Friday, September 04, 2015

A Great Google Earth Eagle Mystery Challenge and the Seven Principles of an Eagle: The Eagle as the Messenger to the Great Spirit, the Creator

No bird flies higher than the eagle.

The Great Google Earth Eagle Mystery Challenge and the Seven Principles of an Eagle lead into our coming postings -- including our provisional draft map of the ancient land survey of Native America - a map which we shall compare to the lines on the Cahokia Birdman Tablet, which may record that survey. Get ready.

The eagle was a supremely important bird to Native American Indians and we recommend highly the reading of "The Meaning of the Eagle Symbol" at WarPaths2PeacePipes.com, where it is written inter alia:
"The Native Americans consider the bald eagle and the golden eagle to be sacred. As eagles are the highest flying birds they were seen to be nearer to the Creator.... The meaning of the Eagle symbol was to signify courage, wisdom and strength and its purpose was as the messenger to the [Great Spirit]."
Even if one does not take up our Great Google Earth Eagle Mystery Challenge or even if one is not interested in ancient Native American peoples and customs, one should nevertheless do oneself a favor and read the fabulous online posting about the Seven Principles of an Eagle from Berean Publishers.

There could be something valuable there for everyone. Take a look.

Below now is the image for our Great Google Earth Eagle Mystery Challenge which we have clipped from Google Earth via Google Earth Pro and which of course is a photographic image in the copyright of Google and its affiliates.

Where is the site of that image located?

It is easier to find that Eagle in Google Earth using our provisional draft map of the ancient land survey of Native America -- indeed, that is how we found it.

It is very difficult to find that eagle otherwise.
We can already tell you that Google Image Search will not find it.
It is, as far as we can tell, fully unknown.

Please note, by the way, that we are not affiliated with Google in any way, who have nothing to do with this search or with this mystery, but it can be found via Google Earth viz. Google Earth Pro, and we will reveal its GPS location shortly.

Here is the image for the Great Google Earth Eagle Mystery Challenge:



Where is its location on Google Earth?
and,
should you be lucky enough to find it,
what is its significance, viz. why is the Eagle there? 

Consider this....

WarPaths2PeacePipes.com writes inter alia:
"Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Eagle symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies....

The eagle had the ability to live in the realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the realm of Earth. The eagle is therefore often connected with balance.... The Abenaki solar deity 'Kisosen' meaning "Sun-Bringer" was symbolised as an eagle whose wings opened to create the day and whose wings closed to create the night."
The realms of the Eagle -- both "sky" and "Earth" -- constitute the whole idea of the ancient land survey of Native America by astronomy, which was fully in concordance with the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".

Hermeticism taught that there is only ONE theology of God for all men, given to mankind in antiquity, and that this theology is found in ALL religions:
"The tradition claims descent from a prisca theologia, a doctrine that affirms the existence of a single, true theology that is present in all religions and that was given by God to man in antiquity."
[emphasis added]
The fixed heaven of stars above was used by the ancients as a ready map, designed by the Great Spirit, the Creator, for mapping the Earth below.

And the Eagle, of course, was there.

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 134 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

The Great Google Earth Eagle Mystery Challenge and the Seven Principles of an Eagle: The Eagle as the Messenger to the Great Spirit, the Creator


Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Shell Midden Mounds - Sambaqui viz. Sambaquis - of Santa Catarina, Brazil in the Jabuticabeira Region Mark the Turtle viz. Tortoise of Heaven as the Stars of Columba at the Bottom of the World

This is a very significant posting for our work on the ancient land survey of Native America by astronomy, a project which is reaching a climax soon. The archaeological site of Jabuticabeira II in Brazil is the main most southerly significant "mound" site known in South America. As such, it will be involved in some astonishingly fantastic original findings in the next few postings.

The name Jabuticabeira is both the name of a tree that bears the fruit Jabuticaba as well as the name of an archaeological location in the Santa Catarina region of southern Brazil, an area which is marked by a number of sambaqui viz. sambaquis (it is unclear to us which form is the correct plural in English) ancient mounds formed by prehistoric peoples using shell middens.

The name Jabuticabeira derives from the Portuguese word "Jabuti" meaning "turtle" or "tortoise". Jabuticaba means "place of the turtle(s)". That name origin will prove to be important.

