This is an attempt to rank the 120 D1 teams based on their performance in different statistical categories.
The method I used was fairly straight-forward. Each team receives a score from 0-1 in each stat category. The score is calculated by (Value - Min / Max). Okay, maybe that's not particular straight forward, but here's an example:
In the category TD/game, the best team (Oregon) averaged 6.23 TD/game. In this category, Max=6.23. The worst was Memphis at 1.58 TD/game. In this category, Min=1.58. That means the span of values is 6.23-1.58, or 4.65. I subtract the category Min from each team's score to move the span to a start point of zero. This becomes each team's adjusted category value.
Then, to compute each team's points for that category I take the adjusted team value and divide it by the total span of that category. So, the computation for Oregon is (6.23-1.58)/4.65, or 4.65/4.65. This ensures that the #1 team in each category receives exactly 1 point. Memphis' computation is (1.58-1.58)/4.65, or 0/4.65. This sets the last place team in each category to 0 points. Each of the 118 other team's scores is calculated as a proportion of their values compared to the best in the category. While this looks much like a simple 1-120 ranking, it is slightly different, and allows for one team with an unusually high or low score to be rewarded or punished accordingly in a way that a simple 1-n ranking does not allow.
I perform those calculation on 73 categories and then sum the scores. The team with the highest total score is ranked #1 in my system.
Completely objective - it is based solely on the team's performance with no consideration given to strength of schedule
Does not consider W/L Record
Weights all statistical categories equally - scoring defense is the same weight as 3rd down conversions / game
Looking back at 2010, my top 25 is:
|0||Team||Conference||Adjusted Total Score|
|4||Ohio State||Big Ten||49.04|
|16||Oklahoma State||Big 12||42.22|
|18||Air Force||Mountain West||41.65|
|19||San Diego State||Mountain West||41.57|
|20||North Carolina State||ACC||41.56|
|24||West Virginia||Big East||40.69|
In care you're wondering, Nebraska ranked #47, with 38.26 points.
We were decidedly ordinary last year.