Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan St. Spartans
It was nearly impossible to find a game to use for the Degrees this week with many teams only losing to undefeated teams or the chains ending in undefeated teams. For instance BYU -> TCU -> Oklahoma -> Texas. Or USC facing winless Washington. So I endeded up choosing Michigan St. vs. Wisconsin because the Spartans are ranked again and the Badgers are still in the bottom half of the Big Ten. Plus, I want D'Antonio to get a beatdown after his 2-6 bath last week.
9º of Loss Separation : Wisconsin > Fresno St. > Rutgers > Pittsburgh > Navy > Air Force > New Mexico > Arizona > Cal > Michigan St.
And after deciding to pick this game I had to spend like 20 minutes figuring out the Degrees because there's no close link. Any way here it is. Wisconsin was ranked at one point and knocked of Fresno St. who was also ranked when they knocked off Rutgers to open the season. Rutgers completed last weeks Degrees when they pummeled Wanny. Wanny had previously doubled up Navy. Navy snuck one out in a military showdown against Air Force by 6. Air Force however is having a solid season and knocked off New Mexico who knocked off Arizona in a border war. Mike Stoops however is also having a solid season and defeated Cal rather soundly. The same Cal Bear team opened up the season by narrowly defeating the Spartans.
Final Outcome: Wisconsin 34 Michigan St. 22
And there you have it the Badgers show a little life in what has been an incredibly disappointing season in Madison and go to the land of Sparty and put on a mini beatdown. Badgers 34 Spartans 22.