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Thanksgiving Day Football Contest 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Here in America, Thanksgiving has become synonymous with football.  We have three NFL and one college football game this Thanksgiving.

SEC Rivals Texas A&M and LSU collide on Thanksgiving in a game that could be the last game for each team’s head coach.

In the NFL, division rivals play in the two traditional games as the Lions host the Vikings and the Cowboys welcome the Redskins.  The night game is the Steelers visiting the Colts.

Pick a side and a total on every game and you could win $100 to the Pick Shop!

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How many points do LSU and Texas A&M combine to score?

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Vikings +3.5Lions -3.5

How many points do Vikings and Lions combine to score?

Over 43.5Under 43.5

Who Covers?

Redskins +6.5Cowboys -6.5

How many points do the Redskins and Cowboys combine to score?

Over 48.5Under 48.5

Who Covers?

Steelers -2.5Colts +2.5

How many points do the Steelers and Colts combine to score?

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How many totals points will be scored in all four games combined?

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College Football Predictions Week 12 – 2016

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Using our predictive formula we’ve predicted every college football game on the board in week  including Oklahoma at West Virginia, Louisville at Houston, Florida at LSU, Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, Stanford at Cal, USC at UCLA and Oklahoma State at TCU.

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College Football Predictions – Week 12

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tuesday night football

November 15, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
301 Kent State 54% 29 -3
302 Bowling Green 46% 27 54u
303 Ohio 50% 28 -1
304 Central Michigan 50% 27 49u
wednesday night football
November 16, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
305 Ball State 28% 24 65u
306 Toledo 72% 38 -20½
307 Northern Illinois 49% 30 -3
308 Eastern Michigan 51% 31 61u

thursday night football

November 17, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
311 Louisville 61% 36 -14
312 Houston 39% 29 70u
313 Arkansas State 34% 22 55u
314 Troy 66% 33 -9

friday night football

November 18, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
315 Memphis 62% 32 -7
316 Cincinnati 38% 24 57½u
317 UNLV 26% 24 66u
318 Boise State 74% 40 -28

