Apparently the Iowa blog got into a bit of a tiff with local Iowa talk radio and fearing they would get passed by as "AM radio goes racing into the future" they decided to send in an audition tape to AM1630 KCJJ and look for employment. Hilarity ensues.
Even though Iowa fans hate us, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for them after listening to this.
EDIT: start at 5:20 if you want to get right into the radio bit
Here's the link to Smart Football, where the column is posted. For those who don't want to bother, here is a description of the system:
The SRS takes only two factors into account: strength of schedule and adjusted margin of victory. Each game is given equal weight. Therefore, the sum of a team’s SOS and MOV rating is its SRS rating. A team could have an SRS rating of 60 by having an MOV of 30 and an SOS of 30, or an MOV rating of 40 and an SOS of 40. Once you have the SRS scores for each team, it’s very simple to understand how the system arrived at those ratings. Further, the numbers the system spits out are easy to understand: if Team A has a rating of 55 and Team B has a rating of 44, it means that Team A is predicted to be 11 points better than Team B. The units here mean exactly what you think they mean.
For starters, the road team is given 3 points for each game (but there is no home or road team for neutral site games). After that adjustment, all wins and losses of between 7 and 24 points as exactly that. So a 24-10 road win goes down as +17 for the road team, -17 for the home team. Wins of 7 or fewer points are scored as 7-point wins and losses of 7 or fewer points are scored as 7 point losses (except that road losses of 3 or fewer/home wins of 3 or fewer are graded as 0 point ties). This gives a very minor boost to teams that win by a couple of points. Finally, wins of more than 24 points/losses of more than 24 points are scored as the average between the actual number and 24. This is to avoid giving undue credit to teams that run up the score.
Now, the Top 10 SRS ratings after week 9:
Rk Team MOV SOS SRS W-L 1. LSU 24.5 43.9 68.4 8-0 2. Alabama 27.4 40.7 68.1 8-0 3. Oklahoma St 22.0 45.2 67.2 8-0 4. Stanford 27.4 39.2 66.5 8-0 5. Oklahoma 21.5 44.1 65.6 7-1 6. Boise St 22.7 41.2 63.9 7-0 7. Oregon 20.7 42.0 62.7 7-1 8. Wisconsin 21.5 38.0 59.5 6-2 9. Michigan 17.4 40.6 57.9 7-1 10. Texas A&M 9.9 46.3 56.2 5-3
And the Big 10:
8. Wisconsin 21.5 38.0 59.5 6-2 9. Michigan 17.4 40.6 57.9 7-1 13. Nebraska 12.3 42.4 54.8 7-1 17. Michigan St 9.1 43.7 52.9 6-2 23. Ohio State 5.8 44.7 50.5 5-3 28. Penn State 8.4 40.8 49.3 8-1 39. Illinois 6.2 39.7 45.9 6-3 50. Iowa 9.2 34.0 43.2 5-3 61. Purdue 2.3 37.2 39.4 4-4 67. Northwestern 0.5 37.4 37.9 3-5 98. Minnesota -13.8 43.6 29.8 2-6 107.Indiana -12.4 38.9 26.6 1-8
Georgia has just suspended three running backs for at least 1 game over a failed drug test.
Their best remaining RB injured his ankle against Florida at the Cocktail Party, leaving only a redshirt soph with little experience to play this weekend against New Mexico State (good timing for a suspension).
This quote from Richt makes me remeber just how fragile a CFB team is: "I don't know about [who will start]. We'll kind of see how it goes, but everybody else who resembles a running back will be competing." Apparently cornerbacks are currently in the mix for the job.
Big Least to add BSU, Navy, Air Force, UCF, Houston, SMU:
Good lord, that conference is going to be worse than the MAC. And it's still going to have an autobid?
So -- what's this mean for the MWC/C-USA merger, I assume that is more on than before. Aren't they down to 28 schools now or something.
While on the subject, can't help but laugh at West Virginia suing the Big Least for not protecting the school. The lawsuit claims other schools were looking elsewhere. Hey, didn't WVU earlier this year apply to the SEC and ACC? And get turned down? I know I need to give up my dispassion for all thing Mountaineer, but what a joke that lawsuit is. (I'm a lawyer and a litigator at that, I think I can smell BS when it's plopped in front of me.)
Indiana just booted thier top receiver off the team.
I must admit that Wilson has to be under pressure to get a win, but he is trying to keep the team disciplined.