Jabuticabeira is described as follows by A.C. Colonese, Matthew James Collins, Alexandre Lucquin, Michael Eustace, Y. Hancock, Raquel de Almeida Rocha Ponzoni, Long-Term Resilience of Late Holocene Coastal Subsistence System in Southeastern South America, PLOS ONE, www.plosone.org, 13 April 2014, Volume 9, Issue 4, e93854, accessed at Research Gate:
"Jabuticabeira II (Jab-II), at ~7 km from the present day shoreline at Santa Catarina, is one of the best-studied sambaqui sites of Brazil.... The stratigraphic sequence is composed of alternating layers of marine shells and fish bones.... Numerous human burials and the absence of compelling domestic activities point to a ceremonial function of the site from 3,137–2,794 to 1,860–1,524 cal BP."
Pedro Ignacio Schmitz in Prehistoric Hunters and Gatherers of Brazil at the Journal of World Prehistory, Vol. 1, No. 1 (March 1987), pp. 53-126, published by Springer, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25800520, writes in the Abstract (here excerpted) as follows with relevance to the sambaqui(s):
"Around 7000 B.P., two new traditions emerged to exploit new habitats. The Humaitá tradition, characterized by large bifacial tools and an absence of stone projectile points, expanded over the broad-leaved forests in the south, leaving the open landscapes dominated by the projectile point-using Umbu tradition. The sambaqui (shell midden) tradition, also emphasizing large bifaces, developed along rugged portions of the southern coast. By 4000 B.P., groups along the coast of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo were using domesticated or semidomesticated plants, perhaps sweet manioc. Maize was being grown in Minas Gerais by about 3500 B.P. Carbon-14 dates from numerous sites indicate, however, that the hunter-gatherer way of life persisted in many places long after the advent of pottery-making horticulturalists." [emphasis added]
A map of the sambaqui in the Jabuticabeira region of Santa Catarina, Brazil (Brasil) was found online in Ximena S. Villagran, Paulo DeBlasis, Paulo C.F. Giannini, Primeros estudios micromorfológicos en sambaquís brasileños (sitio Jabuticabeira II, Estado de Santa Catarina). Intersecciones antropol. [online]. 2009, vol.10, n.2, pp. 359-364. ISSN 1850-373X. Permalink http://ref.scielo.org/4j48wq.

We redraw that map further below in this posting for decipherment purposes, but we would like to emphasize that maps such as the one cited above are the soul of true archaeological research and we are grateful to the authors for the wonderful work done. Below we present their Resumen and Abstract of the above-cited article in both languages to do honor to their service. Their key finding is their conclusion in the last sentence of the Resumen viz. Abstract that the formation of the sambaqui sites "que transciende antiguas dicotomías funcionales" i.e. "transcends traditional functional dichotomies".

"RESUMEN

En esta nota, se presentan los resultados preliminares del estudio micromorfológico realizado en el depósito ictiológico que recubre al sambaquí Jabuticabeira II, desarrollados en el marco del proyecto temático interdisciplinario Sambaquis e paisagem. El análisis microestratigráfico permitió identificar procesos pre-depositacionales antrópicos que actuaron en la formación de esta estructura, relacionada con la quema y transporte de material mineral (arenas terrígenas) y residuos orgánicos (carbones) e inorgánicos de origen biológico (huesos, fi tolitos, diatomeas, agregados silíceos). Los efectos de las alteraciones post-depositacionales sobre estas partículas pueden observarse a través de trazas de disolución en los huesos y la formación de un material mineral fino de composición fosfática. Esta articulación de evidencias confirma la compleja combinación de actividades y procesos de alteración involucrados en la formación de sitios sambaquís, que transciende antiguas dicotomías funcionales.

Palabras clave: Micromorfología; Sambaquís; Sedimentos arqueológicos; Geoarqueología.

ABSTRACT

FIRST MICROMORPHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF BRAZILIAN SAMBAQUÍS, JABUTICABIERA II SITE, SANTA CATARINA STATE. In this note, preliminary results from the micromorphological study of the fish mound that covers the Jabuticabeira II sambaquí site, developed within the interdisciplinary research project Sambaquis e paisagem, are presented. Microstratigraphic analyses enabled the identification of anthropic pre-depositional processes that participated in the formation of this large structure, related to the burning and transport of mineral and organic material (terrigenous sand and charcoal) and inorganic residues of biological origin (bones, phytoliths, diatoms and siliceous aggregates). The effects of post-depositional alterations over these particles can be observed through dissolution traces in bone and the formation of a fine mineral material of phosphatic composition. The articulation of the evidence confirms the complex combination of activities and alteration processes involved in the formation of sambaquí sites, which transcends traditional functional dichotomies.

