Thursday, October 22, 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: Connecticut Huskies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
This Degrees of Loss Separation is in honor of the recently deceased Jasper Howard. By now you must know that he was stabbed to death outside a UConn building on the night of a school dance. I think we can all agree that this must be an incredibly difficult time for the Huskies and that unless you are from West Virginia you will be pulling for them this weekend.
10º of Loss Separation : UConn > Louisville > Southern Miss > Memphis > UTEP > Houston > Oklahoma St. > Georgia > Arkansas > Auburn > WVU
This is the longest degrees ever (I think) so here goes. West Virginia's lone loss came in their trip to Alabama when they were beaten 41-30 by the Chizik's. The Chizik's perfect mark was erased a few weeks later 44-23 by the Razorbacks. The Razorbacks could not jump on the campaign "Beating Mark Richt 09" and fell 52-41 to UGA. Okie St. started off the campaign by beating UGA 24-10 in the opener but fell to Houston 45-35 in week 2. The Cougars suffered their lone loss to meek UTEP 58-41. UTEP followed that up with a loss to Memphis 35-20. The Tigers than lost the next week to Southern Miss 36-16. Southern Miss granted Louisville just one of their two wins the previous week 25-23. Finally UConn led by Jasper Howard knocked off the Cardinal last week 38-25.
Final Outcome: UConn 40 WVU 26
The Huskies will honor their fallen teammate by going into Morgantown and pulling off a big time upset 40-26. With the win the emotional Huskies will thrust themselves right back into the heart of the Big East race.