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The Book 2021: Pre-Season Rankings and Week 0 Games

I am sure for each of you and certainly for me, it's incredible to get ready for what hopefully will be a full season of college football. Outside of the 1984 season where we knew that BC was poised to be among the nation's elite, I don't know if I have ever been more excited, if for no other reason than a return to normalcy.

With that said, welcome back to The Book. Each week, I will post updated rankings and point spreads, something I have been doing now since the mid 80s.

For those of you unfamiliar, The Book is a power rating system which combines those ratings with who you play and how you do in those games to create those rankings, balancing who is considered the strongest team, with who is most deserving.

As has been the case now for the better part of the past decade, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the defending champions, open at #1. They are unanimously #1 across virtually every poll, however in not quite the overwhelming numbers of recent years.

Oklahoma, Clemson and Ohio State round out the pre-season top four.

As for Boston College, The Book has the Eagles on the rise at #48 overall and #8 in the ACC. The rankings are a bit lower than I would have personally thought heading into the season, where I had BC in the low to mid 40s, but certainly not horribly out of line.

For this year's preseason post, I went through and based on those ratings went through every schedule in the ACC and came up with a final record and the Eagles did very well there, finishing 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the ACC, tied for 2nd behind Clemson. You can find those standings toward the bottom of the post.

Next week I will post just the point spreads and then come back with the full ratings plus spreads for week 2.

Enjoy the games and Go Eagles!

Legend - Rank - Book Combined Ranking, Sagarin - Jeff Sagarin weekly ranking, Massey - Kenneth Massey composite ranking, ESPN FPI - ESPN Football Power Index weekly ranking, AP - Associated Press weekly ranking, Coaches - ESPN Coaches weekly ranking

