Jump to content

Forums

  1. Frog Horn Forums

    1. Frog Horn Sports

      A place to discuss TCU sports programs.

      172,868
      posts
    2. The General Board

      A place to discuss everything else.

      103,161
      posts
    3. Gameday Information Forum

      From out of town? Read here for all your needs!

      461
      posts
    4. Frog Swap Meet

      Use this forum to buy/sell/trade items. User to user only.

      314
      posts
    5. Tech Support

      Please report any problems, issues or suggestions with or for the board here.

      474
      posts
  • Blog Entries

    • By Duquesne Frog in Numbers Make Me Horned 0
      Alabama retakes the top spot this week, but the Tide and Clemson have emerged as the clear top 2 with a bunch of B1G teams filling out the rest of the top 5.  Yes, two-loss Penn State is still in the top 5, but they did have the second biggest single score drop of the week (Georgia dropped slightly more), falling over 10 points; the way the numbers worked out, however, they just dropped one spot, getting leapt by Michigan. 
       
      Oklahoma did very well against the bye, jumping 2 spots and increasing their score by 2.5 points.  We'll discuss how that happened when we look at Oklahoma's numbers in the 'TCU's next opponent' section. 
       
      Frogs Week-by-Week
      The Frogs fell 5 spots to 39th, even though their score dropped less than a point.  They fell because a lot of teams just under them jumped with strong performances: Duke, Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan St., and Iowa State all leapt the Frogs.
       
      Opp:       @ SMU     N OhSt     @ Tex   |   ISU      Ttech
      PD:           11.25         17.67       -8.50   |  6.00      -0.50
      YD:          -13.75        199.33     64.17   | 192.00   80.00
      Score:       6.82          21.58       -2.51   |   13.44     3.60
       
      Due to Iowa State's recent performance, our win against them, while visually ugly, is actually starting to look pretty good comparatively.  The Tech loss was rated as mediocre as you might imagine and by far our best performance is still that loss to Ohio State. 
       
      The Frogs are ranked 47th in the country in point differential, but 20th in yardage differential.  This disparity is largely explained by the turnover situation with which we are all too aware.  The Frogs have moved the ball on opponents like a top-20 team, but they sure haven't scored like one.
       
      Two pieces of potential solace for Frog fans are 1) neglecting the Southern matchup which is ignored by DUSHEE, the Frogs have the 6th toughest schedule in the country right now, and 2) of the 6 remaining Big 12 games left on our schedule, 4 are against teams actually ranked lower than the Frogs.  So we have that going for us, which is nice.  Missouri has had the toughest schedule according to DUSHEE.
       
      Frogs Next Opponent -- Oklahoma
      The Sooners have climbed to 6th in the rankings, despite the Texas loss.  Here are their numbers to date:
       
      Opp:       FAU      UCLA     @ ISU   |   Army      Bay     N Tex
      PD:        50.00     21.60     14.40   |  24.80     37.00     5.50
      YD:       379.00    33.00   133.20   |  80.20   242.00   94.50
      Score:   51.96     16.02     16.15   |   20.48     36.56     8.31
       
      So the Texas game was definitely a dud for the Sooners (and the 'N' stands for 'neutral site', not 'North', for clarification), but outside of that game (Texas seems to have gotten the worst shot out of several of their opponents this year), the Sooners have been pretty impressive this year.  The Army game, which everyone thought was a bad performance for the Sooners, was actually pretty good as the Cadets have far exceeded anybody's expectations and are ranked 12th in DUSHEE Original (and 20th even in DUSHEE Extra Crispy with the added emphasis on schedule strength). 
       
      As mentioned above, the Sooners fared well during the bye, improving 2.5 points despite sitting at home.  This was due to UCLA getting a blowout win over Cal, Iowa State whipping WVU, and Army blowing out SJfSU.  Baylor and Texas played each other so that was a wash for the Sooners.  The Sooners comparative performances against those 3 opponents all got big boosts this week.
       
      Against common opponents, the Sooners were about 3 points better than the Frogs against Iowa State ... but if you account for the fact that Oklahoma played the Cyclones in Ames and the Frogs got them in Ft. Worth, the Sooners were about 11 points better than the Frogs against Iowa State on a neutral field.  The Sooners were about 11 points better than the Frogs against Texas, but again taking into account the fact that the Frogs played Texas in Austin and Oklahoma played them at a neutral site, the Sooners were about a touchdown better against the Horns.
       
      All that said, the Frogs are heavy underdogs to the Sooners ... 12 points, even after giving the Frogs a 4.2 point home field advantage (the current calculated number for the season).  If this game were in Norman, the Frogs would be 3 TD dogs.  DUSHEE gives the Frogs about a 27% chance of winning.
       
      Conference Rankings
      The Big XII-II still ranks second among the conferences, about a half point better (on average) than the B1G.
       
      SEC 12.48 BXII-ii 8.56 B1G 7.97 ACC 3.89 P12 2.51 AAC -3.01 MWC -5.85 MAC -8.87 CUSA -8.98 SBC -10.73  
      Top Performances of the Week
      48.72 -- Iowa St vs. WVU (16 MOV, 346 YM)
      46.95 -- LSU vs. UGa (20 MOV, 153 YM)
      43.98 -- Alabama vs. Mizzou (29 MOV, 352 YM)
       
      Bottom Performances of the Week
      -56.00 -- New Mexico St. at Louisiana-Lafayette (-28 MOV, -353 YM)
      -43.52 -- Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana-Monroe (-25 MOV, -27 YM)
      -41.66 -- Western Kentucky at UNC-Charlotte (-26 MOV, -192 YM)
       
