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Monday, September 25, 2017

College Football Week 4 Predictions and Results 2017 NCAA Division I FBS Sept. 21-24

College Football Week 4 Predictions and Results 2017 NCAA Division I FBS September 21 to September 24

We had a disappointing 4th week.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record was:
44-15 in picking the winner, 29-29-1 against the spread, 25-31 against the CFPT prediction average, and 29-28-2 against the over/under.

After Week 4, for the season we are a cumulative:
227-56 in picking the winner
152-119-11 against the spread
104-91 against the CFPT average,
and 141-136-5 against the over/under.

Below are the SportPundit predictions and results for Week 4 of the NCAA Division I FBS College Football Season 2017-2018. Predictions THIS WEEK are based in part on this season's performance and in part on the final post-bowl and post-playoff rankings for the past football season. See the SportPundit Preseason College Football Rankings and Ratings for FBS 2017-2018. We also use USA Today Sagarin College Football Ratings, the Massey Ratings and the Dr. Kambour home field advantage calculations. We compose the schedule here using FoxSports, ESPN, NCCA.com and other online sources.
Our system is based -- but not exclusively -- on our system of what we have christened as "NAYPPA" stats (net average yards per play advantage), calibrated primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty, i.e. the teams thus far played, an adjustment which should get better as the season goes along. We use yards per play stats published at cfbstats.com. Other adjustments are also made (*=adjustment) because the ypp (yards per play) system is not perfect, often exacerbating stats made against much weaker or much stronger teams, nor can schedule difficulty always be pinpointed with accuracy since many schedules include FCS teams, especially at the beginning of the season.

We often use the Kambour home field advantage calculations or take a standard 3-point home field advantage ala Sagarin into account in predicting the scores.

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.
We use opening lines, as far as possible, taking those opening lines from the College Football Prediction Tracker (CFPT), unless not yet posted, in which case we  use Oddsshark and VegasInsider.com -- also for the over/unders. We add over/unders as available, usually very late for matchups of FCS and FBS teams. All odds and stats are posted here by us WITHOUT ANY guarantee of accuracy, and WITHOUT ANY liability on our part for our posted materials or for links to 3rd party sites. We do our predictions here for fun. If odds and stats are important for the reader, the reader must consult the original sites.

Note that we write "were favored". The odds of the opening line are often changed by the time we make our predictions. We do not compete against those changed odds because we are not competing against bettors. We use the College Football Prediction Tracker (CFPT) prediction average as of the date that we find it published (this week Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:06 AM...). Note that there is no line given at CFPT for games between FCS and FBS opponents.


Thursday, September 21

Temple at South Florida (USF)
The Bulls were favored over the Owls by 17.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Florida by 12.86 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 40-21 for South Florida.
Result: South Florida cruised past the Owls 43-7 as the Bulls' defense held Temple to 85 total yards and minus 4 yards rushing.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 1-0 in picking the winner, 1-0 against the spread, 1-0 against the CFPT prediction average, and 0-1 against the over/under.
 
Friday, September 22

Virginia at Boise State
The Broncos were favored over the Cavaliers by 13 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Boise State by 12.89 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Boise State.
Result: Has Bronco Mendenhall turned the corner as head coach at Virginia, as the Cavaliers -- on the road -- convincingly upset the Broncos 42-23.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 1-1 in picking the winner, 1-1 against the spread, 1-1 against the CFPT prediction average, and 0-2 against the over/under.

Utah at Arizona
The Utes were favored over the Wildcats by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Utah by 4.86 points. The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Utah.
Result: Utah topped Arizona 30-24 to remain undefeated.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 2-1 in picking the winner, 2-1 against the spread, 2-1 against the CFPT prediction average, and 1-2 against the over/under.

Saturday, September 23

North Carolina at Florida State
The Seminoles were favored over the Wolfpack by 11.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Florida State by 13.35 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Florida State.
Result: The poll-ranked Seminoles remained winless this season, losing in an upset 27-21 to the Wolfpack.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 2-2 in picking the winner, 2-2 against the spread, 2-2 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-2 against the over/under.

Kent State at Louisville
The Cardinals were favored over the Golden Flashes by 38 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Louisville by 32.94 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 52-13 for Louisville.
Result: The Cardinals cruised past the Golden Flashes 42-3, the score already after three quarters.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 3-2 in picking the winner, 3-2 against the spread, 3-2 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-3 against the over/under.

UNLV at Ohio State
The Buckeyes were favored over the Rebels by 39.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio State by 36.34 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 56-13 for Ohio State.
Result: The Buckeyes led 54-14 after three quarters but then let a touchdown through by the Rebels for a 54-21 final score.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 4-2 in picking the winner, 3-3 against the spread, 3-3 against the CFPT prediction average, and 3-3 against the over/under.

Massachusetts at Tennessee
The Volunteers were favored over the Minutemen by 27.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Tennessee by 28.62 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 44-14 for Tennessee.
Result: The Vols squeaked by the winless Minutemen 17-13, barely outgaining UMass 319 to 281 yards total offense.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 5-2 in picking the winner, 3-4 against the spread, 3-4 against the CFPT prediction average, and 4-3 against the over/under.

Texas Tech at Houston
The Cougars were favored over the Red Raiders by 5.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Houston by 5.31 points. The O/U (over/under) was  72 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Houston.
Result: The unbeaten Red Raiders beat the Cougars 27-24.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 5-3 in picking the winner, 3-5 against the spread, 3-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 5-3 against the over/under.

West Virginia at Kansas
The Mountaineers were favored over the Jayhawks by 20 points. The CFPT prediction average favored West Virginia by 20.08 points. The O/U (over/under) was 67.5 points.
Our Call: 47-23 for West Virginia.
Result: In a scoring duel, the Mountaineers prevailed over Kansas 56-34.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 6-3 in picking the winner, 4-5 against the spread, 4-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 6-3 against the over/under.


Arkansas at Texas A&M
The Aggies were favored over the Razorbacks by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Texas A&M by 4.05 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for Texas A&M.
Result: The Aggies outlasted the Razorback in overtime 50-43.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 7-3 in picking the winner, 4-6 against the spread, 4-6 against the CFPT prediction average, and 7-3 against the over/under.

