These predictions are the product of a statistical model developed in 1999. The
initial model was built for college football and has since been applied to high school football, college and pro basketball.
The model incorporates home field(/court) advantage, the conferences of the two teams (if applicable), as well as the date
and final score of the game. All teams begin the season with a rating of 0 and it usually requires a few weeks of games
before the model has enough stability to accurately forecast outcomes. The difference between any 2 team's ratings
can be viewed as the hypothetical neutral-field margin of victory should they play head-to-head.