      Overall Rankings
        Week 7     Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Alabama  37.23 292.39 39.19 1 1.02 2 Clemson  34.97 315.62 38.83 -1 -1.92 3 Michigan  25.69 236.27 28.74 3 2.58 4 Penn St.  30.65 148.43 27.73 -1 -10.17 5 Ohio St.  25.91 187.61 26.50 0 -4.01 6 Oklahoma  25.55 160.32 24.91 2 2.53 7 LSU  24.55 145.18 23.50 8 5.30 8 Appalachian State 23.96 147.25 23.21 -1 -2.91 9 N.C. State  21.28 174.28 22.75 0 0.85 10 Georgia  21.14 126.18 20.30 -6 -10.56 11 Texas A&M  14.72 203.75 19.83 3 0.92 12 Army  19.39 97.35 17.71 7 1.35 13 Kentucky  18.34 96.31 16.96 5 -0.13 14 Florida  18.62 91.31 16.90 8 1.28 15 Mississippi St.  16.93 108.96 16.64 9 3.24 16 North Texas  15.93 120.40 16.54 11 4.70 17 Iowa  15.74 120.15 16.40 0 -0.84 18 Wisconsin  14.83 129.85 16.27 -5 -3.64 19 Notre Dame  17.81 79.64 15.79 -8 -5.09 20 Miami (FL)  12.81 139.15 15.38 0 -0.77 21 Washington  13.93 106.53 14.53 11 4.23 22 Temple  12.68 101.93 13.46 1 -2.06 23 Texas Tech  11.80 103.88 12.97 -11 -7.03 24 West Virginia  14.25 57.43 12.32 -14 -9.44 25 Utah  13.61 65.94 12.31 14 5.05 26 Texas  12.14 85.58 12.30 2 0.98 27 Missouri  10.35 106.18 12.12 -11 -5.25 28 Utah St.  17.39 1.97 11.69 8 2.50 29 Iowa St.  10.85 89.90 11.65 15 6.03 30 Michigan St.  10.95 79.80 11.22 10 4.36 31 UCF  11.78 54.26 10.52 4 1.27 32 Fresno St.  11.12 56.18 10.18 5 1.49 33 Washington St.  6.18 122.83 10.16 -4 -0.67 34 Purdue  7.74 91.82 9.67 14 4.54 35 Maryland  9.30 68.64 9.57 -4 -0.88 36 Minnesota  10.16 56.49 9.55 7 3.22 37 Colorado  7.08 81.72 8.74 -7 -1.98 38 Duke  14.12 -15.76 8.64 4 2.21 39 TCU  5.18 104.35 8.59 -5 -0.67 40 Boise St.  5.81 92.83 8.44 -15 -4.01 41 South Carolina  7.60 59.55 7.99 -20 -7.99 42 Arizona St.  7.82 29.47 6.66 -4 -1.89 43 Boston Coll.  8.14 20.40 6.43 2 0.87 44 Virginia  5.13 56.08 6.17 -3 -0.52 45 Cincinnati  7.21 23.92 5.98 7 2.30 46 Oklahoma St.  6.43 34.03 5.96 -20 -6.09 47 USC  3.66 55.77 5.18 7 1.92 48 UAB 2.75 63.82 4.97 29 8.90 49 Stanford  9.26 -27.76 4.81 2 0.82 50 Buffalo  4.07 41.92 4.78 10 2.56 51 Auburn  4.98 28.40 4.71 -18 -5.49 52 Houston  5.46 9.17 4.09 -6 -1.34 53 Mississippi  1.48 62.99 4.08 -6 -1.10 54 San Diego St.  4.94 11.34 3.85 -5 -0.57 55 Baylor  2.52 34.52 3.38 0 0.40 56 Syracuse  4.40 8.41 3.35 2 0.76 57 Oregon  3.29 21.53 3.25 -4 -0.13 58 Louisiana Tech  2.79 25.83 3.13 13 4.68 59 Georgia Tech  1.68 22.90 2.24 -2 -0.38 60 Northwestern  2.09 4.40 1.61 -4 -1.01 61 UCLA  1.15 2.96 0.91 6 2.19 62 Tulane  1.42 -13.86 0.27 3 0.43 63 Vanderbilt  3.74 -48.10 0.13 -13 -4.05 64 BYU  0.51 -11.84 -0.24 11 2.91 65 Memphis  0.10 -6.48 -0.25 24 6.30 66 Nebraska  -6.71 77.27 -0.68 -7 -3.03 67 Virginia Tech  0.85 -39.40 -1.37 -6 -3.53 68 South Florida  -0.96 -19.56 -1.60 -6 -3.31 69 Kansas St.  1.33 -51.93 -1.67 12 2.92 70 Tennessee  -2.52 -2.79 -1.82 -7 -3.16 71 East. Michigan  -1.63 -15.18 -1.84 12 2.87 72 Arkansas St.  -4.68 25.58 -1.86 0 0.11 73 Liberty -1.70 -16.16 -1.93 9 2.74 74 Pittsburgh  -1.33 -28.83 -2.30 -4 -0.80 75 W. Michigan  -6.98 40.54 -2.66 -9 -1.96 76 Indiana  -5.38 11.25 -3.04 -12 -3.00 77 East Carolina  -8.86 57.18 -3.09 -1 0.18 78 Marshall  -3.03 -24.30 -3.22 14 3.54 79 Air Force  -1.05 -63.81 -3.84 1 0.70 80 Florida Atlantic  -5.75 -13.88 -4.52 -6 -1.70 81 Ball St.  -4.19 -40.35 -4.78 -12 -3.31 82 Kansas  -1.59 -77.26 -4.86 -14 -3.52 83 Tulsa  -4.57 -37.60 -4.90 1 0.19 84 Miami (OH)  -5.37 -30.56 -5.09 11 2.93 85 Southern Miss  -9.30 21.11 -5.16 12 3.63 86 Arkansas  -9.64 12.59 -5.81 2 0.55 87 Troy  -6.80 -26.10 -5.82 3 0.74 88 Florida St.  -6.50 -41.94 -6.40 -2 -0.21 89 Northern Illinois  -4.59 -73.08 -6.65 10 4.57 90 Arizona  -10.89 6.89 -6.92 -12 -2.90 91 Georgia Southern -1.83 -117.38 -6.99 -12 -2.55 92 Florida Intl.  -3.92 -95.99 -7.33 -7 -1.64 93 Ohio  -6.23 -82.53 -8.21 -2 -1.55 94 New Mexico  -5.99 -86.33 -8.23 -21 -6.03 95 Toledo  -6.37 -104.37 -9.38 7 2.43 96 UNC-Charlotte -11.75 -31.89 -9.40 18 9.93 97 Cent. Michigan  -9.26 -65.86 -9.41 8 4.21 98 LA Lafayette  -10.75 -52.13 -9.73 14 7.19 99 Wake Forest  -9.66 -83.12 -10.53 -1 -0.36 100 Wyoming  -10.83 -78.76 -11.09 -6 -3.51 101 Hawaii  -9.17 -101.35 -11.10 -8 -4.22 102 Middle Tenn. St.  -11.22 -84.37 -11.63 2 0.71 103 Nevada  -12.87 -66.96 -11.87 8 4.71 104 Colorado St.  -14.10 -52.52 -11.98 2 1.92 105 SMU  -11.53 -95.90 -12.40 -5 -1.00 106 North Carolina  -19.35 6.43 -12.58 2 2.80 107 California  -15.33 -49.27 -12.64 -20 -6.42 108 Navy  -11.59 -121.52 -13.70 2 2.00 109 Coastal Carolina -15.46 -80.97 -14.29 -6 -2.46 110 Akron  -11.85 -148.08 -15.18 5 4.24 111 West. Kentucky  -16.66 -84.95 -15.28 -15 -7.23 112 Louisville  -15.62 -115.52 -16.09 -5 -1.95 113 Georgia State -15.88 -121.29 -16.55 0 1.76 114 Oregon St.  -19.94 -73.01 -16.88 -5 -1.25 115 Illinois  -13.82 -178.36 -17.98 -14 -6.45 116 UNLV  -17.01 -147.26 -18.58 0 1.17 117 Old Dominion -18.45 -151.84 -19.76 1 1.62 118 South Alabama -19.89 -158.76 -21.07 1 1.57 119 Massachusetts -18.69 -204.50 -22.51 6 4.00 120 UTEP  -22.20 -169.93 -23.15 0 -0.13 121 Bowling Green  -26.38 -118.70 -23.42 6 5.03 122 UT-San Antonio -21.61 -184.59 -23.48 0 0.27 123 Rutgers  -23.27 -173.16 -24.02 -2 -0.64 124 Kent St.  -23.26 -185.63 -24.63 -7 -3.42 125 LA Monroe  -24.99 -168.45 -24.94 3 5.76 126 Rice  -28.60 -171.32 -27.49 -3 -3.35 127 San Jose St.  -27.03 -196.81 -27.69 -3 -2.13 128 Texas St. -27.69 -219.15 -29.24 2 11.88 129 New Mexico St.  -28.53 -229.87 -30.32 -3 -3.56 130 Connecticut  -30.97 -282.32 -34.52 -1 -1.56  
      Rankings by Conference
      AAC
      22 Temple  12.68 101.93 13.46 31 UCF  11.78 54.26 10.52 45 Cincinnati  7.21 23.92 5.98 52 Houston  5.46 9.17 4.09 62 Tulane  1.42 -13.86 0.27 65 Memphis  0.10 -6.48 -0.25 68 South Florida  -0.96 -19.56 -1.60 77 East Carolina  -8.86 57.18 -3.09 83 Tulsa  -4.57 -37.60 -4.90 105 SMU  -11.53 -95.90 -12.40 108 Navy  -11.59 -121.52 -13.70 130 Connecticut  -30.97 -282.32 -34.52  
      ACC
      2 Clemson  34.97 315.62 38.83 9 N.C. State  21.28 174.28 22.75 20 Miami (FL)  12.81 139.15 15.38 38 Duke  14.12 -15.76 8.64 43 Boston Coll.  8.14 20.40 6.43 44 Virginia  5.13 56.08 6.17 56 Syracuse  4.40 8.41 3.35 59 Georgia Tech  1.68 22.90 2.24 67 Virginia Tech  0.85 -39.40 -1.37 74 Pittsburgh  -1.33 -28.83 -2.30 88 Florida St.  -6.50 -41.94 -6.40 99 Wake Forest  -9.66 -83.12 -10.53 106 North Carolina  -19.35 6.43 -12.58 112 Louisville  -15.62 -115.52 -16.09  
      B1G
      3 Michigan  25.69 236.27 28.74 4 Penn St.  30.65 148.43 27.73 5 Ohio St.  25.91 187.61 26.50 17 Iowa  15.74 120.15 16.40 18 Wisconsin  14.83 129.85 16.27 30 Michigan St.  10.95 79.80 11.22 34 Purdue  7.74 91.82 9.67 35 Maryland  9.30 68.64 9.57 36 Minnesota  10.16 56.49 9.55 60 Northwestern  2.09 4.40 1.61 66 Nebraska  -6.71 77.27 -0.68 76 Indiana  -5.38 11.25 -3.04 115 Illinois  -13.82 -178.36 -17.98 123 Rutgers  -23.27 -173.16 -24.02  
      BXII-II
      6 Oklahoma  25.55 160.32 24.91 23 Texas Tech  11.80 103.88 12.97 24 West Virginia  14.25 57.43 12.32 26 Texas  12.14 85.58 12.30 29 Iowa St.  10.85 89.90 11.65 39 TCU  5.18 104.35 8.59 46 Oklahoma St.  6.43 34.03 5.96 55 Baylor  2.52 34.52 3.38 69 Kansas St.  1.33 -51.93 -1.67 82 Kansas  -1.59 -77.26 -4.86  
      CUSA
      16 North Texas  15.93 120.40 16.54 48 UAB 2.75 63.82 4.97 58 Louisiana Tech  2.79 25.83 3.13 78 Marshall  -3.03 -24.30 -3.22 80 Florida Atlantic  -5.75 -13.88 -4.52 85 Southern Miss  -9.30 21.11 -5.16 92 Florida Intl.  -3.92 -95.99 -7.33 96 UNC-Charlotte -11.75 -31.89 -9.40 102 Middle Tenn. St.  -11.22 -84.37 -11.63 111 West. Kentucky  -16.66 -84.95 -15.28 117 Old Dominion -18.45 -151.84 -19.76 120 UTEP  -22.20 -169.93 -23.15 122 UT-San Antonio -21.61 -184.59 -23.48 126 Rice  -28.60 -171.32 -27.49  
      Indies
      12 Army  19.39 97.35 17.71 19 Notre Dame  17.81 79.64 15.79 64 BYU  0.51 -11.84 -0.24 73 Liberty -1.70 -16.16 -1.93 119 Massachusetts -18.69 -204.50 -22.51 129 New Mexico St.  -28.53 -229.87 -30.32  
      MAC
      50 Buffalo  4.07 41.92 4.78 71 East. Michigan  -1.63 -15.18 -1.84 75 W. Michigan  -6.98 40.54 -2.66 81 Ball St.  -4.19 -40.35 -4.78 84 Miami (OH)  -5.37 -30.56 -5.09 89 Northern Illinois  -4.59 -73.08 -6.65 93 Ohio  -6.23 -82.53 -8.21 95 Toledo  -6.37 -104.37 -9.38 97 Cent. Michigan  -9.26 -65.86 -9.41 110 Akron  -11.85 -148.08 -15.18 121 Bowling Green  -26.38 -118.70 -23.42 124 Kent St.  -23.26 -185.63 -24.63  
      MWC
      28 Utah St.  17.39 1.97 11.69 32 Fresno St.  11.12 56.18 10.18 40 Boise St.  5.81 92.83 8.44 54 San Diego St.  4.94 11.34 3.85 79 Air Force  -1.05 -63.81 -3.84 94 New Mexico  -5.99 -86.33 -8.23 100 Wyoming  -10.83 -78.76 -11.09 101 Hawaii  -9.17 -101.35 -11.10 103 Nevada  -12.87 -66.96 -11.87 104 Colorado St.  -14.10 -52.52 -11.98 116 UNLV  -17.01 -147.26 -18.58 127 San Jose St.  -27.03 -196.81 -27.69  
      P12
      21 Washington  13.93 106.53 14.53 25 Utah  13.61 65.94 12.31 33 Washington St.  6.18 122.83 10.16 37 Colorado  7.08 81.72 8.74 42 Arizona St.  7.82 29.47 6.66 47 USC  3.66 55.77 5.18 49 Stanford  9.26 -27.76 4.81 57 Oregon  3.29 21.53 3.25 61 UCLA  1.15 2.96 0.91 90 Arizona  -10.89 6.89 -6.92 107 California  -15.33 -49.27 -12.64 114 Oregon St.  -19.94 -73.01 -16.88  
      SBC
      8 Appalachian State 23.96 147.25 23.21 72 Arkansas St.  -4.68 25.58 -1.86 87 Troy  -6.80 -26.10 -5.82 91 Georgia Southern -1.83 -117.38 -6.99 98 LA Lafayette  -10.75 -52.13 -9.73 109 Coastal Carolina -15.46 -80.97 -14.29 113 Georgia State -15.88 -121.29 -16.55 118 South Alabama -19.89 -158.76 -21.07 125 LA Monroe  -24.99 -168.45 -24.94 128 Texas St. -27.69 -219.15 -29.24  
      SEC
      1 Alabama  37.23 292.39 39.19 7 LSU  24.55 145.18 23.50 10 Georgia  21.14 126.18 20.30 11 Texas A&M  14.72 203.75 19.83 13 Kentucky  18.34 96.31 16.96 14 Florida  18.62 91.31 16.90 15 Mississippi St.  16.93 108.96 16.64 27 Missouri  10.35 106.18 12.12 41 South Carolina  7.60 59.55 7.99 51 Auburn  4.98 28.40 4.71 53 Mississippi  1.48 62.99 4.08 63 Vanderbilt  3.74 -48.10 0.13 70 Tennessee  -2.52 -2.79 -1.82 86 Arkansas  -9.64 12.59 -5.81  
    • By Duquesne Frog in Numbers Make Me Horned 1
      Since this is late getting out, I'll keep the commentary to a minimum.  However, I'll revisit the Tech-TCU matchup because it is an interesting case study as to how the numbers change even when teams do not play.  As a teaser, Tech comes out of the bye better than the Frogs do ...
       
      We have a new #1 as Clemson goes past Alabama to claim the top spot. 
       
