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Inaugural 2015 DUSHEE Rankings

Duquesne Frog

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Well, here it is, folks. This first ranking comes out with the usual caveat: it's early. Many of the teams are ranked on the basis of two games played against FBS competition, including the top 2 teams in the ranking, conference mates Baylor and West Virginia. In fact, this may be the first time that every team has emerged past the 2 FBS opponents threshold by week 4 since I started doing this. Usually there is a straggler or two with more than one bye or FCS opponent in the early part of the season.

The Frogs come in at number 9, which frankly is higher than I thought they would be. The Frogs' ranking is buoyed in a large part by their yardage differential, where they rank 6th in the country, gaining 224 more yards against their opponents than the average team has. DUSHEE, at this point, has SMU as an average FBS team (rank 68th, DUSHEE score 1.37 ... a score of 0 is average) and Tech as a top 15 team. Minnesota comes in at 49th with a DUSHEE score of 7.90. TCU's schedule strength is among the top 25 in the country right now, keeping in mind that DUSHEE is completely unaware that the SFA game was played.

DUSHEE is a big fan of the Big XII-II after 4 weeks, ranking them easily the best conference based on the average team scores. Five Big XII-II teams are ranked in the top 14. And, like last year, DUSHEE is not on board with ESPN's touting of the Pac12 as the next emerging super conference. It places ZERO teams in the top 15 and only two (USC, Stanford) in the top 25. In fact, DUSHEE has the Pac12 as the lowest rated "Power 5" conference by some margin. In fact, DUSHEE has the Left Coasters closer in conference strength to the American Athletic Conference than the Big 12, SEC, or ACC. Here is the week 4 conference ratings:

B12 17.93

SEC 12.80

ACC 11.98

B10 6.32

P12 3.97

AAC -0.24

MAC -9.81

MWC -14.61

CUSA -17.43

SBC -20.99

A few obvious early candidates for the 2015 WTF team have emerged. No. 8 Iowa, no. 22 Vanderbilt, and no. 23 Pitt all merit future scrutiny as the weeks progress. Again, keeping in mind that there is a lot of movement in this ranking early in the season. Last season LSU opened as the #2 DUSHEE team in week 5 and were #20 by season's end. Georgia Tech started week 5 as the 50th ranked team last season; they finished the season at number 13.

Finally, carrying forward the discussion of the last blog post, venue is still being ignored. Until I can get a handle on what the statistical impact home games have on the DUSHEE rankings, I will wait to adjust rankings until I have that handle. That adjustment may not happen until after the regular season.

And with all that, here is your inaugural 2015 DUSHEE rankings:

Rank Team P/G Y/G Score

1 Baylor 43.75 513.25 54.53

2 West Virginia 53.25 321.75 51.40

3 Clemson 39.00 286.75 40.17

4 Alabama 33.25 318.54 37.91

5 Oklahoma 28.67 235.00 30.72

6 Tennessee 25.11 187.50 26.01

7 Notre Dame 23.71 196.25 25.50

8 Iowa 19.00 205.00 22.80

9 TCU 17.50 224.06 22.74

10 Mississippi 20.78 166.83 22.10

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11 Michigan 19.83 177.67 22.00

12 Miami (FL) 18.67 166.00 20.65

13 Northwestern 17.44 164.17 19.74

14 Texas Tech 20.50 121.28 19.66

15 North Carolina 24.58 63.92 19.55

16 USC 22.54 77.71 18.87

17 Ohio St. 18.00 125.00 18.18

18 Stanford 18.83 110.21 18.00

19 Middle Tenn. St. 16.44 137.72 17.77

20 Texas A&M 18.79 104.46 17.69

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21 Georgia 17.06 115.06 17.06

22 Vanderbilt 15.83 129.61 16.96

23 Pittsburgh 17.75 101.50 16.85

24 Air Force 12.50 164.25 16.45

25 Boston Coll. 10.50 187.00 16.24

26 Arkansas 13.79 142.08 16.22

27 Louisiana Tech 11.72 166.94 16.06

28 Memphis 8.89 195.67 15.60

29 LSU 18.83 60.67 15.55

30 N.C. State 12.83 140.33 15.49

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31 Florida 16.83 84.50 15.40

