Blogpoll Week 8

Monday, October 25, 2010

Before you yell and say where is so and so team, please read my polling philosophy and then yell afterwards.

~King of the SEC is back at #1. With Oklahoma picking up an L in Columbus, the Auburn Tigers have moved quite nicely into the top spot. Cam Newton is now the Heisman front runner and the Auburn Tigers are poised for one of the biggest Iron Bowls in history. The Tigers have games at Ole Miss and home versus Chattanooga and Georgia left on the schedule. If they can win those games they will head into Tuscaloosa the #1 team in the country.

~Oregon doesn't yet have the massive schedule strength but there victories are oh so pretty. A trip to the Coliseum could mark doom even if the Trojans are in a "down" year.

~Positioning TCU, Utah and Boise are all difficult propositions for me. Boise has wins over VT (n) and Oregon St. TCU has victories at Oregon St. and home versus Baylor and Air Force. Utah knocked off Pitt. They are currently ranked in that order but I could foresee a time where I give TCU the edge over Boise.

~Say Alabama throttles Auburn in the Iron Bowl and enacts a vengeful beatdown on South Carolina in the SEC title game, what are the odds they leapfrog Boise St.?

~If Michigan St. goes undefeated (at Iowa this weekend being their biggest road block) and do not make the National title game, will the Big Ten shift their stance on a playoff?

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Google Search Venns: Brady, Manning & Favre

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time for some fun with google search and Venn Diagrams. Let us see what three extremely successful quarterbacks have in common when you type in "Quarterback A is" with a google search.

Seems like people either think Tom Brady is a Super Sexy God or a Douche as seen by both Douche and Douchebag being present.


People are enamored by Brett Favre being old and retiring. I was hoping that one of them would be "is a creepy old man that sends penis photos to girls young enough to be his child" but it didn't quite make the cut.

Apparently people are really interested in whether or not Peyton Manning is married which is odd to me because I don't see how anyone could find this attractive.

So what do all three QBs have in common according to Googles most popular searches.... They are all both a Douche and a Jerk.

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Terrelle Pryor Made the Right Choice

Terrelle Pryor should have chose Michigan. I've seen this thought bandied about multiple times over the past few seasons. The thought process goes like so: Michigan's offensive schemes are more aggressive and better suited to Pryor. At Michigan, Pryor would likely put up better numbers and be a more dynamic player. The thought process states that Michigan would be a better team with Pryor and that Ohio State would be a better team with a more prototype quarterback. As a result the conclusion is that Pryor made the wrong choice. This conclusion is completely bunk.

As a Michigan fan I was eagerly awaiting "The Decision 08" hoping that Pryor would choose the Maize and Blue and lead the university as quarterback for four seasons. When he made his choice I was annoyed A) Because he didn't choose the Wolverines and B) Because he chose the blond with herpes.

Looking back 2 1/2 seasons later, it's obvious that he made the right decision. Why? Winning. There are different focus points for elite high school players to focus on when going to college. If Pryor had chosen Michigan his reasoning would have been mostly the thought process of "I will start right away and will have better numbers in this system and maybe make myself more appealing to NFL scouts". In 2008 Pryor's thought process instead was likely "Ohio State has a better chance of winning a national championship and winning period." That thought process was 100% correct.

In the three years Pryor has been at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have been vastly superior to Michigan in almost every way. Yes, the Wolverines offense seems more dynamic then the Buckeyes offense this season, but that's where the Wolverines advantages end. Michigan has gone back to back seasons without making a bowl game. Meanwhile Pryor has played in the Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl. He has not played in the National Title Game nor will he this year, but isn't two BCS bowl games (with a chance at a third) a pretty solid college career? Isn't winning an important part of your college career?

If Pryor was at Michigan instead of tOSU, the Wolverines may or may not be better right now but one thing is for certain, their defense would still suck. As we've seen this and last season the Wolverines will put up points but they will give them up in bunches. Would Pryor be better than Denard was this season or Tate was against Iowa? I have no idea. What I do know is that the Wolverines have lost 18 games the past 2.5 seasons while the Buckeyes have lost 6. Seems like a pretty sound decision if you ask me.

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Degrees of Loss Separation: Tennessee > Alabama

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
It's nice to see the Volunteers with such a tremendous team this season. The Volunteers have beaten Tennessee Martin and UAB this year, which stacks up as two of the best wins in the long history of the Derek Dooley era. This week those pastel orange boys get to host the Crimson Tide who have obviously underachieved thus far this season. They lost a game which is quite unacceptable. This week Derek Dooley gets his 3rd best win.