      Top 3 Performances - Week 6
      63.47 - Clemson at Wake (+60 MOV, 449 YM)
      53.42 - Temple vs. ECU (+43, +274)
      40.19 - New Mexico at UNLV (+36, +336)
       
      Bottom 3 Performances
      -62.03 - ULaMon at Ole Miss (-49, -399)
      -52.24 - UNLV vs. UNM (-36, -336)
      -48.83 - Texas St. vs. ULaLa (-15, -132)
       
      Conference Rankings
      SEC 14.30 B12 9.94 B10 9.32 ACC 4.11 P12 2.60 AAC -3.30 MWC -5.19 MAC -10.42 CUSA -10.69 SBC -12.84  
      Frogs Week-to-Week (Now)
      Opp:    @ SMU     N OhSt     @ Tex  |   ISU
      PD:       11.25      20.40         -8.40    |  2.75
      YD:       -13.75    223.00       63.80    | 123.25
      Score:   6.82       24.68        -2.43     |   7.96
       
      Frogs Week-to-Week (Last Week)
      Opp:  @ SMU   N OhSt     @ Tex   |     ISU
      PD:     14.33      22.75      -7.50      |    0.67
      YD:      5.00       231.75    86.25     |  107.33
      Score:  9.81      26.75       -0.69     |     5.81
       
      Note that the Frogs did not fare particularly well against Bye this week.  As a general rule, scores do regress toward the mean as the season goes on (in other words, scores, particularly toward the extreme, tend to drift closer to zero as the season goes on).  Only their Iowa State score improved.  I'm a little surprised the Texas score fell, given the Horns big upset of Oklahoma, but DUSHEE didn't have the Sooners ranked as high as many others.
       
      Tech, on the other hand, had their average score go up during the bye, even though three of their four individual game scores went down (including Oklahoma State by 9 points).  Tech fared well during the bye on the backs of Ole Miss's annihilation of Louisiana-Monroe which made Tech's loss to Ole Miss look comparatively better.  It still doesn't look like a good loss, but it went from 5 TDs worse than average to a little more than 2 TDs worse than average.
       
      Tech Week-to-Week (Now)
      Opp:          N Miss       Hou          @OkSt   |      WVU
      PD:           -23.50          34.33        43.75    |    15.67
      YD:           -25.50        139.00      375.25    |   179.00
      Score:      -16.93         29.80        47.81     |    19.34
       
      Tech Week-to-Week (Last Week)
      Opp:        N Miss        Hou           @OkSt  |       WVU
      PD:           -41.00        37.00           52.33  |      19.50
      YD:         -146.33      147.50         438.67 |    170.00
      Score:      -34.65        32.04          56.82   |    21.50
       
      With these results, Tech's DUSHEE score improved a little more than a point overall and TCU's dropped a little more than a point.  Tech climbed 6 spots in the rankings to #12 (due mostly to teams above them like Wisconsin, LSU, Kentucky, S. Carolina, and Miami falling) while the Frogs fell a spot to #34. And the DUSHEE line on the game goes from Tech -5 to Tech -7.  You might remember that last week I said that Tech's DUSHEE score against Oklahoma State was the highest single game score for any team this season?  Now, it's not even the highest score for its week, having been surpassed by Clemson's win in Week 4 over Georgia Tech.
       
