Final Against Ranked Teams

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  1. SWC75

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    This year I will be again charting how teams have done “against ranked teams”, which is something that always comes up at the end of the year when the arguments over who should be in the 4 team national championship playoff takes place. As usual, this is not meant to end those arguments, just to give those making them something to look at in forming their opinions.

    I’m going to do it a bit differently this year. The old procedure was that I would first grant teams playing ranked teams a certain number of points based on who they are playing. If you played the #1 team, (I use the AP- writer’s poll for continuity), you get 25 points. If you are playing the #2 team, you get 24 points, etc. down to getting 1 point for playing the #25 team. I call these “schedule points”. Here’s a chart to make it simple:
    1-25, 2-24, 3-23, 4-22, 5-21, 6-20, 7-19, 8-18, 9-17, 10-16, 11-15, 12-14, 13-13, 14-12, 15-11, 16-10, 17-9, 18-8, 19-7, 20-6, 21-5, 22-4, 23-3, 24-2, 25-1.
    (Of course you can always just subtract the ranking from 26. That will work every time.)

    Then I look at the point differential in the actual game. If you defeated the ranked team, you add the number of points you won by to the schedule points. If you lost to that team, you subtract the margin you lost by from the schedule points. (I call these ‘game’ points.) The difference between this year and last year if that I didn’t count any deficit: if you got to zero, you got zero. This year I’m going to try to record negative points, too, so a team can get full ‘credit’ for a really bad performance.

    POST SEASON
    Alabama beat #1 Clemson 24-6 = +43 points
    Ohio State beat #8 Southern California 24-7 = +35 points
    Michigan State beat #18 Washington State 42-18 = +32 points
    Georgia beat #2 Oklahoma 54-48 = +30 points
    Alabama beat #3 Georgia 26-23 = +26 points
    Central Florida beat #7 Auburn 34-27 = +26 points
    Penn State beat #11 Washington 35-28 = +22 points
    Georgia lost to #4 Alabama 23-26 = +19 points
    Oklahoma lost to #3 Georgia 48-54 = +17 points
    Texas Christian beat #13 Stanford 39-37 = +15 points
    Notre Dame beat #17 Louisiana State 21-17 = +13 points
    Oklahoma State beat #22 Virginia Tech 30-21 = +13 points
    U of Miami lost to #6 Wisconsin 24-34 = +10 points
    Stanford lost to #15 Texas Christian 37-39 = +9 points
    Auburn lost to #12 Central Florida 27-34 = +7 points
    Iowa State beat #20 Memphis 21-20 = +7 points
    Clemson lost to #4 Alabama 6-24 = +4 points
    Kentucky lost to #21 Northwestern 23-24 = +4 points
    Southern California lost to #5 Ohio State 7-24 = +4 points
    Louisiana State lost to #21 Notre Dame 17-21 = +1 point
    Washington lost #9 Penn State 28-35 = +1 points
    Louisville lost to #23 Mississippi State 27-31 = -1 points
    Virginia Tech lost to #19 Oklahoma State 21-30 = -2 points
    Oregon lost to #25 Boise State 28-38 = - 9 points
    Washington State lost to #16 Michigan State 18-42 = -14 points
    Arizona State lost to #24 North Carolina State 31-52 = -19 points

    TOP 25

    Clemson +184 points
    Alabama +165 points
    Oklahoma +158 points
    Ohio State +153 points
    Auburn +140 points

    Georgia +127 points
    Stanford +91 points
    U of Miami +87 points
    Notre Dame +79 points
    Penn State +76 points

    Iowa State +70 points
    Iowa +65 points
    Wisconsin +58 points
    Southern California +54 points
    California +53 points

    North Carolina State +53 points
    Texas Christian +48 points
    Michigan State +45 points
    Texas +42 points
    Washington +41 points

    Central Florida +39 points
    Louisiana State +37 points
    West Virginia +36 points
    Wake Forest +35 points
    Michigan +33 points
    Oklahoma State +33 points

    Syracuse had +29 points

    East Carolina was last with -148 points