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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

College Football Week 5 Predictions and Results 2017 NCAA Division I FBS September 28 to September 30

College Football Week 5 Predictions and Results 2017 NCAA Division I FBS September 28 to September 30

For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record was:
45-9 in picking the winner, 27-27 against the spread, 24-29 against the CFPT prediction average, and 27-27 against the over/under.

After Week 5, for the season we are a cumulative:
272-65 in picking the winner
179-146-11 against the spread
128-120 against the CFPT average,
and 168-163-5 against the over/under.
 

Below are the SportPundit predictions and results for Week 5 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, but this proves not always to be the case. 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 Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:13 AM...). Note that there is no line given at CFPT for games between FCS and FBS opponents.


Thursday, September 28

Texas at Iowa State
The Longhorns were favored over the Cyclones by 4 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Texas by 2.59 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Texas. Kambour gives Iowa State a whopping 10.0150 point home field advantage.
Result: Texas edged the Cyclones in a defensive struggle 17-7.
For the 5th 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 1-0 against the over/under.
 
Friday, September 29

Miami of Florida at Duke
The Hurricanes were favored over the Blue Devils by 4.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Duke by 0.16 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 35-34 for Duke.
Result: The Hurricanes whirlwinded the Blue Devils 31-6.
For the 5th 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 1-1 against the over/under.

Nebraska at Illinois
The Cornhuskers were favored over the Illini by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Nebraska by 5.37 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Nebraska. As a Nebraska alumnus, about two years ago we actively supported the choice of former Husker Scott Frost as new head football coach at Nebraska (Lincoln), but the NU administration went to Pac-12 division cellar-dwellar Oregon State to find its head coaching fortune, while Frost was subsequently hired by UCF, a team winless just two seasons ago. Today, UCF is 2-0 and ranked 33rd by the USA Today Jeff Sagarin Ratings while the Huskers are 2-2 and are ranked a mediocre 55th place, with a tough schedule still ahead of them after Illinois, with at best what appear to be only one or two winnable games, whereas UCF might win 10 or more this season.
Result: Nebraska dropped the Illini 28-6. Using to the Massey Ratings, the average rank of Husker opponents thus far this year is ca. 73 in FBS and according to the Sagarin USA Today Rankings ca. 80 in Division I.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 2-1 in picking the winner, 1-2 against the spread, 1-2 against the CFPT prediction average, and 1-2 against the over/under.

BYU at Utah State
The Cougars were favored over the Aggies by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored BYU by 1.34 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 30-20 for BYU.
Result: The Aggies pounced on the Cougars 40-24.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 2-2 in picking the winner, 1-3 against the spread, 1-3 against the CFPT prediction average, and 2-2 against the over/under.

USC at Washington State
The Trojans were favored over the Cougars by 4 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Cal by 4.84 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for USC.
Result: The Cougars upset the Trojans 30-27.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 2-3 in picking the winner, 1-4 against the spread, 1-4 against the CFPT prediction average, and 3-2 against the over/under.

Saturday, September 30

Northwestern at Wisconsin
The Badgers were favored over the Wildcats by 13 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wisconsin by 16.77 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51 points.
Our Call: 35-17 for Wisconsin.
Result: Wisconsin edge the Wildcats 33-24.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 3-3 in picking the winner, 1-5 against the spread, 1-5 against the CFPT prediction average, and 4-2 against the over/under.

South Florida at East Carolina
The Bulls were favored over the Pirates by 24 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Florida by 23.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 73.5 points.
Our Call: 41-23 for South Florida.
Result: The Bulls outscored the Pirates 61-31 after leading only 31-24 at the half.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 4-3 in picking the winner, 1-6 against the spread, 1-6 against the CFPT prediction average, and 4-3 against the over/under.

Vanderbilt at Florida
The Gators were favored over the Commodores by 9.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Florida by 9.73 points. The O/U (over/under) was 42.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Florida. After getting routed and shut out 59-0 by the Crimson Tide last week, Vandy will be happy to be facing a less potent offense and a weaker defense.
Result: The Gators topped the Commodores 38-24.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 5-3 in picking the winner, 1-7 against the spread, 1-7 against the CFPT prediction average, and 5-3 against the over/under.