Army West Point at Tulane
The Green Wave were favored over the Black Knights by 2 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Army by 0.11 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Army.
Result: Tulane edged the Green Wave 17-13 even though Army rushed for 371 yards. Scoring, not yardage, is the objective.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 7-4 in picking the winner, 4-7 against the spread, 4-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 7-4 against the over/under.

Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets were favored over the Panthers by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia Tech by 8.61 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 37-27 for Georgia Tech.
Result: The Yellow Jackets beat the Panthers 35-17.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 8-4 in picking the winner, 5-7 against the spread, 5-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 8-4 against the over/under.

New Mexico at Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane were favored over the Lobos by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Tulsa by 13.43 points. The O/U (over/under) was 68.5 points.
Our Call: 42-34 for Tulsa.
Result: In a surprisingly low-scoring duel, New Mexico upset Tulsa 16-13.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 8-5 in picking the winner, 6-7 against the spread, 6-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 8-5 against the over/under.

Old Dominion at Virginia Tech
The Hokies were favored over the Monarchs by 27.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Virginia Tech by 25.77 points. The O/U (over/under) was 55 points.
Our Call: 41-10 for Virginia Tech.
Result: The Hokies shut out the Monarchs 38-0, outgaining Old Dominion 582 to 149 yards.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 9-5 in picking the winner, 7-7 against the spread, 7-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-5 against the over/under.

Ohio at Eastern Michigan
The Eagles were favored over the Bobcats by 2 points.The CFPT prediction average favored Eastern Michigan by 2.21 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Ohio.
Result: The game was tied 13-13 after regulation time as the Bobcats prevailed over the Eagles in two overtimes 27-20.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 10-5 in picking the winner, 8-7 against the spread, 8-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-6 against the over/under.

Idaho at South Alabama
The Jaguars were favored over the Vandals by 4 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Alabama by 3.63 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for South Alabama.
Result: The game was tied 20-20 after regulation time as the Vandals prevailed over the Jaguars in two overtimes 29-23.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 10-6 in picking the winner, 8-8 against the spread, 8-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-7 against the over/under.

Central Flordia (UCF) at Maryland
The Terrapins were favored over the Knights by 3.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Maryland by 5.16 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 37-34 for UCF. We are fans of UCF because of their 2nd-year head coach Scott Frost, a former Husker great, who we favored as a hire for the head coaching job at Nebraska. See the Orlando Sentinel Video of head coach Scott Frost and some of the team players on UCF vs. Maryland, also see Hurricane Irma: UCF football team serves meal to National Guard, and see also Hurricane Irma has UCF football facing financial "Armageddon". Maryland has been a surprise this year, beating Texas in their opener 51-41. The Terrapins are rightly favored by the line and by the CFPT but we are rooting for an upset here, even if the long layoff because of Hurricane Irma may not be helpful.
Result: In a signature win for Scott Frost and his Knights in Frost's 2nd year as head coach, Central Florida convincingly beat an improved Big Ten Maryland Terps team 38-10, as the Knights outgained the Terrapins 428 to 197 yards.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 11-6 in picking the winner, 9-8 against the spread, 9-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-8 against the over/under.

Wake Forest at Appalachian State
The Demon Deacons were favored over the Mountaineers by 3.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wake Forest by 5.30 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46 points.
Our Call: 31-20 for Wake Forest. As we wrote the first week, "The Demon Deacons have gone from two 3-9 seasons to 7-6 last year including a Military Bowl win over Temple under the head coaching of Dave Clawson, and are likely to be even better this year. Now in his 4th year, Clawson in 4 years went from 0-11 to 10-3 at Fordham, from 3-8 to 11-3 at Richmond, and from 2-10 to 10-3 at Bowling Green (one can not include the 2009 season as his)." Wake Forest is convincingly 3-0 this season and this could be win number four.
Result: It was nip and tuck but the Demon Deacons emerged victorious 20-19.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 12-6 in picking the winner, 9-9 against the spread, 9-9 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-9 against the over/under.

Boston College at Clemson
The Tigers were favored over the Eagles by 31.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Clemson by 33.77 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52 points.
Our Call: 47-7 for Clemson.
Result: The game was tied 7-7 in the 4th quarter before the Tigers broke lose for 34-7 win over the hard-fighting Eagles.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 13-6 in picking the winner, 9-10 against the spread, 9-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-10 against the over/under.

Georgia Southern at Indiana
The Hoosiers were favored over the Eagles by 22.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Indiana by 20.11 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 34-10 for Indiana.
Result: The Hoosiers brought down the Eagles 52-17.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 14-6 in picking the winner, 10-10 against the spread, 10-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-11 against the over/under.

Toledo at Miami of Florida
The Hurricanes were favored over the Rockets by 12.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Miami of Florida by 11.00 points. The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for Miami of Florida.
Result: The Hurricanes trailed 16-10 at halftime but pulled away for a 52-30 win.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 15-6 in picking the winner, 11-10 against the spread, 11-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 10-11 against the over/under.

Duke at North Carolina
The Blue Devils were favored over the Tar Heels by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored North Carolina by 1.68 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Duke.
Result: The Blue Devils trailed 17-13 in the 4th quarter but came back for a 27-17 victory over the Tar Heels.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 16-6 in picking the winner, 12-10 against the spread, 12-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-11 against the over/under.

Louisiana Tech at South Carolina
The Gamecocks were favored over the Bulldogs by 11.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Carolina by 9.15 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for South Carolina.
Result: After the Bulldogs had gone ahead 16-14 on a field goal with only 58 seconds to play, South Carolina moved down the field and countered with a field goal of their own with 7 seconds to play to escape with a 17-16 win.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 17-6 in picking the winner, 12-11 against the spread, 12-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 12-11 against the over/under.

Rutgers at Nebraska
The Cornhuskers were favored over the Scarlet Knights by 13.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Nebraska by 13.17 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Nebraska. We think it possible that the Huskers could lose their last seven games this season, so we hope they can at least chalk up wins against Rutgers and Illinois. As a Nebraska alum, we remain "all riled up" at the current state of football in Huskerland. Addendum: Since we wrote those lines, things have been happening in Lincoln. See e.g. Cornhuskers fire AD. Down the road soon they need to hire a young(er) football head coach who can recruit Top 10 classes and field marshall the football team to success ala the model of Dave Clawson of Wake Forest at four different schools -- it can take four years.
Result: The Huskers struggled to a 27-17 comeback win after trailing 17-14 in the 3rd quarter on again another intereception of a Lee pass for a TD.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 18-6 in picking the winner, 13-11 against the spread, 13-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 12-12 against the over/under.

