COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS & MORE

by Russell V. Henderson (Houston, Texas)

January 6, 2018

OHIO STATE - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes for narrowly edging Alabama in my final 2017-18 rankings.

Finishing at number 3 is Wisconsin, with Penn State and Georgia rounding out the top 5.

Oklahoma remains at number 6, followed by Clemson, UCF, Notre Dame and Washington.

The final conference standings (link below) show the B1G as the best league, top to bottom, even though two SEC teams are playing in the final game on Monday.

RATINGS FOR

2017-18 (FINAL).

Here are the CONFERENCE RATINGS for 2017-18 (FINAL). .

Here are

MASSEY'S COMBINED COMPUTER RATINGS, including MINE!

Bowl Picks.

I am 18-20-1 against the spread in the bowl picks. It's a good thing that I listed these as fun picks, and that my regular season record of 24-10-1 holds up.

Please keep in mind that I make these picks basically for fun, but I try to pick the winners. However, these are not "official" picks. Please check back often, as I will post picks for those bowl games ."for which I have an "official" pick. None of the games on December 16 are "official

Here are

the College Football Playoff Rankings

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I was just 1-2 on my picks for December 1, dropping me to 25-11-1 for the season:

Georgia +1 vs. Auburn

BOISE STATE -9 vs. Fresno State

T.C.U. +7 vs. Oklahoma

I was 4-1 in my picks for November 24-25, giving me 14 out of my last 15 against the spread. I am now 24-10-1 against the spread this season.

Texas Tech +10 @ TEXAS

Ohio State -12 @ MICHIGAN

Clemson -14 @ SOUTH CAROLINA

Louisville -10 @ KENTUCKY

WASHINGTON -9 vs. Washington State

I was 4-0 on my picks for November 18, moving me to 20-9-1 against the spread this season. NOT BAD!

GEORGIA -21 vs. Kentucky

Missouri -9 at VANDERBILT

Texas +3 at WEST VIRGINIA

Boston College -21 vs. Connecticut (@ Fenway Park)

I was 2-0 on my picks this past weekend, to move me to 16-9-1 against the spread for the season.

OHIO STATE -15 vs. Michigan State

LSU -17 vs. Arkansas

A couple that don't follow my rule (don't bet on losing teams) so they aren't "official" but they may be correct:

Florida +7 at SOUTH CAROLINA

Purdue +4 at NORTHWESTERN

I did not make picks this past weekend, due to being unavailable.

I went 3-0-1 last week on my picks, moving me to 14-9-1 for the season against the spread. If I had been gutsy and picked U.S.C., it would have been a very nice 4-0-1.

Picks (HOME TEAM IN CAPS):

WAKE FOREST +3 vs. Louisville

CLEMSON -14 vs. Georgia Tech

Oklahoma State -7 at WEST VIRGINIA

NORTHWESTERN +2 vs. Michigan State

One game I won't pick because I don't understand the line is U.S.C. laying 3 at ARIZONA STATE. Using my usual logic, I would be all over the Trojans to cover easily. We'll see.

I was just 3-4 in my picks for October 21. I don't count the S.M.U. game because I listed the incorrect opponent. I'm now just 11-9 for the season. I'll try doing better.

S.M.U. -7 at UCONN

Oklahoma -14 at KANSAS STATE

Indiana +6 at MICHIGAN STATE

U.T.S.A. -20 vs. Rice

BOISE STATE -14 vs. Wyoming

MISSISSIPPI STATE -14 vs. Kentucky

Auburn -15 at ARKANSAS

I'm a little nervous about this one, so take it with a grain of salt:

Louisville +6 at FLORIDA STATE

I was 4-3 on my picks for October 14-15 (I don't include the "maybe"): (HOME TEAM IN ALL CAPS). I'm now 8-5 against the spread for 2017.

N.C. State -11 at PITT

Navy +3 at MEMPHIS

Ohio State -24 at NEBRASKA

MINNESOTA +4 vs. Michigan State

Wyoming +3 at UTAH STATE

Washington -17 at ARIZONA STATE

Auburn -7 at LSU

Here's one I'm hesitant to list. I'll call it a "maybe" ...

Colorado -10 at OREGON STATE

I went 4-2 on the picks for October 6-7:

Memphis -14 at UCONN

WASHINGTON -26 vs. California

TCU -12 vs. West Virginia

Wisconsin -12 at NEBRASKA

Maryland +32 at OHIO STATE

TEXAS A&M +25 vs. Alabama

RATINGS FOR

January 6, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

December 2, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

November 25, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

November 18, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

November 11, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

November 4, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

October 28, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

October 21, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

October 15, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

October 7, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

September 30, 2017.

2016 Information -- moving shortly to an archive:

As I noted before the 2016-17 bowl season, the ACC flew under the national radar with respect to its great season. Please look at the conference ratings, and you will see that the ACC edged out the SEC for bragging rights as the best conference. In the 3 decades of this system, this is the first time that the ACC has finished on top.

Bowl Picks. I finished 21-18-1 against the spread.

FINAL RATINGS FOR

2016-17.

Here are the FINAL CONFERENCE RATINGS for 2016-17. .

Here are

MASSEY'S COMBINED COMPUTER RATINGS, including MINE!

RATINGS FOR

December 2, 2017.

RATINGS FOR

DECEMBER 31, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

DECEMBER 23, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

DECEMBER 17, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

DECEMBER 10, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

DECEMBER 3, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 26, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 19, 2016.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 5, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 29, 2016.

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OCTOBER 22, 2016.

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OCTOBER 15, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 9, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 1, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016.

FINAL RATINGS FOR

2015-16.

Here are the FINAL CONFERENCE RATINGS for 2015-16. .

Three picks for November 19:

I had a lousy week of picks, going 0-3 in my "official" games, and just 1-0 in the unofficial choice of Wyoming over San Diego State.

TCU -5 vs. Oklahoma State

NORTHWESTERN -2.5 vs. Minnesota

LSU -14 vs. Florida

I'm tempted to take WYOMING +14 vs. San Diego State, but it is a game to watch for an upset.

PICKS for November 5:

Well, I was 1-1 on my "official picks" and got 3-0 on the other games I mentioned. Michigan State -2 at ILLINOIS

Washington -18 at CALIFORNIA

It's not logical to pick the Spartans on the road this season, so that line is a bit strange. Additionally, California has a high scoring offense, and the Bears are at home, so why such a large spread? The Huskies are coming off a less-than-impressive win over Utah, so the 18 really should be more like 7. Therefore, I like both of the favorites. I also considered taking Louisville and Virginia Tech as favorites against Boston College and Duke, respectively, but I just could not pull the trigger. The underdog that I thought about was Air Force getting 2 at Army. I think that the Black Knights are favored because they are improved, and because it's difficult to win crossing two time zones. But, I have a feeling about the Falcons ....

The previous week, I picked South Florida and Texas, but did not post the picks here. Therefore, I cannot count them as official picks.

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ARCHIVE

FOR 2015-16.

ARCHIVE

FOR 2014-15.

FINAL RATINGS FOR

2013-14.

FINAL Ratings for

2012-13.

I HAVE THE BOWL PICKS LOADED NOW.

Here are the CONFERENCE RATINGS - FINAL 2012-13.

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).

2013 Week by Week College Ratings (archived). 2012 Week by Week College Ratings (archived). 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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