WEEK TWO RECAP
- For several years now, the Big Ten has been considered one of the weakest power conferences in the country. With the dissolution of the Big East Conference, they no longer have to share that distinction. The question for the 2014 season was which conference would be this year’s “Big Ten”. That might have been settled on Saturday. This year’s “Big Ten” appears to be the Big Ten. Thirteen of their fourteen teams had games on Saturday. The one team that had the week off was the one team that was almost sure to disappoint: Indiana. Luckily for them, they cannot be blamed for last week’s disaster. The notable statistics from the weekend:
Big Ten Record (Straight Up): 8-5. That includes three wins against FCS opponents and zero wins (0-3) against other Big 5 conferences. Iowa and Nebraska needed scores in the final minute to take the lead in their games.
Big Ten Record (ATS): 2-11. A winning percentage of 15.4%. In the PP6 standings, that record would put them in last place.
Expected Performance vs Actual Performance: Based on the point spreads in each game, the Big Ten was expected to outscore their opponents by a combined 178 points. They only outscored their opponents by nine points, 325-316.
The Big Ten would argue that it was only one week, and that there are still thirteen weeks to go. That argument does not work for the Big Ten. The perception of the conference was poor to begin with, and last week just added validation. For the most part, conference perception can only be changed during the non-conference slate. The Big Ten has two more weeks, not thirteen, to prove its worth. Before their game against Oregon last week, MSU players were “looking forward to carrying the Big Ten flag”. Unfortunately for the conference, they did. They carried the flag everyone outside of the conference has come to expect, a flag of tiny expectations.
WEEK TWO RESULTS
- WEEK TWO WINNER: Jeff Parks. Yawn. It is no surprise that Jeff won a week. He wins money pretty much every year in the PP6. Don’t ask me how he does it. If I knew, I’d join him. The surprise is that it only took 5-1 to win the week. He beat out 15 other people that went 5-1.
- Only 17 people scored 100 points or more, after 32 accomplishing the feat in week one.
- BYU was the only underdog to earn more than 10 lock picks. The lucky ones that picked them received the maximum bonus points.
- As I said last week, the group has always had a hard time picking underdogs. Like last week, over 80% of the locks were for a favored team.
- The biggest blunder of week two? Kansas State. It was most popular game played and the game with the biggest pick disparity. 161 picks for KSU. 16 for ISU. KSU was locked 51 times. One person was brave enough to lock ISU. Nice pick, Tom.
- A complete list of week two statistics can be found in the games tab.
WEEK ONE RECAP
- One less mistake, one more call or five more minutes of game time and Oklahoma State could’ve pulled off a huge upset. They controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half and had Florida State on their heels. Give the ‘Noles credit. Great teams find a way to win.
- OU won. Next.
- The inaugural season of the College Football Playoff is upon us. The top conferences in the country have been given the moniker “Big Five” or “Power Five”. They include the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and the SEC. The four teams that make the playoff are expected to come from these five conferences. Therefore, the goal isn’t necessarily to be perceived as the best conference in the country. Rather, the goal is to not be considered the worst. As the conferences jockey for position, the best time to build conferences resumes is during the non-conference slate of games. The table below gives a snap shot of the week one performance for each of the Big Five conferences. It only considers non-conference games.
WEEK ONE RESULTS
- WEEK ONE WINNER: Trevor Bowman. This one is pretty easy to figure out. Scroll to the very top of the leaderboard and read the name. Trevor was one of six people to go 6-0, he just chose a little more wisely than the other five.
- Underdogs went 4-1 against the spread in neutral site games.
- The Big 12 went 3-1 against the spread.
- Historically, the group has always had a hard time picking underdogs. Week One was no different. 70% of the picks went for the favorite. 82% of the locks were for the favorite.
- A complete list of week one statistics can be found in the games tab.
By Kurtis Hanni
Each week we plan on providing more information to you than has been in the past. I guess that’s the cool part of a website…
John will provide his typical nuggets which are always fun, informative, and humorous. Unfortunately, I don’t have that skill so I’m stuck on statistical detail.
On the Leaderboard tab, the top 20(and ties!) ranked players will be provided in a table format. The full leaderboard will be provided in a link above the summary leaderboard. This will typically be PDF format and is easily searchable. If you’re not familiar with how to search a PDF: once you’ve opened the PDF, press Ctrl + F. This will pull up a search bar which you can use to search by any name you’d like!
On the Games tab, of course we’ll have the current week games posted. But, by looking below the current week games you will see a previous week summary. This summary will provide some cool information. At the bottom of the summary you will see a link to find an expanded summary of way too many stats… This will allow you to see the winner of each game, the pick or lock distribution of the group, as well as some special categories we’ve selected ourselves. Please be careful, this information has only lead to me and John wildly under-performing the group. It is quite the accomplishment to be in the bottom 10%, thank you…
Throughout the year I’m sure we’ll find other ways to entertain, and I hope we can keep you coming back to this site to enjoy the comment. If you have any suggestions of things we could provide, feel free to let us know. We aren’t good listeners and are sorta stubborn, but we love stats as much as the next guy!