VOLUME XXVII, Issue 1

JIM HURLEY SEZ
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2011 SEASON IS READY TO ROCK-N-ROLL BUT LET'S FIRST TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD ON THE NFL WEEK 1 CARD

You remember the date, don't you?

It was July 25th when the National Football League announced that it was all systems go for this 2011 season - thank goodness we won't have to hear the word "lockout" for at least another 10 years! - and now before you know it we'll have NFL action for real beginning Thursday night at historic Lambeau Field. It's the New Orleans Saints at the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and this one kicks off a terrific first week of play.

Hip-hip-hooray!

Folks, that's just the start of a great NFL Week 1 and now here's some random thoughts on The Best Opening- Week NFL Matchups:

On Sunday, September 11th, it's …

PITTSBURGH at BALTIMORE - Just how important are these twice-a-year showdowns inside the rough-and-tumble AFC North?

Well, last year's Steelers' road win in Week 13 enabled Pittsburgh to win the division and get home field for both of the team's playoff games - one of them being an AFC Divisional Playoff win against the Ravens and the other being the AFC Championship Game win against the New York Jets - and so this one has a "must-win" feel to it even though it's still just Week 1.

Want an under-the-radar storyline here?

The Steelers may have to be extra-careful when laying the wood here on Baltimore QB Joe Flacco ‘cause it does sure look like LB James Harrison is a "marked man" and we'll be keeping track of how many "hankies" get thrown after Pittsburgh hits on defense.

ATLANTA at CHICAGO - Have the Bears fixed their leaky offensive line or is oft-maligned QB Jay Cutler headed for a season filled with quarterback sacks once again?

Interesting to note how the Bears - now just months removed from hosting the NFC Championship Game versus Green Bay - are listed as a 2½-point dog for this Week 1 clash against an Atlanta crew that won 13 games a year ago and yet still remained without a playoff win for a sixth straight season.

Atlanta added to its offensive arsenal this past April with WR Julio Jones (Alabama) tabbed with the draft's sixth overall pick after the Falcons traded up and traded a lot for this speed-burner - now how can Mike Smith's club be assured that it gets the ball in his hands at least five or six times here at Soldier Field?

No doubt the Bears need to step it up in terms of QB sacks - last year's Chicago's defense finished a middling 17th in the NFL with 34 sacks but that means extra pressure equals more one-on-one coverage downfield against the aforementioned Jones.

PHILADELPHIA at ST. LOUIS - Don't look now but it's the first "real" game for the so-called Dream Teamers from Philly and won't it be neat to see how Rams stud QB Sam Bradford goes after money-bags CB Nnamdi Asomugha and his high-profile secondary mates here?

The Eagles are one of the NFC favorites to get to Super Bowl 46 this February (see our accompanying chart here in this NETWORK BULLETIN) but don't discount the theory that this NFC East team could get out of the box slowly what with this game in the dome followed by a Week 2 road tilt in Atlanta. Keep in mind that Andy Reid's club will be very much under the proverbial microscope early on this season (yes, the Las Vegas oddsmakers have taken note by opening this line with the Eagles favored by 4 points and it's since climbed to 5½ points in some circles).

DALLAS at NEW YORK JETS - There will be plenty of emotion in the USA all day long here come the somber 10th anniversary of 9/11 but maybe nowhere in the land will there be more heartfelt emotions than at this primetime Cowboys-Jets game in the Jersey swamps. And might that pre-game emotion carry over beyond kickoff here for a J-E-T-S club that's stocked on offense with a one-two wide receiver punch that now features a pair of past Super Bowl heroes in WRs Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress? Do stay tuned!

No question the Jets have that mentality that they must get over the hump following back-to-back AFC Championship Game losses the past two years and everything being written in the New York City area centers on the fact NYJ must get to play a home game (or two) in the playoffs or else they'll risk the possibility that the only way to get to Indianapolis in February is to win more postseason games on the road.

One note on the Cowboys: QB Tony Romo seemed to be in a real working rhythm this past Preseason - now let's see if it carries over to Week 1 and beyond for a team that suffered through a truly lost season a year ago.

Editor's Note: We will have complete NFL Week 1 Picks & Previews in the next edition of Jim Hurley's NETWORK BULLETIN next week, so don't miss out on all the winning forecasts!

