As a follow-up to Saturday’s post and last night’s BCS title game, I was asked about RPI rankings for this year. Strength of schedule and RPI are particularly important for NCAA football where, in this era of “buy games” and weak conferences, win-loss records must be taken with a grain of salt. It’s not just about how you play, but also who you play.
So I gathered 2011 NCAA data and ran it though the RPI programs we coded as Friday Fragments this time last year; see: http://derekwilliams.us/fragments/rpi.html. The top 10 teams by RPI are:
Teams like Stanford, Boise State, and Wisconsin aren’t in this top ten. That’s because, with their low strength of schedule ratings, the computer just doesn’t like them.