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A sports analysis blog hosted by lovable, furry old Duquesne. Come here for DUSHEE missives and other sundry wonkish thoughts.

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Week 8 DUSHEE (2018)

I figure interest in this blog is niche at best, even when the Frogs are playing well.  So I assume at this point, I'm just writing this for myself.  But nonetheless, for this week's entry in the second saddest diary ever written (allowing that Anne Frank's is probably still a little sadder) ...   Clemson reclaims the top spot in the rankings, but it really is just Clemson, Bama, and the rest of the field at this point.  There is an almost 10-point gap between those two teams and 3rd r

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

The Case for Marshall

As we've discussed before, every year there are one or two teams that DUSHEE seems to think way more highly of than almost anybody else. I lovingly call this team the DUSHEE WTF team. This year's WTF team appears to be the Thundering Herd. Not that Marhsall is completely disrespected. They are 23rd and 22nd in the AP and Coaches' Polls. The Massey Composite Index has Marshall at 18 and includes a handful of computer polls that place Marshall even higher than DUSHEE's 8th. But the human polls h

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

DUSHEE Week 9

DUSHEE was impressed by TCU this week; impressed enough to catapult the Frogs into 3rd in the new DUSHEE poll. The Frogs earned a 47.0 score for the game (46.8 PD, 325.5 YD), eeking out Wisconsin's beatdown of Maryland (45.1 Score, 48.2 PD, 268 YD) for the biggest score of the week. DUSHEE also punished Mississippi State more for winning a close game against Kentucky than it punished Mississippi for their close loss to LSU, dropping the Rebels only one spot to 4th while dropping the Cowbells 4

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

2016 Week 5 DUSHEE

I never published this last week ...   Overall 1 Ohio St.  45.33 369.46 48.37 2 Michigan  44.75 287.27 43.94 3 Alabama  34.70 262.88 36.05 4 Clemson  32.25 276.10 35.06 5 Louisville  23.57 364

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

2016 Week 6 DUSHEE

Rank Team PD YD Score 1 Michigan  46.74 299.07 46.22 2 Ohio St.  38.30 324.63 41.88 3 Clemson  34.63 280.91 37.23 4 Louisville  26.45 367.75 36.15 5 Alabama  34.56

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Jekyll and Hyde II -- Hell's Half Acre

Whither the 2016 Frogs?   Bruce Banner and the Hulk.  Yin and yang.  Tyler Durden and the unnamed Edward Norton character in Fight Club.  Devil with the Blue Dress.  Sméagol and Gollum.   The 2016 Frogs.   Pop culture is replete with dichotomous but symbiotic opposites contained in the same body.  For there to be beauty there must be ugliness.  Good cannot exist without evil.   There was some beauty to this edition of the Frogs.  That fabulous 40-point bea

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

2016 Final Regular Season DUSHEE Rankings Dump

This is just a dump of all the final DUSHEE rankings now that Army-Navy has officially ended the regular season.  This will be followed up with the DUSHEE Bowl Preview.   DUSHEE Original Formulation   Rank Team PD YD Score 1 Alabama  35.60 275.44 37.11 2 Ohio St.  34.18 247.63 34.82 3

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 6 DUSHEE (2017 Season)

As the weeks progress, things in DUSHEE tend to settle out.  Extremes begin to regress to the mean.  Of the top 15 teams, 12 saw their DUSHEE score drop this week; of the bottom 15, 9 saw their DUSHEE score rise.   Baylor got hammered during their bye week, falling 28 spots and losing 11 points in their DUSHEE score primarily because each of their past opponents (UTSA, Duke, OU, and K-State) all lost.  The Bears went from ranked 24th to 52nd and a DUSHEE score of 15.91 to 4.87.  

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 7 DUSHEE (2017)

DUSHEE still loves it some Ohio State.  The Buckeyes remain firmly in first place, despite their loss to Oklahoma.  In fact, OSU has had a top 3 DUSHEE score each of the last 5 weeks.  Here are their week-to-week totals (rows are opponent, point differential, yardage differential, DUSHEE score.)   @ Ind  OU  Army  UNLV @ Rut  Mary @ Neb 31.50 4.40 41.40

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 8 DUSHEE (2017)

Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St.  33.95 281.68 36.24 0 -2.69 2 Alabama  33.28 257.70 34.63 0 -1.78 3 Penn St.  34.19 191.62 32.04 0 -0.37 4

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 9 DUSHEE (2017)

For any who actually read any of this, I apologize but work and home life have not allowed time for commentary.  Just posting the results ...   Frogs Week-to-Week   @ Ark  SMU @ OkSt    WVU @ KSU  Kan @ ISU   8.00 30.00 37.86   15.83 28.50 17.50 7.00

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 10 DUSHEE (2017)

We have a new Number 1!!!   After maintaining the top spot since the first DUSHEE rankings came out after week 5, Iowa's shocking obliteration of Ohio State dropped the Buckeyes more than 7 points in DUSHEE score, the largest single team drop of the week.  Despite this precipitous fall, Ohio State only dropped to 2nd in the rankings, behind Alabama, but still a point ahead of Georgia who leapfrogged Penn State into 3rd.  We are now getting to the point of the season where enough games