      Overall Rankings
      Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Clemson  37.30 319.62 40.75 2 6.47 2 Alabama  37.92 259.39 38.17 -1 0.89 3 Penn St.  41.14 210.90 37.91 -1 2.74 4 Georgia  29.47 225.65 30.86 1 0.39 5 Ohio St.  29.51 218.01 30.51 -1 -2.19 6 Michigan  22.17 228.98 26.16 3 1.00 7 Appalachian State 26.07 175.94 26.12 0 -0.71 8 Oklahoma  22.75 145.29 22.39 4 -1.15 9 N.C. State  19.96 172.94 21.90 1 -2.38 10 West Virginia  20.23 166.60 21.77 6 1.21 11 Notre Dame  23.12 109.96 20.88 -5 -7.78 12 Texas Tech  17.56 166.94 20.00 6 1.08 13 Wisconsin  17.95 159.77 19.91 2 -2.40 14 Texas A&M  14.01 192.53 18.91 8 0.45 15 LSU  20.32 93.80 18.21 -1 -4.63 16 Missouri  12.31 184.38 17.37 4 -1.52 17 Iowa  17.56 111.34 17.24 11 3.04 18 Kentucky  18.80 91.65 17.09 -10 -8.48 19 Army  16.67 105.69 16.36 4 -2.05 20 Miami (FL)  15.23 120.57 16.15 -1 -2.76 21 South Carolina  14.18 131.38 15.98 -10 -7.64 22 Florida  18.98 59.55 15.61 5 0.46 23 Temple  15.32 106.82 15.52 11 5.23 24 Mississippi St.  15.07 67.63 13.41 11 3.62 25 Boise St.  10.82 105.27 12.44 -4 -6.12 26 Oklahoma St.  12.64 72.79 12.04 -13 -11.13 27 North Texas  10.38 98.96 11.83 -2 -4.94 28 Texas  11.46 73.96 11.31 3 0.28 29 Washington St.  6.95 124.75 10.83 -3 -4.47 30 Colorado  8.33 104.03 10.72 25 7.08 31 Maryland  10.24 72.97 10.45 -1 -2.27 32 Washington  10.49 66.37 10.29 -15 -8.86 33 Auburn  11.80 46.95 10.20 -9 -7.13 34 TCU  6.50 99.08 9.26 -1 -1.16 35 UCF  10.38 46.94 9.25 17 4.62 36 Utah St.  15.85 -27.56 9.19 20 5.76 37 Fresno St.  9.08 53.00 8.69 0 0.00 38 Arizona St.  9.99 38.01 8.55 1 0.89 39 Utah  9.69 16.21 7.26 8 1.23 40 Michigan St.  6.28 53.86 6.86 -11 -6.67 41 Virginia  3.73 84.83 6.70 -9 -3.92 42 Duke  10.31 -9.02 6.43 -1 -0.74 43 Minnesota  7.03 32.97 6.33 -7 -3.20 44 Iowa St.  7.24 15.99 5.62 7 0.60 45 Boston Coll.  9.02 -9.04 5.57 -1 -1.27 46 Houston  5.04 41.58 5.43 7 1.40 47 Mississippi  3.64 55.49 5.18 29 8.06 48 Purdue  2.63 68.00 5.13 -2 -1.37 49 San Diego St.  5.26 18.41 4.42 26 6.81 50 Vanderbilt  5.61 8.78 4.18 -2 -1.46 51 Stanford  8.47 -33.39 3.99 -13 -4.49 52 Cincinnati  4.62 12.10 3.68 13 3.80 53 Oregon  3.85 16.33 3.38 1 -0.57 54 USC  1.40 46.94 3.27 -14 -3.90 55 Baylor  1.83 35.31 2.98 -12 -3.91 56 Northwestern  3.81 1.79 2.63 2 1.02 57 Georgia Tech  2.63 17.47 2.62 24 8.26 58 Syracuse  3.35 7.20 2.59 -13 -4.16 59 Nebraska  -5.21 117.38 2.36 2 1.27 60 Buffalo  1.50 24.41 2.21 2 1.14 61 Virginia Tech  4.09 -11.51 2.16 -4 -1.23 62 South Florida  5.85 -44.07 1.71 -13 -3.50 63 Tennessee  -1.77 50.85 1.35 1 0.92 64 Indiana  -2.78 36.69 -0.03 2 0.46 65 Tulane  0.96 -16.24 -0.17 -2 -1.21 66 W. Michigan  -5.46 59.03 -0.71 2 -0.06 67 UCLA  -2.68 10.28 -1.27 6 0.49 68 Kansas  1.33 -44.70 -1.33 3 -0.24 69 Ball St.  -0.96 -16.69 -1.47 -10 -2.80 70 Pittsburgh  -0.65 -21.47 -1.50 23 8.09 71 Louisiana Tech  -3.91 21.38 -1.54 -21 -6.67 72 Arkansas St.  -4.12 15.58 -1.97 -3 -1.19 73 New Mexico  -0.51 -37.62 -2.21 35 16.29 74 Florida Atlantic  -4.11 -1.48 -2.81 21 7.36 75 BYU  -1.97 -36.92 -3.15 -1 -1.32 76 East Carolina  -7.90 40.02 -3.28 -34 -10.29 77 UAB -6.31 5.56 -3.93 19 6.73 78 Arizona  -8.80 37.03 -4.03 12 5.45 79 Georgia Southern 1.69 -112.10 -4.44 20 7.67 80 Air Force  -1.15 -75.88 -4.53 27 13.05 81 Kansas St.  -1.81 -68.15 -4.59 2 1.63 82 Liberty -5.04 -26.35 -4.67 -10 -3.29 83 East. Michigan  -4.99 -27.79 -4.71 2 2.04 84 Tulsa  -7.76 1.85 -5.08 2 2.97 85 Florida Intl.  -0.11 -113.05 -5.69 -7 -1.66 86 Florida St.  -6.69 -34.69 -6.18 2 2.16 87 California  -7.48 -24.81 -6.22 -10 -2.61 88 Arkansas  -11.15 21.68 -6.36 9 4.43 89 Memphis  -6.01 -51.19 -6.55 -10 -1.73 90 Troy  -7.60 -30.00 -6.56 -8 -0.89 91 Ohio  -5.71 -57.38 -6.66 -31 -7.84 92 Marshall  -8.05 -27.98 -6.76 -25 -6.21 93 Hawaii  -4.42 -79.15 -6.88 -6 1.39 94 Wyoming  -7.98 -45.48 -7.58 -3 1.91 95 Miami (OH)  -8.08 -52.82 -8.01 8 5.42 96 West. Kentucky  -9.67 -32.38 -8.05 -12 -1.62 97 Southern Miss  -13.67 6.42 -8.79 -17 -3.42 98 Wake Forest  -8.83 -86.12 -10.17 -28 -9.08 99 Northern Illinois  -8.39 -113.31 -11.22 11 7.71 100 SMU  -10.91 -83.12 -11.40 1 1.24 101 Illinois  -6.25 -148.02 -11.53 8 7.06 102 Toledo  -8.46 -124.10 -11.81 -13 -3.00 103 Coastal Carolina -11.44 -84.65 -11.83 9 7.16 104 Middle Tenn. St.  -13.90 -61.81 -12.34 9 7.10 105 Cent. Michigan  -12.96 -100.25 -13.62 -5 -1.02 106 Colorado St.  -15.04 -78.09 -13.90 -1 0.88 107 Louisville  -14.73 -87.09 -14.15 -9 -3.12 108 North Carolina  -21.37 -23.02 -15.39 -6 -2.68 109 Oregon St.  -19.12 -58.08 -15.63 7 5.62 110 Navy  -13.62 -133.26 -15.70 -16 -5.54 111 Nevada  -18.37 -87.20 -16.58 10 9.66 112 LA Lafayette  -14.78 -142.12 -16.92 7 7.58 113 Georgia State -17.95 -127.58 -18.31 -2 0.64 114 UNC-Charlotte -22.03 -93.31 -19.33 4 2.42 115 Akron  -14.80 -192.20 -19.42 -9 -2.89 116 UNLV  -18.85 -144.38 -19.74 -24 -10.20 117 Kent St.  -20.13 -156.68 -21.21 10 13.54 118 Old Dominion -19.29 -171.44 -21.38 -14 -6.86 119 South Alabama -21.61 -165.67 -22.64 -4 -1.71 120 UTEP  -22.39 -163.00 -23.02 8 13.31 121 Rutgers  -22.59 -167.46 -23.38 -7 -2.81 122 UT-San Antonio -20.32 -205.40 -23.75 1 4.26 123 Rice  -25.20 -147.66 -24.14 -6 -2.78 124 San Jose St.  -22.79 -208.83 -25.57 -2 1.01 125 Massachusetts -21.26 -248.32 -26.52 1 6.43 126 New Mexico St.  -26.08 -188.53 -26.76 3 13.39 127 Bowling Green  -30.64 -161.55 -28.45 -3 3.66 128 LA Monroe  -32.05 -187.80 -30.70 -8 -4.59 129 Connecticut  -29.18 -271.93 -32.97 -4 -0.70 130 Texas St. -39.15 -302.05 -41.11 0 0.88  
      Rankings By Conference
      AAC
      23 Temple  15.32 106.82 15.52 35 UCF  10.38 46.94 9.25 46 Houston  5.04 41.58 5.43 52 Cincinnati  4.62 12.10 3.68 62 South Florida  5.85 -44.07 1.71 65 Tulane  0.96 -16.24 -0.17 76 East Carolina  -7.90 40.02 -3.28 84 Tulsa  -7.76 1.85 -5.08 89 Memphis  -6.01 -51.19 -6.55 100 SMU  -10.91 -83.12 -11.40 110 Navy  -13.62 -133.26 -15.70 129 Connecticut  -29.18 -271.93 -32.97  
      ACC
      1 Clemson  37.30 319.62 40.75 9 N.C. State  19.96 172.94 21.90 20 Miami (FL)  15.23 120.57 16.15 41 Virginia  3.73 84.83 6.70 42 Duke  10.31 -9.02 6.43 45 Boston Coll.  9.02 -9.04 5.57 57 Georgia Tech  2.63 17.47 2.62 58 Syracuse  3.35 7.20 2.59 61 Virginia Tech  4.09 -11.51 2.16 70 Pittsburgh  -0.65 -21.47 -1.50 86 Florida St.  -6.69 -34.69 -6.18 98 Wake Forest  -8.83 -86.12 -10.17 107 Louisville  -14.73 -87.09 -14.15 108 North Carolina  -21.37 -23.02 -15.39  
      B1G
      3 Penn St.  41.14 210.90 37.91 5 Ohio St.  29.51 218.01 30.51 6 Michigan  22.17 228.98 26.16 13 Wisconsin  17.95 159.77 19.91 17 Iowa  17.56 111.34 17.24 31 Maryland  10.24 72.97 10.45 40 Michigan St.  6.28 53.86 6.86 43 Minnesota  7.03 32.97 6.33 48 Purdue  2.63 68.00 5.13 56 Northwestern  3.81 1.79 2.63 59 Nebraska  -5.21 117.38 2.36 64 Indiana  -2.78 36.69 -0.03 101 Illinois  -6.25 -148.02 -11.53 121 Rutgers  -22.59 -167.46 -23.38  
      BXII-II
      8 Oklahoma  22.75 145.29 22.39 10 West Virginia  20.23 166.60 21.77 12 Texas Tech  17.56 166.94 20.00 26 Oklahoma St.  12.64 72.79 12.04 28 Texas  11.46 73.96 11.31 34 TCU  6.50 99.08 9.26 44 Iowa St.  7.24 15.99 5.62 55 Baylor  1.83 35.31 2.98 68 Kansas  1.33 -44.70 -1.33 81 Kansas St.  -1.81 -68.15 -4.59  
      CUSA
      27 North Texas  10.38 98.96 11.83 71 Louisiana Tech  -3.91 21.38 -1.54 74 Florida Atlantic  -4.11 -1.48 -2.81 77 UAB -6.31 5.56 -3.93 85 Florida Intl.  -0.11 -113.05 -5.69 92 Marshall  -8.05 -27.98 -6.76 96 West. Kentucky  -9.67 -32.38 -8.05 97 Southern Miss  -13.67 6.42 -8.79 104 Middle Tenn. St.  -13.90 -61.81 -12.34 114 UNC-Charlotte -22.03 -93.31 -19.33 118 Old Dominion -19.29 -171.44 -21.38 120 UTEP  -22.39 -163.00 -23.02 122 UT-San Antonio -20.32 -205.40 -23.75 123 Rice  -25.20 -147.66 -24.14  
      Indies
      11 Notre Dame  23.12 109.96 20.88 19 Army  16.67 105.69 16.36 75 BYU  -1.97 -36.92 -3.15 82 Liberty -5.04 -26.35 -4.67 125 Massachusetts -21.26 -248.32 -26.52 126 New Mexico St.  -26.08 -188.53 -26.76  
      MAC
      60 Buffalo  1.50 24.41 2.21 66 W. Michigan  -5.46 59.03 -0.71 69 Ball St.  -0.96 -16.69 -1.47 83 East. Michigan  -4.99 -27.79 -4.71 91 Ohio  -5.71 -57.38 -6.66 95 Miami (OH)  -8.08 -52.82 -8.01 99 Northern Illinois  -8.39 -113.31 -11.22 102 Toledo  -8.46 -124.10 -11.81 105 Cent. Michigan  -12.96 -100.25 -13.62 115 Akron  -14.80 -192.20 -19.42 117 Kent St.  -20.13 -156.68 -21.21 127 Bowling Green  -30.64 -161.55 -28.45  
      MWC
      25 Boise St.  10.82 105.27 12.44 36 Utah St.  15.85 -27.56 9.19 37 Fresno St.  9.08 53.00 8.69 49 San Diego St.  5.26 18.41 4.42 73 New Mexico  -0.51 -37.62 -2.21 80 Air Force  -1.15 -75.88 -4.53 93 Hawaii  -4.42 -79.15 -6.88 94 Wyoming  -7.98 -45.48 -7.58 106 Colorado St.  -15.04 -78.09 -13.90 111 Nevada  -18.37 -87.20 -16.58 116 UNLV  -18.85 -144.38 -19.74 124 San Jose St.  -22.79 -208.83 -25.57  
      P12
      29 Washington St.  6.95 124.75 10.83 30 Colorado  8.33 104.03 10.72 32 Washington  10.49 66.37 10.29 38 Arizona St.  9.99 38.01 8.55 39 Utah  9.69 16.21 7.26 51 Stanford  8.47 -33.39 3.99 53 Oregon  3.85 16.33 3.38 54 USC  1.40 46.94 3.27 67 UCLA  -2.68 10.28 -1.27 78 Arizona  -8.80 37.03 -4.03 87 California  -7.48 -24.81 -6.22 109 Oregon St.  -19.12 -58.08 -15.63  
      SBC
      7 Appalachian State 26.07 175.94 26.12 72 Arkansas St.  -4.12 15.58 -1.97 79 Georgia Southern 1.69 -112.10 -4.44 90 Troy  -7.60 -30.00 -6.56 103 Coastal Carolina -11.44 -84.65 -11.83 112 LA Lafayette  -14.78 -142.12 -16.92 113 Georgia State -17.95 -127.58 -18.31 119 South Alabama -21.61 -165.67 -22.64 128 LA Monroe  -32.05 -187.80 -30.70 130 Texas St. -39.15 -302.05 -41.11  
      SEC
      2 Alabama  37.92 259.39 38.17 4 Georgia  29.47 225.65 30.86 14 Texas A&M  14.01 192.53 18.91 15 LSU  20.32 93.80 18.21 16 Missouri  12.31 184.38 17.37 18 Kentucky  18.80 91.65 17.09 21 South Carolina  14.18 131.38 15.98 22 Florida  18.98 59.55 15.61 24 Mississippi St.  15.07 67.63 13.41 33 Auburn  11.80 46.95 10.20 47 Mississippi  3.64 55.49 5.18 50 Vanderbilt  5.61 8.78 4.18 63 Tennessee  -1.77 50.85 1.35 88 Arkansas  -11.15 21.68 -6.36  
    • By Duquesne Frog in Numbers Make Me Horned 0
      This week, DUSHEE has pretty much the same top 6 that everybody else has, although perhaps not in the same order ... Bama, Penn St., Clempson, Ohio St., UGa, and Noater.  After that, DUSHEE is still a little crazy with App. St. (they did fall 4 spots) and Kentucky next in line.  Our Frogs fell 5 spots to #33.
       
      Top and Bottom Performances of the Week
       
      Now that we are 5 weeks in, we can go back and see what the top and bottom DUSHEE-rated performances of each week were.  Keep in mind that these ratings vary with each new week ... what is the top-rated game from Week 1 now may not be considered the top-rated game from Week 1 by season's end.  A few comments:
      The parenthetical numbers after the matchup are the MOV and YM, respectively. Yes, I recognize that Penn State getting a better score than Ohio State when Ohio State won doesn't make a lot of sense, but that is the way the numbers worked out.  Ohio State beat its other opponents by an average of 37.5 points and out-gaining by 276 yards.  Penn State's numbers against its opponents were 36 points and 175 yards.  Since the teams were almost dead even in MOV going in and the MOV for the game was almost dead even, it was the yardage margin that carried the day for Penn State here.  DUSHEE is arguing that Ohio State got a bit lucky to win given the yardage margin. You'd think that Penn State barely getting by App St. in Week 1 would be hurting them, but since App, St. has continued to destroy everybody else they play, the comparative analysis is still greatly overweighing this game.  While I think the evidence that App. St. is actually a top-25 level team is mounting, I would still expect the significance DUSHEE is placing in this game to diminish as App. St. inevitably plays some closer games against their Sun Belt brethren. Right now, Technological's Week 4 whipping of Okie Light is the highest rated DUSHEE game of the year.  We will talk more about Tech in the TCU's Next Opponent section, since next week's DUSHEE will come out late next week (the monkey who does the data entry is running in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday)  
      Week 5
      Top 3
      43.29 - Penn St vs. Ohio St (-1, 103)
      42.14 - Tulane vs. Memphis (16, 219)
      41.68 - Oklahoma vs. Baylor (33, 154)
      Bottom 3
      -65.01 - ULaMon at Georgia St. (-32, -226)
      -48.23 - Bowling Green at Georgia Tech (-46, -139)
      -42.72 - Memphis at Tulane (-16, -219)
       
      Week 4
      Top 3
      56.82 - Texas Tech at Oklahoma St. (24, 235)
      48.76 - Maryland vs. Minnesota (29, 168)
      47.83 - Michigan vs. Nebraska (46, 350)
      Bottom 3
      -48.80 - Kent St. at Mississippi (-21, -261)
      -43.23 - Oregon St. vs. Arizona (-21, -356)
      -38.91 - UNC-Charlotte at UMass (-18, 33)
       
      Week 3
      Top 3
      54.82 - Clemson vs. Georgia So. (31, 455)
      54.40 - Oklahoma St. vs. Boise St. (23, 10)
      54.08 - Alabama at Mississippi (55, 269)
      Bottom 3
      -60.28 - UTEP at Tennessee (-24, -378)
      -54.02 - San Jose St. at Oregon St. (-13, -147)
      -49.05 - Rutgers at Kansas (-41, -270)
       
      Week 2
      Top 3
      51.67 - Michigan vs. W. Michigan (46, 243)
      49.46 - Alabama vs. Arkansas St (50, 208)
      42.31 - Ohio St. vs. Rutgers (49, 445)
      Bottom 3
      -57.53 - UConn at Boise St. (-55, -629)
      -44.37 - S. Alabama at Oklahoma St. (-42, -403)
      -43.67 - UMass at Georgia So. (-21, -165)
       
      Week 1
      Top 3
      47.55 - Oklahoma vs. FAU  (49, 326)
      41.99 - Penn St. vs. App. St. (7, -17)
      39.60 - S. Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina (34, 318)
      Bottom 3
      -65.10 - Texas St. at Rutgers (-28, -247)
      -59.45 - Old Dominion at Liberty (-24, -290)
      -58.03 - New Mexico St. vs. Wyoming (-22, -315)
       
      Conference Rankings
      SEC 15.13 B12 11.22 B10 9.63 ACC 4.56 P12 2.94 AAC -2.99 MWC -8.56 CUSA -11.20 MAC -11.75 SBC -14.32  
      The Big XII-II is still second but fell a little further away from the SEC and closer to the B1G.
       
