The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 4, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For March 4, 2020

Wednesday’s Games

 

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Arkansas

LSU

2.8

Auburn

Texas A&M

12.7

Butler

St. John’s

7.6

Central Florida

SMU

-0.2

Charlotte

North Texas

-3.9

Colorado St.

Wyoming

14.3

Creighton

Georgetown

8.9

Eastern Illinois

Jacksonville St.

4.8

Fresno St.

Air Force

4.0

George Mason

Saint Louis

-2.8

George Washington

Fordham

5.7

Georgia

Florida

-2.2

Georgia Tech

Pittsburgh

6.7

Incarnate Word

Houston Baptist

2.8

Indiana

Minnesota

2.9

Iona

Quinnipiac

5.5

Kansas

TCU

18.2

La Salle

Massachusetts

3.3

Long Island

Fairleigh Dickinson

4.8

Louisiana Tech

Florida Intl.

9.2

Marist

Canisius

0.2

Marshall

Florida Atlantic

5.6

Miami (Fla.)

Virginia

-1.4

Middle Tennessee

UTEP

-2.4

Monmouth

Fairfield

8.0

New Mexico

San Jose St.

10.5

Nicholls

McNeese

5.9

Northwestern St.

New Orleans

3.4

Notre Dame

Florida St.

-2.7

Oklahoma St.

Kansas St.

6.2

Old Dominion

UTSA

4.6

Ole Miss

Missouri

4.3

Providence

Xavier

3.1

Rhode Island

Dayton

-4.1

Rider

Manhattan

7.6

Robert Morris

St. Francis (NY)

8.6

Sacred Heart

Mount St. Mary’s

8.6

Seton Hall

Villanova

4.3

Siena

Niagara

10.7

Southeast Louisiana

Central Arkansas

-3.4

Southern Miss

Rice

-0.5

St. Bonaventure

Saint Joseph’s

11.8

St. Francis (PA)

Bryant

6.5

Temple

Tulsa

2.0

Tennessee St.

Morehead St.

6.1

Texas A&M-CC

Sam Houston St.

-2.8

UC Irvine

Cal St. Northridge

12.8

Virginia Tech

Clemson

0.9

Wisconsin

Northwestern

13.5

 

Key TV Games on Wednesday

 

Time (EST)

Network

Home

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6:30 PM

FS1

Providence

Xavier

7:00 PM

SECN

Arkansas

LSU

8:00 PM

ESPN+

Kansas

TCU

8:30 PM

FS1

Seton Hall

Villanova

9:00 PM

CBSSN

Rhode Island

Dayton

 

Conference Tournament Section

 

Tuesday’s Results

 

Atlantic Sun Tournament 

Quarterfinals

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Liberty

55

NJIT

49

Stetson

82

North Alabama

72

Lipscomb

68

Florida Gulf Coast

63

North Florida

91

Jacksonville

88

 

Semifinals

March 5

at Higher Seed’s Home Court

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Time (ET)

TV

1 Liberty (28-4)

4 Stetson (16-16)

7:00 PM

ESPN+

2 North Florida (21-11)

3 Lipscomb (15-15)

7:00 PM

ESPN+

 

 

Big South Tournament

1st Round

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

USC Upstate

69

High Point

59

UNC-Asheville

72

Campbell

68

Charleston Southern

81

Presbyterian

64

 

Quarterfinals

March 5

at #1 Seed Radford

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

2 Winthrop (21-10)

7 USC Upstate (13-19)

12:00 PM

ESPN3

3 Gardner-Webb (15-15)

6 UNC-Asheville (15-15)

2:00 PM

ESPN3

1 Radford (20-10)

8 Charleston Southern (14-17)

6:00 PM

ESPN3

4 Longwood (14-17)

5 Hampton (13-18)

8:00 PM

ESPN3

 

 

Horizon League Tournament

1st Round

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Illinois Chicago

93

IUPUI

59

Youngstown St.

63

Milwaukee

57

Oakland

80

Cleveland St.

59

 

Quarterfinals

March 5

at Higher Seed’s Home Court

Home

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Time (ET)

TV

3 Green Bay (16-15)

6 Oakland (14-18)

8:00 PM

ESPN+

4 Illinois Chicago (15-17)

5 Youngstown (18-14)

8:00 PM

ESPN+

 

Patriot League Tournament

1st Round

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Bucknell

65

Holy Cross

62

Lehigh

78

Loyola (MD)

75

 

Quarterfinals

March 5

at Higher Seed’s Home Court

Home

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Time (ET)

TV

2 American (16-13)

7 Bucknell (13-19)

7:00 PM

Pat League Network

3 Boston U (18-13)

6 Navy (14-15)

7:00 PM

Pat League Network

4 Army (15-14)

5 Lafayette (18-11)

7:00 PM

Pat League Network

1 Colgate (23-8)

8 Lehigh (11-20)

7:00 PM

Pat League Network

 

 

Tournaments Beginning Wednesday

 

Mountain West Tournament

1st Round

March 4

Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Fresno St. (11-18)

9 Air Force (11-19)

3:00 PM

Mountain West Net.

7 New Mexico (18-13)

10 San Jose St. (7-23)

5:30 PM

Mountain West Net.

6 Colorado St. (20-11)

11 Wyoming (7-23)

8:00 PM

Mountain West Net.

 

 

Northeast Tournament

Quarterfinals

March 4

at Higher Seed’s Home Court

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Time (ET)

TV

1 Robert Morris (17-14)

8 St. Francis (NY) (13-17)

7:00 PM

http://necfrontrow.com/

2 St. Francis (PA) (20-9)

7 Bryant (15-16)

7:00 PM

http://necfrontrow.com/

3 Sacred Heart (19-12)

6 Mount St. Mary’s (11-20)

7:00 PM

http://necfrontrow.com/

4 Long Island (14-17)

5 Fairleigh-Dickinson (11-18)

7:00 PM

http://necfrontrow.com/

 

 

Ohio Valley Tournament

1st Round

March 4

Evansville, IN (Ford Center)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

5 Tennessee St. (17-14)

8 Morehead St. (13-18)

7:30 PM

ESPN+

6 Eastern Illinois (16-14)

7 Jacksonville St. (13-18)

9:30 PM

ESPN+

 

 

 

March 1, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For March 1, 2020

Sunday’s Games

 

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Charlotte

Florida Intl.

3.7

Fairfield

Rider

-2.0

Georgetown

Xavier

1.9

Houston

Cincinnati

6.9

Illinois

Indiana

4.6

Louisville

Virginia Tech

13.4

Monmouth

Manhattan

5.8

Nebraska

Northwestern

2.8

North Texas

Western Kentucky

5.5

Northeastern

Towson

4.2

Ohio St.

Michigan

4.4

Old Dominion

Florida Atlantic

4.8

Quinnipiac

Marist

5.1

Rhode Island

Saint Louis

7.0

Rice

Middle Tennessee

7.2

SMU

Wichita St.

-0.9

St. John’s

Creighton

-4.0

Stanford

Colorado

1.3

Temple

South Florida

5.1

UTEP

Southern Miss

6.6

UTSA

UAB

2.2

Wisconsin

Minnesota

4.4

 

Sunday’s Key TV Games

 

Time (EST)

Network

Home

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1:00 PM

ESPN

Houston

Cincinnati

2:00 PM

CBS

Georgetown

Xavier

2:00 PM

BTN

Illinois

Indiana

2:00 PM

ESPNU

Rhode Island

Saint Louis

4:00 PM

CBS

Ohio St.

Michigan

4:00 PM

ESPNU

SMU

Wichita St.

6:00 PM

ESPNU

Stanford

Colorado

6:30 PM

BTN

Wisconsin

Minnesota

 

Conference Tournaments Start Tuesday Night

Coming Tuesday, we begin our daily conference tournament coverage all the way to Selection Sunday. 

The Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon, and Patriot Leagues will get started on Tuesday. 

On Wednesday, the Mountain West, Northeast, and Ohio Valley Conferences commence post-season play. 

On Thursday, the Missouri Valley (Arch Madness) and The West Coast Conference start tournament play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For February 18, 2020

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Tuesday’s Games

 

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Bryant

Merrimack

1.3

Buffalo

Ball St.

1.7

Central Connecticut

Fairleigh Dickinson

-6.8

Eastern Michigan

Kent St.

-2.5

Florida

Arkansas

3.9

Florida St.

Pittsburgh

12.1

Long Island

St. Francis (NY)

6.9

LSU

Kentucky

2.2

Marquette

Creighton

3.4

Maryland

Northwestern

16.6

Massachusetts

Saint Louis

-3.7

Missouri

Ole Miss

2.3

New Mexico

Nevada

-1.7

Ohio

Central Michigan

2.5

Oklahoma

Baylor

-3.1

Penn St.

Illinois

7.1

Saint Joseph’s

Davidson

-11.3

St. Francis (PA)

Robert Morris

5.0

Tennessee

Vanderbilt

12.2

UNLV

Colorado St.

0.1

VCU

Dayton

-3.1

Wagner

Mount St. Mary’s

-2.2

West Virginia

Oklahoma St.

11.5

Western Michigan

Akron

-9.2

Wisconsin

Purdue

2.6

Tuesday’s Top TV Games

(Where both teams are contending for a conference championship or NCAA Tournament at-large bid.)

 

Time (EST)

Network

Home

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6:30 PM

FS1

Penn St.

Illinois

7:00 PM

ESPNU

Florida

Arkansas

7:00 PM

ESPN

Wisconsin

Purdue

8:30 PM

CBSSN

VCU

Dayton

8:30 PM

FS1

Marquette

Creighton

9:00 PM

ESPN2

Oklahoma

Baylor

9:00 PM

ESPN

LSU

Kentucky

 

 

 

January 31, 2020

PiRate Ratings Bracketology For January 31, 2020

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Date

1/31/2020

Seed

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

1

Baylor

Gonzaga

San Diego St.

Kansas

2

Seton Hall

Duke

Dayton

Louisville

3

Villanova

West Virginia

Oregon

Florida St.

4

Michigan St.

