"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Monday, April 02, 2018

Ancient Sculptures as Works of Art in a Landmark Museum Exhibition at Renzo-Piano-Designed Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas

Ancient "faces in stone" etc. -- in our opinion correctly -- are assigned to the realm of prehistoric human art in a landmark museum exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas [designed by Prizker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano].

As written at Glasstire:

"First Sculpture is billed as the “first museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stones as works of art,” and indeed, the display of these stones is different from how they are usually presented in natural history or anthropology museums."

Although "art" in ancient sculptures and archaic stone carvings has been recognized previously by others, this exhibition is nevertheless a museum landmark in "carving out" the vista of a new pioneer direction for understanding prehistoric human life and activities.

This is in essence what we have been writing about for the last 40 years in "deciphering" the "art" figures, often anthropomorphic, found on megaliths and at megalithic sites.

 A new "art era" is dawning, and it will focus on the human past.

Read our published materials, e.g.:
Mainstream Archaeological Error and Avebury Henge: The Barber Stone #9 Was Re-Erected Backwards

See also:

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone January 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018 | Exhibition - Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas.

Facebook: Nasher Sculpture Center First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone
@NasherSculptureCenter


U.S. President Trump, the Law, and the State of the Constitutional Separation of Powers Between the Three Branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial

Much of the mainstream media and other sources in their ardor commenting on the course of the Trump administration have forgotten that the USA, as a nation of laws and the rule of law, depends on the separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Nothing indicates that this system is not working. At the ABA Journal, Terry Carter discusses in detail: The executive branch pushes the boundaries of the separation of powers.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Husker Nation Learns: Early to Bed and Early to Rise....

How could a coaching staff turn a winless (0-12) UCF football team into the only undefeated (13-0) FBS team in the nation in only two seasons?

Let us count the ways:

First, in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin:
"Early to Bed and Early to Rise, Makes a Man Healthy, Wealthy and Wise."

Get the story here.

When you read that, you won't "hope" that last year's 4-8 Huskers will be better this year.

Rather, you will KNOW that they will be better.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Horse Riders and Modern European Language Origins: Proto-Indo-European Emergence

At Scientific American, Roni Jacobson reports on new evidence linking horse riders ("equestrians") to the emergence of Proto-Indo-European language ("PIE"). See Scientific American.
After reading that article, take a look at our decipherment of the Avebury Henge Megaliths at our Ancient World Blog, in particular Avebury Henge Stone #42, which in our analysis represents the stars of Sagittarius as a horse rider.
Are we right? You better believe it!

(updated March 13, 2018)

Our view is that either you know something about this world, or you do not. Those of you who do want to know something, do read about the equestrian paradise Wellington, Florida, a playground for the richest of the rich.
 
Interesting for those of you out there who read beyond horse-blindered search engines such as Google Scholar,
is the Wellington Saga series (so its title in German), written originally in English by Jessica Whitman in the name of Nacho Figueras, the world's best-known professional polo player and Ralph Lauren model -- the "David Beckham of polo".
See Nacho Figueras Presents and his polo team Black Watch at https://www.facebook.com/Black-Watch-Polo-Team-8628204013/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackWatch_Polo_Team

Is there a larger "horse connection" at Wellington? Absolutely. As written at the Wikipedia: "Wellington is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to April."

Wellington, Florida also has interesting connections to Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, see below.

Donald Trump
If you drive due West on US 98 from Mar-a-Lago, you arrive in Wellington after about 15 miles. Black Watch (former) owner Neil Hirsch lives in Wellington https://wikivividly.com/wiki/Neil_Hirsch and he is a childhood friend of Black Watch owner Peter M. Brant, who is a childhood friend of U.S. President Donald Trump. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_M._Brant
And read a bit about the The Polo Crashers....

Bill Gates and Wellington

Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs and Wellington

So, just as in the days of far distant European antiquity, when it all comes down to where it's really at, it's the horses!





Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Huskers Face Toughest FBS Football Schedule in 2018

At Bleacher Report in Ranking College Football's 10 Hardest Schedules for 2018
David Kenyon ranks the 2018 FBS football schedule of the Cornhuskers as the toughest in the nation.

It will surely be exciting this coming season to follow how the Big Red fares under new head coach Scott Frost and his modernly oriented coaching staff and football system. Can they continue the amazing success enjoyed at UCF?

Are we looking forward to Nebraska's Spring Game to get a preview of what the year will bring? You bet. It may turn out to be one of the top-drawing televized matchups of the year.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

4K Winter Olympics

4K Winter Olympics? Ars Technica reports.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Husker Football News: Nebraska Cornhuskers 2018 Spring Game is SOLD OUT and Will be Broadcast Live on the Big Ten Network

It's official as Husker football news:
the April 21, 2018 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Red-White 2018 Spring Game is sold out
and will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 87,091.
It is the first sold out Husker football Spring Game ever.
Quite a deal for a team scrimmage!

Local and nationwide interest in Nebraska football has skyrocketed since the start of a new University of Nebraska sports era with new Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos and his hiring of new football head coach Scott Frost and staff, together with their signing of a talented 2018 Class of recruits, plus a bevy of promising Nebraska in-state walk-ons. All these developments have led to excited optimism about the Big Red future.

More importantly, add to this the exceptional culture, football savvy and game modernity that was showcased by Frost and Staff at UCF and you have the unmistakable makings of a winner.

See
Landof10.com
and
Big Red Rising


"Reasonable" Expectations for the 2018 Nebraska Football Season Based on the Precedent of the Scott Frost & Coaching Staff UCF Track Record

"Reasonable" Expectations for the 2018 Nebraska Football Season Based on the Precedent of the Scott Frost & Coaching Staff UCF Track Record

The buoyant optimism that currently marks Nebraska football expectations is surely justified, but just how good will the Huskers be in 2018? What improvement can "reasonably" be expected of the Cornhuskers?

To get a more objective handle on the answer to that question, we turned to our proven major predictive variable: which is team yards per play stats viz. NAYPPA (net average yards per play advantage -- read more here).

Scott Frost Coaching Staff Track Record at the Central Florida Knights:

Scott Frost and Staff inherited a 2015 UCF Knights team that went winless, posting a 0-12 won-loss record.

The 2015 Central Florida Knights scored 13.9 points per game and had 37.7 points per game scored against them, a negative difference of 23.8 points per game.

The 2015 Knights averaged 4.12 yards per play on offense and allowed 6.54 yards per play on defense, a negative net difference of minus 2.42 yards per play. Experience has shown that one-tenth of a yards per play difference can be equated to 1 scoreboard point, so we multiply minus 2.42 by 10 in our to equate that to ca. 24.2 scoreboard points, which in fact turns out to be a close approximation of the actual scoring difference of 23.8 points in 2015.

