahoma

Iowa St.

11.8

10.3

11.2

Old Dominion

UTSA

0.7

-1.1

0.9

Ole Miss

New Mexico St.

33.0

30.0

32.9

San Diego St.

Nevada

14.7

14.9

15.2

SMU

East Carolina

26.3

24.6

27.0

South Carolina

Appalachian St.

8.1

7.4

8.1

Southern Miss.

UAB

7.0

4.0

6.5

TCU

Baylor

-4.1

-1.7

-3.2

Texas

Kansas St.

0.7

1.0

0.6

Texas St.

South Alabama

9.8

7.8

9.8

Troy

Georgia Southern

-2.9

-2.1

-3.5

UL-Monroe

Georgia St.

-4.1

-5.0

-4.3

UTEP

Charlotte

-15.1

-11.5

-14.9

Virginia

Georgia Tech

15.8

17.6

15.9

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

-1.5

-1.0

-1.5

West Virginia

Texas Tech

1.2

0.7

1.6

Wisconsin

Iowa

4.3

5.7

4.3

 

Special Game–150th Anniversary of College Football

Dartmouth and Princeton will play Saturday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx at 3:30 PM EST.  The game is available on ESPNU, and both teams sport perfect 7-0 records in the FCS Division.  It will mark the 150th anniversary of college football.  Princeton (known then as the College of New Jersey until 1896) and Rutgers met for the first college game in November 6, 1869, and Rutgers won that game 6 goals to 4.

This might be the most important Ivy League game since 8-0-0 Harvard and 8-0-0 Yale battled to an unbelievable 29-29 tie to conclude the 1968 season.  Yale led 29-13 with less than a minute to play, and Harvard scored twice with successful two-point conversions to tie the game and claim part of the Ivy League Championship.

Dartmouth and Princeton have been the top two programs in recent Ivy League history.  Both teams have enjoyed some incredible seasons in the distant past as well.  The 1970 Darmouth team was the best in Ivy League history, as they won the Lambert Trophy for best overall team from the East and finished ranked in the top 20 in the nation after  finishing 9-0.  That Dartmouth team surrendered just 42 points all season, but they didn’t give up a point in their final four games.

Princeton was one of the final teams in major college football to use the old Single Wing offense.  The Tigers went 9-0 and won the Ivy League in 1964, but their 1950 and 1951 teams that went undefeated finished number six in the AP Poll, and star back Dick Kazmaier won the 1951 Heisman Trophy.

The Ivy League isn’t Division 1 any more, and the champion doesn’t even get to go to the FCS Playoffs, but this is still an incredible game worth watching if you have a second monitor to watch in addition to that other 3:30 PM game in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The PiRate Ratings do not rate FCS teams the same way as we rate FBS teams.  We can estimate a power rating based on a former PiRate Formula, which we used from 1980 to 1996.

The estimate for this game is: 

Dartmouth 19

Princeton 16

 

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

Ohio St.

139.0

138.1

140.1

139.1

2

Clemson

135.3

133.0

136.3

134.9

3

Alabama

135.6

132.5

136.3

134.8

4

L S U

129.4

127.1

129.3

128.6

5

Georgia

126.7

124.8

126.7

126.1

6

Penn St.

124.9

124.1

125.2

124.8

7

Utah

123.7

122.6

124.5

123.6

8

Oklahoma

123.5

122.7

123.2

123.1

9

Michigan

123.0

121.6

123.3

122.6

10

Auburn

122.5

120.8

122.3

121.9

11

Oregon

121.2

121.3

122.5

121.7

12

Florida

122.8

119.9

122.3

121.6

13

Wisconsin

120.4

120.0

120.3

120.2

14

Iowa

119.1

117.3

119.0

118.4

15

Minnesota

118.1

117.9

117.8

117.9

16

Notre Dame

116.4

114.7

116.0

115.7

17

Texas A&M

116.2

114.6

115.1

115.3

18

Iowa St.

114.8

115.4

115.0

115.1

19

Washington

114.3

114.0

115.3

114.5

20

Central Florida

113.5

112.8

114.2

113.5

21

Baylor

113.5

113.5

112.8

113.3

22

Washington St.

113.0

112.2

113.5

112.9

23

Kansas St.

112.3

112.2

112.3

112.3

24

Michigan St.

112.7

111.8

112.2

112.2

25

Mississippi St.

110.8

107.5

114.7

111.0

26

South Carolina

111.7

110.0

111.1

110.9

27

Missouri

111.6

109.2

111.1

110.6

28

Indiana

110.6

109.6

110.3

110.2

29

Oklahoma St.

110.0

110.7

109.7

110.1

30

Texas

109.9

110.2

109.9

110.0

31

Tennessee

109.5

109.3

108.6

109.1

32

T C U

107.3

109.8

107.6

108.2

33

Kentucky

108.7

107.3

107.6

107.9

34

Virginia

107.7

107.8

107.9

107.8

35

U S C

107.3

107.8

107.6

107.6

36

Miami (Fla.)

107.2

106.8

108.3

107.4

37

Arizona St.

107.2

106.5

107.7

107.2

38

Cincinnati

107.0

106.0

107.4

106.8

39

Wake Forest

106.5

106.0

107.0

106.5

40

SMU

106.2

105.9

107.1

106.4

41

Memphis

105.9

105.9

106.7

106.2

42

Appalachian St.

106.6

105.6

106.0

106.1

43

Ole Miss

106.4

105.4

106.3

106.0

44

Boise St.

106.0

105.9

106.1

106.0

45

Pittsburgh

105.7

105.3

106.0

105.7

46

North Carolina

105.4

105.2

106.1

105.6

47

Duke

105.7

105.1

105.6

105.5

48

Air Force

103.7

105.0

104.5

104.4

49

Texas Tech

104.4

104.6

103.5

104.2

50

Stanford

104.0

103.3

103.7

103.7

51

Florida St.

103.6

103.5

103.6

103.6

52

Purdue

103.6

103.4

102.9

103.3

53

BYU

103.2

103.2

103.4

103.3

54

Boston College

103.2

102.9

103.6

103.2

55

Nebraska

103.1

103.6

102.3

103.0

56

California

102.8

102.4

103.3

102.8

57

West Virginia

102.7

102.3

102.1

102.3

58

Virginia Tech

102.0

102.0

102.5

102.2

59

Illinois

101.7

102.6

101.3

101.9

60

Northwestern

102.5

101.4

101.2

101.7

61

U C L A

101.7

101.6

101.5

101.6

62

Louisiana

101.3

101.6

101.4

101.4

63

Tulane

99.7

100.5

100.2

100.1

64

Oregon St.

99.8

100.8

99.5

100.0

65

Wyoming

99.0

101.2

99.6

99.9

66

Louisville

99.6

99.4

99.5

99.5

67

Navy

97.9

100.5

98.9

99.1

68

Utah St.

99.2

98.4

99.8

99.1

69

Maryland

99.6

98.5

98.2

98.8

70

Western Michigan

98.8

97.9

98.7

98.5

71

San Diego St.

97.9

99.6

97.7

98.4

72

Temple

98.3

97.5

99.1

98.3

73

Syracuse

98.5

97.7

97.8

98.0

74

Houston

97.0

97.9

99.1

98.0

75

Georgia Southern

96.9

96.7

96.4

96.7

76

Arizona

96.7

96.5

96.2

96.5

77

North Carolina St.

96.6

96.2

96.5

96.4

78

Vanderbilt

97.3

96.0

96.0

96.4

79

Florida Atlantic

95.6

95.5

96.9

96.0

80

Kansas

95.5

96.5

95.4

95.8

81

Fresno St.

95.2

96.2

95.6

95.7

82

Hawaii

95.2

96.6

94.3

95.4

83

Colorado

95.5

95.2

95.1

95.2

84

Georgia Tech

94.8

93.2

95.0

94.3

85

Ohio

94.4

93.5

94.9

94.3

86

Southern Miss.

94.6

93.3

94.8

94.2

87

Louisiana Tech

94.0

94.4

94.3

94.2

88

Army

94.1

94.2

93.4

93.9

89

Buffalo

92.9

93.6

94.4

93.6

90

Georgia St.

92.5

93.8

92.2

92.8

91

Tulsa

91.8

92.7

92.9

92.5

92

Arkansas

92.2

92.2

91.6

92.0

93

South Florida

91.4

92.6

91.8

91.9

94

Troy

91.6

92.1

90.5

91.4

95

Arkansas St.

91.3

91.6

91.2

91.4

96

Marshall

90.8

90.4

91.6

90.9

97

U A B

90.1

91.8

90.7

90.9

98

North Texas

90.6

90.2

91.1

90.6

99

Ball St.

90.4

89.9

90.4

90.2

100

Western Kentucky

89.4

90.2

90.8

90.1

101

Liberty

89.5

90.8

89.6

89.9

102

Middle Tennessee

89.8

89.0

89.9

89.6

103

Northern Illinois

89.5

88.7

89.6

89.3

104

Miami (Ohio)

89.5

88.2

89.9

89.2

105

Toledo

88.4

88.7

89.1

88.7

106

Central Michigan

88.2

88.8

89.1

88.7

107

Colorado St.

87.1

90.7

87.7

88.5

108

San Jose St.

87.7

89.5

87.7

88.3

109

Kent St.

87.6

87.4

87.9

87.6

110

Florida Int’l.

87.7

87.5

87.5

87.6

111

Coastal Carolina

87.2

88.4

86.8

87.5

112

Nevada

86.2

87.7

85.5

86.5

113

Charlotte

86.1

86.4

86.5

86.3

114

Louisiana-Monroe

85.8

86.4

85.4

85.9

115

Eastern Michigan

84.2

84.3

84.5

84.4

116

Rutgers

84.1

83.8

82.9

83.6

117

U N L V

83.1

84.7

82.7

83.5

118

East Carolina

82.9

84.3

83.1

83.4

119

Texas St.

81.8

82.3

81.0

81.7

120

New Mexico

79.8

82.2

78.5

80.2

121

Rice

79.5

80.4

78.7

79.6

122

New Mexico St.

76.4

78.5

76.4

77.1

123

Texas-San Antonio

75.6

77.7

75.5

76.2

124

South Alabama

74.5

77.0

73.7

75.1

125

Bowling Green

74.1

73.9

74.1

74.1

126

Old Dominion

73.8

74.0

73.9

73.9

127

Connecticut

71.2

74.5

70.2

72.0

128

U T E P

68.5

72.5

69.1

70.0

129

Akron

66.9

66.7

65.6

66.4

130

Massachusetts

58.6

60.3

57.3

58.7

 

PiRate Ratings For Conference

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

113.5

112.8

114.2

113.5

4-1

7-2

Cincinnati

107.0

106.0

107.4

106.8

4-0

7-1

Temple

98.3

97.5

99.1

98.3

2-2

5-3

South Florida

91.4

92.6

91.8

91.9

2-2

4-4

East Carolina

82.9

84.3

83.1

83.4

0-5

3-6

Connecticut

71.2

74.5

70.2

72.0

0-5

2-7

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

SMU

106.2

105.9

107.1

106.4

4-1

8-1

Memphis

105.9

105.9

106.7

106.2

4-1

8-1

Tulane

99.7

100.5

100.2

100.1

3-2

6-3

Navy

97.9

100.5

98.9

99.1

5-1

7-1

Houston

97.0

97.9

99.1

98.0

1-4

3-6

Tulsa

91.8

92.7

92.9

92.5

0-5

2-7

AAC Averages

96.9

97.6

97.6

97.3

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

135.3

133.0

136.3

134.9

6-0

9-0

Wake Forest

106.5

106.0

107.0

106.5

3-1

7-1

Florida St.

103.6

103.5

103.6

103.6

3-4

4-5

Boston College

103.2

102.9

103.6

103.2

3-3

5-4

Louisville

99.6

99.4

99.5

99.5

3-2

5-3

Syracuse

98.5

97.7

97.8

98.0

0-5

3-6

North Carolina St.

96.6

96.2

96.5

96.4

1-3

4-4

 

 

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Virginia

107.7

107.8

107.9

107.8

4-2

6-3

Miami (Fla.)

107.2

106.8

108.3

107.4

3-3

5-4

Pittsburgh

105.7

105.3

106.0

105.7

3-2

6-3

North Carolina

105.4

105.2

106.1

105.6

3-3

4-5

Duke

105.7

105.1

105.6

105.5

2-3

4-4

Virginia Tech

102.0

102.0

102.5

102.2

3-2

5-3

Georgia Tech

94.8

93.2

95.0

94.3

1-4

2-6

ACC Averages

105.1

104.6

105.4

105.0

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

123.5

122.7

123.2

123.1

4-1

7-1

Iowa St.

114.8

115.4

115.0

115.1

3-2

5-3

Baylor

113.5

113.5

112.8

113.3

5-0

8-0

Kansas St.

112.3

112.2

112.3

112.3

3-2

6-2

Oklahoma St.

110.0

110.7

109.7

110.1

3-3

6-3

Texas

109.9

110.2

109.9

110.0

3-2

5-3

T C U

107.3

109.8

107.6

108.2

2-3

4-4

Texas Tech

104.4

104.6

103.5

104.2

1-4

3-5

West Virginia

102.7

102.3

102.1

102.3

1-4

3-5

Kansas

95.5

96.5

95.4

95.8

1-5

3-6

Big 12 Averages

109.4

109.8

109.1

109.4

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

139.0

138.1

140.1

139.1

5-0

8-0

Penn St.

124.9

124.1

125.2

124.8

5-0

8-0

Michigan

123.0

121.6

123.3

122.6

4-2

7-2

Michigan St.

112.7

111.8

112.2

112.2

2-3

4-4

Indiana

110.6

109.6

110.3

110.2

4-2

7-2

Maryland

99.6

98.5

98.2

98.8

1-5

3-6

Rutgers

84.1

83.8

82.9

83.6

0-6

2-7

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

120.4

120.0

120.3

120.2

3-2

6-2

Iowa

119.1

117.3

119.0

118.4

3-2

6-2

Minnesota

118.1

117.9

117.8

117.9

5-0

8-0

Purdue

103.6

103.4

102.9

103.3

2-4

3-6

Nebraska

103.1

103.6

102.3

103.0

2-4

4-5

Illinois

101.7

102.6

101.3

101.9

3-3

5-4

Northwestern

102.5

101.4

101.2

101.7

0-6

1-7

Big Ten Averages

111.6

111.0

111.2

111.3

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

95.6

95.5

96.9

96.0

4-1

6-3

Marshall

90.8

90.4

91.6

90.9

4-1

6-3

Western Kentucky

89.4

90.2

90.8

90.1

4-2

5-4

Middle Tennessee

89.8

89.0

89.9

89.6

2-3

3-6

Florida Int’l.

