FiveThirtyEight’s Playoff Model Doesn’t Paint A Good Picture For The Big Ten, Regardless Of Today’s Result

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan will square off on Saturday, and the winner will take the Big Ten East and earn a spot in the league’s title game next week against Northwestern. A College Football Playoff spot could be on the line too – maybe.Michigan currently holds the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, and many believe that if the Wolverines win out, they’ll stay there. But FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictor model doesn’t see it that way.In fact, FiveThirtyEight projects that both the Wolverines and Buckeyes would need help – even if they won out.If Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Michigan win out, the Wolverines have the lowest odds of getting in. Ditto if you replace Michigan with Ohio State.Michigan's odds on 538.Ohio State's odds on 538.FiveThirtyEight isn’t affiliated with selection committee, but their model has been pretty accurate in the past.Essentially, it’s predicting that even if Michigan wins out, Oklahoma will pass it in the rankings. The Sooners will play Texas in the Big 12 title game next week.If that did happen, you could expect Michigan fans to riot. There’s no way they think that a 12-1 Wolverines squad that won the Big Ten and knocked off Ohio State should be left out.It’s going to be an interesting two weeks.last_img read more

KPC to Double Crude Export to China

first_imgzoom Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) has signed a historic deal with China’s Unipec which will see almost doubling of KPC’s shipments of crude to China.This is a milestone deal for KPC, under which, as of 2014 KPC will provide Unipec crude oil with the volume expected to reach 300,000 barrels per day (bpd). The amount equals to one VLCC heading from Kuwait to China on daily basis.The ten-year contract, that replaces the previous 160,000-170,000 bpd supply agreement, will see involvement of Kuwait Oil Tanker’s fleet.“With new and mutual cooperation between the two parties, there is a good sign of increasing the volume of our crude oil exports to China up to 500,000 bpd in the next three years,” KPC’s Managing Director of International Marketing, Nasser Al Mudhaf, told Kuwait’s News Agency (KUNA).“The deal comes at a right time, because this is the first contract on C&F basis with the use of our own vessels to deliver crude oil. It will help smooth operation, production and exports from Kuwait.“China is our new outlet where we will use more than 50% of our fleet for deliveries of crude oil,” he went on to say.World Maritime News Staff, August 25, 2014last_img read more