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Now This is How You Deliver a Game Ball

Monday, October 18, 2010

Watching this video makes me fully realize that I could not handle Sky Diving.

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Blogpoll Week 8

Before you yell and say where is so and so team, please read my polling philosophy and then yell afterwards.

~Auburn vs. Oklahoma... I had a debate on whom to rank #1. Oklahoma has wins over Texas (huge W over Nebraska), Florida, @Cincy and Air Force. Auburn has victories at Miss St., South Carolina and Arkansas.

~I'm sorry Boise St. While VaTech looked solid against Wake, they still have a D1-AA loss on their resume and to top that off Oregon St. faltered vs. Washington this weekend. The other undefeateds have superior wins, superior resumes, and Boise will have to hope that they all get knocked off because their signature game the rest of the year is Nevada and they are no longer undefeated.

~Hi! Wisconsin! Wisconsin plays a mediocre to poor out of conference schedule, but the victory over Ohio St. is Yay!

~Baylor is TCU's best victory and they just lost to Colorado. I'm sorry TCU but you shall not be ranked very high by me.

~Utah has yet to play a team above .500. Enough said.

~Goodbye Ohio St. and Cornhusker title hopes. Neither Ohio State or Nebraska will have enough on their schedule to validate being the highest ranked 1 loss team. Nebraska could still potentially play spoiler to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game, which would be a terrific send off present to the conference.

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NFL Yardage to Win %

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The below chart shows the correlation between NFL Yardage production and a teams win percentage. The X axis (left/right) shows how many yards above or below the league average a team gives up on defense. The Y axis (top/bottom) shows how many yards above or below the league average a team gains on offense. The size of the circle equates to the teams win percentage. So a black dot is someone who is 0-5 while a large circle is 4-1 or 3-1.


So what is this telling you? First it's telling you that clearly moving the ball isn't everything. The San Diego Chargers sit on their own island when it comes to yardage. The Chargers rank 2nd in the NFL in defensive yards per game and 1st in the NFL, by a wide margin, in offensive yards per game, yet, even with these stats, the Chargers are just 2-3. Meanwhile teams like New England and Tampa Bay are winning in spite of their yardage totals. The Pats are being outgained by an average of 40 yards per game. The Bucs are currently below the league average in both Offensive and Defensive Yardage. Both of these teams sit at 3-1 thanks to things like turnovers and special teams.

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Texas Tech Provides Too Much Humor For Me

Now presenting the worst onside kick in football history...

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Blogpoll Week 7

Monday, October 11, 2010

Before you yell and say where is so and so team, please read my polling philosophy and then yell afterwards.

As Coach Spurrier said it "Fellas, if fate means for us to win this game Saturday then let's give it a chance. Let's give fate a chance to happen", fate (or 3 straight SEC Ranked opponents) was on the Gamecocks side. Now with the defending champed knocked off their perch, the top two spots are wide open. The AP and Coaches poll consensus says Ohio State to which I say "Why?". I know everyone thinks Ohio State is great, I do as well, but outside Miami (who just got throttled) their schedule is pretty meh. So meh I debated keeping them below Alabama but Illinois' win over PSU was just enough to help me keep them there. Now let me answer theoretical questions:

How do you handle a 1 loss Alabama?
Honestly, I have no idea. I really had no clue where to rank them but I felt obligated to drop them below South Carolina and felt obligated to move up Auburn a little bit in my head due to the A>B>C theory that doesn't mean anything in reality.

Why is Oklahoma #1?
Oklahoma is #1 for a series of reasons. The biggest reason is Florida State. Oklahoma knocked the piss out of FSU and FSU is proving themselves to be an elite team in the ACC. Other reasons include decent road win at Cincy, beating a ranked Air Force and beating their key rival Texas.

Why is LSU #3?
LSU probably should have lost at Tennessee. LSU kind of got lucky with UNC's suspensions. LSU wins games by no more than 3 points. LSU HAS PLAYED ZERO CUPCAKES (McNeese St. this week erases that). LSU is 6-0 with wins against 4 SEC teams, an ACC team and a Big East team. Schedule is legit and wins are wins no matter the style points.

Why is Nebraska so low?
Nebraska is awesome, I think. But their competition thus far has been very very poor. Frankly I probably should have them below Mizzou and Okie St. but we'll leave them there for now. They will move up in the rankings when they start beating down the Big 12 North on their farewell tour.

Where is Wisconsin?
Arizona St. is their best win and they are a 3-3 Pac 10 team. Wake me when Wisconsin wins a few games in the Big 10.

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