The Pi-Rate Ratings

September 18, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Football–September 22-24, 2022

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

HomeVisitorPiRateMeanBias
Virginia TechWest Virginia-2.5-1.5-3.1
Georgia St.Coastal Carolina6.44.16.5
SyracuseVirginia10.49.411.3
Air ForceNevada19.117.120.3
UTEPBoise St.-18.4-17.8-19.3
Iowa St.Baylor-2.6-1.3-1.5
KentuckyNorthern Illinois20.120.621.6
South CarolinaCharlotte30.028.129.9
TempleMassachusetts9.211.29.4
GeorgiaKent St.50.246.451.5
North CarolinaNotre Dame-1.30.8-1.4
Miami (Fla.)Middle Tennessee34.331.932.6
MichiganMaryland18.016.618.3
North Carolina St.Connecticut42.640.745.5
Penn St.Central Michigan29.727.626.7
Central FloridaGeorgia Tech17.118.119.9
LouisvilleSouth Florida16.916.916.6
Michigan St.Minnesota2.72.20.5
Wake ForestClemson-11.2-11.5-12.2
Ohio St.Wisconsin15.213.816.7
LibertyAkron24.025.327.3
Florida St.Boston College17.114.917.7
TennesseeFlorida15.614.416.1
CincinnatiIndiana13.213.317.7
East CarolinaNavy16.216.919.2
Georgia SouthernBall St.9.98.410.4
Eastern MichiganBuffalo9.57.67.7
Appalachian St.James Madison8.68.46.1
RutgersIowa-9.2-8.5-10.3
KansasDuke17.513.217.8
NorthwesternMiami (O)8.67.13.9
Old DominionArkansas St.9.88.49.0
ColoradoUCLA-12.0-13.9-14.7
BYUWyoming28.724.527.2
New Mexico St.Hawaii5.15.73.8
Arizona St.Utah-11.5-10.7-12.5
Oregon St.USC1.60.51.5
San Diego St.Toledo4.53.23.2
Washington St.Oregon-7.7-6.3-6.1
CaliforniaArizona4.85.06.2
WashingtonStanford8.011.711.3
TroyMarshall-1.5-2.2-0.4
South AlabamaLouisiana Tech11.010.014.0
Mississippi St.Bowling Green30.329.729.4
OklahomaKansas St.13.414.114.6
Ole MissTulsa23.922.722.5
AlabamaVanderbilt37.135.039.9
SMUTCU-5.7-4.9-3.9
Texas TechTexas-2.7-3.3-1.3
UL-MonroeLouisiana-9.6-9.9-12.7
Texas A&M (n)Arkansas-4.6-1.7-3.6
HoustonRice20.520.121.8
MemphisNorth Texas16.718.115.7
TulaneSouthern Miss.17.415.916.2
AuburnMissouri8.56.78.3
Western KentuckyFlorida Int’l.35.032.139.3
Utah St.UNLV1.03.41.7
PurdueFlorida Atlantic31.528.929.4
LSUNew Mexico33.832.533.9
San Jose St.Western Michigan-1.7-2.4-1.5

FBS vs. FCS Games

FBSFCSPiRate
IllinoisChattanooga23.8
OhioFordham16.7
Texas St.Houston Baptist26.4
PittsburghRhode Island32.0
Colorado St.Sacramento St.-3.0
UTSATexas Southern37.2

Teams With Byes

Army
Fresno St.
Nebraska
Oklahoma St.
UAB

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

RankTeamRating
1Georgia135.3
2Alabama129.5
3Ohio St.128.8
4Michigan124.6
5Oklahoma120.7
6Clemson119.7
7Tennessee118.2
8Penn St.118.2
9NC State117.1
10Wisconsin116.6
11Oklahoma St.116.5
12Minnesota116.4
13Utah116.3
14Ole Miss115.8
15Purdue115.2
16Michigan St.115.2
17Arkansas115.1
18L S U114.9
19Miami (Fla.)114.8
20Baylor114.6
21Pittsburgh114.3
22Mississippi St.113.5
23Kentucky113.4
24Oregon113.0
25Florida St.112.5
26Texas112.5
27Iowa112.4
28Cincinnati112.2
29Texas A&M111.8
30U S C111.6
31Notre Dame111.3
32BYU111.0
33T C U110.7
34Maryland110.0
35Oregon St.109.8
36Iowa St.109.7
37Kansas St.109.6
38Washington108.7
39Syracuse108.3
40Louisville108.1
41U C L A107.7
42North Carolina107.7
43Texas Tech107.5
44South Carolina107.0
45UCF106.6
46Auburn106.2
47Florida105.9
48Wake Forest105.6
49Illinois105.5
50West Virginia104.5
51SMU104.4
52Boise St.104.2
53Washington St.103.3
54Kansas102.8
55Tulane102.7
56Houston102.4
57Air Force102.3
58Arizona St.101.8
59Fresno St.101.7
60East Carolina101.7
61Stanford101.4
62Missouri101.4
63Virginia100.9
64Nebraska100.3
65Rutgers100.1
66Indiana99.9
67Appalachian St.99.7
68Virginia Tech99.6
69U A B98.9
70Boston College98.9
71California98.7
72W. Kentucky98.5
73Army98.4
74Memphis98.3
75Liberty98.2
76U T S A97.1
77Georgia St.96.8
78Northwestern96.6
79Arizona96.3
80Marshall95.8
81Tulsa95.8
82N. Illinois95.6
83San Diego St.95.2
84Vanderbilt95.2
85James Madison95.0
86Louisiana94.8
87Toledo94.5
88USF94.3
89Coastal Carolina93.6
90Western Mich.93.2
91Central Mich.93.2
92Miami (Ohio)92.5
93Troy92.0
94South Alabama91.4
95Georgia Tech91.2
96Colorado91.2
97U N L V91.2
98Old Dominion90.8
99Ga. Southern90.3
100Utah St.90.2
101Duke89.6
102Kent St.89.0
103Eastern Mich.88.8
104San Jose St.88.3
105Florida Atlantic88.3
106Southern Miss.88.1
107Navy87.2
108Wyoming87.2
109Bowling Green86.7
110Nevada86.5
111Ohio85.4
112Middle Tennessee84.8
113Arkansas St.84.8
114New Mexico84.6
115Colorado St.84.1
116North Texas83.9
117Ball St.83.7
118Buffalo83.5
119U T E P83.2
120Rice82.6
121Louisiana Tech82.2
122UL-Monroe82.0
123Texas St.80.9
124Charlotte80.2
125Temple79.6
126Connecticut77.2
127Akron75.1
128New Mexico St.73.9
129Hawaii72.5
130Massachusetts72.2
131Florida Int’l.65.5

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Cincinnati111.8111.2113.5112.2
UCF106.1106.8106.8106.6
SMU104.5103.8104.9104.4
Tulane103.1102.4102.5102.7
Houston102.5101.7103.1102.4
East Carolina101.4101.1102.5101.7
Memphis98.298.698.098.3
Tulsa96.095.496.095.8
USF95.093.894.194.3
Navy88.287.286.387.2
Temple79.681.977.379.6

AAC98.898.598.698.6

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Clemson119.6119.5120.1119.7
NC State117.4116.4117.5117.1
Florida St.112.8112.2112.4112.5
Syracuse109.1108.0107.9108.3
Louisville108.9107.7107.7108.1
Wake Forest105.9105.5105.4105.6
Boston College98.7100.397.798.9

Coastal Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Miami (Fla.)115.3114.1114.9114.8
Pittsburgh115.2114.1113.7114.3
North Carolina107.6107.9107.6107.7
Virginia101.6101.699.6100.9
Virginia Tech100.1100.698.099.6
Georgia Tech92.191.789.991.2
Duke89.692.287.089.6

ACC106.7106.5105.7106.3

Big 12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Oklahoma120.9120.1121.1120.7
Oklahoma St.117.1115.6116.9116.5
Baylor115.2114.0114.5114.6
Texas113.1112.2112.1112.5
T C U111.7110.2110.4110.7
Iowa St.109.5109.7110.0109.7
Kansas St.110.5109.0109.4109.6
Texas Tech107.9106.4108.3107.5
West Virginia105.1104.7103.6104.5
Kansas104.2102.4101.8102.8

Big 12111.5110.4110.8110.9

Big Ten Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Ohio St.129.2127.5129.9128.8
Michigan125.0123.8125.0124.6
Penn St.118.3118.2118.1118.2
Michigan St.116.2115.1114.4115.2
Maryland110.1110.1109.8110.0
Rutgers101.3100.798.3100.1
Indiana101.1100.498.399.9

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Wisconsin117.0116.6116.2116.6
Minnesota116.5115.9116.9116.4
Purdue116.3115.1114.2115.2
Iowa113.5112.2111.6112.4
Illinois105.9106.5104.2105.5
Nebraska100.9100.699.5100.3
Northwestern96.998.094.896.6

Big Ten112.0111.5110.8111.4

Conference USA
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
U A B98.398.599.998.9
W. Kentucky97.797.6100.298.5
U T S A97.696.297.597.1
Florida Atlantic87.889.287.888.3
Middle Tennessee84.085.285.384.8
North Texas84.083.084.883.9
U T E P83.483.083.183.2
Rice83.082.682.382.6
Louisiana Tech82.183.680.982.2
Charlotte79.980.979.780.2
Florida Int’l.65.268.063.465.5