Now let us look at the development of these stats at UCF in 2016 and 2017, the years of the Scott and Staff UCF era, as compared to 2015:

UCF KNIGHTS

YEAR..Won-Lost...Scoring...............Yards Per Play offense defense diff

2015...0-12.........13.9-37.7...diff -23.8...4.12ypp...6.54ypp... -2.42 ypp

Scott Frost hired as head coach by AD Danny White....for 2016 season

YEAR..Won-Lost...Scoring...............Yards Per Play offense defense diff

2016...6-7...........28.8-24.6...diff +4.2...4.68ypp...4.78ypp... -0.10 ypp
2017...13-0........48.2-25.3...diff +22.9..7.46ypp...5.74ypp... +1.72ypp

The NAYPPA improvement of 4.14 yards per play in two years is fabulous, equatable in our system (when multiplied by 10) to a net theoretical improvement of 41.4 points per game, i.e. about 6 touchdowns (plus PAT) PER GAME. In other words, the UCF 13-0 undefeated season was not "luck". The 2017 Knights were a championship quality team.

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

Now let us look at some stats of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Below are the ypp and scoring stats for the Huskers over the last 2 decades, in selected years:

1997 national champions. Scott Frost was the NU quarterback, and it was the last Tom Osborne NU football head coaching year, a year in which Nebraska coincidentally also played UCF (winning 38-24) in a season that started with a game against Akron, who will be the first opponent this coming 2018 season (see the 2018 schedule).

YEAR..Won-Lost...Scoring...............Yards Per Play offense defense diff
(diff= difference, ypp = yards per play)

1997...13-0.........47.1-16.4...diff +30.7....6.6ypp...4.3ypp... +2.3ypp
2003 ...10-3.........24.8-14.5...diff +10.3....4.9ypp...4.4ypp...  +0.5ypp
(head coach fired -- scoring diff 20 points less than 1997, ypp 18 points less)
2007 ...5-7..........33.4-37.9 ...diff  -4.5 .....6.3ypp ...6.1ypp... +0.2ypp
(head coach fired, 5-7 record)
2014 ...9-4.......... 37.8-26.4...diff +11.4.....6.22ypp...5.37ypp...+0.85ypp
(head coach fired, 9-4 record)
2016 ... 9-4.......... 26.5-23.9...diff +2.6...... 5.36ypp...5.53ypp...-0.17ypp
(the 2016 ypp stats indicate that the won-loss record did not tell the tale)
2017 ...4-8..........25.8-36.4....diff -10.6.....5.59ypp...6.34ypp...-0.75ypp
(head coach fired, 4-8 record)

The Husker NAYPPA, "net average yards per play advantage" of offense over defense, within two decades thus dropped a significant 3.05 yards per play, multiplied by 10 making the Huskers a theoretical 30.5 scoreboard points worse per game in 2017 than in 1997 and in fact the average scoring differential on the scoreboard was 41.3 points worse in 2017 than 1997. It must be noted here that the 2016 season may have given a more accurate scoreboard differential, while the 2017 team faded badly at the end, exacerbating the bad stats.

Scott Frost hired as head coach by AD Bill Moos....for 2018 season

2018 ... ???? what will be ????

If Scott Frost and his coaching staff have similar success at Nebraska as they did at UCF, it can be expected that the yards per play stats will improve considerably in 2018, quite apart from the won-loss record that emerges, where serendipity elements of schedule and fortune can play a large role.

The question is: what is a "reasonable" prediction for yards per play improvement as regards a Husker offense that in yards per play was "about average" in FBS in 2017 (67th out of 130 teams) and a defense that was "far below average" in yards per play in FBS in 2017 (112th out of 130 teams). Combine those two stats, and Nebraska ranked about 90th in FBS in 2017.

DEFENSE: If Scott Frost and his coaching staff can bring the defense at least back to "average" ... i.e. a defensive yards per play stat of ca. 5.6 yards per play, that would equate to one TD (plus PAT) per game. To improve by two TDs per game via defense alone, that stat of yards permitted to the opposite team would have to be reduced to ca. 4.9 yards per play.

OFFENSE: If Scott Frost and his coaching staff can bring the offense to "above average", and this is surely a conservative estimate, that would be an offensive yards per play stat of ca. 6.3 yards per play, equivalent to an improvement over 2017 of one TD (plus PAT) per game. To improve by two TDs per game via offense alone, yards per play would have to go to ca. 7.0 ypp.

We think that a conservative expectation for 2018 is an improvement of one TD per game via defense and one TD per game via offense, or a total improvement of 14 points per game over 2017 and a total NAYPPA improvement of 1.4. That might not look like much, but it would put the team rating and ranking near ca. 25th in the nation. Any improvement better than 1.4 NAYPPA in the 2018 season would put Nebraska in the Top 20. If the Huskers were to improve as much in 2018 as UCF did on average in their two years of Scott Frost head coaching, then they would catapult into the Top 10.

Nevertheless, a slower improvement over several years is the more realistic expectation. We shall see, and it should be great fun for Husker Nation.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Winners and Losers: College Football Signing Day Analysis by Athlon Sports

2018 college football signing day analysis by Athlon Sports makes Nebraska the surprise team of the year for reaching the top 25.

https://athlonsports.com/college-football/national-signing-day-2018-winners-and-losers

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Virtual Currency Billionaires of the World Viewed at the New York Times

Some of the World’s Virtual Currency Billionaires are viewed at the New York Times by Nathaniel Popper.

All-America MVP Maurice Washington Commits to Nebraska - Rivals Reports

College football recruiting is an important element for prediction of later success on the football field, but the exact pre-college rankings of individual players is an educated guess at best, even if the totality of a team's recruited player class gives some idea as to the potential of that recruitment class.

A good example of the difficulty of individual ranking is the Rivals.com article reporting that All-American phenom Maurice Washington commits to Nebraska.

Maurice Washington's decision to become a Husker is a great feather in the cap of the University of Nebraska, who, in the short period under new football head coach Scott Frost and staff, after departing UCF, jumped incredibly from 89th to 21st place (or 22nd by the 247 sports composite, while Bleacher Report dropped the ball entirely) in the 2018 recruiting rankings.

Indeed, Maurice Washington was not even ranked among the top 250 recruitment players at Rivals, but came on to win the MVP at the Under Armour All-America game. Player rankings are by no means determinative of player potential. Thank goodness for that. There is plenty of room for development and for the input of coaching staffs to improve their teams.

Just consider that such a dominant force as Ndamukong Suh was only rated the 51st best prospect in the Class of 2005 and only the 6th best at his position. Of course, Suh turned out to be a singular talent as a lineman.

Player ratings and rankings provide a good general guide as to whether a school is recruiting players with good college football potential. However, some lower ranked or completely unheralded players will surface to greatness during their college careers while many top-ranked high school players will not necessarily live up to overly high expectations. College days are days of growth and development. Who can predict what they will bring?

We read that during the Tom Osborne head-coached years of Nebraska football, when the Cornhuskers perched atop the college football hierarchy, the Big Red never had a recruiting class that was ranked above 7th overall.

