C O L L E G E
Pigskin Index 2017
THIS WEEK'S COLLEGE GAMES
Last Week's College Games

FCS PLAYOFFS

Friday, December 15, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
6:00p ESPN2 North Dakota State* 96 21 Sam Houston State 78 55-13 +
Saturday, December 16, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
2:30p ESPNU James Madison* 89 2 South Dakota State 90 51-16 +
Saturday, January 6, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
FCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Frisco, TX
10:00a ESPN2           -  

DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, December 16, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Kansas City, KS
4:00p ESPN2 TAMU-Commerce** 80 11 West Florida 69 37-27 +

DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, December 15, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Salem, VA
5:00p ESPNU Mount Union** 79 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor 78 12-0 +

BOWL GAMES

Saturday, December 16, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
CELEBRATION BOWL at Atlanta, GA
10:00a ABC North Carolina A&T** 65 6 Grambling 59 21-14 +
R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL at New Orleans, LA
11:00a ESPN Troy** 81 6 North Texas 75 50-30 +
AUTONATION CURE BOWL at Orlando, FL
12:30p CBSSN Western Kentucky** 67 7 Georgia State 60 17-27 -
LAS VEGAS BOWL at Las Vegas, NV
1:30p ABC Oregon** 97 8 Boise State 89 28-38 -
GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL at Albuquerque, NM
2:30p ESPN Colorado State** 81 6 Marshall 75 28-31 -
RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL at Montgomery, AL
6:00p ESPN Arkansas State** 77 4 Mid. Tenn. State 73 30-35 -
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
CHERIBUNDI TART CHERRY BOCA RATON BOWL at Boca Raton, FL
5:00p ESPN Florida Atlantic* 85 17 Akron 71 -  
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
DXL FRISCO BOWL at Frisco, TX
6:00p ESPN S.M.U.** 80 6 Louisiana Tech 74 -  
Thursday, December 21, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL at St. Petersburg, FL
6:00p ESPN Temple** 80 3 Florida Int'l 77 -  
Friday, December 22, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BAHAMAS BOWL at Nassau, Bahamas
10:30a ESPN Ohio U.** 80 9 UA-Birmingham 71 -  
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL at Boise, ID
2:00p ESPN Central Michigan** 82 8 Wyoming 74 -  
Saturday, December 23, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BIRMINGHAM BOWL at Birmingham, AL
10:00a ESPN Texas Tech** 91 3 South Florida 88 -  
LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL at Ft. Worth, TX
1:30p ESPN San Diego State** 86 5 Army 81 -  
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL at Mobile, AL
5:00p ESPN Toledo** 87 11 Appalachian State 76 -  
Sunday, December 24, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
HAWAII BOWL at Honolulu, HI
6:30p ESPN Fresno State** 87 2 Houston 85 -  
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL at Dallas, TX
11:30a ESPN Utah** 93 2 West Virginia 91 -  
QUICK LANE BOWL at Detroit, MI
3:15p ESPN Duke** 93 14 Northern Illinois 79 -  
CACTUS BOWL at Phoenix, AZ
7:00p ESPN Kansas State** 96 6 U.C.L.A. 90 -  
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
WALK-ON'S INDEPENDENCE BOWL at Shreveport, LA
11:30a ESPN Florida State** 95 21 Southern Mississippi 74 -  
NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL at New York, NY
3:15p ESPN Boston College** 97 3 Iowa 94 -  
FOSTER FARMS BOWL at Santa Clara, CA
6:30p FOX Purdue** 91 2 Arizona 89 -  
ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL at Houston, TX
7:00p ESPN Missouri** 96 2 Texas 94 -  
Thursday, December 28, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
MILITARY BOWL at Annapolis, MD
11:30a ESPN Virginia 85 1 Navy* 81 -  
CAMPING WORLD BOWL at Orlando, FL
3:15p ESPN Oklahoma State** 98 4 Virginia Tech 94 -  
SAN DIEGO CO. CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL at San Diego, CA
7:00p FS-1 Michigan State** 93 0 Washington State 93 -  
VALERO ALAMO BOWL at San Antonio, TX
7:00p ESPN Stanford** 101 1 T.C.U. 100 -  
Friday, December 29, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BELK BOWL at Charlotte, NC
11:00a ESPN Wake Forest** 93 1 Texas A&M 92 -  
HYUNDAI SUN BOWL at El Paso, TX
1:00p CBS North Carolina State* 96 3 Arizona State 93 -  
FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL at Nashville, TN
2:30p ESPN Northwestern** 99 16 Kentucky 83 -  
NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL at Tucson, AZ
3:30p CBSSN Utah State** 78 13 New Mexico State 65 -  
GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL at Arlington, TX
6:30p ESPN Ohio State** 107 5 Southern Cal 102 -  
Saturday, December 30, 2017
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
TAXSLAYER BOWL at Jacksonville, FL
10:00a ESPN Louisville** 97 3 Mississippi State 94 -  
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL at Memphis, TN
10:30a ABC Memphis* 96 3 Iowa State 96 -  
PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL at Glendale, AZ
2:00p ESPN Penn State** 105 4 Washington 101 -  
CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL at Miami, FL
6:00p ESPN Wisconsin 104 3 Miami, Fla.* 98 -  
Monday, January 1, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
OUTBACK BOWL at Tampa, FL
10:00a ESPN2 Michigan** 97 8 South Carolina 89 -  
CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL at Atlanta, GA
10:30a ESPN Auburn** 105 7 Central Florida 98 -  
CITRUS BOWL at Orlando, FL
11:00a ABC L.S.U.** 101 4 Notre Dame 97 -  
ROSE BOWL at Pasadena, CA
(NATIONAL SEMIFINAL)
3:00p ESPN Oklahoma** 110 1 Georgia 109 -  
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL at New Orleans, LA
(NATIONAL SEMIFINAL)
6:45p ESPN Alabama** 110 2 Clemson 108 -  
Monday, January 8, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Atlanta, GA
6:00p ESPN           -  
*Home Team = + 3 points **Neutral Field
Spr. = Expected Pointspread
Straight-Up Rec.: 561-198, 73.9% thru 12/16 + = Straight-Up Correct Pick

