Event Title

The Main Indicators of Rank in College Football

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

What exactly correlates with high ranking in college football? By looking at a custom ranking system in addition to crucial statistics such as average scoring margin, and quality points per game, the role of certain aspects of on field success can be determined. Additionally, by looking at each teams conference, the total strength of each conference can be gauged. The rankings system uses two components: total quality points and average scoring margin. The total quality points works so that teams get full credit for the strength or weakness of their wins and losses. For example, when Florida State defeated Auburn in the most recent title game, Florida State earned twelve quality points because Auburn won twelve games over the course of the season (conversely, Auburn lost zero quality points because Florida State accrued no losses throughout the season). This score is added with to an average scoring margin and divided by the total number of games played by that team, generating a final score. This process was complete for every participating Division I FBS team from the 2006 season, to the 2013 season. Essentially, the two components will allow for a comparison of significance between who teams actually beat (or lost to) and how impressive they appeared in the process.

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Mathematics and Statistics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

719

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The Main Indicators of Rank in College Football

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

What exactly correlates with high ranking in college football? By looking at a custom ranking system in addition to crucial statistics such as average scoring margin, and quality points per game, the role of certain aspects of on field success can be determined. Additionally, by looking at each teams conference, the total strength of each conference can be gauged. The rankings system uses two components: total quality points and average scoring margin. The total quality points works so that teams get full credit for the strength or weakness of their wins and losses. For example, when Florida State defeated Auburn in the most recent title game, Florida State earned twelve quality points because Auburn won twelve games over the course of the season (conversely, Auburn lost zero quality points because Florida State accrued no losses throughout the season). This score is added with to an average scoring margin and divided by the total number of games played by that team, generating a final score. This process was complete for every participating Division I FBS team from the 2006 season, to the 2013 season. Essentially, the two components will allow for a comparison of significance between who teams actually beat (or lost to) and how impressive they appeared in the process.

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