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The Baseline Times has developed its own rubric for scoring each country’s performance at the Olympic Games by weighing each medal based criteria like competitiveness, number of athletes, medal value, etc. Follow along all throughout the Games to see who is truly winning the Olympics! See here for the rules and logic behind this medal tracker.

CountryGoldSilverBronzeBT Points
USA11109159
Japan1345148
ROC (Russia)7106137
China1259117
Top performing countries will be filled in as medals are awarded

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Everything to Know About the 2021 FCS Spring Playoffs

An event never before dared nor even dreamed – a 16 team College Football Playoff in the Spring! Ok, it is the FCS Playoffs but this is a high-quality football gift wrapped to us sports junkies neatly between March Madness and the NBA playoffs. COVID lingers on like the world’s worst houseguest but having Spring FCS Playoffs is a small silver lining!

I don’t proclaim to be an expert on the FCS, in fact most years I only get a chance to watch a game or 2 due to competition with FBS games. But this is not most years and I have attempted to put together a page that I think should give people like me, new, or casual FCS fans the information they need if they want to get into the playoffs this year. So cheers to more college football!

Who is Playing (FCS Playoff Bracket):

  • The official NCAA FCS Playoff Bracket can be found here.
  • The NCAA only ranks the top 4 seeds, which are:
    1. South Dakota State
    2. Sam Houston State
    3. James Madison
    4. Jacksonville State
  • Due to the pandemic, teams played vastly different schedules. Some teams in the playoffs only played 3 or 4 games, others played games in the Fall as well as the Spring. These games seemingly both count (Jacksonville State) and don’t count (NDSU) as part of their records for some reason .
  • Thus, the unofficial bracket looks something like this with each teams’ record and Sagarin advanced metrics ratings included:
Thanks to Bracket HQ for this free bracket generator!
  • A few thoughts, given these additional details. Looks like the seeding is pretty solid given all of the difficult circumstances this year.
  • It seems like the teams that really got hosed were North Dakota State and Monmouth. NDSU has a tough first round draw in Eastern Washington and then they potentially face the #2 seed Sam Houston State. I suppose the committee wants the Bison to prove themselves as an at-large team.
  • Monmouth’s advanced metric numbers are better than every team “seeded” higher than them until you get to #8 seed Weber State. However, Monmouth only played 3 games so the sample size is small. Tough luck for the Big South Champion Hawks (despite being in NJ, lol).
  • Delaware looks like it might have a favorable path to the Semifinal. Sacred Heart and Davidson are 2 of the lower ranked advanced metric teams in the field and Jacksonville State’s advanced metrics paint them as overrated (not saying this is true per se) I hope we get to see them against likely title favorite South Dakota State.
  • The championship game will be in Frisco, less than a 3 hour drive from Sam Houston State’s campus. If they can make it that far, that’s worth a couple points in the Sam Houston State Bearkats favor.

When are the Games & Where to Watch (ESPN3):

The first round is Saturday, April 24th. All games EDT and on ESPN3, here is the first round schedule:

Who is Not Playing:

  • 43 of 127 FCS teams opted out prior to or during the Spring season including entire conferences like the Ivy League and MEAC (though some teams played modified schedules).
  • This, of course, left 84 teams eligible for the FCS Playoffs.
  • A few FCS contenders opted out of the Spring season, some like Montana played a modified and shortened schedule but were ultimately not selected for the Playoffs.
  • Several top players opted out of the Spring season to focus on the NFL Draft like WR Cade Johnson of South Dakota St, who would be playing in these playoffs otherwise.
  • North Dakota State alone has 3 players expected to be drafted in the top 50 in the 2021 NFL draft who would likely be playing in these playoffs were they to take place in the 2020 Fall: QB Trey Lance, OT Dillon Radunz, & LB Jabril Cox (Cox transferred to LSU for the 2020 fall season in part due to the pandemic).

