WEEK 5 COMPUTER PROJECTIONS
Our weekly computer projections include the most up-to-date strength rating for every FBS team, and a point value for home field advantage (using Phil Steele's home field edge metric for games played on campus, with no advantage for neutral site games).
Compare our projected line to the Vegas Insider point spread (As of Thursday Sept. 27, 2018 - 12:00 PM Eastern).
Note: Projected point spreads are made using the difference in strength ratings, multiplied by 2.5, and adjusting for home field advantage. Because the formula is applied the same to every matchup in the same way, some values are presented as positive numbers while others are presented as negative numbers. When using this table, ignore the positives and negatives and focus instead on the team we highlight as the favorite and the point value.
For example, based on our preseason strength power ratings, Hawai'i (74.43) was an underdog in its opening season matchup at Colorado State (79.69). We calculated our point spread by taking the difference of the two ratings (74.43 - 79.69 = -5.26), and multiplied that figure by 2.5 (5.26 x 2.5 = -13.15), and then adjusted that figure by the 3.75-point home field advantage the Rams enjoy in Fort Collins (-13.15 + 3.75 = -16.9). We projected CSU as a 16.9-point favorite, and the final Vegas Insider line was 17.5.