Houston at Temple
The Cougars were favored over the Owls by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Houston by 8.94 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Houston.
Result: Houston edged Temple 20-13.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 6-3 in picking the winner, 1-8 against the spread, 1-8 against the CFPT prediction average, and 5-4 against the over/under.

New Mexico State at Arkansas
The Razorbacks were favored over the Aggies by 18.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Arkansas by 15.76 points. The O/U (over/under) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 37-23 for Arkansas.
Result:The Razorbacks beat the Aggies 42-24.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 7-3 in picking the winner, 2-8 against the spread, 1-9 against the CFPT prediction average, and 5-5 against the over/under.

Maryland at Minnesota
The Golden Gophers were favored over the Terrapins by 12.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Minnesota by 12.09 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Maryland.
Result: The Terrapins surprised Minnesota 31-24. How good is UCF!?
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 8-3 in picking the winner, 3-8 against the spread, 2-9 against the CFPT prediction average, and 6-5 against the over/under.

Rice at Pittsburgh
The Panthers were favored over the Owls by 21.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Pittsburgh by 23.02 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 37-27 for Pittsburgh.
Result: Pitt found its offense for a week and threw Rice down 42-10.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 9-3 in picking the winner, 3-9 against the spread, 2-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 7-5 against the over/under.

North Carolina at Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets were favored over the Tar Heels by 10 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia Tech by 7.50 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Georgia Tech.
Result:The Yellow Jackets beat the Tar Heels convincingly 33-7.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 10-3 in picking the winner, 4-9 against the spread, 3-10 against the CFPT prediction average, and 7-6 against the over/under.

Syracuse at North Carolina State
The Wolfpack were favored over the Orange by 11.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored NC State by 12.88 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63 points.
Our Call: 37-23 for NC State.
Result: The Wolfpack edged the Orange 33-25.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 11-3 in picking the winner, 4-10 against the spread, 3-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 8-6 against the over/under.

Central Michigan at Boston College
The Eagles were favored over the Chippewas by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Boston College by 11.11 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Boston College.
Result: The Eagles prevailed over the Chippewas 28-8.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 12-3 in picking the winner, 5-10 against the spread, 4-11 against the CFPT prediction average, and 8-7 against the over/under.

Indiana at Penn State
The Nitanny Lions were favored over the Hoosiers by 18 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Penn State by 18.94 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Penn State.
Result:The Nitanny Lions downed the Hoosiers 45-14.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 13-3 in picking the winner, 5-11 against the spread, 4-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-7 against the over/under.

Georgia at Tennessee
The Bulldogs were favored over the Volunteers by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia by 8.94 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 35-17 for Georgia.
Result: The Bulldogs shut out the Vols 41-0.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 14-3 in picking the winner, 6-11 against the spread, 5-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-8 against the over/under.

Murray State (FCS) at Louisville
The Cardinals were favored over the Racers by 50 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for Louisville.
Result:The Cardinals cruised past the Racers 55-10.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 15-3 in picking the winner, 7-11 against the spread, 5-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 9-9 against the over/under.

Flordia State at Wake Forest
The Seminoles were favored over the Demon Deacons by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Florida State by 4.04 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46.5 points.
Our Call: 27-17 for Florida State. As we have written before, Wake Forest is much improved under the head coaching of Dave Clawson, but it is unlikely that they can defeat the Seminoles.
Result: The Demon Deacons led 19-16 in the 4th quarter but the Seminoles came back to win the game 26-19.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 16-3 in picking the winner, 8-11 against the spread, 6-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 10-9 against the over/under.

Ohio at Massachusetts
The Bobcats were favored over the Minutemen by 8.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio by 8.10 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Ohio.
Result: In a game dominated by offense, Ohio came out ahead 58-50.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 17-3 in picking the winner, 9-11 against the spread, 7-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 10-10 against the over/under.

Baylor at Kansas State
The Wildcats were favored over the Bears by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored K-State by 14.27 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 34-33 for K-State.
Result: K-State was outgained 375 to 344 yards but topped the Bears 33-20.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 18-3 in picking the winner, 10-11 against the spread, 8-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 10-11 against the over/under.

UTEP at Army (West Point)
The Black Knights were favored over the Miners by 24 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Army by 25.54 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 38-20 for Army.
Result: The Black Knights beat the Miners 35-21.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 19-3 in picking the winner, 11-11 against the spread, 9-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-11 against the over/under.