87.7

87.5

87.5

87.6

3-3

5-4

Charlotte

86.1

86.4

86.5

86.3

2-3

4-5

Old Dominion

73.8

74.0

73.9

73.9

0-5

1-8

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Southern Miss.

94.6

93.3

94.8

94.2

3-1

5-3

Louisiana Tech

94.0

94.4

94.3

94.2

4-0

7-1

U A B

90.1

91.8

90.7

90.9

3-1

6-2

North Texas

90.6

90.2

91.1

90.6

3-2

4-5

Rice

79.5

80.4

78.7

79.6

0-5

0-9

Texas-San Antonio

75.6

77.7

75.5

76.2

2-2

3-5

U T E P

68.5

72.5

69.1

70.0

0-5

1-7

CUSA Averages

86.1

86.7

86.5

86.4

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

116.4

114.7

116.0

115.7

x

6-2

BYU

103.2

103.2

103.4

103.3

x

4-4

Army

94.1

94.2

93.4

93.9

x

3-6

Liberty

89.5

90.8

89.6

89.9

x

6-3

New Mexico St.

76.4

78.5

76.4

77.1

x

0-8

Massachusetts

58.6

60.3

57.3

58.7

x

1-8

Indep. Averages

89.7

90.3

89.3

89.8

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

94.4

93.5

94.9

94.3

3-1

4-4

Buffalo

92.9

93.6

94.4

93.6

3-2

5-4

Miami (Ohio)

89.5

88.2

89.9

89.2

3-1

4-4

Kent St.

87.6

87.4

87.9

87.6

2-2

3-5

Bowling Green

74.1

73.9

74.1

74.1

2-3

3-6

Akron

66.9

66.7

65.6

66.4

0-5

0-9

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

98.8

97.9

98.7

98.5

3-2

5-4

Ball St.

90.4

89.9

90.4

90.2

3-1

4-4

Northern Illinois

89.5

88.7

89.6

89.3

2-3

3-6

Toledo

88.4

88.7

89.1

88.7

2-2

5-3

Central Michigan

88.2

88.8

89.1

88.7

4-2

6-4

Eastern Michigan

84.2

84.3

84.5

84.4

1-4

4-5

MAC Averages

87.1

86.8

87.4

87.1

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Boise St.

106.0

105.9

106.1

106.0

4-0

7-1

Air Force

103.7

105.0

104.5

104.4

4-1

7-2

Wyoming

99.0

101.2

99.6

99.9

3-1

6-2

Utah St.

99.2

98.4

99.8

99.1

3-1

4-4

Colorado St.

87.1

90.7

87.7

88.5

3-2

4-5

New Mexico

79.8

82.2

78.5

80.2

0-5

2-7

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

San Diego St.

97.9

99.6

97.7

98.4

4-1

7-1

Fresno St.

95.2

96.2

95.6

95.7

2-2

4-4

Hawaii

95.2

96.6

94.3

95.4

2-3

5-4

San Jose St.

87.7

89.5

87.7

88.3

1-4

4-5

Nevada

86.2

87.7

85.5

86.5

2-3

5-4

U N L V

83.1

84.7

82.7

83.5

1-5

2-7

MWC Averages

93.3

94.8

93.3

93.8

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

121.2

121.3

122.5

121.7

6-0

8-1

Washington

114.3

114.0

115.3

114.5

2-4

5-4

Washington St.

113.0

112.2

113.5

112.9

1-4

4-4

Stanford

104.0

103.3

103.7

103.7

3-3

4-4

California

102.8

102.4

103.3

102.8

1-4

4-4

Oregon St.

99.8

100.8

99.5

100.0

3-2

4-4

 

 

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

123.7

122.6

124.5

123.6

5-1

8-1

U S C

107.3

107.8

107.6

107.6

4-2

5-4

Arizona St.

107.2

106.5

107.7

107.2

2-3

5-3

U C L A

101.7

101.6

101.5

101.6

4-2

4-5

Arizona

96.7

96.5

96.2

96.5

2-4

4-5

Colorado

95.5

95.2

95.1

95.2

1-5

3-6

Pac-12 Averages

107.3

107.0

107.5

107.3

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

126.7

124.8

126.7

126.1

4-1

7-1

Florida

122.8

119.9

122.3

121.6

5-2

7-2

South Carolina

111.7

110.0

111.1

110.9

3-4

4-5

Missouri

111.6

109.2

111.1

110.6

2-2

5-3

Tennessee

109.5

109.3

108.6

109.1

2-3

4-5

Kentucky

108.7

107.3

107.6

107.9

2-4

4-4

Vanderbilt

97.3

96.0

96.0

96.4

1-4

2-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Alabama

135.6

132.5

136.3

134.8

5-0

8-0

L S U

129.4

127.1

129.3

128.6

4-0

8-0

Auburn

122.5

120.8

122.3

121.9

4-2

7-2

Texas A&M

116.2

114.6

115.1

115.3

3-2

6-3

Mississippi St.

110.8

107.5

114.7

111.0

2-4

4-5

Ole Miss

106.4

105.4

106.3

106.0

2-4

3-6

Arkansas

92.2

92.2

91.6

92.0

0-6

2-7

SEC Averages

114.4

112.6

114.2

113.7

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

106.6

105.6

106.0

106.1

4-1

7-1

Georgia Southern

96.9

96.7

96.4

96.7

3-1

5-3

Georgia St.

92.5

93.8

92.2

92.8

3-1

6-2

Troy

91.6

92.1

90.5

91.4

1-3

3-5

Coastal Carolina

87.2

88.4

86.8

87.5

1-3

4-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

101.3

101.6

101.4

101.4

3-1

6-2

Arkansas St.

91.3

91.6

91.2

91.4

3-2

5-4

Louisiana-Monroe

85.8

86.4

85.4

85.9

2-2

3-5

Texas St.

81.8

82.3

81.0

81.7

1-3

2-6

South Alabama

74.5

77.0

73.7

75.1

0-4

1-7

SBC Averages

91.0

91.6

90.5

91.0

 

Rating The Conferences

#

League

Average

1

Southeastern

113.7

2

Big Ten

111.3

3

Big 12

109.4

4

Pac-12

107.3

5

Atlantic Coast

105.0

6

American

97.3

7

Mountain West

93.8

8

Sun Belt

91.0

9

Independents

89.8

10

Mid-American

87.1

11

Conference USA

86.4

 

PiRate Rating Guess On Initial Top 4

Prediction on Selection Committee Choices on Tuesday

1

LSU

2

Ohio St.

3

Alabama

4

Penn St.

 

 

Top 5 Group of 5

1

Memphis

2

Cincinnati

3

Boise St.

4

Navy

5

SMU

Playoffs and Bowl Projections

 

Bowl

Conf

Conf

Team

Team

Bahamas

MAC

CUSA

Buffalo

Marshall

Frisco

AAC

At-large

SMU

[Boise St.]

Cure

AAC

SBC

[Liberty]

Arkansas St.

New Mexico

CUSA

MWC

UAB

Hawaii

Boca Raton

AAC

MAC

Tulane

Ohio

Camellia

MAC

SBC

Central Michigan

Georgia St.

Las Vegas

MWC #1

Pac-12

San Diego St.

Oregon St.

New Orleans

CUSA

SBC #1

Louisiana Tech

Louisiana

Gasparilla

AAC

CUSA

Cincinnati

Florida Atlantic

Hawaii

BYU/MWC

AAC

BYU

Navy

Independence

ACC

SEC

Miami (Fla.)

[Southern Miss.]

Quick Lane

ACC

Big Ten

North Carolina

Michigan St.

Military

ACC

AAC

Boston College

Temple

Pinstripe

ACC

Big Ten

Virginia

Michigan

Texas

Big 12

SEC

Texas

Texas A&M

Holiday

Pac-12

Big Ten

USC

Iowa

Cheez-It

Big 12

Pac-12

Iowa St.

Arizona St.

Camping World

ACC

Big 12

Notre Dame

Oklahoma St.

Cotton

At-large

At-large

Memphis

Baylor

First Responder

CUSA

Big 12

Western Kentucky

[Fresno St.]

Redbox

Pac-12

Big Ten

Washington

Illinois

Music City

SEC

ACC

[Ball St.]

Pittsburgh

Orange

ACC

BTen/SEC

Wake Forest

Florida

Belk

ACC

SEC

Virginia Tech

Mississippi St.

Sun

ACC

Pac-12

Louisville

Washington St.

Liberty

Big 12

SEC

TCU

[Stanford]

Arizona

SBC

MWC

Appalachian St.

Air Force

Alamo

Big 12

Pac-12

Kansas St.

Utah

Citrus

SEC

BTen/ACC

Auburn

Wisconsin

Outback

Big Ten

SEC

Penn St.

Tennessee

Rose

Big Ten

Pac-12

Minnesota

Oregon

Sugar

Big 12

SEC

Oklahoma

Georgia

Birmingham

AAC

SEC

Central Florida

[Duke]

Taxslayer/Gator

SEC

Big Ten

Kentucky

Indiana

Idaho Potato

MAC

MWC

Toledo

Utah St.

Armed Forces

Big Ten

MWC

Nebraska

Wyoming

Dollar General

MAC

SBC

Western Michigan

Georgia Southern

 

 

FBS PLAYOFFS

Fiesta

Top 4

Top 4

Ohio St.

Clemson

Peach

Top 4

Top 4

Alabama

LSU

 

 

Championship

Fiesta

Peach

Ohio St.

Alabama

 

 

Teams in [Brackets] are at-large selections

 

 

This Is The Weekend

We don’t really need to say anything.  If you are reading this publication, you already know how incredible this weekend will be in college football.  On a typical November 9 in prior years, the incredible Princeton-Dartmouth game at Yankee Stadium might be the marquee game of the weekend.  Unfortunately, it starts at the same time as the biggie at Bryant-Denny.  Let’s take a brief look at the games that may make you want to stay home on Saturday, throw some logs on the fireplace, enjoy your favorite snacks and beverages, and watch two to three games at the same time.

 

12 Noon EST

 

 

Penn St. (8-0) at Minnesota (8-0)–ABC

The winner stays in the hunt for a Playoff spot, while the loser probably falls out of the Rose Bowl race.  Minnesota hasn’t played in a November game that had this type of importance since they played at Purdue in November of 1967 with a Rose Bowl bid on the line.  Purdue clobbered the Gophers that day, and even though Minnesota beat undefeated Indiana the following week, when the season ended in a three-way tie for first, Indiana received the Rose Bowl bid because Minnesota and Purdue had been in the Rose Bowl more recently (It was the Hoosiers’ only Rose Bowl invitation).

Penn State has been in the Rose Bowl more recently, but the Nittany Lions would consider a trip to Pasadena this year to be a failure.  James Franklin has his team in line for the Playoffs if they could upset Ohio State on the November 23 and then win the Big Ten Championship.  Of course, the same holds true for the Gophers.  Wins over Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and then Ohio State would definitely put Minnesota in the Playoffs.  Consider this game the equivalent of a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

 

Baylor (8-0) at TCU (4-4)–FS1

This is a 100% definite trap game for the undefeated Bears.  Baylor hosts Oklahoma on November 16, and no matter how hard Coach Matt Rhule tries to convince his squad that TCU is good enough to beat them, the players are already counting down the days until the Sooners come to Waco.

TCU is on the verge of having to worry about where two more victories will come, so bowl eligibility is not yet a given in Forth Worth.  The Horned Frogs have to win two of their final four and have games at Texas Tech and Oklahoma, as well as a home finale with West Virginia.  They will be underdogs in three of their final four and must upset somebody to get to a bowl.

 

 

3:30 PM EST

 

LSU (8-0) at Alabama (8-0)–CBS

The knock against LSU in recent years was that the Tigers were too conservative on the offensive attack, and defense and running couldn’t beat Alabama and other behemoths.  This year, LSU’s offense can light it up against anybody, including Alabama’s defense.

The rub is that with the increased offensive efficiency and quick scoring passing attack, the Tigers’ defense has been forced to play up to 20 additional snaps per game, and opponents are finding ways to move the ball on the former tough defense.

All that’s changed is that LSU wins games 42-27 instead of 27-12.  A 15-point victory is a 15-point victory.  In the SEC, talent at each of the two-deep offenses and defenses just mean more than whether a team can pass the ball for 300 yards and score 30 points or hold the opponents to 250 total yards and 14 points.

Alabama still has the superior overall talent in the two-deeps on both sides of the ball.  In the past, Alabama might have won this game 24-14.  We believe they will continue to dominate this series and win it 45-35.  A 10-point superior team is still 10 points better than the other team.

 

Dartmouth (7-0) vs. Princeton (7-0) @ Yankee Stadium in the Bronx–ESPNU

This is the 150th Anniversary of College Football, so it is worth tuning in to watch when and if the big game is not as exciting.  It isn’t the original Yankee Stadium, but Yankee Stadium has been the site of many great college football games including the incredible Army-Notre Dame game of 1946, which ended 0-0.

 

Kansas St. (6-2) at Texas (5-3)–ESPN

Both teams are 3-2 in the Big 12, and they are still mathematically in the race for the number two spot in the Conference Championship Game.  Kansas State holds the tiebreaker over Oklahoma, so if the Wildcats can win out, and Oklahoma loses to Baylor or Oklahoma State, the Wildcats will play for a chance to go to the Sugar Bowl.

This has been a down year for Texas, and the Longhorns could be falling far enough to be placed in a bowl game in Houston against those Aggies.  The Texas Bowl would love that, but the Longhorns wouldn’t.

 

Illinois (5-4) at Michigan St. (4-4)–FS1

Why do we consider this game so important?  Illinois was given up for dead in early October, as the Illini appeared to be headed to a 6th or 7th place finish in the Big Ten West, and Coach Lovie Smith was probably on the way out.  Illinois had defeated Akron and Connecticut, two of the bottom 10 teams in the nation, and they had lost to Eastern Michigan.  At 2-4, Illinois then upset Wisconsin and followed that up with an impressive win at Purdue and a four-touchdown trouncing of Rutgers.  The Illini need one more victory to go bowling.  They are likely to get it against Northwestern to close out the season, but if Illinois can win at Michigan State, they will move up a couple of places in the bowl pecking order.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is going to have to learn how to change or else he could be on his way toward retirement.  Dantonio is one of the lone holdovers to horse and buggy football.  Michigan State plays like it is still 1975, and the team that rushes for 200 yards and holds the other to less than 100 yards is going to win with relative ease.  That’s not how teams win these days.  If Sparty loses this game, there is a better than 50-50 chance that they will not get six wins or go to a bowl.  Even if they win this game, they may only be able to garner the lowly Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.

 

Louisville (5-3) at Miami (Fla.) (5-4)–FS1

Louisville coach Scott Satterfield should receive some votes for ACC Coach of the Year, as the Cardinals were picked to finish last in the Atlantic Division, and they are most likely going to be bowl eligible.

