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  1. 6 points
    The best summer of my life was 1963 when I rode for the Ehrlecher spread in Jeff Davis County, Texas. They had about 30,000 acres and a couple of thousand head of mixed beef cattle that had to be counted, vaccinated and treated for screw-worms. I was trying to make a hand and they let me ride, paying me $50 a week and all I could eat. They set me up with 4 horses; I had to bring my own hotroll. We had an old Airstream trailer where we slept, out in the middle of nowhere, too far from town to make it worth riding or driving in. The cook had a tent and a wagon where meals were prepared. After a long day in the saddle we'd wash off in the stock tank, have supper, and then entertain one another with stories--some of them were even true. There was one story told by another hand, Sixto (his last name I don't recall) that he swore was true. I must’ve heard him tell it at least a half-dozen times that summer and it was always the same. Some of the other cowhands scoffed, but he swore it was true. I've taken the liberty of putting it in first person, the way I heard it from Sixto, and I think I've got most of it right as to dialogue. I know the facts are just as he told them back then. Once in a while I've added a comment in [ ] to explain something a little better that he didn't originally tell, since we all knew back then what he was talking about. ****** It was in '53 when I was working for the sheriff's department down in Presidio. I was a new deputy in the department, and Sheriff Race was my boss. [Race Harland, known as "Sheriff Race" to most of the people in the county] I had night duty, and that meant I just drove around to see if there was trouble out on the roads. Kids would buy cheap wine or tequila over in “the O’ [Ojinaga, a Mexican town just across the border from Presidio] and raise hell in their daddy's car. Sometimes there'd be some bad wrecks, but usually just a car with drunk kids that run through a fence. One particular Friday night in late October I was over on 67 [state highway 67, between Presidio and Marfa] when I saw this old yellow school bus chugging down the grade from Marfa. I pulled up alongside and saw a bunch of kids in the bus and they looked like football players because I could see some standing and talking with football jerseys on. The bus had "Shafter ISD" painted on the side. Like I said, it was an old-looking bus. I followed it for a while, mostly because I had nothing else to do but then I wondered if it was going to make it up the next hill. After a while I passed and waved at the driver and went on towards town. A few days later I was in Shafter and stopped at a gas station for coffee and to stretch my legs. Just making conversation I asked the kid at the station about the high school football team, if they were having a good season. He shrugged and said "They used to have a six-man team here but not in a few years, I don't think." That puzzled me but not much since that old school bus could have been sold to another district and never painted so it could have been some other team I saw. But after I finished my coffee I went over to the school just to see, since I was curious and being curious is part of a deputy's job. I walked around but didn't see any school bus even though classes were going on. The whole school didn't have more than about 80 students, brought in from the ranches and a few who lived right there in Shafter. After a while I saw an old guy painting and stopped to kill some time with him and just be known around town. When I asked him about the football team he said "Who told you there was any football team here?" I told him I'd seen the team on the bus just a couple of weekends before. He stopped painting and gave me a real funny look. "Deputy, we ain't had no team here in years, ever since the accident." About that time I felt this kind of chill run up my back. He told me back in 1948 there was a six-man high school team that played some of the other little schools around, like Marathon and Fort Davis and Valentine, but that was the last year. He told me about the accident. The Shafter team was returning home from a game in the school bus, getting close to home out on 67. The best anyone figures they topped a hill and began the downgrade, but something must have happened to the brakes or the steering because at the big curve right where 67 crossed Cibola Creek at the edge of town the bus went off the road and down a drop off into the dry creek bed. Every one of them was killed. ****** Sixto went on about checking the accident records in the Sheriff's office and he found the accident report, but he never told anyone who worked there what he'd seen because he feared losing his job or at least being laughed at. Only after he quit the department and started cowboying again did he feel he could talk about his experience, and then only to men he trusted not to call him a liar or a lunatic. After hearing his story and seeing the look in his eyes as he told it, I couldn’t call him either one.
  2. 6 points
    Don Juan was in prison. His daughter Ana ran to tell me the news as my pickup rattled into the wide spot in the dirt road the people who lived there called Galeras. It isn't a town, not even a village, just a collection of houses that had to be built somewhere, and for unknown reasons they were built here. A tiny place, a hard place, a lonely place. Forty-five minutes of gravel, dirt and potholes to the nearest paved road. Water runs down from natural springs higher up in the hills, through plastic pipes and hoses put there by CARE in an attempt to give the people something they could call potable water. There isn't any electricity, except for the generator at Ruperto's house where I spent most weekends. Folks here are farmers, raising corn and pigs and children, all considered essential for a reasonably long and marginally prosperous life in rural Honduras. Juan had a small farm with dismal looking corn, five children, and a two-room adobe house with a clay tile roof. That's where I met Juan, where we became friends, under his roof. For some reason we hit it off from the beginning. I'd get to Ruperto's house about three in the afternoon, drop off my backpack, and begin my ritual walk around Galeras, talking with people and generally looking out of place, the only person within miles with more than just a hint of European genes. One afternoon I met Juan. He invited me in for coffee, and we talked about politics, crops, the weather, his family, his life...the things that men with more empty hours than hopes talk about. We passed whole afternoons together. If times were good he'd ask his wife to bring us tortillas and fresh cheese, or some tamales she'd made from corn masa and mysterious pieces of meat. We'd sit and talk until dark, then he'd light the homemade lamp, an old brake fluid can half-filled with kerosene and a strip of cloth for a wick. The flickering orange light it provided was only slightly brighter than the darkness around us, but in it I could see Juan, surrounded by all his worldly goods, his face lined from days in the sun, his eyes alive with friendship. Now he was in prison. He was my friend. I went to see him. The prison was at Yuscarán. Forty-five minutes back to the highway, another half-hour to the turnoff, then thirty minutes of dust and gravel and I was there. A gold mine birthed the town in colonial times but that played out, and now the main sources of employment were the distillery, a few unimportant government offices and the prison. I presented myself to the guard, and asked if I could visit a prisoner. A full body search later I entered Juan's new world. There was a large central patio of sandal-packed dirt. Surrounding the patio were cells built for ten and holding thirty. I looked for Juan and found him in his usual T-shirt, brown pants and sweat-stained straw hat. Vacant brown eyes came alive when he saw me. We didn't shake hands, Juan grabbed me and hugged me, a manly Latin abrazo. I hugged back. He was embarrassed to be in prison, but, life is that way, isn't it? A man struggles just to make a living for himself and his family, then celebrates the sale of a good corn crop with a bottle of aguardiente and...his shrug spoke eloquently. "Please, let's find some shade," he said, and we headed towards a wall. On the way we passed an inmate selling bananas. Juan reached into his pocket, pulled out ten centavos, and bought two bananas. He smiled and gave me one. It was almost too precious a gift to eat. We squatted in the shade, sitting on our heels, our backs leaning against the wall. We talked, not looking at each other because of his shame. Yes, he was doing fine, but missed his family. Yes, he had enough money to buy extra food to supplement the prison's meager rations, but...well...he needed money to pay a fine. Or a lawyer, I was never really sure which, but it didn't matter. He needed $100. A pair of shoes to me, but freedom to him. Would I please give the money to Ana, and she'd make certain the legal expenses were paid, and he'd pay me back a little at a time until the debt was cancelled? Certainly. Within ten days Juan was home with his family. Juan was a prisoner who could be set free because he was held behind walls of concrete and bars of iron. Galeras held other prisoners not so easily given their freedom. Prisoners of ignorance, of tradition, of poverty. Most are there still, only a very few have been set free.
  3. 5 points
    I've been around. I've met presidents and oil barons. I saw Earl Campbell play football. I watched Clyde Drexler when he was a UH freshman. I saw flaming crashes on race tracks. I used to pass Cullen Davis on the street regularly in downtown Fort Worth. But the most amazing thing I ever saw was Chuck Eisenmann and his dogs. It was about 1960, in the Reporter-Telegram office in Midland. Eisenmann evidently was touring to promote something or other and I was thrilled to meet him, not because he brought dogs with him, but because I had watched him pitch in the Texas League about 1946. He was a name from my childhood. But what he had taught those dogs was unbelievable. I remember he told a dog, ``Turn off the lights." He didn't touch the dog, or gesture or motion toward a light switch. Just said, ``turn off the lights." The dog looked around the newsroom until he spotted a light switch. Then he went to the light switch, reached up with a paw and turned off the lights. I think he had another one of the dogs turn the lights back on. We had people working there who couldn't turn on the lights or follow directions, but those dogs could. Eisenmann then handed a dog a wad of paper and said, ``Put it in the wastebasket." No gestures, no motions. The dog found a wastebasket and dropped the paper in it. And there were other tricks they did. It really was amazing. Years later I discovered that Eisenmann had made a living training dogs such as those. He even wrote a book about how to do it. His method was to talk to the dogs, much as you would to a person, until they actually began to understand all the words. It worked for Chuck. I don't know how it worked for others. But it was amazing to watch.
  4. 4 points
    This day, August 13, was my mother's birthday. She would be 106 today. Got to thinking, as us old codgers can do, about the lives preceding mine. Mama's lifetime (she lived to almost 87) saw her go from the horse-and-wagon era (she was born under a wagon near Kimball's Bend down in Bosque County in 1910) to the age of jets and computers. She went through the depression, 2 world wars plus Korea and Nam. She went to Germany for Oktoberfest.. She was a widow the last 38 years of her life. She was an excellent writer with a terrific imagination and sense of humor. l can recall years back when she heard ``I wonder who's kissing her now" on the radio and remarked, ``Where exactly is her `now'?" The Dallas News moved her from the state desk to what was then still ``women's news" because the sweet young things in that dept. were letting too many double-meaning things get by. Mama was a farm girl with a liberal education and could catch that stuff. She probably never castrated a calf, but surely had seen it done and knew how. She could have made the Olympics if crossword puzzle solving were an event. I still miss her. Think back to her parents,born in the 1880s. As children, and even young adults, they had virtually nothing that we take for granted -- cars, telephones, indoor plumbing, you name it. I remember in the late 1940s at their farm house, the phone would ring and Gran would say, ``Don't answer, that is Kleins' ring." Unless you wanted to listen on Kleins' conversation. Party lines were something else. She was a champ at wringing a chicken's neck, plucking it, cutting it up and frying it. All the way from chicken yard to dining table. Let Col. Sanders try that. When my grandmother was in her late 60s she got the most wonderful gift: A cream separator so she wouldn't have to churn so much. I miss her, too, even if she did think enemas were the cure for almost anything a little boy might have.
  5. 4 points
    Some of this may have been mentioned in past years, but bear with me: Since I go back further in time than anyone here (I know we are in the ``common era," but I grew up in what was surely an uncommon era), I will relate some memories of my grandfather Milner (the grandfather who didn't know Wyatt Earp). He was a farmer and boss of a thresher crew mostly, though during the Great Depression he moved into town (Henrietta) and opened a garage. So that was my first memory of him. He'd let me pump gas up into the glass tank at the top of the gas pump, which was a thrill for a 3-4-5 year old kid. Then when WWII came along, and gas and tires were rationed, he went back to farming. Through it all he drove the same 1934 Chevy pickup. We lived in Tulsa 1944-48, but either by car or train I got to Henrietta each summer. Remember being at the station in Denison (always a big rail center) in 1945 and waiting for troop trains to go by so that our passenger train could procede. I guess the troops were moving moved west as the European war was ended and we still had the Japanese to fight. I also spent the first half of 1944 living in Henrietta with my grandparents and attending the second grade there while my parents hunted for a house in Tulsa (Tulsa had a big airplane plant and housing was hard to find). My most indelible memory of that was the fire escape slide from the second floor of the elementary school. We would play on it, and one day I was sliding down and sort of rolled up the side and got a big cut in my upper thigh. Had to be sewed up. Only realized later that a few inches more and I would have sung soprano all my life. I would accompany ``Daddy" as we called him on his jaunts down U.S. 82 to Ringgold, St. Jo, Muenster, etc. for cattle auctions. That road is straight, but it does go up and down some nice hills. It was his frugal habit to cut off the ignition at the top a hill and coast down the hill before starting the engine again. Now, yes, in 1944-45 we had gas rationing (since he was a farmer it didn't affect him that much), but this was false economy on his part, I now realize. Besides which, far as I know he never drove faster than 30 mph anyway. That pickup was the first vehicle I ever drove (this was a little later, when I was about 12 and helped with a corn harvest by driving the pickup while men tossed corn into the truck bed). It was that truck (made of solid pre-war steel) that Daddy drove across his farm each day. He took his 10-gauge shotgun with him in the cab and if he saw a jackrabbit, he poked the gun out the window and got the rabbit to take home to the two old dogs that he had. Once he hit a bump on one of these trips and the shotgun went off and blew a hole about 8 inches in diameter in the roof of the pickup cab. I think after that he stopped taking the gun with him. That's enough for today about G.E. Milner of Henrietta. The last time I saw him they had moved back into town in the late 1950s, and he passed away in early 1961, to the end more a man of the 19th century than of the 20th. I did get from him a couple of useful earthy sayings, as when he described some really good dessert as ``richer than 3 feet up a bull's ass."
  6. 3 points
    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.
  7. 3 points
    The Summer of 1980 was by far the hottest, evilest heat I've ever experienced. I remember that summer well. I was riding for Will Speck, the owner of the Draggin'-S brand down northeast of Bandera. The grass was brown and dry and brittle...Will told all us hands he wanted no smokes outside the ranch house so's to lower the chance of a sudden fire. Lots of the boys took up chewin' because of that "no smokes" rule, but it didn't last too long because we were all too dry to spit. Anyway, one really hot, hot day I was ridin' the fence to patch up any breaks the stock caused from trying to get into the next field to look for moisture. It was miserable with hardly any shade except for this one old tree leaning out over the creek, which was now nothing but a dry creek bed. So I ease my horse--a pretty little mare called Dynamite Chica 'cause she was little but could blow up mighty big under a careless rider--I ease Chica down into the dry creek bed and we stop under the shade of that one tree. Well, I dismount and loosen the cinch to give Chica a bit of breathin' room and lean back against the rocky sides of that creek bed to wipe what little sweat I could produce from out of my hat. There were the usual noises out there, 'way off from town--the wind blowing through dry grass and leafless tree limbs, the whirring whine of the cicadas, all those were normal, but...there was something else I couldn't quite place. It was like something scraping on hard ground or rock, sort of metallic-like. So bein' naturally curious I start looking around for what's making that noise. I figured at first maybe an old tin can was blowing around in the breeze, but the sound was from down low, in the creek bed, where there wasn't much wind. I keep looking and finally I saw it...something that made my jaw drop. Comin' right down the middle of that rocky creek bed was one of those green and yellow and black striped lizards. And the scrapin' sound was sure enough metal on rock, 'cause that lizard was draggin' a canteen. Yeah...that Texas summer of 1980 was sure enough one to remember.
  8. 3 points
    In a Numbers Make Me Horned first, we're going to turn away from college football and DUSHEE (although not team performance metrics) and try to put this most recent TCU basketball season in some perspective. A running gag among some on this board, there has been a revisionist tendency by some to elevate the Billy Tubbs years as putting TCU among the elite programs in the country. It was, by some measures, the pinnacle of TCU basketball, challenged only by the brief run of success had by the Killer Frogs of the mid-1980s. But that pinnacle consisted of a single NCAA tournament bid, followed by an unceremonious 1st round exit at the hands of a 12-seed Florida State team, and two NIT bids. The Frogs have made the NCAA tournament seven times (1952, 1953, 1959, 1968, 1971, 1987, and 1998), but four of those times were in the 1950's and 60's, when the NCAA tournament was arguably less prestigious than the NIT. The 1953, 1968 and 1971 teams were 16-9, 15-11 and 15-12, respectively. This season was the Frogs' seventh NIT bid (1983, 1986, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2017). Then there were all the years in between. Since 1950, the Frogs have had 19 seasons of single digit wins So how special was the 2017 Frogs NIT run in the program's history? How does it compare to the other teams in the conference and in the state? Just how dismal has TCU basketball been otherwise? To assess this, I went to College Basketball Reference and used their SRS metric (Simple Rating System), which uses a similar approach as DUSHEE, to plot team performance as a function of time. SRS, like DUSHEE, provides a relative performance compared to an average team (SRS = 0). College Basketball reference only has SRS calculated back to the 1949-1950 season. Then, in addition to a marker for each team's performance in a given year, I plotted a 5-year moving average (MAV) for each team as an indicator of program strength during the time the senior class was at the school. Thus the MAV value in a given year, say 2000, is the average SRS score of the 1995-1996, 1996-1997,1997-1998, 1998-1999, and 1999-2000 seasons. By following the MAV curve, you can qualitatively assess when a program is ascendant, declining, or keeping performance level. Because I'm plotting the MAV in the last year of the 5-year envelope, it will often appear that the MAV is lagging the actual year-to-year performance. Texas Schools: This plot is the collective basketball history of most of the Texas D-1 schools since 1950, the bold purple line showing TCU's MAV. From 1955 until 1984, TCU was a below average D-1 program during that three decade period. For a 5-year stretch in the late 1970's, TCU and Rice needed binoculars to be able to see the rest of the state; and the rest of the state, particularly outside of Houston and UTEP, wasn't all that spectacular. That's just how bad TCU was during that stretch. But the Frogs did become sharply ascendant during the end of that period, becoming solidly middle-of-the-pack in the state in the late 1980s (Jamie Dixon's tenure as a player) before a slow decline through the mid-1990s. Then Tubbs made the program sharply ascendant again, briefly challenging Tom Penders' UT teams as the best program in the state before another steady decline into another decade of mediocrity from 2005-2015. But if you look at the tip of that peak during the Tubbs' era, and look for the little purple triangles that mark the year-to-year SRS scores for TCU around that peak, you can see that the peak is largely driven by one single year, the 1997-1998 NCAA team. Based on the SRS metric, that team had the highest score of any team in the state from 1985 forward, and behind only the 1968 and 1983 Houston teams since 1950. Also note that this past season's TCU team has the second highest SRS score of any TCU team, the only other TCU team to exceed a single season SRS over 15. Houston and UTEP dominated the state from the mid-1960s until almost the mid-1990s, when Texas became the most consistently high-performing team in the conference, which it held until about 2012. SMU showed some early dominance in the 1950s and Baylor has emerged the top power in the state over the last few years. Southwest Conference: This chart has a lot of the same data as the previous chart, but includes only the SWC teams for the years in which the teams were actually in the conference. So Tech arrives in 1961, Houston doesn't arrive until 1977, and Arkansas, which wasn't included in the previous figure, disappears after 1992, four years before everybody else disappears. Perhaps the most interesting thing to note here is how awful a basketball conference the SWC was during most of the 1960s and 1970s. From 1968-1973, there was not a single SWC program with an above-average SRS 5-year MAV. And even into the 1980s, only the addition of Houston and the ascendancy of Nolan Richardson's Hogs made the conference look halfway respectable. Arkansas left on a very high note; its 1990-1991 team had, by far, the highest SRS score (27.3) in the conference from 1950 on. WAC/MWC: As we all remember, after the demise of the SWC, we joined the new and "improved" 16-team WAC, which shortly after we joined broke apart into the MWC and the Leftovers WAC. This hybrid chart shows all the teams that were in the WAC prior to the MWC split and then the teams that joined the WAC after the split; thus after 1998, this chart shows all the teams in both conferences. Thus TCU shows up twice, from 1996-1997 through 2000-2001 as a part of the WAC, and then from 2005-2006 through 2011-2012 as a part of the MWC. The "WAC Folds" line marks when the WAC ceased to exist as a football conference; I recognize that the WAC still has life as a basketball conference, but a man only has so much time to account for so many basketball teams. Note that during this time, while Utah, Tulsa, BYU, UNLV, UNM, and Fresno all vied for the best program in these conferences, the 1997-1998 TCU team has the highest single season SRS score. In fact, even if you take the WAC back to it's predecessor days (next chart), that TCU team had the highest SRS in conference history, dating back to 1950. Higher than Rick Majerus', Keith Van Horn-led, Final Four Utes, higher than Bill Self's best Tulsa team. Conference USA/American Athletic: This chart, like the WAC/MWC one, shows multiple related conferences on one chart; the teams that formed the original CUSA, the core of which formed the eventual American Athletic Conference, leaving behind a gutted and transformed CUSA. I didn't try to add all the new teams in the modern CUSA. This conference was always dominated by three teams, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Memphis. TCU was already on the way down from their 1998 peak and was never really a factor in this conference. Big 7/8/XII/XII-II: Our current home. TCU and Tech have battled for the cellar of the Big XII-II throughout our short time in the conference, but both teams appear to be sharply ascendant. This chart goes a long way to show just how good a basketball conference this is right now. Going back to the very first chart with all the Texas teams and the current TCU program is squarely middle-of-the-pack. In the Big XII-II, we are, by this metric, the worst team in the conference, and with Tech, the two worst programs by a significant margin. The other interesting thing to note, going back historically, is that from 1950 to 1980 or so, while Kansas was (with Kansas State) the best program in the conference, it was only by nature of a fairly weak conference. Kansas really didn't become a true national power (by the SRS metric, at least) until it and (Billy Tubbs-led) Oklahoma began to rise in the late-1980s. Then, unlike Oklahoma, Kansas has stayed at an elite level over the better part of the last three decades. No one has really come close to Kansas' supremacy since OU's decline in the early-1990s. The best ever Big XII team based on SRS? The 1987-1988 Oklahoma team coached by one Billy Tubbs. The SRS metric seems to really like Billy, Chuck ... Completing TCU's basketball journey to date, let's take a look at some of the other major conferences' histories. Big East: I figured I'd start with our coach's old conference, to give a sense of what he and Ben Howland did with the Pitt program prior to coming to TCU. The Big East formed as a basketball conference beginning with the 1979-1980 season with members from a number of other conferences. At the time of its formation, Notre Dame (which didn't actually join the conference until a few years later), Syracuse, and Georgetown were the top teams until the mid-1990s. At that point, UConn became and remained the top program in the conference until about 2005 when a bunch of teams, including Pitt (bold blue line), Louisville, Villanova, and WVU all reached about the same consistent level until the football schools all left the Big East after the 2012-2013 season. Aside from a brief rise from 1985-1990, Pitt basketball had not been anything other than a pretty average program, and sometimes terrible (around 1970). PAC 12: Those John Wooden UCLA teams were pretty good. SEC: The late-2000s Florida team is the only program to be able to say it was clearly better than Kentucky over the last seven decades. ACC: The ACC started out as kinda a crappy basketball conference. From 1970 on, however, pretty salty. B1G: Perhaps the most evenly competitive of all the major conferences. Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin , and even Purdue have all had at least a brief claim to be the best program in the conference. Only Northwestern has been consistently mediocre over the last seven decades.
  9. 3 points
    Life in a cow camp was generally made up of long days spent in the saddle and short nights spent in rolled-up blankets. The eau-de-jour was a mixture of horse, cow, dust and man. We were lucky that the cook kept us well-fed with the usual beef and beans you find in every cow camp, but sometimes there were eggs and bacon and sausages and potatoes and Dutch-oven baking powder biscuits, everything flavored with just a touch of wood smoke. Once in awhile the "coosie" would even surprise us with some kind of "sweet." Usually this was rice pudding with a handful of raisins thrown in, or maybe his version of a fruit cobbler made out of dried apples or dried peaches. But on truly special occasions he’d make up some extra biscuit dough and roll about a biscuit's worth flat and thin on a floured board, and drop a spoonful or two of stewed, sweetened dried fruit onto one half or the other of the circle. Then he’d fold the other half over the fruit, and seal the round edge with a fork or his fingers, whichever was handier, and drop the little half moons of raw dough into about two inches of hot fat. He’d keep an eye on things for a couple of minutes, then one flip with a fork, another couple of minutes’ worth of watch care, and then he'd remove those golden-brown little pies to some spread-out newspapers to cool. I swan, there’s nothing I’ve ever tasted better than a still-warm fried pie and a tin cup of hot, blacker-than-sin coffee. My favorite recollection of coosie's fried pie cookery is one day in early fall when Toy Raynor and I were surveying the grass that was still green from the late August rains and making note where Mr. Ehrlecher’s cattle had scattered. Somehow those critters sensed the fall roundup was getting close, and took it upon themselves to make sure we all earned our fall wages by scattering themselves from here to yonder and back, so’s that every hand had to ride harder and longer than any other time of the year, except, of course, for the spring roundup. We had left the camp just after daybreak and had ridden all morning northwest and up into some of the most rugged parts of the ranch. This was sure enough Paradise for me. Toy and I rode at our own pace, stopping from time to time to let our horses blow while Toy rolled and smoked a cigarette. I was happy just to wait for one of his stories or to learn from the old cowboy as he taught me to judge how many head the grama would graze or to understand how cows thought and therefore figure where they could be found. Well, on this particular day we expected to be riding all day and not get back to the wagon until the job was done or the sun had set, whichever came first. So coosie had packed us a lunch for our nooning. We weren’t in any special hurry to eat, since we'd fed ourselves pretty well at morning chuck, but when it was a little past noon we came to a slope with above-average grass and decided to stop, and give our horses and ourselves a chance to graze and rest. The slope slanted downward to the northeast and overlooked a wide valley that stretched north toward an upthrust of rust- and yellow-colored rock. The sky was as clear as spring water. There was a right nice breeze blowing in from Mexico down to the southwest. We could hear the cry of a red-tailed hawk somewhere off in the distance. The sight and the moment were just plain inspiring, even for a kid who saw this kind of scenery almost every day. I loosened the cinches and removed the bits while Toy built a hatful of fire. I pulled the rolled-up horse blankets from behind our saddles and spread them on the ground. Toy already had unpacked the saddlebags with our lunch and the coffee pot. Coffee was making. We began to unwrap our two lunches—newspapers wrapped around a tea towel which was wrapped around two slices of sourdough bread with fried meat between them, a carrot, an apple, and in another, smaller towel, two fried pies. Toy looked at me, I looked at Toy, and he just grinned and said, "He went all out today, didn't he?" We sat in partial shade and ate our meat and bread. I got up walked over to the horses. Mine got the carrot, I never did like those things much, and I finished the apple. By then coffee was made. Toy pulled two tin cups out of the saddlebags and poured. It was time for dessert. Now, you might not believe me when I tell you no king, no maharajah, no pharaoh of the richest kingdom on Earth has ever had any dessert tastier or any better than those fried apricot pies coosie packed for us, but I swear to you it's the truth. The filling was thick and sweet. The crust was browned just right, the edges were sealed so no filling oozed out until you bit into it, and the pies were still nice and warm after their 6-hour ride behind Toy's saddle. The coffee was hot, and no one ever accused Toy Raynor of using too much water in a pot of coffee. We took our time eating our pies, enjoying every bite, quiet, not wanting to say any word that might break the spell of that moment. The red-tailed hawk, some cicadas and two grazing horses provided our noonday conversation. Coosie's fried pies provided everything else we needed. It's been more years than I care to count since that day, but whenever I ride out in the fall of the year the memory is as fresh as if it was yesterday. I can almost taste that sweet apricot filling and the fried biscuit dough crust. I catch myself sniffing the air, hoping for that dusty, smoky smell of horses and men working cattle. Toy and coosie…both gone, now I reckon. They were "old men" when I was still a kid, and now I'm their age or more. No such thing as bad pie, I suppose, but an apricot fried pie—and a memory of a good horse and a good friend—that’s unreservedly the best there ever was or likely will be.
  10. 3 points
    Frogtwang posted this week about chatting with his dad in a hot tub or something and it started me thinking. Many of you, being younger, have living dads. Those like me, who do not, can advise you to spend time with those fathers, in or out of a hot tub, and, like Twang, talk. Talk about whatever (``Of shoes and ships and sealing wax....of cabbages and kings"). My father would be 108 years old next month. He passed away in 1959, having just turned 54. And, damn it, I do not have enough memories of him. For various reasons, we did not spend as much time together as some boys and fathers. For one thing, much of my life (all but four years spent in Tulsa during the war) he worked on morning newspapers, and when he was home, I was in school, and when I home, he was working. Oh, there are memories. We went to a lot of baseball games as a family in Tulsa and some in Dallas. We took vacations to Galveston and Padre Island (which was still undeveloped in 1950) and Carlsbad and such places. We visited some of his brothers and sisters (he was the youngest of 12 children and I had first cousins his age) in places like Ballinger and Fort Stockton and of course I knew his brother Henry, who was closest to my father in age and lived in or near Wichita Falls where I was born. He surprised me the first Christmas after the war with a new bicycle, which I think he had had to assemble. We played a game, in Tulsa, where I looked at a map of Texas in the family atlas and called out a county and he responded with the county seat. It was the kind of thing he had learned as state editor on a Texas newspaper. I saw his annual from the year he attended junior college (it was either Wichita Falls JC or Hardin JC at that time; now Midwestern University). I knew he had not actually graduated from high school, but he seemed to know almost everything. I saw the scar on his leg and knew he had been shot in a hunting accident when he was about 16 and had almost died. When John Ford's ``Darling Clementine" came out in 1946 and we saw it (it is a highly fanciful Earp-Clanton OK Corral yarn) I learned that I should not take it seriously, and that in our family Wyatt Earp was considered a bad man. I had read ``Tombstone", which was Earp-flavored, but a little later I read ``Helldorado", written by a man who was in Tombstone, and it mentioned my father's father (yes, my own grandfather) as having been on the other side of the squabble from the Earps, which clarified the situation a bit. And when I wanted to go into the newspaper business, he tried to dissuade me (he wanted me to be a veterinarian), but gave in and I later found out that he took some pride in my early journalism efforts. But he had been gone a few years and I was married and we had a daughter when I realized how little I really knew about my father. I knew vaguely that he had a tough early life, but I found out that after his father died in 1917, having already lost the Ballinger newspaper, things got really tough. My father's mother, whom I never knew because she died in 1930, held the family together (at least the younger ones who were still at home) by doing things like managing boarding houses (in Coleman, Ballinger and other towns)in the late teens and early 1920s. That's how my father's education was interrupted. His mother was living in Wichita Falls with Henry (who had become a pharmacist) in the 1920s, and Papa drove a Coca-Cola truck for a while, went to the junior college for a while, had no money and finally got a job on the Record-News almost by accident. They wanted someone to write about the oil business, which was a big deal there. He said he knew a lot about the oil business (mostly, I suspect, how to change oil on a Coke truck), got the job about 1928 and stayed on to become city editor before leaving in 1943. After my mother died in 1997, I found in her things letters they had written each other while he was courting her (a TSCW graduate, she lived in nearby Henrietta and may have been the Record-News stringer there) in 1932. That was eye-opening, as we don't often think of our parents as having had lives, or romance, or dreams before we came along. I also found letters he had written when he was on a tour with Studebaker and the Elks Club magazine in 1930. He seems to have a very interesting time doing that and made some neat friends, including Hollywood actresses and a former Lafayette Escadrille pilot. I also found letters he exchanged with acquaintances in the 1930s as he tried to get a job in New York, or Baltimore (both big newspaper towns then). I found through some of those letters that the Depression (capital D) was really a hard time. I recalled my mother mentioning once that Papa at one time worked for no pay in Wichita Falls, but got to keep his job so that he would have one when they could again pay him (Boston and others may understand this). I still don't know as much as I would love to know about his life. I realize he never really talked much about his early life, probably because it had been tough and not much fun. I would give anything to be able to ask him questions now. I'd like to be able to tell our daughter, and our granddaughter more about him. The point is don't dally. Take advantage of opportunities with your dad, and your mother. Ask questions. Take notes if you have to. One day it will be too late.
  11. 3 points
    This will teach you to applaud blogs..... In the summer of 1956, when I was 20 and before my junior year at UT, I went with three friends from HS (two of them also from college) to Pierce, Idaho, for a Forest Service job in the White Pine Blister Rust Control program. I knew two guys where I lived at UT who had been there the year before, and one of them was returning, too. We had received instructions on what to bring. On the way up from Boise to Orofino to Pierce we purchased ``corks" (as caulked boots were known up there) and Can'tbustem brand heavy, heavy denim pants. Both required. Also long-sleeved shirts. We went from Pierce to Headquarters, Id. (named for being the HQ town for the Potlatch Co., which was cutting down trees for lumber in that area). And thence by our camp boss's truck to our own camp, which was set up with tents each housing four of us (wooden floors, cots to sleep on) and with an eating tent and the cooks' facilities. We were greeted by our boss, ``Dirty Ed" Ogden (that really was how he was known up there), who told us how the camp would be run. He tossed in his favorite phrase for anyone who did not do what Ed said to do, which was ``Dirty Pigf***er." About Dirty Ed: He had lived up there (and this was still sort of the frontier, where the only civilizing factor was the Forest Service and the national forest system) all his life except for a brief paid vacation to Europe in WWII. He ran this camp each summer (for a group of very young men) and did something else the rest of the year. Had a wife and I think a child living in the area. Ed explained to us that if we didn't measure up, he would ``take your plate off the table and send you down the road." We took this as a warning, and indeed, the next day the friend in whose car we had driven from Dallas to Idaho voluntarily left to go back to Texas and see his girlfriend. We also saw a few guys sent down the road not so voluntarily. Our job, after a day's training, consisted of ridding the forest of various wild gooseberry plants of the genus ``ribes." These were alternate hosts to the white pine blister rust, which tended to kill white pine forests. I remember one of the plants, which smelled very much like a skunk, was the ribes petulari. Anyway, we had ``hodags" (sort of a combination hoe and pickax) with which to dig up these plants root and all. We each had an ``acre" to work each day. The acres were roped off and designated by the asst. camp boss (the first asst. was a cross country guy from U. of Tenn; he was shifted to another camp later and my friend who had been up there the year before became our asst. camp boss...he was 25 or 26 years old and a Korean War vet). We also had checkers, experienced at the job, who came along behind us and checked the area we had worked. If the checker found one unkilled ribes plant on your acre, you had to go back and work it again. This was hard work, involving a lot of walking up and down small mountains, through the swampy areas between mountains and fighting your way through dense undergrowth.It also was hot work. One big dumb kid disobeyed Dirty Ed's orders to keep your shirt on in the field, and was delivered to us as an example of why. He was one huge blister from neck to waist. Ugliest thing I ever saw. See, there was nothing but thin air between us and the sun at that altitude. The other dangers involved animals (we had porcupines and bears to avoid, but no snakes up there) and learning things like not to fill your canteen downstream from some grazing sheep. For respite, we got Saturdays and Sunday off (unless we worked Saturday at time and a half) Oh, the base pay was minimum wage, as I recall about $1.50 an hour, from which was deducted our food at the camp (and the food WAS good and plentiful). We rode into camp on Ed's truck, or with our asst. camp boss, who had his Chevy up there. One trip in the Chevy we came face to face with a moose standing in the middle of the dirt road. We stayed in the car, he remained huge, and finally he moved on. In town there was little to do. Headquarters consisted of a small hotel (rooms $2 a night), an ice cream parlor, two or three stores that mainly sold and repaired chain saws, and about 6 or 8 saloons. Being mostly underage, we naturally opted for the saloons. One memorable day in town, a kid at our camp (he was 16, from Oklahoma, and had lied about his age to get the job) got drunk and we saw him being dragged down the street by the collar by the town law. Another time we were in a saloon where Junior Kramer was pointed out to me. Junior was like a block of pigiron and had a local reputation. I saw why when the town law came to Junior's booth to talk to him about something. Without rising from his seat, Junior reach up with his big fist and cold-cocked the town law, leaving him unconscious on the floor and continuing his (Junior's) conversation with his friends. This impressed me. The saloons were really like old west saloons in the movies. A long bar, tables where grizzled guys sat playing poker, etc. We flatland college kids had adjusted to all this by late August. The job didn't seem so difficult. We had figured out that while alcohol was verboten in camp, we could smuggle in a six pack from town and keep it cold in a creek nearby, to be surreptiously enjoyed in the evenings. Everyone drank Olympia beer. Some guys had even located the easy girls in town. Then we got a day's training in fighting forest fires, Do's and don'ts. And sure `nuff, at Labor Day, we were called out as the cleanup for a forest fire 30-40 miles away in the national forest (paid double time for that). Trucked in, we slept that night in the open, in the rain, and in 33-degree weather. Then we spent a day locating fires that still burned under stumps and so forth. One of our number, a really nice guy from Coffeyville, Kan. (he ran track at the JC there) forgot to check above and behind him while using an axe. The axe was caught by a branch, and came down onto his leg, almost severing it. He was taken to hospital and we never saw him again. Thus I lost one of my two chess opponents. A couple of days later the job was over. One friend and I rode the train from Orofino to Spokane and on to Denver, where my folks met us. It was the closest I came to military service. It was overall a great experience. I managed to save a couple hundred dollars for the coming college year. I came back in the best shape of my life. And I have always wondered what became of Dirty Ed Ogden.