TCU at Oklahoma State
The Cowboys were favored over the Horned Frogs by 10.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma State by 12.23 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for Oklahoma State.
Result: The Cowboys were upset by the Horned Frogs 44-31.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 18-7 in picking the winner, 13-12 against the spread, 13-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-12 against the over/under.

Alabama at Vanderbilt
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Commodores by 18.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Alabama by 16.60 points. The O/U (over/under) was 43.5 points.
Our Call: 24-13 for Alabama.
Result: The Crimson Tide routed Vanderbilt 59-0, outgaining the Commodores 677 to 78 yards.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 19-7 in picking the winner, 13-13 against the spread, 13-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-13 against the over/under.

USC (Souhern Cal) at California (Cal)
The Trojans were favored over the Golden Bears by 15 points. The CFPT prediction average favored USC by 12.91 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for Southern Cal.
Result: The game was 13-13 in the fourth quarter before USC pulled away for a 30-20 win.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 20-7 in picking the winner, 14-13 against the spread, 14-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-14 against the over/under.


Cincinnati at Navy
The Midshipmen were favored over the Bearcats by 10.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Navy by 12.51 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 27-17 for Navy.
Result: Navy topped the Bearcats 42-32.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 21-7 in picking the winner, 15-13 against the spread, 15-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-15 against the over/under.

Miami of Ohio at Central Michigan
The Chippewas were favored over the Redhawks by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Central Michigan by 1.85 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Miami of Ohio.
Result: The Redhawks beat the Chippewas 31-14.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 22-7 in picking the winner, 16-13 against the spread, 16-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 14-15 against the over/under.

Michigan at Purdue
The Wolverines were favored over the Boilermakers by 9 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan by 13.18 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Michigan.
Result: The Wolverines lost their starting quarterback early to an injury but recovered for a 28-10 win over the Boilermakers behind backup QB John O'Korn.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 23-7 in picking the winner, 17-13 against the spread, 17-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-15 against the over/under.

Louisiana Monroe (ULM) at Louisiana Lafayette (ULL)
The Ragin' Cajuns were favored over the Warhawks by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored ULL by 5.27 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Result: In an offensive battle, the Warhawks emerged as the victors in 2 overtimes 56-50.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 23-8 in picking the winner, 18-13 against the spread, 18-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-15 against the over/under.

Nevada at Washington State
The Cougars were favored over the Wolf Pack by 26 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington State by 27.08 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 36-17 for Washington State.
Result: The Cougars cruised to a 45-7 win.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 24-8 in picking the winner, 18-14 against the spread, 18-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-15 against the over/under.

Georgia State at Charlotte
The Panthers were favored over the 49ers by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia State by 0.08 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 30-23 for Charlotte.
Result: The Panthers shut out the 49ers 28-0.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 24-9 in picking the winner, 18-15 against the spread, 18-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-15-1 against the over/under.

Akron at Troy
The Trojans were favored over the Zips by 14.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Troy by 14.44 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 31-20 for Troy.
Result: Troy edged the Zips 22-17.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 25-9 in picking the winner, 19-15 against the spread, 19-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 18-15-1 against the over/under.

Oklahoma at Baylor
The Sooners were favored over the Bears by 25.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma by 25.63 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 49-17 for Oklahoma.
Result: The Sooners squeaked past Baylor 49-41.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 26-9 in picking the winner, 19-16 against the spread, 19-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 19-15-1 against the over/under.

UAB (Alabama Birmingham) at North Texas
The Mean Green were favored over the Blazers by 11 points. The CFPT prediction average favored North Texas by 8.35 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for North Texas.
Result: The Mean Green prevailed over the Blazers in a shootout 46-43.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 27-9 in picking the winner, 20-16 against the spread, 20-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 19-16-1 against the over/under.

Western Illinois (FCS) at Coastal Carolina
The Leathernecks were favored over the Chanticleers by 3.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 30-23 for Western Illinois.
Result: The Leathernecks blitzed the Chanticleers 52-10.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 28-9 in picking the winner, 21-16 against the spread, 20-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 19-17-1 against the over/under.

Florida Atlantic (FAU) at Buffalo
The Bulls were favored over the Owls by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Buffalo by 3.12 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Buffalo.
Result: Buffalo edged the Owls 34-31.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 29-9 in picking the winner, 21-16-1 against the spread, 21-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 19-18-1 against the over/under.

Mississippi State at Georgia
The Georgia Dawgs were favored over the Mississippi State Bulldogs by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia by 0.28 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Mississippi State.
Result: The Georgia Bulldogs routed the Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-3.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 29-10 in picking the winner, 21-17-1 against the spread, 21-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 20-18-1 against the over/under.

Syracuse at LSU
The Tigers were favored over the Orange by 23.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored LSU by 19.80 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 38-14 for LSU.
Result: LSU struggled to a 35-26 win over the Orange.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 30-10 in picking the winner, 21-18-1 against the spread, 21-18 against the CFPT prediction average, and 20-19-1 against the over/under.

Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders were favored over the Falcons by 10.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Middle Tennessee by 11.95 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Middle Tennessee.
Result: The Blue Raiders topped the Falcons 24-13.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 31-10 in picking the winner, 22-18-1 against the spread, 21-19 against the CFPT prediction average, and 21-19-1 against the over/under.

Ball State at Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers were favored over the Cardinals by 10 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Western Kentucky by 12.30 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Western Kentucky.
Result: The Hilltoppers beat the Cardinals 33-21.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 32-10 in picking the winner, 23-18-1 against the spread, 21-20 against the CFPT prediction average, and 21-19-2 against the over/under.

Arkansas State at SMU
The Mustangs were favored over the Red Wolves by 3.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored SMU by 2.13 points. The O/U (over/under) was 73 points.
Our Call: 34-33 for Arkansas State.
Result: SMU led 30-14 at the half in a 44-21 win.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 32-11 in picking the winner, 23-19-1 against the spread, 21-21 against the CFPT prediction average, and 22-19-2 against the over/under.

