Formulator Football Friday – September 8, 2017

by Matt Fischer

What a performance by the Kansas City Chiefs last night to open the 2017 NFL season!  They took it to the Patriots on the road winning 42-27.  QB Alex Smith made plays down the field and RB Kareem Hunt set a NFL record in his debut.

I signed up for the Westgate SuperContest yesterday.  You can follow my entry by checking for SportsFormulator on the leaderboard.  It’s my first entry in the contest.  This will be the biggest contest they’ve ever had as over 2400 entries are expected.

For the contest, I had three strong picks right away and then debated another three teams for my final two choices.

College Football Week 2

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This weekend in College Football we have high profile match-ups like Oklahoma at Ohio State, Auburn at Clemson, Stanford at USC and Georgia at Notre Dame.  All will impact the playoff race as only one of those four is a conference game.  These are the type of games the committee will look at when seeding the playoff teams.  Access our data driven week 2 college football predictions.

NFL Week 1

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Raiders at Titans is a game that’ll be interesting on Sunday.  Both are playoff contenders and the winner.

Many consider the Jets to be “tanking” this season.  How will they respond on Sunday in Buffalo?  Their offense doesn’t inspire confidence and getting rid of Sheldon Richardson on defense wouldn’t appear to help things either.

I think there will be some upsets in NFL week 1.  The 49ers are a top candidate.  The Formula has it a 1 point Carolina win but Kyle Shanahan’s familiarity with the Panthers from being OC in Atlanta could help push his team to a 1-0 start.

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2016 Alabama vs. The Past 10 College Football National Champions

The Crimson Tide have rolled through the 2016 college football season unblemished. The Tide are undefeated SEC Champions this season and are the top seed in the College Football Playoff.

The Tide have put up impressive numbers this season leading many to wonder how they would do against past national champions. We took the 2016 Alabama football team and compared them to the past 10 college football national champs to see how they’d do.

Can they beat Tim Tebow’s Florida Gators?  Cam Newton’s Auburn team?  How would they fare against Alabama’s other recent national champions?

The 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide would beat 8 of 10 past college football national champions. Who would the 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide beat? Find out below.

2015 Alabama vs. 2016 Alabama

2015 Alabama 44% 22
2016 Alabama 56% 26

vs. 2016 Alabama

2014 Ohio State 45% 27
2016 Alabama 55% 31

2013 Florida State vs. 2016 Alabama

2013 Florida State 58% 30
2016 Alabama 42% 25

2012 Alabama vs. 2016 Alabama

2012 Alabama 48% 24
2016 Alabama 52% 25

2011 Alabama vs. 2016 Alabama

2011 Alabama 50% 22
2016 Alabama 50% 23

2010 Auburn vs. 2016 Alabama

2010 Auburn 39% 25
2016 Alabama 61% 32

2009 Florida vs. 2016 Alabama

2009 Alabama 43% 21
2016 Alabama 57% 25

2008 Florida vs. 2016 Alabama

2008 Florida 50% 26
2016 Alabama 50% 25

2007 LSU vs. 2016 Alabama

2007 LSU 40% 24
2016 Alabama 60% 30

2006 Florida vs. 2016 Alabama

2006 Florida 37% 19
2016 Alabama 63% 27

Get our prediction for Alabama vs. Washington in the national semifinal game of the College Football Playoff in our Bowl Predictions.

Formulator Football Friday – September 2, 2016


by Matt Fischer

Football is back!  Great to have college football underway for the 2016 season.  If you haven’t checked out our 2016 College Football Preview, do it now to get our college playoff predictions, power rankings, conference predictions and more.

Our free 2016 Football Betting Guide has ATS picks for games of the year and best bets for season win totals.

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Weekend of Big Games

This weekend is loaded with great match-ups!  This is one of the best opening weekends of college football I can remember.  Oklahoma vs. Houston, Georgia vs. North Carolina, Alabama vs. USC, LSU vs Wisconsin, Notre Dame at Texas and more!

The 3 games I’m looking forward to watching the most:
1) Clemson at Auburn – Clemson has huge expectations and is going on the road.  Auburn is going to be ready for this game.  Do they have the playmakers to hang with DeShaun Watson and company?  The crowd keeps Auburn in this one but don’t look for the upset.

2) UCLA at Texas A&M – So much is riding on this game for A&M.  A loss will really turn the heat up on Coach Sumlin.  It’s got a great match-up as UCLA QB Josh Rosen must avoid sack master Myles Garret of A&M.  This game is huge for the Pac-12 as it could get a road win over the SEC.

3) Ole Miss at Florida State – For Ole Miss, this is a chance to focus on football and not the scandal of NCAA violations from the offseason.  The ‘Noles had a long offseason after being demolished by Houston in their bowl game.  I’ve got a feeling this game gets decided in the final minute Monday night.