  12. 2 points
    Army-Navy has been played, closing out the 2018 regular season. Not to be Debbie Downer, but it has been a turd of a season, both as a TCU fan and a college football fan. The Frogs, albeit showing some guts in getting through Baylor and Oklahoma State to get to the Cheez-It, had a disappointing season. Alabama and Clemson are, for the 15th year in a row, the odds on favorites to make the NC game and the underdog challengers are two of the usuals themselves. Same old, same old. I don't think UCF is one of the 4 best teams in the country, but I'd be a hell of a lot more interested in the CFP if they were in the tournament. But luckily for all you TFH subscribers, you have DUSHEE to keep you keen and interested. None of the Top 12 moved in the rankings. The gap tightened between Bama and Clemson, now with less than 3-points separating the top two teams. NC-State fans can shelter from their Snowmageddon warmed by the solace that they rose the most in the rankings this week, riding their 55-point blowout of East Carolina to an 8-spot and over 4-point rise in DUSHEE to get back into the top 25. ECU, conversely, experienced the largest drop, falling 10 spots and 4.5 points. UConn sealed the bottom spot, almost 10 points worse than New Mexico State. To give you a sense of how bad UConn was this year, their TOP rated DUSHEE performance all season was in Week 1 in a 39-point loss to UCF. They earned a -16.15 DUSHEE score for that performance. And that was as good as they did all year. TCU's week-to-week hasn't really changed much since I posted their numbers in the Week 13 blog post (Ohio State went up a little, UT and OU went down a little), and Cal's numbers are in the Bowl Preview. So we'll jump to the Best and Worst Performers. It is a pretty rare circumstance for the loser of a game to wind up in the top performers for the week, but Georgia did that in earning a 34.15 DUSHEE score while losing to Alabama by a TD. It is not all that uncommon for a losing team to get a better score than a winning team; generally happening when a bad team keeps a game close against a good team. I know this is a hard concept for many to wrap their brains around when in the traditional AP poll mindset ... the team that loses must drop! But the goal of DUSHEE is to measure the relative strength of the teams, so if a good team goes into a game, say, 13 points better than another team, but only beats them by 7, that is an indication that the gap between those two teams isn't as large as was originally thought. And that is what happened in the Georgia-Alabama game. Georgia went in as a 13-point underdog (per DUSHEE) against the best team in the country. They lost to that team by 7 and outgained them by almost 60. And that is the big flaw in the AP poll. When two teams who are close to each other in the rankings play a close game, there is no reason to change their rankings relative to each other. That is an indication that you had them ranked correctly to begin with. There is no need to punish the loser by dropping them in the rankings. Statistically, the teams were about even. So despite losing, Georgia crept closer to Alabama, closing their gap with the Tide by a little more than 2 points. Championship Week Top 3 Performers 55.96 -- NC State vs. ECU (55 MOV, 544 YM) 34.15 -- Georgia vs. Alabama (-7 MOV, 59 YM) 29.99 -- Clemson vs. Pitt (32 MOV, 229 YM) Championship Week Bottom 3 Performers -54.55 ECU at NCSU (-55 MOV, -544 YM) -24.20 Akron at South Carolina (-25 MOV, -134 YM) -20.51 Marshall at VaTech (-21 MOV, 16 YM) And since we are in year-end mode, let's track down the top and bottom 10 performances for the whole year. 2018 Season Top 10 63.66 - Clemson at Wake (60 MOV, 449 YM) (Week 6) 55.96 - NC State vs. E. Carolina (55 MOV, 544 YM) (Week 14) 53.97 - Ohio vs. Buffalo (35 MOV, 364 YM) (Week 12) 53.84 - Oklahoma vs. Fla. Atlantic (49 MOV, 326 YM) (Week 1) 53.38 - Alabama vs. Arkansas St. (50 MOV, 208 YM) (Week 2) 52.38 - Alabama at Mississippi (55 MOV, 269 YM) (Week 3) 51.54 - Michigan vs. Penn St. (35 MOV, 219 YM) (Week 10) 51.43 - Mississippi vs. La-Monroe (49 MOV, 399 YM) (Week 6) 51.42 - Alabama vs. Missouri (29 MOV, 352 YM) (Week 7) 50.54 - Clemson vs. Ga. Southern (31 MOV, 455 YM) (Week 3) 2018 Season Bottom 10 -62.98 UNLV vs. New Mexico (-36 MOV, -336 YM) (Week 6) -59.78 La-Monroe at Mississippi (-49 MOV, -399 YM) (Week 6) -58.71 UConn at E. Carolina (-34 MOV, -383 YM) (Week 12) -57.87 UConn at Boise St. (-55 MOV, -629 YM) (Week 2) -57.81 Liberty at Auburn (-53 MOV, -397 YM) (Week 12) -57.46 Old Dominion at Liberty (-42 MOV, -290) (Week 1) -56.58 Duke vs. Wake (-52 MOV, -266 YM) (Week 13) -54.55 E. Carolina at NC State (-55 MOV, -544 YM) (Week 14) -53.82 Texas St. at Rutgers (-28 MOV, -247 YM) (Week 1) -52.84 Rutgers at Kansas (-41 MOV, -270 YM) (Week 3) Overall Ratings Regular Season Final Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Alabama 36.16 265.88 36.99 0 -1.30 2 Clemson 33.17 249.73 34.21 0 0.26 3 Georgia 25.54 185.56 26.02 0 0.91 4 Michigan 21.99 199.80 24.34 0 -0.14 5 Oklahoma 19.62 155.95 20.64 0 -0.41 6 Mississippi St. 18.01 148.26 19.19 0 -0.36 7 Ohio St. 17.57 153.04 19.13 0 0.33 8 UCF 20.28 98.78 18.30 0 -0.20 9 Notre Dame 17.32 113.45 17.04 0 -0.21 10 Missouri 16.75 113.10 16.65 0 -0.53 11 Penn St. 16.80 96.26 15.87 0 -0.35 12 Texas A&M 12.83 143.03 15.48 0 -0.25 13 Boise St. 15.06 108.02 15.27 2 0.13 14 Fresno St. 16.86 83.18 15.27 -1 -0.22 15 West Virginia 15.01 99.66 14.84 2 -0.22 16 Cincinnati 13.53 114.34 14.56 0 -0.58 17 Appalachian State 14.65 91.41 14.19 -3 -1.10 18 LSU 14.17 89.52 13.78 0 -0.51 19 Iowa 14.34 83.19 13.59 0 -0.16 20 Washington St. 12.64 105.29 13.53 0 -0.19 21 Utah St. 16.49 50.55 13.44 0 -0.11 22 N.C. State 11.35 95.12 12.17 8 4.15 23 Ohio 12.04 83.43 12.07 0 -0.20 24 Washington 10.97 96.78 12.00 1 0.52 25 Utah 12.05 75.17 11.68 -3 -1.06 26 Temple 11.81 69.03 11.22 -2 -0.66 27 Florida 10.67 71.65 10.59 0 0.01 28 Army 10.30 54.54 9.51 -2 -1.83 29 Miami (FL) 7.45 67.37 8.23 0 -0.09 30 Auburn 9.75 31.94 8.05 -2 -0.49 31 Kentucky 9.24 37.67 7.99 0 0.02 32 North Texas 5.99 62.68 7.03 1 -0.13 33 Purdue 7.40 43.03 7.02 -1 -0.16 34 Texas 7.86 31.00 6.74 1 -0.12 35 Wisconsin 5.05 67.14 6.62 1 -0.16 36 UAB 4.88 58.86 6.10 1 -0.63 37 Michigan St. 5.34 52.01 6.08 1 -0.13 38 Syracuse 7.26 24.38 6.02 1 0.22 39 Buffalo 5.67 45.55 5.98 -5 -1.05 40 South Carolina 6.74 21.90 5.55 2 0.20 41 Iowa St. 6.93 17.59 5.47 -1 -0.27 42 Memphis 4.87 35.71 4.98 -1 -0.59 43 Oklahoma St. 4.46 38.56 4.84 0 -0.33 44 Stanford 7.44 -10.58 4.45 1 -0.18 45 Florida Atlantic 0.92 77.85 4.38 1 -0.24 46 BYU 2.80 44.73 4.04 1 -0.27 47 Middle Tenn. St. 3.78 22.12 3.59 3 0.38 48 Oregon 4.30 14.64 3.58 0 -0.19 49 Vanderbilt 5.72 -12.73 3.20 2 0.05 50 Georgia Tech 2.66 27.52 3.10 -1 -0.26 51 Marshall 2.50 27.90 3.02 -7 -1.78 52 Arizona St. 3.57 12.37 2.98 0 -0.14 53 Arkansas St. 1.11 37.01 2.53 0 -0.40 54 Texas Tech 2.39 16.94 2.41 0 -0.19 55 Boston Coll. 4.24 -11.06 2.29 7 0.69 56 Pittsburgh 2.95 5.45 2.23 1 -0.06 57 Nebraska -0.34 50.34 2.21 -1 -0.15 58 Virginia 2.29 11.10 2.07 5 0.46 59 Air Force 0.49 31.57 1.86 0 -0.12 60 Miami (OH) 2.12 8.06 1.80 -2 -0.35 61 Houston 3.50 -11.79 1.76 -6 -0.69 62 Toledo 3.85 -19.18 1.64 -1 -0.20 63 Southern Miss -1.42 51.01 1.53 -3 -0.33 64 Maryland 1.99 -3.64 1.15 1 -0.11 65 Minnesota 1.67 -2.49 0.99 -1 -0.29 66 TCU -0.84 26.43 0.72 0 -0.15 67 Northwestern 2.21 -22.92 0.36 0 -0.45 68 Troy 1.09 -8.41 0.32 0 -0.25 69 Arizona -3.90 57.62 0.19 0 -0.20 70 Mississippi -3.37 47.31 0.05 2 -0.05 71 Georgia Southern 4.27 -58.39 0.02 0 -0.12 72 East. Michigan 0.15 -1.70 0.02 -2 -0.18 73 Wyoming -1.03 4.54 -0.47 0 -0.25 74 USC -0.86 -3.67 -0.75 0 -0.25 75 San Diego St. -0.90 -6.00 -0.89 0 -0.23 76 Northern Illinois -0.45 -24.20 -1.47 3 0.89 77 Nevada -3.26 9.03 -1.73 -1 -0.27 78 Florida Intl. -0.15 -37.79 -1.93 -1 -0.18 79 California -1.89 -16.97 -2.08 -1 -0.18 80 Indiana -3.72 -1.17 -2.54 1 0.03 81 LA Lafayette -3.58 -6.27 -2.69 6 0.87 82 UCLA -3.50 -7.63 -2.70 -2 -0.33 83 W. Michigan -7.03 31.77 -3.15 0 0.03 84 Duke -1.51 -48.52 -3.36 -2 -0.27 85 Baylor -5.51 3.40 -3.51 0 -0.17 86 Colorado -5.36 -0.83 -3.61 0 -0.18 87 Tulane -4.21 -24.74 -4.01 -3 -0.78 88 Kansas St. -1.47 -64.02 -4.08 0 -0.16 89 Wake Forest -3.23 -44.28 -4.30 1 0.28 90 Tennessee -3.93 -38.75 -4.50 -1 -0.24 91 Louisiana Tech -6.29 -20.28 -5.17 0 -0.10 92 Virginia Tech -5.72 -45.49 -6.02 6 2.35 93 Florida St. -7.66 -28.17 -6.47 2 0.74 94 UNC-Charlotte -8.89 -11.94 -6.50 -2 -0.36 95 South Florida -7.77 -48.87 -7.55 -2 -0.53 96 SMU -6.68 -73.89 -8.03 0 -0.20 97 Hawaii -8.07 -56.48 -8.12 0 -0.12 98 Navy -6.57 -79.94 -8.25 3 0.68 99 North Carolina -10.42 -31.50 -8.47 0 -0.09 100 Kansas -7.39 -77.96 -8.70 0 -0.18 101 LA Monroe -10.74 -49.29 -9.55 1 -0.02 102 Ball St. -9.71 -78.83 -10.29 1 0.04 103 Arkansas -12.82 -51.70 -11.05 1 -0.28 104 East Carolina -15.16 -32.76 -11.70 -10 -4.58 105 Tulsa -11.75 -93.75 -12.37 0 -0.28 106 Colorado St. -16.57 -52.72 -13.60 0 -0.10 107 West. Kentucky -13.37 -99.00 -13.71 0 -0.16 108 UNLV -13.73 -107.53 -14.36 0 -0.13 109 Coastal Carolina -13.16 -120.88 -14.63 0 0.00 110 Georgia State -14.80 -109.38 -15.16 1 0.22 111 Old Dominion -16.27 -93.52 -15.38 -1 -0.45 112 Liberty -14.00 -126.36 -15.45 0 -0.01 113 Akron -14.78 -157.71 -17.50 0 -0.90 114 Massachusetts -17.99 -118.56 -17.74 0 -0.17 115 Rutgers -17.30 -131.61 -17.91 0 -0.18 116 New Mexico -14.47 -172.44 -18.00 0 -0.24 117 Texas St. -17.68 -138.18 -18.48 1 -0.09 118 Illinois -18.66 -125.56 -18.52 -1 -0.17 119 Cent. Michigan -18.47 -132.25 -18.72 0 -0.13 120 Bowling Green -20.31 -111.84 -18.96 0 -0.17 121 South Alabama -20.29 -126.44 -19.65 0 -0.32 122 Kent St. -20.27 -132.98 -19.96 0 -0.14 123 Oregon St. -20.91 -131.45 -20.30 0 0.14 124 UTEP -20.88 -136.14 -20.51 0 -0.07 125 San Jose St. -17.27 -187.97 -20.62 0 -0.13 126 Louisville -23.28 -124.69 -21.56 0 0.27 127 Rice -21.15 -163.87 -22.04 0 -0.07 128 UT-San Antonio -19.89 -210.67 -23.47 0 -0.20 129 New Mexico St. -24.55 -157.34 -23.99 0 0.01 130 Connecticut -31.53 -265.40 -33.88 0 -0.74 By Conference AAC 8 UCF 20.28 98.78 18.30 16 Cincinnati 13.53 114.34 14.56 26 Temple 11.81 69.03 11.22 42 Memphis 4.87 35.71 4.98 61 Houston 3.50 -11.79 1.76 87 Tulane -4.21 -24.74 -4.01 95 South Florida -7.77 -48.87 -7.55 96 SMU -6.68 -73.89 -8.03 98 Navy -6.57 -79.94 -8.25 104 East Carolina -15.16 -32.76 -11.70 105 Tulsa -11.75 -93.75 -12.37 130 Connecticut -31.53 -265.40 -33.88 ACC 2 Clemson 33.17 249.73 34.21 22 N.C. State 11.35 95.12 12.17 29 Miami (FL) 7.45 67.37 8.23 38 Syracuse 7.26 24.38 6.02 50 Georgia Tech 2.66 27.52 3.10 55 Boston Coll. 4.24 -11.06 2.29 56 Pittsburgh 2.95 5.45 2.23 58 Virginia 2.29 11.10 2.07 84 Duke -1.51 -48.52 -3.36 89 Wake Forest -3.23 -44.28 -4.30 92 Virginia Tech -5.72 -45.49 -6.02 93 Florida St. -7.66 -28.17 -6.47 99 North Carolina -10.42 -31.50 -8.47 126 Louisville -23.28 -124.69 -21.56 B1G 4 Michigan 21.99 199.80 24.34 7 Ohio St. 17.57 153.04 19.13 11 Penn St. 16.80 96.26 15.87 19 Iowa 14.34 83.19 13.59 33 Purdue 7.40 43.03 7.02 35 Wisconsin 5.05 67.14 6.62 37 Michigan St. 5.34 52.01 6.08 57 Nebraska -0.34 50.34 2.21 64 Maryland 1.99 -3.64 1.15 65 Minnesota 1.67 -2.49 0.99 67 Northwestern 2.21 -22.92 0.36 80 Indiana -3.72 -1.17 -2.54 115 Rutgers -17.30 -131.61 -17.91 118 Illinois -18.66 -125.56 -18.52 BXII-II 5 Oklahoma 19.62 155.95 20.64 15 West Virginia 15.01 99.66 14.84 34 Texas 7.86 31.00 6.74 41 Iowa St. 6.93 17.59 5.47 43 Oklahoma St. 4.46 38.56 4.84 54 Texas Tech 2.39 16.94 2.41 66 TCU -0.84 26.43 0.72 85 Baylor -5.51 3.40 -3.51 88 Kansas St. -1.47 -64.02 -4.08 100 Kansas -7.39 -77.96 -8.70 CUSA 32 North Texas 5.99 62.68 7.03 36 UAB 4.88 58.86 6.10 45 Florida Atlantic 0.92 77.85 4.38 47 Middle Tenn. St. 3.78 22.12 3.59 51 Marshall 2.50 27.90 3.02 63 Southern Miss -1.42 51.01 1.53 78 Florida Intl. -0.15 -37.79 -1.93 91 Louisiana Tech -6.29 -20.28 -5.17 94 UNC-Charlotte -8.89 -11.94 -6.50 107 West. Kentucky -13.37 -99.00 -13.71 111 Old Dominion -16.27 -93.52 -15.38 124 UTEP -20.88 -136.14 -20.51 127 Rice -21.15 -163.87 -22.04 128 UT-San Antonio -19.89 -210.67 -23.47 Indies 9 Notre Dame 17.32 113.45 17.04 28 Army 10.30 54.54 9.51 46 BYU 2.80 44.73 4.04 112 Liberty -14.00 -126.36 -15.45 114 Massachusetts -17.99 -118.56 -17.74 129 New Mexico St. -24.55 -157.34 -23.99 MAC 23 Ohio 12.04 83.43 12.07 39 Buffalo 5.67 45.55 5.98 60 Miami (OH) 2.12 8.06 1.80 62 Toledo 3.85 -19.18 1.64 72 East. Michigan 0.15 -1.70 0.02 76 Northern Illinois -0.45 -24.20 -1.47 83 W. Michigan -7.03 31.77 -3.15 102 Ball St. -9.71 -78.83 -10.29 113 Akron -14.78 -157.71 -17.50 119 Cent. Michigan -18.47 -132.25 -18.72 120 Bowling Green -20.31 -111.84 -18.96 122 Kent St. -20.27 -132.98 -19.96 MWC 13 Boise St. 15.06 108.02 15.27 14 Fresno St. 16.86 83.18 15.27 21 Utah St. 16.49 50.55 13.44 59 Air Force 0.49 31.57 1.86 73 Wyoming -1.03 4.54 -0.47 75 San Diego St. -0.90 -6.00 -0.89 77 Nevada -3.26 9.03 -1.73 97 Hawaii -8.07 -56.48 -8.12 106 Colorado St. -16.57 -52.72 -13.60 108 UNLV -13.73 -107.53 -14.36 116 New Mexico -14.47 -172.44 -18.00 125 San Jose St. -17.27 -187.97 -20.62 P12 20 Washington St. 12.64 105.29 13.53 24 Washington 10.97 96.78 12.00 25 Utah 12.05 75.17 11.68 44 Stanford 7.44 -10.58 4.45 48 Oregon 4.30 14.64 3.58 52 Arizona St. 3.57 12.37 2.98 69 Arizona -3.90 57.62 0.19 74 USC -0.86 -3.67 -0.75 79 California -1.89 -16.97 -2.08 82 UCLA -3.50 -7.63 -2.70 86 Colorado -5.36 -0.83 -3.61 123 Oregon St. -20.91 -131.45 -20.30 SBC 17 Appalachian State 14.65 91.41 14.19 53 Arkansas St. 1.11 37.01 2.53 68 Troy 1.09 -8.41 0.32 71 Georgia Southern 4.27 -58.39 0.02 81 LA Lafayette -3.58 -6.27 -2.69 101 LA Monroe -10.74 -49.29 -9.55 109 Coastal Carolina -13.16 -120.88 -14.63 110 Georgia State -14.80 -109.38 -15.16 117 Texas St. -17.68 -138.18 -18.48 121 South Alabama -20.29 -126.44 -19.65 SEC 1 Alabama 36.16 265.88 36.99 3 Georgia 25.54 185.56 26.02 6 Mississippi St. 18.01 148.26 19.19 10 Missouri 16.75 113.10 16.65 12 Texas A&M 12.83 143.03 15.48 18 LSU 14.17 89.52 13.78 27 Florida 10.67 71.65 10.59 30 Auburn 9.75 31.94 8.05 31 Kentucky 9.24 37.67 7.99 40 South Carolina 6.74 21.90 5.55 49 Vanderbilt 5.72 -12.73 3.20 70 Mississippi -3.37 47.31 0.05 90 Tennessee -3.93 -38.75 -4.50 103 Arkansas -12.82 -51.70 -11.05
  13. 2 points
    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 Frogs as a field goal better than an average team, which is to say, pretty average. DUSHEE does not think Kansas State is a very good team, and the fact that we beat them by one and were outgained, means that DUSHEE didn't think that was a performance worthy of a good team. In fact, DUSHEE has the K-State win as the worst performance of the year for the Frogs. TCU had worse Point Differentials against Texas and Kansas, but when adjusted for a season low Yardage Differential, DUSHEE rated the K-State game as almost 11-points below average. TCU Week-to-Week Opp: @ SMU N OhSt @ Tex | ISU Ttech OU | @ Kan KSU PD: 21.00 7.25 -10.63 | 9.86 1.00 -4.25 | -7.57 -6.43 YD: 61.00 150.50 29.63 |189.00 53.43 -95.00 | 118.00 -135.57 Score: 16.97 12.16 -5.64 | 15.77 3.27 -7.46 | 0.69 -10.88 Perhaps most concerning is that the Frogs are on a pretty clear downward trajectory as the Frogs' best three performances were in their first four games (excluding Southern) and three of their four worst performances have come in the last three weeks. Put another way, the Frogs averaged a DUSHEE score of 9.81 during the first four games of the season and -3.60 during the second four. Which shouldn't make us feel very good going into next week, when we face ... West Virginia Week-to-Week Opp: N Tenn KSU @ Ttech | Kan @ ISU Bay | @ Tex PD: 18.71 25.57 13.57 | 11.86 -11.86 42.71 | 7.38 YD: 206.29 42.71 53.43 | 147.71 -344.71 304.57 | 89.25 Score: 22.51 19.13 11.65 | 15.09 -24.68 43.29 | 9.26 If you are looking for any kind of solace that the Frogs will have a chance this week in Morgantown, I can only offer two rather minor consolations. First, the Mountaineers have played a softer conference slate than the Frogs so far, having not played OU yet and having beaten up on the dregs (Kansas, Kansas State, and Baylor). And for one common opponent, WVU was inexplicably destroyed by Iowa State while we managed to beat the Cyclones before the aforementioned 4-game swoon. If the Frogs and Mountaineers who faced Iowa State show up on Saturday, the Frogs win by 40 points!!! Unfortunately those are not the only two data points we have, and against our other four common opponents, the Fightin' Holgersons have been an average of 17-points better than the Frogs and 14-points better over their last four games. Taking the whole season into account, DUSHEE has the Mountaineers as 14.5-point favorites at Milan Puskar Stadium with a 23% chance of winning. Conference Ratings For the first time this season, the B1G has edged past the BXII-II as the second-best conference in FBS, albeit by a hundredth of a point. Both conferences are well behind the SEC and well ahead of the ever-so mediocre ACC and P12. The American Athletic (AAC) has picked a bad year to market themselves as a "Power" conference as they are now less than a point better than the Mountain West. SEC 10.95 B10 5.77 B12 5.76 ACC 2.65 P12 2.06 AAC -2.72 MWC -3.60 CUSA -6.70 MAC -6.88 SBC -8.15 Week 10 Performances Top 3 50.17 -- Michigan vs. PSU (35 MOV, 219 YM) 48.89 -- Alabama at LSU (29 MOV, 380 YM) 43.60 -- Mississippi St. vs. Louisiana Tech (42 MOV, 294 YM) Bottom 3 -45.17 Minnesota at Illinois (-24 MOV, -208 YM) -44.09 Florida Int'l. vs. Florida Atl. (-35 MOV, -266 YM) -44.39 Georgia So. at Louisiana-Monroe (-19 MOV, -359 YM) Overall Ratings The only thing that changed in the Top 6 is that Alabama and Clemson switched positions at the top. A&M, despite losing, climbed 3 spots to #7, benefitting from larger falls by the B1G trio of Penn State, Ohio State, and Iowa. Big movers at the top this week include UCF and UAB who jumped 13 and 16 spots, respectively, into the top 20. Utah, Texas Tech, and Washington all took big tumbles out of the top 25. The biggest overall gainers were Tulane, who jumped 25 spots in the rankings after destroying USF (DUSHEE was pretty prescient about them if you read my blog post from two weeks ago ...), and Louisiana-Monroe whose DUSHEE score rose 7.26 points after a three-score takedown of Georgia Southern. The biggest overall losers this week, both in terms of ranking position and DUSHEE score were the Golden Gophers of Minnesota who lost over 6 points and dropped 26 spots in the rankings after losing by 24 to a truly terrible Illinois team. Week 10 Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Alabama 36.81 294.81 38.88 1 1.12 2 Clemson 37.07 283.53 38.51 -1 -1.19 3 Michigan 28.23 254.75 31.22 0 1.78 4 Oklahoma 23.25 202.68 25.36 0 -0.15 5 Georgia 23.75 123.80 21.86 0 -0.19 6 LSU 19.98 80.74 17.24 0 -3.89 7 Texas A&M 12.26 179.79 16.92 3 -0.03 8 Missouri 16.72 118.62 16.92 6 1.35 9 Ohio St. 15.25 137.37 16.85 -2 -3.12 10 Penn St. 18.25 83.45 16.23 -1 -1.92 11 North Texas 15.19 123.43 16.13 1 0.15 12 Fresno St. 18.49 76.32 16.04 4 1.13 13 Iowa 15.39 115.48 15.88 -5 -2.69 14 Utah St. 19.48 53.40 15.59 8 2.48 15 Mississippi St. 14.43 113.36 15.13 5 1.63 16 N.C. State 13.95 108.70 14.59 -5 -1.56 17 UCF 17.31 62.29 14.57 13 2.60 18 UAB 13.30 115.30 14.48 16 3.56 19 Notre Dame 13.96 102.47 14.29 -1 -0.04 20 Purdue 13.93 94.85 13.90 5 1.38 21 West Virginia 15.42 71.32 13.75 -4 -0.69 22 Temple 12.62 104.31 13.49 -1 0.01 23 Army 14.03 73.96 12.95 -10 -2.78 24 Michigan St. 12.51 84.32 12.44 11 1.91 25 Iowa St. 12.15 87.95 12.38 -6 -1.62 26 Washington St. 9.71 114.11 12.03 3 0.02 27 Appalachian State 12.38 76.68 11.98 -4 -1.05 28 Utah 11.58 79.32 11.58 -13 -3.47 29 Cincinnati 11.46 78.15 11.44 7 3.58 30 Texas Tech 11.31 78.46 11.36 -6 -1.22 31 Boise St. 10.18 85.98 10.97 0 -0.81 32 Kentucky 11.14 60.48 10.37 0 -1.33 33 Washington 9.81 68.30 9.86 -7 -2.57 34 Wisconsin 7.91 84.57 9.39 -1 -1.54 35 Miami (FL) 7.27 83.00 8.88 -8 -3.25 36 Ohio 9.08 56.22 8.79 15 5.47 37 Texas 9.31 46.96 8.49 2 1.03 38 Florida 9.23 32.21 7.72 -10 -4.38 39 Buffalo 7.27 57.36 7.64 1 0.56 40 Arizona St. 6.84 44.98 6.75 12 3.50 41 Boston Coll. 7.10 35.97 6.48 -4 -1.37 42 Stanford 8.17 11.67 6.02 6 0.74 43 Syracuse 7.47 19.11 5.91 -1 -0.33 44 Auburn 6.93 18.48 5.52 -3 -0.96 45 South Carolina 5.32 29.66 4.99 0 -1.01 46 Georgia Tech 3.33 52.68 4.79 4 0.61 47 Mississippi 1.53 67.92 4.33 2 0.04 48 Oklahoma St. 3.20 36.59 3.92 -2 -1.64 49 Nebraska -0.60 83.67 3.67 6 1.03 50 TCU 1.28 46.37 3.11 -3 -2.37 51 BYU 2.34 31.21 3.08 9 1.97 52 Maryland 3.75 5.45 2.77 -8 -3.30 53 Northwestern 3.98 1.70 2.74 0 -0.18 54 Virginia 2.28 13.20 2.16 -11 -3.92 55 Houston 3.45 -3.84 2.11 -17 -5.51 56 Arizona -1.65 62.26 1.93 7 1.55 57 Duke 5.48 -40.15 1.70 2 0.57 58 San Diego St. -0.14 27.43 1.24 6 1.15 59 Florida Atlantic -1.03 37.10 1.12 22 5.06 60 Oregon 0.98 1.20 0.71 2 0.22 61 Air Force 0.69 4.27 0.67 7 1.82 62 Vanderbilt 4.03 -43.54 0.57 -4 -0.60 63 East. Michigan 0.84 -1.00 0.51 2 0.56 64 USC 0.42 -3.22 0.13 -7 -1.47 65 Tulane 1.24 -14.95 0.10 25 5.65 66 Marshall 0.29 -6.08 -0.10 9 2.24 67 Pittsburgh 1.88 -28.20 -0.12 4 1.32 68 Southern Miss -5.63 72.80 -0.21 2 0.95 69 Colorado -2.00 19.34 -0.39 -8 -1.08 70 Toledo 3.09 -52.35 -0.49 10 3.41 71 Memphis -1.24 -8.62 -1.24 6 1.66 72 Miami (OH) -2.20 0.01 -1.47 1 0.31 73 Tennessee -1.33 -16.85 -1.71 -4 -0.56 74 Georgia Southern 3.95 -92.86 -1.89 -18 -4.05 75 Troy -1.99 -13.35 -1.98 3 1.39 76 UCLA -3.43 -3.64 -2.46 -9 -1.50 77 Wyoming -3.69 -6.33 -2.77 7 1.29 78 Arkansas St. -5.35 15.07 -2.83 4 1.16 79 California -4.17 -4.00 -2.97 7 1.47 80 Minnesota -3.62 -20.25 -3.40 -26 -6.08 81 LA Lafayette -4.33 -12.67 -3.50 4 0.70 82 Virginia Tech -3.70 -33.50 -4.09 6 0.74 83 Louisiana Tech -3.81 -37.09 -4.35 -17 -3.81 84 Baylor -4.43 -28.96 -4.36 -1 -0.31 85 East Carolina -10.70 54.16 -4.50 -13 -2.86 86 Indiana -7.10 2.27 -4.62 -12 -2.37 87 SMU -3.43 -52.34 -4.83 14 5.29 88 Middle Tenn. St. -1.77 -77.99 -4.97 7 1.69 89 Northern Illinois -3.49 -55.71 -5.04 0 0.49 90 Nevada -4.51 -50.66 -5.47 2 0.52 91 Arkansas -8.29 0.96 -5.48 2 0.57 92 Kansas St. -2.83 -81.62 -5.85 -1 0.07 93 W. Michigan -9.20 3.25 -5.98 -6 -1.40 94 Florida St. -7.88 -15.35 -6.00 0 0.12 95 Florida Intl. -5.37 -66.28 -6.80 -19 -4.37 96 UNC-Charlotte -10.97 8.19 -6.91 1 0.52 97 South Florida -8.26 -38.23 -7.36 -1 -0.57 98 Liberty -5.96 -72.11 -7.48 -19 -4.00 99 Wake Forest -8.42 -63.68 -8.71 3 1.52 100 North Carolina -11.95 -18.50 -8.87 -2 0.01 101 Coastal Carolina -8.72 -68.64 -9.15 6 2.74 102 Ball St. -10.80 -67.65 -10.49 -2 -0.85 103 Kansas -8.01 -106.65 -10.53 -4 -1.24 104 Tulsa -10.33 -78.58 -10.71 -1 0.13 105 Hawaii -10.56 -93.51 -11.59 -1 -0.28 106 LA Monroe -13.07 -60.77 -11.67 12 7.26 107 New Mexico -8.88 -128.27 -12.16 -2 -0.69 108 Akron -11.13 -137.32 -14.10 1 -0.28 109 Navy -12.92 -113.38 -14.13 -3 -2.35 110 Colorado St. -17.79 -57.40 -14.65 -2 -1.11 111 Cent. Michigan -15.59 -102.96 -15.40 -1 -1.23 112 Illinois -13.09 -143.88 -15.73 9 4.66 113 Massachusetts -16.17 -107.07 -15.99 4 2.66 114 Georgia State -16.99 -110.79 -16.71 1 1.30 115 West. Kentucky -18.87 -106.12 -17.74 -4 -2.61 116 UNLV -17.12 -132.81 -17.87 3 1.81 117 Louisville -19.47 -104.44 -18.06 -5 -1.34 118 UTEP -17.72 -133.04 -18.29 -4 -0.34 119 Old Dominion -19.25 -116.01 -18.48 -3 0.09 120 Oregon St. -18.88 -121.75 -18.51 -7 -0.86 121 Rutgers -19.45 -156.23 -20.56 3 1.97 122 Kent St. -21.64 -158.31 -22.13 3 1.05 123 South Alabama -22.01 -155.07 -22.22 -3 -1.96 124 Rice -23.24 -152.47 -22.91 -1 -0.95 125 San Jose St. -21.57 -180.96 -23.19 -3 -1.68 126 Texas St. -21.00 -196.60 -23.57 3 2.01 127 Bowling Green -25.81 -147.26 -24.37 0 0.08 128 New Mexico St. -23.84 -179.62 -24.63 0 0.21 129 UT-San Antonio -21.51 -213.96 -24.75 -3 -1.07 130 Connecticut -27.91 -267.25 -31.61 0 -0.24 By Conference AAC 17 UCF 17.31 62.29 14.57 22 Temple 12.62 104.31 13.49 29 Cincinnati 11.46 78.15 11.44 55 Houston 3.45 -3.84 2.11 65 Tulane 1.24 -14.95 0.10 71 Memphis -1.24 -8.62 -1.24 85 East Carolina -10.70 54.16 -4.50 87 SMU -3.43 -52.34 -4.83 97 South Florida -8.26 -38.23 -7.36 104 Tulsa -10.33 -78.58 -10.71 109 Navy -12.92 -113.38 -14.13 130 Connecticut -27.91 -267.25 -31.61 ACC 2 Clemson 37.07 283.53 38.51 16 N.C. State 13.95 108.70 14.59 35 Miami (FL) 7.27 83.00 8.88 41 Boston Coll. 7.10 35.97 6.48 43 Syracuse 7.47 19.11 5.91 46 Georgia Tech 3.33 52.68 4.79 54 Virginia 2.28 13.20 2.16 57 Duke 5.48 -40.15 1.70 67 Pittsburgh 1.88 -28.20 -0.12 82 Virginia Tech -3.70 -33.50 -4.09 94 Florida St. -7.88 -15.35 -6.00 99 Wake Forest -8.42 -63.68 -8.71 100 North Carolina -11.95 -18.50 -8.87 117 Louisville -19.47 -104.44 -18.06 B1G 3 Michigan 28.23 254.75 31.22 9 Ohio St. 15.25 137.37 16.85 10 Penn St. 18.25 83.45 16.23 13 Iowa 15.39 115.48 15.88 20 Purdue 13.93 94.85 13.90 24 Michigan St. 12.51 84.32 12.44 34 Wisconsin 7.91 84.57 9.39 49 Nebraska -0.60 83.67 3.67 52 Maryland 3.75 5.45 2.77 53 Northwestern 3.98 1.70 2.74 80 Minnesota -3.62 -20.25 -3.40 86 Indiana -7.10 2.27 -4.62 112 Illinois -13.09 -143.88 -15.73 121 Rutgers -19.45 -156.23 -20.56 BXII-II 4 Oklahoma 23.25 202.68 25.36 21 West Virginia 15.42 71.32 13.75 25 Iowa St. 12.15 87.95 12.38 30 Texas Tech 11.31 78.46 11.36 37 Texas 9.31 46.96 8.49 48 Oklahoma St. 3.20 36.59 3.92 50 TCU 1.28 46.37 3.11 84 Baylor -4.43 -28.96 -4.36 92 Kansas St. -2.83 -81.62 -5.85 103 Kansas -8.01 -106.65 -10.53 CUSA 11 North Texas 15.19 123.43 16.13 18 UAB 13.30 115.30 14.48 59 Florida Atlantic -1.03 37.10 1.12 66 Marshall 0.29 -6.08 -0.10 68 Southern Miss -5.63 72.80 -0.21 83 Louisiana Tech -3.81 -37.09 -4.35 88 Middle Tenn. St. -1.77 -77.99 -4.97 95 Florida Intl. -5.37 -66.28 -6.80 96 UNC-Charlotte -10.97 8.19 -6.91 115 West. Kentucky -18.87 -106.12 -17.74 118 UTEP -17.72 -133.04 -18.29 119 Old Dominion -19.25 -116.01 -18.48 124 Rice -23.24 -152.47 -22.91 129 UT-San Antonio -21.51 -213.96 -24.75 Indies 19 Notre Dame 13.96 102.47 14.29 23 Army 14.03 73.96 12.95 51 BYU 2.34 31.21 3.08 98 Liberty -5.96 -72.11 -7.48 113 Massachusetts -16.17 -107.07 -15.99 128 New Mexico St. -23.84 -179.62 -24.63 MAC 36 Ohio 9.08 56.22 8.79 39 Buffalo 7.27 57.36 7.64 63 East. Michigan 0.84 -1.00 0.51 70 Toledo 3.09 -52.35 -0.49 72 Miami (OH) -2.20 0.01 -1.47 89 Northern Illinois -3.49 -55.71 -5.04 93 W. Michigan -9.20 3.25 -5.98 102 Ball St. -10.80 -67.65 -10.49 108 Akron -11.13 -137.32 -14.10 111 Cent. Michigan -15.59 -102.96 -15.40 122 Kent St. -21.64 -158.31 -22.13 127 Bowling Green -25.81 -147.26 -24.37 MWC 12 Fresno St. 18.49 76.32 16.04 14 Utah St. 19.48 53.40 15.59 31 Boise St. 10.18 85.98 10.97 58 San Diego St. -0.14 27.43 1.24 61 Air Force 0.69 4.27 0.67 77 Wyoming -3.69 -6.33 -2.77 90 Nevada -4.51 -50.66 -5.47 105 Hawaii -10.56 -93.51 -11.59 107 New Mexico -8.88 -128.27 -12.16 110 Colorado St. -17.79 -57.40 -14.65 116 UNLV -17.12 -132.81 -17.87 125 San Jose St. -21.57 -180.96 -23.19 P12 26 Washington St. 9.71 114.11 12.03 28 Utah 11.58 79.32 11.58 33 Washington 9.81 68.30 9.86 40 Arizona St. 6.84 44.98 6.75 42 Stanford 8.17 11.67 6.02 56 Arizona -1.65 62.26 1.93 60 Oregon 0.98 1.20 0.71 64 USC 0.42 -3.22 0.13 69 Colorado -2.00 19.34 -0.39 76 UCLA -3.43 -3.64 -2.46 79 California -4.17 -4.00 -2.97 120 Oregon St. -18.88 -121.75 -18.51 SBC 27 Appalachian State 12.38 76.68 11.98 74 Georgia Southern 3.95 -92.86 -1.89 75 Troy -1.99 -13.35 -1.98 78 Arkansas St. -5.35 15.07 -2.83 81 LA Lafayette -4.33 -12.67 -3.50 101 Coastal Carolina -8.72 -68.64 -9.15 106 LA Monroe -13.07 -60.77 -11.67 114 Georgia State -16.99 -110.79 -16.71 123 South Alabama -22.01 -155.07 -22.22 126 Texas St. -21.00 -196.60 -23.57 SEC 1 Alabama 36.81 294.81 38.88 5 Georgia 23.75 123.80 21.86 6 LSU 19.98 80.74 17.24 7 Texas A&M 12.26 179.79 16.92 8 Missouri 16.72 118.62 16.92 15 Mississippi St. 14.43 113.36 15.13 32 Kentucky 11.14 60.48 10.37 38 Florida 9.23 32.21 7.72 44 Auburn 6.93 18.48 5.52 45 South Carolina 5.32 29.66 4.99 47 Mississippi 1.53 67.92 4.33 62 Vanderbilt 4.03 -43.54 0.57 73 Tennessee -1.33 -16.85 -1.71 91 Arkansas -8.29 0.96 -5.48
  14. 2 points
    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
  15. 2 points
    DUSHEE still loves the Ojai-uh Bucks and has now moved three SEC teams into slots 2-4. A playoff final 4 that would be enough to make college football fans in every other part of the country outside the southeast and Ohio vomit. The Frogs slid yet another spot to 14th. The Frogs slow trickle down through the standings seems to be due to a general drop in the performance of the Big XII-II as a whole as the conference dropped from the 2nd spot to the 4th spot, passed by both the ACC and SEC this week. DUSHEE has rewarded those conferences for blowing out their patsies this week (although again, remember that Mercer and the Citadel are ignored in the ranking). It was a big week for the non-Power 5 schools (what is the euphemism ESPN has come up with for them?) as Boise (19), Memphis (21), and Florida Atlantic (22) all found their way into the top 25. All three of those schools are out of the top 25 in the DUSHEE Extra Crispy rankings (29, 30, and 38, respectively) which punish poor schedule strength more (86th, 78th, and 85th, respectively). The Frogs, BTW, are 12th in the Extra Crispy poll (28th SOS). Frogs Week-to-Week It was a middlin' performance for the Frogs; the point differential among the Frogs' better numbers of the year, but for the second time this season, TCU went negative in yardage differential (WVU the other instance). In general, the Frogs have not done well in yardage differential; on average, teams have a yardage differential to point differential ratio of 6.7 yards for every point. The Frogs have only exceeded that average three times: Kansas, Iowa State, and Oklahoma. The Frogs average YD:PD ratio is 4.4. What this means varies depending on interpretation -- either the Frogs have been very efficient or the Frogs have been a little lucky. The scores should have been closer in a lot of the Frogs' games than they were based on how well the offense moved the ball relative to how well the defense kept the opposing offense from moving the ball. @ Ark SMU @ OkSt WVU @ KSU Kan @ ISU Tex @ OU @ Ttech 9.11 23.22 29.60 12.33 26.44 16.89 2.22 28.10 0.90 24.56 18.67 155.22 136.10 -66.89 115.89 373.89 71.11 142.00 98.80 -27.22 7.00 23.16 26.47 4.91 23.36 29.76 5.00 25.76 5.49 15.02 Frogs Next Opponent Week-to-Week: Rapey Bears Despite their record, Baylor has only been truly awful three times this season: Duke, Oklahoma State, and Texas. But they've only played like an above average team once, against Oklahoma. In fact they played Oklahoma better than the Frogs did. In the Bears other six games, they have been squarely average. The worst TCU performance this year would have beaten any individual Baylor performance other than Oklahoma. Using DUSHEE, and running 10,000+ Monte Carlo simulations, TCU beats Baylor 94% of the time and has the Frogs as a 27 point favorite. This game should be no problem. Hopefully I do not regret those words on Friday. UTSA @ Duke OU @ KSU @ OkSt WVU Tex @ Kan # Ttech ISU -1.38 -15.67 11.90 -10.22 -32.00 2.33 -24.70 1.33 -17.67 -1.11 -13.50 -132.89 102.10 -48.56 -223.60 50.89 -141.80 21.67 215.00 -56.67 -1.58 -17.02 12.99 -9.22 -32.40 4.07 -23.48 1.96 -1.14 -3.55 Conference Rankings B10 6.57 SEC 6.28 ACC 5.78 B12 5.52 P12 3.81 AAC -0.58 MWC -5.94 MAC -7.84 CUSA -8.25 SBC -8.74 Top 3 Performances 49.71 - Louisville vs. Syracuse (46 Point Margin, 392 Yardage Margin) 44.93 - Georgia Southern vs. South Alabama (52 PM, 388 YM) 39.22 - Northwestern vs. Minnesota (39 PM, 181 YM) Bottom 3 Performances -77.15 - South Alabama at Georgia Southern (-52 PM, -388 YM) -52.10 - Cincinnati at East Carolina (-28 PM, -252 YM) -46.13 - Rutgers at Indiana (-41 PM, -313 YM) Overall Rankings Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St. 27.50 272.25 31.81 0 0.33 2 Alabama 29.33 233.84 31.13 0 0.07 3 Auburn 27.24 210.87 28.60 0 1.13 4 Georgia 25.47 165.84 25.19 2 0.88 5 Oklahoma 21.15 217.93 24.88 -1 -0.84 6 Penn St. 26.15 138.81 24.31 -1 -1.07 7 Wisconsin 23.73 169.84 24.23 2 1.39 8 Clemson 21.26 188.43 23.50 -1 -0.46 9 Notre Dame 21.55 127.79 20.69 1 -1.33 10 UCF 21.98 121.05 20.65 1 -1.25 11 Oklahoma St. 17.54 172.23 20.22 -3 -2.75 12 Mississippi St. 16.16 129.77 17.20 0 -1.83 13 Washington 17.60 101.28 16.75 1 -0.67 14 TCU 17.34 101.76 16.59 -1 -0.94 15 Virginia Tech 15.84 99.77 15.49 0 -1.44 16 Miami (FL) 17.98 50.12 14.47 0 -2.28 17 Washington St. 9.67 137.48 13.25 2 -0.28 18 USC 12.33 94.10 12.88 -1 -2.11 19 Boise St. 12.51 73.54 11.98 7 1.49 20 Michigan 9.72 109.40 11.89 0 -0.29 21 Memphis 13.07 50.14 11.20 7 1.22 22 Florida Atlantic 13.94 37.12 11.13 10 2.12 23 South Florida 7.91 92.06 9.83 -2 -1.83 24 Louisville 5.22 127.23 9.77 18 4.70 25 Stanford 12.22 32.10 9.73 2 -0.55 26 LSU 7.57 94.71 9.73 -3 -1.23 27 Iowa 14.03 4.20 9.56 -5 -1.80 28 N.C. State 7.29 90.66 9.35 1 -0.34 29 Iowa St. 11.74 29.74 9.30 -5 -1.62 30 Michigan St. 6.65 96.21 9.20 -5 -1.62 31 Georgia Tech 5.03 112.86 8.94 -13 -4.63 32 San Diego St. 7.72 66.81 8.45 -1 -0.59 33 Wake Forest 9.82 38.32 8.45 -3 -1.01 34 Toledo 8.29 52.77 8.14 2 0.92 35 Northwestern 9.67 28.70 7.87 9 2.93 36 Texas 8.08 48.23 7.77 2 1.30 37 Purdue 8.35 38.35 7.47 -4 -0.48 38 Texas A&M 6.59 53.11 7.02 -1 0.51 39 Navy 5.64 51.25 6.30 0 0.03 40 West Virginia 5.28 49.15 5.95 -6 -1.64 41 Northern Illinois 5.13 27.98 4.80 4 0.82 42 Oregon 2.58 61.80 4.78 12 3.16 43 Boston Coll. 6.32 7.92 4.61 -3 -0.89 44 Missouri 5.58 15.44 4.48 2 0.61 45 Utah 3.33 42.75 4.33 5 1.31 46 Indiana 1.75 53.65 3.82 14 3.10 47 Arizona 4.29 15.81 3.64 -12 -3.62 48 Fresno St. 3.17 26.18 3.41 0 -0.08 49 Arkansas St. 3.68 15.15 3.20 7 1.92 50 Ohio 4.85 -6.17 2.93 -9 -2.27 51 SMU 4.60 -3.42 2.89 -8 -2.14 52 Troy 2.90 18.73 2.86 1 1.06 53 Texas Tech 1.13 32.19 2.35 -4 -0.74 54 Marshall 2.05 9.21 1.82 -2 -0.39 55 Florida St. 1.04 20.12 1.69 0 0.24 56 Army 1.31 13.29 1.53 5 0.81 57 UT-San Antonio -1.76 51.75 1.39 6 1.64 58 Arizona St. 1.50 4.64 1.23 -7 -1.10 59 Duke 0.52 9.23 0.80 13 3.62 60 Colorado St. -0.60 17.68 0.48 2 -0.08 61 UCLA 0.69 0.22 0.47 3 0.77 62 East. Michigan 0.39 3.79 0.45 -3 -0.52 63 South Carolina 3.07 -38.64 0.13 2 0.65 64 Houston 1.20 -14.29 0.09 -7 -1.15 65 Southern Miss -3.89 45.74 -0.33 10 2.78 66 Nebraska -1.17 5.43 -0.51 0 0.58 67 North Texas -1.63 0.57 -1.06 2 1.07 68 Syracuse -3.45 25.04 -1.06 -21 -4.73 69 Appalachian State -1.20 -8.11 -1.20 -2 0.64 70 W. Michigan 0.57 -35.65 -1.38 6 1.90 71 Temple -3.68 17.65 -1.58 -1 1.02 72 California -0.50 -28.64 -1.75 -4 0.36 73 Kansas St. 2.44 -75.71 -2.12 4 1.43 74 Minnesota -0.93 -32.16 -2.21 -16 -3.31 75 Virginia -4.21 10.11 -2.31 7 2.16 76 Florida -2.16 -24.23 -2.64 17 3.74 77 Mississippi -4.20 -4.58 -3.03 -4 -0.15 78 Colorado -1.71 -43.34 -3.28 -4 -0.25 79 Pittsburgh -3.88 -18.54 -3.51 2 0.74 80 Buffalo -3.59 -31.26 -3.94 -1 0.09 81 Wyoming 0.64 -94.57 -4.25 6 1.09 82 Kentucky -0.76 -76.11 -4.27 2 0.40 83 Miami (OH) -6.57 -3.30 -4.54 2 0.26 84 Air Force -6.09 -10.41 -4.57 -6 -0.87 85 Utah St. -1.48 -77.21 -4.81 14 3.77 86 Louisiana Tech -4.92 -31.59 -4.84 -3 -0.18 87 Cent. Michigan -4.14 -42.49 -4.86 -16 -2.06 88 Tulane -2.94 -59.30 -4.90 3 1.22 89 Arkansas -6.29 -21.20 -5.24 0 0.67 90 Massachusetts -8.58 -3.70 -5.91 -2 -0.22 91 Maryland -5.96 -52.35 -6.56 1 -0.30 92 LA Monroe -6.04 -56.77 -6.84 5 0.61 93 Baylor -8.72 -22.74 -6.94 2 0.19 94 New Mexico St. -10.31 -15.79 -7.65 2 -0.49 95 UAB -7.08 -59.36 -7.66 -9 -2.62 96 Middle Tenn. St. -9.02 -35.96 -7.79 -6 -1.83 97 Georgia State -9.06 -38.09 -7.93 1 -0.20 98 UNLV -7.95 -60.23 -8.28 2 0.68 99 Tulsa -5.66 -100.29 -8.74 9 3.11 100 Florida Intl. -8.35 -67.96 -8.93 -6 -2.43 101 Tennessee -7.23 -83.28 -8.94 2 0.75 102 North Carolina -8.17 -78.33 -9.32 -1 0.29 103 West. Kentucky -10.46 -53.91 -9.64 4 2.02 104 Nevada -8.07 -89.22 -9.79 1 1.21 105 Cincinnati -11.87 -45.99 -10.19 -25 -6.07 106 Akron -6.18 -146.86 -11.39 8 3.19 107 BYU -10.80 -84.97 -11.41 6 2.89 108 Vanderbilt -10.11 -95.36 -11.46 -2 -0.23 109 New Mexico -13.61 -56.55 -11.87 1 0.93 110 Georgia Southern -12.62 -84.90 -12.61 13 8.07 111 Idaho -12.81 -84.19 -12.71 -2 -0.45 112 Coastal Carolina -13.11 -85.40 -12.97 0 0.24 113 Illinois -12.83 -113.10 -14.15 -2 -1.02 114 Rutgers -12.08 -136.50 -14.81 -10 -4.11 115 East Carolina -16.24 -94.67 -15.51 6 3.37 116 South Alabama -14.82 -122.37 -15.94 -14 -6.25 117 Old Dominion -15.65 -115.42 -16.15 0 -0.64 118 LA Lafayette -15.41 -119.77 -16.20 4 3.40 119 Oregon St. -17.27 -97.24 -16.33 -3 -0.89 120 Texas St. -17.71 -103.73 -16.94 -2 0.19 121 Hawaii -19.02 -86.17 -16.94 -6 -1.87 122 Connecticut -15.95 -129.13 -17.02 -3 0.39 123 Bowling Green -15.78 -151.23 -18.00 -3 0.41 124 Rice -23.87 -124.49 -22.07 1 0.70 125 Kansas -24.40 -131.62 -22.78 1 0.13 126 UNC-Charlotte -22.64 -169.54 -23.48 -2 -2.79 127 Kent St. -24.61 -149.76 -23.82 0 1.84 128 Ball St. -28.51 -150.13 -26.43 0 0.49 129 UTEP -26.70 -204.12 -27.90 0 0.78 130 San Jose St. -34.44 -244.13 -35.04 0 1.08 By Conference AAC 10 UCF 21.98 121.05 20.65 21 Memphis 13.07 50.14 11.20 23 South Florida 7.91 92.06 9.83 39 Navy 5.64 51.25 6.30 51 SMU 4.60 -3.42 2.89 64 Houston 1.20 -14.29 0.09 71 Temple -3.68 17.65 -1.58 88 Tulane -2.94 -59.30 -4.90 99 Tulsa -5.66 -100.29 -8.74 105 Cincinnati -11.87 -45.99 -10.19 115 East Carolina -16.24 -94.67 -15.51 122 Connecticut -15.95 -129.13 -17.02 ACC 8 Clemson 21.26 188.43 23.50 15 Virginia Tech 15.84 99.77 15.49 16 Miami (FL) 17.98 50.12 14.47 24 Louisville 5.22 127.23 9.77 28 N.C. State 7.29 90.66 9.35 31 Georgia Tech 5.03 112.86 8.94 33 Wake Forest 9.82 38.32 8.45 43 Boston Coll. 6.32 7.92 4.61 55 Florida St. 1.04 20.12 1.69 59 Duke 0.52 9.23 0.80 68 Syracuse -3.45 25.04 -1.06 75 Virginia -4.21 10.11 -2.31 79 Pittsburgh -3.88 -18.54 -3.51 102 North Carolina -8.17 -78.33 -9.32 B1G 1 Ohio St. 27.50 272.25 31.81 6 Penn St. 26.15 138.81 24.31 7 Wisconsin 23.73 169.84 24.23 20 Michigan 9.72 109.40 11.89 27 Iowa 14.03 4.20 9.56 30 Michigan St. 6.65 96.21 9.20 35 Northwestern 9.67 28.70 7.87 37 Purdue 8.35 38.35 7.47 46 Indiana 1.75 53.65 3.82 66 Nebraska -1.17 5.43 -0.51 74 Minnesota -0.93 -32.16 -2.21 91 Maryland -5.96 -52.35 -6.56 113 Illinois -12.83 -113.10 -14.15 114 Rutgers -12.08 -136.50 -14.81 BXII-II 5 Oklahoma 21.15 217.93 24.88 11 Oklahoma St. 17.54 172.23 20.22 14 TCU 17.34 101.76 16.59 29 Iowa St. 11.74 29.74 9.30 36 Texas 8.08 48.23 7.77 40 West Virginia 5.28 49.15 5.95 53 Texas Tech 1.13 32.19 2.35 73 Kansas St. 2.44 -75.71 -2.12 93 Baylor -8.72 -22.74 -6.94 125 Kansas -24.40 -131.62 -22.78 CUSA 22 Florida Atlantic 13.94 37.12 11.13 54 Marshall 2.05 9.21 1.82 57 UT-San Antonio -1.76 51.75 1.39 65 Southern Miss -3.89 45.74 -0.33 67 North Texas -1.63 0.57 -1.06 86 Louisiana Tech -4.92 -31.59 -4.84 95 UAB -7.08 -59.36 -7.66 96 Middle Tenn. St. -9.02 -35.96 -7.79 100 Florida Intl. -8.35 -67.96 -8.93 103 West. Kentucky -10.46 -53.91 -9.64 117 Old Dominion -15.65 -115.42 -16.15 124 Rice -23.87 -124.49 -22.07 126 UNC-Charlotte -22.64 -169.54 -23.48 129 UTEP -26.70 -204.12 -27.90 Indies 9 Notre Dame 21.55 127.79 20.69 56 Army 1.31 13.29 1.53 90 Massachusetts -8.58 -3.70 -5.91 107 BYU -10.80 -84.97 -11.41 MAC 34 Toledo 8.29 52.77 8.14 41 Northern Illinois 5.13 27.98 4.80 50 Ohio 4.85 -6.17 2.93 62 East. Michigan 0.39 3.79 0.45 70 W. Michigan 0.57 -35.65 -1.38 80 Buffalo -3.59 -31.26 -3.94 83 Miami (OH) -6.57 -3.30 -4.54 87 Cent. Michigan -4.14 -42.49 -4.86 106 Akron -6.18 -146.86 -11.39 123 Bowling Green -15.78 -151.23 -18.00 127 Kent St. -24.61 -149.76 -23.82 128 Ball St. -28.51 -150.13 -26.43 MWC 19 Boise St. 12.51 73.54 11.98 32 San Diego St. 7.72 66.81 8.45 48 Fresno St. 3.17 26.18 3.41 60 Colorado St. -0.60 17.68 0.48 81 Wyoming 0.64 -94.57 -4.25 84 Air Force -6.09 -10.41 -4.57 85 Utah St. -1.48 -77.21 -4.81 98 UNLV -7.95 -60.23 -8.28 104 Nevada -8.07 -89.22 -9.79 109 New Mexico -13.61 -56.55 -11.87 121 Hawaii -19.02 -86.17 -16.94 130 San Jose St. -34.44 -244.13 -35.04 P12 13 Washington 17.60 101.28 16.75 17 Washington St. 9.67 137.48 13.25 18 USC 12.33 94.10 12.88 25 Stanford 12.22 32.10 9.73 42 Oregon 2.58 61.80 4.78 45 Utah 3.33 42.75 4.33 47 Arizona 4.29 15.81 3.64 58 Arizona St. 1.50 4.64 1.23 61 UCLA 0.69 0.22 0.47 72 California -0.50 -28.64 -1.75 78 Colorado -1.71 -43.34 -3.28 119 Oregon St. -17.27 -97.24 -16.33 SBC 49 Arkansas St. 3.68 15.15 3.20 52 Troy 2.90 18.73 2.86 69 Appalachian State -1.20 -8.11 -1.20 92 LA Monroe -6.04 -56.77 -6.84 94 New Mexico St. -10.31 -15.79 -7.65 97 Georgia State -9.06 -38.09 -7.93 110 Georgia Southern -12.62 -84.90 -12.61 111 Idaho -12.81 -84.19 -12.71 112 Coastal Carolina -13.11 -85.40 -12.97 116 South Alabama -14.82 -122.37 -15.94 118 LA Lafayette -15.41 -119.77 -16.20 120 Texas St. -17.71 -103.73 -16.94 SEC 2 Alabama 29.33 233.84 31.13 3 Auburn 27.24 210.87 28.60 4 Georgia 25.47 165.84 25.19 12 Mississippi St. 16.16 129.77 17.20 26 LSU 7.57 94.71 9.73 38 Texas A&M 6.59 53.11 7.02 44 Missouri 5.58 15.44 4.48 63 South Carolina 3.07 -38.64 0.13 76 Florida -2.16 -24.23 -2.64 77 Mississippi -4.20 -4.58 -3.03 82 Kentucky -0.76 -76.11 -4.27 89 Arkansas -6.29 -21.20 -5.24 101 Tennessee -7.23 -83.28 -8.94 108 Vanderbilt -10.11 -95.36 -11.46
  16. 2 points
    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 the rankings in 16th. A look at Miami's week-to-week scores shows that while DUSHEE has been really impressed by the Canes the last two weeks, the first half of the season was a bit underwhelming. Tol @ Duke @ FSU GaTech Syr @ UNC VaTech ND 33.38 25.13 -3.25 7.43 5.75 -6.22 37.75 55.89 269.00 56.63 -123.13 -92.86 126.75 -122.22 265.13 232.56 35.45 19.53 -8.21 0.40 10.05 -10.15 38.18 48.67 The four game stretch from Florida State to North Carolina, Miami was very mediocre, despite going 4-0. They beat a bad Seminoles team by 4, getting outgained by 69, then beat a decent Georgia Tech team by 1 while getting outgained by 216, beat an average Syracuse team by 8, then beat a pretty bad North Carolina team by 5 while also getting outgained. It is this 4-game stretch that has Miami so far back in the rankings, despite how dominant they've looked the last two weeks. TCU Week-to-Week The Frogs only fell one spot to 13th. @ Ark SMU @ OkSt WVU @ KSU Kan @ ISU Tex @ OU 8.50 26.25 32.00 14.75 26.63 18.38 2.13 27.78 -1.22 25.13 178.50 145.00 -46.88 119.13 399.50 65.63 135.00 87.00 6.90 26.26 28.45 7.53 23.60 31.86 4.64 25.14 3.45 As we discussed last week, there seem to be two very discrete TCU teams this year, a slightly above average one and a really very good one. We got the slightly above average team Saturday night. Which, as we all know, made for a rough night. And we've been the slightly above average team two of the last 3 weeks. TCU's Next Opponent Week-to-Week: Technological Fortunately, slightly above average is probably enough to beat our next opponent, Texas Tech. Tech has been squarely average since Week 7. The Matadors are coming off of a streak of mediocre performances, beating an awful Baylor team by two scores, but getting outgained by almost 200 yards in the process. ASU @ Hou OkSt @ Kan @ WVU ISU @ OU KSU # Bay 5.56 10.29 9.78 21.75 -5.50 -10.25 -5.67 -3.75 2.88 105.78 129.14 -55.00 120.50 199.50 -64.88 8.11 51.63 -269.63 8.90 13.20 3.82 20.41 6.12 -10.02 -3.38 0.03 -11.32 Week 11 Top Performances 53.68 Ohio State vs. Michigan State (+45 Point Margin, +329 Yardage Margin) 53.57 Auburn vs. Georgia (+23 PM, +258 YM) 48.67 Miami vs. Notre Dame (+33 PM, +113 YM) Week 11 Bottom Performances -52.00 San Jose State at Nevada (-45 PM, -139 YM) -49.07 New Mexico at Texas A&M (-41 PM, -418 YM) -40.87 Tennessee at Missouri (-33 PM, -374 YM) Conference Rankings B10 6.97 B12 6.07 ACC 6.06 SEC 5.85 P12 4.13 AAC -0.41 MWC -6.50 MAC -8.21 CUSA -8.27 SBC -9.47 Overall Rankings Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St. 27.76 264.33 31.48 1 1.44 2 Alabama 29.43 233.05 31.06 -1 -0.74 3 Auburn 25.86 208.37 27.46 7 4.65 4 Oklahoma 22.35 220.59 25.73 3 0.74 5 Penn St. 28.06 135.85 25.37 -1 -2.40 6 Georgia 24.77 158.77 24.31 -3 -4.70 7 Clemson 21.66 193.84 23.96 -1 -1.59 8 Oklahoma St. 20.25 193.03 22.97 1 -1.24 9 Wisconsin 22.49 159.92 22.84 2 1.68 10 Notre Dame 22.80 139.00 22.02 -5 -5.48 11 UCF 22.48 140.74 21.90 -3 -2.69 12 Mississippi St. 18.33 138.69 19.03 3 0.93 13 TCU 17.24 123.11 17.54 -1 -2.56 14 Washington 18.98 97.16 17.42 -1 -2.56 15 Virginia Tech 16.83 116.40 16.93 -1 -1.38 16 Miami (FL) 19.48 76.48 16.74 2 2.62 17 USC 13.82 117.56 14.98 -1 -1.16 18 Georgia Tech 9.36 149.25 13.57 6 2.31 19 Washington St. 9.96 140.35 13.53 1 0.17 20 Michigan 10.05 111.68 12.18 -1 -1.84 21 South Florida 9.22 112.21 11.65 5 0.60 22 Iowa 16.47 7.85 11.36 -1 -1.94 23 LSU 7.36 123.46 10.96 2 -0.27 24 Iowa St. 13.88 33.97 10.92 -1 -0.56 25 Michigan St. 8.23 108.56 10.81 -8 -3.76 26 Boise St. 11.21 61.49 10.49 1 0.47 27 Stanford 12.95 33.63 10.29 7 2.32 28 Memphis 12.47 33.93 9.98 1 0.24 29 N.C. State 8.27 85.01 9.68 -7 -1.92 30 Wake Forest 9.73 60.59 9.46 2 1.28 31 San Diego St. 7.45 83.06 9.04 0 0.39 32 Florida Atlantic 12.54 13.37 9.01 5 1.32 33 Purdue 8.19 50.63 7.94 2 0.06 34 West Virginia 6.61 64.96 7.59 -1 -0.40 35 Arizona 7.60 44.72 7.26 1 -0.59 36 Toledo 7.32 47.55 7.22 -6 -2.34 37 Texas A&M 6.00 51.33 6.52 11 3.41 38 Texas 6.84 39.10 6.48 -10 -3.46 39 Navy 5.74 49.81 6.27 5 1.27 40 Boston Coll. 6.27 26.88 5.50 -1 -0.94 41 Ohio 6.53 17.28 5.20 19 5.11 42 Louisville 0.88 91.50 5.08 7 2.27 43 SMU 6.57 13.47 5.04 -5 -1.62 44 Northwestern 6.44 13.15 4.94 -2 -0.21 45 Northern Illinois 3.77 29.90 3.98 2 0.81 46 Missouri 4.35 19.90 3.88 10 2.60 47 Syracuse 0.65 66.01 3.67 -7 -1.89 48 Fresno St. 2.55 36.43 3.49 -2 -0.41 49 Texas Tech 2.79 25.02 3.09 -8 -2.17 50 Utah 1.56 40.48 3.03 1 1.29 51 Arizona St. 2.69 10.98 2.33 -6 -2.00 52 Marshall 2.21 14.95 2.21 5 1.16 53 Troy 1.78 12.58 1.81 8 1.99 54 Oregon -0.03 33.35 1.62 -4 -0.84 55 Florida St. 0.55 22.18 1.46 -1 -0.05 56 Arkansas St. 3.11 -16.15 1.28 -13 -3.79 57 Houston 2.78 -12.51 1.24 1 0.57 58 Minnesota 2.74 -14.91 1.10 5 1.77 59 East. Michigan 1.36 1.26 0.97 -7 -0.64 60 Indiana -1.60 36.46 0.73 -5 -0.72 61 Army 1.44 -4.96 0.72 1 1.07 62 Colorado St. -0.17 13.54 0.55 -3 -0.01 63 UT-San Antonio -3.49 42.22 -0.26 4 1.41 64 UCLA 0.73 -16.17 -0.30 0 0.49 65 South Carolina 2.63 -46.28 -0.52 0 0.90 66 Nebraska -2.19 7.63 -1.08 -13 -2.61 67 Appalachian State -2.09 -9.28 -1.85 -1 -0.23 68 California -1.30 -25.48 -2.11 1 0.17 69 North Texas -3.20 0.02 -2.13 4 0.65 70 Temple -3.76 -1.93 -2.60 -2 -0.52 71 Cent. Michigan -3.42 -10.63 -2.80 10 1.88 72 Duke -2.64 -21.70 -2.82 3 0.25 73 Mississippi -3.92 -5.41 -2.88 16 3.09 74 Colorado -1.57 -40.51 -3.04 0 -0.07 75 Southern Miss -6.83 29.51 -3.10 -3 -0.37 76 W. Michigan -0.96 -53.79 -3.28 -5 -0.84 77 Kansas St. 1.18 -88.45 -3.56 -1 -0.25 78 Air Force -5.08 -6.45 -3.71 1 0.11 79 Buffalo -2.18 -52.52 -4.03 14 2.43 80 Cincinnati -6.54 4.80 -4.12 -3 -0.80 81 Pittsburgh -4.37 -27.15 -4.24 -11 -1.83 82 Virginia -5.93 -10.41 -4.46 -4 -1.10 83 Louisiana Tech -5.09 -25.85 -4.66 0 0.57 84 Kentucky -0.75 -84.94 -4.67 8 1.67 85 Miami (OH) -7.22 0.11 -4.81 2 0.79 86 UAB -4.91 -35.86 -5.03 9 2.67 87 Wyoming 0.24 -112.08 -5.34 -7 -1.08 88 Massachusetts -8.20 -4.41 -5.68 0 0.20 89 Arkansas -7.83 -13.99 -5.91 -3 -0.52 90 Middle Tenn. St. -7.56 -18.62 -5.96 0 0.18 91 Tulane -4.29 -66.24 -6.11 -9 -0.92 92 Maryland -5.41 -54.24 -6.27 4 1.54 93 Florida -5.90 -49.94 -6.38 -2 -0.06 94 Florida Intl. -7.16 -35.26 -6.50 -10 -1.27 95 Baylor -9.32 -18.63 -7.13 2 0.75 96 New Mexico St. -10.34 -5.54 -7.16 -2 -0.28 97 LA Monroe -6.75 -59.94 -7.44 2 0.53 98 Georgia State -8.97 -35.58 -7.72 4 1.00 99 Utah St. -5.28 -102.96 -8.57 2 -0.09 100 UNLV -8.20 -71.12 -8.96 -2 -1.00 101 North Carolina -8.50 -80.35 -9.61 3 -0.12 102 South Alabama -8.58 -80.83 -9.68 8 3.43 103 Tennessee -6.89 -103.76 -9.69 -18 -4.37 104 Rutgers -7.71 -113.12 -10.69 2 0.19 105 Nevada -8.49 -108.75 -11.00 3 1.09 106 Vanderbilt -8.78 -109.52 -11.23 -3 -1.90 107 West. Kentucky -11.84 -76.77 -11.66 4 2.22 108 Tulsa -8.07 -131.69 -11.85 -3 -1.27 109 Idaho -12.14 -84.85 -12.26 3 1.73 110 New Mexico -15.12 -55.43 -12.80 -10 -4.41 111 Illinois -12.26 -101.07 -13.13 -4 -1.39 112 Coastal Carolina -13.60 -84.36 -13.21 -3 -0.10 113 BYU -13.74 -104.63 -14.30 2 2.02 114 Akron -8.83 -177.10 -14.58 -1 -0.30 115 Hawaii -17.00 -76.31 -15.08 1 1.76 116 Oregon St. -16.38 -92.14 -15.44 -2 -0.74 117 Old Dominion -14.80 -114.97 -15.51 1 2.28 118 Texas St. -18.99 -91.26 -17.14 -1 0.55 119 Connecticut -15.33 -146.65 -17.42 4 3.50 120 Bowling Green -16.04 -157.35 -18.41 0 0.89 121 East Carolina -19.18 -124.19 -18.88 0 0.44 122 LA Lafayette -18.24 -151.65 -19.60 -3 -1.33 123 Georgia Southern -20.58 -141.88 -20.68 -1 0.07 124 UNC-Charlotte -19.72 -153.77 -20.69 0 0.97 125 Rice -24.75 -127.90 -22.78 0 1.41 126 Kansas -24.81 -129.78 -22.91 0 2.59 127 Kent St. -25.60 -174.95 -25.65 1 2.27 128 Ball St. -30.01 -141.02 -26.93 -1 -1.04 129 UTEP -27.53 -210.47 -28.68 0 -0.51 130 San Jose St. -35.86 -248.99 -36.13 0 -1.32 By Conference AAC 11 UCF 22.48 140.74 21.90 21 South Florida 9.22 112.21 11.65 28 Memphis 12.47 33.93 9.98 39 Navy 5.74 49.81 6.27 43 SMU 6.57 13.47 5.04 57 Houston 2.78 -12.51 1.24 70 Temple -3.76 -1.93 -2.60 80 Cincinnati -6.54 4.80 -4.12 91 Tulane -4.29 -66.24 -6.11 108 Tulsa -8.07 -131.69 -11.85 119 Connecticut -15.33 -146.65 -17.42 121 East Carolina -19.18 -124.19 -18.88 ACC 7 Clemson 21.66 193.84 23.96 15 Virginia Tech 16.83 116.40 16.93 16 Miami (FL) 19.48 76.48 16.74 18 Georgia Tech 9.36 149.25 13.57 29 N.C. State 8.27 85.01 9.68 30 Wake Forest 9.73 60.59 9.46 40 Boston Coll. 6.27 26.88 5.50 42 Louisville 0.88 91.50 5.08 47 Syracuse 0.65 66.01 3.67 55 Florida St. 0.55 22.18 1.46 72 Duke -2.64 -21.70 -2.82 81 Pittsburgh -4.37 -27.15 -4.24 82 Virginia -5.93 -10.41 -4.46 101 North Carolina -8.50 -80.35 -9.61 B1G 1 Ohio St. 27.76 264.33 31.48 5 Penn St. 28.06 135.85 25.37 9 Wisconsin 22.49 159.92 22.84 20 Michigan 10.05 111.68 12.18 22 Iowa 16.47 7.85 11.36 25 Michigan St. 8.23 108.56 10.81 33 Purdue 8.19 50.63 7.94 44 Northwestern 6.44 13.15 4.94 58 Minnesota 2.74 -14.91 1.10 60 Indiana -1.60 36.46 0.73 66 Nebraska -2.19 7.63 -1.08 92 Maryland -5.41 -54.24 -6.27 104 Rutgers -7.71 -113.12 -10.69 111 Illinois -12.26 -101.07 -13.13 BXII-II 4 Oklahoma 22.35 220.59 25.73 8 Oklahoma St. 20.25 193.03 22.97 13 TCU 17.24 123.11 17.54 24 Iowa St. 13.88 33.97 10.92 34 West Virginia 6.61 64.96 7.59 38 Texas 6.84 39.10 6.48 49 Texas Tech 2.79 25.02 3.09 77 Kansas St. 1.18 -88.45 -3.56 95 Baylor -9.32 -18.63 -7.13 126 Kansas -24.81 -129.78 -22.91 CUSA 32 Florida Atlantic 12.54 13.37 9.01 52 Marshall 2.21 14.95 2.21 63 UT-San Antonio -3.49 42.22 -0.26 69 North Texas -3.20 0.02 -2.13 75 Southern Miss -6.83 29.51 -3.10 83 Louisiana Tech -5.09 -25.85 -4.66 86 UAB -4.91 -35.86 -5.03 90 Middle Tenn. St. -7.56 -18.62 -5.96 94 Florida Intl. -7.16 -35.26 -6.50 107 West. Kentucky -11.84 -76.77 -11.66 117 Old Dominion -14.80 -114.97 -15.51 124 UNC-Charlotte -19.72 -153.77 -20.69 125 Rice -24.75 -127.90 -22.78 129 UTEP -27.53 -210.47 -28.68 Indies 10 Notre Dame 22.80 139.00 22.02 61 Army 1.44 -4.96 0.72 88 Massachusetts -8.20 -4.41 -5.68 113 BYU -13.74 -104.63 -14.30 MAC 36 Toledo 7.32 47.55 7.22 41 Ohio 6.53 17.28 5.20 45 Northern Illinois 3.77 29.90 3.98 59 East. Michigan 1.36 1.26 0.97 71 Cent. Michigan -3.42 -10.63 -2.80 76 W. Michigan -0.96 -53.79 -3.28 79 Buffalo -2.18 -52.52 -4.03 85 Miami (OH) -7.22 0.11 -4.81 114 Akron -8.83 -177.10 -14.58 120 Bowling Green -16.04 -157.35 -18.41 127 Kent St. -25.60 -174.95 -25.65 128 Ball St. -30.01 -141.02 -26.93 MWC 26 Boise St. 11.21 61.49 10.49 31 San Diego St. 7.45 83.06 9.04 48 Fresno St. 2.55 36.43 3.49 62 Colorado St. -0.17 13.54 0.55 78 Air Force -5.08 -6.45 -3.71 87 Wyoming 0.24 -112.08 -5.34 99 Utah St. -5.28 -102.96 -8.57 100 UNLV -8.20 -71.12 -8.96 105 Nevada -8.49 -108.75 -11.00 110 New Mexico -15.12 -55.43 -12.80 115 Hawaii -17.00 -76.31 -15.08 130 San Jose St. -35.86 -248.99 -36.13 P12 14 Washington 18.98 97.16 17.42 17 USC 13.82 117.56 14.98 19 Washington St. 9.96 140.35 13.53 27 Stanford 12.95 33.63 10.29 35 Arizona 7.60 44.72 7.26 50 Utah 1.56 40.48 3.03 51 Arizona St. 2.69 10.98 2.33 54 Oregon -0.03 33.35 1.62 64 UCLA 0.73 -16.17 -0.30 68 California -1.30 -25.48 -2.11 74 Colorado -1.57 -40.51 -3.04 116 Oregon St. -16.38 -92.14 -15.44 SBC 53 Troy 1.78 12.58 1.81 56 Arkansas St. 3.11 -16.15 1.28 67 Appalachian State -2.09 -9.28 -1.85 96 New Mexico St. -10.34 -5.54 -7.16 97 LA Monroe -6.75 -59.94 -7.44 98 Georgia State -8.97 -35.58 -7.72 102 South Alabama -8.58 -80.83 -9.68 109 Idaho -12.14 -84.85 -12.26 112 Coastal Carolina -13.60 -84.36 -13.21 118 Texas St. -18.99 -91.26 -17.14 122 LA Lafayette -18.24 -151.65 -19.60 123 Georgia Southern -20.58 -141.88 -20.68 SEC 2 Alabama 29.43 233.05 31.06 3 Auburn 25.86 208.37 27.46 6 Georgia 24.77 158.77 24.31 12 Mississippi St. 18.33 138.69 19.03 23 LSU 7.36 123.46 10.96 37 Texas A&M 6.00 51.33 6.52 46 Missouri 4.35 19.90 3.88 65 South Carolina 2.63 -46.28 -0.52 73 Mississippi -3.92 -5.41 -2.88 84 Kentucky -0.75 -84.94 -4.67 89 Arkansas -7.83 -13.99 -5.91 93 Florida -5.90 -49.94 -6.38 103 Tennessee -6.89 -103.76 -9.69 106 Vanderbilt -8.78 -109.52 -11.23
  17. 2 points
    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 have been accumulated that it is just difficult statistically to move a lot at the top and bottom of the polls. The Iowa game constitutes 1/9th of Ohio State's schedule at this point, and that share will shrink with each additional game played. Frogs Week-to-Week The Frogs stood pat at 12. At this point in the season, it appears that there are two distinct TCU teams. There is the very good TCU team that scores around four TDs better that the average FBS team. That team showed up Saturday against Texas and is the team that beat SMU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Kansas. Then there is the TCU team that is about one TD better than average. That team beat Arkansas and West Virginia but lost to Iowa State. As usual, the rows in the week-to-week tables are Opponent, Point Differential, Yardage Differential, and DUSHEE Score. @ Ark SMU @ OkSt WVU @ KSU Kan @ ISU Tex 10.00 27.57 33.50 15.14 28.29 17.00 4.43 27.25 29.14 200.71 163.38 -61.86 133.43 388.57 72.00 141.00 8.09 28.16 30.29 7.08 25.36 30.27 6.46 25.04 Frogs Next Opponent Week-to-Week (Oklahoma) Oklahoma's season had been a little less binary than TCU's. They started red hot, averaging 40 points above average against UTEP, Ohio State, and Tulane. Then the Sooners hit a 4-game mid season lull where they were average to slightly above average for Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and Kansas State. The last two weeks, the Sooners appear to be rolling again, close to early season form. DUSHEE has Oklahoma as a 7.7 point favorite at home (pretty close to the Vegas spread), based on the typical performance for each team. However, if the good TCU team shows up (27.8 DUSHEE Score in 5 games) and Oklahoma returns to its mid-season lull form (10.0 in 4 games), the Frogs beat the Sooners by two TDs. If the Sooners continue to roll at their current level (37.0 in 5 games) and the barely above average TCU team puts on the road whites (7.2 in 3 games), then it will be an ugly day in Norman next Saturday evening. UTEP @ OhSt Tulane @ Bay ISU # Tex @ KSU Ttech @ OkSt 27.25 41.00 40.00 -3.57 4.43 13.75 13.43 23.86 30.13 308.88 412.38 279.00 25.57 85.71 156.75 165.43 238.43 340.00 33.22 47.43 40.26 -1.14 7.13 16.80 17.01 27.52 36.65 Top 3 Performances of the Week 58.05 Iowa vs. Ohio State (+31 Point Margin, +115 Yardage Margin) 42.47 Miami vs. Virginia Tech (+18 PM, +131 YM) 36.65 Oklahoma at Oklahoma St. (+10 PM, +124 YM) Bottom 3 Performances of the Week -46.58 San Jose St. vs. San Diego St. (-45 PM, -448 YM) -45.72 Kent St. vs. Bowling Green (-28 PM, -141 YM) -44.47 Kansas at Baylor (-29 PM, -166 YM) Conference Rankings B10 7.56 B12 6.73 ACC 6.21 SEC 5.52 P12 4.42 AAC -0.31 MWC -6.13 CUSA -9.17 MAC -9.24 SBC -9.77 Overall Rankings Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Alabama 30.55 234.71 31.80 1 -1.58 2 Ohio St. 26.79 250.01 30.04 -1 -7.06 3 Georgia 29.31 194.34 29.01 1 -0.94 4 Penn St. 29.74 163.22 27.78 -1 -3.60 5 Notre Dame 28.43 175.32 27.49 1 -1.75 6 Clemson 23.33 205.18 25.55 -1 -4.11 7 Oklahoma 21.14 223.57 24.99 1 0.20 8 UCF 24.86 164.49 24.59 1 -0.13 9 Oklahoma St. 20.77 212.79 24.22 -2 -1.90 10 Auburn 21.87 169.09 22.82 0 0.03 11 Wisconsin 21.24 143.61 21.16 2 0.63 12 TCU 20.40 133.30 20.09 0 -0.59 13 Washington 21.27 118.96 19.98 2 2.09 14 Virginia Tech 18.17 127.15 18.31 -3 -3.90 15 Mississippi St. 17.22 135.88 18.10 -1 -2.02 16 USC 14.38 134.49 16.14 1 1.95 17 Michigan St. 11.71 138.87 14.58 2 1.64 18 Miami (FL) 16.05 70.27 14.12 8 4.22 19 Michigan 10.47 144.63 14.02 2 1.55 20 Washington St. 9.05 150.40 13.36 0 0.48 21 Iowa 17.97 27.19 13.30 8 4.21 22 N.C. State 10.09 100.08 11.60 2 0.42 23 Iowa St. 15.11 28.93 11.48 -7 -2.89 24 Georgia Tech 7.04 134.74 11.26 -6 -2.11 25 LSU 6.72 138.72 11.24 2 1.87 26 South Florida 8.82 106.12 11.05 -4 -0.40 27 Boise St. 10.51 61.81 10.02 4 1.41 28 Texas 10.47 60.60 9.94 -5 -1.43 29 Memphis 12.37 30.66 9.74 -1 0.49 30 Toledo 9.06 72.10 9.56 4 1.49 31 San Diego St. 7.44 75.76 8.65 5 1.15 32 Wake Forest 8.85 46.84 8.18 -2 -0.53 33 West Virginia 7.01 68.05 7.99 5 1.33 34 Stanford 10.77 16.07 7.96 -2 -0.46 35 Purdue 9.00 38.82 7.89 2 0.66 36 Arizona 9.06 37.06 7.85 -11 -2.62 37 Florida Atlantic 10.04 20.53 7.69 4 1.41 38 SMU 7.99 27.34 6.66 5 1.95 39 Boston Coll. 7.23 33.27 6.44 -6 -1.64 40 Syracuse 1.99 86.94 5.56 0 -0.79 41 Texas Tech 3.24 63.55 5.26 -2 -1.28 42 Northwestern 6.14 21.68 5.15 4 0.98 43 Arkansas St. 7.49 1.60 5.07 2 0.59 44 Navy 5.03 33.89 5.00 -9 -3.04 45 Arizona St. 4.91 21.66 4.33 8 1.75 46 Fresno St. 3.53 31.70 3.90 -4 -2.19 47 Northern Illinois 2.81 26.76 3.17 9 2.23 48 Texas A&M 3.93 9.89 3.10 0 -0.95 49 Louisville -1.04 71.80 2.81 1 -0.38 50 Oregon 0.76 40.00 2.46 -1 -1.35 51 Utah 1.38 16.79 1.74 16 2.93 52 East. Michigan 2.52 -1.54 1.61 10 2.26 53 Nebraska 0.78 20.78 1.53 -6 -2.55 54 Florida St. 0.37 25.85 1.51 -3 -1.31 55 Indiana -1.05 44.05 1.44 -1 -1.05 56 Missouri 2.54 -8.67 1.27 9 2.43 57 Marshall 0.58 13.50 1.05 7 1.96 58 Houston 1.84 -11.59 0.66 -6 -2.03 59 Colorado St. -0.68 20.74 0.56 -4 -1.17 60 Ohio 2.12 -27.08 0.09 12 3.33 61 Troy -0.57 3.93 -0.19 -2 -0.03 62 Army 0.64 -15.98 -0.35 13 3.21 63 Minnesota 0.68 -23.15 -0.68 -6 -0.73 64 UCLA 0.21 -19.33 -0.80 -20 -5.36 65 South Carolina 3.19 -72.79 -1.42 15 2.70 66 Appalachian State -1.70 -9.86 -1.61 -8 -1.66 67 UT-San Antonio -5.07 35.22 -1.67 -4 -0.81 68 Temple -3.31 2.70 -2.08 13 2.54 69 California -1.61 -24.82 -2.28 -1 -0.71 70 Pittsburgh -2.60 -13.91 -2.41 -4 -1.25 71 W. Michigan -0.37 -44.90 -2.44 0 -0.37 72 Southern Miss -5.98 25.82 -2.73 -12 -2.32 73 North Texas -4.55 5.05 -2.79 5 1.15 74 Colorado -1.05 -46.46 -2.96 -13 -2.38 75 Duke -2.97 -22.50 -3.07 -1 0.47 76 Kansas St. 1.33 -86.17 -3.31 6 1.51 77 Cincinnati -5.88 12.10 -3.33 -8 -1.31 78 Virginia -4.98 -0.94 -3.36 6 1.95 79 Air Force -4.77 -13.00 -3.81 -9 -1.77 80 Wyoming 0.09 -88.75 -4.26 7 1.82 81 Cent. Michigan -5.79 -16.86 -4.68 7 1.58 82 Tulane -2.89 -66.94 -5.19 -6 -1.54 83 Louisiana Tech -4.50 -45.67 -5.23 -4 -1.12 84 Florida Intl. -5.52 -31.83 -5.23 19 4.73 85 Tennessee -3.17 -65.67 -5.32 1 0.40 86 Arkansas -6.41 -22.81 -5.39 -3 -0.20 87 Miami (OH) -8.32 -0.93 -5.59 4 1.61 88 Massachusetts -8.65 -2.28 -5.88 10 2.86 89 Mississippi -7.00 -26.81 -5.97 3 1.45 90 Middle Tenn. St. -8.11 -15.04 -6.14 7 2.52 91 Florida -7.02 -33.77 -6.33 -14 -2.63 92 Kentucky -2.78 -92.11 -6.34 -3 -0.01 93 Buffalo -4.08 -76.86 -6.46 -8 -0.76 94 New Mexico St. -10.18 -1.95 -6.88 2 1.44 95 UAB -7.62 -53.86 -7.71 6 1.72 96 Maryland -5.18 -89.29 -7.81 -23 -4.45 97 Baylor -8.46 -45.85 -7.87 -4 -0.19 98 UNLV -6.37 -76.22 -7.96 -3 -0.06 99 LA Monroe -7.26 -64.35 -7.98 8 3.27 100 New Mexico -11.87 -9.95 -8.40 -6 -0.60 101 Utah St. -5.21 -102.86 -8.48 -1 0.85 102 Georgia State -9.01 -55.68 -8.72 -12 -1.98 103 Vanderbilt -6.43 -103.53 -9.33 6 3.05 104 North Carolina -8.96 -72.15 -9.49 -2 0.06 105 Tulsa -6.93 -122.23 -10.58 -6 -1.63 106 Rutgers -7.08 -126.59 -10.88 -1 -0.27 107 Illinois -10.69 -94.77 -11.74 -3 -1.20 108 Nevada -10.58 -103.43 -12.09 -2 -1.05 109 Coastal Carolina -13.13 -89.47 -13.11 1 -0.72 110 South Alabama -12.35 -100.21 -13.11 2 -0.31 111 West. Kentucky -13.46 -100.77 -13.88 -3 -1.85 112 Idaho -13.71 -99.48 -13.99 4 3.95 113 Akron -7.87 -185.30 -14.27 0 -0.33 114 Oregon St. -16.66 -73.79 -14.70 -3 -2.01 115 BYU -16.31 -111.74 -16.32 3 3.08 116 Hawaii -19.42 -79.90 -16.84 -2 0.34 117 Texas St. -20.35 -84.60 -17.69 0 1.47 118 Old Dominion -17.98 -119.19 -17.80 -3 -0.29 119 LA Lafayette -16.66 -147.22 -18.28 0 1.65 120 Bowling Green -17.63 -155.03 -19.31 1 2.84 121 East Carolina -20.12 -121.31 -19.33 -1 0.61 122 Georgia Southern -21.13 -136.73 -20.75 1 1.80 123 Connecticut -18.35 -178.21 -20.91 5 4.38 124 UNC-Charlotte -20.15 -168.71 -21.66 -2 0.53 125 Rice -25.96 -141.19 -24.19 2 0.94 126 Kansas -27.04 -153.34 -25.49 -2 -2.40 127 Ball St. -28.71 -138.59 -25.89 -1 -1.15 128 Kent St. -27.73 -193.61 -27.92 -3 -3.38 129 UTEP -26.76 -212.05 -28.17 0 -1.58 130 San Jose St. -34.01 -248.96 -34.80 0 -0.15 By Conference AAC 8 UCF 24.86 164.49 24.59 26 South Florida 8.82 106.12 11.05 29 Memphis 12.37 30.66 9.74 38 SMU 7.99 27.34 6.66 44 Navy 5.03 33.89 5.00 58 Houston 1.84 -11.59 0.66 68 Temple -3.31 2.70 -2.08 77 Cincinnati -5.88 12.10 -3.33 82 Tulane -2.89 -66.94 -5.19 105 Tulsa -6.93 -122.23 -10.58 121 East Carolina -20.12 -121.31 -19.33 123 Connecticut -18.35 -178.21 -20.91 ACC 6 Clemson 23.33 205.18 25.55 14 Virginia Tech 18.17 127.15 18.31 18 Miami (FL) 16.05 70.27 14.12 22 N.C. State 10.09 100.08 11.60 24 Georgia Tech 7.04 134.74 11.26 32 Wake Forest 8.85 46.84 8.18 39 Boston Coll. 7.23 33.27 6.44 40 Syracuse 1.99 86.94 5.56 49 Louisville -1.04 71.80 2.81 54 Florida St. 0.37 25.85 1.51 70 Pittsburgh -2.60 -13.91 -2.41 75 Duke -2.97 -22.50 -3.07 78 Virginia -4.98 -0.94 -3.36 104 North Carolina -8.96 -72.15 -9.49 B1G 2 Ohio St. 26.79 250.01 30.04 4 Penn St. 29.74 163.22 27.78 11 Wisconsin 21.24 143.61 21.16 17 Michigan St. 11.71 138.87 14.58 19 Michigan 10.47 144.63 14.02 21 Iowa 17.97 27.19 13.30 35 Purdue 9.00 38.82 7.89 42 Northwestern 6.14 21.68 5.15 53 Nebraska 0.78 20.78 1.53 55 Indiana -1.05 44.05 1.44 63 Minnesota 0.68 -23.15 -0.68 96 Maryland -5.18 -89.29 -7.81 106 Rutgers -7.08 -126.59 -10.88 107 Illinois -10.69 -94.77 -11.74 BXII-II 7 Oklahoma 21.14 223.57 24.99 9 Oklahoma St. 20.77 212.79 24.22 12 TCU 20.40 133.30 20.09 23 Iowa St. 15.11 28.93 11.48 28 Texas 10.47 60.60 9.94 33 West Virginia 7.01 68.05 7.99 41 Texas Tech 3.24 63.55 5.26 76 Kansas St. 1.33 -86.17 -3.31 97 Baylor -8.46 -45.85 -7.87 126 Kansas -27.04 -153.34 -25.49 CUSA 37 Florida Atlantic 10.04 20.53 7.69 57 Marshall 0.58 13.50 1.05 67 UT-San Antonio -5.07 35.22 -1.67 72 Southern Miss -5.98 25.82 -2.73 73 North Texas -4.55 5.05 -2.79 83 Louisiana Tech -4.50 -45.67 -5.23 84 Florida Intl. -5.52 -31.83 -5.23 90 Middle Tenn. St. -8.11 -15.04 -6.14 95 UAB -7.62 -53.86 -7.71 111 West. Kentucky -13.46 -100.77 -13.88 118 Old Dominion -17.98 -119.19 -17.80 124 UNC-Charlotte -20.15 -168.71 -21.66 125 Rice -25.96 -141.19 -24.19 129 UTEP -26.76 -212.05 -28.17 Indies 5 Notre Dame 28.43 175.32 27.49 62 Army 0.64 -15.98 -0.35 88 Massachusetts -8.65 -2.28 -5.88 115 BYU -16.31 -111.74 -16.32 MAC 30 Toledo 9.06 72.10 9.56 47 Northern Illinois 2.81 26.76 3.17 52 East. Michigan 2.52 -1.54 1.61 60 Ohio 2.12 -27.08 0.09 71 W. Michigan -0.37 -44.90 -2.44 81 Cent. Michigan -5.79 -16.86 -4.68 87 Miami (OH) -8.32 -0.93 -5.59 93 Buffalo -4.08 -76.86 -6.46 113 Akron -7.87 -185.30 -14.27 120 Bowling Green -17.63 -155.03 -19.31 127 Ball St. -28.71 -138.59 -25.89 128 Kent St. -27.73 -193.61 -27.92 MWC 27 Boise St. 10.51 61.81 10.02 31 San Diego St. 7.44 75.76 8.65 46 Fresno St. 3.53 31.70 3.90 59 Colorado St. -0.68 20.74 0.56 79 Air Force -4.77 -13.00 -3.81 80 Wyoming 0.09 -88.75 -4.26 98 UNLV -6.37 -76.22 -7.96 100 New Mexico -11.87 -9.95 -8.40 101 Utah St. -5.21 -102.86 -8.48 108 Nevada -10.58 -103.43 -12.09 116 Hawaii -19.42 -79.90 -16.84 130 San Jose St. -34.01 -248.96 -34.80 P12 13 Washington 21.27 118.96 19.98 16 USC 14.38 134.49 16.14 20 Washington St. 9.05 150.40 13.36 34 Stanford 10.77 16.07 7.96 36 Arizona 9.06 37.06 7.85 45 Arizona St. 4.91 21.66 4.33 50 Oregon 0.76 40.00 2.46 51 Utah 1.38 16.79 1.74 64 UCLA 0.21 -19.33 -0.80 69 California -1.61 -24.82 -2.28 74 Colorado -1.05 -46.46 -2.96 114 Oregon St. -16.66 -73.79 -14.70 SBC 43 Arkansas St. 7.49 1.60 5.07 61 Troy -0.57 3.93 -0.19 66 Appalachian State -1.70 -9.86 -1.61 94 New Mexico St. -10.18 -1.95 -6.88 99 LA Monroe -7.26 -64.35 -7.98 102 Georgia State -9.01 -55.68 -8.72 109 Coastal Carolina -13.13 -89.47 -13.11 110 South Alabama -12.35 -100.21 -13.11 112 Idaho -13.71 -99.48 -13.99 117 Texas St. -20.35 -84.60 -17.69 119 LA Lafayette -16.66 -147.22 -18.28 122 Georgia Southern -21.13 -136.73 -20.75 SEC 1 Alabama 30.55 234.71 31.80 3 Georgia 29.31 194.34 29.01 10 Auburn 21.87 169.09 22.82 15 Mississippi St. 17.22 135.88 18.10 25 LSU 6.72 138.72 11.24 48 Texas A&M 3.93 9.89 3.10 56 Missouri 2.54 -8.67 1.27 65 South Carolina 3.19 -72.79 -1.42 85 Tennessee -3.17 -65.67 -5.32 86 Arkansas -6.41 -22.81 -5.39 89 Mississippi -7.00 -26.81 -5.97 91 Florida -7.02 -33.77 -6.33 92 Kentucky -2.78 -92.11 -6.34 103 Vanderbilt -6.43 -103.53 -9.33