Wagner (FCS) at Western Michigan
The Broncos were favored over the Seahawks by 39 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 45-7 for Western Michigan.
Result: The Broncos won 49-14.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 33-11 in picking the winner, 24-19-1 against the spread, 21-21 against the CFPT prediction average, and 22-20-2 against the over/under.

San Diego State at Air Force
The Aztecs were favored over the Falcons by 4.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored San Diego State by 3.30 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for San Diego State.
Result: The Aztecs edged the Falcons 28-24.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 34-11 in picking the winner, 25-19-1 against the spread, 21-22 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-20-2 against the over/under.

Florida at Kentucky
The Gators were favored over the Wildcats by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Florida by 2.09 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46.5 points.
Our Call: 24-17 for Florida.
Result: Florida squeaked past Kentucky 28-27.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 35-11 in picking the winner, 25-20-1 against the spread, 21-23 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-21-2 against the over/under.

Penn State at Iowa
The Nitanny Lions were favored over the Hawkeyes by 11 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Penn State by 9.72 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Penn State.
Result: The Nitanny Lions edged the Hawkeyes 21-19.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 36-11 in picking the winner, 25-21-1 against the spread, 21-24 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-22-2 against the over/under.

Auburn at Missouri
The Auburn Tigers were favored over the Missouri Tigers by 17 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Auburn by 19.19 points. The O/U (over/under) was 55 points.
Our Call: 38-14 for Auburn.
Result: Auburn led 31-7 at halftime on their way to a 51-14 victory over Mizzou.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 37-11 in picking the winner, 26-21-1 against the spread, 22-24 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-23-2 against the over/under.

Florida International (FIU) at Rice
The Owls were favored over the Golden Panthers by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Rice by 4.10 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Rice.
Result: The Golden Panthers pounced on Rice 13-7.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 37-12 in picking the winner, 26-22-1 against the spread, 22-25 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-24-2 against the over/under.

UTSA (Texas San Antonio) at Texas State
The Roadrunners were favored over the Bobcats by 15.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored UTSA by 16.22 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46.5 points.
Our Call: 24-20 for UTSA.
Result: Texas San Antonio beat the Bobcats convincingly 44-14.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 38-12 in picking the winner, 26-23-1 against the spread, 22-26 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-25-2 against the over/under.
    
Utah State at San Jose State
The Aggies were favored over the Spartans by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Utah State by 1.98 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 30-23 for Utah State.
Result: The Aggies led 38-0 at halftime in a 61-10 romp over the Spartans.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 39-12 in picking the winner, 27-23-1 against the spread, 23-26 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-26-2 against the over/under.
  
Notre Dame at Michigan State
The Fighting Irish were favored over the Spartans by 3.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Notre Dame by 4.47 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Michigan State.
Result: The Fighting Irish beat the Spartans 38-18.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 39-13 in picking the winner, 27-24-1 against the spread, 23-27 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-27-2 against the over/under.

UTEP (Texas El Paso) at New Mexico State
The Aggies were favored over the Miners by 17 points. The CFPT prediction average favored New Mexico State by 15.11 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 45-20 for New Mexico State.
Result: The Aggies won versus the Miners 41-14.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 40-13 in picking the winner, 28-24-1 against the spread, 24-27 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-28-2 against the over/under.

Southern Illinois (FCS) at Memphis
The Tigers were favored over the Salukis by 25 points. The O/U (over/under) was 70.5 points.
Our Call: 51-24 for Memphis.
Result: Memphis beat the Salukis 44-31.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 41-13 in picking the winner, 28-25-1 against the spread, 24-27 against the CFPT prediction average, and 24-28-2 against the over/under.

Washington at Colorado
The Huskies were favored over the Buffaloes by 10 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington by 7.76 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Washington.
Result: The Huskies cruised past the Buffaloes 37-10.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 42-13 in picking the winner, 29-25-1 against the spread, 25-27 against the CFPT prediction average, and 25-28-2 against the over/under.

Oregon at Arizona State
The Ducks were favored over the Sun Devils by 16.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oregon by 10.19 points. The O/U (over/under) was 76 points.
Our Call: 52-23 for Oregon.
Result: The Sun Devils upset the Ducks 37-35.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 42-14 in picking the winner, 29-26-1 against the spread, 25-28 against the CFPT prediction average, and 26-28-2 against the over/under.

Hawaii at Wyoming
The Cowboys were favored over the Warriors by 7.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wyoming by 7.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Wyoming.
Result: Wyoming prevailed in overtime 28-21.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 43-14 in picking the winner, 29-27-1 against the spread, 25-29 against the CFPT prediction average, and 27-28-2 against the over/under.

UCLA at Stanford
The Cardinal were favored over the Bruins by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Stanford by 9.22 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 40-37 for Stanford.
Result:Bryce Love rushed for 263 yards as Stanford outscored UCLA 58-34.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 44-14 in picking the winner, 29-28-1 against the spread, 25-30 against the CFPT prediction average, and 28-28-2 against the over/under.

Sunday, September 24

East Carolina at Connecticut
The Huskies were favored over the Pirates by 5.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored UConn by 4.02 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64 points.
Our Call: 48-27 for UConn.
Result: East Carolina edged UConn 41-38.
For the 4th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus was: 44-15 in picking the winner, 29-29-1 against the spread, 25-31 against the CFPT prediction average, and 29-28-2 against the over/under.

Monetizing Multimedia Rights in College Sports: Will the Merger of Learfield and IMG Pass Antitrust Scrutiny?

Read Kevin Draper at the New York Times in A Big College Sports Business Is About to Get Bigger.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Shrinking Stonehenge Scandal

People who do not understand ancient cultural sites should have nothing to say about what is to be done with them. The Shrinking Stonehenge Scandal is one example.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

College Football Predictions and Results for 2017 Week 3 NCAA Division I FBS Games September 14 to September 16

College Football Predictions and Results for 2017 Week 3 NCAA Division I FBS Games September 14 to September 16

After a tough 2nd week, for the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, we finished on top in every category:
55-10 in picking the winner
41-21-2 against the spread
31-19 against the CFPT prediction average, and
35-29 against the over/under.

After Week 3, for the season we are:
183-41 in picking the winner
123-90-10 against the spread
79-60 against the CFPT average,
and 112-108-3 against the over/under.