Miami still has a small chance to win the Coastal Division, but a lot of things have to happen to make that a reality.  First and foremost is that the Hurricanes win their last three games.

The winner of this game becomes bowl eligible, and you should get the best from both teams, which will make this exciting enough to put an auxiliary monitor on this game.

 

4:00 PM EST

 

 

Iowa (6-2) at Wisconsin (6-2)–Fox

Minnesota has not clinched the West Division in the Big Ten, so the winner of this game remains in contention for the flag, since both must still play the Gophers.  If Penn State wins the 12:00 game, then whoever wins this one will get a chance to play Minnesota for first place later in November.

Expect a hard-fought, defensive struggle in this one, and the weather is expected to be cold and windy.  If you like the old blood and guts games of the 1950’s (yes, we know we have some gray-haired readers), then this is the game for you.  It could be one of those 12-10 games.

 

 

7:30 PM EST

 

 

Tennessee (4-5) at Kentucky (4-4)–SEC Network

How about a career saving resurrection?  Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was one step out the door in Knoxville a month ago.  At 1-4 with losses at home to Georgia State and BYU, the Vols looked like a potentially 2-10 or possible 1-11 team.

Tennessee was reborn after a blowout loss to Georgia.  Wins over Mississippi State, South Carolina, and UAB, and a loss to Alabama that was still in doubt into the fourth quarter has the Vols on the verge of becoming bowl eligible.

Kentucky began the season strong enough to contend for a New Year’s 6 Bowl.  Losing quarterback Terry Wilson probably cost the Wildcats two, possibly three wins to date, and Kentucky’s defense is not strong enough to hold Tennessee below 20 points in Lexington.  Can the Wildcats find some offense that they have not been able to find without Wilson under center?  A loss here will put the K-Cats under .500, but with Vanderbilt and UT-Martin following this game, the blue and white can still get to 6-6.

 

8:00 PM EST

 

 

Iowa State (5-3) at Oklahoma (7-1)–Fox

The last time Iowa State came to Norman, the Cyclones pulled off a major upset.  If they want to make the Big 12 Championship Game, they will have to do it again.  Of course, Oklahoma is coming off a bye week following their upset loss to Kansas State, so the Sooners are likely to play their best game of the season.

The question is, can Oklahoma’s defense stop Iowa State’s offense, and can the Sooners score at least 38 points in this game?

There’s another little issue in this game.  Oklahoma has a date at Baylor next week.  Even coming off a loss and a bye week, some of the Sooners may have a hard time thinking about Iowa State with the undefeated Bears coming up next week.  This should be an exciting game, especially under the lights at Owen Field.

 

 

10:15 PM EST

 

 

Wyoming (6-2) at Boise St. (7-1)–ESPN

Boise State has been a bit off in October and November.  The Broncos are not likely to earn the Group of 5 bid to a NY6 bowl, and they are now playing for their lives in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West.

Wyoming is a no-nonsense hard-hitting team that can wear teams down in the second half.  The Cowboys have enough talent to go to the Field of Blue and move into first place in the division.  If you are a night owl and stay up late on Saturday night watching games from the Rockies and West Coast, this is definitely one you should plan to watch.  Wyoming is coming into this game looking like they are sitting on their best production in the next few weeks.  We have this sneaky suspicion that the Cowboys will be in the lead in the fourth quarter in this game.

 

 

10:30 PM EST

 

 

Nevada (5-4) at San Diego St. (7-1)–ESPN2

San Diego State is in first place in the West Division of the Mountain West, but the Aztecs must play Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii in successive weeks, so even though Nevada is just 2-3 in conference play, the Wolf Pack are still alive in the division race.  This should be a relatively close game, and it could be decided on a late turnover or big play.  If you can stay up until 1:45 on the East Coast, you may be rewarded with some excitement to end your college football fix.

October 27, 2019

PiRate College Football Ratings: October 28, 2019

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This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Thursday

October 31

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Appalachian St.

Georgia Southern

16.9

16.3

17.3

Baylor

West Virginia

14.9

15.7

15.4

 

 

Friday

November 1

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Connecticut

Navy

-20.7

-19.8

-22.6

 

 

Saturday

November 2

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Wake Forest

North Carolina St.

6.2

5.9

6.4

Massachusetts

Liberty

-24.7

-23.9

-26.1

Florida Int’l.

Old Dominion

17.4

16.9

17.3

Coastal Carolina

Troy

-2.6

-2.1

-2.3

Georgia Tech

Pittsburgh

-7.6

-9.1

-7.4

Purdue

Nebraska

3.5

2.6

3.7

Central Florida

Houston

19.9

18.3

18.7

Maryland

Michigan

-17.1

-16.4

-18.7

Indiana

Northwestern

7.1

7.1

8.0

Bowling Green

Akron

5.9

5.7

7.0

Illinois

Rutgers

19.3

20.6

19.8

East Carolina

Cincinnati

-24.6

-21.8

-25.2

Syracuse

Boston College

6.6

6.3

5.7

Eastern Michigan

Buffalo

-0.6

-1.1

-1.5

North Carolina

Virginia

1.8

1.6

2.8

Utah St.

BYU

4.4

3.6

5.2

Notre Dame

Virginia Tech

19.2

17.4

18.5

USC

Oregon

-5.7

-5.2

-6.6

UCLA

Colorado

7.9

7.8

7.6

Kansas

Kansas St.

-12.0

-10.9

-11.7

Louisiana

Texas St.

22.1

21.5

22.6

South Carolina

Vanderbilt

17.4

16.9

18.1

Central Michigan

Northern Illinois

-7.2

-5.5

-6.5

Rice

Marshall

-8.4

-6.7

-10.0

Colorado St.

UNLV

4.3

6.5

5.1

Memphis

SMU

2.0

2.1

1.3

Texas A&M

UTSA

44.8

40.6

43.9

Air Force

Army

13.5

14.9

15.5

Arizona

Oregon St.

4.3

3.1

4.6

Tennessee

UAB

22.4

20.0

20.2

Auburn

Ole Miss

21.3

20.4

21.5

Florida (n)

Georgia

-3.5

-4.5

-3.8

Oklahoma St.

TCU

5.7

3.5

4.7

North Texas

UTEP

24.4

19.5

23.9

Tulane

Tulsa

10.9

10.8

10.1

Arkansas

Mississippi St.

-11.2

-7.3

-15.8

Charlotte

Middle Tennessee

-5.2

-4.0

-5.2

Western Kentucky

Florida Atlantic

-1.5

-0.3

-0.8

UL-Monroe

Arkansas St.

-2.6

-2.1

-2.4

Florida St.

Miami (Fla.)

2.1

2.9

1.5

Nevada

New Mexico

8.7

7.4

8.8

Washington

Utah

-6.3

-5.7

-6.2

San Jose St.

Boise St.

-16.1

-13.8

-16.7

Hawaii

Fresno St.

5.4

6.0

4.3

 

 

FBS vs.

FCS

Clemson

Wofford

48

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

Ohio St.

138.7

137.8

139.8

138.8

2

Clemson

135.0

132.7

136.0

134.6

3

Alabama

135.3

132.2

136.0

134.5

4

L S U

129.1

126.8

129.0

128.3

5

Georgia

126.5

124.6

126.4

125.8

6

Penn St.

124.6

123.8

124.9

124.5

7

Utah

123.7

122.6

124.5

123.6

8

Auburn

123.7

122.0

123.7

123.1

9

Oklahoma

123.2

122.4

122.9

122.8

10

Florida

123.0

120.1

122.6

121.9

11

Michigan

121.5

119.9

121.8

121.1

12

Wisconsin

120.1

119.7

120.0

119.9

13

Oregon

118.4

118.4

119.6

118.8

14

Iowa

118.8

117.0

118.7

118.1

15

Minnesota

117.8

117.6

117.5

117.6

16

Notre Dame

117.6

115.8

117.3

116.9

17

Texas A&M

117.4

115.6

116.4

116.5

18

Iowa St.

114.5

115.1

114.7

114.8

19

Washington

114.3

114.0

115.3

114.5

20

Baylor

114.3

114.5

113.9

114.2

21

Central Florida

113.7

113.0

114.5

113.7

22

Washington St.

112.7

111.9

113.2

112.6

23

Michigan St.

112.4

111.5

111.9

111.9

24

South Carolina

111.7

110.0

111.1

110.9

25

Missouri

111.3

108.9

110.8

110.3

26

Kansas St.

110.4

110.3

110.2

110.3

27

Oklahoma St.

110.0

110.5

109.5

110.0

28

U S C

109.6

110.2

110.0

110.0

29

Texas

109.6

109.9

109.6

109.7

30

Mississippi St.

109.1

105.5

113.1

109.2

31

Tennessee

109.5

109.1

108.3

109.0

32

Cincinnati

108.6

107.4

109.2

108.4

33

T C U

107.3

110.0

107.8

108.4

34

Indiana

108.8

107.7

108.4

108.3

35

Appalachian St.

108.7

107.8

108.4

108.3

36

Kentucky

108.4

107.0

107.3

107.6

37

Virginia

107.2

107.2

107.1

107.2

38

SMU

106.7

106.5

107.9

107.0

39

Arizona St.

106.9

106.2

107.4

106.9

40

Boise St.

106.4

106.1

106.7

106.4

41

North Carolina

105.9

105.8

106.9

106.2

42

Memphis

105.7

105.6

106.2

105.8

43

Florida St.

105.6

105.7

105.8

105.7

44

Miami (Fla.)

105.5

104.9

106.4

105.6

45

Pittsburgh

105.6

105.3

105.7

105.5

46

Duke

105.4

104.8

105.3

105.2

47

Air Force

104.3

105.7

105.4

105.1

48

Ole Miss

105.5

104.5

105.2

105.1

49

Northwestern

104.6

103.6

103.4

103.9

50

Texas Tech

104.1

104.3

103.2

103.9

51

Wake Forest

103.8

103.2

104.1

103.7

52

Stanford

103.7

103.0

103.4

103.4

53

Purdue

103.6

103.3

102.9

103.3

54

Nebraska

103.1

103.7

102.3

103.0

55

Syracuse

103.4

102.7

102.8

103.0

56

California

102.5

102.1

103.0

102.5

57

Utah St.

102.5

101.7

103.3

102.5

58

West Virginia

102.4

101.8

101.5

101.9

59

Virginia Tech

101.3

101.4

101.7

101.5

60

Illinois

101.2

102.1

100.6

101.3

61

Louisiana

101.1

101.2

101.0

101.1

62

U C L A

101.0

100.8

100.6

100.8

63

Maryland

101.4

100.5

100.0

100.6

64

Tulane

99.7

100.5

100.1

100.1

65

Boston College

99.8

99.4

100.1

99.8

66

Wyoming

98.7

100.9

99.3

99.6

67

BYU

99.6

99.6

99.6

99.6

68

North Carolina St.

99.6

99.3

99.7

99.5

69

Louisville

99.3

99.1

99.2

99.2

70

Arizona

98.9

98.7

98.6

98.7

71

Western Michigan

98.6

97.7

98.5

98.3

72

San Diego St.

97.6

99.3

97.4

98.1

73

Temple

98.0

97.2

98.8

98.0

74

Oregon St.

97.6

98.6

97.1

97.8

75

Houston

96.8

97.7

98.8

97.7

76

Kansas

96.9

97.9

97.0

97.3

77

Navy

95.9

98.4

96.8

97.1

78

Vanderbilt

97.3

96.0

96.0

96.4

79

Colorado

96.2

96.0

96.0

96.0

80

Hawaii

95.8

97.3

95.0

96.0

81

Fresno St.

94.9

95.8

95.2

95.3

82

Arkansas

94.9

95.2

94.2

94.8

83

Florida Atlantic

94.5

94.2

95.5

94.7

84

Georgia Tech

94.9

93.2

95.3

94.5

85

Georgia Southern

94.8

94.5

94.0

94.5

86

Ohio

94.2

93.3

94.7

94.1

87

Northern Illinois

94.3

93.4

94.5

94.1

88

Southern Miss.

94.4

93.1

94.6

94.0

89

Louisiana Tech

93.8

94.2

94.1

94.0

90

Army

93.8

93.8

92.8

93.5

91

Georgia St.

92.3

93.6

92.0

92.6

92

Tulsa

91.8

92.7

93.0

92.5

93

Troy

92.1

92.7

91.2

92.0

94

Middle Tennessee

91.9

91.1

92.2

91.7

95

South Florida

91.1

92.3

91.5

91.6

96

Western Kentucky

90.5

91.5

92.2

91.4

97

Buffalo

90.5

91.1

91.8

91.1

98

U A B

90.1

92.0

91.0

91.1

99

Arkansas St.

91.1

91.3

90.8

91.1

100

Marshall

90.6

90.0

91.4

90.7

101

North Texas

90.5

89.8

90.8

90.4

102

Ball St.

90.2

89.7

90.2

90.0

103

Miami (Ohio)

89.3

88.0

89.7

89.0

104

Toledo

88.2

88.5

88.9

88.5

105

Liberty

87.9

89.0

88.0

88.3

106

Florida Int’l.

88.3

88.1

88.3

88.2

107

San Jose St.

87.3

89.3

87.1

87.9

108

Eastern Michigan

87.3

87.5

87.8

87.6

109

Kent St.

87.4

87.2

87.7

87.4

110

Colorado St.

85.9

89.6

86.4

87.3

111

Coastal Carolina

87.0

88.1

86.4

87.2

112

Nevada

86.1

87.4

85.2

86.2

113

Louisiana-Monroe

86.0

86.7

85.8

86.2

114

Central Michigan

84.7

85.4

85.5

85.2

115

U N L V

84.6

86.1

84.3

85.0

116

Charlotte

84.3

84.6

84.5

84.5

117

Rutgers

84.9

84.6

83.9

84.5

118

Texas St.

82.0

82.7

81.4

82.0

119

East Carolina

81.0

82.6

81.0

81.5

120

New Mexico

79.9

82.5

78.8

80.4

121

Rice

79.7

80.8

78.9

79.8

122

New Mexico St.

