Inside the Numbers: Projected winners for marquee matches this weekend

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Check out the winner projections for the marquee matches this weekend via the VBelo Rating Model.

[Editor’s note: The VBelo is the only elo model in college men’s volleyball and makes projections based on a variety of data. T.J. Breshears, a contributor to Off the Block, created the VBelo.]

If Pepperdine’s five-game win against USC on Wednesday was any indication, the rematch will be close. VBelo has to look at those decimal places for the slimmest of edges to Pepperdine.


It’s the Off the Block Division II Match of the Week. This top 25 VBelo matchup looks to be a close one with a slight advantage to the visitors.

BYU is looking to snap its five-match match losing streak, while Grand Canyon wants to prove its recent win against Pepperdine was no fluke.

Two nationally ranked and top-10 VBelo teams are looking for a big MIVA win. It is also one of the closest matchups of the weekend.

Penn State has looked dominant, but NJIT might be poised to gain a huge win in the EIVA. VBelo likes the Nittany Lions, but don’t count out those Highlanders.