      TCU
      DUSHEE wasn't terribly impressed with the Frog's gutty (euphemism for ugly) win against Iowa State, primarily because it hasn't been all that impressed with Iowa State so far this year.  The Cyclones are ranked a very mediocre #51 in this week's DUSHEE.
       
      TCU's week-by-week numbers
      Opp: @ SMU N OhSt @ Tex  ISU PD: 14.33 22.75 -7.50 0.67 YD: 5.00 231.75 86.25 107.33 Score: 9.81 26.75 -0.69 5.81  
      Frog's Next Opponent: Texas Tech
      As I mentioned above, the next DUSHEE rankings will be coming out late and probably without much analysis so I'll go ahead and tease Tech's numbers now.  Right now the Matadors are ranked #18 based on the following week-by-week numbers:
       
      Opp: N Miss   Hou     @OkSt  |  WVU
      PD:    -41.00    37.00    52.33  |  19.50
      YD:   -146.33  147.50  438.67 | 170.00
      Score: -34.65  32.04   56.82   |    21.50
       
      Tech laid a pretty massive turd in week 1 against what is now obviously a pretty mediocre Ole Miss team.  Since then, they've been pretty impressive, even in a close loss at home to WVU.  And as mentioned above, their curb-stomping of Okie St has been the highest rated DUSHEE game of the season so far.  Based on DUSHEE score, and giving the Frogs 3.5 points as the home team, Tech is about a 5-point favorite, but given Tech's wide variability (there is damn near a 100-point difference between their best score and worst score) there is a higher-than-normal degree of uncertainty in the outcome of this one.  If the Tech team that played Ole Miss shows up, the Frogs win easily.  However, if the Tech team of the next three weeks appears at AGCS ... it will get ugly in the direction not favorable to the Frogs.  TCU has about a 45% chance of winning according to the numbers.
       
      DUSHEE Rankings
      Alabama is still your #1, but DUSHEE was not terribly impressed by their performance against ULaLa, dropping their average DUSHEE score by almost 10 points.  Perhaps even more detrimental to Bama's score was the precipitous drop of Texas A&M, who had the 2nd largest drop in DUSHEE score (-13.27, almost 2 TDs) after barely beating a terrible Arkansas team.  NC State was a big climber this week, rising 28 spots in the ranking up to #10 overall.  Oklahoma also vaulted 11 spots to take over the highest ranking in the Big XII-II (#12).  Notre Dame jumped 8 spots to #6 and Auburn jumped 19 spots to #24 due to the fact that all of their previous opponents won impressively.  The biggest climber this week both in terms of rank and score was the mighty Tulane Green Wave whose surprising dismantling of what had appeared to be a decent Memphis team lifted Tulane 48 spots and almost 21 points to #63.
       