saturday football

November 19, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
319 Connecticut 46% 21 36u
320 Boston College 54% 23 -7
321 Louisiana-Monroe 22% 19 53u
322 Appalachian State 78% 37 -25½
323 UTEP 46% 27 56½u
324 Rice 54% 29 -1½
325 Miami (FL) 53% 26 -3
326 North Carolina State 47% 24 50u
327 Texas Tech 51% 37 -3
328 Iowa State 49% 36 76u
329 Iowa 63% 29 -10
330 Illinois 37% 21 46½u
331 Northwestern 46% 24 -1
332 Minnesota 54% 27 47½u
333 Wisconsin 75% 34 -28
334 Purdue 25% 18 51½u
335 Duke 41% 28 63u
336 Pittsburgh 59% 34 -8
337 Texas-San Antonio 30% 24 58½u
338 Texas A&M 70% 37 -27
339 Maryland 33% 21
340 Nebraska 67% 33 -14½
341 Oklahoma 47% 31 -3
342 West Virginia 53% 32 69½u
343 Middle Tennessee St. 58% 35 -4
344 Charlotte 42% 30 62u
345 Massachusetts 27% 19 55u
346 BYU 73% 35 -30½
347 South Alabama 27% 14
348 LSU 73% 30
349 Louisiana-Lafayette 36% 19 45u
350 Georgia 64% 29 -23
351 San Diego State 55% 34
352 Wyoming 45% 31 58u
353 New Mexico 45% 29 60u
354 Colorado State 55% 32 -4½
355 Indiana 16% 17 53u
356 Michigan 84% 39 -23
357 Virginia Tech 49% 27 56u
358 Notre Dame 51% 28 -1
359 Kansas State 45% 29 -2½
360 Baylor 55% 33 60u
361 Virginia 39% 24 55u
362 Georgia Tech 61% 31 -10½
363 Florida State 63% 35 -21
364 Syracuse 37% 26 59u
365 Mississippi 51% 28 -10
366 Vanderbilt 49% 27 49½u
367 Texas State 36% 26 66u
368 New Mexico State 64% 35 -9½
369 Arizona 39% 26 62½u
370 Oregon State 61% 34 -6½
371 Arizona State 20% 25 65u
372 Washington 80% 45 -26½
373 Washington State 49% 29 59u
374 Colorado 51% 30 -4
375 Stanford 57% 34 -10½
376 California 43% 29 63u
377 Southern Miss 51% 30
378 North Texas 49% 29
379 Old Dominion 61% 34 -8½
380 Florida Atlantic 39% 26 62½u
381 Buffalo 12% 16 62u
382 Western Michigan 88% 41 -34½
383 Marshall 47% 29 -2½
384 Florida International 53% 31
385 Arkansas 46% 27 59½u
386 Mississippi State 54% 30 -1½
387 Hawaii 48% 28 -2½
388 Fresno State 52% 29 57u
389 South Florida 58% 37 -13
390 SMU 42% 32 73½u
391 Tulsa 46% 30 -1½
392 Central Florida 54% 33 63u
393 Temple 60% 30 -15½
394 Tulane 40% 23 48u
395 Ohio State 76% 37 -22½
396 Michigan State 24% 20 58u
397 Texas 72% 39 -24
398 Kansas 28% 25 61u
399 Clemson 62% 28 -21½
400 Wake Forest 38% 20 47u
401 Missouri 36% 25 68u
402 Tennessee 64% 35 -16
403 Georgia Southern 50% 25 -2½
404 Georgia State 50% 24 47½u
405 Southern Cal 51% 27 -10½
406 UCLA 49% 26 51½u
407 Oklahoma State 44% 31 68½u
408 TCU 56% 35 -4½
409 Penn State 77% 38 -28
410 Rutgers 23% 21 59u
411 Oregon 33% 29 70u
412 Utah 67% 40 -13
413 Air Force 64% 33 -10
414 San Jose State 36% 24 59u
415 Utah State 47% 25 -6
416 Nevada 53% 27 53u
417 Navy 55% 33 -7
418 East Carolina 45% 30 69u
419 Florida 42% 17 37u
420 LSU 58% 22 -14
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College Football Predictions Week 11 – 2016

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Using our predictive formula we’ve predicted every college football game on the board in week 11 including Washington vs. USC, Alabama vs. Mississippi State, Georgia vs. Auburn, Arkansas vs. LSU and Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss.

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Week 11 College Football Predictions

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tuesday night football

November 8, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
101 Eastern Michigan 44% 26 59.5
102 Ball State 56% 30 -1
103 Western Michigan 71% 35 -21.5
104 Kent State 29% 20 55.5
wednesday night football
November 9, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
105 Toledo 55% 34 -6.5
106 Northern Illinois 45% 31 69
107 Bowling Green 31% 26 71.5
108 Akron 69% 39 -9.5

thursday night football

November 10, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
111 North Carolina 53% 27 -11
112 Duke 47% 25 59.5
113 Louisiana-Lafayette 40% 22 46.5
114 Georgia Southern 60% 29 -8.5
115 Utah 52% 33 -5.5
116 Arizona State 48% 32 59

friday night football

November 11, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
117 Boston College 31% 21 47.5
118 Florida State 69% 33 -21

