The Pi-Rate Ratings

October 24, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Football–October 28-30, 2021

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

HomeVisitorPiRateMeanBias
Coastal CarolinaTroy22.920.822.8
East CarolinaSouth Florida12.112.013.3
TulsaNavy9.910.39.4
NevadaUNLV17.019.218.1
WisconsinIowa-2.0-1.6-1.8
BuffaloBowling Green24.923.925.7
Wake ForestDuke24.523.125.8
Michigan St.Michigan-2.3-3.3-3.6
North Carolina St.Louisville10.29.88.7
SyracuseBoston College1.11.11.0
Georgia SouthernGeorgia St.-6.4-5.5-6.4
West VirginiaIowa St.-5.6-5.9-7.7
MarylandIndiana3.52.51.2
Florida AtlanticUTEP13.814.215.5
PittsburghMiami (Fla.)2.84.63.5
IllinoisRutgers3.82.34.2
NorthwesternMinnesota-6.9-7.4-9.0
TempleCentral Florida-16.2-14.2-17.2
Georgia TechVirginia Tech0.01.31.4
ClemsonFlorida St.12.312.113.3
LibertyMassachusetts33.834.937.3
RiceNorth Texas3.43.43.5
Utah St.Hawaii1.42.52.0
BYUVirginia4.22.54.1
UtahUCLA7.16.66.2
Arizona St.Washington St.15.515.115.7
CaliforniaOregon St.-8.5-4.9-6.2
USCArizona24.725.025.9
San Jose St.Wyoming7.57.05.1
OregonColorado15.416.818.3
MarshallFlorida Int’l.20.119.419.5
Oklahoma St.Kansas32.935.037.4
Old DominionLouisiana Tech-8.7-8.3-6.8
LouisianaTexas St.26.426.727.7
Middle TennesseeSouthern Miss.12.812.113.8
NebraskaPurdue6.97.65.8
VanderbiltMissouri-18.6-19.6-19.2
Kansas St.TCU-0.80.3-0.7
Mississippi St.Kentucky-0.6-2.2-1.9
OklahomaTexas Tech21.920.021.8
Ohio St.Penn St.19.919.319.3
HoustonSMU2.81.32.2
BaylorTexas-2.4-1.2-2.4
AuburnOle Miss3.32.73.3
Florida (N)Georgia-17.7-16.7-18.5
TulaneCincinnati-23.8-24.7-25.3
Appalachian St.Louisiana-Monroe26.225.529.0
South AlabamaArkansas St.8.98.48.5
Western KentuckyCharlotte10.911.410.9
Colorado St.Boise St.-6.4-5.9-6.6
Notre DameNorth Carolina7.48.07.3
StanfordWashington1.71.30.5
San Diego St.Fresno St.5.13.22.7

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

RankTeamRating
1Georgia134.8
2Alabama131.6
3Ohio St.130.9
4Oklahoma121.2
5Iowa St.120.7
6Cincinnati120.2
7Texas A&M118.6
8Auburn117.4
9Ole Miss117.2
10Florida117.1
11Iowa116.2
12Texas116.1
13Michigan114.9
14Notre Dame114.8
15Penn St.114.4
16Clemson114.2
17Arizona St.114.0
18Utah113.6
19Oklahoma St.113.5
20Arkansas113.0
21Kentucky112.9
22Oregon112.4
23Baylor112.1
24U S C111.6
25Wisconsin111.4
26Oregon St.111.3
27West Virginia111.3
28NC State111.1
29Coastal Carolina110.8
30T C U110.6
31Pittsburgh110.4
32Michigan St.110.3
33North Carolina110.3
34L S U110.2
35Nebraska110.0
36Wake Forest110.0
37U C L A109.9
38Miami (Fla.)109.8
39Tennessee108.8
40Mississippi St.108.4
41Minnesota108.1
42BYU107.6
43Louisiana107.3
44Kansas St.107.2
45Virginia107.0
46Washington106.7
47Purdue106.2
48Stanford104.9
49Florida St.104.6
50Louisville104.5
51SMU104.4
52Appalachian St.104.2
53Houston104.0
54Boise St.103.6
55Texas Tech103.0
56San Diego St.102.9
57Virginia Tech102.4
58Indiana102.4
59Fresno St.102.2
60Liberty101.8
61California101.8
62Maryland101.8
63Nevada101.7
64Boston College101.7
65Washington St.101.6
66U T S A101.6
67Air Force101.1
68Missouri100.4
69Georgia Tech100.4
70Army100.1
71Syracuse99.8
72UCF99.5
73East Carolina98.6
74Colorado98.6
75Northwestern97.8
76Miami (Ohio)97.8
77Toledo97.5
78South Carolina97.1
79Illinois96.6
80U A B96.3
81Ball St.96.3
82Rutgers96.2
83Tulsa95.5
84Buffalo95.4
85Florida Atlantic95.0
86Colorado St.94.8
87Eastern Michigan94.6
88Western Michigan94.5
89Central Michigan94.3
90Marshall94.2
91San Jose St.94.0
92Georgia St.93.8
93Memphis93.3
94Tulane93.1
95Hawaii92.8
96Troy91.7
97Kent St.91.3
98South Alabama90.9
99Utah St.90.7
100Wyoming90.5
101Northern Illinois89.8
102Western Kentucky89.7
103Arizona89.3
104USF89.1
105Navy88.7
106Middle Tennessee88.6
107Duke87.5
108Ohio86.3
109Georgia Southern86.2
110Louisiana Tech85.2
111U N L V85.1
112Arkansas St.84.8
113U T E P83.5
114Texas St.83.4
115New Mexico82.4
116Rice81.8
117Kansas81.4
118Charlotte81.1
119Temple81.1
120North Texas80.3
121UL-Monroe80.3
122Vanderbilt79.2
123Southern Miss.78.2
124Florida Int’l.77.5
125Old Dominion75.2
126Akron74.6
127Bowling Green73.6
128New Mexico St.72.0
129UMass69.0
130Connecticut68.3

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Cincinnati119.7119.3121.7120.2
SMU104.0104.4104.9104.4
Houston104.3103.2104.6104.0
UCF99.398.3100.999.5
East Carolina98.397.899.698.6
Tulsa95.695.695.495.5
Memphis92.993.293.893.3
Tulane93.492.093.893.1
USF89.288.889.489.1
Navy88.788.389.188.7
Temple80.681.681.181.1

AAC Averages96.996.697.797.0
Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Clemson113.7113.7115.0114.2
NC State111.2110.8111.2111.1
Wake Forest110.0109.5110.4110.0
Florida St.104.4104.6104.7104.6
Louisville104.0103.9105.5104.5
Boston College101.6101.7101.8101.7
Syracuse99.799.999.899.8

Coastal Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Pittsburgh110.0110.8110.6110.4
North Carolina109.7109.8111.3110.3
Miami (Fla.)110.2109.2110.1109.8
Virginia106.6107.7106.7107.0
Virginia Tech103.2102.1102.0102.4
Georgia Tech100.2100.5100.4100.4
Duke87.588.486.687.5

ACC Averages105.1105.2105.4105.3
Big 12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Oklahoma122.2120.3121.1121.2
Iowa St.121.2119.8120.9120.7
Texas117.0115.3116.0116.1
Oklahoma St.113.7113.5113.3113.5
Baylor112.6112.1111.6112.1
West Virginia112.7111.0110.2111.3
T C U111.4110.0110.4110.6
Kansas St.107.6107.3106.7107.2
Texas Tech103.2103.4102.3103.0
Kansas83.881.578.981.4

Big 12 Averages110.5109.4109.1109.7
Big Ten Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Ohio St.130.3130.3132.0130.9
Michigan114.1115.1115.4114.9
Penn St.113.4114.0115.7114.4
Michigan St.110.3110.3110.4110.3
Indiana102.3102.0102.7102.4
Maryland102.8101.5100.9101.8
Rutgers95.497.295.896.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Iowa115.9115.5117.2116.2
Wisconsin110.9110.8112.3111.4
Nebraska109.6110.0110.3110.0
Minnesota107.2108.0109.1108.1
Purdue105.7105.4107.5106.2
Northwestern97.898.197.697.8
Illinois96.296.597.196.6

Big Ten Averages108.0108.2108.9108.4
Conference USA
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Florida Atlantic94.295.695.295.0
Marshall94.194.094.694.2
Western Kentucky88.690.290.389.7
Middle Tennessee88.288.389.288.6
Charlotte80.281.281.981.1
Florida Int’l.77.077.678.077.5
Old Dominion74.875.575.475.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
U T S A101.2101.9101.7101.6
U A B96.296.496.496.3
Louisiana Tech85.585.884.285.2
U T E P83.484.482.683.5
Rice81.881.881.881.8
North Texas80.480.480.280.3
Southern Miss.77.978.677.978.2

CUSA Averages86.086.586.486.3
FBS Independents
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Notre Dame114.1114.7115.6114.8
BYU107.8107.2107.8107.6
Liberty101.4101.9102.0101.8
Army100.2100.199.9100.1
New Mexico St.72.373.070.872.0
UMass70.169.567.369.0
Connecticut68.969.466.768.3

Indep. Averages90.790.890.090.5
Mid-American Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Miami (Ohio)99.397.696.697.8
Buffalo96.195.295.095.4
Kent St.91.092.390.791.3
Ohio85.986.886.386.3
Akron76.074.573.574.6
Bowling Green74.174.372.373.6

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Toledo98.097.696.997.5
Ball St.97.196.894.996.3
Eastern Michigan96.094.693.394.6
Western Michigan94.695.093.794.5
Central Michigan95.494.093.594.3
Northern Illinois90.989.589.089.8

MAC Averages91.290.789.690.5
Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Boise St.103.4103.2104.0103.6
Air Force100.8101.0101.6101.1
Colorado St.94.694.895.094.8
Utah St.90.491.290.690.7
Wyoming90.190.590.990.5
New Mexico82.882.981.482.4

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
San Diego St.103.1102.7102.8102.9
Fresno St.101.1102.5103.1102.2
Nevada101.0102.4101.7101.7
San Jose St.94.594.593.094.0
Hawaii93.092.792.592.8
U N L V85.584.785.285.1
MWC Averages95.095.395.195.1
Pac-12 Conference
North Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Oregon111.4112.5113.4112.4
Oregon St.111.1111.2111.6111.3
Washington106.0107.1107.1106.7
Stanford104.6105.4104.6104.9
California99.7103.3102.4101.8
Washington St.101.1102.1101.6101.6

South Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Arizona St.113.6114.2114.3114.0
Utah113.6113.6113.5113.6
U S C111.3111.2112.1111.6
U C L A109.5110.0110.2109.9
Colorado98.998.798.198.6
Arizona89.689.289.289.3

Pac-12 Averages105.9106.5106.5106.3
Southeastern Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Georgia134.3134.5135.6134.8
Florida116.5117.8117.1117.1
Kentucky112.0113.7113.1112.9
Tennessee108.8108.5109.0108.8
Missouri100.5100.899.8100.4
South Carolina97.697.296.697.1
Vanderbilt79.979.278.679.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Alabama131.6130.9132.4131.6
Texas A&M118.2118.9118.6118.6
Auburn117.5116.8117.8117.4
Ole Miss117.1117.1117.4117.2
Arkansas113.2113.1112.7113.0
L S U109.7110.5110.5110.2
Mississippi St.108.4108.5108.2108.4

SEC Averages111.8112.0112.0111.9
Sunbelt Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Coastal Carolina111.4109.6111.4110.8
Appalachian St.103.8103.3105.4104.2
Georgia St.94.293.593.893.8
Troy91.691.891.791.7
Georgia Southern86.386.685.986.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Louisiana107.9106.4107.7107.3
South Alabama91.291.190.390.9
Arkansas St.84.985.284.384.8
Texas St.84.582.783.083.4
UL-Monroe80.680.879.480.3

Sun Averages93.693.193.393.3

Conference Ratings

RankConferenceRating
1Southeastern111.9
2Big 12109.7
3Big Ten108.4
4Pac-12106.3
5Atlantic Coast105.3
6American Athletic97.0
7Mountain West95.1
8Sun Belt93.3
9Independents90.5
10Mid-American90.5
11Conference USA86.3

Playoff and Bowl Projections

BowlTeamTeam
BahamasMarshallToledo
CureSMUCoastal Carolina
BocaLouisiana TechAir Force
New MexicoUTEPNorthern Illinois
IndependenceBYUFlorida Atlantic
Lending TreeWestern MichiganAppalachian St.
L. A.San Diego St.UCLA
New OrleansUTSALouisiana
Myrtle BeachCentral MichiganCharlotte
Famous Idaho PotatoEastern MichiganBoise St.
FriscoNevadaUL-Monroe
Armed ForcesArmyUAB
GasparillaMiddle TennesseeBuffalo
HawaiiCentral FloridaFresno St.
CamelliaKent St.Troy
Quick LaneBall St.Wyoming
MilitaryNorth CarolinaTulsa
BirminghamMemphisLiberty
First ResponderWestern KentuckyTexas Tech
LibertyTexasLSU
HolidayMiami (Fla.)USC
Guaranteed RatePurdueWest Virginia
FenwayHoustonBoston College
PinstripeNorth Carolina St.Penn St.
Cheez-ItWake ForestIowa St.
AlamoBaylorArizona St.
Duke’s MayoClemsonTennessee
Music CityMarylandArkansas
Las VegasWisconsinOregon St.
Tax Slayer GatorVirginiaFlorida
Tony The Tiger SunLouisvilleUtah
ArizonaMiami (O)Utah St.
CitrusIowaOle Miss
OutbackMinnesotaTexas A&M
TexasKansas St.Auburn
PeachPittsburghKentucky
FiestaNotre DameMichigan
RoseOregonMichigan St.
SugarOklahoma St.Alabama
CottonOklahomaOhio St.
OrangeGeorgiaCincinnati
ChampionshipGeorgiaOhio St.

NCAA Strikes Out On New Overtime Rule

Did you watch the Penn State-Illinois game Saturday?  It was tied 10-10 after 60 minutes of excellent defensive football.  The Illini shut down the Penn State passing game while controlling the clock by running and running and more running.

Both teams scored field goals in the first two overtimes to make the score 16-16.  The new overtime rule states that starting with the third overtime, both teams get a two-point conversion attempt.  If the score remains tied, then successive two-point conversion attempts are taken until one team scores and the other team does not.

Additionally, after the first overtime, there are no more coin flips.  The teams rotate the choice.  And, what happens is the home team always wants to play on the side of the field where the student body cheers in the end zone, while the opponent wants to play at the other end of the field.  After each overtime, the players, officials, chain gang, and hundreds of fans must make the 100-yard walk to the other end of the field.

It’s no longer much of a secret that making two-point conversions is about as difficult as making 55-yard field goals.  That became a huge problem yesterday in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania.  Penn State and Illinois could not convert their two-point conversion attempts.  Overtimes three, four, five, six, and seven produced 10 consecutive botched conversions.  As each overtime ended, everybody had to move to the other end of the field, and the longer into this mess it continued, the big tubby linemen began to walk at a snail’s pace to get back.

Illinois finally scored in the eighth overtime, but then Penn State did the same forcing a ninth overtime.  The game was finally decided when the Nittany Lions missed their ninth overtime attempt, while Illinois scored to win the game 20-18.

In the amount of time it took to play the nine overtimes, another game that kicked off at the same time as the first overtime began the second quarter of their game just before the nine-overtime game concluded.  In other words, it took a little longer than one full quarter to play the nine overtimes.

Imagine a game in late November with sloppy playing conditions where regulation ends in a tie game, and nobody can score in the overtimes for 10 or more of these ridiculous two-point conversion attempts.  If it took nine yesterday, there is a possibility that somebody else will need 10 or more.

The NCAA must re-evaluate this fiasco of a rule.  In fact, the NCAA needs to have a constitutional convention and modify a lot of the rules to get into the 21st century.  Here is our suggestion for rules changes–use the same rules the NFL uses.  To wit:

1. Overtime should be one, 10-minute period with a touchdown on the first possession winning the game, but a field goal allowing the other team to have a possession.  If the game is still tied after 10 minutes, it stands as a tie game.

2. Intentional pass interference is now a definite defensive option to stop a big gain.  Players will even deliver cheap shots knowing that giving up 15 yards beats giving up 50 or a touchdown.  Because passing the ball is tantamount to winning, the pass interference penalty needs to go back to giving the offense the ball at the spot of interference, be it 12 yards past the line or 50.

3. The clock should not stop on first downs.  That rule was in effect when chain gangs were the only way to spot the ball.  In today’s world, the ball can be spotted quickly via computerization and an extra referee.  Let the clock move on first downs.

4. Add the two-minute warning.  In lieu of the clock stopping on first downs, add a two-minute warning to both halves.  That is when teams need the clock to stop, and the networks can get an extra commercial break before halftime or the end of the game.

5. Allow a player that falls to the ground with the ball but having been untouched by the defense to get up and advance.  Why should poor playing conditions be responsible for making a defensive stop?  

Here’s one additional rule change that should be considered.  Targeting happens too much these days when the ball carrier lowers his head to invite the targeting penalty.  This is almost like the flop in basketball.  The rule needs to be changed so that when the ball carrier initiates the targeting by putting himself into position for any tackle to become a potential targeting penalty, the offense should be penalized 15 yards for a personal foul.

Additionally, ejection is much too harsh of a penalty.  How about making targeting a 20-yard penalty and automatic first down, and also allowing it to supersede the half the distance to the goal and be allowed to go all the way to the 1-yard line if the offense is in the Red Zone?  A penalty in one game shouldn’t be allowed to stay in effect for a half of another game.  This may be the most ridiculous rule in college football history.  Think of a basketball game where a Syracuse player commits an intentional foul on a Connecticut player late in the second half of a game, and then three days later when Syracuse plays Duke, Duke gets to start the game with 2 foul shots from the intentional foul three days back.

March 8, 2021

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update

Complete Tournament Guide

America East Conference

Championship Game–Saturday, March 13, 11 AM, ESPN2

6 U Mass-Lowell at 4 Hartford

American Athletic Conference

1st Round–Thursday, March 11 @ Fort Worth, TX

8 South Florida vs. 9 Temple (winner plays 1 Wichita St. Friday)

(4 SMU plays 5 Cincinnati Friday)

7 Tulsa vs. 10 Tulane (winner plays 2 Houston Friday)

6 Central Florida vs. 11 East Carolina (winner plays 3 Memphis Friday)

Atlantic Coast Conference

First Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Greensboro, NC

12 Pittsburgh vs. 13 Miami (Fla.)

10 Duke vs. 15 Boston College

11 Notre Dame vs. 14 Wake Forest

Atlantic 10 Conference

Championship Game–Sunday, March 14, 1PM, CBS @ Dayton, OH

1 Saint Bonaventure vs. 2 Virginia Commonwealth

Big East Conference

1st Round–Wednesday 10 @ New York, NY

8 Georgetown vs. 9 Marquette (winner plays 1 Villanova Thursday)

(4 St. John’s plays 5 Seton Hall Thursday)

7 Xavier vs. 10 Butler (winner plays 2 Creighton Thursday)

6 Providence vs. 11 DePaul (winner plays 3 Connecticut Thursday)

Big Sky Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Boise, ID

8 Northern Colorado vs. 9 Sacramento St. (winner plays 1 Southern Utah Thursday)

(4 Idaho St. plays 5 Montana St. Thursday)

7 Portland St. vs. 10 Northern Arizona (winner plays 2 Eastern Washington Thursday)

6 Montana vs. 11 Idaho (winner plays 3 Weber St. Thursday)

Big Ten Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Indianapolis, IN

12 Northwestern vs. 13 Minnesota

11 Penn St. vs. 14 Nebraska

Big 12 Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Kansas City, MO

8 TCU vs. 9 Kansas St. (winner plays 1 Baylor Thursday)

(4 West Virginia plays 5 Oklahoma St. Thursday)

7 Oklahoma vs. 10 Iowa St. (winner plays 2 Kansas Thursday)

(3 Texas plays 6 Texas Tech Thursday)

Big West Conference

1st Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Las Vegas

8 Cal St. Northridge vs. 9 Long Beach St. (winner plays 1 UCSB Wednesday)

(4 Cal St. Bakersfield vs. 5 UC-Davis Wednesday)

7 Cal St. Fullerton vs. 10 Cal Poly (winner plays 2 UC-Irvine Wednesday)

(3 UC-Riverside plays 6 Hawaii Wednesday)

Colonial Athletic Association

Semifinals–Monday, March 8 @ James Madison (Harrisonburg, VA)

4 Hofstra vs. 8 Elon

2 Northeastern vs. 6 Drexel

Conference USA

1st Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Frisco, TX (Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility)

6W Rice vs. 7W Southern Miss.

