Fan Plan Championship Index for Sept. 24

DALLAS, TX — Another week, another No. 1 team sits atop the Fan Plan Championship Index. This week it’s the Georgia Bulldogs that have become the favorites to play in the national championship game in Atlanta. Georgia, ranked No. 15 a week ago with just a 2.00% chance to play in the championship game, saw its chance improve dramatically with its dominating win over the previously No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Georgia now sits with a 31.31% chance to play in the national championship game.

The Bulldogs move to the top came at the expense of Oklahoma, who held the No.1 spot for just a week. The Sooners (26.22%) fell to No. 4 this week after struggling mightily on the road at lowly Baylor. Clemson and Michigan held strong at Nos. 2 and 3, with the Tigers upping their championship game percentage to 30.04%, while the Wolverines improved their chances to 26.27%.

Mississippi State plummeted to No. 20 with its loss, while Oklahoma State, the only other Top 10 team to lose last week, dropped to No. 17. The Cowboys suffered a home loss to TCU. The Horned Frogs entered the Top 10 this week for the first time, coming in at No. 9 overall with a 7.78% chance to make the championship game.

Following the Sooners at No. 4 this week and on the outside of the playoffs is No. 5 Alabama (13.36%). Nos. 6-10 include USC (13.16%), Penn State (9.64%), Ohio State (8.07%), TCU, and Wisconsin (7.73%).

WK 3 RANK TEAM OVERALL RECORD % TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP % TO WIN CONFERENCE FAN PLAN PRICE
1 Georgia 4-0 31.31% 21.28% $270.05
2 Clemson 4-0 30.04% 22.72% $259.10
3 Michigan 4-0 26.27% 16.16% $246.28
4 Oklahoma 4-0 26.22% 27.78% $245.81
5 Alabama 4-0 13.36% 23.25% $125.25
6 USC 4-0 13.16% 28.95% $98.70
7 Penn State 4-0 9.64% 19.19% $96.40
8 Ohio State 3-1 8.07% 22.06% $80.70
9 TCU 4-0 7.78% 23.82% $77.80
10 Wisconsin 3-0 7.73% 21.64% $77.30
11 Washington 4-0 7.34% 27.48% $73.40
12 Notre Dame 3-1 4.11% N/A $51.38
13 Washington State 4-0 4.01% 8.41% $50.13
14 Texas Tech 3-0 2.30% 7.46% $28.75
15 Virginia Tech 4-0 1.96% 11.05% $24.50
16 Auburn 3-1 1.42% 9.38% $20.00
17 Oklahoma State 3-1 0.83% 17.29% $20.00
18 Duke 4-0 0.73% 13.65% $20.00
19 Utah 4-0 0.64% 4.62% $20.00
20 Mississippi State 3-1 0.49% 10.88% $20.00
21 Georgia Tech 2-1 0.44% 9.46% $20.00
22 Minnesota 3-0 0.34% 7.50% $20.00
23 LSU 3-1 0.20% 4.38% $20.00
23 Oregon 3-1 0.20% 7.13% $20.00
23 USF 4-0 0.20% 19.24% $20.00

Compiled weekly during the season, the FPCI is a proprietary analytical look at the current state of the chase for college football’s national championship. As opposed to traditional polls and rankings which purport to rank the best teams at a particular point in the season, the FPCI aims to rate college football teams by their real-time percent chance to make the national championship game — a dynamic metric that no other poll or ranking system measures.

The FPCI also includes the cost of a Fan Plan for each team. A Fan Plan is a one-of-a-kind indemnity product fans can purchase for their favorite team. If that team goes to the national championship game, Fan Plan pays for the fan’s game tickets and travel costs, up to the total coverage value of the Fan Plan. Each Fan Plan has a $1,000 coverage value and fans can buy additional coverage in $1,000 increments, up to $10,000 in total coverage. Fan Plan costs are dynamic and change based on each team’s real-time odds of making the championship game. The FPCI and Fan Plan pricing are based on season simulations that take into account a team’s wins and losses, opponents results, suspensions, weather, SOS, and other data points and projections.