76.2

78.3

76.2

76.9

123

Texas-San Antonio

74.7

77.0

74.5

75.4

124

South Alabama

74.3

76.8

73.5

74.9

125

Connecticut

73.2

76.6

72.3

74.0

126

Old Dominion

73.5

73.7

73.4

73.5

127

Bowling Green

72.7

72.4

72.6

72.6

128

U T E P

68.6

72.9

69.4

70.3

129

Akron

69.4

69.3

68.2

68.9

130

Massachusetts

60.7

62.6

59.4

60.9

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

113.7

113.0

114.5

113.7

3-1

6-2

Cincinnati

108.6

107.4

109.2

108.4

3-0

6-1

Temple

98.0

97.2

98.8

98.0

2-2

5-3

South Florida

91.1

92.3

91.5

91.6

2-2

4-4

East Carolina

81.0

82.6

81.0

81.5

0-4

3-5

Connecticut

73.2

76.6

72.3

74.0

0-4

2-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

SMU

106.7

106.5

107.9

107.0

4-0

8-0

Memphis

105.7

105.6

106.2

105.8

3-1

7-1

Tulane

99.7

100.5

100.1

100.1

2-2

5-3

Houston

96.8

97.7

98.8

97.7

1-3

3-5

Navy

95.9

98.4

96.8

97.1

4-1

6-1

Tulsa

91.8

92.7

93.0

92.5

0-4

2-6

AAC Averages

96.8

97.5

97.5

97.3

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

135.0

132.7

136.0

134.6

6-0

8-0

Florida St.

105.6

105.7

105.8

105.7

3-3

4-4

Wake Forest

103.8

103.2

104.1

103.7

2-1

6-1

Syracuse

103.4

102.7

102.8

103.0

0-4

3-5

Boston College

99.8

99.4

100.1

99.8

2-3

4-4

North Carolina St.

99.6

99.3

99.7

99.5

1-2

4-3

Louisville

99.3

99.1

99.2

99.2

3-2

5-3

 

 

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Virginia

107.2

107.2

107.1

107.2

3-2

5-3

North Carolina

105.9

105.8

106.9

106.2

3-2

4-4

Miami (Fla.)

105.5

104.9

106.4

105.6

2-3

4-4

Pittsburgh

105.6

105.3

105.7

105.5

2-2

5-3

Duke

105.4

104.8

105.3

105.2

2-3

4-4

Virginia Tech

101.3

101.4

101.7

101.5

3-2

5-2

Georgia Tech

94.9

93.2

95.3

94.5

1-3

2-5

ACC Averages

105.2

104.6

105.4

105.1

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

123.2

122.4

122.9

122.8

4-1

7-1

Iowa St.

114.5

115.1

114.7

114.8

3-2

5-3

Baylor

114.3

114.5

113.9

114.2

4-0

7-0

Kansas St.

110.4

110.3

110.2

110.3

2-2

5-2

Oklahoma St.

110.0

110.5

109.5

110.0

2-3

5-3

Texas

109.6

109.9

109.6

109.7

3-2

5-3

T C U

107.3

110.0

107.8

108.4

2-2

4-3

Texas Tech

104.1

104.3

103.2

103.9

1-4

3-5

West Virginia

102.4

101.8

101.5

101.9

1-3

3-4

Kansas

96.9

97.9

97.0

97.3

1-4

3-5

Big 12 Averages

109.3

109.7

109.0

109.3

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

138.7

137.8

139.8

138.8

5-0

8-0

Penn St.

124.6

123.8

124.9

124.5

5-0

8-0

Michigan

121.5

119.9

121.8

121.1

3-2

6-2

Michigan St.

112.4

111.5

111.9

111.9

2-3

4-4

Indiana

108.8

107.7

108.4

108.3

3-2

6-2

Maryland

101.4

100.5

100.0

100.6

1-4

3-5

Rutgers

84.9

84.6

83.9

84.5

0-5

2-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

120.1

119.7

120.0

119.9

3-2

6-2

Iowa

118.8

117.0

118.7

118.1

3-2

6-2

Minnesota

117.8

117.6

117.5

117.6

5-0

8-0

Northwestern

104.6

103.6

103.4

103.9

0-5

1-6

Purdue

103.6

103.3

102.9

103.3

1-4

2-6

Nebraska

103.1

103.7

102.3

103.0

2-3

4-4

Illinois

101.2

102.1

100.6

101.3

2-3

4-4

Big Ten Averages

111.5

110.9

111.1

111.2

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

94.5

94.2

95.5

94.7

3-1

5-3

Middle Tennessee

91.9

91.1

92.2

91.7

2-2

3-5

Western Kentucky

90.5

91.5

92.2

91.4

4-1

5-3

Marshall

90.6

90.0

91.4

90.7

3-1

5-3

Florida Int’l.

88.3

88.1

88.3

88.2

2-3

4-4

Charlotte

84.3

84.6

84.5

84.5

1-3

3-5

Old Dominion

73.5

73.7

73.4

73.5

0-4

1-7

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Southern Miss.

94.4

93.1

94.6

94.0

3-1

5-3

Louisiana Tech

93.8

94.2

94.1

94.0

4-0

7-1

U A B

90.1

92.0

91.0

91.1

3-1

6-1

North Texas

90.5

89.8

90.8

90.4

2-2

3-5

Rice

79.7

80.8

78.9

79.8

0-4

0-8

Texas-San Antonio

74.7

77.0

74.5

75.4

2-2

3-4

U T E P

68.6

72.9

69.4

70.3

0-4

1-6

CUSA Averages

86.1

86.7

86.5

86.4

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

117.6

115.8

117.3

116.9

x

5-2

BYU

99.6

99.6

99.6

99.6

x

3-4

Army

93.8

93.8

92.8

93.5

x

3-5

Liberty

87.9

89.0

88.0

88.3

x

5-3

New Mexico St.

76.2

78.3

76.2

76.9

x

0-8

Massachusetts

60.7

62.6

59.4

60.9

x

1-7

Indep. Averages

89.3

89.8

88.9

89.3

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

94.2

93.3

94.7

94.1

3-1

4-4

Buffalo

90.5

91.1

91.8

91.1

2-2

4-4

Miami (Ohio)

89.3

88.0

89.7

89.0

3-1

4-4

Kent St.

87.4

87.2

87.7

87.4

2-2

3-5

Bowling Green

72.7

72.4

72.6

72.6

1-3

2-6

Akron

69.4

69.3

68.2

68.9

0-4

0-8

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

98.6

97.7

98.5

98.3

3-2

5-4

Northern Illinois

94.3

93.4

94.5

94.1

2-2

3-5

Ball St.

90.2

89.7

90.2

90.0

3-1

4-4

Toledo

88.2

88.5

88.9

88.5

2-2

5-3

Eastern Michigan

87.3

87.5

87.8

87.6

1-3

4-4

Central Michigan

84.7

85.4

85.5

85.2

3-2

5-4

MAC Averages

87.2

87.0

87.5

87.2

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Boise St.

106.4

106.1

106.7

106.4

3-0

6-1

Air Force

104.3

105.7

105.4

105.1

4-1

6-2

Utah St.

102.5

101.7

103.3

102.5

3-1

4-3

Wyoming

98.7

100.9

99.3

99.6

3-1

6-2

Colorado St.

85.9

89.6

86.4

87.3

2-2

3-5

New Mexico

79.9

82.5

78.8

80.4

0-4

2-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

San Diego St.

97.6

99.3

97.4

98.1

4-1

7-1

Hawaii

95.8

97.3

95.0

96.0

2-2

5-3

Fresno St.

94.9

95.8

95.2

95.3

1-2

3-4

San Jose St.

87.3

89.3

87.1

87.9

1-3

4-4

Nevada

86.1

87.4

85.2

86.2

1-3

4-4

U N L V

84.6

86.1

84.3

85.0

1-4

2-6

MWC Averages

93.7

95.1

93.7

94.2

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

118.4

118.4

119.6

118.8

5-0

7-1

Washington

114.3

114.0

115.3

114.5

2-3

5-3

Washington St.

112.7

111.9

113.2

112.6

1-4

4-4

Stanford

103.7

103.0

103.4

103.4

3-3

4-4

California

102.5

102.1

103.0

102.5

1-4

4-4

Oregon St.

97.6

98.6

97.1

97.8

2-2

3-4

 

 

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

123.7

122.6

124.5

123.6

4-1

7-1

U S C

109.6

110.2

110.0

110.0

4-1

5-3

Arizona St.

106.9

106.2

107.4

106.9

2-3

5-3

U C L A

101.0

100.8

100.6

100.8

3-2

3-5

Arizona

98.9

98.7

98.6

98.7

2-3

4-4

Colorado

96.2

96.0

96.0

96.0

1-4

3-5

Pac-12 Averages

107.1

106.9

107.4

107.1

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

126.5

124.6

126.4

125.8

3-1

6-1

Florida

123.0

120.1

122.6

121.9

5-1

7-1

South Carolina

111.7

110.0

111.1

110.9

2-4

3-5

Missouri

111.3

108.9

110.8

110.3

2-2

5-3

Tennessee

109.5

109.1

108.3

109.0

2-3

3-5

Kentucky

108.4

107.0

107.3

107.6

2-4

4-4

Vanderbilt

97.3

96.0

96.0

96.4

1-3

2-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Alabama

135.3

132.2

136.0

134.5

5-0

8-0

L S U

129.1

126.8

129.0

128.3

4-0

8-0

Auburn

123.7

122.0

123.7

123.1

3-2

6-2

Texas A&M

117.4

115.6

116.4

116.5

3-2

5-3

Mississippi St.

109.1

105.5

113.1

109.2

1-4

3-5

Ole Miss

105.5

104.5

105.2

105.1

2-3

3-5

Arkansas

94.9

95.2

94.2

94.8

0-5

2-6

SEC Averages

114.5

112.7

114.3

113.8

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

108.7

107.8

108.4

108.3

4-0

7-0

Georgia Southern

94.8

94.5

94.0

94.5

2-1

4-3

Georgia St.

92.3

93.6

92.0

92.6

3-1

6-2

Troy

92.1

92.7

91.2

92.0

1-2

3-4

Coastal Carolina

87.0

88.1

86.4

87.2

0-3

3-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

101.1

101.2

101.0

101.1

2-1

5-2

Arkansas St.

91.1

91.3

90.8

91.1

2-2

4-4

Louisiana-Monroe

86.0

86.7

85.8

86.2

2-1

3-4

Texas St.

82.0

82.7

81.4

82.0

1-2

2-5

South Alabama

74.3

76.8

73.5

74.9

0-4

1-7

SBC Averages

90.9

91.5

90.5

91.0

 

Conference Power Ratings

#

League

Average

1

Southeastern

113.8

2

Big Ten

111.2

3

Big 12

109.3

4

Pac-12

107.1

5

Atlantic Coast

105.1

6

American

97.3

7

Mountain West

94.2

8

Sun Belt

91.0

9

Independents

89.3

10

Mid-American

87.2

11

Conference USA

86.4

 

Top 5 Group of 5

1

SMU

2

Appalachian St.

3

Cincinnati

4

Navy

5

Boise St.

 

This Week’s Look At Some Key Contenders Not Getting Enough Publicity

What a difference a strange weekend of football makes!  With Kansas State beating Oklahoma, and LSU taking care of business against Auburn, the playoff picture began to swing toward the SEC getting two teams into the Playoffs.  At the moment, the Big Ten still has three undefeated teams, so there is a chance that the Big Ten could get two teams into the Playoffs if the regular season ends with a 13-0 team and a 12-1 or 11-1 team.

Minnesota will get its chance to prove whether they truly are Golden Gophers or just pests digging a hole in the ground.  If  Minny can beat Penn State, and then the Gophers follow it up with wins at Iowa and at home against Wisconsin, then the least Minnesota could get for a postseason reward would be their first trip to the Rose Bowl since January of 1962.

Having closely watched and diagnosed every scrimmage play in Minnesota’s last two games, this team looks to be legitimate.  The Gophers have an excellent inside-outside running attack.  Their running backs hit the perimeter quickly with speed.  The Gophers can get yards between the tackles as well.  Of all the teams we have seen so far this year, Minnesota’s rushing attack is the most consistent among teams that do not use the option.

The Gopher passing attack is one of the best in the nation with Tanner Morgan just a fraction behind Ohio State’s Justin Fields in league passer efficiency.

The Gophers aren’t all offense.  The Minnesota defense is surrendering just 284 yards (13th best in the nation) and 20 points per game. But, the defense is on a roll.  After giving up 119 points in their first four games, UM has given up just 41 in the last four.

Penn State and Minnesota both have the week off to prepare for this big game.  Unfortunately, this is the same day as the Alabama-LSU game, so it will be second banana to the first of many “game of the years.”

 

Baylor is still undefeated, the final team from the Big 12 that can say that now that Oklahoma has fallen.  In order for Baylor to get to the playoffs, the Bears must run the table, and that means almost assuredly having to beat Oklahoma twice.  A split puts Baylor in either the Sugar Bowl or Cotton Bowl, if that it their only loss.

 

Out in the Pac-12, Utah and Oregon face key games this week.  Utah plays at Washington, while Oregon  plays at USC.  If both division leaders win, then they must be put in contention for a playoff spot if the Conference Championship Game winner is 12-1, while the runner-up is 11-2.

 

In the Group of 5 this week, SMU plays at Memphis, and the winner will be a co-leader with Cincinnati for the Cotton Bowl bid.  Appalachian State is still undefeated, but the Mountaineers will have to win out (including winning at South Carolina), while SMU will have to lose a game, before Appy has a chance to get to the Cotton Bowl. 

 

This Week’s Playoffs and Bowl Projections

American Athletic

SMU held on to a narrow road win against Houston, so the Mustangs are the current top Group of 5 team in line to play at home in the Cotton Bowl.  Memphis is still alive only by a fluke missed chip-shot field goal by Tulsa.  Cincinnati and Navy still have shots at that Cotton Bowl bid, while Central Florida is still around with two losses should a bunch of teams lose in November.

East Carolina, Houston, and South Florida still have minute chances to get bowl eligible, but our ratings are calling for all three to miss out.  Tulane needs one more win to become bowl eligible, and they must beat Tulsa this weekend, or the Green Wave could miss out.  Their final three games are tough.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 7

 

Atlantic Coast

Clemson should be able to coast home with a 13-0 record and Playoff bid.  The Tigers should win their final four regular season games by margins of 20 or more every week.  The Coastal Division will probably send a 5-3 team to the ACC Championship Game, and other than North Carolina looking for revenge, we don’t see any of the other contenders making the title game close.

Notre Dame caucuses with the ACC for bowl bids, and with no viable ACC team looking formidable, the Irish will most likely take the next bowl in the ACC pecking order.  This week, we are going with a Big Ten team in the Orange Bowl, so for now it looks like the Citrus Bowl for the number two team in this group.

Including Notre Dame, there is a good chance that the ACC will have 12 bowl eligible teams, meaning there will be room for two additional at-large bowl bids.  The ACC has secondary agreements with the Birmingham and Gasparilla Bowls.  The Birmingham Bowl will most definitely need an at-large team, so ACC #11 will get that bid.  The Gasparilla Bowl most likely will not need an at-large team, but that ACC #12 will still receive an at-large bid.  With the SEC obviously falling well short this year, that #12 ACC team could end up in Memphis in the Liberty Bowl.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 12 (includes Notre Dame)

 

Big 12

With Oklahoma losing, for now, we are keeping the Big 12 out of the Playoffs.  There is still a 20% chance that either Baylor or Oklahoma run the table to stay in contention at the end.  One team will have to sweep the other to pull it off.