6E Middle Tennessee vs. 7E Florida Intl.

Horizon League

Semifinals, Monday, March 8 @ Indianapolis, IN

1 Cleveland St. vs. 8 Milwaukee

3 Oakland vs. 4 Northern Kentucky

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

1st Round, Monday, March 8 @ Atlantic City, NJ

6 Canisius vs. 11 Rider

(1st Round continues Tuesday with 8 Quinnipiac playing 9 Rider and 7 Fairfield playing 10 Manhattan)

Mid-American Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Cleveland

1 Toledo vs. 8 Ball St.

4 Kent St. vs. 5 Ohio U

2 Buffalo vs. 7 Miami (O)

3 Akron vs. 6 Bowling Green

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 11 @ Norfolk, VA

2S Florida A&M vs. 3N Morgan St. (winner plays 1N Coppin St. Friday)

2N Norfolk St. vs. 3S UNC-Central (winner plays 1S North Carolina A&T Friday)

Mountain West Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Las Vegas

8 Wyoming vs. 9 San Jose St. (winner plays 1 San Diego St. Thursday)

(4 Boise St. plays 5 Nevada Thursday)

7 UNLV vs. 10 Air Force (winner plays 2 Utah St. Thursday)

6 Fresno St. vs. 11 New Mexico (winner plays 3 Colorado St. Thursday)

Northeast Conference

Championship Game, Tuesday, March 11, 7PM, ESPN2

4 Mount St. Mary’s at 2 Bryant

Pac-12 Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Las Vegas

8 Arizona St. vs. 9 Washington St. (winner plays 1 Oregon Thursday)

(4 UCLA plays 5 Oregon St. Thursday)

7 Utah vs. 10 Washington (winner plays 2 USC Thursday)

6 Stanford vs. 11 California (winner plays 3 Colorado Thursday)

Patriot League

Semifinals–Wednesday, March 10

9 Loyola (MD) at 4 Army

6 Bucknell at 2 Colgate

Southeastern Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Nashville, TN

12 Texas A&M vs. 13 Vanderbilt

Southern Conference

Championship Game–Monday, March 8, 7PM, ESPN @ Asheville, NC

1 UNC-Greensboro vs. 7 Mercer

Southland Conference

1st Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Katy, TX (Greater Houston)

8 Southeast Louisiana vs. 9 McNeese St.

7 Incarnate Word vs. 10 Houston Baptist

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 10 (& Thursday, March 11) @ Birmingham, AL

1 Prairie View vs. 8 Mississippi Valley (3/10)

4 Grambling vs. 5 Southern (3/11)

2 Jackson St. vs. 8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3/10)

3 Texas Southern vs. 6 Alcorn St. (3/11)

Summit League

Semifinals, Monday, March 8 @ Sioux Falls, SD

1 South Dakota St. vs. 4 Oral Roberts

2 South Dakota vs. 3 North Dakota St.

Sun Belt Conference

Championship Game–Monday, March 8, 7PM, ESPN2 @ Pensacola, FL

1E Georgia St. vs. 4E Appalachian St.

West Coast Conference

Semifinals–Monday, March 8 @ Las Vegas

1 Gonzaga vs. 4 Saint Mary’s

2 BYU vs. 3 Pepperdine

Western Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

4 California-Baptist vs. 5 Seattle (winner plays 1 Grand Canyon Friday)

3 New Mexico St. vs. 6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (winner plays 2 Utah Valley Friday)

Automatic Qualifiers

Liberty 23-5

Winthrop 23-1

Loyola (Chi.) 24-4

Morehead St. 23-7

February 18, 2021

The Sure Thing/The Contenders/The Still Alives

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Who’s in the Big Dance? Who’s still in contention?

Today, we break down the projected NCAA Tournament field by conference.  The format will be teams that are locks to make the tournament; teams that would be safely in if the season ended today but a losing streak could jeopardize their safety; teams that would be on the good side of the bubble if the season ended today; teams that would be on the bad side of that bubble; and teams that are not in the conversation now but with a big winning streak could play their way into an at-large bid.

We won’t include the automatic bids, because the conference tournaments will do that for us.  Of course, this season, there could be some cancellations of these tournaments.  We’ll have to wait and see.

First, let’s look at the one-bid leagues.  As of today, we foresee 20 conferences receiving just one bid, but an upset in the conference tournament in one or two could lead to an extra bid from that league.

AMERICA EAST

The perpetual top contenders share the conference lead.  UMBC and Vermont are tied at 9-3 in conference play.  The two rivals face off in back-to-back games in Maryland tonight and tomorrow.  If one of these two teams earn the bid, they are probably looking at a #15 seed.

ATLANTIC SUN

Bellarmine has a one-game lead in the league race at 10-2, but the Knights are not yet eligible as a transitioning team to D1.  Liberty is in second place at 8-2, but this Flames team is not as strong as the last two editions.  The rest of the league is mediocre for a low-major conference.  Current sixth place Florida Gulf Coast is starting to put it together and could sneak up to the #2 seed by conference tournament time.

BIG SKY

This year’s race is as wide open as the real estate in the Near West.  Eastern Washington leads Southern Utah by 1 ½ games, but that is a Covid-scheduling issue, as SUU at 6-2 has played three fewer conference games.  The teams split back-to-back games at EWU a month ago.  This conference will hope to avoid a 16-seed play-in game.

BIG SOUTH

Winthrop has lapped the field.  The 15-1 Eagles lead second place Radford by 3 ½ games and most recently swept the Highlanders.  Winthrop is 18-1 overall and has a chance to earn an at-large bid should they not earn the automatic one.

BIG WEST

This has in recent years been the UC-Irvine show, as the Anteaters have dominated this league.  This year, UCI looks up at rival UCSB, as the 8-2 Gauchos have reeled off 10 consecutive victories.  Cal State Bakersfield is in a statistical tie with UC-Irvine for second place.  The Roadrunners venture to Santa Barbara to face UCSB twice this weekend.

COLONIAL

James Madison has risen from fourth place to first at 8-1, while the top contenders have all lost in recent games.  Fifth place Delaware and sixth place William & Mary are the other two conference teams with hot hands, but when the CAA holds its conference tournament, any of the top six could win the event.

CONFERENCE USA

With wins over Memphis and Alabama, one might think that Western Kentucky could earn an at-large bid if they could take the regular season CUSA title.  It is possible, but the 8-2 Hilltoppers may find it tough to get a lot of support this year with so few quality out of conference games.

WKU faces a tough doubleheader this weekend with 8-2 North Texas in Denton.  If either team sweeps, they become the sizable favorite to cop the league crown.  If they split, then Old Dominion, UAB, and Marshall all remain in contention to win the race in the final lap.

HORIZON LEAGUE

Wright St. and Cleveland St. are tied at 15-3 in the league and own four game leads over the next contender, Northern Kentucky.  Wright State has won nine games in a row since losing to CSU.  One of the top three should take the tournament title and the automatic bid.

METRO ATLANTIC

Covid has done a number on this league this year.  Monmouth has played 14 conference games and is 10-4.  Siena has played 10 conference games and is 8-2 to lead by percentage points over the Hawks.  Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels have played just seven conference games and they have lost two in a row to fall back to fifth place at 4-3.  Iona gets both of the two co-leaders in doubleheader games on their home floor in New Rochelle, including two with Monmouth this weekend, weather permitting.

MID-AMERICAN

Year in and year out, the MAC postseason tournament in Cleveland is one of the most exciting and unpredictable as any other.  We expect the same results this year.  Toledo has been leading the league race most of the season, and the Rockets are in first at 12-3, but 11-3 Akron and 10-4 Kent St. are coming on strong in February.  It doesn’t end there.  Ohio U and Buffalo, both at 7-4, and Bowling Green at 8-7 have played well enough in recent weeks to contend for the automatic bid.  If the MAC Tournament plays as scheduled, this is one that you will want to watch.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC

With three league teams opting out, scheduling has been an issue this year in the MEAC.  Usually, this league struggles to avoid the #16-seed play-in game, but more than once, the MEAC has produced an upset winner in the Round of 64.  North Carolina A&T leads the South Division with a perfect 4-0 conference record, but the Aggies have only played two conference games since January 3.  They had five games postponed.  

In the north, Norfolk St. 7-4, leads Morgan St. and Coppin St., both 6-4, by a half game.  NSU swept Morgan and split with Coppin, but their remaining regular season games have been cancelled.  If the MEAC Tournament is cancelled, N.C. A&T will almost assuredly be awarded the automatic bid and express trip to a 16-seed play-in game.

NORTHEAST

Merrimack sits in a first place tie with Wagner at 8-4, but the Warriors are still in the transition phase to D1 and not yet eligible for the Dance.  Wagner leads 6-4 Bryant by a game.  The Seahawks have won seven games in a row.  There are seven teams within two games of first in the NEC, so this should be an interesting conference tournament.

OHIO VALLEY

Belmont is 16-0 in the league and 22-1 overall, but the Bruins did not play any power conference teams like they usually do.  Still, because Belmont has been winning games by lopsided scores, they have a shot at an at-large bid should somebody shock them in the OVC Tournament.  Second place Morehead St., 13-3, lost at Belmont by 15, but they get the Bruins to close out the regular season in Morehead.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

The league was split into thirds this year to lessen travel.  Army and Navy are the only two teams to play out of conference games, so it will be close to impossible for the automatic winner to receive anything other than a 16-seed.  Navy is 8-1 in the league and 11-2 overall.  Their out of conference wins include a sweep of the DC teams, George Washington and Georgetown.  Should the Midshipmen run the table, they could move up to a 15-seed.

Colgate at 9-1 is the overall leader in the league, while Lafayette at 7-5 leads the three-team Central Division.  Bucknell has won four in a row to improve from 0-4 to 4-4, but all four games came at the expense of Lehigh.

SOUTHERN

The Socon has been worthy of multiple bids in past years, and there are four rather good teams this year, but this is not the year for two league teams to get bids.

UNC-Greensboro has been near the top for the last five years, but the Spartans have won the SoCon Tournament just once.  UNCG leads the league at 10-4 by a half-game over 10-5 Wofford.  Two years ago, Wofford destroyed Seton Hall in the opening round and scared Kentucky in the Round of 32 at the Big Dance.

Furman (8-4) and Chattanooga (9-5) have begun to play like legitimate contenders in the last two weeks.

SOUTHLAND

Five teams have taken over in February, and any of the five could win the conference tournament.  Even though Stephen F. Austin is in third place at the moment, their conference record is 9-1, and their one loss came at 10-1 Abilene Christian.  Sam Houston is also 10-1, and their lone loss came at SFA.  Nicholls is 9-2, which would lead most leagues, but in this one, it’s only good enough for fourth place.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC

The SWAC rates last in conference power, so the winner of this league will be in the 16-seed play-in round.  Prairie View and Jackson St. sport 6-0 league marks, with Texas Southern at 4-2.  The two co-leaders had both of their scheduled games against each other postponed, and they could both remain undefeated in conference play.

SUMMIT

It’s a good bet that the team representing the Summit League in the Big Dance will have the word “Dakota” in its name.  South Dakota St. (6-2), South Dakota (9-3), and North Dakota St. (9-3) are the top three in the league.  SDSU has a neutral site win over Utah St. and a narrow loss to West Virginia, so the Jackrabbits probably give this league its best chance to win a game in the Big Dance.

SUN BELT

This league has a lot of better than average but not great teams.  Texas St. leads the West Division at 9-3 with 7-5 Arkansas St. in second.  Both teams have four game winning streaks.  South Alabama leads the East Division at 8-5, and the Jags have reeled off six in a row.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

New Mexico St. has dominated this conference in recent years, but Covid has really done a number on the Aggies this year, and they have fallen to sixth place.  Perennial also-ran Grand Canyon has ascended to the top at 6-0 in the league and 12-3 overall.  The Antelopes own an eight-game winning streak with a 22.8 point scoring margin in that streak.

Multiple Bid Leagues

AMERICAN ATHLETIC

Lock: Houston 11-2/17-2

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Wichita St. 8-2/12-4

In Contention: Memphis 8-3/12-6, SMU 7-4/11-4

Wichita St. could move to the Good Bubble with a win over Houston tonight.

ATLANTIC 10

Lock: —–

Safe: —–

Good Bubble:  VCU 9-2/16-4

Bad Bubble: St. Bonaventure 8-3/10-3, Saint Louis 4-2/11-3

In Contention: Davidson 6-2/10-5, Richmond 4-3/11-5

Wins over St. Bonaventure and Richmond have moved VCU into the field for now.

ATLANTIC COAST

Lock: Virginia 11-2/15-4, Florida St. 8-2/12-3

Safe: Virginia Tech 8-3/14-4, Louisville 6-3/11-4

Good Bubble: North Carolina 7-5/13-7, Clemson 7-5/13-5

Bad Bubble: Syracuse 6-5/12-6

In Contention: Duke 7-6/9-8, Georgia Tech 6-6/10-8

Duke was given up for dead in January, but the Blue Devils are far from dead.  Look out UVA!  You’re headed to an ambush as Cameron Indoor this weekend.

BIG 12

Lock: Baylor 9-0/17-0

Safe: Kansas 10-5/16-7, Oklahoma 8-4/13-5, Texas 7-4/13-5, West Virginia 7-4/14-6, Texas Tech 6-5/14-6, Oklahoma St. 7-6/14-6

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: TCU 4-6/11-8

This league is pretty much set in stone barring some unusual circumstance.  The top seven teams should receive bids, and even 7th place Oklahoma St. should be an 8 or 9-seed and safely in the field.

BIG EAST

Lock: Villanova 8-2/13-3, Creighton 12-4/16-5

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: Xavier 4-4/11-4, Seton Hall 10-5/13-8

Bad Bubble: Connecticut 7-5/10-5

In Contention: St. John’s 8-7/14-8

Madison Square Garden should be exciting if the Big East gets to hold their tournament this year.  St. John’s really needs three additional good wins in addition to not losing to a bad team.

BIG TEN

Lock: Michigan 9-1/14-1, Illinois 11-3/13-5, Ohio St. 11-4/17-4, Iowa 9-5/15-6

Safe: Wisconsin 9-6/15-7, Purdue 9-6/14-8

Good Bubble: Rutgers 8-7/12-7, Indiana 7-7/12-9

In Contention: Maryland 7-9/13-10, Minnesota 6-9/13-9, Michigan St. 4-9/10-9

Any Big Ten team that plays .500 ball in conference play will receive a bid this year, and we believe there is one more bid for the team that goes 9-11 (or 9-10 or 8-9 depending on missed games).  A couple of Big Ten coaches are on hot seats and on the Bubble.  Penn State will definitely have a new coach next year, but Indiana, Maryland, and Minnesota could also be forced to make moves if they don’t get into the field.

MISSOURI VALLEY

Lock: —–

Safe: Loyola (Chi.) 14-2/19-4

Good Bubble: Drake 12-2/21-2

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: —–

After Wichita St. fled the Valley for the AAC, it was thought that the days of this league receiving two bids to the tournament were over.  Guess again.  Loyola of Chicago and Drake would both have to collapse to miss out on the Dance this year.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Lock: —–

Safe: San Diego St. 9-3/15-4

Good Bubble: Boise St. 13-3/17-4, Colorado St. 11-3/14-4, Utah St. 11-3/14-6

In Contention: Nevada  9-5/14-7

A win over UCLA makes SDSU safer than the other four contenders.  Boise St. finishes with Utah St. and two games against San Diego St.  A 3-0 finish would propel the Broncos into the Safe category.

PAC-12

Lock: USC 12-2/18-3

Safe: UCLA 10-3/14-5, Oregon 7-3/12-4

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Colorado 10-5/16-6, Stanford 9-6/13-8

In Contention: Utah 6-7/9-8, Oregon St. 6-8/10-10

The former Conference of Champions has not earned one since Arizona cut the nets in 1997!  Only UCLA twice and Oregon once have made the Final Four since then (Utah made it before they joined the league).

SOUTHEASTERN

Lock: Alabama 12-1/17-5, Arkansas 9-4/17-5

Safe: Tennessee 8-5/15-5, LSU 8-4/13-6, Florida 6-5/10-6

Good Bubble: Missouri 6-6/13-6

Bad Bubble: Ole Miss 7-6/12-8

In Contention: Georgia 6-8/13-8

You don’t see Kentucky on this list.  They are out of contention for an at-large bid, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats cannot win the conference tournament.  The two hot teams in this league are Arkansas and Ole Miss.  The Razorbacks probably have the best chance to make it past the Sweet 16 from this league.  Ole Miss needs a few more big wins to get into the field.

WEST COAST

Lock: Gonzaga 11-0/20-0

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: BYU 6-3/15-5

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: Saint Mary’s 2-4/11-6

We placed SMC in the “In Contention” section, because in theory, they could finish 6-4/15-6 in the regular season, which would include an upset of Gonzaga.  Short of that, the Gaels will be staying home this year.

Coming tomorrow–Updated ratings, updated bracketology, and our annual mid-major coaches ready for the big time list in three separate posts.

Coming soon–The PiRate Ratings have created a tabletop baseball strategy game more advanced than anything on the market.  It’s called “Sabertooth Baseball,” and look for more information about this next week!

December 18, 2020

College Football TV Schedule For This Weekend

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Up to date as of Friday morning, 11 AM EST

Friday, December 18
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
7:00 PMCBSSN *MarshallUAB
7:30 PMESPN *Buffalo (n)Ball St.
7:30 PMBTNRutgersNebraska
8:00 PMFOX *USCOregon
Saturday, December 19
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
12:00 PMABC *Iowa St. (n)Oklahoma
12:00 PMFOX *Ohio St. (n)Northwestern
12:00 PMESPNTennesseeTexas A&M
12:00 PMACCNWake ForestFlorida St.
3:00 PMCBSSNArmyAir Force
3:30 PMSECNLSUOle Miss
3:30 PMSECNAMississippi St.Missouri
4:00 PMABC *Notre Dame (n)Clemson
4:00 PMBTNWisconsinMinnesota
5:30 PMFS1Penn St.Illinois
7:00 PMESPNUCLAStanford
8:00 PMABC *CincinnatiTulsa
8:00 PMCBS *Alabama (n)Florida
10:30 PMESPNOregon St.Arizona St.
(n) Neutral Site
* Conf. Championship

October 11, 2020

PiRate Ratings–College Football For October 14-17, 2020

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

HomeVisitorsPiRateMeanBias
LouisianaCoastal Carolina10.08.99.1
Arkansas St.Georgia St.2.13.61.8
TulaneSMU-4.5-4.8-5.5
HoustonBYU-0.2-1.2-1.5
Georgia TechClemson-27.2-29.1-31.7
Miami (Fla.)Pittsburgh6.98.07.3
TulsaCincinnati-6.3-7.2-7.7
South CarolinaAuburn-2.5-3.2-2.6
TennesseeKentucky0.90.50.3
East CarolinaNavy-1.6-0.1-1.0
South AlabamaTexas St.4.54.85.2
TempleUSF8.710.710.0
SyracuseLiberty4.33.03.8
West VirginiaKansas20.320.522.2
UTSAArmy-10.7-12.1-10.7
UABWestern Ky.4.13.83.4
Notre DameLouisville16.815.918.0
FloridaLSU4.94.73.2
NC St.Duke1.31.52.5
MemphisUCF-0.5-1.9-2.3
ArkansasOle Miss-4.5-2.6-6.3
Mississippi St.Texas A&M-4.2-4.8-3.2
Wake ForestVirginia-5.1-4.5-5.5
Ga. SouthernU Mass.30.123.532.9
Middle Tenn.North Texas9.59.710.2
Louisiana TechMarshall-15.5-14.1-14.4
Florida St.North Carolina-10.1-12.2-11.6
BaylorOklahoma St.-3.6-2.8-3.4
MissouriVanderbilt12.212.914.9
UTEPSouthern Miss.-13.3-11.2-12.5
AlabamaGeorgia0.73.01.6
Virginia TechBoston Coll.10.710.912.4
CharlotteFlorida Intl.-3.2-2.7-2.9

Edit: Games with strike-through lines have been postponed to a later date or cancelled.

