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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

College Football Game Predictions for Week 9 2016 FBS by SportPundit

College Football Game Predictions for Week 9 2016 FBS by SportPundit

In Week 8, our change in the calculation of a rating point as equatable to 0.7 scoreboard points rather than to 1 scoreboard point brought better results.
We thus finished as follows last week:
44-14 in picking the winner
35-20-2 against the spread
31-23 against the CFPT prediction average, and
31-25 against the over/under.

After Week 8 our cumulative season results are:
388-125 in picking the winner
238-247-21 against the spread
189-220 against the CFPT average, and
259-228-15 against the over/under.

Notice as of this week: This season, our cumulative over/under results are opposite our results against the spread. Normally, that should not be. We use the same system for both, so something needs to be changed. We have examined the data and determined that our own spread has too often been too high based on our equation of .1 of our rating points as equatable with 1 point on the scoreboard. We scaled that back this week to ca. .1 rating point =  only about .7 scoreboard points, so that 1 rating point = 1 touchdown. In other words, if a team rated at +1.0 met a team rated at -2.0 under our system, that is a difference of 30 x .1 rating points or 3 full rating points which we have thus far equated as 30 scoreboard points -- which has proven to be too many. Under the revised system, our prediction would now be calculated as 21 points, i.e. 3 TDs, rather than 30 scoreboard points, and we may or may not adjust for home field advantage, as the case may be. Our over/under predictions for total score as based on yards per play do not change much. We will make subjective adjustments.
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Below are our -- SportPundit -- prediction RESULTS for NCAA Division I FBS College Football in ESPN Week 9, based primarily on our After Week 8 College Football Rankings and Ratings for FBS 2016-2017 by SportPundit. We also look at the USA Today Sagarin College Football 2016 Ratings, the Massey Ratings for 2016 NCAA I Football and the Dr. Kambour home field advantage calculations.

Our system is based on net average yards per play stats, calibrated primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty, i.e. the teams thus far played. Other adjustments are also made (*=adjustment) because the ypp 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. We take the cumulative yards per play stat data from cfbstats.com and from the college and university football athletic pages online.

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.

This week we took the opening lines (if available) and the CFPT prediction average from the CFPT (College Football Prediction Tracker), as posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 : 10:18 AM. We take the -- usually later-posted -- opening over/under from Oddsshark viz. VegasInsider.com as well as later-posted opening odds. All odds and stats are here by us posted WITHOUT ANY guarantee of accuracy, and without any liability on our part for our posted materials or links to 3rd party sites. We do our predictions for fun. If important for the reader, the reader must consult the original sites. We use the opening line ("OL") if available, not the updated line ("UL), since we compete against opening odds, if possible. We call the score and not the spread as such because our stats permit that calculation.

We write "were favored". The odds of the opening line are usually changed by the time we make our predictions. We do not compete against those changed odds. We used the CFPT as of the above date.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
The Hokies were favored over the Pirates by 3.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Virginia Tech by 4.90 points. The O/U (over/under) was 66 points.
Our Call: 30-24 for Virginia Tech.
Result: ?

Ohio at Toledo
The Rockets were favored over the Bobcats by 16.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Toledo by 17.64 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46.5. points.
Our Call: 37-24 for Toledo.
Result: ?

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
The Mountaineers were favored over the Eagles by 4.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Appalachian State by 4.58 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for Appalachian State.
Result: ?

Akron at Buffalo
The Zips were favored over the Bulls by 14.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Akron by 16.97 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58 points.
Our Call: 33-24 for Akron.
Result: ?

California at USC (U of Southern California)
The Trojans were favored over the Golden Bears by 14.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Cal by 12.93 points. The O/U (over/under) was 70.5 points.
Our Call: 40-28 for USC.
Result: ?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Navy at South Florida
The Bulls were favored over the Midshipmen by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Florida by 4.71 points. The O/U (over/under) was 68 points.
Our Call: 34-31 for South Florida. Our stats rate these teams even. We give the advantage to the home team.
Result: ?

San Diego State at Utah State
The Aztecs were favored over the Aggies by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored San Diego State by 4.93 points. The O/U (over/under) was 46.5 points.
Our Call: 28-24 for San Diego State.
Result: ?