        Week 5     Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Alabama  39.20 222.97 37.28 0 -9.56 2 Penn St.  38.63 188.18 35.16 0 -0.55 3 Clemson  29.67 290.04 34.28 2 0.14 4 Ohio St.  32.95 214.53 32.69 4 0.27 5 Georgia  28.13 234.38 30.47 -1 -3.87 6 Notre Dame  30.47 166.88 28.65 8 3.92 7 Appalachian State 27.50 169.97 26.83 -4 -8.54 8 Kentucky  25.33 173.58 25.57 -2 -7.23 9 Michigan  20.15 234.42 25.15 2 -3.14 10 N.C. State  24.44 159.67 24.28 28 12.00 11 South Carolina  20.08 204.83 23.63 -4 -8.90 12 Oklahoma  24.27 147.12 23.53 11 4.68 13 Oklahoma St.  23.60 148.81 23.18 0 -1.78 14 LSU  25.71 113.92 22.83 2 0.42 15 Wisconsin  21.00 166.21 22.31 -3 -5.41 16 West Virginia  19.67 148.89 20.55 -6 -9.93 17 Washington  19.83 118.60 19.15 9 1.71 18 Texas Tech  16.96 152.46 18.93 0 -2.32 19 Miami (FL)  19.46 118.79 18.91 1 -1.90 20 Missouri  15.50 171.17 18.89 -3 -2.90 21 Boise St.  16.75 147.92 18.56 1 -0.36 22 Texas A&M  13.40 190.58 18.46 -13 -13.27 23 Army  19.07 114.12 18.42 8 2.92 24 Auburn  19.46 87.08 17.33 19 8.01 25 North Texas  14.50 142.13 16.77 -10 -5.68 26 Washington St.  8.35 194.71 15.30 3 -0.66 27 Florida  17.83 65.42 15.16 7 1.00 28 Iowa  13.39 105.44 14.20 8 0.44 29 Michigan St.  13.52 90.46 13.54 1 -2.43 30 Maryland  11.63 99.54 12.73 2 -1.99 31 Texas  9.72 91.17 11.04 4 -2.91 32 Virginia  8.06 104.94 10.62 29 8.86 33 TCU  7.56 107.58 10.42 -5 -5.92 34 Temple  10.58 64.63 10.29 -7 -6.97 35 Mississippi St.  11.17 46.92 9.79 -16 -11.25 36 Minnesota  10.06 56.35 9.53 6 -0.47 37 Fresno St.  9.00 53.72 8.69 9 1.68 38 Stanford  15.35 -35.21 8.48 -13 -9.26 39 Arizona St.  8.60 38.60 7.66 10 2.30 40 USC  5.13 74.92 7.17 -1 -4.16 41 Duke  11.60 -11.44 7.16 -20 -13.04 42 East Carolina  0.69 131.00 7.01 -9 -7.50 43 Baylor  5.23 68.00 6.89 -19 -11.62 44 Boston Coll.  9.17 14.44 6.83 19 6.07 45 Syracuse  7.17 39.42 6.75 13 4.41 46 Purdue  3.30 86.17 6.51 -9 -5.80 47 Utah  3.81 69.86 6.03 31 11.83 48 Vanderbilt  5.19 43.58 5.64 18 5.50 49 South Florida  8.11 -4.00 5.21 16 4.68 50 Louisiana Tech  3.94 49.86 5.12 31 12.20 51 Iowa St.  8.19 -8.63 5.03 -6 -2.99 52 UCF  6.22 9.67 4.63 31 12.62 53 Houston  4.44 21.33 4.03 -9 -4.17 54 Oregon  5.00 12.33 3.95 17 6.05 55 Colorado  1.22 56.56 3.64 13 3.94 56 Utah St.  10.61 -72.72 3.44 0 1.00 57 Virginia Tech  8.53 -46.03 3.38 28 11.76 58 Northwestern  2.15 3.54 1.61 9 1.57 59 Ball St.  2.15 -1.90 1.34 -7 -1.91 60 Ohio  1.58 2.47 1.18 9 2.12 61 Nebraska  -6.33 106.21 1.09 1 -0.47 62 Buffalo  1.10 6.67 1.07 -21 -9.74 63 Tulane  1.17 5.33 1.04 48 20.91 64 Tennessee  -1.88 33.58 0.43 -14 -3.86 65 Cincinnati  1.75 -25.65 -0.12 17 7.24 66 Indiana  -3.62 38.33 -0.49 -6 -2.50 67 Marshall  0.28 -14.75 -0.55 -16 -4.71 68 W. Michigan  -6.98 80.17 -0.65 6 3.84 69 Arkansas St.  -3.56 31.81 -0.78 -10 -2.81 70 Wake Forest  0.65 -30.33 -1.09 23 10.70 71 Kansas  1.10 -36.71 -1.10 -24 -7.21 72 Liberty -0.38 -22.56 -1.38 -15 -3.77 73 UCLA  -2.48 -2.13 -1.76 16 7.63 74 BYU  -0.54 -29.25 -1.82 -34 -12.70 75 San Diego St.  0.83 -58.92 -2.39 -11 -2.93 76 Mississippi  -3.25 -14.21 -2.88 -28 -8.29 77 California  -6.67 16.78 -3.61 -23 -6.58 78 Florida Intl.  2.21 -110.06 -4.03 2 2.58 79 Memphis  -4.67 -34.33 -4.83 -26 -7.97 80 Southern Miss  -10.00 25.89 -5.37 -10 -3.29 81 Georgia Tech  -8.04 -5.54 -5.64 3 2.72 82 Troy  -7.33 -15.67 -5.67 13 6.90 83 Kansas St.  -2.38 -92.69 -6.22 -11 -2.58 84 West. Kentucky  -7.33 -30.96 -6.44 3 2.22 85 East. Michigan  -5.60 -60.35 -6.75 -30 -9.68 86 Tulsa  -11.94 -1.86 -8.06 0 0.42 87 Hawaii  -4.50 -105.40 -8.27 -12 -3.41 88 Florida St.  -8.42 -54.65 -8.34 -9 -2.06 89 Toledo  -5.50 -102.83 -8.81 12 5.40 90 Arizona  -12.54 -22.23 -9.47 -14 -4.42 91 Wyoming  -11.60 -35.10 -9.49 6 3.11 92 UNLV  -11.06 -43.42 -9.54 8 4.22 93 Pittsburgh  -9.92 -59.67 -9.59 -1 2.16 94 Navy  -8.86 -85.03 -10.16 -21 -5.74 95 Florida Atlantic  -12.75 -33.38 -10.17 -18 -4.65 96 UAB -13.89 -28.11 -10.66 20 14.28 97 Arkansas  -17.08 12.08 -10.78 -7 -0.39 98 Louisville  -9.85 -89.17 -11.03 -4 0.90 99 Georgia Southern -7.00 -148.86 -12.11 0 1.14 100 Cent. Michigan  -12.25 -88.69 -12.60 -4 -0.02 101 SMU  -12.46 -86.65 -12.64 -10 -1.77 102 North Carolina  -22.25 42.50 -12.71 -14 -3.82 103 Miami (OH)  -14.13 -80.23 -13.43 4 5.18 104 Old Dominion -10.57 -149.57 -14.52 9 6.65 105 Colorado St.  -16.46 -76.33 -14.79 4 4.71 106 Akron  -10.00 -197.33 -16.53 -3 -1.11 107 Air Force  -12.78 -181.44 -17.59 1 1.48 108 New Mexico  -15.28 -166.31 -18.50 7 4.22 109 Illinois  -12.33 -207.28 -18.58 -3 -0.14 110 Northern Illinois  -17.30 -147.93 -18.93 7 8.44 111 Georgia State -19.21 -122.83 -18.95 10 11.64 112 Coastal Carolina -18.92 -127.71 -19.00 -7 -2.96 113 Middle Tenn. St.  -22.56 -88.00 -19.44 -1 1.01 114 Rutgers  -19.30 -154.02 -20.57 -12 -5.86 115 South Alabama -19.00 -165.30 -20.93 -5 -1.16 116 Oregon St.  -22.67 -122.92 -21.26 -2 1.27 117 Rice  -21.10 -145.77 -21.36 -13 -5.51 118 UNC-Charlotte -24.56 -107.44 -21.75 2 8.50 119 LA Lafayette  -20.92 -210.97 -24.49 0 4.63 120 LA Monroe  -27.88 -150.63 -26.11 -22 -13.37 121 Nevada  -27.04 -164.25 -26.24 4 10.77 122 San Jose St.  -22.50 -231.53 -26.57 6 17.62 123 UT-San Antonio -25.42 -221.40 -28.01 0 4.49 124 Bowling Green  -35.33 -171.23 -32.12 -6 -4.52 125 Connecticut  -26.88 -287.13 -32.27 -3 -0.65 126 Massachusetts -27.47 -292.77 -32.95 1 6.46 127 Kent St.  -32.17 -266.21 -34.75 -3 1.06 128 UTEP  -36.31 -242.56 -36.33 -2 2.89 129 New Mexico St.  -38.50 -289.70 -40.15 0 5.54 130 Texas St. -39.75 -309.92 -41.99 0 3.89  
      Rankings by Conference
      AAC
      34 Temple  10.58 64.63 10.29 42 East Carolina  0.69 131.00 7.01 49 South Florida  8.11 -4.00 5.21 52 UCF  6.22 9.67 4.63 53 Houston  4.44 21.33 4.03 63 Tulane  1.17 5.33 1.04 65 Cincinnati  1.75 -25.65 -0.12 79 Memphis  -4.67 -34.33 -4.83 86 Tulsa  -11.94 -1.86 -8.06 94 Navy  -8.86 -85.03 -10.16 101 SMU  -12.46 -86.65 -12.64 125 Connecticut  -26.88 -287.13 -32.27  
      ACC
      3 Clemson  29.67 290.04 34.28 10 N.C. State  24.44 159.67 24.28 19 Miami (FL)  19.46 118.79 18.91 32 Virginia  8.06 104.94 10.62 41 Duke  11.60 -11.44 7.16 44 Boston Coll.  9.17 14.44 6.83 45 Syracuse  7.17 39.42 6.75 57 Virginia Tech  8.53 -46.03 3.38 70 Wake Forest  0.65 -30.33 -1.09 81 Georgia Tech  -8.04 -5.54 -5.64 88 Florida St.  -8.42 -54.65 -8.34 93 Pittsburgh  -9.92 -59.67 -9.59 98 Louisville  -9.85 -89.17 -11.03 102 North Carolina  -22.25 42.50 -12.71  
      B1G
      2 Penn St.  38.63 188.18 35.16 4 Ohio St.  32.95 214.53 32.69 9 Michigan  20.15 234.42 25.15 15 Wisconsin  21.00 166.21 22.31 28 Iowa  13.39 105.44 14.20 29 Michigan St.  13.52 90.46 13.54 30 Maryland  11.63 99.54 12.73 36 Minnesota  10.06 56.35 9.53 46 Purdue  3.30 86.17 6.51 58 Northwestern  2.15 3.54 1.61 61 Nebraska  -6.33 106.21 1.09 66 Indiana  -3.62 38.33 -0.49 109 Illinois  -12.33 -207.28 -18.58 114 Rutgers  -19.30 -154.02 -20.57  
      Big XII-II
      12 Oklahoma  24.27 147.12 23.53 13 Oklahoma St.  23.60 148.81 23.18 16 West Virginia  19.67 148.89 20.55 18 Texas Tech  16.96 152.46 18.93 31 Texas  9.72 91.17 11.04 33 TCU  7.56 107.58 10.42 43 Baylor  5.23 68.00 6.89 51 Iowa St.  8.19 -8.63 5.03 71 Kansas  1.10 -36.71 -1.10 83 Kansas St.  -2.38 -92.69 -6.22  
      CUSA
      25 North Texas  14.50 142.13 16.77 50 Louisiana Tech  3.94 49.86 5.12 67 Marshall  0.28 -14.75 -0.55 78 Florida Intl.  2.21 -110.06 -4.03 80 Southern Miss  -10.00 25.89 -5.37 84 West. Kentucky  -7.33 -30.96 -6.44 95 Florida Atlantic  -12.75 -33.38 -10.17 96 UAB -13.89 -28.11 -10.66 104 Old Dominion -10.57 -149.57 -14.52 113 Middle Tenn. St.  -22.56 -88.00 -19.44 117 Rice  -21.10 -145.77 -21.36 118 UNC-Charlotte -24.56 -107.44 -21.75 123 UT-San Antonio -25.42 -221.40 -28.01 128 UTEP  -36.31 -242.56 -36.33  
      Indies
      6 Notre Dame  30.47 166.88 28.65 23 Army  19.07 114.12 18.42 72 Liberty -0.38 -22.56 -1.38 74 BYU  -0.54 -29.25 -1.82 126 Massachusetts -27.47 -292.77 -32.95 129 New Mexico St.  -38.50 -289.70 -40.15  
      MAC
      59 Ball St.  2.15 -1.90 1.34 60 Ohio  1.58 2.47 1.18 62 Buffalo  1.10 6.67 1.07 68 W. Michigan  -6.98 80.17 -0.65 85 East. Michigan  -5.60 -60.35 -6.75 89 Toledo  -5.50 -102.83 -8.81 100 Cent. Michigan  -12.25 -88.69 -12.60 103 Miami (OH)  -14.13 -80.23 -13.43 106 Akron  -10.00 -197.33 -16.53 110 Northern Illinois  -17.30 -147.93 -18.93 124 Bowling Green  -35.33 -171.23 -32.12 127 Kent St.  -32.17 -266.21 -34.75  
      MWC
      21 Boise St.  16.75 147.92 18.56 37 Fresno St.  9.00 53.72 8.69 56 Utah St.  10.61 -72.72 3.44 75 San Diego St.  0.83 -58.92 -2.39 87 Hawaii  -4.50 -105.40 -8.27 91 Wyoming  -11.60 -35.10 -9.49 92 UNLV  -11.06 -43.42 -9.54 105 Colorado St.  -16.46 -76.33 -14.79 107 Air Force  -12.78 -181.44 -17.59 108 New Mexico  -15.28 -166.31 -18.50 121 Nevada  -27.04 -164.25 -26.24 122 San Jose St.  -22.50 -231.53 -26.57  
      PAC12
      17 Washington  19.83 118.60 19.15 26 Washington St.  8.35 194.71 15.30 38 Stanford  15.35 -35.21 8.48 39 Arizona St.  8.60 38.60 7.66 40 USC  5.13 74.92 7.17 47 Utah  3.81 69.86 6.03 54 Oregon  5.00 12.33 3.95 55 Colorado  1.22 56.56 3.64 73 UCLA  -2.48 -2.13 -1.76 77 California  -6.67 16.78 -3.61 90 Arizona  -12.54 -22.23 -9.47 116 Oregon St.  -22.67 -122.92 -21.26  
      SBC
      7 Appalachian State 27.50 169.97 26.83 69 Arkansas St.  -3.56 31.81 -0.78 82 Troy  -7.33 -15.67 -5.67 99 Georgia Southern -7.00 -148.86 -12.11 111 Georgia State -19.21 -122.83 -18.95 112 Coastal Carolina -18.92 -127.71 -19.00 115 South Alabama -19.00 -165.30 -20.93 119 LA Lafayette  -20.92 -210.97 -24.49 120 LA Monroe  -27.88 -150.63 -26.11 130 Texas St. -39.75 -309.92 -41.99  
      SEC
      1 Alabama  39.20 222.97 37.28 5 Georgia  28.13 234.38 30.47 8 Kentucky  25.33 173.58 25.57 11 South Carolina  20.08 204.83 23.63 14 LSU  25.71 113.92 22.83 20 Missouri  15.50 171.17 18.89 22 Texas A&M  13.40 190.58 18.46 24 Auburn  19.46 87.08 17.33 27 Florida  17.83 65.42 15.16 35 Mississippi St.  11.17 46.92 9.79 48 Vanderbilt  5.19 43.58 5.64 64 Tennessee  -1.88 33.58 0.43 76 Mississippi  -3.25 -14.21 -2.88 97 Arkansas  -17.08 12.08 -10.78
    • By Duquesne Frog in Numbers Make Me Horned 0
      So the critical threshold has been crossed ... every FBS team has played at least two other FBS teams, which allows DUSHEE to calculate a score for each team without dividing by zeros or linearly extrapolating single points and other mathematical impossibilities that it doesn't like to do.  To no one's surprise, Alabama is #1 by a mile.  But this year's inaugural poll comes with the same caveat that every inaugural DUSHEE poll comes with ... just because there is enough data to calculate scores doesn't mean there is enough data to calculate valid scores.  And there is some craziness in this initial ranking that may exceed the craziness seen in any other initial DUSHEE ranking.  Baylor, who always seems to be an early season DUSHEE favorite before falling precipitously later in the season, is a top 25 team.  North Texas comes in ranked #15.  Kentucky is your 6th best team in the country.  And if the season ended today, App State is replaying Penn State in the first round of the College Football Playoff.
       
      But before we get to that, let's go through some of the changes that have occurred between this season and last in college football.  Idaho has left us as an FBS school, but has been replaced by the Fightin' Jerry Falwells, aka the Liberty Flames, as an FBS independent.  New Mexico State, like Idaho, has been dropped by the Sun Belt, but remains in FBS as an independent, swelling their ranks to 6.
       
      So let's take a look at a few of our initial WTF teams and see why they're where they are.
       
      Initial WTF Teams
       
      App State App State is ranked 3rd on the basis of two games, their 45-38 loss to Penn State in week 1 and a 45-9 whipping of UNC-Charlotte in week 2.  Their week 3 tilt with Southern Miss was cancelled/postponed due to Florence and last week they destroyed FCS Gardner-Webb, which doesn't factor into DUSHEE.  As we've discussed in the past, DUSHEE does reward moral victories, and at this point at least, that loss to Penn State looks like a BIG moral victory.  App State's MOV (-7) and Yardage Margin (+17) against Penn State is currently being compared to Pitt's numbers against Penn State in Week 2 (-45 MOV and -90 YM), Kent State's in Week 3 (-53 MOV and -446 YM), and Illinois in Week 4 (-39 MOV and -180 YM).  So if you crunch the numbers, App State did 38.7 points better than Penn State's average opponent and 238.7 yards better.
       
