Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stanford's Skov to Georgia Tech: Why Education Should Be Placed First and Sports Second

Why education?

Read what Skov writes.

Players who declare early for the pros will never reach that level of readability. 

College has another purpose than just being a sports venue preparing young people to make money in the NFL or NBA.

EDUCATION should be placed first, the rest second.

Patrick Skov has done it right, getting his degree and now going on to graduate school.

And still playing football!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Huskers 2015 Recruiting Class: Nebraska Football on Demand via TWC Time Warner Cable Sports Channel Video


Huskers Recruiting Class 2015 Video by TWC (Time Warner Cable) Sports Channel with recruiting analysis, February 8, 2015, Nebraska Football on Demand, Nebraska Cornhuskers 2015 Recruiting Class.

Here are the recruits - with some links and some descriptive adjectives taken from the various sources, by no means comprehensive, but mostly given to serve as starters for those wishing to look at the class more closely online.
As a Nebraska Cornhusker and Stanford Cardinal alumnus with a Michigan Wolverine in the family, we wish the above Nebraska recruits success in their Husker careers! Height and weight are given only as approximate guides since the sources differ. The actual data will count only when the game is played.

It looks to us like one emphasis in recruiting was on top athletes, somewhat similar to the successful recruitment of athletes at Michigan State. Well, it was Michigan States's Duffy Daugherty who recommended then Wyoming's Bob Devaney to then Chancellor Clifford Hardin. Then Devaney was followed by Tom Osborne and the rest is history, so that an emphasis on top athletes with an athletic "sync" between Nebraska and Michigan State fits the picture.


Monday, February 09, 2015

Suh to Seattle? Rumors Say Ndamukong to Leave Detroit Lions for West Coast But What Will Really Happen? What About the Raiders?

Ndamukong Suh may want to return to the West Coast where he was born (Portland) if rumors are true.

At Bleacher Report, Team Stream Now, B/R Video reports the Buzz that "Ndamukong Suh Wants to Sign with Seahawks". See in this regard also Fantasy Football at CBS Sports in Ndamukong Suh wants to sign with Seahawks

Whether that will happen is open to question since the Seahawks find themselves in a salary cap squeeze -- high-price players including Russell Wilson -- that may prohibit offering the kind of dollars it may take to bring Suh to Seattle.  

Erik C. Anderson at The Oregonian / Oregon Live in Detroit Lions All-Pro Ndamukong Suh wants to sign with Seattle Seahawks, Bleacher Report says: Reports also raises the issue that the Detroit Lions could invoke the "franchise tag" on Suh, which would, however, cost them $26.9 million.

If they do not do that, then Suh will become a free agent on March 10. See Kipp Adams at 247 Sports in Report: Ndamukong Suh wants to sign with Seahawks.

The biggest West Coast bidder in such a case will not be Seattle, but likely the Oakland Raiders, who are looking to put together a high-paid powerhouse in 2015, whereas many expect Detroit to keep Suh, if at all possible.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FINAL College Football Rankings FBS 2014-2015


Final College Football Rankings FBS 2014-2015 After the Bowls and After the CFB National Championship Game in the 1st Ever Playoffs
(adjusments 14 Jan. 2015 due to final SoS at Massey Ratings)

Our 2014-2015 preseason rankings at this link had as the first five teams: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State,
four of which were in the National Championship College Football Playoffs.

Accordingly, we beat all the major rating services known to us, except for Paul Myerberg at USA Today, who had Florida State, Oregon, Alabama and Ohio State as the top 4 with Auburn 5th, so that we agreed on the top 5. Almost all other prognosticators included Oklahoma in the top 4, but the Sooners fizzled.

A team's rating below is its net average yards per play advantage, minus a schedule difficulty calculation, minus a calculation for losses.
This system is a very simple, and yet amazingly effective tool for judging relative team strengths.

