Both the Book and Phil Steele had their best weeks of the season, each posting 31-21 records to both go over the .500 mark for the season. Think about it this way, if you wagered $100 a game, through week 9, you'd be up $1400 using Steele as a guideline and $600 using the Book.
For next season, there will be further automation specifically around winning against the spread. And for those of you who dabble in the NFL, the Book went 11-3 this past week. Success all around!
That's more than can be said obviously about our Eagles. BC continues to hold the 12th slot in the ACC, but is sliding down the national rankings, currently at #80 based on the Book metrics and #74 through Phil Steele. These are both though higher than the Massey composite rankings who list the Eagles at #86, just a single notch above Yukon and ahead of just five power five conference schools (Purdue, Wake, Colorado, Oregon St and Kansas). This season definitely has taken on a Spaz feeling when it comes to those rankings.
The home finale against NC State finds BC a touchdown underdog to the Pack. Something related to the number five has to give here. BC is in the middle of a five game losing streak, while NC State has never beaten the Eagles in Boston since they joined the ACC (0-5).
The big national game this week is in Tuscaloosa, where our #2/3 team, Alabama takes on #10/11 LSU. Vegas looks at the Tide as a 7 point favorite over the Tigers, but if you listen to our two polls, it's Roll Tide all the way, with Bama an 11.7/13.0 prohibitive choice over Les Miles' squad.
As we get into the College Football Playoff rankings, strength of schedule is going to be perhaps the key factor in separating teams with similar resumes. Here are our strength of schedule for the top 20 in our polls: TCU - tie 33, Alabama - 1, Oklahoma - tie 33, Baylor - 93, Ohio State - 56, Clemson - 24, Florida - 16, Stanford - 12, Notre Dame - 2, LSU - 32, USC -15, Houston - 112, Mississippi - 31, Oklahoma State - 63, Iowa - 49, Michigan State - 46, Tennessee - 29, Mississippi State - 52, North Carolina - 65, Memphis - 85.
These seem to lend credence to the early candidacies of Alabama and Notre Dame for one loss entrants and show how critical the final month of the Big 12 season will be with all the contenders playing against each other and enhancing their SOS, particularly Baylor.
Starting this week we will post the college football playoff rankings for those teams which are ranked, next to the Massey rankings.
|Baylor||19.6/19.4||at Kansas State|
|Mississippi State||10.7/8.5||at Missouri|
|at Ohio State||31.5/31.9||Minnesota|
|NC State||6.9/7.0||at Boston College|
|at Clemson||14.8/14.1||Florida State|
|at North Carolina||8.2/9.1||Duke|
|Notre Dame||12.4/13.1||at Pittsburgh|
|UCLA||21.0/22.2||at Oregon State|
|at Oklahoma||29.2/30.0||Iowa State|
|at Tennessee||20.3/23.0||South Carolina|