Big 12 Outlook

Big 12 standings                                                                                  overall     conf.

Oklahoma                                                                                                 11-2          7-2

TCU                                                                                                             8-5            6-3

Oklahoma St.                                                                                            8-4            6-3

West Virginia                                                                                           8-4            6-3

Kansas St.                                                                                                 7-5            5-4

Texas                                                                                                         8-4            5-4

Iowa St.                                                                                                     7-5            4-5

Baylor                                                                                                       5-7            3-6

Texas Tech                                                                                               5-7            3-6

Kansas                                                                                                      2-10          0-9

Oklahoma: I think they will win the Big 12 once again, but I don’t think they will make the playoffs again. I think that they will not do as good as last year because of the loss of Baker Mayfield and Mark Andrews, but with Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon returning, they shouldn’t have much trouble on the ground, at Wide Receiver Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb are coming back and should have a good season, and at quarterback Kyler Murray will comeback with the starting job, and he should have a good season, but not nearly as good as Baker Mayfield. On defense they should stink again. I know that it wasn’t totally the defenses fault, because of how good the offenses are in the Big 12.

Schedule 11-2 7-2

Florida Atlantic W

UCLA W

Iowa St. L

Army W

Baylor W

Texas L

TCU W

Kansas St. W

Texas Tech W

Oklahoma St. W

Kansas W

West Virginia W

Big 12 champ: TCU W

TCU: I would look somewhere else for information on TCU.

Schedule 8-5 6-3

Southern W

SMU W

Ohio St. L

Texas L

Iowa St. L

Texas Tech W

Oklahoma L

Kansas W

Kansas St. W

West Virginia W

Baylor W

Oklahoma St. W

Big 12 champ: Oklahoma L

Oklahoma St.: All I have to say is that they’ll probably have a good QB.

Schedule 8-4 6-3

Missouri St. W

South Alabama W

Boise St. L

Texas Tech L

Kansas W

Kansas St. W

Texas W

Baylor W

Oklahoma L

West Virginia W

TCU L

West Virginia Schedule 8-4 or 7-5, 6-3

Tennessee ?

Youngstown St. W

NC St. L

Kansas St. W

Texas Tech W

Kansas W

Iowa St. W

Baylor W

Texas W

TCU L

Oklahoma St. L

Oklahoma L

Kansas St. Schedule 7-5 5-4

 

South Dakota W

Mississippi St. L

UTSA W

West Virginia L

Texas W

Baylor W

Oklahoma St. L

Oklahoma L

TCU L

Kansas W

Texas Tech W

Iowa St. W

Texas: I got nothing to say except that Texas ain’t got no one injured no more so as long as Texas’s players can stay healthy Texas should do good.

Schedule 8-4 5-4

Maryland W

Tulsa W

USC W

TCU W

Kansas St. L

Oklahoma W

Baylor L

Oklahoma St. L

West Virginia L

Texas Tech W

Iowa St. W

Kansas W

Iowa St.: They should have a good season as well and could be a contender.

Schedule 7-5 4-5

South Dakota St. W

Iowa W

Oklahoma W

Akron W

TCU W

Oklahoma St. L

West Virginia L

Texas Tech L

Kansas W

Baylor W

Texas L

Kansas St. L

Baylor: I think Baylor will improve.

Schedule 5-7 3-6

Abilene Christian W

UTSA W

Duke L

Kansas W

Oklahoma L

Kansas St. L

Texas W

West Virginia L

Oklahoma St. L

Iowa St. L

TCU L

Texas Tech W

Texas Tech: All I know is that they did not get the best replacement at QB and they probably will not do very good because if that.

Schedule 5-7 3-6

Ole Miss L

Lamar W

Houston W

Oklahoma St. W

West Virginia L

TCU L

Kansas W

Iowa St. W

Oklahoma L

Texas L

Kansas St. L

Baylor L

Kansas: They should probably improve, but still probably do awful.