32 Florida St. 12.17 145.00 15.28

33 Georgia Tech 13.06 117.67 14.52

34 BYU 15.29 82.08 14.25

35 Navy 17.50 45.75 13.93

36 Louisville 15.67 66.67 13.74

37 Oklahoma St. 12.39 98.00 13.10

38 UCLA 13.00 64.33 11.85

39 Indiana 10.06 83.11 10.81

40 Iowa St. 10.25 76.50 10.61

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41 Utah 17.17 -23.46 10.29

42 Houston 9.25 75.25 9.89

43 Wisconsin 11.33 45.21 9.79

44 Connecticut 8.33 65.83 8.81

45 Illinois 8.00 66.67 8.63

46 Kansas St. 7.08 76.17 8.49

47 Temple 14.33 -24.17 8.36

48 Appalachian State 5.50 94.50 8.34

49 Minnesota -0.13 161.50 7.90

50 Nebraska 7.13 57.46 7.59

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51 Arizona St. 6.39 60.50 7.25

52 Mississippi St. 10.50 -8.33 6.59

53 Tulsa 4.28 73.61 6.49

54 Duke 3.67 62.50 5.53

55 Boise St. 5.50 32.72 5.28

56 Troy 3.33 59.08 5.14

57 Michigan St. 8.38 -10.88 5.05

58 Washington 8.33 -11.33 5.00

59 Massachusetts 7.89 -6.50 4.94

60 Penn St. 9.25 -26.25 4.87

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61 Cent. Michigan 2.17 52.06 4.02

62 South Carolina 9.21 -53.04 3.52

63 Oregon 5.28 -3.06 3.37

64 California 7.00 -30.78 3.15

65 Washington St. -0.25 42.75 1.95

66 East Carolina 2.83 0.06 1.89

67 West. Kentucky 2.88 -4.13 1.71

68 SMU -2.83 66.00 1.37

69 Kentucky 3.25 -21.08 1.12

70 Oregon St. -2.17 49.56 1.00

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71 Bowling Green -6.50 96.88 0.45

72 Virginia Tech 1.06 -7.28 0.34

73 Texas 5.54 -81.46 -0.33

74 Wake Forest -1.17 -3.50 -0.95

75 Arizona -3.11 -3.67 -2.26

76 Army -0.39 -46.39 -2.55

77 Ball St. -1.61 -34.28 -2.77

78 Georgia Southern -2.67 -25.17 -3.02

79 Toledo 1.56 -86.50 -3.24

80 Syracuse 0.50 -100.00 -4.61

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81 Virginia -8.22 9.44 -5.01

82 Cincinnati -11.33 33.83 -5.88

83 Ohio -1.67 -110.72 -6.58

84 Auburn -4.67 -83.83 -7.25

85 Northern Illinois -5.39 -86.44 -7.86

86 Utah St. -2.58 -147.00 -8.99

87 Buffalo -5.39 -120.78 -9.56

88 Missouri -12.67 -24.39 -9.65

89 Maryland -8.78 -109.89 -11.28

90 Akron -11.17 -87.50 -11.77

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91 LA Monroe -16.75 -19.75 -12.14

92 Colorado St. -18.56 -2.78 -12.51

93 Florida Atlantic -16.38 -35.63 -12.68

94 Rutgers -8.67 -149.89 -13.18

95 Florida Intl. -14.33 -77.17 -13.37

96 UNLV -11.89 -115.39 -13.63

97 Hawaii -11.61 -144.44 -14.88

98 W. Michigan -13.89 -116.39 -15.01

99 UT-San Antonio -21.25 -24.75 -15.39

100 Nevada -7.72 -225.39 -16.29

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101 Rice -21.00 -71.28 -17.52

