C O L L E G E
Pigskin Index 2018
THIS WEEK'S COLLEGE GAMES
Last Week's College Games

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
CLEMSON TIGERS
2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

FCS PLAYOFFS

Friday, December 14, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
6:00p ESPN2 North Dakota State* 100 11 South Dakota State 92 44-21 +
Saturday, December 15, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
12:00p ESPN2 Eastern Washington* 87 13 Maine 77 50-19 +
Saturday, January 5, 2019
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
FCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Frisco, TX
10:00a ESPN2 North Dakota State** 101 11 Eastern Washington 90 38-24 +

DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, December 15, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at McKinney, TX
2:00p ESPNU Ferris State** 83 5 Valdosta State 78 47-49 -

DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, December 14, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Salem, VA
5:00p ESPNU Mary Hardin-Baylor** 85 4 Mt. Union 81 24-16 +

BOWL GAMES

Saturday, December 15, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
CURE BOWL at Orlando, FL
11:30a CBSSN Tulane** 76 3 La.-Lafayette 73 41-24 +
CELEBRATION BOWL at Atlanta, GA
12:00p - North Carolina A&T** 64 7 Alcorn State 57 24-22 +
NEW MEXICO BOWL at Albuquerque, NM
12:00p ESPN Utah State** 93 19 North Texas 74 52-13 +
LAS VEGAS BOWL at Las Vegas, NV
1:30p ABC Fresno State** 93 0 Arizona State 93 31-20 +
CAMELLIA BOWL at Montgomery, AL
3:30p ESPN Eastern Michigan** 78 1 Georgia Southern 77 21-23 -
NEW ORLEANS BOWL at New Orleans, LA
7:00p ESPN Appalachian State** 86 6 Mid. Tenn. State 80 45-13 +
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BOCA RATON BOWL at Boca Raton, FL
5:00p ESPN UA-Birmingham** 80 1 Northern Illinois 79 37-13 +
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
FRISCO BOWL at Frisco, TX
6:00p ESPN Ohio U.** 87 13 San Diego State 74 27-0 +
Thursday, December 20, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
GASPARILLA BOWL at St. Petersburg, FL
6:00p ESPN South Florida* 74 0 Marshall 77 20-38 -
Friday, December 21, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BAHAMAS BOWL at Nassau, Bahamas
10:30a ESPN Toledo** 82 6 Florida Int'l 76 32-35 -
POTATO BOWL at Boise, ID
2:00p ESPN B.Y.U.** 86 13 Western Michigan 73 49-18 +
Saturday, December 22, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
BIRMINGHAM BOWL at Birmingham, AL
10:00a ESPN Wake Forest** 91 2 Memphis 89 37-34 +
ARMED FORCES BOWL at Ft. Worth, TX
1:30p ESPN Army** 85 2 Houston 83 70-14 +
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL at Mobile, AL
5:00p ESPN Buffalo** 80 2 Troy 78 32-42 -
HAWAII BOWL at Honolulu, HI
8:30p ESPN Hawaii* 71 5 Louisiana Tech 69 14-31 -
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
FIRST RESPONDER BOWL at Dallas, TX
11:30a ESPN Boise State** 93 4 Boston College 89 CCD  
QUICK LANE BOWL at Detroit, MI
3:15p ESPN Georgia Tech** 91 0 Minnesota 91 10-34 -
CHEEZ-IT BOWL at Phoenix, AZ
7:00p ESPN T.C.U.** 91 3 California 88 10-7 +
Thursday, December 27, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
INDEPENDENCE BOWL at Shreveport, LA
11:30a ESPN Temple** 89 6 Duke 83 27-56 -
PINSTRIPE BOWL at New York, NY
3:15p ESPN Miami, Fla.** 95 10 Wisconsin 85 3-35 -
TEXAS BOWL at Houston, TX
7:00p ESPN Vanderbilt** 91 2 Baylor 89 38-45 -
Friday, December 28, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
MUSIC CITY BOWL at Nashville, TN
11:30a ESPN Auburn** 96 6 Purdue 90 63-14 +
CAMPING WORLD BOWL at Orlando, FL
3:15p ESPN Syracuse** 96 0 West Virginia 96 34-18 +
ALAMO BOWL at San Antonio, TX
7:00p ESPN Iowa State** 95 0 Washington State 95 26-28 -
Saturday, December 29, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL at Atlanta, GA
10:00a ESPN Michigan** 101 2 Florida 99 15-41 -
BELK BOWL at Charlotte, NC
10:00a ABC South Carolina** 93 7 Virginia 86 0-28 -
NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL at Tucson, AZ
11:15a CBSSN Arkansas State** 81 3 Nevada 78 13-16 -
COTTON BOWL at Arlington, TX
(NATIONAL SEMIFINAL)
2:00p ESPN Clemson** 115 10 Notre Dame 105 30-3 +
ORANGE BOWL at Miami, FL
(NATIONAL SEMIFINAL)
6:00p ESPN Alabama** 117 13 Oklahoma 104 45-34 +
Monday, December 31, 2018
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
MILITARY BOWL at Annapolis, MD
10:00a ESPN Virginia Tech** 88 0 Cincinnati 88 31-35 -
SUN BOWL at El Paso, TX
12:00p CBS Stanford** 96 6 Pittsburgh 90 14-13 +
SAN FRANCISCO BOWL at Santa Clara, CA
1:00p FOX Oregon** 95 3 Michigan State 92 7-6 +
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL at Memphis, TN
1:45p ESPN Missouri** 102 14 Oklahoma State 88 33-38 -
HOLIDAY BOWL at San Diego, CA
5:00p FS-1 Utah** 96 4 Northwestern 92 20-31 -
GATOR BOWL at Jacksonville, FL
5:30p ESPN Texas A&M** 98 5 North Carolina State 93 52-13 +
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
OUTBACK BOWL at Tampa, FL
10:00a ESPN2 Mississippi State** 104 6 Iowa 98 22-27 -
FIESTA BOWL at Glendale, AZ
11:00a ESPN Central Florida** 99 0 L.S.U. 99 32-40 -
CITRUS BOWL at Orlando, FL
11:00a ABC Penn State** 99 7 Kentucky 92 24-27 -
ROSE BOWL at Pasadena, CA
3:00p ESPN Ohio State** 108 9 Washington 99 28-23 +
SUGAR BOWL at New Orleans, LA
6:45p ESPN Georgia** 107 8 Texas 99 21-28 -
Monday, January 7, 2019
MST TV Favorite & Rating Spr. Underdog & Rating Score +/-
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Santa Clara, CA
6:00p ESPN Alabama** 117 Clemson 117 16-44 -
*Home Team = + 3 points **Neutral Field
Spr. = Expected Pointspread
Straight-Up Rec.: 559-214, 72.3% thru 1/7 + = Straight-Up Correct Pick