CUSA85.786.285.985.9

FBS Independents
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Notre Dame111.9110.1112.0111.3
BYU111.6109.8111.5111.0
Army98.298.698.598.4
Liberty96.898.699.198.2
Connecticut77.878.775.177.2
New Mexico St.73.575.372.873.9
Massachusetts72.973.370.472.2

Independents91.892.191.391.7

Mid-American Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Miami (Ohio)90.893.493.492.5
Kent St.88.190.488.489.0
Bowling Green87.286.286.686.7
Ohio84.286.385.685.4
Buffalo82.184.684.083.5
Akron75.375.874.375.1

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
N. Illinois95.595.895.595.6
Toledo93.794.795.294.5
Western Mich.92.693.693.593.2
Central Mich.91.693.594.493.2
Eastern Mich.88.689.188.688.8
Ball St.83.484.583.483.7

MAC87.889.088.688.4

Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Boise St.104.3103.3104.9104.2
Air Force101.9101.9103.2102.3
Utah St.89.990.190.690.2
Wyoming85.988.387.387.2
New Mexico84.785.283.884.6
Colorado St.83.984.783.984.1

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Fresno St.101.6100.9102.6101.7
San Diego St.95.294.995.495.2
U N L V91.889.791.991.2
San Jose St.87.888.289.088.3
Nevada85.987.885.986.5
Hawaii71.973.272.672.5

MWC90.490.790.990.7

Pac-12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Utah116.2115.1117.8116.3
Oregon113.4112.8112.8113.0
U S C111.1111.7112.1111.6
Oregon St.109.7109.2110.6109.8
Washington107.9108.9109.2108.7
U C L A107.3107.2108.7107.7
Washington St.102.7103.4103.7103.3
Arizona St.101.6101.4102.3101.8
Stanford102.9100.3100.9101.4
California98.298.399.598.7
Arizona96.496.396.396.3
Colorado92.290.391.091.2

Pac-12105.0104.6105.4105.0

Southeastern Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Georgia135.3133.8136.9135.3
Tennessee118.0118.1118.6118.2
Kentucky112.6113.4114.1113.4
South Carolina107.5106.5107.1107.0
Florida105.3106.8105.5105.9
Missouri101.6102.0100.4101.4
Vanderbilt95.396.393.895.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Alabama129.4128.4130.7129.5
Ole Miss116.9115.1115.5115.8
Arkansas115.6113.8116.0115.1
L S U115.5114.6114.7114.9
Mississippi St.114.5112.9113.1113.5
Texas A&M111.0112.1112.4111.8
Auburn107.2105.7105.7106.2

SEC113.3112.8113.2113.1

Sunbelt Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Appalachian St.98.3100.0100.799.7
Georgia St.96.395.598.596.8
Marshall95.396.495.795.8
James Madison92.794.697.695.0
Coastal Carolina92.494.094.593.6
Old Dominion90.890.990.890.8
Ga. Southern90.389.890.890.3

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Louisiana93.994.296.194.8
Troy91.391.792.992.0
South Alabama90.691.192.491.4
Southern Miss.87.788.488.388.1
Arkansas St.84.085.584.884.8
UL-Monroe82.382.481.482.0
Texas St.80.381.481.080.9

Sun Belt90.591.191.891.1

Conference Ratings

RankConferenceRating
1Southeastern113.1
2Big Ten111.4
3Big 12110.9
4Atlantic Coast106.3
5Pac-12105.0
6American Athletic98.6
7Independents91.7
8Sun Belt91.1
9Mountain West90.7
10Mid-American88.4
11Conference USA85.9

Playoff Projections

1.) Georgia

2.) Ohio St.

3.) Alabama

4.) Oklahoma

Most Likely Top Group of 5 Team

For Automatic New Year’s 6 Bowl Game

1.) Coastal Carolina

2.) Cincinnati

3.) Appalachian St.

4.) Tulane

August 28, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Football–Sept. 1-5, 2022

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This Week’s Spreads

HomeVisitorPiRateMeanBias
TennesseeBall St.33.532.033.5
PittsburghWest Virginia13.712.613.3
PurduePenn St.4.74.14.0
MissouriLouisiana Tech26.725.127.2
MinnesotaNew Mexico St.42.039.043.1
Oklahoma St.Central Michigan28.224.024.4
IndianaIllinois0.3-0.8-0.7
Old DominionVirginia Tech-9.0-9.4-6.4
Michigan St.Western Michigan29.826.926.2
DukeTemple5.85.85.0
ColoradoTCU-7.3-7.6-6.6
Ole MissTroy25.723.522.8
FloridaUtah-7.0-3.5-8.6
South FloridaBYU-12.9-12.5-14.0
SyracuseLouisville-2.9-3.3-3.5
Ohio St.Notre Dame14.214.115.2
MarylandBuffalo30.127.428.0
MichiganColorado St.38.235.037.4
Appalachian St.North Carolina-10.0-8.4-6.7
Boston CollegeRutgers2.25.15.0
James MadisonMiddle Tennessee4.04.77.7
Coastal CarolinaArmy-2.8-2.1-1.2
KentuckyMiami (O)23.521.221.9
South CarolinaGeorgia St.13.113.39.3
North TexasSMU-10.5-10.4-9.3
OhioFlorida Atlantic-0.80.41.4
East CarolinaNorth Carolina St.-16.3-15.7-15.6
WyomingTulsa-10.1-6.3-8.8
USCRice27.128.529.0
UCLABowling Green23.825.026.3
Oregon St.Boise St.4.14.63.8
WashingtonKent St.19.817.820.8
San Diego St.Arizona6.46.46.9
NevadaTexas St.9.210.58.1
Georgia (Atlanta)Oregon21.419.823.8
Southern Miss.Liberty-7.8-9.3-10.3
AlabamaUtah St.37.235.538.0
OklahomaUTEP37.236.637.4
Mississippi St.Memphis20.618.019.0
TexasUL-Monroe32.030.331.0
ArkansasCincinnati7.56.56.2
UTSAHouston-5.9-7.4-7.9
TulaneMassachusetts25.924.327.8
HawaiiWestern Kentucky-18.5-16.5-20.2
LSU (New Orleans)Florida St.3.43.33.5
Georgia TechClemson-21.7-21.5-24.4

FBS vs. FCS Games

FBSFCSPiRate
AkronSt. Francis (PA)8.3
Central FloridaS. Carolina St.29.5
Florida Int’l.Bryant8.8
ToledoLong Island39.0
Wake ForestVMI31.7
Northern IllinoisEastern Illinois28.0
UABAlabama A&M28.8
Arizona St.Northern Arizona26.1
Fresno St.Cal Poly SLO31.3
San Jose St.Portland St.12.7
Eastern MichiganEastern Kentucky13.2
CharlotteWilliam & Mary3.8
KansasTennessee Tech25.1
Air ForceNorthern Iowa15.3
New MexicoMaine4.6
Texas A&MSam Houston27.7
ConnecticutCentral Connecticut13.0
IowaSouth Dakota St.16.7
NavyDelaware18.1
VirginiaRichmond22.1
Iowa St.SE Missouri St.33.2
NebraskaNorth Dakota21.1
Miami (Fla.)Bethune-Cookman38.6
MarshallNorfolk St.28.1
CaliforniaUC Davis18.6
South AlabamaNicholls St.9.7
Georgia SouthernMorgan St.28.6
AuburnMercer28.2
VanderbiltElon17.2
Kansas St.South Dakota23.2
WisconsinIllinois St.31.3
LouisianaSE Louisiana18.1
BaylorAlbany38.5
Arkansas St.Grambling21.8
StanfordColgate30.3
Texas TechMurray St.30.0
Washington St.Idaho25.7

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

RankTeamRating
1Georgia130.5
2Alabama129.1
3Ohio St.128.3
4Michigan123.0
5Clemson120.0
6Oklahoma119.1
7NC State118.1
8Michigan St.117.7
9Wisconsin117.6
10Oklahoma St.117.5
11Notre Dame116.8
12Utah116.6
13Purdue115.9
14Arkansas115.3
15Tennessee115.1
16Pittsburgh115.0
17Iowa114.7
18Miami (Fla.)114.7
19Penn St.114.6
20Texas A&M114.3
21Mississippi St.113.9
22Minnesota113.6
23Baylor113.5
24Kentucky112.7
25L S U112.5
26Ole Miss112.2
27Florida St.111.6
28BYU111.5
29Cincinnati111.5
30Oregon111.3
31Auburn111.2
32Louisville111.0
33Kansas St.110.3
34Texas110.2
35Maryland110.0
36U C L A109.1
37South Carolina109.1
38Iowa St.108.7
39North Carolina108.2
40T C U107.8
41Nebraska107.6
42Oregon St.107.2
43Texas Tech106.7
44Florida106.7
45Boise St.106.0
46U S C105.9
47Houston105.5
48Wake Forest105.4
49Washington104.9
50Syracuse104.8
51Arizona St.104.5
52UCF104.4
53Illinois103.8
54Missouri103.7
55Virginia103.6
56Fresno St.103.5
57West Virginia103.3
58Stanford102.2
59SMU102.0
60Washington St.101.5
61Air Force101.4
62Northwestern101.2
63Boston College101.2
64Indiana100.9
65Georgia St.100.1
66Rutgers100.1
67East Carolina99.8
68Virginia Tech99.7
69Army99.0
70California98.3
71N. Illinois98.2
72Tulane98.2
73U A B98.1
74Appal. St.97.8
75San Diego St.97.7
76Colorado97.6
77Kansas97.3
78Memphis97.2
79Liberty97.0
80Louisiana96.9
81W. Kentucky96.7
82U T S A96.5
83Tulsa95.5
84Vanderbilt95.4
85USF95.4
86Utah St.95.2
87Georgia Tech95.0
88Central Mich.95.0
89Toledo94.5
90Arizona94.1
91Coastal Car.94.0
92Miami (Ohio)93.5
93Western Mich.93.1
94Navy92.2
95Marshall92.1
96Troy91.2
97North Texas90.4
98J. Madison89.5
99Old Dominion89.4
100Colorado St.89.2
101Florida Atlantic88.6
102Eastern Mich.88.5
103Kent St.88.4
104U N L V88.1
105Nevada87.8
106San Jose St.87.4
107Bowling Green87.1
108Ga. Southern86.6
109Middle Tennessee86.5
110Ohio85.9
111South Alabama85.8
112Southern Miss.85.3
113Ball St.85.1
114U T E P85.1
115Buffalo84.5
116Wyoming84.1
117Duke84.1
118UL-Monroe82.1
119Temple81.1
120Texas St.81.0
121Arkansas St.80.8
122Rice80.7
123Charlotte80.7
124Louisiana Tech80.4
125New Mexico80.2
126Akron78.5
127Connecticut78.2
128New Mexico St.75.3
129Hawaii74.8
130Massachusetts74.7
131Florida Int’l.67.6