TCU’s upset of Texas (wasn’t really an upset) puts the Horned Frogs back into position to become bowl eligible, while Texas Tech’s loss to Kansas knocks the Red Raiders out of contention for now.  We’re not ready to put Les Miles and his Jayhawks into contention, but if KU knocks off Kansas State this weekend, then we might be forced to give them some consideration.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 7

 

Big Ten

Ohio State has an excellent chance to make the Playoffs as the top seed.  On the other hand, they might have to get there by beating an undefeated Penn State or Minnesota team, and they have to play at Michigan.  Could history from repeat itself from 50 years ago?  In 1969, the best ever Ohio State team coming off a really embarrassing blowout of Michigan the year before, went to Ann Arbor to face a two-loss Michigan team.  Michigan’s defense did the near-impossible, stopping the greatest Buckeye offense in school history.  We can hardly wait.

Indiana’s win at Nebraska virtually guarantees that the Hoosiers will become bowl eligible.  Illinois’s win over Purdue puts Lovie Smith’s Illini in strong contention for a bowl bid, while Purdue played itself out of contention.

Michigan State is struggling, but the Spartans should win six or seven games to become bowl eligible, while Nebraska is hoping the return of Adrian Martinez and games with Purdue and Maryland will get the Cornhuskers to 6-6.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 10

 

Conference USA

This is a down year for CUSA, as no team is in contention for the Group of 5 NY6 Bowl bid.  In the East, Marshall is now in control of their destiny thanks to a last-play 53-yard field goal against Western Kentucky.  Florida Atlantic and WKU are the other teams still in contention, but all three of these teams will get bowl bids.

In the West, it is looking like there could be a three-way tie between Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, and UAB.  North Texas is suffering a disappointing year, and the Mean Green have been removed from bowl contention by our ratings.

We expect CUSA to have on more bowl eligible team than it has bowl contracts, and that sixth team might be headed to Shreveport, Louisiana in late December.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 6

 

Independents

(not including Notre Dame, which counts with the ACC)

This has turned into a disappointing season for Army, and we now have the Black Knights finishing under .500.  Brigham Young has an automatic bowl bid to Hawaii if the Cougars go 6-6 or better.  6-6 is the most likely record for BYU.

Liberty has not been to a bowl in its short history in FBS football, but the Flames have a secondary agreement with the Cure Bowl should the Cure Bowl need an at-large team.  This week, for the first time, we have the Cure Bowl needing an at-large team, so Hugh Freeze might be staying quite warm in Florida in December.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 2

 

Mid-American

This is a down year in the MAC, but the parity is going to lead to many more bowl eligible teams than the MAC has bowls to place them.  The MAC has five guaranteed bowl bids plus secondary agreements with two others.  One of those other secondary agreements is the Quick Lane Bowl which will not need an at-large team.  The Frisco Bowl always needs an at-large team, since there is only one tie-in, so the MAC can expect a second consecutive bowl bid there.  This year, the MAC is likely to see at least one additional team go to a bowl that has no MACtion secondary agreement.  Because our ratings this week forecast 79 bowl eligible teams, the odd team out is likely to be a 6-6 MAC team.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 8 (But only 7 will receive bids)

 

Mountain West

The Mountain West will most likely lose its secondary chance at the Hawaii and Cheez-it Bowls, which means that the league will only have five guaranteed bowl bids.  This league will most likely have seven bowl eligible teams, so two members will be headed East and South in December.

Boise State still remains in contention for the Group of 5 NY6 bid to the Cotton Bowl, but the Broncos still have three tough tests remaining.  They must beat Utah State and Wyoming and then the West Division representative in the MWC Championship Game.  For now, we have Boise winning the championship but not getting the Cotton Bowl bid.

Air Force has a chance to finish 10-2, and the Falcons could be moved out of the MWC’s bowl tie-ins in order to fly east to a more prestigious bowl, maybe replacing the SEC in a Southern bowl game.  Air Force can fill up most stadiums with Cadets, and they don’t have problems with airline reservations.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 7

 

Pac-12

Oregon and Utah still have minor chances to sneak into the Playoffs, but until teams like Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, and Penn State start losing games, we will put the league champion in Pasadena.

This week, we remove California from bowl contention and put rival Stanford back in.  We also remove Arizona for now, so there will not be extra bowl eligible teams if our scenario plays itself out.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 7

 

Southeastern

It may be the strongest league in college football, but the SEC is going to be the league that causes multiple bowls to look elsewhere for at-large teams.  The Independence and Birmingham Bowls must already be looking at potential at-large teams.  The Belk, Liberty, and Music City Bowls might also wish to start looking around for potential at-large teams.

If both Alabama and LSU make the playoffs, and then Florida and Georgia (or Auburn) then receive Sugar and Orange Bowl bids, four teams are already removed before the meat of the bowls look for what’s left.

Because Missouri is ineligible for a bowl, and Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and South Carolina look to be out of bowl contention, an Ole Miss Egg Bowl win over Mississippi State will likely leave the SEC with just 8 Bowl Eligible teams.  Only four teams will remain for the nine SEC spots needed to fulfill the SEC’s bowl contracts.

The Citrus, Outback, Gator, and Texas Bowls are the bowls that the SEC will need to fill.  That leaves the Belk, Music City, Liberty, Birmingham, and Independence Bowls without SEC teams.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 8

 

Sun Belt

Congratulations go out to Georgia State for joining Appy State as teams already eligible for bowls this year.  Appy State is hoping for a miracle.  If the Mountaineers win at South Carolina and finish the regular season 13-0, there is a chance they  could get the Cotton Bowl bid.  For now, we see them coming up one game short.

Louisiana is one win away from becoming bowl eligible, while Arkansas State and Georgia Southern have legitimate paths to bowl eligibility, and UL-Monroe has a path, just not as legitimate as the other two.

Expected Bowl Eligible Teams: 5

 

Bowl

Conf

Conf

Team

Team

Bahamas

MAC

CUSA

Western Michigan

Marshall

Frisco

AAC

At-large

SMU

[Miami (O)]

Cure

AAC

SBC

[Liberty]

Arkansas St.

New Mexico

CUSA

MWC

Louisiana Tech

San Diego St.

Boca Raton

AAC

MAC

Memphis

Eastern Michigan

Camellia

MAC

SBC

Central Michigan

Louisiana

Las Vegas

MWC #1

Pac-12

Boise St.

Washington St.

New Orleans

CUSA

SBC #1

Southern Miss.

Appalachian St.

Gasparilla

AAC

CUSA

Central Florida

Florida Atlantic

Hawaii

BYU/MWC

AAC

BYU

Navy

Independence

ACC

SEC

Florida St.

[Western Kentucky]

Quick Lane

ACC

Big Ten

North Carolina St.

Illiois

Military

ACC

AAC

Pittsburgh

Temple

Pinstripe

ACC

Big Ten

North Carolina

Michigan St.

Texas

Big 12

SEC

Texas

Texas A&M

Holiday

Pac-12

Big Ten

USC

Michigan

Cheez-It

Big 12

Pac-12

TCU

Stanford

Camping World

ACC

Big 12

Virginia Tech

Oklahoma St.

Cotton

At-large

At-large

Cincinnati

Baylor

First Responder

CUSA

Big 12

UAB

[Utah St.]

Redbox

Pac-12

Big Ten

Washington

Iowa

Music City

SEC

ACC

[Air Force]

Louisville

Orange

ACC

BTen/SEC

Georgia

Penn St.

Belk

ACC

SEC

Wake Forest

[Buffalo]

Sun

ACC

Pac-12

Virginia

Arizona St.

Liberty

Big 12

SEC

Iowa St.

[Duke]

Arizona

SBC

MWC

Georgia Southern

San Jose St.

Alamo

Big 12

Pac-12

Kansas St.

Oregon

Citrus

SEC

BTen/ACC

Auburn

Notre Dame

Outback

Big Ten

SEC

Indiana

Tennessee

Rose

Big Ten

Pac-12

Minnesota

Utah

Sugar

Big 12

SEC

Oklahoma

Florida

Birmingham

AAC

SEC

Tulane

[Miami (Fla.)]

Taxslayer/Gator

SEC

Big Ten

Kentucky

Wisconsin

Idaho Potato

MAC

MWC

Toledo

Wyoming

Armed Forces

Big Ten

MWC

Nebraska

Hawaii

Dollar General

MAC

SBC

Ohio U

Georgia St.

FBS PLAYOFFS

Fiesta

Top 4

Top 4

Ohio St.

LSU

Peach

Top 4

Top 4

Alabama

Clemson

 

 

Championship

Fiesta

Peach

Ohio St.

Alabama

Teams in [Brackets] are at-large selections

 

October 24, 2019

PiRate Ratings Picks For October 24-28, 2019

It couldn’t last.  Our winning streak ended soon after it began, and both the PiRate Picks and Experimental Davey19 picks fell to the losing side last week.  We’re back at it again hoping that maybe if you see a game you have thought about wagering real money on the outcome, you will see that we agree with you, and you will quickly forget playing that game.

Remember, the PiRates do not wager real money on football games, and we encourage you not to use our picks as handicapping aids if you happen to play for real.  These picks are free and are priced exactly where they need to be.

PiRate Picks

This week, we add a new twist that hasn’t been shown here in several years.  We are going to make a few 6-point teaser picks (2-game parlays @ 10-11 odds)

College 6-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Connecticut

Massachusetts

4

UConn

Memphis

Tulsa

4.5

Memphis

 

College 6-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Texas A&M

Mississippi St.

4.5

Texas A&M

Iowa

Northwestern

4

Iowa

 

College 6-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Miami (Fla.)

Pittsburgh

0.5

Pittsburgh

Arkansas St.

Texas St.

5.5

Arkansas St.

 

College 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

SMU

Houston

4

SMU

Central Michigan

Buffalo

7.5

Buffalo

Purdue

Illinois

20

Illinois

 

College 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Liberty

Rutgers

17

Rutgers

Rice

Southern Miss.

0.5

Southern Miss

Wyoming

Nevada

4

Wyoming

 

College 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Fresno St.

Colorado St.

4.5

Fresno St

Georgia Southern

N. Mexico St.

4.5

Ga. Southern

Iowa St.

Oklahoma St.

0.5

Iowa St.

 

College 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Ohio

Ball St.

7.5

Ball St.

Oklahoma

Kansas St.

13.5

Oklahoma

Minnesota

Maryland

6.5

Minnesota

 

College 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Texas

TCU

11.5

TCU

Ohio St.

Wisconsin

4.5

Ohio St.

LSU

Auburn

0.5

LSU

 

College 13-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Troy

Georgia St.

12

Georgia St.

Penn St.

Michigan St.

19.5

Michigan St.

Middle Tennessee

Florida Int’l.

10.5

Fla. Intl

South Carolina

Tennessee

17.5

Tennessee

 

NFL 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Minnesota

Washington

6.5

Minnesota

N.Y. Giants

Detroit

3

Detroit

Tampa Bay

Tennessee

7.5

Tennessee

 

NFL 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

LA Chargers

Chicago

6

Chicago

N.Y. Jets

Jacksonville

4

Jacksonville

Philadelphia

Buffalo

8.5

Buffalo

 

NFL 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

LA Rams

Cincinnati

3

LA Rams

New Orleans

Arizona

0.5

New Orleans

Oakland

Houston

3

Houston

 

NFL 10-point Teaser

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Denver

Indianapolis

4.5

Indianapolis

New England

Cleveland

3

New England

Miami

Pittsburgh

4.5

Pittsburgh

 

Davey19 Selections

College Picks Against The Spread

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Connecticut

Massachusetts

10

UMass

Purdue

Illinois

10

Illinois

Central Florida

Temple

11

Temple

Buffalo

Central Michigan

2.5

Buffalo

Liberty

Rutgers

7.5

Rutgers

Marshall

Western Kentucky

5

Western Kentucky

Iowa St.

Oklahoma St.

10.5

Oklahoma St.

Ball St.

Ohio

2.5

Ball St.

North Texas

Charlotte

4.5

Charlotte

 

Note: For those of you that play for real, please be aware that in both college and pro football this weekend, Miami is playing Pittsburgh at Heinz Stadium.  Don’t confuse the games on the card.

The Pitt Panthers and Miami of Florida Hurricanes face off Saturday at Noon Eastern Daylight Time.  The Steelers host the Dolphins on Monday Night at 8:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

 

And, as a reminder, next Sunday’s NFL games will kick off in Standard Time.  Daylight Savings Time goes to bed Sunday morning at 2 AM, November 3.  It never ceases to amaze us as to how many 9 to 5 workers fail to notice that one of their car’s headlights, taillights, brake lights, or signal lights is not working, until after the clocks are set back in the Fall, and they drive home from work in the dark. 

Please check all your lights before you turn your clock back an hour.  Darkness at 4:30 PM always leads to increased traffic accidents in large cities, so play it safe and prepare by becoming a better defensive driver.  The life you save, may be mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 20, 2019

PiRate College Football Ratings: October 21, 2019

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This Week’s PiRate Rating Spreads

 

Thursday

October 24

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Houston

SMU

-8.1

-7.1

-7.5

Friday

October 25

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Colorado

USC

-11.1

-12.2

-12.3

Saturday

October 26

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Massachusetts

Connecticut

-7.6

-9.3

-7.6

Purdue

Illinois

11.4

10.5

11.8

Army

San Jose St.

13.6

11.4

13.3

Georgia St.

Troy

-2.2

-1.3

-1.6

Clemson

Boston College

33.5

30.9

33.7

Tulsa

Memphis

-12.8

-12.0

-12.5

Toledo

Eastern Michigan

3.5

3.7

3.8

Texas A&M

Mississippi St.

9.6

11.6

3.9

Temple

Central Florida

-7.0

-7.0

-6.7

Western Michigan

Bowling Green

25.8

24.9

25.5

Nebraska

Indiana

-2.1

0.0

-2.1

Buffalo

Central Michigan

5.9

5.6

6.0

Northwestern

Iowa

-9.7

-8.8

-10.7

East Carolina

South Florida

-2.0

-1.2

-2.0

Florida St.

Syracuse

3.0

3.9

3.4

Rutgers

Liberty

-2.4

-4.2

-3.9

Rice

Southern Miss.

-11.8

-8.8

-12.5

Utah

California

20.2

19.4

20.2

Wyoming

Nevada

12.9

13.5

13.7

Air Force

Utah St.

0.0

2.5

-0.1

New Mexico

Hawaii

-12.2

-10.6

-12.4

Marshall

Western Kentucky

2.8

1.2

2.1

Stanford

Arizona

7.6

6.7

7.1

Oregon

Washington St.

10.1

11.2

11.2

Fresno St.

Colorado St.