FCS Playoff Storylines:

  • North Dakota State University – The Bison have been THE dominant team in FCS football for the last decade. They have won 8 of the last 9 FCS championships and put dozens of players in the NFL and on practice squads during that time span. This year, however, they are not in the driver’s seat. As mentioned, 3 of NDSU’s top players are not playing in the playoffs (and haven’t played with them all Spring). There is also a current QB controversy between veteran Zeb Noland and freshman Cam Miller. The presently constituted team went 5-2, with a loss in the MVC championship to rival South Dakota St. If there is any year for NDSU to relinquish control of the FCS this is it.
  • How the contenders got here:
    • South Dakota State went 5-1 and won the MVC. The loss was to North Dakota early in the season 28-17, in which the Jackrabbits outgained the Fighting Hawks. They gutted out close wins in the toughest conference in FCS over UNI and Youngstown St.
    • Delaware went 5-0 and won the CAA. The Blue Hens mostly demolished their competition, their closest game being last week’s 27-20 victory over Villanova. They did not receive a “seed” despite being undefeated and being CAA champs, more on that in the James Madison section.
    • Jacksonville State went 9-2 and won the Ohio Valley Conference. In addition to the FSU loss, they lost to a not super great Austin Peay team in a game which JSU’s starting QB threw 4 INTs and had just 111 passing yds but wasn’t benched. They have mostly dominated otherwise with just 2 of their 7 wins being 1 score games.
    • James Madison went 5-0 and received an at-large bid. There may be some sour grapes for the Dukes as they went undefeated but the CAA championship was awarded to Delaware (as mentioned above). They have the stingiest defense in the FCS playoffs and their only close game was over Elon.
    • North Dakota went 4-1 and received an at-large bid. Their only loss was against NDSU and they boast a win over the #1 seed.
    • Weber State went 5-0 and won the Big Sky Conference. They didn’t play fellow Big Sky playoff participant E Washington this year due to COVID and 4 of their 5 wins were within a score.
    • North Dakota State went 5-2 and received an at-large bid. We mentioned their loss to the Jackrabbits and their other loss was to Southern Illinois by 24. This are some holes in this Bison team that haven’t been around for a decade or more, but like a wounded bison they are still dangerous.
    • Sam Houston State went 6-0 and was the Southland champion. They dismantled competition behind a prolific offense, scoring 43, 71, 62, and 42 points in games this year. Their closest game was strangely to a 1-6 Northwestern State team in which Sam Houston’s offense was held to 24 points.

FCS Stats Leaders in the Playoffs:

  • Sam Houston State QB Eric Schmid leads the FCS in yards per pass attempt with 10.1 and is 8th in passing yards per game with ~337.
  • Other QBs in the Playoffs in the top 10 in yards per pass attempt with roughly 9 ypa each:
    • Tony Muskett, Monmouth (#5)
    • Seth Morgan, VMI (#6)
    • Cole Johnson, JMU (#7)
  • Several WRs in the FCS Playoffs are at the top of the leaderboard, averaging over 100 receiving yards per game:
    • Talolo Limu-Jones, E Washington (#1 – 120 ypg)
    • Jakob Herres, VMI (#3 – 115 ypg)
    • Terrance Greene Jr. (#5 – 110 ypg)
    • Jequez Ezzard (#8 – 101 ypg)
  • Several RBs in the FCS Playoffs are at the top of the leaderboard, averaging over 100 rushing yards per game:
    • Julius Chestnut, Sacred Heart (#1 – 179 ypg)
    • Juwon Farri, Monmouth (#2 – 141 ypg)
    • Otis Weah, North Dakota (#5 – 114 ypg)
  • Teams in the top 10 in scoring defense:
    • James Madison (#2 – 9.8 ppg allowed)
    • Delaware (#3 – 11.6 ppg allowed)
    • Holy Cross (#4 – 12.3 ppg allowed)
    • South Dakota St (#9 – 15.8 ppg allowed)
  • Teams in top 10 in FCS scoring offense:
    • Sam Houston St (#3 – 44.8 ppg)
    • Monmouth (#5 – 41.7 ppg)
    • E Washington (#6 – 40.7 ppg)

2020-21 College Football Playoff Championship Expert Picks

All CFB season our Experts picked winners, spreads, and over/under. Atlas, the College Football Playoff Championship is here and we have our expert picks! We are partnered with Tallysight.com where our very own Experts are ranked in the top 10! On to this week for College Football Playoff Championship expert picks!

