By Marc Lawrence — By conventional measure, weighing an NFL team’s strength of schedule is simple and straightforward. The common approach is to collectively add-up each opponent’s win-loss record from the previous season to help determine each opponent’s potential win probability for the coming campaign. But that has little merit this season given each team’s personnel changes, coaching transformations and scheduling nuances. A better approach in weighing each NFL team’s Strength of Schedule is one that I developed a few years back. It’s simply to assess each team and its opponent’s season win totals by tallying the accumulative amount of projected wins for the season ahead from the Westgate SuperBook opening season win totals for each team. It’s my contention that this represents a truer methodology. After all, which is more relevant: knowing how an opponent fared in last year’s battles, or the expected degree of difficulty awaiting them this year? To see how each team stacks up this season – and you will be surprised – click here.
With college football set to kick off in three months, teams are outlining plans to begin preparation for what will hopefully be a 2020 season. ESPN reports that defending national champion LSU is testing each athlete for coronavirus antibodies upon arrival to campus; some will also get a PCR test to check for an active infection. A positive antibody test at LSU will trigger a PCR test and a positive PCR test means that player will have to isolate for a period of time. Southeastern Conference schools agreed to allow voluntary workouts this past Monday. The Big 12 and Pac-12 have set June 15 as their opening date. Other conferences, such as the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference, are letting schools figure out what’s best for themselves. Ohio State and Iowa in the Big Ten started voluntary workouts Monday, along with Louisville in the ACC. Oklahoma from the Big 12 is waiting until July 1, sticking with a plan it was working on before the NCAA last month cleared the way for voluntary workouts starting June 1. The Sooners didn’t see benefits in rushing but others did. Let the mitigation begin.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: New Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell inherits a wallowing herd of bison that’s been locked on 5-7 each of the past three seasons. Worse, they’ve enjoyed only one winning campaign over the past 14 years. It won’t be easy behind a squad that ranks No. 115 in the nation in overall Returning Production. Dorrell was the head coach at UCLA from 2003-07, during which time he led the Bruins to five bowl appearances in five years while going 34-17-1 ATS, including 8-0 ATS as a home dog.