Our rankings are based on the NAYPPA of each team (net average yards per play advantage) minus our own special calculation based on the schedule difficulty as calculated at Massey Ratings. From the NAYPPA we subtract 3 x the schedule difficulty divided by 100, e.g. schedule difficulty 30 x 3 = 90 divided by 100 = .9, which is subtracted). We subtract also .2 for each loss.

We take the cumulative yards per play stat data from cfbstats.com and from the college and university football athletic pages online, as linked here for each team, if possible. Many schools have cumulative season statistics, but some have none, or are difficult to access.

Caveat emptor (Buyer beware): We make this material available in good fun out of interest for the sport of college football. Please do not rely on our material to place bets or wagers of any kind.  No one knows the exact outcome of a game or a season before it is played and that is what makes it so interesting. We disclaim any and all liability for the consequences of anyone relying in any way upon our postings, analysis, links or reasoning - for which we make no warranty of accuracy. May the best team win.

Final College Football Rankings and Ratings by SportPundit After the Bowls and Champ Game

Post-
Bowl

Final
Team
Rank
2014
-2015
by 
Sport
Pundit


TEAM
Name
(head
coaching
changes
marked
for

2014-2015
by
## link
and already
for
2015-2016
by
# link)


2014-2015
NAYPPA
net
average
yards per play
advantage
offense
over
defense
stats from
cfbstats.com

(our
calculation) 


yards
per
play
offense
cfbstats
.com

yards
per
play
defense
cfbstats
.com



Schedule
difficulty
rank


based
on
Massey
Ratings,
up to
10th
treated
as 10

*=

adjusted)