RANK TEAM SAGARIN MASSEY ESPN
FPI
AP COACHES
1 ALABAMA 1 1 1 1 1
2 OKLAHOMA 2 3 3 2 3
3 CLEMSON 4 4 2 3 2
4 OHIO ST 3 2 4 4 4
5 GEORGIA 5 6 5 5 5
6 TEXAS A&M 6 5 6 6 6
7 IOWA ST 7 7 9 7 8
8 WISCONSIN 9 13 17 12 15
9 FLORIDA 11 11 11 13 11
10 PENN ST 14 23 13 19 20
11 TEXAS 10 9 7 21 19
12 OREGON 12 17 12 11 12
13 LSU 8 15 18 16 13
14 NORTH CAROLINA 25 19 14 10 9
15 MIAMI FL 28 20 10 14 16
16 IOWA 17 12 23 18 18
17 USC 13 16 21 15 14
18 NOTRE DAME 29 8 8 9 7
19 WASHINGTON 16 25 25 20 21
20 AUBURN 19 22 15
21 OKLAHOMA ST 15 14 19 22
22 CINCINNATI 23 10 22 8 10
23 TCU 18 24 16
24 MISSISSIPPI 22 31 20 25
25 ARIZONA ST 21 27 29 25
26 UTAH 20 21 30 24
27 INDIANA 24 18 27 17 17
28 MICHIGAN 36 36 28
29 MINNESOTA 42 37 55
30 WEST VIRGINIA 26 32 35
31 VIRGINIA TECH 43 41 26
32 UCF 34 30 34
33 MISSISSIPPI ST 46 39 24
34 NORTH CAROLINA ST 31 49 41
35 UCLA 38 38 54
36 APPALACHIAN ST 49 34 33
37 NEBRASKA 57 56 51
38 KENTUCKY 32 46 40
39 PITTSBURGH 50 41 32
40 NORTHWESTERN 33 28 31
41 LOUISIANA 55 29 59 23 23
42 MISSOURI 35 48 46
43 BAYLOR 41 52 42
44 ARKANSAS 63 60 36
45 COASTAL CAROLINA 65 35 60 22 24
46 STANFORD 30 47 52
47 VIRGINIA 59 50 37
48 BOSTON COLLEGE 39 54 50
49 BOISE ST 27 33 71
50 BYU 93 26 38
51 FLORIDA ST 60 79 44
52 LOUISVILLE 73 62 43
53 TENNESSEE 56 72 47
54 MEMPHIS 62 40 53
55 WAKE FOREST 44 51 56
56 TEXAS TECH 54 68 39
57 KANSAS ST 37 57 67
58 PURDUE 76 72 49
59 WASHINGTON ST 45 70 73
60 CALIFORNIA 40 71 74
61 MARYLAND 79 75 61
62 TULANE 81 61 48
63 COLORADO 51 59 62
64 SMU 61 55 58
65 MICHIGAN ST 97 76 45
66 TOLEDO 47 74 66
67 GEORGIA TECH 83 93 57
68 HOUSTON 66 77 63
69 TULSA 70 45 70
70 LIBERTY 104 53 72
71 NEVADA 74 63 89
72 BALL ST 48 44 81
73 OREGON ST 58 80 85
74 UAB 87 65 69
75 SOUTH CAROLINA 72 89 65
76 BUFFALO 71 43 64
77 WESTERN MICHIGAN 52 78 79
78 SAN DIEGO ST 77 66 77
79 WYOMING 64 82 88
80 TROY 94 90 68
81 RUTGERS 88 94 75
82 SAN JOSE ST 78 58 97
83 OHIO 53 83 100
84 MARSHALL 84 69 76
85 AIR FORCE 69 67 94
86 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 67 87 86
87 FRESNO ST 90 92 83
88 GEORGIA ST 86 84 90
89 ILLINOIS 100 98 87
90 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 95 88 84
91 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 91 81 80
92 EASTERN MICHIGAN 75 97 93
93 ARIZONA 82 106 98
94 UTSA 109 95 91
95 ARMY 114 64 78
96 DUKE 89 103 82
97 EAST CAROLINA 103 99 103
98 KENT ST 68 91 107
99 HAWAII 99 85 101
100 SYRACUSE 101 100 96
101 MIAMI OH 85 86 113
102 COLORADO ST 98 104 105
103 ARKANSAS ST 96 102 92
104 SOUTH FLORIDA 112 109 95
105 VANDERBILT 105 112 104
106 NAVY 92 96 116
107 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 80 108 108
108 WESTERN KENTUCKY 106 107 106
109 SOUTHERN MISS 111 109 109
110 LOUISIANA TECH 107 101 110
111 TEMPLE 110 113 115
112 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 115 114 112
113 KANSAS 102 119 119
114 UTAH ST 108 115 117
115 NORTH TEXAS 119 117 99
116 RICE 117 105 120
117 NEW MEXICO 113 116 118
118 CHARLOTTE 118 111 111
119 FLORIDA INTL 121 121 114
120 TEXAS ST 124 120 102
121 SOUTH ALABAMA 120 118 121
122 UNLV 116 122 122
123 AKRON 122 125 126
124 LA MONROE 125 129 124
125 UTEP 127 123 123
126 OLD DOMINION 123 124 125
127 BOWLING GREEN 126 130 128
128 CONNECTICUT 128 126 127
129 MASSACHUSETTS 130 128 129
130 NEW MEXICO ST 129 127 130

ACC TEAM SAGARIN MASSEY ESPN
FPI
AP COACHES
1 CLEMSON 4 4 2 3 2
2 NORTH CAROLINA 25 19 14 10 9
3 MIAMI FL 28 20 10 14 16
4 VIRGINIA TECH 43 41 26
5 NORTH CAROLINA ST 31 49 41
6 PITTSBURGH 50 41 32
7 VIRGINIA 59 50 37
8 BOSTON COLLEGE 39 54 50
9 FLORIDA ST 60 79 44
10 LOUISVILLE 73 62 43
11 WAKE FOREST 44 51 56
12 GEORGIA TECH 83 93 57
13 DUKE 89 103 82
14 SYRACUSE 101 100 96

ACC Predicted Standings Overall Conf
Clemson 12-0 8-0
BC 8-4 4-4
Wake Forest 7-5 4-4
NC State 7-5 4-4
Louisville 7-5 4-4
Florida State 5-7 3-5
Syracuse 1-11 0-8

Overall Conf
North Carolina 11-1 8-0
Miami 10-2 7-1
Virginia Tech 8-4 6-2
Pittsburgh 7-5 4-4
Virginia 5-7 3-5
Georgia Tech 3-9 1-7
Duke 3-9 0-8

FAVORITE SPREAD UNDERDOG WIN
PROBABILITY
UTEP 5.3 at New Mexico St 65%
at Fresno St 25.8 Connecticut 93%
Nebraska 8.4 at Illinois 72%
at UCLA 17.2 Hawaii 86%