Schedule 2-10 0-9

Nicholls St. W

Central Michigan W

Rutgers L

Baylor L

Oklahoma St. L

West Virginia L

Texas Tech L

TCU L

Iowa St. L

Kansas St. L

Oklahoma L

Texas L

 

 

 

Group of Five (and International) Outlook

AAC East                                                    Overall   Conf.

UCF                                                                                                11-2          8-0

USF                                                                                                10-2           6-2

Temple                                                                                          7-5             5-3

Cincinnati                                                                                     3-9             2-6

East Carolina                                                                               2-10           1-7

Connecticut                                                                                  2-10           0-8

AAC West

Navy                                                                                              10-4           6-2

Memphis                                                                                       9-3            6-2

Houston                                                                                        7-5            5-3

Tulane                                                                                           4-8            3-5

SMU                                                                                               4-8            3-5

Tulsa                                                                                             3-9             2-6

C-USA East

Florida Atlantic                                                                          11-2           7-1

Marshall                                                                                       8-4             6-2

Florida International                                                                6-6              5-3

Middle Tennessee St.                                                                6-6              5-3

Old Dominion                                                                            6-6             3-5

Western Kentucky                                                                    4-8              2-6

Charlotte                                                                                    2-10            1-7

C-USA West

Louisiana Tech                                                                          9-4              7-1

UAB                                                                                              8-4              5-3

North Texas                                                                                8-4              5-3

Southern Mississippi                                                                7-5              5-3

UTSA                                                                                            5-7              4-4

UTEP                                                                                            2-10            1-7

Rice                                                                                              2-11            0-8

Mac East            

Buffalo                                                                                      8-5                5-3

Ohio                                                                                          8-4                 5-3

Miami (OH)                                                                             5-7                 4-4

Akron                                                                                       5-7                 4-4

Kent St.                                                                                    2-10               1-7

Bowling Green                                                                     1-11               0-8

Mac West

Toledo                                                                                     10-3               7-1

Western Michigan                                                                9-3                 6-2

Northern Illinois                                                                   8-4                6-2

Eastern Michigan                                                                  7-5                5-3

Central Michigan                                                                  5-7                 4-4

Ball St.                                                                                     2-10               1-7

Mountain West Mountain

Boise St.                                                                                  10-3               6-2

Utah St.                                                                                   8-4                 6-2

Colorado St.                                                                           6-6                 5-3

Wyoming                                                                               8-4                 5-3

Air Force                                                                                7-5                 4-4

New Mexico                                                                          3-9                 1-7

                  Mountain West West

Fresno St.                                                                              11-2               7-1

San Diego St.                                                                         9-3                 6-2

Nevada                                                                                  6-6                 4-4

UNLV                                                                                      5-7                 3-5

Hawaii                                                                                   2-11               1-7

San Jose St.                                                                            1-11               0-8

                                                                   International

Notre Dame                                                                           11-1

BYU                                                                                          6-6

Army                                                                                       6-6

New Mexico St.                                                                     7-5

UMass                                                                                     5-7

Liberty                                                                                   2-10

Sorry but I could not get Sun Belt predictions in on time, but I think Troy will win the Conference.

UCF: I think UCF will go 11-1 in the regular season because of strength of schedule. UCF has 7 games that they could possibly lose, but since UCF has so many players coming back from a 13-0 team including, McKenzie Milton (QB), Adrian Killins (RB), Kyle Gibson (FS), and Pat Jasinski (ILB) I think they should be able to handle at least 4 of them.

Schedule 11-2 8-0

Connecticut W

South Carolina St. W

North Carolina W

Florida Atlantic L

Pittsburgh W

SMU W

Memphis W

East Carolina W

Temple W

Navy W

Cincinnati W

South Florida W

AAC Championship: Navy L

Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic could and probably will have an amazing season this year and win the C-USA again. With Devin Singletary (RB), who had 301 att. for 1,920 yds. and 32 TDs, and Azeez Al-Shaair (MLB), who led the team with 147 tackles returning, Lane Kiffin and the Owls could have a chance at beating Oklahoma if their QB can’t perform well.