Navy (Annapolis) at Tulsa
The Midshipmen were favored over the Golden Hurricane by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Navy by 2.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 73 points.
Our Call: 48-31 for Navy.
Result: The Midshipmen topped the Golden Hurricane 31-21.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 20-3 in picking the winner, 12-11 against the spread, 10-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-12 against the over/under.

Buffalo at Kent State
The Bulls were favored over the Golden Flashes by 4 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Buffalo by 6.20 points. The O/U (over/under) was 42 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Buffalo.
Result: The Bulls beat the Golden Flashes 27-13.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 21-3 in picking the winner, 13-11 against the spread, 11-12 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-13 against the over/under.

Texas State at Wyoming
The Cowboys were favored over the  Bobcaats by 18.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wyoming by 19.38 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46 points.
Our Call: 28-17 for Wyoming.
Result: The Cowboys led 31-10 at halftime on their way to a 45-10 victory.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 22-3 in picking the winner, 13-12 against the spread, 11-13 against the CFPT prediction average, and 11-14 against the over/under.

Connecticut at SMU
The Mustangs were favored over the Huskies by 17.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored SMU by 19.45 points. The O/U (over/under) was 73.5 points.
Our Call: 44-31 for SMU.
Result: SMU put 21 points on the board in the 4th quarter for a 49-28 win.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 23-3 in picking the winner, 13-13 against the spread, 11-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 12-14 against the over/under.

Arizona State at Stanford
The Cardinal were favored over the Sun Devils by 15.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Stanford by 17.17 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Stanford. Both teams lost to San Diego State so that we are sceptical and go very conservative in our prediction. As a Stanford alum, we are quite disappointed that the Cardinal already has two losses, both against ranked teams, where neither offense nor defense were up to the task.
Result: Stanford's Bryce Love rushed for 301 yards on 25 carries with 3 TDs in a 34-24 win of the Cardinal over the Sun Devils.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 24-3 in picking the winner, 14-13 against the spread, 12-14 against the CFPT prediction average, and 12-15 against the over/under.

Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
The Wildcats were favored over the Eagles by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Kentucky by 15.70 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49 points.
Our Call: 34-14 for Kentucky.
Result: The Wildcats escaped with a win over the Eagles 24-20.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 25-3 in picking the winner, 14-14 against the spread, 12-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-15 against the over/under.

Iowa at Michigan State
The Spartans were favored over the Hawkeyes by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Iowa by 2.22 points. The O/U (over/under) was 45.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Michigan State.
Result: Michigan State prevailed 17-10 over Iowa in a defensive struggle.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 26-3 in picking the winner, 15-14 against the spread, 13-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 13-16 against the over/under.

Miami of Ohio at Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish were favored over the Redhawks by 23 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Notre Dame by 24.57 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 41-14 for Notre Dame.
Result: The Fighting Irish roared to a 45-14 halftime lead in a 52-17 win.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 27-3 in picking the winner, 16-14 against the spread, 14-15 against the CFPT prediction average, and 14-16 against the over/under.

Mississippi State at Auburn
The Tigers were favored over the Bulldogs by 9.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Auburn by 5.97 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49 points.
Our Call: 24-20 for Auburn.
Result: Auburn routed the Bulldogs 49-10.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 28-3 in picking the winner, 16-15 against the spread, 14-16 against the CFPT prediction average, and 14-17 against the over/under.

Akron at Bowling Green
The Falcons were favored over the Zips by 1 point. The CFPT prediction average favored Akron by 1.14 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Bowling Green.
Result: Akron beat the Falcons 34-23.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 28-4 in picking the winner, 16-16 against the spread, 14-17 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-17 against the over/under.

Troy at LSU
The Tigers were favored over the Trojans by 19.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored LSU by 20.44 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48 points.
Our Call: 38-17 for LSU.
Result: Troy has been improving in recent years but who expected this upset win over LSU 24-21, in spite of the Tigers outgaining the Trojans 428 to 363 yards in total offense.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 28-5 in picking the winner, 16-17 against the spread, 14-18 against the CFPT prediction average, and 15-18 against the over/under.

