COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS & MORE

by Russell V. Henderson (Houston, Texas)

January 14, 2020

OHIO STATE is still NUMBER 1

In spite of their one loss to Clemson, Ohio State played well enough for the entire season to finish atop the 2019-20 final rankings. It's a pity that they had so many bad calls in the Clemson game, because an OSU-LSU matchup would have been fantastic. L.S.U. finishes 2nd, followed by Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame.

Oregon is 6th, followed by Penn State, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma.

I'll have more later, but wanted to post the final rankings now. I'll have comments on the SEC resurgence in the bowl season, and also why Notre Dame is the most underrated team in the 2019-20 college football season.

Here are the FINAL ratings for

2019-20.

Here are the FINAL conference ratings for 2019-20. .

Here are

MASSEY'S COMBINED COMPUTER RATINGS, including MINE!

Official bowl picks:

Cal -6.5 vs. Illinois

Memphis +7 vs. Penn State

BOWL PICKS

Here are the

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS.

I was just 2-2 on my picks for November 10, making me 11-11 for the season:

MICHIGAN STATE -14.5 vs. Illinois

Minnesota +6.5 at PENN STATE

MIAMI (FLA.) -6.5 vs. Louisville

WISCONSIN -8.5 vs. Iowa

I had no picks for last week.

I was a horrible 2-4 on my picks for October 26, making me 9-9 on all picks. Yuck.

MICHIGAN STATE +4 vs. Penn State

TCU +1 vs Texas

Tulane +4 at NAVY

Hawaii -10 at NEW MEXICO

Utah State +3 at AIR FORCE

OREGON -14 vs. Washington State

I was just 2-2 on my picks for October 19, bringing me to an unofficial record of 7-5 (5-5 on "official picks").

Southern Miss +2.5 at LOUISIANA TECH

UTAH -13.5 vs. Arizona State

Tulane +4.5 at MEMPHIS

UTAH STATE -21 vs. Nevada

I was 1-1 on the picks for October 12, moving me to 3-3 on the season: I hit both of the ones I had doubts about, so, informally, I am 5-3.

Washington State +1 at ARIZONA STATE

MINNESOTA -7 vs. Nebraska

The 2 other games I thought about, but decided not to go on:

LSU -13.5 vs. Florida

Utah -15 at OREGON STATE

So many people are on LSU and Utah, that I decided that those weren't too safe.

I was just 2-2 on my picks for OCTOBER 5, 2019:

Pittsburgh +4 at DUKE

OREGON -20 vs. California

Texas Christian +3½ at IOWA STATE

And I'm not as confident on this one (meaning it probably will be the only one I get right):

Northwestern +7 at NEBRASKA

Here are the ratings for

JANUARY 11, 2020.

Here are the ratings for

DECEMBER 14, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

DECEMBER 7, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

NOVEMBER 30, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

NOVEMBER 23, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

NOVEMBER 16 , 2019.

Here are the ratings for

NOVEMBER 9 , 2019.

Here are the ratings for

NOVEMBER 2 , 2019.

Here are the ratings for

OCTOBER 26 , 2019.

Here are the ratings for

OCTOBER 19, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

OCTOBER 12, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

OCTOBER 5, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

September 28, 2019.

Here are the ratings for

September 21, 2019.

FINAL RATINGS FOR

2018-19.

Here are the FINAL CONFERENCE RATINGS for 2018-19. .

The COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS for November 13 will be HERE.

RATINGS FOR

DECEMBER 1, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 24, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 17, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 10, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 3, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 27, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 20, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 13, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 6, 2018.

RATINGS FOR

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018.

There are no official picks for December 1, but ....

If I were to "recommend" picks for those who HAD to bet:

Memphis +3 @UCF

Oklahoma -7.5 vs. Texas

I was 2-1 for my picks for November 23-24, bringing me to 12-8-1.

Washington +2.5 at WASHINGTON STATE

MIAMI, FLA. -6 vs. Pitt

TEXAS A&M -3.5 vs. L.S.U.

I was just 2-3 on my picks for November 17, 2008, bringing me to 10-7-1 against the spread over the past 4 weeks, and 12-9-1 for the season.

N.C. State -16 at LOUISVILLE

TEMPLE -13.5 vs. South Florida

Iowa State +2.5 at TEXAS

Iowa -14 at ILLINOIS

FRESNO STATE -13 vs. San Diego State

I was 2-3 in my picks for November 10, bringing me to 8-4-1 for the past 3 weeks. I knew that there was something suspicious about that LSU line, but I just could not recommend taking the points on a bad team:

IOWA STATE -17 vs. Baylor

PENN STATE -9 vs. Wisconsin

Purdue -10.5 at MINNESOTA

Oregon +3 at UTAH

South Carolina +6 at FLORIDA

I'm not recommending ARKANSAS +12.5 vs. LSU, only because one does not bet on bad teams. But if I didn't have that rule, I would take the Hogs. But, they are a bad team. So, why is that line so low?

I was 3-1 in my picks for November 3, moving me to 6-1-1 against the spread the last two weeks.

MICHIGAN -12 vs. Penn State

WASHINGTON -10 vs. Stanford

Missouri +6.5 at FLORIDA

Southern Cal -16 at OREGON STATE< p> I was 3-0-1 in my picks for October 27:

MICHIGAN STATE -1½ vs. Purdue

HOUSTON -7½ vs. South Florida

OKLAHOMA ST. +3½ vs. Texas

I really don't want to get burned by Penn State again, but they should not be a 6 point favorite against Iowa. So ....

PENN STATE -6 vs. Iowa

PIcks for October 13:

I was 2-2 on my official picks for this week. I'm not sure that I will count the Purdue game, because it went against my system. I'll have to think about that.

Georgia -7 at L.S.U.

ALABAMA -28 vs. Missouri

BYU -11 vs. Hawai'i

Middle Tennessee +2½ at F.I.U.

There is one game that goes against all of my years of wisdom to pick it, but i just cannot help doing so. If I miss it, I only have myself to blame for going against my own system ---> ILLINOIS +10½ vs. Purdue

Counting the unofficial picks for October 12-13, I was 2-2, but missed my main one.

Penn State -14 at INDIANA

Unofficial: BOISE STATE -24 vs. Colorado State

CLEMSON -18 vs. N.C. State

WASHINGTON -17½ vs. Colorado

PICKS for September 29: (These are "advisory picks" because I don't like to make the actual ones until all teams have played 4 games. Right now, it is difficult to determine if teams like Syracuse or Kentucky are for real, or not)

Cincinnati -17 at CONNECTICUT

Utah PK at WASHINGTON STATE

WASHINGTON -17½ vs. BYU

South Carolina +1½ at KENTUCKY

ARIZONA STATE -21½ vs. Oregon State

ARIZONA +3½ vs. U.S.C.

CLEMSON -23½ vs. Syracuse

Next week, I'll make some official picks.

RATINGS FOR

2017-18 (FINAL).

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

2017 SEASON INFORMATION:

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

.

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.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 12, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

NOVEMBER 5, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 29, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

OCTOBER 22, 2016.

RATINGS FOR

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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