Schedule 11-2 7-1

Oklahoma L

Air Force W

Bethune-Cookman W

UCF W

MTSU W

Old Dominion W

Marshall L

Louisiana Tech W

FIU W

Western Kentucky W

North Texas W

Charlotte W

C-USA championship: Louisiana Tech W

Air Force: Okay, so I’m an Air Force fan. I tried to be the least biased possible, and hey these things I predicted could happen if they can just improve they could very well go       7-5.

Schedule 7-5 4-4

Stony Brook W

Florida Atlantic L

Utah St. W

Nevada L

Navy W

San Diego St. L

UNLV W

Boise St. L

Army W

New Mexico W

Wyoming L

Colorado St. W

Notre Dame: I think they’ll improve with Brandon Wimbush coming back, I think he will improve and Notre Dame will be a playoff contender again.

Schedule 11-1

Michigan L

Ball St. W

Vanderbilt W

Wake Forest W

Stanford W

Virginia Tech W

Pittsburgh W

Navy W

Northwestern W

Florida St. W

Syracuse W

USC W

Top 15 group of five teams

  1. Florida Atlantic
  2. Fresno St.
  3. Boise St.
  4. Toledo
  5. Western Michigan
  6. Northern Illinois
  7. San Diego St.
  8. UCF
  9. USF
  10. Ohio
  11. Navy
  12. Troy
  13. Buffalo
  14. Utah St.
  15. Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

Pac 12 outlook

Pac 12 North Predictions                                         Overall            Conf.

Stanford                                                                             10-3                    7-2

Washington                                                                        9-3                     7-2

Oregon                                                                                7-5                     4-5

Washington St.                                                                  7-5                     4-5

California                                                                           6-6

Oregon St.                                                                           1-11                  0-9

Pac 12 South predictions                                             

USC                                                                                      8-5                    7-2

Arizona St.                                                                         6-6                    5-4

Arizona                                                                              8-4                    5-4

Utah                                                                                    8-4                    5-4

Colorado                                                                           6-6                     4-5

UCLA                                                                                 5-7                    3-6

Short predictions

Stanford: On offense they should be dominate with Bryce Love (Heisman Trophy runner up, 263 att. for 2,118 yds. and 19 TDs), their QB K.J. Costello (124-211 1,573 yds. and 14 TDs), and their leading wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside (48 rec. for 781 yds. 9 TDs). On defense their only problem will be a big problem. Their defensive line will have a bunch of problems especially with depth. But at Linebacker and in the secondary, should be able to back up the D-line and have a good season. So overall I think they should win the Pac-12 because of all they weak defenses. I think they’ll go 9-3 in the regular season but then again there are some teams on here that can give’em trouble like San Diego St., USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Utah, Washington, California, and UCLA.

Schedule 10-3 7-2

San Diego St. W

USC W

UC Davis W

Oregon L

Notre Dame L

Utah L

Arizona St. W

Washington St. W

Washington W

Oregon St. W

California W

UCLA W

Pac-12 Championship: USC W

Washington: I Think Washington will be a very strong contender especially with 2016 Heisman candidate Jake Browning, And on a great defense they have nine returning starters. I think if Washington can take down Auburn and Stanford They will very well be a contender to make their second playoffs in three years.

Schedule 9-3 7-2

Auburn L

North Dakota W

Utah W

Arizona St. W

BYU W

UCLA W

Oregon W

Colorado W

California W

Stanford L

Oregon St. W

Washington St. L

Oregon, schedule 7-5 4-5

Bowling Green W

Portland St. W

San Jose St. W

Stanford W

California L

Washington L

Washington St. W

Arizona L

UCLA W

Utah L

Arizona St. L

Oregon St. W

Washington St.: I think Washington St. will struggle on offense especially at QB and on the offensive line. On defense they should do great once again with seven returning starters, but they have a new defensive coordinator (Tracy Claeys). So as long as their QB ends up doing good then Washington St. could be a contender in the Pac-12 North.

