Category: College Football Pick’ems

TeamRankings Football Launch Schedule for 2015

Hopefully you’re as pumped up for the 2015-16 NFL and college football seasons as we are.

If you’re curious when we plan to release our preseason predictions and rankings, Football Pick’em Picks and NFL Survivor Picks products, NFL betting picks, or other information such as football schedules and odds, here’s a quick breakdown of when you can expect them.

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NFL Launch Schedule 2015

Note: The dates below are estimates, and depend on the availability of data from third parties. As always, we’ll do our best to beat these targets, but we can’t commit to any firm launch dates.

Sunday, August 30

  • NFL free info (schedules, matchup pages, team and player pages, Week 1 odds*, etc.)

Thursday, September 3

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Football Packages for 2015-16 Available Now

Are you ready for some football? After a busy summer, we’re excited to announce the release of our football packages for 2015.

If you’re a returning customer ready to sign up, here’s a page with all our 2015 football packages and prices.

If you’re new to the site or just curious to learn more about the premium content we offer for football season, here are the football related products covered by our premium packages:

Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

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How Our NFL & College Football Pick’em Pool Picks Did In 2013

This post provides data on how our picks for season-long football pick’em pools, as provided by our Football Pick’em Pools product, did during the 2013 season.

Product Overview

For those unfamiliar, here’s a quick background:

  • We’ve built proprietary analytics to figure out your best picking strategy for winning various types of NFL and college football “pick’em” style office pools (season prize pools, weekly prize pools, or both)
  • Our data-driven approach is based on thousands of computer simulations of pools similar to yours, factoring in details like the size of your pool, its prize structure, and your current position in the standings
  • We use publicly available national picking trends data to forecast how your opponents are likely to pick each game, and then we identify the picks that give you the best chance to beat them

If you haven’t done it yet, we invite you to go set up your pool to see how the product works.

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Football Pick’em Pool Picks: Upgrades & Improvements For 2014

After several years of success blogging about picks and strategy for football office pools, including taking first place in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference NFL pick’em contest, in 2013 we decided to take things to the next level.

We released the world’s most sophisticated picks and analysis for football pools, now part of our expanded lineup of Office Pool Picks products. We spent a big chunk of the summer working on improvements to this product, and we’re excited to announce the latest developments.

For those unfamiliar with our football pool picks, our approach uses millions of computer simulations to identify the picking strategy that gives you the best chance to win your football office pool or handicapping contest. We also customize picks based on key factors like your pool’s size, format, and scoring system.

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Introducing The World’s Most Intelligent Football Pool Picks

We spent the summer figuring out how to dominate football pick’ems and NFL survivor pools.

This post is going to explain what we did and why we did it.

And why you’re missing out if you don’t pay attention.

If you hate to read and just want to cut to the chase, here are the links to sign up for our groundbreaking new picks and analysis packages for football pools:

NFL Survivor Picks for 2013

NFL Pick’em Picks for 2013

College Football Pick’em Picks for 2013

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College Bowl Season 2012-13 Recap: Our Bowl Pick’em Advice Hits Again

Now that the 2012-2013 college bowl season has ended in a perhaps unsurprising fashion — and I don’t mean Alabama winning, I mean the entire sports world up in arms over something Brent Musberger said — it’s time to look back and grade the performance of our bowl season predictions and contest advice.

For those new to the site, as part of our premium services we offer picks for college bowl pick’em contests, which seem to be getting quite a bit more popular over the years. We also offer computer-determined betting predictions (point spread, over/under, and money line value picks) for every bowl game.

In summary, we had our third straight strong year with our bowl pick’em advice, while our betting pick performance was mixed.

2012-2013 College Bowl Pick’em Results

We published a total of 12 bowl pick’em pick sets this year, 9 for competing in game winner based bowl pick’ems with confidence points, and three for game winner contests without confidence points. As a group, they performed very well, including a few outstanding results.

  • 11 of our 12 published pick sets finished in the top 3.5% of ESPN and the top 6% of Yahoo. That generally should be good enough to come in top five or six in a 100-person pool, top two or three in a 50-person pool, and first or second place in a 25-person pool.
  • Our non-confidence pick sets did especially well this year on ESPN, with 2 of 3 finishing in the 99.6th percentile. On Yahoo! they were 97th percentile.
  • Our worst pick set out of all twelve still beat 85% of the nation, and that was a pick set targeted for a large pool, which uses more of a boom-or-bust strategy.

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Week 14 College Football Pick’em Strategy: The Final Countdown!

