In the table below, I have calculated the SRS of Super Bowl teams according to Pro Football Reference’s (PFR) method that considers just the regular season.2 I have also added adjusted ratings that include the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl. These set of adjusted ratings help to identify the Super Bowls that were the closest and best matchups based on teams’ performances over the entire season including the playoffs. [click to continue…]
In November 2014, the Rams blew out the visiting Oakland Raiders in what was the least-conforming game of 2014 (although for my money, the runner-up game between the Titans and Chiefs was probably still the strangest result of the year). The Rams finished the season with a -0.8 SRS rating, eight points better than the 2014 Raiders SRS rating of -8.8. Given that the game was in St. Louis, we would have expected the Rams to win by around 11 points.
In reality, the Rams shut out the Raiders, 52-0. That gave St. Louis a single-game SRS score of 40.2, meaning the Rams were 40.2 points better than average that day.1 Since St. Louis won by 52 when the Rams were expected to win by 11, they exceeded expectations by a whopping 41 points.
That 41-point total — the amount by which St. Louis exceeded expectations — was the highest of any game in 2014. The table below lists all relevant information from every regular season game this year, with the “diff” column showing the difference between the expected and actual margins of victory. I have also included a link to the boxscore of each game embedded in the “Wk” cell. Note that the table, by default, lists only the top 10 games, but you can view more using either the dropdown box, the search bar, or the previous/next buttons at the bottom of the table. [click to continue…]
- Technically, this bit of information is superfluous for the main point of this post, but I always err on the side of including interesting data. [↩]
The SEC West closed system is no more. If so inclined, one could note that Alabama lost to Ole Miss, and Ole Miss lost to Auburn, and Auburn lost to Georgia, and Georgia lost to both Florida and South Carolina, and Florida and South Carolina both lost to Missouri, and Missouri lost to Indiana. And Indiana is terrrrrible.
The Auburn loss to Georgia was enough to ruin this crazy streak: prior to Saturday, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M were a combined 35-0 against the rest of college football this season. But on Saturday:
- Auburn lost badly to Georgia, 34-7. The Bulldogs are very good — and even better with Todd Gurley back — and now rank 5th in the SRS. But Georgia still did somehow lose to both Florida and South Carolina, who are a combined 9-9 this year against FBS opponents. As for the Tigers: I had been leading the Auburn bandwagon because they have easily played the toughest schedule to date in college football — oh, and Alabama is still on the schedule — but this was the straw that broke Auburn’s playoff chances.
- LSU was shut out against Arkansas, 17-0. The Razorbacks had been 4-5, albeit with losses to Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn, Georgia, and Texas A&M.
- Texas A&M lost to Missouri, 34-27. The Tigers, of course, had the most embarrassing SEC performance of the season, losing to an Indiana team that is 0-6 in conference play. That’s 0-6 in the Big Ten, for you folks keeping score at home. And Missouri lost to them. As a result, any team that loses to Missouri gets to wear that shame by osmosis, and indirectly, you could stretch that all the way to Alabama.
Of course, the SRS is not based purely on wins and losses: in some ways, it isn’t based at all on wins and losses, as it is focused solely on points differential (adjusted for close games, blowouts, and home field) and strength of schedule. The table below shows the week 12 college football SRS ratings, with Alabama now moving into the top spot. As always thanks to Dr. Peter R. Wolfe for providing the weekly game logs. Some more playoff thoughts about the jump: [click to continue…]
The playoff picture is beginning to emerge. With most teams having just three games left in the college football regular season, we get a sense of the task ahead for the college football playoff committee. And, unfortunately, it feels as though the committee is going to use some variation of the following logic:
Step 1: Rank teams in ascending order by losses
Step 2: Rank teams by some combination of eye test and recency of last loss
There are still three undefeated teams: Mississippi State, Florida State, and Marshall. MSU and FSU seem likely to take the top 2 spots, and there does not appear to be much thought given to the process other than that. Marshall is not in the conversation, and for good reason: they have a bottom three strength of schedule according to the SRS (you can sort by SOS in the table below).
Mississippi State still ranks just 7th in the SRS, but remember, that’s a predictive ranking. I would put the Bulldogs atop my mythical rankings for playoff purposes, too. But Florida State? FSU has three notable wins on its resume, and none of them were in convincing fashion. Those wins came against Clemson (#25), Notre Dame (#31), and Louisville (#32), and one would think that the 2nd best team in the country would defeat those teams more convincingly. Regardless, as defending champions and riding a 25-game winning streak, nobody will argue against the Seminoles.
But the next two spots? That’s where the debate begins. Ignoring 9-1 Colorado State (very soft strength of schedule), 8-1 Duke (same), and 8-1 Nebraska (only one win — against SRS #23 Miami — against an SRS top-65 team), there are 6 teams with one loss that seem likely to take the #3 through #8 spots in the next edition of the playoff rankings. A best guess as to where those teams land on Tuesday:
- #3 Oregon – the Ducks ranked 4th last week, and won in convincing fashion at Utah in week 11, while #3 Auburn slipped at home against Texas A&M.
- #4 Alabama – a chance the Tide move ahead of Oregon because of a “big win” against a high-profile opponent in LSU. Will the committee penalize Alabama for needing overtime to beat LSU, or praise Alabama because by virtue of the game going to overtime it means LSU is a really good team (This, of course, is known as SEC country logic)?
- #5 TCU – the Horned Frogs were 6th last week, and handled Kansas State, which ranked 7th in the rankings last week. Could TCU jump Alabama or Oregon? After all, #6 beating #7 should count more than beating #16 (LSU in last week’s rankings) or #17 (Utah), but don’t hold your breath for a team like TCU getting a wave of momentum. In fact, we might even see the Horned Frogs drop, because…
- #6 Baylor – the Bears demolished Oklahoma in Norman in week 11. And Baylor defeated TCU back in week seven. The committee is supposed to value head-to-head, but does that mean Baylor should be ranked ahead of TCU? That argument would hold more weight, at least to me, if Baylor hadn’t lost by 14 points to West Virginia, a team that TCU happened to beat. If West Virginia had just one conference loss, Baylor, TCU, and West Virginia would all be tied and be 1-1 in the three-team round robin; instead, crediting Baylor for West Virginia losing other conference games somehow makes that Baylor loss… better? I don’t follow that logic, but who knows what the committee will do. Frankly, choosing between the top two Big 12 teams is an exercise in hair splitting. Will the recency of Baylor’s loss be held against the Bears vis-a-vis TCU? That sounds silly, but Baylor dropped below TCU after losing to West Virginia, and perhaps the Bears will never rise above them again.
- #7 Arizona State – the Sun Devils crushed Notre Dame, and were ranked ahead of Baylor last week. Perhaps ASU will remain in the 6 spot, but frankly, the committee can punt on this question. If Arizona State and Oregon both win out, the Pac-12 championship game will turn into a de facto play-in game for the college football playoffs. Arizona State lost by 25 points to UCLA — will that weigh on the committee’s mind in choosing among the 1-loss teams? ASU’s best wins are against USC, Utah, Notre Dame, and Stanford, which still leaves a bit to be desired.
- #8 Ohio State – just a guess, but the assumption here is the committee puts OSU in the 8 slot this week. Ohio State convincingly defeated Michigan State this week, easily the most impressive performance by the Buckeyes this year. But a home loss to Virginia Tech looks terrible in retrospect, and OSU’s second best win was against… Maryland? Penn State? Cincinnati? If Ohio State is ranked in the top 8 this week, it’s a sign that the committee is basically operating on 4th grade level. First, rank the team by losses, then….
When we go to the 2-loss teams, Auburn and Ole Miss stand out. The Tigers in particular deserve to be ahead of both Ohio State and Arizona State, in my opinion, and Auburn’s resume would only get stronger with road wins against Georgia and Alabama. Auburn has defeated Ole Miss, LSU, and Kansas State, wit two of those games coming on the road. If going 3-2 in five games that are @Ole Miss, vs. LSU, @KSU, @Mississippi State, and vs. Texas A&M supposed to be less impressive than going 4-1 @Michigan State, vs. Virginia Tech, @Maryland, @Penn State, and vs. Cincinnati? I am not buying that logic at all, and that still ignores Auburn’s wins against Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, and South Carolina, teams that all rate as tougher than Penn State and Cincinnati.
As for Ole Miss, the Rebels went 3-2 vs. Alabama, @Auburn, @LSU, vs. Texas A&M, and vs. Tennessee. Is it clear that such a record is worse than going 4-1 vs. UCLA, @Southern Cal, vs. Utah, vs. Notre Dame, and vs. Stanford? And Ole Miss still has a chance to pad its resume with a win on the road against Mississippi State.
If the committee is using strength of schedule solely as a tiebreaker after sorting teams by losses,1, then shame on the committee. The table below shows the week 11 college football SRS ratings, with Alabama now moving into the top spot. As always thanks to Dr. Peter R. Wolfe for providing the weekly game logs. Some more playoff thoughts about the jump: [click to continue…]
- You know, after eliminating Marshall, Colorado State, Duke, and Nebraska for strength of schedule. [↩]
Let’s start with the SRS ratings for every team in the NFL. The SRS ratings are generated based off of the points scored, points allowed, home field, and opponent for each game. In its simplest form, the SRS is just an SOS-adjusted version of points differential, although the devil is in the details. After running hundreds of iterations to get the ratings to converge (and awarding 3 points to the home team), below are the ratings through week 8: [click to continue…]
Auburn’s rating is amplified by a 41-7 victory against LSU, which stands out as the most dominant performance of the year. The Tigers also crushed Arkansas by 24, a margin that looks more impressive every week. Other than yesterday’s loss, Auburn’s “worst” performance of the year by SRS standards was a 6-point win on the road against Kansas State (#14 in the SRS), which would be the best game of the year for all but a handful of teams.
The Mississippi schools check in at #2 and #3 in the SRS this week; Alabama and Texas A&M are #8 and #9, giving the SEC West five teams in the top ten yet again. Auburn, with the double-edged sword of a brutal schedule, will have no problem getting back into the playoff discussion if the Tigers can win out. Georgia, fresh off a 34-0 thumping of Missouri, is now 7th in the SRS. But I want to focus on schools 4, 5, and 6 in the ratings. All are from the Big 12, a conference doesn’t appear to be getting much respect nationally.
The ten-team conference plays a round robin schedule, meaning each team gets nine division games. That leaves only 3 nonconference games for each school, and the class of the conference — Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU — are already done with that part of their schedule. It makes sense to analyze these teams as a group, because for SRS purposes (and based on the two head-to-head games), these three teams are all about equal. In their nine nonconference games, they went 9-0 with an average margin of victory of 41 points, and all wins came by at least 23. Of course, that schedule was loaded with cupcakes: other than Tennessee (currently 12th in the SRS), the only semi-respectable opponents were Minnesota (#38) and Louisiana Tech (#50). And the Vols game is certainly helping: Tennessee is 3-3, but the losses were by 1 point to Florida, 4 to Georgia, and 24 to Oklahoma. [click to continue…]
Ole Miss had lost 10 straight games to Alabama, with 9 of those games coming by at least 22 points. The last three years, the Crimson Tide had won by an average of 36.7 points. Last year, a 3-0 Ole Miss team — fresh off of a blowout win in Texas — lost in Tuscaloosa, 25-0. So while the Rebels entered Saturday with a 4-0 record and a top-15 ranking, it would be fair to wonder how they would handle an Alabama team that was still Alabama.
Early on, the Tide looked like the better team. Amari Cooper was not dominating, but T.J. Yeldon looked great, en route to a 100-yard day. Quarterback Blake Sims looked smart and efficient, while Ole Miss couldn’t seem to get much going on offense like just about every opponent ever against Alabama. Still, the Rebels defense had played well enough to keep the Tide to just seven first half points, and the game looked to be 7-3 at the end of the half. That is, until what appeared to be the turning point of the game.
In the final seconds of the half, a screen pass to I’Tavius Mathers looked to be uneventful, until Cyrus Jones pulled off the trifecta — strip, fumble recovery, return for a touchdown. Replays showed that Jones committed a blatant facemask penalty, which likely lead to the fumble, but the refs didn’t see it. So after a great first half, a bad call meant Ole Miss was suddenly down 14-3. This seemed like a recipe for yet another Alabama win over the Upstart Of the Week.