NFL ODDS TO WIN IT ALL SUPER BOWL XLVI
Lucas Oil Field -- Indianapolis, IN — Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Go ahead and tell us: Were you one of the lucky ones to have tabbed the Green Bay Packers to win it all last year at the nifty price of 7-to-1? If so, a hearty congratulations to you - now let's see what the up-to-date odds are now to win SB 46 with some quick-hitter comments:

  • New England 5-1 Is it really true that the Pats have lost their last three post-season games?
  • Green Bay 6-1 The Pack's deeper, faster and better than last year … wow!
  • Philadelphia 7-1 The Eagles have star power but are they deep enough on the OL/DL to sustain injuries?
  • Pittsburgh 8-1 Yes, the Steelers have played in 3 of the last 6 Super Bowls but this secondary is old
  • Atlanta 12-1 Sooner or later the Falcons are gonna have to prove they can win in January
  • New Orleans 12-1 It's time for QB Drew Brees to cut back his INTs as the Saints seem "live" again in 2011
  • NY Jets 12-1 Hey, have you heard the one about J-E-T-S coach Rex Ryan guaranteeing a SB win (again)?
  • Baltimore 13-1 The Ravens are used to winning ugly but now they need to play post-season at home
  • San Diego 13-1 The NFL's best team not to make the playoffs last year has a one-track mind in 2011
  • Dallas 15-1 Leave it to "Jerry's Kids" to get to the Super Bowl one year "too late"
  • Indianapolis 20-1 QB Peyton Manning's neck will be the league's most talked-about body part
  • NY Giants 20-1 No player ‘round the NFL will get scrutinized more than "top five" QB Eli Manning
  • Detroit 24-1 How fast is this Lions' climb? Last year Detroit was 95-to-1 to win it all
  • Houston 25-1 Tell us now the Texans will be able to "finish" games and we'll predict a big year
  • Tampa Bay 30-1 The arrow's pointing up for the Bucs but can they beat the good teams in '11?
  • Chicago 40-1 Bears fans will have some reason to pick on QB Jay Cutler before it ever gets cold outside
  • Kansas City 40-1 The Preseason showed the Chiefs as "fat cats" but maybe they were playing possum
  • Minnesota 40-1 How about handing the ball to RB Adrian Peterson 30 times a game and hoping for the best?
  • St. Louis 40-1 Now that QB Sam Bradford has his pro game rolling, this club may take a major leap
  • Arizona 50-1 No doubt it's been a long and difficult fall for the SB 43 runners-up from the desert
  • Miami 50-1 It's tough to convince even die-hard Fish fans that QB Chad Henne is the answer
  • San Francisco 50-1 The Jim Harbaugh Era will be a breath of fresh air in the Bay Area but who will play QB?
  • Cleveland 60-1 The Browns promise to be more fun in 2010 but is .500 too much of a reach?
  • Denver 60-1 The clock is tick-tick-ticking on just when the Broncos will trade QB Tim Tebow
  • Jacksonville 60-1 Let's just say head coach Jack Del Rio has nine (or more) lives
  • Oakland 60-1 Why didn't it surprise us when the Raiders tabbed QB Terrelle Pryor last week?
  • Tennessee 60-1 It's still tough to think about the Titans without boss-man Jeff Fisher but that's the deal
  • Seattle 80-1 From the look of things, the Las Vegas folks don't think the Seahawks are "for real"
  • Washington 100-1 The Redskins have not won a playoff game since 2005 and ain't getting close to one this year
  • Buffalo 150-1 Think folks will mind if the Bills play all of their home games in Canada?
  • Carolina 200-1 QB Cam Newton didn't lose a game at Auburn last year but could lose 14 or 15 times here
  • Cincinnati 200-1 Word of advice for QB Carson Palmer: Stay retired!
NCAA PICKS & PREVIEWS

Jim Hurley's NCAA PICKS & PREVIEWS are based on information obtained prior to press time and may not reflect any changes that could affect these selections. For firmed-up Game-Day selections/ratings, visit us at www.JimHurley.com or call the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 after 9:30 a.m. ET on weekends and holidays and anytime after 1 p.m. ET for weeknight games.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
UNLV at WISCONSIN:
The 2011 College Football Season kicks off on ESPN with heavy-duty betting favorite Wisky Badgers (a five-TD fav at press time) looking to put the hammer down on hapless UNLV team that last year copped just two wins for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Not good! If Wisconsin's typically beefy/brawny offensive line stays at it for a full 60 minutes here, it could be really ugly for the desert folks. Check with Jim Hurley - America's #1 Handicapper - for this underthe- lights winner and get all the Opening Nite College Football Winners plus the full slate of NFL Preseason Week 4 Winners too when you call us tollfree at 1-800-323-4453 or online at www.JimHurley.com - hey, we'll also get you the night's Major-League Baseball as Bonus Plays as well!

