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Why the Big Ten Champion will make the College Football Playoff

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by Matt Fischer

We’ve reached the final week of the 2016 college football season and the conference title match-ups have been set.  We’re just a week away from knowing who makes the college football version of the Final Four.

Based upon our week 14 college football predictions, we see three teams winning their conference championships.  Alabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC) and Washington (Pac-12) are locked in as playoff teams.  The fourth spot is the one left to be decided.

The fourth team has to come from the Big Ten.  With the Ohio State victory at Oklahoma, the Big Ten should get this final spot in the College Football Playoff.

The Big Ten has several contenders for this final spot but it should come down to the Big Ten Championship between Wisconsin and Penn State.  While Ohio State and Michigan have been impressive this season, their inability to even qualify for the Big Ten Championship game should keep them out of the playoff.

How ridiculous is it for a team to qualify for the playoff that can’t even win it’s own division in a conference?

The Big Ten has beaten one another up.  Penn State holds a win over Ohio State, but Michigan beat Penn State.  Ohio State beat Michigan and Wisconsin.  Michigan and Ohio State both beat Wisconsin but Wisconsin could own a win over Penn State in the Big Ten Championship.

That makes the Big Ten Championship of utmost importance to the committee.  The winner of Penn State vs. Wisconsin should get an invitation to the College Football Playoff.

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Based upon our predictions for Saturday’s college football conference championships, here’s our seeding of the four college football playoff teams:

1 – Alabama Crimson Tide
2 – Clemson Tigers
3 – Washington Huskies
4 – Wisconsin Badgers

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Transforming the UFC: Conor McGregor Open Division Champion

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Conor McGregor has transformed the UFC by becoming the league’s first two division champion with his UFC 205 win over then 155 pound champ, Eddie Alvarez.

After adding the 155 pound belt to his existing 145 belt, he announced he won’t fight again until mid-2017.  UFC President Dana White stated McGregor won’t fight before May 2017.  This leaves one belt in limbo for at least 6 more months.

While McGregor is the biggest star in the sport, the UFC needs active champions and allowing one belt to not be defended for perhaps a year (the 145 pound belt) is bad for the UFC.

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The biggest draw in the UFC, Conor McGregor can call his shots.  He can choose who, when and where he will fight.  He even wants a piece of the company now too.

For McGregor, nobody at featherweight (145 pounds)has the drawing power to pad his bank account.  At 155 pounds, there are great fighters deserving a title fight (Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson) but they’re not household names that can sell a pay-per-view and command the potential eight figure paydays McGregor wants.

Conor McGregor the First Open Division Champion

If the UFC wants to revolutionize their league, they would trade Conor McGregor his lightweight and featherweight belts for a Open Division belt.

The UFC could create what would become a champions division where McGregor could move up and down to fight champions or high profile opponents.  This puts two other belts back in action as the featherweight belt could be put around the belt of a new champion and McGregor doesn’t have to worry about sticking to one weight class as a champion.

With an open division, McGregor can take fights at catch weights and challenge other champions in super fights.  This something the UFC had back before Dana White and the Fertitta brothers took it over with a Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn super fight at UFC 6.

UFC Super Fights of 2017

For McGregor, he’s looking at three fights maximum in 2017 beginning in May.  He can use 2017 to cement his superstar status with super fights against other UFC Champions.

Conor McGregor vs. Tyron Woodley

This would feature the 170 pound champion Woodley fighting the 155 pound champion at 170.  For McGregor, it’s a major step up as Woodley would probably enter the Octagon above 190 pounds for the fight.  Will his power sleep 170 pound fighters?  What if Woodley lands his power-packed right hand?  The intrigue for this fight would be off the charts.

Conor McGregor vs. Dominick Cruz

Cruz, the Bantamweight champ, only has one blemish on his record and is such a tactician.  His footwork and pace could bother McGregor and keep the Irishman from landing that left hand.  McGregor, being the bigger fighter with KO power, would be the favorite but seeing another champion vs. champion fight would be one of the UFC’s biggest fights even.

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3

The next fight could be a trilogy with Nate Diaz.  With each holding a winner over the other, a big fight to sell is the third fight for the lightweight championship.  This is a fight that’s about guaranteed a minimum of 1.5 million pay-per-view buys and with these two headliners could get closer to 2 million.

With Conor and Nate fighting let’s say Memorial Day weekend 2017, what’s left for Conor after that?  Does he continue to fight up until he catches a beatdown?  If he loses, does he drop back to featherweight?

Conor McGregor is transforming the UFC.  He’s the biggest star they have ever had and can take it to new heights as an open division champion.  Make it happen UFC!

