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Monday, August 07, 2017

Preseason College Football Ratings & Rankings FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit

Preseason College Football Ratings & Rankings FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit

Our preseason college football ratings and rankings for the 130 teams now in Division I FBS 2017-2018 are based primarily on our final college football rankings for the 2016-2017 college football season, as made after the completion of the bowl games and playoff games.

Past seasons show that position changes in team rankings from one season to the next are not that great on average, although there are always exceptions, and that keeps it interesting.

Our system is based on net average yards per play stats, which we calibrate primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty. Other adjustments can also be made (*=adjustment). We take the cumulative yards per play stat data from or college and university football athletic pages online, as linked below for each team.

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.

Preseason College Football Rankings FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit
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Preseason RANKING 2017-2018 by Sport Pundit TEAM
NAYPPA= net average yards per play advantage offense over defense, 2016-2017, stats from (our calculation) yards per play offense via cfbstats.

per play
via cfbstats.

Schedule difficulty based on Massey Ratings, Sagarin,
& our ratings of average rank of opponents
x 3 / 100 is deducted from NAYPPA (*=adjusted)
Won-loss record (W-L) for the past 2016-2017 season - with 0.2 rating points deducted
per loss)
Post-Bowl 2016
-2017 Team Rating
Sport Pundit
3Ohio State1.76.024.3620*11-2+0.7
7Penn State1.56.505.0420*11-3+0.3
9LSU 2.06.714.7630*8-4+0.3
12Florida State1.2 6.455.2720*10-3+0.0
17Washington State0.16.116.040***8-5-0.9
19Texas A&M0.86.375.5525*8-5-0.9
20Virginia Tech0.75.734.9925*10-4-0.9
21North Carolina1.36.645.3740*8-5-0.9
22Miami (Florida)1.76.434.7560***9-4-0.9
23Oklahoma State0.86.735.9340*10-3-1.0
24Georgia Tech0.86.535.7640*9-4-1.2
25West Virginia0.96.425.5650*10-3-1.2
26Kansas State0.05.745.7715***9-4-1.2
29San Diego State1.66.484.9080*11-3-1.4
31South Florida1.37.175.8280**11-2-1.5
33Western Michigan0.86.665.8270*13-1-1.5
35North Carolina State0.65.755.1335*7-6-1.6
36Western Kentucky 2.57.655.20120*11-3-1.7
41Boise State1.66.845.2095***10-3-1.9
44TCU0.66.085.5140*6-7 -2.0
46Michigan State0.15.645.5310*3-9-2.0
48Appalachian State*10-3-2.0
52Notre Dame0.76.075.4045*4-8-2.2
57Mississippi State-*6-7-2.3
58 Memphis0.56.255.7765*8-5-2.4
59South Carolina-*6-7-2.4
60Louisiana Tech1.77.515.79105*9-5-2.4
61Texas Tech-0.56.527.0520*5-7-2.5
62Baylor*7-6 -2.5
63Air Force0.26.025.7970*10-3-2.5
66Boston College-0.74.425.0925*7-6-2.6
67Wake Forest-0.84.575.3320*7-6-2.6
69Colorado State0.66.686.1170*7-6-2.7
70Arkansas State0.45.374.9970*8-5-2.7
72Oregon State-0.25.525.7630*4-8-2.7
73Iowa State-0.1 5.915.9730*3-9-2.8
75 Vanderbilt-*6-7-2.8
78Miami (Ohio)0.45.675.2470*6-7-3.1
79Northern Illinois0.15.865.7960*5-7-3.1
80Idaho (last season at FBS level) -0.65.616.2460***9-4-3.2
81New Mexico0.66.856.29100*9-4-3.2
85Old Dominion1.06.415.41120*10-3-3.2
86Arizona State-*5-7-3.3
88Middle Tennessee1.56.925.47130*8-5-3.4
90Eastern Michigan 0.15.925.8475*7-6-3.4
91Utah State0.55.695.2370*3-9-3.4
93Army (West Point)0.85.895.09110*8-5-3.5
94Central Michigan0.15.805.7480*6-7-3.7
95East Carolina-*3-9-3.8
98South Alabama 0.15.735.6385*6-7-3.9
100Southern Miss0.36.015.71100*7-6-3.9
102Ball State-0.75.646.3855*4-8-4.0
104Georgia State 0.45.314.9185*3-9-4.0
105UTSA -0.35.385.6975*6-7-4.0
107Georgia Southern-*5-7-4.0
108Bowling Green-***4-8-4.0
111Kent State-0.44.855.2165*3-9-4.2
113San Jose State-1.15.336.4855*4-8-4.3
114Louisiana Lafayette -*6-7-4.3
118New Mexico State (final season in the Sun Belt Conference)-1.15.446.5655*3-9-4.5
119North Texas -***5-8-4.5
122Florida International FIU-0.95.436.3475*4-8-4.7
123Charlotte -1.14.926.0365*4-8-4.7
125Louisiana Monroe-*4-8-4.9
126Florida Atlantic FAU-1.25.706.9165*3-9-4.9
127Fresno State-1.04.685.7255*1-11-4.9
128Texas State-1.94.316.19***2-10-4.9
129Coastal Carolina (bowl eligible only starting the 2018 season)*10-2-4.9
130UAB -(Blazers back starting this season after a 2-year absence)------------

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stanford Wins 23rd Straight NCAA Division I Learfield Directors' Cup as the Top Collegiate Athletic Program

Stanford University won the NCAA Division I Learfield Directors' Cup
(see final 2016-2017 standings)
as the top collegiate athletic program for an incredible 23rd straight year, a record of excellence which remains as amazing as the record amazingly is.