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  • Baseline Times currently ranks 16th overall (after 17 Weeks of CFB) among industry experts. The overall score reflects a combined Straight Up, Over/Under, and Spread picks.
  • Our experts rank fourth place overall for Straight Up picks. We’ve been at least 72% this year for CFB. (You might want to follow along below for the best chance when placing those bets!)
  • Our Expert John Glowatz currently ranks 4th among industry experts for Straight up picks. John currently has picked 493 games this season (before this week) and 74% of them have been correct!


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Episode 28: CFP Reactions & NFL 2020 Playoffs Preview

Chevy is joined by a line-up of Baseline Times finest experts when it comes to all things football. At the top of the episode, John Glowatz aka the “Straight-Up Pick King”, joins Chevy to discuss his overall thoughts on the College Football season, his thoughts on if Ohio State deserves a shot in the CFP, and John gives you his CFP pick for the Championship game. Adam & Mitch of the 1st & 10 Podcast from Baseline Times joins Chevy to discuss the 2020 NFL Season. Adam & Mitch share their thoughts on the success of the season, surprises, and disappointments, and also share their picks for Wild Card Weekend for the opening week of the 2020 NFL Playoffs. Also, find out who they think is the MVP this season!

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2020-21 College Football Playoff Expert Picks

All CFB season our Experts picked winners, spreads, and over/under. Atlas, the College Football Playoff is here and we have our expert picks! We are partnered with Tallysight.com where our very own Experts are ranked in the top 10! On to this week for College Football Playoff expert picks!

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  • Baseline Times currently ranks 16th overall (after 17 Weeks of CFB) among industry experts. The overall score reflects a combined Straight Up, Over/Under, and Spread picks.
  • Our experts rank fourth place overall for Straight Up picks. We’ve been at least 72% this year for CFB. (You might want to follow along below for the best chance when placing those bets!)
  • Our Expert John Glowatz currently ranks 4th among industry experts for Straight up picks. John currently has picked 493 games this season (before this week) and 74% of them have been correct!


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More NCAAF coverage from Baseline Times

In case you’re also curious about what to expect in the restart of most College Basketball programs we’ve got you covered! Our NCAAB expert Cody Guinn has you covered. Check out our NCAAB Conference previews. Cody has you covered all season long!

Baseline Times is partnered with Tallysight.com which tracks expert picks throughout the entire CFB season this year. Tallysight helps track our experts up against top industry experts and other platforms. Check out Tallysight.com for more information!


CFB 2020 – Week 18 Bowl Games Expert Picks

Follow along all CFB season as our Experts pick winners, spreads, and over/under. We are partnered with Tallysight.com where our very own Experts are ranked in the top 10! On to this week for CFB Week 16 picks from our experts!

  • Baseline Times currently ranks 16th overall (after 17 Weeks of CFB) among industry experts. The overall score reflects a combined Straight Up, Over/Under, and Spread picks.
  • Our experts rank fourth place overall for Straight Up picks. We’ve been at least 72% this year for CFB. (You might want to follow along below for the best chance when placing those bets!)
  • Our Expert John Glowatz currently ranks 4th among industry experts for Straight up picks. John currently has picked 493 games this season (before this week) and 74% of them have been correct!


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More NCAAF coverage from Baseline Times

In case you’re also curious about what to expect in the restart of most College Basketball programs we’ve got you covered! Our NCAAB expert Cody Guinn has you covered. Check out our NCAAB Conference previews. Cody has you covered all season long!

Baseline Times is partnered with Tallysight.com which tracks expert picks throughout the entire CFB season this year. Tallysight helps track our experts up against top industry experts and other platforms. Check out Tallysight.com for more information!


Sports Leagues Should Bubble Up or Shut Down

Talking to you NBA, NFL, and NCAA

Under normal circumstances, this would be my favorite time of the sports calendar. College football is in its bowl season and the CFP is coming shortly. College basketball has started up and made it to league play. The NFL is about to start its own playoffs. The NBA has started its season with key Christmas matchups and has several compelling storylines. (I’m also told the NHL season is starting up though I don’t know much about it as I’m admittedly not a big hockey fan – don’t hold that against me hockey stans).

For obvious reasons, this is not a normal year. To make matters worse, most models predict the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths to increase over the next few months. This from an already astronomical case count occurring right now in the USA!