But the weirdest thing happened in the second half. Ole Miss didn’t just outscore Alabama, it outplayed them. And not by an insignificant margin. Bo Wallace, Laquon Treadwell, and Evan Engram (other than a huge drop) were dominant in the second half, while the Ole Miss defense continued its excellent play. A gorgeous touchdown to Jaylen Walton gave Ole Miss a touchdown lead, but in typical Ole Miss fashion, the team botched the extra point not once, but twice.1
With Ole Miss now clinging to only a 6-point lead, you could hardly blame anyone for expecting Alabama to win the game with a last second touchdown. A 30-yard catch and run by Cooper on the final drive put the Tide in inside the Ole Miss 30. But an incredible interception by Senquez Golson sealed the victory, and the day was complete: Mississippi not only beat, but outplayed Alabama, in a crucial game in a battle for SEC West supremacy. The game (and the aftermath) was everything that was great about college football.
Which almost makes it seem silly to transition to college football ratings, since we are still too early in the year for these ratings to hold significant meaning. Last week, I unveiled the initial SRS ratings. In perhaps two weeks, the ratings will start to really hold up, but for now, these are mostly a gut check. As always thanks to Dr. Peter R. Wolfe for providing the weekly game logs. As a reminder, these ratings are intended to be predictive only, and not intended as a way to rank college football teams for any other purpose. [click to continue…]
- First, the kick clanked off the upright. A roughing the kicker penalty gave the Rebels another chance, but the second extra point attempt was blocked. [↩]
The past couple of weeks, I was using a quasi-Elo style rating system to produce college football team ratings. And while after five weeks it is still far too early to put much faith in any computer ratings, we can at least begin framing the discussion of which are the most impressive teams in college football. So, as we did last year, the first edition of the college football SRS ratings are coming out at the end of September. As a reminder, here is the methodology:
1) For each game not played at a neutral site, 3 points are given to the road team. After that adjustment, all wins and losses of between 7 and 24 points are recorded exactly as such. This means that a 24-10 road win goes down as +17 for the road team, -17 for the home team.
2) With one exception, wins of 7 or fewer points are scored as 7-point wins and losses of 7 or fewer points are scored as 7 point losses. So a 4-point home win goes down as +7 (and not a 1) and a 1-point home loss is a -7 (and not a -4). The one exception is that road losses of 3 or fewer (and home wins of 3 or fewer) are graded as ties. So a 21-20 home victory goes down as a 0 for both teams.
3) Wins/Losses of more than 24 points are scored as the average between the actual number and 24. This is to avoid giving undue credit to teams that run up the score. So a 75-point home win goes down as a 48-point win.
Once we have a rating for each team in each game, we then adjust each result for strength of schedule. This is an iterative process, where we adjust the ratings hundreds of times (to adjust for SOS, you have to adjust for the SOS of each opponent, and the SOS of each opponent’s opponent, and so on.) in Excel. Then we produce final ratings, where the SRS rating is the sum of the Margin of Victory and Strength of Schedule in every week.
After five weeks, what are the results? As usual, the table is fully searchable (type “-0″, for example, to see a list of undefeated teams, or SEC to see all SEC teams.) Right now, the number one team is Oklahoma, with an average (adjusted) Margin of Victory of 24.6 points per game against an average opponent that is 43.3 points better than average (average includes all football teams at all levels, so all FBS teams will have a positive grade). Among undefeated teams, the only teams with tougher to-date schedules than Oklahoma are Auburn and UCLA. Below shows the ratings for all 128 FBS teams.
I thought it would be fun to create NFL SRS ratings through three weeks and one Thursday Night football game. After just 3.0625 weeks, all data are heavily influenced by events that are unlikely to be repeated. Remember Neil’s old post that showed how for teams with any record, to determine their “true winning percentage”, we need to add 5.5 wins and 5.5 losses. That means through three weeks, a team’s actual record should still be regressed to league average by nearly 80%; in other words, take all these ratings with a big grain of salt. But there’s no reason not to run the numbers, so here are the customary parameters:
- Home wins of less than 3 points are treated as ties;
- For all other games, give the road team 3 points. From there, wins of fewer than 7 points are treated as 7-point wins;
- Wins of between 7 and 24 points (after adjusting for home field) are treated as they are. So a 14-point home win is a 11-point MOV, and a 17-point road win is a 20-point MOV;
- Wins of greater than 24 points convert to a Margin of Victory that is the average of 24 and the HFA-adjusted MOV. So the Falcons get a 31.5 for beating Tampa Bay by 42 at home, while the Giants get a MOV of 29 for winning in Washington by 31.
Yesterday, I analyzed the 2013 passing numbers for strength of schedule. Today, we look at the best and worst games of the year, from the perspectives of both the quarterbacks and the defenses.
Let’s start with the top 100 passing games from 2014. The top spot belongs to Philadelphia’s Nick Foles, for his monstrous performance against Oakland. Foles threw for 406 yards and 7 touchdowns on just 28 pass attempts. Even including his one one-yard sack, Foles averaged a whopping 18.79 ANY/A in that game. The league-average last season was 5.86 ANY/A, which means Foles was 12.93 ANY/A above average. Now since the game came against the Raiders, we have to reduce that by -1.29, which was how many ANY/A the Raiders defense was below average. So that puts Foles at +11.64; multiply that by his 29 dropbacks, and he produced 337 adjusted net yards of value above average after adjusting for strength of schedule. That narrowly edges out the other seven-touchdown game of 2013, which came at the hands of Peyton Manning against Baltimore on opening night.
The third spot goes to Drew Brees in a week 17 performance against Tampa Bay. The 4th best game of 2013 was a bit more memorable: Tony Romo takes that prize in a losing effort, the insane week five shootout against Manning and the Broncos (Peyton’s performance checks in at #32). The table below shows the top 100 games of 2013, although for viewing purposes, it displays only the top 10 by default (all tables, as usual, are fully searchable, expandable, and sortable). [click to continue…]
Let’s start with the basics. Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt is defined as (Passing Yards + 20 * Passing Touchdowns – 45 * Interceptions – Sack Yards Lost) divided by (Pass Attempts plus Sacks). ANY/A is my favorite explanatory passing statistic — it is very good at telling you the amount of value provided (or not provided) by a passer in a given game, season, or career.
Let’s start with some basic information. The league average ANY/A in 2013 was 5.86, a slight downgrade from 2012 (5.93). Nick Foles led the way with a 9.18 ANY/A average last year, the highest rate in the league among the 45 passers with at least 100 dropbacks. Since the Eagles quarterback had 317 pass attempts and 28 sacks in 2013, that means he was producing 3.32 ANY/A (i.e., his Relative ANY/A) over league average on 345 dropbacks. That means Foles is credited with 1,145 Adjusted Net Yards above average, a metric labeled “VALUE” in the table below. Of course, Peyton Manning led the league in that category last year, with a whopping 2,037 Adjusted Net Yards over Average.
Manning paces in the field in Value over average, of course: that’s not surprising when the future Hall of Famer set the single-season record for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Foles, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers formed the next tier of quarterbacks, far behind Manning but well ahead of the rest of the league.
And at the bottom of the list was the defending Super Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco. With a 4.50 ANY/A average, Flacco only edged out four other quarterbacks in that statistic, and none of the other passers came close to accumulating as many dropbacks as Flacco. After him comes the two New York quraterbacks, Geno Smith and Eli Manning.
But the point of today’s post is to adjust those numbers for strength of schedule. The solution is this post — a methodology I’ve labeled Rearview adjusted net yards per attempt, which adjusts those numbers for strength of schedule. The system is essentially the same as the one used in the Simple Rating System. Let’s look at Matt Ryan, who averaged 5.72 ANY/A last season, on 695 dropbacks. If we want to find Ryan’s SOS-adjusted rating, we need an equation that looks something like this: [click to continue…]
The Simple Rating System is a set of computer rankings that is focused on only two variables: strength of schedule and margin of victory. I publish weekly college football SRS ratings each season, and you can read more about the SRS there. Last year, I took the Las Vegas point spreads for over 200 college football games to come up with a set of power rankings. By taking every data point, and using Excel to iterate the ratings hundreds of times, I was able to generate a set of implied team ratings.
Well on Friday, the Golden Nugget released the point spreads for 200 games (h/t to RJ Bell). You might not think we can do much with just a couple hundred games, but by using an SRS-style process, those point spreads can help us determine the implied ratings that Las Vegas has assigned to each team.
We don’t have a full slate of games, but we do have at least 1 game for 77 different teams. Theoretically, this is different than using actual game results: one game can be enough to come up with Vegas’ implied rating for the team. Purdue may only have a spread for one game, but that’s enough. Why? Because Purdue is a 21-point underdog at a neutral field (Lucas Oil) against Notre Dame, and we have point spreads for the Fighting Irish in ten other games. Since we can be reasonably confident in Notre Dame’s rating, that makes us able to be pretty confident about Purdue’s rating, too.
The system is pretty simple: I took the point spread for each game and turned it into a marvin of victory, after assigning 3 points to the road team in each game. For example, Alabama is a 6-point home favorite against Auburn. So for that game, we assume Vegas believes the Tide are three points better than the Tigers; if we do this for each of the other 199 games, and then iterate the results hundreds of times, we can come up with a set of power ratings. [click to continue…]
Last year, I derived implied SRS Ratings for each NFL team based on the initial Vegas point spreads. Well, lines have been set for the first 240 games of the year — i.e., every week but week 17 — which means we can re-run the exercise for 2014.
So how do we use point spread data to derive SRS ratings? The point spread in each game provides an implied strength margin (“ISM”) between the two teams: When the Raiders are 10-point home underdogs to Denver, that implies that Denver is 13 points better than Oakland. If we treat each ISM like we would margin of victory, then we can use the SRS to come up with team ratings. For those who need a primer on what the SRS is, you can read about it here; the rest of you can skip to the ratings:
|3||San Francisco 49ers||4.3||0.81||5.11|
|4||Green Bay Packers||3.5||0.3||3.8|
|5||New England Patriots||3.6||-0.39||3.21|
|6||New Orleans Saints||2.07||0.78||2.85|
|13||Kansas City Chiefs||0.73||0.12||0.85|
|19||New York Giants||-0.23||-0.11||-0.35|
|20||San Diego Chargers||-0.3||-0.13||-0.43|
|24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-2.37||0.48||-1.88|
|25||St. Louis Rams||-2.7||0.72||-1.98|
|26||New York Jets||-2.6||-0.03||-2.63|
This time last year, the top five teams were…. well, the exact same five teams, albeit in a slightly different order. And the bottom three teams were… Jacksonville, Oakland, and Tennessee, in that exact order. The Broncos have the largest average margin of victory1, but because the Seahawks face a tougher schedule, the Seahawks are implied by Vegas to be the strongest team in the NFL at six points better than average.
One interesting way to use the SRS is to see which teams have the hardest schedules. Pre-season strength of schedule is essentially meaningless when based on last year’s record, but the SOS ratings here are based on the implied strengths of each team. In my opinion, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of strength of schedule ratings in May than what we see here (other than the fact that they exclude week 17).
The toughest schedule this year belongs to Arizona: add in the oldest roster in the league in 2013, and it’s easy to see why Vegas is so bearish on the Cardinals in 2014. The Seahawks (+0.92) and 49ers (+0.81) have two of the next three toughest schedules (with the Panthers sandwiched between them). The Rams are a few spots down, but remember: this is only the strength of schedule for the first sixteen weeks of the season. St. Louis travels to Seattle in week 17, so the Rams schedule would be just as brutal if we included that game. The Bears having one of the five hardest schedules is a surprise after having such an easy slate in 2013. It’s true that this analysis ignores that Chicago gets to play Minnesota in week 17, which would ease their schedule strength, but the Bears face the 49ers, Patriots, Saints, and Panthers this year, along with two games against Green Bay. That’s six games against top-7 teams.
Three AFC South teams have the easiest schedules; the Jaguars would probably join the rest of the division if they had two games against Jacksonville. The Texans are set up nicely for a rebound season under Jadeveon Clowney, Bill O’Brien, and, uh, Ryan Fitzpatrick/Case Keenum/Tom Savage. What’s really incredible about Houston’s schedule: not only do the Texans have the easiest schedule through 16 weeks, the Texans host the Jaguars in week 17! Including that game would bring Houston’s schedule down to 1.9 points easier than average.
