Saturday, November 07, 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: Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
At the start of the season this is the game that was marked on the Big 10 calendar. What people did not realize was that Iowa was going to be the team that is undefeated and these squads would be sitting with a loss a piece. Regardless the game is still huge as either of these teams will likely get into the BCS if they win out.
3º of Loss Separation : Penn State > Minnesota > Purdon't > Ohio State
The chain of command really begins with the stunning victory by Purdon't over Ohio State. No one really saw it coming but they stifled Terrelle Pryor and co and took home a 26-18 win. Purdon't has lost to many a Big 10 team including Minnesota back on October 10th by a score of 35-20. The loop was completed by a 20-0 shutout of Minnesota by Penn State.
Final Outcome: Penn State 23 Ohio State 13
Joe Pa gets another victory and another step closer to a 2nd consecutive BCS trip. If Northwestern can shock Iowa this weekend, he just might be one step closer to another Rose Bowl.