Maryland

Butler

Kentucky

5

Auburn

Penn St.

Iowa

LSU

6

Creighton

Colorado

Illinois

Rutgers

7

Marquette

Arizona

USC

Houston

8

Wichita St.

Arkansas

Ohio St.

Indiana

9

Saint Mary’s

Michigan

Texas Tech

Wisconsin

10

Oklahoma

Florida

BYU

Stanford

11

Memphis

VCU

Northern Iowa

Rhode Island

North Carolina St.

12

Liberty

East Tennessee St.

North Texas

Purdue

Virginia

13

Stephen F. Austin

Harvard

Vermont

Wright St.

14

UC-Irvine

New Mexico St.

Winthrop

Bowling Green

15

Colgate

William & Mary

Little Rock

Murray St.

16

South Dakota St.

Eastern Washington

Monmouth

Prairie View

Robert Morris

Norfolk St.

 

First Four Out

Mississippi St.

Minnesota

Alabama

Texas Tech

Next Four Out

Arizona St.

Texas

Syracuse

Utah St.

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2020

PiRate Ratings Bracketology For January 27, 2020

 

Date

1/27/2020

Seed

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

1

Baylor

Gonzaga

San Diego St.

Kansas

2

Florida St.

Duke

Seton Hall

Louisville

3

West Virginia

Oregon

Michigan St.

Dayton

4

Villanova

Butler

Maryland

Kentucky

5

Iowa

Colorado

Creighton

Penn St.

6

LSU

Illinois

Auburn

Wisconsin

7

Rutgers

Arizona

Marquette

Houston

8

Wichita St.

USC

Indiana

Ohio St.

9

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Stanford

Saint Mary’s

10

Michigan

Florida

BYU

Texas Tech

11

N. Carolina St.

Purdue

East Tennessee St.

VCU

Virginia Tech

12

Northern Iowa

Akron

Stephen F. Austin

Memphis

Minnesota

13

Liberty

New Mexico St.

Harvard

Vermont

14

North Texas

Wright St.

Colgate

Little Rock

15

William & Mary

Murray St.

UC-Irvine

South Dakota St.

16

Winthrop

Montana

Monmouth

Norfolk St.

Prairie View A&M

Robert Morris

First Four Out

DePaul

Arizona St.

Syracuse

Alabama

Next Four Out

Rhode Island

Virginia

Richmond

Tennessee

 

Tonight’s Best TV Games

Time

Network

Home

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6:00 PM

6:00 PM

ESPNU

ESPN

Norfolk St.

North Carolina St.

Florida A&M

North Carolina

7:30 PM

BigTen

Iowa

Wisconsin

8:00 PM

ESPN2

Oklahoma St.

Kansas

 

January 21, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 21, 2020

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College Basketball Teams Playing Tuesday

 

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Villanova

Butler

1.1

Kansas

Kansas St.

17.5

Kentucky

Georgia

10.0

South Florida

Wichita St.

-5.0

Northwestern

Maryland

-8.6

Purdue

Illinois

5.0

Kent St.

Northern Illinois

8.5

Ohio

Toledo

-3.6

Bowling Green

Eastern Michigan

7.2

Buffalo

Western Michigan

9.1

LSU

Florida

2.9

Miami (O)

Akron

-6.6

TCU

Texas Tech

-3.1

Clemson

Wake Forest

6.2

Iowa St.

Oklahoma St.

4.7

Duke

Miami

19.2

Wisconsin

Nebraska

12.9

Missouri

Texas A&M

10.2

Marquette

St. John’s

8.5

Saint Joseph’s

VCU

-12.2

Tennessee

Ole Miss

7.7

New Mexico

San Jose St.

14.7

San Diego St.

Wyoming

26.2

Utah St.

Air Force

12.6

 

 

 

January 8, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 8, 2020

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Power Conference & Top 25 Teams Playing Wednesday

 

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Alabama

Mississippi St.

3.4

Auburn

Vanderbilt

16.4

Boise St.

UNLV

6.0

Cincinnati

Tulsa

8.0

Connecticut

Tulane

11.0

Georgetown

St. John’s

5.0

Georgia Tech

Duke

-13.1

Indiana

Northwestern

11.1

Iowa St.

Kansas

-7.2

LSU

Arkansas

4.5

North Carolina

Pittsburgh

6.5

North Carolina St.

Notre Dame

5.5

San Jose St.

Nevada

-11.9

SMU

Central Florida

6.1

Texas

Oklahoma

1.4

Wake Forest

Florida St.

-6.4

Wisconsin

Illinois

3.8

Wyoming

San Diego St.

-18.6

Xavier

Seton Hall

0.7

 

December 7, 2019

PiRate College Football Ratings: December 8, 2019

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PiRate Ratings Final Bowl & Playoff Projections

 

Bowl

Conf

Conf

Team

Team

Bahamas

MAC

CUSA

Buffalo

Charlotte

Frisco

AAC

At-large

SMU

[Marshall]

Cure

AAC

SBC

Central Florida

Georgia St.

New Mexico

CUSA

MWC

UAB

Wyoming

Boca Raton

AAC

MAC

Navy

Ohio

Camellia

MAC

SBC

Western Michigan

Arkansas St.

Las Vegas

MWC #1

Pac-12

Boise St.

Arizona St.

New Orleans

CUSA

SBC #1

Louisiana Tech

Appalachian St.

Gasparilla

AAC

CUSA

Tulane

Southern Miss.

Hawaii

BYU/MWC

AAC/MWC

BYU

Hawaii

Independence

ACC

SEC

Miami (Fla.)

[Western Kentucky]

Quick Lane

ACC

Big Ten

Boston College

[Eastern Michigan]

Military

ACC

AAC

North Carolina

Temple

Pinstripe

ACC

Big Ten

Pittsburgh

Michigan St.

Texas

Big 12

SEC

Oklahoma St.

Mississippi St.

Holiday

Pac-12

Big Ten

USC

Iowa

Cheez-It

Big 12

Pac-12

[Air Force]

Washington St.

Camping World

ACC

Big 12

Notre Dame

Texas

Cotton

At-large

At-large

[Penn St.]

Memphis

First Responder

CUSA

Big 12

Florida Atlantic

[Liberty]

Redbox

Pac-12

Big Ten

California

Illinois

Music City

SEC

ACC

Tennessee

Louisville

Orange

ACC

BTen/SEC

Virginia

Florida

Belk

ACC

SEC

Wake Forest

Texas A&M

Sun

ACC

Pac-12

Virginia Tech

Washington

Liberty

Big 12

SEC

Iowa St.

[Florida Int’l.]

Arizona

SBC

MWC

Georgia Southern

San Diego St.

Alamo

Big 12

Pac-12

Kansas St.

Utah

Citrus

SEC

BTen/ACC

Alabama

Michigan

Outback

Big Ten

SEC

Minnesota

Auburn

Rose

Big Ten

Pac-12

Wisconsin

Oregon

Sugar

Big 12

SEC

Baylor

Georgia

Birmingham

AAC

SEC

Cincinnati

[Florida St.]

Taxslayer/Gator

SEC

Big Ten

Kentucky

Indiana

Idaho Potato

MAC

MWC

Miami (O)

Nevada

Armed Forces

Big Ten

MWC

[Kent St.]

Utah St.

Lending Tree

MAC

SBC

Central Michigan

Louisiana

FBS PLAYOFFS

Fiesta

Top 4

Top 4

Ohio St.

Clemson

Peach

Top 4

Top 4

LSU

Oklahoma

Championship

Fiesta

Peach

Clemson

LSU

Teams in [Brackets] are at-large selections

 

This Week’s Spread

Saturday

December 14

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Mean

Bias

Navy

Army

6.2

8.3

8.2

Game played in Philadelphia

 

PiRate Ratings

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

Ohio St.

141.7

140.8

142.5

141.7

2

Clemson

140.1

138.5

141.5

140.0

3

L S U

137.6

135.7

138.0

137.1

4

Alabama

128.8

125.7

129.1

127.9

5

Georgia

126.3

124.5

126.4

125.7

6

Michigan

125.6

124.3

125.9

125.3

7

Florida

125.9

123.5

125.8

125.0

8

Utah

124.3

123.4

124.9

124.2

9

Oklahoma

123.1

122.7

122.9

122.9

10

Wisconsin

122.7

122.6

123.1

122.8

11

Oregon

122.0

121.9

122.8

122.2

12

Auburn

122.9

121.1

122.7

122.2

13

Penn St.

121.4

120.5

121.4

121.1

14

Notre Dame

120.8

119.9

121.0

120.6

15

Iowa

118.4

116.9

118.0

117.8

16

Baylor

117.5

117.5

116.7

117.2

17

Minnesota

117.2

116.8

116.5

116.8

18

Texas A&M

115.1

112.5

113.3

113.7

19

Washington

113.1

112.8

114.0

113.3

20

Iowa St.

112.9

113.2

112.7

112.9

21

Kansas St.

112.4

112.3

112.3

112.3

22

Kentucky

112.4

111.3

111.6

111.8

23

Central Florida

111.6

111.1

112.1

111.6

24

U S C

111.0

111.6

111.8

111.5

25

Texas

111.1

111.4

111.0

111.2

26

Virginia Tech

110.5

110.5

111.2

110.7

27

Memphis

110.1

110.4

111.1

110.5

28

Tennessee

110.7

110.4

110.1

110.4

29

Oklahoma St.

110.3

110.8

109.7

110.3

30

Mississippi St.

109.8

106.6

113.3

109.9

31

Washington St.

110.0

109.2

110.0

109.7

32

Indiana

109.9

108.9

109.5

109.4

33

Appalachian St.

109.4

108.9

108.6

109.0

34

Virginia

107.3

107.2

107.6

107.4

35

Missouri

109.9

107.5

108.5

108.6

36

T C U

107.7

109.7

107.9

108.4

37

Boise St.

108.1

108.5

108.4

108.3

38

South Carolina

109.0

107.1

108.0

108.0

39

North Carolina

107.7

107.6

108.4

107.9

40

Arizona St.

