The 40-game bowl season begins Saturday, December 15th with a 5-pack of games and it all kicks off with the New Mexico Bowl at 2:00 p.m. ET in Albuquerque with a 'reunion game' between two former Big West Conference rivals - Utah State (10-2) and North Texas (9-3).
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com say the 2018 bowl season could be a series of tight games, with only one team favored by double-digits and 16 teams favored by fewer than 4 points.
Rams coach Sean McVay says he's looking forward to the way his team will respond after the worst offensive performance of his tenure
December 15th marks the kick-off date of a bowl season that should be much more competitive than recent years. For instance, last year's bowl forecast had 8 teams favored by double digits. This year, only one contest has a computer spread of 10 or higher. 16 games are under a 4-point projected margin.
The Prediction Tracker, which monitors more than 60 computer rating systems, presented the Congrove Computer Rankings an award for having the best against-the-spread record of any system in 2016.
The CCR was also awarded for the best (least) bias in 2006 and straight-up predictions in the second-half of 2014
Confidence Points is a popular pick 'em game for college football fans that presents the dual challenge of picking the winners and assigning points to each pick. Here is how the computer (Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com) would rank its' picks, based on its' projected margin of victory for each bowl winner:
Junior Kyler Murray on Saturday night (December 8) became the second consecutive Heisman winning quarterback from Oklahoma, edging out two other top collegiate QB's - Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins.
Rick Fox has resigned after five seasons as football coach at Drake
The Congrove Computer Rankings issued an update of the CCR Top 130 after Army's 17-10 win over Navy. Teams with upcoming bowl games also had the new opponent added to their strength of schedule factor and that created some minor reshuffling of the order of the rankings.
This game is a tale of two programs headed in opposite directions.
Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are Final Four - in that order.
CFP founder Dave Congrove is a voting member in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Football Poll, as well as the College Football Hall Of Fame, Fred Biletnikoff Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, Ray Guy Award, plus Maxwell and Bednarik Awards.
He's also a nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, and the FWAA All-America Team
Alabama went wire-to-wire in the Super 16 poll, holding down the No. 1 spot in the preseason all the way to the conclusion today. In the final poll Alabama received 49 of 51 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide finished with a 13-0 record, followed in the poll by two other unbeatens, No. 2 Clemson (13-0) and No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0).
Six weeks ago, Clemson moved to the top spot of the Congrove Computer Rankings and continues to hold that position heading in to Sunday's release of the final College Football Playoff Committee rankings and selection show. General consensus appears to have the committee keeping Alabama and Clemson at 1 and 2, but dropping Notre Dame behind Oklahoma.