Thursday, September 4, 2008

Massey ranks Temple No. 1

While people are debating over Buckeyes, Trojans, and Bulldogs as the No. 1 team in the nation, Massey has already spit out its choice. For those that don’t know, Massey’s results are used in the computer portion of the BCS equation. And when I think back to 2003, when the computers made up two-thirds of the formula, and then see the opening ranks in 2008, all I can do is shake my head.

According to Massey, the ratings are based on win/loss outcomes relative to schedule difficulty. Margin of victory is not a factor, and neither are point differentials. USC, Georgia, and Ohio State are in a 3rd place tie, along with 51 other programs. The team(s) sitting above them are Temple and Rice, tied for the top spot.

I’m not sure how you make sense of the rankings, considering Rice defeated SMU over the weekend, and Temple beat Army. Where is the strength in that? The rankings also have the SEC as the top rated conference, followed by the Big 12. The Pac 10 and Big 10 rank 7th and 8th, with the ACC at No. 13. The Big East doesn’t appear until the 32nd spot. Between the Pac and Big 12, you’ll find the Southland, Pioneer, and Mid-American Conferences, but these numbers are strictly based on the amount of teams in conference, amount of teams that played, and the average win/loss records after one weekend.

Massey Ratings

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