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

#TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg.Conference
1Ohio St.131.3130.0134.3131.9BTen-E
2Clemson126.2127.4129.7127.8ACC
3Georgia125.1124.0126.1125.1SEC-E
4Alabama123.8125.0125.7124.8SEC-W
5Penn St.122.2121.0122.8122.0BTen-E
6Wisconsin122.5119.9123.3121.9BTen-W
7Notre Dame120.2119.3120.0119.8ACC
8Florida119.6118.9120.1119.5SEC-E
9Oregon119.5117.9119.3118.9P12-N
10L S U117.3116.6119.4117.8SEC-W
11U S C116.2113.5115.2115.0P12-S
12Oklahoma St.115.2114.5115.1114.9B12
13Auburn115.0113.6114.6114.4SEC-W
14N. Carolina113.4114.0114.8114.1ACC
15Oklahoma114.1113.4113.9113.8B12
16Minnesota112.3113.2114.4113.3BTen-W
17Texas A&M113.1113.2113.3113.2SEC-W
18Iowa112.3112.0114.1112.8BTen-W
19Michigan112.3111.6114.2112.7BTen-E
20Texas113.2111.7112.9112.6B12
21Kentucky111.6111.6112.8112.0SEC-E
22UCF111.1111.5112.0111.5AAC
23Virginia Tech110.6110.9112.4111.3ACC
24Tennessee111.0110.6111.6111.1SEC-E
25Indiana109.4110.0111.8110.4BTen-E
26Iowa St.110.4109.6110.6110.2B12
27S. Carolina111.0109.0110.5110.2SEC-E
28Washington110.2108.9110.9110.0P12-N
29Cincinnati110.4109.5110.1110.0AAC
30Miami (Fla.)108.7111.2109.2109.7ACC
31Baylor109.6109.7109.7109.7B12
32Utah109.3108.9110.0109.4P12-S
33Memphis109.2108.1108.2108.5AAC
34BYU108.7108.0108.6108.4Ind.
35Nebraska108.0107.6109.5108.4BTen-W
36Kansas St.108.5107.5108.8108.3B12
37California107.5107.7107.8107.7P12-N
38Miss. St.107.4106.9108.6107.6SEC-W
39Arizona St.107.8107.4107.8107.6P12-S
40Boise St.107.3107.1106.8107.1MWC-M
41Purdue105.9106.8107.2106.6BTen-W
42Ole Miss106.2105.0106.4105.8SEC-W
43Houston106.5104.8105.1105.5AAC
44Louisville105.9106.0104.5105.4ACC
45Virginia105.3105.3105.4105.4ACC
46T C U106.0103.4105.9105.1B12
47Louisiana105.1104.5104.8104.8SUN-W
48Washington St.104.8103.5105.9104.7P12-N
49Northwestern103.5103.4106.1104.4BTen-W
50Air Force103.9104.7104.1104.2MWC-M
51Illinois104.1103.5105.1104.2BTen-W
52Stanford105.0102.5104.2103.9P12-N
53Pittsburgh103.3104.7103.4103.8ACC
54SMU103.3103.1102.9103.1AAC
55Michigan St.102.9102.7103.4103.0BTen-E
56Oregon St.103.0103.3101.8102.7P12-N
57Missouri102.1102.1103.4102.5SEC-E
58W. Virginia102.4102.4102.7102.5B12
59Marshall102.6102.2101.8102.2CUSA
60Boston Coll.101.9101.9102.0101.9ACC
61Appal. St.101.8100.7102.5101.7SUN-E
62Florida St.101.8100.3101.7101.3ACC
63U C L A102.2100.7100.3101.1P12-S
64Tulsa102.1100.3100.4100.9AAC
65Arizona101.499.7100.4100.5P12-S
66NC State99.7100.0100.3100.0ACC
67Arkansas99.6100.498.199.4SEC-W
68Duke99.499.698.799.2ACC
69Texas Tech99.498.199.699.0B12
70Wake Forest98.799.398.498.8ACC
71Wyoming97.098.698.498.0MWC-M
72Colorado97.899.195.797.5P12-S
73Buffalo96.797.397.697.2MAC-E
74Coastal Car.96.697.197.196.9SUN-E
75Georgia Tech97.596.896.596.9ACC
76Tulane97.396.896.096.7AAC
77San Diego St.95.997.296.896.6MWC-W
78Temple96.496.895.596.2AAC
79U A B95.495.994.995.4CUSA
80Rutgers96.494.994.495.2BTen-E
81Ohio94.395.196.095.1MAC-E
82Syracuse94.095.494.394.6ACC
83Maryland95.194.993.694.5BTen-E
84Hawaii94.894.793.894.4MWC-W
85Navy95.594.093.794.4AAC
86Miami (O)94.793.294.093.9MAC-E
87Fresno St.93.393.792.993.3MWC-W
88Arkansas St.92.994.192.693.2SUN-W
89W. Kentucky92.893.693.093.1CUSA
90Utah St.93.593.092.993.1MWC-M
91Army92.494.292.593.1Ind.
92Central Mich.93.292.793.393.1MAC-W
93Georgia Sou.92.693.293.493.1SUN-E
94Florida Int’l.92.992.692.992.8CUSA
95Ball St.92.691.993.092.5MAC-W
96Liberty91.293.992.092.4Ind.
97Georgia St.92.292.092.392.2SUN-E
98E. Carolina92.492.491.292.0AAC
99Colorado St.91.192.191.291.5MWC-M
100Vanderbilt91.991.190.591.2SEC-E
101Nevada90.691.191.191.0MWC-W
102Western Mich.89.191.290.490.2MAC-W
103Troy89.290.689.689.8SUN-E
104Kent St.90.189.489.589.7MAC-E
105San Jose St.89.291.088.589.6MWC-W
106Toledo88.589.788.088.7MAC-W
107Charlotte88.288.388.588.4CUSA
108USF89.387.687.087.9AAC
109La. Tech85.586.685.986.0CUSA
110Rice86.884.386.185.7CUSA
111Southern Miss.84.684.983.684.4CUSA
112U N L V83.585.083.083.8MWC-W
113S. Alabama83.684.683.083.7SUN-W
114N. Illinois82.884.683.283.6MAC-W
115Kansas84.183.882.583.5B12
116New Mexico83.684.382.483.4MWC-M
117Eastern Mich.82.484.582.883.2MAC-W
118Middle Tenn.82.983.483.083.1CUSA
119Fla. Atlantic82.683.882.883.0CUSA
120Texas St.80.681.379.380.4SUN-W
121U T S A80.380.680.380.4CUSA
122North Texas74.875.274.374.8CUSA
123Bowling Green74.476.170.673.7MAC-E
124Akron73.175.571.573.4MAC-E
125UL-Monroe73.573.672.173.1SUN-W
126U T E P69.772.269.670.5CUSA
127Mass.64.171.262.065.8Ind.

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
UCF111.1111.5112.0111.5
Cincinnati110.4109.5110.1110.0
Memphis109.2108.1108.2108.5
Houston106.5104.8105.1105.5
SMU103.3103.1102.9103.1
Tulsa102.1100.3100.4100.9
Tulane97.396.896.096.7
Temple96.496.895.596.2
Navy95.594.093.794.4
E. Carolina92.492.491.292.0
USF89.387.687.087.9
AAC Avg.101.2100.4100.2100.6

Atlantic Coast Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Clemson126.2127.4129.7127.8
Notre Dame120.2119.3120.0119.8
N. Carolina113.4114.0114.8114.1
Virginia Tech110.6110.9112.4111.3
Miami (Fla.)108.7111.2109.2109.7
Louisville105.9106.0104.5105.4
Virginia105.3105.3105.4105.4
Pittsburgh103.3104.7103.4103.8
Boston Coll.101.9101.9102.0101.9
Florida St.101.8100.3101.7101.3
NC State99.7100.0100.3100.0
Duke99.499.698.799.2
Wake Forest98.799.398.498.8
Georgia Tech97.596.896.596.9
Syracuse94.095.494.394.6
ACC Avg.105.8106.1106.1106.0

Big 12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Oklahoma St.115.2114.5115.1114.9
Oklahoma114.1113.4113.9113.8
Texas113.2111.7112.9112.6
Iowa St.110.4109.6110.6110.2
Baylor109.6109.7109.7109.7
Kansas St.108.5107.5108.8108.3
T C U106.0103.4105.9105.1
W. Virginia102.4102.4102.7102.5
Texas Tech99.498.199.699.0
Kansas84.183.882.583.5
Big 12 Avg.106.3105.4106.2106.0

Big Ten Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Ohio St.131.3130.0134.3131.9
Penn St.122.2121.0122.8122.0
Michigan112.3111.6114.2112.7
Indiana109.4110.0111.8110.4
Michigan St.102.9102.7103.4103.0
Rutgers96.494.994.495.2
Maryland95.194.993.694.5

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Wisconsin122.5119.9123.3121.9
Minnesota112.3113.2114.4113.3
Iowa112.3112.0114.1112.8
Nebraska108.0107.6109.5108.4
Purdue105.9106.8107.2106.6
Northwestern103.5103.4106.1104.4
Illinois104.1103.5105.1104.2
Big Ten Avg.109.9109.4111.0110.1

Conference USA
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Marshall102.6102.2101.8102.2
U A B95.495.994.995.4
W. Kentucky92.893.693.093.1
Florida Int’l.92.992.692.992.8
Charlotte88.288.388.588.4
La. Tech85.586.685.986.0
Rice86.884.386.185.7
Southern Miss.84.684.983.684.4
Middle Tenn.82.983.483.083.1
Fla. Atlantic82.683.882.883.0
U T S A80.380.680.380.4
North Texas74.875.274.374.8
U T E P69.772.269.670.5
CUSA Avg.86.186.485.986.1

FBS Independents
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
BYU108.7108.0108.6108.4
Army92.494.292.593.1
Liberty91.293.992.092.4
Mass.64.171.262.065.8
Ind. Avg.89.191.888.889.9

Mid-American Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Buffalo96.797.397.697.2
Ohio94.395.196.095.1
Miami (O)94.793.294.093.9
Kent St.90.189.489.589.7
Bowling Green74.476.170.673.7
Akron73.175.571.573.4

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Central Mich.93.292.793.393.1
Ball St.92.691.993.092.5
Western Mich.89.191.290.490.2
Toledo88.589.788.088.7
N. Illinois82.884.683.283.6
Eastern Mich.82.484.582.883.2
MAC Avg.87.688.487.587.9

Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Boise St.107.3107.1106.8107.1
Air Force103.9104.7104.1104.2
Wyoming97.098.698.498.0
Utah St.93.593.092.993.1
Colorado St.91.192.191.291.5
New Mexico83.684.382.483.4

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
San Diego St.95.997.296.896.6
Hawaii94.894.793.894.4
Fresno St.93.393.792.993.3
Nevada90.691.191.191.0
San Jose St.89.291.088.589.6
U N L V83.585.083.083.8
MWC Avg.93.694.493.593.8

Pac-12 Conference
North Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Oregon119.5117.9119.3118.9
Washington110.2108.9110.9110.0
California107.5107.7107.8107.7
Washington St.104.8103.5105.9104.7
Stanford105.0102.5104.2103.9
Oregon St.103.0103.3101.8102.7

South Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
U S C116.2113.5115.2115.0
Utah109.3108.9110.0109.4
Arizona St.107.8107.4107.8107.6
U C L A102.2100.7100.3101.1
Arizona101.499.7100.4100.5
Colorado97.899.195.797.5
P12 Avg.107.1106.1106.6106.6

Southeastern Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Georgia125.1124.0126.1125.1
Florida119.6118.9120.1119.5
Kentucky111.6111.6112.8112.0
Tennessee111.0110.6111.6111.1
S. Carolina111.0109.0110.5110.2
Missouri102.1102.1103.4102.5
Vanderbilt91.991.190.591.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Alabama123.8125.0125.7124.8
L S U117.3116.6119.4117.8
Auburn115.0113.6114.6114.4
Texas A&M113.1113.2113.3113.2
Miss. St.107.4106.9108.6107.6
Ole Miss106.2105.0106.4105.8
Arkansas99.6100.498.199.4
SEC Avg.111.1110.6111.5111.0

Sunbelt Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Appal. St.101.8100.7102.5101.7
Coastal Car.96.697.197.196.9
Georgia Sou.92.693.293.493.1
Georgia St.92.292.092.392.2
Troy89.290.689.689.8

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Louisiana105.1104.5104.8104.8
Arkansas St.92.994.192.693.2
S. Alabama83.684.683.083.7
Texas St.80.681.379.380.4
UL-Monroe73.573.672.173.1
Sun Avg.90.891.290.790.9

Conference Ratings

#LeagueAvg
1SEC111.0
2BTen110.1
3P12106.6
4ACC106.0
5B12106.0
6AAC100.6
7MWC93.8
8Sun90.9
9Ind.89.9
10MAC87.9
11CUSA86.1

January 24, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 24, 2020

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Buffalo

Kent St.

1.2

Purdue

Wisconsin

3.0

Iona

Canisius

1.0

Quinnipiac

Fairfield

3.1

Monmouth

Niagara

7.7

Rider

Saint Peter’s

5.8

Brown

Yale

-7.9

Siena

Marist

11.5

Butler

Marquette

4.8

Wright St.

Northern Kentucky

2.5

 

Today’s PiRate Ratings

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conference

1

Duke

121.6

Atlantic Coast

2

Kansas

121.5

Big 12

3

Gonzaga

119.5

West Coast

4

Michigan St.

117.9

Big Ten

5

Dayton

117.1

Atlantic 10

6

West Virginia

116.9

Big 12

7

Baylor

116.8

Big 12

8

Arizona

116.7

Pac-12

9

Maryland

115.9

Big Ten

10

Louisville

115.9

Atlantic Coast

11

Seton Hall

115.7

Big East

12

Ohio St.

115.1

Big Ten

13

San Diego St.

114.9

Mountain West

14

Florida St.

114.7

Atlantic Coast

15

Iowa

114.6

Big Ten

16

Butler

114.1

Big East

17

Oregon

113.6

Pac-12

18

Kentucky

113.4

Southeastern

19

Penn St.

113.3

Big Ten

20

Auburn

113.2

Southeastern

21

Villanova

113.2

Big East

22

Colorado

113.0

Pac-12

23

BYU

113.0

West Coast

24

Florida

113.0

Southeastern

25

Texas Tech

113.0

Big 12

26

Marquette

112.8

Big East

27

Arkansas

112.8

Southeastern

28

Illinois

112.7

Big Ten

29

Michigan

112.6

Big Ten

30

Rutgers

112.6

Big Ten

31

Wisconsin

112.5

Big Ten

32

LSU

112.5

Southeastern

33

Houston

112.4

American Athletic

34

Creighton

112.0

Big East

35

Alabama

112.0

Southeastern

36

Purdue

112.0

Big Ten

37

Minnesota

111.9

Big Ten

38

Indiana

111.8

Big Ten

39

Wichita St.

111.4

Big East

40

Stanford

111.0

Pac-12

41

Mississippi St.

110.9

Southeastern

42

Saint Mary’s

110.9

West Coast

43

North Carolina St.

110.7

Atlantic Coast

44

Memphis

110.6

American Athletic

45

Oklahoma

110.6

Big 12

46

VCU

110.6

Atlantic 10

47

Washington

110.4

Pac-12

48

Cincinnati

110.3

American Athletic

49

Georgetown

109.7

Big East

50

Tennessee

109.6

Southeastern

51

Utah St.

109.5

Mountain West

52

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

53

Syracuse

109.3

Atlantic Coast

54

Xavier

109.3

Big East

55

East Tennessee St.

108.8

Southern

56

Iowa St.

108.8

Big 12

57

Rhode Island

108.7

Atlantic 10

58

Virginia Tech

108.7

Atlantic Coast

59

USC

108.6

Pac-12

60

Notre Dame

108.6

Atlantic Coast

61

Northern Iowa

108.5

Missouri Valley

62

TCU

108.3

Big 12

63

Richmond

108.1

Atlantic 10

64

Yale

108.0

Ivy

65

Akron

107.9

Mid-American

66

Providence

107.9

Big East

67

Arizona St.

107.7

Pac-12

68

DePaul

107.7

Big East

69

UNC Greensboro

107.7

Southern

70

Texas

107.5

Big 12

71

Louisiana Tech

107.4

Conference USA

72

Clemson

107.4

Atlantic Coast

73

Connecticut

107.4

American Athletic

74

Missouri

107.4

Southeastern

75

St. John’s

107.3

Big East

76

Liberty

107.3

Atlantic Sun

77

Oklahoma St.

107.2

Big 12

78

Oregon St.

107.1

Pac-12

79

Georgia

107.0

Southeastern

80

SMU

107.0

American Athletic

81

Georgia Tech

107.0

Atlantic Coast

82

North Carolina

106.9

Atlantic Coast

83

Pittsburgh

106.9

Atlantic Coast

84

Furman

106.8

Southern

85

Vermont

106.5

American East

86

Belmont

106.4

Ohio Valley

87

Tulsa

106.3

American Athletic

88

Temple

106.3

American Athletic

89

North Texas

106.3

Conference USA

90

Kansas St.

106.0

Big 12

91

Duquesne

105.9

Atlantic 10

92

Loyola (Chi.)

105.9

Missouri Valley

93

Davidson

105.9

Atlantic 10

94

South Carolina

105.5

Southeastern

95

New Mexico St.

105.5

Western Athletic

96

Nevada

105.2

Mountain West

97

Saint Louis

105.2

Atlantic 10

98

Miami (Fla.)

105.1

Atlantic Coast

99

San Francisco

105.0

West Coast

100

Harvard

105.0

Ivy

101

Bradley

104.9

Missouri Valley

102

Georgia St.

104.9

Sun Belt

103

Ball St.

104.8

Mid-American

104

Colorado St.

104.8

Mountain West

105

Wake Forest

104.7

Atlantic Coast

106

Boise St.

104.5

Mountain West

107

Western Kentucky

104.4

Conference USA

108

Toledo

104.2

Mid-American

109

Northwestern

104.0

Big Ten

110

Utah

104.0

Pac-12

111

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

112

New Mexico

103.8

Mountain West

113

Mississippi

103.7

Southeastern

114

Northern Kentucky

103.6

Horizon

115

UCLA

103.5

Pac-12

116

UT Arlington

103.4

Southland

117

Kent St.

103.4

Mid-American

118

UC Irvine

103.3

Big West

119

Oral Roberts

103.2

Summit

120

Wright St.

103.1

Horizon

121

Northern Colorado

103.0

Big Sky

122

Washington St.

103.0

Pac-12

123

Texas St.

102.9

Sun Belt

124

Winthrop

102.8

Big South

125

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

Southland

126

Murray St.

102.8

Ohio Valley

127

Nebraska

102.8

Big Ten

128

St. Bonaventure

102.7

Atlantic 10

129

South Florida

102.6

American Athletic

130

Northeastern

102.5

Colonial Athletic

131

Colgate

102.5

Patriot

132

UNLV

102.3

Mountain West

133

Indiana St.

102.2

Missouri Valley

134

Fresno St.

102.1

Mountain West

135

South Dakota St.

102.0

Summit

136

Charleston

101.9

Colonial Athletic

137

Little Rock

101.9

Sun Belt

138

Wofford

101.8

Southern

139

Texas A&M

101.7

Southeastern

140

Stony Brook

101.7

American East

141

Buffalo

101.6

Mid-American

142

Southern Utah

101.5

Big Sky

143

Georgia Southern

101.5

Sun Belt

144

Drake

101.4

Missouri Valley

145

North Dakota St.

101.2

Summit

146

Hofstra

101.1

Colonial Athletic

147

Santa Clara

101.1

West Coast

148

Pepperdine

101.0

West Coast

149

UTEP

101.0

Conference USA

150

Penn

101.0

Ivy

151

William & Mary

100.9

Colonial Athletic

152

Missouri St.

100.9

Missouri Valley

153

Pacific

100.8

West Coast

154

George Mason

100.8

Atlantic 10

155

Austin Peay

100.5

Ohio Valley

156

Tulane

100.5

American Athletic

157

Florida Int’l.

100.5

Conference USA

158

Marshall

100.4

Conference USA

159

Radford

100.3

Big South

160

Boston College

100.3

Atlantic Coast

161

Coastal Carolina

100.2

Sun Belt

162

Valparaiso

100.2

Missouri Valley

163

Vanderbilt

100.2

Southeastern

164

Western Carolina

100.2

Southern

165

Chattanooga

100.1

Southern

166

North Florida

100.0

Atlantic Sun

167

Towson

100.0

Colonial Athletic

168

Eastern Washington

99.9

Big Sky

169

California Baptist

99.9

Western Athletic

170

Sam Houston St.