Obviously, there are many OTHER factors other than player pre-college ranking that come into play in determining college football champions -- as we saw in the undefeated UCF 2017 college football "championship" season.

Good luck to all, regardless of how many stars are pinned on chests before a college game has yet been played. The proof is always in the pudding. In the last analysis, performance on the field and not paper prognostications count.

We are looking forward to the 2018 Husker season, where we expect Scott Frost and staff to continue the strong modern offense-oriented game that they showcased at UCF, combined with a potentially greatly upgraded Class 2018 pass defense. If the Cornhuskers are destined to return to college football prominence, as seems to be the case under Scott Frost based on his first two months on the job, it will be interesting to see how long a full resurgence will take. Can the Big Red win 10 games in 2018? We now think it to be possible.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Cornhusker Football Recruiting Spectacular 2018

New Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost and his staff have achieved spectacular recruiting success in the short period of time available to them since Frost departed last season's undefeated champions, the Central Florida UCF Knights. The coming resurgence of the Big Red football team should prove to be very satisfying for the players, coaches, University of Nebraska administration, team sponsors and Huskernation fans.

"Program-Changer" RB Maurice Washington Signing Day Win for Nebraska Cornhuskers

"Program-Changer" RB Maurice Washington Signing Day Win for Nebraska Cornhuskers

Maurice Washington MVP of the Under Armour All America Game Commits to Nebraska Cornhuskers

Running back Maurice Washington, MVP of the Under Armour All-America football game, has committed to the Huskers 2018 Class, giving the Cornhuskers, Scott Frost and staff, U of N, and the nationwide Nebraska fan base a resounding recruiting win of a potentially great future player heading into Frost's first season as Big Red head coach for a storied Nebraska football program ready to rise again to the top. Nebraska can surely look forward to exciting days ahead in Huskerland in the coming season.

Friday, January 26, 2018

David Brooks and The Jordan Peterson Moment at The New York Times

Jordan Peterson is strongly in contemporary discussion for his controversial message, which seems to reflect the spirit of the current times, but is this "the real truth" or is the infinite pendulum merely moving its position routinely?

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Humanity Star

Curious? See NewAtlas and the Electron Humanity Star.

Trump at Davos: Stephens Says it All

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

How did Stephens get this Trump text in advance? ....

Trump can skip Davos. Stephens has said it all.

We are just kidding of course ... sort of.

This amusing piece is not that far removed from reality.

See Trump at Davos

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Big News About the Resurgence of Ultrasound in Medicine

Wired has the story about the big resurgence of ultrasound in medicine.

Was Your City or Area Warmer in 2017?

To find out,
enter your city name at the NY Times at
How Much Warmer Was Your City in 2017?

UCF Football National Champs - Yes!


Also read our previous post to get some idea of how the Knights got to 13-0.
Not by chance, but by hard work and superb teamwork.

UCF surely could have beaten any team in FBS, surely not every game day, but the Knights did beat all comers in the 2017/2018 season.

Could Central Florida have beaten the Crimson Tide?

Absolutely, and of course not every game day out of ten matches, but the relatively weaker Alabama offense would have found it difficult to match the UCF scoreboard point total, while their top defense is circa on a par with Auburn, who nevertheless lost to UCF, giving up 34 points. By contrast, the Tigers' defense held 'Bama to just 14 points.

Of course, the playoffs should have given UCF a chance to win on that playoff basis, but the "pro-big-conference-skewed-system" failed. Four teams are too few. How can Division I FCS, Division II and Division III all manage to conduct full playoffs, while Division I FBS fails?

By contrast, UCF did not fail.

National champs?

In our eyes, yes, among other things beating the team that beat both playoff finalists in the first matchups regular season. Rematches in our opinion are just that.

We are Gus Malzahn fans, but the social media and surely playoff committee thinking that the Tigers could "dust 'em'" was totally wrong about UCF team strength. The Knights were far better than most anyone had expected.

Winners are determined on the field, not in playoff committees.

Alabama retains the title of Playoff Champion, nothing more,
since that playoff is not an official NCAA championship,
the only such limited title of its kind in college sports.
Should that be corrected?

Yes, of course.
But don't expect the NCAA slowpokes to do it this season.
It takes time for people to accept the inevitable realities.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Winter War Zone

The fun of winning and being a winner starts with hard work. The "new" football Huskers start their path back to the "old" top of the heap.
Scott Frost’s former players say Nebraska Cornhuskers’ winter ‘war zone’ will be worth it

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Innovation Supreme: The Amazing Pre-Facebook Co-Founding Winklevoss Twins Continue to Astound the Tech and Financial World with Bitcoin and Gemini

Some years ago we wrote quite a bit about the history of Facebook and the Winklevoss Twins. The "Winkelvii" continue to be in the news in a big way (Quartz: "Mark Zuckerberg is five years behind his nemeses, the Winklevoss twins, on cryptocurrency") through the virtual currency Bitcoin and the virtual currency exchange Gemini, as reported in the New York Times by Nathaniel Popper: see How the Winklevoss Twins Found Vindication in a Bitcoin Fortune.

These are great stories about human innovation and our world in a state of flux!



Friday, January 12, 2018

Ike? So You Think You Know Football? Time to Get The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football by S.C. Gwynne as Reviewed at Delanceyplace.com

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Today's selection - from The Perfect Pass by S.C. Gwynne.
Football was first played in America in 1869 between the colleges of Princeton and Rutgers, and for almost 40 years it featured nothing but running plays. Then, in 1906, came the first forward pass:

"In an era when Americans had become enthralled with the idea of things that flew, from biplanes to zeppelins -- football rules changed to allow the forward pass for the 1906 season. The change came with severe restrictions. The passer had to be 5 yards behind the line, an incomplete pass resulted in a loss of possession, and a pass could not cross the goal line for a touchdown. The shape of the ball would remain unchanged, watermelon-like and difficult to throw. ...


The entire 1907 Carlisle football squad
"Still, the rules did not say teams had to pass, merely that they could. And, overwhelmingly, they chose not to. But there were exceptions, and the new rules inevitably gave rise to history's first forward pass. On September 5, 1906, in a game between St. Louis University and Carroll College, a quarterback named Bradbury Robinson threw the first downfield overhand spiral pass. The first team to really grasp the significance of the rules changes was the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which had been founded in 1879 as the first federally funded, off­-reservation boarding school for Native Americans. The school's football team was coached by a man named Glenn Scobey 'Pop' Warner, considered to be the father of the modern game of football. Using speed, deception, forward passes -- the Indians had somehow figured out how to throw short spirals with the unaerodynamic ball -- and Warner's brilliant new single wing formation, the Carlisle School became one of the most exciting teams in the country. In a landmark 1907 game against the fourth-ranked, unscored-upon University of Pennsylvania, the Indians completed an unheard-of 8 of 16 passes, gained 402 yards to Penn's 76, and won 26-6. This was in spite of Penn's huge size advantage. A Sac and Fox Indian named Jim Thorpe made his debut in that game, threw a complete pass, and cut loose on a 45-yard run. Two months later Carlisle beat perennial powerhouse Harvard, spawning a near riot on the field.