Keywords: Micromorphology; Sambaquís; Archaeological sediments; Geoarchaeology."

In other words, these mounds were not created just by ancient peoples throwing away their garbage viz. shells. Quite the contrary, they go beyond simple function. Something else was at work, and, as we have discovered, that something else was the ancient land survey of Native America by astronomy.

In that ancient land survey, the sambaqui, i.e. the shell midden mounds of Brazil in the Jabuticabeira region, as we have found, mark the stars of "Jabuti" the turtle viz. tortoise of heaven as seen by the ancients in the stars of Columba (see e.g. Palenque, Burgos Municipality, our Y-Axis). The sambaquis view Columba from the astronomical perspective of Northern Hemisphere peoples, i.e. as the "bottom of the world", where the mythology of the ancients of the Old World also placed the turtle, with the world on its back.

This is eminently clear from our decipherment images below. The first image is a combination of two graphic elements. The left side shows the locations of the sambaqui in the Jabuticabeira region of Brazil and the right side shows the corresponding stars of Columba. Click that image to enlarge. The second image shows only the image of the sambaqui locations, while the third image shows only the star correspondences in Columba, with star positions via the software astronomy program Starry Night Pro at http://astronomy. starrynight.com/. The star magnitude limit was set at 6.5 but we removed a few faint stars to make it easier to see some of the groupings of brighter stars more easily. Note also that the ancients sometimes marked two very near stars as only one star.

PLEASE NOTE:
We have added numbers 1 to 20 to each group of sambaqui and to the corresponding groupings of stars to make it easier to see and identify the correspondences. Most of the correspondences are eminently clear.

Image 1 (below)
Locations of Sambaqui in Brazil and the Corresponding Columba Stars
(click the graphic to get a larger image on your screen)


Image 2 (below)
The Locations of the Sambaqui in Southern Santa Catarina, Brazil


Image 3 (below)
The Corresponding Stars in Columba via Starry Night Pro
As Deciphered by Andis Kaulins
(not affiliated with any of the cited sources)


In subsequent postings, we shall be referring to Jabuticabeira in the context of the ancient land survey of Native America by astronomy. Some great stuff!

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 133 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

The Shell Midden Mounds - Sambaqui viz. Sambaquis - of Santa Catarina, Brazil in the Jabuticabeira Region Mark the Turtle viz. Tortoise of Heaven as the Stars of Columba at the Bottom of the World


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

College Football Predictions for Week 1 2015 Division I FBS by SportPundit

College Football Predictions
Week 1 2015 Division I FBS by SportPundit

[PLEASE NOTE: This posting has been amended shortly before game times on Thursday. Using Oddsshark, we have made some late additions of the odds for games involving FBS and FCS teams that we previously did not have. As for the previously known odds, also for these "late additions" we use the opening lines and not the "current" lines at the time of viewing.]

For the full last season including bowl games we finished 619-239 in calling the winner (72%), 370-362 against the spread, excluding ties (50.55%), and 383-363 against the CFPT prediction average (51.34%).

Caveat emptor (Buyer beware): We make this material available in good fun out of interest for the sport of college football. Please do not rely on our material to place bets or wagers of any kind.  No one knows the exact outcome of a game or a season before it is played and that is what makes it so interesting.  Never rely on our posted odds here for betting. Go to the sources and always check and cross-check. We disclaim any and all liability for the consequences of anyone relying in any way upon our postings, analysis, links or reasoning -- for which we make no warranty of accuracy.

The game odds ("point spread", "spread") etc. used here were taken -- as far as possible -- from the opening lines posted at CFPT (The College Football Prediction Tracker) on Monday, August 31, 2015  9:45:45 a.m. and from Oddsshark. The "CFPT prediction average" was taken from CFPT. Please note that posted odds can differ among the various sources and that these can change over time, but our predictions, once made, do not reflect later changes. Sometimes odds are posted later in the week and we then add those to our postings when we become aware of them.