99.8

Southland

171

Bowling Green

99.8

Mid-American

172

Montana

99.7

Big Sky

173

Hawaii

99.7

Big West

174

UC Santa Barbara

99.6

Big West

175

Air Force

99.6

Mountain West

176

Charlotte

99.6

Conference USA

177

Southern Illinois

99.5

Missouri Valley

178

Northern Illinois

99.4

Mid-American

179

Old Dominion

99.4

Conference USA

180

La Salle

99.4

Atlantic 10

181

South Alabama

99.4

Sun Belt

182

California

99.1

Pac-12

183

South Dakota

99.0

Summit

184

Boston U

98.9

Patriot

185

Central Michigan

98.9

Mid-American

186

UTSA

98.8

Conference USA

187

UAB

98.7

Conference USA

188

Rider

98.3

Metro Atlantic

189

Sacramento St.

98.2

Big Sky

190

Princeton

98.1

Ivy

191

Florida Atlantic

98.1

Conference USA

192

Nicholls St.

98.1

Southland

193

Appalachian St.

98.1

Sun Belt

194

Delaware

98.1

Colonial Athletic

195

St. Francis (PA)

98.0

Northeast

196

San Diego

97.7

West Coast

197

Dartmouth

97.7

Ivy

198

Prairie View A&M

97.6

Southwestern Athl.

199

Abilene Christian

97.6

Southland

200

Massachusetts

97.5

Atlantic 10

201

Northern Arizona

97.4

Big Sky

202

Omaha

97.4

Summit

203

Loyola Marymount

97.4

West Coast

204

Portland St.

97.2

Big Sky

205

Sacred Heart

97.2

Northeast

206

UC Riverside

97.1

Big West

207

Seattle

97.1

Western Athletic

208

Brown

97.1

Ivy

209

Ohio

97.1

Mid-American

210

George Washington

97.0

Atlantic 10

211

Lafayette

96.9

Patriot

212

Illinois St.

96.9

Missouri Valley

213

Albany

96.9

American East

214

Monmouth

96.8

Metro Atlantic

215

Siena

96.8

Metro Atlantic

216

Navy

96.8

Patriot

217

Arkansas St.

96.7

Sun Belt

218

Miami (O)

96.7

Mid-American

219

Eastern Illinois

96.7

Ohio Valley

220

Bryant

96.6

Northeast

221

Green Bay

96.4

Horizon

222

Eastern Michigan

96.4

Mid-American

223

American

96.3

Patriot

224

Canisius

96.3

Metro Atlantic

225

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.3

Western Athletic

226

North Dakota

96.3

Summit

227

Drexel

96.2

Colonial Athletic

228

Bucknell

96.2

Patriot

229

Montana St.

96.1

Big Sky

230

Long Island

95.9

Northeast

231

Illinois Chicago

95.9

Horizon

232

McNeese St.

95.9

Southland

233

Oakland

95.8

Horizon

234

Grand Canyon

95.8

Western Athletic

235

Mercer

95.7

Southern

236

UC Davis

95.6

Big West

237

Saint Peter’s

95.5

Metro Atlantic

238

Robert Morris

95.5

Northeast

239

Missouri-KC

95.5

Western Athletic

240

Rice

95.4

Conference USA

241

Quinnipiac

95.3

Metro Atlantic

242

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

Atlantic 10

243

Milwaukee

95.3

Horizon

244

Youngstown St.

95.3

Horizon

245

Texas Southern

95.3

Southwestern Athl.

246

Gardner-Webb

95.3

Big South

247

Western Michigan

95.2

Mid-American

248

Jacksonville

95.2

Atlantic Sun

249

Fairfield

95.2

Metro Atlantic

250

Columbia

95.2

Ivy

251

Jacksonville St.

95.1

Ohio Valley

252

East Carolina

94.9

American Athletic

253

Merrimack

94.9

Northeast

254

Manhattan

94.9

Metro Atlantic

255

UNC Asheville

94.7

Big South

256

Tennessee St.

94.6

Ohio Valley

257

Southern Miss.

94.5

Conference USA

258

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

Big West

259

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

Sun Belt

260

Fordham

94.4

Atlantic 10

261

Iona

94.3

Metro Atlantic

262

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.3

Western Athletic

263

Troy

94.3

Sun Belt

264

Mount St. Mary’s

94.2

Northeast

265

Cal St. Fullerton

94.2

Big West

266

Portland

94.2

West Coast

267

Campbell

94.1

Big South

268

Lamar

93.9

Southland

269

Louisiana

93.9

Sun Belt

270

Lipscomb

93.8

Atlantic Sun

271

NJIT

93.8

Atlantic Sun

272

Norfolk St.

93.7

Mideastern Athletic

273

Purdue Fort Wayne

93.7

Summit

274

Utah Valley

93.6

Western Athletic

275

Detroit

93.6

Horizon

276

UMass Lowell

93.5

American East

277

Lehigh

93.5

Patriot

278

James Madison

93.4

Colonial Athletic

279

Loyola (MD)

93.4

Patriot

280

Evansville

93.3

Missouri Valley

281

North Alabama

93.3

Atlantic Sun

282

Samford

93.2

Southern

283

Weber St.

93.2

Big Sky

284

New Hampshire

93.1

American East

285

Army

93.1

Patriot

286

VMI

93.0

Southern

287

Alcorn St.

92.9

Southwestern Athl.

288

Wyoming

92.7

Mountain West

289

Cornell

92.6

Ivy

290

Middle Tennessee

92.6

Conference USA

291

Idaho St.

92.2

Big Sky

292

Morehead St.

92.2

Ohio Valley

293

Hartford

92.1

American East

294

Niagara

92.1

Metro Atlantic

295

Long Beach St.

92.1

Big West

296

Bethune Cookman

92.0

Mideastern Athletic

297

UM Baltimore Co.

92.0

American East

298

North Carolina A&T

91.9

Mideastern Athletic

299

Texas A&M CC

91.9

Southland

300

Citadel

91.8

Southern

301

Charleston Southern

91.7

Big South

302

North Carolina Central

91.7

Mideastern Athletic

303

San Jose St.

91.7

Mountain West

304

St. Francis (NY)

91.4

Northeast

305

Idaho

91.4

Big Sky

306

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.1

Northeast

307

Grambling

91.0

Southwestern Athl.

308

Florida A&M

91.0

Mideastern Athletic

309

Stetson

90.8

Atlantic Sun

310

Central Arkansas

90.8

Southland

311

UT-Martin

90.8

Ohio Valley

312

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

Atlantic Sun

313

Elon

90.6

Colonial Athletic

314

New Orleans

90.5

Southland

315

Eastern Kentucky

90.5

Ohio Valley

316

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Colonial Athletic

317

Denver

90.3

Summit

318

Morgan St.

90.3

Mideastern Athletic

319

Cleveland St.

90.2

Horizon

320

Southern

90.2

Southwestern Athl.

321

Wagner

90.0

Northeast

322

Hampton

89.9

Big South

323

Northwestern St.

89.6

Southland

324

Longwood

89.5

Big South

325

Cal Poly

89.5

Big West

326

South Carolina St.

89.4

Mideastern Athletic

327

Western Illinois

89.4

Summit

328

IUPUI

89.2

Horizon

329

Maine

89.1

American East

330

Coppin St.

89.0

Mideastern Athletic

331

Binghamton

88.8

American East

332

USC Upstate

88.7

Big South

333

Presbyterian

88.7

Big South

334

Jackson St.

88.7

Southwestern Athl.

335

Marist

88.3

Metro Atlantic

336

SE Missouri

88.2

Ohio Valley

337

SE Louisiana

87.9

Southland

338

SIU Edwardsville

87.8

Ohio Valley

339

Tennessee Tech

87.5

Ohio Valley

340

Holy Cross

87.4

Patriot

341

Alabama A&M

86.7

Southwestern Athl.

342

Alabama St.

86.5

Southwestern Athl.

343

High Point

86.1

Big South

344

Houston Baptist

85.3

Southland

345

Incarnate Word

83.3

Southland

346

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.2

Southwestern Athl.

347

Kennesaw St.

82.9

Atlantic Sun

348

Howard

81.7

Mideastern Athletic

349

Delaware St.

80.6

Mideastern Athletic

350

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Mideastern Athletic

351

Central Connecticut

79.8

Northeast

352

Mississippi Valley St.

77.9

Southwestern Athl.

353

Chicago St.

77.0

Western Athletic

 

Alphabetical

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conf.

1

Abilene Christian

97.6

Southland

2

Air Force

99.6

Mountain West

3

Akron

107.9

Mid-American

4

Alabama

112.0

Southeastern

5

Alabama A&M

86.7

Southwestern Athl.

6

Alabama St.

86.5

Southwestern Athl.

7

Albany

96.9

American East

8

Alcorn St.

92.9

Southwestern Athl.

9

American

96.3

Patriot

10

Appalachian St.

98.1

Sun Belt

11

Arizona

116.7

Pac-12

12

Arizona St.

107.7

Pac-12

13

Arkansas

112.8

Southeastern

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.2

Southwestern Athl.

15

Arkansas St.

96.7

Sun Belt

16

Army

93.1

Patriot

17

Auburn

113.2

Southeastern

18

Austin Peay

100.5

Ohio Valley

19

Ball St.

104.8

Mid-American

20

Baylor

116.8

Big 12

21

Belmont

106.4

Ohio Valley

22

Bethune Cookman

92.0

Mideastern Athletic

23

Binghamton

88.8

American East

24

Boise St.

104.5

Mountain West

25

Boston College

100.3

Atlantic Coast

26

Boston U

98.9

Patriot

27

Bowling Green

99.8

Mid-American

28

Bradley

104.9

Missouri Valley

29

Brown

97.1

Ivy

30

Bryant

96.6

Northeast

31

Bucknell

96.2

Patriot

32

Buffalo

101.6

Mid-American

33

Butler

114.1

Big East

34

BYU

113.0

West Coast

35

Cal Poly

89.5

Big West

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.3

Western Athletic

37

Cal St. Fullerton

94.2

Big West

38

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

Big West

39

California

99.1

Pac-12

40

California Baptist

99.9

Western Athletic

41

Campbell

94.1

Big South

42

Canisius

96.3

Metro Atlantic

43

Central Arkansas

90.8

Southland

44

Central Connecticut

79.8

Northeast

45

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

46

Central Michigan

98.9

Mid-American

47

Charleston

101.9

Colonial Athletic

48

Charleston Southern

91.7

Big South

49

Charlotte

99.6

Conference USA

50

Chattanooga

100.1

Southern

51

Chicago St.

77.0

Western Athletic

52

Cincinnati

110.3

American Athletic

53

Citadel

91.8

Southern

54

Clemson

107.4

Atlantic Coast

55

Cleveland St.

90.2

Horizon

56

Coastal Carolina

100.2

Sun Belt

57

Colgate

102.5

Patriot

58

Colorado

113.0

Pac-12

59

Colorado St.

104.8

Mountain West

60

Columbia

95.2

Ivy

61

Connecticut

107.4

American Athletic

62

Coppin St.

89.0

Mideastern Athletic

63

Cornell

92.6

Ivy

64

Creighton

112.0

Big East

65

Dartmouth

97.7

Ivy

66

Davidson

105.9

Atlantic 10

67

Dayton

117.1

Atlantic 10

68

Delaware

98.1

Colonial Athletic

69

Delaware St.

80.6

Mideastern Athletic

70

Denver

90.3

Summit

71

DePaul

107.7

Big East

72

Detroit

93.6

Horizon

73

Drake

101.4

Missouri Valley

74

Drexel

96.2

Colonial Athletic

75

Duke

121.6

Atlantic Coast

76

Duquesne

105.9

Atlantic 10

77

East Carolina

94.9

American Athletic

78

East Tennessee St.

108.8

Southern

79

Eastern Illinois

96.7

Ohio Valley

80

Eastern Kentucky

90.5

Ohio Valley

81

Eastern Michigan

96.4

Mid-American

82

Eastern Washington

99.9

Big Sky

83

Elon

90.6

Colonial Athletic

84

Evansville

93.3

Missouri Valley

85

Fairfield

95.2

Metro Atlantic

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.1

Northeast

87

Florida

113.0

Southeastern

88

Florida A&M

91.0

Mideastern Athletic

89

Florida Atlantic

98.1

Conference USA

90

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

Atlantic Sun

91

Florida Int’l.

100.5

Conference USA

92

Florida St.

114.7

Atlantic Coast

93

Fordham

94.4

Atlantic 10

94

Fresno St.

102.1

Mountain West

95

Furman

106.8

Southern

96

Gardner-Webb

95.3

Big South

97

George Mason

100.8

Atlantic 10

98

George Washington

97.0

Atlantic 10

99

Georgetown

109.7

Big East

100

Georgia

107.0

Southeastern

101

Georgia Southern

101.5

Sun Belt

102

Georgia St.

104.9

Sun Belt

103

Georgia Tech

107.0

Atlantic Coast

104

Gonzaga

119.5

West Coast

105

Grambling

91.0

Southwestern Athl.

106

Grand Canyon

95.8

Western Athletic

107

Green Bay

96.4

Horizon

108

Hampton

89.9

Big South

109

Hartford

92.1

American East

110

Harvard

105.0

Ivy

111

Hawaii

99.7

Big West

112

High Point

86.1

Big South

113

Hofstra

101.1

Colonial Athletic

114

Holy Cross

87.4

Patriot

115

Houston

112.4

American Athletic

116

Houston Baptist

85.3

Southland

117

Howard

81.7

Mideastern Athletic

118

Idaho

91.4

Big Sky

119

Idaho St.

92.2

Big Sky

120

Illinois

112.7

Big Ten

121

Illinois Chicago

95.9

Horizon

122

Illinois St.

96.9

Missouri Valley

123

Incarnate Word

83.3

Southland

124

Indiana

111.8

Big Ten

125

Indiana St.

102.2

Missouri Valley

126

Iona

94.3

Metro Atlantic

127

Iowa

114.6

Big Ten

128

Iowa St.

108.8

Big 12

129

IUPUI

89.2

Horizon

130

Jackson St.

88.7

Southwestern Athl.

131

Jacksonville

95.2

Atlantic Sun

132

Jacksonville St.

95.1

Ohio Valley

133

James Madison

93.4

Colonial Athletic

134

Kansas

121.5

Big 12

135

Kansas St.

106.0

Big 12

136

Kennesaw St.

82.9

Atlantic Sun

137

Kent St.

103.4

Mid-American

138

Kentucky

113.4

Southeastern

139

La Salle

99.4

Atlantic 10

140

Lafayette

96.9

Patriot

141

Lamar

93.9

Southland

142

Lehigh

93.5

Patriot

143

Liberty

107.3

Atlantic Sun

144

Lipscomb

93.8

Atlantic Sun

145

Little Rock

101.9

Sun Belt

146

Long Beach St.

92.1

Big West

147

Long Island

95.9

Northeast

148

Longwood

89.5

Big South

149

Louisiana

93.9

Sun Belt

150

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

Sun Belt

151

Louisiana Tech

107.4

Conference USA

152

Louisville

115.9

Atlantic Coast

153

Loyola (Chi.)

105.9

Missouri Valley

154

Loyola Marymount

97.4

West Coast

155

Loyola (MD)

93.4

Patriot

156

LSU

112.5

Southeastern

157

Maine

89.1

American East

158

Manhattan

94.9

Metro Atlantic

159

Marist

88.3

Metro Atlantic

160

Marquette

112.8

Big East

161

Marshall

100.4

Conference USA

162

Maryland

115.9

Big Ten

163

Massachusetts

97.5

Atlantic 10

164

McNeese St.

95.9

Southland

165

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Mideastern Athletic

166

Memphis

110.6

American Athletic

167

Mercer

95.7

Southern

168

Merrimack

94.9

Northeast

169

Miami (Fla.)

105.1

Atlantic Coast

170

Miami (O)

96.7

Mid-American

171

Michigan

112.6

Big Ten

172

Michigan St.

117.9

Big Ten

173

Middle Tennessee

92.6

Conference USA

174

Milwaukee

95.3

Horizon

175

Minnesota

111.9

Big Ten

176

Mississippi

103.7

Southeastern

177

Mississippi St.

110.9

Southeastern

178

Mississippi Valley St.

77.9

Southwestern Athl.

179

Missouri

107.4

Southeastern

180

Missouri-KC

95.5

Western Athletic

181

Missouri St.

100.9

Missouri Valley

182

Monmouth

96.8

Metro Atlantic

183

Montana

99.7

Big Sky

184

Montana St.

96.1

Big Sky

185

Morehead St.

92.2

Ohio Valley

186

Morgan St.

90.3

Mideastern Athletic

187

Mount St. Mary’s

94.2

Northeast

188

Murray St.

102.8

Ohio Valley

189

Navy

96.8

Patriot

190

Nebraska

102.8

Big Ten

191

Nevada

105.2

Mountain West

192

New Hampshire

93.1

American East

193

New Mexico

103.8

Mountain West

194

New Mexico St.

105.5

Western Athletic

195

New Orleans

90.5

Southland

196

Niagara

92.1

Metro Atlantic

197

Nicholls St.

98.1

Southland

198

NJIT

93.8

Atlantic Sun

199

Norfolk St.

93.7

Mideastern Athletic

200

North Alabama

93.3

Atlantic Sun

201

North Carolina

106.9

Atlantic Coast

202

North Carolina A&T

91.9

Mideastern Athletic

203

North Carolina Central

91.7

Mideastern Athletic

204

North Carolina St.

110.7

Atlantic Coast

205

North Dakota

96.3

Summit

206

North Dakota St.

101.2

Summit

207

North Florida

100.0

Atlantic Sun

208

North Texas

106.3

Conference USA

209

Northeastern

102.5

Colonial Athletic

210

Northern Arizona

97.4

Big Sky

211

Northern Colorado

103.0

Big Sky

212

Northern Illinois

99.4

Mid-American

213

Northern Iowa

108.5

Missouri Valley

214

Northern Kentucky

103.6

Horizon

215

Northwestern

104.0

Big Ten

216

Northwestern St.

89.6

Southland

217

Notre Dame

108.6

Atlantic Coast

218

Oakland

95.8

Horizon

219

Ohio

97.1

Mid-American

220

Ohio St.

115.1

Big Ten

221

Oklahoma

110.6

Big 12

222

Oklahoma St.

107.2

Big 12

223

Old Dominion

99.4

Conference USA

224

Omaha

97.4

Summit

225

Oral Roberts

103.2

Summit

226

Oregon

113.6

Pac-12

227

Oregon St.

107.1

Pac-12

228

Pacific

100.8

West Coast

229

Penn

101.0

Ivy

230

Penn St.

113.3

Big Ten

231

Pepperdine

101.0

West Coast

232

Pittsburgh

106.9

Atlantic Coast

233

Portland

94.2

West Coast

234

Portland St.

97.2

Big Sky

235

Prairie View A&M

97.6

Southwestern Athl.

236

Presbyterian

88.7

Big South

237

Princeton

98.1

Ivy

238

Providence

107.9

Big East

239

Purdue

112.0

Big Ten

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

93.7

Summit

241

Quinnipiac

95.3

Metro Atlantic

242

Radford

100.3

Big South

243

Rhode Island

108.7

Atlantic 10

244

Rice

95.4

Conference USA

245

Richmond

108.1

Atlantic 10

246

Rider

98.3

Metro Atlantic

247

Robert Morris

95.5

Northeast

248

Rutgers

112.6

Big Ten

249

Sacramento St.

98.2

Big Sky

250

Sacred Heart

97.2

Northeast

251

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

Atlantic 10

252

Saint Louis

105.2

Atlantic 10

253

Saint Mary’s

110.9

West Coast

254

Saint Peter’s

95.5

Metro Atlantic

255

Sam Houston St.

99.8

Southland

256

Samford

93.2

Southern

257

San Diego

97.7

West Coast

258

San Diego St.

114.9

Mountain West

259

San Francisco

105.0

West Coast

260

San Jose St.

91.7

Mountain West

261

Santa Clara

101.1

West Coast

262

SE Louisiana

87.9

Southland

263

SE Missouri

88.2

Ohio Valley

264

Seattle

97.1

Western Athletic

265

Seton Hall

115.7

Big East

266

Siena

96.8

Metro Atlantic

267

SIU Edwardsville

87.8

Ohio Valley

268

SMU

107.0

American Athletic

269

South Alabama

99.4

Sun Belt

270

South Carolina

105.5

Southeastern

271

South Carolina St.

89.4

Mideastern Athletic

272

South Dakota

99.0

Summit

273

South Dakota St.

102.0

Summit

274

South Florida

102.6

American Athletic

275

Southern

90.2

Southwestern Athl.