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Cincinnati111.3110.4112.9111.5
Houston105.1104.8106.6105.5
UCF103.9104.6104.7104.4
SMU102.3101.4102.4102.0
East Carolina99.699.2100.599.8
Tulane98.797.898.098.2
Memphis97.197.697.097.2
Tulsa95.994.995.895.5
USF96.394.895.295.4
Navy93.092.291.492.2
Temple81.083.578.781.1

AAC98.698.398.598.4

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Clemson119.8119.6120.6120.0
NC State118.4117.4118.6118.1
Florida St.112.1111.4111.3111.6
Louisville111.8110.6110.8111.0
Wake Forest105.9105.2105.2105.4
Syracuse105.9104.3104.2104.8
Boston College100.6102.6100.3101.2

Coastal Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Pittsburgh116.0114.7114.3115.0
Miami (Fla.)115.2113.8115.0114.7
North Carolina108.3108.5107.8108.2
Virginia104.1104.3102.4103.6
Virginia Tech100.4100.897.999.7
Georgia Tech95.795.693.795.0
Duke84.386.881.284.1

ACC107.0106.8105.9106.6

Big 12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Oklahoma119.4118.2119.8119.1
Oklahoma St.118.3116.4117.7117.5
Baylor114.2112.9113.4113.5
Kansas St.111.2109.8110.0110.3
Texas111.2110.0109.5110.2
Iowa St.108.7108.6108.9108.7
T C U108.9107.3107.3107.8
Texas Tech107.1105.6107.5106.7
West Virginia103.8103.6102.5103.3
Kansas99.296.995.897.3

Big 12110.2108.9109.2109.5

Big Ten Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Ohio St.128.7126.7129.6128.3
Michigan123.7121.9123.5123.0
Michigan St.119.0117.4116.8117.7
Penn St.115.1114.6114.1114.6
Maryland110.3110.1109.8110.0
Indiana102.1101.599.1100.9
Rutgers101.4100.598.3100.1

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Wisconsin118.1117.4117.1117.6
Purdue116.8115.7115.0115.9
Iowa115.9114.4113.9114.7
Minnesota113.7113.1114.1113.6
Nebraska108.1108.1106.8107.6
Illinois104.3104.8102.3103.8
Northwestern101.4102.599.6101.2

Big Ten112.8112.0111.4112.1

Conference USA
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
U A B97.497.699.298.1
W. Kentucky96.095.698.696.7
U T S A97.295.496.796.5
North Texas90.289.591.690.4
Florida Atlantic88.089.688.188.6
Middle Tennessee85.786.886.986.5
U T E P85.284.685.385.1
Rice81.380.780.280.7
Charlotte80.481.780.080.7
Louisiana Tech80.382.078.880.4
Florida Int’l.67.170.265.467.6

CUSA86.386.786.586.5

FBS Independents
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Notre Dame117.5115.5117.4116.8
BYU112.2110.2112.2111.5
Army98.699.399.299.0
Liberty95.497.598.097.0
Connecticut78.680.176.078.2
New Mexico St.74.877.174.075.3
Massachusetts75.376.072.774.7

Independents93.293.792.893.2

Mid-American Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Miami (Ohio)91.694.694.493.5
Kent St.87.490.287.788.4
Bowling Green87.886.586.987.1
Ohio84.387.086.585.9
Buffalo83.185.884.884.5
Akron78.379.377.978.5

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
N. Illinois97.998.398.498.2
Central Mich.93.195.496.495.0
Toledo93.594.795.494.5
Western Mich.92.293.593.693.1
Eastern Mich.88.489.088.188.5
Ball St.84.786.084.885.1

MAC88.590.089.689.4

Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Boise St.106.1105.0107.0106.0
Air Force101.0100.9102.4101.4
Utah St.94.895.295.695.2
Colorado St.88.689.989.189.2
Wyoming82.885.684.084.1
New Mexico80.481.179.180.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Fresno St.103.3102.6104.6103.5
San Diego St.97.597.597.997.7
U N L V89.086.588.688.1
Nevada87.289.387.087.8
San Jose St.86.987.388.087.4
Hawaii74.175.674.974.8

MWC91.091.491.591.3

Pac-12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Utah116.5115.0118.4116.6
Oregon111.7111.4110.9111.3
U C L A108.6108.5110.2109.1
Oregon St.107.2106.6107.8107.2
U S C105.4106.2106.2105.9
Washington104.2105.0105.5104.9
Arizona St.104.1104.1105.4104.5
Stanford103.8101.0101.8102.2
Washington St.101.0101.6101.8101.5
California97.798.199.198.3
Colorado98.596.797.797.6
Arizona94.194.194.094.1

Pac-12104.4104.0104.9104.4

Southeastern Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Georgia130.6128.7132.2130.5
Tennessee115.2114.9115.3115.1
Kentucky112.1112.8113.3112.7
South Carolina109.5108.8108.9109.1
Florida105.9108.0106.3106.7
Missouri104.0104.1103.0103.7
Vanderbilt95.696.893.895.4

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Alabama129.0127.7130.6129.1
Arkansas115.9113.9116.1115.3
Texas A&M113.4114.8114.8114.3
Mississippi St.115.2113.1113.5113.9
L S U113.0112.2112.2112.5
Ole Miss113.4111.4111.8112.2
Auburn112.1110.6110.9111.2

SEC113.2112.7113.1113.0

Sunbelt Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Georgia St.99.398.5102.6100.1
Appalachian St.96.298.199.097.8
Coastal Carolina92.894.295.094.0
Marshall91.492.892.192.1
James Madison87.289.192.189.5
Old Dominion89.489.489.589.4
Ga. Southern86.686.087.186.6

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Louisiana95.996.398.596.9
Troy90.790.992.091.2
South Alabama85.385.686.585.8
Southern Miss.85.185.685.285.3
UL-Monroe82.282.781.582.1
Texas St.80.481.381.481.0
Arkansas St.80.181.780.680.8

Sun Belt88.889.490.289.5

Conference Rankings

RankConferenceRating
1Southeastern113.0
2Big Ten112.1
3Big 12109.5
4Atlantic Coast106.6
5Pac-12104.4
6American Athletic98.4
7Independents93.2
8Mountain West91.3
9Sun Belt89.5
10Mid-American89.4
11Conference USA86.5

The Best TV Games This Week

Thursday, September 1
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
7:00 PMESPNPittsburghWest Virginia
8:00 PMFoxPurduePenn St.

Friday, September 2
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
7:00 PMESPNMichigan St.Western Michigan
8:00 PMFS1IndianaIllinois
10:00 PMESPNColoradoTCU

Saturday, September 3
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
12:00 PMABCMichiganColorado St.
12:00 PMESPNEast CarolinaNorth Carolina St.
12:00 PMESPNUAppalachian St.North Carolina
12:00 PMFS1IowaSouth Dakota St.
3:30 PMCBSSan Diego St.Arizona
3:30 PMESPNArkansasCincinnati
3:30 PMABCGeorgia (Atl.)Oregon
3:30 PMFoxOklahomaUTEP
7:00 PMESPNFloridaUtah
7:30 PMESPNUMississippi St.Memphis
7:30 PMABCOhio St.Notre Dame
7:30 PMSECNAlabamaUtah St.
10:30 PMESPNOregon St.Boise St.
10:30 PMFS1WashingtonKent St.

Sunday, September 4
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
7:30 PMABCLSU (New Orleans)Florida St.

Monday, September 5
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
8:00 PMESPNGeorgia TechClemson

August 9, 2022

2022 Conference USA Preview

Conference USA has been the weakest FBS league the last few years, and it looks to be on the verge of getting even weaker.  When the league sponsored its first football season, the football members were Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, South Florida, Southern Miss., Tulane, and UAB.  Over the course of its early years, Central Florida, East Carolina, SMU, TCU, and Tulsa were members.