If you include that game, 8 of the Texans’ 16 games are against teams that are 1.5 points weaker than average. Playing six games against the AFC South, the NFC East and the AFC North, and the Bills and Raiders makes for about as easy a schedule as one could create. Assuming the Texans would be favored in week 17, that means Houston — which went 2-14 last year — is favored in 8 of 16 games and a pick’em in three others (Philadelphia and Cincinnati at home, Tennessee on the road). That’s pretty incredible, and explains why Vegas was so bullish on Houston.
The table below shows each game in the first sixteen weeks of the 2014 season. Here’s how to read the Seahawks/Raiders line: In week 9, Seattle hosts Oakland. The line is -14.5, which means the Seahawks are 14.5-point favorites. Seattle’s SRS is 6.0 while Oakland has an SRS of -5.8. Therefore, the line predicted by the SRS would be Seattle -14.8 (since the Raiders are 11.8 points worse than the Seahawks and on the road). The difference between the actual line and the SRS line is -0.3 points. By definition, the sum of all the differences between the actual lines and SRS lines must be 0, since the SRS lines were generated from the actual lines. The table below contains 480 rows, showing each game from the perspective of both teams (although the only searchable column is the first team column):
|Wk||Team 1||Team 2||H/R||Line||Tm SRS||Opp SRS||Proj SRS Line||Diff|
|9||Seattle Seahawks||Oakland Raiders||Home||-14.5||6||-5.8||-14.8||-0.3|
|3||New England Patriots||Oakland Raiders||Home||-13||3.2||-5.8||-12||1|
|12||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-12||1.1||-8||-12.1||-0.1|
|14||Denver Broncos||Buffalo Bills||Home||-11.5||5.7||-3||-11.7||-0.2|
|1||Philadelphia Eagles||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-11||1.3||-8||-12.3||-1.3|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-11||1.1||-8||-12.1||-1.1|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||Home||-11||5.1||-2||-10.1||0.9|
|15||Baltimore Ravens||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-10.5||0.4||-8||-11.4||-0.9|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals||Home||-10.5||6||-0.3||-9.3||1.2|
|4||San Diego Chargers||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-10||-0.4||-8||-10.6||-0.6|
|12||Denver Broncos||Miami Dolphins||Home||-10||5.7||-1.5||-10.2||-0.2|
|5||Green Bay Packers||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-10||3.8||-3.1||-9.9||0.1|
|10||Seattle Seahawks||New York Giants||Home||-10||6||-0.3||-9.3||0.7|
|3||New Orleans Saints||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-10||2.8||-3.1||-8.9||1.1|
|10||Dallas Cowboys||Jacksonville Jaguars||Lond||-10||0.5||-8||-8.5||1.5|
|10||Denver Broncos||Oakland Raiders||Road||-10||5.7||-5.8||-8.5||1.5|
|2||Washington Redskins||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-9||-1.6||-8||-9.4||-0.4|
|5||Denver Broncos||Arizona Cardinals||Home||-9||5.7||-0.3||-9||0|
|12||San Francisco 49ers||Washington Redskins||Home||-8.5||5.1||-1.6||-9.7||-1.2|
|15||Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders||Home||-8.5||0.8||-5.8||-9.6||-1.1|
|2||Green Bay Packers||New York Jets||Home||-8.5||3.8||-2.6||-9.4||-0.9|
|8||Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers||Home||-8.5||5.7||-0.4||-9.1||-0.6|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Oakland Raiders||Home||-8||-0.4||-5.8||-8.4||-0.4|
|7||New England Patriots||New York Jets||Home||-7.5||3.2||-2.6||-8.8||-1.3|
|6||Seattle Seahawks||Dallas Cowboys||Home||-7.5||6||0.5||-8.5||-1|
|16||Carolina Panthers||Cleveland Browns||Home||-7.5||2.1||-2.7||-7.8||-0.3|
|5||New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-7.5||2.8||-1.9||-7.7||-0.2|
|4||Indianapolis Colts||Tennessee Titans||Home||-7.5||1.1||-3.3||-7.4||0.1|
|5||Detroit Lions||Buffalo Bills||Home||-7.5||0.9||-3||-6.9||0.6|
|16||San Francisco 49ers||San Diego Chargers||Home||-7||5.1||-0.4||-8.5||-1.5|
|14||San Francisco 49ers||Oakland Raiders||Road||-7||5.1||-5.8||-7.9||-0.9|
|2||Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||-7||5.7||0.8||-7.9||-0.9|
|6||Tennessee Titans||Jacksonville Jaguars||Home||-7||-3.3||-8||-7.7||-0.7|
|1||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts||Home||-7||5.7||1.1||-7.6||-0.6|
|12||Philadelphia Eagles||Tennessee Titans||Home||-7||1.3||-3.3||-7.6||-0.6|
|11||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-7||1.4||-3.1||-7.5||-0.5|
|3||Cincinnati Bengals||Tennessee Titans||Home||-7||1.1||-3.3||-7.4||-0.4|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||-7||5.1||0.8||-7.3||-0.3|
|15||Detroit Lions||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-7||0.9||-3.1||-7||0|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||Chicago Bears||Home||-7||5.1||1.4||-6.7||0.3|
|12||Atlanta Falcons||Cleveland Browns||Home||-7||0.7||-2.7||-6.4||0.6|
|15||New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins||Home||-6.5||3.2||-1.5||-7.7||-1.2|
|1||Chicago Bears||Buffalo Bills||Home||-6.5||1.4||-3||-7.4||-0.9|
|15||Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-6.5||2.1||-1.9||-7||-0.5|
|10||Cincinnati Bengals||Cleveland Browns||Home||-6.5||1.1||-2.7||-6.8||-0.3|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Atlanta Falcons||Home||-6.5||3.8||0.7||-6.1||0.4|
|8||Kansas City Chiefs||St. Louis Rams||Home||-6.5||0.8||-2||-5.8||0.7|
|5||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-6.5||0.6||-8||-5.6||0.9|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Baltimore Ravens||Home||-6.5||2.8||0.4||-5.4||1.1|
|16||New Orleans Saints||Atlanta Falcons||Home||-6.5||2.8||0.7||-5.1||1.4|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||-6||5.1||1.3||-6.8||-0.8|
|10||Baltimore Ravens||Tennessee Titans||Home||-6||0.4||-3.3||-6.7||-0.7|
|9||Kansas City Chiefs||New York Jets||Home||-6||0.8||-2.6||-6.4||-0.4|
|12||Chicago Bears||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-6||1.4||-1.9||-6.3||-0.3|
|5||Philadelphia Eagles||St. Louis Rams||Home||-6||1.3||-2||-6.3||-0.3|
|3||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-6||1.1||-8||-6.1||-0.1|
|7||Chicago Bears||Miami Dolphins||Home||-6||1.4||-1.5||-5.9||0.1|
|14||Detroit Lions||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-6||0.9||-1.9||-5.8||0.2|
|13||Indianapolis Colts||Washington Redskins||Home||-6||1.1||-1.6||-5.7||0.3|
|10||Green Bay Packers||Chicago Bears||Home||-6||3.8||1.4||-5.4||0.6|
|6||Denver Broncos||New York Jets||Road||-6||5.7||-2.6||-5.3||0.7|
|12||New England Patriots||Detroit Lions||Home||-6||3.2||0.9||-5.3||0.7|
|7||Seattle Seahawks||St. Louis Rams||Road||-6||6||-2||-5||1|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Oakland Raiders||Home||-5.5||-2||-5.8||-6.8||-1.3|
|3||Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-5.5||0.7||-1.9||-5.6||-0.1|
|13||New York Giants||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-5.5||-0.3||-8||-4.7||0.8|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Tennessee Titans||Home||-5||0.8||-3.3||-7.1||-2.1|
|1||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cleveland Browns||Home||-5||0.6||-2.7||-6.3||-1.3|
|10||Detroit Lions||Miami Dolphins||Home||-5||0.9||-1.5||-5.4||-0.4|
|1||Seattle Seahawks||Green Bay Packers||Home||-5||6||3.8||-5.2||-0.2|
|13||Houston Texans||Tennessee Titans||Home||-5||-1.1||-3.3||-5.2||-0.2|
|4||Houston Texans||Buffalo Bills||Home||-5||-1.1||-3||-4.9||0.1|
|4||Miami Dolphins||Oakland Raiders||Lond||-5||-1.5||-5.8||-4.3||0.7|
|1||New York Jets||Oakland Raiders||Home||-4.5||-2.6||-5.8||-6.2||-1.7|
|8||Cleveland Browns||Oakland Raiders||Home||-4.5||-2.7||-5.8||-6.1||-1.6|
|3||Philadelphia Eagles||Washington Redskins||Home||-4.5||1.3||-1.6||-5.9||-1.4|
|11||Green Bay Packers||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||-4.5||3.8||1.3||-5.5||-1|
|15||Indianapolis Colts||Houston Texans||Home||-4.5||1.1||-1.1||-5.2||-0.7|
|8||Dallas Cowboys||Washington Redskins||Home||-4.5||0.5||-1.6||-5.1||-0.6|
|8||New England Patriots||Chicago Bears||Home||-4.5||3.2||1.4||-4.8||-0.3|
|11||Denver Broncos||St. Louis Rams||Road||-4.5||5.7||-2||-4.7||-0.2|
|6||Philadelphia Eagles||New York Giants||Home||-4.5||1.3||-0.3||-4.6||-0.1|
|5||Seattle Seahawks||Washington Redskins||Road||-4.5||6||-1.6||-4.6||-0.1|
|5||Dallas Cowboys||Houston Texans||Home||-4.5||0.5||-1.1||-4.6||-0.1|
|1||St. Louis Rams||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-4.5||-2||-3.1||-4.1||0.4|
|6||San Francisco 49ers||St. Louis Rams||Road||-4.5||5.1||-2||-4.1||0.4|
|12||Green Bay Packers||Minnesota Vikings||Road||-4.5||3.8||-3.1||-3.9||0.6|
|14||Chicago Bears||Dallas Cowboys||Home||-4.5||1.4||0.5||-3.9||0.6|
|15||Green Bay Packers||Buffalo Bills||Road||-4.5||3.8||-3||-3.8||0.7|
|5||San Diego Chargers||New York Jets||Home||-4||-0.4||-2.6||-5.2||-1.2|
|5||New England Patriots||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||-4||3.2||1.1||-5.1||-1.1|
|10||Arizona Cardinals||St. Louis Rams||Home||-4||-0.3||-2||-4.7||-0.7|
|11||New Orleans Saints||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||-4||2.8||1.1||-4.7||-0.7|
|7||Green Bay Packers||Carolina Panthers||Home||-4||3.8||2.1||-4.7||-0.7|
|16||Miami Dolphins||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-4||-1.5||-3.1||-4.6||-0.6|
|12||San Diego Chargers||St. Louis Rams||Home||-4||-0.4||-2||-4.6||-0.6|
|11||Carolina Panthers||Atlanta Falcons||Home||-4||2.1||0.7||-4.4||-0.4|
|6||Arizona Cardinals||Washington Redskins||Home||-4||-0.3||-1.6||-4.3||-0.3|
|1||Detroit Lions||New York Giants||Home||-4||0.9||-0.3||-4.2||-0.2|
|13||Atlanta Falcons||Arizona Cardinals||Home||-4||0.7||-0.3||-4||0|
|14||Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-4||-1.1||-8||-3.9||0.1|
|3||New York Giants||Houston Texans||Home||-4||-0.3||-1.1||-3.8||0.2|
|12||Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders||Road||-4||0.8||-5.8||-3.6||0.4|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-4||-1.5||-8||-3.5||0.5|
|16||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||Home||-4||1.4||0.9||-3.5||0.5|
|4||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-3.5||0.6||-1.9||-5.5||-2|
|7||Washington Redskins||Tennessee Titans||Home||-3.5||-1.6||-3.3||-4.7||-1.2|
|7||Pittsburgh Steelers||Houston Texans||Home||-3.5||0.6||-1.1||-4.7||-1.2|