(please note that we are using the opening lines!)
(also the "late additions" using Oddsshark use the opening lines and not the "current" lines at the time of viewing) 

Thursday, September 3

North Carolina vs. South Carolina
The Gamecocks are favored over the Tar Heels by 1 point.
The CFPT prediction average is -5.52, i.e. 5.52 points in favor of the "visiting" Gamecocks. When the visitor is favored, points are normally listed as a negative number. This game is at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL Carolina Panthers. In all games, to avoid misunderstandings, we shall merely give the points and the respective favored team.
The over/under (total expected points) is 64.
Our call: 37-28 for South Carolina

Florida International (FIU) at Central Florida (UCF)
The Knights are favored over the Golden Panthers by 16.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average is 17.55 points in favor of UCF.
The over/under is 46.5 points.
Our call:  30-14 for UCF

Oklahoma State at Central Michigan
The Cowboys are favored over the Chippewas by 19 points.
The CFPT prediction average is 13.83 points in favor of Oklahoma State.
The over/under is 56 points.
Our call: 35-23 for Oklahoma State

Elon at Wake Forest
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Wake Forest is favored by 27 points]
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 31-7 for Wake Forest

VMI at Ball State
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Ball State is favored by 30 points]
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 41-14 for Ball State

Stony Brook at Toledo
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Toledo is favored by 26.5 points]
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 38-17 for Toledo.

Alcorn State at Georgia Tech
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Georgia Tech is favored by 40 points]
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 55-7 for Georgia Tech

Villanova at Connecticut
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Villanova is favored by 6 points]
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 17-16 for UConn

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt
The Commodores are favored over the Hilltoppers by 2.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average is -2.19 points in favor of Western Kentucky.
The over/under is 65 points.
Our call: 31-27 for Western Kentucky

Michigan at Utah
The Utes are favored over the Wolverines by 4.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average is 8.13 points in favor of Utah. 
The over/under is 46.5 points.
Our call: 31-21 for Michigan

TCU (Texas Christian U) at Minnesota
The Horned Frogs are favored over the Golden Gophers by 14 points
The CFPT prediction average is 14.07 points in favor of TCU.
The over/under is 57.5 points.
Our call: 38-17 for TCU

Ohio at Idaho
The Bobcats are favored over the Vandals  by 10 points
The CFPT prediction average is 8.08 points in favor of Ohio. 
The over/under is 56.5 points.
Our call: 34-23 for Ohio

Southern Utah at Utah State
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Utah State is favored by 30 points] 
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 35-7 for Utah State

Duke at Tulane
The Blue Devils are favored over the Green Wave by 11 points
The CFPT prediction average is 11.83 points in favor of Duke. 
The over/under is 47.5 points.
Our call: 31-23 for Duke

Texas San Antonio (UTSA) at Arizona
The Wildcats are favored over the Roadrunners by 32 points
The CFPT prediction average is 29.04 points in favor of Arizona. 
The over/under is 54 points.
Our call: 37-10 for Arizona

UC Davis at Nevada
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Nevada is favored by 22.5 points]  
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 41-17 for Nevada

New Hampshire at San Jose State
[Late addition using Oddsshark: San Jose State is favored by 2 points]   
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 31-24 for San Jose State

Abilene Christian at Fresno State
[Late addition using Oddsshark: Fresno State is favored by 19.5 points]   
Our call [prior to knowing the odds]: 48-21 for Fresno State

Colorado at Hawaii
The Buffaloes are favored over the Warriors by 8 points
The CFPT prediction average is 4.53 points in favor of Colorado. 
The over/under is 57 points.
Our call: 31-30 for Hawaii

Friday, September 4

Charlotte at Georgia State
The Panthers are favored over the 49ers by 4 points
The CFPT prediction average is 3.63 points in favor of Georgia State. 
The over/under is 73.5 points.
Our call: 35-28 for Georgia State

Michigan State at Western Michigan
The Spartans are favored over the Broncos by 18.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 19.57 points in favor of Michigan State. 
The over/under is 58.5 points.
Our call: 45-16 for Michigan State

Fordham at Army
Our call: 31-24 for Army

Baylor at SMU
The Bears are favored over the Mustangs by 34 points
The CFPT prediction average is 34.61 points in favor of Baylor. 
The over/under is 74 points.
Our call: 59-17 for Baylor

Rhode Island at Syracuse
Our call: 41-14 for Syracuse

Weber State at Oregon State
Our call: 41-17 for Oregon State

Kent State at Illinois
The Illini are favored over the Golden Flashes by 15.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 15.72 points in favor of Illinois. 
The over/under is 52 points.
Our call: 34-20 for Illinois

Washington at Boise State
The Broncos are favored over the Huskies by 10.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 8.26 points in favor of Illinois. 
The over/under is 57 points.
Our call: 35-21 for Boise State