FAN PLAN CHAMPIONSHIP INDEX NEWS & NOTES

A NEW SET OF BULLDOGS: Last week it was the Mississippi State Bulldogs that crashed the FPCI Top 5 after a huge win over the LSU Tigers, seemingly announcing MSU’s arrival as the top challenger to Alabama within the SEC. But the tables were quickly turned this week, vaulting another set of SEC Bulldogs to the forefront. Georgia’s decisive 31-3 win over Mississippi State sent UGA all the way to No. 1 in the FPCI ratings with a 31.31% chance to make the national championship game.

Does the FPCI think the Bulldogs are the best team in the country right now? Not necessarily, as Georgia only comes in at No. 11 in the FPCI power rankings. But what makes the FPCI “next-level” analytics is its ability to look past the current moment and project how a team will finish the season. In this case, it sees a weak SEC East, giving the Bulldogs a great chance to end up in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, likely against Alabama. Then the Bulldogs would just have to win that game in order to advance to the playoffs.

The FPCI actually gives Alabama a slightly better chance to win the SEC – Alabama has a 23.25% chance to win the league as compared to Georgia’s 21.28% chance. However, because there are three SEC West foes (Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU) more highly rated in the FPCI than the next-best SEC East team (South Carolina), the FPCI is giving the Crimson Tide a higher chance of slipping up in the regular season and potentially missing out on the SEC Championship Game. If it were to come down to it, the FPCI currently projects a 27-15 Alabama win should the teams were to meet in the SEC Championship Game. However, of the thousands of simulations run this week as part of the FPCI ratings process, there were more situations where Georgia finished as the SEC championship game winner than did Alabama, thus placing the Bulldogs into the College Football Playoff.

SIGH OF RELIEF OR SEPERATION?: Ready to rush the field, the Iowa faithful Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium knew all-too-well what was about to happen. Iowa had won its last three meetings against Top 5 teams at home and was undefeated in the four games it hosted at night over the past two seasons. But on this night, unlike on previous occasions, Penn State had the final answer.

The fourth-down touchdown pass with no time left on the clock allowed the Nittany Lions to exhale a huge sigh of relief, knowing they just cleared one of the biggest hurdles along the way to the conference championship. But in addition to that, Penn State also notched the biggest win of the season thus far among the Big 3 from the Big Ten East. Whether that counts as separation or not, it should give the Nittany Lions a boost of confidence as the season progresses, especially as they try to repeat as Big Ten champions and do so in convincing enough fashion so that they are not again left out of the playoffs.

This week the Nittany Lions rank No. 7 overall in the FPCI with a 9.64% chance to play in the national championship game. That’s the second-highest percentage for a Big Ten team, behind only the Michigan Wolverines at No. 3 and a 26.27% chance and ahead of No. 8 Ohio state at 8.07%. But the argument can be made that Penn State has been the most impressive Big Ten team on the field this season. Penn State’s defining games against Michigan and Ohio State will come in back-to-back weeks at the end of October. Prior to that are winnable games against Indiana and Northwestern and then a bye week, but if the way they responded at the end of the Iowa game is any indication, Penn State is on a mission that could well end up in Atlanta in January.

WHAT TO MAKE OF WASHINGTON?: The Pac-12 is on the outside looking in this week in the FPCI rankings, as USC, the highest-rated team in the league, comes in at No. 6 with a 13.16% chance of making the national championship game. Washington follows at No. 11 overall with a 7.34% chance to make the championship game, but one stat that makes the Huskies an interesting team to keep an eye on is the Huskies’ No. 3 overall power ranking, meaning that as of this week the FPCI sees Washington as the third-best team in the land. So why the discrepancy in the Huskies’ overall FPCI rank? One reason is likely Washington’s early-season schedule and the fact that we haven’t yet seen Washington battle what the FPCI sees as a formidable opponent. Of the top 10 teams in this week’s FPCI, all but Ohio State and Wisconsin have beaten better opponents than Washington’s slate of Rutgers, Montana, Fresno State, and Colorado. If strength of schedule is what’s holding back Washington in the FPCI, it will likely continue to be an issue throughout the remainder of the season. The Huskies’ current FPCI strength of schedule is 101 of 130 teams. The FPCI projects Washington’s final SOS to be only 51, which is much lower than typical national championship contenders. However, while the Huskies do not play USC in the regular season, should both teams advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game, strength of schedule will go out the window and head-to-head outcome will go a long way in determining which, if any, of the Pac-12 powers will be playoff bound.