Schedule 7-5 4-5

Wyoming W

San Jose St. W

Eastern Washington W

USC L

Utah W

Oregon St. W

Oregon L

Stanford L

California W

Colorado L

Arizona L

Washington W

 

California: Schedule 6-6 3-6

North Carolina W

BYU W

Idaho St. W

Oregon W

Arizona L

UCLA L

Oregon St. W

Washington L

Washington St. L

USC L

Stanford L

Colorado W

Oregon St.: 1-11 0-9

Ohio St. L

Southern Utah W

Nevada L

Arizona L

Arizona St. L

Washington St. L

California L

Colorado L

USC L

Stanford L

Washington L

Oregon L

USC: I’ll talk about defense first for a change. Last year USC ranked 60th in the nation and 5th in the Pac-12 in Scoring defense, they gave up 32.6 POINTS PER GAME! They were 82nd and 6th in the Pac-12 in Passing yards allowed per game (237.0), they were 56th in the nation and 5th in the Pac-12 in Rushing yards allowed per game (185.1), and finally they were 68th in the nation and 5th in the nation in total yards allowed per game (395.6). They have seven returning starters on that defense. They should improve but they’ll still have some trouble. On offense they lost Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones and Deontay Burnett. but with Stephen Carr and Aca’Cedric Ware they should be good on the run game. At QB their expected starter is true freshman and number three recruit for the Trojans JT Daniels. So I think USC will win the Pac-12 South once again but will probably lose to Stanford or Washington depending on which one the play.

Schedule 8-5 7-2

UNLV W

Stanford L

Texas L

Washington St. W

Arizona W

Colorado W

Utah W

Arizona St. L

Oregon St. W

California W

UCLA W

Notre Dame L

Pac-12 Championship: Stanford L

Arizona St.: Arizona St. could do great with their new coach (Herm Edwards) or they could do awful. Lucky for them on offense they have Manny Wilkins (QB) and N’Keal Harry (their leading receiver) are returning, so they should be good on offense. But on defense they won’t have to much luck with four returning starters on a terrible defense.

Schedule 6-6 5-4

UTSA W

Michigan St. L

San Diego St. L

Washington L

Oregon St. W

Colorado L

Stanford L

USC W

Utah L

UCLA W

Oregon W

Arizona W

Arizona: I just have to say they have an amazing duel threat QB Khali Tate and nine starters coming back to an experienced defense.

Schedule 8-4 5-4

BYU W

Houston W

Southern Utah W

Oregon St. W

USC L

California W

Utah W

UCLA L

Oregon W

Colorado L

Washington St. W

Arizona St. L

Utah: I think Utah will have a great season this year and be a contender for the Pac-12 South. They’ll have a very experienced Offense with 7 returning starters including  QB Tyler Huntley and RB Zack Moss. On defense they should do good despite only having 4 returning startersmand they have good depth.

Schedule 8-4 5-4

Weber St. W

Northern Illinois W

Washington L

Washington St. L

Stanford W

Arizona L

USC L

UCLA W

Arizona St. W

Oregon W

Colorado W

BYU W

Colorado: schedule 6-6 4-5

Colorado St. W

Nebraska L

New Hampshire W

UCLA L

Arizona St. W

USC L

Washington L

Oregon St. W

Arizona W

Washington St. W

Utah L

California L

UCLA: I think this isn’t UCLA’s year. UCLA may have Chip Kelly but the players he recruited are not experienced, so I don’t think they will contend for the Pac-12 South just yet but soon they will come through. So I think, like Nebraska, UCLA will have a boom year in about 2 to 4 seasons.

Schedule 5-7 3-6

Cincinnati W

Oklahoma L

Fresno St. W

Colorado W

Washington L

California W

Arizona W

Utah L

Oregon L

Arizona St. L

USC L

Stanford L

Pac-12 ranks

  1. Stanford
  2. Washington
  3. USC
  4. Arizona
  5. Utah
  6. Oregon
  7. Washington St.
  8. Arizona St.
  9. UCLA
  10. California
  11. Colorado
  12. Oregon St.

