What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them by Ed Bagley

Instead, it rewards teams that do well against good opponents.

For those who wager, it may be helpful to put some science on your side when you wager, and one of the best places to do that is with the Sagarin College Football Ratings.

The first job for La Salle this year will be to score a touchdown, or any points, including a field goal or touchback. Good luck, La Salle, and God speed.

Only Division I (both A and AA) are counted for rating and schedule strength during the season.

7) A total of 242 teams, 119 A schools and 123 AA schools, make up the Sagarin College Football Ratings. 40 by Sagarin.

1) Washington, one of the poor to mediocre teams in the country the last several years, was rated No. The worst-rated A school is Florida International at No. Following its horrendous loss, Michigan ended up being ranked No. The Irish failed to score a touchdown for the first time ever in their home opener.

When you know that more than $700 million can be bet on one game–the Super Bowl–in only Las Vegas, then you understand that billions were bet illegally on the Super Bowl last year in the United States and in offshore sports books around the world.

You will have to forgive the NCAA for taking titles that have been used for years and are perfectly clear, then renaming them and creating confusion in the process.

Ursinus College is not a Division 1 school (which includes the 242 teams with La Salle), not a Division II team (which includes another 157 teams), but a Division III team. 38 following its upset of mighty Michigan 34-32 on Michigan’s home field. 5 by both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll going into the game. 57 after the loss. 242 La Salle Explorers. Both teams are among the 7 worst Division I-A teams in the country, joining Louisiana-Monroe, Rice, Duke, Utah State and Florida International.

Michigan was ranked No. For Sagarin ratings and more detailed information go to: www.usatoday.com

The Sagarin College Football Ratings: What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them

 by: Ed Bagley. 145 after its opening loss) face off in week two. 143 after its opening loss) and Buffalo (ranked No. A hypothetical victory margin is determined by comparing the rating of the two teams after adding 2.93 points to the home team. 2. 36 after steamrolling over UAB 55-18 in its home opener.

6) Temple (ranked No. La Salle is a Catholic university located in Philadelphia.

The BCS (Bowl Championship Series) does not factor in scoring margin. The ratings are updated following each week’s games and published in USA Today on Wednesdays.

Anyway, the Sagarin rating is a numerical measure of a team’s strength.

If there is a way for the NCAA to assert its superior power, it does so by making everything more difficult and confusing, similar to your United States government and its IRS tax code which could reduce a sane person to tears just reading it.

4) Wyoming, a small school and never among the nation’s top teams, was ranked No. The home edge will vary during the season.

3) Appalachian State, a AA school, was rated No. The Explorers next job will be to actually win a game. 31 after hammering Syracuse 42-14 in its home opener.

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Following the first week of college football action, here are some facts that interested me about Sagarin’s first-week ratings:

Created by Jeff Sagarin, a 1970 MIT mathematics graduate, these computer ratings are for Division I-A (what the NCAA now calls the Football Bowl (FB) Subdivision) and Division I-AA (what the NCAA now calls the Football Championship (FC) Subdivision) teams.

Folks in the gaming business know that more than a billion dollars is wagered on every Monday Night Football game during the season.

While betting on sports is only legal in a few places in the United States, such as Las Vegas, millions of office workers are involved in sports pools every week now that the football season has arrived.

5) Notre Dame, beaten badly (33-3) by Georgia Tech, was rated No. Now you can better understand why La Salle College is ranked last among 242 Division I schools.

A diminishing-returns principle exists to prevent teams from building up ratings by running up large victory margins against weak teams. The win was the biggest upset in college football history as no AA team had ever beaten a ranked team.

USA Today, the largest circulation newspaper in the United States, is the nation’s daily newspaper and carries the Sagarin College Football Ratings. 41 by Sagarin following its 23-3 home victory over Virginia.

La Salle lost its home opener to Ursinus 28-0. 174 (56 AA teams are rated better), and their play reflects their rating. Georgia Tech was rated No. Ursinus is not a planet but a real liberal arts college in Pennsylvania.

2) Michigan State, another short end of the stick team for far too long, was rated No. The worst-rated AA school is the No

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By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.

Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. 2, Stanford No. Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.

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There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.

Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. 3, California No. The facts and statistics say otherwise.

Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.

The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.

It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.

Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.

Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. Turns out that I am right.

I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.

The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.

Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.

If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.

