2014 College Football Power Rankings Heading into Week 10

Doug Upstone

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:30 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 5:30 PM GMT

In an effort to always bring you the best here at SBR, we've developed a new element to lend you a helping hand for your college football picks against the sportsbooks betting odds.

How these college football power rankings are created is with score-differentials, developed with a formula that that takes our number against the eventual outcome and adjust the power rankings accordingly from week to week. Our goal is to help our readers with a unique betting tool that could increase your understanding of all the teams and think just like college football handicappers.

While we have a modest variance in looking the college football odds, if you would like to play along, add four points to any home team. You can also see our Top 25, the listing is next to the particular team, using this formula.

You might notice that we still have Ole Miss as No. 1 and as opposed to typical polls, we are rating the strengths of the teams and with the Rebels having lost by just three points on the road at LSU, their actual number did decrease, but no other team was able to supplant them for the top spot.

The rest of our Top 5 in order includes, TCU, Alabama, Mississippi State and Georgia.

Power Ratings Start Current Power Ratings Start Current
ACC     Big  12    
Atlantic     Oklahoma (14) 97 99
Florida State (10) 100 101 West Virgina 83 94
Clemson (22) 93 95 Oklahoma State 89 86
Louisville  89 94 TCU (2) 89 105
NC State 83 80 Texas 90 87
Boston College  80 86 Baylor (12) 95 101
Wake Forest 81 73 Texas Tech 86 77
Syracuse 86 86 Kansas 79 74
      Kansas State (17) 89 97
Coastal     Iowa State 83 83
Virginia Tech 89 85      
Miami 88 93 Conference USA    
North Carolina 89 85 East    
Virginia 81 87 Marshall (15) 91 99
Georgia Tech 85 89 Mid. Tenn. State 79 79
Duke 86 91 Western Kentucky 75 78
Pittsburgh 86 88 Florida Int 70 74
      Florida Atl. 78 77
Big Ten     UAB  70 73
East     Old Dominion 74 67
Ohio State (7) 94 103      
Michigan State (8) 95 103 West     
Penn State 88 89 North Texas 80 68
Michigan   92 85 Louisiana Tech 74 81
Maryland 87 88 UT- San Antonio 82 74
Indiana  85 81 Southern Miss 70 70
Rutgers 83 83 Rice   82 85
      UTEP 70 75
West          
Nebraska (13) 88 99 American Athletic    
Wisconsin (23) 93 95 Tulane 78 73
Iowa  91 90 Central Florida 91 90
Minnesota 86 86 Houston 88 90
Northwestern 89 86 Cincinnati 87 83
Illinois 86 81 South Florida 76 72
Purdue  81 83 East Carolina 85 87
      Connecticut 74 70
MAC     Tulsa 77 68
East     Temple 74 78
Ohio U. 78 69 Memphis  82 91
Massachusetts  65 70 SMU 80 60
Miami-Ohio  69 70      
Kent State  73 66 PAC-12    
Akron 76 74 North    
Buffalo  73 69 Stanford (18) 96 97
Bowling Green 85 75 Oregon (6) 99 103
      Washington  92 89
West     California 79 82
Northern Illinois  84 76 Oregon State 89 85
Toledo 82 79 Washington State 85 83
Western Michigan  71 80      
Central Michigan  78 78 South    
Ball State  75 77 USC (19) 95 97
Eastern Michigan  67 59 Arizona State (20) 88 95
      Utah (25) 85 94
Mountain West     Colorado  80 78
West     Arizona (21) 87 95
Fresno State 86 76 UCLA  97 91
Hawai'i  74 73      
Nevada  77 83 SEC    
San Diego State  82 78 East    
San Jose State  76 73 Georgia (5) 94 103
UNLV  76 68 South Carolina 93 91
      Florida 91 89
East     Tennessee 86 87
Air Force 77 78 Kentucky 82 88
Boise State 90 92 Vanderbilt 84 77
Colorado State 83 86 Missouri  92 93
New Mexico 72 71      
Utah State 86 86 West    
Wyoming 75 71 Alabama (3) 99 104
      LSU (12) 95 102
Sun Belt     Arkansas (24) 86 95
Troy  72 64 Ole Miss (1) 95 107
Texas State 72 70 Mississippi State (4) 90 103
UL Monroe  77 70 Auburn (11) 96 101
Arkansas State  80 80 Texas A&M  90 94
Louisiana  87 81      
Georgia State 65 62 Independents    
Idaho 71 63 Notre Dame (16) 91 97
South Alabama  78 77 BYU 89 85
New Mexico State 69 60 Navy 83 80
Appalachian State 66 65 Army   73 67
Georgia Southern  66 82      

 

Sportsbook Review – Situation Conference Games of the Week
AAC – Last week we expressed Central Florida was undervalued and we were correct. We feel the same way about the Knights this time on the road at -10.5 compared to -16. Connecticut has been a good home underdog, but cannot score and UCF is improving offensively and wins the field position battle.

ACC – Pittsburgh is favored by three at home but we have Duke as an outright upset winner and our 13-8 ATS record backs it up in calling for the Blue Devils to win.

Big 12 – Kansas State is really coming on being so well coached by Bill Snyder and with Oklahoma State’s very young team wearing down, we like the Wildcats at -15 compared to the sportsbooks -12.

Big Ten – Nebraska failed to cover at home against Rutgers and we see more of the same from the Cornhuskers against Purdue in Lincoln, with our number three point’s lower.

C-USA – We had Rice at -8 and the sportsbooks were at -7.5, but those making college football picks lowered the Owls to -6. Let’s see who ends up being correct.

Independents – Often, Navy will give Notre Dame a hard time and we have no qualms with the Midshipmen three points lower than our -17. But with the Fighting Irish having two weeks to prepare for Middies option, they could win by more than expected.

MAC – Eastern Michigan has played better in recent weeks and they have been lowered as home underdogs against one of the main rivals in Central Michigan.  However, CMU is playing better and should beat our number of -17.

MWC – We have Colorado State as a two-point larger favorite at San Jose State than the oddsmakers, but no argument since the Spartans have given the Rams troubles.

Pac-12 – We are 100 percent convinced UCLA is receiving too much credit at -6.5 over Arizona. Our view is this is coin flip for the winner.

SEC – Even we agree that Ole Miss at -9 over Auburn seems extreme, nonetheless, the Rebels at -1.5 feels a little too low. Somewhere in the middle sound accurate.

Sun Belt – We have Arkansas State at -13.5 at Idaho with the actual line around -17; however, the exact status of the Idaho starting quarterback is influencing this number. 

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