Thursday, September 26, 2013

Intellectual Property: Apple iOS 7 Design Features Borrow From Competitors

Apple has made a fortune over the years in large part by borrowing and tweaking ideas from others and marketing them commercially, and its new "iOS 7" is no exception.

Alex Layne examines the design origins of Apple'S iOS 7 and analyzes its design borrowings from competitors.

Week 5 2013 College Football FBS Game Predictions by SportPundit

Week 5 2013 College Football FBS Game Predictions by SportPundit

Update: we finished Week 4 at 46-12 in calling the winner and 44-14 against the spread. Please note that doing that well against the spread is rare, and this week we could just as easily go 14-44, if luck went against us, so no reliance can be placed on these results for this or future weeks. 

After the first four weeks of the season we are now 216-48 in calling the winner and 139-91-2 against the spread.

Below are our College Football Predictions for Week 5 2013 relying on YPPSYS, our Yards Per Play System and our FBS Ratings and Rankings of all 125 Teams after Week 4.

Skip the indented material if you are already familiar with it. 
What makes a good prognosticator? Confidence and/or Accuracy?
And how about keeping all those conference changes straight?
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. 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. May the best team win
YPPSYS means "yards per play system", as that is our main ranking component, based primarily on stats at cfbstats.com, but we also use schedule difficulty and conference rankings as based on calculations e.g. at Massey Ratings. At YPPSYS, we regard a difference of one rating point to be worth about 7 points on the scoreboard, a calculation, of course, that is not absolute, given home field advantages, etc. We calculate the home field advantage at an average of about 3 points.
The betting lines ("odds" or "spread") used here were taken from the line at CBSSports.com as of Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Virginia Tech Hokies at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Yellow Jackets are favored over the Hokies by 7 points.
Our call: 24-16 for Georgia Tech. Our own stats are close to the spread, so we go in favor of the home team beating the spread.

Iowa State Cyclones at Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The Golden Hurricane is favored over the Cyclones by 2.5 points.
Our call: 27-24 for Tulsa. Our own stats are close to the spread, so we go in favor of the home team beating the spread.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Utah State Aggies at San Jose State Spartans
The Aggies are favored over the Spartans by 10 points.
Our call: 35-24 for the Aggies. Our own stats are similar but the Aggies appear to be the stronger team while the Spartans seem to be weaker this year.

Middle Tennesse Blue Raiders at BYU Cougars
The Cougars are favored over the Blue Raiders by 23 points.
Our call: 41-17 for BYU. Our own stats are similar. The Cougars have been unpredictable this year but should be strong at home against the Blue Raiders.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miami of Florida Hurricanes at South Florida Bulls
The Hurricanes are favored over the Bulls by 19 points.
Our call: 38-10 for the Hurricanes. Miami looks like a strong Top 10 contender this year so far.

Oklahoma State Cowboys at West Virginia Mountaineers
The Cowboys are favored over the Mountaineers by 18 points.
Our call:  31-23 for the Cowboys. The Mountaineers were shut out badly last week by Maryland. Are they that bad, or can they bounce back against the Cowboys?

Miami of Ohio RedHawks at Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illini are favored over the RedHawks by 25 points.
Our call: 42-14 for Illinois. Teams from the MAC are unpredictable.

South Carolina Gamecocks at UCF Central Florida Knights
The Gamecocks are favored over the Knights by 7 points.
Our call: 34-33 for South Carolina. The Knights are thus far undefeated.

Northern Illinois Huskies at Purdue Boilermakers
The Huskies are favored over the Boilermakers by 3.5 points.
Our call: 35-23 for the Huskies. Our stats suggest the Huskies are substantially stronger than the Boilermakers.

SMU Mustangs at TCU Horned Frogs
The Horned Frogs are favored over the Mustangs by 19.5 points.
Our call: 34-23 for TCU. SMU is often a tough team to gauge.

South Alabama Jaguars at Tennessee Volunteers
The Vols are favored over the Jaguars by 20 points.
Our call: 34-24 for Tennessee. The Jaguars could put up a battle.

East Carolina Pirates at North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels are favored over the Pirates by 12.5 points.
Our call: 31-17 for North Carolina.

Virginia Cavaliers at Pittsburgh Panthers
The Panthers are favored over the Cavaliers by 5.5 points.
Our call: 31-27 for Virginia. Pitt almost had a meltdown against Duke last week. Virginia beat BYU in the rain this season.

Navy Midshipmen at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Navy is favored over the Hilltoppers by 3 points.
Our call: 38-33 for the Midshipmen. The Hilltoppers have faltered recently.

Akron Zips at Bowling Green Falcons
The Falcons are favored over the Zips by 14.5 points.
Our call: 35-28 for Bowling Green. We rated the Falcons high in early weeks but they have now dropped in the rankings, whereas Akron has become surprisingly competitive.

Troy Trojans at Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are favored over the Trojans by 11 points.
Our call: 38-24 for Duke. The Blue Devils came back against Pitt last week and nearly turned a lost game around.

Colorado Buffaloes at Oregon State Beavers
The Beavers are favored over the Buffaloes by 11 points.
Our call: 33-28 for Oregon State. Colorado appears much improved.

Toledo Rockets at Ball State Cardinals
The Cardinals are favored over the Rockets by 2.5 points.
Our call: 34-27 for Toledo. Our stats suggest Toledo is the stronger team.

UTEP Texas El Paso Miners at Colorado State Rams
The Rams are favored over the Miners by 14 points.
Our call: 35-20 for Colorado State. The Rams were stubborn against Alabama last week.