107.9

107.3

108.1

107.8

41

Ole Miss

107.8

106.9

108.1

107.6

42

Michigan St.

107.7

106.8

106.7

107.1

43

Nebraska

106.3

106.5

105.6

106.1

44

Cincinnati

105.9

105.5

106.1

105.8

45

Air Force

104.6

106.4

105.6

105.5

46

SMU

104.8

104.7

105.4

105.0

47

Florida St.

104.8

104.6

104.9

104.8

48

Miami (Fla.)

104.5

104.0

105.1

104.5

49

Texas Tech

104.6

104.9

103.7

104.4

50

Purdue

104.1

103.9

103.7

103.9

51

California

103.7

103.5

104.2

103.8

52

Louisiana

103.1

103.4

102.8

103.1

53

Wake Forest

103.1

102.4

103.3

102.9

54

Northwestern

103.4

102.6

102.1

102.7

55

West Virginia

102.7

102.7

102.3

102.5

56

Illinois

102.2

102.8

101.8

102.3

57

Pittsburgh

102.4

101.8

102.3

102.2

58

BYU

102.1

102.3

101.6

102.0

59

Florida Atlantic

101.3

101.5

102.6

101.8

60

Boston College

101.9

101.4

102.0

101.8

61

Oregon St.

101.2

102.1

101.5

101.6

62

Navy

100.3

102.6

101.6

101.5

63

Stanford

101.6

100.6

100.8

101.0

64

Louisville

100.2

99.8

99.9

100.0

65

Tulane

99.6

100.2

100.0

99.9

66

Temple

99.4

99.3

100.5

99.7

67

Wyoming

98.6

100.3

98.9

99.3

68

Syracuse

99.7

98.9

98.9

99.2

69

Duke

99.4

98.6

99.1

99.0

70

Georgia Southern

99.0

99.1

98.7

99.0

71

Colorado

98.6

98.5

98.7

98.6

72

U C L A

98.7

98.3

98.2

98.4

73

Ohio

98.4

97.6

98.9

98.3

74

San Diego St.

97.6

99.2

97.6

98.1

75

Western Michigan

97.6

96.6

97.1

97.1

76

Hawaii

96.8

98.1

96.0

97.0

77

Arizona

97.0

96.8

96.8

96.9

78

Utah St.

96.8

96.5

97.1

96.8

79

Western Kentucky

95.3

95.9

96.5

95.9

80

Houston

94.8

95.7

96.4

95.6

81

Buffalo

94.8

95.4

96.2

95.4

82

Tulsa

94.1

95.1

95.4

94.9

83

Kansas

93.7

94.7

93.8

94.1

84

Army

94.1

94.3

93.4

94.0

85

Louisiana Tech

93.9

94.1

93.7

93.9

86

Southern Miss.

93.7

92.6

93.9

93.4

87

Maryland

93.5

92.6

92.0

92.7

88

Fresno St.

92.4

93.4

92.2

92.7

89

Central Michigan

92.1

92.7

93.1

92.6

90

Marshall

92.0

91.7

92.5

92.1

91

North Carolina St.

92.3

91.4

91.6

91.8

92

Vanderbilt

92.5

90.9

90.9

91.4

93

Ball St.

91.0

90.7

91.2

91.0

94

Miami (Ohio)

90.5

89.6

90.8

90.3

95

Nevada

89.8

91.3

89.1

90.1

96

Arkansas St.

90.0

90.4

89.7

90.0

97

Liberty

89.5

90.8

89.8

90.0

98

Georgia Tech

90.2

88.9

90.2

89.8

99

Kent St.

89.0

89.1

89.8

89.3

100

Colorado St.

88.0

91.2

88.7

89.3

101

Georgia St.

89.3

90.1

88.4

89.3

102

Troy

89.6

89.8

88.1

89.2

103

Florida Int’l.

89.1

89.0

89.3

89.1

104

South Florida

88.8

89.3

88.9

89.0

105

Middle Tennessee

88.9

88.5

89.2

88.9

106

San Jose St.

87.9

89.7

88.1

88.6

107

Charlotte

87.9

88.3

88.6

88.3

108

Eastern Michigan

87.8

88.0

88.2

88.0

109

Arkansas

88.0

87.8

87.3

87.7

110

Northern Illinois

87.5

86.9

87.8

87.4

111

U A B

86.3

88.0

86.9

87.1

112

Coastal Carolina

86.9

87.8

86.3

87.0

113

Louisiana-Monroe

86.7

87.4

86.4

86.9

114

North Texas

86.3

86.0

86.2

86.2

115

Rutgers

85.1

84.6

83.6

84.4

116

U N L V

83.7

85.4

83.5

84.2

117

Toledo

84.0

83.9

84.1

84.0

118

Rice

82.4

83.7

82.4

82.8

119

East Carolina

82.4

83.6

82.3

82.8

120

New Mexico

79.7

81.7

78.6

80.0

121

Texas St.

79.2

79.9

78.9

79.3

122

South Alabama

77.0

79.5

77.0

77.8

123

Texas-San Antonio

76.1

77.9

76.5

76.8

124

New Mexico St.

75.6

77.3

75.2

76.0

125

Old Dominion

73.5

73.5

73.2

73.4

126

Connecticut

71.3

73.9

70.8

72.0

127

U T E P

68.5

71.8

68.6

69.6

128

Bowling Green

68.1

67.5

67.8

67.8

129

Akron

62.8

62.5

61.7

62.3

130

Massachusetts

56.7

58.2

55.7

56.9

Conference Power Ratings

#

League

Average

1

Southeastern

113.1

2

Big Ten

111.2

3

Big 12

109.5

4

Pac-12

107.5

5

Atlantic Coast

104.7

6

American

97.4

7

Mountain West

94.0

8

Sun Belt

90.9

9

Independents

90.1

10

Conf. USA

87.1

11

Mid-American

87.1

PiRate Guess at Top 6

1

LSU

2

Ohio St.

3

Clemson

4

Oklahoma

5

Georgia

6

Utah

Top 5 Group of 5

1

Memphis

2

Boise St.

3

Appalachian St.

4

Florida Atlantic

5

Miami (O)

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

111.6

111.1

112.1

111.6

6-2

9-3

Cincinnati

105.9

105.5

106.1

105.8

7-1

10-3

Temple

99.4

99.3

100.5

99.7

5-3

8-4

South Florida

88.8

89.3

88.9

89.0

2-6

4-8

East Carolina

82.4

83.6

82.3

82.8

1-7

4-8

Connecticut

71.3

73.9

70.8

72.0

0-8

2-10

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Memphis

110.1

110.4

111.1

110.5

7-1

12-1

SMU

104.8

104.7

105.4

105.0

6-2

10-2

Navy

100.3

102.6

101.6

101.5

7-1

9-2

Tulane

99.6

100.2

100.0

99.9

3-5

6-6

Houston

94.8

95.7

96.4

95.6

2-6

4-8

Tulsa

94.1

95.1

95.4

94.9

2-6

4-8

AAC Averages

96.9

97.6

97.6

97.4

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

140.1

138.5

141.5

140.0

8-0

13-0

Florida St.

104.8

104.6

104.9

104.8

4-4

6-6

Wake Forest

103.1

102.4

103.3

102.9

4-4

8-4

Boston College

101.9

101.4

102.0

101.8

4-4

6-6

Louisville

100.2

99.8

99.9

100.0

5-3

7-5

Syracuse

99.7

98.9

98.9

99.2

2-6

5-7

North Carolina St.

92.3

91.4

91.6

91.8

1-7

4-8

 

 

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Virginia Tech

110.5

110.5

111.2

110.7

5-3

8-4

North Carolina

107.7

107.6

108.4

107.9

4-4

6-6

Virginia

107.3

107.2

107.6

107.4

6-2

9-4

Miami (Fla.)

104.5

104.0

105.1

104.5

4-4

6-6

Pittsburgh

102.4

101.8

102.3

102.2

4-4

7-5

Duke

99.4

98.6

99.1

99.0

3-5

5-7

Georgia Tech

90.2

88.9

90.2

89.8

2-6

3-9

ACC Averages

104.6

104.0

104.7

104.4

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

123.1

122.7

122.9

122.9

8-1

12-1

Baylor

117.5

117.5

116.7

117.2

8-1

11-2

Iowa St.

112.9

113.2

112.7

112.9

5-4

7-5

Kansas St.

112.4

112.3

112.3

112.3

5-4

8-4

Texas

111.1

111.4

111.0

111.2

5-4

7-5

Oklahoma St.

110.3

110.8

109.7

110.3

5-4

8-4

T C U

107.7

109.7

107.9

108.4

3-6

5-7

Texas Tech

104.6

104.9

103.7

104.4

2-7

4-8

West Virginia

102.7

102.7

102.3

102.5

3-6

5-7

Kansas

93.7

94.7

93.8

94.1

1-8

3-9

Big 12 Averages

109.6

110.0

109.3

109.6

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

141.7

140.8

142.5

141.7

9-0

13-0

Michigan

125.6

124.3

125.9

125.3

6-3

9-3

Penn St.

121.4

120.5

121.4

121.1

7-2

10-2

Indiana

109.9

108.9

109.5

109.4

5-4

8-4

Michigan St.

107.7

106.8

106.7

107.1

4-5

6-6

Maryland

93.5

92.6

92.0

92.7

1-8

3-9

Rutgers

85.1

84.6

83.6

84.4

0-9

2-10

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

122.7

122.6

123.1

122.8

7-2

10-3

Iowa

118.4

116.9

118.0

117.8

6-3

9-3

Minnesota

117.2

116.8

116.5

116.8

7-2

10-2

Nebraska

106.3

106.5

105.6

106.1

3-6

5-7

Purdue

104.1

103.9

103.7

103.9

3-6

4-8

Northwestern

103.4

102.6

102.1

102.7

1-8

3-9

Illinois

102.2

102.8

101.8

102.3

4-5

6-6

Big Ten Averages

111.4

110.8

110.9

111.0

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

101.3

101.5

102.6

101.8

7-1

10-3

Western Kentucky

95.3

95.9

96.5

95.9

6-2

8-4

Marshall

92.0

91.7

92.5

92.1

6-2

8-4

Florida Int’l.