      And this elucidates the problem with too little data.  As of this point, Penn State's average opponent is nowhere near an average FBS team; in fact Penn State's strength of schedule is 103rd out of 130 schools if you include 3rd ranked Appalachian State.  If you don't include them, App State's performance is being compared against the 92nd (Pitt), 124th (Kent St.), and 106th (Illinois) ranked teams.  Compared to those teams, App State looks like a world beater.
       
      Penn State's SOS starts to even up a bit when they face Ohio State this week.  App State will drop as Penn State plays (presumably) tighter games against stiffer competition and App State plays closer games against their mediocre conference slate.  That said, if App State waltzes through the Sun Belt, and there is little indication they won't, look for that close game against Penn State to keep the (other) Mountaineers in the top 25.
       
      North Texas North Texas comes in #15 on the basis of a +23 MOV, +273 YM performance against SMU, a +27 MOV, +40 YM performance against Arkansas, and a +40 MOV, +179 YM performance against Liberty.  Not exactly a murderer's row of opponents, but UNT looks comparatively good next to TCU's performance against SMU (+30 MOV, +151 YM) and Auburn's performance against Arkansas (+31 MOV, -65 YM).  But the game that really inflates UNT's DUSHEE score is Liberty's week 1 mauling of Old Dominion (+42 MOV, +290 YM), which after Old Dominion's week 4 upset of Virginia Tech (+14 MOV, +32 YM), gives North Texas a huge boost in DUSHEE.
       
      Baylor Baylor beat a bad UTSA pretty soundly (+17 MOV, +239 YM), lost to a decent (ranked 21) Duke team (-13 MOV, -3 YM), and beat what DUSHEE does not consider an awful (ranked 47th, at this point, noting that DUSHEE is ignoring their loss to Nichols St.) Kansas team (+19 MOV, +176 YM).  I don't expect either Baylor or Kansas to stay this high once both start playing the meat of their Big XII-II schedule.
       
      Conference Rankings
       
      Right now, with most of the non-conference tilts decided and heading into conference play, the ACC and Pac-12 look incredibly mediocre, much closer to the American (slogan: No, there's a Power SIX!  Really!  It says so on our first down markers!) than they do the SEC, Big XII-II, and B1G.  Speaking of which, if there is any consolation to what has been a bad two weeks for Frog fans, DUSHEE thinks the Big XII-II is the second strongest conference, on average.
       
      SEC 19.03 B12 15.48 B10 11.52 P12 2.14 ACC 1.78 AAC -3.91 MAC -11.67 MWC -12.07 CUSA -13.41 SBC -14.26  
      TCU
       
      The Frogs enter the rankings at #28, which seems about right, even if there are teams above and below them that are clearly misplaced at this point.  Here are the Frogs DUSHEE numbers at this point, once again acknowledging that the week 1 game against Southern is ignored.  PD is "point differential" which is MOV compared to the opponent's opponents average MOV; YD is "yardage differential," performing the same comparison for offensive total yardage; "score" is the DUSHEE score which adjusts the PD based on YD with a methodology described elsewhere in this blog.
       
      Opp: @ SMU N OhSt @ Tex PD: 14.33 34.00 -6.67 YD: 5.00 348.33 73.00 Score: 9.80 40.03 -0.81  
      DUSHEE is currently greatly rewarding the Frogs for their moral victory over the Buckeyes.  Too bad we couldn't have made it an actual victory.  Would have made that turd against Texas a little easier to swallow.
       
      Frogs Next Opponent: Iowa State
       
      DUSHEE currently has Iowa State ranked #45 with a DUSHEE score of 8.02.  With TCU's DUSHEE score at 16.34 and giving the Frogs a home field advantage boost of 3.5 points (based on previous years' numbers; there have not been enough games played to establish a number for this season), DUSHEE has the Frogs as a 12-point favorite against the Cyclones with a ~70% chance of winning. 
       
      But if the teams that showed up last week play each other, DUSHEE likes Iowa State to win by a TD or so.
       
      Opp: @ Iowa  OU  Akr PD: -2.50 18.00 18.00 YD: -18.00 62.67 -10.00 Score: -2.56 15.12 11.50  
      Rankings
       
      Rank Team PD YD Score 1 Alabama  50.25 267.50 46.84 2 Penn St.  41.88 156.38 35.71 3 Appalachian State 33.58 260.33 35.37 4 Georgia  31.83 263.17 34.34 5 Clemson  27.33 319.33 34.14 6 Kentucky  32.17 227.67 32.79 7 South Carolina  30.50 244.56 32.52 8 Ohio St.  31.38 230.75 32.42 9 Texas A&M  29.22 245.72 31.73 10 West Virginia  27.75 240.50 30.49 11 Michigan  26.17 217.63 28.29 12 Wisconsin  27.13 193.38 27.72 13 Oklahoma St.  26.50 146.28 24.96 14 Notre Dame  27.38 130.00 24.73 15 North Texas  20.67 174.06 22.45 16 LSU  25.50 108.50 22.41 17 Missouri  17.67 200.78 21.79 18 Texas Tech  18.83 174.33 21.25 19 Mississippi St.  18.17 179.17 21.04 20 Miami (FL)  21.11 135.22 20.82 21 Duke  24.17 82.11 20.20 22 Boise St.  16.33 161.17 18.92 23 Oklahoma  18.92 125.25 18.85 24 Baylor  17.28 140.17 18.51 25 Stanford  23.72 38.50 17.73 26 Washington  18.22 106.17 17.44 27 Temple  19.89 80.28 17.26 28 TCU  13.89 142.11 16.34 29 Washington St.  9.83 188.78 15.97 30 Michigan St.  17.06 92.11 15.96 31 Army  15.29 106.42 15.50 32 Maryland  15.17 92.46 14.72 33 East Carolina  10.75 147.25 14.51 34 Florida  19.56 22.50 14.16 35 Texas  13.54 98.71 13.95 36 Iowa  13.06 101.33 13.76 37 Purdue  5.50 173.25 12.30 38 N.C. State  15.00 45.75 12.28 39 USC  11.17 77.96 11.33 40 BYU  11.11 69.56 10.87 41 Buffalo  12.94 43.67 10.81 42 Minnesota  10.10 65.48 10.00 43 Auburn  15.00 -13.67 9.32 44 Houston  8.67 48.67 8.20 45 Iowa St.  11.17 11.56 8.02 46 Fresno St.  4.58 79.33 7.01 47 Kansas  6.61 34.22 6.11 48 Mississippi  3.89 56.56 5.41 49 Arizona St.  6.17 25.17 5.37 50 Tennessee  1.33 68.17 4.29 51 Marshall  7.17 -12.50 4.15 52 Ball St.  2.89 26.56 3.25 53 Memphis  1.56 42.17 3.14 54 California  2.25 29.50 2.97 55 East. Michigan  1.78 34.94 2.93 56 Utah St.  9.50 -78.17 2.44 57 Liberty -0.89 59.83 2.39 58 Syracuse  1.33 29.00 2.33 59 Arkansas St.  -1.06 54.83 2.03 60 Indiana  -1.00 53.58 2.00 61 Virginia  0.61 27.17 1.76 62 Nebraska  -5.56 105.56 1.56 63 Boston Coll.  -1.06 29.33 0.76 64 San Diego St.  3.06 -30.00 0.54 65 South Florida  4.50 -49.67 0.52 66 Vanderbilt  0.04 2.13 0.13 67 Northwestern  -2.39 32.72 0.04 68 Colorado  -0.92 6.33 -0.30 69 Ohio  3.50 -65.75 -0.94 70 Southern Miss  -11.25 108.75 -2.08 71 Oregon  1.17 -57.67 -2.10 72 Kansas St.  -1.94 -47.00 -3.64 73 Navy  -3.89 -36.61 -4.42 74 W. Michigan  -9.22 33.44 -4.48 75 Hawaii  -1.63 -75.79 -4.86 76 Arizona  -10.83 43.50 -5.05 77 Florida Atlantic  -6.33 -26.00 -5.52 78 Utah  -7.00 -22.83 -5.80 79 Florida St.  -9.39 -0.39 -6.28 80 Florida Intl.  -2.04 -105.21 -6.61 81 Louisiana Tech  -9.92 -9.33 -7.08 82 Cincinnati  -3.67 -98.61 -7.36 83 UCF  -2.50 -126.75 -7.99 84 Georgia Tech  -15.00 33.00 -8.35 85 Virginia Tech  -6.58 -79.92 -8.37 86 Tulsa  -11.17 -20.78 -8.48 87 West. Kentucky  -11.33 -22.06 -8.66 88 North Carolina  -16.67 44.50 -8.89 89 UCLA  -11.17 -38.94 -9.39 90 Arkansas  -19.28 49.22 -10.40 91 SMU  -9.29 -93.75 -10.87 92 Pittsburgh  -14.67 -39.67 -11.76 93 Wake Forest  -13.11 -61.17 -11.79 94 Louisville  -7.72 -135.94 -11.93 95 Troy  -17.00 -24.83 -12.57 96 Cent. Michigan  -12.78 -81.50 -12.58 97 Wyoming  -15.25 -48.75 -12.60 98 LA Monroe  -18.17 -12.67 -12.74 99 Georgia Southern -6.83 -174.42 -13.25 100 UNLV  -13.78 -91.72 -13.76 101 Toledo  -10.75 -141.25 -14.21 102 Rutgers  -13.71 -111.75 -14.71 103 Akron  -11.50 -155.50 -15.42 104 Rice  -12.94 -144.83 -15.85 105 Coastal Carolina -16.17 -105.50 -16.04 106 Illinois  -10.33 -231.83 -18.45 107 Miami (OH)  -18.42 -127.17 -18.62 108 Air Force  -15.25 -178.50 -19.07 109 Colorado St.  -20.04 -123.21 -19.50 110 South Alabama -17.38 -164.25 -19.77 111 Tulane  -20.44 -125.11 -19.87 112 Middle Tenn. St.  -25.00 -75.92 -20.45 113 Old Dominion -18.00 -183.92 -21.17 114 Oregon St.  -25.11 -116.00 -22.52 115 New Mexico  -14.75 -258.46 -22.72 116 UAB -28.25 -122.50 -24.94 117 Northern Illinois  -25.75 -204.75 -27.37 118 Bowling Green  -29.89 -153.89 -27.60 119 LA Lafayette  -26.75 -226.50 -29.12 120 UNC-Charlotte -33.89 -153.44 -30.24 121 Georgia State -31.50 -192.33 -30.59 122 Connecticut  -26.50 -279.83 -31.62 123 UT-San Antonio -30.92 -238.63 -32.51 124 Kent St.  -30.22 -314.22 -35.81 125 Nevada  -35.50 -267.61 -37.01 126 UTEP  -38.83 -267.42 -39.22 127 Massachusetts -33.71 -339.71 -39.41 128 San Jose St.  -37.75 -381.75 -44.20 129 New Mexico St.  -42.13 -353.07 -45.69 130 Texas St. -43.56 -338.00 -45.89  
      Rankings by Conference
       
