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NCAA College Football Top 25 Rankings

Current College Football Top 25 Rankings – Courtesy of Ted Sevransky, a Covers Experts Sports Handicapper 

1. Kansas (2): Can someone please explain to me why the undefeated Jayhawks are currently ranked #4 in both the AP and the USA Today polls?

2. Oklahoma (4): The Sooners remain in the catbird’s seat in the national title picture, controlling their own destiny thanks to the Big 12 championship game.

3. LSU (5): Remaining slate for the team currently ranked #1 in the BCS standings? At Ole Miss, home to Arkansas, then the SEC Championship game in Atlanta to close out the regular season.

4. Ohio State (1): Jim Tressel’s squad couldn’t rally from behind against Illinois last week the way they did the previous week vs. Wisconsin.

5. West Virginia (6): The Mountaineers toughest remaining test comes at Cincinnati this week. If they beat the Bearcats, Rich Rodriguez could see his team re-enter the national title mix.

6. Missouri (7): The sleeper team in the Big 12 could get a rematch vs. Oklahoma in the championship game if they can knock off Kansas State and Kansas over the next two weeks.

7. USC (8): Another sluggish, sloppy performance from USC, but it was still good enough to beat Cal by margin on the road. Pete Carroll is now 22-0 in November as the Trojans head coach.

8. Clemson (9): Four straight wins and covers from the best team in the ACC, with a chance to show the nation how good they are against BC in Saturday Night’s TV game.

9. Oregon (2): I didn’t get my Top 25 done before the Ducks lost at Arizona on Thursday Night, so they’ll drop to #9 here instead of next week. If Dennis Dixon’s injury is serious, they’ll drop further than this.

10. Arizona St (10): The one loss Sun Devils are in prime position for a Rose Bowl bid, with USC and Arizona both traveling to Tempe following this week’s bye.

11. Virginia Tech (16): Bobby Bowden’s quote regarding Frank Beamer’s frosh QB Tyrod Taylor: “I didn’t expect to see the second coming of (Michael) Vick. We couldn’t tackle that guy.”

12. Illinois (20): Ron Zook served notice in the Horseshoe last week – the Illini are going to be a force in Big 10 play for years to come.

13. Florida (17): The Gators have scored 175 points in their last four games, all against SEC competition – this offense is downright scary.

14. Georgia (19): Last year, the Bulldogs closed out the season with three straight upset wins after a dismal 1-4 midseason stretch. This year, Mark Richt’s squad has won four straight since their ugly loss at Tennessee.

15. Boise St (15): 42-7, 52-0 in the last two weeks, with Idaho coming to the blue turf for a beating this Saturday.

16. Hawaii (14): Colt Brennan’s concussion problems won’t go away, and his team is just 1-3 ATS in their last four games, failing to cover the spread by 26, 17 and 12.5 points in the three pointspread losses.

17. Texas (18): Colt McCoy finally has the Longhorns offense clicking on all cylinders, putting up 73 points in their last five quarters of football.

18. Tennessee (22): One of the weaker homefield edges in the SEC has become one of the strongest this year: Vols are 6-0 SU and ATS in Knoxville this year.

19. Utah (23): The red hot Utes are riding a six game winning streak since their 1-3 start, with outright upsets over UCLA, Louisville and TCU.

20. Virginia (24): After playing five consecutive games that weren’t decided until the very last play (winning four of them), the Cavs finally got a breather last week, blowing out Miami at the Orange Bowl.

21. Cincinnati (25): Think turnovers don’t matter that much? Think again! Cinci’s resurgence this season is largely due to a +16 turnover differential, second best in the country.

22. Michigan (9): In the great tradition of Lou Holtz, Michigan was clearly sandbagging last week in their loss at Wisconsin, with Lloyd Carr resting injured players so they’ll be ready against Ohio State.

23. Kentucky (NR): The Wildcats snapped an ugly stretch of three losses in four games with a win at Vandy last Saturday. With Georgia and Tennessee on deck, it was probably Kentucky’s last win of the regular season.

24. Boston College (13): I probably shouldn’t have ranked BC at all, because it would take a monumental upset at Clemson for the Eagles to be in these rankings again next week.

25. BYU (NR): 13 straight Mountain West Conference wins for the Cougars gets them into my Top 25 this week, despite allowing backdoor pointspread covers in each of their last three lined games.

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College Football Rivalry Games: Michigan, UCLA, Michigan State, USC

The Greatest Team to Fear: The “Home Underdog Rival”

When the schedule is first published, no matter what the sport, the first game that gets circled is the rivalry game.  Some of the greatest rivalries have been documented by ESPN in their “10 Greatest Rivalries” list.  But there are some rivalries that sneak in under the radar; the one that doesn’t get the same press as the Red Sox-Yankees or Giants-Dodgers rivalries; were talking about the rivalry that means more to one team than the other.  That is the team to look out for.