SPEAKING OF POWER RANKINGS: Comparing the FPCI’s power rankings with the overall rankings again tells the story of how different the FPCI is than the human polls or any other computer-based ratings that currently exist. The FPCI power rankings, which rate each team’s overall strength and performance from top to bottom through this point in the season and can be compared to the human polls, still has the Alabama Crimson Tide as the No. 1 overall team. The list below shows the top ten teams in the FPCI power rankings, along with those teams’ overall FPCI rating in parenthesis:

  1. Alabama (5)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Washington (11)
  4. Ohio State (8)
  5. Oklahoma (4)
  6. USC (6)
  7. Wisconsin (10)
  8. Oklahoma State (17)
  9. Michigan (3)
  10. Penn State (7)

A NEW BIG 12 CONTENDER MAKES ITS PRESENCE KNOWN: As one of the few Big 12 schools who still wants to rely on its defense to slow down opponents, the TCU Horned Frogs may have dropped from our collective thoughts during the first month of the season, but Saturday’s huge win at Oklahoma State announced to the college football world that TCU will be a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12. In combining a secondary that can actually cover opposing receivers and an offense that can maintain the ball long enough to keep opposing offenses off of the field, TCU may have found the perfect formula to defeat pass-happy Big 12 offenses. If that’s the case, that will bode well for the Horned Frogs going forward, starting with this weekend’s match-up against West Virginia. TCU rose to No. 9 in the FPCI this week with a 7.78% chance to play for the national championship. They also increased their percentage to win the Big 12 to 23.82%, the second-highest percentage of any Big 12 team (Oklahoma has a 27.78% chance to win the Big 12). TCU still has to play at Oklahoma later this season, but the Horned Frogs may not see that as the hurdle that most will – of the four teams ranked in the top six that the Horned Frogs have faced on the road since 2010, TCU is 3-1, with its only loss coming by three points against Baylor in 2014.

NEXT: That’s the mantra that FPCI No. 2 Clemson (30.04% chance to play in the national championship game) will take into its contest against Virginia Tech this week. The Tigers have faced one of the toughest schedules through the first quarter of the season and have impressive wins over Auburn and Louisville already under their belts. The Tigers have faced all challengers and dismissed every one of them in defending their national championship, and this week represents another challenge to the throne. Clemson heads to Blacksburg for a Saturday night showdown with the FPCI No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies (1.9% chance to make the championship game). The game against the Hokies represents the second time this season that Clemson will take on the perceived second-best team in the ACC on the road. Two weeks ago, Clemson went into Louisville and summarily dismissed the Cardinals, 47-21. If they can accomplish the same feat in Blacksburg, it will make it extremely challenging to figure out how Clemson will be kept out of the ACC Championship Game.

POSITIONING THEMSELVES TO PLAY THE SPOILER: From 4-8 to College Football Playoff contender? That’s the jump the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are attempting to make, and on the surface, it appears that the Irish should be in the conversation at this point in the season. Notre Dame, ranked No. 12 in this week’s FPCI with a 4.11% chance to make the national championship game, is 3-1 through the first quarter of the schedule, with that one loss coming by one point to the current FPCI No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs. The defense has certainly improved from that of a year ago and Brian Kelly may have found the right guy to run his offense in QB Brandon Wimbush. After rushing for 207 yards and four touchdowns against Boston College a week ago, Wimbush showed his passing skills in a 14-for-20, 173 yard effort en route to a 38-18 win on the road at Michigan State. The Irish will have to be special the rest of the way in order to move ahead of a conference champion when the playoff ballots are presented, but there are enough quality opponents left on the schedule for Notre Dame to make a strong impression. The Fighting Irish should move to 5-1 with wins against Miami (OH) and North Carolina before a home showdown against rival USC. Should Notre Dame come out on the right side of that matchup, there are difficult but winnable games remaining on the slate, including NC State, Miami (FL), Navy, and Stanford. With an 11-1 record against that slate of opponents, Irish eyes could be smiling once again.

