Projecting the most entertaining college football games of 2013 for each conference

Jonathan Ferrey

Most people prefer high-scoring, close games between talented teams. We're trying to find the 2013 college football games most likely to fit that bill. Why yes, the Pac-12 and Big 12 will be very fun this season.

Using the 2012 College Football Entertainment Index beta as a guide, let's look ahead and try to project the most exciting games of the upcoming 2013 season.

It's a formula that aims to find good teams who tend to play shootouts against other good teams. These numbers are just a guide, and by the time many of these games happen, the rankings will probably look different. Also, not everybody likes the same kind of football, and several of these teams have made significant coaching changes. But hey, let's take a look anyway.

First, let's break down the top games by conference:

Big 12

Mark D. Smith, US Presswire

Rk Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

1 Oklahoma State 5 West Virginia 6 5.5

2 Baylor 8 Oklahoma State 5 6.5

3 West Virginia 6 Baylor 8 7

4 Oklahoma State 5 Texas Tech 16 10.5

5 Texas Tech 16 West Virginia 6 11

6 Oklahoma 19 Oklahoma State 5 12

7 Baylor 8 Texas Tech 16 12

8 West Virginia 6 Oklahoma 19 12.5

9 Oklahoma State 5 Texas 21 13

10 Oklahoma 19 Baylor 8 13.5

Big Ten

Jerry Lai, US Presswire

Rk Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

1 Northwestern 31 Nebraska 7 19

2 Nebraska 7 Penn State 41 24

3 Ohio State 23 Northwestern 31 27

4 Michigan State 53 Nebraska 7 30

5 Ohio State 23 Indiana 39 31

6 Nebraska 7 Purdue 56 31.5

7 Ohio State 23 Penn State 41 32

8 Ohio State 23 Purdue 56 39.5

9 Nebraska 7 Michigan 72 39.5

10 Penn State 41 Indiana 39 40

ACC

Kevin C. Cox, Getty

Rk Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

1 Georgia Tech 18 Clemson 4 11

2 Clemson 4 Syracuse 24 14

3 North Carolina 22 Georgia Tech 18 20

4 Clemson 4 N.C. State 37 20.5

5 Syracuse 24 Georgia Tech 18 21

6 Florida State 45 Clemson 4 24.5

7 North Carolina 22 N.C. State 37 29.5

8 Syracuse 24 N.C. State 37 30.5

9 Georgia Tech 18 Duke 47 32.5

10 Duke 47 North Carolina 22 34.5

10 Syracuse 24 Florida State 45 34.5

Pac-12

Scott Olmos, US Presswire

Rk Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

1 Oregon 1 Arizona 2 1.5

2 UCLA 9 Oregon 1 5

3 UCLA 9 Arizona 2 5.5

4 Arizona 2 Arizona State 12 7

5 Arizona State 12 UCLA 9 10.5

6 Oregon State 35 Oregon 1 18

7 Oregon State 35 Arizona State 12 23.5

8 Arizona 2 USC 63 32.5

9 USC 63 UCLA 9 36

10 USC 63 Arizona State 12 37.5

SEC

Stacy Revere, Getty

Rk Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

1 Texas A&M 3 Ole Miss 20 11.5

2 Georgia 46 Tennessee 14 30

3 Alabama 59 Texas A&M 3 31

4 Texas A&M 3 Missouri 62 32.5

5 Texas A&M 3 LSU 64 33.5

6 Tennessee 14 Alabama 59 36.5

7 Tennessee 14 Missouri 62 38

8 Vanderbilt 75 Texas A&M 3 39

9 Ole Miss 20 Alabama 59 39.5

10 Mississippi State 77 Texas A&M 3 40

The best of the rest

Conference Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

C-USA Marshall 11 Tulsa 17 14

MWC Nevada 13 Fresno State 15 14

MAC Ball State 10 Northern Illinois 28 19

Sun Belt ULM 30 Troy 26 28

American Houston 32 Louisville 42 37

The top 25 overall

Rk Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

1 Oregon 1 Arizona 2 1.5

2 UCLA 9 Oregon 1 5

3 UCLA 9 Arizona 2 5.5

4 Oklahoma State 5 West Virginia 6 5.5

5 Baylor 8 Oklahoma State 5 6.5

6 Arizona 2 Arizona State 12 7

7 West Virginia 6 Baylor 8 7

8 Tennessee 14 Oregon 1 7.5

9 Oklahoma State 5 Texas Tech 16 10.5

10 Arizona State 12 UCLA 9 10.5

11 Georgia Tech 18 Clemson 4 11

12 Texas Tech 16 West Virginia 6 11

13 Nevada 13 UCLA 9 11

14 Texas A&M 3 Ole Miss 20 11.5

15 Oklahoma 19 Oklahoma State 5 12

16 Baylor 8 Texas Tech 16 12

17 West Virginia 6 Oklahoma 19 12.5

18 Oklahoma State 5 Texas 21 13

19 Oklahoma 19 Baylor 8 13.5

20 Texas 21 West Virginia 6 13.5

21 Marshall 11 Tulsa 17 14

22 Clemson 4 Syracuse 24 14

23 Nevada 13 Fresno State 15 14

24 Texas 21 Baylor 8 14.5

25 Oregon State 35 Oregon 1 18

And, of course, the worst for each conference

Conference Road CFBEI Home CFBEI Avg. CFBEI

Big 12 Kansas 111 Iowa State 60 85.5

Sun Belt Western Kentucky 78 South Alabama 108 93

Big Ten Iowa 98 Minnesota 95 96.5

American Temple 101 Memphis 99 100

Pac-12 California 103 Colorado 116 109.5

ACC Wake Forest 114 Boston College 107 110.5

SEC Auburn 117 Arkansas 104 110.5

MWC Colorado State 113 Hawaii 112 112.5

MAC Miami (OH) 105 UMass 121 113

C-USA Florida Atlantic 110 Southern Miss 119 114.5

Overall Idaho 124 New Mexico State 123 123.5

Which games do you see that'll be the most boosted or dropped by coaching changes or new players?

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