89.1

89.0

89.3

89.1

4-4

6-6

Middle Tennessee

88.9

88.5

89.2

88.9

3-5

4-8

Charlotte

87.9

88.3

88.6

88.3

5-3

7-5

Old Dominion

73.5

73.5

73.2

73.4

0-8

1-11

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Louisiana Tech

93.9

94.1

93.7

93.9

6-2

9-3

Southern Miss.

93.7

92.6

93.9

93.4

5-3

7-5

U A B

86.3

88.0

86.9

87.1

6-2

9-4

North Texas

86.3

86.0

86.2

86.2

3-5

4-8

Rice

82.4

83.7

82.4

82.8

3-5

3-9

Texas-San Antonio

76.1

77.9

76.5

76.8

3-5

4-8

U T E P

68.5

71.8

68.6

69.6

0-8

1-11

CUSA Averages

86.8

87.3

87.2

87.1

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

120.8

119.9

121.0

120.6

x

10-2

BYU

102.1

102.3

101.6

102.0

x

7-5

Army

94.1

94.3

93.4

94.0

x

5-7

Liberty

89.5

90.8

89.8

90.0

x

7-5

New Mexico St.

75.6

77.3

75.2

76.0

x

2-10

Massachusetts

56.7

58.2

55.7

56.9

x

1-11

Indep. Averages

89.8

90.5

89.4

89.9

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

98.4

97.6

98.9

98.3

5-3

6-6

Buffalo

94.8

95.4

96.2

95.4

5-3

7-5

Miami (Ohio)

90.5

89.6

90.8

90.3

6-2

8-5

Kent St.

89.0

89.1

89.8

89.3

5-3

6-6

Bowling Green

68.1

67.5

67.8

67.8

2-6

3-9

Akron

62.8

62.5

61.7

62.3

0-8

0-12

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

97.6

96.6

97.1

97.1

5-3

7-5

Central Michigan

92.3

93.1

93.5

92.9

6-2

8-5

Ball St.

91.0

90.7

91.2

91.0

4-4

5-7

Eastern Michigan

87.8

88.0

88.2

88.0

3-5

6-6

Northern Illinois

87.5

86.9

87.8

87.4

4-4

5-7

Toledo

84.0

83.9

84.1

84.0

3-5

6-6

MAC Averages

87.0

86.7

87.2

87.0

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Boise St.

108.1

108.5

108.4

108.3

8-0

12-1

Air Force

104.6

106.4

105.6

105.5

7-1

10-2

Wyoming

98.6

100.3

98.9

99.3

4-4

7-5

Utah St.

96.8

96.5

97.1

96.8

6-2

7-5

Colorado St.

88.0

91.2

88.7

89.3

3-5

4-8

New Mexico

79.7

81.7

78.6

80.0

0-8

2-10

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

San Diego St.

97.6

99.2

97.6

98.1

5-3

9-3

Hawaii

96.8

98.1

96.0

97.0

5-3

9-5

Fresno St.

92.4

93.4

92.2

92.7

2-6

4-8

Nevada

89.8

91.3

89.1

90.1

4-4

7-5

San Jose St.

87.9

89.7

88.1

88.6

2-6

5-7

U N L V

83.7

85.4

83.5

84.2

2-6

4-8

MWC Averages

93.7

95.1

93.6

94.2

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

122.0

121.9

122.8

122.2

8-1

11-2

Washington

113.1

112.8

114.0

113.3

4-5

7-5

Washington St.

110.0

109.2

110.0

109.7

3-6

6-6

California

103.7

103.5

104.2

103.8

4-5

7-5

Oregon St.

101.2

102.1

101.5

101.6

4-5

5-7

Stanford

101.6

100.6

100.8

101.0

3-6

4-8

 

 

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

124.3

123.4

124.9

124.2

8-1

11-2

U S C

111.0

111.6

111.8

111.5

7-2

8-4

Arizona St.

107.9

107.3

108.1

107.8

4-5

7-5

Colorado

98.6

98.5

98.7

98.6

3-6

5-7

U C L A

98.7

98.3

98.2

98.4

4-5

4-8

Arizona

97.0

96.8

96.8

96.9

2-7

4-8

Pac-12 Averages

107.4

107.2

107.7

107.4

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

126.3

124.5

126.4

125.7

7-1

11-2

Florida

125.9

123.5

125.8

125.0

6-2

10-2

Kentucky

112.4

111.3

111.6

111.8

3-5

7-5

Tennessee

110.7

110.4

110.1

110.4

5-3

7-5

Missouri

109.9

107.5

108.5

108.6

3-5

6-6

South Carolina

109.0

107.1

108.0

108.0

3-5

4-8

Vanderbilt

92.5

90.9

90.9

91.4

1-7

3-9

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

L S U

137.6

135.7

138.0

137.1

8-0

13-0

Alabama

128.8

125.7

129.1

127.9

6-2

10-2

Auburn

122.9

121.1

122.7

122.2

5-3

9-3

Texas A&M

115.1

112.5

113.3

113.7

4-4

7-5

Mississippi St.

109.8

106.6

113.3

109.9

3-5

6-6

Ole Miss

107.8

106.9

108.1

107.6

2-6

4-8

Arkansas

88.0

87.8

87.3

87.7

0-8

2-10

SEC Averages

114.1

112.2

113.8

113.4

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

109.4

108.9

108.6

109.0

7-1

12-1

Georgia Southern

99.0

99.1

98.7

99.0

5-3

7-5

Georgia St.

89.3

90.1

88.4

89.3

4-4

7-5

Troy

89.6

89.8

88.1

89.2

3-5

5-7

Coastal Carolina

86.9

87.8

86.3

87.0

2-6

5-7

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

103.1

103.4

102.8

103.1

7-1

10-3

Arkansas St.

90.0

90.4

89.7

90.0

5-3

7-5

Louisiana-Monroe

86.7

87.4

86.4

86.9

4-4

5-7

Texas St.

79.2

79.9

78.9

79.3

2-6

3-9

South Alabama

77.0

79.5

77.0

77.8

1-7

2-10

SBC Averages

91.0

91.6

90.5

91.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 13, 2019

PiRate College Football Ratings: October 14, 2019

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Wednesday

October 16

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Troy

South Alabama

22.4

19.7

21.9

Thursday

October 17

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Arkansas St.

Louisiana

-6.5

-6.3

-6.5

Stanford

UCLA

12.6

12.2

13.5

Friday

October 18

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Florida Atlantic

Marshall

6.7

6.8

6.9

Syracuse

Pittsburgh

2.8

2.4

2.5

Northwestern

Ohio St.

-24.8

-24.4

-26.8

Fresno St.

UNLV

15.2

14.2

15.8

Saturday

October 19

Home

Visitors

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Virginia

Duke

2.0

2.7

2.0

Miami (Fla.)

Georgia Tech

15.9

16.8

16.4

Louisville

Clemson

-31.4

-28.6

-32.2

Georgia St.

Army

-6.7

-5.2

-6.6

Akron

Buffalo

-13.5

-13.7

-15.5

Maryland

Indiana

-0.6

0.3

-0.8

Connecticut

Houston

-24.5

-21.6

-28.3

Wake Forest

Florida St.

1.5

0.8

1.7

Georgia Southern

Coastal Carolina

10.7

8.9

10.5

Bowling Green

Central Michigan

-7.3

-8.2

-8.0

Central Florida

East Carolina

31.5

28.7

32.5

Cincinnati

Tulsa

21.7

19.8

21.7

Boston College

North Carolina St.

2.1

2.2

2.2

Iowa

Purdue

14.5

12.8

15.1

Ohio

Kent St.

7.2

6.2

7.1

Eastern Michigan

Western Michigan

-10.3

-9.1

-10.0

Texas

Kansas

22.5

21.6

23.0

Illinois

Wisconsin

-25.1

-23.9

-26.2

Utah St.

Nevada

19.8

16.8

21.4

BYU

Boise St.

-6.1

-6.0

-7.0

Wyoming

New Mexico

21.2

20.4

22.7

Utah

Arizona St.

16.0

15.3

15.6

Ball St.

Toledo

0.2

-0.5

-0.3

Miami (O)

Northern Illinois

-1.8

-2.6

-2.1

California

Oregon St.

13.6

12.2

15.3

Washington

Oregon

-1.4

-2.0

-1.7

USC

Arizona

10.3

10.9

10.7

Washington St.

Colorado

16.1

15.4

16.5

South Carolina

Florida

-5.4

-4.1

-4.9

Georgia

Kentucky

23.6

23.4

25.6

Kansas St.

TCU

5.8

2.5

5.2

Mississippi St.

LSU

-14.3

-15.7

-9.1

Alabama

Tennessee

32.0

29.1

34.3

Louisiana Tech

Southern Miss.

-0.9

0.6

-1.1

UAB

Old Dominion

12.9

14.3

13.5

Oklahoma

West Virginia

24.3

23.9

24.6

Oklahoma St.

Baylor

0.9

1.3

1.1

Arkansas

Auburn

-20.7

-18.1

-20.7

Ole Miss

Texas A&M

-8.8

-7.7

-7.4

Memphis

Tulane

5.3

4.2

5.0

Virginia Tech

North Carolina

-2.3

-2.2

-3.1

Rutgers

Minnesota

-25.0

-25.1

-25.3

Texas Tech

Iowa St.

-6.7

-7.0

-7.7

Navy

South Florida

5.2

6.8

5.3

Appalachian St.

Louisiana-Monroe

20.2

18.1

19.8

Vanderbilt

Missouri

-18.8

-17.6

-20.5

San Jose St.

San Diego St.

-10.4

-10.1

-10.8

Western Kentucky

Charlotte

8.0

8.5

9.5

North Texas

Middle Tennessee

4.8

5.3

5.7

UTSA

Rice

-3.9

-2.9

-3.5

SMU

Temple

5.6

6.3

5.6

Florida Int’l.

