So I was looking through the most up-to-date computer rankings and I thought I might share some of my more interesting Pac 10-related findings. Just to clarify, these numbers were taken from the four computer ranking systems (Sagarin, Billingsley, Colley, Massey) that are utilized by the BCS and currently available to the public.
1. We don't need the computers to tell us this, but they will anyway - the Pac 10 is pretty tough this year. Through week three, the Pac 10 has four teams with an average ranking under 15. Here's the full conference breakdown:
That's four top 15 teams for a conference that started the season with one top 15 team according to most news sources.
2. The Pac 10 is pretty tough this year part II. Along with having several high ranking teams, the Pac 10 also has a very high average ranking as a whole. We are currently third behind the SEC and the Big 12 in terms of average team ranking. And if you take away the best and worst teams from each conference we actually jump the Big 12 to take over the #2 spot.
|Average Team Rankings||Sans Outliers|
|Big 12||38.75||Pac 10||36.84|
|Pac 10||41.43||Big 12||37.98|
|Big 10||42.77||Big 10||41.25|
|Big East||59.03||Big East||59.58|
|Mountain West||68.11||Mountain West||68.54|
|Conference USA||81.71||Conference USA||81.1|
|Sun Belt||106.17||Sun Belt||105.96|
You might have noticed that eliminating the outliers doesn't do much to most conferences but it allows us to jump significantly, this brings me to my third point...
3. While there are many disagreements amongst rating systems, there is one unifying constant - everyone can agree that Wazzu is terrible. If the Cougs win no other prize this year, they will at least walk away with the Outlier Trophy, given annually to the team that doesn't even seem to belong in their own conference. In terms of falling behind the proverbial pack, the only team that even comes close to Wazzu is New Mexico State whose average ranking of 135.75 (that's right, there are at least 15 FCS teams ranked ahead of them) trails 37 points behind the WAC's second worst team, Louisiana Tech.
4. The computers are loving Arizona right now. Despite the "point-a-minute" offensive heroics of Oregon, the Ducks stand a full two points behind Arizona in terms of average ranking. Here's how the different ranking systems see the Wildcats:
As far as I can tell, the Colley system is favoring Zona based on the fact that their opponents are a combined 6-0 against other teams this year. Side note: Colley has our three-game strength of schedule ranked second overall behind Notre Dame, sounds about right.