                 

2018 Big Ten Outlook

The Big Ten

 Big ten East, projected Standings:                                                Overall     Conf.

Michigan                                                                                             12-1           8-1

Michigan St.                                                                                        10-2          7-2

Ohio St.                                                                                                10-2          7-2

Penn St.                                                                                                8-4           5-4

Maryland                                                                                             6-6           4-5

Indiana                                                                                                 3-9           1-8

Rutgers                                                                                                  2-10        0-9

Big Ten West

Wisconsin                                                                                            10-3         7-2

Iowa                                                                                                       7-5           6-3

Northwestern                                                                                      7-5           6-3

Minnesota                                                                                            6-6            4-5

Purdue                                                                                                  5-7           4-5

Nebraska                                                                                              6-6          3-6

Illinois                                                                                                  3-9          1-8

Short previews

Michigan: Now we’ll start on offense. They shouldn’t have to much trouble here as long as the offensive line can improve. Michigan has a lot of talent, like at QB they have Shea Patterson (graduate transfer from Ole Miss), At running back they have Karan Higdon, who had 164 attempts for 994 yards and 11 TDs, and they also have Chris Evans, At Tight End they have their returning leader in receiving, Sean Mckeon, who had 31 receptions for 301 yards and 3 TDs, finally at WR they have talent with Donovan Peoples-Jones,Grant Perry, and Tarik Black. Last year Michigan was 49th in the nation and 4th in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (177.7), But 111th in the nation and 11th in the Big ten in passing yards per game (171.2), But with Shea Patterson and some young and experienced WRs things could change if the O-Line can give him some time.

Now we’re going to talk about the Defense. Well, if you look at last years stats and how many players are returning it’s pretty obvious that Michigan is going to have one of the best defenses in the country. Last year Michigan was 13th in the nation and 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring defense (25.2), 18th in the nation and 6th in the Big Ten in Rushing yards allowed per game (120.9), and 1st in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (150.1), And they have 8 PLAYERS COMING BACK on that defense.

So if Michigan’s offensive line can improve and Shea Patterson meets his expectations, Michigan should be able to win the Big ten and maybe even make it to the CFP.

Schedule 12-1 8-1

Notre Dame W

Western Michigan W

SMU W

Nebraska W

Northwestern W

Maryland W

Wisconsin W

Michigan St. L

Penn St. W

Rutgers W

Indiana W

Ohio St. W

Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin W

Michigan St. I would just like to say 10 starters are coming back to a decent Offense that got’em to a 10-3 season and 9 returning to a defense that was second in the nation in rush defense and 7th total. So overall Michigan St. should be a contender in Big ten and even for the playoffs.

Schedule 10-2 7-2

Utah St. W

Arizona St. W

Indiana W

Central Michigan W

Northwestern L

Penn St. W

Michigan W

Purdue L

Maryland W

Ohio St. W

Nebraska W

Rutgers W

Ohio St. All I have to say about them is that they lost some crucial players on defense and J.T. Barrett, but they do have J.K. Dobbins who should be a strong Heisman contender, but I think every team but Ohio St. and maybe Rutgers, Illinois, and Purdue will improve. But they should be a major contender in Big ten and for the CFP.

Schedule 10-2 7-2

Oregon St. W

Rutgers W

TCU W

Tulane W

Penn St. W

Indiana W

Minnesota W

Purdue W

Nebraska W

Michigan St. L

Maryland W

Michigan L

Penn St. They should still be great on offense but on defense they only have 2 returning starters So depth should be a big problem.

Schedule 8-4  5-4

Appalachian St. W

Pittsburgh W

Illinois W

Ohio St. L

Michigan St. L

Indiana W

Iowa W

Michigan L

Wisconsin L

Rutgers W

Maryland W

Maryland, suffered many crucial injuries especially at QB, but should do a lot better this year.

