Friday, November 13, 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: Miami Hurricanes vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Butch Davis brought the Hurricanes back to glory in his time in Miami. He eventually jettisoned for the NFL cash only to be quickly ousted. His return to college football just so happened to come at a spot where he gets to play the Hurricanes every season.
2º of Loss Separation : North Carolina > Virginia Tech > Miami
The Hurricanes kicked off the degrees when they were highly ranked and headed into Blacksburg for a showdown that they didn't show up to. They were wiped off the field 31-7. UNC completely the shortest chain of all when they went into Blacksburg and did what very few do, beat the Hokies on a thursday night. UNC kicked a field goal as time expired to win 20-17.
Final Outcome: UNC 25 Miami 12
Randy Shannon and Miami are making steps in the right direction but they are not a 10-2 team just yet. A trip to tough North Carolina will be that third loss of the season.