Read those articles carefully! They are talking about pure ethanol, not E85. Like I said before, there is a big difference between pure ethanol and E85 fuels! They ARE NOT the same.
From your MIT PDFs:
IV. Effective Octane Number Of Ethanol
Table IV shows the results for direct injection of ethanol. The calculations are performed
for a given ethanol fraction addition, defined as the fraction of the fuel energy that is
provided by the ethanol or a high concentration ethanol blend such as E85. This fraction
was 20%. For the present calculations, neat ethanol (E100) was used.
So yes, you are still propagating a lie!