  18. 2 points
    She stands tall and fair and impossible to overlook in the Managua airport’s duty free shop. Her ash-blond hair and heaven-blue eyes cause more than one head to glance a second, a third time in her direction. Her name is Evelina. She’s 18 and Nicaraguan, but bears only latent genes from her tropics-born mother. Instead her features carry the memory of her East German father, long-returned to his homeland. Perhaps her delicate cheek bones and milky complexion are the only memories her mother has of her lover, one of hundreds of military advisors whose tour of duty brought them to this hot and dusty outpost. Evelina is a woman-child born of a brief union between a soldier chilled by loneliness and a woman burning with a desire to escape a nation destroyed by war and political intrigue. Her hair is pulled back and fastened with a black bow, exposing her ears and throat, emphasizing her whiteness next to her light bronze coworkers. She is tall and slim, nearly a head taller than her Latin companions, an especially beautiful flower standing a bit more lovely than the others in their little garden. Evelina sells watches and perfumes and T-shirts and American liquors to departing international travelers. I sit observing her from the chairs in front of her shop. I see her watch the departing passengers standing in line to board their plane. I wonder how much of her heart leaves with them. Does it seek someone like herself? Does it seek a country where she does not stand out so emphatically as being different? She shares a joke with Marvina, their laughter mingling on its way to where I sit. Marvina’s laughter is like thick, sweet honey, Evelina’s like water bubbling from a cold spring. Even as her lips grace her admirers with a smile, there is a distant look in her eyes. How cold is the loneliness of her own heart every time she looks in the mirror and thinks of a father she never saw? What are the passions that burn within as she works in a menial job, earning barely enough to pay her tuition as she seeks to escape the same desperation that entrapped her mother? I feel drawn to her, to ask her these questions, to listen to her open her heart. But...no…for now I hear my flight called. I rise from my watching-place and cast a final glance her way. Good-bye, fair Evelina. May you someday follow your heart to find whatever it is you seek.
  19. 2 points
    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 beatdown of the drain-encircling Rapey-bears. The Charlie Strong swan song (La cucuracha, ya no puede caminar ...). A 30-point beating of an SMU team who may not have been as dreadful as they appeared at the time (ask Houston). But the evil Frogs appeared just as often. Kansas. West Virginia. Oklahoma State. And then there were the games when the Good and Evil Frogs battled for dominance within the same game, sometimes quarter-to-quarter. Arkansas -- Evil Frogs in the first half, beautiful Frogs in the second. Oklahoma -- Dr. Jekyll in the first and fourth, Mr. Hyde in the second and third. For the first 5 weeks of the season, save for the inevitable Kenny Hill pick-6, the offense looked unstoppable while the defense looked atrocious. Then, from weeks 6 through 9, the formerly unstoppable offense became totally inept while the defense started getting better. Then for the last 4 weeks, the offense and defense joined forces, either showing Peach Bowl-level dominance or 1997-level ineptitude, but in unison and in alternating weeks. Blow out Baylor. Blown out by Okie State. Blow out Texas. Blown out by Kansas State. And then there was "home field advantage." The Frogs were uncategorically awful at "The Carter." The Frogs averaged a point differential of nearly a +10 points on the road this year. They averaged a point differential of -4 points at home. That means the Frogs were 4 points worse than an average FBS team at home and 10 points better than an average FBS team on the road. On average, FBS teams were 3.2 points better at home than on the road. Twenty-nine teams (out of 128) had worse point differentials at home than on the road. Only Army (-22) had a bigger home-road disparity than the Frogs. A look at the Frog's numbers week-to-week shows just how inscrutable the Frogs were this season: Opp Ark ISU @ SMU OU @ Kan @ WVU Ttech @ Bay OkSt @ Tex KSU PD -7.40 19.20 21.20 9.82 -24.30 -17.10 -8.30 44.60 -20.20 24.45 -17.50 YD 172.40 107.00 243.50 107.09 -265.70 -28.70 81.20 365.00 -194.90 134.18 -252.60 Score 3.44 18.00 25.96 11.75 -29.11 -12.79 -1.59 47.46 -22.93 22.82 -23.94 Up until week 6, this team had the look of a pretty solid team. They lost a game to Arkansas they had no business losing, beating the Hogs physically but combining a slow start, shaky kicking, and insurmountable turnovers into a painful loss stew. They dominated two teams they were supposed to dominate, Iowa State and SMU, and then played a top-10 Oklahoma team to an almost draw. Then there was Kansas. Effing Kansas. Every. Damn. Year. Kansas. By DUSHEE metrics, the Kansas game was the Frogs worst performance of the year. It was last year as well. And the year before. All of them wins, mind you. But awful, terrible, no good performances against awful, terrible, no good teams. And from that point on, the Frogs were usually a below-average team. Except for Baylor and Texas, when they looked like a legitimate top-25 team. Looking at the standard deviation (a measure of inconsistency in this case) in point differential, the Frogs were the 12th most inconsistent team in FBS this season (Army, being the most inconsistent) with a standard deviation of 22.7 points. That means the Frogs, who had an average point differential of 2.2 points/game, were just as likely to be 25 points better than an average team on a given afternoon (as they were against Texas) as they were to be 20 points worse than an average team (as they were against Oklahoma State). Such were the 2016 Frogs. Wither the "Big" XII-II? It was a bad year for the conference as well. I want to dig into conference strength more after the Army-Navy game Saturday officially closes out the regular season, but as a preview DUSHEE had the Big XII-II about as close, on average, to the American Athletic Conference as the PAC-12, the next lowest "Power 5" conference: Conference Average DUSHEE Scores SEC 5.39 ACC 4.35 B10 4.21 P12 4.08 B12 2.30 AAC 0.79 MWC -3.82 MAC -4.19 CUSA -8.38 SBC -8.55 The bulk of the conference was really, really, middling, with only Oklahoma and West Virginia averaging a touchdown or greater better than an average team. Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and TCU were between a field goal and touchdown better than an average team; Texas and Baylor were definitively average. Here are the conference numbers: Rk Team PD YD Score (Orig) 8 Oklahoma 18.17 146.45 19.23 24 West Virginia 9.68 74.16 10.05 34 Oklahoma St. 7.75 31.94 6.72 45 Kansas St. 8.26 -12.39 4.90 49 TCU 2.22 42.59 3.55 52 Texas 0.04 51.32 2.52 54 Baylor -0.97 52.61 1.91 73 Iowa St. -2.89 -23.98 -3.09 74 Texas Tech -3.51 -18.69 -3.25 121 Kansas -20.46 -121.27 -19.53 The Revised DUSHEE score emphasizes strength-of-schedule and de-emphasizes performances that are far outside the norm for a particular team; but since a team's strength of schedule is dominated by the conference it is in (e.g., 82% of TCU's SoS was based on its 9 conference opponents of 11 FBS games), the conference's Revised DUSHEE rankings don't look a lot different than the Originals: 8 Oklahoma 20.80 148.08 22.40 23 West Virginia 10.81 72.78 11.41 33 Oklahoma St. 9.30 28.00 7.81 44 TCU 2.88 54.12 5.04 48 Kansas St. 8.09 -12.21 4.69 52 Texas 0.74 51.00 3.44 53 Baylor -0.98 64.48 3.06 66 Texas Tech 0.59 -12.74 -0.34 75 Iowa St. -2.94 -37.87 -4.15 112 Kansas -16.10 -120.33 -17.67 I would caution not to put too much emphasis on the conference's weakness this season. It was a down year. The last two seasons, the Big XII-II were either second or third in the average ratings. Three years ago, many were having a wake for the B1G as a relevant conference outside of Ohio State. Now, people are clamoring for as many as three B1G teams in the CFP. These things are transient, and a small conference like the Big 12 are harder hit by bad years from top teams (ahem, TCU and Baylor). Whither Georgia? I also intend to put out a blog on the Bowl season but since we're emphasizing the Frogs, let's take a look at their Liberty Bowl opponent, Georgia. On an average basis, the Dawgs look about the same as the Frogs. But on a week-to-week basis, Georgia was less Jekyll/Hyde and more consistently meh. Opp UNC Mizz Miss Tenn SoCar Vandy Fla Ky Aub ULaLa GaTech PD 14.00 -6.90 -38.30 -0.40 7.40 -1.80 -9.27 -0.50 21.10 13.10 -0.20 YD 194.67 -100.10 -132.30 -13.60 -66.70 203.90 -26.27 140.90 271.10 -79.20 -25.60 Score (Orig) 18.79 -9.46 -31.96 -0.93 1.69 8.70 -7.46 6.51 27.23 4.89 -1.38 Score (Revised) 21.40 -13.57 -25.54 1.70 -6.36 7.57 -3.18 7.05 36.52 0.00 -1.60 Georgia had two good performances; in week 1 against UNC (33-24, outgaining 474-315) and in their week 11 upset of Auburn (13-7, outgaining 343-164). Georgia's two worst performances were back-to-back in weeks 3-4 against a weak Missouri team (28-27, outgained 409-473) and Ole Miss (14-45, outgained 396-510). Their other 7 games, they were really, consistently average. Based on average DUSHEE score, the Frogs are a 2.5-point favorite over Georgia, but while we've seen a lot of the "average" Georgia team, we've seen very little of the "average" TCU team. If the "good" TCU team shows, the line should probably be closer to 2-3 TDs. If the "evil" TCU team shows, Georgia should be favored by 2-3 TDs. I guess we'll just have to tune in and find out which side of the coin lands face up.
  20. 2 points
    It was while I was recovering from a broken leg I had the bright idea of riding in a cattle roundup. A few weeks earlier I was installing a light fixture for my mother-in-law and literally fell victim to a cheap wooden Walmart stepladder. My foot slipped forward on the bottom rung and I fell backwards into the kitchen floor. I thought it was a bad sprain, and I limped around the rest of the afternoon and evening, but the next morning there was more swelling and unabated pain, so I went to the ER to have it checked. "Tibial plateau fracture" was the diagnosis and I was in surgery before lunch. A six-day hospital stay and $22,000 later I was wheelchaired through TSA and three airports to get back home with an immobilized, fully extended left leg. As soon as the local traumatologist would permit I began physical therapy. It sort of reminded me of my freshman year at TCU on Elmer Brown's student trainer staff, except this time I was the guy hurting when my leg was flexed more than five degrees. And that's when I decided to sign on for the cattle drive. It became a combination goal and reward, a measurable desired outcome: able to spend all day in the saddle by mid-March. I worked and sweated and hurt and came to appreciate Oxycodone almost as much as morphine. I was driven to be saddle- ready, and whenever the pain was at its worst I focused on riding again. A week before I was to fly to Texas the traumatologist said "you're good to go." My physical therapist said I wasn't. But MD trumps RPT so I flew to Midland- Odessa and drove to Presidio in a rented car. The next morning I was introduced to Rojo, a dark bay gelding, my mount for the roundup. The first day we gathered the longhorn cattle from their winter pasture, from the rocky hillsides and patches of prickly pear and honey mesquites. There were some veteran cow-critters with horns an impressive five feet tip-to-tip, some younger bulls and heifers, and of course a few unbranded calves. We herded them all to a holding pen where we ate supper and I crawled into a hot roll on the ground for the night. The following day we moved the herd to the branding pens at the main ranch house. Youngsters were vaccinated, tagged and branded, and when they were released and went bawling back to mama we noted who belonged to whom. I mugged and branded longhorn calves, the leg was holding up fine. On the third day we moved the cattle to their summer pasture. There was a caliche road running through the ranch and the old stock--they'd been through this a few times before--stuck to the road. But the younger animals, feeling adventurous I guess, they tended to wander away from the main herd. I'd begun the morning riding drag on Rojo, the place with the most dust and the worst view. So when I saw two or three yearlings head off to the right I turned Rojo off the road, kicked him in the sides a couple of times to convince him, yes, we ARE going through the brush again, and took off in pursuit. We caught and turned them back in toward the herd, but to keep them from running off again Rojo and I now rode flank, through the brush and occasional dry creek beds. Now Rojo's background was mainly as a trail horse, and he didn't especially like where I took him. I had to keep him away from the road where he wanted to be with his cayuse friends. Eventually, though, the reality sunk into his little walnut brain that I was serous and we actually made a pretty good couple of hands. I mentioned the dry creek beds. Those were the things Rojo hated most. He'd slide on his hocks down one bank, then pick up speed to climb up the other. We crossed three, Rojo straining and sweating but doing an altogether good job of it. And then we came to the fourth creek bed. I was relaxed in the saddle, admiring the view and counting my blessings when we came to the next creek bed, and I felt Rojo's muscles tighten under me. In one brief moment of cowhand clairvoyance I knew what was going to happen next. I knew Rojo was not going to slide down one side and scramble up the other. Rojo was going to jump that creek bed. In an instant we were airborne, Rojo's hindquarters launching us up and forward, his forelegs landing us gracefully, safely on the other side. I had no time to think before it was all over. I reckon I surprised Rojo as well as myself when I hollered, "Yeehaw, Rojo, let's do that again!" It was the shortest flight I've ever taken. Also one of the best, the one I'll remember for always. I looked around, and evidently no one had seen the feat. It was our secret, Rojo's and mine, a secret shared between a pretty good cow pony and an old cowboy with a busted leg.
  21. 2 points
    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 __________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________ 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 __________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________ 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 _____________________________________________ 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 __________________________________________________ 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 ___________________________________________________ 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 ______________________________________________________ 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 __________________________________________________ 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 __________________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________________ 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 ______________________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________ 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 _________________________________________________ 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 ___________________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________________ 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 _____________________________________________________ 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
  22. 2 points
    Noting that there is currently quite a bit said or shown about the 100th anniversary of World War I, it hit me that most of us probably haven't known a WWI veteran. Even the WWII people are now older than I am. But every time I go to our kitchen I am reminded of WWI because there is a small piece of furniture, originally a bedside stand, I presume, that we use as a telephone for the phone in our breakfast room, right by the kitchen. It is very well made, and was, I think, a wedding present or something similar for my parents, who wed in 1932. It was made by Potts Royer. And that's almost all I really know about him. In my young days I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' home when they lived in town in Henrietta. And Potts Royer lived, with his parents, I think, across the street. Remember than I was 3, 4, 5, maybe 6 and surely 7 (while I temporarily attended 2nd grade in Henrietta during a wartime move by my folks). I can't recall what Potts Royer looked like. I know I saw him. I remember he had a shop in their garage or a shed behind the house. But I also remember at some point being advised by my parents or maybe my grandmother not to bother Potts. I was given to understand, in a vague way, that Potts wasn't quite right because he had been in the war. If he was in WWI, he must have been lin his early 40s when I would have seen him in Henrietta. Whenever I see To Kill a Mockingbird, I think of Potts. Boo Radley came back from the same war and didn't quite fit in, if you will recall. Something like that was true of Potts Royer. The little nightstand was always referred to, in our home, as ``Potts Royer's table." I still think of it that way. And I have no idea what became of Potts Royer. Like I said, I was very young when I knew of him. And by 1946 my grandparents had moved back to a farm, and then about 1955 moved back into Henrietta, but to a different house. I never saw Potts again. Don't remember anyone every mentioning him when we visited Clay County. But I have the stand he made. He, and it, are my only connections to what my grandparents, in the years before Pearl Harbor, still considered the Great War. It's a very good, solid little stand. I like to think Potts would have been similarly solid....he and Boo Radley, too....had it not been for that war.
  23. 2 points
    I feel old today. Watched some TV stuff about Pearl Harbor yesterday, Dec. 7, and then realized that I am surely the only on this entire forum who was alive 72 years ago. Most of your parents weren't even around then. To 95 percent of Americans Dec. 7 is the day they show Tora, Tora, Tora on at least one channel. It is a part of a page (I assume) in a history textbook. It is a couple monuments you can visit with head bowed if you vacation in Hawaii. Hey, that war is over. We won. It is now more notable for having introduced the atom bomb than for what it actually meant. But, looking back, our war that started with Pearl Harbor was the sundering event for America in the 20th century, and for guys like me who were just old enough at the time to understand what happened. Look at it this way. America after World War I was a lot like America before World War I, but with radios and more cars. America after World War II was and is nothing like America before World War II. Pearl Harbor was actually the final stone in getting over the Great Depression of the 1930s. America went back to work, one way or another. America was no longer captive of its isolation protected by two oceans, and never will be again. America was forced to become (really for the first time) a world power, with the world's most powerful military. It emerged from the war with the greatest economy in the world, which we have not quite managed to fritter away yet. The war that caught us asleep with Pearl Harbor led to the greatest act of generosity (however self-serving in its own way) ever...the Marshall Plan which rebuilt Europe, or part of it. We all owe a debt to those who led (faltering at times, but led nevertheless) us to success in that war, and especially to the more than 16 million who served and the almost 300,000 who died. Gadzooks! I was actually in college with people who had served in World War II. I had first cousins who were in that war, including one who trudged through France and into Germany carrying a razor in his pack but never using it because at 18 he still had no beard and another cousin who wound up marrying a German girl (years later they ran a liquor store on Padre Island). Soon all the veterans of World War II will be gone. And even those of us who were kids during the war, collecting paper and tin cans and stuff for the war effort. To us, that war was, as Dobie Gillis' dad said so eloquently, ```the big one." So on future Dec. 7's, remember not just those who died beneath Japanese bombs in Pearl Harbor, but also the unbelievable changes it marked for our nation.
  24. 2 points
    With Fred Taylor's death today, I had to hark back to this..... I dealt with five active TCU head coaches, and they were a very diverse group of men. First was Abe Martin, the Jacksboro Philosopher, who drawled and acted country but was really quite a guy. I never was close to Abe, but enjoyed him. Oddly enough he was the straight man in a couple of the funnier things I recall from my years hanging around TCU football. First was on the sidelines during a workout and Abe mentioned to Allie White, his line coach, ``If old E.A. just had speed he'd be a great linebacker," and Allie responded, ``Coach, if he had speed he'd be at Texas." The other was when the Jim Pittman staff had just been at TCU a few weeks, and Abe, who had had some heart difficulties by then, was taking his daily several laps walking around the concourse at Daniel Meyer. Billy Tohill, Pitt's irrepressible defensive coordinator, passed him and said, ``Coach Martin, you gettin' any?" Abe was dumbfounded. I covered the Frogs during Fred Taylor's four-year stint. He was accessible, honest to deal with, but probably not equipped to be a head coach in a rapidly-changing college football atmosphere.Or paid to be head coach, for that matter. Or given much help by the administration (TCU surely had the lowest-paid football staff in the SWC, by a good margin). Being around Fred taught me just how physically and emotionally wearing coaching could be. He aged 10 years in those four years. He had students after his head, alums grumbling, you name it. And then when he was able to recruit some outstanding black players, and had something on which to build, it came tumbling and he was ``reassigned." He longed, in his last season, for one-platoon football, dreaming of putting guys like Ray Rhodes, Hodges Mitchell and Danny Colbert on the field both ways instead of having to find 22 good-enough-to-start players to go against Texas and a huge squad. Not surprisingly, the job got to Fred. When working out on the practice field he more than once sent a student manager across the street to make sure someone on an apartment balcony was not spying for the next opponent. Jim Pittman followed, and was one of the most impressive guys I ever met. He could dominate a practice field just by standing there. His glare, if annoyed or angered, could peel paint off a fencepost. But his face also could light up in the world's biggest smile. It turned out that his health was worse than anyone thought. He passed away on the sideline during a game in Waco. Miz Scribe and I had gotten to know Jim and Jane Pittman, and we mourned. I'll finish this with Billy Tohill and Jim Shofner (two more opposite people I cannot imagine), but not today....to be continued....
  25. 2 points
    Hello Yogis, I started my Yoga practice at TCU some many years ago. Over the years I gone to a lot of different classes, both good and bad. I even practice Yoga on my own each morning (or try some mornings are better than others). Yoga has helped me on good days and bad days. I definitely do not think I could have made it through law school and the bar without some of the things I have learned from Yoga. Most people know Yoga as the stretching exercise class that women do to stay in shape. This is an untrue stereotype about yoga. Men and even some of the best athletes in the world of both genders use Yoga to help improve their own sports. Yoga can be much more than just stretching. I enjoy Yoga because it has helped with my breathing, stress, anxiety, back pain, and knee injuries. It has built total body strength based from my core muscles and helped clear my mind of unneeded stress. I have attached (hopefully, the upload worked) some poses that go from simple to advanced. I encourage anyone who practices yoga to try new poses. Some of the fun of yoga is the challenge of trying to hold a new pose. At first some poses can be extremely hard. However, Yoga is something that can constantly be improved and adjusted. Its part of the beauty of Yoga is that allows a person to move through different positions allowing for a new experience to occur. Growing up I loved to play competitive sports. Yoga is non-traditional competitive sport. Some may ask what is a non-traditional competitive sport mean? It means that the competition is against oneself. In yoga someone will always be better than you. It does not matter because you are not competing against others. I have a hard time touching my toes. Yep, I said it! You may ask how can someone who has been doing Yoga for so many years have a hard time touching their toes? It is something that I have always had to work on with stretching. While this has always been a challenging pose for me in Yoga. I've seen a Yoga teacher who can bend forward over and lay her head down on her knees! While she could do a lot of the flexible poses, she struggled with some of the arm balancing poses that come easy for me. The point is that you can always learn something in Yoga even if you practice by yourself or with others! I encourage others to post about their Yoga practice. Namaste.
  26. 2 points
    More about antique travels, but first an anecdote or two. Like when we flew to Boston and rented a car to drive up to Maine. We were upgraded to a Cadillac (Seville, I think, this was in 1990). Miz Scribe's comment was, ``Well, this makes it hard. Try driving up in a Cadillac and asking somebody for their best price on something...." That same trip we hit a heat wave in Maine. We were staying at the Cape Arundel Inn at Kennebunkport and the temp was in the 90s. They had no A/C, but the clerk told us proudly, ``But we have a fan in each room!" True. The fan in our room was about 3" in diameter. That same trip we were trying to find West Lebanon, me., where the chef at our inn had an antiques shop. We never saw a sign for it. After we crossed a creek, I saw a store and stopped there to ask the way. Turned out we were in New Hampshire. We had managed to miss Maine. Later that day we pulled up at an antiques shop outside Rochester, N.H. That was the summer after here in Texas we heard folks say ``Let a Yankee freeze" because soaring oil prices (nice for us down here) were making heating oil too dear for many folks up north. They remembered up there. We pulled up in our rented Caddy and went inside and immediately I picked up on conversation among some locals, who were cussing Texas and Texans for the ills of the world. ``Hon," I whispered to Miz Scribe, ``pay cash here. Don't write one of our checks on our Texas bank or they might lynch us." Many years later when we were cruising eastern Pa. and drove over into Lambertville, N.J., we found a three-story antiques mall that had good stuff. We discovered that you were supposed to pay on each floor for what you found on that floor.....and having spent the day buying stuff, we had only one check left. But God looks out for those ready to buy, and the folks at the mall decided we could, after all, pay for everything with one check and they would work out any persnickety accounting details. Some more of our favorite places: Springfield, Ohio, was a regular big stop. There are three huge antique malls there, right off the interstate. Martinsville, W.Va., was a place we always spent the night on our way to Md. and Pa. Good place for a room and dinner. Our usual first shopping stop the next day was Beaver Creek, Md., where two big malls are almost next door to each other. From there we usually went north to Gettysburg and New Oxford, Pa. The route took us through the Catoctin Mountains (and probably within a mile or two of Camp David, though there is a lack of signs giving directions to that presidential hideaway). Speaking of Gettysburg, we bought little there, but did stay one time in a motel on the site of Lee's headquarters. Gettysburg we treated as a sort of shrine. If you have never been there, it is a visit to cherish. We dined once in an inn on the spot where Lincoln spoke. The cemeteries there are something else, lacking only Confederate dead. In fact, we have found all the Civil War cemeteries and battlefields to be emotional stops, and we have been to several (Vicksburg, Antietam, Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga, etc.) We loved Maine. On later trips, including one where we drove from FW to Maine and back, we stayed in or around Boothbay Harbor, Very nice area. Love the rocky coast of Maine. And perhaps the best shopping we ever saw was up around Waterville. Another regular stop was Medina, Ohio, either on our way north or on our way south. A great mall there. But we spent more time in Nashville than anywhere else. For a long time there was a huge antiqueing experience there, in Feb. or March, with the Heart o'Country Show at the Opryland Hotel and 3-4 other shows across the street at Fiddler's Motel and other venues. Heart is no longer what it was (the couple that ran it have passed away and now there are about half as many exhibitors), but back in the 1990s it was heaven on earth for American country stuff. They had seminars on antiques in conjunction with the show, and Miz S. enjoyed that. But the shopping was tremendous. Fiddlers, and a 3-story motel nearby were total antiques. Every room was a dealer's shop, plus all the furniture and stuff in the parking lots. One feature each year with the seminars was a road trip with expert commentary. We went to Franklin, Columbia, the Hermitage and other places. Saw some unbelievable pre-Civil War plantation homes. One of our guides was an old professor, John Kiser, who had advised on the restoration of several antebellum homes and he became a good friend. Another guide was Robert Hicks, who had a thriving music business and had sold it to one of the big international music outfits. As our bus prowled through Williamson county, south of Nashville, he pointed out where all the country stars had built gadzillion-dollar mansions on many acres of land. Then we had supper at one of his own houses, an 1850-ish place somewhat added-to for comfort in the 1990s. At that time lots of entertainment stars were leaving the West Coast and relocating to the Franklin, Tn. area. I figure it was because they got so much better BBQ in Franklin than in Los Angeles. I can see there will have to be a third chapter to this mishmash, because we haven't even touched on Atlanta or Cincinnati or Michigan yet! Or the leaves in Mississippi! Or the Lexington-Paris, Ky., area! Or the mall on Goss in Louisville! Or Baton Rouge and New Orleans! So much territory, so little time!
  27. 2 points
    Just a few footballish things about Dutch: Never heard him say, or take credit for saying ``Fight em on the ice." What he did say, any time we talked football, was ``fahr and desahr! Gotta have fahr and desahr!" He could roar that, and I am sure he demanded it of his players. While he considered Baugh the greatest player he had, and loved Davey O'Brien, he thought that Kyle Gillespie, who followed O'Brien, might have been just as good had he not been hurt. Dutch was very loyal. He never forgave the Aggies for firing Matty Bell in 1933. He and Matty were very good friends even while coaching against each other when Bell led SMU right before the war and again after the war. I've mentioned before that Dutch went to his spread not for passing but for better blocking angles to run the ball. And in giving Mrs. Scribe lessons on how to watch football, he stressed following the guards, not the ball. Enough for today...