WAKE FOREST at SYRACUSE: Fact of matter is everyone's "forgotten" about WF Demon Deacons following last year's shabby season that included just three wins against nine losses but HC Grobe is still one of the best in the business and here staunch defense/solid special teams and lefty QB Price make it happen inside the Carrier Dome where host Orange did lose four times a year ago (versus Pittsburgh, Louisville, UConn and Boston College ) while besting only the likes of Maine and Colgate … ugh! Expect heavy pressure on ‘Cuse QB Nassib here as Deacs win the turnover battle, win the field position and win the war of wits on the sidelines too as Grobe bests Marrone. It's Wake Forest 23, Syracuse 17.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
TCU at BAYLOR:
ESPN prime-time tilt from Waco should be major humdinger affair between two oldschool Southwest Conference teams (remember them good ole days?). The visiting TCU Horned Frogs are legit national title contenders even with the graduation of skilled QB Dalton to the NFL but Baylor bunch is gritty gang starring do-it-all QB Griffin and don't forget that Bears' defense these days is led by DC Bennett who was a miracle-worker at Kansas State years ago. Note that TCU only went 7-6 ATS (against the spread) last year despite the perfect 13-and-oh SU (straight-up) season and that included sub-par 3-4 ATS mark away … hmmm. Check with us for this lone College Football game on the card and we'll also get you the NFL Preseason Week 4 finale between Oakland at Seattle and all the Major-League Baseball too at 1-800-323-4453 or online at www.JimHurley.com. Get your Labor Day weekend rollicking with a batch of Friday Winners!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
NORTHWESTERN at BOSTON COLLEGE: Count us among the folks who believe extra time to prep here is a major plus for the host BC Eagles who sport All-America stud LB Kuechly (a nation's-best 14 tackles per game last year) and defensive mind of HC Spaziani while Big 10 ‘Cats could be - dare we say - a tad overrated while coming into this current campaign. QB Persa (2,581 yards passing with 15 TDs and 4 INTs last year) can be all-or-nothing type player but keep in mind he's coming off season-ending Achilles tendon injury and may be a step slow in the early going. Call it Boston College 22, Northwestern 16.

UTAH STATE at AUBURN: It's funny that last year nobody - and we mean nobody - was talking up the Auburn Tigers as a possible national championship contender and yet HC Chizik's gang went from an opening Associated Press ranking of #22 all the way to winning it all and now here's the opening-week AP poll with Auburn slotted in at #23 … hey, we couldn't make it up! No QB Newton means someone else must step up and shine on OC Malzahn's fastball attack with RB Dyer a dark horse candidate to contend for this year's Heisman Trophy but here three-TD type price a tad too rich for our taste. Pass!

KENT STATE at ALABAMA: No question that ‘Bama Crimson Tide is one loaded team (yes, they are #2 in our Jim Hurley Network Bulletin Top 10 to start off the 2011 campaign!) but you sure you want to be laying five-TD (or more) price tag here? HC Saban's crew has covered four of its last five outings when laying 25-plus points but here RB Richardson (700 yards rushing and 6 TDs last year) gets 15-to-20 firsthalf carries and then SEC folks likely put it into cruise control … let's find something tastier on this opening-week men, okay?

UCLA at HOUSTON: It's been nothing but gloomand-doom for the UCLA Bruins the past several months as last year's shabby 4-8 SU season was followed by the exodus of OC Chow and DC Bullough but consider this … HC Neuheisel is really under the gun these days and this offense should be better than folks think with TB Franklin ready/willing/able to be a game-breaker in 2011. Throw into the mix here the fact that Houston Coogs have not been a good investment as a betting favorite lately (see 14-20 ATS the past four years) and defense simply not physical enough to handle Bruins' monster-sized O-line. Score one for the guys from Westwood! UCLA 33, Houston 24.