CRASHING THE PARTY, AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN: It would be one thing for Notre Dame to force its way into the CFP, but a non-Power Five team? It’s highly unlikely, but Week 5 brings the first FPCI Top 25 ranking of one of those non-Power Five teams. The USF Bulls, under the direction of first-year head coach Charlie Strong, comes in at No. 25 overall this week. Though they still have just a 0.20% chance to play in the national championship game, the Bulls have positioned themselves as the best of the rest so far this season. It’s unprecedented for a non-Power Five team to even be in the conversation for the playoffs and much will depend on how strong the eventual conference champions are (i.e. are there any 2-loss or even 3-loss conference champions), but all USF can do for its part is keep winning games, which it has been able to do this far this season. USF’s toughest remaining opponent could be UCF in the last regular season game for both teams, a UCF team that by the end of the year may also be in a similar position as USF currently finds itself.

The Golden Knights are 2-0 thus far with two games cancelled and one rescheduled due to hurricanes. Those two cancelled games were against Georgia Tech and Maine, and a win over Georgia Tech would have been huge for UCF’s resume if the Golden Knights could have found a way to beat the Yellow Jackets. UCF will be able to make up its postponed game against Memphis this weekend, keeping a quality opponent with a win over a Pac-12 school on its schedule. On Saturday, the Golden Knights defeated Maryland 38-10, the same Maryland that picked up a surprise victory over Texas to open the season. Despite not getting to play Georgia Tech, an 11-0 UCF would likely make a better case than a 12-0 USF would be able to make, based on its schedule, but would just 11 wins by a non-Power Five team be enough to displace a conference champion? It sure would be entertaining if we get to see that argument play out.


 

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Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Sept. 24

The Cody Kellner Points Index (CKPI) gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  This is accomplished by using a least squares regression model which recalculates each formula until all ratings stabilize by use of simultaneous equations.  These characteristics are what make the CKPI known as an “advanced ratings system.”

The results from the previous season will be weighted at a decreasing rate as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is considered in the CKPI ratings and evaluated based on how much a team dominated a game in terms of the number of points they scored in comparison to their opponent.

Individual statistics, upcoming games, injuries, conference affiliation, and location of games are not considered in the CKPI ratings.

Please note:  The CKPI is based on the past and should never be used as a method of prediction.