|3||Carolina Panthers||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||-3.5||2.1||0.6||-4.5||-1|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Buffalo Bills||Home||-3.5||-1.5||-3||-4.5||-1|
|15||New York Giants||Washington Redskins||Home||-3.5||-0.3||-1.6||-4.3||-0.8|
|2||Carolina Panthers||Detroit Lions||Home||-3.5||2.1||0.9||-4.2||-0.7|
|15||Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers||Home||-3.5||6||5.1||-3.9||-0.4|
|7||Dallas Cowboys||New York Giants||Home||-3.5||0.5||-0.3||-3.8||-0.3|
|9||Dallas Cowboys||Arizona Cardinals||Home||-3.5||0.5||-0.3||-3.8||-0.3|
|5||Carolina Panthers||Chicago Bears||Home||-3.5||2.1||1.4||-3.7||-0.2|
|14||New Orleans Saints||Carolina Panthers||Home||-3.5||2.8||2.1||-3.7||-0.2|
|13||Green Bay Packers||New England Patriots||Home||-3.5||3.8||3.2||-3.6||-0.1|
|3||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos||Home||-3.5||6||5.7||-3.3||0.2|
|16||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals||Road||-3.5||6||-0.3||-3.3||0.2|
|6||New England Patriots||Buffalo Bills||Road||-3.5||3.2||-3||-3.2||0.3|
|15||Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers||Road||-3.5||5.7||-0.4||-3.1||0.4|
|15||Atlanta Falcons||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||-3.5||0.7||0.6||-3.1||0.4|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Oakland Raiders||Road||-3.5||-0.3||-5.8||-2.5||1|
|1||New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins||Road||-3.5||3.2||-1.5||-1.7||1.8|
|1||San Francisco 49ers||Dallas Cowboys||Road||-3.5||5.1||0.5||-1.6||1.9|
|8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-3||-1.9||-3.1||-4.2||-1.2|
|13||Baltimore Ravens||San Diego Chargers||Home||-3||0.4||-0.4||-3.8||-0.8|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||Dallas Cowboys||Home||-3||1.3||0.5||-3.8||-0.8|
|8||Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens||Home||-3||1.1||0.4||-3.7||-0.7|
|5||Indianapolis Colts||Baltimore Ravens||Home||-3||1.1||0.4||-3.7||-0.7|
|7||Denver Broncos||San Francisco 49ers||Home||-3||5.7||5.1||-3.6||-0.6|
|14||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||-3||1.1||0.6||-3.5||-0.5|
|2||Cincinnati Bengals||Atlanta Falcons||Home||-3||1.1||0.7||-3.4||-0.4|
|2||New England Patriots||Minnesota Vikings||Road||-3||3.2||-3.1||-3.3||-0.3|
|1||Arizona Cardinals||San Diego Chargers||Home||-3||-0.3||-0.4||-3.1||-0.1|
|2||New York Giants||Arizona Cardinals||Home||-3||-0.3||-0.3||-3||0|
|16||New England Patriots||New York Jets||Road||-3||3.2||-2.6||-2.8||0.2|
|7||Baltimore Ravens||Atlanta Falcons||Home||-3||0.4||0.7||-2.7||0.3|
|16||Green Bay Packers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||-3||3.8||-1.9||-2.7||0.3|
|13||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||Home||-3||0.9||1.4||-2.5||0.5|
|11||San Francisco 49ers||New York Giants||Road||-3||5.1||-0.3||-2.4||0.6|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Chicago Bears||Home||-3||0.7||1.4||-2.3||0.7|
|13||Carolina Panthers||Minnesota Vikings||Road||-3||2.1||-3.1||-2.2||0.8|
|13||Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||-3||5.7||0.8||-1.9||1.1|
|16||Tennessee Titans||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-3||-3.3||-8||-1.7||1.3|
|15||Chicago Bears||New Orleans Saints||Home||-3||1.4||2.8||-1.6||1.4|
|16||St. Louis Rams||New York Giants||Home||-3||-2||-0.3||-1.3||1.7|
|1||Houston Texans||Washington Redskins||Home||-2.5||-1.1||-1.6||-3.5||-1|
|2||Seattle Seahawks||San Diego Chargers||Road||-2.5||6||-0.4||-3.4||-0.9|
|14||Washington Redskins||St. Louis Rams||Home||-2.5||-1.6||-2||-3.4||-0.9|
|8||New York Jets||Buffalo Bills||Home||-2.5||-2.6||-3||-3.4||-0.9|
|11||Washington Redskins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-2.5||-1.6||-1.9||-3.3||-0.8|
|9||Pittsburgh Steelers||Baltimore Ravens||Home||-2.5||0.6||0.4||-3.2||-0.7|
|7||Buffalo Bills||Minnesota Vikings||Home||-2.5||-3||-3.1||-3.1||-0.6|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||St. Louis Rams||Home||-2.5||-1.9||-2||-3.1||-0.6|
|7||Indianapolis Colts||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||-2.5||1.1||1.1||-3||-0.5|
|2||Indianapolis Colts||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||-2.5||1.1||1.3||-2.8||-0.3|
|13||Buffalo Bills||Cleveland Browns||Home||-2.5||-3||-2.7||-2.7||-0.2|
|12||Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||Home||-2.5||-3||-2.6||-2.6||-0.1|
|2||New Orleans Saints||Cleveland Browns||Road||-2.5||2.8||-2.7||-2.5||0|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Indianapolis Colts||Home||-2.5||0.5||1.1||-2.4||0.1|
|5||Tennessee Titans||Cleveland Browns||Home||-2.5||-3.3||-2.7||-2.4||0.1|
|3||San Francisco 49ers||Arizona Cardinals||Road||-2.5||5.1||-0.3||-2.4||0.1|
|6||San Diego Chargers||Oakland Raiders||Road||-2.5||-0.4||-5.8||-2.4||0.1|
|6||Green Bay Packers||Miami Dolphins||Road||-2.5||3.8||-1.5||-2.3||0.2|
|7||Cleveland Browns||Jacksonville Jaguars||Road||-2.5||-2.7||-8||-2.3||0.2|
|1||Baltimore Ravens||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||-2.5||0.4||1.1||-2.3||0.2|
|9||Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints||Home||-2.5||2.1||2.8||-2.3||0.2|
|12||New York Giants||Dallas Cowboys||Home||-2.5||-0.3||0.5||-2.2||0.3|
|9||Cleveland Browns||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Home||-2.5||-2.7||-1.9||-2.2||0.3|
|11||Seattle Seahawks||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||-2.5||6||0.8||-2.2||0.3|
|13||San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||Home||-2.5||5.1||6||-2.1||0.4|
|5||New York Giants||Atlanta Falcons||Home||-2.5||-0.3||0.7||-2||0.5|
|8||New Orleans Saints||Green Bay Packers||Home||-2.5||2.8||3.8||-2||0.5|
|9||Miami Dolphins||San Diego Chargers||Home||-2.5||-1.5||-0.4||-1.9||0.6|
|11||Arizona Cardinals||Detroit Lions||Home||-2.5||-0.3||0.9||-1.8||0.7|
|2||Houston Texans||Oakland Raiders||Road||-2.5||-1.1||-5.8||-1.7||0.8|
|2||Dallas Cowboys||Tennessee Titans||Road||-2.5||0.5||-3.3||-0.8||1.7|
|13||Pittsburgh Steelers||New Orleans Saints||Home||-2.5||0.6||2.8||-0.8||1.7|
|2||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||-2||0.4||0.6||-2.8||-0.8|
|14||Minnesota Vikings||New York Jets||Home||-2||-3.1||-2.6||-2.5||-0.5|
|8||Pittsburgh Steelers||Indianapolis Colts||Home||-2||0.6||1.1||-2.5||-0.5|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals||Carolina Panthers||Home||-2||1.1||2.1||-2||0|
|14||Arizona Cardinals||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||-2||-0.3||0.8||-1.9||0.1|
|7||San Diego Chargers||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||-2||-0.4||0.8||-1.8||0.2|
|8||Arizona Cardinals||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||-2||-0.3||1.3||-1.4||0.6|
|1||Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||-2||2.1||-1.9||-1||1|
|11||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tennessee Titans||Road||-2||0.6||-3.3||-0.9||1.1|
|10||Kansas City Chiefs||Buffalo Bills||Road||-2||0.8||-3||-0.8||1.2|
|10||Pittsburgh Steelers||New York Jets||Road||-2||0.6||-2.6||-0.2||1.8|
|16||Pittsburgh Steelers||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||-1.5||0.6||0.8||-2.8||-1.3|
|15||Tennessee Titans||New York Jets||Home||-1.5||-3.3||-2.6||-2.3||-0.8|
|13||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||-1.5||0.5||1.3||-2.2||-0.7|
|4||Washington Redskins||New York Giants||Home||-1.5||-1.6||-0.3||-1.7||-0.2|
|16||Denver Broncos||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||-1.5||5.7||1.1||-1.6||-0.1|
|9||Minnesota Vikings||Washington Redskins||Home||-1.5||-3.1||-1.6||-1.5||0|
|11||Cleveland Browns||Houston Texans||Home||-1.5||-2.7||-1.1||-1.4||0.1|
|7||Detroit Lions||New Orleans Saints||Home||-1.5||0.9||2.8||-1.1||0.4|
|8||Seattle Seahawks||Carolina Panthers||Road||-1.5||6||2.1||-0.9||0.6|
|15||Cincinnati Bengals||Cleveland Browns||Road||-1.5||1.1||-2.7||-0.8||0.7|
|10||New Orleans Saints||San Francisco 49ers||Home||-1.5||2.8||5.1||-0.7||0.8|
|4||Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers||Home||-1.5||1.4||3.8||-0.6||0.9|
|16||Philadelphia Eagles||Washington Redskins||Road||-1.5||1.3||-1.6||0.1||1.6|
|10||Philadelphia Eagles||Carolina Panthers||Home||-1||1.3||2.1||-2.2||-1.2|
|13||New York Jets||Miami Dolphins||Home||-1||-2.6||-1.5||-1.9||-0.9|
|14||Seattle Seahawks||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||-1||6||1.3||-1.7||-0.7|
|9||New York Giants||Indianapolis Colts||Home||-1||-0.3||1.1||-1.6||-0.6|
|16||Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens||Home||-1||-1.1||0.4||-1.5||-0.5|
|2||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||Home||-1||-3||-1.5||-1.5||-0.5|
|15||St. Louis Rams||Arizona Cardinals||Home||-1||-2||-0.3||-1.3||-0.3|
|4||Baltimore Ravens||Carolina Panthers||Home||-1||0.4||2.1||-1.3||-0.3|
|6||Detroit Lions||Minnesota Vikings||Road||-1||0.9||-3.1||-1||0|
|11||Indianapolis Colts||New England Patriots||Home||-1||1.1||3.2||-0.9||0.1|
|1||Atlanta Falcons||New Orleans Saints||Home||-1||0.7||2.8||-0.9||0.1|
|4||Atlanta Falcons||Minnesota Vikings||Road||-1||0.7||-3.1||-0.8||0.2|
|6||Houston Texans||Indianapolis Colts||Home||-1||-1.1||1.1||-0.8||0.2|
|14||Indianapolis Colts||Cleveland Browns||Road||-1||1.1||-2.7||-0.8||0.2|
|6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Baltimore Ravens||Home||-1||-1.9||0.4||-0.7||0.3|
|14||New England Patriots||San Diego Chargers||Road||-1||3.2||-0.4||-0.6||0.4|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||New England Patriots||Home||-1||0.8||3.2||-0.6||0.4|
|4||Detroit Lions||New York Jets||Road||-1||0.9||-2.6||-0.5||0.5|
|9||New England Patriots||Denver Broncos||Home||-1||3.2||5.7||-0.5||0.5|
|3||Buffalo Bills||San Diego Chargers||Home||-1||-3||-0.4||-0.4||0.6|
|8||Detroit Lions||Atlanta Falcons||Lond||-1||0.9||0.7||-0.2||0.8|
|14||New York Giants||Tennessee Titans||Road||-1||-0.3||-3.3||0||1|
|3||Green Bay Packers||Detroit Lions||Road||-1||3.8||0.9||0.1||1.1|
|16||Buffalo Bills||Oakland Raiders||Road||-1||-3||-5.8||0.2||1.2|
|14||Miami Dolphins||Baltimore Ravens||Home||0||-1.5||0.4||-1.1||-1.1|
|3||Chicago Bears||New York Jets||Road||0||1.4||-2.6||-1||-1|
|12||Houston Texans||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||0||-1.1||1.1||-0.8||-0.8|
|8||Tennessee Titans||Houston Texans||Home||0||-3.3||-1.1||-0.8||-0.8|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||New Orleans Saints||Home||0||0.5||2.8||-0.7||-0.7|
|3||Miami Dolphins||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||0||-1.5||0.8||-0.7||-0.7|