  28. 1 point
    I know by the calamitous rancor that dominated these pages over the last week that everyone is super upset I didn't post DUSHEE last week. Apologies, but last week was my first week at a new job and things were a little busy. And I'm trying to get off on a good foot, so spending 15 minutes to post a blog on a college football fan site seemed like it might be a bad idea. So this comes at you from home ... DUSHEE is still a fan of the Frogs, who come in at 20 after defeating the Horns in Ft. Worth. Ohio State is more than 2 TDs better than any other team in the country after obliterating former #2 Wisconsin (who falls only to 3). The biggest climbers of the week were Middle Tennessee St., who leapt almost 9.5 points after beating FIU by 33 points, and the Ohio Bobcats, who climbed 24 spots. Minnesota was the big mover in the top 25, jumping 13 spots to 15. The biggest fallers were Notre Dame who fell more than 6.5 points and Florida International who fell 26 spots. TCU Week-to-Week Opp: @ Pur SMU Kan | @ ISU @ KSU Tex PD: 18.43 14.00 35.33 | -12.33 -0.20 20.14 YD: 189.57 158.43 449.83 | 12.17 77.80 -23.14 Score: 20.93 16.56 44.08 | -7.67 3.43 12.37 So the Texas win was big, second highest in point differential for the Frogs (behind Kansas who has looked better than pathetic since), but was a year low in yardage differential. That dropped the DUSHEE score to better than Iowa St. and Kansas St., but below even the SMU loss. Not that Texas was a worse outcome, it certainly wasn't, but it indicated that DUSHEE thought the Frogs were a little lucky to beat Texas (4 INTs worth of luck) and very unlucky to have lost to SMU (two fumbles in the SMU red zone worth of unluck) Opponent Next Week: Okie Lite Opp: @ OreSt @ Tulsa @ Tex | KSU @ Ttech Bay | @ ISU PD: 10.00 13.17 1.86 | 23.80 -15.67 -1.80 | 25.00 YD: 72.40 118.00 -3.71 | 289.00 -158.83 68.40 | 81.00 Score: 9.97 14.16 1.07 | 30.57 -17.69 1.92 | 20.36 The Cowboys have looked great against two teams the Frogs looked terrible against, Kansas State and Iowa State. However, the Frogs were much better than the Cowboys against Texas. The Fightin' Mullets are ranked 36th in DUSHEE. DUSHEE likes the Frogs by about 2 points on the road, with about a 54% chance of winning. The game is basically a toss-up. Top/Bottom Performances of the Week Since I missed last week, I'll catch up Week 8 Top 3 +39.95 - Memphis vs. Tulane (+30 MOV, +166 YM) +38.94 - Appalachian St. vs. ULaMon (+45, +375) +38.66 - Ohio St. at Northwestern (+49, +290) Bottom 3 -43.16 Toledo at Ball (-38, -273) -34.73 Louisiana Monroe at AppSt (-45, -375) -34.27 Stanford vs. UCLA (-18, -273) Week 9 Top 3 +63.50 - Ohio St. vs. Wiscy (+31, +212) +61.96 - Clemson vs. BC (+52, +546) +52.01 - Michigan vs. ND (+31, +244) Bottom 3 -50.23 - Akron vs. NIU (-49, -207) -47.36 - Florida Intl. at MTSU (-33, -177) -43.66 - UMass vs. UConn (-21, -109) Conference Ratings The B1G just surpasses the Big XII-II as top conference. B10 9.96 B12 9.02 SEC 8.23 P12 3.55 AAC 1.99 ACC 0.53 MWC -5.06 SBC -5.96 CUSA -7.72 MAC -11.94 Overall Ratings Week 9 Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St. 48.09 364.07 48.72 0 1.78 2 Clemson 30.44 291.91 33.65 3 4.47 3 Wisconsin 31.04 251.42 32.20 -1 -3.38 4 Alabama 30.36 195.91 29.21 2 0.33 5 LSU 28.07 215.13 28.56 -1 -0.94 6 Penn St. 28.36 153.91 25.95 1 -2.08 7 Utah 24.23 211.33 25.82 3 2.19 8 Oklahoma 22.70 230.86 25.70 -5 -4.22 9 Georgia 21.11 182.72 22.44 3 -0.24 10 Michigan 21.39 163.90 21.76 6 4.61 11 Auburn 23.82 117.45 21.26 -3 -3.02 12 Iowa St. 18.31 176.51 20.28 -3 -3.65 13 Oregon 21.93 119.66 20.10 -2 -3.11 14 Navy 17.40 136.00 17.82 0 -0.86 15 Minnesota 16.73 131.74 17.19 13 5.03 16 Air Force 14.84 139.25 16.27 6 1.66 17 Baylor 17.08 94.55 15.71 0 -1.34 18 Appalachian State 16.23 96.79 15.25 2 -0.19 19 Iowa 14.36 118.85 15.01 4 0.51 20 TCU 12.56 144.11 14.97 -5 -2.25 21 Notre Dame 16.42 73.63 14.31 -8 -6.56 22 Cincinnati 14.09 98.39 13.90 4 0.60 23 Florida 13.99 95.54 13.70 1 -0.68 24 Michigan St. 11.40 130.88 13.59 -6 -2.84 25 Boise St. 9.72 146.69 13.19 5 1.56 26 SMU 11.84 111.13 12.98 -5 -2.38 27 UCF 12.21 90.62 12.29 5 0.92 28 Texas 13.53 62.78 11.89 -3 -2.43 29 Memphis 12.09 62.35 10.91 -10 -5.30 30 North Carolina 8.45 111.58 10.74 3 -0.14 31 Tulane 9.85 84.83 10.45 3 -0.14 32 Texas A&M 10.77 70.31 10.39 -3 -1.30 33 Washington St. 10.32 72.13 10.18 6 1.77 34 Washington 13.55 7.61 9.38 1 -1.03 35 LA Lafayette 10.09 48.75 8.96 8 2.79 36 Oklahoma St. 8.05 66.61 8.42 4 1.67 37 Indiana 5.65 96.50 8.19 -1 -1.85 38 USC 10.64 23.70 8.18 -7 -3.32 39 Pittsburgh 4.19 93.40 7.07 -1 -1.57 40 Missouri 5.17 74.47 6.86 -13 -5.33 41 Kansas St. 10.04 -3.97 6.51 11 4.25 42 UAB 0.38 84.98 4.14 0 -2.12 43 Virginia 4.80 12.20 3.76 -6 -5.23 44 Florida Atlantic 5.41 -6.14 3.33 19 4.08 45 West. Kentucky 2.10 34.00 2.96 -1 -2.13 46 Louisville 3.95 4.37 2.83 2 -0.42 47 Florida St. 3.82 -4.37 2.35 9 1.51 48 Nebraska 0.39 41.03 2.14 13 2.39 49 Tulsa 0.39 38.26 2.01 11 1.97 50 Mississippi 0.93 23.76 1.70 -4 -2.49 51 South Carolina 1.12 7.16 1.07 -10 -5.42 52 Mississippi St. 0.36 17.71 1.05 -1 -1.27 53 Duke 2.32 -11.80 1.01 4 0.52 54 Houston 2.17 -10.02 0.99 15 3.16 55 Wake Forest 3.19 -25.29 0.97 -6 -1.94 56 Louisiana Tech 1.29 -0.76 0.83 -2 -0.66 57 Southern Miss -3.60 67.45 0.69 1 0.51 58 Kentucky 0.15 8.74 0.50 14 3.99 59 Miami (FL) -2.20 38.59 0.30 -4 -0.98 60 San Diego St. 1.26 -13.20 0.24 -7 -1.85 61 Arizona St. 1.44 -15.76 0.24 -14 -3.68 62 Texas Tech 0.05 3.97 0.22 -17 -4.07 63 Hawaii -4.56 51.13 -0.70 1 0.26 64 Ball St. -0.44 -12.13 -0.85 -2 -0.42 65 Wyoming 3.79 -74.71 -0.90 2 0.90 66 Tennessee -3.27 21.30 -1.21 7 2.37 67 Fresno St. -1.45 -10.31 -1.44 -8 -1.55 68 Georgia State -3.05 2.66 -1.91 24 6.20 69 BYU -3.02 1.78 -1.93 9 2.60 70 Temple -1.53 -21.78 -2.02 0 0.45 71 Utah St. -0.08 -43.81 -2.06 -21 -4.48 72 Illinois 2.64 -85.01 -2.13 3 1.85 73 UCLA -2.27 -15.98 -2.24 -2 0.55 74 Buffalo -5.98 12.41 -3.42 15 4.57 75 W. Michigan -1.95 -49.36 -3.56 8 2.66 76 Purdue -2.77 -49.41 -4.11 -8 -2.27 77 Colorado -4.73 -25.48 -4.32 5 1.17 78 Ohio -3.63 -44.09 -4.44 24 5.86 79 Marshall -5.72 -13.74 -4.44 18 4.54 80 Georgia Southern -4.47 -32.72 -4.48 6 2.68 81 Stanford -3.25 -55.53 -4.71 -2 0.55 82 Army -3.60 -52.58 -4.81 -6 -0.45 83 Northwestern -6.71 -8.58 -4.87 -9 -1.20 84 California -0.21 -103.99 -4.90 -18 -3.60 85 Coastal Carolina -4.87 -38.47 -5.01 11 3.60 86 Arkansas St. -4.16 -54.93 -5.29 -1 1.49 87 West Virginia -7.30 -35.05 -6.47 -10 -2.07 88 UNC-Charlotte -8.75 -15.71 -6.55 13 3.23 89 Northern Illinois -9.36 -15.19 -6.94 20 6.71 90 Kansas -6.04 -65.15 -7.01 -10 -1.73 91 Florida Intl. -6.57 -62.70 -7.25 -26 -6.14 92 Oregon St. -7.58 -50.47 -7.37 2 0.87 93 Arizona -8.36 -48.50 -7.80 -5 -0.25 94 Middle Tenn. St. -6.39 -81.81 -8.01 20 9.42 95 Boston Coll. -6.56 -79.89 -8.03 -11 -1.53 96 Arkansas -8.25 -56.67 -8.10 2 1.01 97 East. Michigan -6.15 -87.72 -8.12 -2 0.36 98 Cent. Michigan -11.78 -6.64 -8.16 -17 -2.73 99 North Texas -9.78 -37.04 -8.21 -6 -0.01 100 South Florida -9.83 -51.44 -8.90 3 1.70 101 Syracuse -6.87 -96.58 -9.00 -14 -1.55 102 Miami (OH) -9.43 -67.93 -9.40 8 4.67 103 Troy -10.98 -46.52 -9.45 -12 -1.38 104 Maryland -6.77 -120.40 -10.02 -14 -1.99 105 Colorado St. -14.14 -19.66 -10.33 1 2.87 106 N.C. State -10.89 -92.58 -11.50 -7 -2.02 107 Rice -11.90 -78.50 -11.53 -7 -1.74 108 Georgia Tech -11.83 -80.29 -11.56 -1 1.90 109 San Jose St. -10.88 -103.40 -11.99 2 2.41 110 Vanderbilt -13.01 -76.95 -12.19 -5 0.49 111 Toledo -14.00 -122.31 -14.93 7 3.90 112 Virginia Tech -13.08 -142.08 -15.23 -8 -3.54 113 LA Monroe -16.42 -117.06 -16.31 0 0.22 114 Liberty -16.51 -148.80 -17.82 -2 -2.97 115 Kent St. -15.18 -173.13 -18.05 -7 -4.57 116 New Mexico -20.16 -111.17 -18.53 3 1.08 117 UNLV -19.12 -141.62 -19.23 6 5.81 118 Texas St. -18.17 -155.87 -19.24 -2 -1.25 119 Old Dominion -20.54 -181.93 -22.02 -2 -3.71 120 South Alabama -21.02 -176.59 -22.10 2 1.86 121 UT-San Antonio -23.58 -151.60 -22.66 0 0.32 122 East Carolina -20.41 -198.22 -22.68 -7 -4.71 123 New Mexico St. -25.39 -141.83 -23.42 -3 -3.16 124 Connecticut -23.82 -173.28 -23.81 1 3.87 125 Rutgers -23.51 -186.37 -24.21 1 3.74 126 Nevada -25.91 -174.05 -25.24 -2 0.44 127 UTEP -29.05 -216.99 -29.30 1 4.45 128 Akron -33.10 -179.52 -30.28 -1 -1.69 129 Bowling Green -32.25 -297.37 -35.11 0 -0.77 130 Massachusetts -43.79 -322.19 -43.94 0 1.38 By Conference AAC 14 Navy 17.40 136.00 17.82 22 Cincinnati 14.09 98.39 13.90 26 SMU 11.84 111.13 12.98 27 UCF 12.21 90.62 12.29 29 Memphis 12.09 62.35 10.91 31 Tulane 9.85 84.83 10.45 49 Tulsa 0.39 38.26 2.01 54 Houston 2.17 -10.02 0.99 70 Temple -1.53 -21.78 -2.02 100 South Florida -9.83 -51.44 -8.90 122 East Carolina -20.41 -198.22 -22.68 124 Connecticut -23.82 -173.28 -23.81 ACC 2 Clemson 30.44 291.91 33.65 30 North Carolina 8.45 111.58 10.74 39 Pittsburgh 4.19 93.40 7.07 43 Virginia 4.80 12.20 3.76 46 Louisville 3.95 4.37 2.83 47 Florida St. 3.82 -4.37 2.35 53 Duke 2.32 -11.80 1.01 55 Wake Forest 3.19 -25.29 0.97 59 Miami (FL) -2.20 38.59 0.30 95 Boston Coll. -6.56 -79.89 -8.03 101 Syracuse -6.87 -96.58 -9.00 106 N.C. State -10.89 -92.58 -11.50 108 Georgia Tech -11.83 -80.29 -11.56 112 Virginia Tech -13.08 -142.08 -15.23 B1G 1 Ohio St. 48.09 364.07 48.72 3 Wisconsin 31.04 251.42 32.20 6 Penn St. 28.36 153.91 25.95 10 Michigan 21.39 163.90 21.76 15 Minnesota 16.73 131.74 17.19 19 Iowa 14.36 118.85 15.01 24 Michigan St. 11.40 130.88 13.59 37 Indiana 5.65 96.50 8.19 48 Nebraska 0.39 41.03 2.14 72 Illinois 2.64 -85.01 -2.13 76 Purdue -2.77 -49.41 -4.11 83 Northwestern -6.71 -8.58 -4.87 104 Maryland -6.77 -120.40 -10.02 125 Rutgers -23.51 -186.37 -24.21 BXII-II 8 Oklahoma 22.70 230.86 25.70 12 Iowa St. 18.31 176.51 20.28 17 Baylor 17.08 94.55 15.71 20 TCU 12.56 144.11 14.97 28 Texas 13.53 62.78 11.89 36 Oklahoma St. 8.05 66.61 8.42 41 Kansas St. 10.04 -3.97 6.51 62 Texas Tech 0.05 3.97 0.22 87 West Virginia -7.30 -35.05 -6.47 90 Kansas -6.04 -65.15 -7.01 CUSA 42 UAB 0.38 84.98 4.14 44 Florida Atlantic 5.41 -6.14 3.33 45 West. Kentucky 2.10 34.00 2.96 56 Louisiana Tech 1.29 -0.76 0.83 57 Southern Miss -3.60 67.45 0.69 79 Marshall -5.72 -13.74 -4.44 88 UNC-Charlotte -8.75 -15.71 -6.55 91 Florida Intl. -6.57 -62.70 -7.25 94 Middle Tenn. St. -6.39 -81.81 -8.01 99 North Texas -9.78 -37.04 -8.21 107 Rice -11.90 -78.50 -11.53 119 Old Dominion -20.54 -181.93 -22.02 121 UT-San Antonio -23.58 -151.60 -22.66 127 UTEP -29.05 -216.99 -29.30 Indies 21 Notre Dame 16.42 73.63 14.31 69 BYU -3.02 1.78 -1.93 82 Army -3.60 -52.58 -4.81 114 Liberty -16.51 -148.80 -17.82 123 New Mexico St. -25.39 -141.83 -23.42 130 Massachusetts -43.79 -322.19 -43.94 MAC 64 Ball St. -0.44 -12.13 -0.85 74 Buffalo -5.98 12.41 -3.42 75 W. Michigan -1.95 -49.36 -3.56 78 Ohio -3.63 -44.09 -4.44 89 Northern Illinois -9.36 -15.19 -6.94 97 East. Michigan -6.15 -87.72 -8.12 98 Cent. Michigan -11.78 -6.64 -8.16 102 Miami (OH) -9.43 -67.93 -9.40 111 Toledo -14.00 -122.31 -14.93 115 Kent St. -15.18 -173.13 -18.05 128 Akron -33.10 -179.52 -30.28 129 Bowling Green -32.25 -297.37 -35.11 MWC 16 Air Force 14.84 139.25 16.27 25 Boise St. 9.72 146.69 13.19 60 San Diego St. 1.26 -13.20 0.24 63 Hawaii -4.56 51.13 -0.70 65 Wyoming 3.79 -74.71 -0.90 67 Fresno St. -1.45 -10.31 -1.44 71 Utah St. -0.08 -43.81 -2.06 105 Colorado St. -14.14 -19.66 -10.33 109 San Jose St. -10.88 -103.40 -11.99 116 New Mexico -20.16 -111.17 -18.53 117 UNLV -19.12 -141.62 -19.23 126 Nevada -25.91 -174.05 -25.24 P12 7 Utah 24.23 211.33 25.82 13 Oregon 21.93 119.66 20.10 33 Washington St. 10.32 72.13 10.18 34 Washington 13.55 7.61 9.38 38 USC 10.64 23.70 8.18 61 Arizona St. 1.44 -15.76 0.24 73 UCLA -2.27 -15.98 -2.24 77 Colorado -4.73 -25.48 -4.32 81 Stanford -3.25 -55.53 -4.71 84 California -0.21 -103.99 -4.90 92 Oregon St. -7.58 -50.47 -7.37 93 Arizona -8.36 -48.50 -7.80 SBC 18 Appalachian State 16.23 96.79 15.25 35 LA Lafayette 10.09 48.75 8.96 68 Georgia State -3.05 2.66 -1.91 80 Georgia Southern -4.47 -32.72 -4.48 85 Coastal Carolina -4.87 -38.47 -5.01 86 Arkansas St. -4.16 -54.93 -5.29 103 Troy -10.98 -46.52 -9.45 113 LA Monroe -16.42 -117.06 -16.31 118 Texas St. -18.17 -155.87 -19.24 120 South Alabama -21.02 -176.59 -22.10 SEC 4 Alabama 30.36 195.91 29.21 5 LSU 28.07 215.13 28.56 9 Georgia 21.11 182.72 22.44 11 Auburn 23.82 117.45 21.26 23 Florida 13.99 95.54 13.70 32 Texas A&M 10.77 70.31 10.39 40 Missouri 5.17 74.47 6.86 50 Mississippi 0.93 23.76 1.70 51 South Carolina 1.12 7.16 1.07 52 Mississippi St. 0.36 17.71 1.05 58 Kentucky 0.15 8.74 0.50 66 Tennessee -3.27 21.30 -1.21 96 Arkansas -8.25 -56.67 -8.10 110 Vanderbilt -13.01 -76.95 -12.19
  29. 1 point
    The B1G holds the top two spots as Ohio State remains #1 and Wisconsin leaps two spots to #2. The Frogs had the largest drop in Score (-16.0), falling from 9 to 18. Since no one is in much of a mood to bullshit about college football, we'll get right to it. Frogs Week-to-Week Not surprisingly, the Frogs performance at Iowa State sucked. Opp: @ Pur SMU Kan | @ ISU PD: 16.00 15.40 34.25 | -8.67 YD: 132.25 157.80 447.25 | 12.33 Score: 16.91 17.72 43.96 | -5.20 Frogs' Next Opponent Bye. Thank God. Conference Ratings Big XII-II still on top, but the lead over the SEC and B1G shrunk considerably. MACtion appears to be particularly putrid this year. B12 14.42 SEC 12.41 B10 11.06 P12 5.65 ACC 2.57 AAC 1.87 MWC -7.25 SBC -10.18 CUSA -12.62 MAC -17.15 Performances of the Week Top 3 50.61 - LSU vs. USU (+36 PM, +440 YM) 46.20 - Ohio St. vs. Mich St. (+24, +242) 45.45 - Iowa St. vs. TCU (+25, +117) Bottom 3 -61.39 - UMass at FIU (-44, -316) -52.54 - UConn vs. USF (-26, -226) -47.93 - E. Michigan at CMU (-26, -340) Overall Ratings Largest gainers: Minnesota +31 in ranking, FIU +14.88 in Score Largest losers: E. Michigan -44 in ranking, TCU -16.00 in Score Week 6 Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St. 47.96 361.74 49.06 0 -3.02 2 Wisconsin 40.38 320.42 42.06 2 4.65 3 Alabama 37.70 247.45 36.82 2 -0.19 4 Iowa St. 34.58 289.54 36.73 -2 -4.28 5 Penn St. 36.25 258.35 36.37 3 1.89 6 LSU 32.04 248.23 33.08 7 5.55 7 Oklahoma 28.98 250.98 31.17 0 -4.87 8 Georgia 30.25 218.50 30.49 -2 -5.95 9 Clemson 26.43 247.33 29.30 1 -0.62 10 Auburn 27.10 158.24 25.54 -7 -11.96 11 Missouri 24.08 180.17 24.56 6 2.39 12 Notre Dame 27.07 135.20 24.43 -1 -5.30 13 Michigan St. 19.81 195.87 22.46 2 -2.91 14 Oregon 23.68 131.68 22.01 0 -4.33 15 Texas 24.50 114.14 21.72 -3 -7.42 16 Baylor 20.90 146.98 20.88 10 5.85 17 Michigan 19.72 124.08 19.00 8 3.22 18 TCU 14.25 187.41 18.35 -9 -16.00 19 Florida 15.14 150.79 17.21 9 2.73 20 Navy 13.89 146.56 16.18 -1 -3.73 21 Utah 13.23 149.63 15.89 8 1.40 22 Iowa 14.92 109.55 15.12 0 -2.46 23 Memphis 16.10 90.88 15.03 -5 -7.12 24 UCF 12.49 133.88 14.65 3 -0.02 25 SMU 12.49 127.44 14.34 -4 -5.05 26 Texas A&M 12.50 111.11 13.58 -2 -2.21 27 Pittsburgh 10.40 134.27 13.27 -4 -2.63 28 Oklahoma St. 11.80 102.35 12.70 -12 -11.51 29 Tulane 13.92 58.43 12.04 17 6.00 30 Air Force 7.96 140.73 11.95 2 0.43 31 Cincinnati 9.71 95.46 10.98 8 2.05 32 Virginia 11.17 66.25 10.57 4 1.04 33 Boise St. 4.27 150.94 9.98 -2 -3.48 34 Washington 15.22 -9.73 9.68 -14 -9.80 35 Appalachian State 14.18 -1.33 9.39 7 1.63 36 North Carolina 7.54 80.65 8.84 1 -0.59 37 Mississippi 8.88 60.45 8.78 -2 -1.01 38 South Carolina 8.26 51.89 7.96 9 2.54 39 USC 9.22 33.47 7.73 1 -0.78 40 Louisville 7.13 61.56 7.66 11 3.67 41 Mississippi St. 8.23 42.31 7.49 -8 -3.51 42 Hawaii 6.40 60.81 7.14 -1 -0.99 43 Houston 10.00 0.25 6.68 1 -0.47 44 Minnesota 4.75 71.71 6.55 31 10.39 45 LA Lafayette 6.38 34.83 5.90 12 4.27 46 Indiana 4.38 60.53 5.78 -8 -3.63 47 Arizona St. 7.86 3.31 5.40 -17 -8.36 48 Miami (FL) -1.79 134.55 5.16 7 2.44 49 Duke 9.13 -23.15 4.99 0 0.04 50 Nebraska 4.05 46.51 4.90 -7 -2.79 51 Tulsa 4.16 41.00 4.71 1 1.04 52 West. Kentucky 3.83 45.42 4.70 28 10.90 53 Florida St. 4.93 24.93 4.47 1 1.74 54 Texas Tech 3.46 45.75 4.47 19 7.59 55 California 9.80 -46.58 4.33 -2 1.60 56 Maryland 8.77 -41.48 3.89 23 9.74 57 Utah St. 4.71 14.94 3.84 -23 -7.01 58 Florida Atlantic 3.51 25.05 3.52 -10 -1.47 59 Stanford 3.10 14.72 2.76 12 4.89 60 Colorado 3.76 4.57 2.72 -10 -1.82 61 Wake Forest 6.57 -35.15 2.72 -16 -3.73 62 Arizona 4.03 -3.04 2.55 -4 2.78 63 West Virginia 1.96 16.27 2.07 0 3.19 64 UAB -1.13 44.51 1.35 0 2.50 65 Washington St. 0.88 4.47 0.80 -6 1.40 66 Kansas St. 3.63 -54.63 -0.16 -10 -2.10 67 Fresno St. -3.35 32.09 -0.72 10 3.92 68 Northwestern -2.17 13.69 -0.80 -8 0.19 69 Wyoming 6.50 -113.46 -1.03 -1 0.74 70 W. Michigan -1.79 -1.90 -1.28 -5 -0.02 71 Oregon St. -2.58 -5.86 -2.00 -5 -0.72 72 Kentucky -1.22 -56.50 -3.48 -5 -1.87 73 Cent. Michigan -7.27 26.23 -3.61 23 9.68 74 North Texas -6.02 6.37 -3.71 4 1.98 75 Kansas -4.33 -18.63 -3.77 -1 -0.23 76 Arkansas -6.19 2.25 -4.02 9 4.94 77 UCLA -3.18 -40.28 -4.02 -15 -2.93 78 Temple -6.15 -9.71 -4.56 14 5.69 79 Army -3.17 -59.09 -4.90 9 4.47 80 Southern Miss -8.50 3.08 -5.52 -8 -2.42 81 N.C. State -6.42 -36.75 -6.01 1 1.56 82 San Diego St. -5.84 -46.95 -6.11 -6 -1.95 83 Coastal Carolina -6.98 -44.31 -6.75 -14 -4.77 84 Florida Intl. -5.58 -77.75 -7.39 29 14.88 85 Toledo -5.56 -79.19 -7.45 15 6.99 86 Syracuse -2.50 -123.83 -7.52 8 5.17 87 Buffalo -12.68 15.68 -7.71 -3 0.64 88 Rice -7.57 -57.00 -7.74 -7 -0.23 89 BYU -8.15 -68.53 -8.67 -6 -1.00 90 Boston Coll. -9.00 -88.72 -10.19 -3 -0.87 91 Tennessee -14.75 -9.17 -10.27 19 10.33 92 Louisiana Tech -10.37 -89.62 -11.15 13 5.27 93 UNC-Charlotte -11.81 -72.85 -11.32 -3 -1.41 94 Troy -12.23 -67.27 -11.33 -5 -1.62 95 Virginia Tech -10.52 -92.90 -11.40 0 1.85 96 Georgia Southern -11.19 -83.81 -11.42 7 4.39 97 Purdue -9.75 -106.43 -11.53 -11 -2.47 98 South Florida -14.25 -51.51 -11.93 9 5.96 99 LA Monroe -12.75 -73.10 -11.95 17 10.63 100 Arkansas St. -9.68 -124.27 -12.32 -30 -10.20 101 San Jose St. -12.44 -86.65 -12.38 0 2.17 102 Illinois -7.84 -161.35 -12.85 -11 -2.74 103 Colorado St. -16.97 -44.32 -13.40 -6 0.26 104 Vanderbilt -13.83 -101.85 -14.03 -11 -3.45 105 East. Michigan -11.77 -149.94 -14.93 -44 -13.86 106 Ohio -14.52 -116.58 -15.19 5 6.60 107 Ball St. -16.17 -97.58 -15.39 -8 -1.10 108 Georgia Tech -16.82 -99.37 -15.90 6 6.59 109 Miami (OH) -14.46 -140.46 -16.28 -11 -2.27 110 Texas St. -14.58 -145.35 -16.59 -1 3.44 111 Liberty -16.08 -132.77 -16.99 -7 -0.90 112 Kent St. -15.97 -164.30 -18.40 -10 -2.78 113 Northern Illinois -23.42 -61.45 -18.52 2 4.06 114 Marshall -20.19 -124.38 -19.33 -6 0.54 115 Old Dominion -19.67 -138.42 -19.65 2 3.14 116 Georgia State -22.90 -108.88 -20.41 7 10.91 117 New Mexico -22.60 -131.55 -21.28 5 7.47 118 East Carolina -21.88 -170.13 -22.62 3 5.05 119 New Mexico St. -24.88 -131.46 -22.79 1 4.86 120 Middle Tenn. St. -17.60 -234.79 -22.83 -8 -0.66 121 Rutgers -26.07 -164.82 -25.16 -15 -7.88 122 South Alabama -25.37 -199.81 -26.35 -3 0.42 123 UT-San Antonio -32.58 -164.17 -29.48 2 5.06 124 UNLV -29.83 -227.27 -30.62 3 6.55 125 Akron -32.57 -229.83 -32.57 -1 -0.03 126 Connecticut -32.44 -243.06 -33.10 -8 -10.18 127 Nevada -33.63 -253.50 -34.39 -1 0.75 128 UTEP -47.33 -350.42 -48.11 1 5.93 129 Massachusetts -47.67 -350.67 -48.34 -1 -2.98 130 Bowling Green -51.15 -432.69 -54.53 0 4.26 By Conference AAC 20 Navy 13.89 146.56 16.18 23 Memphis 16.10 90.88 15.03 24 UCF 12.49 133.88 14.65 25 SMU 12.49 127.44 14.34 29 Tulane 13.92 58.43 12.04 31 Cincinnati 9.71 95.46 10.98 43 Houston 10.00 0.25 6.68 51 Tulsa 4.16 41.00 4.71 78 Temple -6.15 -9.71 -4.56 98 South Florida -14.25 -51.51 -11.93 118 East Carolina -21.88 -170.13 -22.62 126 Connecticut -32.44 -243.06 -33.10 ACC 9 Clemson 26.43 247.33 29.30 27 Pittsburgh 10.40 134.27 13.27 32 Virginia 11.17 66.25 10.57 36 North Carolina 7.54 80.65 8.84 40 Louisville 7.13 61.56 7.66 48 Miami (FL) -1.79 134.55 5.16 49 Duke 9.13 -23.15 4.99 53 Florida St. 4.93 24.93 4.47 61 Wake Forest 6.57 -35.15 2.72 81 N.C. State -6.42 -36.75 -6.01 86 Syracuse -2.50 -123.83 -7.52 90 Boston Coll. -9.00 -88.72 -10.19 95 Virginia Tech -10.52 -92.90 -11.40 108 Georgia Tech -16.82 -99.37 -15.90 B1G 1 Ohio St. 47.96 361.74 49.06 2 Wisconsin 40.38 320.42 42.06 5 Penn St. 36.25 258.35 36.37 13 Michigan St. 19.81 195.87 22.46 17 Michigan 19.72 124.08 19.00 22 Iowa 14.92 109.55 15.12 44 Minnesota 4.75 71.71 6.55 46 Indiana 4.38 60.53 5.78 50 Nebraska 4.05 46.51 4.90 56 Maryland 8.77 -41.48 3.89 68 Northwestern -2.17 13.69 -0.80 97 Purdue -9.75 -106.43 -11.53 102 Illinois -7.84 -161.35 -12.85 121 Rutgers -26.07 -164.82 -25.16 BXII-II 4 Iowa St. 34.58 289.54 36.73 7 Oklahoma 28.98 250.98 31.17 15 Texas 24.50 114.14 21.72 16 Baylor 20.90 146.98 20.88 18 TCU 14.25 187.41 18.35 28 Oklahoma St. 11.80 102.35 12.70 54 Texas Tech 3.46 45.75 4.47 63 West Virginia 1.96 16.27 2.07 66 Kansas St. 3.63 -54.63 -0.16 75 Kansas -4.33 -18.63 -3.77 CUSA 52 West. Kentucky 3.83 45.42 4.70 58 Florida Atlantic 3.51 25.05 3.52 64 UAB -1.13 44.51 1.35 74 North Texas -6.02 6.37 -3.71 80 Southern Miss -8.50 3.08 -5.52 84 Florida Intl. -5.58 -77.75 -7.39 88 Rice -7.57 -57.00 -7.74 92 Louisiana Tech -10.37 -89.62 -11.15 93 UNC-Charlotte -11.81 -72.85 -11.32 114 Marshall -20.19 -124.38 -19.33 115 Old Dominion -19.67 -138.42 -19.65 120 Middle Tenn. St. -17.60 -234.79 -22.83 123 UT-San Antonio -32.58 -164.17 -29.48 128 UTEP -47.33 -350.42 -48.11 Indies 12 Notre Dame 27.07 135.20 24.43 79 Army -3.17 -59.09 -4.90 89 BYU -8.15 -68.53 -8.67 111 Liberty -16.08 -132.77 -16.99 119 New Mexico St. -24.88 -131.46 -22.79 129 Massachusetts -47.67 -350.67 -48.34 MAC 70 W. Michigan -1.79 -1.90 -1.28 73 Cent. Michigan -7.27 26.23 -3.61 85 Toledo -5.56 -79.19 -7.45 87 Buffalo -12.68 15.68 -7.71 105 East. Michigan -11.77 -149.94 -14.93 106 Ohio -14.52 -116.58 -15.19 107 Ball St. -16.17 -97.58 -15.39 109 Miami (OH) -14.46 -140.46 -16.28 112 Kent St. -15.97 -164.30 -18.40 113 Northern Illinois -23.42 -61.45 -18.52 125 Akron -32.57 -229.83 -32.57 130 Bowling Green -51.15 -432.69 -54.53 MWC 30 Air Force 7.96 140.73 11.95 33 Boise St. 4.27 150.94 9.98 42 Hawaii 6.40 60.81 7.14 57 Utah St. 4.71 14.94 3.84 67 Fresno St. -3.35 32.09 -0.72 69 Wyoming 6.50 -113.46 -1.03 82 San Diego St. -5.84 -46.95 -6.11 101 San Jose St. -12.44 -86.65 -12.38 103 Colorado St. -16.97 -44.32 -13.40 117 New Mexico -22.60 -131.55 -21.28 124 UNLV -29.83 -227.27 -30.62 127 Nevada -33.63 -253.50 -34.39 P12 14 Oregon 23.68 131.68 22.01 21 Utah 13.23 149.63 15.89 34 Washington 15.22 -9.73 9.68 39 USC 9.22 33.47 7.73 47 Arizona St. 7.86 3.31 5.40 55 California 9.80 -46.58 4.33 59 Stanford 3.10 14.72 2.76 60 Colorado 3.76 4.57 2.72 62 Arizona 4.03 -3.04 2.55 65 Washington St. 0.88 4.47 0.80 71 Oregon St. -2.58 -5.86 -2.00 77 UCLA -3.18 -40.28 -4.02 SBC 35 Appalachian State 14.18 -1.33 9.39 45 LA Lafayette 6.38 34.83 5.90 83 Coastal Carolina -6.98 -44.31 -6.75 94 Troy -12.23 -67.27 -11.33 96 Georgia Southern -11.19 -83.81 -11.42 99 LA Monroe -12.75 -73.10 -11.95 100 Arkansas St. -9.68 -124.27 -12.32 110 Texas St. -14.58 -145.35 -16.59 116 Georgia State -22.90 -108.88 -20.41 122 South Alabama -25.37 -199.81 -26.35 SEC 3 Alabama 37.70 247.45 36.82 6 LSU 32.04 248.23 33.08 8 Georgia 30.25 218.50 30.49 10 Auburn 27.10 158.24 25.54 11 Missouri 24.08 180.17 24.56 19 Florida 15.14 150.79 17.21 26 Texas A&M 12.50 111.11 13.58 37 Mississippi 8.88 60.45 8.78 38 South Carolina 8.26 51.89 7.96 41 Mississippi St. 8.23 42.31 7.49 72 Kentucky -1.22 -56.50 -3.48 76 Arkansas -6.19 2.25 -4.02 91 Tennessee -14.75 -9.17 -10.27 104 Vanderbilt -13.83 -101.85 -14.03
  30. 1 point
    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 top 25 was the Bearkats of Cincinnati, jumping 8 spots and almost 4 points after destroying East Carolina. The larger overall upward mover was Middle Tennessee who pounded what had been a borderline top-25 team, UAB, by 24 points and over 300 yards. The biggest mover in the wrong direction was easily Duke, who fell 23 spots and over 5.5 points after inexplicably getting blown out by what had been by all counts a really bad Wake Forest team 59-7. Frogs Week-to-Week The Frogs moved up for the second week in a row, 4 spots and 1.4 points to #66. Just behind the Frogs is B1G West champion Northwestern and only 9 spots ahead is ACC CCG qualifier Pitt (I'm too lazy to look up what the division is called). Opp: @ SMU N OhSt @ Tex | ISU Ttech OU | @ Kan KSU @ WVU | @ Bay OkSt PD: 23.60 6.00 -9.27 | 8.20 -3.50 -8.18 | -8.20 -2.70 -25.78 | 1.40 10.80 YD: 78.40 143.55 29.82 | 140.60 26.10 -133.73 | 141.40 -90.40 -244.67 | 24.50 185.60 Score: 19.53 10.96 -4.74 | 12.28 -1.07 -11.94 | 1.39 -6.18 -29.05 | 2.12 16.20 The Frogs' performance against Okie St was their 2nd best of the season based on DUSHEE score, behind only the SMU game, and was the first time the Frogs looked like a significantly above-average team since the Iowa State game in Week 6. Wince we don't know the Frogs' next opponent yet, let's move on to ... Conference Championship Games Below is a look at all the conference championship games this weekend. DUSHEE only thinks 3 are likely to be competitive: the CUSA game between UAB and MTSU is a true toss-up (after giving MTSU the home field advantage (HFA) ... UAB would be favored on a neutral field), the Pac-12 with Utah as a slight favorite, and the MWC where a Boise HFA turns that game from a toss-up to a Boise 3-point advantage. DUSHEE gives Georgia, Texas, Northwestern, and Memphis all somewhere around a 1-in-4 to 1-in-5 chance. Pitt is given less than a 10% chance of beating Clemson. CCG Location Team 1 Rec DUSHEE O Team 2 Rec DUSHEE O DO Fav (Vegas) DDO + HFA Team 1 Chance SEC Atlanta, GA Georgia 11-1 25.11 Alabama 12-0 38.29 Alabama (-10.5) -13.18 27% ACC Charlotte, NC Pittsburgh 7-5 2.29 Clemson 12-0 33.95 Clemson (-23.5) -31.66 9% BXII-II Arlington, TX Texas 9-3 6.85 Oklahoma 11-1 21.04 Oklahoma (-5.5) -14.19 20% P12 Santa Clara, CA Washington 9-3 11.48 Utah 9-3 12.73 Utah (+3) -1.25 47% B1G Indianapolis, IN Northwestern 8-4 0.81 Ohio St. 11-1 18.80 Ohio St. (-13) -17.99 24% AAC Orlando, FL Memphis 8-4 5.57 UCF 11-0 18.50 UCF (-7) -12.93 -16.45 24% CUSA Murfreesboro, TN UAB 9-3 6.73 Middle Tenn. St. 8-4 3.21 UAB (+2.5) -3.52 -0.01 50% MAC Detroit, MI Northern Illinois 7-5 -2.36 Buffalo 10-2 7.04 Buffalo (-4) -9.39 33% MWC Boise, ID Fresno St. 10-2 15.49 Boise St. 10-2 15.14 Fresno St. (+1.5) -0.35 +3.16 44% SBC Boone, NC LA Lafayette 7-5 -3.56 Appalachian State 9-2 15.29 Appalachian State (-17.5) -18.85 -22.37 13% In general, DUSHEE is higher on most of the favorites than Vegas is. This is particularly true for Oklahoma, where Vegas likes the Sooners by 5.5 and DUSHEE likes them by 14, and UCF, where Vegas likes the Knights by a TD and DUSHEE likes them (with home field) by 16.5. Vegas favors MTSU in the DUSHEE toss-up CUSA game by 2.5 and favors Washington by 3 when DUSHEE favors the Utes by a point to point-and-a-half. Only two of the CCGs feature the top two teams in each conference based on their DUSHEE ranking ... the SEC and the MWC. So, per DUSHEE's assessment, eight out of 10 CCGs are pitting inferior matchups for their respective "championships." Conference: DUSHEE Rank (Rank in Conference) SEC: 1 Alabama (1) vs. 3 Georgia (2) ACC: 2 Clemson (1) vs 57 Pitt (6) ... 29 Miami is the 2nd ranked ACC team and would only be a 26-point dog to Clemson BXII-II: 5 Oklahoma (1) vs 35 Texas (3) ... 17 West Virginia ranks second and would only be a 6-point dog to OU P12: 22 Utah (2) vs 25 Washington (3) ... 20 Washington State ranked 1st, only 2 points separate these 3 teams B1G: 7 Ohio St. (2) vs. 67 Northwestern (11) ... 4 Michigan was the top ranked team; 19 Iowa was the top ranked team in the West AAC: 8 UCF (1) vs. 41 Memphis (4) ... 16 Cincinnati was the 2nd ranked team in the conference, Memphis was the top ranked team in the West Division CUSA: 37 UAB (2) vs 50 MTSU (5) ... 33 North Texas was the top ranked team, 44 Marshall was the top ranked team in the East Division MAC: 34 Buffalo (2) vs 79 NIU (5) ... 23 Ohio was the top ranked team, 61 Toledo was the top ranked team in the West Division MWC: 13 Fresno (1) vs 15 Boise (2) SBC: 14 App St. (1) vs. 87 ULaLa (5) ... 