The SportsFormulator 2013 College Football Player of the Year Watch List


It’s time to kickoff our coverage of the 2013 College Football season and we start with our 2013 College Football Player of the Year Watch List.  These are the 40 players we’re watching as the season starts and expect each to have a huge impact on his team.

We will cut down the watch list each on the first Tuesday each month during the season until we announce our five finalists on December 15, 2013.

In no particular order, here are our the college football players on our watch list:

Johnny Manziel (QB – Texas A&M)
A.J. McCarron (QB – Alabama)
T.J. Yeldon (RB – Alabama)
Aaron Murray (QB – Georgia)
Jadeveon Clowney (DE – South Carolina)
Todd Gurley (RB – Georgia)
C.J. Mosley (LB – Alabama)
Duke Johnson (RB – Miami)
Sammy Watkins (QB – Clemson)
Logan Thomas (QB – Virginia Tech)
Jameis Winston (QB – Florida State)
James White (RB – Wisconsin)
Taylor Martinez – (QB – Nebraska)
Braxton Miller (QB – Ohio State)
Devin Gardner (QB – Michigan)
Kain Colter (QB – Northwestern)
Ameer Abdullah (RB – Nebraska)
Jordan Matthews (WR – Vanderbilt)
Bo Wallace (QB – Ole Miss)
Lache Seatrunk (RB – Baylor)
Blake Bell (QB – Oklahoma)
John Hubert (RB – Kansas State)
David Ash (QB – Texas)
Ka’Deem Carey (RB – Arizona)
Taylor Kelley (QB – Arizona State)
Marqise Lee (WR – USC)
Marcus Mariota (QB – Oregon)
De’Anthony Thomas (RB – Oregon)
Marion Grice (RB – Arizona State)
Silas Redd (RB – USC)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE – Washington)
Keith Price (QB – Washington)
Will Sutton (DT – Arizona State)
Teddy Bridgewater (QB – Louisville)
Jordan Lynch (QB – Northern Illinois)
Derek Carr (QB – Fresno State)
Kenneth Dixon (RB – Louisiana Tech)
Cody Fajardo (QB – Nevada)
David Fluellen (RB – Toledo)
Beau Blackenship (RB – Ohio)

Breakdown by Conference:
Pac-12 – 10
Big Ten – 8
SEC – 7
ACC – 4
Big 12 – 4
AAC – 1
Non-BCS – 6

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Matt’s Mind – The Final Top 25 College Football Rankings

College football has wrapped up another season and we again saw the SEC take home another national title. The conference is simply dominate in the championship game. It has been challenged in some of the title tilts but has found a way to win seven straight. The crystal football hasn’t left the state of Alabama in four years now. For the Crimson Tide to win three championships in four year is amazing. I would understand if Nick Saban would leave for the NFL as he has clearly mastered the college game but wow he has a program that should contend again next year…and probably every year he stays there.

The bowls provided some surprises to shake up the rankings. It’s a shame we didn’t have a playoff this year but at least we’re one year closer to it. Imagine if we’d have seen Alabama versus Oregon or Georgia versus Stanford. These are the top 25 teams at the end of the 2012-13 college football season.

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Georgia
4. Texas A&M
5. Notre Dame
6. South Carolina
7. Ohio State
8. Stanford
9. Florida State
10. Louisville
11. Clemson
12. Florida
13. LSU
14. Kansas State
15. Michigan
16. Baylor
17. Nebraska
18. Oklahoma
19. Northwestern
20. Utah State
21. Texas
22. Boise State
23. Oregon State
24. Arkansas State
25. Northern Illinois

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The New Year’s Day Bowl Battle – Picking Every New Year’s Day Bowl Game


Welcome to the Bowl Battle! I challenged a former college cheerleader (Harmony), a model from the SEC (Cassandra), our new pro handicapper Buck Green and my six year old nephew to pick games and see if they can pick better than the formula. A lot of similarity so we’re going to be back with round 2 for the BCS National Championship game and predict the final score.