saturday football

November 12, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
119 Northwestern 62% 32 -13.5
120 Purdue 38% 24 57.5
121 Pittsburgh 27% 24 66.5
122 Clemson 73% 40 -20.5
123 Cincinnati 33% 20 49.5
124 Central Florida 67% 31 -12.5
125 Ohio State 74% 37 -29
126 Maryland 26% 21 57.5
127 Penn State 54% 30 -7
128 Indiana 46% 27 58.5
129 Wake Forest 20% 17 54.5
130 Louisville 80% 37 -35
131 Iowa State 63% 34 -9.5
132 Kansas 37% 25 56
133 SMU 42% 27 60
134 East Carolina 58% 32 -7
135 Tulsa 49% 33 -2.5
136 Navy 51% 34 68.5
137 Miami (OH) 56% 26 -11
138 Buffalo 44% 22 46
139 North Carolina State 55% 29
140 Syracuse 45% 25
141 Georgia Tech 32% 22
142 Virginia Tech 68% 34 -13.5
143 Texas Tech 38% 35 90
144 Oklahoma State 62% 43 -12.5
145 Mississippi 38% 28 55
146 Texas A&M 62% 36 -20
147 Rice 41% 26 63.5
148  Charlotte 59% 32 -10.5
149 New Mexico State 31% 22 61.5
150 Arkansas State 69% 35 -19.5
151 Wyoming 57% 34 -7.5
152 UNLV 43% 29 65.5
153 Colorado State 40% 23 53.5
154 Air Force 60% 30 -4
155 Mississippi State 20% 17 55.5
156 Alabama 80% 37 -29
157 North Texas 25% 23 65
158 Western Kentucky 75% 40 -28
159 Appalachian State 41% 23 47.5
160 Troy 59% 29 PK
161 Auburn 63% 29 -10
162 Georgia 37% 21 48.5
163 Illinois 23% 14 39
164 Wisconsin 77% 32 -26.5
165 Kentucky 39% 25 60
166 Tennessee 61% 33 -13
167 South Carolina 33% 15 37.5
168 Florida 67% 26 -12
169 LSU 57% 27 -7
170 Arkansas 43% 22 45.5
171 Stanford 55% 32 -3
172 Oregon 45% 28 58.5
173 Army 43% 23 52.5
174 Notre Dame 57% 28 -13
175 Southern Miss 42% 28
176 Old Dominion 58% 33
177 Rutgers 31% 21 55.5
178 Michigan State 69% 34 -14.5
179 Miami (FL) 58% 30 -10
180 Virginia 42% 25 55.5
181 Texas-San Antonio 34% 28 70.5
182 Louisiana Tech 66% 39 -22.5
183 California 26% 29 83.5
184 Washington State 74% 45 -14.5
185 Idaho 57% 32 -7.5
186 Texas State 43% 27 61.5
187 Southern Cal 31% 24 63
188 Washington 69% 37 -9
189 Oregon State 33% 22 50.5
190 UCLA 67% 33 -12
191 UTEP 44% 26 55.5
192 Florida Atlantic 56% 30 -3
193 Boise State 67% 36 -18
194 Hawaii 33% 25 63.5
195 Middle Tennessee St. 60% 37 -9.5
196 Marshall 40% 30 60
197 West Virginia 50% 31 64
198 Texas 50% 30 -2
199 Baylor 38% 31 80
200 Oklahoma 62% 39 -15.5
201 Minnesota 44% 24
202 Nebraska 56% 28
203 Louisiana-Monroe 35% 22 51.5
204 Georgia State 65% 32 -12
205 Vanderbilt 49% 24 52.5
206 Missouri 51% 25 -3.5
207 South Florida 43% 32 -3
208 Memphis 57% 37 74
209 Michigan 71% 34 -21
210 Iowa 29% 20 50.5
211 Tulane 25% 20 54
212 Houston 75% 37 -23
213 Colorado 71% 35 -15
214 Arizona 29% 21 57.5
215 New Mexico 52% 31
216 Utah State 48% 30
217 San Diego State 66% 32 -23.5
218 Nevada 34% 21 48.5

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Tulsa (49)Navy (51)

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Stanford (44)Oregon (56)

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Vanderbilt (50)Missouri (50)

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South Florida (43)Memphis (57)

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Penn State (34)Indiana (66)

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Iowa State (23)Kansas (77)

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LSU (36)Arkansas (64)

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USC (72)Washington (28)

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Auburn (31)Georgia (69)

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College Football Survivor – Week 10 2016

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Pick the 10 closest point spread college football games this weekend and see how long you can survive in our week 10 College Football Survivor!