Charlotte at Florida International (FIU)
The Golden Panthers were favored over the 49ers by 10 points. The CFPT prediction average favored FIU by 13.42 points. The O/U (over/under) was 45.5 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for FIU.
Result: The Golden Panthers squeaked past the 49ers 30-29.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 29-5 in picking the winner, 16-18 against the spread, 14-19 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-18 against the over/under.

Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic
The Owls were favored over the Blue Raiders by 1 point. The CFPT prediction average favored MTSU by 0.70 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 31-23 for MIddle Tennessee.
Result: FAU topped the Blue Raiders 38-20.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 29-6 in picking the winner, 16-19 against the spread, 14-20 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-19 against the over/under.

South Alabama at Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs were favored over the Jaguars by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Louisiana Tech by 13.30 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 38-20 for Louisiana Tech.
Result: The Bulldogs won against the Jaguars 34-16.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 30-6 in picking the winner, 17-19 against the spread, 15-20 against the CFPT prediction average, and 16-20 against the over/under.

Marshall at Cincinnati
The Bearcats were favored over the Thundering Herd by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Cincinnati by 5.68 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Cincinnati.
Result: Marshall upended Cincinnati 38-21.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 30-7 in picking the winner, 17-20 against the spread, 15-21 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-20 against the over/under.

North Texas at Southern Mississippi
The Golden Eagles were favored over the Mean Green by 9 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Miss by 10.88 points. The O/U (over/under) was 61.5 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for North Texas.
Result: The Mean Green beat the Eagles 43-28.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 31-7 in picking the winner, 18-20 against the spread, 16-21 against the CFPT prediction average, and 17-21 against the over/under.

Ball State at Western Michigan
The Broncos were favored over the Cardinals by 11.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Western Michigan by 15.41 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 38-20 for Western Michigan.
Result: The Broncos galloped past the Cardinals 55-3.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 32-7 in picking the winner, 19-20 against the spread, 17-21 against the CFPT prediction average, and 18-21 against the over/under.

Coastal Carolina at Louisiana Monroe (ULM)
The Warhawks were favored over the Chanticleers by 11 points. The CFPT prediction average favored UL Monroe by 9.33 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 49-17 for Louisiana Monroe.
Result: In a surprisingly offensive battle, Louisiana Monroe outscored the Chanticleers 51-43.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 33-7 in picking the winner, 19-21 against the spread, 17-22 against the CFPT prediction average, and 19-21 against the over/under.

Air Force at New Mexico
The Falcons were favored over the Lobos by 2 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Air Force by 3.53 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Air Force.
Result: The Lobos scored 42 second half points to beat Air Force 56-38.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 33-8 in picking the winner, 19-22 against the spread, 17-23 against the CFPT prediction average, and 20-21 against the over/under.

Memphis at UCF (Central Florida)
The Knights were favored over the Tigers by 3 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Central Florida by 6.63 points. The O/U (over/under) was 71 points.
Our Call: 36-24 for UCF. Memphis cancelled its game against Georgia State to play against UCF (Central Florida), which cancelled its scheduled game against Maine. The Memphis-UCF game is a rescheduling of a game previously called off because of Hurricane Irma. As a Nebraska alumnus, about two years ago we actively supported the choice of former Husker Scott Frost as new head football coach at Nebraska (Lincoln), but the NU administration went to Pac-12 division cellar-dwellar Oregon State to find its head coaching fortune, while Frost was subsequently hired by UCF, a team winless just two seasons ago. Today, UCF is 2-0 and ranked 33rd by the USA Today Jeff Sagarin Ratings while the Huskers are 2-2 and are ranked a mediocre 55th place, with a tough schedule still ahead of them after Illinois, with at best what appear to be only one or two winnable games, whereas UCF might win 10 or more this season.
Result: After last week's convincing win over then undefeated Big Ten Maryland, UCF scored yet another convincing victory over previously undefeated Memphis 40-13, and was rewarded with a newer 23rd place ranking by Sagarin USA Today rankings.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 34-8 in picking the winner, 20-22 against the spread, 18-23 against the CFPT prediction average, and 21-21 against the over/under.