Formulator Friday – November 11, 2016

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by Matt Fischer

The sports year is at it’s busiest now with college basketball tipping off tonight.  For me, it means longer days packed with sports.  I don’t mind it, but I’m usually ready for things to slow down come March.  Luckily the NCAA Tournament is my favorite part of the sports year. That first day of the tournament is the best day of the year to me.

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College Basketball

We have 66 games college basketball predictions for tonight.  You can get our predictions daily through the NCAA Tournament Championship game.

The Armed Forces Classic has top teams playing in their season openers as Kansas plays Indiana and Michigan State plays Arizona.  Wins here should give these teams a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.  Read our preview for these two games.

UFC 205

The UFC has its best card ever on Saturday night at UFC 205 from Madison Square Garden.  Champions Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor fight in the Main Event for the 155 pound title.

The card features two other championship fights including Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz.  12 fights on the card with great match-ups and I’ve picked all 12.  If you’re a UFC fan, you need to watch Saturday night.

College Football

A solid 4-1 (80%) ATS last weekend with premium college football picks!  We have 5 picks for week 11 in the Pick Shop.

Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M is a battle of back-up QB’s tomorrow.  Chad Kelly and Trevor Knight are out injured so both teams will trot out new signal callers.

Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech has a total of 90…the oddsmakers basically don’t expect the defenses to get off the bus on Saturday.

Picking a college football player of the year is tough this season.  There have been some spectacular players but nobody has really separated themselves so far in my book.  Right now, I’d give it to Jalen Hurts.  He always seems to make a big play when Alabama needs it.  He’s gone against one of the nation’s toughest schedules and performed well every week.

Get our data driven week 11 college football predictions here.

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College Football Consensus Picks – These are game winner picks from you our readers.

1 – Washington (93%) against USC
2 – Stanford (86%) at Oregon
3 – Penn State (85%) at Indiana
4 – Auburn (79%)
5 – West Virginia (79%) at Texas
6 – Florida Atlantic (77%)
7 – Troy (64%) against Appalachian State
8 – Iowa State (69%) at Kansas
9 – Missouri (62%) against Vanderbilt
10 – Memphis (62%) against South Florida
11 – LSU (57%) at Arkansas
12 – Navy (54%) against Tulsa

NFL

Our survivor pick lost in OT last week dropping us to 7-2 with our NFL Survivor Pool pick.  Our two losses came in close games.  Last week, the Vikings were the only team to make it through our screening process and lost in OT.

Three teams made it through this week.  See our week 10 NFL Survivor Pool Pick.

Some good AFC vs. NFC games this weekend including Seahawks at Patriots (our preseason Super Bowl prediction). Chiefs at Panthers, Broncos at Saints and Bengals at Giants.  You can see our NFL predictions for all of these games plus the rest of week 10.

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NFL Consensus Picks – These are picks against the spread from you our readers.

1 – Chargers -3.5 (94%) against Dolphins
2 – Cowboys +2.5 (82%) at Steelers)
3 – Cardinals -13.5 (80%) against 49ers
4 – Jets -2.5 (75%) against Rams
5 – Giants -2.5 (71%) against Bengals
6 – Redskins -2.5 (69%) against Vikings
7 – Texans -1.5 (69%) at Jaguars
8 – Falcons Pick ‘Em (63%) at Eagles
9 – Broncos +1.5 (62%) at Saints
10 – Panthers -3 (62%) against Chiefs
11 – Packers -2.5 (60%) at Titans
12 – Patriots -7.5 (60%) against Seahawks
13 – Bucs (53%) against Bears

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Formulator Football Friday – November 4, 2016

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by Matt Fischer

It’s Friday and that means a weekend full of football awaits us!  We’re in the second half of the 2016 college football season and the midpoint of the NFL season.  Teams now begin jockeying for position.

College football teams are either making their push to a birth in the conference championship or trying to get bowl eligible.

In the NFL, teams are focused on staying healthy and trying to win to separate themselves from the pack.  19 of the 32 NFL teams have 3 or 4 wins at this point in the season.

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College Football Week 10

One of the biggest games of the season is Saturday night as Alabama and LSU collide.  Ed Orgeron has had LSU playing great since taking over earlier in the season but will face his biggest test in a Crimson Tide team that has only been challenged into the fourth quarter once this season.

In the Big Ten, Nebraska and Ohio State battle in what could be a conference championship game preview.  Iowa and Penn State play on Saturday in a game where Penn State can keep trying to hang in the race for the Big Ten East.  Their win over Ohio State has them in the running for the division crown.  They can’t let up against an Iowa team that is trying to make it back to a Big Ten Championship game.  This week’s Free Pick is Iowa +7.5.