Saturday, September 5

Stanford at Northwestern
The Cardinal are favored over the Wildcats by 12 points
The CFPT prediction average is 11.76 points in favor of Stanford. 
The over/under is 46.5 points.
Our call: 37-3 for Stanford

Louisiana Monroe at Georgia
The Bulldogs are favored over the Warhawks by 35 points
The CFPT prediction average is 34.04 points in favor of Georgia. 
The over/under is 53.5 points.
Our call: 45-7 for Georgia

Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
Our call: 45-7 for Ole Miss

Colgate at Navy
Our call: 49-17 for Navy

Norfolk State at Rutgers
Our call: 45-17 for Rutgers

South Dakota State at Kansas
Our call: 31-24 for Kansas

Illinois State at Iowa
Our call: 31-17 for Iowa

Richmond at Maryland
Our call: 37-17 for Maryland

Wofford at Clemson
Our call: 37-3 for Clemson

Youngstown State at Pittsburgh
Our call: 24-14 for Pittsburgh

Maine at Boston College
Our call: 38-14 for Boston College

Portland State at Washington State
Our call: 48-17 for Washington State

Virginia at UCLA
The Bruins are favored over the Cavaliers by 17 points
The CFPT prediction average is 17.01 points in favor of UCLA. 
The over/under is 53.5 points.
Our call: 37-17 for UCLA

Texas El Paso (UTEP) at Arkansas
The Razorbacks are favored over the Miners  by 33 points
The CFPT prediction average is 29.01 points in favor of Arkansas. 
The over/under is 50.5 points.
Our call: 45-10 for Arkansas

Louisville at Auburn
The Tigers are favored over the Cardinals by 10.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 6.15 points in favor of Auburn. 
The over/under is 57 points.
Our call: 41-14 for Auburn

BYU at Nebraska
The Huskers are favored over the by 6 points
The CFPT prediction average is 8.76 points in favor of Nebraska. 
The over/under is 64.5 points.
Our call: 34-24 for Nebraska

Old Dominion at Eastern Michigan
The Monarchs are favored over the Eagles by 7 points
The CFPT prediction average is 10.89 points in favor of Old Dominion. 
The over/under is 65 points.
Our call: 40-28 for Old Dominion

Sam Houston State at Texas Tech
Our call: 41-31 for Texas Tech

Penn State at Temple
The Nittany Lions are favored over the Owls by 6 points
The CFPT prediction average is 4.18 points in favor of Penn State. 
The over/under is 39 points.
Our call: 28-10 for Penn State

Wagner at Rice
Our call: 44-14 for Rice

Florida Atlantic at Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane are favored over the Owls by 6 points
The CFPT prediction average is 1.29 points in favor of Tulsa. 
The over/under is 64.5 points.
Our call: 31-30 for Florida Atlantic

Morgan State at Air Force
Our call: 49-7 for Air Force

Albany at Buffalo
Our call: 47-17 for Buffalo

Presbyterian College at Miami of Ohio
Our call: 38-14 for Miami of Ohio

Howard at Appalachian State
Our call: 47-16 for Appalachian State

Savannah State at Colorado State
Our call: 56-7 for Colorado State

North Dakota at Wyoming
Our call: 45-21 for Wyoming

Southern Illinois at Indiana
Our call: 35-24 for Indiana

Southeast Missouri State at Missouri
Our call: 41-3 for Missouri

Bowling Green at Tennessee
The Volunteers are favored over the Falcons by 21 points
The CFPT prediction average is 19.79 points in favor of Tennessee. 
The over/under is 62 points. 
Our call: 45-10 for Tennessee

Grambling State at California
Our call: 49-10 for California

Bethune-Cookman at Miami of Florida
Our call: 49-10 for Miami of Florida

Troy at NC State
The Wolfpack are favored over the Trojans by 25 points
The CFPT prediction average is 25.07 points in favor of N.C. State. 
The over/under is 59 points. 
Our call: 41-17 for North Carolina State

Towson at East Carolina
Our call: 45-17 for East Carolina

Gardner-Webb at South Alabama
Our call: 41-14 for South Alabama

Mississippi Valley State at New Mexico
Our call: 45-23 for New Mexico

Akron at Oklahoma
The Sooners are favored over the Zips by 30.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 28.18 points in favor of Oklahoma. 
The over/under is 56 points.Our call: 44-10 for Oklahoma