"Despite such successes, the main body of the game clung tightly to tradition. Harvard and Penn took no particular lessons from the pass-happy Indians, other than the idea that they were running a screwy novelty act. Hardly anybody else did either. Predictably (since it continued to center on smash-mouth, mass formation running plays), the game's mortality rate started to rise again. Between September 1908 and the summer of 1909, the Chicago Tribune reported 31 deaths related to football. Two in particular shocked the nation. On Oc­tober 16 Navy's star quarterback suffered a fractured spine, which led to paralysis and death. Two weeks later, as Harvard bulldozed downfield in one of its trademark massed formations, an Army tack­ler dived headlong into the oncoming mass, breaking his neck and upper spine. He died two days later. Army and Navy both canceled the rest of their seasons. Those deaths, at such prominent schools, sparked renewed controversy, and rules were changed again, to require only seven men on the line of scrimmage and to allow only one offensive player in motion in the backfield.

"Passing's real breakthrough into the national consciousness came in 1913, after even more rules were changed and the ball was made less blunt and more airworthy. On November 1, Army, thought to be the best team in the country, took on upstart Notre Dame, a small regional college in Indiana that no one in the East took the least bit seriously. In fact if anyone at Army or in the eastern press had cared to look, they would have seen that the Fighting Irish's statistics that season were downright scary. They had scored 174 points on their last four opponents -- an unimaginable number to the East Coast football powers -- and they had done it by throwing passes in ad­dition to the usual runs. The East Coast press and football powers tut-tutted and rolled their eyes and rationalized it all by saying that this little-known Catholic school had beaten a bunch of nobodies. The New York newspapers added to the general dismissal of Notre Dame, reporting that West Point would be playing a team from South Bend, Illinois. The boys from Army, of course, were sticking to their old rough-and-tumble ground game.


Charles Emile 'Gus' Dorais
"They would soon have cause to rethink their assumptions. In the middle of the first quarter, with the game tied, 0-0, Notre Dame quarterback Charles Emile 'Gus' Dorais took the snap from center, dropped back five steps, and launched a perfect spiral that traveled 40 yards and hit receiver Knute Rockne at a full run for a touchdown. It is impossible to fully appreciate today the shock that this single play produced. Neither the Army team nor the spectators had ever seen anyone throw a football 40 yards, much less a perfect strike to a sprinting receiver. 'Everybody seemed astonished,' recalled Rockne, who would go on to become the 20th century's most famous college football coach. 'There had been no tackling, no plunging, no crushing of fiber and sinew. Just a long-distance touchdown by rapid transit.' It was as though, in that split second, when the ball had landed in Rockne's outstretched hands, the men on the field were suddenly playing a completely different game, one that involved speed and deception and movement through open space instead of the usual bloody grind. Dorais mixed long and short passes with the usual runs, and Notre Dame not only upset the favored team but completely outmaneuvered the Black Knights, 35-13. (On the Army bench that day sat an injured, deeply frustrated halfback named Dwight David Eisenhower. Next to him sat his injured roommate, Omar Bradley.)"
 

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Final College Football Rankings FBS 2017-2018 (by SportPundit)

Final College Football Rankings FBS 2017-2018 (by SportPundit)
(updated 11 January 2018)

These are the SportPundit final college football rankings for the 2017 regular season including the 2017/2018 bowl and playoff games. Our system is based on NAYPPA (net average yards per play advantage) stats, which we calibrate primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty. Other adjustments are made (*=adjustment(s)). We take the season's cumulative yards per play stat data from cfbstats.com or from college and university football athletic pages online, as linked below next to each team's name.

UCF is in our view the undefeated FBS football champion this season. 

As written at Wikipedia: "The College Football Playoff is not an officially sanctioned championship event by the NCAA, the sport's governing body. Consequently, Division I FBS football is the only NCAA sport in which a yearly national champion is not determined by an NCAA event, nor is an official NCAA national championship awarded." See also FBS.

The Knights weaker schedule is compensated by the fact that they were the top scoring team in the nation, which balances out the scheduling argument, since that scoring proficiency must be added to UCF's credit to counterbalance the weaker schedule calculation.

We put undefeated UCF at Nr. 1 primarily for the following logical reason.
Georgia is 13-2 with a loss to Auburn (40-17). 
The Dawgs won "the return match" 28-7, which combined gives Auburn a two-point edge.
Alabama is 13-1 with a loss to Auburn (24-16), which gives Auburn an 8-point edge.
UCF (Central Florida) is 13-0 with a win over Auburn (34-27), which gives UCF the edge. 

Schedule difficulty may give other teams a higher rating here, e.g. Alabama, but it is WINS and LOSSES that (should) always determine championships, not the statistics.

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.

Final College Football Rankings FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit
(note that our "normal" UCF ranking would be about 10th by rating) 

As written at the Wikipedia: "As of the current 2017 college football season, there are 10 conferences and 130 schools in FBS...."

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6Column 7Column 8
Post-Bowl RANK 2017-2018 by Sport Pundit TEAM
Name
(# sign means a coaching change for the upcoming 2018-2019 season)
NAYPPA= net average yards per play advantage offense over defense, stats calculated using data from cfbstats.com (our calculation) yards per play offense via cfbstats.
com

