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What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them by Ed Bagley

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2. Georgia Tech was rated No. Instead, it rewards teams that do well against good opponents.

For those who wager, it may be helpful to put some science on your side when you wager, and one of the best places to do that is with the Sagarin College Football Ratings.

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2) Michigan State, another short end of the stick team for far too long, was rated No. The Irish failed to score a touchdown for the first time ever in their home opener.

USA Today, the largest circulation newspaper in the United States, is the nation’s daily newspaper and carries the Sagarin College Football Ratings. 36 after steamrolling over UAB 55-18 in its home opener.

5) Notre Dame, beaten badly (33-3) by Georgia Tech, was rated No. 57 after the loss. 143 after its opening loss) and Buffalo (ranked No. Ursinus is not a planet but a real liberal arts college in Pennsylvania.

A diminishing-returns principle exists to prevent teams from building up ratings by running up large victory margins against weak teams. 242 La Salle Explorers. The worst-rated AA school is the No. Following its horrendous loss, Michigan ended up being ranked No. 40 by Sagarin.

If there is a way for the NCAA to assert its superior power, it does so by making everything more difficult and confusing, similar to your United States government and its IRS tax code which could reduce a sane person to tears just reading it.

Folks in the gaming business know that more than a billion dollars is wagered on every Monday Night Football game during the season. . The Explorers next job will be to actually win a game. 41 by Sagarin following its 23-3 home victory over Virginia.

6) Temple (ranked No. 145 after its opening loss) face off in week two. 174 (56 AA teams are rated better), and their play reflects their rating. For Sagarin ratings and more detailed information go to: www.usatoday.com

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

Ursinus College is not a Division 1 school (which includes the 242 teams with La Salle), not a Division II team (which includes another 157 teams), but a Division III team. 38 following its upset of mighty Michigan 34-32 on Michigan’s home field. 31 after hammering Syracuse 42-14 in its home opener.

Only Division I (both A and AA) are counted for rating and schedule strength during the season.

3) Appalachian State, a AA school, was rated No. La Salle is a Catholic university located in Philadelphia.

The first job for La Salle this year will be to score a touchdown, or any points, including a field goal or touchback. The win was the biggest upset in college football history as no AA team had ever beaten a ranked team.

The Sagarin College Football Ratings: What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them

 by: Ed Bagley

Created by Jeff Sagarin, a 1970 MIT mathematics graduate, these computer ratings are for Division I-A (what the NCAA now calls the Football Bowl (FB) Subdivision) and Division I-AA (what the NCAA now calls the Football Championship (FC) Subdivision) teams.

You will have to forgive the NCAA for taking titles that have been used for years and are perfectly clear, then renaming them and creating confusion in the process.

La Salle lost its home opener to Ursinus 28-0. A hypothetical victory margin is determined by comparing the rating of the two teams after adding 2.93 points to the home team. 5 by both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll going into the game. The worst-rated A school is Florida International at No. Both teams are among the 7 worst Division I-A teams in the country, joining Louisiana-Monroe, Rice, Duke, Utah State and Florida International.

7) A total of 242 teams, 119 A schools and 123 AA schools, make up the Sagarin College Football Ratings. Good luck, La Salle, and God speed.

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The BCS (Bowl Championship Series) does not factor in scoring margin. The ratings are updated following each week’s games and published in USA Today on Wednesdays.

Michigan was ranked No. The home edge will vary during the season.

4) Wyoming, a small school and never among the nation’s top teams, was ranked No. Now you can better understand why La Salle College is ranked last among 242 Division I schools.

Following the first week of college football action, here are some facts that interested me about Sagarin’s first-week ratings:

Anyway, the Sagarin rating is a numerical measure of a team’s strength.

1) Washington, one of the poor to mediocre teams in the country the last several years, was rated No more

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Sports :: College Football – If You Thought SEC Was the Toughest NCAA Conference, Think Again

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The facts and statistics say otherwise.

Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Turns out that I am right.

It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.

Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.

I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.

Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.

When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10. Again 3 of the 5 teams come from the Pac 10.

For the record, Nebraska is No. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.

The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.

The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. 4 and Colorado No. 2, Stanford No. 3, California No. By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.

There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.

Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.

Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.. Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.

Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule more