Right you are, chief. Thanks.
Actually, it's Mike Rockstedt answering questions this week. We must make a Mailbag header graphic for The Rock one of these days.
Ha, I mean along the lines of landing a few weeks of top 15 rankings. As far as rubbing elbows with the Tennessees and Clemsons of the world, that's not going to happen.
@MHver3 is a notorious Chicken Little when it comes to realignment talk. There is not a single person on Twitter you should trust less about this stuff than him.
#WellActually it's a photo from halftime. The photo belongs to Seth Fisher of MGoBlog, someone I believe you're familiar with, Section 1.
That's not a mistake; Scott Steiner has mind control powers and was using them on Christian Cage.
I thought about it, but none of the individual tweets by themselves was really worth linking to. If I'd seen a compendium somewhere, I would have linked to it (I also thought it was interesting how both MSU and Maryland expected sellouts and ended up a bit short).
Now I see what you're getting at. There are a few reasons I do power rankings like this.
- I hate how early season polls work. I still wanted to do power rankings, so I had to find a way to do them without being a hypocrite. Using only each team's most recent game was one way to do that.
- Once I picked a methodology, I wanted to stick with it. I also hate when poll voters change their methodology on the fly.
- Judging only the most recent performance is an uncommon method for power rankings. It helps these rankings to stand out from the conventional rankings and prompt critical discussion.
- The volatility of these rankings gives unique data. At the end of the year, I'm going to use these power rankings to track each team's rise and fall, and compare it to conventional power rankings. It might have interesting results.
- Most importantly, it helps to satisfy my HOT TAKES quota for the site :p
Those losses are worse in combination, but again, I'm only taking each team's most recent game into account. The Minnesota-Michigan game is only considered for Minnesota's ranking. For Michigan's ranking, it's as though the game never happened.
Yes, but even though McMillan recovered Lee's fumble it doesn't count as a fumble recovery on the stat sheet since the fumble recovery wasn't a takeaway.
Another thing: Maryland's athletic director is actually named Kevin Anderson. Gene Smith corrected himself later.
I can explain it quite easily. The power ranking only deals with each team's most recent game; five Big Ten teams lost this week, so already Minnesota is 9th or better. Iowa looked miserable against Purdue and Northwestern was gifted field position, doing nothing without second-half PSU turnovers. That's 7th or better. I wasn't impressed by Wisconsin being tied with South Florida at the half or winning by 17 against a school Michigan would beat pretty easily, even in its current state; 6th or better. It comes down to thinking Minnesota dominating the Wolverines at Michigan was a more complete performance than what OSU did to Cincinnati or Rutgers to Tulane.
Hey, I have to use that poli sci degree for something.