276

Southern Illinois

99.5

Missouri Valley

277

Southern Miss.

94.5

Conference USA

278

Southern Utah

101.5

Big Sky

279

St. Bonaventure

102.7

Atlantic 10

280

St. Francis (NY)

91.4

Northeast

281

St. Francis (PA)

98.0

Northeast

282

St. John’s

107.3

Big East

283

Stanford

111.0

Pac-12

284

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

Southland

285

Stetson

90.8

Atlantic Sun

286

Stony Brook

101.7

American East

287

Syracuse

109.3

Atlantic Coast

288

TCU

108.3

Big 12

289

Temple

106.3

American Athletic

290

Tennessee

109.6

Southeastern

291

Tennessee St.

94.6

Ohio Valley

292

Tennessee Tech

87.5

Ohio Valley

293

Texas

107.5

Big 12

294

Texas A&M

101.7

Southeastern

295

Texas A&M CC

91.9

Southland

296

Texas Southern

95.3

Southwestern Athl.

297

Texas St.

102.9

Sun Belt

298

Texas Tech

113.0

Big 12

299

Toledo

104.2

Mid-American

300

Towson

100.0

Colonial Athletic

301

Troy

94.3

Sun Belt

302

Tulane

100.5

American Athletic

303

Tulsa

106.3

American Athletic

304

UAB

98.7

Conference USA

305

UC Davis

95.6

Big West

306

UC Irvine

103.3

Big West

307

UC Riverside

97.1

Big West

308

UC Santa Barbara

99.6

Big West

309

UCLA

103.5

Pac-12

310

UM Baltimore Co.

92.0

American East

311

UMass Lowell

93.5

American East

312

UNC Asheville

94.7

Big South

313

UNC Greensboro

107.7

Southern

314

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Colonial Athletic

315

UNLV

102.3

Mountain West

316

USC

108.6

Pac-12

317

USC Upstate

88.7

Big South

318

UT Arlington

103.4

Southland

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.3

Western Athletic

320

UT-Martin

90.8

Ohio Valley

321

Utah

104.0

Pac-12

322

Utah St.

109.5

Mountain West

323

Utah Valley

93.6

Western Athletic

324

UTEP

101.0

Conference USA

325

UTSA

98.8

Conference USA

326

Valparaiso

100.2

Missouri Valley

327

Vanderbilt

100.2

Southeastern

328

VCU

110.6

Atlantic 10

329

Vermont

106.5

American East

330

Villanova

113.2

Big East

331

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

332

Virginia Tech

108.7

Atlantic Coast

333

VMI

93.0

Southern

334

Wagner

90.0

Northeast

335

Wake Forest

104.7

Atlantic Coast

336

Washington

110.4

Pac-12

337

Washington St.

103.0

Pac-12

338

Weber St.

93.2

Big Sky

339

West Virginia

116.9

Big 12

340

Western Carolina

100.2

Southern

341

Western Illinois

89.4

Summit

342

Western Kentucky

104.4

Conference USA

343

Western Michigan

95.2

Mid-American

344

Wichita St.

111.4

Big East

345

William & Mary

100.9

Colonial Athletic

346

Winthrop

102.8

Big South

347

Wisconsin

112.5

Big Ten

348

Wofford

101.8

Southern

349

Wright St.

103.1

Horizon

350

Wyoming

92.7

Mountain West

351

Xavier

109.3

Big East

352

Yale

108.0

Ivy

353

Youngstown St.

95.3

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Houston

112.4

2

Wichita St.

111.4

3

Memphis

110.6

4

Cincinnati

110.3

5

Connecticut

107.4

6

SMU

107.0

7

Tulsa

106.3

8

Temple

106.3

9

Central Florida

103.9

10

South Florida

102.6

11

Tulane

100.5

12

East Carolina

94.9

Avg

American Athletic

106.1

 

 

#

American East

PiRate

1

Vermont

106.5

2

Stony Brook

101.7

3

Albany

96.9

4

UMass Lowell

93.5

5

New Hampshire

93.1

6

Hartford

92.1

7

UM Baltimore Co.

92.0

8

Maine

89.1

9

Binghamton

88.8

Avg

American East

94.9

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

117.1

2

VCU

110.6

3

Rhode Island

108.7

4

Richmond

108.1

5

Duquesne

105.9

6

Davidson

105.9

7

Saint Louis

105.2

8

St. Bonaventure

102.7

9

George Mason

100.8

10

La Salle

99.4

11

Massachusetts

97.5

12

George Washington

97.0

13

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

14

Fordham

94.4

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.5

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

121.6

2

Louisville

115.9

3

Florida St.

114.7

4

North Carolina St.

110.7

5

Virginia

109.3

6

Syracuse

109.3

7

Virginia Tech

108.7

8

Notre Dame

108.6

9

Clemson

107.4

10

Georgia Tech

107.0

11

North Carolina

106.9

12

Pittsburgh

106.9

13

Miami (Fla.)

105.1

14

Wake Forest

104.7

15

Boston College

100.3

Avg

Atlantic Coast

109.1

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

107.3

2

North Florida

100.0

3

Jacksonville

95.2

4

Lipscomb

93.8

5

NJIT

93.8

6

North Alabama

93.3

7

Stetson

90.8

8

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

9

Kennesaw St.

82.9

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.2

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

121.5

2

West Virginia

116.9

3

Baylor

116.8

4

Texas Tech

113.0

5

Oklahoma

110.6

6

Iowa St.

108.8

7

TCU

108.3

8

Texas

107.5

9

Oklahoma St.

107.2

10

Kansas St.

106.0

Avg

Big 12

111.7

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Seton Hall

115.7

2

Butler

114.1

3

Villanova

113.2

4

Marquette

112.8

5

Creighton

112.0

6

Georgetown

109.7

7

Xavier

109.3

8

Providence

107.9

9

DePaul

107.7

10

St. John’s

107.3

Avg

Big East

111.0

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

103.0

2

Southern Utah

101.5

3

Eastern Washington

99.9

4

Montana

99.7

5

Sacramento St.

98.2

6

Northern Arizona

97.4

7

Portland St.

97.2

8

Montana St.

96.1

9

Weber St.

93.2

10

Idaho St.

92.2

11

Idaho

91.4

#

Big Sky

97.3

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Winthrop

102.8

2

Radford

100.3

3

Gardner-Webb

95.3

4

UNC Asheville

94.7

5

Campbell

94.1

6

Charleston Southern

91.7

7

Hampton

89.9

8

Longwood

89.5

9

USC Upstate

88.7

10

Presbyterian

88.7

11

High Point

86.1

Avg

Big South

92.9

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Michigan St.

117.9

2

Maryland

115.9

3

Ohio St.

115.1

4

Iowa

114.6

5

Penn St.

113.3

6

Illinois

112.7

7

Michigan

112.6

8

Rutgers

112.6

9

Wisconsin

112.5

10

Purdue

112.0

11

Minnesota

111.9

12

Indiana

111.8

13

Northwestern

104.0

14

Nebraska

102.8

Avg

Big Ten

112.1

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

103.3

2

Hawaii

99.7

3

UC Santa Barbara

99.6

4

UC Riverside

97.1

5

UC Davis

95.6

6

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

7

Cal St. Fullerton

94.2

8

Long Beach St.

92.1

9

Cal Poly

89.5

Avg

Big West

96.2

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Northeastern

102.5

2

Charleston

101.9

3

Hofstra

101.1

4

William & Mary

100.9

5

Towson

100.0

6

Delaware

98.1

7

Drexel

96.2

8

James Madison

93.4

9

Elon

90.6

10

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.5

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

107.4

2

North Texas

106.3

3

Western Kentucky

104.4

4

UTEP

101.0

5

Florida Int’l.

100.5

6

Marshall

100.4

7

Charlotte

99.6

8

Old Dominion

99.4

9

UTSA

98.8

10

UAB

98.7

11

Florida Atlantic

98.1

12

Rice

95.4

13

Southern Miss.

94.5

14

Middle Tennessee

92.6

Avg

Conference USA

99.8

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Northern Kentucky

103.6

2

Wright St.

103.1

3

Green Bay

96.4

4

Illinois Chicago

95.9

5

Oakland

95.8

6

Milwaukee

95.3

7

Youngstown St.

95.3

8

Detroit

93.6

9

Cleveland St.

90.2

10

IUPUI

89.2

Avg

Horizon

95.8

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

108.0

2

Harvard

105.0

3

Penn

101.0

4

Princeton

98.1

5

Dartmouth

97.7

6

Brown

97.1

7

Columbia

95.2

8

Cornell

92.6

Avg

Ivy

99.3

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

98.3

2

Monmouth

96.8

3

Siena

96.8

4

Canisius

96.3

5

Saint Peter’s

95.5

6

Quinnipiac

95.3

7

Fairfield

95.2

8

Manhattan

94.9

9

Iona

94.3

10

Niagara

92.1

11

Marist

88.3

Avg

Metro Atlantic

94.9

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Akron

107.9

2

Ball St.

104.8

3

Toledo

104.2

4

Kent St.

103.4

5

Buffalo

101.6

6

Bowling Green

99.8

7

Northern Illinois

99.4

8

Central Michigan

98.9

9

Ohio

97.1

10

Miami (O)

96.7

11

Eastern Michigan

96.4

12

Western Michigan

95.2

Avg

Mid-American

100.5

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Norfolk St.

93.7

2

Bethune Cookman

92.0

3

North Carolina A&T

91.9

4

North Carolina Central

91.7

5

Florida A&M

91.0

6

Morgan St.

90.3

7

South Carolina St.

89.4

8

Coppin St.

89.0

9

Howard

81.7

10

Delaware St.

80.6

11

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

108.5

2

Loyola (Chi.)

105.9

3

Bradley

104.9

4

Indiana St.

102.2

5

Drake

101.4

6

Missouri St.

100.9

7

Valparaiso

100.2

8

Southern Illinois

99.5

9

Illinois St.

96.9

10

Evansville

93.3

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.4

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

114.9

2

Utah St.

109.5

3

Nevada

105.2

4

Colorado St.

104.8

5

Boise St.

104.5

6

New Mexico

103.8

7

UNLV

102.3

8

Fresno St.

102.1

9

Air Force

99.6

10

Wyoming

92.7

11

San Jose St.

91.7

Avg

Mountain West

102.8

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

St. Francis (PA)

98.0

2

Sacred Heart

97.2

3

Bryant

96.6

4

Long Island

95.9

5

Robert Morris

95.5

6

Merrimack

94.9

7

Mount St. Mary’s

94.2

8

St. Francis (NY)

91.4

9

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.1

10

Wagner

90.0

11

Central Connecticut

79.8

Avg

Northeast

93.2

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

106.4

2

Murray St.

102.8

3

Austin Peay

100.5

4

Eastern Illinois

96.7

5

Jacksonville St.

95.1

6

Tennessee St.

94.6

7

Morehead St.

92.2

8

UT-Martin

90.8

9

Eastern Kentucky

90.5

10

SE Missouri

88.2

11

SIU Edwardsville

87.8

12

Tennessee Tech

87.5

Avg

Ohio Valley

94.4

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

116.7

2

Oregon

113.6

3

Colorado

113.0

4

Stanford

111.0

5

Washington

110.4

6

USC

108.6

7

Arizona St.

107.7

8

Oregon St.

107.1

9

Utah

104.0

10

UCLA

103.5

11

Washington St.

103.0

12

California

99.1

Avg

Pac-12

108.1

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

102.5

2

Boston U

98.9

3

Lafayette

96.9

4

Navy

96.8

5

American

96.3

6

Bucknell

96.2

7

Lehigh

93.5

8

Loyola (MD)

93.4

9

Army

93.1

10

Holy Cross

87.4

Avg

Patriot

95.5

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Kentucky

113.4

2

Auburn

113.2

3

Florida

113.0

4

Arkansas

112.8

5

LSU

112.5

6

Alabama

112.0

7

Mississippi St.

110.9

8

Tennessee

109.6

9

Missouri

107.4

10

Georgia

107.0

11

South Carolina

105.5

12

Mississippi

103.7

13

Texas A&M

101.7

14

Vanderbilt

100.2

Avg

Southeastern

108.8

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

1

East Tennessee St.

108.8

2

UNC Greensboro

107.7

3

Furman

106.8

4

Wofford

101.8

5

Western Carolina

100.2

6

Chattanooga

100.1

7

Mercer

95.7

8

Samford

93.2

9

VMI

93.0

10

Citadel

91.8

Avg

Southern

99.9

 

 

#

Southland

PiRate

1

UT Arlington

103.4

2

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

3

Sam Houston St.

99.8

4

Nicholls St.

98.1

5

Abilene Christian

97.6

6

McNeese St.

95.9

7

Lamar

93.9

8

Texas A&M CC

91.9

9

Central Arkansas

90.8

10

New Orleans

90.5

11

Northwestern St.

89.6

12

SE Louisiana

87.9

13

Houston Baptist

85.3

14

Incarnate Word

83.3

Avg

Southland

93.6

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

97.6

2

Texas Southern

95.3

3

Alcorn St.

92.9

4

Grambling

91.0

5

Southern

90.2

6

Jackson St.

88.7

7

Alabama A&M

86.7

8

Alabama St.

86.5

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.2

10

Mississippi Valley St.

77.9

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

1

Oral Roberts

103.2

2

South Dakota St.

102.0

3

North Dakota St.

101.2

4

South Dakota

99.0

5

Omaha

97.4

6

North Dakota

96.3

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

93.7

8

Denver

90.3

9

Western Illinois

89.4

Avg

Summit

96.9

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

104.9

2

Texas St.

102.9

3

Little Rock

101.9

4

Georgia Southern

101.5

5

Coastal Carolina

100.2

6

South Alabama

99.4

7

Appalachian St.

98.1

8

Arkansas St.

96.7

9

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

10

Troy

94.3

11

Louisiana

93.9

Avg

Sun Belt

98.9

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

119.5

2

BYU

113.0

3

Saint Mary’s

110.9

4

San Francisco

105.0

5

Santa Clara

101.1

6

Pepperdine

101.0

7

Pacific

100.8

8

San Diego

97.7

9

Loyola Marymount

97.4

10

Portland

94.2

Avg

West Coast

104.1

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

105.5

2

California Baptist

99.9

3

Seattle

97.1

4

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.3

5

Grand Canyon

95.8

6

Missouri-KC

95.5

7

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.3

8

Utah Valley

93.6

9

Chicago St.

77.0

Avg

Western Athletic

95.0

 

Conference Ratings

 

#

Conference

PiRate

1

Big Ten

112.1

2

Big 12

111.7

3

Big East

111.0

4

Atlantic Coast

109.1

5

Southeastern

108.8

6

Pac-12

108.1

7

American Athletic

106.1

8

West Coast

104.1

9

Atlantic 10

103.5

10

Mountain West

102.8

11

Missouri Valley

101.4

12

Mid-American

100.5

13

Southern

99.9

14

Conference USA

99.8

15

Ivy

99.3

16

Sun Belt

98.9

17

Colonial Athletic

97.5

18

Big Sky

97.3

19

Summit

96.9

20

Big West

96.2

21

Horizon

95.8

22

Patriot

95.5

23

Western Athletic

95.0

24

Metro Atlantic

94.9

25

American East

94.9

26

Ohio Valley

94.4

27

Atlantic Sun

94.2

28

Southland

93.6

29

Northeast

93.2

30

Big South

92.9

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

32

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

 

 

Coming Later Today: Updated Bracketology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2019

Special Editorial–Vanderbilt Football Conundrum

American University, Boston University, Long Beach State University, The University of Denver, the University of Detroit, George Washington University, Marquette University, New York University, St. John’s University, Saint Joseph’s University, The University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, Seton Hall University, and Xavier University are smaller colleges that at one time fielded intercollegiate football programs and then saw Pro Football support chip away just enough of their fan base to make football too expensive to continue to finance at the major college level.

The University of Chicago was once a member of what is now called the Big Ten Conference, and their star back Jay Berwanger won the first Heisman Trophy.  The Maroons won the Big Ten Conference (then called The Western Conference) seven times under legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

The University of Dayton was a division 1 football program into the mid 1970’s, and as late as the 1960’s, the Flyers were beating Louisville and Cincinnati.  They played a lot of teams from the Mid-American Conference and won a good share of those contests.  Dayton is in the Cincinnati market for those not geographically interested.

The University of Denver won three championships in the Skyline Conference, which is the league that sowed the seeds for today’s Mountain West Conference.  As late as their final season in college football, 1960, the Pioneers were beating Washington State and Colorado State.  DU once dominated programs like Brigham Young, Utah, New Mexico, and San Jose St.  When the Broncos were born in 1960, the Pioneers football program ended.

The University of Detroit played Big Ten and SEC opponents into the early 1960’s, and the Titans beat teams like Boston College, Cincinnati, Tulsa, and Oklahoma State in the 1950’s.  Support for UD football waned as the Detroit Lions’ support increased.

Duquesne University played teams like Alabama, Florida, Clemson, North Carolina, and Mississippi State into the 1950s.  The Dukes finished in the top 10 in 1939, having beaten former number one Pittsburgh in a battle of the Steel City.

George Washington was a member of the Southern Conference when that league was still Division 1 and included teams like West Virginia.  The Colonials went to the Sun Bowl, beating home town favorite Texas Western (UTEP) 13-0.  GWU played SEC teams into the 1960s and competed in some of those games.

In the late 1950’s, Marquette’s schedule was more difficult then than most FBS teams today.  The Golden Eagles, then known as the Warriors, played teams like Oklahoma State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Boston College, TCU, Arizona State, and Penn State.  MU actually went to the Cotton Bowl in the mid 1930’s.

Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, and San Francisco all played Division 1 football into the early 1950’s.  SMC was strong enough to play a bowl-bound Georgia team to a tie in 1950.  The Gaels also beat Oregon that year.  Santa Clara went to the Orange Bowl in 1950 and beat a Bear Bryant-coached Kentucky team that had the great Babe Parilli at quarterback.  They had recent wins over Oklahoma and Stanford prior to beating Kentucky.  San Francisco had one of the greatest players of all time in Ollie Matson, who enjoyed a lengthy pro career with four NFL teams.  USF was 9-0 in 1951, their final year playing football.

All of these programs were once major college teams.  Most of these schools are private and small.  Another thing all of these schools have in common is they are located in cities where pro football eventually became the dominant sport in town, and these small, private schools lost too much of their support to sustain their programs.  

The Washington Redskins were in Boston before moving to the nation’s capital.  After they arrived, American University  and George Washington University lost a lot of their support, as fans chose Sammy Baugh over the old college try.

The University of Chicago lost most of its support when the Chicago Bears became the Monsters of the Midway and began winning big in the NFL.

The University of Detroit stopped getting support when Bobby Layne made the Detroit Lions the hot ticket in the Motor City.  Duquesne stopped getting crowds when the Steelers took over the market, and even though the Steelers were not good until 1972, DU couldn’t compete with the much larger University of Pittsburgh in town.

Marquette lost too much support when Vince Lombardi became head coach of the Green Bay Packers.  Back then, Green Bay played half of their home games in Milwaukee’s County Stadium.

The San Francisco 49ers were part of the upstart All-American Football Conference.  When the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, and 49ers merged into the NFL in 1950, it marked the death knell for the smaller private college football programs in the Bay Area.  California and Stanford survived but lost a lot of fans, but Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, and San Francisco could not survive.

Denver and Dayton, along with Xavier, were cities where the American Football League came to town and in a couple of years had become as popular as the NFL, maybe more popular to younger football fans like me, who chose the pass-happy AFL over the conservative NFL.

What am I getting at by this long introduction?  As someone that has lived in Nashville for most of my six decades, I have watched Vanderbilt University struggle to compete in college football for the last 60 years.  The Commodores have never been a factor in the SEC since I was born.  Vandy had been a dominant program in the South through the 1920’s, and as late as 1937, the black and gold came within minutes of winning the SEC and going to the Rose Bowl, only to lose 9-7 to Alabama in the final game.

In 1948, the great Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alum, wrote in his national column at the end of the year that Vanderbilt was the best team in the nation.  That Commodore squad caught fire at halftime of the Kentucky game.  Sporting a record of 0-2-1 and trailing Kentucky 7-6, then Coach Henry “Red” Sanders blew his top in the locker room at the half.  Vanderbilt came out in the second half and destroyed a good Kentucky team 26-7.  Vandy followed it up with seven consecutive wins, all of them blowout victories, to finish 8-2-1.  They were invited to the 1949 Orange Bowl to play Georgia, but the Bulldogs had the right to refuse Vandy as part of a contractual agreement with the SEC Champions being allowed to choose their Orange Bowl opponent.  Georgia voted to play a much weaker Texas team, and the joke was on the Bulldogs, as Texas didn’t take kindly to being considered fodder.  The Longhorns hooked the Bulldogs.

