This is more than just educated guessing. This is what the current national rankings suggest that the margin of victory will be (on a neutral field). This is not a bookie's betting line. It's the margin at which (if the actual game score matches it) the current power ratings are not likely to change at all.
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This information is very instructive to those who are asking themselves what it would take to climb in the rankings. The short answer is; "exceed the projections and you will climb higher.' On the other side of the equation, if you do not meet these expectations, your power rating will slide. Sometimes it is impossible to improve your rating if you're playing a far-inferior team; as Fort Bend found out last weekend.
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'Ned's Numbers', out of the San Francisco Bay area, just released the following projections:
This posting does not , in any way, imply that the leadership and personnel of NHFCS are in any way 'cheering' for or against any team. We encourage all homeschool teams to prove these numbers wrong and demonstrate that you deserve a better power-rating than your team currently has.
You can study the Maxpreps rankings in greater detail by reading; The Anatomy of a Computer Ranking Machine.
The NHFCS is very grateful to CBS Sports' Maxpreps division for providing such a thorough national ranking service.