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NFL Rankings – 10/3/2012

StatsInTheWild NFL rankings as of October 2, 2012 at 6:48pm.  SOS=strength of schedule

Team Rank Change Record ESPN TeamRankings.com SOS Points Diff
Arizona 1 4-0 5 2 3 +30
Houston 2 4-0 2 1 16 +70
San Francisco 3 ↑3 3-1 4 7 5 +39
Chicago 4 ↑1 3-1 9 9 8 +40
Minnesota 5 ↑2 3-1 14 10 7 +18
Atlanta 6 ↓3 4-0 2 3 31 +48
New England 7 ↑1 2-2 6 5 11 +42
Baltimore 8 ↑1 3-1 3 4 4 +38
Seattle 9 ↓5 2-2 17 13 4 +12
Green Bay 10 ↑3 2-2 8 14 6 +4
St. Louis 11 ↑7 2-2 19 16 2 -12
NY Giants 12 ↓5 2-2 10 17 20 +27
San Diego 13 ↑4 3-1 11 12 32 +29
Denver 14 ↑8 2-2 13 11 28 +31
Cincinnati 15 ↑7 3-1 12 6 27 0
Detroit 16 1-3 20 26 1 -14
Philadelphia 17 ↑3 3-1 7 8 19 -17
NY Jets 18 ↓8 2-2 23 18 9 -28
Miami 19 ↓4 1-3 26 22 12 -4
Washington 20 ↑4 2-2 18 21 18 0
Buffalo 21 ↓9 2-2 21 24 14 -16
Dallas 22 ↓8 2-2 15 20 17 -23
Pittsburgh 23 1-2 16 23 26 +2
Indianapolis 24 ↑1 1-2 31 19 15 -22
Jacksonville 25 ↓6 1-3 30 15 13 -35
Tampa Bay 26 1-3 22 30 25 -9
Carolina 27 ↑1 1-3 24 31 23 -29
Tennessee 28 ↓1 1-3 25 25 10 -70
Cleveland 29 ↑2 0-4 32 28 22 -25
New Orleans 30 ↑2 0-4 28 32 21 -20
Kansas City 31 ↓2 1-3 27 29 30 -48
Oakland 32 ↓2 1-3 29 27 29 -58

RIPPEN Ratings – 10/2/2012

An explanation of RIPPEN

RGIII moves into the number one spot on the year with his nearly 70% completion percentage, 8.6 Yards per attempt, and only one interception so far.  Brady, Ryan, Schaub, and Newton round out the top 5.  The bottom five are Fitzpatrick, Sanchez, Weeden, Wilson, and,in dead last, Gabbert.

Fitzpatrick is being way over-rated by passer rating because he leads the league in passing touchdowns at 12. His QB rating is being artificially inflated because he was lucky enough to have his offensive coordinator call passing plays near the end zone.  RIPPEN ignores this.  On the other send of the spectrum, a guy like Cam Newton is being under-valued by QB rating.  Sure, he’s thrown 5 interceptions so far this year, but he is also averaging 9.5 yards per attempt, which leads the league.  He’s 0.7 yards per attempt better than the second QB, Andy Dalton, who is at 8.8 yards per attempt.

So feel free to go on using QB rating and thinking Ryan Fitzpatrick is an average quarterback, but, if you prefer, you can catch a slightly better glimpse of reality by using RIPPEN.

RIPPEN rankings after four weeks of games:

Player Team RIPPEN QB rating
Griffin, III, R.  WAS 28.369 103.2
Brady, T. NE 27.833 102.4
Ryan, M. ATL 25.793 112.1
Schaub, M. HOU 25.475 105.3
Newton, C. CAR 24.292 87.5
Smith, A. SF 23.354 98.1
Manning, P. DEN 23.299 96.9
Ponder, C. MIN 22.868 97.7
Roethlisberger, B. PIT 22.691 109.2
Manning, E. NYG 22.261 94.3
Dalton, A. CIN 22.154 103.0
Flacco, J. BAL 19.096 95.8
Rivers, P. SD 18.154 91.9
Stafford, M. DET 18.099 81.6
Romo, T. DAL 17.627 78.5
Brees, D. NO 17.494 86.1
Rodgers, A. GB 17.316 95.7
Kolb, K. ARI 17.084 97.6
Locker, J. TEN 16.944 90.2
Vick, M. PHI 16.527 72.7
Bradford, S. STL 16.438 80.1
Luck, A. IND 16.418 75.4
Cutler, J. CHI 15.483 75.3
Tannehill, R. MIA 13.823 66.4
Cassel, M. KC 13.304 70.4
Palmer, C. OAK 12.946 86.0
Freeman, J. TB 12.847 75.3
Fitzpatrick, R. BUF 12.485 89.8
Sanchez, M. NYJ 11.453 69.9
Weeden, B. CLE 9.213 60.4
Wilson, R.  SEA 8.816 73.5
Gabbert, B. JAX 7.808 83.7

Cheers.

