Friday, October 16, 2009
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: Southern California Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Oh the battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh is back on. The last time Notre Dame won this matchup Lou Holtz was able to keep the spit in his mouth from firing out every time he talked. Notre Dame and Charlie Weis are looking for a signature victory whule the Trojans are looking to keep it rolling towards what they hope to be a 1 loss season and a trip to the BCS title game.
2º of Loss Separation : ND > Washington > USC
It all started when USC had their yearly sleep walk Pac 10 fest in Washington. The Huskies pulled off the stunning victory 16-13 on a last second field goal. A few weeks later they headed into South Bend and were victamized by a
n annoying comeback overtime victory orchestrated by Jimmy Clausen.
Final Outcome: Notre Dame 27 USC 21
Notre Dame pulls off the shocking victory over the Trojans and sends them spiraling out of National Title contention. The FUPA gets his big win and all those ND alumni looking for his head on a stick are forced to shut up for a week.