53 Arkansas State was the 2nd ranked team and the top ranked team in the side of the bracket ULaLa was on Conference Ratings Unfortunately, this season, the SEC really was far and away the best conference in college football. As we have discussed before, there are many ways to judge the "best" conference and pretty much any way you look at it ... SEC. Top of the conference? They have 6 teams in the top 20. The Pac 12 has 1 ... Washington State at #20. The ACC has 1 ... Clemson ... and their second best team, Miami, is 29th. The Big XII-II has 2 teams in the top 20, same as the Mountain West. The B1G has four. Bottom of the conference? The SEC had two clearly below average teams, Arkansas and Tennessee. The ACC had six. The B1G and Big XII-II both had three. The Pac 12 has five. Conference average? The average SEC team is nearly a TD better than the average B1G or BXII-II team and would be a 9-10 point favorite on a neutral field against the average P12 or ACC team. The average ACC team is closer to an average Sun Belt team than an average SEC team. SEC 10.77 B10 4.32 B12 4.15 P12 1.77 ACC 0.82 AAC -2.15 MWC -2.51 MAC -5.51 CUSA -5.62 SBC -6.19 Yet another reason why this season has sucked. Performances of the Week Top 3 48.30 Ohio St. vs. Michigan (23 MOV, 166 YM) 47.40 Cincinnati vs. ECU (50 MOV, 338 YM) 45.64 Middle Tennessee St. vs. UAB (24 MOV, 305 YM) Bottom 3 -56.59 Duke vs. Wake (-52 MOV, -266 YM) -42.17 Louisville vs. Kentucky (-46 MOV, -292 YM) -39.58 Central Michigan at Toledo (-38 MOV, -292 YM) Overall Rankings Week 13 Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Alabama 37.01 280.91 38.29 0 -0.72 2 Clemson 32.88 248.04 33.95 0 -2.08 3 Georgia 25.14 172.21 25.11 1 1.40 4 Michigan 22.12 200.75 24.48 -1 -2.82 5 Oklahoma 19.91 160.35 21.04 0 -0.43 6 Mississippi St. 18.35 150.92 19.55 0 1.18 7 Ohio St. 17.12 152.37 18.80 4 2.91 8 UCF 20.66 97.49 18.50 1 1.18 9 Notre Dame 17.43 116.20 17.25 -2 -0.89 10 Missouri 17.25 117.16 17.18 3 1.46 11 Penn St. 17.13 99.04 16.22 6 1.64 12 Texas A&M 12.95 146.44 15.73 -4 -1.71 13 Fresno St. 16.93 86.80 15.49 -3 -0.79 14 Appalachian State 15.42 103.39 15.29 4 1.15 15 Boise St. 15.13 104.23 15.14 4 1.02 16 Cincinnati 14.01 119.62 15.14 8 3.79 17 West Virginia 15.23 101.18 15.06 -1 0.29 18 LSU 14.68 93.08 14.30 -4 -1.14 19 Iowa 14.51 84.01 13.75 -4 -1.46 20 Washington St. 12.86 106.15 13.72 -8 -2.10 21 Utah St. 16.63 50.92 13.55 -1 -0.21 22 Utah 12.96 84.43 12.73 -1 -0.90 23 Ohio 12.27 84.20 12.26 -1 -0.20 24 Temple 12.35 75.14 11.88 -1 -0.56 25 Washington 10.65 90.43 11.48 4 2.38 26 Army 12.21 65.97 11.34 -1 0.06 27 Florida 10.68 71.15 10.57 6 1.99 28 Auburn 10.25 35.12 8.53 2 -0.50 29 Miami (FL) 7.46 68.89 8.32 7 0.22 30 N.C. State 8.43 49.70 8.03 -3 -1.81 31 Kentucky 9.31 36.37 7.97 9 1.82 32 Purdue 7.56 44.00 7.18 3 -1.02 33 North Texas 6.06 64.41 7.16 -5 -2.29 34 Buffalo 6.52 55.45 7.04 10 2.10 35 Texas 8.10 29.96 6.85 -1 -1.48 36 Wisconsin 5.20 68.22 6.77 -4 -2.12 37 UAB 4.93 71.02 6.73 -11 -3.37 38 Michigan St. 5.47 52.92 6.21 -7 -2.79 39 Syracuse 7.11 21.88 5.80 7 1.76 40 Iowa St. 7.24 18.77 5.74 -2 -1.10 41 Memphis 5.10 44.74 5.57 19 3.15 42 South Carolina 6.24 24.65 5.36 8 1.70 43 Oklahoma St. 4.82 40.35 5.17 -6 -2.11 44 Marshall 5.18 27.66 4.80 8 1.16 45 Stanford 7.29 -4.72 4.63 -6 -1.96 46 Florida Atlantic 1.28 77.64 4.62 -3 -0.51 47 BYU 3.16 45.29 4.30 -2 0.23 48 Oregon 4.52 15.51 3.77 6 0.44 49 Georgia Tech 2.87 29.99 3.37 -7 -2.19 50 Middle Tenn. St. 4.04 10.67 3.21 28 4.94 51 Vanderbilt 5.76 -14.31 3.15 12 1.97 52 Arizona St. 3.68 13.72 3.12 1 -0.52 53 Arkansas St. 1.44 40.64 2.93 11 1.79 54 Texas Tech 2.58 18.21 2.60 -13 -3.12 55 Houston 4.07 -5.45 2.45 -8 -1.53 56 Nebraska -0.18 51.33 2.37 5 0.41 57 Pittsburgh 3.14 4.06 2.29 -6 -1.35 58 Miami (OH) 2.60 8.77 2.16 9 1.64 59 Air Force 0.65 31.81 1.97 -1 -0.58 60 Southern Miss -1.06 52.88 1.86 6 1.26 61 Toledo 4.02 -17.45 1.83 13 2.82 62 Boston Coll. 3.57 -15.91 1.61 -6 -1.35 63 Virginia 1.83 7.89 1.60 -15 -2.27 64 Minnesota 1.94 -0.24 1.28 8 2.04 65 Maryland 2.11 -3.14 1.26 -16 -2.44 66 TCU -0.69 27.38 0.86 4 1.39 67 Northwestern 2.79 -21.58 0.81 -12 -2.46 68 Troy 1.35 -6.84 0.57 3 1.14 69 Arizona -3.67 58.69 0.40 -1 0.48 70 East. Michigan 0.39 -1.29 0.20 -8 -1.23 71 Georgia Southern 4.36 -56.98 0.15 -2 0.58 72 Mississippi -3.38 48.55 0.10 -15 -2.70 73 Wyoming -0.77 6.22 -0.21 6 1.91 74 USC -0.59 -2.22 -0.50 2 0.79 75 San Diego St. -0.68 -4.25 -0.66 -10 -1.29 76 Nevada -2.99 10.84 -1.47 -3 -0.56 77 Florida Intl. 0.15 -38.12 -1.75 8 2.17 78 California -1.45 -19.21 -1.90 2 0.28 79 Northern Illinois -1.03 -34.42 -2.36 -4 -1.32 80 UCLA -3.16 -5.37 -2.37 4 0.64 81 Indiana -3.75 -1.47 -2.57 1 -0.13 82 Duke -1.30 -45.90 -3.09 -23 -5.57 83 W. Michigan -7.04 31.35 -3.17 5 1.01 84 Tulane -3.62 -16.82 -3.23 -3 -0.85 85 Baylor -5.34 4.58 -3.34 5 1.23 86 Colorado -5.14 -0.16 -3.43 -3 -0.48 87 LA Lafayette -4.21 -15.62 -3.56 4 1.05 88 Kansas St. -1.30 -63.09 -3.93 -1 0.14 89 Tennessee -3.70 -36.87 -4.25 -12 -2.59 90 Wake Forest -3.45 -47.16 -4.58 10 4.45 91 Louisiana Tech -6.23 -18.80 -5.07 -2 -0.57 92 UNC-Charlotte -8.52 -9.67 -6.15 2 0.30 93 South Florida -7.32 -44.13 -7.02 0 -0.59 94 East Carolina -11.77 15.08 -7.12 -8 -3.11 95 Florida St. -8.40 -33.07 -7.21 -3 -1.61 96 SMU -6.46 -72.77 -7.83 -1 -0.43 97 Hawaii -7.95 -55.62 -8.00 7 1.93 98 Virginia Tech -8.85 -50.89 -8.37 -1 0.41 99 North Carolina -10.41 -29.82 -8.39 -3 0.23 100 Kansas -7.21 -76.66 -8.52 -1 0.50 101 Navy -7.25 -84.62 -8.93 0 0.74 102 LA Monroe -10.69 -49.65 -9.53 0 0.19 103 Ball St. -9.73 -79.32 -10.33 0 -0.50 104 Arkansas -12.59 -49.10 -10.77 -6 -1.99 105 Tulsa -11.47 -91.78 -12.10 1 0.61 106 Colorado St. -16.45 -52.28 -13.50 3 0.96 107 West. Kentucky -13.08 -99.60 -13.55 3 1.39 108 UNLV -13.62 -106.17 -14.23 4 1.33 109 Coastal Carolina -13.21 -120.05 -14.63 -4 -2.05 110 Old Dominion -15.89 -89.45 -14.93 -3 -1.39 111 Georgia State -14.95 -111.72 -15.38 0 0.00 112 Liberty -13.97 -126.51 -15.45 -4 -1.22 113 Akron -13.51 -156.42 -16.59 3 1.69 114 Massachusetts -17.77 -117.85 -17.56 1 -0.21 115 Rutgers -17.13 -130.22 -17.73 3 0.94 116 New Mexico -14.23 -170.76 -17.77 -3 -2.09 117 Illinois -18.49 -124.32 -18.35 5 1.35 118 Texas St. -17.58 -137.42 -18.38 1 0.69 119 Cent. Michigan -18.30 -131.86 -18.59 -5 -1.53 120 Bowling Green -20.12 -110.96 -18.79 -3 -0.47 121 South Alabama -19.99 -123.79 -19.33 3 1.81 122 Kent St. -20.10 -132.29 -19.81 4 2.48 123 Oregon St. -20.97 -133.21 -20.44 -3 -1.31 124 UTEP -20.80 -135.60 -20.44 -1 -0.22 125 San Jose St. -17.14 -186.89 -20.49 0 1.78 126 Louisville -23.53 -126.58 -21.83 -5 -2.14 127 Rice -21.12 -162.66 -21.97 0 1.79 128 UT-San Antonio -19.65 -209.67 -23.26 1 2.61 129 New Mexico St. -24.51 -157.90 -24.00 -1 1.56 130 Connecticut -30.84 -259.36 -33.13 0 -0.30 By Conference AAC 8 UCF 20.66 97.49 18.50 16 Cincinnati 14.01 119.62 15.14 24 Temple 12.35 75.14 11.88 41 Memphis 5.10 44.74 5.57 55 Houston 4.07 -5.45 2.45 84 Tulane -3.62 -16.82 -3.23 93 South Florida -7.32 -44.13 -7.02 94 East Carolina -11.77 15.08 -7.12 96 SMU -6.46 -72.77 -7.83 101 Navy -7.25 -84.62 -8.93 105 Tulsa -11.47 -91.78 -12.10 130 Connecticut -30.84 -259.36 -33.13 ACC 2 Clemson 32.88 248.04 33.95 29 Miami (FL) 7.46 68.89 8.32 30 N.C. State 8.43 49.70 8.03 39 Syracuse 7.11 21.88 5.80 49 Georgia Tech 2.87 29.99 3.37 57 Pittsburgh 3.14 4.06 2.29 62 Boston Coll. 3.57 -15.91 1.61 63 Virginia 1.83 7.89 1.60 82 Duke -1.30 -45.90 -3.09 90 Wake Forest -3.45 -47.16 -4.58 95 Florida St. -8.40 -33.07 -7.21 98 Virginia Tech -8.85 -50.89 -8.37 99 North Carolina -10.41 -29.82 -8.39 126 Louisville -23.53 -126.58 -21.83 B1G 4 Michigan 22.12 200.75 24.48 7 Ohio St. 17.12 152.37 18.80 11 Penn St. 17.13 99.04 16.22 19 Iowa 14.51 84.01 13.75 32 Purdue 7.56 44.00 7.18 36 Wisconsin 5.20 68.22 6.77 38 Michigan St. 5.47 52.92 6.21 56 Nebraska -0.18 51.33 2.37 64 Minnesota 1.94 -0.24 1.28 65 Maryland 2.11 -3.14 1.26 67 Northwestern 2.79 -21.58 0.81 81 Indiana -3.75 -1.47 -2.57 115 Rutgers -17.13 -130.22 -17.73 117 Illinois -18.49 -124.32 -18.35 BXII-II 5 Oklahoma 19.91 160.35 21.04 17 West Virginia 15.23 101.18 15.06 35 Texas 8.10 29.96 6.85 40 Iowa St. 7.24 18.77 5.74 43 Oklahoma St. 4.82 40.35 5.17 54 Texas Tech 2.58 18.21 2.60 66 TCU -0.69 27.38 0.86 85 Baylor -5.34 4.58 -3.34 88 Kansas St. -1.30 -63.09 -3.93 100 Kansas -7.21 -76.66 -8.52 CUSA 33 North Texas 6.06 64.41 7.16 37 UAB 4.93 71.02 6.73 44 Marshall 5.18 27.66 4.80 46 Florida Atlantic 1.28 77.64 4.62 50 Middle Tenn. St. 4.04 10.67 3.21 60 Southern Miss -1.06 52.88 1.86 77 Florida Intl. 0.15 -38.12 -1.75 91 Louisiana Tech -6.23 -18.80 -5.07 92 UNC-Charlotte -8.52 -9.67 -6.15 107 West. Kentucky -13.08 -99.60 -13.55 110 Old Dominion -15.89 -89.45 -14.93 124 UTEP -20.80 -135.60 -20.44 127 Rice -21.12 -162.66 -21.97 128 UT-San Antonio -19.65 -209.67 -23.26 Indies 9 Notre Dame 17.43 116.20 17.25 26 Army 12.21 65.97 11.34 47 BYU 3.16 45.29 4.30 112 Liberty -13.97 -126.51 -15.45 114 Massachusetts -17.77 -117.85 -17.56 129 New Mexico St. -24.51 -157.90 -24.00 MAC 23 Ohio 12.27 84.20 12.26 34 Buffalo 6.52 55.45 7.04 58 Miami (OH) 2.60 8.77 2.16 61 Toledo 4.02 -17.45 1.83 70 East. Michigan 0.39 -1.29 0.20 79 Northern Illinois -1.03 -34.42 -2.36 83 W. Michigan -7.04 31.35 -3.17 103 Ball St. -9.73 -79.32 -10.33 113 Akron -13.51 -156.42 -16.59 119 Cent. Michigan -18.30 -131.86 -18.59 120 Bowling Green -20.12 -110.96 -18.79 122 Kent St. -20.10 -132.29 -19.81 MWC 13 Fresno St. 16.93 86.80 15.49 15 Boise St. 15.13 104.23 15.14 21 Utah St. 16.63 50.92 13.55 59 Air Force 0.65 31.81 1.97 73 Wyoming -0.77 6.22 -0.21 75 San Diego St. -0.68 -4.25 -0.66 76 Nevada -2.99 10.84 -1.47 97 Hawaii -7.95 -55.62 -8.00 106 Colorado St. -16.45 -52.28 -13.50 108 UNLV -13.62 -106.17 -14.23 116 New Mexico -14.23 -170.76 -17.77 125 San Jose St. -17.14 -186.89 -20.49 P12 20 Washington St. 12.86 106.15 13.72 22 Utah 12.96 84.43 12.73 25 Washington 10.65 90.43 11.48 45 Stanford 7.29 -4.72 4.63 48 Oregon 4.52 15.51 3.77 52 Arizona St. 3.68 13.72 3.12 69 Arizona -3.67 58.69 0.40 74 USC -0.59 -2.22 -0.50 78 California -1.45 -19.21 -1.90 80 UCLA -3.16 -5.37 -2.37 86 Colorado -5.14 -0.16 -3.43 123 Oregon St. -20.97 -133.21 -20.44 SBC 14 Appalachian State 15.42 103.39 15.29 53 Arkansas St. 1.44 40.64 2.93 68 Troy 1.35 -6.84 0.57 71 Georgia Southern 4.36 -56.98 0.15 87 LA Lafayette -4.21 -15.62 -3.56 102 LA Monroe -10.69 -49.65 -9.53 109 Coastal Carolina -13.21 -120.05 -14.63 111 Georgia State -14.95 -111.72 -15.38 118 Texas St. -17.58 -137.42 -18.38 121 South Alabama -19.99 -123.79 -19.33 SEC 1 Alabama 37.01 280.91 38.29 3 Georgia 25.14 172.21 25.11 6 Mississippi St. 18.35 150.92 19.55 10 Missouri 17.25 117.16 17.18 12 Texas A&M 12.95 146.44 15.73 18 LSU 14.68 93.08 14.30 27 Florida 10.68 71.15 10.57 28 Auburn 10.25 35.12 8.53 31 Kentucky 9.31 36.37 7.97 42 South Carolina 6.24 24.65 5.36 51 Vanderbilt 5.76 -14.31 3.15 72 Mississippi -3.38 48.55 0.10 89 Tennessee -3.70 -36.87 -4.25 104 Arkansas -12.59 -49.10 -10.77
  31. 1 point
    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
  32. 1 point
    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, DO is DUSHEE Original, DR is DUSHEE Revised (or Extra Crispy), DA is the average of the two DUSHEE rankings, Sag is Sagarin, and SRS is the College Football Reference "Simple Rating System". I pulled the Sagarin and SRS numbers before the Army-Navy game, so the numbers may not be an exact match for those checking my work. TCU Alamo Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Stanford 9-4 10.20 12.30 85.53 12.50 4.08 TCU 10-3 14.00 17.73 87.18 14.59 4.52 Here we are again, back in ol' Saint Tony, to face off against a Pac-12 runner up. That last game wasn't very exciting, but this one will be if the computers and Vegas are right. TCU is a unanimous, if small, favorite across the computational models and Vegas. DUSHEE likes the Frogs a little more than Vegas, Sagarin a little less and the SRS pretty well nails the point spread: DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS TCU 3.80 TCU 5.43 TCU 4.61 TCU 2 TCU 1.65 TCU 2.1 New Years Six Orange Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Wisconsin 12-1 24.45 28.65 93.09 22.65 2.73 Miami (FL) 10-2 9.04 12.25 83.72 15.97 5.62 Wisconsin is a unanimous favorite here as well, with all the computer models liking the Badgers more than Vegas. DUSHEE likes Wiscy a LOT more than Vegas. Vegas could be giving the Canes a home field advantage here. DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Wisconsin 15.40 Wisconsin 16.40 Wisconsin 15.90 Wisconsin 6.5 Wisconsin 9.37 Wisconsin 6.7 Peach The Peach Bowl is the first of several games pairing teams with a disparate strength-of-schedule. As one would expect, the DUSHEE Revised punishes the lower SoS much more than the Original. Auburn had the 2nd most difficult schedule in college football this year (Maryland's ranked the toughest) while UCF's schedule ranked 85th. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Auburn 10-3 26.81 34.81 92.18 18.42 9.09 UCF 12-0 20.63 20.54 83.72 16.78 -1.61 Auburn is a unanimous favorite, but Vegas likes the Tigers/WarEagles more than any of the computer models other than DUSHEE Revised. DUSHEE Average is right at the point spread. DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Auburn 6.18 Auburn 14.28 Auburn 10.23 Auburn 10 Auburn 8.46 Auburn 1.6 Fiesta The Fiesta predictions follow the same pattern as the Orange, with all models liking the Nittany Lions more than Vegas. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Penn St. 10-2 25.00 27.67 96.58 21.57 1.85 Washington 10-2 17.99 19.55 92.24 17.56 -0.29 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Penn St. 7.01 Penn St. 8.12 Penn St. 7.57 Penn St. 3 Penn St. 4.34 Penn St. 4.0 Cotton Again, all the computer models like Ohio State more than Vegas. DUSHEE and Sagarin like the Buckeyes A LOT more. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Ohio St. 11-2 30.94 39.28 96.34 21.24 4.30 USC 11-2 11.97 15.10 83.98 14.19 2.91 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Ohio St. 18.96 Ohio St. 24.18 Ohio St. 21.57 Ohio St. 7 Ohio St. 12.36 Ohio St. 7.1 Rose The models and Vegas are NOT unanimous for the two Semi-Final games. For the Rose Bowl, the computers all like Georgia but Vegas (at least at the time I pulled the number) liked the Sooners. None have the spread higher that 4-points. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Oklahoma 12-1 25.90 30.27 92.84 19.21 2.69 Georgia 12-1 27.31 33.93 95.34 22.70 5.72 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Georgia 1.41 Georgia 3.66 Georgia 2.54 Oklahoma 1 Georgia 2.50 Georgia 3.5 Sugar The SRS likes Clemson, everybody else has the Tide as a small favorite. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Clemson 12-1 24.96 31.80 96.18 22.34 5.68 Alabama 11-1 29.27 32.25 98.90 18.95 2.79 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Alabama 4.31 Alabama 0.45 Alabama 2.38 Alabama 2 Alabama 2.72 Clemson 3.4 Games of That Already Happened So I wasn't thinking and assumed I had another week before games started. So here, I'll put the games that happened this weekend. DUSHEE went against Vegas and most of the computer models and took Marshall, Boise, and Georgia State. DUSHEE, along with everybody else, missed on the Middle Tennessee-Arkansas State matchup. DUSHEE really liked Arkansas State, so while DUSHEE nailed a bunch of upsets, it also lost out on a high confidence pick in the Pick'em contest. DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Winner Margin Marshall 3.35 Marshall 3.95 Marshall 3.65 Colorado St. 5.5 Colorado St. 2.32 Colorado St. 1.3 Marshall 3 Boise St. 3.50 Boise St. 1.86 Boise St. 2.68 Oregon 5 Oregon 3.38 Boise St. 2.4 Boise St. 10 Arkansas St. 10.30 Arkansas St. 10.62 Arkansas St. 10.46 Arkansas St. 3.5 Arkansas St. 6.59 Arkansas St. 5.3 Middle Tenn. St. 5 Georgia State 0.50 Georgia State 2.73 Georgia State 1.61 West. Kentucky 4.5 West. Kentucky 4.34 West. Kentucky 2.0 Georgia State 10 Troy 8.38 Troy 5.98 Troy 7.18 Troy 6 Troy 7.22 Troy 4.7 Troy 20 Other Games of Texas or Big XII-II Interest Frisco The Ponies are unanimous favorites and the all the computer models other than DUSHEE Original like the Ponies more than Vegas. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Louisiana Tech 6-6 -2.36 -6.06 60.75 -4.52 -5.09 SMU 7-5 1.73 1.45 68.57 3.46 1.41 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS SMU 4.08 SMU 7.51 SMU 5.79 SMU 5 SMU 7.82 SMU 8.0 Armed Forces DUSHEE and Vegas are in close agreement, with the Aztecs about a touchdown favorite over Army. Sagarin and SRS also like San Diego State, but not to cover. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Army 8-4 1.46 -0.27 68.78 2.26 -2.49 San Diego St. 10-2 8.97 7.03 74.05 6.49 -4.59 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS San Diego St. 7.51 San Diego St. 7.30 San Diego St. 7.40 San Diego St. 7 San Diego St. 5.27 San Diego St. 4.2 Hawaii DUSHEE and SRS like the Bulldogs, Vegas and Sagarin like the Cougars. Everybody likes Fresno against the spread. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Houston 7-4 1.59 0.19 72.31 3.63 -2.91 Fresno St. 9-4 5.15 4.18 71.85 4.22 -1.47 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Fresno St. 3.56 Fresno St. 3.99 Fresno St. 3.78 Houston 1.5 Houston 0.46 Fresno St. 0.6 Heart of Dallas SRS likes the Mountaineers; everybody else likes the Utes. Everybody likes WVU against the spread. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS West Virginia 7-5 3.86 6.49 75.71 6.11 3.63 Utah 6-6 6.17 7.80 77.70 5.13 1.55 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Utah 2.31 Utah 1.30 Utah 1.80 Utah 4.5 Utah 1.99 West Virginia 1.0 Cactus DUSHEE has been down on the Fightin' Snyders all year long compared to everybody else. DUSHEE likes the Bruins, everyone else likes the Wildcats. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Kansas St. 7-5 -2.01 -2.06 77.70 4.78 1.53 UCLA 6-6 0.52 3.29 74.55 2.86 4.06 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS UCLA 2.53 UCLA 5.35 UCLA 3.94 Kansas St. 3 Kansas St. 3.15 Kansas St. 1.9 Camping World DUSHEE and Vegas like the Cowboys by almost a touchdown; Sagarin and SRS only like the Fightin' Mullets by about a point. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Virginia Tech 9-3 13.91 15.20 86.46 11.85 0.27 Oklahoma St. 9-3 19.64 21.71 87.67 12.52 0.14 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Oklahoma St. 5.73 Oklahoma St. 6.51 Oklahoma St. 6.12 Oklahoma St. 6.5 Oklahoma St. 1.21 Oklahoma St. 0.7 Texas Everybody likes the Horns except Vegas. Sagarin likes Texas by almost a TD, everybody else by a field goal or less. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Texas 6-6 6.10 7.67 81.11 7.27 0.96 Missouri 7-5 3.84 3.62 74.35 5.34 -0.52 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Texas 2.26 Texas 4.06 Texas 3.16 Missouri 1 Texas 6.76 Texas 1.9 Birmingham This bowl pits the teams with the largest differential in strength-of-schedule which translates to a big difference in how the Original and Revised formulations of DUSHEE see this game. Original DUSHEE has USF as a 9-point favorite; Revised DUSHEE likes Tech by under a point. Sagarin agrees with Revised DUSHEE; Vegas, SRS, and Average DUSHEE are close. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Texas Tech 6-6 2.68 6.69 76.47 3.39 4.43 South Florida 9-2 11.70 6.04 75.52 7.30 -9.93 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS South Florida 9.03 Texas Tech 0.64 South Florida 4.19 South Florida 2.5 Texas Tech 0.95 South Florida 3.9 Belk It's easy to forget, especially those of us out of state, that A&M is still in Texas. They face off against Wake Forest in Charlotte where the computer models all like Wake more than Vegas, and Vegas has the Demon Deacons as a 2.5-point favorite. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Wake Forest 7-5 7.59 11.82 80.21 11.66 7.14 Texas A&M 7-5 2.38 3.52 75.20 3.05 3.29 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Wake Forest 5.21 Wake Forest 8.31 Wake Forest 6.76 Wake Forest 2.5 Wake Forest 5.01 Wake Forest 8.6 Liberty The Cyclones face off against Memphis who is playing in their home stadium. If Vegas views this as a home game for the Tigers, then the bettors view the teams as pretty well dead even, as does the SRS. DUSHEE likes Memphis while Sagarin likes Iowa State. Team Record DO DR Sag SRS SoS Memphis 10-2 12.97 13.36 78.04 9.63 -0.67 Iowa St. 7-5 8.48 11.29 82.27 9.38 3.54 DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Memphis 4.49 Memphis 2.07 Memphis 3.28 Memphis 3 Iowa St. 4.23 Memphis 0.3 All the Others Here are the other games DO Fav DDO DR Fav DDR DA Fav DUSHEE Avg Vegas Fav Vegas Sag Fav DSag SRS Fav DSRS Boca Raton Florida Atlantic 23.09 Florida Atlantic 23.35 Florida Atlantic 23.22 Florida Atlantic 17 Florida Atlantic 12.79 Florida Atlantic 10.5 Potato Cent. Michigan 4.16 Cent. Michigan 4.70 Cent. Michigan 4.43 even 0 Wyoming 2.98 Wyoming 1.3 Bahamas Ohio 10.35 Ohio 12.15 Ohio 11.25 Ohio 8 Ohio 13.73 Ohio 8.7 Dollar General Toledo 5.92 Toledo 7.62 Toledo 6.77 Toledo 7 Toledo 6.98 Toledo 9.3 Gasparilla Temple 2.43 Temple 6.44 Temple 4.44 Temple 8 Temple 8.11 Temple 3.0 Quick Lane Northern Illinois 2.30 Duke 0.12 Northern Illinois 1.09 Duke 2.5 Duke 6.66 Duke 2.8 Independence Florida St. 3.77 Florida St. 15.49 Florida St. 9.63 Florida St. 14 Florida St. 17.8 Florida St. 11.9 Military Navy 7.82 Navy 7.36 Navy 7.59 Navy 3.5 Navy 1.72 Navy 3.3 Holiday Washington St. 2.11 Washington St. 1.18 Washington St. 1.65 Washington St. 4.5 Washington St. 0.8 Michigan St. 3.6 Pinstripe Iowa 4.66 Iowa 4.05 Iowa 4.36 Iowa 3 Iowa 5.76 Iowa 4.0 Foster Farms Purdue 3.84 Purdue 5.97 Purdue 4.91 Arizona 4.5 Purdue 1.79 Purdue 5.6 Sun N.C. State 6.44 N.C. State 9.05 N.C. State 7.75 N.C. State 5 N.C. State 5.4 N.C. State 5.5 Music City Northwestern 14.26 Northwestern 16.61 Northwestern 15.43 Northwestern 8.5 Northwestern 14.65 Northwestern 10.5 Arizona Utah St. 0.65 Utah St. 2.30 Utah St. 1.47 Utah St. 3 Utah St. 9.41 Utah St. 9.3 Citrus Notre Dame 7.60 Notre Dame 10.32 Notre Dame 8.96 LSU 2.5 Notre Dame 6.23 Notre Dame 8.4 Outback Michigan 12.42 Michigan 16.33 Michigan 14.37 Michigan 8.5 Michigan 7.71 Michigan 7.8 TaxSlayer Mississippi St. 3.12 Mississippi St. 5.95 Mississippi St. 4.53 Louisville 6 Mississippi St. 1.36 Mississippi St. 0.4
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    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 9.00 25.90 15.40 1.20 26.73 1.73 24.90 11.70 1.20 154.60 158.91 -96.30 110.70 342.80 80.70 135.36 103.45 -26.60 -9.60 6.73 23.06 29.01 1.27 22.70 27.09 4.76 24.46 6.23 15.29 7.33 TCU's Next Opponent (OU) Week-to-Week UTEP @ OhSt Tulane @ Bay ISU # Tex @ KSU Ttech @ OkSt TCU @ Kan WVU 26.18 42.45 41.30 -4.80 1.20 13.64 11.60 22.70 28.55 36.10 9.90 32.10 317.73 414.45 300.90 57.50 93.90 150.64 141.50 206.60 330.18 201.20 156.90 300.80 33.05 48.65 42.30 -0.38 5.41 16.49 14.68 25.28 35.24 33.94 14.30 36.17 Conference Rankings B10 6.02 SEC 5.52 ACC 5.38 B12 5.06 P12 3.63 AAC -0.42 MWC -5.70 MAC -7.31 CUSA -7.58 SBC -8.15 Top 3 Performances 39.46 Auburn vs. Alabama (+12 Point Margin, +31 Yardage Margin) 39.36 Georgia at Georgia Tech (+31 PM, +245 YM) 38.44 Penn St. at Maryland (+63 PM, +231 YM) Bottom 3 Performances -56.13 Oregon St. at Oregon (-59 PM, -366 YM) -45.07 Texas St. at Troy (-53 PM, -341 YM) -41.17 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt (-18 PM, -291 YM) Overall Rankings Rank Team P/G Y/G Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St. 26.53 262.66 30.58 0 -1.23 2 Auburn 28.42 214.05 29.45 1 0.86 3 Alabama 27.79 221.52 29.40 -1 -1.73 4 Georgia 25.28 183.19 25.84 0 0.66 5 Oklahoma 21.74 222.69 25.43 0 0.54 6 Penn St. 27.91 136.18 25.29 0 0.99 7 Wisconsin 23.96 184.19 25.01 0 0.78 8 Clemson 21.79 190.21 23.86 0 0.36 9 UCF 22.83 116.17 20.92 1 0.27 10 Oklahoma St. 16.70 178.80 19.91 1 -0.31 11 Notre Dame 19.63 125.28 19.24 -2 -1.45 12 Washington 19.33 108.65 18.22 1 1.47 13 Mississippi St. 13.59 126.50 15.27 -1 -1.93 14 TCU 16.51 86.84 15.27 0 -1.33 15 Virginia Tech 13.83 100.64 14.16 0 -1.33 16 Memphis 15.43 50.78 12.78 5 1.58 17 Michigan 9.90 113.39 12.16 3 0.27 18 South Florida 9.34 116.17 11.93 5 2.10 19 Iowa 15.94 23.44 11.78 8 2.21 20 LSU 9.26 114.11 11.77 6 2.04 21 Washington St. 7.97 129.38 11.67 -4 -1.59 22 USC 11.01 87.41 11.63 -4 -1.25 23 Louisville 7.38 128.04 11.20 1 1.43 24 Stanford 14.36 30.09 11.05 1 1.32 25 Boise St. 11.24 71.77 11.02 -6 -0.96 26 Florida Atlantic 12.88 48.61 10.98 -4 -0.16 27 Miami (FL) 14.04 23.15 10.49 -11 -3.97 28 Toledo 10.19 67.93 10.13 6 2.00 29 Michigan St. 6.87 99.14 9.45 1 0.25 30 San Diego St. 8.42 73.39 9.22 2 0.76 31 Northwestern 10.79 37.28 9.02 4 1.16 32 Iowa St. 11.11 30.32 8.89 -3 -0.41 33 N.C. State 6.59 85.26 8.58 -5 -0.76 34 Oregon 5.37 76.15 7.32 8 2.54 35 Purdue 7.74 33.98 6.83 2 -0.64 36 Wake Forest 8.23 26.84 6.80 -3 -1.64 37 Troy 6.66 45.11 6.65 15 3.79 38 Georgia Tech 3.11 89.37 6.46 -7 -2.47 39 Texas 6.48 42.03 6.39 -3 -1.39 40 Utah 5.54 53.08 6.30 5 1.97 41 Boston Coll. 7.56 22.41 6.14 2 1.53 42 Navy 5.06 41.88 5.43 -3 -0.87 43 Fresno St. 5.23 34.93 5.20 5 1.79 44 Arkansas St. 4.37 28.23 4.30 5 1.10 45 West Virginia 3.41 38.40 4.16 -5 -1.79 46 Missouri 3.98 28.90 4.07 -2 -0.41 47 Northern Illinois 4.50 18.00 3.89 -6 -0.92 48 Indiana 1.16 53.11 3.38 -2 -0.44 49 Ohio 4.60 4.27 3.27 1 0.35 50 Texas A&M 3.39 16.42 3.07 -12 -3.95 51 Texas Tech 2.06 32.67 2.97 2 0.63 52 Marshall 2.76 19.18 2.78 2 0.96 53 Arizona 2.75 18.15 2.72 -6 -0.92 54 SMU 4.64 -8.79 2.66 -3 -0.23 55 Arizona St. 3.53 4.70 2.58 3 1.36 56 Army 1.95 13.46 1.96 0 0.43 57 Houston 2.46 3.30 1.81 7 1.72 58 Duke 1.46 14.31 1.68 1 0.88 59 Florida St. 1.77 8.66 1.61 -4 -0.09 60 UCLA 1.50 -3.91 0.81 1 0.34 61 Appalachian State 0.61 6.28 0.71 8 1.92 62 Southern Miss -2.74 39.85 0.13 3 0.45 63 UT-San Antonio -2.96 36.01 -0.21 -6 -1.59 64 Colorado St. -1.30 13.44 -0.21 -4 -0.69 65 South Carolina 2.23 -44.56 -0.70 -2 -0.83 66 North Texas -1.47 4.60 -0.75 1 0.31 67 Pittsburgh -1.14 -6.25 -1.06 12 2.44 68 Temple -2.96 10.52 -1.46 3 0.12 69 East. Michigan -1.02 -18.37 -1.58 -7 -2.03 70 Kansas St. 3.22 -78.48 -1.70 3 0.42 71 W. Michigan -0.45 -36.09 -2.07 -1 -0.69 72 Virginia -3.46 3.26 -2.15 3 0.16 73 Louisiana Tech -2.77 -8.88 -2.29 13 2.56 74 Buffalo -1.59 -29.37 -2.50 6 1.44 75 California -1.31 -33.37 -2.51 -3 -0.76 76 Syracuse -4.71 12.28 -2.54 -8 -1.48 77 Cent. Michigan -2.22 -23.32 -2.63 10 2.24 78 Mississippi -3.06 -13.92 -2.72 -1 0.30 79 Minnesota -1.83 -41.78 -3.27 -5 -1.06 80 Nebraska -3.76 -18.54 -3.42 -14 -2.91 81 Florida -4.27 -19.20 -3.79 -5 -1.15 82 Tulane -2.72 -54.49 -4.49 6 0.41 83 Utah St. -2.25 -63.63 -4.62 2 0.18 84 Air Force -5.49 -22.21 -4.75 0 -0.18 85 Middle Tenn. St. -6.35 -11.72 -4.81 11 2.99 86 Miami (OH) -6.30 -21.10 -5.24 -3 -0.70 87 Massachusetts -8.11 -0.54 -5.43 3 0.48 88 Kentucky -2.61 -76.35 -5.49 -6 -1.22 89 Colorado -4.17 -57.95 -5.62 -11 -2.34 90 New Mexico St. -8.79 1.34 -5.79 4 1.86 91 Arkansas -6.08 -44.73 -6.25 -2 -1.01 92 Wyoming -2.30 -103.05 -6.59 -11 -2.34 93 Florida Intl. -5.30 -63.37 -6.64 7 2.29 94 Baylor -9.08 -20.97 -7.08 -1 -0.14 95 UAB -6.44 -60.33 -7.26 0 0.40 96 LA Monroe -5.92 -67.73 -7.27 -4 -0.44 97 Nevada -6.35 -75.58 -7.94 7 1.85 98 Georgia State -9.35 -47.25 -8.55 -1 -0.62 99 UNLV -7.91 -71.69 -8.79 -1 -0.51 100 Tulsa -6.91 -94.88 -9.26 -1 -0.52 101 Maryland -9.53 -62.44 -9.42 -10 -2.86 102 BYU -10.19 -61.81 -9.83 5 1.58 103 Vanderbilt -9.41 -73.39 -9.88 5 1.58 104 West. Kentucky -11.77 -42.28 -9.92 -1 -0.28 105 North Carolina -8.98 -81.49 -9.99 -3 -0.66 106 Georgia Southern -10.70 -70.44 -10.59 4 2.02 107 Akron -6.23 -145.59 -11.30 -1 0.09 108 Cincinnati -12.95 -70.80 -12.11 -3 -1.91 109 Idaho -12.18 -87.06 -12.39 2 0.31 110 New Mexico -14.09 -63.38 -12.51 -1 -0.63 111 Coastal Carolina -12.58 -85.98 -12.61 1 0.36 112 Tennessee -10.51 -115.99 -12.70 -11 -3.76 113 Bowling Green -13.03 -120.76 -14.61 10 3.39 114 South Alabama -13.68 -117.19 -14.87 2 1.06 115 Illinois -14.84 -119.69 -15.77 -2 -1.62 116 Connecticut -15.90 -112.88 -16.14 6 0.88 117 Hawaii -18.44 -93.71 -16.89 4 0.05 118 East Carolina -18.77 -93.86 -17.12 -3 -1.61 119 Rutgers -14.68 -153.66 -17.33 -5 -2.53 120 Old Dominion -16.88 -124.48 -17.37 -3 -1.22 121 LA Lafayette -16.77 -133.44 -17.73 -3 -1.53 122 Texas St. -20.52 -120.47 -19.60 -2 -2.65 123 Oregon St. -21.80 -123.55 -20.60 -4 -4.27 124 Rice -22.64 -119.90 -20.98 0 1.09 125 Kent St. -23.77 -142.58 -22.85 2 0.97 126 UNC-Charlotte -21.01 -181.73 -22.93 0 0.56 127 Kansas -24.95 -143.17 -23.66 -2 -0.88 128 Ball St. -28.16 -123.04 -24.81 0 1.62 129 UTEP -25.78 -196.02 -26.81 0 1.09 130 San Jose St. -30.61 -227.45 -31.57 0 3.47 By Conference AAC 9 UCF 22.83 116.17 20.92 16 Memphis 15.43 50.78 12.78 18 South Florida 9.34 116.17 11.93 42 Navy 5.06 41.88 5.43 54 SMU 4.64 -8.79 2.66 57 Houston 2.46 3.30 1.81 68 Temple -2.96 10.52 -1.46 82 Tulane -2.72 -54.49 -4.49 100 Tulsa -6.91 -94.88 -9.26 108 Cincinnati -12.95 -70.80 -12.11 116 Connecticut -15.90 -112.88 -16.14 118 East Carolina -18.77 -93.86 -17.12 ACC 8 Clemson 21.79 190.21 23.86 15 Virginia Tech 13.83 100.64 14.16 23 Louisville 7.38 128.04 11.20 27 Miami (FL) 14.04 23.15 10.49 33 N.C. State 6.59 85.26 8.58 36 Wake Forest 8.23 26.84 6.80 38 Georgia Tech 3.11 89.37 6.46 41 Boston Coll. 7.56 22.41 6.14 58 Duke 1.46 14.31 1.68 59 Florida St. 1.77 8.66 1.61 67 Pittsburgh -1.14 -6.25 -1.06 72 Virginia -3.46 3.26 -2.15 76 Syracuse -4.71 12.28 -2.54 105 North Carolina -8.98 -81.49 -9.99 B1G 1 Ohio St. 26.53 262.66 30.58 6 Penn St. 27.91 136.18 25.29 7 Wisconsin 23.96 184.19 25.01 17 Michigan 9.90 113.39 12.16 19 Iowa 15.94 23.44 11.78 29 Michigan St. 6.87 99.14 9.45 31 Northwestern 10.79 37.28 9.02 35 Purdue 7.74 33.98 6.83 48 Indiana 1.16 53.11 3.38 79 Minnesota -1.83 -41.78 -3.27 80 Nebraska -3.76 -18.54 -3.42 101 Maryland -9.53 -62.44 -9.42 115 Illinois -14.84 -119.69 -15.77 119 Rutgers -14.68 -153.66 -17.33 BXII-II 5 Oklahoma 21.74 222.69 25.43 10 Oklahoma St. 16.70 178.80 19.91 14 TCU 16.51 86.84 15.27 32 Iowa St. 11.11 30.32 8.89 39 Texas 6.48 42.03 6.39 45 West Virginia 3.41 38.40 4.16 51 Texas Tech 2.06 32.67 2.97 70 Kansas St. 3.22 -78.48 -1.70 94 Baylor -9.08 -20.97 -7.08 127 Kansas -24.95 -143.17 -23.66 CUSA 26 Florida Atlantic 12.88 48.61 10.98 52 Marshall 2.76 19.18 2.78 62 Southern Miss -2.74 39.85 0.13 63 UT-San Antonio -2.96 36.01 -0.21 66 North Texas -1.47 4.60 -0.75 73 Louisiana Tech -2.77 -8.88 -2.29 85 Middle Tenn. St. -6.35 -11.72 -4.81 93 Florida Intl. -5.30 -63.37 -6.64 95 UAB -6.44 -60.33 -7.26 104 West. Kentucky -11.77 -42.28 -9.92 120 Old Dominion -16.88 -124.48 -17.37 124 Rice -22.64 -119.90 -20.98 126 UNC-Charlotte -21.01 -181.73 -22.93 129 UTEP -25.78 -196.02 -26.81 Indies 11 Notre Dame 19.63 125.28 19.24 56 Army 1.95 13.46 1.96 87 Massachusetts -8.11 -0.54 -5.43 102 BYU -10.19 -61.81 -9.83 MAC 28 Toledo 10.19 67.93 10.13 47 Northern Illinois 4.50 18.00 3.89 49 Ohio 4.60 4.27 3.27 69 East. Michigan -1.02 -18.37 -1.58 71 W. Michigan -0.45 -36.09 -2.07 74 Buffalo -1.59 -29.37 -2.50 77 Cent. Michigan -2.22 -23.32 -2.63 86 Miami (OH) -6.30 -21.10 -5.24 107 Akron -6.23 -145.59 -11.30 113 Bowling Green -13.03 -120.76 -14.61 125 Kent St. -23.77 -142.58 -22.85 128 Ball St. -28.16 -123.04 -24.81 MWC 25 Boise St. 11.24 71.77 11.02 30 San Diego St. 8.42 73.39 9.22 43 Fresno St. 5.23 34.93 5.20 64 Colorado St. -1.30 13.44 -0.21 83 Utah St. -2.25 -63.63 -4.62 84 Air Force -5.49 -22.21 -4.75 92 Wyoming -2.30 -103.05 -6.59 97 Nevada -6.35 -75.58 -7.94 99 UNLV -7.91 -71.69 -8.79 110 New Mexico -14.09 -63.38 -12.51 117 Hawaii -18.44 -93.71 -16.89 130 San Jose St. -30.61 -227.45 -31.57 P12 12 Washington 19.33 108.65 18.22 21 Washington St. 7.97 129.38 11.67 22 USC 11.01 87.41 11.63 24 Stanford 14.36 30.09 11.05 34 Oregon 5.37 76.15 7.32 40 Utah 5.54 53.08 6.30 53 Arizona 2.75 18.15 2.72 55 Arizona St. 3.53 4.70 2.58 60 UCLA 1.50 -3.91 0.81 75 California -1.31 -33.37 -2.51 89 Colorado -4.17 -57.95 -5.62 123 Oregon St. -21.80 -123.55 -20.60 SBC 37 Troy 6.66 45.11 6.65 44 Arkansas St. 4.37 28.23 4.30 61 Appalachian State 0.61 6.28 0.71 90 New Mexico St. -8.79 1.34 -5.79 96 LA Monroe -5.92 -67.73 -7.27 98 Georgia State -9.35 -47.25 -8.55 106 Georgia Southern -10.70 -70.44 -10.59 109 Idaho -12.18 -87.06 -12.39 111 Coastal Carolina -12.58 -85.98 -12.61 114 South Alabama -13.68 -117.19 -14.87 121 LA Lafayette -16.77 -133.44 -17.73 122 Texas St. -20.52 -120.47 -19.60 SEC 2 Auburn 28.42 214.05 29.45 3 Alabama 27.79 221.52 29.40 4 Georgia 25.28 183.19 25.84 13 Mississippi St. 13.59 126.50 15.27 20 LSU 9.26 114.11 11.77 46 Missouri 3.98 28.90 4.07 50 Texas A&M 3.39 16.42 3.07 65 South Carolina 2.23 -44.56 -0.70 78 Mississippi -3.06 -13.92 -2.72 81 Florida -4.27 -19.20 -3.79 88 Kentucky -2.61 -76.35 -5.49 91 Arkansas -6.08 -44.73 -6.25 103 Vanderbilt -9.41 -73.39 -9.88 112 Tennessee -10.51 -115.99 -12.70