|9||Houston Texans||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||0||-1.1||1.3||-0.6||-0.6|
|3||St. Louis Rams||Dallas Cowboys||Home||0||-2||0.5||-0.5||-0.5|
|10||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons||Home||0||-1.9||0.7||-0.4||-0.4|
|6||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cleveland Browns||Road||0||0.6||-2.7||-0.3||-0.3|
|3||Baltimore Ravens||Cleveland Browns||Road||0||0.4||-2.7||-0.1||-0.1|
|13||Cincinnati Bengals||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||0||1.1||-1.9||0||0|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||0||-1.9||1.1||0||0|
|3||Cleveland Browns||Baltimore Ravens||Home||0||-2.7||0.4||0.1||0.1|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||0||-2.7||0.6||0.3||0.3|
|10||Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||0||0.7||-1.9||0.4||0.4|
|3||Dallas Cowboys||St. Louis Rams||Road||0||0.5||-2||0.5||0.5|
|9||Philadelphia Eagles||Houston Texans||Road||0||1.3||-1.1||0.6||0.6|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||Miami Dolphins||Road||0||0.8||-1.5||0.7||0.7|
|4||New Orleans Saints||Dallas Cowboys||Road||0||2.8||0.5||0.7||0.7|
|8||Houston Texans||Tennessee Titans||Road||0||-1.1||-3.3||0.8||0.8|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||Houston Texans||Road||0||1.1||-1.1||0.8||0.8|
|3||New York Jets||Chicago Bears||Home||0||-2.6||1.4||1||1|
|14||Baltimore Ravens||Miami Dolphins||Road||0||0.4||-1.5||1.1||1.1|
|16||Oakland Raiders||Buffalo Bills||Home||1||-5.8||-3||-0.2||-1.2|
|3||Detroit Lions||Green Bay Packers||Home||1||0.9||3.8||-0.1||-1.1|
|14||Tennessee Titans||New York Giants||Home||1||-3.3||-0.3||0||-1|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||Detroit Lions||Lond||1||0.7||0.9||0.2||-0.8|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Buffalo Bills||Road||1||-0.4||-3||0.4||-0.6|
|4||New York Jets||Detroit Lions||Home||1||-2.6||0.9||0.5||-0.5|
|9||Denver Broncos||New England Patriots||Road||1||5.7||3.2||0.5||-0.5|
|14||San Diego Chargers||New England Patriots||Home||1||-0.4||3.2||0.6||-0.4|
|4||New England Patriots||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||1||3.2||0.8||0.6||-0.4|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||1||0.4||-1.9||0.7||-0.3|
|14||Cleveland Browns||Indianapolis Colts||Home||1||-2.7||1.1||0.8||-0.2|
|4||Minnesota Vikings||Atlanta Falcons||Home||1||-3.1||0.7||0.8||-0.2|
|6||Indianapolis Colts||Houston Texans||Road||1||1.1||-1.1||0.8||-0.2|
|11||New England Patriots||Indianapolis Colts||Road||1||3.2||1.1||0.9||-0.1|
|1||New Orleans Saints||Atlanta Falcons||Road||1||2.8||0.7||0.9||-0.1|
|6||Minnesota Vikings||Detroit Lions||Home||1||-3.1||0.9||1||0|
|4||Carolina Panthers||Baltimore Ravens||Road||1||2.1||0.4||1.3||0.3|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||St. Louis Rams||Road||1||-0.3||-2||1.3||0.3|
|2||Miami Dolphins||Buffalo Bills||Road||1||-1.5||-3||1.5||0.5|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Houston Texans||Road||1||0.4||-1.1||1.5||0.5|
|9||Indianapolis Colts||New York Giants||Road||1||1.1||-0.3||1.6||0.6|
|14||Philadelphia Eagles||Seattle Seahawks||Home||1||1.3||6||1.7||0.7|
|13||Miami Dolphins||New York Jets||Road||1||-1.5||-2.6||1.9||0.9|
|10||Carolina Panthers||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||1||2.1||1.3||2.2||1.2|
|16||Washington Redskins||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||1.5||-1.6||1.3||-0.1||-1.6|
|4||Green Bay Packers||Chicago Bears||Road||1.5||3.8||1.4||0.6||-0.9|
|10||San Francisco 49ers||New Orleans Saints||Road||1.5||5.1||2.8||0.7||-0.8|
|15||Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals||Home||1.5||-2.7||1.1||0.8||-0.7|
|8||Carolina Panthers||Seattle Seahawks||Home||1.5||2.1||6||0.9||-0.6|
|7||New Orleans Saints||Detroit Lions||Road||1.5||2.8||0.9||1.1||-0.4|
|11||Houston Texans||Cleveland Browns||Road||1.5||-1.1||-2.7||1.4||-0.1|
|9||Washington Redskins||Minnesota Vikings||Road||1.5||-1.6||-3.1||1.5||0|
|16||Cincinnati Bengals||Denver Broncos||Home||1.5||1.1||5.7||1.6||0.1|
|4||New York Giants||Washington Redskins||Road||1.5||-0.3||-1.6||1.7||0.2|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||Dallas Cowboys||Road||1.5||1.3||0.5||2.2||0.7|
|15||New York Jets||Tennessee Titans||Road||1.5||-2.6||-3.3||2.3||0.8|
|16||Kansas City Chiefs||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||1.5||0.8||0.6||2.8||1.3|
|10||New York Jets||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||2||-2.6||0.6||0.2||-1.8|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||2||-3||0.8||0.8||-1.2|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||2||-3.3||0.6||0.9||-1.1|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers||Home||2||-1.9||2.1||1||-1|
|8||Philadelphia Eagles||Arizona Cardinals||Road||2||1.3||-0.3||1.4||-0.6|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs||San Diego Chargers||Road||2||0.8||-0.4||1.8||-0.2|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs||Arizona Cardinals||Road||2||0.8||-0.3||1.9||-0.1|
|6||Carolina Panthers||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||2||2.1||1.1||2||0|
|14||New York Jets||Minnesota Vikings||Road||2||-2.6||-3.1||2.5||0.5|
|8||Indianapolis Colts||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||2||1.1||0.6||2.5||0.5|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers||Baltimore Ravens||Road||2||0.6||0.4||2.8||0.8|
|2||Tennessee Titans||Dallas Cowboys||Home||2.5||-3.3||0.5||0.8||-1.7|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||2.5||2.8||0.6||0.8||-1.7|
|2||Oakland Raiders||Houston Texans||Home||2.5||-5.8||-1.1||1.7||-0.8|
|11||Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||Road||2.5||0.9||-0.3||1.8||-0.7|
|9||San Diego Chargers||Miami Dolphins||Road||2.5||-0.4||-1.5||1.9||-0.6|
|5||Atlanta Falcons||New York Giants||Road||2.5||0.7||-0.3||2||-0.5|
|8||Green Bay Packers||New Orleans Saints||Road||2.5||3.8||2.8||2||-0.5|
|13||Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers||Road||2.5||6||5.1||2.1||-0.4|
|12||Dallas Cowboys||New York Giants||Road||2.5||0.5||-0.3||2.2||-0.3|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Cleveland Browns||Road||2.5||-1.9||-2.7||2.2||-0.3|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||Seattle Seahawks||Home||2.5||0.8||6||2.2||-0.3|
|1||Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens||Road||2.5||1.1||0.4||2.3||-0.2|
|6||Miami Dolphins||Green Bay Packers||Home||2.5||-1.5||3.8||2.3||-0.2|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cleveland Browns||Home||2.5||-8||-2.7||2.3||-0.2|
|9||New Orleans Saints||Carolina Panthers||Road||2.5||2.8||2.1||2.3||-0.2|
|6||Oakland Raiders||San Diego Chargers||Home||2.5||-5.8||-0.4||2.4||-0.1|
|16||Indianapolis Colts||Dallas Cowboys||Road||2.5||1.1||0.5||2.4||-0.1|
|3||Arizona Cardinals||San Francisco 49ers||Home||2.5||-0.3||5.1||2.4||-0.1|
|5||Cleveland Browns||Tennessee Titans||Road||2.5||-2.7||-3.3||2.4||-0.1|
|2||Cleveland Browns||New Orleans Saints||Home||2.5||-2.7||2.8||2.5||0|
|12||New York Jets||Buffalo Bills||Road||2.5||-2.6||-3||2.6||0.1|
|13||Cleveland Browns||Buffalo Bills||Road||2.5||-2.7||-3||2.7||0.2|
|2||Philadelphia Eagles||Indianapolis Colts||Road||2.5||1.3||1.1||2.8||0.3|
|7||Cincinnati Bengals||Indianapolis Colts||Road||2.5||1.1||1.1||3||0.5|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||2.5||-2||-1.9||3.1||0.6|
|7||Minnesota Vikings||Buffalo Bills||Road||2.5||-3.1||-3||3.1||0.6|
|9||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||2.5||0.4||0.6||3.2||0.7|
|11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Washington Redskins||Road||2.5||-1.9||-1.6||3.3||0.8|
|8||Buffalo Bills||New York Jets||Road||2.5||-3||-2.6||3.4||0.9|
|14||St. Louis Rams||Washington Redskins||Road||2.5||-2||-1.6||3.4||0.9|
|2||San Diego Chargers||Seattle Seahawks||Home||2.5||-0.4||6||3.4||0.9|
|1||Washington Redskins||Houston Texans||Road||2.5||-1.6||-1.1||3.5||1|
|16||New York Giants||St. Louis Rams||Road||3||-0.3||-2||1.3||-1.7|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Chicago Bears||Road||3||2.8||1.4||1.6||-1.4|
|16||Jacksonville Jaguars||Tennessee Titans||Home||3||-8||-3.3||1.7||-1.3|
|13||Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos||Home||3||0.8||5.7||1.9||-1.1|
|13||Minnesota Vikings||Carolina Panthers||Home||3||-3.1||2.1||2.2||-0.8|
|6||Chicago Bears||Atlanta Falcons||Road||3||1.4||0.7||2.3||-0.7|
|11||New York Giants||San Francisco 49ers||Home||3||-0.3||5.1||2.4||-0.6|
|13||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||Road||3||1.4||0.9||2.5||-0.5|
|7||Atlanta Falcons||Baltimore Ravens||Road||3||0.7||0.4||2.7||-0.3|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Green Bay Packers||Home||3||-1.9||3.8||2.7||-0.3|
|16||New York Jets||New England Patriots||Home||3||-2.6||3.2||2.8||-0.2|
|2||Arizona Cardinals||New York Giants||Road||3||-0.3||-0.3||3||0|
|1||San Diego Chargers||Arizona Cardinals||Road||3||-0.4||-0.3||3.1||0.1|
|2||Minnesota Vikings||New England Patriots||Home||3||-3.1||3.2||3.3||0.3|
|2||Atlanta Falcons||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||3||0.7||1.1||3.4||0.4|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||3||0.6||1.1||3.5||0.5|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Denver Broncos||Road||3||5.1||5.7||3.6||0.6|
|5||Baltimore Ravens||Indianapolis Colts||Road||3||0.4||1.1||3.7||0.7|
|8||Baltimore Ravens||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||3||0.4||1.1||3.7||0.7|
|13||San Diego Chargers||Baltimore Ravens||Road||3||-0.4||0.4||3.8||0.8|
|15||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||3||0.5||1.3||3.8||0.8|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Road||3||-3.1||-1.9||4.2||1.2|
|1||Dallas Cowboys||San Francisco 49ers||Home||3.5||0.5||5.1||1.6||-1.9|
|1||Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots||Home||3.5||-1.5||3.2||1.7||-1.8|
|7||Oakland Raiders||Arizona Cardinals||Home||3.5||-5.8||-0.3||2.5||-1|
|15||San Diego Chargers||Denver Broncos||Home||3.5||-0.4||5.7||3.1||-0.4|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Atlanta Falcons||Road||3.5||0.6||0.7||3.1||-0.4|
|6||Buffalo Bills||New England Patriots||Home||3.5||-3||3.2||3.2||-0.3|
|3||Denver Broncos||Seattle Seahawks||Road||3.5||5.7||6||3.3||-0.2|
|16||Arizona Cardinals||Seattle Seahawks||Home||3.5||-0.3||6||3.3||-0.2|