In the 1950’s, under Coach Art Guepe, Vanderbilt completed a 5-year string where their worst record was 5-5.  Included in that run, the 1955 team went 8-3 with a Gator Bowl win over Auburn.  The 1955 to 1959 record was a combined 28-16-6.  Their last game of the 1950’s was a 14-0 win over Tennessee in Knoxville that kept the Vols out of a bowl.

Something happened in 1960 that forever changed Vanderbilt’s chances to compete in the SEC.  Beginning in 1960, and becoming more liberalized for the next four seasons, the NCAA changed the rules on substitution.  Through the 1950’s, college football was one platoon football.  In other words, a team’s starting eleven on offense was also its starting eleven on defense.  Centers became linebackers. Halfbacks became defensive halfbacks.  Often, a team’s quarterback was its free safety and basically defensive quarterback.  The change in rules started with one that allowed teams to remove their quarterback from having to play on defense.  By 1964, football was 100% two platoon.  Nobody had to start on both sides of the ball any more.  Teams could basically substitute at will on every play.

At the same time, another rule changed the game.  With one platoon football, coaches could not send a player into the game with the play call decided by coaches.  They could not use signals to try to relay a play call, as this resulted in a 15-yard penalty.  Thus, quarterbacks had to be their own offensive coordinators while their team had the ball and defensive coordinators when their team was on defense.,   

Under the one platoon rule, a team with 15 to 20 good players and a smart quarterback, like Don Orr, who could be a coach on the field could compete and even thrive.  By the 1960’s, to compete in major conferences like the SEC, a team needed 40 to 50 really good players, because teams with just 10-15 good players would be worn down by multiple substitutions.  This allowed players to beef up by 50 to 100 pounds, because they no longer needed to play 60 minutes.  

Vanderbilt stopped competing at the end of 1959.  Starting in 1960, with all the rules changes, other SEC schools could dominate the Commodores in most years just by numbers alone.  Tennessee could send three sets of offensive and defensive linemen into a game and see very little reduction in talent.  Georgia could send three sets of running backs into games against a Vanderbilt defense that did not have the depth to counter the move.  Thus, in many games over the next 25 years, Vandy could keep games close for a half and even into the third quarter, before they wore down and lost.

In the 1977 season, Vanderbilt led number one Oklahoma into the fourth quarter in Norman.  They were in a tossup game with Alabama.  They led LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Kentucky for large parts of the games before falling apart in the second half.  They lost all of those games and finished 2-9.

Brief interludes allowed Vanderbilt to post a couple of winning seasons overall.  Thanks to playing five “out of conference” games and just six conference games, the Commodores were able to go 5-0 outside of the SEC in both 1974 and 1975 and enjoy winning seasons.  The 1975 team went 7-4 but was outscored by almost two to one overall and more than three to one in conference games.  Only in 1982 did Vandy compete for the SEC championship.  

Under the genius of offensive coordinator Watson Brown, the Commodores became the first SEC team in over a dozen years to pass the ball more than they ran the ball.  Vandy threw the ball 40 to 50 times a game, and other teams were not ready with planned pass defense, as most defenses were still trying to stop the veer and wishbone offenses.  A fourth quarter collapse against number one Georgia led to the Bulldogs coming back to win.  Had Vandy hung on to win that game, they would have been SEC Champions and would have gone to the Sugar Bowl rather than the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham.

After 1982, Vanderbilt did not post a winning season until they went 7-6 in 2008.  They have only enjoyed one other winning record in conference play, in 2012.  With the 2019 season concluding in two weeks for this year’s Commodores, and with a last place finish in the SEC East already assured, let’s look at some facts from the last 60 seasons of college football in Vandyville.

In 60 years:

Vanderbilt has finished with two winning records in the SEC, and they have finished in the top 5 of the league once.

Vanderbilt has finished in last place 32 out of 60 years and in second to last place another 18, meaning in 83.3%  of the time, Vandy has finished in last place or second to last place in the SEC.

Vanderbilt has finished SEC play without a conference win 19 different times and with one conference win 22 times.  That’s 68.3% of the time that they finished with zero or one conference win.

I could go on and on and show you how many times Vanderbilt finished last in offense and in defense in conference play, and how they once lost 33 consecutive SEC games, and so on.

Since 1998, Vanderbilt has had to share Nashville with the Tennessee Titans.  The Titans won the AFC and came within a yard of winning the Super Bowl in February of 2000.  They followed that up with the best record in the NFL in 2000 and players like Eddie George, Steve McNair, Albert Haynesworth, Frank Wycheck, and others became as famous in Nashville as Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth were in New York City.

Once the Titans owned the Nashville market, Vanderbilt football attendance fell off by large numbers.  Even in the days when Vanderbilt was a perennial last place team in the SEC, Vanderbilt Stadium was full or close to full with Vanderbilt fans.  During the 1980’s, Vanderbilt public address announcer Frank Crowell would yell through the microphone for the fans in the stands to “stand up and show your gold!”  The deafening roar was so loud that the SEC opponents began to complain to the SEC that Vanderbilt held an unfair advantage, and their players could not hear their quarterbacks’ signals.  As unfair as the sideline benches were at Vandy’s Memorial Gymnasium, watching other teams jump and lose five yards for illegal procedure over and over led to the league banning Crowell’s calling for 35,000+ Vandy fans to stand up and show their gold.

As Nashville has become America’s “It” city, and 100 people began moving to town every day, the city became a new melting pot in America.  What was once a nice metropolitan area of about a half million people morphed into a major metropolis of two million in very little time.  The newcomers that came to town brought their former allegiances with them, and in a typical Saturday, you can find more people watching Big Ten football games on TV in Middle Tennessee than going to Vanderbilt games.  On a typical Saturday around Noon, if you drive to establishments showing football, you will see many out of state license plates, especially those from Illinois, Michigan, and Texas.  

Vanderbilt Stadium only sells out now when the opposing team buys 35,000 or more tickets.  At the Georgia and LSU games this year, the visiting crowd was so loud that Vanderbilt had to use silent signals in their home stadium to avoid jumping on offense and losing five yards for illegal procedure.  

As Nashville continues to become the new Los Angeles, and the majority of the sports fans in Nashville turn more and more to professional sports and continue to fill sports bars to watch their Big Ten and Pac-12 games on Saturday, Vanderbilt Stadium will continue to see fewer and fewer local fans coming to cheer the black and gold.  Even though Vanderbilt’s stadium seats 40,000, and the next smallest stadium in the SEC seats more than 61,000, there are not enough living alumni in the Nashville area to fill up Vanderbilt Stadium.  Only about 24,000 Vandy alums live within 90 minutes of Dudley Field.  At every other SEC school, there are more local alums within 90 minutes of their much larger stadiums than there are seats.  In Nashville, there are more than 5,000 Auburn alums living in the area, and most of these 5,000 will be in a seat at Vanderbilt Stadium when the Tigers make their infrequent visits to Vandy.  Obviously, the University of Tennessee dwarfs Vanderbilt in alums in the Nashville area, but there are also Nashville area alumni clubs for schools like Alabama, Florida, and Kentucky that outnumber membership of the local Vanderbilt club.  Only a small minority of Vanderbilt alumni “waste time on sports,” according to one distinguished Vandy alum I know.

Malcolm Turner has given Derek Mason a vote of confidence and a guarantee that he will continue to serve as head football coach at Vanderbilt.  What few fans that are left, and this could be as few as a couple thousand, were mostly opposed to this move.  Local media in Nashville reacted like the citizens of Nashville might have reacted had Governor Isham G. Harris stated in 1861 that Tennessee would stay in the Union. 

Coach Mason is not the reason for Vanderbilt’s 60 year inconsequential existence in the SEC during the Autumn months.  There are layers and layers of reasons why the program has failed with small peaks and large valleys through the decades.  Mason was spot on when he spoke of the program moving in waves.  In actuality, as I told a friend of mine who then posted what I said on another website, Vanderbilt has been caught up in a six-decade Tsunami, and only briefly was the football team able to poke its head above water.

There are other reasons why Vanderbilt football stands to suffer in the next decade.  The school is becoming more select when choosing its student body.  At the present time, Vanderbilt admits just one out of every 12 applicants.  That is more select than half of the Ivy League schools.  However, I have heard from faculty members that the figure of 5% has been mentioned as a future acceptance rate of applicants.

Vanderbilt does not have a Physical Education major or anything close to this.  Any student-athlete enrolling in the school is going to study more hours a day than he gets to devote to football.  Even though there are a couple of programs that athletes have been funneled toward, these are not the proverbial “basket-weaving” courses that public universities have offered for years. 

In a typical year, the top 350 high school football recruits are 4-stars with the top 25 qualifying for 5-stars.  The top SEC programs typically sign 20 to 25 players that are rated as 4-stars or 5-stars.  The next tier of SEC programs typically sign 10-20 of these top recruits.  The rest of the league, not including Vanderbilt, signs around 5 to 10 of these elite athletes.  In most years, Vanderbilt does not sign even one.  Only 16, 4-star recruits have signed with Vanderbilt in the 21st Century, according to 247sports.com.  No 5-star player has ever signed with Vanderbilt, and the school’s historically top two recruits both transferred to other schools during their collegiate careers when they figured out that the academic load and the poor results on the field were greatly reducing their draft stock. 

This year, three Vanderbilt offensive skill players chose to remain in school for their final seasons, when they all would have been second day draft picks had they chosen to go pro, and they would have walked down Lower Broadway in Nashville to crowds of more than 200,000 football fans at the NFL Draft.  Keyshawn Vaughn, Jared Pinkney, and Kalija Lipscomb have all seen their draft status weakened.  If they had another chance, they all would have likely declared for the NFL Draft or if possible would have become immediately eligible transfers elsewhere like Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma.  All three could have chosen to finish their careers at a place like Clemson or Oregon, where a future legendary pro quarterback was leading the offense.  How many catches might Pinkney or Lipscomb made with Trevor Lawrence or Justin Herbert throwing them the ball?  Imagine Vaughn playing in the backfield at Washington State, where Mike Leach could use a 1,000-yard running back who can also catch 50 passes out of the backfield.

This next part is strictly my opinion, but as a former coach of junior high and senior high basketball programs, I have seen reasons for why Vanderbilt football has ridden the so-called waves that Coach Mason speaks of.  Rather than describe the varying degrees of lack of success sprinkled with little teases of success, I would instead refer to the generations of America.  I am no Gertrude Stein, so I don’t tend to agree with the naming of the generations from the GI Generation through today’s Generation Z youth.  I have seen changes that require more than the generational tags that are famous today.  For instance, the so-called Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1955 are not the same as those like me born between 1956 and 1964.  I was just young enough to miss Vietnam, but just old enough to remember Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald on live television.  My philosophy of life differs from my first cousin born in 1954 who saw many friends burning draft cards and leaving the US for Canada to avoid the Draft, or who fought courageously and then came home to be treated like they were coaches that went 0-12 on the football field.

For competition purposes, I separate this current young generation into two sub-groups: “Everybody Gets A Trophy” and “Every Competition Must Be Won.”   There was a time when Generation Z children competing in sports played on teams that did not keep score or standings.  Every child was a winner and nobody was a loser, and everybody received a trophy.  As a former basketball coach with a winning percentage over 80% over the course of two decades, when this became the norm, I left coaching.  Teaching our youth to play to win while playing fair and playing with sportsmanship was important to me.  Competition is important with some limits.

In recent years, as I neared the start of my golden years, I have been volunteering for a local group of kids that need organized athletic activity.  This includes basketball, baseball, and other sports.  In addition after dark during the late Fall and Winter, these kids conclude their late afternoons indoors playing air hockey, ping pong, chess, and other games.

Enough of today’s kids have gone to the other extreme from the “Everybody Gets A Trophy Kids.”   These kids play like every event is as important as the gladiators of ancient Rome.  They play for blood, and if anybody gets in their way, there is heck to pay.  If these kids I mentor were to form a basketball team, without any encouragement from me, they would play with the intensity that Bob Knight’s Indiana teams played between 1973 and 1987.  Just last week, one of these kids, a young girl, lost in a game of around the world basketball shooting for the very first time in her life.  This child has the potential to be a basketball star in high school and could have a college basketball career if she continues to grow to the height of her mother.

When she lost to a very athletic boy a year older than her, I thought she was going to destroy the building and bring it down like Samson.  She blew her top and accused the boy of cheating, which he did not.  She tried to throw a punch at him, and this is a boy that she has grown up knowing for all of their lives, as they couldn’t be any closer if they were brother and sister.

The psychology of being wrong with giving every kid a trophy has moved to the other extreme where every child believes he or she is the best and expects to win all the time.  This can only be viewed in generalities, as the term “every child” really only means that the needle has moved from 60% trophy and 40% win all the time to 60% win all the time and 40% trophy.

That 20% swing has been murder on schools like Vanderbilt.  Whereas a couple dozen of the top recruits in America might have been interested in finding out more about playing football for one of the finest academic institutions in the world, because just playing would get them a trophy, and in the meantime, that great diploma would lead to riches outside of football, today, the top recruits want to play the minimum three years and head on to the NFL.  They want to win, win, win, and appear on national television week after week where they can in the near future sell their likeness for top dollar.  Going to a top university where they would have to study many nights past Midnight and then have to worry more about that exam coming up next week than the All-American defensive end coming at them on Saturday isn’t something that appeals to enough of the top recruits that there are any left for the Vanderbilt’s of the world once the Georgia’s of the world have signed up their allotments.

The next Vaughn, Pinkney, or Lipscomb will look elsewhere to attend college.  Why ruin your chance to play in the NFL, where the backup quarterback on top college teams can become starters in the NFL?  Vanderbilt will be lucky to recruit 15, 3-star players in 2021.

Look at the rest of the NCAA FBS teams that are academic first schools.  Northwestern, Rice, and Stanford are not enjoying great years either.  Duke is on a downward spiral.  When Vanderbilt was enjoying its brief peak several years back, Stanford was making regular appearances in New Year’s Day Bowl games.  Northwestern was winning the Big Ten, and even Rice was enjoying a 10-win season.   In the past, when Vanderbilt was suffering through 33 consecutive SEC losses, Northwestern was struggling with three total wins in six years.  Rice was bringing up the rear in the old Southwest Conference.  

Vanderbilt cannot compete in the SEC in football, and the academic reputation is priceless; allowing athletes that might struggle at the high school across the street from Vanderbilt (my alma mater–University School) to attend would just not be prudent.  

Coach Mason has done a credible job in six years keeping Vanderbilt in contention to go to a bowl and he has taken the Commodores to two bowl games.  In 60 years, Vandy has been to eight bowls.  Mason has defeated Tennessee three years in a row.  The last coach to beat the Vols three years in a row was Dan McGugin in the mid 1920’s.  No other Vanderbilt coach ever beat Tennessee three times in their tenure much less three times in succession.

My belief is that eventually, Vanderbilt will not be able to afford to finance a football program at the Power Five Conference level and maybe at the FBS level.  Even with the SEC annual paycheck, the program struggles to stay solvent.  When other conference rivals enjoy $100 million annual revenues, and they have profits from $25 to $75 million a year, Vanderbilt struggles to balance their athletic books.

Basketball requires three scholarships per year to field a team of 12 players.  Vanderbilt can find three basketball recruits per year and compete against other Division 1 programs.  Of course, Vanderbilt cannot discontinue their football program and play in the SEC in other sports.  The obvious solution is to either eliminate football and play Division 1 in other sports while searching for another conference; or drop to FCS football and join an FCS conference that does not allow scholarships, while playing Division 1 in all other sports; or as an extreme de-emphasize sports altogether and go to Division III in whatever sports they need to field.

Without a football program, the football stadium can be demolished, and the property can be put to a better use, one that just might help the university move into the one top 10 that really matters to the school–The US News and World Report Top Ten of American Colleges and Universities.

There is a perfect fit for Vanderbilt in the Southern Athletic Association.  Schools in the SAA include Centre, Sewanee, Rhodes, and Millsaps.  These schools also have about the same number of dedicated football fans as Vanderbilt.

 

The average Vanderbilt fan may counter that Tim Corbin has given the school the best baseball program in the nation.  Corbin can recruit #1 classes year after year just like John Calipari does in basketball.  Baseball is a different affair, as only 11.7 scholarships are offered and spread among 27 students.  SEC baseball teams lose money by six-figures per season.  The sport cannot finance the rest of the athletic program.

More importantly is the loud rumor coming from Baltimore.  The Orioles’ lease at Camden Yards expires after 2021.  The long-time owner, Peter Angelos, has passed the age of 90 and is no longer able to participate in the operation of the club.  His sons have been attempting to sell the team to a local ownership group, but none have offered a reasonable price to keep the Orioles in Baltimore and renew the lease at Camden Yards.  The City of Baltimore has seen considerable decay within a mile or so of the ballpark, and night games at Oriole Park have seen fewer and fewer fans risking coming to the games to see a 100-game loser.  The Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957 partly because Flatbush was not that safe at night.

To fuel the rumor that the Orioles might consider relocating to Nashville for the 2022 season, John Angelos, the son operating the team, recently purchased a mansion in neighboring Williamson County near I-65.  There have been rumors coming from Baltimore since May that Nashville is definitely in play to become the new home of the Orioles in 2022 if no local baron or baroness comes forward to buy the team and keep it there.  

About that same time this news began to leak, a group of heavy hitters, including Tony LaRussa, Dave Stewart, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Starbucks CEO and briefly Presidential candidate Howard Schultz, and others have created “Music City Baseball,” with a goal of bringing Major League Baseball to the Music City and to construct a retractable dome stadium capable of also hosting basketball’s Final Four, adjacent to the Titan’s Nissan Stadium.  Among others involved in Music City Baseball are Tim Corbin and Malcolm Turner.   MLB Commissioner Ron Manfred publicly stated at the 2018 All-Star Game that Nashville was one of the cities on a short list for a future Major League team, be it a relocated team or expansion team when the league expands to 32.  Manfred explicitly stated that solving the issue of the league’s teams that do not have stadium deals in the near future would take precedence over expansion.  At the time, he referred to the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, but now Baltimore can be added to that list. 

Oakland appeared to have its stadium issue finally solved, but recent developments have deep-sixed those plans, and the team does not have a plan in place for a new park.  The A’s could very well go with the Raiders to Las Vegas.  Tampa Bay is basically partially moving to Montreal and will play a good number of home games in Quebec.  This is a warning to the Tampa-St. Petersburg market, but the powers that be in West Florida are not listening.  The Rays will move to Montreal in the near future.

Manfred’s remaining short list cities after removing Vegas and Montreal are Portland, Nashville, and Charlotte.  If the Orioles move to Nashville, expansion teams can be placed in Portland and Charlotte, and the entire short-list mentioned by Manfred would get a team. The pieces fit in perfectly. 

If the Baltimore Orioles become the Nashville Orioles or Nashville Stars, Tim Corbin will no longer remain as head baseball coach at Vanderbilt.  He will be part of the management with the Major League team.  Malcolm Turner, recently the highly successful Commissioner of the NBA G-League, could easily slide into an upper management position or even become part of the Major League Baseball Front Office. 

It is time to move Vanderbilt’s Doomsday Clock to two minutes before Midnight.  The next five years may decide whether that clock strikes 12 or if Turner can perform miracles worthy of Sainthood and turn the clock back 60 years.

October 6, 2019

PiRate College Football Ratings: October 7, 2019

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This Week’s PiRate Rating Spreads

 

October 9 to

October 12

Wednesday

October 9

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Louisiana

Appalchian St.

-2.1

-0.5

-1.6

 

 

Thursday

October 10

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Texas St.

Louisiana-Monroe

-1.5

-1.3

-1.5

North Carolina St.

Syracuse

-3.0

-2.7

-2.9

 

 

Friday

October 11

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Miami (Fla.)

Virginia

1.0

0.0

1.5

New Mexico

Colorado St.

3.6

2.8

2.5

Oregon

Colorado

19.6

19.8

20.8

 

 

Saturday

October 5

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Indiana

Rutgers

24.6

23.7

24.7

Bowling Green

Toledo

-20.9

-21.7

-22.2

Illinois

Michigan

-20.3

-17.6

-21.7

Wake Forest

Louisville

10.8

10.5

11.9

Tulsa

Navy

5.1

3.1

5.8

Texas (n)

Oklahoma

-11.7

-10.6

-11.4

Temple

Memphis

-0.2

-1.3

-0.2

Minnesota

Nebraska

8.5

6.9

8.0

Duke

Georgia Tech

16.9

18.3

16.7

Coastal Carolina

Georgia St.