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 11 DUSHEE (2017)

DUSHEE just can't quit the Buckeyes.  Ohio State's blow out win over Michigan State vaulted them back into the top spot, 0.4 of a point ahead of Alabama.  Auburn leapt 7 spots to take 3rd and Oklahoma moved up 3 to take 4th.  This is a lot of movement at this time of year, an indication of the magnitude of the blowouts we saw this weekend.   WTF DUSHEE?   Speaking of movement, while they have moved up 10 spots in the last two weeks, DUSHEE still has undefeated Miami well down

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Duquesne Frog

 

DUSHEE Week 13 (2017)

No discussion this week.  Working on a longer blog post that I'll get out later in the week.  Then I'll put together a bowl preview after this week.   TCU Week-to-Week   @ Ark  SMU @ OkSt    WVU @ KSU  Kan @ ISU  Tex @ OU @ Ttech  Bay   10.00 23.20 31.82  

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Duquesne Frog

 

End of Regular Season DUSHEE (2017)

Now that Army-Navy is over, the 2017 regular season has officially come to a close.  A Bowl preview is yet to come, but before that, let's sum up the season.   The Frogs   At the end of last season, the Frogs were ranked 50th in DUSHEE, the same spot occupied this year by the Marshall Thundering Herd.  So, based on that perspective, TCU's 14th place finish this year is probably better than most anybody could have expected.  That said, the Frogs did not end the season as stron

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Duquesne Frog

 

DUSHEE Bowl Preview 2017-2018

As in previous years, I take a look at the Bowls through the lens of various computer models and the early Vegas point spreads.  This year I am switching from the ESPN FPI to the College Football Reference SRS score, primarily because they make it easier to play around with their data.  Maybe this year (unlike the last several), I'll actually go back and review how these picks turned out before closing out the DUSHEE season.  We'll see how motivated I am by then.   In the tables below,

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Duquesne Frog

 

Inaugural 2018 DUSHEE (Week 4)

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

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 5 DUSHEE (2018)

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

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

DUSHEE Week 7 (2018)

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

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 9 DUSHEE (2018)

No movement in the top 4 although Clemson increased its lead over Bama a bit this week and the Frogs fell (only) 4 more spots to 47th, helped by outgaining Kansas by 200 yards despite losing.  The largest faller this week in both ranking and score was Baylor, who dropped 26 spots in the ranking to 83rd.  The biggest climber this week was Georgia Southern who beat DUSHEE darling Appalachian State and climbed 33 spots to 56th.   TCU Week-by-Week The Kansas game looks bad, but maybe

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 10 DUSHEE (2018)

As we've discussed in previous weeks, Alabama and Clemson have been set for some time your clear top 2 (Alabama has retaken the top spot as the two continue to jockey in the rankings).  This week, Michigan has begun to separate from the pack as a clear #3 and Oklahoma has now created a little bit of space for itself in #4.  Were the season to end today, that is your playoff as far as DUSHEE is concerned.   The Frogs dropped again, despite the win, three spots to 50th.  DUSHEE has the F

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 11 DUSHEE (2018)

This week we'll bring the Extra Crispy version of DUSHEE back into the mix because the "Group of 5" made a big splash in this week's Original formula.  And while I'm reluctant to dismiss unexpected teams that rank highly just because they are unexpected (due perhaps to my own biases), this week's rankings have enough of those teams to give me some pause.  Like, say Utah State, who comes in 6th ... yes, 6th ... in this week's Original formula.   Utah State pounded San Jose (effing) Stat

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 12 DUSHEE (2018)

A lot of movement in this week's rankings.  Alabama now has a 3-point lead on Clemson.  Oklahoma has fallen out of the top 4 as Georgia has moved into the 4-slot.  Notre Dame has slowly crept up into 7th, and would still be a home underdog to any other teams in the top-4, but are now in a position where another school (Georgia or Oklahoma) isn't totally getting screwed when they get in the CFP.  UCF has also climbed into the top 10, just ahead of Fresno as the top ranked Have Not ... last week's

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Duquesne Frog

 

Week 13 DUSHEE (2018)

Before people yell at me about Michigan only dropping one spot to #4 (still in the DUSHEE CFP), note that they had the single largest point drop of anybody in the top 25 (almost 3 points).  It was enough to drop the Wolverines past Georgia, but they had a 6-point cushion on Oklahoma, who was pretty stagnant after ekeing out a win over West Virginia.  Notre Dame actually dropped more in the rankings than Michigan after struggling to beat a very, very average USC team.  The biggest mover in the to

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Duquesne Frog

2018 Bowl Preview

2018 Bowl Preview

Let's not dither and pretend there are any other bowl games that matter.  ESPN will try to convince you that there are bigger games, like probably the Orange or maybe the Cotton.  But we all know that there is only one game, one game to rule them all, pitting the alma maters of Ladainian Tomlinson and Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Hughes and Jared Goff, Bob Lilly and Craig Morton, Jim Swink and Joe Kapp, Slingin' Sammy Baugh and Vic Bottari, between two teams with a combined 13 wins ... yes, you heard ri

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