the
links below are to the school sites
yards
per play
defense
via cfbstats.
com
Schedule difficulty based on Massey Ratings, Sagarin USA Today Rankings & Ratings,
& our own ratings of average rank of opponents
x 3 divided by 100 which is then deducted from NAYPPA (*= plus other adjustments)
Won-loss record (W-L) for the 2017-2018 season - with 0.2 rating points deducted
per loss)
Post-Bowl 2017
-2018 Team Rating
by
Sport Pundit
(no rating is given below -4.9)
1UCF #1.77.465.7440*13-00.5***
UCF 712016 UCF season -0.14.684.7840*6-7-2.7
2Alabama2.66.593.9920*13-1+2.0
3Georgia2.06.704.6920*13-2+1.4
4Oklahoma2.48.295.8420*12-2+1.4
5Ohio State2.46.884.4420*12-2+1.4
6Clemson1.55.744.2720*12-2+0.6
7Auburn1.46.174.670*10-4+0.6
8Wisconsin1.76.094.4230*13-1+0.6
9Penn State1.86.584.7730*11-2+0.5
10Notre Dame1.36.395.0520*10-3+0.1
11Miami (FL)1.56.244.7730*10-3+0.0
12Oklahoma St.1.87.345.5140*10-3+0.0
13LSU 1.16.195.0720*9-4-0.3
14USC0.96.555.6220*11-3-0.3
15Washington2.06.424.4255*10-3-0.3
16TCU1.06.095.0740*11-3 -0.8
17Michigan St.0.35.134.8720*10-3-0.9
18Stanford0.56.455.9815*9-5-0.9
19Michigan0.75.184.5220*8-5-0.9
20N. Carolina St.0.45.995.5620*9-4-1.0
21Washington St0.45.565.1320*9-4-1.0
22Iowa0.15.125.080*8-5-1.1
23Iowa State0.2 5.555.4010*8-5-1.1
24 Memphis1.67.355.7570*10-3-1.1
25Boise State1.05.804.8350*11-3-1.1
26Miss. St. #0.35.515.2320*9-4-1.1
27Florida State #0.9 5.664.7525*7-6-1.1
28Wake Forest0.76.295.5625*8-5-1.1
29Louisville1.87.395.6165**8-5-1.1
30Troy1.46.174.7880*11-2-1.4
31FL Atl. FAU1.66.805.1980*11-3-1.4
32South Florida1.36.154.8480**10-2-1.5
33Northwestern0.35.315.0240*10-3-1.5
34South Carolina0.35.465.1635*9-4-1.6
35Oregon #1.06.105.0750*7-6-1.7
36Virginia Tech0.35.395.0640*9-4-1.7
37Texas Tech0.36.175.7820*6-7-1.7
38Utah0.65.645.0740*7-6-1.8
39San Diego St.1.26.295.0980*10-3-1.8
40Mississippi #0.76.906.1645*6-6-1.8
41Texas0.05.155.1920*7-6-1.8
42Missouri1.57.135.6070*7-6-1.8
43Georgia Tech0.25.745.5230*5-6-1.9
44UCLA #0.16.396.2620*6-7-1.9
45Florida #-0.55.195.730***4-7-1.9
46Kansas State0.36.145.8245*8-5-1.9
47Fresno State0.95.784.8665*10-4-1.9
48Purdue0.35.595.2735*7-6-2.0
49Boston Coll.-0.35.105.3720*7-6-2.1
50Army 0.35.976.2565*10-3-2.2
51Duke-0.34.925.2230*7-6-2.2
52Maryland-0.55.155.6205*4-8-2.2
53Indiana0.14.994.9230*5-7-2.2
54Appalach. St. 1.16.455.3190*9-4-2.4
55Toledo1.36.915.63105*11-3-2.4
56Texas A&M #-0.15.545.6340*7-6-2.5
57West Virginia0.26.356.1450*7-6-2.5
58Houston0.66.005.3770*7-5-2.5
59Wyoming0.14.684.6755*8-5-2.6
60N. Illinois0.55.104.6270*8-5-2.6
61Arizona State-0.65.716.3330*7-6-2.7
62Nebraska #-0.85.596.3410*4-8-2.7
63 Vanderbilt-0.25.605.8540*5-7-2.8
64Tennessee #-1.24.775.940***4-8-2.8
65Syracuse-1.15.336.4010*4-8-2.9
66Pittsburgh-0.65.355.9630*5-7-2.9
67Arkansas #-0.85.596.4520*4-8-3.0
68Kentucky-0.75.566.2240*7-6-3.1
69Temple0.15.525.4070*7-6-3.2
70Navy-0.16.036.1765*7-6-3.2
71N. Carolina-0.55.325.8530*3-9-3.2
72W. Michigan-0.25.465.6475*6-6-3.2
73Colorado-0.65.516.1240*5-7-3.2
74Colorado St.0.36.556.2975*7-6-3.2
75Arkansas St.0.86.095.29100*7-5-3.2
76Arizona1.07.016.0370*7-6-3.2*
77Virginia-0.54.905.4045*6-7-3.2
78Miami (OH)0.15.555.4270*5-7-3.4
79Minnesota-0.64.885.5240*5-7-3.2
80California-0.65.175.8140*5-7-3.2
81SMU #-0.26.396.5960*7-6-3.2
82C. Michigan0.55.495.0390*8-5-3.2
83Ohio1.16.435.30120*9-4-3.3
84M. Tennessee0.75.684.9595*7-6-3.4
85E. Michigan 0.15.425.3470*5-7-3.4
86North Texas 0.26.145.9090*9-5-3.5
87N. Mexico St.0.55.825.3695*7-6-3.5
88Utah State0.55.625.1790*6-7-3.6
89Louisiana Tech0.15.735.5985*7-6-3.7
90Illinois-1.04.645.6625*2-10-3.7
91W. Kentucky -0.25.325.5270*6-7-3.7
92Florida Int. FIU-0.35.736.0280*8-5-3.7
93Marshall0.65.504.95110*8-5-3.7
94Georgia State 0.35.465.80100*7-5-3.7
95Rutgers-1.34.435.7230*4-8-3.8
96BYU-0.25.145.3560*4-9-3.8
97Akron-1.14.886.0270*7-7-3.8*
98Southern Miss0.85.895.0590*8-5-3.9
99Tulane-0.95.766.6855*5-7-3.9
100UTSA 0.75.654.96120*6-5-3.9
101Air Force-1.35.526.8145*5-7-4.0
102UAB0.05.435.391008-5-4.0
103Buffalo0.86.265.49100*6-6-4.2
104Kansas-1.84.646.4410*1-11-4.3
105LA Monroe-0.96.377.2660*4-8-4.3
106LA Laf. #-0.85.786.5870**5-7-4.3
107Nevada-0.25.876.1275*3-9-4.3
108Co. Carolina # -0.55.536.0570*3-9-4.4
109UMass0.26.005.76100*4-8-4.4
110Oregon St. #-1.45.186.6130*1-11-4.5
111New Mexico-0.65.506.1370*3-9-4.5
112Idaho -0.55.095.6180*4-8-4.5
113Cincinnati-0.65.245.8575*4-8-4.5
114UConn-1.35.496.7745**3-9-4.5
115Baylor -0.95.556.4650*1-11 -4.6
116Old Dominion-0.94.945.8080*5-7-4.7
117UNLV-0.16.206.27110*5-7-4.8
118Bowling Green-1.15.486.610*2-10-4.8
119S. Alabama # -0.85.105.8880*4-8-4.8
120San Jose St.-1.64.606.2180*2-11-4.9
121Rice #-1.05.446.4390*1-11-4.9
122Hawaii-1.05.736.7670*3-9-4.9
123East Carolina-2.35.447.7250*3-9-4.9*
124Tulsa-1.65.717.3170*2-10-4.9*
125Texas State-1.44.776.18100*2-10-4.9
126Ball State-2.24.466.62110*2-10-4.9
127Charlotte -1.24.926.16100*1-11-4.9
128GA Southern #-1.84.756.6080*2-10-4.9
129Kent State #-1.84.386.2170*2-10-4.9
130UTEP #-2.14.096.2490*0-12-4.9

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

College Football Bowl Game Predictions (+ later-added Results) 2017/2018 Season NCAA Division I FBS Games

College Football Bowl Game Predictions (+ later-added Results) 2017/2018 Season NCAA Division I FBS Games

Update:
We put undefeated UCF at Nr. 1.
Georgia is 13-2 with a loss to Auburn (40-17). The Dawgs won "the return match" 28-7, which still gives Auburn a two-point edge.
Alabama is 13-1 with a loss to Auburn (24-16).
UCF (Central Florida) is 13-0 with a win over Auburn (34-27).
 