W-L
(won
-loss)
record
2014
-2015
season

Final
YPPSYS

2014
-2015

Team
Rating
by
Sport

Pundit

1 Ohio State 2.0

6.98
4.98

9
14-1
+1.5
2
Alabama
1.8

6.66
4.87

2
12-2
+1.1
3 Oregon 1.8

7.34
5.52

6
13-2
+1.1

4 TCU 2.0

6.68
4.66

28*
12-1
+1.1
5 Georgia 2.0

6.81
4.84

8
10-3
+1.1
6 Mississippi 1.4

6.03
4.67

3
9-4
+0.3
7 Michigan State 1.5

6.55
5.09

27
11-2
+0.3
Florida State
0.9

6.39
5.51

19
13-1
+0.1
9 UCLA 1.0

6.13
5.17

4
10-3
+0.1
10 Baylor
1.4


6.64
5.28


35

11-2

+0.0

11Stanford 1.7

5.89
4.21

22
8-5
+0.0
12 Wisconsin #
1.9


6.77
4.91


45

11-3

+0.0

13 Georgia Tech 0.4

6.72
6.32

26***
11-3
+0.0
14 Mississippi St.
1.0


6.67
5.65


13

10-3

+0.0

15 Clemson 1.3

5.36
4.03

33
10-3
-0.3
16 Auburn 1.0

6.71
5.67

1
8-5
-0.3
17 Missouri 0.6

5.39
4.82

10**
11-3
-0.3
18 USC ## 0.7

6.04
5.30

20*
9-4
-0.5
19 Kansas State 0.7

6.15
5.46

16*
9-4
-0.5
20 Oklahoma1.3

6.41
5.14

15*
8-5
-0.5
21 LSU 0.8

5.62
4.87

7*
8-5
-0.5
22 Marshall 2.9

7.59
4.73

109
13-1
-0.6
23Florida #0.7

5.24
4.55

18*
7-5
-0.8
24 Miami (Florida) 1.9

6.68
4.79

44
6-7
-0.8
25 Texas A&M 0.4

6.33
5.91

12*

8-5

-0.9

26 Arkansas 0.6

5.76
5.12

5
7-6
-0.9
27 Boise State ## 1.3


6.53
5.24

66
12-2
-1.1
28 West Virginia 0.5

5.92
5.43

17
7-6
-1.2
29 Notre Dame 0.5

6.11
5.60

30
8-5
-1.4
30 Arizona 0.0

5.70
5.66

23*
10-4

-1.5
31 Arizona State
0.3


5.90
5.62


36*
10-3
-1.5
32 Utah 0.0

5.35
5.34

24
9-4
-1.5
33 Louisville ## 0.7

5.46
4.77

46
9-4
-1.5
34 Nebraska # 0.9

6.22
5.37

52
9-4
-1.5
35 Colorado State # 1.4

7.09
5.74

77
10-3
-1.5
36 Texas ## 0.2

4.92
4.68

14
6-7
-1.6
37 Tennessee -0.4

4.93
5.31

11*
7-6
-1.7
38 South Carolina
0.1


6.09
6.22

21*
7-6
-1.7
39 East Carolina 1.4

6.48
5.10

81
8-5
-2.0
40 Utah State
1.1


5.89
4.76


80

10-4

-2.1

41 Oklahoma St. -0.3

5.43
5.79

29*
7-6
-2.1
42 Washington ## 0.0

5.40
5.38

50*
8-6
-2.1
43 Louisiana Tech 0.9

5.86
4.94

67
9-5
-2.1
44 Minnesota 0.0

5.45
5.43

42*
8-5
-2.1
45 Michigan # 0.6

5.32
4.77

43
5-7
-2.1
46 N.C. State 0.7

5.97
5.24

62
8-5
-2.2
47 Texas Tech 0.4

6.62
6.24

34
4-8
-2.2
48 Boston College 0.6

5.69
5.13

57
7-6
-2.3
49 Memphis 0.8

5.49
4.74

84
10-3
-2.3
50 BYU 0.8

5.70
4.93

72
8-5
-2.4
51 Georgia Southern 1.9

7.34
5.49

123
9-3
-2.4
52 Maryland -0.2

5.26
5.45

40
7-6
-2.6
53 Kentucky -0.1

5.43
5.50

37
5-7
-2.6
54 California -0.2

6.09
6.27

32
5-7
-2.6
55 Virginia Tech -0.2

4.93
5.15

47*
7-6
-2.7
56 Navy 0.5

6.36
5.83

76*
8-5
-2.7
57 Duke 0.1

5.38
5.28

65
9-4
-2.7
58 Iowa
0.2


5.47
5.28

61*
7-6
-2.7
59 Virginia -0.1

5.08
5.14

41
5-7
-2.7
60 Washington St. -0.1

6.12
6.18

31
3-9
-2.7
61 Oregon State # 0.2

5.57
5.76

51
5-7
-2.7
62 Cincinnati 0.3

6.33
5.98

69*
9-4
-2.7
63 Houston # 0.8

5.70
4.88

103*
8-5
-2.7
64 Pittsburgh # 0.6

6.17
5.59

63
6-7
-2.7
65 Penn State ## 0.3

4.60
4.27