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College Football Playoff Predictions – Week 10 2016

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The College Football Playoff committee announced the college football final four tonight.  They seeded all four teams to set the semi-final match-ups for the college football playoff.

We use our formula to predict the two college football semi-final games and then the national championship match-up.  See who wins below.

In semi-final #1, top seed Alabama plays Texas A&M.  These two SEC teams collided at Alabama earlier this year which turned into a 19 point win for the Crimson Tide.

Semi-final #2 features second ranked Clemson against third seed Michigan.  We don’t see this game being close right now with the Big Ten favorites expected to win by double figures against the defending ACC Champions.

Both semi-final games will take place on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta (Chick-fil-a Bowl) and Glendale, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) with the national championship game being played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Monday, January 9, 2017.

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Semi-Final #1

TEAM WIN % SCORE
Alabama (1) 58% 31
Texas A&M (4) 42% 25

Semi-Final #2

TEAM WIN % SCORE
Clemson (2) 31% 21
Michigan (3) 69% 33

National Championship

TEAM WIN % SCORE
Alabama (1) 42% 25
Michigan (3) 58% 31

Based upon this week’s college football playoff rankings, the Michigan Wolverines would win the national championship.

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Check back weekly to see our updated predictions based upon the committee’s top four teams.   You can get our week 10 college football predictions for 59 games.

College Football Predictions Week 10 – 2016

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Using our predictive formula we’ve predicted every college football game on the board in week 10 including LSU vs. Alabama, Ohio State vs. Nebraska, Iowa vs. Penn State, UCLA vs. Colorado, Arkansas vs. Florida, Navy vs. Notre Dame and more.

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College Football Predictions – Week 10

tuesday night football
November 1, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
301 Bowling Green 25% 24 71.5
302 Northern Illinois 75% 41 -17
303 Western Michigan 65% 34 -17.5
304 Ball State 35% 24 61
wednesday night football
November 2, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
305 Toledo 59% 35 -8.5
306 Akron 41% 30 71

thursday night football

November 3, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
309 Buffalo 31% 19 48.5
310 Ohio 69% 32 -20
311 Arkansas State 48% 23 -3
312 Georgia State 52% 24 45
313 Oklahoma 64% 39 -21
314 Iowa State 36% 30 70
315 UCLA 35% 22 54.5
316 Colorado 65% 31 -12

friday night football

November 4, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
317 Central Michigan 48% 26 -4
318 Miami (OH) 52% 27 48
319 Temple 60% 29 -10
320 Connecticut 40% 23 46
321 San Jose State 19% 17 57.5
322 Boise State 81% 37 -29.5