Missouri State at Memphis
Our call: 31-14 for Memphis

Florida A&M at South Florida
Our call: 41-10 for South Florida

Alabama A&M at Cincinnati
Our call: 51-10 for Cincinnati

Southern U at Louisiana Tech
Our call: 45-7 for Louisiana Tech

Jackson State at Middle Tennessee
Our call: 49-17 for Middle Tennessee

Arizona State at Texas A&M
The Aggies are favored over the Sun Devils by 3 points
The CFPT prediction average is 0.61 points in favor of Arizona State. 
The over/under is 66 points. 
Our call: 35-31 for Texas A&M

Louisiana Lafayette at Kentucky
The Wildcats are favored over the Ragin' Cajuns by 13.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 8.95 points in favor of Kentucky. 
The over/under is 59 points. 
Our call: 38-27 for Kentucky

South Dakota at Kansas State
Our call: 45-7 for Kansas State

McNeese State at LSU
Our call: 45-7 for LSU

Texas at Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are favored over the Longhorns by 8.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 6.26 points in favor of Notre Dame. 
The over/under is 53.5 points.
Our call: 28-17 for Notre Dame

Georgia Southern at West Virginia
The Mountaineers are favored over the Eagles by 19 points
The CFPT prediction average is 15.37 points in favor of West Virginia. 
The over/under is 59.5 points. 
Our call: 42-28 for West Virginia

New Mexico State at Florida
The Gators are favored over the Aggies by 36 points
The CFPT prediction average is 34.09 points in favor of Florida. 
The over/under is 57.5 points. 
Our call: 38-0 for Florida

UNLV at Northern Illinois
The Huskies are favored over the Rebels by 20.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 19.82 points in favor of Northern Illinois. 
The over/under is 62 points. 
Our call: 41-24 for Northern Illinois

San Diego at San Diego State

Our call: 45-7 for San Diego State

Eastern Washington at Oregon
Our call: 52-14 for Oregon

Wisconsin at Alabama
The Crimson Tide are favored over the Badgers by 9.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 8.81 points in favor of Alabama. 
The over/under is 50.5 points. 
Our call: 38-21 for Alabama

Texas State at Florida State
The Seminoles are favored over the  by 29.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 27.83 points in favor of Florida State. 
The over/under is 59.5 points. 
Our call: 47-14 for Florida State

Northern Iowa at Iowa State
Our call: 31-24 for Iowa State

Tennessee Tech at Houston
Our call: 45-14 for Houston

Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi
The Bulldogs are favored over the Golden Eagles by 23 points
The CFPT prediction average is 26.73 points in favor of Mississippi State. 
The over/under is 56.5 points. 
Our call: 45-14 for Mississippi State

Arkansas State at USC
The Trojans are favored over the Red Wolves by 28 points
The CFPT prediction average is 23.84 points in favor of Southern Cal. 
The over/under is 66.5 points. 
Our call: 40-17 for USC

Sunday, September 6

Purdue at Marshall
The Thundering Herd are favored over the Boilermakers by 8.5 points
The CFPT prediction average is 15.85 points in favor of Marshall. 
The over/under is 63.5 points. 
Our call: 38-17 for Marshall

Monday, September 7

Ohio State at Virginia Tech
The Buckeyes are favored over the Hokies by 14 points
The CFPT prediction average is 14.62 points in favor of Ohio State. 
The over/under is 53.5 points. 
Our call: 49-14 for Ohio State

Monday, August 31, 2015

Football Outsiders College Football Stat S&P+ Looks Good

Football Oustiders has a statistic called S&P+ that we examined in detail only after making our own independent preseason ratings and rankings for the college football Division I FBS teams for the 2015-2016 season.

Their S&P+ rating has the following top 8 teams in the following order: Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Georgia, and TCU.

Applied to the 2015-2016 national championship playoffs, we could extract from that the prediction that the teams to make the playoffs would be the SEC champion plus Ohio State, Oregon and TCU, and exactly that is reflected in our own rankings and ratings, so we see the S&P+ stat as a good one.

Addendum to 2015 Preseason College Football Rankings and Ratings by SportPundit for Division I FBS

This page completes our ranking and rating commentary on the Division I FBS college football teams for the 2015-2016 season, here going from Team 81 to team 128 viz. team 129. Blogger has a limit on the amount of text code possible in a single posting and since we have so many links, starting at position 81 we were unable to save the page, so we assume we had hit the limit.

Addendum to Preseason College Football Rankings and Ratings for Div. I FBS 2015-2016 by SportPundit (includes Commentary for teams 81 to 128 viz. 129)
Pre-
Season

Team
RANK
2015
-2016
by 
Sport
Pundit

TEAM
Name
(2015
head
coaching
change
marked
by # link

2014 by
## link)


Past Season
 2014-2015
NAYPPA
net
average
yards per play
advantage
offense
over
defense
stats from
cfbstats.com

(our
calculation) 


2014
yards
per
play
offense
cfbstats
.com

2014
yards
per
play
defense
cfbstats
.com



Schedule
difficulty
rank

2014

based
on
Massey
Ratings,
(up to
10th
treated
as 10)

*=

adjusted)

Won-loss
record (W-L)
for the
2014
-2015
season

Pre-
season

2015
-2016

Team
RATING
by
Sport

Pundit

81
last
season
79
Appalachian State
(Mountaineers won their last six games in 2014. QB switch to Taylor Lamb a key.)
1.0

6.31
5.31

126
7-5
-2.4
82
last
season
80
Louis.-Lafayette
(Hudspeth's teams are 9-4 each of the last 4 years) 
0.0

5.91
5.88

104
9-4
-2.4
83
last
season
81
Arkansas St. ##
(defense was the main problem in 2014 as Blake Anderson tries to follow footsteps of top coaches)
0.5

5.96
5.51

110
7-6
-2.4
84
last
season
82
Nevada
(SportsRatings has the Wolf Pack 88th)
-0.5

5.35
5.86

78
7-6
-2.4
85
last
season
83
Air Force
(it's the uniforms!)
-0.3

5.43
5.73

108
10-3
-2.5
86
last
season
84
Temple
 (top defense needs a decent offense for balance)
0.0

4.79
4.75

93
6-6
-2.5

87
last
season
85
Mid. Tennessee
(USA Today's Myerberg has the Blue Raiders at 70th)
0.1

5.93
5.85

97
6-6
-2.6
88
last
season
87
Old Dominion
(offense is the name of the game in a rebuilding year under Coach Wilder)
0.3

6.44
6.15

98*
6-6
-2.6
89
last
season
88
Cent. Michigan #
(HC Dan Enos to Arkansas as OC. New HC John Bonamego has only 10 returning starters.)
0.4

5.84
5.44

106
7-6
-2.6
90
last
season
89
Purdue
(clearly improving under Darrell Hazell, now year 3) 
-0.6

4.95
5.58

59
3-9
-2.6
91
last
season
90
Iowa State
(Sam B. Richardson is an experienced QB but team depth remains an issue.) 
-1.6

4.90
6.53

25
2-10
-2.6
92
last
season
91
Vanderbilt
(Post-Franklin era turning out to be difficult. Can Vandy recover?)
-1.0

4.68
5.72

54
3-9
-2.6
93
last
season
92
Colorado
(New DC Jim Leavitt to cure last year's awful defense? He may just have the credentials to do it.)
-1.3

5.29
6.55

38
2-10
-2.6
94
last
season
93
New Mexico
(Lobos' schedule may permit won-loss improvement. The offense is fine, but the defense is the problem.)
-0.3

6.52
6.82

86
4-8
-2.7
95
last
season
94
Texas State
(Up-tempo offense helped last season and new DC brought promise of improvment.)
0.3

6.06
5.71

127
7-5
-2.7
96
last
season
95
San Jose St.
(Carragher's crucial 3rd year looks difficult)
-0.3

5.25
5.52

90*
3-9
-2.8

97
last
season
97
Tulane
(Curtis Johnson in 4th year faces difficult prospects with young team.)
-0.8

4.83
5.65

68
3-9
-2.8
98
last
season
98
Kansas #
(Top recruiter new HC David Beaty hopes to revive the Jayhawks' fortunes.)
-1.7

4.62
6.29

48
3-9
-2.8
99
last
season
99
South Alabama 
(Jaguars signed 7 UAB Blazers to strengthen program.)
-0.5

5.12
5.60

105
6-6
-2.8
100
last
season
100
Hawaii
(Norm Chow has strengthened the Warriors with former Pac 12 players, like Max Wittek from USC)
-0.9

4.77
5.67

75
4-9
-2.9
101
last
season
101
UTEP
(Sean Kugler in second year seeks to move Miners forward, but defense must be improved)
-1.0

5.30
6.30

91
7-6
-2.9
102
last
season
102
Fresno State
(DeRuyter shift to running game has not worked well and defense is weak)
-1.1