The Real Toll

Many athletes, coaches and staff have already contracted the virus even with all of the precautions that have been put in place. Fortunately, reactions and long-term effects have not been severe for most athletes as they are largely young and in good physical shape.

Abstractly, it may be easy to put this out of America’s collective conscience with just statistics and a lot of fake news stating that this virus is no big deal. Less so when we’re talking about real people, young men in the prime of their lives who have suffered grave effects.

Jamain Stephens Jr. (Cal U FB) and Michael Ojo (FSU MBB & Serbian Pro) sadly lost their lives due to complications from COVID. Xavier Thomas (Clemson FB) had a severe case and could not breathe fully for months. Keyontae Johnson (Florida MBB) and Tommy Sweeney (BC FB & Buffalo Bills) developed heart inflammation called myocarditis that could kill them if they don’t abstain from strenuous activity for several months. Johnson famously collapsed in game after a dunk against FSU and had to be put into a medically induced coma.

A host of high school coaches and athletes have also met with equally tragic results albeit to less fanfare. This is to say nothing of the perpetuation of the virus via spread to friends and family.

Watching sports has now turned into a moral quandary. Especially with light at the end of the tunnel so close.

The End in Sight

It seems likely that the average American should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine by April or May 2021. Wild speculation but I’d wager the NFL, NBA, and NCAA could get doses of the vaccine for players, coaches, and key staff by March. (Side note: this would probably require NCAA athletes to be classified as essential workers, which should effectively end their amateur status and usher in at least NIL payments. For a lot of reasons, this is the way but that is another entire separate article). Thus, we are looking at a 3 month risk window. Maybe 4 or 5 months if these leagues are not able to secure vaccines early.

Many players don’t want to participate in this high risk window. Even if they make it through physically unscathed they undergo a tremendous psychological toll as well. Duke WBB; almost all of the FCS, D2, and D3 schools; and the Ivy League decided to cancel their seasons due to COVID. You may be aware that many NFL players and high profile 2021 draft prospects also decided to opt out. Similarly, 11 NCAA bowl games have been cancelled and 17 eligible teams have decided to opt out of bowls entirely due to COVID.

Bubble Up or Shut Down

Let’s make it simple. Leagues for which it still makes financial sense to operate in a bubble and continue their season should do so. Leagues for which it doesn’t make financial sense should not play until after widespread vaccination in 2021. If you can’t afford to protect your players you can’t afford to have a season.

High income leagues like the NFL, NBA, and P5/6 NCAA revenue sports can surely afford bubbles. Some others probably cannot.

The NFL didn’t institute a bubble for their regular season due to the number of people and length of time that would be involved. The playoffs kick off on Jan 9 and the Super Bowl is on Feb 7. So, the longest period of time a team would be in their bubble is roughly a month. With the top seeds from each conference on bye for round 1 it is likely the eventual Super Bowl participants will be in bubble for less time.

Several bowl games have instituted bubbles themselves. Kudos to them, the rest should follow suit. At this point, everyone would be in their respective bubbles for a matter of weeks or even days.

The NBA and TBT proved that a bubble can be a viable thing over a longer time period in 2020. 2021 can be just as successful for them and college basketball as well.

The NCAA already announced that March Madness will take place in a bubble in Indianapolis. However, a lot of damage can be done between now and then. Short term mini-bubbles don’t seem to be the answer either as the biggest risk is not playing against other athletes who have all been frequently tested. Rather the risk that comes along with living and interacting with others in close proximity. There has been talk about each conference doing their own bubble for league play but it doesn’t seem like much traction has been made there.

Legends Coach K and Rick Pitino have publically expressed their reservations at playing a season in the height of a pandemic. The latter called for delaying the season and potentially holding May Madness. You know when Slick Rick Pitino is the voice of reason you are in uncharted territory.

It would behoove the NBA to return to the bubble model that they pioneered on such a grand scale. For 2021, the NBA and the NBAPA have agreed on COVID restrictions such as not participating in social gatherings with more than 15 people and only going to approved restaurants. But that doesn’t do a lot of good when a large portion of the COVID surge is coming from small indoor gatherings. Even if the rules are followed, they are not sufficient. And we all know how good star athletes are at following rules. Especially when women are involved.

