As Conference play begins Saturday, let's take a look at how the various computer ratings show the teams to be faring.
For those unfamiliar to these rankings, these are a weighted average of a minimum of seven and a maximum of 14 rankings available to me, 12 of which are available for free to the public if you search on the Internet. I have attempted to supply a weighting based on the success of these ratings in picking the final score of SEC games played to date. For instance, one of the ratings picked Georgia Tech to beat Vanderbilt by nine points. Earlier in the season, one rating gave Vandy a 50-point edge over
. Guess which rating is not being used to
predict the Vanderbilt-Auburn game? New Orleans
This week, I am using just the seven most accurate ratings to date. The ratings do not bode well for Vanderbilt, as the Commodores are now mired in the basement of the SEC East after losing by nine to Georgia Tech.
jumped over them after
Tuesday night because the Bulldogs clobbered the Yellow Jackets by 16 earlier in
the season. Georgia
Here is the way the conference ratings look prior to Saturday's Games:
80 South Carolina
6. Vanderbilt 77
1. L S U 81
3. Auburn 78
5. Ole Miss 73
Predictions based on these ratings (home court advantage factored in)
According to this weighted average, Vanderbilt would be figured to go just 5-11 in SEC play if all the games were to be played this Saturday.