RANK SCHOOL RATING
1 ALABAMA 155.464
2 CLEMSON 145.938
3 MICHIGAN 125.548
4 USC 123.470
5 WASHINGTON 113.854
6 PENN STATE 113.791
7 OKLAHOMA 103.447
8 WISCONSIN 101.864
9 VIRGINIA TECH 99.263
10 GEORGIA 95.833
11 OHIO STATE 94.942
12 SOUTH FLORIDA 86.995
13 MINNESOTA 83.495
14 WASHINGTON STATE 82.809
15 TCU 80.336
16 WAKE FOREST 78.891
17 SAN DIEGO STATE 75.377
18 FLORIDA 75.294
19 UTAH 73.873
20 OKLAHOMA STATE 72.880
21 LOUISVILLE 69.676
22 MIAMI FL 68.983
23 COLORADO 68.766
24 DUKE 68.362
25 IOWA 64.782
26 LSU 63.392
27 AUBURN 59.674
28 NOTRE DAME 56.132
29 VANDERBILT 54.113
30 TENNESSEE 53.418
31 GEORGIA TECH 52.456
32 MISSISSIPPI STATE 51.987
33 STANFORD 50.848
34 CALIFORNIA 49.535
35 NAVY 48.524
36 KENTUCKY 48.387
37 TEXAS TECH 47.168
38 MEMPHIS 46.363
39 UCF 46.313
40 WEST VIRGINIA 45.773
41 NC STATE 45.353
42 OREGON 42.183
43 SOUTH CAROLINA 42.105
44 TEXAS A&M 41.618
45 FLORIDA STATE 35.600
46 HOUSTON 34.081
47 INDIANA 32.791
48 NORTHWESTERN 26.881
49 KANSAS STATE 26.000
50 NEBRASKA 25.233
51 UTSA 24.352
52 BOISE STATE 24.187
53 TOLEDO 23.990
54 WESTERN MICHIGAN 22.281
55 TROY 19.739
56 SMU 18.465
57 MICHIGAN STATE 18.065
58 MISSISSIPPI 17.473
59 UCLA 17.466
60 ILLINOIS 17.038
61 VIRGINIA 15.662
62 MARYLAND 15.418
63 PURDUE 14.372
64 COLORADO STATE 12.718
65 ARIZONA STATE 12.165
66 APPALACHIAN STATE 10.896
67 OHIO 10.204
68 AIR FORCE 6.540
69 NORTH CAROLINA 5.159
70 SYRACUSE 5.080
71 TEMPLE 3.492
72 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2.906
73 TEXAS 2.749
74 SOUTHERN MISS 2.442
75 IOWA STATE 1.350
76 WESTERN KENTUCKY 0.295
77 ARKANSAS 0.117
78 PITTSBURGH -2.499
79 LOUISIANA TECH -3.055
80 WYOMING -3.169
81 ARIZONA -3.945
82 NEW MEXICO -5.226
83 EASTERN MICHIGAN -5.937
84 ARMY -8.531
85 BOSTON COLLEGE -9.193
86 TULSA -10.055
87 TULANE -10.674
88 OLD DOMINION -11.031
89 BYU -11.954
90 MIDDLE TENN STATE -13.146
91 CINCINNATI -13.493
92 UTAH STATE -14.702
93 IDAHO -15.996
94 MARSHALL -16.057
95 ARKANSAS STATE -18.263
96 HAWAII -21.042
97 MIAMI OH -24.337
98 NEW MEXICO STATE -26.434
99 RUTGERS -26.969
100 OREGON STATE -27.846
101 FLORIDA INTL -28.290
102 UNLV -29.104
103 CENTRAL MICHIGAN -32.487
104 NORTH TEXAS -32.748
105 BALL STATE -38.865
106 FRESNO STATE -39.144
107 MISSOURI -41.441
108 CONNECTICUT -42.286
109 SOUTH ALABAMA -43.195
110 ULM -45.310
111 BAYLOR -46.471
112 AKRON -47.206
113 BUFFALO -48.243
114 ULL -49.935
115 KANSAS -52.800
116 GEORGIA STATE -54.048
117 FLORIDA ATLANTIC -55.975
118 KENT -65.233
119 EAST CAROLINA -67.066
120 GEORGIA SOUTHERN -71.487
121 RICE -72.115
122 COASTAL CAROLINA -72.589
123 SAN JOSE STATE -72.662
124 NEVADA -74.382
125 TEXAS STATE -74.575
126 MASSACHUSETTS -86.684
127 UAB -90.908
128 BOWLING GREEN -92.305
129 UTEP -105.691
130 CHARLOTTE -113.771

Aggie broadcaster honored by Cotton Bowl

FWAA member Dave Sourh, the radio play-by-play voice of Texas A&M since 1985, received a plaque from Cotton Bowl officials and was treated to cake before the Texas A&M-Arkansas game on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. South, who has called 10 Cotton Bowl Classics for the Aggies — more than any other school announcer in the bowl’s history — will retire from football announcing at the conclusion of the 2017 season.  South (center) received the plaque from the Cotton Bowl’s Charlie Fiss and Michael Konradi, both FWAA members, in the press box. The plaque included a picture of the Texas A&M radio crew, including South, from South’s first appearance in the Classic, the 1986 Cotton Bowl game between the Aggies and Auburn.

 

 

Fan Plan Championship Index for Sept. 18

DALLAS, TX (September 18, 2017) Week 4 of the college football season brings a shake-up atop the Fan Plan Championship Index ratings. The Oklahoma Sooners have moved to the top of the standings with a 31.10% chance to make the national championship game, followed by the Clemson Tigers at No. 2 with a 26.16% chance to make the championship game. Alabama, which has been No. 1 throughout the preseason and early season, drops to No. 3 overall with a 22.40% chance to make the championship game.

Michigan rounds out the top four and qualified for the fourth projected playoff seed. This week the Pac-12 is the conference projected to be left out, as USC (11.59% chance to make the championship game) is the highest rated team from that conference but comes in at No. 7 overall in the FPCI after being ranked No. 3 a week ago.

The biggest jump came from Mississippi State, which ranked No. 5 overall this week with a 12.03% chance to make the national championship game. The Bulldogs have make huge strides in back-to-back weeks, going from unranked to No. 14 last week and now jumping from No. 14 to No. 5 following their impressive win over previously No. 10 LSU.