5.19
6.27

73
6-8
-2.9
103
last
season
103
UTSA 
(Texas-San Antonio)
(38 seniors had to be replaced, inter alila, 8 JUCOS were signed. Wait and see.)
-0.7

4.48
5.23

82*
4-8
-2.9
104
last
season
105
South Florida
(Taggart's team with talented recruits has the potential to win.)
-0.8

4.94
5.69

88
4-8
-3.0
105
last
season
106
Ohio
(Ouelette is a former walk-on with talent, so Ohio will get their share of rushing yards.)
-0.3

5.26
5.58

118

6-6

-3.0

106
last
season
107
UMass ##
(Whipple has improved team and has good NAYPPA stats, so more wins are inevitable)
0.2

5.75
5.75

116
3-9
-3.0
107
last
season
108
Louis.-Monroe 
(Garrett Smith at QB? to prop up last year's meek offense)
-0.6


4.70
5.31


94

4-8

-3.0
108
last
season
109
Bowling Green ##
(Dino Babers hopes to improve on successful first season as HC)
-0.5

5.50
5.98

114
8-6
-3.1
109
last
season
110
 
Florida Atlantic ## 
(Owls dropped a successful Wright and took a Partridge risk and enter 2015 with a 5-game losing streak)
-0.8

5.39
6.23

83
3-9
-3.1
110
last
season
111
Southern Miss
(Once you drop to the bottom, the return upward is slow and agonizing.)
-1.3

5.10
6.41

74
3-9
-3.1
111
last
season
112
Akron
(Terry Bowden in year 4 with the Zips. New eligible transfers. A winning season is possible.)
-0.2

5.03
5.18

125
5-7
-3.1
112
last
season
113
Wake Forest ##
(Just look at the subpar yards per play average on offense last year. Where did the wins came from?)
-1.8

3.38
5.22

64
3-9
-3.1
113
last
season
114
Ball State
(17 starters return)
-0.7

5.17
5.87

120
5-7
-3.1
114
last
season
115
UConn ##
(Rebuilding continues)
-0.7

4.50
5.22

101
2-10
-3.2
115
last
season
116
Fl. Int'l FIU 
(Defense saved 2014 season from disaster.)
-1.0

4.33
5.38

102
4-8
-3.2
116
last
season
117
Army ##
(not many starters are returning)
-1.0

5.67
6.65

112
4-7
-3.2
117
last
season
118
Kent State
(Problems since the departure of Hazell.)
-0.9

4.83
5.75


107
2-9
-3.2
118
last
season
119
Miami (Ohio) ##
(positive momentum in Oxford, but a slow process)
-0.6

5.45
6.03

111
2-10
-3.2
119
last
season
120
North Texas
(McCarney's top 2013 season followed by bleak 2014. The offense was the weak link.)
-0.6

4.87
5.48

121
4-8
-3.2
120
last
season
121
Troy #
(Neal Brown as college football's 2nd youngest HC brings new life to Trojans?)
-1.0

5.34
6.38

117
3-9
-3.3
121
last
season
122
UNLV #
(Rebels hired HC Tony Sanchez out of the high school coaching ranks and Barney Cotton from the Huskers as OC. Nowhere to go but up, for sure.)
-1.4

5.22
6.58

95
2-11
-3.4
122
last
season
123
Tulsa #
(Philip Montgomery, an Art Briles assistant at Baylor, attempts to resurrect Golden Hurricane fortunes.)
-1.8

5.17
6.95

92
2-10
-3.5
123
last
season
124
New Mexico St.
(Increased depth may lead to better results, but weak defense must be fortified)
-1.0

5.48
6.50

124

2-10

-3.5
124
last
season
125
Georgia State 
(Minimal success thus far means more attention to the football program by the university is necessary.)
-1.2

5.39
6.57

115
1-11
-3.5
125
last
season
126
SMU #
(Clemson's former OC Chad Morris to lead Mustang fortunes in 2015.)
-2.5

4.08
6.62

71
1-11
-3.5
126
last
season
127
Idaho
(New DC Mike Breske from Washington State has work to do to shore up defense.)
-1.7

5.21
6.93

122
1-10
-3.6
127
last
season
128
E. Michigan ## 
(Can Chris Creighton go to 4 wins this year?)
-2.3

4.46
6.75

113
2-10
-3.7
128
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(new to FBS in 2015, this keeps Conference USA at 13 teams)
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-3.8
129
last
season
86
UAB - ## 
(Blazers back in 2017)
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