LSU Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are favored over the Tigers by 3 points.
Our call: 34-33 for LSU. One of the key games of the day.

Oklahoma Sooners at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Sooners are favored over the Fighting Irish by 3.5 points.
Our call: 28-23 for Oklahoma. A key match-up for both teams.

Florida State Seminoles at Boston College Eagles
The Seminoles are favored over the Eagles by 21.5 points.
Our call: 47-14 for Florida State.

Iowa Hawkeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Hawkeyes are favored over the Golden Gophers by 1 point.
Our call: 26-24 for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are still undefeated and have the home field advantage.

Central Michigan Chippewas at North Carolina State (NC State) Wolfpack
The Wolfpack are favored over the Chipppewas by 23.5 points.
Our call: 34-20 for North Carolina State. The Wolfpack is not 4 TDs stronger than the Chippewas according to our stats.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Clemson Tigers
The Tigers are favored over the Demon Deacons by 29 points.
Our call: 35-16 for Clemson. The Tigers have mediocre ypp stats and are lucky to be still undefeated. Wake Forest could offer good resistance.

Connecticut Huskies at Buffalo Bulls
The Bulls are favored over the Huskies by 1 point.
Our call: 30-23 for Connecticut. We simply do not see the Bulls beating the Huskies, but who knows?

Army Black Knights at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Black Knights are favored over the Bulldogs by 1.5 points.
Our call: 27-26 for Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs are a shadow of the offensive juggernaut of last year. Can they win here?

Houston Cougars at UTSA Texas San-Antonio Roadrunners 
The Cougars are favored over the Roadrunners by 3 points.
Our call: 31-27 for UTSA. We think the Roadrunners are under-rated.

Temple Owls at Idaho Vandals
The Owls are favored over the Vandals by 8 points.
Our call: 30-28 for Temple. Both teams appear weak.

Mississippi Rebels at Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide is favored over the Rebels by 15 points.
Our call: 31-24 for the Crimson Tide. Alabama does not appear to be as dominant offensively as expected this year.

Texas A&M Aggies at Arkansas Razorbacks
The Aggies are favored over the Razorbacks by 3 points.
Our call: 43-23 for Texas A&M. We really have trouble understanding the closeness of the line, but the proof is in the pudding.

Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats
The Gators are favored over the Wildcats by 13 points.
Our call: 31-17 for Florida. The Gators excel on defense, but how many points can they score?

Florida Atlantic Owls  at Rice Owls
The Rice Owls are favored over the Florida Atlantic Owls by 13.5 points.
Our call: 27-23 for Rice. Florida Atlantic is much improved this year.

Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies
The Huskies are favored over the Wildcats by 10 points.
Our call: 35-21 for Washington. How good are the Huskies? We will see.

Wyoming Cowboys at Texas State Bobcats
The Cowboys are favored over the Bobcats by 11.5 points.
Our call: 31-17 for Wyoming. Based on their performance against Nebraska, Wyoming could be much stronger than in past years.

Tulane Green Wave at Louisiana Monroe (ULM, LA-Monroe) Warhawks
The Warhawks are favored over the Green Wave by 14 points.
Our call: 28-23 for Louisiana-Monroe. LA-Monroe appears weaker this year than last and Tulane stronger.

Kent State Golden Flashes at Western Michigan Broncos
The Broncos are favored over the Golden Flashes by 2.5 points.
Our call: 26-24 for Western Michigan. The Golden Flashes are much weaker this year than last, but also Western Michigan appears to be weaker.

Arkansas State Red Wolves at Missouri Tigers
The Tigers are favored over the Red Wolves by 21 points.
Our call: 43-21 for Missouri. The Tigers have been a disappointment since moving to the SEC but should do well against a weaker opponent.

UAB Blazers at Vanderbilt Commodores
The Commodores are favored over the Blazers by 19.5 points.
Our call: 38-17 for Vanderbilt. Vandy not as strong as expected, but appears to be better than UAB by about 3 TDs.

San Diego State Aztecs at New Mexico State Aggies
The Aztecs are favored over the Aggies by 17.5 points.
Our call: 41-24 for San Diego State. Our stats are similar and the Aztecs have been a disappointment, so we err on the side of the home team..

UNLV Rebels at New Mexico Lobos
The Rebels are favored over the Lobos by 2.5 points.
Our call: 31-24 for UNLV. Not sure of strength of Lobos at home.

Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are favored over Badgers by 7 points.
Our call: 35-24 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes may be hard to beat this year.

Air Force Falcons at Nevada Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack are favored over the Falcons by 10 points.
Our call: 39-27 for Nevada. Both teams appear weaker this year than last.

Stanford Cardinal at Washington State Cougars
The Cardinal is favored over the Cougars by 10 points.
Our call: 28-24 for Stanford. Our stats suggest this is not a cinch for Stanford.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Boise State Broncos
The Broncos are favored over the Golden Eagles by 28 points.
Our call: 27-20 for Boise State. The Golden Eagles are better this year and the Broncos worse.

Southern Cal USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils
The Sun Devils are favored over Trojans the by 5.5 points.
Our call: 28-23 for Arizona State. This is a tough call.

California Golden Bears at Oregon Ducks
The Ducks are favored over the Golden Bears by 36 points.
Our call: 58-7 for Oregon. Cal has sometimes done much better against the Ducks than expected, but perhaps not this year on the Ducks' home turf.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fresno State Bulldogs at Hawaii Warriors
The Bulldogs are favored over the Warriors by 18.5 points.
Our call: 31-21 for Fresno State. Home turf advantage for Hawaii.

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