In the state of Michigan for example, you have the Spartans of Michigan State and the Wolverines of Michigan.  These two schools are only 60 miles apart, yet when it comes to the gridiron, this rivalry means more to the Spartans than the Wolverines.  If you were to ask any Michigan player, current or alumni, who their biggest rival is, they would tell you the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Beating State was and is just a formality for Michigan; something that they are expected to do.  When the Spartans beat Michigan that victory is their National Championship.  Think back to 2001 in the infamous “Miracle in Michigan” game at Spartan Stadium.  This game was one of the most exciting (and controversial) games in college football history.  Michigan entered that game at 6-0 while State was just 3-2.  While the game was closely-played throughout, it is the game’s conclusion that is most remembered. On fourth-and-goal, with one second remaining in the fourth quarter, Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker threw a touchdown pass to running back T. J. Duckett as time expired to win 26-24.

Last December, USC found themselves one win away from another trip to the National Championship game.  Standing in their way; the UCLA Bruins.  In a season that UCLA wanted to forget, they had a chance to cost their cross-town rival a shot at a national championship.  This game was being played at the Rose Bowl.  Southern California entered that game a big favorite, but that didn’t matter.  UCLA played their best game of the season en route to a 13-9 win, shutting USC out in the 2nd half and shattering the dreams of every Trojan fan out there.

Just a few weeks ago, we had arguably the biggest regular season game in NFL history with unbeaten New England traveling to unbeaten Indianapolis.  This game is simply the best rivalry in the NFL today due to the success of both teams.  The books made the Pats a 5-point favorite.  A slap in the face to the defending Super Bowl champs.  With under 8 minutes to go, the Colts had a 10 point lead only to give up 14 points to eventually lose by 4.  The key though is that the Colts covered the spread!

When looking at a game that is considered a “rivalry” game, just remember that the standings and current record sometimes don’t mean a thing at all

Courtesy of Madmen Sports Picks, November 13th, 2007

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College Football Power Ratings: November 13th, 2007

The Kansas Jayhawks sit alone as the only undefeated Major Conference football program by virtue of another quality win – this time a double digit road win at Oklahoma State.The only other undefeated team in the nation is Hawaii, but a weak schedule prevents them from cracking the top 10. Currently, the Rainbow Warriors st 14th on the BGS College Football Power Ratings.

Oregon stands out as the best 1-loss team in the nation, followed closely by LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Note: The BGS Brian Gabrielle Sports Power Ratings are recognized as the oldest and most reliable Gambling Power Ratings in existence. The following are not opinion polls like the AP or USA Today and are not politically influenced like Sagarin and other BCS ratings. The below ratings are the UNBIASED BGS Power Ratings designed specifically for determining expected RAW pointspreads.