19.2

16.3

19.4

Kentucky

Missouri

-5.0

-4.0

-6.2

North Carolina

Duke

1.7

2.2

3.0

Michigan St.

Penn St.

-5.4

-5.3

-5.8

Kent St.

Miami (O)

2.2

3.7

2.5

South Alabama

Appalachian St.

-32.1

-28.5

-32.7

Georgia Southern

New Mexico St.

18.2

15.2

16.8

Iowa St.

Oklahoma St.

10.3

10.6

11.2

Middle Tennessee

Florida Int’l.

0.2

-0.8

0.1

Old Dominion

Florida Atlantic

-13.0

-12.1

-13.9

Ball St.

Ohio U

1.1

1.7

0.8

Alabama

Arkansas

43.1

39.2

44.5

Tennessee

South Carolina

-3.3

-2.0

-4.7

Kansas St.

Oklahoma

-14.6

-14.0

-14.8

Minnesota

Maryland

12.7

13.2

13.3

Navy

Tulane

-1.3

0.6

-1.2

TCU

Texas

-4.5

-2.0

-4.4

Pittsburgh

Miami (Fla.)

4.8

5.4

4.4

Louisville

Virginia

-8.1

-8.7

-8.5

Northern Illinois

Akron

22.3

21.0

23.4

Kansas

Texas Tech

-7.7

-6.7

-6.8

Charlotte

North Texas

-5.1

-4.1

-5.6

Ohio St.

Wisconsin

18.7

18.0

19.8

Arkansas St.

Texas St.

8.8

8.0

8.7

LSU

Auburn

9.0

8.4

9.4

UTEP

Louisiana Tech

-23.1

-18.4

-22.6

Michigan

Notre Dame

1.5

1.4

1.6

UCLA

Arizona St.

-6.2

-5.7

-7.7

UNLV

San Diego St.

-11.6

-12.1

-12.1

 

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

 

PiRate Ratings

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

Ohio St.

137.4

136.4

138.4

137.4

2

Alabama

135.3

132.0

136.0

134.4

3

Clemson

132.6

130.0

133.4

132.0

4

L S U

129.4

127.1

129.5

128.7

5

Oklahoma

125.8

125.1

125.7

125.5

6

Georgia

126.2

124.3

126.1

125.5

7

Auburn

123.4

121.7

123.2

122.8

8

Penn St.

122.7

121.8

122.8

122.5

9

Wisconsin

121.7

121.4

121.7

121.6

10

Florida

122.7

119.8

122.3

121.6

11

Utah

121.6

120.4

122.2

121.4

12

Notre Dame

120.5

118.8

120.4

119.9

13

Oregon

119.1

119.2

120.5

119.6

14

Michigan

118.9

117.2

119.0

118.4

15

Iowa

117.7

115.8

117.5

117.0

16

Iowa St.

115.9

116.6

116.2

116.2

17

Texas A&M

116.7

115.0

115.3

115.7

18

Washington

114.0

113.7

115.0

114.2

19

Minnesota

114.2

113.9

113.7

113.9

20

Baylor

114.0

114.2

113.6

113.9

21

Michigan St.

114.3

113.5

114.0

113.9

22

Missouri

114.2

111.8

114.0

113.3

23

South Carolina

113.6

111.9

113.4

113.0

24

Texas

111.7

111.9

111.9

111.8

25

Washington St.

112.0

111.1

112.3

111.8

26

U S C

109.9

110.7

110.6

110.4

27

Central Florida

110.4

109.6

111.0

110.3

28

Mississippi St.

110.1

106.4

114.5

110.3

29

Virginia

108.8

109.0

108.9

108.9

30

Oklahoma St.

108.6

109.0

108.0

108.5

31

Arizona St.

108.4

107.7

109.2

108.5

32

Appalachian St.

108.8

107.8

108.6

108.4

33

Cincinnati

108.3

107.1

108.9

108.1

34

Kansas St.

108.3

108.1

107.9

108.1

35

Indiana

108.5

107.2

107.9

107.9

36

SMU

107.2

107.0

108.5

107.6

37

Memphis

106.8

106.8

107.5

107.0

38

Pittsburgh

106.6

106.4

106.9

106.6

39

Tennessee

107.3

106.9

105.7

106.6

40

Purdue

106.8

106.6

106.3

106.6

41

T C U

105.2

108.0

105.5

106.2

42

Boise St.

106.1

105.8

106.4

106.1

43

North Carolina

105.7

105.7

106.9

106.1

44

Texas Tech

105.8

106.0

105.0

105.6

45

Duke

105.6

104.9

105.3

105.3

46

Kentucky

106.2

104.8

104.8

105.3

47

Utah St.

104.9

104.0

105.9

104.9

48

Miami (Fla.)

104.8

104.1

105.5

104.8

49

Ole Miss

105.2

104.2

104.9

104.8

50

Northwestern

105.4

104.5

104.3

104.7

51

Florida St.

104.5

104.6

104.5

104.6

52

California

104.3

104.0

105.0

104.4

53

Syracuse

104.5

103.8

104.1

104.1

54

Maryland

104.5

103.7

103.3

103.8

55

Nebraska

103.4

104.2

102.8

103.5

56

Wake Forest

103.5

102.9

103.8

103.4

57

Stanford

103.6

102.7

103.1

103.1

58

Air Force

101.9

103.4

102.8

102.7

59

Boston College

102.2

102.1

102.7

102.3

60

West Virginia

102.1

101.5

101.2

101.6

61

Virginia Tech

101.0

101.1

101.4

101.2

62

Temple

100.8

100.1

101.8

100.9

63

Louisiana

100.9

101.0

100.8

100.9

64

Tulane

99.8

100.5

100.4

100.2

65

Fresno St.

99.0

99.8

99.5

99.4

66

BYU

99.3

99.3

99.3

99.3

67

North Carolina St.

99.3

99.0

99.4

99.2

68

Arizona

99.0

99.0

98.9

99.0

69

U C L A

99.2

99.0

98.5

98.9

70

San Diego St.

98.3

100.1

98.3

98.9

71

Illinois

98.3

99.1

97.5

98.3

72

Wyoming

97.3

99.4

97.6

98.1

73

Houston

96.6

97.5

98.5

97.5

74

Oregon St.

97.3

98.3

96.8

97.5

75

Louisville

97.7

97.3

97.4

97.4

76

Western Michigan

97.5

96.4

97.2

97.0

77

Navy

95.5

98.1

96.2

96.6

78

Vanderbilt

97.0

95.7

95.7

96.1

79

Hawaii

95.7

97.0

94.9

95.9

80

Army

96.0

95.9

95.2

95.7

81

Colorado

95.9

95.5

95.4

95.6

82

Kansas

95.2

96.2

95.2

95.5

83

Arkansas

95.2

95.7

94.5

95.2

84

Georgia Tech

94.6

92.9

95.0

94.2

85

Troy

94.3

94.8

93.4

94.2

86

Louisiana Tech

94.0

94.0

94.3

94.1

87

Southern Miss.

94.2

92.6

94.3

93.7

88

Georgia Southern

93.3

92.7

92.2

92.8

89

Ohio

92.9

91.9

93.3

92.7

90

Florida Atlantic

91.9

91.4

92.8

92.0

91

Northern Illinois

92.2

91.1

92.3

91.9

92

Tulsa

91.0

91.8

92.0

91.6

93

Western Kentucky

90.6

91.8

92.4

91.6

94

Florida Int’l.

91.4

91.4

91.6

91.5

95

Ball St.

91.5

91.1

91.6

91.4

96

North Texas

91.2

90.5

91.7

91.1

97

U A B

89.9

91.8

90.8

90.9

98

Marshall

90.4

90.0

91.5

90.6

99

Georgia St.

89.6

91.0

89.3

90.0

100

Buffalo

89.3

89.8

90.4

89.8

101

Arkansas St.

89.7

89.8

89.2

89.6

102

Liberty

89.0

90.3

89.3

89.5

103

Middle Tennessee

89.1

88.1

89.2

88.8

104

South Florida

88.3

89.3

88.5

88.7

105

Toledo

88.3

88.6

89.0

88.6

106

Kent St.

88.2

88.2

88.7

88.4

107

Miami (Ohio)

88.5

87.0

88.7

88.1

108

Nevada

87.5

88.9

86.9

87.8

109

Eastern Michigan

87.2

87.4

87.7

87.5

110

Coastal Carolina

86.8

87.9

86.2

87.0

111

Central Michigan

85.9

86.7

86.9

86.5

112

Louisiana-Monroe

85.8

86.5

85.6

86.0

113

San Jose St.

85.4

87.5

85.0

86.0

114

U N L V

84.2

85.6

83.7

84.5

115

East Carolina

83.8

85.6

84.0

84.5

116

Colorado St.

82.8

86.6

83.1

84.2

117

Charlotte

83.6

83.9

83.6

83.7

118

Texas St.

83.4

84.2

83.0

83.5

119

Rutgers

84.1

83.6

82.9

83.5

120

New Mexico

80.0

82.8

79.0

80.6

121

Rice

79.9

81.3

79.2

80.2

122

New Mexico St.

78.2

80.6

78.5

79.1

123

Old Dominion

76.4

76.8

76.4

76.5

124

Texas-San Antonio

74.5

76.8

74.3

75.2

125

South Alabama

74.2

76.8

73.3

74.8

126

Bowling Green

74.1

74.0

74.2

74.1

127

Connecticut

71.9

75.4

70.8

72.7

128

Akron

72.5

72.6

71.4

72.1

129

U T E P

68.4

73.1

69.2

70.2

130

Massachusetts

62.3

64.1

61.2

62.5

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

110.4

109.6

111.0

110.3

2-1

5-2

Cincinnati

108.3

107.1

108.9

108.1

3-0

6-1

Temple

100.8

100.1

101.8

100.9

2-1

5-2

South Florida

88.3

89.3

88.5

88.7

1-2

3-4

East Carolina

83.8

85.6

84.0

84.5

0-3

3-4

Connecticut

71.9

75.4

70.8

72.7

0-4

1-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

SMU

107.2

107.0

108.5

107.6

3-0

7-0

Memphis

106.8

106.8

107.5

107.0

2-1

6-1

Tulane

99.8

100.5

100.4

100.2

2-1

5-2

Houston

96.6

97.5

98.5

97.5

1-2

3-4

Navy

95.5

98.1

96.2

96.6

3-1

5-1

Tulsa

91.0

91.8

92.0

91.6

0-3

2-5

AAC Averages

96.7

97.4

97.3

97.1

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

132.6

130.0

133.4

132.0

5-0

7-0

Florida St.

104.5

104.6

104.5

104.6

2-3

3-4

Syracuse

104.5

103.8

104.1

104.1

0-3

3-4

Wake Forest

103.5

102.9

103.8

103.4

2-1

6-1

Boston College

102.2

102.1

102.7

102.3

2-2

4-3

North Carolina St.

99.3

99.0

99.4

99.2

1-2

4-3

Louisville

97.7

97.3

97.4

97.4

2-2

4-3

 

 

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Virginia

108.8

109.0

108.9

108.9

3-1

5-2

Pittsburgh

106.6

106.4

106.9

106.6

2-1

5-2

North Carolina

105.7

105.7

106.9

106.1

2-2

3-4

Duke

105.6

104.9

105.3

105.3

2-2

4-3

Miami (Fla.)

104.8

104.1

105.5

104.8

1-3

3-4

Virginia Tech

101.0

101.1

101.4

101.2

3-2

5-2

Georgia Tech

94.6

92.9

95.0

94.2

1-3

2-5

ACC Averages

105.1

104.6

105.4

105.0

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

125.8

125.1

125.7

125.5

4-0

7-0

Iowa St.

115.9

116.6

116.2

116.2

3-1

5-2

Baylor

114.0

114.2

113.6

113.9

4-0

7-0

Texas

111.7

111.9

111.9

111.8

3-1

5-2

Oklahoma St.

108.6

109.0

108.0

108.5

1-3

4-3

Kansas St.

108.3

108.1

107.9

108.1

1-2

4-2

T C U

105.2

108.0

105.5

106.2

1-2

3-3

Texas Tech

105.8

106.0

105.0

105.6

1-3

3-4

West Virginia

102.1

101.5

101.2

101.6

1-3

3-4

Kansas

95.2

96.2

95.2

95.5

0-4

2-5

Big 12 Averages

109.3

109.7

109.0

109.3

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

137.4

136.4

138.4

137.4

4-0

7-0

Penn St.

122.7

121.8

122.8

122.5

4-0

7-0

Michigan

118.9

117.2

119.0

118.4

3-2

5-2

Michigan St.

114.3

113.5

114.0

113.9

2-2

4-3

Indiana

108.5

107.2

107.9

107.9

2-2

5-2

Maryland

104.5

103.7

103.3

103.8

1-3

3-4

Rutgers

84.1

83.6

82.9

83.5

0-5

1-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

121.7

121.4

121.7

121.6

3-1

6-1

Iowa

117.7

115.8

117.5

117.0

2-2

5-2

Minnesota

114.2

113.9

113.7

113.9

4-0

7-0

Purdue

106.8

106.6

106.3

106.6

1-3

2-5

Northwestern

105.4

104.5

104.3

104.7

0-4

1-5

Nebraska

103.4

104.2

102.8

103.5

2-2

4-3

Illinois

98.3

99.1

97.5

98.3

1-3

3-4

Big Ten Averages

111.3

110.6

110.9

110.9

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

91.9

91.4

92.8

92.0

2-1

4-3

Western Kentucky

90.6

91.8

92.4

91.6

4-0

5-2

Florida Int’l.

91.4

91.4

91.6

91.5

2-2

4-3

Marshall

90.4

90.0

91.5

90.6

2-1

4-3

Middle Tennessee

89.1

88.1

89.2

88.8

1-2

2-5

Charlotte

83.6

83.9

83.6

83.7

0-3

2-5

Old Dominion

76.4

76.8

76.4

76.5

0-3

1-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Louisiana Tech

94.0

94.0

94.3

94.1

3-0

6-1

Southern Miss.

94.2

92.6

94.3

93.7

2-1

4-3

North Texas

91.2

90.5

91.7

91.1

2-1

3-4

U A B

89.9

91.8

90.8

90.9

3-1

6-1

Rice

79.9

81.3

79.2

80.2

0-3

0-7

Texas-San Antonio

74.5

76.8

74.3

75.2

2-2

3-4

U T E P

68.4

73.1

69.2

70.2

0-3

1-5

CUSA Averages

86.1

86.7

86.5

86.4

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

120.5

118.8

120.4

119.9

x

5-1

BYU

99.3

99.3

99.3

99.3

x

3-4

Army

96.0

95.9

95.2

95.7

x

3-4

Liberty

89.0

90.3

89.3

89.5

x

5-2

New Mexico St.

