Plan Accordingly: Top Games – Week 8

UPDATE: The numbers gave some weird results this week. We’ll see how everything pans out.

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.

The percentages below are 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%.

Last week’s picks: 9-8 (.529); Upset picks: 0-4 (.000)

Overall: 46-30 (.605); Upsets: 6-10 (.375)

Without further ado: the games. All times AZ.

GAME OF THE WEEK

GAME % DAY TIME TV PICK
#3 Utah at USC 77% Sat. 4:30 PM FOX USC**

4-Star Game

GAME % DAY TIME TV PICK
#15 Texas A&M at #24 Ole Miss 76% Sat. 4:00 PM ESPN Ole Miss**

3-Star Games

GAME % DAY TIME TV PICK
#20 Cal at UCLA 73% Thu. 6:00 PM ESPN Cal***
Wisconsin at Illinois 71% Sat. 12:30 PM BTN Wisconsin
Tennessee at #8 Alabama 70% Sat. 12:30 PM CBS Bama
Western Kentucky at #5 LSU 70% Sat. 4:00 PM ESPNU LSU
Washington at #10 Stanford 70% Sat. 7:30 PM ESPN Stanford
Northwestern at Nebraska 67% Sat. 9:00 AM ESPN2 Nebraska
#23 Duke at Virginia Tech 65% Sat. 12:30 PM ESPNU Duke***
#9 Florida St. at Georgia Tech 64% Sat. 4:00 PM ESPN2 FSU
Georgia Southern at Appalachian St. 61% Thu. 4:30 PM ESPNU App St.
Boston College at Louisville 61% Sat. 9:30 AM ESPN3 (Streaming) Louisville
Auburn at Arkansas 61% Sat. 9:00 AM SECN Arkansas
#22 Temple at East Carolina 58% Thu. 4:00 PM ESPN2 Temple***
Missouri at Vanderbilt 56% Sat. 1:00 PM SECN Vanderbilt*
#6 Clemson at Miami (FL) 56% Sat. 9:00 AM ABC Clemson

*Upset picks
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking
***Vegas underdog despite higher ranking

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