102 Marshall -11.50 -211.25 -18.11

103 Southern Miss -16.89 -148.22 -18.58

104 Wyoming -25.61 -49.67 -19.53

105 Arkansas St. -20.11 -164.94 -21.56

106 South Alabama -26.00 -95.22 -22.04

107 Kent St. -28.67 -66.11 -22.38

108 San Jose St. -27.50 -93.67 -22.96

109 South Florida -19.75 -203.50 -23.22

110 Purdue -25.08 -155.42 -24.40

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111 Old Dominion -21.89 -203.06 -24.63

112 East. Michigan -22.75 -207.63 -25.43

113 UCF -19.56 -255.94 -25.69

114 New Mexico -27.00 -161.83 -26.00

115 LA Lafayette -26.58 -193.08 -27.26

116 Idaho -24.56 -243.44 -28.40

117 Texas St. -29.00 -191.83 -28.81

118 Colorado -30.33 -213.67 -30.78

119 San Diego St. -28.33 -241.61 -30.83

120 Fresno St. -29.44 -238.61 -31.42

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121 Kansas -27.00 -276.25 -31.65

122 Miami (OH) -33.06 -209.61 -32.40

123 UNC-Charlotte -37.00 -198.56 -34.48

124 Georgia State -38.83 -181.83 -34.87

125 New Mexico St. -36.22 -259.78 -36.99

126 UTEP -36.44 -256.89 -36.99

127 North Texas -43.33 -251.50 -41.32

128 Tulane -46.75 -311.50 -46.56

By Conference

28 Memphis 8.89 195.67 15.60

42 Houston 9.25 75.25 9.89

44 Connecticut 8.33 65.83 8.81

47 Temple 14.33 -24.17 8.36

53 Tulsa 4.28 73.61 6.49

66 East Carolina 2.83 0.06 1.89

68 SMU -2.83 66.00 1.37

82 Cincinnati -11.33 33.83 -5.88

110 South Florida -19.75 -203.50 -23.22

114 UCF -19.56 -255.94 -25.69

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3 Clemson 39.00 286.75 40.17

12 Miami (FL) 18.67 166.00 20.65

15 North Carolina 24.58 63.92 19.55

23 Pittsburgh 17.75 101.50 16.85

25 Boston Coll. 10.50 187.00 16.24

30 N.C. State 12.83 140.33 15.49

32 Florida St. 12.17 145.00 15.28

33 Georgia Tech 13.06 117.67 14.52

36 Louisville 15.67 66.67 13.74

54 Duke 3.67 62.50 5.53

72 Virginia Tech 1.06 -7.28 0.34

74 Wake Forest -1.17 -3.50 -0.95

80 Syracuse 0.50 -100.00 -4.61

81 Virginia -8.22 9.44 -5.01

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8 Iowa 19.00 205.00 22.80

11 Michigan 19.83 177.67 22.00

13 Northwestern 17.44 164.17 19.74

17 Ohio St. 18.00 125.00 18.18

39 Indiana 10.06 83.11 10.81

43 Wisconsin 11.33 45.21 9.79

45 Illinois 8.00 66.67 8.63

49 Minnesota -0.13 161.50 7.90

50 Nebraska 7.13 57.46 7.59

57 Michigan St. 8.38 -10.88 5.05

60 Penn St. 9.25 -26.25 4.87

89 Maryland -8.78 -109.89 -11.28

94 Rutgers -8.67 -149.89 -13.18

111 Purdue -25.08 -155.42 -24.40

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1 Baylor 43.75 513.25 54.53

2 West Virginia 53.25 321.75 51.40

5 Oklahoma 28.67 235.00 30.72

9 TCU 17.50 224.06 22.74

14 Texas Tech 20.50 121.28 19.66

37 Oklahoma St. 12.39 98.00 13.10

40 Iowa St. 10.25 76.50 10.61

46 Kansas St. 7.08 76.17 8.49

73 Texas 5.54 -81.46 -0.33

122 Kansas -27.00 -276.25 -31.65

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19 Middle Tenn. St. 16.44 137.72 17.77