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Here are the picks: Gator Bowl
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Northwestern Wildcats
SportsFormulator Pick: Mississippi State 28-27
Cassandra’s Pick (see more of her below): Mississippi State
Harmony’s Pick (see more of her below): Mississippi State
Buck Green’s Pick: Northwestern
Six Year Old’s Pick: Northwestern

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
SportsFormulator Pick: Oklahoma State 48-24
Cassandra’s Pick: Oklahoma State
Harmony’s Pick: Oklahoma State
Buck Green’s Pick: Purdue
Six Year Old’s Pick: Purdue

Outback Bowl
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Michigan Wolverines
SportsFormulator Pick: South Carolina 28-24
Cassandra’s Pick: South Carolina
Harmony’s Pick: South Carolina
Buck Green’s Pick: South Carolina
Six Year Old’s Pick: South Carolina

Capital One Bowl
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
SportsFormulator Pick: Georgia 37-24
Cassandra’s Pick: Georgia
Harmony’s Pick: Georgia
Buck Green’s Pick: Georgia
Six Year Old’s Pick: Georgia

Rose Bowl Games presented by Vizio
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Stanford Cardinal
SportsFormulator Pick: Stanford 24-21
Cassandra’s Pick: Stanford
Harmony’s Pick: Stanford
Buck Green’s Pick: Stanford
Six Year Old’s Pick: Stanford

Discover Orange Bowl
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Florida State Seminoles
SportsFormulator Pick: Florida State 35-24
Cassandra’s Pick: Florida State
Harmony’s Pick: Florida State
Buck Green’s Pick: Florida State
Six Year Old’s Pick: Florida State

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The Bowl – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders


Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State were left out when all the 2012 bowl invitations were issued so we decided to create The Bowl and invite them to play in our simulated college football bowl game.  Here’s how it went:
Both teams lit up the scoreboard as they drove up and down the field all game. Here’s a quarter by quarter breakdown of the 2012 Bowl:

First Quarter
Louisiana Tech drove 74 yards before Kenneth Dixon rushed in from the 6-yard line to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. Middle Tennessee State then took the ball 68 yards before Logan Kilgore connected with Kyle Griswould for a 12 yard TD to tie the game at 7. The Bulldogs took back the lead with 1:02 left in the first quarter as Kenneth Dixon got his second TD of the game from 3 yards out.
At the end of the First Quarter: Bulldogs 14 – Blue Raiders 7

Second Quarter
The Blue Raiders drive stretched from the end of the first into the second before they were stopped short on a fourth and 1 deep in Bulldogs’ territory. Louisiana Tech took over and hit a huge pass play for 71 yards on the next play as Colby Cameron passed it to Quinton Patton. Middle Tennessee State came out and was able to move the ball heavily on the ground in driving 76 yards for a score as Logan Kilgore rushed from a yard out to close the distance with the Bulldogs. Getting the ball back with 2:08 left in the half, Louisiana Tech was unable to move into scoring range as the half end.
At the Half: Bulldogs 21 – Blue Raiders 14

Third Quarter
Having made their half time adjustments, the teams returned for the second half of the 2012 bowl. The Blue Raiders again came out and ran the ball at the Bulldogs taking nearly half of the third quarter off the clock. They tied the game at 21 following a Jordan Parker run from three yards out. The Bulldogs came out and sped the tempo of the game up as they let Colby Cameron sling it. He connected with five different receivers as he threw it to D.J. Banks for the score. Middle Tennessee State returned the kickoff 68 yards to setup a quick scoring drive as Jordan Parker caught a pass out of the backfield to take it 14 yards for a score.
At the End of the Third Quarter: Bulldogs 28 – Blue Raiders 28

Fourth Quarter
Louisiana Tech stretched the drive from the waning moments of the third quarter to score less than two minutes into the fourth as Logan Kilgore tossed it to D.J. Banks again for a score to retake the lead. Neither team has used a punter in the game as Middle Tennessee State converted a fourth and two in Louisiana Tech territory to keep a drive going that tied the game at 35 with 6:39 remaining. Louisiana Tech fumbled the kickoff and had to start at their own 18 yard line. Colby Cameron again drove them down the field and hit Kyle Quinton Patton for a 42 yard touchdown with 3:48 left in the 2012 bowl. Logan Kilgore leads his team back on the field needing 69 yards to tie the game. He works the ball to different receivers as they get in inside the 10 yard line with 32 seconds remaining. After a draw to Jordan Parker that took them to the four on third and goal, Kilgore tossed it into the end zone before it was knocked away on fourth down. The Bulldogs take over on downs and after one kneel they wrap up victory in the first ever Bowl.