Who wins this weekend?  You can see in our week 10 college football predictions.  Make your own picks for Saturday’s games in our College Football Survivor contest.

As part of our anniversary last weekend, I published my 3 part series called the College Football Revolution.  It has three improvements I’d make for college football to get even better.

Read the 3 parts:
Ultimate Realignment: The Death of the Power 5
Power Scheduling
The New Playoff

The College Football Playoff committee released their rankings this week.  The formula predicted the semi-final match-ups and then the national championship.  See who would win if the playoff were this weekend.

NFL Week 9

This week of the NFL saw a bit of a shocker as Norv Turner resigned as offensive coordinator of the Vikings.  The Vikings would be the two seed in the NFC if the playoffs started this weekend.  This news broke after I’d made this week’s NFL survivor pool pick.  We’re at the point in the season where it gets much more difficult to make the survivor pick but we found a team that fit the criteria and we’re staying with it.

The AFC West is looking like it has three solid playoff contenders in the Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos.  All three would be in the playoff this week.  How would they do?  You can see in our NFL Playoff predictions for this week.

The NFC East has a big match-up as the Giants host the Eagles.  Both need the win to stay within reach of the NFC’s best Cowboys.

Who wins in week 9?  Get our NFL predictions now and make your own picks in this weekend’s NFL Survivor contest.

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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
Pac-12 Championship TBA

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

Formulator Friday – October 28, 2016

by Matt Fischer

It’s a packed sports weekend ahead as we have five leagues all in action!

Sunday marks the 4 year anniversary of the first predictions published on SportsFormulator.com!  It’s been quite the journey over four years.  Check back Sunday, October 30, to see what we have in store for you.

You’ll get special offers Sunday so make sure you visit the site.  Also, I’ll reveal my College Football Revolution.  A 3-part series on how to make college football even better.

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World Series
The biggest question of the weekend is can the Cubs win the World Series while in Chicago?  With the series shifting to Wrigley tonight for game 3, each team is just 3 wins from becoming World Champions.  By Sunday night, a new champion could be crowned.  Get our game by game predictions through the World Series.

NHL 
The hockey season is in full swing.  Teams are starting to come together as they’ve had a few games to get things figured out.  Get our NHL predictions all season long.

NBA
The NBA started this week.  The Cavs had an impressive season opener while the Warriors flopped, being beaten by 29 at home to start the season.  Get our NBA predictions all season long.  If you haven’t seen our NBA Preview check it out.

College Football Week 9
A good slate of college football this weekend highlighted by Clemson at Florida State, Nebraska at Wisconsin and Auburn at Ole Miss. See our predictions for all of college football week 9.

We debuted a new game this weekend, College Football Survivor.  See if you can pick a ATS winner for each pool of games.  If you do, you win a prize!

NFL Week 8
Sunday’s NFL action might be the most competitive we’ve seen in a long time.  I don’t remember having so many close predictions for a NFL weekend.  Get our NFL predictions for all of week 8.

All the close predictions, made finding a survivor pool pick this week more difficult, but one team made it through our selection process. See this week’s pick.

Can you survive Sunday? See if you can pick a ATS winner for each pool of NFL games in our NFL Survivor contest.  If you do, you win a prize!

Free Pick Friday
Take South Alabama against Georgia State in College Football on Saturday.  If you’re not currently on our free pick email list, sign up now.

Enjoy the weekend of games!

Formulator Football Friday – October 21, 2016

by Matt Fischer

Welcome to the weekend!

Justin Fuente has VA Tech in a good position.  This team is getting better every week.  Impressive win over Miami last night 37-16.

Will Aaron Rodgers come out another “relax” message to the Packers’ fans?  Even though they won, the Packers struggled in the first half before being able to pull away in the second half.




College Football Week 8

The weekend schedule is dominated by a massive SEC showdown as Alabama and Texas A&M collide.  Rarely will you see two undefeated teams playing the in the middle of the season where the spread is nearly three touchdowns.

For Jalen Hurts, its his chance to jump to the top of the Heisman race.  If the Alabama QB rips up the Aggies’ D, he will become the front runner.

Colorado at Stanford is the weekend’s most intriguing game.  The Buffs are surging while the Cardinal are stumbling.  For Colorado, this would be a big win for the program while for Stanford, a loss would have fans ready to write this season off.