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    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 -9.00 231.33 209.14 -84.17 145.67 400.50 104.33 4.90 31.21 35.37 6.48 26.06 31.07 9.72 Frogs Next Opponent Week-to-Week (Texas) Mary SJSU @ USC @ ISU KSU # OU OkSt @ Bay -27.83 29.43 5.50 26.83 12.17 14.43 19.57 16.50 -199.67 271.57 -23.88 109.00 114.17 126.86 81.14 68.50 -28.23 32.78 2.51 23.17 13.64 15.77 16.98 14.32 Top 3 Performances 42.05 Ohio State vs. Penn State (1 Point Margin, 246 Yardage Margin) 36.99 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech (14 PM, 198 YM) 32.26 USC at Arizona State (31 PM, 247 YM) Bottom 3 Performances -50.10 Coastal Carolina vs. Texas State (-20 PM, -324 YM) -48.82 Connecticut vs. Missouri (-40 PM, -229 YM) -48.29 San Jose State at BYU (-21 PM, -260 YM) Conference Ratings B10 8.36 B12 7.49 ACC 6.85 SEC 5.26 P12 4.90 AAC -0.30 MWC -6.01 CUSA -9.68 MAC -9.96 SBC -10.56 Overall Rankings Rank Team PD YD Score Rk +/- Score +/- 1 Ohio St. 33.75893 301.2054 37.10206587 0 0.86 2 Alabama 31.48214 255.7202 33.38004488 0 -1.25 3 Penn St. 34.36071 174.6732 31.37163394 0 -0.67 4 Georgia 30.33333 200.5986 29.94303375 1 1.77 5 Clemson 26.59568 246.1777 29.659983 -1 1.06 6 Notre Dame 30.73289 180.5774 29.23919242 0 1.21 7 Oklahoma St. 22.73214 226.2619 26.11918987 0 -1.71 8 Oklahoma 21.21726 219.6726 24.78995897 0 -1.08 9 UCF 26.50556 145.4333 24.71792576 0 1.03 10 Auburn 21.92109 168.6946 22.78883026 3 1.59 11 Virginia Tech 21.80612 158.3614 22.21145141 1 0.75 12 TCU 20.67007 142.5442 20.68759706 -1 -2.09 13 Wisconsin 20.57738 140.5327 20.52833136 -3 -2.88 14 Mississippi St. 19.53741 146.4184 20.12023248 0 1.77 15 Washington 19.13946 105.7041 17.88195236 0 0.30 16 Iowa St. 17.53401 55.34354 14.37123545 8 1.99 17 USC 13.34127 109.3175 14.19159582 6 1.62 18 Georgia Tech 9.07877 150.8782 13.36392024 -1 -1.05 19 Michigan St. 9.494048 136.3185 12.93522236 0 -1.23 20 Washington St. 8.861607 143.808 12.87653317 2 0.24 21 Michigan 9.071429 132.6488 12.47564907 -1 -1.68 22 South Florida 9.952381 99.41667 11.4525539 3 -0.57 23 Texas 12.0744 68.46205 11.36720653 3 0.65 24 N.C. State 10.63265 84.60884 11.18849619 -6 -3.08 25 Arizona 10.90136 65.98299 10.46504424 8 1.82 26 Miami (FL) 12.21508 36.31984 9.903409804 -10 -6.65 27 LSU 5.363946 119.4728 9.365496831 7 1.11 28 Memphis 11.81905 28.32177 9.25180996 7 1.14 29 Iowa 14.25 -8.43452 9.091271324 3 0.39 30 Wake Forest 8.32381 65.25272 8.711288629 0 -0.60 31 Boise St. 8.910714 54.9256 8.602116173 18 3.76 32 Stanford 11.09003 21.12946 8.417266101 -11 -5.22 33 Boston Coll. 8.550265 49.06878 8.078001029 9 1.39 34 Toledo 7.939456 57.19031 8.064356152 13 2.84 35 Navy 8.620238 47.49167 8.048224559 2 0.50 36 San Diego St. 6.71131 62.50298 7.503038713 7 1.11 37 Purdue 8.425595 33.19643 7.225729565 -8 -2.27 38 West Virginia 6.346939 50.03741 6.656056122 3 -0.12 39 Texas Tech 4.557823 72.18027 6.536333299 -8 -2.69 40 Syracuse 3.604762 81.45578 6.350441193 -2 -0.63 41 Florida Atlantic 8.612245 11.03061 6.276029151 10 1.69 42 Fresno St. 5.054422 56.04762 6.085626659 -14 -4.06 43 SMU 5.279762 24.53452 4.708760011 1 -1.59 44 UCLA 5.235119 22.16964 4.564398316 2 -0.99 45 Arkansas St. 6.450794 3.716667 4.480635089 12 3.75 46 Northwestern 6.098214 2.083333 4.166432462 4 -0.53 47 Nebraska 2.528571 49.32024 4.075724209 5 0.07 48 Texas A&M 4.653741 19.59184 4.051895348 -9 -2.87 49 Oregon 2.348214 46.12798 3.800792262 4 1.06 50 Louisville -0.74702 76.11682 3.190529669 -5 -2.53 51 Florida St. 0.895918 45.87585 2.820377214 -24 -7.86 52 Houston 2.636905 19.29592 2.692997614 2 0.22 53 Arizona St. 3.422619 6.14881 2.579711256 -17 -5.39 54 Indiana 0.228571 48.34762 2.495258719 -14 -4.35 55 Colorado St. -0.1131 37.27381 1.730855092 -7 -3.48 56 Northern Illinois 0.514456 12.48129 0.947801604 11 1.89 57 Minnesota 1.294643 -16.8036 0.048810798 7 0.42 58 Appalachian State -0.66667 10.05442 0.042782883 7 0.88 59 Troy -0.45442 3.07415 -0.153977596 -1 -0.68 60 Southern Miss -3.54898 40.44762 -0.405934808 -5 -1.59 61 Colorado 0.910714 -24.5893 -0.584429591 14 2.23 62 East. Michigan 0.041667 -14 -0.650648366 10 1.74 63 UT-San Antonio -4.78571 48.09127 -0.860020852 0 -0.52 64 Marshall -1.1 -3.66071 -0.910727924 -8 -1.79 65 Missouri -0.17687 -21.432 -1.156486021 24 4.63 66 Pittsburgh -1.19167 -7.57917 -1.16172336 -5 -1.09 67 Utah -1.44728 -4.59949 -1.187739331 -8 -1.70 68 California 0.072173 -33.3296 -1.567004983 -8 -1.88 69 Cincinnati -4.28299 17.27279 -2.018306533 2 0.20 70 Air Force -3.45918 5.52381 -2.038444107 20 4.63 71 W. Michigan 0.272959 -46.3818 -2.065643464 3 0.46 72 Ohio -1.39116 -47.6837 -3.238141263 9 0.61 73 Maryland -0.08707 -68.1122 -3.35870186 -4 -1.54 74 Duke -3.60045 -23.6744 -3.547535842 5 -0.20 75 Army -1.91497 -47.1327 -3.560645709 2 -0.45 76 Tulane -1.14507 -59.6432 -3.653628993 -14 -3.50 77 Florida -3.7449 -24.7347 -3.695217424 10 0.96 78 North Texas -5.69728 -2.94354 -3.940826851 -2 -1.04 79 Louisiana Tech -3.61224 -35.0748 -4.107854809 -6 -1.58 80 South Carolina 0.770833 -95.6667 -4.122023092 -2 -0.90 81 Temple -5.91837 -13.8068 -4.614642226 3 -0.48 82 Kansas St. -0.61905 -90.9694 -4.820984907 -16 -3.96 83 Arkansas -5.41156 -32.602 -5.187572381 -15 -3.58 84 Virginia -7.04592 -12.8274 -5.318881097 -4 -1.97 85 Buffalo -3.13988 -74.4554 -5.701286883 1 -1.25 86 Tennessee -3.85306 -64.9707 -5.717125641 -3 -1.62 87 Wyoming -1.47619 -105.265 -6.085179533 19 7.30 88 Cent. Michigan -7.78571 -21.9821 -6.255709077 6 1.48 89 Kentucky -2.20068 -100.367 -6.330822476 -4 -2.03 90 Georgia State -7.26587 -39.1151 -6.739393376 -2 -1.67 91 Miami (OH) -9.52721 -17.6293 -7.205770012 0 -0.22 92 Mississippi -8.86395 -31.2415 -7.423229056 0 -0.16 93 Baylor -8.31973 -43.998 -7.678582816 -11 -3.59 94 New Mexico -10.8401 -11.7857 -7.797881419 -24 -5.63 95 UNLV -6.2415 -77.1395 -7.899099411 9 4.55 96 New Mexico St. -11.4411 -14.4024 -8.325306079 -1 -0.13 97 Middle Tenn. St. -10.953 -28.0167 -8.659644064 2 0.82 98 Massachusetts -11.9667 -15.75 -8.741007189 4 2.17 99 Tulsa -5.6 -107.669 -8.950881636 -3 -0.15 100 Utah St. -6.46429 -103.693 -9.334405882 -2 -0.11 101 UAB -10.8163 -45.7347 -9.427142353 8 5.08 102 North Carolina -8.9037 -74.582 -9.549972885 -2 0.17 103 Florida Intl. -9.57937 -73.8508 -9.964979753 5 4.39 104 Illinois -9.86964 -81.7095 -10.53932456 1 2.68 105 Rutgers -7.52381 -115.588 -10.61717419 -8 -1.59 106 Nevada -9.30272 -99.9116 -11.04342959 -5 -0.39 107 LA Monroe -10.5542 -86.9417 -11.24921823 -4 0.55 108 West. Kentucky -11.6259 -88.3776 -12.03325554 -1 1.99 109 Vanderbilt -9.44218 -125.551 -12.37886277 1 2.21 110 Coastal Carolina -13.8483 -65.0748 -12.3856614 -17 -5.08 111 Oregon St. -15.8614 -43.7534 -12.69450956 3 4.46 112 South Alabama -12.0762 -98.0075 -12.80013927 0 2.37 113 Akron -7.44345 -185.381 -13.94567906 -2 0.72 114 Hawaii -20.1531 -77.2143 -17.17710201 -1 -0.49 115 Old Dominion -17.3019 -123.287 -17.5089666 0 0.30 116 Idaho -17.5286 -128.876 -17.93092692 6 5.90 117 Texas St. -21.9367 -93.6034 -19.16041798 11 9.25 118 BYU -18.8988 -140.321 -19.3990439 -1 1.68 119 LA Lafayette -18.6014 -155.293 -19.92629293 -1 2.09 120 East Carolina -19.132 -148.215 -19.93699908 -4 0.20 121 Bowling Green -20.7823 -171.156 -22.14894806 -1 0.17 122 UNC-Charlotte -21.2823 -165.135 -22.19047244 -1 0.94 123 Georgia Southern -22.8746 -150.694 -22.55223908 2 1.93 124 Kansas -24.7143 -136.595 -23.09546052 2 2.25 125 Kent St. -24.3673 -171.259 -24.54391553 -1 -0.39 126 Ball St. -27.2041 -136.269 -24.73950111 -3 -0.65 127 Rice -26.1161 -159.286 -25.12957119 0 3.01 128 Connecticut -23.3274 -201.071 -25.29530972 -9 -3.07 129 UTEP -25.0625 -203.887 -26.58849094 0 2.28 130 San Jose St. -34.5107 -240.254 -34.64962198 0 -2.14 By Conference AAC 9 UCF 26.51 145.43 24.72 22 South Florida 9.95 99.42 11.45 28 Memphis 11.82 28.32 9.25 35 Navy 8.62 47.49 8.05 43 SMU 5.28 24.53 4.71 52 Houston 2.64 19.30 2.69 69 Cincinnati -4.28 17.27 -2.02 76 Tulane -1.15 -59.64 -3.65 81 Temple -5.92 -13.81 -4.61 99 Tulsa -5.60 -107.67 -8.95 120 East Carolina -19.13 -148.21 -19.94 128 Connecticut -23.33 -201.07 -25.30 ACC 5 Clemson 26.60 246.18 29.66 11 Virginia Tech 21.81 158.36 22.21 18 Georgia Tech 9.08 150.88 13.36 24 N.C. State 10.63 84.61 11.19 26 Miami (FL) 12.22 36.32 9.90 30 Wake Forest 8.32 65.25 8.71 33 Boston Coll. 8.55 49.07 8.08 40 Syracuse 3.60 81.46 6.35 50 Louisville -0.75 76.12 3.19 51 Florida St. 0.90 45.88 2.82 66 Pittsburgh -1.19 -7.58 -1.16 74 Duke -3.60 -23.67 -3.55 84 Virginia -7.05 -12.83 -5.32 102 North Carolina -8.90 -74.58 -9.55 B1G 1 Ohio St. 33.76 301.21 37.10 3 Penn St. 34.36 174.67 31.37 13 Wisconsin 20.58 140.53 20.53 19 Michigan St. 9.49 136.32 12.94 21 Michigan 9.07 132.65 12.48 29 Iowa 14.25 -8.43 9.09 37 Purdue 8.43 33.20 7.23 46 Northwestern 6.10 2.08 4.17 47 Nebraska 2.53 49.32 4.08 54 Indiana 0.23 48.35 2.50 57 Minnesota 1.29 -16.80 0.05 73 Maryland -0.09 -68.11 -3.36 104 Illinois -9.87 -81.71 -10.54 105 Rutgers -7.52 -115.59 -10.62 BXII-II 7 Oklahoma St. 22.73 226.26 26.12 8 Oklahoma 21.22 219.67 24.79 12 TCU 20.67 142.54 20.69 16 Iowa St. 17.53 55.34 14.37 23 Texas 12.07 68.46 11.37 38 West Virginia 6.35 50.04 6.66 39 Texas Tech 4.56 72.18 6.54 82 Kansas St. -0.62 -90.97 -4.82 93 Baylor -8.32 -44.00 -7.68 124 Kansas -24.71 -136.60 -23.10 CUSA 41 Florida Atlantic 8.61 11.03 6.28 60 Southern Miss -3.55 40.45 -0.41 63 UT-San Antonio -4.79 48.09 -0.86 64 Marshall -1.10 -3.66 -0.91 78 North Texas -5.70 -2.94 -3.94 79 Louisiana Tech -3.61 -35.07 -4.11 97 Middle Tenn. St. -10.95 -28.02 -8.66 101 UAB -10.82 -45.73 -9.43 103 Florida Intl. -9.58 -73.85 -9.96 108 West. Kentucky -11.63 -88.38 -12.03 115 Old Dominion -17.30 -123.29 -17.51 122 UNC-Charlotte -21.28 -165.13 -22.19 127 Rice -26.12 -159.29 -25.13 129 UTEP -25.06 -203.89 -26.59 Indies 6 Notre Dame 30.73 180.58 29.24 75 Army -1.91 -47.13 -3.56 98 Massachusetts -11.97 -15.75 -8.74 118 BYU -18.90 -140.32 -19.40 MAC 34 Toledo 7.94 57.19 8.06 56 Northern Illinois 0.51 12.48 0.95 62 East. Michigan 0.04 -14.00 -0.65 71 W. Michigan 0.27 -46.38 -2.07 72 Ohio -1.39 -47.68 -3.24 85 Buffalo -3.14 -74.46 -5.70 88 Cent. Michigan -7.79 -21.98 -6.26 91 Miami (OH) -9.53 -17.63 -7.21 113 Akron -7.44 -185.38 -13.95 121 Bowling Green -20.78 -171.16 -22.15 125 Kent St. -24.37 -171.26 -24.54 126 Ball St. -27.20 -136.27 -24.74 MWC 31 Boise St. 8.91 54.93 8.60 36 San Diego St. 6.71 62.50 7.50 42 Fresno St. 5.05 56.05 6.09 55 Colorado St. -0.11 37.27 1.73 70 Air Force -3.46 5.52 -2.04 87 Wyoming -1.48 -105.27 -6.09 94 New Mexico -10.84 -11.79 -7.80 95 UNLV -6.24 -77.14 -7.90 100 Utah St. -6.46 -103.69 -9.33 106 Nevada -9.30 -99.91 -11.04 114 Hawaii -20.15 -77.21 -17.18 130 San Jose St. -34.51 -240.25 -34.65 P12 15 Washington 19.14 105.70 17.88 17 USC 13.34 109.32 14.19 20 Washington St. 8.86 143.81 12.88 25 Arizona 10.90 65.98 10.47 32 Stanford 11.09 21.13 8.42 44 UCLA 5.24 22.17 4.56 49 Oregon 2.35 46.13 3.80 53 Arizona St. 3.42 6.15 2.58 61 Colorado 0.91 -24.59 -0.58 67 Utah -1.45 -4.60 -1.19 68 California 0.07 -33.33 -1.57 111 Oregon St. -15.86 -43.75 -12.69 SBC 45 Arkansas St. 6.45 3.72 4.48 58 Appalachian State -0.67 10.05 0.04 59 Troy -0.45 3.07 -0.15 90 Georgia State -7.27 -39.12 -6.74 96 New Mexico St. -11.44 -14.40 -8.33 107 LA Monroe -10.55 -86.94 -11.25 110 Coastal Carolina -13.85 -65.07 -12.39 112 South Alabama -12.08 -98.01 -12.80 116 Idaho -17.53 -128.88 -17.93 117 Texas St. -21.94 -93.60 -19.16 119 LA Lafayette -18.60 -155.29 -19.93 123 Georgia Southern -22.87 -150.69 -22.55 SEC 2 Alabama 31.48 255.72 33.38 4 Georgia 30.33 200.60 29.94 10 Auburn 21.92 168.69 22.79 14 Mississippi St. 19.54 146.42 20.12 27 LSU 5.36 119.47 9.37 48 Texas A&M 4.65 19.59 4.05 65 Missouri -0.18 -21.43 -1.16 77 Florida -3.74 -24.73 -3.70 80 South Carolina 0.77 -95.67 -4.12 83 Arkansas -5.41 -32.60 -5.19 86 Tennessee -3.85 -64.97 -5.72 89 Kentucky -2.20 -100.37 -6.33 92 Mississippi -8.86 -31.24 -7.42 109 Vanderbilt -9.44 -125.55 -12.38
  35. 1 point
    As Long As You Are There I never took to life up North--I always thought it best To stay close to the desert-lands and prairies 'way out West. That country where the Yankees dwell, it just ain't what it seems. Why, it's so cold and dark up there, and filled with empty dreams! An’ th’ places that I’ve been out East, where our country was begun, Are filled with buildin’s reachin’ up so high they block the sun From shinin’ down upon the Earth! An’ I’ve no idea why A man would chose to live where bricks and mortar hide th’ sky. I’ve been down South and liked it some, but I could never stay Where ghosts of soldiers long since gone still march in blue and gray. An’ though I’m sorta partial to fried catfish, grits, an’ greens, That grub don’t hold a candle to coosie’s beef an’ beans. I s’pose I’m meant to live out where the country’s big and wide, Out where a man can search for th’ horizon’s other side. An’ if I ever find that place, why I’ll forever stay Where I can see the mountains, without no city in the way. But Darlin', I been thinking hard, and come to realize It's more important who I’m with beneath some place's skies. That's why I think that any place on Earth could be right fair An' be exactly right for me...as long as you are there.
  36. 1 point
    My coonass cousin Heroux (rhymes with "Nehru" and the "H" is silent) was a genuine, natural born country boy, as innocent and as unsophisticated as a plate of grits. He wasn't a dumb kid at all, in fact he was pretty sharp. He once repaired the tailgate latch on his old International pickup with two pieces of baling wire, some tin shears and an empty Jax beer can. So he was a reasonably intelligent fellow (smart enough that the Navy took him, anyhow) but just country innocent and naive. Now, when he first joined the Navy they sent him up north for some training, but when that was done he was shipping out for some place in the Pacific, and he asked me to come out to San Diego for a couple of days while he was waiting to leave the country. I just had a part-time summer job between semesters so I had a little money saved up and was able to convince my boss to let me take off to see my cousin, "...who's gettin' shipped off to Viet Nam and I'd like to see him one more time before he goes 'cause who knows if he'll ever come home again." So I head out to San Diego and find a cheap enough motel to stay in and I give Cousin Heroux a call. Well, he was sure enough glad to have family to visit amongst all those strangers on base, and since he had some leave coming we right away started checking out the sights of greater metropolitan San Diego. Oh, we saw museums and parks and a baseball game and just generally looked the part of a pair of yokel tourists, but we were having a good time and didn't really care all that much what the locals thought of us. We had only a couple of days so on the second night we thought we'd do it up big and go to one of those places he'd heard about from the other sailors, where they had good food and entertainment and a couple of guys could find a little excitement. I don't remember exactly where the place was, but I do remember the name, it was called the Pair-ee Lounge. Well, it sounded French and Heroux was a Cajun so we figured at least he'd be able to read off the menu. We got there sort of early in the evening, I suppose, because there weren't too many other folks there. I mean, it wasn't empty but there just wasn't a whole houseful there. The lady at that little podium in the front of the place was dressed up all pretty in one of those outfits that was almighty low at the top and uncommonly high at the bottom with barely enough in between to keep her decent. She took us to a booth and we sat down and started reading the menu, with me studying the prices and wondering if I'd have enough money left to get back home after this fancy supper. After a few minutes the lady who was our waitress came sashaying up the the booth and said something like, "Hi! My name is Mimi and I'm your server tonight. Can a get you boys something from the bar?" Well I'll tell you, it was right then that two things jumped right out at me: One, this was one of those topless places I'd heard about back in Texas, and two, Mimi must have been the inspiration for the name of this place. Now, I will admit I'd seen cleavage before, so even though I was surprised I wasn't altogether dumbfounded. But Cousin Heroux, like I said, was still that innocent, naive Louisiana country boy, in spite of that sailor suit he was wearing. When he looked up from the menu at Mimi his eyes got big as half-dollars and his bottom jaw just sort of dropped for a few seconds while his brain tried to process everything. He stuttered and sputtered trying to get words out of his mouth and finally he did. "Oh, no, Ma'm, we're not in that big of a hurry, you go ahead and finish feedin' your babies!" That was my first and only adventure in a topless joint.
  37. 1 point
    Maybe Bonnie wasn’t the best horse in my little string, but that summer she became my favorite. It was that summer I rode for the Ehrlechers, and the boss gave me four horses to ride and to look after. Bonnie was one of them. Bonnie Bluebelle was her actual name but she was just Bonnie, my sweet little mare. She’d come to the Ehrlecher spread from a dude ranch in Fort Davis, and although she wasn’t exactly a young lady she was still spry enough to chase a cow critter through the brush and generally catch it. Bonnie was about half quarter horse and half a mixture of who knows what else, and she wasn’t all that special just to look at her but she did have the biggest, prettiest eyes I’d ever seen in a horse. Intelligent eyes, like she really understood what was said to her and being done around her. Now Old Man Ehrlecher was a horse man from the old school. He wasn’t much of a fan of pedigrees and bloodlines, but he had a way of studying an animal, of watching it work just a little, and knowing if it would make a using horse or not. He was fond of horses, not as pets, but almost the same way he’d value a good hand who was a steady worker. He’d always treat horses and men right if they did their jobs. That’s why he insisted every riding hand have his own string and be accountable for taking care of every mount as if it were his own. So I rode and looked after four horses that summer, but little Bonnie became my favorite. Now she wasn’t always a lady, mind you. She had a female’s way of surprising me now and again, and sometimes she’d act out in some stubborn, hard-headed way that’d aggravate me for a spell, but we always worked out our differences and got to be good working companions. If you depend on your horse to get the job done you care for it, just as you would your other tools of the trade. You don’t just ride in at the end of the day, strip off the tack and turn your horse into the pen or pasture, you check to make sure it hasn’t picked up a cut or a scrape that goes untreated, you dry it off if it’s wet or sweaty, you wash off the mud, you get the burrs and such out of its tail…you take care of it. I learned how to take care of my horses, and Bonnie became sort of a mentor to me. You see, I learned some valuable lessons from Bonnie, things that made me a better hand for Mr. Ehrlecher and things that helped me understand a little more about people and dealing with people. Like I said, she wasn’t always a lady. One day early in the summer I was getting her ready to turn her out into the pasture for the night when I guess I surprised her by walking up to her right hindquarter sort of unannounced, and she cow-kicked me right above my left knee. Oh, it did hurt something fierce, but I just sort of leaned against her until I could move without favoring my leg so much it’d be obvious to the others. She stood there patiently, turning her head back and looking at me like she was saying, “OK, cowboy, what did that teach you?” And after giving it some thought there was something valuable to learn from that kick. In my hurry to get Bonnie (and later myself) cleaned up in time for me to go in for supper I’d neglected to let her know I was there, nearby. So when I sort of came out of nowhere as far a she could tell, I was one of those two kinds of things that spook a horse: I was something that moved. She taught me to stay close to the horse I was working with, to let it hear my calm voice, to lay a hand on it to let it know where I was when close by. So I learned to stay close, to keep a hand on Bonnie and any other horse I was working with as I moved around, and to let it learn my voice. They’d hear my voice, and as I moved aft of the withers I’d give a touch or a pat, and on those occasions I walked behind them (never an especially bright thing for a cowboy to do but sometimes it was the shortest way to get to where I needed to be) I’d drag my hand across the hindquarters just so they’d know it was me and not a horse-eater coming around their other side. I ran out of things to say pretty soon so I sang to the horses as I worked with them, especially to Bonnie. My Bonnie chases after the cattle, She’ll cut ‘em when I give her her head. My Bonnie’s the best dog-gone cowhorse That was ever on the Ehrlecher spread. Well, I never claimed it was a good song, or that I had a singing voice worth listening to, but it was my song for my little mare and she never complained. And that experience with my string, it taught me about working with people, especially later in my life when I was accountable for others and the work they did. I learned to treat people with the same kind of consideration I’d give a good work horse. After a difficult day or the end of a demanding project you take care of your people before you take care of yourself. And you always let them know you’re nearby, not always as the boss but as a work companion. You don’t pop up out of nowhere and you keep your voice calm even when you don’t feel that way inside. I don’t recommend giving folks a pat on the hindquarters, but some kind of touch can do wonders—a handshake, a real pat on the shoulder, or a phone call or a Snickers bar in the break room. You let people know you’re there and you care and most likely you won’t get cow-kicked. The summer passed quickly and I went back to school. The months and the years flowed past, a slow but unstoppable river of time. Even though I didn’t want to I sort of lost touch with that time in my life. The memories were still there in my mind but neglected. Life had acquired a way of taking up so much of my present that I didn’t seem to have much time left for enjoying the past, like I should have. It was about six or seven years later when I moved back to that part of Texas and I enjoyed catching up on things with friends and former neighbors. Old Man Ehrlecher had retired and his daughter and son-in-law were doing a good job of running the ranch. I was visiting with them over coffee one day when in a pause in our talk Sasha said, “The vet was out at the ranch last week and told us Bonnie’s condition is deteriorating. He said it’s about time to put her down.” Her words stunned me. I knew Bonnie was getting along in years, but… I was speechless for a moment, trying to loosen the grip of that hard, icy hand around my heart. “He diagnosed her a few months ago with HYPP. I guess she has just enough quarter horse in her to make her susceptible.” That cold hand was still there, and it felt like there was something inside me about to break. “There’s no cure for that, is there?” I croaked out, already knowing the answer. Sasha just shook her head slowly. “Katie’s brokenhearted. She learned to ride on Bonnie, after we took her out of the working herd. How do you explain something like this to a seven-year old?” I didn’t have an answer. I couldn’t even explain it to myself. It was about ten days later when Karl, Sasha’s husband, called me. “Doc’s coming out this afternoon. It’s time.” I thanked Karl for his call, and I really meant it. Most folks don’t understand the feelings that were aching inside me right then, but horse people do, and the rest won’t “get it” so I won’t even try to explain. I made some excuse or another to take off from work and drove out to the Ehrlecher ranch. I got there ahead of the vet so I had a while to talk with Karl and to go see Bonnie. I could tell she wasn’t right, the way she sort of swayed, a mite unsteady on her feet as she stood in the round pen. They had a worn stable sheet draped over her but I could see she looked tired, almost frail, and I figured it must be the ravages of the disease that was taking her away. In a way I guess it was a good thing for me to see her like this…it made it easier to understand and deal with what needed to be done. She was too good a little lady to let her linger like this. Karl led her out of the round pen, the vet and I following close behind. She moved along painfully, hooves shuffling in the dust, a slightly stumbling step every dozen feet or so. My throat tightened and began to ache. We walked, oh, a couple hundred yards from the round pen to a flat area where some creosote bushes and a few scrub honey mesquites punctuated the flat ground. Karl had already prepared Bonnie’s resting place with a backhoe, a shadowy slit in the earth with one narrow end sloped downward where she’d be led. Bonnie backed down the slope as Karl guided her, her beautiful eyes wide and alert, but still gentle and trusting. Doc moved to her side and I stood just forward of her withers, my hand clutching her mane, the ache in my throat almost unbearable. I didn’t see Doc give the injections, and there was no outward sign from Bonnie of any pain or fear. She stood there a few minutes, waiting patiently. I pressed my cheek against her neck, held tightly to her mane, and as best as I could I hummed our little song to her as I felt her grow unsteady and then slowly collapse almost on her left side, settling down for her final sleep. The vet checked for a heartbeat, examined her eye for any pupil dilation, then stood and nodded to Karl and me. It was over. I looked down at my little mare then reached for the stable sheet that was still draped over her. I pulled it up to cover her head. I just couldn’t bear the thought of dirt falling directly into her face. Yeah, I know, I’m overly-sentimental. So sue me. I began the long and lonely walk back to the pens and my truck. Doc stayed to talk with Karl who started the backhoe. I guess in part to cover the noise of that machine as it finished its hateful work, but in greater part to try to beckon some of those beautiful but neglected memories I’d let lie for too long, I heard what could barely pass as my voice singing. Bring back…bring back…bring back my Bonnie to me…. …..to me…..
  38. 1 point
    On a business trip to Alberta a few years back I came across a story in the Calgary Herald, a story that made me ache, a story that made me angry. Madder 'n Hell, actually. Someone was shooting wild horses, just for the "fun" of it, leaving them to die slow and agonizing deaths. Even after all these years, as I write this, the emotions I feel are strong. Please, read the stories I've linked, and then move on to "Wild Horses of Alberta." What Started It All Again...and Again It Still Happens Few people know me more than just superficially. I rarely but occasionally let folks see what's 'way down inside. "Wild Horses of Alberta" comes from that part of me few people see. If you understand the poem you'll know me a little bit better. Wild Horses of Alberta They live out on the prairie of Alberta, west of Sundre, The remnants of a mighty band that once ruled all the plains, Foaled by sturdy mustang mares and sired by Spanish stallions, Fed by the dancing prairie grass and bathed by blowing rains. They live like those before them, never counting days or centuries. Their flying, fleeting silhouettes crossing Parker Ridge Make a rare breathtaking vision and a memory forever. Between today and yesterday, a brave and noble bridge. Wild horses, wild horses of Alberta. They've survived the cougar and escaped the ropes of man. They belong to no one But their lives are linked to ours. Will we let them perish by a cruel and hateful hand? Each one a thing of beauty and a marvel of creation, They move with grace and wary eyes, coats shining in the sun. A single herd is left, now, where once they were a thousand. Such strong and savage beauty, with no place left to run. Wild horses, wild horses of Alberta. Their hot breath turns to snow clouds in the cold Alberta dawn. They belong to no one But their lives are linked to mine And I know a part of me will die the day the last one's gone.
