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- Collin Wilson has updated his betting power ratings for the 2019 college football season.
- These numbers won't change much until kickoff in September, unless there are unexpected key transfers, injuries or coaching changes.
- Subtract the higher-rated team's power rating from its opponent's to create an approximate point spread on a neutral field.
Ever want to use the same numbers oddsmakers do to make college football point spreads? Now is your chance, with The Action Network’s power ratings for all 130 teams entering the 2019 season.
Subtract the higher-rated team’s number from the lower-rated team’s to make the approximate point spread on a neutral field.
Clemson has wrestled the top spot away from Alabama, and there’s a clear drop off after those two. UTSA and UConn bring up the rear as the two lowest-rated teams in the country.
How Should You Use These College Football Power Rankings?
Each team is assigned one composite number based on a variety of factors, each weighted differently. They include efficiency and explosiveness, returning production, defensive havoc, coaching, Pythagorean projections based on last season’s results and more.
The difference in each team’s number listed above is the approximate point spread on a neutral field. You can read more about how many points each team is given for home-field advantage here.
Take other things into account, like public betting tendencies and positional matchups, but our ratings are a great place to start.
Clemson has a 99.8 rating, while Alabama comes in at 98.9. That means the Tigers would be about 1-point favorites on a neutral field.
Why Are Some Ratings Different From Point Spreads?
There are many reasons why a point spread could vary. Oddsmakers shade lines for different reasons since they’re trying to come out ahead of bettors.
We’re just trying to show the relative difference in talent between two teams and capitalize on those oddsmaker tendencies that the betting public doesn’t normally consider.
Different power raters weigh different metrics more heavily, too.