COLLEGE FINAL TOP 30
As of Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Pigskin Index Top 30 College Teams
Rank Team Rating Rank Team Rating
1 Clemson (15-0)* 120 16 Auburn (8-5) 99
2 Alabama (14-1) 114 17 Syracuse (10-3) 99
3 Ohio State (13-1) 107 18 Central Florida (12-1) 97
4 Oklahoma (12-2) 104 19 Northwestern (9-5) 96
5 Notre Dame (12-1) 104 20 Penn State (9-4) 96
6 Georgia (11-3) 103 21 Washington State (11-2) 96
7 Mississippi State (8-5) 102 22 Utah State (11-2) 95
8 Texas (10-4) 101 23 Stanford (9-4) 95
9 Iowa (9-4) 101 24 Fresno State (12-2) 95
10 Texas A&M (9-4) 101 25 Iowa State (8-5) 95
11 Florida (10-3) 101 26 Oregon (9-4) 95
12 Missouri (8-5) 100 27 Kentucky (10-3) 94
13 Washington (10-4) 100 28 West Virginia (8-4) 94
14 L.S.U. (10-3) 99 29 Utah (9-5) 94
15 Michigan (10-3) 99 30 Minnesota (7-6) 94


*In terms of dominance in one season, Clemson's final rating of 120 here is the second highest we have
had in 50 years. Only the 1971 Nebraska team finished higher at 121. Oklahoma was 2nd that year at 118.


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 Final 2018 Pigskin Index Ratings
130 Division 1-A (FBS) Teams

Air Force 77
Akron 64
Alabama 114
Appal. St 89
Arizona 89
Arizona St. 91
Arkansas 77
Arkansas St. 80
Army 89
Auburn 99
Ball St. 65
Baylor 92
Boise St. 93
Boston Coll. 89
Bowling Green 66
Buffalo 77
B.Y.U. 88
California 88
Cent. Florida 97
Cent. Michigan 62
Charlotte 71
Cincinnati 88
Clemson 120
Co Carolina 59
Colorado 79
Colorado St. 68
Connecticut 54
Duke 89
East Carolina 65
East. Michigan 77
Florida 101
Florida Atlantic 73
Florida Int'l 79
Florida St. 86
Fresno St. 95
Georgia 103
Georgia So. 78
Georgia St. 59
Georgia Tech 88
Hawaii 67
Houston 79
Illinois 75
Indiana 85
Iowa 101
Iowa St. 95
Kansas 83
Kansas St. 92
Kent St. 61
Kentucky 94
L.S.U. 99
La.-Lafayette 71
La.-Monroe 71
Liberty 66
Louisiana Tech 72
Louisville 66
Marshall 79
Maryland 84
Massachusetts 65
Memphis 89
Miami, FL 89
Miami, OH 85
Michigan 99
Michigan St. 93
Mid. Tenn. St. 77
Minnesota 94
Mississippi 82
Mississippi St. 102
Missouri 100
Navy 76
Nebraska 93
Nevada 79
New Mexico 64
New Mex. St. 56
N. Carolina 82
NC State 90
North Texas 72
N. Illinois 76
Northwestern 96
Notre Dame 104
Ohio St. 107
Ohio U. 89
Oklahoma 104
Oklahoma St. 90
Old Dominion 64
Oregon 95
Oregon St. 70
Penn St. 96
Pittsburgh 91
Purdue 86
Rice 62
Rutgers 75
San Diego St. 72
San Jose St. 66
S. Alabama 60
S. Carolina 90
S. Florida 72
Southern Cal 87
S.M.U. 76
Southern Miss 77
Stanford 95
Syracuse 99
Temple 83
Tennessee 85
Texas 101
Texas A&M 101
T.C.U. 91
Texas State 62
Texas Tech 86
Toledo 79
Troy St. 81
Tulane 79
Tulsa 75
U.C.L.A. 87
UAB 82
UNLV 70
UTEP 54
UTSA 59
Utah 94
Utah St. 95
Vanderbilt 89
Virginia 89
Virginia Tech 87
Wake Forest 91
Washington 100
Wash. St. 96
West Virginia 94
W. Kentucky 69
W. Michigan 71
Wisconsin 92
Wyoming 82
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