Below are the SportPundit predictions and results for Week 3 of the NCAA Division I FBS College Football Season 2017-2018. Predictions THIS WEEK are based in part on this season's performance and in part on the final post-bowl and post-playoff rankings for the past football season. See the SportPundit Preseason College Football Rankings and Ratings for FBS 2017-2018. We also use USA Today Sagarin College Football Ratings, the Massey Ratings and the Dr. Kambour home field advantage calculations. We compose the schedule here using ESPN, NCCA.com and other online sources.
Our system is based -- but not exclusively -- on our system of what we have christened as "NAYPPA" stats (net average yards per play advantage), calibrated primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty, i.e. the teams thus far played. We use yards per play stats published at cfbstats.com. Other adjustments are also made (*=adjustment) because the ypp (yards per play) system is not perfect, often exacerbating stats made against much weaker or much stronger teams, nor can schedule difficulty always be pinpointed with accuracy since many schedules include FCS teams, especially at the beginning of the season.

We often use the Kambour home field advantage calculations or take a standard 3-point home field advantage ala Sagarin into account in predicting the scores.

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.
We use opening lines, as far as possible, taking those opening linesfrom the College Football Prediction Tracker (CFPT), unless not yet posted, in which case we  use Oddsshark and VegasInsider.com also for the over/unders. We add over/unders as available, usually very late for matchups of FCS and FBS teams. All odds and stats are posted here by us WITHOUT ANY guarantee of accuracy, and WITHOUT ANY liability on our part for our posted materials or for links to 3rd party sites. We do our predictions here for fun. If odds and stats are important for the reader, the reader must consult the original sites.

Note that we write "were favored". The odds of the opening line are often changed by the time we make our predictions. We do not compete against those changed odds because we are not competing against bettors.. We use the College Football Prediction Tracker (CFPT) prediction average as of the date that we find it published (this week Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 11:52 AM). Note that there is no line given at CFPT for games between FCS and FBS opponents.


Thursday, September 14

New Mexico at Boise State
The Broncos were favored over the Lobos by 17.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored the Broncos by 15.72 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 38-14 for Boise State.
Result: The Broncos extended their lead to 28-7 with just 3 minutes to play but then permitted a closing touchdown as they topped the Lobos 28-14.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
1-0 in picking the winner, 0-1 against the spread, 0-1 against the CFPT prediction average, and 1-0 against the over/under.
 
Friday, September 15

Illinois at South Florida
The Bulls were favored over the Illini by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Florida by 13.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 24-17 for South Florida. Illinois started seven true freshman in a surprise 20-7 win over Western Kentucky last week, while slow-starting South Florida struggled with Stony Brook in winning 31-17. On the basis of yards per play stats, this could be a low-scoring defensive battle and perhaps a close game.
Result: The Bulls piled up 680 yards total offense in a convincing 47-23 win.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
2-0 in picking the winner, 0-2 against the spread, 0-2 against the CFPT prediction average, and 1-1 against the over/under.

UMass at Temple
The Owls were favored over the Minutemen by 12 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Temple by 19.21 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Temple.
Result: Temple edged UMass 29-21.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
3-0 in picking the winner, 0-3 against the spread, 1-2 against the CFPT prediction average, and 1-2 against the over/under.

Arizona at UTEP
The Wildcats were favored over the Miners by 17 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Arizona by 16.32 points. The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 38-17 for Arizona.
Result: After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats scored 35 in the 2nd quarter on their way to a 63-16 romp over the Miners.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
4-0 in picking the winner, 1-3 against the spread, 2-2 against the CFPT prediction average, and 1-3 against the over/under.

Saturday, September 16

Air Force at Michigan
The Wolverines were favored over the Falcons by 24 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan by 20.83 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 38-10 for Michigan. We have a Michigan grad in the family and root for the Wolverines, but the offense has been spotty this season, and they are winning on the strength of a top defense that has permitted only 3.19 yards per play. The Falcons (10-3 last season) rank first in rushing offense nationally (cfbstats.com) on the basis of one game against VMI of FCS while Michigan ranks 3rd nationally in rushing defense, averaging 1.39 yards per play (cfbstats.com). Air Force was in fact ranked 3rd nationally in rushing offense for the 2016 season (cfbstats.com) against mostly FBS competition.
Result: Michigan relied on five field goals by Quinn Nordin, a punt return for a TD and their defense, which allowed only 232 yards, to struggle past the Falcons 29-13.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
5-0 in picking the winner, 1-4 against the spread, 2-3 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-3 against the over/under.

Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh
The Cowboys were favored over the Panthers by 13 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma State by 9.36 points. The O/U (over/under) was 65 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Oklahoma State. Shawn Watson is the new Pitt offensive coordinator, replacing Matt Canada, who moved to offensive coordinator at LSU.
Result: The Cowboys led 49-14 at halftime in a 59-21 blitz of the Panthers.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
6-0 in picking the winner, 2-4 against the spread, 3-3 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-4 against the over/under.

UCLA at Memphis
The Bruins were favored over the Tigers by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored UCLA by 1.24 points. The O/U (over/under) was 69 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for UCLA. It looks like QB Josh Rosen could be the real deal.
Result: Memphis outscored the Bruins 48-45 despite being outgained 633 to 560 yards.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
6-1 in picking the winner, 2-5 against the spread, 3-4 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-5 against the over/under.

Northern Illinois at Nebraska
The Cornhuskers were favored over the Huskies by 13 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Nebraska by 12.38 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 38-37 for Nebraska. In an Omaha World-Herald column, staff writer Lee Barfknecht writes about the course of this Husker season thus far: "After two games against unranked teams, here are Nebraska’s national rankings on defense out of 130 teams: 119th in scoring defense, 123rd in total defense, 70th in rushing defense and 129th in pass defense." The Nebraska offense is averaging 5.89 yards per play (about the FBS average) and the defense is allowing 6.40 yards per play (realm of the also rans). At Corn Nation, we just read with perplexion -- as a Nebraska alumnus, who has painfully followed the last 20 years of downward-spiraling Husker football fortunes -- that the already 64-year-old head football coach was just given a one-year contract extension by the University administration to the year 2020.
Result: Nebraska lost for the first time ever to a MAC team 21-17.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
6-2 in picking the winner, 3-5 against the spread, 4-4 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-6 against the over/under.

Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) at Texas A&M
The Aggies were favored over the Ragin' Cajuns by 22 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Texas A&M by 21.31 points. The O/U (over/under) was 61.5 points.
Our Call: 45-27 for Texas A&M.
Result: The Ragin' Cajuns scored 21 points in the 2nd quarter to lead at halftime 21-14, but then caved in to the Aggies, who scored 31 unanswered points in the 2nd half to win 45-21.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
7-2 in picking the winner, 3-6 against the spread, 4-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 3-6 against the over/under.

Delaware State (FCS) at West Virginia
The Mountaineers were favored over the Hornets by 62 points. The O/U (over/under) was 69.5 points.
Our Call: 70-7 for West Virginia.
Result: The Mountaineers led 45-10 at halftime in a 59-16 win.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
8-2 in picking the winner, 3-7 against the spread, 4-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 4-6 against the over/under.

Iowa State at Akron
The Cyclones were favored over the Zips by 9.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Iowa State by 11.17 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for Iowa State.
Result: The Cyclones prevailed over the Zips 41-14.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
9-2 in picking the winner, 4-7 against the spread, 5-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 4-7 against the over/under.

Connecticut at Virginia
The Cavaliers were favored over the Huskies by 11 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Virginia by 11.70 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49 points.
Our Call: 30-17 for Virginia.
Result: Virginia topped UConn 38-18.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
10-2 in picking the winner, 5-7 against the spread, 6-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 4-8 against the over/under.

Kansas at Ohio
The Bobcats were favored over the Jayhawks by 7.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio by 10.31 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58 points.
Our Call: 37-23 for Ohio.
Result: The Bobcats beat the Jayhawks 42-30.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
11-2 in picking the winner, 6-7 against the spread, 7-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 5-8 against the over/under.

Furman (FCS) at NC State
The Wolfpack were favored over the Paladins by 34 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 47-16 for North Carolina State.
Result: NC State topped Furman 49-16.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
12-2 in picking the winner, 7-7 against the spread, 7-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 6-8 against the over/under.

Baylor at Duke
The Blue Devils were favored over the Bears by 12 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Duke by 11.20 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Duke.
Result: Duke won against Baylor 34-20.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
13-2 in picking the winner, 8-7 against the spread, 8-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 7-8 against the over/under.

Coastal Carolina at UAB
The Chanticleers were favored over the Blazers by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Coastal Carolina by 4.44 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 35-30 for UAB.
Result: The Blazers outlasted the Chanticleeres 30-23.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
14-2 in picking the winner, 9-7 against the spread, 9-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 7-9 against the over/under.

Northern Colorado (FCS) at Colorado
The Buffaloes were favored over the Bears by 39 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for Colorado.
Result: The Buffaloes topped the Bears 41-21.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
15-2 in picking the winner, 9-8 against the spread, 9-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 8-9 against the over/under.

Utah State at Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons were favored over the Aggies by 15 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wake Forest by 16.98 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 35-17 for Wake Forest.
Result: Wake Forest breezed past Utah State 46-10.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
16-2 in picking the winner, 10-8 against the spread, 10-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-9 against the over/under.

Tennessee Tech (FCS) at Ball State
The Cardinals were favored over the Golden Eagles by 20 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Ball State.
Result: Ball State topped Tennessee Tech 28-13.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
17-2 in picking the winner, 11-8 against the spread, 10-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 10-9 against the over/under.

Wisconsin at BYU
The Badgers were favored over the Cougars by 14.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wisconsin by 11.07 points. The O/U (over/under) was 41 points.
Our Call: 24-7 for Wisconsin.
Result: The Badgers won handily over the Cougars 40-6.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
18-2 in picking the winner, 12-8 against the spread, 11-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 10-10 against the over/under.

Virginia Tech at East Carolina
The Hokies were favored over the Pirates by 22 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Virginia Tech by 23.29 points. The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 61-17 for Virginia Tech.
Result: The Hokies trailed 17-7 after the first quarter and led only 23-17 at halftime, before turning on the gas, and winning easily 64-17.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
19-2 in picking the winner, 13-8 against the spread, 12-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-10 against the over/under.

SMU at TCU
The Horned Frogs were favored over the Mustangs by 21 points. The CFPT prediction average favored TCU by 18.70 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for TCU.
Result: The Mustangs led 19-7 in the 2nd quarter but were stronlgy outscored after that as TCU pulled away for the win 56-36.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
20-2 in picking the winner, 14-8 against the spread, 12-6 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-11 against the over/under.

Notre Dame at Boston College
The Fighting Irish were favored over the Eagles by 11.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Notre Dame by 11.98 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 27-13 for Notre Dame.
Result: The Fighting Irish led only 14-10 at halftime but pulled away in the second half for a convincing victory 49-20.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
21-2 in picking the winner, 15-8 against the spread, 13-6 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-12 against the over/under.

Central Michigan at Syracuse
The Orange were favored over the Chippewas by 10 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Syracuse by 7.08 points. The O/U (over/under) was 66.5 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for Syracuse.
Result: Syracuse forged an impressive win over the Chippewas 41-17.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
22-2 in picking the winner, 15-9 against the spread, 13-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 12-12 against the over/under.

North Carolina at Old Dominion
The Tar Heels were favored over the Monarchs by 7.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored North Carolina by 6.88 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for North Carolina.
Result: North Carolina overwhelmed the Monarchs 53-23.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
23-2 in picking the winner, 16-9 against the spread, 14-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-12 against the over/under.

Morgan State (FCS) at Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights were favored over the Bears by 41 points. The O/U (over/under) was 41.5 points.
Our Call: 45-7 for Rutgers.
Result: Rutgers shut out the Bears 65-0.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
24-2 in picking the winner, 16-10 against the spread, 14-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 14-12 against the over/under.

Middle Tennessee at Minnesota
The Golden Gophers were favored over the Blue Raiders by 9.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Minnesota by 16.49 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53 points.
Our Call: 27-17 for Minnesota.
Result: The Golden Gophers beat the Blue Raiders 34-3.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
25-2 in picking the winner, 17-10 against the spread, 14-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-12 against the over/under.

Tennessee at Florida
The Gators were favored over the Volunteers by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Florida by 2.54 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Florida.
Result: Florida beat the Vols in overtime 26-20.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
26-2 in picking the winner, 18-10 against the spread, 15-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-13 against the over/under.