saturday football

November 5, 2016
TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
323 Navy 42% 28 67
324 Notre Dame 58% 33 -6.5
325 Texas State 16% 16 54.5
326 Appalachian State 84% 39 -31.5
327 BYU 55% 28 -8
328 Cincinnati 45% 24 52
329 Air Force 43% 24 49.5
330 Army 57% 29 -2
331 Louisville 74% 37 -25
332 Boston College 26% 21 56
333 Purdue 26% 20 57
334 Minnesota 74% 36 -17
335 Virginia Tech 61% 30 -11.5
336 Duke 39% 23 52.5
337 Syracuse 23% 20 61
338 Clemson 77% 38 -27
339 Kansas 11% 15 55
340 West Virginia 89% 41 -34.5
341 Indiana 67% 32 -14
342 Rutgers 33% 21 54
343 Michigan State 52% 27
344 Illinois 48% 26
345 Florida State 48% 28 -6
346 North Carolina State 52% 29 58
347 Maryland 19% 18 54
348 Michigan 81% 39 -31
349 Virginia 41% 21 44
350 Wake Forest 59% 27 -3
351 Oklahoma State 46% 29 58
352 Kansas State 54% 32 -2.5
353 East Carolina 35% 27 75
354 Tulsa 65% 38 -8
355 Texas-San Antonio 37% 29 64.5
356 Middle Tennessee St. 63% 37 -20.5
357 Charlotte 27% 23 63
358 Southern Miss 73% 38 -19.5
359 TCU 33% 25 70
360 Baylor 67% 36 -9
361 Pittsburgh 40% 28 59.5
362 Miami (FL) 60% 34 -3
363 Georgia Tech 43% 25 58
364 North Carolina 57% 29 -10
365 Vanderbilt 25% 15 45
366 Auburn 75% 32 -25.5
367 Georgia 47% 26 -2.5
368 Kentucky 53% 28 51
369 Florida 62% 30 -5
370 Arkansas 38% 22 47
371 Fresno State 34% 22 53.5
372 Colorado State 66% 32 -15
373 Georgia Southern 33% 25 62.5
374 Mississippi 67% 36 -27.5
375 Massachusetts 23% 18 56.5
376 Troy 77% 37 -21
377 Florida Atlantic 42% 25 58
378 Rice 58% 30 -4
379 Utah State 37% 24 55.5
380 Wyoming 63% 33 -6
381 Missouri 41% 22 54.5
382 South Carolina 59% 28 -7
383 South Alabama 63% 30 -13.5
384 Louisiana-Monroe 37% 22 52.5
385 Idaho 41% 25 55
386 Louisiana-Lafayette 59% 31 -5.5
387 Florida International 22% 23 66.5
388 Western Kentucky 78% 42 -29
389 Louisiana Tech 61% 35 -20.5
390 North Texas 39% 28 66.5
391 Washington 67% 42 -16.5
392 California 33% 31 78.5
393 Oregon 33% 29 78.5
394 Southern Cal 67% 40 -17
395 Marshall 35% 26 61
396 Old Dominion 65% 36 -12
397 Hawaii 28% 22 53.5
398 San Diego State 72% 37 -21
399 Texas 50% 40
400 Texas Tech 50% 39
401 Texas A&M 59% 31 -14
402 Mississippi State 41% 25 60.5
403 Memphis 56% 33 -3
404 SMU 44% 29 64
405 Iowa 44% 25 53
406 Penn State 56% 29 -7.5
407 Oregon State 31% 18 42.5
408 Stanford 69% 31 -14.5
409 Arizona 24% 22 66
410 Washington State 76% 39 -16.5
411 Alabama 56% 27 -7.5
412 LSU 44% 23 47
413 Wisconsin 52% 23 -7
414 Northwestern 48% 22 41
415 Nebraska 31% 20 52.5
416 Ohio State 69% 33 -17
417 Nevada 35% 25 59
418 New Mexico 65% 35 -14.5
419 Tulane 35% 23 49.5
420 Central Florida 65% 32 -16.5
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College Football Revolution – Part 3: The New Playoff

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by Matt Fischer

Welcome to part 3 of the SportsFormulator College Football Revolution!  As part of our four year anniversary, we release our plan to revolutionize college football and make it better than ever.

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We’re just a few years removed from the BCS and while the College Football Playoff has made the postseason better, our new playoff system will make it even better.

The postseason will become better with set match-ups.  No longer will we need to worry about a committee to set the four teams in the playoff.  The match-ups will be set years in advance like the NCAA Tournament.

With a Power 4 set-up in college football, we can now know the four teams in the playoff (Sorry group of 5, you know you were long shots anyway).  Conference Champions will know square off in quarterfinal games and then advance to the National Championship.

For example, our year 1 College Football Playoff would feature:

Semifinal #1 – Big Ten vs. Pac-16 in Fiesta Bowl

Semifinal #2 – ACC vs. SEC in Peach Bowl

National Championship – Winners play in Tampa

Year 2:

Semifinal #1 – Big Ten vs. SEC in Cotton Bowl

Semifinal #2 – ACC vs. Pac-12 in Fiesta Bowl

National Championship – Winners play in Atlanta

Year 3:

Semifinal #1 – SEC vs. Pac-16 in Cotton Bowl

Semifinal #2 – ACC vs. Big Ten in Orange Bowl

National Championship – Winners play in Santa Clara, CA

This should trickle down to the lesser bowl games.  The teams that lose in their conference championship games should face-off.  This will add importance to the postseason as conferences will want to see how they stack up against one another.

