Vegas Power Ratings Week 1

Football is back. While only 7 games involving the FBS were played last weekend it was great to get the TV’s fired up and watching football again and this week there are 87 games involving FBS teams. A reminder that 42 of them involve FBS vs FCS teams and I will have a complete writeup for each of those games in my Inside the Pressbox Newsletter. You can also become an expert on the FCS by getting my 2023 FCS College Football Preview Magazine which has TWO FULL PAGES on EVERY FCS team. Click here to order.

When I worked for ESPN full time, I put out a weekly article entitled the Vegas Power Ratings. I still have all the sources that I used to produce that article as it featured my plus/minus ratings which closely resemble Vegas’s numbers as well as three different casinos including the fine folks over at the Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook @SuperBookSports.

This is not the AP poll but gives you an idea of how much teams would be favored over another team if they met on a neutral field. I use these to get an idea of lines on upcoming games. Keep in mind just because a team beat someone last week does not mean they would be favored over them in the Vegas ratings. I will update these each week during the year as always.

Not much change in the ratings with only 14 teams playing last week.

Here is the second edition of the 2023 Vegas Power Ratings!


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