Of the original teams, only UAB remains, but the Blazers are leaving the league to join the American Athletic Conference in 2023.  Going with UAB will be Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice and UTSA.  Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky almost made the move to the Mid-American Conference.  The league stayed alive by getting Liberty and New Mexico State to come in from the ranks of the independents while inviting current FCS members Jacksonville State and Sam Houston to enter next year.

CUSA lost Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss. to the Sun Belt, and thus the league will have just one division of 11 teams this year.  The top two in the conference standings will meet in the Conference Championship Game.

The CUSA Media poll did not record total vote numbers, just first place votes and predicted order of finish.  Here is how the media picked the race in 2022.

Conference USA
Votes
#Team1st PlaceOverall
1UTSA14
2UAB8
3Western Ky.0
4Fla. Atlantic0
5North Texas0
6UTEP0
7Charlotte0
8Middle Tenn.0
9Louisiana Tech0
10Rice0
11Fla. Int’l.0

The opening PiRate Ratings differ minimally.

Conference USA
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
U A B97.397.599.198.0
W. Kentucky96.496.099.097.1
U T S A97.195.396.696.4
North Texas88.687.889.988.8
U T E P86.986.487.186.8
Middle Tennessee85.686.786.886.4
Florida Atlantic85.387.285.686.0
Charlotte82.983.982.383.0
Rice81.280.680.180.6
Louisiana Tech80.281.978.780.3
Florida Int’l.67.070.165.367.5

CUSA86.286.786.486.4

If you are new to the PiRate Ratings, there are three different power ratings and an average of the three.  All three ratings, PiRate, Mean, and Bias, are calculated using the same statistical data but with different algorithmic formulas.  The PiRate and Bias are closely related, while the Mean is somewhat different.  Each of the three different ratings accentuate certain statistical events that have proven at times to be more essential than the other two.  Thus, in some years, the PiRate has more success.  In some years, the Bias has more success, and in some years the Mean has more success.
The PiRate Ratings are meant to predict the next week’s games on the schedule, so using them to predict the entire season’s results is unwarranted.  Nevertheless, here are the predicted won-loss records prior to the postseason.

TeamCUSAOverall
Western Kentucky *7-111-2
UAB7-19-4
UTSA7-18-4
UTEP6-28-4
North Texas4-45-7
Middle Tenn.4-45-7
Florida Atlantic3-54-8
Charlotte3-54-8
Louisiana Tech2-63-9
Rice1-72-10
Florida Int’l.0-81-11

* Western Kentucky picked to defeat UAB in the CUSA Championship Game

Note: UAB head coach Bill Clark retired due to health issues this Summer, and offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent has been named interim head coach.

Coming tomorrow: The Mid-American Conference

May 29, 2022

It Starts Again in Two Days

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The end of May means that college football practices begin in 10 weeks, less for the handful of teams playing in Week 0.

The end of May also means the beginning of the updating process of the PiRate Ratings. With a little bit of conference realignment plus the addition of a new team from FCS to FBS (James Madison), it means a little extra work, but this is the 54th season that the PiRate Ratings have been in existence, and it is really more a way of life than a difficult task.

Beginning Tuesday, May 31, the updating begins with two teams from Conference USA, and two teams will be worked on 7 days a week for close to 10 weeks until all 131 teams have been rated for 2022.

In other news, The PiRate Ratings have a tabletop football game available called PiRate Pro Football. There are currently two sets available: A 1960’s & 70’s salute to the American Football League, and a corresponding 1960’s and 70’s National Football League set. The next set will be a 1970’s and 80’s National Football League set, with preliminary plans to issue our first college football game after the NFL game. To see what the two games in existence look like, visit the site linked below.

August 23, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Football For August 28

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Monday, August 23, 2021

This Week’s PiRate Ratings
Date:August 28, 2021
TeamTeamPiRateMeanBias
IllinoisNebraska-3.8-4.0-3.4
UCLAHawaii19.720.419.9
New Mexico St.UTEP-4.5-4.7-5.3
Fresno St.Connecticut20.221.126.5

FBS vs. FCS

FBSFCSPiRate
San Jose St.Southern Utah23.8

It’s called Week 0. Four FBS college football games will kick off the 2021 season. Included in the quartet of games is a Big Ten conference game with an old Big Ten coach returning to a new Big Ten school to face another coach that is sitting on a very hot seat.

On the West Coast, Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins host Hawaii, and a good showing with no injuries could set the Bruins up for a potential upset of LSU next week.

If you have followed our site so far this year, you have now seen the preseason ratings and predictions for all 130 FBS teams. Here are those ratings in full.

The PiRate Ratings for August 23

RankTeamRating
1Alabama130.2
2Oklahoma128.1
3Georgia125.2
4Iowa St.124.8
5Clemson122.2
6Ohio St.121.9
7U S C119.4
8Florida118.2
9Texas A&M118.1
10North Carolina117.7
11Miami (Fla.)116.9
12Cincinnati116.5
13Auburn116.1
14T C U116.0
15Wisconsin115.9
16Texas115.6
17Indiana115.5
18Ole Miss113.3
19Arizona St.113.1
20Oklahoma St.113.1
21Penn St.113.1
22Iowa112.8
23Oregon112.5
24West Virginia112.3
25L S U112.1
26Washington112.1
27Utah111.9
28U C L A110.5
29Notre Dame110.2
30Mississippi St.110.1
31Arkansas109.5
32BYU109.2
33Louisiana109.2
34Coastal Carolina108.4
35Wake Forest107.7
36Kentucky107.4
37Maryland107.2
38Oregon St.106.9
39Missouri106.4
40Minnesota106.1
41NC State106.1
42Northwestern105.8
43Colorado105.7
44Liberty105.5
45Virginia Tech105.3
46Boston College105.2
47Michigan104.9
48Baylor104.5
49Kansas St.104.4
50Tennessee104.0
51Boise St.103.9
52Purdue103.7
53Florida St.103.5
54Nebraska103.2
55Michigan St.103.0
56Stanford103.0
57UCF102.8
58Virginia102.7
59Washington St.102.5
60Louisville102.1
61Texas Tech101.9
62Appalachian St.101.0
63South Carolina100.8
64Houston100.7
65San Jose St.100.3
66Pittsburgh100.2
67San Diego St.100.2
68Tulsa100.1
69Army100.0
70Miami (Ohio)99.7
71Central Michigan99.7
72Tulane99.0
73Nevada98.8
74Wyoming98.5
75California98.4
76Georgia Tech98.2
77Buffalo98.0
78Ball St.97.4
79Toledo96.7
80Air Force96.5
81Georgia St.96.5
82Illinois96.4
83Fresno St.95.3
84East Carolina95.3
85U A B95.2
86SMU95.0
87Rutgers95.0
88Arizona94.6
89Hawaii94.6
90U T S A93.9
91Ohio93.5
92Marshall93.4
93Troy93.4
94Memphis93.2
95Syracuse92.9
96Kent St.91.7
97Georgia Southern91.6
98Eastern Michigan91.4
99South Alabama91.2
100Western Michigan91.0
101USF90.4
102Navy90.3
103Vanderbilt90.1
104Arkansas St.89.9
105Duke89.8
106Colorado St.89.0
107Texas St.87.8
108Florida Atlantic87.7
109Northern Illinois87.5
110Rice87.1
111Louisiana Tech86.5
112Utah St.85.8
113New Mexico85.7
114Kansas85.4
115U N L V84.9
116Southern Miss.84.4
117Middle Tennessee83.7
118Western Kentucky82.7
119North Texas81.7
120Temple81.6
121Akron79.8
122Charlotte79.5
123Florida Int’l.79.0
124Connecticut76.7
125U T E P76.0
126UL-Monroe75.6
127UMass73.1
128Old Dominion71.4
129Bowling Green70.8
130New Mexico St.69.7

American Athletic Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Cincinnati116.3115.3118.0116.5
UCF102.5101.2104.8102.8
Houston101.199.5101.6100.7
Tulsa100.2100.399.7100.1
Tulane98.897.5100.699.0
East Carolina95.394.396.295.3
SMU94.395.495.495.0
Memphis92.492.894.393.2
USF91.089.790.690.4
Navy90.890.090.390.3
Temple80.682.481.981.6
AAC Averages96.796.297.696.8

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Clemson120.9121.5124.0122.2
Wake Forest108.0106.7108.3107.7
NC State106.5105.8105.9106.1
Boston College104.7105.3105.7105.2
Florida St.103.4103.6103.5103.5
Louisville101.7101.4103.2102.1
Syracuse93.793.192.192.9
Coastal Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
North Carolina116.4116.7119.9117.7
Miami (Fla.)117.1116.1117.7116.9
Virginia Tech106.4104.9104.7105.3
Virginia102.1104.1101.8102.7
Pittsburgh99.8100.9100.1100.2
Georgia Tech98.098.398.398.2
Duke89.791.288.589.8
ACC Averages104.9105.0105.3105.0

Big 12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Oklahoma129.3126.7128.2128.1
Iowa St.125.3123.5125.6124.8
T C U116.6115.1116.3116.0
Texas116.7114.5115.6115.6
Oklahoma St.113.5113.2112.5113.1
West Virginia113.8112.0111.1112.3
Baylor104.9104.8103.8104.5
Kansas St.104.9104.7103.5104.4
Texas Tech102.0102.8100.8101.9
Kansas88.185.682.585.4
Big 12 Averages111.5110.3110.0110.6