Final Score
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – 42
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders – 35

Statistical Leaders
Louisiana Tech
Passing: Colby Cameron – 34/42 for 361 yards, 4 touchdowns
Rushing: Kenneth Dixon – 128 yards, 2 touchdowns
Receiving: Quinton Patton – 152 yards, 1 touchdown

Middle Tennessee State
Passing: Logan Kilgore – 21/30 for 274 yards, 4 touchdowns
Rushing: Jordan Parker – 179 yards, 2 touchdowns
Receiving: – Kyle Griswould – 78 yards, 2 touchdowns


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College Football Bowl Predictions 2012-13

Bowl season has arrived!  We have you covered from the Gildan New Mexico Bowl through the BCS Championship. We’re projected a score for all 35 games.  Some games are going to be close while others will be decisive victories.

Check back tomorrow for our “Bowl Battle” where the formulator takes on a six year old boy and former college and NFL Cheerleader in a bowl pick ’em challenge.

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Game Date Team Score Vegas Line
December 15, 2012 Nevada 34 9
Arizona 41 77
December 15, 2012 Toledo 24 10.5
Utah St 35 58.5
December 20, 2012 BYU 24 -2.5
San Diego State 27 49
December 21, 2012 Ball State 24 7
Central Florida 38 61.5
December 22, 2012 East Carolina 28 6
UL-Lafayette 35 64.5
December 22, 2012 Washington 17 5
Boise St 28 46.5
December 24, 2012 SMU 20 12
Fresno State 41 59
December 26, 2012 Central Michigan 31 5.5
Western Kentucky 30 57.5
December 27, 2012 Bowling Green 17 7
San Jose State 31 47
December 27, 2012 Cincinnati 34 -7
Duke 27 59
December 27, 2012 Baylor 38 Pick
UCLA 41 79.5
December 28, 2012 Ohio 28 7
UL-Monroe 31 60
December 28, 2012 Rutgers 21 2.5
Virginia Tech 20 41.5
December 28, 2012 Minnesota 17 12.5
Texas Tech 38 57
December 29, 2012 Air Force 30 -1
Rice 31 61
December 29, 2012 Navy 21 14.5
Arizona State 38 56
December 29, 2012 West Virginia 41 -4
Syracuse 34 73.5
December 29, 2012 Oregon State 31 -2
Texas 28 57
December 29, 2012 TCU 21 -2.5
Michigan State 17 41
December 31, 2012 N.C. State 20 7
Vanderbilt 34 52
December 31, 2012 Georgia Tech 27 10
USC 38 64
December 31, 2012 Iowa State 27 Pick
Tulsa 24 51.5
December 31, 2012 Clemson 24 4
LSU 34 58.5
January 1, 2013 Purdue 24 16.5
Oklahoma State 48 70
January 1, 2013 Northwestern 27 2
Mississippi State 28 51.5
January 1, 2013 Michigan 24 5
South Carolina 28 48
January 1, 2013 Nebraska 24 10
Georgia 37 60
January 1, 2013 Wisconsin 21 6.5
Stanford 24 47.5
January 1, 2013 Northern Illinois 24 13.5
Florida State 35 58.5
January 2, 2013 Louisville 14 13.5
Florida 34 45.5
January 3, 2013 Kansas State 35 9
Oregon 41 75.5
January 4, 2013 Texas &M 34 4.5
Oklahoma 31 72
January 5, 2013 Pittsburgh 24 3.5
Ole Miss 27 52
January 6, 2013 Arkansas State 28 -4
Kent State 31 61
January 7, 2013 Alabama 20 -9.5
Notre Dame 13 41.5