27 Louisiana Tech 11.72 166.94 16.06

67 West. Kentucky 2.88 -4.13 1.71

93 Florida Atlantic -16.38 -35.63 -12.68

95 Florida Intl. -14.33 -77.17 -13.37

99 UT-San Antonio -21.25 -24.75 -15.39

101 Rice -21.00 -71.28 -17.52

103 Marshall -11.50 -211.25 -18.11

104 Southern Miss -16.89 -148.22 -18.58

112 Old Dominion -21.89 -203.06 -24.63

124 UNC-Charlotte -37.00 -198.56 -34.48

127 UTEP -36.44 -256.89 -36.99

128 North Texas -43.33 -251.50 -41.32

128 Tulane -46.75 -311.50 -46.56

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7 Notre Dame 23.71 196.25 25.50

34 BYU 15.29 82.08 14.25

35 Navy 17.50 45.75 13.93

76 Army -0.39 -46.39 -2.55

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59 Massachusetts 7.89 -6.50 4.94

61 Cent. Michigan 2.17 52.06 4.02

71 Bowling Green -6.50 96.88 0.45

77 Ball St. -1.61 -34.28 -2.77

79 Toledo 1.56 -86.50 -3.24

83 Ohio -1.67 -110.72 -6.58

85 Northern Illinois -5.39 -86.44 -7.86

87 Buffalo -5.39 -120.78 -9.56

90 Akron -11.17 -87.50 -11.77

98 W. Michigan -13.89 -116.39 -15.01

108 Kent St. -28.67 -66.11 -22.38

113 East. Michigan -22.75 -207.63 -25.43

123 Miami (OH) -33.06 -209.61 -32.40

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24 Air Force 12.50 164.25 16.45

55 Boise St. 5.50 32.72 5.28

86 Utah St. -2.58 -147.00 -8.99

92 Colorado St. -18.56 -2.78 -12.51

96 UNLV -11.89 -115.39 -13.63

97 Hawaii -11.61 -144.44 -14.88

100 Nevada -7.72 -225.39 -16.29

105 Wyoming -25.61 -49.67 -19.53

109 San Jose St. -27.50 -93.67 -22.96

115 New Mexico -27.00 -161.83 -26.00

120 San Diego St. -28.33 -241.61 -30.83

121 Fresno St. -29.44 -238.61 -31.42

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16 USC 22.54 77.71 18.87

18 Stanford 18.83 110.21 18.00

38 UCLA 13.00 64.33 11.85

41 Utah 17.17 -23.46 10.29

51 Arizona St. 6.39 60.50 7.25

58 Washington 8.33 -11.33 5.00

63 Oregon 5.28 -3.06 3.37

64 California 7.00 -30.78 3.15

65 Washington St. -0.25 42.75 1.95

70 Oregon St. -2.17 49.56 1.00

75 Arizona -3.11 -3.67 -2.26

119 Colorado -30.33 -213.67 -30.78

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48 Appalachian State 5.50 94.50 8.34

56 Troy 3.33 59.08 5.14

78 Georgia Southern -2.67 -25.17 -3.02

91 LA Monroe -16.75 -19.75 -12.14

106 Arkansas St. -20.11 -164.94 -21.56

107 South Alabama -26.00 -95.22 -22.04

116 LA Lafayette -26.58 -193.08 -27.26

117 Idaho -24.56 -243.44 -28.40

118 Texas St. -29.00 -191.83 -28.81

125 Georgia State -38.83 -181.83 -34.87

126 New Mexico St. -36.22 -259.78 -36.99

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4 Alabama 33.25 318.54 37.91

6 Tennessee 25.11 187.50 26.01

10 Mississippi 20.78 166.83 22.10

20 Texas A&M 18.79 104.46 17.69

21 Georgia 17.06 115.06 17.06

22 Vanderbilt 15.83 129.61 16.96

26 Arkansas 13.79 142.08 16.22

29 LSU 18.83 60.67 15.55

31 Florida 16.83 84.50 15.40

52 Mississippi St. 10.50 -8.33 6.59

62 South Carolina 9.21 -53.04 3.52

69 Kentucky 3.25 -21.08 1.12

84 Auburn -4.67 -83.83 -7.25

88 Missouri -12.67 -24.39 -9.65

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