UTEP

27.8

22.9

27.5

Penn St.

Michigan

6.4

7.2

6.5

Hawaii

Air Force

4.0

4.0

2.5

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings 

Note:  We receive a lot of emails at our sister site asking us how X can be rated ahead of Y when Y beat X in September.  These are not rankings; they are ratings.  They are predictive in nature and not mean to rank the teams based on what they have done earlier in the season.  These ratings try to forecast the next week of games only.  

 

#

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

1

Ohio St.

135.3

134.2

136.2

135.2

2

Alabama

135.8

132.5

136.5

134.9

3

Clemson

132.2

129.3

132.9

131.5

4

L S U

128.4

126.1

128.0

127.5

5

Georgia

126.7

124.9

126.9

126.2

6

Wisconsin

124.2

123.9

124.4

124.2

7

Oklahoma

124.4

123.6

124.1

124.0

8

Penn St.

122.5

121.6

122.6

122.3

9

Utah

121.5

120.2

122.0

121.2

10

Florida

122.4

119.4

121.8

121.2

11

Auburn

121.5

119.6

121.1

120.7

12

Notre Dame

120.2

118.5

120.1

119.6

13

Oregon

118.7

118.8

120.0

119.2

14

Michigan

119.1

117.4

119.2

118.6

15

Iowa

118.0

116.1

118.0

117.3

16

Iowa St.

115.7

116.3

115.9

116.0

17

Texas A&M

116.8

115.0

115.3

115.7

18

Missouri

116.4

114.0

116.5

115.6

19

Washington

114.2

113.9

115.3

114.5

20

Michigan St.

114.0

113.2

113.7

113.6

21

Texas

113.3

113.5

113.7

113.5

22

South Carolina

113.9

112.3

113.9

113.4

23

Minnesota

112.4

112.0

111.7

112.0

24

Baylor

112.1

112.2

111.5

111.9

25

Central Florida

111.5

110.6

112.4

111.5

26

Mississipppi St.

111.1

107.4

116.0

111.5

27

Washington St.

110.5

109.5

110.6

110.2

28

Oklahoma St.

110.0

110.5

109.6

110.0

29

Cincinnati

109.0

107.8

109.8

108.9

30

Arizona St.

108.5

107.9

109.4

108.6

31

U S C

108.1

108.8

108.6

108.5

32

Kansas St.

108.2

107.8

107.8

107.9

33

Boise St.

107.5

107.3

108.1

107.6

34

Indiana

108.3

106.8

107.5

107.5

35

Duke

107.7

107.1

107.6

107.5

36

Northwestern

107.5

106.7

106.5

106.9

37

Virginia

106.7

106.8

106.6

106.7

38

Miami (Fla.)

106.4

105.7

107.2

106.4

39

California

106.2

105.9

107.2

106.4

40

T C U

105.3

108.3

105.6

106.4

41

North Carolina

106.0

106.0

107.2

106.4

42

Purdue

106.5

106.3

105.8

106.2

43

Tennessee

106.8

106.4

105.2

106.1

44

Stanford

106.4

105.6

106.2

106.1

45

Texas Tech

106.0

106.3

105.3

105.9

46

Pittsburgh

105.8

105.5

105.9

105.7

47

SMU

105.1

104.9

106.2

105.4

48

Appalachian St.

105.9

104.7

105.5

105.4

49

Syracuse

105.6

105.0

105.4

105.3

50

Kentucky

106.0

104.5

104.3

104.9

51

Ole Miss

105.1

104.2

104.9

104.7

52

Memphis

104.6

104.4

105.1

104.7

53

Florida St.

104.5

104.6

104.5

104.6

54

Utah St.

104.6

103.4

105.6

104.5

55

Maryland

104.7

104.1

103.7

104.2

56

Wake Forest

103.5

102.9

103.8

103.4

57

Nebraska

103.1

103.9

102.5

103.2

58

Tulane

102.3

103.2

103.1

102.9

59

West Virginia

103.2

102.7

102.5

102.8

60

Temple

102.4

101.7

103.6

102.6

61

North Carolina St.

101.3

101.1

101.6

101.3

62

Arizona

100.8

100.9

100.9

100.9

63

Virginia Tech

100.7

100.8

101.1

100.9

64

Boston College

100.5

100.3

100.8

100.5

65

Louisiana

99.8

99.8

99.5

99.7

66

Air Force

98.9

100.3

99.7

99.6

67

Houston

98.0

98.8

100.3

99.0

68

San Diego St.

98.3

100.1

98.3

98.9

69

Hawaii

98.4

99.8

97.7

98.6

70

Wyoming

97.7

99.8

98.2

98.6

71

Western Michigan

98.8

97.7

98.7

98.4

72

BYU

98.4

98.3

98.1

98.3

73

Fresno St.

97.7

98.3

98.0

98.0

74

Arkansas

97.8

98.5

97.3

97.9

75

Louisville

97.9

97.8

97.7

97.8

76

Army

97.4

97.3

96.8

97.2

77

Colorado

97.4

97.1

97.1

97.2

78

U C L A

96.7

96.4

95.7

96.3

79

Illinois

96.1

96.9

95.1

96.1

80

Oregon St.

95.7

96.7

94.9

95.8

81

Southern Miss.

95.8

94.2

96.1

95.4

82

Kansas

93.9

94.9

93.7

94.2

83

Vanderbilt

95.1

93.8

93.5

94.1

84

Navy

93.0

95.6

93.5

94.1

85

Troy

94.2

94.4

93.1

93.9

86

Georgia Southern

94.1

93.5

93.2

93.6

87

Florida Atlantic

93.0

92.6

94.1

93.2

88

Georgia Tech

93.5

91.8

93.8

93.0

89

Ohio

92.9

91.9

93.3

92.7

90

Florida Int’l.

92.5

92.4

92.9

92.6

91

Louisiana Tech

92.4

92.4

92.5

92.4

92

Northern Illinois

92.5

91.6

92.8

92.3

93

Toledo

91.3

91.6

92.0

91.6

94

North Texas

91.3

90.7

92.0

91.3

95

South Florida

90.8

91.8

91.2

91.3

96

Tulsa

90.3

91.1

91.1

90.8

97

Arkansas St.

90.8

91.0

90.5

90.8

98

Western Kentucky

89.8

90.9

91.5

90.7

99

Marshall

89.3

88.8

90.2

89.4

100

Buffalo

88.9

89.3

89.9

89.3

101

Liberty

88.8

90.1

89.1

89.3

102

U A B

88.3

90.2

89.1

89.2

103

Ball St.

89.0

88.6

89.1

88.9

104

Middle Tennessee

89.0

87.9

88.9

88.6

105

Louisiana-Monroe

88.2

89.1

88.2

88.5

106

Georgia St.

88.2

89.6

87.7

88.5

107

Kent St.

88.2

88.2

88.7

88.4

108

Nevada

87.8

89.5

87.2

88.2

109

Miami (Ohio)

88.2

86.5

88.2

87.6

110

Eastern Michigan

85.9

86.1

86.2

86.1

111

Coastal Carolina

86.0

87.1

85.2

86.1

112

San Jose St.

85.4

87.5

85.0

86.0

113

U N L V

85.5

87.1

85.2

85.9

114

Central Michigan

84.8

85.6

85.7

85.3

115

Charlotte

84.4

84.8

84.5

84.6

116

Rutgers

84.9

84.5

83.9

84.4

117

Colorado St.

82.5

86.3

82.8

83.9

118

East Carolina

83.0

84.9

82.9

83.6

119

Texas St.

83.2

84.0

82.8

83.3

120

Rice

80.5

81.9

79.9

80.8

121

New Mexico

79.6

82.4

78.4

80.2

122

New Mexico St.

78.0

80.4

78.3

78.9

123

Old Dominion

78.0

78.4

78.1

78.2

124

South Alabama

74.3

77.2

73.6

75.1

125

Bowling Green

74.9

74.8

75.1

75.0

126

Texas-San Antonio

74.2

76.5

73.9

74.8

127

Akron

72.9

73.1

71.9

72.6

128

Connecticut

71.0

74.6

69.5

71.7

129

U T E P

67.3

72.1

67.9

69.1

130

Massachusetts

62.1

63.9

61.0

62.3

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

American Athletic Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

Central Florida

111.5

110.6

112.4

111.5

1-1

4-2

Cincinnati

109.0

107.8

109.8

108.9

2-0

5-1

Temple

102.4

101.7

103.6

102.6

2-0

5-1

South Florida

90.8

91.8

91.2

91.3

1-1

3-3

East Carolina

83.0

84.9

82.9

83.6

0-2

3-3

Connecticut

71.0

74.6

69.5

71.7

0-3

1-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

AAC

Overall

SMU

105.1

104.9

106.2

105.4

2-0

6-0

Memphis

104.6

104.4

105.1

104.7

1-1

5-1

Tulane

102.3

103.2

103.1

102.9

2-0

5-1

Houston

98.0

98.8

100.3

99.0

0-2

2-4

Navy

93.0

95.6

93.5

94.1

2-1

4-1

Tulsa

90.3

91.1

91.1

90.8

0-2

2-4

AAC Averages

96.7

97.5

97.4

97.2

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Clemson

132.2

129.3

132.9

131.5

4-0

6-0

Syracuse

105.6

105.0

105.4

105.3

0-2

3-3

Florida St.

104.5

104.6

104.5

104.6

2-2

3-3

Wake Forest

103.5

102.9

103.8

103.4

1-1

5-1

North Carolina St.

101.3

101.1

101.6

101.3

1-1

4-2

Boston College

100.5

100.3

100.8

100.5

1-2

3-3

Louisville

97.9

97.8

97.7

97.8

2-1

4-2

 

 

Coastal Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

ACC

Overall

Duke

107.7

107.1

107.6

107.5

2-1

4-2

Virginia

106.7

106.8

106.6

106.7

2-1

4-2

Miami (Fla.)