College Football ATS Pick ‘Em

We are running a college football pick ’em contest for week 1.  The deadline has passed but you can see consensus ATS results from the entries here.  Will consensus picks be correct?

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Matt’s Mind: Friday Football Frenzy (October 4, 2013)

by Matt Fischer

I thought I’d bust out a new weekly portion that’s part of my “Matt’s Mind” column strictly about my thoughts on the upcoming weekend of NFL and college football.  So welcome to version 1.

It’s been a very interesting week in college football.  With two coaches getting cut loose before we’re even at the midpoint of the season.  Do the AD’s think the season can be salvaged still?  The USC firing looks bad for Pat Haden.  He fired Kiffin when he got off the plane from their loss at Arizona State Saturday night.  That’s bad form if you ask me.  Midnight firings just seem shady.

I wonder how much of an impact the Rams versus Jaguars game will play into Jeff Fisher’s interest in the USC job?  He’s a former player there so there’s a natural interest.  If his Rams play poorly against the Jags, may he try to take the job in LA instead of trying to rebuild the Rams?

The gift Texas got kept Mack Brown’s seat at just simmering instead of scorching this weekend.  The refs bailed Texas out as they were driving late in the fourth and fumbled at the 1.  Iowa State clearly recovered the ball and was heading the other direction when the referees blew the play dead and ruled the runner down by contact.  Very questionable call.  It allowed Texas to take a 31-30 lead.  As disappointing as the call was for the Cyclones, they at least had a chance to get in field goal range to win when they threw a pick that ended it.  Brown escapes but the Sooners loom next weekend and could put the final nail in his coffin.

The Texas job is going to start looking very attractive to Nick Saban.  He has a great situation at Alabama but the recent scandals of players being paid while playing for the Crimson Tide could lead to NCAA penalties.  He has nothing left to accomplish at Alabama.  He’s won titles and put ‘Bama back atop the college football world.  Texas has the best of everything.  He’d go to a league not nearly as strong as the SEC and dominate it.  He’ll probably be offered $10 million a year to coach.  Alabama fans have to be nervous now about Nick Saban leaving.

I’m interested to see how LSU bounces back from a tough loss at Georgia last weekend.  It was their first loss of the year in a hard fought game.  Those two teams put on a tremendous performance last Saturday.  They go to Mississippi State which always tends to play well at home.  I don’t see an upset but think LSU.

SportsFormulator is located in Columbia, MO so I keep an eye on the Tigers but am not a big fan by any means.  They’re 4-0 but haven’t faced a good team yet.  They travel to Vandy so all of that will change on Saturday.  I’ll be surprised if they can win on the road against a good SEC team.

How will Notre Dame fans react when the Irish drop their third game of the season to Arizona State tomorrow night in Dallas?  The Irish had a perfect regular season and went to the BCS Championship last year and it’s been downhill since.  They got blown out by Alabama in that game, Vernon Golson was suspended and now they’re looking at their third loss as we start October.

Arizona State and Notre Dame will both have new unis for tomorrow night’s clash at Cowboys Stadium.  Check out ASU’s helmet for the game.  In full disclosure, I went to Arizona State and have been looking forward to this game for months now.  I wish I were in Dallas for it but will be watching instead.  I can’t wait for kickoff!  I think the Sun Devils’ speed will be too much for the Irish.

I’m a Chiefs fan too and am so excited about their start!  I had high hopes coming into the season.  I knew they had talent but just need a coach to light the fire and get them headed in the right direction.  Their game at Tennessee I’m nervous about.  The formula has it very close.  Jake Locker is out but Tennessee is very good at home.  I expect it to be a pretty defensive battle and if the Chiefs keep protecting the ball the way they have they should be 5-0 come Sunday evening.

The situation in Tampa has gotten ridiculous.  Greg Schiano is going to be gone before the end of the year I think.  If the Bucs don’t get headed in the right direction soon, there are going to be bigger changes than cutting Josh Freeman.  It seemed like there was a smear campaign against Freeman.  I don’t know what the whole story is down there but it’s ugly.  This is a team with talent but in disarray.  Their bye week better get them straightened out.

The NFL has a lot of good match-ups this weekend.  When the Chiefs are in a timeout or after the game, I’ll be watching Red Zone channel for sure to see what’s happening around the league.  Andrew Luck hosting that Seattle defense is the game that I’m most interested in on Sunday.  If Luck has a big game, comparisons between him and any of the other young QB’s should stop.  This is the type of game that can set him apart.

I’m intrigued to see if Cincinnati can beat New England.  The Bengals are at home and need this win after a bad performance in Cleveland last week.  If they want to be a contender in the AFC, they need to win this game.  The Pats were impressive Sunday night but lost Vince Wolfork and that’s a huge loss for the defense.  I expect the Bengals to run right at the Patriots and see if they can be stopped.

Well that’s it for the first edition of my Friday Football Frenzy.  It’ll be back every Friday of the football season so stop by and check it out.  Let me know what you think.

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