Note:  This week one of Yahoo’s Game Winner Pick’em games is Oregon State vs Nicholls State; this game was rescheduled from Week 1 due to travel concerns during Hurricane Isaac. We only project games between FBS schools, so you won’t find this game under the Yahoo! drop down menu on our college football office pool picks page. You shouldn’t need much help with this one, however, as Nicholls State is an FCS school whose lone win came against a team named Evangel.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have not lost since Week 1 (a one-point loss vs Iowa), and Kent State has not lost since Week 2. In an unusual turn of events, the winner of the this year’s MAC Championship Game could earn an automatic bid to a BCS bowl, provide they move into the top 16 of the BCS rankings.

Our models see NIU as solid favorites with 70% odds, and the Huskies are about a touchdown favorite in Vegas. Surprisingly, though, about 70% of the public has picked Kent State to win outright. For those looking to gain an edge over the public in this final week, Northern Illinois provides the best chance to do so.

Where We Stand After Week 13

Here is where our game winner pick’em strategies currently stand on ESPN (which uses a 10-game weekly card and confidence points) heading into Week 14. All three strategies climbed in the standings, while our Conservative strategy continues to be the highlight, ranking in the top 7% nationally:

  • Conservative: 93.1st percentile (+0.6 from last week)
  • Aggressive: 77.9th percentile (+2.0)
  • Very Aggressive: 67.8th percentile (+0.7)

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Week 13 College Football Pick’em Strategy: It’s Crunch Time

The college football season is down to its final two weeks, and thankfully there are multiple opportunities this week to make a final push and gain ground on your opponents. With three odds-on contrarian picks and a solid upset selection, the penultimate week of the season offers both smart low risk plays and some high-value longshots.

Where We Stand After Week 12

Here is where our game winner pick’em strategies currently stand on ESPN (which uses a 10-game weekly card and confidence points) heading into Week 13. All three strategies dipped slightly, while our Conservative strategy continues to be the highlight, ranking in the top 8% nationally:

  • Conservative: 92.5th percentile (-3.0 from last week)
  • Aggressive: 75.9th percentile (-1.0)
  • Very Aggressive: 67.1st percentile (-0.2)

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Week 12 College Football Pick’em Strategy: Take Notice of Utah State

Update Fri 11/16, 5 PM ET: Our office pool pick sets have now frozen for the week, but two games (Iowa-Michigan and Arizona-Utah) didn’t have point spreads released before our office pool picks froze. As a result, those games are missing from several of our office pool pick sets, and where they do show up, the picks are incorrect.

As of now, Utah looks like a great contrarian game winner pick over Arizona. They are a one point favorite, but almost 75% of the public is on Arizona. Michigan is heavily favored over Iowa, and the Hawkeyes don’t provide much value as an upset pick. Stick with Michigan there.

On the point spread side, Iowa +16.5 offers ridiculous value if your pool has that spread and is like Yahoo!, where a a ridiculous 95%+ of contestants are taking Michigan against the spread. Even though our models prefer Michigan -16.5, aggressive strategies should take Iowa plus the points and put serious confidence points on it, based on value alone. Since we like Utah in a tossup game, we’d take them ATS as well, assuming the line is very close to -1.

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Louisiana Tech has been electric offensively this year, ranking 7th nationally in college football yards per play (6.6). Also, the Bulldogs are the only FBS team not to have thrown an interception all season.

Tech’s opponent, Utah State, looks up to the challenge though, as USU’s defense ranks 4th nationally in opponent yards per play (4.1). The Aggies have flown a bit under the radar this season, but are a mere 5 points from being a major national story. Their only two losses were by 2 at Wisconsin and by 3 at BYU, and they are the only FBS team currently undefeated against the spread.

In a matchup that will all but decide the WAC championship, our models (at publication time) favor Utah State to both win and cover a -3.5 point spread. Since over 90% of the public has picked Louisiana Tech to win, we see the Aggies as the highest value game winner pick of Week 12.

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Week 11 College Football Pick’em Strategy: Can Syracuse Be A Cinderella?

Louisville stands as the lone undefeated team in the Big East this year. They looked vulnerable at times on their recent three game home-stand, though, squeaking by South Florida and Cincinnati and falling behind early to Temple.

The Cardinals head to the Carrier Dome this week to take on the inconsistent Syracuse Orange. We see Louisville as narrow favorites to stay unbeaten, but a whopping 97% of the public is backing them in pick’em contests. For those needing to swing for the fences this week, rolling with Syracuse to pull a big upset certainly looks tempting.

Where We Stand After Week 10

Here is where our game winner pick’em strategies currently stand on ESPN (which uses confidence points) heading into Week 11. There wasn’t much change across the board, and in a week in which all the favorites won, even going 9 out of 10 with our conservative strategy was not enough to rise in the standings, and aggressive strategies will never shine when favorites dominate.

  • Conservative: 93.9th percentile (-0.1 from last week)
  • Aggressive: 76.5th percentile (+1.1)
  • Very Aggressive: 65.9th percentile (-1.5)

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