106.4

105.7

107.2

106.4

1-2

3-3

North Carolina

106.0

106.0

107.2

106.4

2-1

3-3

Pittsburgh

105.8

105.5

105.9

105.7

1-1

4-2

Virginia Tech

100.7

100.8

101.1

100.9

2-2

4-2

Georgia Tech

93.5

91.8

93.8

93.0

0-3

1-5

ACC Averages

105.2

104.6

105.4

105.1

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

B12

Overall

Oklahoma

124.4

123.6

124.1

124.0

3-0

6-0

Iowa St.

115.7

116.3

115.9

116.0

2-1

4-2

Texas

113.3

113.5

113.7

113.5

2-1

4-2

Baylor

112.1

112.2

111.5

111.9

3-0

6-0

Oklahoma St.

110.0

110.5

109.6

110.0

1-2

4-2

Kansas St.

108.2

107.8

107.8

107.9

0-2

3-2

T C U

105.3

108.3

105.6

106.4

1-1

3-2

Texas Tech

106.0

106.3

105.3

105.9

1-2

3-3

West Virginia

103.2

102.7

102.5

102.8

1-2

3-3

Kansas

93.9

94.9

93.7

94.2

0-3

2-4

Big 12 Averages

109.2

109.6

109.0

109.3

 

 

Big Ten Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Ohio St.

135.3

134.2

136.2

135.2

3-0

6-0

Penn St.

122.5

121.6

122.6

122.3

3-0

6-0

Michigan

119.1

117.4

119.2

118.6

3-1

5-1

Michigan St.

114.0

113.2

113.7

113.6

2-2

4-3

Indiana

108.3

106.8

107.5

107.5

1-2

4-2

Maryland

104.7

104.1

103.7

104.2

1-2

3-3

Rutgers

84.9

84.5

83.9

84.4

0-4

1-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

BTen

Overall

Wisconsin

124.2

123.9

124.4

124.2

3-0

6-0

Iowa

118.0

116.1

118.0

117.3

1-2

4-2

Minnesota

112.4

112.0

111.7

112.0

3-0

6-0

Northwestern

107.5

106.7

106.5

106.9

0-3

1-4

Purdue

106.5

106.3

105.8

106.2

1-2

2-4

Nebraska

103.1

103.9

102.5

103.2

2-2

4-3

Illinois

96.1

96.9

95.1

96.1

0-3

2-4

Big Ten Averages

111.2

110.5

110.8

110.8

 

 

Conference USA

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Florida Atlantic

93.0

92.6

94.1

93.2

2-0

4-2

Florida Int’l.

92.5

92.4

92.9

92.6

1-2

3-3

Western Kentucky

89.8

90.9

91.5

90.7

3-0

4-2

Marshall

89.3

88.8

90.2

89.4

1-1

3-3

Middle Tennessee

89.0

87.9

88.9

88.6

1-1

2-4

Charlotte

84.4

84.8

84.5

84.6

0-2

2-4

Old Dominion

78.0

78.4

78.1

78.2

0-2

1-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

CUSA

Overall

Southern Miss.

95.8

94.2

96.1

95.4

2-0

4-2

Louisiana Tech

92.4

92.4

92.5

92.4

2-0

5-1

North Texas

91.3

90.7

92.0

91.3

1-1

2-4

U A B

88.3

90.2

89.1

89.2

2-1

5-1

Rice

80.5

81.9

79.9

80.8

0-2

0-6

Texas-San Antonio

74.2

76.5

73.9

74.8

1-2

2-4

U T E P

67.3

72.1

67.9

69.1

0-2

1-4

CUSA Averages

86.1

86.7

86.5

86.5

 

 

FBS Independents

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

Conf.

Overall

Notre Dame

120.2

118.5

120.1

119.6

x

5-1

BYU

98.4

98.3

98.1

98.3

x

2-4

Army

97.4

97.3

96.8

97.2

x

3-3

Liberty

88.8

90.1

89.1

89.3

x

4-2

New Mexico St.

78.0

80.4

78.3

78.9

x

0-7

Massachusetts

62.1

63.9

61.0

62.3

x

1-6

Indep. Averages

90.8

91.4

90.6

90.9

 

 

Mid-American Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Ohio

92.9

91.9

93.3

92.7

1-1

2-4

Buffalo

88.9

89.3

89.9

89.3

0-2

2-4

Kent St.

88.2

88.2

88.7

88.4

2-0

3-3

Miami (Ohio)

88.2

86.5

88.2

87.6

1-1

2-4

Bowling Green

74.9

74.8

75.1

75.0

1-1

2-4

Akron

72.9

73.1

71.9

72.6

0-2

0-6

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MAC

Overall

Western Michigan

98.8

97.7

98.7

98.4

2-1

4-3

Northern Illinois

92.5

91.6

92.8

92.3

1-1

2-4

Toledo

91.3

91.6

92.0

91.6

1-1

4-2

Ball St.

89.0

88.6

89.1

88.9

2-0

3-3

Eastern Michigan

85.9

86.1

86.2

86.1

0-2

3-3

Central Michigan

84.8

85.6

85.7

85.3

2-1

4-3

MAC Averages

87.4

87.1

87.6

87.4

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Mountain Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

Boise St.

107.5

107.3

108.1

107.6

3-0

6-0

Utah St.

104.6

103.4

105.6

104.5

2-0

3-2

Air Force

98.9

100.3

99.7

99.6

2-1

4-2

Wyoming

97.7

99.8

98.2

98.6

1-1

4-2

Colorado St.

82.5

86.3

82.8

83.9

1-2

2-5

New Mexico

79.6

82.4

78.4

80.2

0-2

2-4

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

MWC

Overall

San Diego St.

98.3

100.1

98.3

98.9

2-1

5-1

Hawaii

98.4

99.8

97.7

98.6

1-1

4-2

Fresno St.

97.7

98.3

98.0

98.0

0-1

2-3

Nevada

87.8

89.5

87.2

88.2

1-1

4-2

San Jose St.

85.4

87.5

85.0

86.0

1-2

3-3

U N L V

85.5

87.1

85.2

85.9

1-2

2-4

MWC Averages

93.7

95.1

93.7

94.2

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

North Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Oregon

118.7

118.8

120.0

119.2

3-0

5-1

Washington

114.2

113.9

115.3

114.5

2-2

5-2

Washington St.

110.5

109.5

110.6

110.2

0-3

3-3

California

106.2

105.9

107.2

106.4

1-2

4-2

Stanford

106.4

105.6

106.2

106.1

2-2

3-3

Oregon St.

95.7

96.7

94.9

95.8

1-2

2-4

 

 

South Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

P12

Overall

Utah

121.5

120.2

122.0

121.2

2-1

5-1

Arizona St.

108.5

107.9

109.4

108.6

2-1

5-1

U S C

108.1

108.8

108.6

108.5

2-1

3-3

Arizona

100.8

100.9

100.9

100.9

2-1

4-2

Colorado

97.4

97.1

97.1

97.2

1-2

3-3

U C L A

96.7

96.4

95.7

96.3

1-2

1-5

Pac-12 Averages

107.1

106.8

107.3

107.1

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Georgia

126.7

124.9

126.9

126.2

2-1

5-1

Florida

122.4

119.4

121.8

121.2

4-1

6-1

Missouri

116.4

114.0

116.5

115.6

2-0

5-1

South Carolina

113.9

112.3

113.9

113.4

2-2

3-3

Tennessee

106.8

106.4

105.2

106.1

1-2

2-4

Kentucky

106.0

104.5

104.3

104.9

1-3

3-3

Vanderbilt

95.1

93.8

93.5

94.1

0-3

1-5

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SEC

Overall

Alabama

135.8

132.5

136.5

134.9

3-0

6-0

L S U

128.4

126.1

128.0

127.5

2-0

6-0

Auburn

121.5

119.6

121.1

120.7

2-1

5-1

Texas A&M

116.8

115.0

115.3

115.7

1-2

3-3

Mississippi St.

111.1

107.4

116.0

111.5

1-2

3-3

Ole Miss

105.1

104.2

104.9

104.7

2-2

3-4

Arkansas

97.8

98.5

97.3

97.9

0-3

2-4

SEC Averages

114.6

112.7

114.4

113.9

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

East Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Appalachian St.

105.9

104.7

105.5

105.4

2-0

5-0

Troy

94.2

94.4

93.1

93.9

0-1

2-3

Georgia Southern

94.1

93.5

93.2

93.6

1-1

2-3

Georgia St.

88.2

89.6

87.7

88.5

2-1

4-2

Coastal Carolina

86.0

87.1

85.2

86.1

0-2

3-3

 

 

West Division

Team

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Average

SBC

Overall

Louisiana

99.8

99.8

99.5

99.7

1-1

4-2

Arkansas St.

90.8

91.0

90.5

90.8

1-1

3-3

Louisiana-Monroe

88.2

89.1

88.2

88.5

2-0

3-3

Texas St.

83.2

84.0

82.8

83.3

1-1

2-4

South Alabama

74.3

77.2

73.6

75.1

0-2

1-5

SBC Averages

90.5

91.0

89.9

90.5

 

 

Conference Power Ratings

#

League

Average

1

SEC

113.9

2

BTen

110.8

3

B12

109.3

4

P12

107.1

5

ACC

105.1

6

AAC

97.2

7

MWC

94.2

8

Ind

90.9

9

SUN

90.5

10

MAC

87.4

11

CUSA

86.5

 

Top 5 Group of 5

1

Boise St.

2

SMU

3

Cincinnati

4

Appalachian St.

5

Temple

 

This Week’s Bowl and Playoff Projections

 

Bowl

Conf

Conf

Team

Team

Bahamas

MAC

CUSA

Ball St.

Florida Atlantic

Frisco

AAC

At-large

Navy

[North Texas]

Cure

AAC

SBC

Central Florida

Arkansas St.

New Mexico

CUSA

MWC

Marshall

Fresno St.

Boca Raton

AAC

MAC

Cincinnati

Western Michigan

Camellia

MAC

SBC

Central Michigan

Troy

Las Vegas

MWC #1

Pac-12

San Diego St.

Arizona

New Orleans

CUSA

SBC #1

Southern Miss.