78.2

80.6

78.5

79.1

x

0-7

Massachusetts

62.3

64.1

61.2

62.5

x

1-6

Indep. Averages

90.9

91.5

90.6

91.0

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

92.9

91.9

93.3

92.7

2-1

3-4

Buffalo

89.3

89.8

90.4

89.8

1-2

3-4

Kent St.

88.2

88.2

88.7

88.4

2-1

3-4

Miami (Ohio)

88.5

87.0

88.7

88.1

2-1

3-4

Bowling Green

74.1

74.0

74.2

74.1

1-2

2-5

Akron

72.5

72.6

71.4

72.1

0-3

0-7

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

97.5

96.4

97.2

97.0

2-2

4-4

Northern Illinois

92.2

91.1

92.3

91.9

1-2

2-5

Ball St.

91.5

91.1

91.6

91.4

3-0

4-3

Toledo

88.3

88.6

89.0

88.6

1-2

4-3

Eastern Michigan

87.2

87.4

87.7

87.5

1-2

4-3

Central Michigan

85.9

86.7

86.9

86.5

3-1

5-3

MAC Averages

87.3

87.1

87.6

87.3

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Boise St.

106.1

105.8

106.4

106.1

3-0

6-1

Utah St.

104.9

104.0

105.9

104.9

3-0

4-2

Air Force

101.9

103.4

102.8

102.7

3-1

5-2

Wyoming

97.3

99.4

97.6

98.1

2-1

5-2

Colorado St.

82.8

86.6

83.1

84.2

1-2

2-5

New Mexico

80.0

82.8

79.0

80.6

0-3

2-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Fresno St.

99.0

99.8

99.5

99.4

1-1

3-3

San Diego St.

98.3

100.1

98.3

98.9

3-1

6-1

Hawaii

95.7

97.0

94.9

95.9

1-2

4-3

Nevada

87.5

88.9

86.9

87.8

1-2

4-3

San Jose St.

85.4

87.5

85.0

86.0

1-3

3-4

U N L V

84.2

85.6

83.7

84.5

1-3

2-5

MWC Averages

93.6

95.1

93.6

94.1

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

119.1

119.2

120.5

119.6

4-0

6-1

Washington

114.0

113.7

115.0

114.2

2-3

5-3

Washington St.

112.0

111.1

112.3

111.8

1-3

4-3

California

104.3

104.0

105.0

104.4

1-3

4-3

Stanford

103.6

102.7

103.1

103.1

2-3

3-4

Oregon St.

97.3

98.3

96.8

97.5

2-2

3-4

 

 

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

121.6

120.4

122.2

121.4

3-1

6-1

U S C

109.9

110.7

110.6

110.4

3-1

4-3

Arizona St.

108.4

107.7

109.2

108.5

2-2

5-2

Arizona

99.0

99.0

98.9

99.0

2-2

4-3

U C L A

99.2

99.0

98.5

98.9

2-2

2-5

Colorado

95.9

95.5

95.4

95.6

1-3

3-4

Pac-12 Averages

107.0

106.8

107.3

107.0

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

126.2

124.3

126.1

125.5

3-1

6-1

Florida

122.7

119.8

122.3

121.6

5-1

7-1

Missouri

114.2

111.8

114.0

113.3

2-1

5-2

South Carolina

113.6

111.9

113.4

113.0

2-3

3-4

Tennessee

107.3

106.9

105.7

106.6

1-3

2-5

Kentucky

106.2

104.8

104.8

105.3

1-4

3-4

Vanderbilt

97.0

95.7

95.7

96.1

1-3

2-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Alabama

135.3

132.0

136.0

134.4

4-0

7-0

L S U

129.4

127.1

129.5

128.7

3-0

7-0

Auburn

123.4

121.7

123.2

122.8

3-1

6-1

Texas A&M

116.7

115.0

115.3

115.7

2-2

4-3

Mississippi St.

110.1

106.4

114.5

110.3

1-3

3-4

Ole Miss

105.2

104.2

104.9

104.8

2-3

3-5

Arkansas

95.2

95.7

94.5

95.2

0-4

2-5

SEC Averages

114.5

112.7

114.3

113.8

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

108.8

107.8

108.6

108.4

3-0

6-0

Troy

94.3

94.8

93.4

94.2

1-1

3-3

Georgia Southern

93.3

92.7

92.2

92.8

2-1

3-3

Georgia St.

89.6

91.0

89.3

90.0

2-1

5-2

Coastal Carolina

86.8

87.9

86.2

87.0

0-3

3-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

100.9

101.0

100.8

100.9

2-1

5-2

Arkansas St.

89.7

89.8

89.2

89.6

1-2

3-4

Louisiana-Monroe

85.8

86.5

85.6

86.0

2-1

3-4

Texas St.

83.4

84.2

83.0

83.5

1-1

2-4

South Alabama

74.2

76.8

73.3

74.8

0-3

1-6

SBC Averages

90.7

91.3

90.2

90.7

 

 

Conference Ratings

 

#

League

Average

1

Southeastern

113.8

2

Big Ten

110.9

3

Big 12

109.3

4

Pac-12

107.0

5

Atlantic Coast

105.0

6

American

97.1

7

Mountain West

94.1

8

Independents

91.0

9

Sun Belt

90.7

10

Mid-American

87.3

11

Conference USA

86.4

 

 

Top 5 Group of 5

1

SMU

2

Appalachian St.

3

Cincinnati

4

Navy

5

Boise St.

 

 

This Week’s Bowl and Playoff Projections

 

There was considerable shuffling of the bowl projections this week, with these teams being affected the most (by alphabetical conference).

AAC: With Boise St. losing, the likelihood of the AAC Champion making it to the Cotton Bowl went way up.  SMU is the leader at the moment, but the Mustangs will have to win at Memphis more than likely if they are to stay home for a NY6 Bowl.  Memphis has the most favorable schedule, while Cincinnati and Navy are still in the race.

ACC: Clemson cannot afford to lose a game, and most every so-called college football expert believes this is so.  There is no strong number two in this league, but Notre Dame caucuses here for bowl invitation, so the Irish look like a sure thing to garner one of the NY6 Bowl bids.  Boston College, Louisville,  and Syracuse appear to be on the outside looking in from the Atlantic Division, while Miami now drops into our predicted 5-7 teams and falls out of the bowl picture for now.  The Coastal is still a wide open race, but we think Pittsburgh has the best chance to become fodder for Clemson in the Title Game.

Big 12: Baylor keeps surprising a lot of folks, as even the folks in Nevada were a bit surprised at how they handles Oklahoma State in Stillwater.  Can the Bears beat Oklahoma, or to put it more accurately beat them once in two tries?  If Oklahoma runs the table, the Sooners are in the Playoffs.  If Baylor runs the table, they will most likely make the playoffs.  If they split two games, then the LSU-Alabama loser at 11-1 will be in the Playoffs.  Texas and Iowa State appear to be jostling for third place as of now.  Meanwhile, a group that included Oklahoma State, Kansas State, TCU, and Texas Tech all have shots a bowl eligibility, and we believe three of the four will make it.

Big Ten: Wisconsin’s loss to Illinois, makes the Penn State-Ohio State game in Columbus a Playoff Qualifier.  The winner of that game has a great shot at being 13-0 and Playoff bound.  Michigan and Michigan State are now fighting it out for third in the East, while Indiana virtually locked up a fifth bowl eligible spot in the division.  Minnesota still gets no respect, and the Gophers will host Penn State in two weeks with a chance to get that respect.  If they upset the Nittany Lions, Roses could be in Minnesota’s future for the first time since January 1, 1962.  With the Big Ten having the most specific bowl rules, it appears that in order to keep teams out of making repeat bowl appearances, some teams with two fewer wins may jump over others for more prestigious bowls.

Conference USA: This league has no chance to earn the NY6 Bowl bid as too many teams would have to lose before a Louisiana Tech or UAB would even enter the contention picture.  Marshall will host Western Kentucky this weekend, and the winner will just about wrap up the East Division flag.  The West is still a four-team mess, but Louisiana Tech has the upper hand.  UAB hosts the Bulldogs in November, and the winner of that game will most likely take the West Division crown.

Independents: Since Notre Dame figures in the ACC bowl, we don’t include them here.  The big change here was removing Army from bowl contention and placing BYU back into bowl contention.  If BYU goes 6-6 or better, they are guaranteed the Hawaii Bowl bid.  Keep an eye on Liberty.  If Liberty can win at Rutgers this Saturday, the Flames are looking at an eight-win season.  Liberty has a secondary bowl agreement with the Cure, but we see that bowl being filled by the regular tie-ins.  Still, this school could make its first bowl appearance, because a lot of Southern bowls are going to need at-large teams.

MAC: This conference uses the work “MACtion” to describe its excitement, but Wacky MAC might be a more accurate theme in the Midwest.  Almost all the craziness is in the West Division, where Ball State has come from out of nowhere to take a commanding lead in the division.  The Cardinals were picked to finish last or second to last by most preseason predictions.  The other team picked to finish last or second to last may be chief competition.  Central Michigan plays Ball State in Muncie in November, and the winner is probably the Division champion.  In the East, Ohio won a big game over Kent State this past Saturday, and the Bobcats need only beat Buffalo to guarantee another East Division crown.  Mainstays at the top, Western Michigan and Toledo, are hurting right now, and Toledo must get quarterback Mitchell Guadagni back from injury, as they have no offense without him.

Mountain West: Boise State is now on the outside looking in for the Cotton Bowl.  The Broncos have two or three more games where the opponent could be talented enough to pin another loss on them.  Utah State hosts BSU in November, and if quarterback Jordan Love is 100% healthy, the Aggies might be the better team.  With Hawaii losing at home to Air Force, the San Diego State-Fresno State winner is going to take the West Division title.  This league will have one or two extra teams to fill at-large bowls, and we believe one of the two will get in.  Wyoming did not get an invitation last year, so the Cowboys could be heading Southeast of Laramie.

Pac-12: Oregon is one play away from being squarely in the Playoff picture, but then the Donner Party was just one mountain away from getting to the Pacific Coast safely.  The Ducks may have seen their hopes dashed by an Auburn snowstorm.  Utah’s loss to USC prevents the Utes from having a chance to make it to the Playoffs.  The only unsure thing in this conference is if California can get to 6-6 without Chase Garbers at QB.

SEC: Georgia looks quite vulnerable all of a sudden.  If the Bulldogs couldn’t pass or score versus South Carolina and Kentucky, how will they do so against Florida and Auburn.  Short of a major quick fix, it would not be shocking if Georgia lost twice more, giving Florida the East title.  With Missouri ineligible, that leaves South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt fighting for two bowl bids.  USC and Vandy have too much to conquer to get to six wins, while Kentucky may have to beat rival Louisville to make it to bowl eligibility.  Tennessee has four winnable games left on their schedule, so for now, we are picking the Vols to sneak in at 6-6.  In the West, we believe Mississippi State is in big trouble and likely headed to 5-7 with Ole Miss.  Arkansas is the #14 team in the league and may finish 0-8.  The SEC is going to come up four to six bowl spots short.

Sunbelt: Appalachian State probably has the best overall shot of going 13-0 from a Group of 5 Conference, but can the Mountaineers jump over a 12-1 AAC champion?  Aside from that, the other news is that this league will have extra bowl eligible teams and should see at least one at-large bid come to the league.

 

Bowl

Conf

Conf

Team

Team

Bahamas

MAC

CUSA

Central Michigan

Marshall

Frisco

AAC

At-large

SMU

[Toledo]

Cure

AAC

SBC

East Carolina

Arkansas St.

New Mexico

CUSA

MWC

Louisiana Tech

Fresno St.

Boca Raton

AAC

MAC

Central Florida

Ball St.

Camellia

MAC

SBC

Western Michigan

Georgia St.

Las Vegas

MWC #1

Pac-12

Boise St.

Washington St.

New Orleans

CUSA

SBC #1

Southern Miss.

Appalachian St.

Gasparilla

AAC

CUSA

Cincinnati

Florida Atlantic

Hawaii

BYU/MWC

AAC

BYU

Navy

Independence

ACC

SEC

Florida St.

[UAB]

Quick Lane

ACC

Big Ten

North Carolina

Indiana

Military

ACC

AAC

Duke

Temple

Pinstripe

ACC

Big Ten

North Carolina St.

Purdue

Texas

Big 12

SEC

Oklahoma St.

Texas A&M

Holiday

Pac-12

Big Ten

Washington

Iowa

Cheez-It

Big 12

Pac-12

Texas Tech

Arizona

Camping World

ACC

Big 12

Pittsburgh

Iowa St.

Cotton

At-large

At-large

Memphis

Penn St.

First Responder

CUSA

Big 12

North Texas

[Hawaii]

Redbox

Pac-12

Big Ten

Arizona St.

Michigan

Music City

SEC

ACC

[Wyoming]

Wake Forest

Orange

ACC

BTen/SEC

Notre Dame

Florida

Belk

ACC

SEC

Virginia Tech

Kentucky

Sun

ACC

Pac-12

Virginia

USC

Liberty

Big 12

SEC

Kansas St.

[Liberty]

Arizona

SBC

MWC

Louisiana

San Diego St.

Alamo

Big 12

Pac-12

Texas

Utah

Citrus

SEC

BTen/ACC

Georgia

Wisconsin

Outback

Big Ten

SEC

Michigan St.

Auburn

Rose

Big Ten

Pac-12

Minnesota

Oregon

Sugar

Big 12

SEC

Baylor

LSU

Birmingham

AAC

SEC

Tulane

[Troy]

Taxslayer/Gator

SEC

Big Ten

Tennessee

Nebraska

Idaho Potato

MAC

MWC

Eastern Michigan

Utah St.

Armed Forces

Big Ten

MWC

[Western Ky.]

Air Force

Dollar General

MAC

SBC

Ohio U

Georgia Southern

FBS PLAYOFFS

Fiesta

Top 4

Top 4

Ohio St.

Oklahoma

Peach

Top 4

Top 4

Alabama

Clemson

Championship

Fiesta

Peach

Ohio St.

Alabama

 

 

 

 

 

October 16, 2019

PiRate Ratings Picks For October 17-21, 2019

Hooray, Hooray!  Maybe our little ditty we recited at the beginning of last week’s picks really worked!  That ditty went this way, “Yuck, Yuck, Yuck, I want more luck!”  It has to do with a childhood saying, and it worked then and apparently worked last week.

Both our PiRate Picks and Experimental Davey19 picks won.  The PiRate Picks enjoyed a windfall weekend with big wins.  Another 6 or 7 weeks in a row just like this, and we might even get back to level in our imaginary bank accounts.

While we have been trying to issue our money line parlay picks on Friday, we have a Thursday night game that is included in our selections, we have to issue those picks today as well.