In Division I, Ohio State finished 2nd, Florida 3rd, USC 4th, North Carolina 5th, Michigan 6th, Texas 7th, Penn State 8th, Oregon 9th and Kentucky 10th, just edging out UCLA 11th and Texas A&M 12th (the 12th Man!).

Grand Valley State of Allendale, Michigan won the NCAA Division II title for the third straight year, Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts won the NCAA Division III title for the fourth straight year, while Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, Kentucky won the NAIA title.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Going Bowling in Huskerland

When we "go bowling" in Nebraska, many people often think of football.

But Big Red football is no longer what it once was in Huskerland.
Cornhusker football national championships since Tom Osborne retired are a distant past. It's the coaching, folks.

But there are "other" sports.

How about the recent Husker national championships in women's bowling, what one might call the real "bowling" at the University of Nebraska?

The UofN women's team bowling coach might have some pointers for the Huskers and their football coaching staff.

Monday, February 06, 2017

It Ain't Over 'Til Its Over! Super Bowl 51 - Patriots 34 Falcons 28 - A Few Headlines About a Legendary Game

It Ain't Over 'Til Its Over!
Super Bowl 51 - Boston Patriots 34 Atlanta Falcons 28
Take a look at the headlines below about a miraculous game
in which the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit:

NFL official online site - Patriots make Super Bowl history

Sports Illustrated - Legendary!

ESPN - Tom Brady is the greatest of all time. Period.

Fox Sports  - Tom Brady passed Michael Jordan as the greatest clutch player ever

Boston Herald - This removes all doubt, Tom Brady is the greatest

Boston Globe - In a comeback for the ages, Patriots beat Falcons in heart-pounding Super Bowl

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - The Falcons lose the most Atlanta game ever
Nunzio Ingrassia @Nunzioforwork at
The best newspaper headlines from the Patriots’ Super Bowl win

Scrapped headlines of early newspaper editions pronouncing Atlanta as the game winner.

We would say in summary,
the game showed tremendous leadership at quarterback,
there was great team effort on both sides of the ball,
and a great job of coaching on the sidelines!

And, hey, Atlanta did pretty well too, you know.
The game did go into overtime.

Well done.
This is sports entertainment at its peak.
Congratulations to both teams for this show!
Thank you!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stanford University Leads Division I Learfield Directors' Cup Fall Standings 2016-2017

The Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup Fall Standings 2016-2017 have been released.

As written there:

"Reigning champion Stanford maintains the top spot of the final fall Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup standings".

followed by UCLA and North Carolina.

Stanford has won 22 straight Directors' Cups as the leading college and university athletic program in the nation, judged by performance ("Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women's and 10 men's.")

Stanford also extended to 41 years the Cardinal's streak of at least one national championship per year by winning the 2016 men's soccer and women's volleyball titles. Stanford has won more team and individual titles than any other college. Talk about a culture of excellence!

Stanford's athletic record over the years is all the more astounding given the fact that its major competitors have much larger enrollments. Last year Ohio State finished 2nd in the Learfield competition and ranked first in the nation in student enrollment at 63,016, of which 49,435 were undergraduates. By comparison, Stanford had 6,999 undergraduates (14% of the Buckeye total !).

Surely the outstanding Cardinal athletic record is in part attributable to the independence of Stanford's athletic financing. But you also must have great admission "recruitment". Of the 6999 Stanford undergraduates, about 900 were student-athletes, a very high percentage.

The much larger overall enrollment at large state universities is however not matched by a corresponding percentage of such students-athletes, already because NCAA regulations place limits on the financial aid and scholarships that can be offered.

Ohio State, for example, has somewhat over 1000 student-athletes. In other words, in terms of the number of enrolled student-athletes, Stanford probably matches many much larger universities.

We regularly post about Stanford University athletics because of the sometimes controversial rankings of U.S. colleges and universities published by mainstream media, which generally do not factor athletic programs or things like Silicon Valley into their equations. When those are added, it is difficult to beat Stanford.

In fact, the many college applicants wishing to study at Stanford University have made Stanford The Toughest U.S. College to Get Into -- and that for good reason.

Mens sana in corpore sano -- Latin for "a sound mind in a sound body".

We must add, as a Stanford Law School graduate, that we are of course heavily biased, but we chose Stanford over many other superb law schools. Stanford University is simply unique.

Sky Earth Native America

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

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

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


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

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