COVID-19 has already cost us so much and the end is within our grasp. Lets not put these young men and women at further risk at the peak of this thing for mere entertainment.


The views expressed in this article are solely those of John Glowatz.

CFB 2020 – Week 17 Bowl Games Expert Picks

Follow along all CFB season as our Experts pick winners, spreads, and over/under. We are partnered with Tallysight.com where our very own Experts are ranked in the top 10! On to this week for CFB Week 16 picks from our experts!

  • Baseline Times currently ranks 16th overall (after 15 Weeks of CFB) among industry experts. The overall score reflects a combined Straight Up, Over/Under, and Spread picks.
  • Our experts rank fourth place overall for Straight Up picks. We’ve been at least 72% this year for CFB. (You might want to follow along below for the best chance when placing those bets!)
  • Our Expert John Glowatz currently ranks 4th among industry experts for Straight up picks. John currently has picked 484 games this season (before this week) and 74% of them have been correct!


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John Glowatz also covers Offense & Defensive MVPs for the active Northeast teams. Check out who he determines are the respective MVPs of these categories. You won’t see a breakdown like this anyone where else! John is just more than the guy to handle our CFB 2020 Expert Picks.

In case you’re also curious about what to expect in the restart of most College Basketball programs we’ve got you covered! Our NCAAB expert Cody Guinn has you covered. Check out our NCAAB Conference previews. Cody has you covered all season long!

Baseline Times is partnered with Tallysight.com which tracks expert picks throughout the entire CFB season this year. Tallysight helps track our experts up against top industry experts and other platforms. Check out Tallysight.com for more information!


CFB 2020 – Week 16 Expert Picks

Follow along all CFB season as our Experts pick winners, spreads, and over/under. We are partnered with Tallysight.com where our very own Experts are ranked in the top 10! On to this week for CFB Week 16 picks from our experts!

  • Baseline Times currently ranks 15th overall (after 15 Weeks of CFB) among industry experts. The overall score reflects a combined Straight Up, Over/Under, and Spread picks.
  • Our experts rank fourth place overall for Straight Up picks. We’ve been at least 72% this year for CFB. (You might want to follow along below for the best chance when placing those bets!)
  • Our Expert John Glowatz currently ranks 3rd among industry experts for Straight up picks. John currently has picked 460 games this season (before this week) and 75% of them have been correct!


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John Glowatz also covers Offense & Defensive MVPs for the active Northeast teams. Check out who he determines are the respective MVPs of these categories. You won’t see a breakdown like this anyone where else! John is just more than the guy to handle our CFB 2020 Expert Picks.

In case you’re also curious about what to expect in the restart of most College Basketball programs we’ve got you covered! Our NCAAB expert Cody Guinn has you covered. Check out our NCAAB Conference previews. Cody has you covered all season long!

Baseline Times is partnered with Tallysight.com which tracks expert picks throughout the entire CFB season this year. Tallysight helps track our experts up against top industry experts and other platforms. Check out Tallysight.com for more information!


CFB 2020 – Week 15 Expert Picks

Follow along all CFB season as our Experts pick winners, spreads, and over/under. We are partnered with Tallysight.com where our very own Experts are ranked in the top 10! Follow along every week for our 2020 CFB Expert Picks.

  • Baseline Times currently ranks 17th overall (after 14 Weeks of CFB) among industry experts. The overall score reflects a combined Straight Up, Over/Under, and Spread picks.
  • Our experts rank third place overall for Straight Up picks. We’ve been at least 72% this year for CFB. (You might want to follow along below for the best chance when placing those bets!)
  • Our Expert John Glowatz currently ranks 4th among industry experts for Straight up picks. John currently has picked 427 games this season and 74% of them have been correct!


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More NCAAF coverage from Baseline Times

John Glowatz also covers Offense & Defensive MVPs for the active Northeast teams. Check out who he determines are the respective MVPs of these categories. You won’t see a breakdown like this anyone where else! John is just more than the guy to handle our CFB 2020 Expert Picks.

In case you’re also curious about what to expect in the restart of most College Basketball programs we’ve got you covered! Our NCAAB expert Cody Guinn has you covered. Check out our NCAAB Conference previews. Cody has you covered all season long!