1.2

1.1

1.3

Purdue

Maryland

-0.8

-0.5

-0.8

West Virginia

Iowa St.

-6.4

-7.5

-7.1

Boise St.

Hawaii

12.0

9.8

13.1

Eastern Michigan

Ball St.

0.0

0.8

0.6

Marshall

Old Dominion

14.1

12.9

14.7

Central Michigan

New Mexico St.

10.1

8.5

10.7

Arizona St.

Washington St.

0.6

1.0

1.3

Oregon St.

Utah

-17.7

-15.0

-18.8

Arizona

Washington

-6.7

-6.0

-7.4

Missouri

Ole Miss

14.5

12.9

15.2

Georgia

South Carolina

19.2

19.3

20.1

Tennessee

Mississippi St.

-5.2

-1.5

-11.9

Akron

Kent St.

-11.5

-11.2

-12.6

Ohio

Northern Illinois

3.8

3.9

4.5

Kentucky

Arkansas

12.1

9.7

11.1

Baylor

Texas Tech

9.7

9.8

10.5

Western Michigan

Miami (O)

12.5

13.2

12.0

South Florida

BYU

-7.2

-6.1

-6.9

Houston

Cincinnati

-7.2

-4.7

-4.9

Tulane

Connecticut

32.1

28.8

34.3

Vanderbilt

UNLV

20.0

16.8

18.9

Wisconsin

Michigan St.

6.6

6.9

6.7

LSU

Florida

8.3

8.7

8.1

Nevada

San Jose St.

5.6

5.2

5.5

Texas A&M

Alabama

-15.8

-13.9

-18.0

Florida Atlantic

Middle Tennessee

6.0

6.5

6.8

UTSA

UAB

-10.7

-10.1

-11.5

Southern Miss.

North Texas

4.8

3.4

4.0

Western Kentucky

Army

-8.9

-8.0

-6.9

Florida Int’l.

Charlotte

7.8

7.0

7.6

Louisiana Tech

Massachusetts

29.6

27.4

30.4

Air Force

Fresno St.

0.9

1.7

1.2

Notre Dame

USC

16.8

14.3

16.6

Clemson

Florida St.

30.7

27.3

31.4

Iowa

Penn St.

-1.1

-2.0

-0.8

San Diego St.

Wyoming

3.3

3.1

2.7

FBS vs. FCS

Virginia Tech

Rhode Island

22.0

 

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

 

PiRate Ratings

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

Ohio St.

135.0

133.9

135.9

134.9

2

Alabama

135.7

132.2

136.4

134.7

3

Clemson

132.2

129.1

132.9

131.4

4

Georgia

128.6

126.9

129.1

128.2

5

L S U

128.0

125.6

127.4

127.0

6

Oklahoma

124.7

123.9

124.6

124.4

7

Penn St.

122.4

121.5

122.3

122.1

8

Florida

122.8

119.9

122.4

121.7

9

Notre Dame

121.1

119.3

121.2

120.5

10

Auburn

121.2

119.3

120.8

120.4

11

Wisconsin

120.5

120.1

120.5

120.4

12

Michigan

119.4

117.6

119.7

118.9

13

Utah

118.7

117.2

119.1

118.3

14

Iowa

118.4

116.5

118.6

117.8

15

Michigan St.

116.9

116.2

116.8

116.6

16

Oregon

116.2

116.2

117.3

116.6

17

Missouri

116.6

114.2

116.9

115.9

18

Texas A&M

116.9

115.3

115.4

115.9

19

Iowa St.

114.0

114.6

114.1

114.2

20

Mississippi St.

112.9

109.0

117.9

113.3

21

Texas

113.0

113.2

113.2

113.1

22

Baylor

112.7

112.9

112.4

112.7

23

Washington

112.2

111.8

113.2

112.4

24

South Carolina

112.3

110.6

112.0

111.6

25

Central Florida

111.2

110.3

112.1

111.2

26

Washington St.

110.9

109.9

111.0

110.6

27

Minnesota

110.5

109.9

109.6

110.0

28

Oklahoma St.

109.7

110.2

109.3

109.7

29

Arizona St.

108.4

107.8

109.3

108.5

30

Cincinnati

108.6

107.1

109.0

108.2

31

Virginia

107.8

108.0

107.9

107.9

32

Kansas St.

107.9

107.5

107.5

107.6

33

U S C

107.2

108.0

107.5

107.6

34

Duke

107.6

107.1

107.5

107.4

35

Maryland

107.8

107.3

107.0

107.4

36

Indiana

107.8

106.3

106.9

107.0

37

Boise St.

106.7

106.2

107.2

106.7

38

Northwestern

107.2

106.4

106.2

106.6

39

Syracuse

106.7

106.2

106.7

106.5

40

California

105.9

105.6

106.9

106.1

41

T C U

105.0

108.0

105.3

106.1

42

North Carolina

105.7

105.7

106.9

106.1

43

Stanford

106.1

105.3

105.9

105.8

44

Miami (Fla.)

105.8

105.0

106.4

105.7

45

Kentucky

106.6

105.0

105.0

105.5

46

Pittsburgh

105.5

105.2

105.6

105.4

47

Memphis

105.0

105.0

105.8

105.3

48

Nebraska

105.0

106.0

104.6

105.2

49

Texas Tech

105.4

105.6

104.4

105.1

50

SMU

104.8

104.6

105.9

105.1

51

Appalachian St.

105.4

104.0

104.8

104.7

52

Wake Forest

104.7

104.2

105.3

104.7

53

Ole Miss

105.1

104.2

104.7

104.7

54

Florida St.

104.5

104.8

104.5

104.6

55

West Virginia

104.6

104.1

104.0

104.2

56

Utah St.

104.3

103.1

105.3

104.2

57

Tennessee

104.7

104.5

103.0

104.1

58

Purdue

104.1

103.8

103.2

103.7

59

Arizona

102.6

102.8

102.8

102.7

60

Tulane

101.6

102.2

102.3

102.0

61

Temple

101.7

100.8

102.6

101.7

62

Virginia Tech

100.9

101.0

101.3

101.1

63

North Carolina St.

100.7

100.4

100.8

100.6

64

Louisiana

100.3

100.5

100.2

100.3

65

Boston College

100.2

100.0

100.5

100.2

66

Army

99.9

99.9

99.4

99.8

67

Houston

98.4

99.5

101.1

99.6

68

BYU

99.7

99.6

99.6

99.6

69

Hawaii

99.2

100.9

98.6

99.6

70

Fresno St.

99.2

99.8

99.6

99.5

71

Colorado

99.6

99.4

99.5

99.5

72

Vanderbilt

99.8

98.3

98.3

98.8

73

San Diego St.

98.2

100.0

98.1

98.8

74

Wyoming

97.8

99.9

98.4

98.7

75

Oregon St.

98.0

99.2

97.3

98.2

76

Western Michigan

98.5

97.4

98.2

98.0

77

Air Force

97.1

98.5

97.8

97.8

78

Arkansas

97.5

98.3

96.9

97.6

79

Louisville

96.4

96.2

95.9

96.1

80

Illinois

96.1

97.0

94.9

96.0

81

U C L A

96.4

96.1

95.4

96.0

82

Toledo

94.6

95.1

95.7

95.1

83

Southern Miss.

94.6

92.8

94.7

94.0

84

Kansas

93.6

94.6

93.4

93.9

85

Troy

94.0

94.2

92.9

93.7

86

Tulsa

93.1

93.8

94.1

93.7

87

Ohio

93.6

92.7

94.3

93.6

88

Georgia Southern

93.9

93.3

93.0

93.4

89

Georgia Tech

93.6

91.8

93.9

93.1

90

North Texas

92.8

92.4

93.7

93.0

91

Florida Atlantic

92.5

92.0

93.4

92.6

92

Northern Illinois

92.3

91.3

92.3

92.0

93

Navy

90.5

93.2

90.8

91.5

94

Louisiana Tech

91.2

91.0

91.1

91.1

95

Florida Int’l.

90.8

90.6

91.0

90.8

96

Arkansas St.

90.6

90.8

90.3

90.6

97

South Florida

89.5

90.5

89.7

89.9

98

Marshall

89.3

88.7

90.2

89.4

99

Middle Tennessee

89.5

88.5

89.6

89.2

100

Buffalo

88.7

89.1

89.7

89.1

101

Liberty

88.6

89.9

88.9

89.1

102

Western Kentucky

88.0

89.0

89.6

88.8

103

U A B

87.8

89.6

88.5

88.7

104

Ball St.

88.7

88.2

88.6

88.5

105

Nevada

87.9

89.6

87.3

88.3

106

Miami (Ohio)

88.5

86.8

88.7

88.0

107

Louisiana-Monroe

87.7

88.5

87.5

87.9

108

Georgia St.

87.5

88.8

86.8

87.7

109

Kent St.

87.3

87.2

87.6

87.4

110

Coastal Carolina

86.7

87.9

86.1

86.9

111

Eastern Michigan

86.2

86.5

86.7

86.5

112

Charlotte

86.1

86.6

86.4

86.4

113

San Jose St.

85.3

87.4

84.8

85.8

114

Rutgers

86.1

85.7

85.2

85.7

115

Central Michigan

84.6

85.4

85.3

85.1

116

Texas St.

83.7

84.6

83.5

83.9

117

East Carolina

82.7

84.6

82.6

83.3

118

U N L V

82.3

84.1

81.9

82.8

119

New Mexico

81.8

84.6

80.7

82.4

120

Colorado St.

80.6

84.4

80.8

81.9

121

Rice

80.3

81.7

79.7

80.6

122

Old Dominion

78.3

78.8

78.4

78.5

123

New Mexico St.

77.5

79.9

77.6

78.3

124

Texas-San Antonio

74.7

77.1

74.5

75.4

125

South Alabama

74.1

77.0

73.4

74.9

126

Akron

73.8

74.1

73.0

73.6

127

Connecticut

72.0

75.9

70.6

72.8

128

Bowling Green

72.1

71.8

71.9

72.0

129

U T E P

67.1

71.9

67.7

68.9

130

Massachusetts

64.6

66.6

63.7

65.0

 

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

111.2

110.3

112.1

111.2

1-1

4-2

Cincinnati

108.6

107.1

109.0

108.2

1-0

4-1

Temple

101.7

100.8

102.6

101.7

1-0

4-1

South Florida

89.5

90.5

89.7

89.9

1-1

2-3

East Carolina

82.7

84.6

82.6

83.3

0-2

3-3

Connecticut

72.0

75.9

70.6

72.8

0-2

1-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Memphis

105.0

105.0

105.8

105.3

1-0

5-0

SMU

104.8

104.6

105.9

105.1

2-0

6-0

Tulane

101.6

102.2

102.3

102.0

1-0

4-1

Houston

98.4

99.5

101.1

99.6

0-1

2-3

Tulsa

93.1

93.8

94.1

93.7

0-1

2-3

Navy

90.5

93.2

90.8

91.5

1-1

3-1

AAC Averages

96.6

97.3

97.2

97.0

 

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

132.2

129.1

132.9

131.4

3-0

5-0

Syracuse

106.7

106.2

106.7

106.5

0-1

3-2

Wake Forest

104.7

104.2

105.3

104.7

1-0

5-0

Florida St.

104.5

104.8

104.5

104.6

2-1

3-2

North Carolina St.

100.7

100.4

100.8

100.6

0-1

3-2

Boston College

100.2

100.0

100.5

100.2

1-2

3-3

Louisville

96.4

96.2

95.9

96.1

1-1

3-2

 

 

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Virginia

107.8

108.0

107.9

107.9

2-0

4-1

Duke

107.6

107.1

107.5

107.4

1-1

3-2

North Carolina

105.7

105.7

106.9

106.1

2-1

3-3

Miami (Fla.)

105.8

105.0

106.4

105.7

0-2

2-3

Pittsburgh

105.5

105.2

105.6

105.4

1-1

4-2

Virginia Tech

100.9

101.0

101.3

101.1

1-2

3-2

Georgia Tech

93.6

91.8

93.9

93.1

0-2

1-4

ACC Averages

105.2

104.6

105.4

105.1

 

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

124.7

123.9

124.6

124.4

2-0

5-0

Iowa St.

114.0

114.6

114.1

114.2

1-1

3-2

Texas

113.0

113.2

113.2

113.1

2-0

4-1

Baylor

112.7

112.9

112.4

112.7

2-0

5-0

Oklahoma St.

109.7

110.2

109.3

109.7

1-2

4-2

Kansas St.

107.9

107.5

107.5

107.6

0-2

3-2

T C U

105.0

108.0

105.3

106.1

1-1

3-2

Texas Tech

105.4

105.6

104.4

105.1

1-1

3-2

West Virginia

104.6

104.1

104.0

104.2

1-1

3-2

Kansas

93.6

94.6

93.4

93.9

0-3

2-4

Big 12 Averages

109.1

109.5

108.8

109.1

 

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

135.0

133.9

135.9

134.9

3-0

6-0

Penn St.

122.4

121.5

122.3

122.1

2-0

5-0

Michigan

119.4

117.6

119.7

118.9

2-1

4-1

Michigan St.

116.9

116.2

116.8

116.6

2-1

4-2

Maryland

107.8

107.3

107.0

107.4

1-1

3-2

Indiana

107.8

106.3

106.9

107.0

0-2

3-2

Rutgers

86.1

85.7

85.2

85.7

0-3

1-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

120.5

120.1

120.5

120.4

2-0

5-0

Iowa

118.4

116.5

118.6

117.8

1-1

4-1

Minnesota

110.5

109.9

109.6

110.0

2-0

5-0

Northwestern

107.2

106.4

106.2

106.6

0-3

1-4

Nebraska

105.0

106.0

104.6

105.2

2-1

4-2

Purdue

104.1

103.8

103.2

103.7

0-2

1-4

Illinois

96.1

97.0

94.9

96.0

0-2

2-3

Big Ten Averages

111.2

110.6

110.8

110.9

 

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

92.5

92.0

93.4

92.6

1-0

3-2

Florida Int’l.

90.8

90.6

91.0

90.8

0-2

2-3

Marshall

89.3

88.7

90.2

89.4

0-1

2-3

Middle Tennessee

89.5

88.5

89.6

89.2

1-0

2-3

Western Kentucky

88.0

89.0

89.6

88.8

3-0

3-2

Charlotte

86.1

86.6

86.4

86.4

0-1

2-3

Old Dominion

78.3

78.8

78.4

78.5

0-1

1-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Southern Miss.

94.6

92.8

94.7

94.0

1-0

3-2

North Texas

92.8

92.4

93.7

93.0

1-0

2-3

Louisiana Tech

91.2

91.0

91.1

91.1

2-0

4-1

U A B

87.8

89.6

88.5

88.7

1-1

4-1

Rice

80.3

81.7

79.7

80.6

0-2

0-6

Texas-San Antonio

74.7

77.1

74.5

75.4

1-1

2-3

U T E P

67.1

71.9

67.7

68.9

0-2

1-4

CUSA Averages

85.9

86.5

86.3

86.2

 

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

121.1

119.3

121.2

120.5

x

4-1

Army

99.9

99.9

99.4

99.8

x

3-2

BYU

99.7

99.6

99.6

99.6

x

2-3

Liberty

88.6

89.9

88.9

89.1

x

4-2

New Mexico St.

77.5

79.9

77.6

78.3

x

0-6

Massachusetts

64.6

66.6

63.7

65.0

x

1-5

Indep. Averages

91.9

92.5

91.7

92.0

 

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

93.6

92.7

94.3

93.6

1-0

2-3

Buffalo

88.7

89.1

89.7

89.1

0-2

2-4

Miami (Ohio)

88.5

86.8

88.7

88.0

1-0

2-3

Kent St.

87.3

87.2

87.6

87.4

1-0

2-3

Akron

73.8

74.1

73.0

73.6

0-1

0-5

Bowling Green

72.1

71.8

71.9

72.0

0-1

1-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

98.5

97.4

98.2

98.0

1-1

3-3

Toledo

94.6

95.1

95.7

95.1

1-0

4-1

Northern Illinois

92.3

91.3

92.3

92.0

0-1

1-4

Ball St.

88.7

88.2

88.6

88.5

1-0

2-3

Eastern Michigan

86.2

86.5

86.7

86.5

0-1

3-2

Central Michigan

84.6

85.4

85.3

85.1

2-1

3-3

MAC Averages

87.4

87.1

87.7

87.4

 

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Boise St.

106.7

106.2

107.2

106.7

2-0

5-0

Utah St.

104.3

103.1

105.3

104.2

2-0

3-2

Wyoming

97.8

99.9

98.4

98.7

1-0

4-1

Air Force

97.1

98.5

97.8

97.8

1-1

3-2

New Mexico

81.8

84.6

80.7

82.4

0-1

2-3

Colorado St.

80.6

84.4

80.8

81.9

0-2

1-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Hawaii

99.2

100.9

98.6

99.6

1-0

4-1

Fresno St.

99.2

99.8

99.6

99.5

0-0

2-2

San Diego St.

98.2

100.0

98.1

98.8

1-1

4-1

Nevada

87.9

89.6

87.3

88.3

0-1

3-2

San Jose St.

85.3

87.4

84.8

85.8

1-1

3-2

U N L V

82.3

84.1

81.9

82.8

0-2

1-4

MWC Averages

93.4

94.9

93.4

93.9

 

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

116.2

116.2

117.3

116.6

2-0

4-1

Washington

112.2

111.8

113.2

112.4

1-2

4-2

Washington St.

110.9

109.9

111.0

110.6

0-2

3-2

California

105.9

105.6

106.9

106.1

1-2

4-2

Stanford

106.1

105.3

105.9

105.8

2-2

3-3

Oregon St.

98.0

99.2

97.3

98.2

1-1

2-3

 

 

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

118.7

117.2

119.1

118.3

1-1

4-1

Arizona St.

108.4

107.8

109.3

108.5

1-1

4-1

U S C

107.2

108.0

107.5

107.6

2-1

3-2

Arizona

102.6

102.8

102.8

102.7

2-0

4-1

Colorado

99.6

99.4

99.5

99.5

1-1

3-2

U C L A

96.4

96.1

95.4

96.0

1-2

1-5

Pac-12 Averages

106.8

106.6

107.1

106.9

 

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

128.6

126.9

129.1

128.2

2-0

5-0

Florida

122.8

119.9

122.4

121.7

4-0

6-0

Missouri

116.6

114.2

116.9

115.9

1-0

4-1

South Carolina

112.3

110.6

112.0

111.6

1-2

2-3

Kentucky

106.6

105.0

105.0

105.5

0-3

2-3

Tennessee

104.7

104.5

103.0

104.1

0-2

1-4

Vanderbilt

99.8

98.3

98.3

98.8

0-3

1-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Alabama

135.7

132.2

136.4

134.7

2-0

5-0

L S U

128.0

125.6

127.4

127.0

1-0

5-0

Auburn

121.2

119.3

120.8

120.4

2-1

5-1

Texas A&M

116.9

115.3

115.4

115.9

1-1

3-2

Mississippi St.

112.9

109.0

117.9

113.3

1-1

3-2

Ole Miss

105.1

104.2

104.7

104.7

2-1

3-3

Arkansas

97.5

98.3

96.9

97.6

0-2

2-3

SEC Averages

114.9

113.1

114.7

114.2

 

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

105.4

104.0

104.8

104.7

1-0

4-0

Troy

94.0

94.2

92.9

93.7

0-1

2-3

Georgia Southern

93.9

93.3

93.0

93.4

1-1

2-3

Georgia St.

87.5

88.8

86.8

87.7

1-1

3-2

Coastal Carolina

86.7

87.9

86.1

86.9

0-1

3-2

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

100.3

100.5

100.2

100.3

1-0

4-1

Arkansas St.

90.6

90.8

90.3

90.6

1-1

3-3

Louisiana-Monroe

87.7

88.5

87.5

87.9

1-0

2-3

Texas St.

83.7

84.6

83.5

83.9

1-0

2-3

South Alabama

74.1

77.0

73.4

74.9

0-2

1-5

SBC Averages

90.4

91.0

89.9

90.4

 

Conference Power Ratings

#

League

Average

1

SEC

114.2

2

BTen

110.9

3

B12

109.1

4

P12

106.9

5

ACC

105.1

6

AAC

97.0

7

MWC

93.9

8

Ind

92.0

9

SUN

90.4

10

MAC

87.4

11

CUSA

86.2

 

Top 5 Group of 5

1

Boise St.

