2009 NFL Power Rankings (Week 1)

Well here are my power rankings, using the same formula that I developed last year. There are some things that are a little off because all the teams have played only one game but on the whole it’s okay. Once the teams get some realistic win percentages and the strength of schedule numbers have played out a little bit more this will really thrive. The glaring problem right now is that not a single team that lost is ahead of a single team that won. This clearly isn’t accurate but as the season progresses it will work itself out. At the very least you can look at the “Avg Rank” column to see the average ranking from a large number of reputable sources. Either way, here it is: Continue reading

2008 NFL Power Rankings (Week 6)

Okay, I realized it’s a little last minute, but I am getting this done before the first games kick off this week so it still counts. Plus I did say that I would put these up. But since these are late anyhow, I decided to have a little bit of fun with them, just to mix it up a bit. So instead of going through and deciding who should be ranked where, I simply made a formula to determine the rankings for me. This formula is by no means perfect, but I did find that it has the teams ranked at least close to where I would have ranked them on my own. The formula isn’t too terribly complex, but it’s complex enough that I don’t really feel like explaining it, so as an alternative I will just tell you that the three main components are win percentage, point differential (on a per game average), and a compilation of multiple professional power ranking. In the end, my formula gave me a “score” for each team and then I ranked them based on those points. Like I said, this formula isn’t perfect, the point scale won’t make a whole lot of since to anybody, so don’t put too much thought into it. I don’t think that the Titans are three times better than the Giants, these are just the numbers that the formula spit out. There are some things that I definitely want to change for future use of this formula, but for now I give you this:

Rank LW Team W L Win % PD/G Avg Rnk Score
1 2 Tennessee 5 0 1.00 11.80 1.19 2720.00
2 1 NY Giants 4 1 0.80 11.40 2.63 972.19
3 7 Pittsburgh 4 1 0.80 4.80 2.75 736.00
4 3 Buffalo 4 1 0.80 4.40 5.38 370.60
5 12 Washington 4 2 0.67 1.50 6.56 223.49
6 8 Tampa Bay 4 2 0.67 7.33 8.69 213.59
7 4 Dallas 4 2 0.67 5.67 8.31 209.86
8 20 Arizona 4 2 0.67 5.50 9.63 180.09
9 17 Indianapolis 3 2 0.60 3.40 8.13 176.49
10 11 Carolina 4 2 0.67 3.33 10.50 151.32
11 14 Denver 4 2 0.67 2.00 11.69 128.34
12 6 San Diego 3 3 0.50 6.50 11.31 119.34
13 5 Philadelphia 3 3 0.50 7.33 13.00 107.05
14 25 Atlanta 4 2 0.67 2.00 14.38 104.35
15 19 NY Jets 3 2 0.60 2.20 15.31 88.95
16 9 New Orleans 3 3 0.50 6.50 16.69 80.90
17 16 Jacksonville 3 3 0.50 -0.67 13.31 74.49
18 15 Chicago 3 3 0.50 6.50 18.38 73.47
19 10 Green Bay 3 3 0.50 2.50 18.69 61.54
20 18 New England 3 2 0.60 -4.00 16.13 61.40
21 21 Minnesota 3 3 0.50 -1.00 19.94 48.90
22 24 Miami 2 3 0.40 0.80 23.25 36.65
23 13 Baltimore 2 3 0.40 -1.80 22.13 33.81
24 26 Cleveland 2 3 0.40 -2.20 22.31 32.81
25 23 San Francisco 2 4 0.33 -4.33 27.00 19.96
26 27 Houston 1 4 0.20 -9.20 25.63 8.82
27 22 Seattle 1 4 0.20 -10.20 25.81 7.98
28 28 Oakland 1 4 0.20 -10.80 28.88 6.72
29 29 Kansas City 1 4 0.20 -13.20 29.81 4.90
30 30 Cincinnati 0 6 0.00 -9.33 30.38 0.37
31 31 Detroit 0 5 0.00 -16.60 31.63 0.12
32 32 St. Louis 1 4 0.20 -20.40 28.63 0.07

Legend: W-Wins, L-Losses, PD/G- Point Differential per Game, Score-The number my formula gave me for each team.