Big Ten Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Ohio St.121.1121.3123.2121.9
Indiana114.9115.0116.4115.5
Penn St.111.7112.8114.6113.1
Maryland108.7106.9105.8107.2
Michigan104.3105.1105.3104.9
Michigan St.103.5103.0102.5103.0
Rutgers94.196.394.595.0
West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Wisconsin115.2115.2117.3115.9
Iowa112.3111.6114.5112.8
Minnesota104.6106.1107.6106.1
Northwestern105.8105.8105.8105.8
Purdue103.6102.9104.5103.7
Nebraska102.8103.4103.3103.2
Illinois96.096.496.996.4
Big Ten Averages107.0107.3108.0107.5

Conference USA
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Marshall93.493.493.693.4
Florida Atlantic86.788.687.887.7
Middle Tennessee83.483.184.783.7
Western Kentucky81.783.682.882.7
Charlotte78.879.680.279.5
Florida Int’l.77.978.980.179.0
Old Dominion71.271.971.271.4
West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
U A B95.495.294.995.2
U T S A94.094.593.493.9
Rice87.087.187.387.1
Louisiana Tech86.987.485.286.5
Southern Miss.83.385.284.584.4
North Texas82.181.781.481.7
U T E P76.377.274.476.0
CUSA Averages84.184.884.484.4

FBS Independents
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Notre Dame108.8110.6111.2110.2
BYU109.2108.2110.3109.2
Liberty104.3105.6106.5105.5
Army100.099.8100.2100.0
Connecticut77.478.674.276.7
UMass74.874.070.573.1
New Mexico St.70.371.167.669.7
Indep. Averages92.192.691.592.1

Mid-American Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Miami (Ohio)101.999.298.199.7
Buffalo98.597.597.998.0
Ohio92.294.494.093.5
Kent St.91.393.490.591.7
Akron81.879.678.179.8
Bowling Green71.672.168.870.8
West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Central Michigan100.599.199.599.7
Ball St.98.498.395.597.4
Toledo97.596.795.896.7
Eastern Michigan93.191.289.891.4
Western Michigan91.291.690.191.0
Northern Illinois89.387.086.187.5
MAC Averages92.391.790.491.4

Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Boise St.103.9103.3104.3103.9
Wyoming97.798.499.598.5
Air Force96.496.396.996.5
Colorado St.88.888.889.389.0
Utah St.85.686.685.285.8
New Mexico85.886.285.285.7
West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
San Jose St.100.8101.199.0100.3
San Diego St.100.699.9100.2100.2
Nevada98.499.798.498.8
Fresno St.93.795.796.795.3
Hawaii94.894.194.794.6
U N L V85.884.384.684.9
MWC Averages94.494.594.594.5

Pac-12 Conference
North Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Oregon111.0112.4114.1112.5
Washington110.9112.4112.9112.1
Oregon St.106.7106.7107.3106.9
Stanford102.6103.9102.4103.0
Washington St.102.3103.2102.1102.5
California95.7100.599.098.4
South Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
U S C118.8118.4120.9119.4
Arizona St.112.4113.5113.6113.1
Utah111.8112.1111.8111.9
U C L A110.5110.5110.6110.5
Colorado106.4105.8104.9105.7
Arizona95.294.594.094.6
Pac-12 Averages107.0107.8107.8107.5

Southeastern Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Georgia124.8124.5126.3125.2
Florida117.0119.4118.1118.2
Kentucky106.7108.8106.8107.4
Missouri106.2106.9106.2106.4
Tennessee104.1103.1104.6104.0
South Carolina101.1101.0100.4100.8
Vanderbilt90.989.989.690.1
West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Alabama130.4128.8131.3130.2
Texas A&M117.4118.3118.6118.1
Auburn116.4115.2116.6116.1
Ole Miss113.3113.3113.2113.3
L S U111.0112.4112.8112.1
Mississippi St.110.2110.4109.7110.1
Arkansas110.1109.9108.5109.5
SEC Averages111.4111.6111.6111.5

Sunbelt Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Coastal Carolina109.2106.4109.6108.4
Appalachian St.100.5100.0102.5101.0
Georgia St.97.096.296.396.5
Troy93.193.493.793.4
Georgia Southern91.792.191.291.6
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Louisiana109.8107.6110.4109.2
South Alabama91.691.590.691.2
Arkansas St.89.891.088.889.9
Texas St.89.486.787.287.8
UL-Monroe76.476.573.975.6
Sun Averages94.894.194.494.5

Conference Ratings
1Southeastern111.5
2Big 12110.6
3Pac-12107.5
4Big Ten107.5
5Atlantic Coast105.0
6American Athletic96.8
7Sun Belt94.5
8Mountain West94.5
9Independents92.1
10Mid-American91.4
11Conference USA84.4

August 14, 2021

Mid-American Conference Preview

There wasn’t much MACtion in the Mid-American Conference in 2020.  Covid limited MAC play to a minimum number of games with two teams playing just three games, one other playing four times, one team playing eight games, and the rest playing five to seven times.

In the end, two teams emerged as the clear cut best in the league–Buffalo in the East and Ball State in the West.  Ball St. defeated the 5-0 Bulls in the MAC Championship Game, and then both teams won their bowl games, Buffalo over Marshall in the Camellia Bowl, and Ball St. over San Jose St. in the Arizona Bowl.

Buffalo faced a minor rebuild on the offensive end with four new starters needed to replace the best receiving corps in the league, but the Bulls were hit with a very late blow in the Spring.  Coach Lance Leipold had been a candidate for multiple Power 5 coaching gigs in December, but he came up short on all of them.  Then, after Kansas fired Les Miles, Leipold was offered and accepted the job in Lawrence.  Former Dallas Cowboys secondary coach and Michigan co-defensive coordinator Maurice “Mo” Linguist has developed a reputation for being an incredible recruiter, and he should bring some fine talent to The Queen City.

There’s an additional irony to the MAC East, as co-favorite Ohio U had a late head coaching change.  Legendary coach Frank Solich stepped down due to health concerns, and offensive coordinator Tim Albin takes over.  Albin has not been a head coach since 1999, but that Northwestern Oklahoma State team finished 13-0 and won the NAIA football championship.

Kent State and Miami of Ohio have the same head coaches they had last year.  Fans of Kent State are excited about Coach Sean Lewis’s up-tempo offense.  In their abbreviated season, The Golden Flashes averaged almost 50 points per game and more than 600 total yards per game.  Miami’s season ended after playing just three games, but the Redhawks penned the lone loss on the conference champs, topping Ball State by a touchdown. 

Akron and Bowling Green bring up the rear in the East.  Akron won the head-to-head matchup last year, but the two teams combined to go 1-10, both giving up more than 40 points per game.

The race in the MAC West should be one of the most competitive races of any FBS division.  A case could be made for five of the six teams to earn a piece of the first place this year, and only Northern Illinois figures not to challenge for supremacy.

Defending champs Ball State returns the bulk of its starting 22 players from last year, but the Cardinals won four of their five regular season games by seven points or less.  Rarely does a team repeat that feat from year to year.  Usually, if the team isn’t vastly better, they lose a couple of the types of games they won the year before.

Central Michigan and Toledo figure to be much improved in 2021.  Both schools return almost their entire starting lineups on both sides of the ball.  Keep an eye out for these very experienced and talented squads in September games against Power 5 opponents.  CMU plays Missouri, while Toledo takes on Notre Dame.  

Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan return a majority of their 2020 starters but with every player getting a free extra year, having 16 returning starters is almost below average.

Northern Illinois, once the best Group of 5 program in America, has fallen on hard times.  The Huskies went 0-6 last year and figure to be underdogs in almost every game against FBS competition this year.

Here is how the MAC media voted in the preseason poll:

2021 MAC Football Preseason Poll

(First Place Votes in Parentheses)

East Division

1. Kent State (11) – 112 points

2. Ohio (2) – 96 points

3. Miami (5) – 94 points

4. Buffalo (4) – 93 points

5. Akron – 39 points

6. Bowling Green – 28 points

West Division

1. Ball State (11) – 114 points

2. Toledo (7) – 104 points

3. Western Michigan (4) – 103 points

4. Central Michigan – 68 points

5. Eastern Michigan – 44 points

6. Northern Illinois – 29 points

MAC Football Championship Game Winner: Ball State (7), Toledo (5), Kent State (4), Western Michigan (3), Buffalo (2), Miami (1)

The preseason PiRate Ratings differ somewhat.

Mid-American Conference
East Division

TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Miami (Ohio)101.999.298.199.7
Buffalo98.597.597.998.0
Ohio92.294.494.093.5
Kent St.91.393.490.591.7
Akron81.879.678.179.8
Bowling Green71.672.168.870.8

West Division

Team
PiRateMeanBiasAverage
Central Michigan100.599.199.599.7
Ball St.98.498.395.597.4
Toledo97.596.795.896.7
Eastern Michigan93.191.289.891.4
Western Michigan91.291.690.191.0
Northern Illinois89.387.086.187.5

MAC Averages92.391.790.491.4

The PiRate Ratings are not designed to pick seasonal won-loss records, but we use them any way to make predictions just for fun.

MAC EastConf.Overall
Miami (Ohio)6-28-5*
Buffalo5-37-5
Ohio5-37-5
Kent St.4-45-7
Akron1-72-10
Bowling Green0-81-11

MAC WestConf.Overall
Central Michigan6-28-5
Toledo6-29-3
Ball St.6-28-4
Eastern Michigan5-38-4
Western Michigan2-63-9
Northern Illinois2-63-9
* Miami (Ohio) picked to win MAC Championship Game

August 11, 2021

It’s Football Time!