WESTERN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN: There won't be any prolonged "honeymoon period" for new maize-and-blue boss Hoke who takes over Wolverines squad that went 15-22 SU and 9-26-1 ATS in the brutally bad HC Rodriguez Era that lasted three long years - Big 10 folks want to bury some folks but gritty Western Michigan more than capable of "backdooring" an opponent with QB Carder never willing to toss in the white towel. This one's closer than "they" think here as we go against a first-year head coach laying significant points. Michigan 30, Western Michigan 21.

SOUTH FLORIDA at NOTRE DAME: Year Two of the Kelly Era in South Bend should be a bit smoother than 2010 when off-the-field tragedies and on-the-field QB injuries marred the season for the ND Fighting Irish but real key here is how well the defense handles USF quarterback Daniels who offers up dual-threat package. Daniels can be prone to making bad decisions (11 TDs and 13 INTs last year) and don't be surprised if Irish "spy" him here right from the proverbial get-go.

BYU at OLE MISS: Now that the BYU Coogs have gone the Independent route, this one has major meaning for ‘em (and note a showdown at Texas is immediately on deck) and so HC Mendenhall's club will put proverbial best foot forward here with RB DiLuigi (1,360 yards from scrimmage last season) likely getting 25-to-30 touches here. Ole Miss rated as the cellar dweller in SEC West this year but HC Nutt's guys might surprise should RB Bolden (17 TDs in 2010) have a big stat year. Hey, don't forget Ole Miss lost 49-48 in two-OT game versus 29-point pup Jacksonville State in last year's opener!

SAN JOSE STATE at STANFORD: If Cardinal QB Luck (3,338 yards passing with 32 TDs and 8 INTs last year) is gonna be the season-long front-runner for this year's Heisman Trophy than he might as well get the press release machine purring here! Stanford 44, San Jose State 13.

SOUTH CAROLINA vs. EAST CAROLINA (at Charlotte): Has anyone received more pre-season hype than these SC Gamecocks? No doubt HC Spurrier's club didn't end 2010 on a good note (see back-to-back season-finishing losses to Auburn and Florida State) but soph RB Lattimore (1,197 yards rushing and 17 ground scores) is "the bomb" and WR Jeffery (1,517 yards receiving and 9 TDs) can bust open a game at a moment's notice but reinstated QB Garcia (14 INTs in 2010) is prone to making bad decisions in the red zone and just one mistake here could cost ‘em the cover at this ultrahefty three-TD price. If you must, it's South Carolina 32, East Carolina 16.

FRESNO STATE at CALIFORNIA: As you likely know by now, Cal Golden Bears will be playing all their home games this year at AT&T Park in San Francisco as Memorial Stadium gets a facelift but it's this Pac-12 attack that needs a major boost after scoring grand total of 67 points in team's final five games last year (that's a per-game average of 13.3 ppg). Gotta believe Fresno State kids have more than enough ammo to slip under bloated price here (10 points at press time) and so here's a vote for QB Carr and Company to keep things ultra-tight in the Bay Area. It's California 27, Fresno State 23.

TULSA at OKLAHOMA: High-octane Boomer Sooners head into the current campaign at #1 in the land - and get set to see HC Stoops' crew favored by double digits a whole lot of times in 2011. Heck, last year Oklahoma (12-2 SU and 8-6 ATS) was favored by twin-figure prices in half of its games and wound up covering four-of-seven such outings and now oddsmakers have Big 12 team laying in neighborhood of three TDs versus Tulsa team that begins new era with HC Blankenship all aboard (but remember there are 18 starters back for the Golden Hurricane). Oklahoma QB Jones-to-WR Broyles tandem was a smash hit last year and they'll make plenty of noise here.

BOISE STATE vs. GEORGIA (at Georgia Dome): Let's dub this the "second-best" game on the weekend gridiron menu as potential national championship contender Boise State's real good at winning these season-opening name affairs (see triumphs the past two years over Oregon and Virginia Tech) and not-so-neutral setting in Atlanta will be a major challenge to senior QB Moore who threw 35 TDs and just 6 INTs one year ago. The Broncos must match up with Georgia's team speed here - take our word that a couple of kick/punt returns could be key as they often are in seasonopening games - and gotta believe B-State will win/cover as long as the underrated defense puts some heat on Dawg QB Murray (3,049 yards passing and 24 TDs last year as a frosh). Check with us for this big-time intersectional showdown at www.JimHurley.com and get a handful of College Football Winners!