We finished the  2017-2108 Bowl Game season at:
22-20 in picking the winner,
17-23-2 against the spread,
17-24 against the CFPT average, and
22-20 against the over/under. 
and for the season we finished a cumulative:
657-215 in picking the winner
456-388-26 against the spread
411-367-1 against the CFPT average, and
427-433-10 against the over/under.

Below are the SportPundit predictions and (later-added) results for the bowl games of the NCAA Division I FBS College Football Season 2017-2018. Bowl predictions were based on this season's performance. See the SportPundit Preseason College Football Rankings and Ratings for FBS 2017-2018. We also used USA Today Sagarin College Football Ratings, the Massey Ratings and the Dr. Kambour home field advantage calculations. We composed 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 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" or "was 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. Note that there is no line given at CFPT for games between FCS and FBS opponents.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Army Navy Game
Army vs. Navy
The Midshipmen were favored over the Black Knights by 3.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Navy by 1.47 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 46 points.
Our Call: 30-24 for Navy.
Result: 14-13 für Army. Navy outgained Army 296 to 241 yards total offense but missed a game-winning field goal in the final seconds.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
0-1 in picking the winner,
0-1 against the spread,
0-1 against the CFPT average, and
0-1 against the over/under. 

A great game this weekend by the way was in Division III football, where the perennial championship finalist Mount Union Purple Raiders, down 35-10 late in the third quarter against the previously unbeaten Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans, rallied for an amazing 43-40 win in one of the Division 3 semifinal championship games, thus advancing to the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia, and a matchup against the defending Division III champion Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders ("the Cru"), who beat Brockport 24-0 in the other semifinal game.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Celebration Bowl
Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T
The Aggies were favored over the Tigers by 9.5 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for NC A&T. The undefeated Aggies have the ypp NAYPPA advantage 2.4 to 0.9 against the once-beaten Tigers, who lost in their season opener to Tulane.
Result: North Carolina A&T won 21-14.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
1-1 in picking the winner,
0-2 against the spread,
0-1 against the CFPT average, and
1-1 against the over/under.

R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL
Troy vs. North Texas
The Trojans were favored over the Mean Green by 7 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Troy by 7.23 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Troy.
Result: Troy won 50-30.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
2-1 in picking the winner,
0-2-1 against the spread,
0-2 against the CFPT average, and
1-2 against the over/under. 

AUTONATION CURE BOWL
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
The Hilltoppers were favored over the Panthers by 4.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Western Kentucky by 4.87 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 26-24 for Western Kentucky.
Result: Georgia State won 27-17.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
2-2 in picking the winner,
1-2-1 against the spread,
1-2 against the CFPT average, and
2-2 against the over/under. 

LAS VEGAS BOWL
Boise State vs. Oregon
The Ducks were favored over the Broncos by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Oregon by 1.70 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 28-27 for Oregon.
Result: Boise State won 38-28.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
2-3 in picking the winner,
2-2-1 against the spread,
2-2 against the CFPT average, and
2-3 against the over/under. 

GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
Marshall vs. Colorado State
The Rams were favored over the Thundering Herd by 5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Colorado State by 3.36 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Colorado State.
Result: Marshall won 31-28.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
2-4 in picking the winner,
3-2-1 against the spread,
2-3 against the CFPT average, and
3-3 against the over/under. 

RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL
Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
The Red Wolves were favored over the Blue Raiders by 3.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Arkansas State by 6.16 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Middle Tennessee.
Result: Middle Tennessee won 35-30.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
3-4 in picking the winner,
4-2-1 against the spread,
3-3 against the CFPT average, and
3-4 against the over/under.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CHERIBUNDI TART CHERRY BOCA RATON BOWL 
Akron vs. Florida Atlantic (FAU)
The Owls were favored over the Zips by 17.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored FAU by 12.16 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 34-23 for FAU.
Result: FAU won 50-3.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
4-4 in picking the winner,
4-3-1 against the spread,
3-4 against the CFPT average, and
4-4 against the over/under.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 

DXL FRISCO BOWL
Louisiana Tech vs. SMU
The Mustangs were favored over the Bulldogs by 5.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored SMU by 6.97 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 70 points.
Our Call: 38-27 for SMU.
Result: Louisiana Tech won in a rout 51-10. Oh my. Chad Morris, the SMU head football coach during the season, took the head coaching job at Arkansas, and was replaced by Sonny Dykes, whose Mustangs were promptly blown out in a fiasco. SMU must hope it will be better next year. Stepping in can be tough.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
4-5 in picking the winner,
4-4-1 against the spread,
3-5 against the CFPT average, and
5-4 against the over/under. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017  

BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL
Temple vs. Florida International (FIU)
The Owls were favored over the Golden Panthers by 8 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Temple by 6.20 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Temple.
Result: Temple won 28-3. The Owls' defense shut down the Golden Panthers.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
5-5 in picking the winner,
4-5-1 against the spread,
3-6 against the CFPT average, and
5-5 against the over/under.

Friday, December 22, 2017  

BAHAMAS BOWL
UAB vs. Ohio
The Bobcats were favored over the Blazers by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio by 10.99 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Ohio.
Result: Ohio won 41-6.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
6-5 in picking the winner,
5-5-1 against the spread,
4-6 against the CFPT average, and
6-5 against the over/under. 

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
The game was seen as even. Take your pick.
The CFPT prediction average favored Central Michigan by 1.20 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 46.5 points.
Our Call: 24-21 for Central Michigan.
Result: Wyoming won 37-14.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
6-6 in picking the winner,
5-6-1 against the spread,
4-7 against the CFPT average, and
6-6 against the over/under. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017   

BIRMINGHAM BOWL 
Texas Tech vs. South Florida (USF)
The Bulls were favored over the Red Raiders by 2.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored South Florida by 1.68 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 65.5 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for Texas Tech.
Result: USF won 38-34.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
6-7 in picking the winner,
5-7-1 against the spread,
4-8 against the CFPT average, and
6-7 against the over/under. 

LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL
San Diego State vs. Army
The Aztecs were favored over the Black Knights by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored San Diego State by 4.52 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 28-20 for San Diego State. Both teams have top rushing offenses, but the Aztecs seem to have the better rushing defense -- see cfbstats.com stats.
Result: Army won 42-35.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
6-8 in picking the winner,
5-8-1 against the spread,
4-9 against the CFPT average, and
6-8 against the over/under. 

