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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 10 DUSHEE Ratings

I'm just going to post the rankings here, and then maybe later in the week if I get some time, I'll discuss some particulars of the numbers at this point in the season. Some items which need discussing: 1) The WTF team of 2013, Kansas State, 2) underrated and overrated teams (looking at you Northern Illinois, Fresno, and of course, Notre Dame), 3) a closer look at some specific teams of interest including Baylor, TCU, etc. (I'm open to suggestions), 4) the lack of a non-AQ pressence in the top 2

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 9 DUSHEE Rankings

Crappiest football season ever ... 1 Baylor 45.10 370.43 100.00 2 Florida St. 42.14 301.54 89.46 3 Oregon 31.23 233.31 67.17 4 Alabama 32.40 161.25 62.49 5 Louisville 26.57 208.57 58.05 6 Ohio St. 26.93 194.76 57.35 7 Wisconsin 20.58 197.26 48.15 8 Arizona St. 19.36 182.57 45.02 9 Texas A&M 18.86 132.73 39.84 10 BYU 16.00 163.35 38.32 11 Kansas St. 18.09 112.81 36.93 12 Missouri 19.28 92.77 36.90 13 Stanford 19.15 93.27 36.76 14 Clemson 16.96 125.93 36.41 15 LSU 18.06 99.92 35

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 8 DUSHEE Rankings

I was up until almost midnight serving fries to the voracious throng at the Pitt-Old Dominion game last night, and while I technically did not have a drop of alcohol, nonetheless I feel hungover. The continued suckage of our football team has not helped matters. So I'm just posting the results. Bleh. By Team Rk Team PD YD Score 1 Baylor 47.92 376.16 100.00 2 Florida St. 45.75 309.93 91.16 3 Oregon 29.03 217.03 59.63 4 Alabama 31.85 165.35 59.03 5 Louisville 27.56 191.55 55.34 6 Wisconsin

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 7 DUSHEE Rankings

DUSHEE has decided he has pumped as much sunshine as he can. Unimpressed by TCU's performance against Kansas (TCU's first negative PD of the year at -4.67), the Frogs have dropped to 41. Baylor, despite playing their first decent opponent of the year (Buffalo has drifted back to 65th) and not winning by 50, has creeped back past Florida State into the #1 spot. Kansas State was rewarded with a solid moral victory in the Baylor game with a leap from 53 to 21 and into the 3 spot in the Big XII rank

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 6 DUSHEE Rankings

For all us glum TCU fans, DUSHEE comes in this Sunday morning with good news. One, despite hanging 73 on WVU, Baylor has fallen out of the top spot, ceding to Lee Corso's alma mater, Florida State. Two, despite losing to Oklahoma and showing only the slightest pulse of an offense, TCU is now on the cusp of the top 25. That's right Frog fans, despite how you feel today, DUSHEE is here to totally blow sunshine up your collective asses and boost your self esteem with participation ribbons galore!

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Week 5 DUSHEE Rankings

Allow me to apologize in advance. Baylor is the number one team in the land according to DUSHEE. Now wait, wait. ... WAIT! Remember the discussion from the first NMMH blog post. Teams are not well "interconnected," as Sagarin puts it, at this point. Baylor's ranking is coming based on the results of two games, against Buffalo and ULaMon. And because Buffalo put a pretty decent whooping on UConn this week, Buffalo isn't looking as bad (51st) in the rankings as they probably are in reality. Han

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

These Teams are Keeping You From a 2013 DUSHEE Poll!!!

As Levi Stubbs would say, this one gonna be short ... I believe I've alluded to this before, but the way DUSHEE runs, every team in FBS must have played at least two games against FBS opponents before any numbers can be generated. Even then, the amount of information isn't particularly robust, but that is the minimum threshold past which zeros are no longer in the denominator and DUSHEE doesn't throw its hands up in disgust and leave the room. So as I track the season, this fact gives a little

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Blind Squirrels Finding Acorns

Any avid college football fan, particularly one who follows one team closely over the course of a season, knows that teams of 18-22 years old kids/men are fickle. The 2005 TCU team starts the season by going into Norman and handing the Sooners the second of just 5 losses they've had at home in the Bob Stoops era. Then the next week they lose to a 5-6 SMU team. Last year's TCU team was all over the map as well, losing badly to a mediocre Iowa State team but whipping a solid Baylor team. In many

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Apologetics for the Patterson Era

Cue the voice of John Facenda ... In the blazing Texas September sun, as the rest of America begins the gradual chill into fall, the heat clings to the Earth here like the tick clings to the mockingbird. Where the zest and frolic of Spring has fallen prey to the searing August scourge and the only life that thrives is the pestilent fire ant, one man also thrives. He thrives not on water, the last drop of which was seen in May, nor on other basic human needs, needs that make mere mortal men weak

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Demystifying the "Computer Poll" in the BCS era

Revenge of the Nerds Back in February, ESPN (The Magazine) ran a cover story about the controversial 2012 MLB AL MVP race between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, which somehow turned into a proxy battle between "old school" baseball men who used their eyes and guts to evaluate players and the new age sabermatrician nerds who could only see what was quantifiable. Qualitative evaluation versus quantitative evaluation. Clint Eastwood in Trouble With the Curve versus Brad Pitt in Moneyball. For tho

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

SEC Fatigue

Let's get it out of the way. The SEC is the best. I'm not even going to try to dispute it as much as I'd like to. I am as sick of them as anybody else who doesn't live within 30 miles of a Civil War battlefield. The bona fides are not in question. Every Mythical National Championship since 2006. Only conference in history to win more than 3 in a row. By far the most NFL draft picks. And you can't avoid the superlatives. Steve Spurrier, albeit for transparently self-serving reasons, absurdly de

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

Makin' Your Way in the World Today, Takes Everything You've Got ...

Bill Clements' Pride and Joy and Must See TV Yesterday, some network (TVLand?) ran a Cheers! marathon starting with the first ever episode which aired on September 29, 1982. On that Wednesday, the American TV audience, one limited to an unthinkable half dozen TV channels from which to choose, stood up from their couches, walked over to the TV, and turned a knob to whatever number corresponded to their NBC affiliate station, and "Must See TV" was born. On the Saturday prior, SMU's Pony Express,

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

 

An introduction to DUSHEE for the uninitiated ...

I'm a little uncertain how this blog thing works, but here's mud in your eye ... Why DUSHEE? A few years ago, on some random college football Saturday, I decided that it wasn't enough for me to just waste the day on the couch watching football ... that I needed to incorporate my two loves, college football and Excel spreadsheets, into one glorious symbiotic whole. And on that day, the Duquesne Ultimate Statistical Heuristic Evaluation of Excellence (I don't remember if that was the original no

Duquesne Frog

Duquesne Frog

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