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

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.

When you know that more than $700 million can be bet on one game–the Super Bowl–in only Las Vegas, then you understand that billions were bet illegally on the Super Bowl last year in the United States and in offshore sports books around the world.

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

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