UPDATE: I included the projected “watchability” percentage scores. This is the likelihood that the game will be “good.” Five-star games will have a percentage of 90% or greater, four-star will be 75-89%, and three-stars will be 55-74%.
Games are ranked like recruits: 5 stars, 4 stars, and 3 stars. Just like in recruiting, 2-star and 1-star games won’t be given much attention.
Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, and ESPN’s advanced stats ranking systems.
Last week’s picks: 8-1 (.889); Upset picks: 1-0 (1.000)
Overall: 37-22 (.627); Upsets: 6-6 (.500)
Without further ado: the games. All times AZ.
GAME OF THE WEEK
|USC at #14 Notre Dame||90%||Sat.||4:30 PM||NBC||USC*|
|#10 Alabama at #9 Texas A&M||84%||Sat.||12:30 PM||CBS||Bama|
|#18 UCLA at #15 Stanford||82%||Thu.||7:30 PM||ESPN||Stanford|
|#8 Florida at #6 LSU||80%||Sat.||4:00 PM||ESPN||LSU|
|#7 Michigan St. at #12 Michigan||77%||Sat.||12:30 PM||ESPN||Michigan**|
|#19 Oklahoma at K-State||76%||Sat.||12:30 PM||ABC||OU|
|#17 Iowa at #20 Northwestern||74%||Sat.||9:00 PM||ESPN2||Northwestern*|
|Louisville at #11 Florida St.||73%||Sat.||9:00 PM||ESPN||FSU|
|Arizona St. at #4 Utah||72%||Sat.||7:00 PM||ESPN||ASU*|
|Virginia Tech at Miami||70%||Sat.||12:30 PM||ESPNU||Miami|
|Pitt at Georgia Tech||68%||Sat.||9:30 PM||ESPN+ / ESPN3||GT|
|Oregon at Washington||68%||Sat.||7:30 PM||ESPN2||U-Dub|
|Vanderbilt at South Carolina||60%||Sat.||1:00 PM||SECN||Vandy*|
|Louisiana Tech at Mississippi St.||59%||Sat.||9:00 AM||SECN||MSU|
|Nebraska at Minnesota||58%||Sat.||12:30 PM||ESPN2||Minnesota|
|Auburn at Kentucky||58%||Thu.||4:00 PM||ESPN||Auburn|
|West Virginia at #2 Baylor||57%||Sat.||9:00 AM||FOX||Baylor|
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking