Thursday, September 23, 2010

Golden Program Rankings

It's too early in the season for the regular Golden rankings to really mean anything, but since everyone has played at least one game, we thought we would display something new: out version of program rankings using the Golden system. The concept is rather simple, this years points are added to 75% of last year's points, 50% of the points from two years ago, and 25% of the points from three years ago, and then divided by the total number of games played over the course of the four years. The idea is that this formula accounts for the full range of playing time for most every player currently on a college football roster, with proportionally more weight given to the most recent data.

No suprises near the top with 08 champion Florida and defending champ Alabama at 1 and 3, sandwiched around Texas who has 5 losses over the last four years. What might be surprising is that the Big Ten is the first league with three teams to show up, with OSU, PSU and Iowa all in the top 14, and the Mountain West is the second with TCU, Utah, and BYU in the top 17.

For conference rankings, no surprise that the SEC is up top with only one of their twelve teams, Vandy, with a negative per game average over four years. The Big East is solidly in second, helped by good bowl records in several of those years.