The PiRate Ship arrived at the port today. Our College PiRate Ratings, The PiRate, Mean, and Bias Ratings to be exact, are ready to go public. As we expected, the top teams in the nation are more experienced as a whole than they were last year, but a large majority of FBS teams are more experienced. In fact, as we hinted earlier this Summer, the total amount of college football experience and average age is at its highest since the late 1940s, when the G.I. Bill allowed former collegians to return from the War and resume their lives where it was before the War.

Because the weakest teams will be better than they have been in normal years, and because our ratings must average 100.0, since 100 is par, that means that the preseason top 10 will have lower then normal power ratings to begin the 2021 season.

As we do every year, we will begin Friday reviewing one conference per day until Monday, February 23. We will start with the weakest conference by average PiRate Ratings, ending with the strongest conference on the 23rd. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, August 13: Conference USA

Saturday, August 14: Mid-American Conference

Sunday, August 15: The FBS Independents

Monday, August 16: Mountain West Conference

Tuesday, August 17: Sun Belt Conference

Wednesday, August 18: American Athletic Conference

Thursday, August 19: Atlantic Coast Conference

Friday, August 20: Big Ten Conference

Saturday, August 21: Pac-12 Conference

Sunday, August 22: Big 12 Conference

Monday, August 23: Southeastern Conference

Later on Monday, August 23, we will post our opening college spreads for Week 0.

June 15, 2021

2021 College Football Season Historically Before It Happens

Hello out there in Pigskinville, especially all of our super fans of the Southeastern Conference. The PiRates have left the harbor in our vessel for 2021, hoping it will get us out into the shipping lanes for the 2021-2022 football season.

Needless to say, this has been the most difficult Spring for updating college football ratings in the 52 years that the ratings have existed. To be more exact, the PiRate Ratings have been utilizing the same formulas with off-season updates since 1996, as pre-Internet, our system was quite a bit more spartan in calculations. Since 1996, off-season updating has been a mechanical process that involved about 8 weeks of working an average of 20 hours per week in the early mornings and evenings, or roughy 160 hours to update 130 teams.

That dastardly little virus totally fouled up the process last year. At first, just a few dozen teams committed to playing a season. Then, it jumped to 76 then 90-something, and finally 127 of the 130 teams played football, even if they only played five games. Then, in the Spring the FCS played a season, but FBS Independent New Mexico State played two FCS games, getting blown out by Tarleton State and barely edging a fledgling program in Dixie State.

The question became, “How do we update teams that played between 0 and 12 games, including three teams that did not play, one of which played two FCS Spring games and trailed one of those teams 40-7 less than a minute into the second half?

Just coming up with an alternate one-year re-calculation that could be applied to our mechanical updating system took most of the Month of April, and applying the one-year substitute formulas in a process that maintained a level statistical playing field gobbled up all of May through Memorial Day weekend.

Alas, by June 5, we had the process finalized. However, acquiring the stats from all 130 FBS schools took another 10 days, with the acquisition of team #130, U Mass, coming this morning.

Now, the hard work begins today in earnest. At two teams per weekday, one in the early morning and one in the evening and four teams per weekend day, it will take a little over 7 weeks to finalize the preseason ratings for the 2021 college football season. Thus, we expect to be ready by August 10 and should begin our previews around Saturday, August 14 through 24. The season kicks off Saturday, August 28, with what is being called, “Week 0.”

The 2021 season is going to be somewhat like the 1946-1949 seasons. World War II led to many war veterans playing college football well into their 20’s. Oklahoma’s 1949 had more war veterans over the age of a normal college senior than they had correct age underclassmen. The Sooners won 31 games in a row during this era, and multiple players commented that playing football was much easier than fighting a war. That 1949 Sooner team could have had a speedy back from Commerce, OK, on the roster, but Mickey Mantle chose to play baseball after visiting Norman on a recruiting trip and discovering that there were men in the locker room, meaning he would see little action until they finally graduated about the time their children were entering grade school.

Because the NCAA granted an extra year for all college football players, the teams will be considerably more mature, both physically and mentally. Add into this equation the rule that has allowed all players a free transfer, and all of a sudden, the transfer list is more important than the freshmen recruiting list and maybe more important than the two year old recruiting list, or players ready to contribute. A relatively new stat that sort of mimics what we have been doing for several years is the returning production ratings made by Billy Connelly, now at ESPN. We don’t know how Billy plans to adjust his ratings, but the PiRates are giving considerable weight to transfers that expect to see extensive playing time. For instance, in less than 48 hours, Georgia picked up two transfers that figure to be major contributors. They previously had two other top-rated transfers. These four players make Georgia almost a full touchdown better than they would be using just returning production. Now, toss into this equation that a couple of point-changing transfers are still undecided on a 2021 team, and the possibility probability that some player or players will make an eleventh hour decision to transfer just before August practices commence, and we will be updating the updated ratings all summer. Our ratings are based on 100.0 being par. With 130 teams playing, the total for each of our three different ratings adds to 13,000. If a team is adjusted, then 129 other teams must adjust by a minute amount. By August, usually 15-20 teams have to be adjusted due to players leaving or entering programs at the last minute. That leads not to 15-20 updates but 15-20 updates of 130 teams.

We hope that our ratings continue to be as accurate as possible. In the past five years, our ratings have remained in the top 10% of all computer football ratings at the Prediction Tracker. Almost every year since we have been part of the Prediction Tracker, our ratings have finished in the top 5 against the Spread and for the all-important Mean Square Error, which basically calculates how close our spreads came to the actual margins. However, we suspect that the opening month of the college football season this year is going to be much more unpredictable than past seasons. We expect many of the computer ratings to begin the season behind the eight ball as the incredible amount of variables affect the game. Hopefully, our unique way of updating our ratings, with the extra attention to the transfer market along with the overall experience of teams that will have multiple six-year personnel, will allow us to get off to a fast start.

Through the years, we have given you our best advice toward football wagering–just don’t do it! At least, we ask that you do not use the PiRate Ratings as your source for gambling your mortgage payment away to corporations that build castles to the clouds in Nevada. We expect the underdogs to cover the spread more than typical in the first two weeks of the college season, unless the books lower lines and find enough people to wrongly choose the favorite. If you have the ability to wager early before the season commences and then play the other side in games where the lines appreciably move, you might be able to find some hot middles to play. Unless you know in advance which lines are likely to move by more than three points, it isn’t going to help you. But, if you have State U at -6 1/2 against Tech and wager on State U on August 12, and then on game week three weeks later, the line has moved to 9 1/2, and you can put the same wager amount on Tech, if you can find three or more of these games, this might be the year to play middles on the opening weekend. Still, we ask you to use some other means as your research if you must donate to Nevada corporations.

There is a group in the Caribbean that uses our ratings as a major part of their gaming selections. However, they have a large computer program that analyzes the spreads and our ratings, knowing when to play a minimal number of games that their program says to wager. They hit over 60% success against the spread, but their method is not possible to utilize unless you can immediately wager on certain line movements at an offshore book. There is also the issue of not just winning from an offshore book; you have to be able to collect from them as well, and some of them are hesitant to allow this.

We look forward to providing you with weekly entertainment. Expect the first conference ratings, preview, and predictions to publish around August 14. Thank you for your support.

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November 8, 2020

PiRate Ratings–College Football For November 10-14, 2020

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This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

HomeVisitorsPiRateMeanBias
OhioAkron26.524.829.4
Bowling GreenKent St.-16.7-14.5-20.0
BuffaloMiami (O)3.85.95.3
Ball St.Eastern Mich.10.87.910.6
Western Mich.Toledo3.24.14.8
Northern Ill.Central Mich.-9.3-7.4-9.6
Boise St.Colorado St.16.615.416.2
MinnesotaIowa-2.5-1.7-2.4
Florida Intl.Fla. Atlantic6.75.16.0
CincinnatiE. Carolina28.328.029.7
UCLAUtah-5.8-6.8-8.6
Boston CollegeNotre Dame-18.4-17.8-18.0
Virginia TechMiami (Fla.)0.1-1.60.8
Washington St.Oregon-12.3-11.9-11.2
ArizonaUSC-13.3-12.4-13.4
Arizona St.California2.41.72.1
WashingtonOregon St.9.68.311.5
NebraskaPenn St.-7.1-6.6-6.3
Utah St.Fresno St.-5.4-6.6-6.2
UABNorth Texas20.720.620.2
Texas TechBaylor-7.4-8.4-7.1
West Va.TCU0.12.00.2
RutgersIllinois2.21.70.4
PurdueNorthwestern0.30.9-1.1
MissouriGeorgia-15.0-14.1-14.5
Michigan St.Indiana-13.2-14.2-15.3
TroyCoastal Carolina-10.5-9.910.8
N. CarolinaWake Forest12.412.013.0
KentuckyVanderbilt23.424.125.7
TulaneArmy8.06.27.1
MarshallMiddle Tenn.23.323.322.6
LouisianaS. Alabama18.816.917.7
Appalachian St.Georgia St.15.915.216.6
Arkansas St.UL-Monroe17.017.718.2
UTSAUTEP9.77.99.8
HoustonS. Florida14.414.314.9
MarylandOhio St.-35.3-34.3-38.3
TennesseeTexas A&M-11.7-12.2-12.1
Louisiana TechRice-1.71.2-1.0
NavyMemphis-10.3-10.5-10.6
Georgia SouthernTexas St.13.914.415.8
StanfordColorado7.84.18.8
VirginiaLouisville-2.8-2.3-1.6
Mississippi St.Auburn-11.9-11.3-11.5
San Diego St.Hawaii7.18.48.7
LSUAlabama-12.5-14.5-13.2
Western Ky.Southern Miss.9.710.010.7
New MexicoNevada-8.5-8.7-10.6
FloridaArkansas21.820.523.2
TulsaSMU2.91.61.8
Georgia TechPittsburgh-7.0-8.7-7.8
MichiganWisconsin-13.5-11.8-12.8
NC St.Florida St.3.35.04.3
Ole MissS. Carolina2.53.23.0
UCFTemple24.024.326.1
WyomingAir Force-1.7-1.1-0.6
San Jose St.UNLV16.016.917.0

FBS vs. FCS
FBSFCSPiRate
LibertyWestern Carolina31.1
CharlotteGardner-Webb27.3

Games with Strike-through lines have been cancelled due to Covid. As of Friday at 4:00 PM EST, 15 of 61 scheduled FBS games have been postponed or cancelled (24.5%).

