Monday, September 30, 2013

Video Game Industry News Shows Blockbusters Dominate the Current Market

Nick Wingfield has the story at the New York Times in Shrinking List of Video Games Is Dominated by Blockbusters.

Crowdfunded Equity Investment Among Wealthy Investors Now Possible Under Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act (JOBS Act)

Public crowdfunded start-up equity investment in the place of private financing?
The legally sanctioned opportunity to raise large amounts of start-up money through "crowdfunding" recently became a reality through the so-called JOBS Act, although such equity investment is still limited by law to investors who have a net worth in excess of $1 million or an income of more than $200,000 per year.

Jenna Wortham has the details of the story at the New York Times in Law Opens Financing of Start-Ups to Crowds.

Week 6 2013 College Football FBS Game Predictions by SportPundit

Week 6 2013 College Football FBS Game Predictions by SportPundit 

Our stats for the season after Week 5 are 247-66 in calling the winner and 161-114-4 against the spread.

Below are our College Football Predictions for Week 6 2013 relying on YPPSYS, our Yards Per Play System and our FBS Ratings and Rankings of all 125 Teams after Week 5 of the 2013 Season.

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 opening line at Oddsshark.com as of Monday, September 30, 2013.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Louisiana Monroe Warkhawks
The Hilltoppers are favored over the Warhawks by 3 points.
Our call: 31-27 for Western Kentucky.

Texas at Iowa State
The Longhorns are favored over the Cyclones by 7.5 points.
Our call: 34-24 for Texas.

UCLA at Utah
The Bruins are favored over the Utes by 3.5 points.
Our call: 34-33 for UCLA.

Friday, October 4, 2013

BYU at Utah State
The Aggies are favored over the Cougars by 6 points.
Our call: 24-23 for BYU.

Nevada at San Diego State
The Aztecs are favored over the Wolfpack by 5.5  points.
Our call: 34-24 for San Diego State.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Clemson at Syracuse
The Tigers are favored over Orange by 13.5 points.
Our call: 34-21 for Clemson.

Georgia at Tennessee
The Bulldogs are favored over the Volunteers by 10.5 points.
Our call: 40-21 for Georgia.

Mississippi at Auburn
The Bulldogs are favored over the Tigers by 2 points.
Our call: 34-28 for Mississippi.

Maryland at Florida State
The Seminoles are favored over the Terrapins by 17 points.
Our call: 35-30 for Florida State.

Arkansas at Florida
The Gators are favored over the Razorbacks by 12.5 points.
Our call: 30-14 for Florida.

Georgia Tech at Miami of Florida
The ?? are favored over the ?? by ?? points.
Our call: 33-21 for Miami of Florida.

Air Force at Navy
The ?? are favored over the ?? by ?? points.
Our call: 34-24 for Navy.

Penn State at Indiana
The Nittany Lions are favored over the Hoosiers by 4 points.
Our call: 34-27 for Penn State.

Louisville at Temple
The Cardinals are favored over the Owls by 30 points.
Our call: 49-10 for Louisville.

Ball State at Virginia
The Cavaliers are favored over the Cardinals by 6 points.
Our call: 21-20 for Virginia.

Texas Tech at Kansas
The Red Raiders are favored over the Jayhawks by ?? points.
Our call: 31-17 for Texas Tech.

Rutgers at SMU
The Scarlet Knights are favored over the Mustangs by 4 points.
Our call: 27-24 for Rutgers.

Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
The Bulls are favored over the Eagles by 13 points.
Our call: 37-17 for Buffalo.

Michigan State at Iowa
The Hawkeyes are favored over the Spartans by 2 points.
Our call: 17-16 for Iowa.

Illinois at Nebraska
The Huskers are favored over the Illni by 10.5 points.
Our call: 37-34 for Nebraska.

Georgia State at Alabama
The Crimson Tide is favored over the Panthers by 56 points.
Our call: 63-0 for Alabama.

North Carolina at Virginia Tech
The Hokies are favored over the Tar Heels by 7 points.
Our call: 26-7 for Virginia Tech.

Central Michigan at Miami of Ohio
The Chippewas are favored over the Redhawks by 4.5 points.
Our call: 28-20 for Central Michigan.