Following Mississippi State, Nos. 6-10 include Penn State (11.93%), Ohio State (11.59%), USC, Oklahoma State (10.32%), and Wisconsin (9.88%).

 

WK 4 RANK TEAM % TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP % TO WIN CONFERENCE FAN PLAN PRICE
1 Oklahoma 31.10% 29.32% $357.65
2 Clemson 26.16% 23.27% $300.84
3 Alabama 22.40% 22.34% $257.60
4 Michigan 18.04% 15.60% $135.30
5 Mississippi State 12.03% 16.19% $90.22
6 Penn State 11.93% 16.72% $89.47
7 Ohio State 11.59% 23.33% $86.92
7 USC 11.59% 28.68% $86.92
9 Oklahoma State 10.32% 25.86% $77.40
10 Wisconsin 9.88% 21.27% $98.80
11 Washington 7.97% 24.65% $79.70
12 TCU 3.57% 11.68% $44.63
13 Washington State 2.98% 7.21% $37.25
14 Oregon 2.20% 14.52% $27.50
15 Georgia 2.00% 12.59% $25.00
15 Iowa 2.00% 3.36% $24.50
17 Michigan State 1.96% 4.65% $24.50
18 Minnesota 1.91% 6.87% $23.88
19 Auburn 1.37% 8.65% $20.00
20 Utah 1.12% 4.35% $20.00
21 Colorado 0.68% 4.18% $20.00
21 Florida State 0.68% 15.27% $20.00
23 Florida 0.64% 16.01% $20.00
23 Virginia Tech 0.64% 10.77% $20.00
25 Cal 0.59% 2.05% $20.00

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FWAA member and Austin radio personality Sean Adams dies

Sean Adams, a business-trained, California-born athlete and FWAA member who transformed himself into a motivational speaker and one of Austin’s most unique, unstoppable sports radio voices, died Thursday after an apparent heart attack. He was 46.

There was a moment of silence before the Texas-USC game on Saturday night at The Coliseum in Los Angeles, and his seat in the pressbox was left vacant.

Below is a photo from John Bianco,  senior associate athletics director for football media relations, of Adams’ seat, and CLICK HERE to read the Austin American-Statesman’s story about his death.

From John Bianco: “Have a heavy heart on this game day. Thank you USC for the tribute to our friend Sean Adams. Thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends.‬ #RIP”

Kellner FBS computer rankings for week of Sept. 18

The Cody Kellner Points Index (CKPI) gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  This is accomplished by using a least squares regression model which recalculates each formula until all ratings stabilize by use of simultaneous equations.  These characteristics are what make the CKPI known as an “advanced ratings system.”

The results from the previous season will be weighted at a decreasing rate as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is considered in the CKPI ratings and evaluated based on how much a team dominated a game in terms of the number of points they scored in comparison to their opponent.

Individual statistics, upcoming games, injuries, conference affiliation, and location of games are not considered in the CKPI ratings.

Please note:  The CKPI is based on the past and should never be used as a method of prediction.

