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.

Pros:

Completely objective - it is based solely on the team's performance with no consideration given to strength of schedule

Cons:

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 |
---|---|---|---|

1 | TCU | Mountain West | 50.79 |

2 | Wisconsin | Big Ten | 50.33 |

3 | Boise State | WAC | 49.37 |

4 | Ohio State | Big Ten | 49.04 |

5 | Stanford | Pac 10 | 46.99 |

6 | Alabama | SEC | 46.39 |

7 | Northern Illinois | MAC | 44.31 |

8 | Oklahoma | Big 12 | 43.67 |

9 | Virginia Tech | ACC | 43.57 |

10 | Iowa | Big Ten | 43.21 |

11 | Nevada | WAC | 42.95 |

12 | Hawai'i | WAC | 42.90 |

13 | UCF | USA | 42.69 |

14 | Georgia | SEC | 42.38 |

15 | Auburn | SEC | 42.27 |

16 | Oklahoma State | Big 12 | 42.22 |

17 | Oregon | Pac 10 | 41.77 |

18 | Air Force | Mountain West | 41.65 |

19 | San Diego State | Mountain West | 41.57 |

20 | North Carolina State | ACC | 41.56 |

21 | Navy | Independent | 41.55 |

22 | Arkansas | SEC | 41.00 |

23 | Illinois | Big Ten | 40.74 |

24 | West Virginia | Big East | 40.69 |

25 | Missouri | Big 12 | 40.55 |

In care you're wondering, Nebraska ranked #47, with 38.26 points.

We were decidedly ordinary last year.