Appalachian St.

Gasparilla

AAC

CUSA

Memphis

UAB

Hawaii

BYU/MWC

AAC

Hawaii

SMU

Independence

ACC

SEC

Florida St.

[Western Kentucky]

Quick Lane

ACC

Big Ten

Louisville

[Buffalo]

Military

ACC

AAC

North Carolina St.

Temple

Pinstripe

ACC

Big Ten

Duke

Michigan St.

Texas

Big 12

SEC

Oklahoma St.

Texas A&M

Holiday

Pac-12

Big Ten

Arizona St.

Michigan

Cheez-It

Big 12

Pac-12

Texas Tech

Washington St.

Camping World

ACC

Big 12

North Carolina

Iowa St.

Cotton

At-large

At-large

Minnesota

Boise St.

First Responder

CUSA

Big 12

Louisiana Tech

[Nevada]

Redbox

Pac-12

Big Ten

Washington

Purdue

Music City

SEC

ACC

[Georgia Southern]

Wake Forest

Orange

ACC

BTen/SEC

Notre Dame

LSU

Belk

ACC

SEC

Pittsburgh

Mississippi St.

Sun

ACC

Pac-12

Virginia

USC

Liberty

Big 12

SEC

Kansas St.

[California]

Arizona

SBC

MWC

Georgia St.

Utah St.

Alamo

Big 12

Pac-12

Baylor

Utah

Citrus

SEC

BTen/ACC

Florida

Iowa

Outback

Big Ten

SEC

Penn St.

Auburn

Rose

Big Ten

Pac-12

Wisconsin

Oregon

Sugar

Big 12

SEC

Texas

Georgia

Birmingham

AAC

SEC

Tulane

[Miami (Fla.]

Taxslayer/Gator

SEC

Big Ten

South Carolina

Indiana

Idaho Potato

MAC

MWC

Kent St.

Wyoming

Armed Forces

Big Ten

MWC

[Florida Int’l.]

Air Force

Dollar General

MAC

SBC

Toledo

Louisiana

FBS PLAYOFFS

Fiesta

Top 4

Top 4

Clemson

Ohio St.

Peach

Top 4

Top 4

Alabama

Oklahoma

Championship

Fiesta

Peach

Ohio St.

Alabama

Teams in [Brackets] are at-large selections

 

Reverse Engineering the NCAA Playoffs

Here is our best estimate as to which teams would have qualified for the Playoffs in the years before there were playoffs.  This covers the PiRate Ratings era (1969-Present)

 

 

2013: Florida St., Auburn, Alabama, Michigan St.

Auburn and Alabama would have met in a rematch

 

2012: Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Oregon

Ohio State was 12-0 but ineligible that year

 

2011: LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Oklahoma St.

Andrew Luck versus the Crimson Tide and Les Myles against his old team

 

2010: Auburn, Oregon, TCU, Wisconsin

3, 12-0 teams and a possible Andy Dalton vs. Cam Newton in the Championship Game

 

2009: Alabama, Texas, TCU, Boise St.

All four teams were 12-0.  Nick Saban’s only undefeated team may have been one of his weaker teams at Alabama.  

 

2008: Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Utah

This is a year where an 8-team playoff would have been needed, as there were nine teams that could be considered playoff worthy.  Only Utah was undefeated, and the Utes slaughtered Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

 

2007: Ohio St., LSU, Kansas, Oklahoma

This would have been a difficult year for a Selection Committee with only three deserving teams.  Number four could have been Missouri, Georgia, or USC.

 

2006: Ohio St., Florida, Michigan, Louisville

Ohio State and Michigan were both 11-0 when they met in Columbus.  The Buckeyes’ home field advantage is historically between 3.5 and 4.5 points, and they only won this game by three.  Might Michigan have been a little better that year?  Florida and Michigan in a semifinal game might have set up a rematch of the bitter rivals.

 

2005: USC, Texas, Penn St., Oregon

This was definitely a year where only two teams were needed for playoffs.  It would have been ashamed if either USC or Texas had been upset in a semifinal game, robbing the nation of one of the best Championship Games ever.

 

2004: USC, Oklahoma, Auburn, Utah

All four of these teams were 12-0 at the end of the regular season.  Auburn and Utah were won impressive bowl games, and this would have been one of the best playoff years ever.

 

2003: USC, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan

The BCS folks got this one wrong by not taking USC that year, and the AP Poll voted USC the national champion over LSU.

 

2002: Miami, Ohio St., Iowa, Georgia

Ohio State and Iowa did not play each other that year, as this pre-dates the Big Ten Championship Game.

 

2001: Miami, Oregon, Nebraska, Illinois

This was another tough year, and it didn’t need a playoff at all, as Miami was clearly 7-10 points better than anybody else in the nation.  Illinois gets the nod over Maryland and Colorado.

 

2000: Oklahoma, Washington, Miami, Florida St.

This was a year where a 6-team tournament, adding Oregon State and Virginia Tech, would have been needed.  Washington was more deserving than Florida State that year.

 

1999: Florida St., Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Kansas St.

The two teams that played for the title were the only legitimate teams that should have played for a title that year.

 

1998: Tennessee, Ohio St., Florida St., Kansas St.

UCLA might have been the best team headed into the final weeks that year, but the Bruins made a mistake playing at Miami to close out the regular season.  They were not ready for the heat and humidity, or the Miami speed.  Ohio State was more deserving of the Championship Game bid than Florida State.

1997: Nebraska, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida St.

Peyton Manning versus Charles Woodson in a battle of the top two Heisman Trophy candidates.  Then, in all likelihood, it would have been Michigan and Nebraska in one of the best Championship Games never to be played.

1996: Florida St., Arizona St., Florida, Ohio St.

John Cooper had two teams that were probably the best in the land, but his Buckeyes always found a way to lay an egg at some point during the season.  This Buckeyes’ team probably would have beaten Florida St. in a semifinal game.

1995: Nebraska, Florida, Tennessee, Northwestern

Florida, Tennessee, and Northwestern could have combined their rosters and still lost to Nebraska by 14 points.  This was the most dominant team of the last 25 years.

1994: Nebraska, Penn St., Alabama, Miami

A 10-0-1 Texas A&M team was on probation that year.  Nebraska and Penn State would have been an incredible game had they played that year.  In those days, the Big Ten champion went to the Rose Bowl, and there was no guarantee that the top two teams would play each other.

1993: Nebraska, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Florida St.

An 11-0 Auburn team may have been the best in the nation that year, but the Tigers were on probation.  Notre Dame’s upset loss at Boston College kept the Irish out of the National Championship Game, allowing a Florida State team that ND beat to sneak in to the Orange Bowl.  The Irish were probably the best team that year.

1992: Alabama, Miami, Texas A&M, Florida St.

One wide field goal attempt against Miami was all that kept Florida State from going undefeated.  Had the ball been true, there would have been four teams with no losses.  It didn’t matter that year, as ‘Bama was clearly  the best team in the nation with the best defense in modern day football (Wisconsin has a chance to take that moniker away this year if they run the table and stop Ohio State’s offense).

1991: Washington, Miami, Florida, Michigan

Washington and Miami needed to meet for the national championship that year.  The PiRate Ratings had Washington rated about two points ahead of Miami that year.

1990: Georgia Tech, Colorado, Texas, Miami

This was one of the toughest years to pick any of the teams.  At 10-2, Miami was probably the best team that year, as they pasted Texas in the Cotton Bowl 46-3, committing more yards in penalties than Texas had in offense.  Miami’s defense would have shut down Georgia Tech in the semifinals, and none of the triple option teams ever had success against the Hurricane defenses of those times.  Colorado’s I-bone would have been shut down.

 

1989: Colorado, Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan

Colorado was the only undefeated team, but they may have been the weakest of these four teams.  A Notre Dame-Michigan title game would have been a good one that year.

 

1988: Notre Dame, West Virginia, Miami, Auburn

This was another tough year to come up with team number four, as five or six other teams could have slid into this spot.  A third-seeded Miami team would have swept both playoff games by double digit margins.  Miami’s only loss that year was at Notre Dame by one point on one of the worst blown calls ever made in a game with championship implications.  Facing 4th down and 7 at the Notre Dame 11 yard line, Hurricane quarterback Steve Walsh threw a pass to receiver Cleveland Gary inside the five yard line.  Gary caught the ball and stretched forward.  The ball hit the goalline before any other part of Gary’s body touched the ground.  Not only did the referees not award Miami a touchdown, they at first called a fumble that was recovered by Notre Dame, after the ball was dropped just after Gary pounded it on the goalline.  Then to make a second mistake, the referees said it wasn’t a fumble and then gave the ball to Notre Dame on downs, when Miami only needed to get to the four yard line.  Miami would have beaten Notre Dame in a rematch by 14-17 points that year.

I heard a funny quip on sports radio the Monday after that game.  The host said that the referees, O’Brien, O’Malley, O’Sullivan, Kelly, Murphy,  and Ryan, decided that the goalline can cause a fumble.

 

1987: Miami, Oklahoma, Florida St., Syracuse

This was another one of those wide right years for Florida State in a one-point loss to Miami.  These two rivals would have most likely played for the title that year.

 

1986: Miami, Penn St., Oklahoma, Michigan

This would have been an interesting playoff, especially the Miami-Michigan game.  Bo Schembechler’s defense would have given Vinny Testaverde similar fits to the one Penn State gave him in the real Championship Game.  It might have been Penn State and Michigan playing for the title.

 

1985: Penn St., Oklahoma, Iowa, Miami

Florida at 9-1-1 might have been the best team at the end of the year, but the Gators were on probation.  This would have been a fairly even season with three close playoff games.

 

1984: Washington, Oklahoma, South Carolina, BYU

Yes, BYU was the real national champion that year, but they won it only because this was a down year in the major conferences.  Washington would have quickly dismissed BYU in the semifinals, while Oklahoma would have edged South Carolina.  Florida was on probation for the first of two years and went 9-1-1.  The Gators were probably the best team in the nation by the end of November, slaughtering ranked Georgia, Auburn, and Florida State teams by a combined 78-20.