COLLEGE TOP 30
As of Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Pigskin Index Top 30 College Teams
Rank Team Rating Rank Team Rating
1 Alabama (11-1) 110 16 Miami, Fla. (10-2) 98
2 Oklahoma (12-1) 110 17 Oklahoma State (9-3) 98
3 Georgia (12-1) 109 18 Michigan (8-4) 97
4 Clemson (12-1) 108 19 Boston College (7-5) 97
5 Ohio State (11-2) 107 20 Louisville (8-4) 97
6 Penn State (10-2) 105 21 Notre Dame (9-3) 97
7 Auburn (10-3) 105 22 Oregon (7-5) 97
8 Wisconsin (12-1) 104 23 North Carolina St. (8-4) 96
9 Southern Cal (11-2) 102 24 Kansas State (7-5) 96
10 L.S.U. (9-3) 101 25 Memphis (10-2) 96
11 Stanford (9-4) 101 26 Missouri (7-5) 96
12 Washington (10-2) 101 27 Iowa State (7-5) 96
13 T.C.U. (10-3) 100 28 Florida State (6-6) 95
14 Northwestern (9-3) 99 29 Mississippi State (8-4) 94
15 Central Florida (12-0) 98 30 Texas (6-6) 94

The Pigskin Index is designed to give a quick comparison of the relative strength of all covered teams. To see how a game should turn out, simply compare the ratings of the competing teams and add 3 points to the home team. For example, a visiting team with a rating of 100 should be 7 points stronger than a home team with a rating of 90. 100 - (90 + 3) = 7. In neutral field games (such as many bowls), no home team advantage may be appropriate.


Our Current 2017 Pigskin Index Ratings
130 Division 1-A (FBS) Teams

Air Force 78
Akron 71
Alabama 110
Appal. St 76
Arizona 89
Arizona St. 93
Arkansas 84
Arkansas St. 77
Army 81
Auburn 105
Ball St. 52
Baylor 81
Boise St. 89
Boston Coll. 97
Bowling Green 65
Buffalo 74
B.Y.U. 73
California 89
Cent. Florida 98
Cent. Michigan 82
Charlotte 57
Cincinnati 68
Clemson 108
Co. Carolina 64
Colorado 85
Colorado St. 81
Connecticut 68
Duke 93
East Carolina 69
East. Michigan 74
Florida 86
Florida Atlantic 85
Florida Int'l 77
Florida St. 95
Fresno St. 87
Georgia 109
Georgia So. 62
Georgia St. 60
Georgia Tech 87
Hawaii 62
Houston 85
Idaho 65
Illinois 70
Indiana 86
Iowa 94
Iowa St. 96
Kansas 65
Kansas St. 96
Kent St. 57
Kentucky 83
La.-Lafayette 60
La.-Monroe 65
L.S.U. 101
Louisiana Tech 74
Louisville 97
Marshall 75
Maryland 77
Massachusetts 71
Memphis 96
Miami, FL 98
Miami, OH 72
Michigan 97
Michigan St. 93
Mid. Tenn. St. 73
Minnesota 82
Mississippi 92
Mississippi St. 94
Missouri 96
Navy 81
Nebraska 79
Nevada 72
New Mexico 67
New Mex. St. 65
N. Carolina 88
NC State 96
North Texas 75
N. Illinois 79
Northwestern 99
Notre Dame 97
Ohio St. 107
Ohio U. 80
Oklahoma 110
Oklahoma St. 98
Old Dominion 65
Oregon 97
Oregon St. 73
Penn St. 105
Pittsburgh 93
Purdue 91
Rice 59
Rutgers 76
San Diego St. 86
San Jose St. 57
S. Alabama 60
S. Carolina 89
S. Florida 88
Southern Cal 102
S.M.U. 80
Southern Miss 74
Stanford 101
Syracuse 82
Temple 80
Tennessee 78
Texas 94
Texas A&M 92
T.C.U. 100
Texas State 54
Texas Tech 91
Toledo 87
Troy St. 81
Tulane 78
Tulsa 73
U.C.L.A. 90
UAB 71
UNLV 69
UTEP 50
UTSA 69
Utah 93
Utah St. 78
Vanderbilt 83
Virginia 85
Virginia Tech 94
Wake Forest 93
Washington 101
Wash. St. 93
West Virginia 91
W. Kentucky 67
W. Michigan 74
Wisconsin 104
Wyoming 74
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