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by Russell V. Henderson (Houston, Texas)

January 7, 2014

FLORIDA STATE NUMBER ONE!

After all bowl games, I was 17-17-1 against the spread. Yuck!

Florida State, in spite of a terrible first half, came back to claim MY national championship over a tough Auburn team. Baylor stays at #2, followed by Michigan State, Alabama and Oregon.

Stanford moves up to #6, followed by Auburn, Ohio State, Missouri and U.C.F.

BOWL picks.

FINAL RATINGS FOR

2013-14.

Last regular season ratings for

December 14, 2013.

Here are the FINAL CONFERENCE RATINGS for 2013-14.

What is interesting is to compare the actual ratings with some of the preseason picks. I will use Athlon, because it is the only one I purchased, and because they rank all teams from #1 to #125. First of all, I give them credit for #125 (Georgia State), but let's look at some that were not exactly on target. I list their pick, with my current rating in parentheses:

OVERRATED:

MINUS 65 [13. Florida (78)]

MINUS 57 [20. T.C.U. (77)]

MINUS 56 [55. California (111)]

MINUS 41 [49. Arkansas (90)]

MINUS 32 [56. West Virginia (88)]

MINUS 25 [11. Boise State (36)]

MINUS 24 [25. Oregon State (49)]

MINUS 24 [46. Tennessee (70)]

UNDERRATED:

PLUS 62 [92. Houston (30)]

PLUS 55 [110. North Texas (55)]

PLUS 46 [121. U.T.S.A. (75)]

PLUS 41 [51. U.C.F. (10)]

PLUS 41 [73. Duke (32)]

PLUS 39 [48. Missouri (9)]

PLUS 36 [69. Iowa (33)]

PLUS 35 [42. Auburn (7)]

PLUS 34 [36. Baylor (2)]

PLUS 34 [77. East Carolina (43)]

PLUS 34 [87. Bowling Green (53)]

Here are the

BCS Ratings

.

Here are

MASSEY'S COMBINED COMPUTER RATINGS , including MINE

!

Picks for December 7:

RICE +6.5 vs. Marshall WIN

Utah State +2.5 at FRESNO STATE LOSE

Ohio State -5 vs. Michigan State LOSE

For Friday, November 30:

Iowa +2.5 at NEBRASKA WIN

I'm thinking about MARSHALL +3 vs. East Carolina WIN

I'll post Saturday picks later.

Picks for November 23:

WASHINGTON STATE -1 1/2 vs. Utah WIN

Brigham Young +1 at NOTRE DAME LOSE

Pick for October 30:

Cincinnati +2 at MEMPHIS WIN

Picks for October 31 - November 2:

U.S.C. +3.5 at OREGON STATE WIN

FLORIDA STATE -22 vs. Miami (Fla.)WIN

INDIANA -8.5 vs. Minnesota LOSE

Northwestern +6 at NEBRASKAWIN

These next two are in that doubtful category;

Boise State -7 at COLORADO STATEWIN

This next one gives me pause, but ...

T.C.U. -13.5 vs. West Virginia LOSE

It seems that the only pick of the week of October 26:

South Carolina +3 at MISSOURI WIN

Picks for the week of October 19:

These are in that second category - the unofficial picks - because, as you know, RULE #1 is NEVER to bet on a bad team (too risky). But, I don't know yet if these teams are bad or just mediocre. With that disclaimer, here they are (I ended up 1-1):

TENNESSEE +7.5 vs. South Carolina WIN

ILLINOIS +14 vs. Wisconsin LOSS

I was just 1-2 on picks for October 12:

PENN ST. +2 1/2 vs. Michigan

Florida + 7 1/2 at LSU

WASHINGTON +14 vs. Oregon

PICKS for October 5:

These are in that category of semi-official, because my rule #1 is NEVER to bet for a bad team. However, it is too early in the season to determine whether those teams in the middle are "bad" or simply "mediocre". In any event, here are the picks (HOME in all CAPS). NOTE: I was 1-1:

SYRACUSE +14 vs Clemson

TENNESSEE +12 vs Georgia

RATINGS FOR

January 5, 2014.

