Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Degrees of Loss Separation is a simple concept, I go out and find a highly rated team with some losses playing against a crappy team with lots of losses. Next I find a chain of losses which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt (not at all) that the underdog is going to pull the major upset and storm the field. The Final Outcome is calculated simply: Add up the scores of the losers, add up the scores of the winners in the degrees of loss separation and divide both by the # of degrees.
The Game: Louisiana State Tigers vs. Ole Miss Runnin Rebels
This SEC West matchup in recent history has been a one sided affair in the Win Loss column with LSU winning the last 5 matchups having last loss to Ole Miss in 2001 when they were quarterbacked by one Eli Manning. While the Win Losses have been one sided the recent game history has not been. In those 5 wins by LSU only one was by a margin larger than a field goal. The Rebs have been hanging tight every year, perhaps this will be the year they get over the hump.
11º of Loss Separation : Ole Miss beat Memphis beat Southern Miss beat East Carolina beat UNC beat Miami beat FSU beat Alabama beat Arkansas beat South Carolina beat Kentucky beat LSU
Jumped it up an additional notch for this ludicrous degrees of loss separation. Ole Miss started off the season with a sneak away victory against Memphis 23-21. Memphis last week were able to barely knock off Southern Miss who had previously taken out the Pirates of East Carolina. East Carolina somehow this season knocked off 'rival' UNC who shocked the wildly inconsistent Hurricanes. The inconsistent Hurricanes once again knocked off the Seminoles this season who just before went in and rolled the Crimson Tide. The Tide behind Major Applewhite's playing calling dismantled the Razorback D who weeks later had a field day running the ball on the Gamecocks. The very same Gamecocks were amidst their best weeks when they knocked off the Kentucky Wildcats who followed up that loss with the shocking Triple Overtime victory over the #1 LSU Tigers.
Final Outcome: Ole Miss 34 LSU 28
In a year of massive upsets, where would a Runnin Rebels victory over #1 LSU rank? The Rebs sit at 3-7 overall this season but 0-6 within the conference. The Rebs have been close to a few victories thus far this season including the game at home against the Gators. But nonetheless a victory for Ole Miss ruining LSU's shot at the title would rank up there with the Stanford and App St. victories.