 

Off to a good start

 

I’m currently sitting tied for 13th out of 508 participants in the TeamRankings NFL Pick ’em pool.  Not a bad start.

Cheers.

NCAA Football Rankings – 10/1/2012

 
Teams records
1 ALABAMA 5-0
2 TEXAS 4-0
3 TEXAS TECH 4-0
4 KANSAS STATE 4-0
5 OREGON 5-0
6 WEST VIRGINIA 4-0
7 LSU 5-0
8 SO CAROLINA 5-0
9 GEORGIA 5-0
10 TCU 4-0
11 FLORIDA 4-0
12 FLORIDA STATE 5-0
13 OREGON STATE 3-0
14 NOTRE DAME 4-0
15 STANFORD 3-1
16 IOWA STATE 3-1
17 ARIZONA STATE 4-1
18 BAYLOR 3-1
19 TEXAS A&M 3-1
20 OKLAHOMA 2-1
21 MISS STATE 4-0
22 USC 3-1
23 UCLA 4-1
24 OKLAHOMA STATE 2-2
25 OHIO STATE 5-0
26 NORTHWESTERN 5-0
27 ARIZONA 3-2
28 CLEMSON 4-1
29 NEBRASKA 4-1
30 LOUISVILLE 5-0
31 MIAMI-FLORIDA 4-1
32 WASHINGTON 3-1
33 CINCINNATI 3-0
34 TENNESSEE 3-2
35 LOUISIANA TECH 4-0
36 IOWA 3-2
37 MISSOURI 3-2
38 PURDUE 3-1
39 MICHIGAN STATE 3-2
40 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 3-1
41 PENN STATE 3-2
42 BYU 3-2
43 UTAH STATE 4-1
44 NEVADA 4-1
45 OLE MISS 3-2
46 DUKE 4-1
47 MICHIGAN 2-2
48 RUTGERS 4-0
49 WISCONSIN 3-2
50 NORTH CAROLINA 3-2
51 SAN JOSE ST 4-1
52 FRESNO STATE 3-2
53 MINNESOTA 4-1
54 KANSAS 1-3
55 VIRGINIA TECH 3-2
56 WESTERN KY 4-1
57 PITTSBURGH 2-2
58 UTAH 2-2
59 AUBURN 1-3
60 MARYLAND 2-2
61 BOISE STATE 3-1
62 GEORGIA TECH 2-3
63 NC STATE 3-2
64 OHIO U 5-0
65 TX-SAN ANTONIO 5-0
66 KENTUCKY 1-4
67 TOLEDO 4-1
68 LOUISIANA 3-1
69 WASHINGTON ST 2-3
70 NORTHERN ILL 4-1
71 INDIANA 2-2
72 CONNECTICUT 3-2
73 WAKE FOREST 3-2
74 TROY 3-2
75 CALIFORNIA 1-4
76 ULM 2-2
77 VANDERBILT 1-3
78 SYRACUSE 1-3
79 TULSA 4-1
80 SO FLORIDA 2-3
81 ARKANSAS 1-4
82 TEXAS STATE 2-2
83 BALL STATE 3-2
84 BOSTON COLLEGE 1-3
85 WYOMING 1-3
86 ILLINOIS 2-3
87 VIRGINIA 2-3
88 NEW MEXICO 2-3
89 NORTH TEXAS 2-3
90 AIR FORCE 2-2
91 SAN DIEGO ST 2-3
92 UCF 2-2
93 TEMPLE 1-2
94 COLORADO 1-4
95 UNLV 1-4
96 KENT STATE 3-1
97 ARKANSAS STATE 2-3
98 EAST CAROLINA 3-2
99 MIAMI-OHIO 3-2
100 MARSHALL 2-3
101 FLA ATLANTIC 1-4
102 COLORADO STATE 1-4
103 HOUSTON 1-3
104 NAVY 1-3
105 WESTERN MICH 2-3
106 BOWLING GREEN 2-3
107 SMU 1-3
108 BUFFALO 1-3
109 TEXAS-EL PASO 1-4
110 SOUTH ALABAMA 1-4
111 FIU 1-4
112 IDAHO 0-5
113 CENTRAL MICH 2-2
114 HAWAII 1-3
115 EASTERN MICH 0-4
116 ARMY 0-4
117 UAB 0-4
118 RICE 1-4
119 SOUTHERN MISS 0-4
120 NEW MEXICO ST 1-4
121 MEMPHIS 0-4
122 AKRON 1-4
123 TULANE 0-4
124 MASSACHUSETTS 0-5

