It's a parody of the Big Ten's many meaningless trophies, particularly the Freedom Trophy between Wisconsin and Nebraska that nobody asked for. Goldy Gopher and @FauxPelini came up with it. See the hyperlink in the article for more details.
Just want to address this: you are right about Carter having gone to Middletown. It was not originally in the article. Its addition was the result of an editorial mistake, namely mine. Any other issues with the column are a result of problems with my editing.
Sorry for the mistakes, everyone.
Thanks. I've updated the article to reflect this.
I've never been happier to eat crow.
That would be Donte Wheat, a defensive lineman from Montgomery. Naturally, he went to Robert E. Lee High School.
As I said at the start of the season, the power rankings are entirely subject to my whims, and it's the least important part of the recap. If I were to do a conventional power ranking, I'd probably order it like this:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Penn State
Here's my question: I won't change the methods for ranking teams, but I do see that there is some weekly pushback against them. Do you all want to see me post a set of conventional power rankings in the comments each week?
That's right, except the teams not playing this week are being judged by their most recent game. For example, Michigan State is being judged on its win over Michigan last week, Minnesota by its loss to Illinois, and so on.
I addressed it here, but the TL;DR version is that normal power rankings are all the same and I wanted to try something different.
It's just me, and it's each team's performance in its most recent game. Wisconsin won 52-7, so they're first. Illinois beat Minnesota, which is better than OSU's win over Penn State. Maryland lost 52-7, so they're last. Not a lot to it, and it certainly doesn't measure how good I think each team is.
Yeah, pretty lame. For the record, the y-axis in the graph is Penn State's offensive yardage. Here's the original article.
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.