 

1983: Nebraska, Texas, Auburn, Illinois

The actual national champion Miami would not have been invited to the Playoffs that year.  Illinois beat three top 10 teams that year by a combined 66-19 score.  10-1 Auburn only lost to 11-0 Texas.  Nebraska might have had trouble facing Illinois’s passing game since the Cornhuskers did not face a passing offense like this in the Big 8.  Texas beat three top 10 teams during the season and held opponents to less than 10 points per game.  This should have been an interesting Playoff season.

 

1982: Georgia, Penn St., SMU, Nebraska

SMU wasn’t yet on probation, even though this team was the one with all the violations.  The Pony Express would have given Penn State a tough game, while Georgia and Nebraska should have been a close one as well.  Any of the four teams could have won the title.  Nebraska’s lone loss was at Penn State by a field goal.

 

1981: Clemson, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Alabama

The two best teams in the nation that year were Clemson and Pittsburgh.  The Panthers were cruising along as the number one team and had a 10-0 record when they hosted Penn State in the regular season finale.  After scoring two quick touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead on the Nittany Lions.  Pitt outgained Penn State by more than 140 yards in the first quarter, and it looked like this would be a blowout win for the top-rated team.  Then, Penn State woke up and went on a scoring tear like Army in the World War II years, scoring 48 points in the last three quarters on a Pitt team that had given up just 92 points in its first ten games.  Poor Dan Marino–always a bridesmaid and never a bride. 

 

1980: Georgia, Pittsburgh, Florida St., Baylor

Hershel Walker would have rolled over Baylor in the semifinals, setting up an interesting championship game against either Pitt or FSU.  

 

1979: Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Florida St.

All four of these teams went unbeaten (USC had a tie), and this would have been an interesting playoff for sure.  This Alabama team got through the year unscathed against a rather weak schedule.  USC was probably the best team in the nation that year.  The Trojans were stacked with talent.  Both Charles White and Marcus Allen were the featured backs out of the I-formation.  Paul McDonald was one of the best passing quarterbacks the Trojans had up to that time.  Brad Budde was the best offensive lineman in the nation that year.  The USC secondary might have been the best one in college football history with Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith, Jeff Fisher, Herb Ward, and Joey Browner.

 

1978: USC, Alabama, Oklahoma, Penn St.

Penn State was the only undefeated team that year, but their schedule included a lot of easy wins.  USC won at Alabama and were probably the best team in the nation that year.

 

1977: Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma

Actual National Champion Notre Dame would not have made the Playoffs in a year where at least eight if not 12 teams were worthy.  Michigan appeared to be the superior team in the land for the second consecutive year, but the Wolverines came up short for the second year in a row.  Alabama probably had the best team at the end of the regular season, and the Tide won at Number 1 USC earlier in the year.  

 

1976: Pittsburgh, Michigan, USC, Georgia

Johnny Majors had Tony Dorsett as his tailback, and TD was nearly unstoppable.  Throw in a stingy defense that intercepted a lot of passes and recovered a lot of fumbles, and the Panthers would have probably won this Playoffs with ease.  When on their game, Michigan was good enough to play on an even level with Pitt, but up to this point in his career, no Bo Schembechler-coached team had won its final game of the year.

 

1975: Ohio St., Alabama, Oklahoma, Arizona St.

Ohio State was undefeated with Heisman Trophy running back Archie Griffin and bulldozer Pete Johnson both topping 1,000 yards rushing.  Unlike many of Woody Hayes’ teams, this one had a decent passing attack with Cornelius Greene passing to Brian Baschnagel.  The Buckeyes beat four ranked teams in the regular season by a combined 100-29 score.  However, by the end of November, Alabama was clearly the best team in the nation.  An early stumble to open the season at Missouri, a school that pulled off several major upsets during this era, pushed the Tide out to sea.  Bear’s boys were unstoppable after that loss.  Alabama gave up just 46 points after that loss in week one, winning 10 games with ease.  Washington coach Don James after losing to ‘Bama 52-0 said they were the best team he had ever seen as a coach or player.

 

1974: Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, USC

Oklahoma was the clear cut best team in the nation, but the Sooners were on probation this year.  OU would have easily beaten any of these four teams that year.  These four that weren’t on probation would have played three close games with USC likely coming out on top.

 

 

1973: Notre Dame, Alabama, Penn St., Ohio St.

This was one of the most incredible years in college football history.  Left out in this equation is a 10-0-1 Michigan team that tied 9-0-1 Ohio State but lost their quarterback for the season in the Big Game.

This group of four could have played this tournament a dozen times and each team might have won it three times each.  Our PiRate Ratings had Ohio State the number one team after the bowls that year.

 

1972: USC, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio St.

This was a time when the “haves” had a lot more than the “have nots,” and thus as many as 10 teams had playoff-worthy resumes.  In the end, it really didn’t matter this season, because USC was the best team in the nation by at least a touchdown over Oklahoma and more than 10 points over anybody else.  This was the best West Coast team ever. It had two future NFL quarterbacks in Mike Rae and Pat Haden.  Fullback Sam “Bam” Cunnigham blocked for Anthony Davis, while a trio of star receivers, Lynn Swann, J.K. McKay, and Charles Young, forced defenses to play three and four deep in the secondary.

 

1971: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan

The 1971 Nebraska team ranks as the all-time best team in PiRate Ratings’ history (1969 to present).  The 1971 Oklahoma team ranks as one of the 10 best in PiRate Ratings’ history.  These two teams were so far ahead of the rest of the nation.  Oklahoma would have beaten Alabama by at least three touchdowns, while Nebraska would have likely beaten Michigan by a score like 31-0.  The rematch for the National Championship might have been the best one ever had there been Playoffs back then.

1970: Ohio St., Texas, Nebraska, Arizona St.

Arizona State didn’t get any respect in 1970, but this undefeated team might have been strong enough to knock off Ohio State.  The schedule was suspect, but if you look at the roster, it was stocked with future NFL players.  Notre Dame and Tennessee were equally qualified to make the Playoffs this year, and a Committee might have given the edge to the Fighting Irish with Joe Theismann at quarterback.

 

1969: Penn St., Texas, Arkansas, USC

This is the year that the PiRate Ratings were born (although not named the PiRate Ratings until 2001).  It was because so  many teams were really good this season that I started making ratings.   If ever a season needed a 12-team Playoff, this is the one.  A case could have been made for 16 teams that year.  

If you ask me, Penn State would have won the title had there been Playoffs.  This Nittany Lion defense and special teams were among the best ever, as they scored or set up more points than they allowed.  When your number two and number three running backs are future All-pros Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell, and when your starting quarterback went undefeated for his entire football career (Youth league to College), how can you deny this 11-0 team that finished the 1969 season riding a 22-game winning streak and 30 game unbeaten streak?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 9, 2019

PiRate Ratings Picks For October 10-14, 2019

Yuck, Yuck, Yuck, I want more luck!  That’s a saying that goes back to the 1960’s, when a certain PiRate Captain was in school trying to impress this really cute blonde-haired, blue-eyed tomboy classmate.  It so happened that she and he were outside on the playground, and he was trying to teach her how to hit foul shots on the basketball goal.  She kept barely missing on those foul shots, when he made this little ditty up as it came to mind.  And, voila!  The pretty girl made three shots in a row.  The rest is history.  In the 1970’s, This girl would go on to become the star of her high school basketball team, setting the all-time single-season and career scoring marks.  She then enjoyed a four-year career as a starting guard for a Division 1 college team, playing in the NCAA Tournament.

 

The Captain figured it wouldn’t hurt to repeat that mantra in hopes that it would turn around the recent misfortunes of the PiRate Ratings.  The ratings in recent weeks have been just barely missing.

How much do you pay for these selections?  Remember, you usually get what you pay for, and that’s what these selections have been worth this season.  So, let’s hope we get more luck this week.

Without further adieu, here are the selections you should avoid like the plague.

 

PiRate Rating Selections

 

10-point Teasers, 3-game parlays

 

#1

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Syracuse

NC St.

+14.5

Virginia

Miami

+12.5

New Mexico

Colorado St.

+13.5

 

 

#2

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Indiana

Rutgers

+38

Navy

Tulsa

+11

Texas

Oklahoma

+21.5

 

 

#3

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Temple

Memphis

+16

Nebraska

Minnesota

+17.5

Boise St.

Hawaii

-1.5

 

 

#4

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Eastern Michigan

Ball St.

+9

Central Michigan

New Mexico St.

Pk

Arizona St.

Washington St.

+11

 

 

#5

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Oregon St.

Utah

+23.5

Ole Miss

Missouri

+22

Ohio

Northern Illinois

+3.5

 

 

#6

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Baylor

Texas Tech

-1

Vanderbilt

UNLV

-4.5

Wisconsin

Michigan St.

-0.5

 

 

#7

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Florida

LSU

+23.5

Nevada

San Jose St.

+8

Alabama

Texas A&M

-6.5

 

 

#8

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Florida Atlantic

Middle Tenn.

-0.5

UAB

UTSA

-2

Notre Dame

USC

-1

 

 

#9

Pick

Opponent

Spread

New England

N.Y. Jets

-6.5

Baltimore

Cincinnati

-1

Cleveland

Seattle

+12

 

 

#10

Pick

Opponent

Spread

New Orleans

Jacksonville

+11.5

Miami

Washington

+13.5

Arizona

Atlanta

+12.5

 

 

#11

Pick

Opponent

Spread

Denver

Tennessee

+7.5

Detroit

Green Bay

+14.5

Carolina

Tampa Bay

+8

 

 

Davey19  Selections

 

Pick

Opponent

Spread

UL-Monroe

Texas St.

-3

Virginia

Miami (Fla.)

+2.5

Colorado

Oregon

+21.5

Illinois

Michigan

+22.5

Nebraska

Minnesota

+8

Arkansas

Kentucky

+7

Air Force

Fresno St.

-3

Coming Friday–We will issue three money line selections, one an outright upset winner currently listed at +200, and two parlays.

 

 

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