Inside the Numbers: Projected winners for marquee matches this weekend

Photo courtesy of Ball State athletics

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.]

Ball State and McKendree come into this MIVA match both ranked and looking like serious postseason threats. Ball State is heavily favored at home, but McKendree loves to play the underdog.


This match between UCLA and USC will have big MPSF Tournament and NCAA Tournament implications. A road win during either match this weekend would be huge.

The top-two teams in the SIAC will go head-to-head with the winner will likely being the inaugural regular season champion of the conference. VBelo projects this as a very even match down in Jacksonville, Florida.

This is the matchup countless fans have been waiting for this season. The Hawai’i-Long Beach State rivalry continues with two matches that will have huge postseason ramifications

Penn State is one win away from securing first place in the EIVA. They will be strong favorites on the road as they look to extend their nation-leading 15 match winning streak.