Team Win Loss AwayRating HomeRating
1 Kansas 10 0 94 97
2 Oregon 8 1 94 97
3 LSU 9 1 93 96
4 Ohio State 10 1 91.5 94.5
5 Oklahoma 9 1 91.5 94.5
6 West Virginia 8 1 90 93
7 Missouri 9 1 88 91
8 Arizona State 9 1 87.5 90.5
9 Southern California 8 2 87 90
10 Florida 7 3 87 90
11 Cincinnati 8 2 85.5 88.5
12 Clemson 8 2 85 88
13 Georgia 8 2 85 88
14 Hawaii 9 0 84.5 87.5
15 Boise State 9 1 84.5 87.5
16 South Florida 7 3 84.5 87.5
17 Boston College 8 2 84.5 87.5
18 Texas 9 2 83 86
19 Virginia Tech 8 2 83 86
20 Connecticut 8 2 82.5 85.5
21 Kentucky 7 3 82 85
22 Penn State 8 3 81.5 84.5
23 Auburn 7 4 81.5 84.5
24 Michigan 8 3 81 84
25 Illinois 8 3 80.5 83.5
26 Tennessee 7 3 80.5 83.5
27 Texas Tech 7 4 80 83
28 California 6 4 80 83
29 Arkansas 6 4 80 83
30 Alabama 6 4 80 83
31 Wisconsin 8 3 78.5 81.5
32 Rutgers 6 4 78.5 81.5
33 Oregon State 6 4 78.5 81.5
34 UCLA 5 5 78.5 81.5
35 Kansas State 5 5 78.5 81.5
36 BYU 7 2 78 81
37 South Carolina 6 5 78 81
38 Oklahoma State 5 5 78 81
39 Utah 7 3 77.5 80.5
40 Purdue 7 4 77.5 80.5
41 Florida State 6 4 77.5 80.5
42 Louisville 5 5 77.5 80.5
43 Virginia 9 2 76.5 79.5
44 Michigan State 6 5 76 79
45 Georgia Tech 6 4 75.5 78.5
46 Wake Forest 6 4 75 78
47 Texas A&M 6 5 75 78
48 Central Florida 7 3 74 77
49 Vanderbilt 5 5 74 77
50 Washington 3 7 73.5 76.5
51 Air Force 8 3 73 76
52 Maryland 5 5 73 76
53 Colorado 5 6 73 76
54 Troy 7 3 72.5 75.5
55 Mississippi State 6 4 72.5 75.5
56 NC State 5 5 71.5 74.5
57 Indiana 6 5 71 74
58 TCU 5 5 71 74
59 Nebraska 5 6 71 74
60 Arizona 4 6 71 74
61 Washington State 4 6 71 74
62 New Mexico 7 3 70.5 73.5
63 Ball State 5 5 70 73
64 Fresno State 6 4 69.5 72.5
65 Iowa 6 5 69.5 72.5
66 North Carolina 3 7 69.5 72.5
67 Miami-Florida 5 5 69 72
68 Pittsburgh 4 5 69 72
69 East Carolina 6 5 68 71
70 Stanford 3 7 68 71
71 Central Michigan 6 4 67 70
72 Navy 6 4 66.5 69.5
73 Houston 6 4 66.5 69.5
74 Northwestern 6 5 66.5 69.5
75 Wyoming 5 5 66.5 69.5
76 San Diego State 4 5 66 69
77 Mississippi 3 7 65.5 68.5
78 Tulsa 7 3 65 68
79 Bowling Green 6 4 64 67
80 Nevada 5 4 63 66
81 Southern Miss 5 5 63 66
82 Middle Tennessee 5 6 63 66
83 Miami-Ohio 5 5 62.5 65.5
84 Iowa State 3 8 62.5 65.5
85 Louisiana Tech 4 6 61.5 64.5
86 Buffalo 4 6 61.5 64.5
87 Colorado State 1 9 61.5 64.5
88 Duke 1 9 61.5 64.5
89 UNLV 2 8 61 64
90 Notre Dame 1 9 61 64
91 Minnesota 1 10 60.5 63.5
92 Florida Atlantic 5 4 60 63
93 Toledo 5 5 60 63
94 Western Kentucky 6 4 59.5 62.5
95 Ohio University 5 6 59.5 62.5
96 Akron 4 6 59 62
97 Western Michigan 3 7 59 62
98 Syracuse 2 8 59 62
99 San Jose State 4 6 58.5 61.5
100 Arkansas State 4 6 58 61
101 UTEP 4 6 58 61
102 Memphis 5 5 57.5 60.5
103 Louisiana-Monroe 4 6 57.5 60.5
104 Baylor 3 8 57 60
105 Army 3 7 56.5 59.5
106 Marshall 2 8 56.5 59.5
107 Kent State 3 7 56 59
108 Eastern Michigan 3 8 54.5 57.5
109 New Mexico State 4 7 54 57
110 Temple 3 7 54 57
111 Northern Illinois 2 8 52.5 55.5
112 Tulane 3 7 51.5 54.5
113 Rice 3 7 51.5 54.5
114 Utah State 0 10 51.5 54.5
115 Idaho 1 9 51 54
116 Louisiana-Lafayette 2 8 50.5 53.5
117 SMU 1 9 49.5 52.5
118 UAB 2 8 49 52
119 Fla. International 0 9 46.5 49.5
120 North Texas 1 8 43.5 46.5

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Toledo vs. Ball State Game Picks: November 13th, 2007

NCAA Tuesday Night College Football Picks
Toledo vs. Ball State – November 13, 2007 
Take Ball State Cardinals
 
1 Unit on Ball State -5.5 Ball State has dominated this matchup against the number of late. Ball State is 2-0 ATS versus Toledo the last 2 seasons and 3-1 ATS at home versus Toledo in their last 4 meetings. Coach Amstutz is just 1-9 ATS in road games after 3 or more consecutive straight up wins as the coach of Toledo. Ball State is 8-1 ATS after 1 or more consecutive losses against the spread over the last 3 seasons, 8-1 ATS after playing a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons, and 21-10 ATS in all lined games over the last 3 seasons. Ball State has played a tougher schedule this season giving several major conference schools all they have wanted. We’ll lay the points here on Ball State at home. courtesy of Jimmy Boyd

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2007 PAC 10 Conference Football Predictions & Picks

2007 PAC 10 Conference Football Predictions & Picks – Click on each Pac Ten team to view detailed college football picks

USC Trojans Predictions
The Trojans have another great quarterback at the helm in John David Booty. With a great offensive line in front of him and another year of seasoning under his belt, Booty should put up big numbers. What makes USC really dangerous is their excellent defense, which may be the best Pete Carroll has had during this tenure with the Trojans.

California Golden Bears Predictions
The Golden Bears still have QB questions and their defense has been gutted, but there’s still enough talent to reach the top of the PAC 10.

UCLA Bruins Predictions
The Bruins have a ton of starters coming back and should be solid on both sides of the ball.

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2007 Big East Conference Football Predictions & Picks

2007 Big East Conference Football Predictions & Picks – Click on each Big East team to view detailed college football picks

West Virginia Mountaineers Predictions
Late season injuries to QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton derailed the Mountaineers at the end of last season. With both stars healthy, West Virginia has one of the best backfield combos anywhere. The schedule is more favorable this season and should lead the Mountaineers to the top of the Big East

Louisville Cardinals Predictions
The Cardinals have a stellar offense led by Heisman contender QB Brian Brohm. If Brohm stays healthy they’re a definite National Championship contender.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Predictions
The Scarlet Knights over performed last season and may have trouble matching last year’s feats in the tought Big East. Ray Rice leads what should be an improved offense.

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