|13||New England Patriots||Green Bay Packers||Road||3.5||3.2||3.8||3.6||0.1|
|14||Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints||Road||3.5||2.1||2.8||3.7||0.2|
|5||Chicago Bears||Carolina Panthers||Road||3.5||1.4||2.1||3.7||0.2|
|9||Arizona Cardinals||Dallas Cowboys||Road||3.5||-0.3||0.5||3.8||0.3|
|7||New York Giants||Dallas Cowboys||Road||3.5||-0.3||0.5||3.8||0.3|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||Road||3.5||5.1||6||3.9||0.4|
|2||Detroit Lions||Carolina Panthers||Road||3.5||0.9||2.1||4.2||0.7|
|15||Washington Redskins||New York Giants||Road||3.5||-1.6||-0.3||4.3||0.8|
|11||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||Road||3.5||-3||-1.5||4.5||1|
|3||Pittsburgh Steelers||Carolina Panthers||Road||3.5||0.6||2.1||4.5||1|
|7||Tennessee Titans||Washington Redskins||Road||3.5||-3.3||-1.6||4.7||1.2|
|7||Houston Texans||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||3.5||-1.1||0.6||4.7||1.2|
|4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||3.5||-1.9||0.6||5.5||2|
|16||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||Road||4||0.9||1.4||3.5||-0.5|
|8||Jacksonville Jaguars||Miami Dolphins||Home||4||-8||-1.5||3.5||-0.5|
|12||Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs||Home||4||-5.8||0.8||3.6||-0.4|
|3||Houston Texans||New York Giants||Road||4||-1.1||-0.3||3.8||-0.2|
|14||Jacksonville Jaguars||Houston Texans||Home||4||-8||-1.1||3.9||-0.1|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Atlanta Falcons||Road||4||-0.3||0.7||4||0|
|1||New York Giants||Detroit Lions||Road||4||-0.3||0.9||4.2||0.2|
|6||Washington Redskins||Arizona Cardinals||Road||4||-1.6||-0.3||4.3||0.3|
|11||Atlanta Falcons||Carolina Panthers||Road||4||0.7||2.1||4.4||0.4|
|16||Minnesota Vikings||Miami Dolphins||Road||4||-3.1||-1.5||4.6||0.6|
|12||St. Louis Rams||San Diego Chargers||Road||4||-2||-0.4||4.6||0.6|
|7||Carolina Panthers||Green Bay Packers||Road||4||2.1||3.8||4.7||0.7|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Arizona Cardinals||Road||4||-2||-0.3||4.7||0.7|
|11||Cincinnati Bengals||New Orleans Saints||Road||4||1.1||2.8||4.7||0.7|
|5||Cincinnati Bengals||New England Patriots||Road||4||1.1||3.2||5.1||1.1|
|5||New York Jets||San Diego Chargers||Road||4||-2.6||-0.4||5.2||1.2|
|15||Buffalo Bills||Green Bay Packers||Home||4.5||-3||3.8||3.8||-0.7|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||Road||4.5||0.5||1.4||3.9||-0.6|
|12||Minnesota Vikings||Green Bay Packers||Home||4.5||-3.1||3.8||3.9||-0.6|
|6||St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers||Home||4.5||-2||5.1||4.1||-0.4|
|1||Minnesota Vikings||St. Louis Rams||Road||4.5||-3.1||-2||4.1||-0.4|
|6||New York Giants||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||4.5||-0.3||1.3||4.6||0.1|
|5||Houston Texans||Dallas Cowboys||Road||4.5||-1.1||0.5||4.6||0.1|
|5||Washington Redskins||Seattle Seahawks||Home||4.5||-1.6||6||4.6||0.1|
|11||St. Louis Rams||Denver Broncos||Home||4.5||-2||5.7||4.7||0.2|
|8||Chicago Bears||New England Patriots||Road||4.5||1.4||3.2||4.8||0.3|
|8||Washington Redskins||Dallas Cowboys||Road||4.5||-1.6||0.5||5.1||0.6|
|15||Houston Texans||Indianapolis Colts||Road||4.5||-1.1||1.1||5.2||0.7|
|11||Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||Road||4.5||1.3||3.8||5.5||1|
|3||Washington Redskins||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||4.5||-1.6||1.3||5.9||1.4|
|8||Oakland Raiders||Cleveland Browns||Road||4.5||-5.8||-2.7||6.1||1.6|
|1||Oakland Raiders||New York Jets||Road||4.5||-5.8||-2.6||6.2||1.7|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Miami Dolphins||Lond||5||-5.8||-1.5||4.3||-0.7|
|4||Buffalo Bills||Houston Texans||Road||5||-3||-1.1||4.9||-0.1|
|1||Green Bay Packers||Seattle Seahawks||Road||5||3.8||6||5.2||0.2|
|13||Tennessee Titans||Houston Texans||Road||5||-3.3||-1.1||5.2||0.2|
|10||Miami Dolphins||Detroit Lions||Road||5||-1.5||0.9||5.4||0.4|
|1||Cleveland Browns||Pittsburgh Steelers||Road||5||-2.7||0.6||6.3||1.3|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||5||-3.3||0.8||7.1||2.1|
|13||Jacksonville Jaguars||New York Giants||Home||5.5||-8||-0.3||4.7||-0.8|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons||Road||5.5||-1.9||0.7||5.6||0.1|
|13||Oakland Raiders||St. Louis Rams||Road||5.5||-5.8||-2||6.8||1.3|
|7||St. Louis Rams||Seattle Seahawks||Home||6||-2||6||5||-1|
|6||New York Jets||Denver Broncos||Home||6||-2.6||5.7||5.3||-0.7|
|12||Detroit Lions||New England Patriots||Road||6||0.9||3.2||5.3||-0.7|
|10||Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers||Road||6||1.4||3.8||5.4||-0.6|
|13||Washington Redskins||Indianapolis Colts||Road||6||-1.6||1.1||5.7||-0.3|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Detroit Lions||Road||6||-1.9||0.9||5.8||-0.2|
|7||Miami Dolphins||Chicago Bears||Road||6||-1.5||1.4||5.9||-0.1|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Indianapolis Colts||Home||6||-8||1.1||6.1||0.1|
|12||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Chicago Bears||Road||6||-1.9||1.4||6.3||0.3|
|5||St. Louis Rams||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||6||-2||1.3||6.3||0.3|
|9||New York Jets||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||6||-2.6||0.8||6.4||0.4|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Baltimore Ravens||Road||6||-3.3||0.4||6.7||0.7|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||San Francisco 49ers||Road||6||1.3||5.1||6.8||0.8|
|16||Atlanta Falcons||New Orleans Saints||Road||6.5||0.7||2.8||5.1||-1.4|
|12||Baltimore Ravens||New Orleans Saints||Road||6.5||0.4||2.8||5.4||-1.1|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Pittsburgh Steelers||Home||6.5||-8||0.6||5.6||-0.9|
|8||St. Louis Rams||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||6.5||-2||0.8||5.8||-0.7|
|14||Atlanta Falcons||Green Bay Packers||Road||6.5||0.7||3.8||6.1||-0.4|
|10||Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||6.5||-2.7||1.1||6.8||0.3|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers||Road||6.5||-1.9||2.1||7||0.5|
|1||Buffalo Bills||Chicago Bears||Road||6.5||-3||1.4||7.4||0.9|
|15||Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots||Road||6.5||-1.5||3.2||7.7||1.2|
|12||Cleveland Browns||Atlanta Falcons||Road||7||-2.7||0.7||6.4||-0.6|
|2||Chicago Bears||San Francisco 49ers||Road||7||1.4||5.1||6.7||-0.3|
|15||Minnesota Vikings||Detroit Lions||Road||7||-3.1||0.9||7||0|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||San Francisco 49ers||Road||7||0.8||5.1||7.3||0.3|
|3||Tennessee Titans||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||7||-3.3||1.1||7.4||0.4|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears||Road||7||-3.1||1.4||7.5||0.5|
|12||Tennessee Titans||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||7||-3.3||1.3||7.6||0.6|
|1||Indianapolis Colts||Denver Broncos||Road||7||1.1||5.7||7.6||0.6|
|6||Jacksonville Jaguars||Tennessee Titans||Road||7||-8||-3.3||7.7||0.7|
|2||Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos||Road||7||0.8||5.7||7.9||0.9|
|14||Oakland Raiders||San Francisco 49ers||Home||7||-5.8||5.1||7.9||0.9|
|16||San Diego Chargers||San Francisco 49ers||Road||7||-0.4||5.1||8.5||1.5|
|5||Buffalo Bills||Detroit Lions||Road||7.5||-3||0.9||6.9||-0.6|
|4||Tennessee Titans||Indianapolis Colts||Road||7.5||-3.3||1.1||7.4||-0.1|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New Orleans Saints||Road||7.5||-1.9||2.8||7.7||0.2|
|16||Cleveland Browns||Carolina Panthers||Road||7.5||-2.7||2.1||7.8||0.3|
|6||Dallas Cowboys||Seattle Seahawks||Road||7.5||0.5||6||8.5||1|
|7||New York Jets||New England Patriots||Road||7.5||-2.6||3.2||8.8||1.3|
|11||Oakland Raiders||San Diego Chargers||Road||8||-5.8||-0.4||8.4||0.4|
|8||San Diego Chargers||Denver Broncos||Road||8.5||-0.4||5.7||9.1||0.6|
|2||New York Jets||Green Bay Packers||Road||8.5||-2.6||3.8||9.4||0.9|
|15||Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs||Road||8.5||-5.8||0.8||9.6||1.1|
|12||Washington Redskins||San Francisco 49ers||Road||8.5||-1.6||5.1||9.7||1.2|
|5||Arizona Cardinals||Denver Broncos||Road||9||-0.3||5.7||9||0|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Washington Redskins||Road||9||-8||-1.6||9.4||0.4|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Denver Broncos||Home||10||-5.8||5.7||8.5||-1.5|
|10||Jacksonville Jaguars||Dallas Cowboys||Lond||10||-8||0.5||8.5||-1.5|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||New Orleans Saints||Road||10||-3.1||2.8||8.9||-1.1|
|10||New York Giants||Seattle Seahawks||Road||10||-0.3||6||9.3||-0.7|
|5||Minnesota Vikings||Green Bay Packers||Road||10||-3.1||3.8||9.9||-0.1|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Denver Broncos||Road||10||-1.5||5.7||10.2||0.2|
|4||Jacksonville Jaguars||San Diego Chargers||Road||10||-8||-0.4||10.6||0.6|
|12||Arizona Cardinals||Seattle Seahawks||Road||10.5||-0.3||6||9.3||-1.2|
|15||Jacksonville Jaguars||Baltimore Ravens||Road||10.5||-8||0.4||11.4||0.9|
|9||St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers||Road||11||-2||5.1||10.1||-0.9|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cincinnati Bengals||Road||11||-8||1.1||12.1||1.1|
|1||Jacksonville Jaguars||Philadelphia Eagles||Road||11||-8||1.3||12.3||1.3|
|14||Buffalo Bills||Denver Broncos||Road||11.5||-3||5.7||11.7||0.2|
|12||Jacksonville Jaguars||Indianapolis Colts||Road||12||-8||1.1||12.1||0.1|
|3||Oakland Raiders||New England Patriots||Road||13||-5.8||3.2||12||-1|
|9||Oakland Raiders||Seattle Seahawks||Road||14.5||-5.8||6||14.8||0.3|
- The biggest outlier games are again in week 1; as Jason Lisk noted when he ran a similar study last year, the lines build in some risk of injury (or simply risk of not knowing what’s going to happen in the future): if Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning miss time with an injury, it’s more likely to be later in the season than in week one. Additionally, if Vegas feels more confident in the early games than the late games, that will lead to some games appearing as outliers in week 1.
- The weirdest line of the season is Tennessee/Kansas City in week 1. The Chiefs are only 5-point home favorites: that’s 2.1 points lower than we would expect given the location of the game and the ratings of Kansas City (+0.8) and Tennessee (-3.3).
- As a reminder, here’s a link to the 2014 schedule grid I created; I did not assign 3 points to the home team in the three London games this year.