Air Force at Fresno State
The Falcons were favored over the Bulldogs by 12 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Air Force by 13.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 35-21 for Air Force.
Result: ?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Michigan at Michigan State
The Wolverines were favored over the Spartans by 20 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan by 28.85 points. The O/U (over/under) was 56 points.
Our Call: 38-14 for Michigan.
Result: ?

Louisville at Virginia
The Cardinals were favored over the Cavaliers by 27 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Louisville by 25.32 points. The O/U (over/under) was 72 points.
Our Call: 45-21 for Louisville.
Result: ?

West Virginia at Oklahoma State
The Mountaineers were favored over the Cowboys by 1 point. The CFPT prediction average favored West Virginia by 4.93 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 37-27 for West Virginia.
Result: ?

UCF at Houston
The Cougars were favored over the Knights by 12 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Houston by 12.63 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Houston.
Result: ?

Penn State at Purdue
The Nittany Lions were favored over the Boilermakers by 13.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Penn State by 16.42 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 34-21 for Penn State.
Result: ?

Duke at Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets were favored over the Blue Devils by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia Tech by 7.49 points. The O/U (over/under) was 47 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Georgia Tech.
Result: ?

Kentucky at Missouri
The Tigers were favored over the Wildcats by 4 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Missouri by 4.35 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Missouri.
Result: ?

Connecticut at East Carolina
The Pirates were favored over the Huskies by 6 points. The CFPT prediction average favored East Carolina by 2.06 points. The O/U (over/under) was 70 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for UConn.
Result: ?

Kansas State at Iowa State
The Wildcats were favored over the Cyclones by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored K-State by 9.48 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Kansas State.
Result: ?

Minnesota at Illinois
The Golden Gophers were favored over the Illini by 6 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Minnesota by 5.24 points. The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 27-26 for Illinois.
Result: ?

Kent State at Central Michigan
The Chippewas were favored over the Golden Flashes by 12.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Central Michigan by 13.27 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Central Michigan.
Result: ?

Boston College at North Carolina State
The Wolfpack were favored over the Eagles by 14.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored NC State by 15.35 points. The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 31-14 for N.C. State.
Result: ?

Wagner (FCS) at Massachusetts
The ?? were favored over the ?? by ?? points. The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 38-17 for UMass. The Seahawks are thus far 4-3 this season.
Result: ?

Northwestern at Ohio State
The Buckeyes were favored over the Wildcats by 21.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio State by 23.19 points. The O/U (over/under) was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Ohio State.
Result: ?

Washington at Utah
The Huskies were favored over the Utes by 10.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington by 9.89 points. The O/U (over/under) was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 38-27 for Washington.
Result: ?

Baylor at Texas
The Bears were favored over the Longhorns by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Baylor by 6.83 points. The O/U (over/under) was 70 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Baylor.
Result: ?

Georgia vs. Florida at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
The Gators were favored over the Bulldogs by 5.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Florida by 9.35 points. The O/U (over/under) was 44 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Florida.
Result: ?

Cincinnati at Temple
The Owls were favored over the Bearcats by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Temple by 12.21 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 34-21 for Temple.
Result: ?

Army at Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons were favored over the Black Knights by 7.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wake Forest by 9.87 points. The O/U (over/under) was 43 points.
Our Call: 30-20 for Wake Forest.
Result: ?

Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic (FAU)
The Hilltoppers were favored over the Owls by 20 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Western Kentucky by 21.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 67 points.
Our Call: 45-21 for Western Kentucky.
Result: ?

Miami of Florida at Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish were favored over the Hurricanes by 1 point. The CFPT prediction average favored Miami by 3.59 points. The O/U (over/under) was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Miami.
Result: ?

Miami of Ohio at Eastern Michigan
The Eagles were favored over the Redhawks by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Eastern Michigan by 7.77 points. The O/U (over/under) was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 31-23 for Eastern Michigan.
Result: ?

Texas Tech at TCU
The Horned Frogs were favored over the Red Raiders by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored TCU by 6.79 points. The O/U (over/under) was 84 points.
Our Call: 41-37 for TCU.
Result: ?

Maryland at Indiana
The Hoosiers were favored over the Terrapins by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Indiana by 2.58 points. The O/U (over/under) was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 31-21 for Indiana.
Result: ?

Samford (FCS) at Mississippi State
The ?? were favored over the ?? by ?? points.The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Mississippi State. Samford is 6-1 this year and currently ranked 20th in the FCS.
Result: ?