NFL Power Rankings (Week 4)

I would like to point out one thing that Megan Manfull wrote recently: “Since the Texans joined the league in 2002, 31 teams have started a season 0-3. Only one of those teams — the 2004 Buffalo Bills — went on to record a winning record by finishing 9-7. Only two others finished .500.”

RK LW Team W L Comment
1 1 Giants 3 0 Ha. I’m to only one who’s consistently had them on top. Still the Champs.
2 9 Titans 4 0 3 home games and opponents are 3-12, but they’re winning by an average of 14 points, which leads the league.
3 11 Bills 4 0 The Bills have been big in the 4th quarter, and are winning by 11.5 per game, which is third in the league behind the Titans and Giants.
4 2 Cowboys 3 1 Let’s be honest. They’re still one of the best in the league. One stumble won’t hurt, unless T.O. stays P.O.ed.
5 5 Eagles 2 2 Only a .500 record but still 4th in the league in terms of point differential per game.
6 14 Chargers 2 2 They look like they’re bouncing back from a bad start.
7 3 Steelers 3 1 Though they’re 3-1, the Steelers are only +19 in point differential, which is only 4.75 per game.
8 16 Buccaneers 3 1 The Buccs are only a little better at +6.75 per game, but their 3-0 with Griese under center.
9 13 Saints 2 2 Deuce is back, which should help this offense immensely.
10 6 Packers 2 2 We’ll see what happens if Aaron Rodgers can’t play this week.
11 8 Panthers 3 1 Only one loss, but only +2.5 for their point differential average per game.
12 23 Redskins 3 1 Another one loss team with a low point differential (+5) giving them only a 1.25 average margin of victory.
13 17 Ravens 2 1 Baltimore is better than I thought but that close loss the close loss to Pittsburgh hurts.
14 12 Broncos 3 1 The defense needs to start playing better, because a loss to KC should not be acceptable.
15 15 Bears 2 2 The looked good against Philly. Can they keep it up?
16 22 Jaguars 2 2 They bounced back from their 0-2 start, but in their two wins they’ve had to come from behind.
17 4 Colts 1 2 Get it together. Now. Getting Houston this week should help.
18 7 Patriots 2 1 A -9 point differential and a loss to Miami got the Pats stuck here.
19 18 Jets 2 2 The offense looks good but the defense… well, doesn’t. 115 points scored, 116 points allowed.
20 10 Cardinals 2 2 The o-line needs to step it up in pass protection. They’ll hope to hand the Bills their first loss when they come to town this week.
21 19 Vikings 1 3 Disappointing would be an understatement. They face the Saints on MNF this week, and they need to win.
22 21 Seahawks 1 2 They got some receivers back with their BYE week, but the defense needs to help them out.
23 25 49ers 2 2 The Pats are coming off a BYE and are angry after a loss to Miami. The o-line needs to protect O’Sullivan better to give them a chance.
24 31 Dolphins 1 2 They upset the Pats in week 3. Can they do the same to the Chargers this week?
25 24 Falcons 2 2 They’re better than most anybody expected but I only see them winning one more game. That’s right. One more.
26 20 Browns 1 3 They have a BYE week, which they’ll need to work miracles to continue to dig out of the hole from their 0-3 start.
27 26 Texans 0 3 Houston has the third worst points differential per game average in the league at -14.33, the Colts will look to make that number even worse.
28 27 Raiders 1 3 This team has a lot of spirit. Can that carry them through the mess that is Al Davis?
29 30 Chiefs 1 3 Did you really just beat the Broncos? Wow. Well, at least you won’t have a winless season.
30 29 Bengals 0 4 The Bengals should be happy that the Lions and Rams exist, because this team would be worth of a bottom ranking if it weren’t for those two.
31 28 Lions 0 3 The two teams I mentioned that Houston has a better average point differential than? The Lions are one of them at -18 points per game. At least they got rid of Millen.
32 32 Rams 0 4 The other team worse than the Texans in point differential per game? These Rams are losing by an AVERAGE of 26 points per game. They’re overall point differential is -104. How do you do that in just 4 games? They are getting Donnie Avery involved though.