- For the second straight year, the Seahawks are underdogs just once: the game in San Francisco. Denver is an underdog when it travels to Seattle and Foxboro, and every other team is a dog in at least three games.
- Oakland and Jacksonville are underdogs in each of their 15 games. Considering Oakland travels to Denver in week 17, we can safely say the Raiders and Jags are projected underdogs in every game this year.
- Just to be clear, this analysis includes 3 points for each home team except in the London games, so these are more accurately thought of as location-adjusted expected margins of victory. [↩]
Okay, that title could be the opener to any number of jokes. But I mean “strange season” in the way Football Perspective has used the phrase before. Take a look at Cleveland’s schedule and results from 2013:
|1||Sun||September 8||boxscore||L||0-1||Miami Dolphins||10||23|
|2||Sun||September 15||boxscore||L||0-2||@||Baltimore Ravens||6||14|
|3||Sun||September 22||boxscore||W||1-2||@||Minnesota Vikings||31||27|
|4||Sun||September 29||boxscore||W||2-2||Cincinnati Bengals||17||6|
|5||Thu||October 3||boxscore||W||3-2||Buffalo Bills||37||24|
|6||Sun||October 13||boxscore||L||3-3||Detroit Lions||17||31|
|7||Sun||October 20||boxscore||L||3-4||@||Green Bay Packers||13||31|
|8||Sun||October 27||boxscore||L||3-5||@||Kansas City Chiefs||17||23|
|9||Sun||November 3||boxscore||W||4-5||Baltimore Ravens||24||18|
|11||Sun||November 17||boxscore||L||4-6||@||Cincinnati Bengals||20||41|
|12||Sun||November 24||boxscore||L||4-7||Pittsburgh Steelers||11||27|
|13||Sun||December 1||boxscore||L||4-8||Jacksonville Jaguars||28||32|
|14||Sun||December 8||boxscore||L||4-9||@||New England Patriots||26||27|
|15||Sun||December 15||boxscore||L||4-10||Chicago Bears||31||38|
|16||Sun||December 22||boxscore||L||4-11||@||New York Jets||13||24|
|17||Sun||December 29||boxscore||L||4-12||@||Pittsburgh Steelers||7||20|
Instead of a 4.8-point loss, the Rams won by 30 points. That difference of 34.8 points made it the least-conforming game of the 2013 season. What was the most? In week 6, the Chiefs (SRS of +6.1) hosted the Raiders (SRS of -8.0) and won, 24-7.
The table below shows every regular season game in 2013. The “Boxscore” cell is linked to the boxscore for that game on PFR, the “Exp” column shows the expected result, and the “Diff” column — by which the table is sorted — shows the difference between the expected result and the actual result. [click to continue…]
As noted in the post on defenses, during Super Bowl week, Bill Barnwell’s article ranked Denver’s 2013 offense as the greatest scoring machine ever. He used the statistical measurement known as the Z-Score to show that Denver’s offense was 3.3 standard deviations above average, and no offense had ever been 3.3 standard deviations above average before.
Where does that 3.3 number come from? Denver averaged 37.9 points per game during the regular season. The league average was 23.4 points, which means that Denver’s offense was 14.5 PPG better than average. The standard deviation of points per game among the 32 NFL offenses in 2013 was 4.36 points; therefore, Denver gets a Z-score of 3.32, because the Broncos scored points at a rate that was 3.32 standard deviations better than the mean. [click to continue…]
But today, I want to look at which defenses were the best in regular season history, and see where Seattle stacks up. Bill Barnwell had an interesting post during Super Bowl week. He used the statistical measurement known as the Z-Score to show that Seattle was the tenth best defensive scoring team in NFL history. Don’t be too confused by the idea of a Z-score: in English, this just means that Seattle’s defense — and yes, I am going to conflate the concepts of defense and points allowed throughout this post — was 2.2 standard deviations above average in points allowed, one of just ten teams to ever produce such a result.
So how do we get there? Well, Seattle allowed 14.4 points per game during the regular season. The league average was 23.4 points, which means that Seattle’s defense was 9.0 PPG better than average. The standard deviation of points per game among the 32 NFL defenses in 2013 was 4.08 points per game; therefore, Seattle has a Z-score of 2.20, because the Seahawks allowed points at a rate that was 2.20 standard deviations better than the mean.
Today, I wanted to do the same analysis but adjust for strength of schedule, by deriving offensive and defensive SRS grades. Of course, Pro-Football-Reference has published offensive and defensive SRS grades for awhile, but I decided to crunch the numbers on my own and see if they matched up with what Neil and Mike did (they did). For the uninitiated, SRS stands for Simple Rating System, which is simple to understand but a bit complicated to derive. The SRS is simply margin of victory (or, in the case of offenses and defenses, margin of production above league average) adjusted for strength of schedule. The key is using an iterative process, where, in Excel, we adjust the ratings hundreds of times; after all, to adjust for SOS, you have to adjust for the SOS of each opponent, and the SOS of each opponent’s opponent, and so on.
The table below shows the top 200 scoring defenses since 1932. Here’s how to read the 2002 Bucs line. That season, Tampa Bay allowed 9.4 points per game less than league average. The average defense the Bucs faced — using the iterative method to derive SOS grades — was 0.4 points above average. Therefore, Tampa Bay is credited with an adjusted rating of 9.8 PPG better average. The standard deviation of defensive ratings in the NFL in 2002 was 3.45, giving the Buccaneers a Z-score of 2.83, the highest ever. The table below is fully sortable and searchable, and shows the top 200 defenses. [click to continue…]
Love the Bowl Championship Series or (more likely) hate it, tonight marks the end of college football’s 16-year BCS experiment. Designed to bring some measure of order to the chaotic state college football had been in under the Bowl Alliance/Coalition, the BCS did streamline the process of determining a national champion — though it was obviously not without its share of controversies either.
If various opinion polls conducted over the years are any indication, the public is ready to move on from the BCS to next season’s “plus-one”-style playoff system. But before it bids farewell forever, how does the BCS grade out relative to other playoff systems in terms of selecting the best team as a champion?
Back in 2008, I concluded that it didn’t really do much worse of a job than a plus-one system would have. But that was more of an unscientific survey of the 1992-2007 seasons than a truly rigorous study. Today, I plan to take a page from Doug’s book and use the power of Monte Carlo simulation to determine which playoff system sees the true best team win the national title most often.
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The Simple Rating System is a many-splendored thing, but a known bug of the process is that huge outlier scoring margins can have undue influence on the rankings. Take the 2009 NFL season, for instance, during which the Patriots led the NFL in SRS in no small part because they annihilated the Titans 59-0 in a snowy October game that tied for the second-most lopsided margin of victory in NFL history. Outside of that single game, the Patriots’ PPG margin was +5.2, which wouldn’t have even ranked among the league’s top ten teams, but the SRS (particularly because it minimizes squared prediction errors between actual outcomes and those expected from team ratings) gave the 59-0 win a lot of weight, enough to propel New England to the #1 ranking. (A placement that looked downright laughable, I might add, when the Pats were crushed at home by Baltimore on Wild Card Weekend.)
One solution that is commonly proposed for this problem is to cap the margin of victory in a given game at a certain fixed number. This is especially popular in college football (in fact, Chase sort of uses a cap in his college SRS variant) because nonconference schedules will often see matchups between teams of incredibly disparate talent levels, games in which the powerhouse team can essentially choose the margin by which they want to steamroll their opponent. Within that context, it doesn’t really matter whether Florida State beats Idaho by 46 or by 66, because there’s a 0% chance Idaho is a better team than FSU — no new information is conveyed when they pile more and more points onto the game’s margin.
But what’s the right number to cap margin of victory at in the NFL? These are all professional teams, after all, so there’s plenty of evidence that in the NFL, blowing opponents out — even when they’re bad teams — says a lot about how good you are. Where do we draw the line, then, to find the point at which a team has clearly proven they’re better than the opponent, beyond which any extra MOV stops giving us information?
Let’s just assume that Auburn defeats Missouri this afternoon and Ohio State defeats Michigan State tonight. Which team would have pulled off the more impressive feat: Ohio State, going undefeated against a relatively easy schedule, or Auburn going 12-1 against a harder schedule? That’s a tricky question to answer, but here is one way to think about it.
To make the math easier for everyone — and the answer won’t be practically different otherwise — let’s eliminate the eight easiest games on each team’s schedule. For Ohio State, that means elminating wins over Florida A&M, Purdue, San Diego State, California, Buffalo, Illinois, Penn State, and Indiana. For Auburn, we remove wins over Western Carolina, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Washington State, Tennessee, and Mississippi. A team arguing that it should be the #2 team in the country is going to win those games over 95% of the time. Granted, this slightly disadvantages the Tigers as they had a slightly harder bottom eight, but you can include those games if you want to do more heavy lifting. For now, let’s just focus on each team’s toughest five games.
Ohio State will have gone undefeated against Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, and Northwestern. Is that more or less impressive than going 4-1 against Alabama, Missouri, LSU, Texas A&M, and Georgia? One way to can answer this question is by looking at a team’s win probability in each game.
Let’s assume that Ohio State has an SRS rating of 62.1. Why that number? You’ll see why in a minute. When the Buckeyes hosted the Badgers (SRS of 53.8), how likely was Ohio State to win? If we give three points for home field, that would make the Buckeyes 11.3-point favorites. And we can use the following formula to determine how likely an 11.3-point favorite is to win a given game:
(1-NORMDIST(0.5,-(home_fav),13.86,TRUE)) + 0.5*(NORMDIST(0.5,-(home_fav),13.86,TRUE) – NORMDIST(-0.5,-(home_fav),13.86,TRUE))
Based on this formula, an 11.3-point favorite would win 79.2% of the time. Against Michigan State (48.8), Ohio State would be a 13.3 point favorite if the Buckeyes had an SRS rating of 62.1, which translates into an 83.1% win probability. For Michigan, Iowa, and Northwestern, the spreads and win probabilities would be 15.4/86.7%, 20.3/92.8%, and 22.6/94.8%, respectively.
Now, what are the odds that Ohio State would win all five of those games? That is simply the product of 79.2%, 83.1%, 86.7%, 92.8%, and 94.8% — which is 50%. That’s not a coincidence, of course: the reason I picked 62.1 is because that’s what rating Ohio State would need to have in order to have a 50% chance of going undefeated against those five teams. In reality, the Buckeyes have a rating of 56.1, which indicates that — like just about every undefeated team — they were a little bit lucky to go undefeated (assuming, of course, that they beat Michigan State).
Now, let’s use that same 62.1 rating number to go through Auburn’s schedule. At home against Alabama (rating of 56.4), a team with an SRS rating of 62.1 would be a 5.7-point favorite, and have a 65.9% chance of winning. In Atlanta against Missouri (55.7), the team would be a 6.4-point favorite, and have a 67.8% chance of success. The team would be 8 point favorites in Baton Rouge — the game Auburn lost — against LSU (51.1), and have a 71.8% chance of winning. The games at Texas A&M (48.9) and at home against Georgia (48.5) would have 76.9% and 88.4% chances of victory.
Now, the odds of winning all five of those games is just 21.8%, which is a very long-winded, mathematical way of saying what we all know: Auburn faced a harder schedule. But what are the odds of going 5-0 or 4-1 against that schedule? Well, the odds of going 4-1 is just a bit more complicated.
- The probability of beating Missouri, LSU, A&M, and Georgia, but losing to Alabama, is 11.3%;
- The probability of beating Alabama, LSU, A&M, and Georgia, but losing to Missouri, is 10.4%;
- The probability of beating Alabama, Missouri, A&M, and Georgia, but losing to LSU, is 8.6%;
- The probability of beating Alabama, Missouri, LSU, and Georgia, but losing to A&M, is 6.6%; and
- The probability of beating Alabama, Missouri, LSU, and A&M, but losing to Georgia, is 2.9%.
Therefore, the likelihood of going 4-1 is 39.6%; that means the likelihood of a team with an SRS rating of 62.1 going 4-1 or 5-0 against those five teams is 61.4%. While there are many assumptions implicit in this post, the conclusion is that it is harder to do what Ohio State will do if it wins tonight than what Auburn will do. Adding in the bottom 8 opponents for each team won’t change the numbers much (you can run the numbers using the above formula).