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL 
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
The Rockets were favored over the Mountaineers by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Toledo by 7.91 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Toledo.
Result: Appalachian State won 34-0 against a Toledo team that had averaged 39.2 points per game during the season.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
6-9 in picking the winner,
5-9-1 against the spread,
4-10 against the CFPT average, and
7-8 against the over/under. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017  

HAWAI'I BOWL 
Fresno State vs. Houston
The Cougars were favored over the Bulldogs by 1.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Houston by 1.54 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Houston.
Result: Fresno State won 33-27.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
6-10 in picking the winner,
6-9-1 against the spread,
5-10 against the CFPT average, and
8-8 against the over/under. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017   

ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
Utah vs. West Virginia
The Utes were favored over the Mountaineers by 4 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Utah by 0.28 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for Utah.
Result: Utah won 30-14.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
7-10 in picking the winner,
6-10-1 against the spread,
6-10 against the CFPT average, and
8-9 against the over/under. 

QUICK LANE BOWL
Duke vs. Northern Illinois
The Blue Devils were favored over the Huskies by 3 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Duke by 5.99 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 47.5 points.
Our Call: 26-24 for Duke.
Result: Duke won 36-14.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
8-10 in picking the winner,
6-11-1 against the spread,
6-11 against the CFPT average, and
9-9 against the over/under. 

CACTUS BOWL
Kansas State vs. UCLA
The Wildcats were favored over the Bruins by 3 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Kansas State by 3.95 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 33-31 for Kansas State.
Result: Kansas State won 35-17.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
9-10 in picking the winner,
6-12-1 against the spread,
6-12 against the CFPT average, and
9-10 against the over/under.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017  

WALK ON'S INDEPENDENCE BOWL 
Southern Mississippi vs. Florida State
The Seminoles were favored over the Golden Eagles by 15 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Florida State by 16.60 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 37-16 for Florida State.
Result: Florida State won 42-13.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
10-10 in picking the winner,
7-12-1 against the spread,
7-12 against the CFPT average, and
10-10 against the over/under.

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL 
Iowa vs. Boston College
The Hawkeyes were favored over the Eagles by 3 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Iowa by 3.49 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 45.5 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for Iowa.
Result: Iowa won 27-20. We picked this score right on the nose.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
11-10 in picking the winner,
8-12-1 against the spread,
8-12 against the CFPT average, and
11-10 against the over/under.
    
FOSTER FARMS BOWL
Arizona vs. Purdue
The Wildcats were favored over the Boilermakers by 3.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Purdue by 2.15 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 66.5 points.
Our Call: 34-30 for Arizona.
Result: Purdue won 38-35.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
11-11 in picking the winner,
8-13-1 against the spread,
8-13 against the CFPT average, and
11-11 against the over/under.
  
ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL
Texas vs. Missouri
The Tigers were favored over the Longhorns by 1 point.
The CFPT prediction average favored Texas by 4.09 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Missouri. The Tigers have a six-game winning streak.
Result: Texas won 33-16.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
11-12 in picking the winner,
8-14-1 against the spread,
8-14 against the CFPT average, and
11-12 against the over/under.

Thursday, December 28, 2017   

MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN 
Virginia vs. Navy
The game was seen as even. Take your pick.
The CFPT prediction average favored Navy by 1.52 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 55 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Virginia.
Result: Navy won 49-7.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
11-13 in picking the winner,
8-15-1 against the spread,
8-15 against the CFPT average, and
12-12 against the over/under.

CAMPING WORLD BOWL
Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys were favored over the Hokies by 6 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma State by 1.99 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 63 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Oklahoma State.
Result: Oklahoma State won 30-21.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
12-13 in picking the winner,
9-15-1 against the spread,
9-15 against the CFPT average, and
13-12 against the over/under.

VALERO ALAMO BOWL
Stanford vs. TCU
The Horned Frogs were favored over the Cardinal by 2.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored TCU by 1.44 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 47.5 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Stanford. As a Stanford Law School alumnus, we are admittedly biased, and we thus go with the Cardinal.
Result: TCU won 39-37.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
12-14 in picking the winner,
10-15-1 against the spread,
9-16 against the CFPT average, and
13-13 against the over/under.
  
SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL
Washington State vs. Michigan State
The Cougars were favored over the Spartans by 2.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan State by 0.17 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 44.5 points.
Our Call: 23-20 for Michigan State.
Result: Michigan State won 42-17.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
13-14 in picking the winner,
11-15-1 against the spread,
10-16 against the CFPT average, and
13-14 against the over/under.

Friday, December 29, 2017    

BELK BOWL
Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
The Demon Deacons were favored over the Aggies by 3 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Wake Forest by 3.94 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 64 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Wake Forest.
Result: Wake Forest won 55-52.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
14-14 in picking the winner,
11-15-2 against the spread,
10-17 against the CFPT average, and
13-15 against the over/under.

HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
North Carolina State (NC State) vs. Arizona State
The Wolfpack were favored over the Sun Devils by 7 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored NC State by 5.80 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for N.C. State.
Result: NC State won 52-31.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
15-14 in picking the winner,
12-15-2 against the spread,
11-17 against the CFPT average, and
13-16 against the over/under.
 
FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL
Kentucky vs. Northwestern
The Wildcats of Northwestern were favored over the Wildcats of Kentucky by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Northwestern by 13.20 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 51 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Northwestern.
Result: Northwestern won 24-23.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
16-14 in picking the winner,
12-16-2 against the spread,
11-18 against the CFPT average, and
14-16 against the over/under.
 
NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL
Utah State vs. New Mexico State
The Aggies of Utah State were favored over the Aggies of New Mexico State by 4 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Utah State by 8.06 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 61 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Utah State.
Result: New Mexico State won 26-20 in overtime.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
16-15 in picking the winner,
13-16-2 against the spread,
12-18 against the CFPT average, and
15-16 against the over/under.

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC 
USC (Southern Cal) vs. Ohio State
The Buckeyes were favored over the Trojans by 6.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio State by 9.43 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 64 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Ohio State.
Result: Ohio State won 24-7.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
17-15 in picking the winner,
14-16-2 against the spread,
13-18 against the CFPT average, and
16-16 against the over/under.

Saturday, December 30, 2017   

TAXSLAYER BOWL
Louisville vs. Mississippi State
The Cardinals were favored over the Bulldogs by 5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Louisville by 1.32 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 61.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Louisville.
Result: Mississippi State won 31-27.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
17-16 in picking the winner,
14-17-2 against the spread,
13-19 against the CFPT average, and
17-16 against the over/under.

AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
Iowa State vs. Memphis
The Tigers were favored over the Cyclones by 3.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Iowa State by 0.01 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 65.5 points.
Our Call: 34-30 for Iowa State.
Result: Iowa State won 21-20.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
18-16 in picking the winner,
14-18-2 against the spread,
13-20 against the CFPT average, and
18-16 against the over/under.
 
PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
Washington vs. Penn State
The Nittany Lions were favored over the Huskies by 4.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Penn State by 4.6 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 55 points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Penn State.
Result: Penn State won 35-28.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
19-16 in picking the winner,
14-19-2 against the spread,
13-21 against the CFPT average, and
18-17 against the over/under.
  
CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
Wisconsin vs. Miami of Florida
The Badgers were favored over the Hurricanes by 6 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Wisconsin by 7.13 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 45 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Wisconsin.
Result: Wisconsin won 34-24.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
20-16 in picking the winner,
14-20-2 against the spread,
13-22 against the CFPT average, and
19-17 against the over/under. 

Monday, January 1, 2018
    
OUTBACK BOWL
Michigan vs. South Carolina
The Wolverines were favored over the Gamecocks by 8.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan by 8.39 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 43 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for Michigan.
Result: South Carolina won 26-19, forcing five turnovers in the 2nd half. FIVE. We have a Michigan grad in the family and this was an unacceptable outcome. With a bit more than 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Michigan led 19-3 and then collapsed -- inexcusably -- both on offense as well as defense, for an ignominious loss. Either you play to win or you do not belong on the field. If you play not to lose, you will likely lose. That is what distinguishes champions from non-champions. Champions play to win, not "not to lose". We see now that the emperor wears no clothes. Harbaugh needs better coaching and less circus, while the outdated offense must be revamped to modern standards. Not poor quarterbacks but the rusty system and bad playcalling are at fault. What Scott Frost achieved in two years at UCF is a lesson to many coaches out there, regardless of who they are, who are still driving their nostalgic Model T Fords in the football systems they employ.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
20-17 in picking the winner,
15-20-2 against the spread,
14-22 against the CFPT average, and
20-17 against the over/under. 

CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL 
UCF (Central Florida) vs. Auburn
The Tigers were favored over the Knights by 9.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Auburn by 6.75 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 65 points.
Our Call: 40-34 for Auburn. As a Nebraska alum, we are great fans of Scott Frost and UCF and congratulate the Knights on their unbeaten regular season, and Frost for winning Coach of the Year accolades, and trust, as we already urged some years ago, that Frost proves to be the right man to lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers out of their current football abyss. However, this bowl matchup against one of the best defenses in the country could be a tough game for the Central Florida offense. Auburn allowed both Clemson and Alabama offenses only 14 points the entire game. If UCF can do better, even if they lose this game, they will have prevailed in principle in showcasing their modern spread offense. UCF would surely have preferred a matchup against a "Power 5 conference" high-ranked team having a strong offense but only an average defense, trading touchdown for touchdown, whereas if Malzahn's Tigers can shut down the UCF offense, it could be a long game for the Knights. We keep the spread low here to honor this season's UCF achievements, whereas the difference in schedule difficulty of the two teams would warrant a much higher spread. But who knows, one could be surprised. We hope so.
Result: UCF won 34-27. We congratulate UCF to a fabulous season and postseason as the only FBS team to finish undefeated this season. In our book, they deserve the title of national champions, having beaten Auburn, a team that this season (at least in the first matchup) beat both finalists for the playoff finals (Alabama and Georgia), playoffs from which Central Florida was wrongly excluded, resulting now in an all SEC final between the two losers to Auburn, a result which is not good for college football, and is what happens when championship contestants are decided at a biased non-objective negotiating table, rather than on the objective arena of the football field.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
20-18 in picking the winner,
16-20-2 against the spread,
15-22 against the CFPT average, and
20-18 against the over/under. 

CITRUS BOWL PRESENTED BY OVERTON'S
Notre Dame vs. LSU
The Tigers were favored over the Fighting Irish by 1 point.
The CFPT prediction average favored Notre Dame by 4.07 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 50 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for LSU.
Result: Notre Dame won 21-17 on a 55-yard pass play with 1:39 remaining.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
20-19 in picking the winner,
16-21-2 against the spread,
15-23 against the CFPT average, and
20-19 against the over/under.

College Football Playoff Semifinal Game 1
ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
Georgia vs. Oklahoma
The game was seen as even. Take your pick.
The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia by 0.07 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 60 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for Oklahoma. Our stats give the Sooners a commanding edge.
Result: Oklahoma led 31-17 at halftime after stupidly gifting a 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half, which proved to be the difference, as Georgia came back to tie the game 45-45 in regulation and won in two overtimes 54-48.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
20-20 in picking the winner,
16-22-2 against the spread,
15-24 against the CFPT average, and
20-20 against the over/under.
College Football Playoff Semifinal Game 2
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
Alabama vs. Clemson
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Tigers by 1.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Clemson by 0.35 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 24-17 for Alabama.
Result: Alabama won 24-6.
Thus far for the 2017-2108 Bowl Game Season we are:
21-20 in picking the winner,
17-22-2 against the spread,
16-24 against the CFPT average, and
21-20 against the over/under. 

So we have an all-SEC final coming up, which is not good for college football, with an undefeated FBS team as well as the Big Ten champion (the strongest conference, judging by the bowl outcomes) being excluded from the four semifinalists. It is a total failure of the present ill-advised playoff system of four teams selected by beauty popularity. There should be at least eight teams, one conference champion from each of the five Power 5 conferences, one team at least from the other conferences, and one or two at-large candidates selected by the committee, which in the instant case should have been Alabama and Auburn. Then, let them play and let the game decide, not some biased playoff committee.

Monday, January 8, 2018

College Football Playoff Championship Final Presented by AT&T 
Georgia vs. Alabama
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Dawgs by 4.0 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Alabama by 1.93 points.
The O/U (over/under) was 45.5 points.
Our Call: 30-24 for Alabama. Sinced we regard the schedule difficulty of both teams to be comparable, we make this call strictly on the basis of NAYPPA, the net average yards per play advantage of each team over the course of this season, which has Alabama up by 2.8 yards per play, making it one of the best teams of all time by the NAYPPA parameter, and Georgia is up by 2.2 yards per play, a difference of which .6 yards we multiply by 10 to give us the predicted score differentical of 6 points in favor of 'Bama. Interestingly, if we look at the socring point totals in games played against Auburn, Georgia is -2 versus Auburn for their two games and Alabama is -8 versus Auburn for their one game, giving Alabama again a six-point advantage. We think UCF beat Auburn fair and square by 7 and thus deserves the national championship since they are undefeated. Why should UCF be ranked lower?
Who really cares about this playoff final? 
Georgia is 12-1 with a loss to Auburn (40-17). The Dawgs won "the return match" 28-7, which still gives Auburn a two-point scoreboard edge.
Alabama is 12-1 with a loss to Auburn (24-16), for an 8-point Auburn edge.

UCF (Central Florida) is 13-0 with a win over Auburn (34-27).
We thus put undefeated UCF at Nr. 1 in our final rankings
and all the rest of the teams below that, although our normal stat analysis would still put Alabama first.
Result: Alabama won 26-23 in overtime.


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  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
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