  39. 1 point
    In case you hadn't stewed on the outcome of the CFP enough, here comes DUSHEE to try and shed at least a little light on what happened to the Frogs and college football in general over the last few weeks. First, here are the critical DUSHEE numbers for each of the top 6 in the CFP final rankings for each FBS game played: Alabama Opp: WVU FAU USM| Fla Miss Ark | A&M Tenn LSU | MissSt Aub Mizz PD: 14.00 33.36 23.70 | 29.22 8.50 8.60 | 66.40 16.30 15.50 | 23.90 21.40 36.91 YD: 247.40 413.45 170.40 | 578.00 179.90 -93.90 | 435.10 84.30 112.00 | -3.20 2.10 239.09 Score: 21.33 42.29 24.06 | 47.51 14.39 1.18 | 65.37 14.95 15.76 | 15.78 14.37 36.20 Best games: A&M (65.37), Fla (47.51) Worst Games: Ark (1.18), Aub (14.37) Oregon Opp: MichSt Wyo WSU | Zona UCLA Wash | Cal Stan Utah | Col OreSt Zona PD: 44.90 22.80 -4.20 | 0.42 19.00 34.27 | 13.90 39.00 27.00 | 25.64 22.20 49.17 YD: 241.50 64.30 58.70 | -40.00 -19.73 242.55 | -17.30 188.00 13.40 | 381.36 180.60 438.83 Score:41.64 18.32 0.05 | -1.66 11.71 34.61 | 8.43 35.12 18.65 | 35.58 23.56 54.06 Best games: Zona 2 (54.06), MichSt (41.64) Worst games: Zona 1 (-1.66), WSU (0.05) Florida State Opp: OkSt Clem NCSU | Wake Syr ND | L'ville Uva MiaFl | BC Fla GaTech PD: -0.60 15.00 15.70 | 28.50 11.00 8.45 | 22.10 14.30 7.70 | 6.80 11.44 14.55 YD: 33.80 13.80 14.20 | 174.60 73.10 -107.55 | 185.60 165.50 9.70 | 129.50 68.00 95.91 Score: 1.24 10.67 11.16 | 27.47 10.88 0.42 | 23.73 17.56 5.60 | 10.81 10.93 14.35 Best games: Wake (27.47), L'ville (23.73) Worst games: ND (0.42), OkSt (1.24) Ohio State Opp: Navy VaTech KentSt | Cin Mary Rut | PSU Ill MichSt | Minn Ind Mich | Wisc PD: 19.40 -14.40 58.70 | 33.45 26.50 35.20 | 9.91 35.20 37.20 | 12.60 5.40 13.64 | 78.55 YD: 32.30 21.30 419.60 | 315.27 126.10 192.70 | 121.27 206.30 249.20 | 203.50 66.70 68.64 | 513.09 Score: 14.50 -8.57 59.48 | 37.59 23.78 32.81 | 12.49 33.47 36.88 | 18.27 6.83 12.42 | 77.24 Best games: Wisc (77.24), KentSt (59.48) Worst games: VaTech (-8.57), Ind (6.83) Baylor Opp: SMU Buf ISU | Tex TCU WVU | Kan OU OkSt |Ttech KSU PD: 16.09 43.38 6.30 | 22.18 31.70 -12.40 | 31.50 52.55 15.90 | -11.40 25.10 YD: 301.09 327.75 126.90 | 72.27 506.00 -63.90 | 241.30 353.00 110.80 | -215.50 258.80 Score: 25.33 44.81 10.35 | 18.29 45.67 -11.37 | 32.70 52.15 15.97 | -18.05 29.28 Best games: TCU (45.67), Buf (44.81) Worst games: TTech (-18.05), WVU (-11.37) TCU Opp: Minn SMU OU| Bay OkSt Ttech | WVU KSU Kan | Tex ISU: PD: 30.20 28.09 19.82 | 19.90 29.10 46.90 | 4.10 36.10 -14.70 | 40.73 40.40 YD: 174.90 150.55 115.18 | -121.90 370.40 338.90 | 123.10 217.00 -97.50 | 97.36 373.30 Score: 28.61 26.03 18.80 | 7.36 37.36 47.70 | 8.70 34.59 -14.53 | 31.87 45.04 Best games: TTech (47.70), ISU (45.04) Worst games: Kan (-14.53), Bay (7.36) To reiterate, a PD or YD of 0 in a particular game means that the team performed as well against that opponent as the average team did in terms of points and yards, respectively. A PD of 10 means the team was roughly 10 points better against that opponent than the average team was, a YD of 100 means the team outgained the opponent by 100 more yards than the average team did. Negative differentials mean the team performed worse than the average team. And the Score is the PD adjusted by the YD based on how much the YD deviates from a typical performance given the team's PD. Alabama played like an average team (Score between +/-7) once -- against Arkansas. Even in their loss to Ole Miss, they were still 2 touchdowns better against Mississippi than the average team was. Oregon played like an average team twice -- against Arizona the first time and against Washington State. Florida State was average three times (Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, and Miami). Ohio State was average once (Indiana) and significantly below average once (Virginia Tech). The same could be said for TCU (Kansas the significantly below average performance)., although technically their "average" performance against Bayloy fell just above the +/-7 range. Baylor, notably, was well below average twice, both in their loss to WVU and against Tech ... in fact DUSHEE rated the performance against Tech as almost a touchdown worse than their performance against WVU. The flip side of the worst loss coin is the best win. In this category, Florida State was a clear underperformer. While all of the other 5 schools in the top six had at least two games with DUSHEE scores over 40, FSU's best performance of the year was a 27.47 score against Wake Forest, a 43-3 win in week 6. Florida State only had two games all season with a score above 20; meanwhile TCU and Ohio State had 7 and Baylor, Alabama, and Oregon had 6, , Both Alabama an Ohio State had, as discussed in previous posts, historically high DUSHEE scores in individual games, Alabama a 65.37 score against Texas A&M and Ohio State a 77.24 against Wisconsin. Both games were certainly outliers for both teams. Conference Strength The strength of a conference is up for considerable interpretation. If you take the average of all the strengths of teams in your conference, DUSHEE rates out the conferences this way: SEC 9.75 B10 4.94 B12 4.80 P10 4.77 ACC 4.07 MWC -4.39 CUSA -4.71 AAC -6.00 MAC -8.97 SBC -9.54 By this metric, the SEC was the best conference by a considerable margin; perhaps the best way of interpreting this is by saying the average SEC team was roughly 5-6 points better than the average B1G, Big 12, Pac 10, or ACC team. And there wasn't a significant difference between the average teams in the rest of the "Power 5" conferences. I suspect such an assessment will be controversial on this board where the notion that the Big 12 was one of, if not THE, best conference and that the Big 10 was the worst. Based on team averaged performance, such a notion is disputable. Although the way in which each conference arrived at the same average was a little different. The Big 12 was all over the map. Half of the conference was ranked 30 or better, with 4 teams in the top 20 and 2 in the top 10. Three teams could be placed in the average category: Texas, Oklahoma State, and Tech (barely); and two teams were awful: Kansas and Iowa State. The Big 12 was the only "Power 5" conference to have two teams rated 100 or worse. 3 TCU 25.51 158.30 24.68 6 Baylor 20.08 183.50 22.29 13 Oklahoma 16.35 110.62 16.27 17 Kansas St. 14.92 82.68 13.95 28 West Virginia 6.62 103.69 9.44 51 Texas 1.64 31.93 2.64 88 Oklahoma St. -4.04 -65.02 -5.85 90 Texas Tech -9.36 -7.34 -6.60 110 Iowa St. -12.27 -113.89 -13.70 116 Kansas -13.70 -123.10 -15.10 The ACC had 5 teams ranked 32 or better, but none higher than 14. Then they had a large core of 8 average(using the same +/-7 metric) teams and really only one really bad team -- Wake. The ACC was largely competent but not spectacular. Nobody that really should have been in consideration for the CFP but really only one terrible team. 14 Georgia Tech 15.85 101.75 15.50 21 Miami (FL) 9.50 122.58 12.28 22 Florida St. 12.91 71.35 12.07 26 Louisville 9.32 92.09 10.68 27 Clemson 8.30 102.64 10.51 32 Boston Coll. 5.79 63.76 6.95 40 Virginia Tech 5.61 47.46 6.04 45 Virginia 2.59 56.24 4.46 47 Pittsburgh 1.71 63.17 4.20 62 N.C. State -0.33 13.53 0.43 65 Duke 4.18 -54.43 0.15 78 Syracuse -5.82 -4.75 -4.11 79 North Carolina -3.59 -36.53 -4.17 121 Wake Forest -13.18 -189.43 -17.97 DUSHEE was generally far more impressed with the Big 10 and far less impressed with the Pac 12 (particularly at the top) than most other college football pundits and rankers. The Pac 12 had one really good team (Oregon), three teams at the very bottom of the top 25, and everyone else in the conference fits in the average category. The Pac 12 was the sole conference without one truly awful team (ranked 100 or worse). 5 Oregon 24.51 144.35 23.34 23 UCLA 11.13 92.78 11.92 24 Stanford 9.48 95.02 10.93 25 USC 11.60 65.33 10.90 31 Arizona 10.09 14.58 7.43 35 Arizona St. 8.44 12.92 6.25 57 Washington 4.82 -23.99 2.05 64 Utah 2.68 -31.40 0.26 71 Washington St. -7.50 55.46 -2.31 72 California -2.71 -17.30 -2.65 85 Oregon St. -6.18 -25.72 -5.37 86 Colorado -7.31 -13.15 -5.51 Meanwhile the B1G, was pretty evenly distributed. DUSHEE had both Ohio State and Michigan State as elite, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Minnesota as solid, 8 average teams, and one really bad team (Indiana). 1 Ohio St. 27.03 195.07 27.48 4 Michigan St. 22.57 197.16 24.61 12 Wisconsin 14.24 168.93 17.68 19 Nebraska 14.07 86.68 13.58 30 Minnesota 8.48 43.36 7.76 44 Penn St. 3.10 59.92 4.98 48 Iowa 2.11 40.95 3.39 54 Michigan 0.79 35.23 2.24 70 Northwestern -2.46 -4.44 -1.85 75 Rutgers -4.31 -18.55 -3.77 80 Maryland -1.29 -68.27 -4.17 89 Illinois -4.06 -77.75 -6.48 91 Purdue -6.70 -46.48 -6.72 100 Indiana -9.47 -67.32 -9.58 In particular, let's look at Wisconsin's season since their assault at the hands of Ohio State probably prevented a Big 12 entrant into the CFP: Opp: LSU BGSU USF| Nwstern Ill Mary | Rut Pur Neb | Iowa Minn OhSt PD: 3.40 47.00 6.40 | -10.90 1.10 45.20 | 33.00 8.20 52.90 | 6.50 15.90 -37.83 YD:-1.30 438.91 107.10 | 14.80 104.00 263.60 | 199.30 193.60 575.00 | 68.20 193.60 -129.67 Score: 2.20 52.62 9.46| -6.55 5.78 42.92 | 31.66 14.85 63.15 | 7.64 19.99 -31.51 Wisconsin had two epically big games against Nebraska (59-24) and Bowling Green (68-17, keeping in mind that Bowling Green, while nonetheless a bad team, was still a bad team who played for the MAC championship) and two other very strong performances against Maryland (52-7) and Rutgers (37-0). Outside of the Ohio State debachle, Wisconsin's worst performance was the loss to Northwestern (14-20) and average performances against LSU, Illinois, and Iowa. Prior to the Ohio State game, DUSHEE had Wisconsin ranked 5th and dropped them to 12th after. At this point in the season, moving seven spots in the poll, particularly at the top or bottom, is a big jump. Each game is only 1/12 of each team's ranking. Largely on the strength of that loss to Ohio State, Wisconsin was the 2nd most inconsistent team in the country with a standard deviation of 26.4 points, behind Louisiana Tech. That means that Wisconsin was as likely to obtain a DUSHEE score of 45 as it was a score of -7. Based on the metrics used by DUSHEE, the B1G wasn't an inferior conference and Ohio State was a really good team. Doesn't make TCU's drop from 3rd to 6th any less sucky. But an argument can be made that they deserved to be in; moreso than can be made for Florida State, certainly. Strength of Schedule If we use the same technique we use to assess conference strength, average all the opponents' season-long scores for each team, the strengths of schedule for the 6 playoff teams plus 2, we get the following: 5 Alabama 7.72 33 Florida State 3.78 39 Oregon 3.26 47 Ohio State 2.35 65 TCU 0.04 73 Baylor -1.10 This is another factor that went against the Big 12, keeping in mind that FCS opponents are ignored in the DUSHEE rankings. Minnesota meant that TCU had the next-to-worst strength of schedule compared to Baylor's worst. When accounting for both teams playing the worst team in FBS, SMU, and both playing in the conference with two teams ranked over 100, neither Baylor nor TCU's schedule come out looking all that strong. The Peach Bowl Let's take a look at Mississippi's season. Opp: Boise Vandy ULaLa | Mem Bama A&M | Tenn LSU Aub | Ark MissSt PD: 38.25 22.40 44.40 | 37.90 27.64 18.00 | 35.00 4.50 4.90 | -25.50 33.80 YD: 204.33 288.40 224.90 | 396.10 96.36 -166.60 | 205.30 -51.90 109.90 | 40.30 192.60 Score: 35.41 28.92 40.51 | 44.47 23.10 3.92 | 33.29 0.48 8.60 | -15.05 31.87 Mississippi's year appears to be a tale of two seasons. Through the Alabama victory, Ole Miss was awesome, at least 3 TD's better than the average team against everybody they played. They whipped 2 of the 3 best non-Power 5 schools (Memphis 24-3 and Boise 35-13) and then gave Alabama their only loss (23-17). Then they beat A&M but got badly outgained, whipped Tennessee, then played like an average to below average team against LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas. In the Egg Bowl, they returned to their early season form. On the year, TCU ended up 3rd in the DUSHEE rankings with a score of 24.68, while Mississippi were ranked 8th with a score of 21.41. The difference between these two scores is almost exactly the Vegas line for the game of TCU (-3). TCU was a little more consistent than Ole Miss (standard deviation of 17.9 versus 20.6). In fact, Mississippi was the 12th most inconsistent team in the country. Using these numbers and using 5000 simulated games, TCU wins 55% of the time against Ole Miss on a neautral field. Ole Miss, BTW, also had the 3rd toughest schedule in the country (9.42) behind Auburn (12.34) and Arkansas (11.04). Vandy and ULaLa are the only two below average teams Mississippi played this year. So in conclusion, DUSHEE thinks Vegas has it about right on the Peach Bowl, thinks that Ohio State wasn't really that bad of a pick, and that the Big 10 was actually a little underrated. But it also thinks TCU should have been in the playoff too ...
  40. 1 point
    I shall begin this one, kiddies, with a question: For those of you with children....do kids still lie on the floor to listen to the radio? I guess not. I know I haven't seen a kid doing that in a long time. Of course, radios used to be a major piece of furniture in most living rooms, not something you carried in your pocket. I know ours was. And I spent many happy hours prone on the living room rug, a foot or two from our large Philco radio, the one that had a short wave band as well as the normal receiving band, which is to say AM. This was 1944-48, more or less. There was no television. But, boy, was there ever radio. It has been pointed out that radio in the 1935-55 era was a great thing. Programs made us exercise our imagination. I would lie there listening to Fibber McGee and Molly and imagine them in my mind's eye. I would imagine the other characters on their show, like the old timer, the little girl, the mayor and Gildersleeve, who even wound up with his own show. Radio then was a medium that spawned, and took advantage of, character actors to an extent TV or movies could never equal. For instance, the same guy, Bill Johnston, voiced two or three very disparate characters on the McGee show. He also, another night, was the voice of the Shadow (after Orson Welles left that character behind). And others. Lying there listening, I heard some great show openings. You knew it was time for the Aldrich Family when you heard a woman shout, ``Henry? Hen-reee Aldrich!" Or, in late afternoon, you might hear a gong and the announcer say, `Terrreeee and the Pirates!" The famous creaking door told you it was time for Inner Sanctum. ``Heeeey, Abottttt!" meant Abbott and Costello were on. And the ringing phone, followed by, ``Hello, Duffy's Tavern, Duffy ain't here. Archie the manager speaking." Duffy never was there, but Archie entertained us. One of the wonders of the age was the fact that a ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen, was a huge hit on radio. I mean, the big thing about a ventriloquist is that he throws his voice. Supposedly you don't see his lips move as he makes his dummy talk. Well, on radio, you didn't know if his lips moved or not, and didn't care. Edgar, Charlie McCarthy, Elmer Snerd, etc., plus guests, entertained you. Not all the shows were funny. There were soap operas during the day. And at night, you might hear, in a deep voice, ``The FBI, in Peace and War!" or ``Richard Diamond, Private Eye" (which starred movie star Dick Powell originally). There were people-doing-stupid-things shows, like People Are Funny and Truth or Consequences. And teenage girl shows like Meet Corliss Archer. But the best were the funniest. Our Miss Brooks. It Pays to Be Ignorant. And Fred Allen. Allen, a forgotten name now, may have been the funniest of all. He walked down Allen's Alley each week, encountering Titus Moody and other hilarious regulars. His running feud with Jack Benny (played for laughs on both shows) kept us entertained . Nowadays radio is either talk (anti-this-or that) or music. We had music back then. For one thing, we had Spike Jones. Loved it. Still have his records. Television can be great. Or not so good. Its major crime, I think, is that it killed radio. It took some of the best from radio (Benny, Burns and Allen, Bergen, Ozzie and Harriet, Red Skelton) and shows like The Fat Man and Richard Diamond. Even some of the great radio actors made the transition...Bill Johnston did. Barton Yarbrough did, Harold Peary (Gildersleeve) did. Amos and Andy did. Lum and Abner (their Jot Em Down Store was a must listen at our house late each afternoon) tried TV briefly, as did some others only to have the audience discover that seeing them was not the same as hearing them and using our imagination. We got a TV of course. But I never lay on the floor to watch it. Not like the radio that was.
  41. 1 point
    If we must have another Super Bowl, and I suppose we must, then can't somebody have the common decency to put on an entertaining halftime show? I've heard that someone named Bruno Mars--until very recently, I had literally no idea who he was--is going to "entertain" us on Sunday night. Awesome. Yeah, I know it's only halftime, and I know that as a fan, I'm supposed to watch for the football, not for the commercials or the corporate pageantry or the three-day pregame show which, I believe, has already started. (It kind of never ends on NFL Network, anyway.) But I don't like Peyton Manning, and I've never liked Denver. I still haven't forgiven Wes Welker for dropping Tom Brady's fourth Super Bowl ring. And while I actually had some fan loyalty to the Seattle Seahawks as a kid in the mid-'80s (hence the dislike of Denver), I find Pete Carroll repulsive both in principle and in practice. The man drove me to cheer for the Texas Longhorns a few years back. This is serious dislike. Somebody I despise is going to celebrate on Sunday, and I'm not sure how interested I actually am in seeing that. I don't love football the way I used to, and I no longer think of the Super Bowl in reverent terms. If anything, it's basically our vastly over-commercialized culture crapping out its last bit of marketing waste left over from Christmas. Just squeezing off that last pinch, with Americans, as always, clamoring to get a sniff. If defense still existed in the NFL--the surviving members of Doomsday and the Steel Curtain laugh mockingly at Seattle's "league best" crew--I might feel differently. Or if players still worse jerseys with flappy sleeves. Or with those three-quarter-length sleeves. Or with sleeves at all. Or if the Rams were in LA (or Cleveland, even...), the Colts in Baltimore, the Oilers in Houston, the Raiders in Oakland...wait, hang on... Anyway, I've watched my favorite childhood team (the Cowboys) and my favorite team from adulthood (the Patriots, whom I've supported since 1993, actually) win Super Bowls. The first ones in my lifetime were great. The rest were less exciting. Why I should get myself pumped up for a game between two franchises that inspire indifference as my kindest emotion is beyond me. And why I should watch halftime of said spectacle is way, way beyond me. Back in the days of six or seven channels (we always had more than four in DFW, to my memory), I'd watch any sporting event on TV at pretty much any time. Women's golf? Better than the movie of the week. Usually. Beach volleyball? Yeah! Beach volleyball with dudes? Eh, it's still a sport, so sure. Football? Always. At all times. No question. Baseball? Actually, yeah. Those days are gone, of course. I can watch almost any sport at any time. I can watch games played 5, 10, 30, 40, 60 years ago. I can watch sports we don't even play in this country. (Cricket streaming? Why not?) I can immerse myself so heavily in broadcast sports that sometimes I'd actually rather not watch any of it at all. It's too difficult, and I still have $75 in Amazon gift cards I haven't spent yet. Plus, there's a great deal on a throwback jersey on eBay. Ironic? Maybe. I have no idea. The whole premise of this blog is that things were better in the '70s. Not everything, but lots of things. And one of those things was the Super Bowl. It was a football game back then, with blocking and tacking, and safeties who were allowed to do stuff, and QBs who took hits after runs. The pregame show was a manageable, say, two or three hours. (I really don't remember.) There were goofy promos for sitcoms and action shows; these were spoken by the announcers during breaks in the game, not trotted across the bottom of the screen in computerized animation. Not long ago, I watched Super Bowl 6 (VI, if you're scoring along in Rome), the 1972 edition the Cowboys won in Rice Stadium. Prior to the kickoff, and I mean just prior, there was some sort of Marine Corps drill team or something that had trouble getting off the field. The whole thing actually delayed the kickoff. Of the Super Bowl! It's on the DVD! But nobody freaked out. No NFL executives were fired, as far as I know. The announcers--Pat Summerall on color and I want to say maybe Tom Brookshire on play-by-play--took it in stride. It's cool. It's a football game, not a parade or a rock concert or a debutante ball. The Marines will clear off. And there they go. And now let's kick off. And by the way, Pat wants us to know that Don Rickles has a new sitcom and that CBS will be airing the Kemper Open again this spring. Be there. And then came halftime, which probably featured a marching band, which is probably what halftime at the Super Bowl--a football game, allegedly--should still feature. A few years later, though, the NFL would stumble upon Up With People, a group so roundly uncool by modern standards that it resides somewhere today with the corpse of Huey Lewis (has anybody's music done worse at standing the test of time?) and the Karate Kid (the original one, although I don't know that the others were particularly cool, either). As this article so helpfully points out, Up with People was full of gay drug users rather than hetero followers of Nancy Reagan. But who cares? Watch the video at the end of this post. Just watch it. Don't even watch it ironically. This is Up with People from the Cincinnati-San Francisco Super Bowl in 1982--right in the prime of my childhood, for once, just a handful of days after the stabbing pain of The Catch. (The wound has never totally healed.) You know what's funny about this performance? It's not horrible. It's not! The kids can dance. The music is peppy. The costumes are colorful. I think Phyllis George is involved. It's not "brought to you" by anybody. There's no dry ice. There are no lasers. I'm familiar with every song. Nobody who isn't performing dances on the field. The crowd loves it. Seriously loves it. And the whole thing lasts about 14 minutes and doesn't involve a stage roughly the size of the Sydney Opera House. Let the coaches do their pep talks, let the gay junkies sing and then get on with the game. It's no marching band, but it's solid. Very solid. It's simple and fun and non-commercial and take-or-leaveable and bearable and actually not obnoxious compared to what we get at the Super Bowl these days. It's a little goofy, a little ridiculous, but it's basic and pure and fun and simple. It's football before the NFL completely sold out. It's the Super Bowl back when the game was important and halftime was incidental. It's a one-hour pregame show. It's Irv Cross. And Pete Carroll, as far as we know, isn't involved. It's great, and I miss it, and I want it back. All of it. http://youtu.be/pxK3qTsj_eE
  42. 1 point
    The following is not really a blog, in the normal sense. It was one of my last contributions to the Star-Telegram editorial page. It ran on July 4, 1998, and I retired a couple weeks later (not because of this editorial). It was, I think, the only editorial I ever wrote as a poem and one of the few signed editorials we ever ran. But looking at all that has happened to the nation in the subsequent 15 years, and what is going on even today, I think it bears reprinting. Our Republic Eleven-score and two, the birthday of a nation. Born in strife and breathed life. Ben Franklin, they say, was asked, ``What have you given us?" ``A republic," he answered, adding, ``if you can keep it." Eleven-score and two since `76. Given heart. And from the start, Ordinary people said, ``It's our republic -- Ours to keep, and to preserve." Less than two-score of age, When Key, Watching the fort, was able to report The banner still waved. It was our republic -- Ours to defend. Worth keeping. For four-score and more a nation divided By different views of liberty's use -- Was it for all, or only for some? The republic, our republic, survived the storm. Through other wars, a nation responded. From the Argonne on to Khe Sanh: Americans knew it was our republic, And some bled to keep it. Eleven-score and two today, a nation older. Some would say it's lost it way; Yet this republic, our republic, Is a beacon to the world. Eleven-score and two since Declaration; Born of revolution, offering freedom as solution; Yet we still ask, ``What are we given?" And the answer still the same: ``A republic, If you can keep it."
  43. 1 point
    I know I have mentioned, probably enough already, that Miz Scribe and I spent 25 years in the antiques business. Some of that span was part-time for me, since I was still up to my neck in alligators in the newspaper business. But beginning about 1989, when all my vacation time began to be spent hunting antiques, and especially in 1998 when I left the Star-Telegram, it was a more or less full-time occupation for me as well as for the Miz. This isn't about antiques. I have a youngish audience in front of me and my observation over the last 15 years or so is that antiques are mildly interesting to people over 60 and of almost no interest to people under 45, most of whom feel that if it happened or was made before 1990 it is of no consequence. I've encountered too many folks in their 20s and 30s who want something ``really old, like from the 1970s." So this is really about seeing the United States from an antiquer's viewpoint....it is about the travels we enjoyed in order to find, buy and eventually (we hoped) sell the ``stuff" in which we dealt. I won't go back and count what we bought, but we did sell more than $1 million worth. Yet the most rewarding part of that business was the travel. We shopped and/or bought stuff in 30 states, mostly east of the Mississippi. We were in more motels than the Gideon Bible folks. We found which states had the best gas prices. We ate in more roadside restaurants than Duncan Hines. We were on interstate highways and what William Least Heat Moon called ``blue highways", the secondary or tertiary roads that link America to itself. Miz Scribe rarely knew where we were. My job was to plan the trips, plan where to shop, where to stop, how far to drive and to drive. Her job, she tells me, only began when we stopped to shop, so it didn't matter if she knew precisely where we were or how we got there. She remembers what we bought there, and that's enough. Let me start with a route. We left Fort Worth and usually drove either to oh, say, Meridian, Ms (if we going to Atlanta or North Carolina) or to Dickson, Tn. (handy if our destination was Nashville or across Tennessee to Virginia, W.Va. and Pennsylvania) or north of Nashville on I-65 to White House, Tn. or Franklin, Ky. (if we were making a longer trip to Ohio or upstate New York). We managed to hit some out-of-the-way spots, like Hazel, Ky., which was a town of mostly antique shops and malls, aside from Annie's Cafe, which was a delight. Or Paris, Tn, where we met Cooter Brown, who drove heavy equipment and had some of the finest early 19th century American stuff we've ever seen, especially sugar chests. Or Burlington, Ky, which hosts a monthly antique flea market. Or Bouckville, NY, where twice a year much of the antiqueing fraternity gathered to sell or, like us, to buy at the Madison-Bouckville week, which included several large outdoor antique shows. A trip there enabled us to shop in and become charmed by, towns like Canandaigua, Cazenovia and Skaneateles (pronounced Skinny-atlas). Some of the world's great Italian restaurants are in that area, lemme tell you. Or Salamanca, NY, which I remember because I found there, in a big antique mall, a 1909 plate from the First National Bank of Fort Worth. How it got up there I have always wondered. Or Seville, Ohio, a tiny place with a fine antiques shop and a very good antiques auction. Or New Philadelphia, Ohio, which we later discovered was where some of Miz Scribe's ancestors stopped off on their slow step-by-step trip west, and where a great huge antiques mall was always good to us. Or New Oxford, Pa., one of our favorite spots because it was full of great American antiques and collectibles. I guess we spent half a day in New Oxford two or three times a year before moving on to the Lancaster-New Holland-Ephrata-Lititz-Adamstown area. Adamstown and its neighboring villages in the 1990s and early 2000s was an antiquing mecca. Several huge malls and markets. We often filled up the van there, and filled ourselves up at Zinn's Restaurant, a fabled place which I think is no longer there. Or New Hope, pa, or neighboring Lambertsville, NJ, two big names for antiquers and interesting old towns to boot, across the Delaware River from each other. Down here we think anything that has water in it year-round is a river. We learned about rivers trekking the eastern U.S. We'd hardly heard of the Susquehanna, but it's huge. We crossed it a dozen times or more at Columbia, Pa., and at Harrisburg and saw it at Lewisburg, pa., the year before it flooded a great antiques mall in that city. Or Alton, Ill., another river town, site of a big prison where many Confederates were kept during the Civil War. Also site of some neat antique shopping, until one of the Mississippi's midwest floods in the early 2000s inundated downtown and ruined some shops. U.S. 67 crosses the Mississippi at Alton, and we were privileged to make that crossing on the old bridge before they built a new four-lane state-of-the-art bridge. The old bridge was very narrow, especially if you were driving a Suburban or a van (and we always were) and met a big truck. Or Hancock, Md., a tiny town that is a major Interstate intersection. At Hancock, the western Maryland arm is about 3 miles wide, so that you are closer to Pa. and W. Va. than you are to anything else in Maryland. If I have not touched on your hometown, or a place you once visited, or a place where your car broke down, or a place where your grandmother lived, never fear. This is all for today, but there is much more to come. As Hank Snow sang, we've been everywhere, man....
  44. 1 point
    In poker, as in NASCAR racing and the Kama Sutra, position is everything. This basic fact is often overlooked by less experienced poker players, who tend to make their betting decisions based on the strength of their two hole cards without considering their position in the hand. The relative value of your table position should be a primary factor in your decision to get involved in a particular hand from the outset. Position is determined by the betting order that will occur after the flop. If there are nine players at the table then the first three players are in “early” position, the next three are in “middle” position, and the final three are in “late” position. The player on the button has the strongest position for that hand. The blinds are in the weakest position, even though they bet last pre-flop. Remember, when considering position it is the order after the flop that matters. Why does it matter? One reason: because flops are hard to hit. The odds of improving your hand on the flop are roughly 1 in 3 – which means that (approximately) 2 out of 3 times you are going to miss the flop. And there’s where the problem lies. If you are in early position, and you miss the flop, you don’t have many good options for what to do next. If you check then you signal weakness and a late position player is likely to bet in order to get you to fold. If you bet out you might get some to fold, but a late position player who did hit the flop is likely to raise you and force your hand. Bottom line: it sucks to have to act first. If you get to act last, then you have the most information available to make your betting decision. So how do you incorporate this table position knowledge? By carefully choosing which hands to play at all. If you are in early position, you should only play premium hands (such as high pocket pairs or suited connectors with faces). In the later positions you can loosen up and play more hands, because from there you have a much greater possibility of winning the hand even if you don’t hit. Now, if you have great cards in early position you should still play them, and if you have junk cards in late position you should still throw them. But for all those hands in between those extremes, consider position when making your decision.
  45. 1 point
    So you’ve played Hold ‘Em in a weekly home game, and you’ve watched the WSOP on television, but now you’ve been invited to go play in a real casino and you’re not sure what to expect. Good thing you read my blog! First of all, you need to find the poker section of the casino. The poker area is generally separated off from the other floor games, often by actual glass walls. When you enter the room there is usually a front desk that has a computerized display behind it showing what games are being played. A game labeled “1/2 NO” would be a no-limit Texas Hold Em’ game in which the starting blinds are $1 and $2. All games are Texas Hold ‘Em unless they are otherwise labeled (such as “Hi Lo Omaha”). Sometimes there is immediate seating available, but often you will have to add your name to the waiting list and wait to be called. There should also be information at the desk regarding any upcoming tournaments. What should you play? Depends on what you’ve been playing in the home setting and what kind of play you are most interested in. As a Hold ‘Em player your options are: a limit cash game, a no limit cash game, or a tournament. Here are the basics for each option… LIMIT – a nice choice if the thought of losing all your money in one hand is too much for you to contemplate. The biggest temptation at limit is to play too many hands because the price is low. If you don’t limit your play to strong hands in good position, you will slowly give away all your money. Luck plays a bigger factor in limit poker than it does in no limit – you will have to get the cards to win. Expect to be drawn out on in this game. The betting limits make it impossible to push someone out of the pot if they want to see if they will hit their flush or straight. This can be frustrating when your high pocket pairs don’t hold up, but the flipside is that you, too, can draw to higher hands. You just have to understand the dynamic s of the game have shifted some. NO LIMIT – Be sure you know the minimum and maximum stack needed for joining the table (generally posted, or you should ask at the desk before you go get your chips). Pay attention to everything that occurs at the table, even when you are not in the hand. You will want to know everything you can about the tendencies of other players before you have to make a big decision against them. Use the same betting strategy every time you make a play so you aren’t giving clues to your hand based on how you bet. Players may try to intimidate newbies at these tables – keep calm and cool and use your knowledge to make the best decisions with the given information. TOURNAMENT – Nice because you know exactly how much money you are committing to the game in advance, and every other player is committing the same amount. Study the tournament structure beforehand (are there add-ons after the first round? Re-buys allowed? How fast do the blinds go up? What round do antes start?). The most important strategy point to remember is to not wait too long to make your move. If your stack has dwindled too much when you go all-in, you will not scare anyone out and have less chance of winning it and staying alive. Most pros also recommend establishing a tight reputation early while the blinds are low and then using that to steal blinds later when the return is much higher. Some FAQs… Are the drinks free? Depends. Non-alcoholic choices are almost always free, but you should still tip the waitress for bringing it (you can tip with either chips or cash). Free alcohol varies by the environment – in Vegas they are probably free, at a Native American casino they probably are not. It is not a stupid question to ask. Is the food free, and can I eat it at the table? Casinos vary in how they do their comps, but almost all comp in some manner while you are playing. Before you start playing, always get a player’s card and make sure the dealer swipes it right when you join the table. Often the casinos credit you a certain amount each half hour you are playing at a table. If you play for several hours and then want to go grab some food, you probably have some credit built up to help pay for it. Some casinos will give you free buffet tickets if you ask at the poker desk (you can also ask about room deals, etc. at the poker desk). Most casinos let you eat at the table (they like to keep you playing), some with actual food servers working the poker room and others where you go get your food and bring it back yourself. If you need to leave the table to eat or do something else, tell the dealer and they will place a box over your chips and give you time parameters (normally 45 minutes to an hour). If they are busy, they may allow someone to play in your spot on top of your chip box. Can I smoke at the table? No. Poker rooms are almost always smoke free, unlike that cloud of chemicals out on the general casino floor. Do I tip the dealer? You tip the dealer when you win a hand. As you rake in your chips, toss one (or two if it’s a big hand) over to the dealer. Technically tipping is not required, but you should always do it. Does the dealer want to hear my helpful suggestions? No. Also, don’t touch your cards until all are dealt, and don’t touch the button unless the dealer specifically tells you to. What is a “bad beat” jackpot? Many casinos build a running jackpot that pays out when somebody hits a “bad beat” hand. A bad beat basically means losing with a REALLY good hand. Different casinos define a bad beat differently, so be sure to ask where the line is. Some consider a bad beat losing with quads, some count losing with aces full of kings or higher, others will say it has to be quad sixes or higher. Be sure to know all the promotions that are running while you play (such as “Aces Cracked Wins a Rack” meaning you get $100 if you lose with pocket aces). There are times when a promotion will change your decision making process in certain hands. I’m sure I have forgotten all kinds of things, but those are some pointers to get you started. So go! Have Fun! Take me with you! And don’t take money that you can’t afford to lose – like most fun things, poker should be enjoyed responsibly in moderation.
  46. 1 point
    Since I may never see the inside of the refurbished Amon Carter Stadium, I thought I would give some thoughts about stadia I used to find myself inhabiting (in press boxes, mostly): Loved Tennessee's Neyland Stadium because from the press box you could see the Holston River and all the houseboats pulled up to the stadium....really neat. Univ. Washington's place was similar (on Puget Sound, I guess) and people came to games there by boat.....only game I saw there was in a horrendous rain and I remember TCU's Lyle Blackwood sliding about 40 yards on the turf and throwing up a wake like a motorboat. The only game I saw in the Rose Bowl was a Super bowl (Steelers and somebody....) and I was impressed by that stadium, if not by the press box. A real scene, as those of you at the TCU-Wisky game frequently attest. Speaking of Wisconsin, only thing I clearly remember about their stadium was the bomb threat the night before (this was during all kinds of protester hijinks like blowing up buildings on campuses) and Tarrant sheriff Lon Evans (an old Frog and along for the game) helping the Madison cops search the stadium early the morning of the game... Some of the worst experiences were with the Cowboys, like arriving at Candlestick Point (I guess that's what it was) for the Cowboys-49ers and even the press/hangerson bus was booed and hit by ripe fruit, etc. Even so, the worst experience was pulling up to RFK stadium amongst the gee-awful crowd of D.C.ites threatening us (again the press,etc. bus) with mayhem. Worst press box was in Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh (there for Steelers and Houston about 1980).....barely edging out RFK. Most college press boxes were pretty good. Always loved the food at Baylor. The emptiness at Rice (in the stands and in the box). The atmosphere at Texas. The crowd at A&M (at that time, before some expansions, people in the stands were sitting just in front of press row, maybe 20 feet away). That was where they played their songs, anthems, whatever, and yelled, ``Beat the hell out of SMU!" followed by one guy loudly yelling, ``Beat the hell out of the point spread!" Another interesting place to cover games was Lincoln, Neb., which always reminded me of nothing more than a larger Abilene. Back in the 60s-70s, there were no more fervent fans than cornhusker fans, and the atmosphere was electric. Saw TCU's Darrell Lowe return an interception for a TD there, the one bright spot against Neb. Also got snowed in there (OU-Neb., I think) and then had to drive to Omaha in dense cold fog after the game to catch a flight. (I think the Omaha airport is actually in Iowa due to some change in the river's course....interesting tidbit). Maybe more of this another time if anyone cares...
  47. 1 point
    I think the fastest way is to take I-20 to 84, but you see a little "real" Texas going 180 all the way to Snyder. You won't be able to enjoy it going to the game, but Mineral Wells State Park and the Trailway is a great place to spend a fall weekend. They have some rock cliffs on the east side and the trail is great for biking. You can hit a trailhead in Weatherford. It is something that a family can do. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4503_103h.pdf Palo Pinto is one of the prettier areas of Texas. Even cutting up to Santo on I-20 is a nice country drive. Breckinridge is a typical Texas town and you can stop at a Sonic there, but Albany is something a little different. They have a high caliber art museum there called The Old Jail Art Center. They have an acclaimed steakhouse called The Beehive Saloon and Restaurant. They also have a Dollar General if you need some snacks for the road. There are only a couple of towns until you hit Snyder where you turn north on 84 to Lubbock. If you like wide open spaces, this route offers you a good look at them.
  48. 1 point
    I should have been born in 1955, not in 1973. This much I know. I could have been in puberty during the sexual revolution of the '60s (but missed Vietnam...barely), and then I would have been around to understand every joke during the awesome television era of the '70s. And let's not even get into the music...or the fashions! Instead, I got stuck growing up in the '80s and early '90s, blah puke boring. That's why I spend so much time screwing around on YouTube looking for gems from pop culture past. Today, in the first (and still possibly only--we'll see) entry in this blog, I'm focusing on game shows, the high temple of double entendres and terrible one-liners during the Best Decade. (That's the '70s. The Best Decade. I'm doing that now, like the Greatest Generation or something.) No game show produced as many stunning moments of comedy as the legendary Match Game. Marked with a vintage in most years (Match Game '73, '74, '75, etc.), and also by the time of day when it ran (Match Game PM!), the Match Game is a living archive (full of dead people...) of the era when '50s showmanship and bluster met '60s bawdiness and '70s don't-give-a-crap to create a magical elixir of semi-rude entertainment. Most of the time, the comedy on the Match Game was implied and tongue-in-cheek rather than brute force. That was what made it so great. The fill-in-the-blank questions almost always had a hilariously dirty obvious answer, but what made the game exciting was the ability of the panel, legendary host Gene Rayburn, and sometimes even the contestants to dance around the obvious and go with the clever instead. In other words, these people knew what they wanted to say, but they didn't say it because they couldn't. They had to come up with something else. It took some thought. Behold: (If these embedded videos don't work, and they might not, please have the temerity to click through to YouTube. Thanks.) Not only could the panel not give the answers they really wanted to give, but at least one regular, the infamous Charles Nelson Reilly, couldn't be who he really was. He was gay--well, of course he was!--but he couldn't be openly gay in the mid-'70s, so he had to settle for being obviously, fabulously, flagrantly gay...but all under the guise of being straight-ish. Sort of. I guess. Here, he goes off the rails a bit, but the innuendo remains subtle-ish yet ever-present. And by the way, yes, Richard Dawson was the perfect man of the '70s: Of course, the Match Game didn't always deal in subtlety. Sometimes it just couldn't. But the beauty of the '70s was that pretty much nothing was off-limits unless somebody dropped one of George Carlin's seven deadly words or made a direct reference to a below-the-belt body part. So, if a girl on the show had big boobs, was it OK to talk about them? OK? It was encouraged! By the host! If this lady is still with us, she must have to carry a wheelbarrow in front of her at all times. I can't imagine: http://youtu.be/8aTsSvncE4Q Then there were those episodes of the Match Game when the contestant and the panel said exactly what everybody was thinking...and got away with stuff that would lead to riots in the streets today. I'm not biased against anybody, but try to tell me this isn't funny. (Besides, Charles Nelson Reilly approves of it, so that makes it OK for the rest of us.) By the way, not to be a spoiler, but I love how the word "fairies" is considered a match for the contestant's answer in this question about Batman and Robin. Yes, this is gay stuff. Also, look at Dawson thinking 40 years ahead of his time: http://youtu.be/6K9OKF8HX5Q The beauty of celebrities in the '70s was that enough of them dated back to an era heavy in brutal stand-up and pressure-packed live TV that they could actually think on their feet, or at least while sitting in the studio. Many of today's fully automated TV "stars" (especially the idiots of reality TV) would have bombed 40 years ago because they can't think for themselves and wouldn't have been able to come up with witty lines on the spot. Or, they would have just said something overtly dirty for cheap laughs. That's why the '70s, that bridge between the confusion of the '60s and the sterility of the '80s, was so fantastic. That and the ability to openly discuss some random woman's boobs are what made spontaneous TV back then so effective in a way it couldn't be today. Remember, this was all network TV--no cable, no satellite, no HBO. Everybody saw it, kids and all, especially the daytime game shows. There was nothing else on TV. There were three channels, maybe four, in most cities. And when supply was low and demand was high, the quality of TV was often excellent. I'm going to end this entry with a bit of a twist, moving away from the Match Game and to that other, far better known, celebrity-quip game show, Hollywood Squares. Hollywood Squares had its own Charles Nelson Reilly in the person of Paul Lynde, who, in all honestly, was probably more popular and famous than CNR. Again, gay in every way except overtly, Lynde rocked the center square for years. The whole show, though--deserving of at least one other entry at some point--featured '70s wit at its very best. Even Florence Henderson, Mrs. Brady, got into the mildly bawdy review (as promised in the title of this entry). By the way, pay attention at 2:57 for a quintessential '70s experience: (I haven't been able to embed this video, but it's worth a click.) http://youtu.be/J947DhD7kHc That's it for now. If I'm ever to type while messing around on YouTube again, I'll be back. In the meantime, love, peace and soul (there's an entry there, too).
  49. 1 point
    I received an email from OU sports that announced a presale starting July 25th at 12:01AM. Use code: OU2013 OU tickets
  50. -1 points
    From the small town news dept.: A while back a former brother-in-law presented me with a small bottle of something called Panola Creole Jalapeno Sauce. I tried it and liked it. As I had been told, it isn't hot, but instead provides some jalapeno flavor to whatever you put it on. I've used it on meat, veggies, everything but ice cream. My benefactor said he had found this, and bought all they had (he does a lot of barbecuing) at a Fred's store in Jacksboro. I have friends who spend half the week at their own antiques store in Jacksboro. This friend said he knew Fred's and would pick up some of the sauce for me there. He then reported back that he had found it, and bought a bunch of bottles (it's only 60 cents a bottle!) and the clerk mentioned that someone else (obviously the former brother-in-law) had recently also bought all the sauce they had. The clerk found this highly unusual. My buddy tried the sauce and then gave bottles of sauce to several of his friends. He and his wife loved it. All his friends loved it and wanted more. So he went back to Fred's, which had restocked by then, and again bought a dozen or so bottles. Again the clerk was mystified by this run on an obscure jalapeno sauce. Anyway, I think about the clerk at Fred's, and imagine him/her (gender was not specified when I heard this) wondering what's up with this stuff. Only two guys have come in and bought it, but they buy lots of it. Does it contain model airplane glue? Marijuana? What is the mystery ingredient? I imagine him sending it to a chemist for analysis. But mostly I like to think that the Louisiana folks who make this sauce are glad they shipped some to Jacksboro.
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