SMU at Tulane
The Mustangs were favored over the Green Wave by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored SMU by 1.35 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 27-20 for SMU.
Result: ?

Arizona State at Oregon
The Ducks were favored over the Sun Devils by 7.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oregon by 0.28 points. The O/U (over/under) was 78.5 points.
Our Call: 38-31 for Oregon.
Result: ?

Georgia State at South Alabama
The Jaguars were favored over the Panthers by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored South Alabama by 3.16 points. The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 27-26 for South Alabama.
Result: ?

Nebraska  at Wisconsin
The Badgers were favored over the Cornhuskers by 8 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Wisconsin by 8.02 points. The O/U (over/under) was 40.5 points.
Our Call: 33-20 for Wisconsin
Result: ?

Boise State at Wyoming
The Broncos were favored over the Cowboys by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Boise State by 13.14 points. The O/U (over/under) was 61.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Boise State.
Result: ?

Kansas at Oklahoma
The Sooners were favored over the Jayhawks by 41 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma by 35.26 points. The O/U (over/under) was 71 points.
Our Call: 52-17 for Oklahoma.
Result: ?

Rice at Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs were favored over the Owls by 23.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Louisiana Tech by 21.36 points. The O/U (over/under) was 70.5 points.
Our Call: 49-28 for Louisiana Tech.
Result: ?

Middle Tennessee (MTSU) at Florida International (FIU)
The Blue Raiders were favored over the Golden Panthers by 16.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Middle Tennessee by 17.96 points. The O/U (over/under) was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for Middle Tennessee.
Result: ?

North Texas at UTSA (Texas San Antonio)
The Roadrunners were favored over the Mean Green by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored North Texas by 0.80 points. The O/U (over/under) was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 28-27 for North Texas.
Result: ?

Marshall at Southern Mississippi
The Golden Eagles were favored over the Thundering Herd by 14 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Miss by 12.98 points. The O/U (over/under) was 66.5 points.
Our Call: 41-24 for Southern Miss.
Result: ?

Louisiana Monroe (ULM) at Arkansas State
The Red Wolves were favored over the Warhawks by 18 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Arkansas State by 14.56 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Arkansas State.
Result: ?

Auburn at Mississippi
The Tigers were favored over the Rebels by 2 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Auburn by 3.96 points. The O/U (over/under) was 63 points.
Our Call: 34-30 for Auburn.
Result: ?

Tennessee at South Carolina
The Volunteers were favored over the Gamecocks by 12.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored the Vols by 13.72 points. The O/U (over/under) was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 34-20 for Tennessee.
Result: ?

New Mexico State at Texas A&M
The Texas A&M Aggies were favored over the New Mexico State Aggies by 41 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Texas A&M by 41.66 points. The O/U (over/under) was 68 points.
Our Call: 49-17 for Texas A&M.
Result: ?

Clemson at Florida State
The Tigers were favored over the Seminoles by 2.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Clemson by 6.19 points. The O/U (over/under) was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for Clemson.
Result: ?

Tulsa at Memphis
The Tigers were favored over the Golden Hurricane by 6.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Memphis by 7.40 points. The O/U (over/under) was 69 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Memphis.
Result: ?

Old Dominion at UTEP (Texas El Paso)
The Monarchs were favored over the Miners by 5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Old Dominion by 9.20 points. The O/U (over/under) was 57 points.
Our Call: 33-30 for Old Dominion.
Result: ?

UNLV at San Jose State
The Rebels were favored over the Spartans by 1 point. The CFPT prediction average favored UNLV by 2.65 points. The O/U (over/under) was 59 points.
Our Call: 33-30 for UNLV.
Result: ?

Washington State at Oregon State
The Cougars were favored over the Beavers by 15.5 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Washington State by 15.54 points. The O/U (over/under) was 65.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Washington State.
Result: ?

Stanford at Arizona
The Cardinal were favored over the Wildcats by 7 points. The CFPT prediction average favored Stanford by 9.80 points. The O/U (over/under) was 48 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Stanford.
Result: ?

New Mexico at Hawaii
The Warriors were favored over the Lobos by 2 points. The CFPT prediction average favored New Mexico by 0.39 points. The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 38-35 for Hawaii.
Result: ?

Coastal Carolina at Presbyterian
The ?? were favored over the ?? by ?? points. The O/U (over/under) was ?? points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Coastal Carolina.
Result:

 

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Sky Earth Native America


Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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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.

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    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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