      AAC
      27     Temple  19.89 80.28 17.26 33     East Carolina  10.75 147.25 14.51 44     Houston  8.67 48.67 8.20 53     Memphis  1.56 42.17 3.14 65     South Florida  4.50 -49.67 0.52 73     Navy  -3.89 -36.61 -4.42 82    Cincinnati  -3.67 -98.61 -7.36 83    UCF  -2.50 -126.75 -7.99 86    Tulsa  -11.17 -20.78 -8.48 91    SMU  -9.29 -93.75 -10.87 111   Tulane  -20.44 -125.11 -19.87 122   Connecticut  -26.50 -279.83 -31.62  
      ACC
      5 Clemson  27.33 319.33 34.14 20 Miami (FL)  21.11 135.22 20.82 21 Duke  24.17 82.11 20.20 38 N.C. State  15.00 45.75 12.28 58 Syracuse  1.33 29.00 2.33 61 Virginia  0.61 27.17 1.76 63 Boston Coll.  -1.06 29.33 0.76 79 Florida St.  -9.39 -0.39 -6.28 84 Georgia Tech  -15.00 33.00 -8.35 85 Virginia Tech  -6.58 -79.92 -8.37 88 North Carolina  -16.67 44.50 -8.89 92 Pittsburgh  -14.67 -39.67 -11.76 93 Wake Forest  -13.11 -61.17 -11.79 94 Louisville  -7.72 -135.94 -11.93  
      B1G
      2 Penn St.  41.88 156.38 35.71 8 Ohio St.  31.38 230.75 32.42 11 Michigan  26.17 217.63 28.29 12 Wisconsin  27.13 193.38 27.72 30 Michigan St.  17.06 92.11 15.96 32 Maryland  15.17 92.46 14.72 36 Iowa  13.06 101.33 13.76 37 Purdue  5.50 173.25 12.30 42 Minnesota  10.10 65.48 10.00 60 Indiana  -1.00 53.58 2.00 62 Nebraska  -5.56 105.56 1.56 67 Northwestern  -2.39 32.72 0.04 102 Rutgers  -13.71 -111.75 -14.71 106 Illinois  -10.33 -231.83 -18.45  
      XII-II
      10 West Virginia  27.75 240.50 30.49 13 Oklahoma St.  26.50 146.28 24.96 18 Texas Tech  18.83 174.33 21.25 23 Oklahoma  18.92 125.25 18.85 24 Baylor  17.28 140.17 18.51 28 TCU  13.89 142.11 16.34 35 Texas  13.54 98.71 13.95 45 Iowa St.  11.17 11.56 8.02 47 Kansas  6.61 34.22 6.11 72 Kansas St.  -1.94 -47.00 -3.64  
      CUSA
      15 North Texas  20.67 174.06 22.45 51 Marshall  7.17 -12.50 4.15 70 Southern Miss  -11.25 108.75 -2.08 77 Florida Atlantic  -6.33 -26.00 -5.52 80 Florida Intl.  -2.04 -105.21 -6.61 81 Louisiana Tech  -9.92 -9.33 -7.08 87 West. Kentucky  -11.33 -22.06 -8.66 104 Rice  -12.94 -144.83 -15.85 112 Middle Tenn. St.  -25.00 -75.92 -20.45 113 Old Dominion -18.00 -183.92 -21.17 116 UAB -28.25 -122.50 -24.94 120 UNC-Charlotte -33.89 -153.44 -30.24 123 UT-San Antonio -30.92 -238.63 -32.51 126 UTEP  -38.83 -267.42 -39.22  
      Indies
      14 Notre Dame  27.38 130.00 24.73 31 Army  15.29 106.42 15.50 40 BYU  11.11 69.56 10.87 57 Liberty -0.89 59.83 2.39 127 Massachusetts -33.71 -339.71 -39.41 129 New Mexico St.  -42.13 -353.07 -45.69  
      MAC
      41 Buffalo  12.94 43.67 10.81 52 Ball St.  2.89 26.56 3.25 55 East. Michigan  1.78 34.94 2.93 69 Ohio  3.50 -65.75 -0.94 74 W. Michigan  -9.22 33.44 -4.48 96 Cent. Michigan  -12.78 -81.50 -12.58 101 Toledo  -10.75 -141.25 -14.21 103 Akron  -11.50 -155.50 -15.42 107 Miami (OH)  -18.42 -127.17 -18.62 117 Northern Illinois  -25.75 -204.75 -27.37 118 Bowling Green  -29.89 -153.89 -27.60 124 Kent St.  -30.22 -314.22 -35.81  
      MWC
      22 Boise St.  16.33 161.17 18.92 46 Fresno St.  4.58 79.33 7.01 56 Utah St.  9.50 -78.17 2.44 64 San Diego St.  3.06 -30.00 0.54 75 Hawaii  -1.63 -75.79 -4.86 97 Wyoming  -15.25 -48.75 -12.60 100 UNLV  -13.78 -91.72 -13.76 108 Air Force  -15.25 -178.50 -19.07 109 Colorado St.  -20.04 -123.21 -19.50 115 New Mexico  -14.75 -258.46 -22.72 125 Nevada  -35.50 -267.61 -37.01 128 San Jose St.  -37.75 -381.75 -44.20  
      PAC12
      25 Stanford  23.72 38.50 17.73 26 Washington  18.22 106.17 17.44 29 Washington St.  9.83 188.78 15.97 39 USC  11.17 77.96 11.33 49 Arizona St.  6.17 25.17 5.37 54 California  2.25 29.50 2.97 68 Colorado  -0.92 6.33 -0.30 71 Oregon  1.17 -57.67 -2.10 76 Arizona  -10.83 43.50 -5.05 78 Utah  -7.00 -22.83 -5.80 89 UCLA  -11.17 -38.94 -9.39 114 Oregon St.  -25.11 -116.00 -22.52  
      SBC
      3 Appalachian State 33.58 260.33 35.37 59 Arkansas St.  -1.06 54.83 2.03 95 Troy  -17.00 -24.83 -12.57 98 LA Monroe  -18.17 -12.67 -12.74 99 Georgia Southern -6.83 -174.42 -13.25 105 Coastal Carolina -16.17 -105.50 -16.04 110 South Alabama -17.38 -164.25 -19.77 119 LA Lafayette  -26.75 -226.50 -29.12 121 Georgia State -31.50 -192.33 -30.59 130 Texas St. -43.56 -338.00 -45.89  
      SEC
      1 Alabama  50.25 267.50 46.84 4 Georgia  31.83 263.17 34.34 6 Kentucky  32.17 227.67 32.79 7 South Carolina  30.50 244.56 32.52 9 Texas A&M  29.22 245.72 31.73 16 LSU  25.50 108.50 22.41 17 Missouri  17.67 200.78 21.79 19 Mississippi St.  18.17 179.17 21.04 34 Florida  19.56 22.50 14.16 43 Auburn  15.00 -13.67 9.32 48 Mississippi  3.89 56.56 5.41 50 Tennessee  1.33 68.17 4.29 66 Vanderbilt  0.04 2.13 0.13 90 Arkansas  -19.28 49.22 -10.40  
    • By $mooth in My trip to the Masters 0
      I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the Masters the year Fred Couples won it, 1992.  Being a P.G.A. member at the time, I had become good friends with the McGregor salesman.  It just so happens his dad was President of McGregor at the time.  Obviously, he went every year.
       
      He told me that if I could pay for the airfare and my meals, everything else was taken care of, meaning motel room and transportation to the course.  I could get into the tournament just by showing my P.G.A. card.  In fact, I could get into just about any tournament by doing the same thing.  I went to the Colonial and Byron Nelson many times just by signing up and getting my badges for the week.  But, the Masters didn't work that way.  When you got to the course, you had to show your card and driver license.  They give you a "sticker" that you had to wear.  Of course, I bought a Masters cap and would put it on there every day.  The area around the club is rather blah.  In fact, if you didn't know where you were going, you wouldn't even know that Augusta C.C. was there.
       
      We flew into Atlanta, he rented a car, and we made the drive up to Augusta.  As soon as we checked into the hotel, we headed for the course.  He was meeting some friends and made arrangements to meet under the "big tree" right by the clubhouse.  He pointed me to the ticket booth and took off.  Sure enough, I showed them my card and D.L., got my sticker and I was inside the gate. 
       
      The first thing I wanted to do was start at No. 1 and walk the course.  At that time, television didn't show much of the front nine, so I knew nothing about those holes.  My first impression was that I couldn't believe there was a golf course that was as hilly as this one was.  It was up and down on almost every hole.  By the time I got to the back nine, I was already worn out and I was a lot younger then.  Every green was monstrous and looked like an elephant was buried on them.  "Amen Corner" is unbelievable.  The two par 5's, #13 and #15 are two of the most beautiful holes I have ever seen.
       
      On Thursday, I made it a point to just hang around #13 and #15.  Of course, right behind #15 green is the pond that you see on #16.  I bought one of those little Master folding chairs, and parked myself where they would hit their second shots from.  What you hear about leaving your seat and coming back to it later was absolutely true.  Need to go to the bathroom and come back?  No problem.  Want one of their cheap sandwiches (they are and really good)?  No problem.  Another one of my favorite places was right next to #15 green.  Watching shots come in there, and then the players trying to putt on it was terrific.  One day, I decided to go stand behind #16 green when the pin was in the right front part of the green behind the bunker.  Corey Pavin just happened to make a hole-in-one while I was standing there!  Flew it into the hole. 
       
      There was a Weather Warning on Friday.  Everybody had to clear the course.  While I was trying to find a cab, I met an elderly couple that was going to same motel.  We decided to share the cab.  Turns out it was Jack Nicklaus's personal secretary and her husband.  Super nice people.  I decided that they needed looking after, so decided to meet them the next morning at #7's green, by the ropes where the players walked going to #8 tee box.  Sure enough, they were there and I spent the better part of the day with Jack's uncle as we followed him around.  The seat he was using was one of those where the top split open and had a point on the other end like an umbrella.  He was a little wobbly on it, so I let him use my chair and I used his seat.  What a great guy he was.  Next thing I know, we are walking down the right side of #11, and I was being introduced to Jack's wife, kids, etc.  Basically, I spent all day with this couple.  Gave them my card and about 2 months later something came in the mail addressed to me.  It was a very nice autographed picture from Jack.  
       
      I have to admit that there are certain holes, like #9 and #18 greens that took me by a little surprise.  Tthey are sitting out in an area by themselves.  By the greens, there are no trees at all.  If it wasn't for the crowd around them, they would look rather plain.  If you are down in the valley where most of the drives are on #9, when looking at the green, the front of it looks like a green wall.  the "false front" on #9 and #14 can be very disconcerting.  A shot that comes up short will roll back down the hill 20 or 30 yards.
       
      If you are wondering why the pins are in the same places every year, once you are there and see the undulations in all of the greens, the answer becomes very simple.  Those are about the only places they can put the pin where there is a relatively flat place around the hole.  They are truly amazing to see in person.  TV doesn't do them justice.  Obviously, my favorite golf tournament of any on the tour.   
  • Members Currently Online

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. HornedHunterNYC (34 years old)
  • Forum Statistics

    9,158
    Total Topics
    304,278
    Total Posts
  • Member Statistics

    605
    Total Members
    2,151
    Most Online
    Footballcrazy
    Newest Member
    Footballcrazy
    Joined
×