Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rankings through November 15, 2014

Alabama upended Mississippi State and claimed the number one spot in our ranking this week.  Florida State (#3) and Marshall (#31) now remain as the only two undefeated teams yet neither is in the top two due to their perceived weak strength of schedule.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rankings through November 8, 2014

Wow!  If the season ended today, the Random Walker rankings would pick Miss St. and Alabama for a national championship game.  And it just so happens that they play each other next week!  FSU and TCU seem to be in cruise control the rest of the season hoping that the SEC continues to beat up on itself.  Oregon and Arizona St. also seem to be heading towards a matchup in the Pac 12 championship with the winner hoping to have a place in the playoff as well.  There are still many great games to be played before the dust settles.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rankings through November 1, 2014

The SEC continues its domination of our rankings with 5 of the top 7.  It will be interesting to see if the SEC can somehow get two teams into the four team playoff.  If so, there will be some unhappy people either in the Big 12 or Big 10 I'd imagine.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rankings through October 18, 2014

After the fantastic battle between Florida State and Notre Dame, the upset of Baylor, and the solid performances by the top SEC teams, we are left with 4 SEC teams in the top 5 of our ranking, for essentially all values of our parameter p.  Florida State clearly has the easiest remaining schedule and seems like a shoe-in for the inaugural 4 team playoff.  The 4 SEC teams however have many battles ahead.  I have a feeling it will probably come down to FSU, the SEC champ, the Pac-12 champ, and either the Big-10 champ or the Big 12 champ for the 4 playoff spots.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rankings through October 11

After another dominant showing by the state of Mississippi, the top two spots have been claimed by Miss St and Ole Miss for all values of our parameter "p".  This week's game of FSU vs ND will definitely have big implications in these rankings for next week. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rankings as of October 5

After a wild weekend, there has been a large shakeup in the rankings.  Notably both Ole Miss and Miss St. are in the top 5.  I also can't help but smile to see Georgia Tech in the top 10!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rankings through September 27

I forgot to mention last week, but I want to say a big thanks to Peter Wolfe for his nicely formatted score data that makes computing the rankings so much easier.  Also, to see the full RWFL rankings and how they stack up with many other systems, check out Kenneth Massey's comparison page.  With only four or five games played by each team and without using margin of victory, there are limited observations available to compute the rankings.  However, this week we do see the beginning of some reasonable rankings.