OREGON vs. LSU (at Arlington): Super showdown of top five teams from Cowboys Stadium where last year's national championship game "runner-ups" from Oregon battle LSU squad that's fending off some off-the-field issues involving QB Jefferson in alleged bar fight … boys will be boys, right? Fact of matter is Bayou Bengals always strong on "D" but must replace three studs including CB Peterson and so Ducks may be able to catch ‘em with their guard down here -- RB James (1,731 yards rushing and 21 TDs last year) reports his oft-weak ankles are feeling better while you must keep an eye on Oregon star Harris who is an All-America type at CB plus he's key return specialist too. If LSU can control the tempo of this game - shorten it and make Oregon run fewer than 75 plays from scrimmage here -- than SEC guys could win this pick' em type affair. Get this clash plus more College Football goodies at 1-800- 323-4453 or online at www.JimHurley.com on Game-Day morning.

COLORADO at HAWAII: You may not have noticed but last year's Hawaii Warriors registered dizzying 11-3 ATS mark that included perfect 7-0 spread log in regular-season home games and so no reason to get spooked here regarding full-TD price tag. Now, 50th State team will bank on veteran QB Moniz (5,040 yards passing and 39 TDs) to power up high-octane attack that scored 35-or-more points in 10 different occasions in 2010. New Colorado coach Embree could be bottom-feeder in new-look Pac-12 and defense looks woefully weak, if you ask us! For your late-night action (see 10:15 p.m. ET start on espn2), it's Hawaii 38, Colorado 24.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
MARSHALL at WEST VIRGINIA: They made a real mess out of this WVU Mountaineers situation with former HC Stewart booted to the curb in June and so now offensive whiz Holgorsen in a "prove-it" state right out of the starting gate but has anyone reminded folks in this fine state that the ‘Neers scored 20 points or less in six of their games a year ago? Now, vet QB Smith (2,763 yards passing with 24 TDs and 7 INTs) must not shoot self in the foot here when home folks get into the red zone … or else. Three-TD price tag looks a big high for an in-state rivalry game but Marshall's problem - as we see it - is that the Thundering Herd is still painfully young (played 28 freshmen last year in 5-7 SU season). Check with us for this matinee affair in Morgantown (see 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN) and get SMUTexas A&M too!

SMU at TEXAS A&M: The A&M Aggies have been getting plenty of love this preseason but we've kept ‘em out of our Jim Hurley Top 10 until they prove to us that they can play defense against a first-rate attack. Heck, SMU scored 28-or-more points in six different games last year and HC Jones' club has toprate slinger in QB Padron (single-season schoolrecord 3,828 yards passing and 31 TDs) manning the wheel and gut feeling is this one could be closer than anyone imagined (note Texas A&M is a 15-point betting favorite at press time) - find out our Game-Day forecast at www.JimHurley.com.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
MIAMI at MARYLAND: Go ahead and try to figure out Miami's mindset here after late-summer scandalous charges against past/present players as this program is in total disarray and no wonder everyone's feeling sorry for brand-new HC Golden! On flip side, Maryland enters post-Friedgen Era with plenty of questions to be answered regarding new boss Edsall while up-and-coming QB O'Brien (2,438 yards passing with 22 TDs and 8 INTs in 2010) just hoping he's turned loose under well-respected OC Crowton. Get the Side/Totals winner of the only gridiron game on this Labor Day evening (8 p.m. ET kickoff) when you check in at 1-800-323-4453 or online at www.JimHurley.com and do so in time for the afternoon MLB … Got it?

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
ARIZONA at OKLAHOMA STATE: Short week for both teams here but at least Okie State gets to stay home and so you'll have to expect Las Vegas oddsmakers will add a couple of points onto the number here. The visiting ‘Zona Wildcats surrendered an average of 36 ppg while dropping final five games last year and this defense better not allow WR Blackmon free-and-easy access on his receiving routes … or else! Get this College Football Week 2 clash when you check with us either online at www.JimHurley.com or at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.

