By: Edward Egros

VIDEO: 2017 College Football Predictions Week 7

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Are rivalries tougher to predict than regular college football games? This weekend is the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma, one of the better rivalries in the sport. I break down the numbers as to if this rivalry is more uncertain than any other, plus pick some of the other top games of Week 7.

VIDEO: 2017 College Football Predictions Week 6

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For the last several years, Gary Patterson has done more with less than any college football coach in America. In other words, the disparity between the rankings of his recruiting and the success he has on Saturdays is as large as with any program in college football. But now that TCU has been in the Big 12 for a few years and as recruiting rankings become more accurate, is Coach P still the most efficient?

Our college football model only takes into account the sophomore and junior recruiting classes, using 247 composite rankings. I averaged those two classes, then compared them with where they stand in the latest AP Poll. Here are the results:

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The closer a team appears in the upper-right corner, the more they've done with less. Intuitively, it makes sense mid-majors take the first three spots. The Power 5 school with the biggest disparity is Washington, a playoff team from a year ago. The next best is actually Oklahoma State, then TCU. Though the Cowboys rank slightly higher than the Horned Frogs, TCU did win that matchup a couple of weeks ago.

Posted below is the TV segment where I summarize these findings. I also offer college football picks for Week 6 of the season:

VIDEO: 2017 College Football Predictions Week 5

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TCU owns one of the bigger upsets of the season, knocking off Oklahoma State. It catapulted the Frogs to the Top 10 in the latest AP Poll. But do they genuinely belong there? We go over the analytics and also offer predictions for Week 5 of the college football season.

VIDEO: 2017 College Football Predictions Week 4

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Baker Mayfield has company when it comes to leading one of the more potent offenses in college football. It's his Oklahoma State counterpart Mason Rudolph. We go over the numbers and offer predictions as to if each gunslinger can remain undefeated after Week 4 of the season.

VIDEO: 2017 College Football Predictions Week 3

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Will this year's Heisman conversation be about quarterbacks who are winners, or gunslingers with slightly better statistics? We go over some of the possibilities and present predictions for Week 3 of the season.