Schedule 6-6 4-5

Texas L

Bowling Green W

Temple W

Minnesota W

Michigan L

Rutgers W

Iowa L

Illinois W

Michigan St. L

Indiana W

Ohio St. L

Penn St. L

 Indiana schedule 3-9 1-8

Florida International W

Virginia L

Ball St. W

Michigan St. L

Rutgers W

Ohio St. L

Iowa L

Penn St. L

Minnesota L

Maryland L

Michigan L

Purdue L

Rutgers schedule 2-10 0-9

Texas St. W

Ohio St. L

Kansas W

Buffalo L

Indiana L

Illinois L

Maryland L

Northwestern L

Wisconsin L

Michigan L

Penn St. L

Michigan St. L

Wisconsin: On offense they should be good, especially with Jonathan Taylor who had 299 attempts for 1,977 yds., and 13 TDs. On defense they should be good, but depth will be a problem.

Schedule 10-3 7-2

Western Kentucky W

New Mexico W

BYU W

Iowa L

Nebraska W

Michigan L

Illinois W

Northwestern W

Rutgers W

Penn St. W

Purdue W

Minnesota W

Big ten Champ: Michigan L

Iowa: Iowa should do great this season especially on offense. They have Nate Stanley (QB) coming back and Noah Fant (TE), and Wide Receiver Nick Easley. But on defense depth will be an issue.

Schedule 7-5 6-3

Northern Illinois L

Iowa St. L

Northern Iowa W

Wisconsin W

Minnesota L

Indiana W

Maryland W

Penn St. L

Purdue L

Northwestern W

Illinois W

Nebraska W

 

Northwestern, I think they’ll do good, they have their QB Clayton Thorson who was 262-434, 12 int., 2,844 yards, and 15 TDs. They also have Jeremy Larkin.

Schedule 7-5 6-3

Purdue W

Duke L

Akron W

Michigan L

Michigan St. W

Nebraska W

Rutgers W

Wisconsin L

Notre Dame L

Iowa L

Minnesota W

Illinois W

Minnesota: Schedule 6-6 4-5

New Mexico St. W

Fresno St. L

Miami (OH) W

Maryland L

Iowa W

Ohio St. L

Nebraska L

Indiana W

Illinois W

Purdue W

Northwestern L

Wisconsin L

Purdue: Schedule 5-7 4-5

Northwestern L

Eastern Michigan W

Boston College L

Nebraska L

Illinois W

Ohio St. L

Michigan St. W

Iowa W

Minnesota L

Wisconsin L

Indiana W

Nebraska. Even though they have Scott Frost at Head Coach now, I don’t think they’ll be able to contend for the Big Ten West immediately it might take a few more seasons, But I do think think they will be able to make a bowl game.

Schedule 6-6 3-6

Akron W

Colorado W

Troy W

Michigan L

Purdue W

Wisconsin L

Northwestern L

Minnesota W

Ohio St. L

Illinois W

Michigan St. L

Iowa L

Illinois: schedule 3-9 1-8

Kent St. W

Western Illinois W

South Florida L

Penn St. L

Rutgers W

Purdue L

Wisconsin L

Maryland L

Minnesota L

Nebraska L

Iowa L

Northwestern L

The Big ten ranks.

  1. Michigan
  2. Michigan St.
  3. Ohio St.
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Penn St.
  6. Iowa
  7. Northwestern
  8. Nebraska
  9. Maryland
  10. Minnesota
  11. Purdue
  12. Indiana
  13. Illinois
  14. Rutgers

 

 

 

The Ranker is Better Than ESPN — 2-11-2018 Update

I’ve compared the results of using TheRankerPit.com’s team ratings and  ESPN’s BPI predictions to pick games against the spread.   The Ranker’s predictions simply compare the difference between each’s team’s overall rating to the point spread, adjusting for home court advantage.

I used the spreads posted on teamrankings.com.

Last season, The Ranker beat ESPN’s BPI in February, the only month I tracked.