My NCAA Football Top 25 – Week 5

RK (LW) School Comment
1 2 Oklahoma The Sooner’s pass attack is scary. They go to Baylor this week and then get Texas and Kansas at home. Can they stay on top?
2 4 Missouri The Tigers travel to Lincoln this week to face the Cornhuskers. Mizzou hasn’t won in Lincoln in 30 years.
3 5 Louisiana St. Charles Scott has been a beast. LSU travels to Gainesvill next week. Can they hand the Gators their second straight loss?
4 8 Alabama With Kentucky this weekend and Ole Miss after that the Tide shouldn’t lose anytime soon, but if they look too far ahead Ole Miss could upset them just like the Gators.
5 7 Texas The Longhorns have a tough 5-game stretch coming up: Colorado, OU, Mizzou, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. If they can win all five then they might be the best team in the country.
6 10 Pennsylvania St Penn St is the front runner of the Big Ten now. Will it stay that way after facing Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio St in October?
7 12 Brigham Young BYU plays TCU on October 16, and Utah in the last game of the season but other than that, their schedule looks like a cake walk.
8 11 Texas Tech From October 25 to November 22 the Red Raiders have a tough 4-game stretch: Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma St and Oklahoma. Can they survive that?
9 3 Georgia At this point it seems that a loss to Alabama is nothing to be embarrassed about, and because of that the Dawgs stay in my top 10.
10 14 South Florida Pitt comes to town on Thursday, can the Bulls string together back to back convincing wins after beating NC St by 31 this past week?
11 1 Southern California Well that was embarrassing.
12 13 Auburn They’ve only lost to LSU, but their win over my Vols wasn’t exactly convincing. Auburn better watch out because they travel to Nashville this weekend, and I think Vandy will be ready for them.
13 6 florida I’m trying not to laugh… Go Rebels!
14 15 Ohio St. They travel to Wisconsin this week, which should be a good game, and will likely prove to be meaningful later in the season.
15 17 Utah The Utes get Oregon State at home this week. Can the Beavers pull off back to back upsets?
16 18 Boise St. The Broncos look good, and don’t seem to have a tough game on their schedule until the last game of the season against Fresno St.
17 19 Kansas The Jayhawks need to win their next two game against Iowa St and Colorado because after that it’s Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
18 9 Wisconsin They blew a big win against Michigan, and now that Ohio St has Beanie Wells the Badgers could be in trouble, especially considering after this week’s game against the Buckeyes they have to play Penn St the following week.
19 22 Vanderbilt Vandy looks good, and they look to show Auburn just how good when the Tigers come to town for “GameDay” this weekend.
20 29 Oklahoma St. The Cowboys look good but after this weekend against Texas A&M they have to face Mizzou, which I don’t think anybody would look forward to at this point.
21 28 Virginia Tech The Hokies have bounced back from their disappointing season opener at East Carolina, now the look to try and take back the ACC.
22 26 Oregon The Ducks look to be the second team from Oregon in as many weeks to beat the USC Trojans.
23 25 Fresno St. It should be easy sailing from here on out. At least until they meet up with Boise St in the last game of the season.
24 NR Connecticut UConn plays North Carolina this week, who are looking for a way to get ranked. If the Huskies aren’t careful they could get upset.
25 16 Wake Forest After losing to Navy I’m not sure they still deserve to be in the top 25, but I’ll let them hang in here for one more week.




Others to note:
26 NR Michigan St.
27 NR Maryland
28 NR Tulsa
29 NR Kentucky
30 NR Ball St.
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