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

#TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg.Conference
1Ohio St.132.0130.9134.4132.4BTen-E
2Alabama130.5131.6132.8131.6SEC-W
3Clemson126.2126.8128.2127.1ACC
4Wisconsin125.0122.7126.0124.6BTen-W
5Florida123.3122.8124.3123.5SEC-E
6Notre Dame123.3122.9123.4123.2ACC
7Georgia121.7120.7122.4121.6SEC-E
8Texas A&M119.6119.6119.9119.7SEC-W
9Oregon119.9118.3119.8119.3P12-N
10Oklahoma119.1118.6119.4119.1B12
11Cincinnati118.5117.9118.6118.3AAC
12Auburn116.9115.6116.9116.5SEC-W
13L S U116.0115.1117.6116.2SEC-W
14Penn St.116.0114.7116.4115.7BTen-E
15N. Carolina115.2115.6116.3115.7ACC
16BYU115.1114.9115.6115.2Ind.
17Oklahoma St.115.2114.3114.8114.8B12
18U S C115.9113.3114.9114.7P12-S
19Indiana113.1113.7115.6114.1BTen-E
20Texas114.1112.9114.0113.7B12
21Iowa112.9112.6114.5113.3BTen-W
22UCF112.9113.0113.6113.2AAC
23Kentucky112.0112.0113.2112.4SEC-E
24Iowa St.111.0110.2111.2110.8B12
25Michigan110.0109.4111.6110.4BTen-E
26Miami (Fla.)109.2111.3109.7110.1ACC
27Washington109.9108.6110.6109.7P12-N
28Minnesota108.9109.4110.5109.6BTen-W
29Utah109.0108.6109.7109.1P12-S
30Northwestern107.6107.8110.3108.6BTen-W
31Louisville108.3108.2107.6108.0ACC
32Arizona St.108.1107.6108.1107.9P12-S
33Virginia Tech107.3107.8108.5107.8ACC
34Kansas St.107.9107.1108.2107.7B12
35California107.2107.4107.5107.4P12-N
36Ole Miss107.6106.5107.5107.2SEC-W
37Purdue106.5107.2107.8107.2BTen-W
38Nebraska106.8106.1108.1107.0BTen-W
39T C U107.3105.2107.4106.7B12
40Baylor106.7106.3106.4106.5B12
41S. Carolina107.0105.3106.5106.3SEC-E
42Tennessee106.4105.9106.3106.2SEC-E
43Boise St.106.3106.2106.0106.2MWC-M
44Washington St.106.0104.9107.1106.0P12-N
45W. Virginia105.4105.3105.6105.4B12
46Memphis106.1104.9104.6105.2AAC
47Missouri104.7104.6105.9105.1SEC-E
48Coastal Car.103.8104.5104.5104.3SUN-E
49Virginia104.0104.3104.4104.3ACC
50Wake Forest103.8104.5104.3104.2ACC
51Arkansas103.5104.3103.1103.6SEC-W
52Stanford104.6102.1103.7103.5P12-N
53Miss. St.103.5102.8103.9103.4SEC-W
54Boston Coll.102.9103.1103.4103.1ACC
55Pittsburgh102.5103.5102.4102.8ACC
56Appal. St.102.8102.1103.3102.7SUN-E
57Tulsa103.6101.9101.9102.4AAC
58SMU102.6102.3102.0102.3AAC
59Marshall102.4102.6101.8102.2CUSA-E
60Louisiana102.3101.6101.4101.8SUN-W
61Oregon St.101.8101.9100.6101.4P12-N
62U C L A101.7100.399.6100.5P12-S
63Houston101.499.9100.1100.5AAC
64NC State100.1100.6100.6100.4ACC
65Arizona101.199.4100.1100.2P12-S
66Tulane100.4100.399.7100.1AAC
67Air Force99.8100.499.599.9MWC-M
68Liberty98.2100.799.499.4Ind.
69Illinois99.298.5100.099.2BTen-W
70Rutgers99.998.798.999.2BTen-E
71San Diego St.98.599.799.199.1MWC-W
72Michigan St.98.498.098.898.4BTen-E
73Florida St.98.797.798.398.2ACC
74Colorado98.399.596.498.0P12-S
75Buffalo97.298.098.397.8MAC-E
76Duke97.897.997.197.6ACC
77Texas Tech97.896.497.897.3B12
78Wyoming96.797.997.497.3MWC-M
79San Jose St.95.997.896.096.6MWC-W
80U A B96.096.595.496.0CUSA-W
81Ohio94.394.995.795.0MAC-E
82Maryland95.295.194.695.0BTen-E
83Army93.995.694.094.5Ind.
84Nevada93.794.694.794.4MWC-W
85Miami (O)94.993.694.594.3MAC-E
86Hawaii94.494.393.494.0MWC-W
87Fresno St.93.694.393.493.8MWC-W
88Georgia Sou.93.294.193.893.7SUN-E
89Western Mich.92.494.693.693.5MAC-W
90Central Mich.93.593.293.993.5MAC-W
91Georgia Tech94.093.393.193.5ACC
92Navy94.392.992.493.2AAC
93Troy92.393.692.792.9SUN-E
94Ball St.92.491.592.592.2MAC-W
95Colorado St.91.292.291.491.6MWC-M
96Florida Int’l.91.391.091.391.2CUSA-E
97E. Carolina91.791.490.391.1AAC
98Toledo90.792.090.291.0MAC-W
99Syracuse89.991.490.590.6ACC
100Temple90.990.789.590.4AAC
101Kent St.89.989.389.389.5MAC-E
102Vanderbilt90.189.388.989.5SEC-E
103W. Kentucky89.189.688.889.2CUSA-E
104Georgia St.88.988.988.788.8SUN-E
105Arkansas St.88.288.988.088.4SUN-W
106Rice88.986.888.288.0CUSA-W
107USF88.587.186.787.4AAC
108La. Tech86.187.086.286.5CUSA-W
109Fla. Atlantic85.686.986.386.2CUSA-E
110Utah St.86.786.285.886.2MWC-M
111S. Alabama85.086.285.285.5SUN-W
112Charlotte85.385.585.285.4CUSA-E
113New Mexico83.784.582.683.6MWC-M
114Eastern Mich.82.684.683.083.4MAC-W
115N. Illinois82.684.282.883.2MAC-W
116U N L V81.482.580.681.5MWC-W
117Middle Tenn.81.181.381.181.2CUSA-E
118Southern Miss.80.981.179.680.5CUSA-W
119Texas St.80.881.279.580.5SUN-W
120U T S A79.279.679.279.3CUSA-W
121Kansas79.679.078.178.9B12
122North Texas76.877.376.676.9CUSA-W
123UL-Monroe72.672.771.472.2SUN-W
124Bowling Green72.273.868.471.4MAC-E
125U T E P70.472.770.571.2CUSA-W
126Akron68.871.167.369.1MAC-E
127Mass.62.068.359.863.4Ind.