NCAA BETTING TRENDS

(All figures below are against the spread)

  • Army is 12-7 away
  • Baylor is 3-8 at home
  • Boise State is 15-4-1 when traveling
  • Boston College is 2-6-1 when favored
  • BYU is 4-0 in last four season openers
  • Colorado is 12-25-1 away
  • Fresno State is 12-8 as a pup
  • Georgia is 13-8 in non-SEC games
  • Houston is 14-19-1 as the chalk
  • LSU is 19-29-4 overall the past four seasons
  • Maryland is 11-4 in its last 15 tilts
  • Miami is 17-31 vs. fellow ACC foes
  • Michigan is 3-6 as double-digit betting favs
  • Minnesota is 7-4 in on-the-board openers
  • New Mexico State is 17-27-2 the last 4 years
  • Northern Illinois was 10-3-1 overall in 2010
  • Northwestern was 2-5 away last year
  • Notre Dame is 4-11-2 as betting favorites
  • Ole Miss was 4-8 overall in 2010 season
  • Oregon is 7-2 in season openers
  • Rice is 4-8-1 as twin-figure dogs
  • South Florida is 0-3 in first road game of year
  • Syracuse is 9-4 as the wagering favorite
  • TCU is 23-14 overall the past 3 years
  • UCLA was 3-8-1 last year
  • Wisconsin is 16-10 in non-league games
NFL PICKS & PREVIEWS

Jim Hurley's NFL PICKS & PREVIEWS are based on information obtained prior to press time and may not reflect any changes that could affect these selections. For firmed-up Game-Day selections/ratings, log online at www.JimHurley.com or call the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 after 10 a.m. ET on Sundays and after 1 p.m. ET for the weeknight games.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 - NFL Kickoff Game
NEW ORLEANS at GREEN BAY: It's all getting hyped as the showdown between the last two Super Bowl winners but the visiting Saints (the 2009 NFL champs) and the GB Packers (the 2010 champs) both know this could be an ultra-meaningful game - already - when it comes to NFC Playoff seeding at year's end. No doubt Green Bay - a 4½-to-5-point betting favorite here at press time - is loaded and likely healthier than it was at any point a year ago with QB Rodgers ready/willing/able to torch an opponent's secondary after throwing for 28 TDs and 3,922 yards in the 2010 regular season … and than he really got hot in the post-season! If Rodgers can make those all-too-underrated runs for the sticks on occasional third-down plays than the Saints will be in a heap of trouble here but the flip side says N'Orleans (third in the NFL last year in passing at 277.6 yards-per-game) isn't afraid to zip it around the yard either with magical QB Brees (4,620 yards passing with 33 TDs last year) at his sharp-shooting best right now. Key to this prime-time tilt from iconic Lambeau Field is the Packers must make Brees pay for some of his up-for-grab throws - remember Green Bay finished second in the league last year in INTs (24) and CBs Woodson and Williams often elevate their personal games when the light's on bright while Brees did throw 22 picks. Find out what gives in this NFL Kickoff Game that starts up a monstrous NFL Week 1 card - call us Game-Day after 1 p.m. at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online to www.JimHurley.com and get the Side/Totals Winners. Cash in big right from the get-go this NFL season!

NFL BETTING TRENDS

(All figures below are against the spread)

  • Green Bay is 20-8-1 overall since mid-2009
  • New Orleans is 15-11-1 as an underdog since 2006
JIM HURLEY'S COLLEGE TOP 10
  1. Oklahoma
  2. Alabama
  3. Boise St
  4. LSU
  5. Oregon
  1. Stanford
  2. Florida St
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Nebraska
  5. TCU
NCAA & NFL POWER RATINGS

Our NETWORK BULLETIN NCAA & NFL Power Ratings include three distinct categories - that's the Team Power Rating (TPR), the Coach Rating (CR) and the Home Field Rating (HFR).

Note that all three ratings are subject to weekly changes. The maximum rating for Coach and Home Field is 5 Points apiece. When computing the head-to-head football matchups, subtract the lower number Team Power Rating from the higher number and then figure in the Coach Rating and the Home Field Rating.