RATINGS FOR

January 4, 2014.

RATINGS FOR

January 1, 2014.

RATINGS FOR

December 25, 2013.

Ratings for

December 7, 2013.

Ratings for

November 30, 2013.

Ratings for

November 23, 2013.

Ratings for

November 16, 2013.

Ratings for

November 9, 2013.

Ratings for

November 2, 2013.

Ratings for

October 26, 2013.

Ratings for

October 19, 2013.

Ratings for

October 12, 2013.

Ratings for

October 5, 2013.

Ratings for

September 28, 2013.

FINAL Ratings for

2012-13.

I HAVE THE BOWL PICKS LOADED NOW.

Here are the CONFERENCE RATINGS - FINAL 2012-13.

NEW!! NFL RATINGS (December 30, 2012).

NFL Division/Conference ratings (December 30, 2012).

My pick was off again, dropping me to 9-6 for the season.

Virginia Tech -9 at BOSTON COLLEGE

Went 0-2 on the picks:

MICHIGAN -10 vs. Northwestern

Utah -1 at WASHINGTON

I was 2-1 on my picks for last week, bringing me to 4-3 on my "official" picks, to go with 5-0 on my "to chicken" picks, for 9-3 overall.

I had no picks last week, because no games looked obvious.

With last week's "official" picks, I was 1-1 again, moving me to 2-2 for the season. But, on my "Too Chicken" picks, I was 2-0, and now I am 5-0 in that category for the year. Perhaps I should be less "chicken"?

October 25-26-27(HOME IN ALL CAPS)

WAKE FOREST +12 vs. Clemson

Cincinnati +3 at LOUISVILLE

ARIZONA +6 vs. U.S.C.

Picks for October 13 (HOME IN ALL CAPS)

TEXAS TECH +3 vs. West Virginia

VANDERBILT +9 vs. Florida

"Too Chicken" picks:

California -7 at WASHINGTON STATE

Alabama -21 at MISSOURI

On the picks for October 6, I was 1-1 in my official picks, and 3-0 in my "too chicken" picks. I'll try to keep a season tally of both categories.

Ratings for

October 6, 2012.

Picks for last week (HOME in ALL CAPS):

CALIFORNIA +2 vs. U.C.L.A.

TEXAS -7 vs. West Virginia

I was very close to taking FLORIDA +2.5 vs. L.S.U.; OREGON -24 vs. Washington; NOTRE DAME -14 vs. Miami (Fla.). Watch those games to see if I "woulda, shoulda".

Here are the CONFERENCE RATINGS through December 27, 2012 (through the Military Bowl).

Ratings for

January 1, 2013.

Ratings for

December 29, 2012.

Ratings for

December 22, 2012 (through the New Orleans Bowl).

Ratings for

December 15, 2012 (through the first 2 bowl games).

Ratings for

December 8, 2012.

Ratings for

December 1, 2012.

Ratings for

November 24, 2012.

Ratings for

November 17, 2012.

Ratings for

November 10, 2012.

Ratings for

November 5, 2012.

Ratings for

October 27, 2012.

Ratings for

October 20, 2012.

Ratings for

October 13, 2012.

Ratings for

September 29, 2012.

Ratings for

September 22, 2012.

BOWL PICKS are up. I finished 20-15.

Here are the CONFERENCE RATINGS for 2011.

NFL RATINGS (January 1, 2012).

NFL DIVISION/CONFERENCE RATINGS (December 26, 2011).

Ratings for

FINAL for 2011-12.

2011 Week by Week College Ratings (archived). FINAL RANKINGS for

2010-11

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2010 Week by Week College Ratings (archived).

2009 Week by Week College Ratings.

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