Can you believe that the season is halfway over? Between last week and this week, every FBS program will be minimally half way through their 2015 season. It goes so fast once it all kicks off!
After a near death experience against the spread last week, Phil Steele came alive, posting a .611 winning percentage to nose 1/2 game in front of the Book for season honors. There is a definite fear though that what happened two weeks ago will happen again, with the spreads extremely inflated.
On the national scene, we do have some consensus now on who would be in the playoff. Of course, it conflicts with the Massey composite and Sagarin (Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, TCU), but only slightly. The Big 12 now holds down the top two spots, with Baylor #1 and TCU #2, followed by Alabama and Florida.
BC's gut wrenching loss to Wake dropped the Eagles down to #71 in Steele and #76 in the Book, very much in line with what both Massey and Sagarin offer at 71 and 67 respectively. The Eagles enter the Clemson game in Death Valley at a 25 and 27 point underdog to the Tigers, which of course given the way the BC defense has been playing I can't personally endorse. Both polls are now 2-2 on the season when picking Eagle games against the spread, winning the FSU and Northern Illinois games and losing the past two weeks. This week both sit on the Clemson side of the aisle.
|8||9||North Carolina State||4-2||58|
|Boise State||12.5/15.9||Utah State|
|at Michigan||13.0/12.8||Michigan State|
|at Utah||13.8/11.3||Arizona State|
|at Baylor||25.2/29.4||West Virginia|
|TCU||27.9/36.3||at Iowa State|
|Texas Tech||30.3/34.7||at Kansas|
|Oklahoma||0.4/-2.0||at Kansas State|
|at Clemson||24.8/27.4||Boston College|
|at Florida State||8.7/12.2||Louisville|
|at Georgia Tech||3.8/6.5||Pittsburgh|
|at Miami||E/0.4||Virginia Tech|
|at North Carolina||20.2/20.7||Wake Forest|
|at Mississippi State||14.8/14.9||Louisiana Tech|
|Alabama||1.4/3.2||at Texas A&M|
|Northern Illinois||20.8/21.0||at Miami OH|
|at Notre Dame||10.7/7.8||USC|
|at Ohio State||16.8/21.1||Penn State|