  • TheRankerPit.com:  414-391, 51.4%
  • ESPN BPI:  376-429, 46.7%

This season has been rough, but apparently it’s been difficult for more than The Ranker.  Saturday’s result broke a 9-day streak of The Ranker beating ESPN.

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The Ranker is Better Than ESPN — 2-4-2018 Update

I’ve compared the results of using TheRankerPit.com’s team ratings and  ESPN’s BPI predictions to pick games against the spread.   The Ranker’s predictions simply compare the difference between each’s team’s overall rating to the point spread, adjusting for home court advantage.

I used the spreads posted on teamrankings.com.

Last season, The Ranker beat ESPN’s BPI in February, the only month I tracked.

  • TheRankerPit.com:  414-391, 51.4%
  • ESPN BPI:  376-429, 46.7%

This season has been rough, but apparently it’s been difficult for more than The Ranker.  The last full week of January was a particulary rough stretch, but TheRankerPit.com’s picks are still out-performing ESPN’s BPI overall.

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The Ranker is Better Than ESPN — 1-14-2018 Update

I’ve compared the results of using TheRankerPit.com’s team ratings and  ESPN’s BPI predictions to pick games against the spread.   The Ranker’s predictions simply compare the difference between each’s team’s overall rating to the point spread, adjusting for home court advantage.

I used the spreads posted on teamrankings.com.

Last season, The Ranker beat ESPN’s BPI in February, the only month I tracked.

  • TheRankerPit.com:  414-391, 51.4%
  • ESPN BPI:  376-429, 46.7%

This season has been rough, but apparently it’s been difficult for more than The Ranker.  TheRankerPit.com’s picks are still out-performing ESPN’s BPI.

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Picks 1-3-2018

I have identified several conditions that when they are met, The Ranker’s picks are significantly more accurate.

Yesterday, the Ranker was 4-5-1.  Unfortunately, yesterday’s picks didn’t get posted online.  Here are today’s picks that The Ranker has most confidence in:

Point spreads from teamrankings.com

Game Pick
Richmond vs Fordham Richmond +1.5
Clemson vs Boston College Clemson -5
Syracuse vs Wake Forest Syracuse +2
North Carolina vs Florida St. North Carolina +1.5
VCU vs Saint Joseph’s VCU +1
Illinois St. vs Drake Illinois St. +4
South Dakota St. vs North Dakota St. North Dakota St. +1
Kentucky vs LSU LSU +4.5
Oklahoma St. vs Oklahoma Oklahoma St. +9.5
Missouri vs South Carolina Missouri +2
Virginia vs Virginia Tech Virginia Tech +1.5
Miami (FL) vs Georgia Tech Miami (FL) -6
North Carolina St. vs Notre Dame Notre Dame -7

Top 0.2% – The Ranker Slays Bowl Picks

The Ranker’s entry in ESPN’s Capital One Bowl Mania pick’em competition (using confidence points) scores better than 99.8% of all entries!

The picks were based solely off of the team ratings from TheRankerPit.com. The higher the rating difference, the higher the confidence points assigned to that matchup.

Pretty impressive, given all of the intangibles at play in bowl games. My entry is ranked 695 out of 300,000+ total entries. Screenshot of my score:

Picks 1-2-2018

I have identified several conditions that when they are met, The Ranker’s picks are significantly more accurate.

Yesterday, the Ranker was 1-0.  Unfortunately, yesterday’s picks didn’t get posted online.  Here are today’s picks that The Ranker has most confidence in:

Point spreads from teamrankings.com

Game Pick
Drexel vs UNC Wilmington Drexel +2
Ohio vs Central Mich. Ohio +2
TCU vs Baylor TCU +1.5
Butler vs Xavier Butler +7
Auburn vs Tennessee Auburn +6
Indiana vs Wisconsin Indiana +6
William & Mary vs James Madison William & Mary +3
Florida vs Texas A&M Texas A&M -3
Arkansas vs Mississippi St. Arkansas -2
Texas Tech vs Kansas Texas Tech +7