Here’s our cheat sheet for the college football weekend:

Top 5 Blowout Games

1. Illinois at Michigan – 31 points
2. Oregon State at Washington – 28 points
3. Rutgers at Minnesota – 22 points
4. Purdue at Nebraska – 22 points
5. Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan – 20 points

Top 5 Closest Games

1. North Carolina at Virginia – 1 point
2. Wisconsin at Iowa – 1 point
3. Mississippi State at Kentucky – 1 point
4. UCF at Connecticut – 2 points
5. Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas State – 2 points

Top 5 Highest Scoring Teams

1. Oklahoma – 43 points
2. Oklahoma State – 39 points
3. Houston – 39 points
4. Ohio State – 38 points
5. Washington State – 38 points

Top 5 Lowest Scoring Teams

1. Illinois – 13 points
2. Rutgers – 13 points
3. Massachusetts – 17 points
4. North Texas – 17 points
5. Oregon State – 18 points

Top 5 Highest Scoring Games

1. Oklahoma at Texas Tech – 81 points
2. Oregon at Cal – 80 points
3. LA-Monroe at New Mexico – 68 points
4. Washington State at Arizona State – 67 points
5. Central Michigan at Toledo – 66 points

Top 5 Lowest Scoring Games

1. Massachusetts at South Carolina – 43 points
2. Wisconsin at Iowa – 45 points
3. Rutgers at Minnesota – 48 points
4. Utah at UCLA – 49 points
5. Colorado at Stanford – 49 points

College Football Week 8 Line-up:
College Football Predictions
5 Premium College Football Picks
College Football ATS Pick ‘Em
College Football Game Winners Pick ‘Em
Predicting the Biggest Games Remaining in College Football

Free Pick of the Week: UTSA -9.5 against UTEP in College Football

NFL Week 7

We were on the verge of the NFL’s biggest game of the season a week ago, but due to the loss of Ben Roethlisberger to injury, the Steelers vs. Patriots game has lost its luster.

The NFL returns to London on Sunday morning for the Rams vs. Giants.  I think it’s ridiculous the league continually takes games away from its fans.  If the league wants to know why ratings are down, their treatment of fans could be a big reason why.

Here’s our cheat sheet for the NFL weekend:

Top 5 Highest Scoring Teams

1. Falcons – 31 points
2. Chiefs – 29 points
3. Chargers – 27 points
4. 49ers – 26 points
5. Titans – 26 points

Top 5 Lowest Scoring Teams

1. Texans – 17 points
2. Seahawks – 18 points
3. Steelers – 18 points
4. Vikings – 18 points
5. Bears – 18 points

Top 5 Highest Scoring Games

1. Chargers at Falcons – 58 points
2. Saints at Chiefs – 53 points
3. Bucs at 49ers – 50 points
4. Raiders at Jaguars – 49 points
5. Redskins at Lions – 49 points

Top 5 Lowest Scoring Games

1. Seahawks at Cardinals – 39 points
2. Vikings at Eagles – 40 points
3. Texans at Broncos – 40 points
4. Giants vs. Rams (in London) – 41 points
5. Ravens at Jets – 41 points

Our NFL Week 7 Line-up:

NFL Predictions
5 Premium NFL Picks 
Fantasy Football Tips
NFL Survivor Pool Picks
NFL ATS Pick ‘Em
NFL Game Winner Pick ‘Em
NFL Survivor Pool Contest
NFL Playoff Predictions Based Upon the First 6 Weeks
NFL Power Rankings

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Formulator Football Friday – October 7, 2016

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by Matt Fischer

Welcome to NFL Week 5 and College Football Week 6.

College Football Week 6

Is the U back?  The ‘Canes can prove they’re back with a win over rival Florida State on Saturday.  Mark Richt has gotten Miami headed in the right direction during a season that’s seen Florida State stumble.

The Red River Rivalry happens on Saturday again with Charlie Strong’s firing being rumored.  Oklahoma pulled out a win last week to salvage the season.  Both teams need this win.  Who wants it more?

LSU got the Orgeron era off to a great start with a 42-7 win against Missouri last Saturday night in Baton Rouge.  Now they go on the road to Florida.  The LSU offense will be tested by the Florida defense.  Look for this one to be low scoring and be decided late.

Get our college football predictions for all of week 6 and premium ATS picks in the Pick Shop.

Make your picks on who wins in our week 6 college football pick ’ems.

Free Pick – Boston College +16 against Clemson (Friday)

NFL Week 5

Tom Brady is back for the Patriots.  After being shutout last week, the 3-1 Patriots welcome their starting QB back from suspension.  Do the Browns have any chance at ruining Brady’s comeback?  It’s unlikely but this could be closer than expected.

Dak Prescott gets the biggest test of his career against a good Bengals team in Dallas this week.  Can he beat a playoff team?

The Steelers come off of a beatdown of the Chiefs last Sunday night to host the Jets.  Can they keep turnovers coming from the Jets?

Can Carson Wentz keep the Eagles rolling?  Philly goes to Detroit this weekend.  Will the Lions figure things out or continue to be unpredictable?

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