A college football preseason top 25 poll has been compiled using the odds Las Vegas sportsbooks have released.
Football Perspective, using odds from The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, has ranked the top 51 teams in the country.
The system is pretty simple: I took the point spread for each game and turned it into a margin of victory, after assigning 3 points to the road team in each game. Do this for every game, iterate the results hundreds of times ala the Simple Rating System, and you end up with a set of power ratings.
Two quick notes about the rankings.
1) These are not intended to be surprise. The methodology may be somewhat complicated, but all these ratings are intended to do is quantify public perception.
2) These are not “my” ratings. These are simply the implied ratings based on the Vegas (or, more specifically, the Golden Nugget) points spreads; nothing more, nothing less.
The top 25:
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- North Carolina
- Texas A&M
You can view the full rankings here.