Ohio State at Rutgers
The Buckeyes were favored over the Scartlet Knights by 29 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio State by 25.86 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 44-13 for Ohio State.
Result: The Buckeyes led 35-0 at halftime in shutting out Rutgers 56-0.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 35-8 in picking the winner, 21-22 against the spread, 19-23 against the CFPT prediction average, and 22-21 against the over/under.

South Carolina at Texas A&M
The Aggies were favored over the Gamecocks by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Texas A&M by 6.89 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for South Carolina.
Result: Texas A&M prevailed over the Gamecocks 24-17 after trailing 17-7 in the 3rd quarter.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 35-9 in picking the winner, 22-22 against the spread, 19-24 against the CFPT prediction average, and 22-22 against the over/under.

Clemson at Virginia Tech
The Tigers were favored over the Hokies by 5.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Clemson by 6.97 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Clemson.
Result: Clemson beat Virginia Tech 31-17.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 36-9 in picking the winner, 23-22 against the spread, 20-24 against the CFPT prediction average, and 22-23 against the over/under.

Washington at Oregon State
The Huskies were favored over the Beavers by 28 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington by 29.88 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63 points.
Our Call: 40-20 for Washington.
Result: The Huskies beat the Beavers 42-7.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 37-9 in picking the winner, 23-23 against the spread, 20-25 against the CFPT prediction average, and 23-23 against the over/under.

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
The Cowboys were favored over the Red Raiders by 11 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma State by 8.96 points. The O/U (over/under) was 81 points.
Our Call: 41-33 for Oklahoma State.
Result: The Cowboys prevailed over the Red Raiders 41-34.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 38-9 in picking the winner, 24-23 against the spread, 21-25 against the CFPT prediction average, and 24-23 against the over/under.

Mississippi at Alabama
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Rebels by 28 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Alabama by 31.39 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Alabama.
Result: Alabama routed Old Miss 66-3.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 39-9 in picking the winner, 24-24 against the spread, 21-26 against the CFPT prediction average, and 24-24 against the over/under.


Nevada at Fresno State
The Bulldogs were favored over the Wolf Pack by 9 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Fresno State by 9.11 points. The O/U (over/under) was 55 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Fresno State.
Result: Fresno State topped Nevada 41-21.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 40-9 in picking the winner, 25-24 against the spread, 22-26 against the CFPT prediction average, and 24-25 against the over/under.


Northern Illinois at San Diego State
The Aztecs were favored over the Huskies by 12 points. The CFPT prediction average favored San Diego State by 13.05 points. The O/U (over/under) was 44.5 points.
Our Call: 27-17 for San Diego State.
Result:The Aztecs were outgained 429 to 263 yards but pulled out the win 34-28.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 41-9 in picking the winner, 26-24 against the spread, 23-26 against the CFPT prediction average, and 24-26 against the over/under.


San Jose State at UNLV
The Rebels were favored over the Spartans by 10.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored UNLV by 12.83 points. The O/U (over/under) was 66.5 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for UNLV.
Result: UNLV won 41-13.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 42-9 in picking the winner, 26-25 against the spread, 23-27 against the CFPT prediction average, and 25-26 against the over/under.


Colorado at UCLA
The Bruins were favored over the Buffaloes by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored UCLA by 0.76 points. The O/U (over/under) was 68.5 points.
Our Call: 35-31 for UCLA.
Result: The Bruins topped the Buffaloes 27-23.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 43-9 in picking the winner, 27-25 against the spread, 24-27 against the CFPT prediction average, and 26-26 against the over/under.


California at Oregon
The Ducks were favored over the Bears by 15 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oregon by 8.09 points. The O/U (over/under) was 68.5 points.
Our Call: 35-27 for Oregon.
Result: Oregon beat Cal 45-24.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record thus far is: 44-9 in picking the winner, 27-26 against the spread, 24-28 against the CFPT prediction average, and 26-27 against the over/under.


Colorado State at Hawaii
The Rams were favored over the Warriors by 9 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Colorado State by 11.44 points. The O/U (over/under) was 65 points.
Our Call: 38-30 for Colorado State.
Result:The Rams cruised past Hawaii 51-21.
For the 5th Week of the 2017 college football season, our record was:
45-9 in picking the winner, 27-27 against the spread, 24-29 against the CFPT prediction average, and 27-27 against the over/under.


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Sky Earth Native America

Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.

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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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