Army at Boston College
The Eagles are favored over the Black Knights by 13 points.
Our call: 34-27 for Boston College.

South Alabama at Troy
The Trojans are favored over the Jaguars by 2.5 points.
Our call: 38-27 for South Alabama.

UTSA Texas San Antonio at Marshall
The Thundering Herd is favored over the Roadrunners by 11 points.
Our call: 30-23 for Marshall.

Ohio at Akron
The Bobcats are favored over the Zips by 6.5 points.
Our call: 31-30 for Ohio.

Florida Atlantic FAU at UAB
The Blazers are favored over the Owls by 7 points.
Our call: 31-27 for Florida Atlantic.

Western Michigan at Toledo
The Rockets are favored over the Broncos by 19 points.
Our call: 34-17 for Toledo.

East Carolina at Middle Tennessee State
The Pirates are favored over the Blue Raiders by 8 points.
Our call: 31-21 for East Carolina.

North Carolina State at Wake Forest
The Wolfpack is favored over the Demon Deacons by 8 points.
Our call: 28-17 for North Carolina State.

Kansas State at Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are favored over the Wildcats by 15 points.
Our call: 30-27 for Kansas State.

Minnesota at Michigan
The Wolverines are favored over the Golden Gophers by 21 points.
Our call: 34-17 for Michigan.

Massachusetts at Bowling Green
The Falcons are favored over the Minutemen by 23 points.
Our call: 41-17 for Bowling Green.

North Texas at Tulane
The Mean Green are favored over the Green Wave by 2 points.
Our call: 28-24 for Tulane.

Rice at Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane is favored over the Owls by 2.5 points.
Our call: 24-23 for Tulsa.

Northern Illinois at Kent State
The Huskies are favored over the Golden Flashes by 9.5 points.
Our call: 38-24 for Northern Illinois.

Washington State at California
The ?? are favored over the ?? by ?? points.
Our call: 31-23 for Washington State.

Florida International FIU at Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles are favored over the Golden Panthers by 17 points.
Our call: 30-14 for Southern Miss.

Central Florida UCF at Memphis
The Knights are favored over the Tigers by 10.5 points.
Our call: 34-17 for UCF.

Fresno State at Idaho
The Bulldogs are favored over the Vandals by 25 points.
Our call: 38-21 for Fresno State.

Oregon at Colorado
The Ducks are favored over the Buffaloes by 36.5 points.
Our call: 44-14 for Oregon.

Cincinnati at South Florida
The Bearcats are favored over the Bulls by 13.5 points.
Our call: 28-21 for Cincinnati.

LSU at Mississippi State
The Tigers are favored over the Bulldogs by 9.5 points.
Our call: 37-21 for LSU.

TCU at Oklahoma
The Sooners are favored over the Horned Frogs by 10 points.
Our call: 33-17 for Oklahoma.

New Mexico State at New Mexico
The Lobos are favored over the Aggies by 7 points.
Our call: 40-31 for New Mexico.

Texas State at Louisiana Lafayette ULL
The Ragin' Cajuns are favored over the Bobcats by 10 points.
Our call: 27-24 for Louisiana Lafayette.

Kentucky at South Carolina
The Gamecocks are favored over the Wildcats by 21 points.
Our call: 42-24 for South Carolina.

Missouri at Vanderbilt
The Commodores are favored over the Tigers by 2.5 points.
Our call: 31-30 for Vanderbilt.

Notre Dame at Arizona State
The Sun Devils are favored over the Fighting Irish by 6.5 points.
Our call: 34-27 for Arizona State.

Louisiana Tech at UTEP Texas El Paso
The Miners are favored over the Bulldogs by 1.5 points.
Our call: 34-28 for Louisiana Tech.

West Virginia at Baylor
The Bears are favored over the Mountaineers by 30 points.
Our call: 49-17 for Baylor.

Ohio State at Northwestern
The Buckeyes are favored over the Wildcats by 5.5 points.
Our call: 34-27 for Ohio State.

Washington at Stanford
The Cardinal is favored over the Huskies by 6.5 points.
Our call: 31-24 for Stanford.

Sunday, October 5, 2013

San Jose State at Hawaii
The Spartans are favored over the Warriors by 4.5 points.
Our call: 28-23 for San Jose State.


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