2

Memphis

3

SMU

4

Cincinnati

5

Hawaii

 

 

This Week’s Bowl and Playoff Projections

 

The What-if It Were To Happen Edition

 

Submitted for your disapproval, what happens if Clemson loses a game this year to say Florida State, North Carolina St., South Carolina, or Virginia in the ACC Championship Game?  With their weak schedule, the Tigers would most likely not receive a bid to the NCAA Playoffs.

 

The Pac-12 has already eliminated itself from consideration.  We won’t even give Oregon a chance at 11-1, unless a lot of teams fall victims to upsets–too many to contemplate.

 

The Big Ten has three incredible teams in Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.  Additionally, Minnesota is still undefeated, and Michigan is, well, Michigan.  More than likely one Big Ten team will run the table and finish 13-0 to guarantee a spot in the Playoffs.  There could be a one-loss team in consideration, but with power at the top, it is possible that there will be only an undefeated or one loss team and multiple two-loss teams.

 

In the Big 12, Oklahoma always tends to slip up against somebody but then recovers to win the Big 12 Championship Game.  If the Sooners were to lose to Texas, Baylor, or Iowa State, or if they lost in the Big 12 Championship Game, would a one-loss OU team be good enough to make the top four?

 

Now consider the giant.  Let’s say Alabama, LSU, and Georgia combine to have one undefeated team and two, one-loss teams.  Say, Alabama goes 12-0 and wins the SEC Championship Game over 12-0 Georgia, while LSU only loses at Alabama in a close game to have a record of 11-1.

 

Could it be that THREE SEC teams would finish ranked in the top 4?  That’s the scenario we present today in our bowl and playoff projections.  We are not saying this is a certainty; we just wanted to show you how it might play out if Alabama, Georgia, and LSU finished ranked in the top 4.

 

You may ask if any conference has ever had three of the top four teams in a season, and not only will we answer, we’ll go one better.  In 1971, Nebraska finished number one; Oklahoma was number two; and Colorado was number three, all from the old Big 8 Conference.  It almost happened in 2011, when Alabama finished number one, LSU number two, and Arkansas number five.   That Arkansas team lost to just Alabama and LSU that year. 

 

Take a look at how this plays out.

 

Bowl

Conf

Conf

Team

Team

Bahamas

MAC

CUSA

Miami (O)

Florida Atlantic

Frisco

AAC

At-large

SMU

[Wyoming]

Cure

AAC

SBC

Navy

Georgia St.

New Mexico

CUSA

MWC

Southern Miss.

San Diego St.

Boca Raton

AAC

MAC

Memphis

Toledo

Camellia

MAC

SBC

Western Michigan

Troy

Las Vegas

MWC #1

Pac-12

Hawaii

Washington St.

New Orleans

CUSA

SBC #1

Louisiana Tech

Louisiana

Gasparilla

AAC

CUSA

Central Florida

UAB

Hawaii

BYU/MWC

AAC

BYU

Tulane

Independence

ACC

SEC

Virginia Tech

[Western Kentucky]

Quick Lane

ACC

Big Ten

Duke

Maryland

Military

ACC

AAC

Syracuse

Temple

Pinstripe

ACC

Big Ten

Pittsburgh

Nebraska

Texas

Big 12

SEC

Iowa St.

Ole Miss

Holiday

Pac-12

Big Ten

Utah

Iowa

Cheez-It

Big 12

Pac-12

Oklahoma St.

Colorado

Camping World

ACC

Big 12

Wake Forest

Baylor

Cotton

At-large

At-large

Boise St.

Notre Dame

First Responder

CUSA

Big 12

North Texas

West Virginia

Redbox

Pac-12

Big Ten

Arizona

Michigan St.

Music City

SEC

ACC

[Army]

Florida St.

Orange

ACC

BTen/SEC

Clemson

Wisconsin

Belk

ACC

SEC

North Carolina

Kentucky

Sun

ACC

Pac-12

North Carolina St.

Washington

Liberty

Big 12

SEC

Texas Tech

[Arkansas St.]

Arizona

SBC

MWC

Georgia Southern

Fresno St.

Alamo

Big 12

Pac-12

Texas

Arizona St.

Citrus

SEC

BTen/ACC

Auburn

Virginia

Outback

Big Ten

SEC

Minnesota

Texas A&M

Rose

Big Ten

Pac-12

Penn St.

Oregon

Sugar

Big 12

SEC

Oklahoma

Florida

Birmingham

AAC

SEC

Cincinnati

[Kansas St.]

Taxslayer/Gator

SEC

Big Ten

Mississippi St.

Michigan

Idaho Potato

MAC

MWC

Eastern Michigan

Utah St.

Armed Forces

Big Ten

MWC

Indiana

Air Force

Dollar General

MAC

SBC

Ohio

Appalachian St.

FBS PLAYOFFS

Fiesta

Top 4

Top 4

Ohio St.

Georgia

Peach

Top 4

Top 4

Alabama

LSU

Champsionship

Fiesta

Peach

Ohio St.

Alabama

Teams in [Brackets] are at-large selections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2, 2019

PiRate Ratings Ready To Go Live

Ahoy Mates!  The PiRates have returned from sea this summer and are ready to hoist the football flag on terra firma for 2019-2020.

It took us a bit longer this year with added data hopefully allowing us to refine our preseason ratings’ process.  After more than 100 days of work, we finally have preseason ratings for the 130 FBS teams.

As we have done every year, we will begin previewing the conferences daily from the lowest rated to the highest rated.  Here is the schedule for each of the previews.

Day Date Conference Preview
Friday Aug 9 Conference USA
Saturday Aug 10 Mid-American
Sunday Aug 11 Sun Belt
Monday Aug 12 Mountain West
Tuesday Aug 13 Independents
Wednesday Aug 14 American Athletic
Thursday Aug 15 Atlantic Coast
Friday Aug 16 Pac-12
Saturday Aug 17 Big 12
Sunday Aug 18 Big Ten
Monday Aug 19 Southeastern

Then, on Tuesday, August 20, we will debut our spreads for games involving FBS teams up through Labor Day.  There will be two FBS games on Saturday, August 24, and then the first real week of the season takes place over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend from August 29 through September 2.

As always, we are constantly updating our preseason ratings throughout August as news becomes available concerning personnel changes.  If you are a fan of the Connecticut Huskies, your team has undergone some serious roster moves since the end of Spring Practice, and you have seen some key personnel decide to transfer.

There are also a handful of players that might be awarded immediate eligibility after transferring to a new FBS school.  One or two teams could see a jump of more than one ratings’ point if certain players receive immediate eligibility. allow schools to trade players if both schools have an immediate need for the other school’s player, while their current school has no immediate availability?

 

Some Fun Stuff To Ponder

What if the NCAA allowed schools to trade players if both schools have an immediate need for the other school’s player, while their current school has no immediate need for said players?

Can you imagine if a school like Ohio State had a third string quarterback that would not see meaningful minutes, while they needed a flanker to replace a 1st round draft pick, and then a school like Washington State had seven capable receivers and no quarterback?  What if Ohio State and Washington State could make a trade so that the third string QB at Ohio State can now become the starter at Washington State, while the number five receiver at Washington State can now become the starting flanker with the Buckeyes?

It might have been crazy to consider this 10 years ago, but who knows what the future might bring with players now winning appeals for immediate eligibility for some of the most outlandish reasons like having a disagreeable dormitory environment.  If both of our imaginary players wanted to transfer but were not graduates with immediate eligibility, might the NCAA see merit in allowing two players that would rarely see the field to become starters at another school?

Thanks to your comments to us from our other website, something has been circulating this summer among many of you concerning what will happen with the FBS Playoffs when the current contract expires. This topic has wings.  There has been appreciable mumbling coming forth from the movers and shakers in the college football world.

The former big-time New Year’s Day bowls (Sugar, Cotton/Fiesta, Rose, and Orange) have seen historic low ratings in the years they were not part of the Semifinals of the Playoffs.  The key bowls this year will be played on Saturday, December 28, and the Cotton and Orange Bowls will not be played on New Year’s Day.

These once major epic festivals are almost like the football equivalent of the NIT, and the bowl sponsors are not happy.  The Tournament of Roses Committee is really not happy with their historically low TV ratings, and it has not just affected the game, but the ratings for the parade have been off as well.  I am sure they’d gladly take the old arrangement of the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions and distance themselves from the Playoffs altogether, like they did when the Bowl Coalition did not include the Rose Bowl conferences.  An undefeated Rose Bowl champion would easily be able to claim a national title without appearing in the playoffs, just like Notre Dame won numerous national titles long before they appeared in bowl games.  The Associated Press has awarded National Championships for years, and the national champion in multiple years did not appear in a bowl game.

When the next Playoff contract commences in 2026, you can bet that there will be more than four teams in the playoffs.  It could be six, eight, 12, or 16.  The major bowls will demand that their game stays vitally important every year.  With six teams, five bowls would be needed, but there are six heavyweights, so one would be left out each year.

With eight teams, seven bowls would be needed, which would satisfy the needs of the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta, and Peach every year.  The seventh site could rotate among the other bowls, throwing a one-time bone to the Citrus, Outback, Holiday, Sun, Alamo, and one or two additional bowls.

At 12 or 16 teams, first round games could be played on the home field of the higher-seeded teams before progressing to the bowls.  This would most likely signal the end of conference championship games, but you could see where the big-time schools would gladly give up conference championship games for playoff games.

There is one other topic that has been circulating in college football fan talk this summer, and that is the idea of a Super Football Division consisting of the top 32 programs.  As an example, the top 32 football powers could form their own conference and play only against each other with a super TV contract and NFL-style playoffs based on standings and not the vote of a Committee.  The talk is that these 32 programs could make so much money in football, that they could fund all their other sports and sort of secede from the current NCAA Division 1.  What this would lead to would be the end of Alabama playing Western Carolina in November and Michigan State playing Western Michigan in September.  Instead, there would be weekly games like  Alabama versus Oklahoma, and Ohio State versus Clemson.  All these super schools would play in stadiums with 75,000 to 110,000 seats.  The TV contract would be more like the NFL at its peak.  Imagine a 12-team NFL style playoff with the top superpowers of the gridiron?

This has been rumored for about a quarter century.  Originally, this idea was brushed aside when the major conferences began to expand.  The current belief is that if any conference expands again, they will only do so to bring in teams from outside their current conference media markets.  In other words, The Big Ten would not want Iowa State with Iowa already in the league.  They might want Oklahoma or Oklahoma State but not both, because those rivals come from the same media market.

Likewise, the SEC would not want to add Clemson or Florida State, as they already have South Carolina and Florida.  However, they would gladly take Virginia Tech and one of the Oklahoma schools.

The organic progression would seem to indicate that in the future, one of the Power 5 conferences could fold and its teams would merge into one of the other majors, and there would be four, 16-team super conferences.  However, the media market expansion would not work, because there would be multiple teams from some states, like Texas, and not enough super conferences to join.  Therefore, it is our belief that the only logical solution to this matter is for the top 32 football programs to go at it on their own.  The current Division 1 could be altered from FBS and FCS to 1 A, 1 AA, and 1 AAA.  The 1 AAA would be the top 32 teams.  The 1 AA would be the current remaining 98 FBS plus the top 30 FCS programs that could now compete without the 32 powers.  1 AAA would be all the remaining teams, and then some D2 and NAIA schools might wish to move up.

An NFL Fan Sent This To Us

One of our biggest fans at this site (we didn’t receive permission from him to name him), opined that there could be more than one NFL team trying to position themselves to be 0-16 in 2020.  Much like the Indianapolis Colts tanking to “Suck for Luck,”  the new slogan we have given this is: “Be Clever and Suck for Trevor.”  Trevor Lawrence will be draft eligible in April of 2021.

That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a nice group of available quarterbacks in 2020, as Tua Tagovailoa, Sam Ehlinger, Jake Fromm, Justin Herbert, and others will be available.  However, Lawrence might be the best QB prospect since John Elway, so the stakes will be high in 2021, and it is likely that the team with the worst record in 2020 could be playoff bound by 2022 and Super Bowl worthy by 2023 and for the next 15 years after that.  Teams like Buffalo, Miami, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Oakland/Las Vegas, and Arizona could be in position to sell off one or two key players and be in position to lose big in 2020.  A team like Green Bay or New Orleans could decide to blow up their aging rosters and be terrible for one year, but it would be the right one year.

Looking For The Next Tom Brady

As much as the Colts benefited from drafting Andrew Luck, they have run out of it in January.  Meanwhile, the almost forgotten draft pick  at #199 in 2000, the inimitable Tom Brady, must keep remodeling his home to store all the hardware he has accrued.

Is there a potential second or third day draft quarterback from this year’s crop that could be the diamond in the rough like Touchdown Tom?

We think there is, and ironically, he hails from Brady’s alma mater.  Shea Patterson might be available into the 5th round, because this next class of quarterbacks is full of very good but not superior guys.  The quantity might eventually prove to be greater than the quality, but we see Patterson as flying under the radar.  He has all the tools needed to play at the next level, and we believe his best ability is still to emerge.  Patterson plays in an offense that will not allow him the opportunity to throw the ball 400+ times in 12 games, but what he does with the 350 or so passes should show the right NFL team that he is worth making a late second day or early third day pick on him.

March 12, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Wednesday’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

George Washington

93.3

0.0

Massachusetts

97.5

-4.2

Fordham

95.2

1.0

Richmond

99.0

-2.8

North Carolina St.

112.9

0.0

Clemson

112.2

0.7

Virginia Tech

116.5

0.0

Miami (Fla.)

107.5

9.0

Louisville

114.0

0.0

Notre Dame

105.9

8.1

Syracuse

111.3

0.0

Pittsburgh

105.1

6.2

TCU

110.0

0.0

Oklahoma St.

104.8

5.2

Oklahoma

111.3

0.0

West Virginia

104.9

6.4

Providence

106.7

0.0

Butler

108.2

-1.5

St. John’s

107.8

1.5

DePaul

104.9

4.4

Northern Arizona

92.1

0.0

Sacramento St.

94.2

-2.1

Idaho St.

90.7

1.0

Southern Utah

93.0

-1.3

Idaho

85.0

1.0

Montana St.

95.2

-9.2

Rutgers

106

0.0

Nebraska

110.5

-4.5

Illinois

106.2

0.0

Northwestern

107.2

-1.0

Louisiana Tech

101.8

0.0

Florida Atlantic

98.7

3.1

UAB

100.1

0.0

Middle Tennessee

95.2

4.9

North Texas

100.9

1.5

Florida Int’l.

97.4

5.0

Marshall

99.7

0.0

Rice

94.3

5.4

North Carolina A&T

92.2

0.0

Coppin St.

84.9

7.3

Norfolk St.

95.1

1.5

South Carolina St.

87.3

9.3

Colorado St.

99.2

0.0

Boise St.

102.6

-3.4

New Mexico

99.3

0.0

Wyoming

90.3

9.0

Air Force

94.8

0.0

San Jose St.

85.4

9.4

USC

105.7

0.0

Arizona

105.9

-0.2

Colorado

107.0

0.0

California

95.0

12.0

UCLA

104.9

0.0

Stanford

103.9

1.0

Oregon

109.3

0.0

Washington St.

101.6

7.7

Colgate

102.1

2.5

Bucknell

102.0

2.6

Lamar

98.0

0.0

Houston Baptist

93.3

4.7

Texas A&M CC

93.7

0.0

Central Arkansas

91.6

2.1

Missouri

106.1

0.0

Georgia

103.5

2.6

Vanderbilt

102

1.0

Texas A&M

105.4

-2.4

 

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Tuesday, March 12

Vermont

84

Binghamton

51

Md.-Baltimore Co.

90

Hartford

85 2ot

*** Championship Game–Saturday, March 16 ***

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Vermont (26-6)

3

Maryland-Baltimore Co. (21-12)

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Site: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

12

George Washington (8-23)

13

Massachusetts (11-20)

11

Richmond (12-19)

14

Fordham (12-19)

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Site: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

First Round–Tuesday, March 12

Miami (Fla.)

79

Wake Forest

71

Notre Dame

78

Georgia Tech

71

Pittsburgh

80

Boston College

70

 

Second Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

North Carolina St. (21-10)

9

Clemson (19-12)

5

Virginia Tech (23-7)

12

Miami (Fla) (14-17)

7

Louisville (19-12)

15

Notre Dame (14-18)

6

Syracuse (19-12)

14

Pittsburgh (14-18)

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

TCU (19-12)

9

Oklahoma St. (12-19)

7

Oklahoma (19-12)

10

West Virginia (12-19)

 

 

Big East Conference

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Providence (17-14)

9

Butler (16-15)

7

St. John’s (20-11)

10

DePaul (15-13)

 

 

Big Sky Conference

Site: Century Link Arena, Boise, ID

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Northern Arizona (10-20)

9

Sacramento St. (14-15)

7

Southern Utah (14-15)

10

Idaho St. (11-18)

6

Montana St. (14-16)

11

Idaho (5-26)

 

 

Big Ten Conference

Site: United Center, Chicago, IL

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

12

Rutgers (14-16)

13

Nebraska (16-15)

11

Illinois (11-20)

14

Northwestern (13-18)

 

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Site: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Northeastern

82

Hofstra

74

Champion: Northeastern  (23-10)

 

 

Conference USA

Site: Ford Center, Frisco, TX

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Louisiana Tech (19-12)

9

Florida Atlantic (17-14)

5

UAB (18-13)

12

Middle Tennessee (11-20)

7

Florida Int’l. (19-12)

10

North Texas (20-11)

6

Marshall (18-13)

11

Rice (13-18)

 

 

Horizon League (Motor City Madness)

Site: Higher Seed and Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Wright St. (21-12)

2

Northern Kentucky (25-8)

Champion: Northern Kentucky  (26-8)

 

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Site: Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

First Round–Tuesday, March 12

Coppin St.

81

Morgan St.

71

South Carolina St.

63

Md. Eastern Shore

54

 

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2 (wed)

North Carolina A&T (18-12)

7

Coppin St. (8-24)

3 (thu)

North Carolina Central (15-15)

11

Delaware St. (6-24)

1 (wed)

Norfolk St. (19-12)

9

South Carolina St. (8-25)

4 (thu)

Howard (16-15)

5

Bethune-Cookman

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Site: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Colorado St. (12-19)

9

Boise St. (12-19)

7

New Mexico (13-17)

10

Wyoming (8-23)

6

Air Force (13-17)

11

San Jose St. (4-26)

 

 

Northeast Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Fairleigh-Dickinson

85

St. Francis (PA)

76

Champion: Fairleigh-Dickinson  (20-13)

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

Site: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

USC (15-16)

9

Arizona (17-14)

5

Colorado (19-11)

12

California (8-22)

7

UCLA (16-15)

10

Stanford (15-15)

6

Oregon (19-12)

11

Washington St. (11-20)

 

 

Patriot League

Played at Colgate

Championship Game–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Colgate (23-10)

2

Bucknell (21-10)

 

 

Southland Conference

Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

5

Lamar (19-12)

8

Houston Baptist (12-17)

6

Texas A&M CC (14-17)

7

Central Arkansas (13-18)

 

 

Southeastern Conference

Site: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

12

Missouri (14-16)

13

Georgia (11-20)

11

Texas A&M (13-17)

14

Vanderbilt (9-22)

 

 

Summit League

Site: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Championship Game–Tuesday, March12

North Dakota St.

73

Omaha

63

Champion: North Dakota St. (18-15)

 

 

Sun Belt Conference

Site: 1st Rd at Higher Seed, Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA

First Round–Tuesday, March 12

Louisiana Monroe

89

Appalachian St.

80

South Alabama

75

Arkansas St.

67

 

Second Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

6

Coastal Carolina (15-15)

7

Louisiana Monroe (17-14)

5

Louisiana (19-12)

8

South Alabama (16-16)

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Site: at Higher Seeds

Quarterfinals–Tuesday, March 12

Prairie View A&M

86

Alcorn St.

66

Grambling

59

Arkansas Pine Bluff

52

Alabama St.

58

Jackson St.

49

Texas Southern

80

Southern

70

 

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Prairie View A&M (21-12)

4

Grambling (17-15)

2

Texas Southern (20-12)

6

Alabama St. (12-18)

 

 

West Coast Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Saint Mary’s

60

Gonzaga

47

Champion: Saint Mary’s  (22-11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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