The non-Power 4 conferences should get their shot at the big time programs so setting up many of the bowls to feature Power 4 vs. Non-Power 4 match-ups will make bowl season more interesting.

The NCAA needs to step it up and revolutionize the sport.  Make college football even better with our suggestions.

Read more of the SportsFormulator College Football Revolution:

Part 1 – The Ultimate Realignment:  Death of the Power 5
Part 2 – Rescheduling

College Football Revolution – Part 2: Power Scheduling

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by Matt Fischer

Welcome to part 2 of the SportsFormulator College Football Revolution!  As part of our four year anniversary, we release our 4 part plan to revolutionize college football and make it better than ever.

Now with a College Football Power 4 instead of Power 5, the schedules will provide more intrigue throughout the season.  The Power 4 will have to schedule fellow FBS teams.

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Power Scheduling

Gone are the days of FBS teams crushing FCS teams.  The Big Ten has already outlawed its member schools from scheduling FBS.  This will expand to cover the new Power 4 including ACC, Pac-12 and SEC.

12 Game Schedule

Schedules will remain with 12 regular season games.  Week 1 every season will showcase “challenges” like we’ve seen for years in college basketball.

A Power 4 team will play its seven divisional foes, a team from each of the other three power conferences and can schedule two group of 5 opponents each season.

The conference challenges will take place the opening weekend of the season.  Games versus group of 5 teams will be restricted to one in the first four weeks and the other in the final four weeks of the season.

Conference Challenges

For example, in 2017, we will see the Pac-16 vs. Big Ten Challenge and ACC vs. SEC Challenge.  With these challenges, we would set-up four showcase games from each challenge which will be played in NFL stadiums over Labor Day weekend.

The showcase games will feature 2 teams from each division.  This will allow each school to rotate through per four years.

This will create epic opening weekends.  A sample of what you could see under this plan on Labor Day Weekend 2017:

Pac-16 vs. Big Ten Challenge

Ohio State vs. Stanford on Thursday night in San Francisco

Washington vs. Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis

Nebraska vs. Arizona State on Saturday night in Glendale, AZ

Texas vs. Michigan on Sunday night in Minneapolis

ACC vs. SEC Challenge

Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma on Thursday night in Atlanta

Arkansas vs. Louisville on Saturday afternoon in Charlotte

Alabama vs. Miami on Saturday night in Tampa

Tennessee vs. Florida State on Monday night in East Rutherford

Intrigue will abound weekly in college football with this new scheduling format.  Making the power conferences play one another every season will create more fan engagement and bigger viewing audiences.

Sample Power 4 Schedule

An example of the new scheduling for a Power 4 FBS team, the Arizona State Sun Devils.

DATE Opponent Opp Conference Location
Week 1 Nebraska Big Ten Glendale, AZ
Week 2 Wyoming MWC Tempe, AZ
Week 3 San Diego State Pac-16 San Diego, CA
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Texas Pac-16 Austin, TX
Week 6 UNLV Pac-16 Tempe, AZ
Week 7 Colorado Pac-16 Tempe, AZ
Week 8 Pittsburgh ACC Pittsburgh, PA
Week 9 USC Pac-16 Tempe, AZ
Week 10 BYE
Week 11 Oklahoma State SEC Tempe, AZ
Week 12 UCLA Pac-16 Los Angeles, CA
Week 13 SMU American Tempe, AZ
Week 14 Arizona Pac-16 Tucson, AZ
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Teams will be challenged week in and week out.  Schedules will become more balanced.  With our new playoff system (part 4), going undefeated will no longer be a priority to make the playoff.

Read more of the SportsFormulator College Football Revolution:

Part 1 – The Ultimate Realignment
Part 3 – The New Playoff

College Football Revolution – Part 1: The Ultimate Realignment – Death of the Power 5

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by Matt Fischer

Welcome to part 1 of the SportsFormulator College Football Revolution!  As part of our four year anniversary, we release our plan to revolutionize college football and make it better than ever.