60
7-6
-2.7
66 Toledo 0.9

6.54
5.69

96
9-4
-2.8
67 UCF 0.6

5.01
4.47

89
9-4
-2.9
68 San Diego St. 1.0

5.92
4.93

100
7-5
-3.0
69  Rutgers -0.4

5.99
6.39

55
8-5
-3.0
70 W. Kentucky ## 0.4

7.05
6.66

87
8-5
-3.2
71 North. Illinois 0.3

5.76
5.50

99
11-3
-3.3
72 Syracuse -0.1

4.90
5.00

49
3-9
-3.4
73 Rice -0.1

5.62
5.74

79
8-5
-3.5
74 North Carolina -1.0

5.56
6.53

39
6-7
-3.6
75 Illinois -0.6

5.41
6.01

53*
6-7
-3.6
76   West. Michigan 1.0

6.51
5.47

119
8-5
-3.6
77 Indiana -0.2

5.70
5.85

58
4-8
-3.7
78 Northwestern -0.8

4.50
5.25

56
5-7
-3.7
79 Appalachian St. 1.0

6.31
5.31

126
7-5
-3.8
80 Louis.-Lafayette 0.0

5.91
5.88

104
9-4
-3.9
81 Arkansas St. ## 0.5

5.96
5.51

110
7-6
-4.0
82 Nevada -0.5

5.35
5.86

78
7-6
-4.0
83 Air Force -0.3

5.43
5.73

108
10-3
-4.0
84 Temple 0.0

4.79
4.75

93
6-6
-4.0

85 Mid. Tennessee 0.1

5.93
5.85

97
6-6
-4.0
86 UAB - ##
-0.1


5.51
5.68


85*

6-6

-4.0

87 Old Dominion 0.3

6.44
6.15

98*
6-6
-4.0
88  Cent. Michigan 0.4

5.84
5.44

106
7-6
-4.0
89 Purdue -0.6

4.95
5.58

59
3-9
-4.2
90 Iowa State -1.6

4.90
6.53

25
2-10
-4.3
91 Vanderbilt -1.0

4.68
5.72

54
3-9
-4.4
92 Colorado -1.3

5.29
6.55

38
2-10
-4.4
93 New Mexico -0.3

6.52
6.82

86
4-8
-4.5
94 Texas State 0.3

6.06
5.71

127
7-5
-4.5
95 San Jose St. -0.3

5.25
5.52

90*
3-9
-4.7

96 Wyoming ## -1.0

5.55
6.54

70
4-8
-4.7
97 Tulane -0.8

4.83
5.65

68
3-9
-4.7
98  Kansas # -1.7

4.62
6.29

48
3-9
-4.7
99 South Alabama -0.5

5.12
5.60

105
6-6
-4.7
100 Hawaii -0.9

4.77
5.67

75
4-9
-4.9
101 UTEP -1.0

5.30
6.30

91
7-6
-4.9
102 Fresno State -1.1

5.19
6.27

73
6-8
-4.9
103 UTSA -0.7

4.48
5.23

82*
4-8
-4.9
104 Buffalo # 0.1

5.95
5.86

128
5-6
-4.9
105 South Florida -0.8

4.94
5.69

88
4-8
-5.0
106 Ohio -0.3

5.26
5.58

118

6-6

-5.0

107 UMass ## 0.2

5.75
5.75

116
3-9
-5.0
108 Louis.-Monroe 
-0.6


4.70
5.31


94

4-8

-5.0
109 Bowling Gr. ## -0.5

5.50
5.98

114
8-6
-5.1
110  Florida Atl. ##  -0.8

5.39
6.23

83
3-9
-5.1
111 Southern Miss -1.3

5.10
6.41

74
3-9
-5.3
112 Akron -0.2

5.03
5.18

125
5-7
-5.4
113 Wake Forest ## -1.8

3.38
5.22

64
3-9
-5.5
114 Ball State -0.7

5.17
5.87

120
5-7
-5.6
115 UConn ## -0.7

4.50
5.22

101
2-10
-5.7
116 Fl. Int'l FIU  -1.0

4.33
5.38

102
4-8
-5.7
117 Army ## -1.0

5.67
6.65

112
4-7
-5.8
118 Kent State -0.9

4.83
5.75


107
2-9
-5.9
119 Miami (Ohio) ## -0.6

5.45
6.03

111
2-10
-5.9
120 North Texas -0.6

4.87
5.48

121
4-8
-5.9
121 Troy # -1.0

5.34
6.38

117
3-9
-6.3
122 UNLV # -1.4

5.22
6.58

95
2-11
-6.4
123 Tulsa # -1.8

5.17
6.95

92
2-10
-6.6
124 New Mexico St. -1.0

5.48
6.50

124

2-10

-6.7
125 Georgia State -1.2

5.39
6.57

115
1-11
-6.8
126 SMU # -2.5

4.08
6.62

71
1-11
-6.8
127 Idaho -1.7

5.21
6.93

122
1-10
-7.2
128 E. Michigan ##  -2.3

4.46
6.75

113
2-10
-7.7





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