For the record, Nebraska is No. 4 and Colorado No. Again 3 of the 5 teams come from the Pac 10.

When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10

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“We’re the best of friends.”

Kalani Sitake brings his alma mater to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday to try to snap BYU’s five-game skid against Utah and his longtime boss, Kyle Whittingham. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

Said Sitake: “I know I love Kyle and Kyle loves me, and we’re going to be friends no matter what. Former Utah coach Ron McBride and BYU counterpart LaVell Edwards shared a friendship and a strong mutual respect.

But on the field, it’s possible, and one hopes, we’ll see a more respectful game.

“I’ll never say anything bad about the University of Utah, about the athletic program and especially about the football team, because they were great to me, and I think that’s important for me to share that with everyone.”

“I can say that I have a great relationship with Kalani,” Whittingham said. I’m excited for him and his opportunity at BYU.”

That might be the most anti-bulletin board quote of all time!

And the fact is, Whittingham owned the rivalry with Mendenhall, going 7-3, including a current five-game winning streak. This is going to be one of those things that extends our friendship where we get on the football field and compete and we’ll hug afterwards.”

“I don’t know if that will have a major impact with the fan base,” Whittingham said. The history of the rivalry, frankly, is too extensive to dive into with one column, though our Sam Strong did a nice job here. I could list 20 anecdotes about the rivalry through the years, and there would be at least 50 more that I’d be leaving out.

Enter Sitake, who branched out on his own in 2015 and was the defensive coordinator at Oregon State before BYU snatched him up. Heck, Kyle Whittingham was the WAC’s 1981 Defensive Player of the Year for the Cougars. It’s a fawning that would make the Mutual Admiration Society jealous.

. There are four former BYU football players on the Utah coaching staff: Whittingham, Aaron Roderick, Justin Ena and Fred Whittingham. Ena was a three-time all-conference linebacker. They talk and text frequently … And as Whittingham’s coaching tree continues to grow and players from each school become coaches, the crossover between the two staffs will probably breed more admiration and less acrimony.

Where’s the vitriol? Where’s the bulletin board material? Where’s Seni Fauonuku dropping “D” bombs. And for that reason, friendships among the coaches probably won’t sway those in the stands.

This isn’t entirely uncharted territory. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and his BYU counterpart and former protégé, Kalani Sitake, are exchanging pleasantries, not jabs, through the media. Where’s Max Hall dropping “H” bombs? Doesn’t everyone (except in Oregon and New Jersey) pump their own gas now?

Many of them are still good friends. And new Utah receivers coach Guy Holliday coached at BYU from 2013-2015.

BYU has three former Utah assistants on its staff: Sitake, Ilaisa Tuiaki and Steve Kaufusi.

What?

Let’s be clear, neither coach is saying he doesn’t want to win. Many have grown up choosing a side and bitterly defending their colors. though not this week … because …

The fans might not feel the same way. Sitake and Whittingham golf in the offseason. Whittingham never said the two were “best of friends.” Because they weren’t.

Welcome to the Holy Warm-and-fuzzy.

One of college football’s nastiest rivalries (historically), it appears, has smoothed over its edges. “I don’t see that happening.”

Take this season, for example. “I’ve coached underneath him, and he’s always been there for me. I think they’ll play a much cleaner game.”

Love! Hugs! Best of friends! Way to mix it up, fellas.

“He’s a guy I respect,” Scalley said. He put an exclamation point on it at last season’s Las Vegas Bowl, when the Utes won 35-28 to send Mendenhall to his new job at Virginia with yet another loss to the Utes (how’s that new gig working out, by the way?).

“This is one of those weeks where we want to respect their preparation,” Sitake said.

In a Q&A with ESPN in February, Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley praised Sitake, noting that he thought the rivalry had “gotten a little bit nasty” of late.

Now, about basketball …

One thing is for sure: The Holy War is beginning a new chapter. While Whittingham and former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall were never outwardly disrespectful, they weren’t going out of their way to be complimentary to each other, either. And if he can win by five touchdowns, all the better. It looks as though we might be in for a softer, gentler Holy War. “It’s about respect. “It’s a lot of fun, and it’s exciting, and a lot of good people involved with both fan bases.

“To me, that’s what football is about,” Sitake said. … There are still fan bases to appease.

“I don’t see it as a big-time rivalry with hatred as a lot of others see it,” Sitake said