This is a sample of my member predictions that have picked the winner straight up in 73.4% of games this season (533-193). For comparison, the closing spread in the markets has a rate of 72.5%.
Michigan will beat TCU by 8.8 points – The market has moved from Michigan -9.5 at open to -7.5 now. While the public has overrated TCU this season, the markets have usually been spot on.
While USC QB Caleb Williams ran away with the Heisman, we did get a sense for the recency bias in the voting. TCU QB Max Duggan never had high market odds to win during the regular season. However, he ended up second in the voting after a heroic performance in a loss to Kansas State.
LSU will beat Purdue by 4.8 points – LSU QB Jayden Daniels was hobbled in the SEC championship game with an ankle injury. He is questionable for this game but has weeks to recover.
Purdue had a better success rate (45.2%) than Michigan (44.6%) in the Big Ten championship game.
Utah will beat Penn State by 0.2 points – Penn State had a sneaky good season.
For example, despite a 44-31 loss to Ohio State, Penn State had more yards and a better success rate in that game. A -4 turnover margin doomed them in that game.
Texas will beat Washington by 3.1 points – Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. led the third best pass offense in the nation in my adjusted success rate. He will play in this game and next season for the Huskies.
Georgia Southern will beat Buffalo by 0.8 points – Georgia Southern had a huge win over Nebraska this season. However, Clay Helton’s team only managed a 3-5 Sun Belt record.
Georgia Southern should be favored against Buffalo, but it seems strange that they would get picked by 75% of people in pools on ESPN. This is an opportunity in your bowl pool.
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