The fine folks over at Fancred have helped us expand the reach of The Solid Verbal by giving us a slick profile page and a direct portal into the passionate minds of college football fans around the world. So, to express our gratitude, we solicited questions from its growing network of fans for a special Fancred-only mailbag:
As the Reverb Line (408-VERBAL1) continues to ring off the hook, I must make an admission: I was wrong. Really wrong, actually. I thought the uptick in positivity we saw in your calls was a mere blip on the radar. I thought, well… I thought you all were a bunch of cynics. As the chart below clearly shows, it was no blip. Last week, an astounding 65-percent of callers were in a good mood. That is just a hair shy of our peak in Week One at 67-percent.
The Game Outcome Measure (GOM) is the central metric used by my rating program to determine how much better the winning team is than the losing team in a specific game played. The GOM can be designed to reward offensively-oriented teams (by relying heavily on how many points the winning team scores); another GOM definition might favor defensively-minded teams by relying on how few points a team gives up. Still another might ignore the score altogether and just look at who wins the game.
Ty and Dan make their picks for a week that seems destined to be shootout-y, discuss how Jameis Winston will respond in a hostile setting, and examine Auburn’s potential against Texas A&M. Plus, a Patriot League Lightning Round, a Tommy Rees vs. Cody Kessler conversation and some off-track betting on Ty’s weekend 5k race.
Ty and Dan run through a wild week of upsets, discuss the merits of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, deliberate over Ed Orgeron’s future at USC, and have a listen to your Week Seven Reverbs.