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference

TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgAACOverall
Cincinnati118.5117.9118.6118.34-06-0
UCF112.9113.0113.6113.23-24-2
Memphis106.1104.9104.6105.23-24-2
Tulsa103.6101.9101.9102.43-03-1
SMU102.6102.3102.0102.34-17-1
Houston101.499.9100.1100.52-22-3
Tulane100.4100.399.7100.12-44-4
Navy94.392.992.493.23-23-4
E. Carolina91.791.490.391.11-31-5
Temple90.990.789.590.41-41-4
USF88.587.186.787.40-51-6
AAC Avg.101.0100.299.9100.4

Atlantic Coast Conference

TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgACCOverall
Clemson126.2126.8128.2127.16-17-1
Notre Dame123.3122.9123.4123.26-07-0
N. Carolina115.2115.6116.3115.75-25-2
Miami (Fla.)109.2111.3109.7110.15-16-1
Louisville108.3108.2107.6108.01-52-5
Virginia Tech107.3107.8108.5107.84-24-3
Virginia104.0104.3104.4104.32-42-4
Wake Forest103.8104.5104.3104.23-24-2
Boston Coll.102.9103.1103.4103.14-35-3
Pittsburgh102.5103.5102.4102.83-44-4
NC State100.1100.6100.6100.44-34-3
Florida St.98.797.798.398.21-52-5
Duke97.897.997.197.61-62-6
Georgia Tech94.093.393.193.52-42-5
Syracuse89.991.490.590.61-61-7
ACC Avg.105.6105.9105.8105.8

Big 12 Conference

TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgB12Overall
Oklahoma119.1118.6119.4119.14-25-2
Oklahoma St.115.2114.3114.8114.84-15-1
Texas114.1112.9114.0113.74-25-2
Iowa St.111.0110.2111.2110.85-15-2
Kansas St.107.9107.1108.2107.74-24-3
T C U107.3105.2107.4106.73-33-3
Baylor106.7106.3106.4106.51-41-4
W. Virginia105.4105.3105.6105.43-34-3
Texas Tech97.896.497.897.31-52-5
Kansas79.679.078.178.90-60-7
Big 12 Avg.106.4105.5106.3106.1

Big Ten Conference

East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgBTenOverall
Ohio St.132.0130.9134.4132.43-03-0
Penn St.116.0114.7116.4115.70-30-3
Indiana113.1113.7115.6114.13-03-0
Michigan110.0109.4111.6110.41-21-2
Rutgers99.998.798.999.21-21-2
Michigan St.98.498.098.898.41-21-2
Maryland95.295.194.695.02-12-1

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgBTenOverall
Wisconsin125.0122.7126.0124.61-01-0
Iowa112.9112.6114.5113.31-21-2
Minnesota108.9109.4110.5109.61-21-2
Northwestern107.6107.8110.3108.63-03-0
Purdue106.5107.2107.8107.22-02-0
Nebraska106.8106.1108.1107.00-20-2
Illinois99.298.5100.099.20-30-3
Big Ten Avg.109.4108.9110.5109.6

Conference USA

East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgCUSAOverall
Marshall102.4102.6101.8102.23-06-0
Florida Int’l.91.391.091.391.20-10-3
W. Kentucky89.189.688.889.21-32-6
Fla. Atlantic85.686.986.386.23-13-1
Charlotte85.385.585.285.42-12-3
Middle Tenn.81.181.381.181.22-32-5

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgCUSAOverall
U A B96.096.595.496.02-14-3
Rice88.986.888.288.01-11-1
La. Tech86.187.086.286.53-24-3
Southern Miss.80.981.179.680.51-22-5
U T S A79.279.679.279.32-24-4
North Texas76.877.376.676.91-22-3
U T E P70.472.770.571.20-23-3
CUSA Avg.85.686.085.485.7

FBS Independents

TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
BYU115.1114.9115.6115.2x8-0
Liberty98.2100.799.499.4x7-0
Army93.995.694.094.5x5-1
Mass.62.068.359.863.4x0-2
Ind. Avg.92.394.992.293.1

Mid-American Conference

East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
Buffalo97.298.098.397.81-01-0
Ohio94.394.995.795.00-10-1
Miami (O)94.993.694.594.31-01-0
Kent St.89.989.389.389.51-01-0
Bowling Green72.273.868.471.40-10-1
Akron68.871.167.369.10-10-1

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
Western Mich.92.494.693.693.51-01-0
Central Mich.93.593.293.993.51-01-0
Ball St.92.491.592.592.20-10-1
Toledo90.792.090.291.01-01-0
Eastern Mich.82.684.683.083.40-10-1
N. Illinois82.684.282.883.20-10-1
MAC Avg.87.688.487.587.8

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
Boise St.106.3106.2106.0106.22-02-1
Air Force99.8100.499.599.90-21-2
Wyoming96.797.997.497.31-21-2
Colorado St.91.292.291.491.61-11-1
Utah St.86.786.285.886.20-30-3
New Mexico83.784.582.683.60-20-2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
San Diego St.98.599.799.199.12-12-1
San Jose St.95.997.896.096.63-03-0
Nevada93.794.694.794.43-03-0
Hawaii94.494.393.494.02-12-1
Fresno St.93.694.393.493.82-12-1
U N L V81.482.580.681.50-30-3
MWC Avg.93.594.293.393.7

Pac-12 Conference

North Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
Oregon119.9118.3119.8119.31-01-0
Washington109.9108.6110.6109.70-00-0
California107.2107.4107.5107.40-00-0
Washington St.106.0104.9107.1106.01-01-0
Stanford104.6102.1103.7103.50-10-1
Oregon St.101.8101.9100.6101.40-10-1

South Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgConf.Overall
U S C115.9113.3114.9114.71-01-0
Utah109.0108.6109.7109.10-00-0
Arizona St.108.1107.6108.1107.90-10-1
U C L A101.7100.399.6100.50-10-1
Arizona101.199.4100.1100.20-00-0
Colorado98.399.596.498.01-01-0
P12 Avg.107.0106.0106.5106.5

Southeastern Conference

East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgSECOverall
Florida123.3122.8124.3123.54-14-1
Georgia121.7120.7122.4121.64-24-2
Kentucky112.0112.0113.2112.42-42-4
S. Carolina107.0105.3106.5106.32-42-4
Tennessee106.4105.9106.3106.22-42-4
Missouri104.7104.6105.9105.12-32-3
Vanderbilt90.189.388.989.50-50-5

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgSECOverall
Alabama130.5131.6132.8131.66-06-0
Texas A&M119.6119.6119.9119.75-15-1
Auburn116.9115.6116.9116.54-24-2
L S U116.0115.1117.6116.22-32-3
Ole Miss107.6106.5107.5107.22-42-4
Arkansas103.5104.3103.1103.63-33-3
Miss. St.103.5102.8103.9103.42-42-4
SEC Avg.111.6111.1112.1111.6

Sunbelt Conference

East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgSBCOverall
Coastal Car.103.8104.5104.5104.35-07-0
Appal. St.102.8102.1103.3102.73-05-1
Georgia Sou.93.294.193.893.73-25-2
Troy92.393.692.792.92-24-3
Georgia St.88.988.988.788.82-33-3

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvgSBCOverall
Louisiana102.3101.6101.4101.84-16-1
Arkansas St.88.288.988.088.41-43-5
S. Alabama85.086.285.285.52-23-4
Texas St.80.881.279.580.51-41-8
UL-Monroe72.672.771.472.20-50-8
Sun Avg.91.091.490.891.1

#LeagueAvg
1SEC111.6
2BTen109.6
3P12106.5
4B12106.1
5ACC105.8
6AAC100.4
7MWC93.7
8Ind.93.1
9Sun91.1
10MAC87.8
11CUSA85.7

PiRate Ratings Guess For Playoffs If Season Ended Today

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Ohio St.

4. Clemson

September 27, 2020

College PiRate Ratings DELAYED

The Reinstatement of the Pac-12, Mountain West, and Mid-American Conferences, as well as Independent UMass, has caused a somewhat lengthy delay in our college football ratings update for this coming week.

Because the PiRate Ratings use an algorithm with a cumulative par rating of 100.0 for the PiRate, Mean, and Bias ratings, we cannot simply place the original August ratings for the teams that decided in the last week to play football. Doing so would throw the cumulative par well below 100.0.

We cannot simply add the necessary amount needed per team to raise the par values to 100.0 for multiple reasons. First, the amount needed to be added to each of the three ratings would be totally different. Why would a team all of a sudden become .2 points better in the Mean, but .4 points better in the Bias? Actually, some teams might gain points in one rating and lose points in another. That would not be just or accurate.

Second, why would you reward a team with points that is obviously struggling at the present time, while at the same time punish a team that hasn’t played yet by keeping their rating where it was when everybody was 0-0?

When the Big Ten returned, we had to raise some ratings and lower others to keep the overall par at 100.0 for our three different algorithms, and to be quite frank, we had to use some one-time extracurricular data to come to a conclusion.

The need to reincorporate the teams is vital thanks to the Navy-Air Force game this weekend. The Mountain West is looking to return at the end of October, but the Air Force Academy is scheduled to play Navy this Saturday as part of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy series. We cannot issue power ratings for Air Force until we have done the work to reincorporate all the teams that will return to play in 2020.

As of this writing, the Pac-12, Mountain West, and Mid-American Conferences are on board with a late October or early November re-start. UMass plans to attempt to find some teams to play and hopefully get in six games. Old Dominion, New Mexico State, and Connecticut still plan to take off this season, but New Mexico State hopes to play a half-dozen games in the Spring against FCS, Division II, and possibly Connecticut with a remote possibility that they could play UMass.

As an aside to this, keep an eye on New Mexico State basketball coach Chris Jans. The Aggies are not completely sure their basketball team will be able to play in 2020-2021. If the Aggies cancel their basketball season, expect multiple Power Conference schools to move Jans up high on their lists of potential head coaches if they have a vacancy. If you follow our college basketball coverage, you know that we rate coaches by their ability to improve their teams’ offensive efficiency, while weakening their opponents’ offensive efficiencies. In the Winter of 2020, our analysis rated Jans as number one overall among Mid-Major and Low-Major coaches in his ability to improve the talent on his roster above the norm. In 2019, we named Eric Musselman, then of Nevada, as number one and predicted that a Power Conference school would hire him and not regret it. Arkansas was that fortunate school to hire Muss, and Muss has the Razorbacks moving forward toward a top 20 program quickly. It is our opinion that Jans has the competency to do for a Power Conference school what Musselman has done for Arkansas. If NMSU does not play basketball this season, we believe Jans will take another job for 2021-2022.

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