Remember, the PiRates never wager real money on the outcomes of these games, and we also remind you that you frequently get what you pay for, and this is totally free.

 

PiRate Ratings Picks

 

10-point Teasers, 3 Game Parlays

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Louisiana

Arkansas St.

17

Arkansas St.

Ohio

Kent St.

17.5

Kent St.

Utah St.

Nevada

31

Nevada

 

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

California

Oregon St.

21

Oregon St.

Washington

Oregon

7

Oregon

South Carolina

Florida

15.5

Florida

 

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Louisiana Tech

Southern Miss.

9

Southern Miss.

Auburn

Arkansas

29

Arkansas

Virginia Tech

North Carolina

13.5

North Carolina

 

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Iowa St.

Texas Tech

17

Texas Tech

Rice

UTSA

14.5

UTSA

SMU

Temple

17.5

Temple

 

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Denver

Kansas City

7

Kansas City

N.Y. Giants

Arizona

13

Arizona

Houston

Indianapolis

10

Indianapolis

 

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Minnesota

Detroit

11

Detroit

Green Bay

Oakland

15.5

Oakland

LA Rams

Atlanta

13

Atlanta

 

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Seattle

Baltimore

13

Baltimore

Philadelphia

Dallas

7

Dallas

New England

N.Y. Jets

20.5

N.Y. Jets

 

 

Money Line Parlays

 

All 3-game parlays 

 

WIN

LOSE

Spread

Oregon

Washington

Penn St.

Michigan

+188

Western Ky.

Charlotte

 

 

WIN

LOSE

Spread

North Carolina

Virginia Tech

Western Mich.

Eastern Mich.

+193

Boise St.

BYU

 

 

WIN

LOSE

Spread

Stanford

UCLA

Florida

South Carolina

+224

Georgia Southern

Coastal Carolina

 

Davey19 Experimental Picks

 

Margins Plays

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Kent St.

Ohio

+7.5

Boise St.

BYU

-6.5

Oregon

Washington

-2.5

Florida

South Carolina

-4.5

North Carolina

Va Tech

-3

Hawaii

AFA

+3

Houston

Indianapolis

+1

Oakland

Green Bay

+5.5

Washington

San Francisco

+10.5

LA Chargers

Tennessee

+2.5

 

Totals Plays

 

Team

Team

Total

Pick

UCLA

Stanford

52.5

Under

Georgia Tech

Miami (Fla.)

46

Under

Florida St.

Wake Forest

69

Under

North Carolina

Virginia Tech

57

Under

Tennessee

LA Chargers

40

Under

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2019

PiRate Ratings Picks For October 3-7, 2019

Yet another week went by with mixed results here on the PiRate ship.  Our original picks began the weekend on a high note, as we hit on outright Money Line upsets by Duke and by Baylor.  Indiana even looked promising for awhile, before Michigan State proved too much for the Hoosiers.  Then, what we gained on Saturday, we gave back on Sunday.

The Davey19 experimental system had another successful week, bringing the total for the year back into the black.  When we use this formula, many times we look at the plays and feel apprehensive about publishing them, but they have proven to be winners so far this year.

Today, our concentration is more on the number and less on the teams involved.  Certainly, the teams involve matter, as getting 7 1/2 points for a winless team wouldn’t be worth a hoot against a top 5 team.  But, when it comes to games that are not considered blowout games, we are going to go heavy on the ones that cross multiple frequent numbers most prevalent in football outcomes.

By the way, do you know which numbers we speak of?  There are separate sets of numbers for college and for NFL games.  Let’s look at college first.

About 35% of all FBS football games end with the winner beating the loser by 3, 4, 7, 10, 14, 17, or 21 points.  Those 7 margins make up better than 1/3 of all game outcomes.  When we refer to crossing numbers, this means we can play a teaser of 6, 6 1/2, 7, 10, or 13 points and cross multiple frequent margins.

For example, let’s say that Team A is listed as a 2 1/2 point underdog to Team B.  If we were to play Team A in a 10-point teaser as part of a 3-game parlay, we’d be allowed to move that spread from 2 1/2 to 12 1/2.  Doing so crosses 3, 4, 7, and 10, four of the most frequent margins in football games.  Crossing four numbers is quite nice.  

If Team B is a favorite over Team A by 2 1/2 and you play Team A in a 6-point, 2-game teaser, you can make Team A go from a 2 1/2 point to an 8 1/2 point underdog, crossing 3, 4, and 7.  In this instance crossing three frequent margins is wonderful when only having to win two games on a parlay.

When it comes to NFL games, the frequency of margins has changed quite a bit since 2015, when the extra point attempt was moved back to the 18 yard line and more teams began going for two-point conversions.

Today’s NFL sees a lot of games decided by 5 or 6 points.  Prior to 2015, more games ended by 10 and 4 points than today.  The advantage is now more in the smart bettor’s favor than it used to be.  42% of all NFL games end with a margin of 3, 4, 5. 6, or 7 points.  So, being able to cross these five margins in a teaser is an incredible opportunity if you can find a tossup game and tease it past that magical number 7.  Or, if you think you have a team that is a sure outright winner and is favored by more than 7 points, if you can tease that number to 2 1/2 or less, you are gaining a large advantage.  Professional gambling author John Ferguson, known by the nom deplum of Stanford Wong made the Teaser play that moves through 3 and 7 point margins quite famous, and today, this is called a Wong Teaser.  Wong’s favorite teaser play was a 6-point tease of favorites of 7 1/2, 8, or 8 1/2 points down to 1 1/2, 2, or 2 1/2 points, and a 6-point tease of underdogs of 1 1/2, 2, or 2 1/2 points to 7 1/2, 8, or 8 1/2 points.

When Ferguson made big money betting these types of teasers, the books offered much fairer odds on them, until more people picked up on this and began to win too much.  Now, you can get -110 odds on 2-game, 6-point teasers.  You have to put up $11 for every $10 the books put up.  We are not in the business of advertising for any company, so we won’t tell you the name, but if you do your research, you can still find a place where a 2-game, 6-point teaser has +100 odds, which means they put up dollar for dollar what you put up.

We have heard from a few of you that anxiously await these picks to come out every Thursday morning in the Central US.  Hopefully, you heed our advice and never wager real money on our published suggestions (And if you do, maybe it is to convince you not to play the games we picked!).

Even though our Davey19 experimental program is showing a profit for the year, the number of weeks it has been tried is still too small to mean much.  Our regular system had a multi-year run of success, but this year, it stinks.  So, just because Davey19 has a multi-week run of success, it could just as easily stink this week.  

Let’s get on with it.  Here are our selections for the week.  Once again–we never wager real money on these picks.  We are math geeks, and numbers are our friends.  We will make a statement that some people have taught their children how to love math by using applications like this and others using money to teach them how important math is.

 

PiRate Ratings Picks

 

10-point Teasers

 

#1

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Duke

Pittsburgh

15

Pittsburgh

Toledo

Western Michigan

12

Western Michigan

Ole Miss

Vanderbilt

17 1/2

Vanderbilt

Our feeling on this one is that Pittsburgh is vastly underrated with close losses to Penn State and Virginia.  Their listless win over Delaware can be excused as a sandwich game between the big upset of Central Florida and the conference game with Duke.

We believe that Western Michigan has about a 55-60% chance of winning this game outright, so making Toledo a double-digit favorite entices us to take the Broncos in this one.

An admission: we typically never play either way on a game involving Vanderbilt.  Our captain has inside connections with the program, and he feels that it wouldn’t be right to issue picks either way on the Commodores.  However, this week, this game becomes a prime pick, and the Captain has no inside information here.  This is purely a comparison of personnel, as well as production so far.  The Captain says that Vanderbilt’s opening troika of games with Northern Illinois in Game 4 basically made it a certainty that they would open 1-3 and become devalued.  Ole Miss’s defense is going to suffer a letdown against the Vanderbilt offense.  The Rebels have reached that point where the players pretty much know that the season is going to head south in October and November.  Meanwhile, Vanderbilt has a gimme game next week with UNLV and will not be looking forward past the next play in this game.  Ole Miss must play at Missouri, against Texas A&M, and at Auburn the next three weeks.  With LSU and Mississippi State coming at the end of the year, the chances of making it to bowl eligibility are about 1-2%.  Vanderbilt must win this game so that the UNLV game next week really matters.  A win Saturday virtually guarantees getting back to .500 the next week and with three definitely winnable games left on the schedule.  The SEC needs one of the bottom five teams to step up and gain bowl eligibility, and unless Missouri wins their challenge to ineligibility before December, the Commodores have the most favorable path to 6-6.

 

#2

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Florida

Auburn

7 1/2

Auburn

Miami (Fla.)

Virginia Tech

4

Miami

Oklahoma St.

Texas Tech

Pk

Oklahoma St.

 

We have been looking at the Florida-Auburn game since last Saturday night.  Our statistics and schedule strength show Auburn to be a legitimate touchdown or more favorite in this game, so getting more than that magical 7 points is quite appealing.

Teasing Miami from two touchdowns to 4 points brings us through the numbers 14, 10, and 7, and until Virginia Tech looks like a team with players that care, we will always look at teasing in their opponents’ favor.

Oklahoma State should beat Texas Tech 8 out of 10 times, so we are hoping that getting the Cowboys as a Pick’em will work, and this won’t be one of those two other times.

 

#3

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Penn St.

Purdue

18

Penn St.

Iowa

Michigan

6 1/2

Michigan

Washington

Stanford

6 1/2

Washington

 

We are not the type of player that plays a 4-touchdown favorite over a conference opponent, but with Purdue’s injury issues, we almost went with Penn State in a straight play at -28 over the Boilermakers.  However, we went the safer route and teased this under 21 points.  James Franklin may call off the dogs and allow PU a backdoor cover, but 18 points feels safe.

The Iowa-Michigan game was one of those really tough calls.  We hoped Iowa would pick up a little more Sharp support being undefeated, while Michigan has not won any big games under Jim Harbaugh.  Alas,  not enough Sharp money came in on Iowa, and the margin didn’t move to the 2 1/2 points we wanted.  We still like this number giving Michigan 6 1/2 points to play with, which does move the margin through two crucial numbers.  The fact that our ratings show that Michigan has about a 60% chance of winning the game, we’ll take the 6 1/2 points like it is bonus points for the true spread.

We get to move through 14, 10, and 7 in the Washington-Stanford game, and in our analysis, we believe the Huskies can blow the Cardinal off the field.  As a matter of fact, the Davey19 formula could be used to take UW outright at -16 1/2, but it was so close that we did not include it in this week’s Davey19 picks.

 

#4

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Tulane

Army

13

Army

Kansas St.

Baylor

12

Baylor

Nebraska

Northwestern

17 1/2

Northwestern

 

Tulane has become the sexy new Group of 5 favorite among the media, especially the ladies and gentlemen at ESPN and Fox Sports.  Army has yet to fire on all cylinders this year, but we don’t see the Green Wave going to West Point and winning by two touchdowns.

The Kansas State-Baylor game is strictly a numbers’ play.  Moving 2 to 12 goes through 3, 4, 7, and 10.  We don’t particularly love Baylor’s chances of winning after the emotional home upset of Iowa State, but 12 points from 2 are too much to turn down.

The same thing applies to Nebraska and Northwestern.  Neither team looks strong enough to blow out the other.  17 1/2 moves the spread through 10, 14, and 17, and in addition, we think the Cornhuskers should be favored by about 4 points.  So, this becomes more like a 13-point tease at a 10-point price.

 

#5

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Ohio

Buffalo

13

Buffalo

Iowa St.

TCU

13

TCU

Western Kentucky

Old Dominion

13 1/2

Old Dominion

 

These three plays are 100% about the numbers and not the teams after you factor in that these games are fairly evenly matched.  Ohio has been a disappointment so far, but their schedule has been a bit more than the Bobcats could handle to this point.  Additionally, this is a major revenge game for Buffalo, and it is a must-win game if the Bulls are to remain alive in the MAC-East.  Moving the line through 4, 7, and 10 is just gravy.

Iowa State and TCU might split 10 games, so getting the Horned Frogs and 13 is another great numbers’ play.

Western Kentucky has moved up from near the bottom to near the top in the CUSA East Division race, and the big upset over UAB last week means the Hilltoppers are now a contender in the division race.  However, teams that pull off big home upsets in conference games that go on the road the next week as a road favorite in a conference game have poor records covering the spread.  WKU may win this game, but not by two touchdowns.  

 

#6

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

UTSA

UTEP

11 1/2

UTEP

North Carolina

Georgia Tech

1/2

North Carolina

Rice

UAB

1

UAB

 

UTSA and UTEP could combine their rosters and still struggle to finish 3-9, so when one of these weak teams can be forced into a double-digit situation that crosses all the lower key numbers (3, 4, 7, and 10), we jump on this one.

Teasing the Tar Heels is the only way to go in this game.  North Carolina will bounce some after falling short against Clemson, but Georgia Tech is likely to go 0-8 in ACC play this year trying to move from the triple option philosophy to the standard style of play.  That’s usually a three-year transition process.  We’ll put enough faith in Mack Brown to get his Carolina team ready enough to win this game, even if just by a couple points.

The Rice-UAB spread should probably be larger than it is, and we were enticed to look twice at playing UAB straight up.  Teasing the Blazers into an underdog is too good to pass up in this one.

 

13-point Teaser

#7

Team

Team

Total

Pick

Arizona

Cincinnati

34

Over

Minnesota

N.Y. Giants

30 1/2

Over

Tennessee

Buffalo

25 1/2

Over

San Francisco

Cleveland

33 1/2

Over

 

We had to choose one 13-point teaser and go with NFL Totals.  It can be hard to find action in a 13-point teaser of totals, but it is possible, so we are going with one.

The reasoning behind this play is that NFL games have smaller standard deviations of point totals in games.  The books have to be careful with totals that are too low in an environment where offenses have the advantage over defenses.  Thus, moving them by 13 points back in the direction where they probably need to be makes these games enticing.  Other than that, we don’t have a lot else to go on in these plays.  We chose these four games because our own internal ratings show that all four games should be played in the 38-45 point total range.

Davey19

Davey19 is a mechanical system using multiple rules that would take much too long to explain.  And, if it proves to be successful, we aren’t about to explain it to the rest of the world.

 

Favorite

Underdog

Spread

Pick

Kansas St.

Baylor

1

Kansas St.

Eastern Michigan

Central Michigan

5 1/2

Eastern Michigan

SMU

Tulsa

13 1/2

Tulsa

Auburn

Florida

2 1/2

Auburn

LSU

Utah St.

28

Utah St.

Carolina

Jacksonville

3 1/2

Jacksonville

Kansas City

Indianapolis

11 1/2

Indianapolis

New England

Washington

15 1/2

Washington

Philadelphia

N. Y. Jets

14 1/2

N.Y. Jets

 

 

 

 

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