In part 1, we kill the Power 5.  There simply aren’t 5 power conferences in college football anymore.  This leads to a feeding frenzy as conferences make their move to strengthen their conference.

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Death of the Big 12

The Big XII conference is dead.  It has refused to become a power conference.  Their decision to not expand confirmed they want to be relegated to the “Group of 5”.  With just 10 teams, no conference championship and a refusal to expand have led to its demise and why it must die.

This leaves the 10 teams of the Big XII needing new homes if it wants to compete at the pinnacle of college football.

Birth of the Power 4

With the death of the Big XII, a Power 4 is now created consisting of the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.  With 10 teams including crown jewels Oklahoma and Texas now in a dormant conference, the power 4 will swarm and try to woo them.

The Power 4 will lead to a major realignment as these four conferences expand to 16 teams consisting of two, eight team divisions.

Who Gets the Sooners?

If this turned into a draft amongst the Power 4 conferences, Oklahoma would be the #1 pick.  Where will the Sooners go?  The Big Ten likes to lead the way in expansion and would go hard after the Sooners.  The Pac-12 would love to take Oklahoma and be able to enter the Oklahoma/Texas market.  The SEC can fit Oklahoma right in geographically and welcome them to join other powerful programs like Alabama, Florida, LSU and Tennessee.

SEC Expansion

The SEC wins the Sooners sweepstakes.  This puts the SEC at 15 teams.  I think the Sooners make the conference take the rival Cowboys of Oklahoma State.  This will lead to realignment of the two divisions, East and West.

EAST WEST
Alabama Arkansas
Auburn LSU
Florida Mississippi St
Georgia Missouri
Kentucky Oklahoma
South Carolina Oklahoma St
Tennessee Ole Miss
Vanderbilt Texas A&M

Big Ten Expansion

The Big Ten having lost out on Oklahoma, makes a move for the next best property in college football, Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish will join the Big Ten with Kansas.  Both make sense geographically and can strengthen TV viewership.  Notre Dame will join Michigan and Ohio State in the Big Ten East.

EAST WEST
Indiana Illinois
Maryland Iowa
Michigan Kansas
Michigan St Minnesota
Notre Dame Nebraska
Ohio State Northwestern
Penn State Purdue
Rutgers Wisconsin

Pac-12 Expansion

The Pac-12 will need to become the Pac-16 so it has four teams to add.  It goes after a big property and significantly expands the conference’s footprint with the Texas Longhorns.  The Pac-12 will look to lockdown the West Coast by adding San Diego State, Boise State and UNLV.  Adding teams from tv markets like San Diego, Boise and Las Vegas will be a revenue boost.  The new divisions for the Pac-16 will be:

NORTH SOUTH
Boise St Arizona St
Cal Arizona
Oregon USC
Oregon St UCLA
Stanford Colorado
Utah Texas
Washington UNLV
Washington St San Diego St

ACC Expansion

The ACC will need to add 2 and will be left scrambling after losing out on Notre Dame, who’s been playing five football games per season against ACC teams.

West Virginia makes sense geographically and will be looking for a new home to get away from the Big XII.  They will reach out and pluck UConn from the American Athletic Conference.  This will lead to creating a North and South Division in the ACC.

NORTH SOUTH
Boston College Clemson
Connecticut Duke
Louisville Florida State
Pitt Georgia Tech
Syracuse Miami
Virginia NC State
Virginia Tech North Carolina
West Virginia Wake Forest

5 Teams Relegated to Group of 5

With this major shakeup in college football, some Big XII teams will be left out of the new Power 4.   Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech will be left scrambling for a new home.  They’ll be left to try to join group of 5 conferences.

With the new Power 5, it’ll create a better schedule week to week in college football and postseason.  Keep reading to explore our college football revolution.

Read more of the SportsFormulator College Football Revolution:

Part 2 – Rescheduling
Part 3 – The New Playoff