There’s an outfit in Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sports Consultants, that makes the opening lines for every college football game bet in Nevada.
These guys have been publishing a top 30 poll for a couple of years now. It’s power rating based – in other words, these guys rank on the status of how they’d set a line and which team would beat which other teams. In other words, they’re using the info from which they make their living. Here’s their final poll in all its glory.
Now I know there’s no way that college football would use any kind of rating system linked to gambling as a measure of deciding which teams should play in a BCS game. That strikes me as kind of a shame – these guys don’t seem to have any less credibility in their analysis than do these guys. And they’re sure a whole lot less conflicted.