RANK SCHOOL RATING
1 ALABAMA 138.628
2 CLEMSON 134.719
3 MICHIGAN 123.171
4 USC 113.876
5 PENN STATE 109.296
6 WISCONSIN 103.944
7 OKLAHOMA 101.792
8 OKLAHOMA STATE 100.917
9 WASHINGTON 96.343
10 OHIO STATE 96.342
11 COLORADO 91.255
12 MINNESOTA 84.168
13 IOWA 81.283
14 VIRGINIA TECH 79.993
15 WASHINGTON STATE 79.979
16 MISSISSIPPI STATE 73.628
17 GEORGIA 73.235
18 UTAH 69.577
19 SOUTH FLORIDA 68.370
20 VANDERBILT 66.988
21 WAKE FOREST 66.973
22 FLORIDA 65.513
23 SAN DIEGO STATE 64.835
24 CALIFORNIA 64.531
25 KENTUCKY 63.259
26 TCU 62.631
27 LOUISVILLE 62.030
28 OREGON 60.485
29 HOUSTON 57.609
30 LSU 57.193
31 MIAMI FL 53.492
32 FLORIDA STATE 53.147
33 DUKE 51.525
34 TENNESSEE 50.571
35 AUBURN 47.890
36 TOLEDO 45.913
37 BOISE STATE 45.100
38 MEMPHIS 43.697
39 MARYLAND 43.487
40 MICHIGAN STATE 42.302
41 STANFORD 41.275
42 NOTRE DAME 40.236
43 NAVY 39.844
44 WEST VIRGINIA 38.973
45 GEORGIA TECH 34.153
46 TEXAS A&M 31.426
47 SOUTH CAROLINA 31.366
48 UCLA 29.796
49 NORTHWESTERN 28.043
50 KANSAS STATE 27.895
51 TEXAS TECH 27.684
52 NC STATE 27.398
53 APPALACHIAN STATE 22.740
54 INDIANA 22.194
55 PURDUE 22.139
56 UCF 20.775
57 NORTH CAROLINA 20.486
58 NEBRASKA 20.291
59 WESTERN MICHIGAN 20.184
60 AIR FORCE 19.699
61 EASTERN MICHIGAN 19.019
62 ILLINOIS 18.958
63 MISSISSIPPI 18.783
64 SYRACUSE 15.349
65 TEMPLE 15.129
66 UTSA 14.274
67 COLORADO STATE 14.004
68 TROY 12.917
69 PITTSBURGH 11.006
70 TULSA 10.041
71 ARKANSAS 9.951
72 LOUISIANA TECH 7.931
73 ARMY 6.558
74 ARIZONA 6.536
75 OLD DOMINION 5.018
76 TEXAS 4.814
77 SOUTHERN MISS 4.228
78 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 4.190
79 IOWA STATE 3.166
80 SMU 1.549
81 OHIO -0.419
82 ARKANSAS STATE -2.452
83 CINCINNATI -5.078
84 WESTERN KENTUCKY -5.230
85 ARIZONA STATE -5.322
86 HAWAII -5.940
87 BOSTON COLLEGE -7.886
88 VIRGINIA -8.429
89 CENTRAL MICHIGAN -10.753
90 BYU -11.099
91 WYOMING -12.759
92 RUTGERS -16.036
93 MARSHALL -16.127
94 NEW MEXICO -19.867
95 MIDDLE TENN STATE -21.218
96 UNLV -24.698
97 IDAHO -25.702
98 OREGON STATE -25.824
99 BALL STATE -26.646
100 TULANE -27.865
101 SOUTH ALABAMA -30.717
102 MISSOURI -31.451
103 UTAH STATE -33.572
104 ULL -35.272
105 NORTH TEXAS -37.508
106 AKRON -38.310
107 FRESNO STATE -38.688
108 MIAMI OH -39.283
109 COASTAL CAROLINA -40.314
110 NEW MEXICO STATE -41.454
111 FLORIDA ATLANTIC -41.939
112 FLORIDA INTL -42.661
113 BAYLOR -43.705
114 CONNECTICUT -45.033
115 KANSAS -46.933
116 SAN JOSE STATE -53.157
117 RICE -54.631
118 KENT -58.430
119 TEXAS STATE -60.091
120 BUFFALO -61.053
121 ULM -61.147
122 GEORGIA SOUTHERN -61.762
123 NEVADA -66.548
124 EAST CAROLINA -70.204
125 GEORGIA STATE -73.673
126 BOWLING GREEN -79.696
127 CHARLOTTE -82.894
128 MASSACHUSETTS -82.901
129 UAB -85.803
130 UTEP -87.185

 

Barnhart joins TMGcollegesports.com

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The second season of TMGcollegesports.com got a major jolt of adrenaline in August with the addition of Tony Barnhart, aka Mr. College Football, who agreed to become the fourth member of the band.

TMG, a subscription website dedicated to college football with side trips to all other sports, was founded in July of 2016 by three veteran scribes: Chris Dufresne, Mark Blaudschun and Herb Gould.

“I am more than thrilled to be working, not just with great writers, but with great friends,” Barnhart said of joining TMG. “I am honored to be a part of it.”

The addition of Barnhart gives TMG more than 150 combined years of journalism experience. Barnhart, Blaudschun and Dufresne are also all former FWAA Presidents.