Florida International (FIU) at Indiana
(game cancelled due to Hurricane Irma)

North Texas at Iowa
The Hawkeyes were favored over the Mean Green by 22 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Iowa by 26.20 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 38-17 for Iowa.
Result: The Hawkeyes topped the Mean Green 31-14.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
27-2 in picking the winner, 19-10 against the spread, 16-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-14 against the over/under.

Mercer (FCS) at Auburn

Our Call: 45-7 for Auburn.
Result: Auburn beat the Bears 24-10.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
28-2 in picking the winner, 19-10 against the spread, 16-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-14 against the over/under.

Purdue at Missouri
The Tigers were favored over the Boilermakers by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Mizzou by 2.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 77 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for Missouri.
Result: Purdue routed Mizzou 35-3.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
28-3 in picking the winner, 20-10 against the spread, 16-9 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-14 against the over/under.

Army at Ohio State
The Buckeyes were favored over the Black Knights by 30.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio State by 26.25 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 48-17 for Ohio State.
Result: The Buckeyes beat Army West Point 38-7.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
29-3 in picking the winner, 21-10 against the spread, 17-9 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-15 against the over/under.

Oregon State at Washington State
The Cougars were favored over the Beavers by 16 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington State by 22.12 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Washington State.
Result: Washington State topped Oregon State 52-23.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
30-3 in picking the winner, 22-10 against the spread, 18-9 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-16 against the over/under.

Tulane at Oklahoma
The Sooners were favored over the Green Wave by 35.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma by 33.12 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 45-13 for Oklahoma.
Result: Tulane led 14-7 during the 1st quarter which ended tied 14-14, as the Sooners struggled with the Green Wave's option offense, but thereafter it was all Oklahoma in a 56-14 win.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
31-3 in picking the winner, 22-11 against the spread, 18-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-16 against the over/under.

North Carolina A&T (FCS) at Charlotte
The 49ers were favored over the Aggies by 2.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 24-21 for North Carolina A&T.
Result: North Carolina led 28-10 in the 3rd quarter and a furious 49ers rally fell short as the Aggies beat Charlotte 35-31.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
32-3 in picking the winner, 23-11 against the spread, 18-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-17 against the over/under.

Colgate (FCS) at Buffalo
The Bulls were favored over the Raiders by 11.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 40 points.
Our Call: 27-6 for Buffalo.
Result: Buffalo topped Colgate 33-10.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
33-3 in picking the winner, 24-11 against the spread, 18-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-18 against the over/under.

Bethune-Cookman (FCS) at Florida Atlantic
The Owls were favored over the Wildcats by 21 points. The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Florida Atlantic.
Result: The Owls shut out Bethune-Cookman 45-0.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
34-3 in picking the winner, 24-12 against the spread, 18-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-19 against the over/under.

Kent State at Marshall
The Thundering Herd were favored over the Golden Flashes by 9 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Marshall by 8.29 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Marshall.
Result: The Thundering Herd shut out Kent State 21-0.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
35-3 in picking the winner, 25-12 against the spread, 19-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 18-19 against the over/under.

Colorado State at Alabama
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Rams by 27 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Alabama by 28.86 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 34-10 for Alabama.
Result: The Crimson Tide topped the Rams 41-23.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
36-3 in picking the winner, 26-12 against the spread, 20-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 18-20 against the over/under.

LSU at Mississippi State
The Tigers were favored over the Bulldogs by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored LSU by 7.32 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52 points.
Our Call: 27-13 for LSU. With Ed Orgeron as head coach and new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, LSU might be a legitimate contender for the national championship playoffs this year. This game will let us know more.
Result: In a real stunner, Mississippi State throttled the Tigers 37-7, for their 2nd win over LSU in their last 21 matchups.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
36-4 in picking the winner, 26-13 against the spread, 20-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 19-20 against the over/under.

Southern U. (FCS) at UTSA (Texas San Antonio)
The Roadrunners were favored over the Jaguars by 27.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 41-10 for UTSA.
Result: The Roadrunners popped Southern U. 51-17.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
37-4 in picking the winner, 27-13 against the spread, 20-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 20-20 against the over/under.

Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers were favored over the Bulldogs by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Western Kentucky by 8.46 points. The O/U (over/under) was 61 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Western Kentucky.
Result: The Bulldogs scored 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to win a squeaker 23-22.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
37-5 in picking the winner, 28-13 against the spread, 21-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 21-20 against the over/under.

Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Monroe (ULM)
The Golden Eagles were favored over the Warhawks by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Miss by 6.00 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Southern Miss
Result: The Golden Eagles picked up the win 28-17.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
38-5 in picking the winner, 29-13 against the spread, 22-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 22-20 against the over/under.

Idaho State (FCS) at Nevada
The Wolf Pack were favored over the Bengals by 30.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 41-14 for Nevada.
Result: The Wolf Pack were beaten by the FCS Bengals 30-28 after failing to convert a 2-point conversion in the last minute of the game.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
38-6 in picking the winner, 30-13 against the spread, 22-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-20 against the over/under.

Tulsa at Toledo
The Rockets were favored over the Golden Hurricane by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Toledo by 3.56 points. The O/U (over/under) was 74 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for Toledo.
Result: The Rockets outscored the Golden Hurricane 54-51 as the two teams combined for 1227 total yards offense.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
39-6 in picking the winner, 31-13 against the spread, 22-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-21 against the over/under.

Appalachian State at Texas State
The Mountaineers were favored over the Bobcats by 25 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Appalachian State by 22.84 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47.5 points.
Our Call: 38-10 for Appalachian State.
Result: Appalachian State prevailed 20-13.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
40-6 in picking the winner, 31-14 against the spread, 22-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-22 against the over/under.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (FCS) at Arkansas State
The Red Wolves were favored over the Golden Lions by 55.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 70-7 for Arkansas State.
Result: The Red Wolves beat the Golden Lions 48-3.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
41-6 in picking the winner, 31-15 against the spread, 22-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-23 against the over/under.

Idaho at Western Michigan
The Broncos were favored over the Vandals by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Western Michigan by 19.84 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58 points.
Our Call: 40-20 for Western Michigan.
Result: The Broncos rallied for 18 unanswered 4th quarter points for a 37-28 win over the Vandals.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
42-6 in picking the winner, 31-16 against the spread, 22-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 24-23 against the over/under.