NCAA POWER RATINGS
NCAA POWER RATINGS
TEAM
TPR
CR
HFR
TEAM
TPR
CR
HFR

Air Force

87

3

3

Pittsburgh

76

2

2

Akron

66

2

3

Purdue

82

3

3

Alabama

87

3

3

Rice

71

3

2

Arizona

85

3

3

Rutgers

89

3

3

Arizona State

93

5

4

San Diego State

71

2

3

Arkansas

85

3

3

San Jose State

75

3

3

Arkansas State

72

2

3

SMU

65

2

2

Army

64

3

2

South Carolina

93

4

4

Auburn

95

4

3

South Florida

102

5

4

Ball State

77

2

3

Southern Miss

82

3

3

Baylor

70

2

2

Stanford

79

3

3

Boise State

93

3

4

Syracuse

64

2

1

Boston College

96

4

4

TCU

86

3

3

Bowling Green

71

2

3

Temple

69

3

2

Buffalo

68

3

3

Tennessee

95

3

3

BYU

89

3

4

Texas

97

3

3

California

95

3

3

Texas A&M

87

2

3

Central Michigan

86

3

3

Texas Tech

90

3

3

Cincinnati

90

4

3

Toledo

64

3

3

Clemson

83

3

3

Troy

83

4

3

Colorado

84

3

3

Tulane

63

2

2

Colorado State

64

2

2

Tulsa

78

2

2

Connecticut

83

3

3

UAB

73

3

2

Duke

76

3

2

UCLA

90

2

3

East Carolina

80

4

3

UCF

80

2

3

Eastern Michigan

65

3

2

UL-Lafayette

57

2

3

Florida

96

4

4

UL-Monroe

63

2

3

Florida Atlantic

70

3

3

UNLV

75

3

3

Fla International

58

2

2

USC

93

3

3

Florida State

86

3

3

Utah

88

3

3

Fresno State

80

3

3

Utah State

64

3

2

Georgia

92

3

3

UTEP

77

3

3

Georgia Tech

92

3

3

Vanderbilt

86

3

3

Hawaii

87

3

3

Virginia

81

3

3

Houston

77

3

3

Virginia Tech

96

4

3

Idaho

66

2

2

Wake Forest

89

4

3

Illinois

87

3

3

Washington

80

3

3

Indiana

83

3

3

Wash. State

77

2

3

Iowa

83

3

3

West Virginia

100

3

3

Iowa State

69

2

2

W. Michigan

71

2

2

Kansas

94

4

4

Wisconsin

85

3

3

Kansas State

94

4

3

Wyoming

73

3

3

Kent State

68

3

3

Kentucky

96

3

4

NFL POWER RATINGS

Louisiana Tech

71

2

3

TEAM
TPR
CR
HFR

Louisville

88

3

2

Arizona

83

3

3

LSU

96

3

4

Atlanta

100

3

3

Marshall

72

2

2

Baltimore

99

3

3

Maryland

87

4

3

Buffalo

87

3

3

Memphis

68

2

3

Carolina

79

3

3

Miami

83

2

3

Chicago

96

3

3

Miami-Ohio

77

3

2

Cincinnati

96

3

3

Michigan

90

3

3

Cleveland

84

3

3

Michigan State

81

3

3

Dallas

95

4

4

Middle Tennessee

74

3

3

Denver

85

3

3

Minnesota

71

3

2

Detroit

92

3

3

Mississippi State

79

3

2

Green Bay

106

4

3

Missouri

97

4

3

Houston

94

3

3

Navy

81

3

3

Indianapolis

95

4

4

Nebraska

78

2

2

Jacksonville

90

3

3

Nevada

73

3

3

Kansas City

91

3

3

New Mexico

83

3

3

Miami

94

2

3

New Mexico State

62

3

2

Minnesota

92

2

3

North Carolina

79

3

3

New England

103

5

4

N.C. State

73

2

3

New Orleans

101

2

2

North Texas

61

3

3

NY Giants

96

3

3

Northern Illinois

65

2

3

NY Jets

100

3

3

Northwestern

72

3

2

Oakland

88

3

2

Notre Dame

86

3

3

Philadelphia

101

3

3

Ohio

71

2

3

Pittsburgh

99

4

4

Ohio State

104

4

5

St. Louis

93

2

3

Oklahoma

94

4

4

San Diego

100

2

3

Oklahoma State

93

3

3

San Francisco

89

2

3

Ole Miss

75

3

3

Seattle

88

3

4

Oregon

98

4

4

Tampa Bay

93

3

3

Oregon State

92

4

3

Tennessee

89

4

3

Penn State

95

4

4

Washington

89

3

3

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