What would change the numbers is changing the ratings of some of the team’s opponents. If, for example, Alabama had a rating of 69 instead of 56.4, then a team of a a quality equal to 62.1 would win that game only 38.9% of the time, and the odds of going 4-1 or 5-0 against that schedule would be 50/50. But that’s a pretty significant increase to Alabama’s grade, of course.
For a team to have a 50% chance of winning at least four out of five games against Alabama, Missouri, LSU, A&M, and Georgia, they would need a rating of 59.8. But a team with a rating of 59.8 would only have a 40.5% chance of not dropping a game to Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, or Northwestern.
Of course, I’ve followed college football long enough to not wait until Sunday to make this post. That’s because there is only a 30% chance of both Ohio State and Auburn winning today. We could perform the same analysis for Missouri, but the results would only look worse for the SEC crowd, as those Tigers have had an easier schedule than Auburn. Assuming a rating of 62.1, a team would have a 36.8% chance of beating Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, A&M, and Ole Miss, and a 78.0% chance of winning at least four of those games. In fact, a team would only need a rating of 56.0 to have even odds of going 5-0 against those teams.
The more interesting case, however, is Florida State. Assuming a rating of 62.1, the Seminoles would have a 69.8% chance of winning in Clemson, and then over a 90% chance of winning every other game (Duke will be the second toughest game of the year for FSU). That means a 62.1 SRS team would have a 53.0% chance of going 5-0 against Clemson, Duke, Florida, Pittsburgh, and Boston College; a team that had only a 50% chance would need a rating of 61.4, slightly lower than what Ohio State has produced.
That doesn’t mean Ohio State is more deserving of a spot than Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game, as FSU’s dominance is an element that can’t be overlooked. But I wouldn’t argue with you if you said that it was easier for FSU to go undefeated than it is for Ohio State.
We are out of words. You should be dead, Auburn, because we saw you die. And here you are, breathing in the flesh, able to say this: you made the Alabama Crimson Tide kick the winning touchdown for you.
It’s hard to top that recap from EDSBS of one of the greatest games in college football history. Two weeks after pulling off the ending of the season — the Prayer at Jordan-Hare — Auburn gave us the ending of our lives. Entering week 14, Alabama had fielded the best special teams in the nation; on Saturday, all of the Tide’s goals were ripped from them following three missed field goals and a game-winning field goal return touchdown.In a second, Alabama lost to its most bitter rival. With that, the Tide lost the SEC West division title, which means the team won’t have a chance to win the SEC Championship or the BCS Championship (barring the unthinkable). In an odd twist, the most dominant team of our era has now won just one division title in the last four years.
Of course, the SRS is not so sensitive to missed field goals that are returned for touchdowns. The Crimson Tide ranked third in last week’s SRS, a ranking which felt one spot too low. Following the Iron Bowl loss, Alabama’s rating dropped from 61.1 to 59.4, moving Nick Saban’s team down to… third. The beauty of a predictive system is that it need not change due to a close road loss to a top team, and that’s what happens here. Auburn jumps from 14 to 11 but no higher, as a 14-point road loss to LSU, a 4-point home win against MSU, and a 7-point home win against Washington State still count.
Ohio State, in fact, actually drops one slot, as the close win in Ann Arbor dropped the Buckeyes behind idle Oklahoma State. Does that mean the Buckeyes don’t deserve to be in the BCS National Championship Game if they defeat Michigan State? Of course not. Last year, Notre Dame was ranked 6th on December 9th in the SRS, but the Fighting Irish surely deserved a spot in the BCSNCG by virtue of being the lone undefeated (and eligible) team in college football. Ohio State deserves the same treatment this year.
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It looks like we’re headed for a Florida State-Alabama showdown in the BCS National Championship Game. FSU’s last two games should not pose any issues: the Seminoles are rated 27 points higher than Florida, and will be a three-touchdown favorite in the ACC Championship Game. In fact, the difference between the ratings of Florida and Georgia Southern is smaller than the difference between Florida and Florida State (you can view the ratings of FCS teams here). And we’ll get to that Georgia Southern game in a minute.
For Alabama, the schedule is a little more challenging. The Tide are “only” 9 points ahead of Auburn in the SRS, but that’s a little misleading. If we remove Alabama’s games against Colorado State, Georgia State, Chattanooga, Kentucky, and Tennessee — all games the Tide won by over 21 points — their rating would jump to 64.4. For Auburn, the only team they beat by more than three touchdowns that lowered their rating was Western Carolina; do that, and the Tigers are at 52.9. That puts Alabama 11.5 points better than Auburn. The Iron Bowl is in Auburn this year, and the Tigers are 10.5 point underdogs, so perhaps the SRS is still underrating the Tide by a point or two. An SEC Championship Game against Missouri would be another tough test, but first, those Tigers must defeat Johnny Manziel and the Aggies to earn a trip to Atlanta.
Every week, I publish my college football ratings for FBS teams. To generate those ratings – using this methodology — my program also generates ratings for teams at all other levels. This week, I will separate out the non-FBS teams based on their levels of play (instead of just lumping all non-FBS teams together). As always, thanks to Dr. Peter Wolfe for providing the final scores for every college football game.
Let’s start with the FCS schools:
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Entering week 12, there were 7 teams with legitimate paths to the national championship. The four undefeated teams came in with cupcake games, while two of the three one-loss teams had tough challenges. So what happened?
- Alabama was a 23-point favorite at Mississippi State (53rd in the week 11 SRS ratings). It wasn’t pretty, but the Crimson Tide left Starkville with a 20-7 win.
- Florida State also simply needs to win out, and the Seminoles hosted Syracuse (69). FSU was a 37.5-point favorite, and the game wasn’t even that close. After one quarter, Jameis Winston was 10 for 10 for 170-yards, and the Seminoles were up 28-0, en route to a 59-3 win. That was the largest win of the week, and gives FSU four of the top nine single-game SRS scores of the season.
- Behind the undefeated behemoths of the SEC and ACC are undefeated teams in two other major conferences: the Big 10 and Big 12. Ohio State was a 33.5-point favorite in Illinois (#74), while Baylor was a 27.5 point favorite against Texas Tech (#41) in Arlington. Ohio State jumped out to a 28-0 lead against Illinois, and won 60-35, but the game got a little close in the middle. It was only 35-21 in the third quarter, and 44-28 in the 4th, but Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller (combined 40 carries for 430 yards and 5 touchdowns) were too much for the Illini to handle.
- Baylor fell behind 14-0 early, but still managed to cover the spread after winning 63-34. After the hot start from the Red Raiders, the Bears scored 8 touchdowns in the next 36 minutes of game time. Quarterback Bryce Petty “struggled” in this game, which means he only completed 17 of 31 passes, but still picked up 335 yards and three touchdowns (to go along with two rushing scores). So far, the Bears have been up to the challenge as the meat of the schedule arrived in November, although the toughest test comes next week in Stillwater. The crazy part is that if it wasn’t for West Virginia, this Oklahoma State-Baylor game would be as hyped as any Big 12 game in recent memory: two explosive offenses, two undefeated teams, a B12 title and a possible BCSNCG berth on the line.
- Three one loss teams were also knocking on the door. Stanford had the hardest SOS through 11 weeks of any team with no more than one loss, and the Cardinal owned the best win (as measured purely by SOS) of any team in the country. Stanford traveled to Los Angeles to face a USC team (#20) that had gone 4-1 since interim head coach Ed Orgeron took over for Lane Kiffin. Stanford was a 3.5-point favorite over the Trojans, but a strong fourth quarter gave USC the win. Kevin Hogan threw two late interceptions, and kicker Andre Heidari hit a 47-yarder in the final minute, completing the upset for Coach O and the Trojans. We can officially rule Stanford out of the BCS race, and absent any upsets, pencil in Oregon-Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
- Two one-loss SEC teams entered week 12 with quasi control-their-own-destiny fates. Missouri and Auburn know that winning out means an SEC championship and a win over Alabama. No one really knows if that would be enough to vault them into the BCS National Championship Game, but for idle MIZZOU, the debate will have to wait another week (the bye week comes at an opportune time, with Ole Miss and Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M coming up the next two weeks).
- Auburn was a three-point home favorite against Georgia (#25), and got off to a hot start, outgaining Georgia 149 to 4 and grabbing a 10-0 lead after the first quarter. With 10 minutes left, the Tigers led 37-20, but three touchdowns in eight minutes — the last on a run by Aaron Murray on 4th-and-goal that just barely (if at all) got in — gave Georgia a 38-37 lead. All looked lost, until on 4th and 18, Nick Marshall threw a 73-yard touchdown to Ricardo Louis on the play of the year.
It didn’t take the straightest route, but after week 12, the national picture barely changed. The Iron Bowl in two weeks will be the de facto SEC West Championship Game, but more importantly it could be a quarterfinal matchup for the national title. The winner of Alabama/Auburn goes to the SEC Championship Game, which — if Missouri wins out — may be a de facto semifinal game. Whether a one-loss Auburn/Missouri gets in over an undefeated Baylor or Ohio State is tough to say, of course, although both of those teams could have a loss by then. And don’t worry: if either set of Tigers can upset Alabama, we will surely hear about how dominant the SEC is, which is very hard to argue.
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Every week, I publish my college football ratings for FBS teams. To generate those ratings – using this methodology — my program also generates ratings for non-FBS team. So let’s take a look at the ratings through twelve weeks for all non-FBS teams. After posting the ratings, I’m going to dip my toe into the Butler/Marist debate. As always, thanks to Dr. Peter Wolfe for providing the final scores for every college football game. [click to continue…]
Last week, the top five was Florida State, Baylor, Oregon, Alabama, and Arizona State. Florida State won big (by 56), while Baylor and Alabama won big games (against Oklahoma and LSU) by comfortable margins. Arizona State won by a point at Utah, an underrated team (despite the record, Utah ranks 24th in the SRS). Of course, the big story of the week was Stanford (who lost to Utah earlier in the year) upsetting Oregon. Oregon understandably will drop in the rankings, but this late in the season, one game doesn’t swing the SRS nearly as much. After all, each game is given the same weight. Oregon gets credited with a 50.7 SRS score for losing in Palo Alto, which essentially says for one game, the Ducks were about the 20th best team in the country. Alabama gets 69.9 points for defeating LSU at home by 21. But while the Crimson Tide move up, and moves the Ducks down, Alabama did not pass Oregon in the SRS.
Say what? Yes, the SRS still has FSU, Baylor, and Oregon ahead of Alabama. I’ll explain more in a minute, but first, the SRS ratings through eleven weeks. As a reminder, you can read about the methodology here. As always, thanks to Dr. Peter Wolfe for providing the final scores for every college football game.
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Every week, I publish my college football ratings for FBS teams. To generate those ratings – using this methodology — my program also generates ratings for non-FBS team. So let’s take a look at the ratings through eleven weeks for all non-FBS teams. As always, thanks to Dr. Peter Wolfe for providing the final scores for every college football game. [click to continue…]
Let’s start with the SRS ratings through nine weeks, excluding the Green Bay/Chicago Monday Night Football game:
|3||Green Bay Packers||7||8.1||0.9||9||5-2|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||8||8.8||-0.3||8.4||6-2|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs||9||11.2||-4.3||6.9||9-0|
|8||New Orleans Saints||8||8.8||-2.3||6.5||6-2|
|12||New England Patriots||9||6.2||-2.8||3.4||7-2|
|17||San Diego Chargers||8||3||-3.1||-0.1||4-4|
|23||St. Louis Rams||9||-4.8||0.4||-4.4||3-6|
|26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||-8.3||1.9||-6.4||0-8|
|28||New York Giants||8||-9.5||2.9||-6.6||2-6|
|29||New York Jets||9||-7.2||-0.3||-7.5||5-4|
Elsewhere, most things went according to plan. Johnny Manziel played like a Heisman Trophy winner (25/35, 305 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT), while Teddy Bridgewater (25/29, 344, 3, 0), Bryce Petty (20/32, 430, 3/0), and Jameis Winston (16/26, 292, 3/1) continued their dominant seasons. A couple of embattled schools pulled off impressive wins over conference rivals: Michigan State won 42-3 against Illinois, while Texas continued to put September in the rear-view mirror by stomping TCU, 30-7.
Below are the SRS ratings through nine weeks. As a reminder, you can read about the methodology here. As always, thanks to Dr. Peter Wolfe for providing the final scores for every college football game.
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