Alabama A&M (FCS) at South Alabama
The Jaguars were favored over the Bulldogs by 38.5 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 41-7 for South Alabama.
Result: The Jaguars shut out the Bulldogs 45-0.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
43-6 in picking the winner, 31-17 against the spread, 22-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 25-23 against the over/under.

Oregon at Wyoming
The Ducks were favored over the Cowboys by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oregon by 8.26 points. The O/U (over/under) was 67.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Oregon.
Result: Oregon led 42-10 at halftime in a 49-13 win.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
44-6 in picking the winner, 31-18 against the spread, 22-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 26-23 against the over/under.

Georgia State at Penn State
The Nittany Lions were favored over the Panthers by 38 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Penn State by 40.30 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for Penn State
Result: The Nittany Lions routed the Panthers in a 56-0 shutout.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
45-6 in picking the winner, 32-18 against the spread, 23-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 27-23 against the over/under.

Samford (FCS) at Georgia
The Dawgs were favored over the Samford Bulldogs by 34 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 48-7 for Georgia.
Result: Georgia led 42-7 but permitted a 4th quarter TD as the Dawgs topped Samford 42-14.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
46-6 in picking the winner, 32-19 against the spread, 23-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 28-23 against the over/under.

Kansas State at Vanderbilt
The Wildcats were favored over the Commodores by 3.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored K-State by 5.20 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for K-State.
Result: K-State outgained Vandy 277 to 270 yards in a defensive struggle won by the Commodores 14-7.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
46-7 in picking the winner, 33-19 against the spread, 24-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 29-23 against the over/under.

Bowling Green at Northwestern
The Wildcats were favored over the Falcons by 22 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Northwestern by 20.77 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 37-13 for Northwestern.
Result: The Wildcats clawed the Falcons 49-7.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
47-7 in picking the winner, 34-19 against the spread, 25-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 30-23 against the over/under.

Kentucky at South Carolina
The Gamecocks were favored over the Wildcats by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Carolina by 6.09 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for South Carolina.
Result: In a mild upset, the Wildcats topped the Gamecocks 23-13.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
47-8 in picking the winner, 34-20 against the spread, 25-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 31-23 against the over/under.

Georgia Tech at UCF (Central Florida)
(game cancelled due to Hurricane Irma)

Clemson at Louisville
The Tigers were favored over the Cardinals by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Clemson by 7.67 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 31-23 for Clemson.
Result: Lamar Jackson of Lousville will likely not be repeating as Heisman Trophy winner this year, as he was outplayed by Clemson QB Kelly Bryant in the defending national champions impressive 47-21 win over the Cardinals.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
48-8 in picking the winner, 35-20 against the spread, 26-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 31-24 against the over/under.

Cincinnati at Miami of Ohio
The Redhawks were favored over the Bearcats by 7.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Miami of Ohio by 2.69 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46 points.
Our Call: 24-21 for Miami of Ohio.
Result: Cincy outscored Miami 18-3 in the 4th quarter to card a comeback 21-17 win.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
48-9 in picking the winner, 36-20 against the spread, 26-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 32-24 against the over/under.

Rice at Houston
The Cougars were favored over the Owls by 24.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Houston by 25.05 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 42-14 for Houston.
Result: Houston topped Rice 38-3.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
49-9 in picking the winner, 37-20 against the spread, 27-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 32-25 against the over/under.

Troy at New Mexico State
The Trojans were favored over the Aggies by 5.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Troy by 6.18 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Troy.
Result: Troy escaped an Aggie comeback to win 27-24.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
50-9 in picking the winner, 37-21 against the spread, 27-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 33-25 against the over/under.

Arizona State at Texas Tech
The Red Raiders were favored over the Sun Devils by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Texas Tech by 11.27 points. The O/U (over/under) was 76 points.
Our Call: 38-34 for Texas Tech.
Result: The Red Raiders outlasted the Sun Devils 52-45 in a scoring matchup.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
51-9 in picking the winner, 37-21-1 against the spread, 28-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 33-26 against the over/under.

Texas at USC
The Trojans were favored over the Longhorns by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Cal by 17.88 points. The O/U (over/under) was 67 points.
Our Call: 38-27 for USC.
Result: Southern Cal remained unbeaten with a 27-24 two-overtime victory. It was a heartbreaker for the Longhorns, who gained the lead 17-14 in regulation time with only 45 seconds left on the clock, but USC was able to tie the game on a field goal by Chase McGrath, who also then kicked the OT game-winner.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
52-9 in picking the winner, 38-21-1 against the spread, 29-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 34-26 against the over/under.

Fresno State at Washington
The Huskies were favored over the Bulldogs by 34.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington by 33.18 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 38-10 for Washington. First Alabama, now Washington. That's a tough schedule.
Result: The Cougars led 41-7 at halftime in a 48-16 win.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
53-9 in picking the winner, 39-21-1 against the spread, 30-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 34-27 against the over/under.

San Jose State at Utah
The Utes were favored over the Spartans by 25.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Utah by 27.05 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 38-7 for Utah.
Result: Utah cruised past the Spartans 54-16.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
54-9 in picking the winner, 40-21-1 against the spread, 31-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 34-28 against the over/under.
    
Stanford at San Diego State
The Cardinal were favored over the Aztecs by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Stanford by 7.03 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 31-23 for Stanford.
Result: As a Stanford Law School alumnus, we have long been unhappy with the Cardinal offense, as the Aztecs held the Cardinal 254 yards in a 20-17 upset victory over Stanford.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is:
54-10 in picking the winner, 40-21-2 against the spread, 31-18 against the CFPT prediction average, and 34-29 against the over/under.
  
Mississippi at California
The Rebels were favored over the Golden Bears by 4 points. The CFPT prediction average favored CALIFORNIA by 1.56 points. The O/U (over/under) was 72 points.
Our Call: 36-35 for Cal.
Result:The Golden Bears beat the Rebels 27-16, scoring 20 unanswered second-half points. Justin Wilcox looks like a great head coaching hire at this point in the season, with Cal 3-0, and wins over North Carolina and Ole Miss.
For the 3rd Week of the 2017 college football season, we finished:
55-10 in picking the winner
41-21-2 against the spread
31-19 against the CFPT prediction average, and
35-29 against the over/under.

Miami at Florida State
(due to Hurricance Irma, the game has been rescheduled to October 7)

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Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
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    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
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    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
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