Non-BCS Top 25 College Football Rankings (Bowls 2012-13)

At SportsFormulator, we’re a fan of the little guy so we’re giving them a little pub in what will be a segment you can find weekly during college football season going forward, the non-BCS Top 25.  We rank the 25 best college football teams not in the automatic qualified BCS conferences.  You’ll get to see some of these teams face off against one another in the bowls so hopefully our rankings provide insight into which team will win.  While a team like Boise State has broken through and become a regular in the Top 25 the past few years, we want to show who else is a team to look out for so here’s our first ever non-BCS (and Independents) Top 25.

1.  Utah State

2.  Fresno State

3.  Boise State

4.  Northern Illinois

5.  Kent State

6.  San Jose State

7.  Arkansas State

8.  San Diego State

9.  Louisiana Tech

10.  Central Florida

11.  BYU

12.  Toledo

13.  Louisiana-Monroe

14.  Middle Tennessee State

15.  Bowling Green

16.  Louisiana-Lafayette

17.  Tulsa

18.  Ball State

19.  Ohio

20.  Navy

21.  SMU

22.  Central Michigan

23.  Western Kentucky

24.  East Carolina

25.  Nevada

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Sports Formulator College Football Power Rankings – 2012 Bowl Season

College football has wrapped up and we’re looking ahead to bowl season so it’s time to release our final power ratings. These are how we rank every FBS (Division I-A) college football team based on their performance through the 2012 regular season.

Check back on Wednesday for our bowl preview. It’ll have an interesting twist as we put the SportsFormulator to the test.


Power Ratings Team
1 Alabama
2 Oregon
3 Kansas St
4 Georgia
5 Florida
7 Notre Dame
8 Stanford
9 Wisconsin
10 Ohio State
11 South Carolina
12 Florida St
13 Texas A&M
14 Utah State
15 Fresno St
16 Boise State
17 Northern Illinois
18 Oregon St
19 Clemson
20 Kent State
21 San Jose St
22 Miss State
23 Northwestern
24 Penn State
25 USC
27 Arizona St
28 Michigan
29 Baylor
30 Cincinnati
31 Oklahoma
32 Arkansas St
33 San Diego St
34 Texas
35 Oklahoma St
36 Pittsburgh
37 LA Tech
38 Vanderbilt
39 TCU
40 West Virginia
41 Central Florida
42 BYU
43 Rutgers
44 Mississippi
45 Iowa State
46 Toledo
47 Nebraska
48 Arizona
49 LA Monroe
50 North Carolina
51 Louisville
52 Middle Tenn
53 Michigan St
54 Washington
55 Bowling Green
56 Georgia Tech
57 Miami (FL)
58 LA Lafayette
59 Utah
60 Syracuse
61 Purdue
62 Tulsa
63 Texas Tech
64 Ball State
65 Missouri
66 Tennessee
67 Iowa
68 Ohio
69 Navy
70 SMU
71 Central Michigan
72 Virginia Tech
73 Duke
74 Western Kentucky
75 California
76 NC State
77 East Carolina
78 Arkansas
79 Indiana
80 Nevada
81 Texas State
82 Connecticut
83 Temple
84 Rice
85 Wake Forest
86 Minnesota
87 Wyoming
88 Memphis
89 North Texas
90 UT-San Antonio
91 Houston
92 Washington State
93 Troy
94 Florida Intl
95 New Mexico
96 Colorado St
97 Maryland
98 Kentucky
99 Marshall
100 Auburn
101 Boston College
102 Virginia
103 South Florida
104 Florida Atlantic
105 UNLV
106 Eastern Michigan
107 UTEP
108 Air Force
109 Buffalo
110 Miami (OH)
111 Army
112 Kansas
113 Western Michigan
114 Tulane
115 South Alabama
116 UAB
117 Akron
118 Illinois
119 Southern Mississippi
120 Hawaii
121 UMass
122 Colorado
123 New Mexico State
124 Idaho