Barnhart, who spent the bulk of his newspaper days at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, is a multi-platform performer who is still heavily involved with the SEC Network and remains a highly-sought speaker on the Southern “talking season” circuit.

TMG just keeps growing. We added a regular weekly podcast this year and also a “Guest Lecturer” series with contributions (so far) from grizzled vets Tom Luicci and Wendell Barnhouse.

We think TMG is the best subscription bargain out there with a special “professional” rate for FWAA members at only $14.95 per year.

TMG: For more than the score.

College football to recognize teaching profession Sept. 16-23

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September 13, 2017

CONTACT: GINA LEHE (469) 262-5204

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation today announced details surrounding the third-annual Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) Week, taking place September Sept. 16-23. Over these two weekends of action, the college football community will honor teachers (grades K-12) on college campuses and in stadiums across the country.

The CFP Foundation created EYFT Week in 2015 to bring awareness to the growing Extra Yard for Teachers platform as well as provide an opportunity for universities, coaches and student-athletes to take part in its mission of elevating the teaching profession through inspiring and empowering teachers. In the event’s third year, the CFP Foundation is expecting a larger show of support for teachers than ever before.

This increase in support is largely due to the unique, impactful relationships that the CFP Foundation has built with the 10 FBS conferences and their member schools. Through these relationships, along with strong bowl game partnerships, college athletics has made a significant impression on K-12 education through Extra Yard for Teachers. Since 2014, Extra Yard for Teachers programming and events have impacted 3,033,144 students and 97,407 teachers in 12,902 schools across the country.

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2017 Best Feature: John Crist

By John Crist

Saturday Down South

My phone rings. The caller ID reads “Dak Prescott.” He’s getting back to me shortly after I left him a message. Turns out he was in the middle of a workout. He’s still out of breath.

It’s Monday. I’m in Tampa. He’s in Orlando. But by Wednesday, we’ll both be in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine — the annual meat market for college players ahead of the NFL Draft. I’ll be there as a member of the media. Prescott, of course, is a prospect following a spectacular career at Mississippi State.

He’s the best quarterback ever to play in Starkville, and he may just be the single best player in school history. Prescott elevated a mediocre program in a brutal conference to heights never seen before.

Nevertheless, when the draft experts go through the list of top QBs, his name isn’t mentioned. Jared Goff of California, Carson Wentz of North Dakota State — yes, FCS-level NDSU — and Paxton Lynch of Memphis are considered the first-tier passers. Prescott is a second-tier guy alongside the likes of Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg.

He’s currently projected as a mid-round pick. But if Prescott is worried, he hides it well. He sounds authentic and confident without an iota of cockiness.

“(Other quarterbacks) are going to get their hype,” he says. “Just going to camps, even the combine, I don’t know that I’ll make people drop their pen and drop their jaw and say, ‘We’ve got to get this guy first off the board.’ That hasn’t been the player I’ve been all my life.”

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2017 Best Enterprise: David Ching

By David Ching
ESPN.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When they received word that UAB football was coming back, Lee Dufour and Nick Vogel — best friends and former roommates at the school — could not wait to share the news with each other.

Unfortunately, they heard about it at the exact same time.

“Literally the second that they announced football’s coming back, I called him and at the same time, he called me. The calls didn’t go through,” Dufour said, recalling the moment last June when UAB reversed its decision from December 2014 to drop its football program. “I was like, ‘Yes, we have to go back. Whatever we have to go through, we’re coming back.'”

Added Vogel: “We were both going nuts trying to call each other. We both missed a couple calls in a row until we got ahold of each other. We were overjoyed.”

Both players had found new college football programs after UAB’s implosion: offensive lineman Dufour at South Alabama and kicker Vogel at Southern Miss. And yet they missed the friendships and connections that formed in their short time in Birmingham.

They had promised each other they would return to UAB if it ever reinstated the football program, and this was the opportunity many thought would never come.

“That was my primary plan in life: it’s going to come back and I’m going to leave this place and go back to my home in Birmingham,” Vogel said. “I know that sounds completely insane, but when I made the deal with Lee, I was 100 percent behind it. I genuinely thought it would come back.”

Dufour and Vogel are among 16 players from the 2014 team who were back at UAB in time for its recently completed spring practice. However, many of their 2014 teammates with eligibility remaining did not return.

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