 

Replacing Passer Rating: Introducing RIPPEN

I’ve always hated passer rating.  It’s on a bizarre scale (maxes out at 158.3 in the pros), it weighs passing touchdowns too heavily (imho), and it doesn’t mean anything (what is 120 vs 80? No one knows).  So, I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’ve finally come up with the replacement statistics for passer rating (this replacement, unlike the refs, is a good thing.)  And so, in the spirit of great statistical sports acronyms like PECOTA, it is with great pride that I introduce to the world, Rush Independent Passing Player Efficiency Number, or RIPPEN (pretty good, huh?).

So what is it?

The basic idea

In a simulated world, how well would an offense perform if they started every drive from their 20 yard line and only ran passing plays with this quarterback’s stats.  In this simulated world, a drive either ends with a touchdown (7 points), a field goal (3 points), or a turnover (0 points) (The defense never scores).  RIPPEN is  the expected number of points that an offense will score  in 10 possessions (approximately one game) running only passing plays based on the specific quarterback’s statistics.

Some Details

First, we need to create a data matrix of the results of every passing play for a quarterback.  This data matrix will have three columns: interceptions, completions, and yards. The first column contains zero and ones for not an interception and interception, respectively.  Likewise, the completions column contains zeroes and ones for incomplete and complete passes, respectively.  Finally, the yards column contains the number of yards gained for a completed pass.

Now this data is used to simulate a drive starting from a teams 20 yards line and results in either 0, 3, or 7 points.  7 points are scored if they amass at least 80 yards before getting to a fourth down situation or interception.  3 points are scored only if the team gets to a 4th down and is inside the 40 yard line.  They score a FG with probability proportional to the distance from the goal posts ranging from 100% for a 0 yard FG try to 50% for a FG try from the 40.  0 points are scored if an interception occurs, a fourth down occurs outside of the opponents 40 yard line, or if a field goal is missed.  A game is simulated as 10 possessions, and a game is simulated 10000 times.  The average score of these game simulations is RIPPEN.

Advantages

RIPPEN is easily interpretable

RIPPEN means something.  Ponder’s RIPPEN after three weeks is 29.167.  This means that if you played simulated games over and over again with just him passing every play, on average, that team would score about 29.167 points on offense.  That means something.  Meanwhile, his passer rating is 104.9?  Is that good?  What does that mean?  Who knows?

Further, the scale of RIPPEN is essentially on the same scale as points scored in a football game.  Theoretically, the upper limit of RIPPEN is 70 (a touchdown on every drive in every simulated game) and the lower limit is 0 (a team never scores on any drive in any simulated game).  This is much better than 0 to 158.3.

RIPPEN ignores passing touchdowns

Passing for a touchdown is more a function of what types of plays the offensive coordinator is calling than how good you are.  If you’re driving your team down the field consistently and then punching in TDs from 2 yards out on a rush up the middle, the QB should not be punished for this.  Likewise, the QB shouldn’t be rewarded for multiple short passing touchdowns.

Disadvantages

RIPPEN ignores rushing yards

Quarterbacks like Michael Vick and RGIII are also a threat to gain yards on the ground, and RIPPEN doesn’t take that into account.  This can be viewed a disadvantage.  However, by removing rushing yards, quarterbacks can be compared on a level playing field (hence the RI in RIPPEN), so it’s not a huge disadvantage, but Vick and RGIII are going to appear lower in these ratings than they would be if this were attempting to be a total QB rating and not just a passer rating.  And besides, traditional passer rating ignores rushing yards entirely, too.  The next iteration of RIPPEN will incorporate rushing yards somehow.  But I’m not quite sure exactly how yet.

Results

Finally, here are the rankings after three weeks of games.

Player Team RIPPEN QB rating
Ponder, C. MIN 29.167 104.9
Brady, T. NE 27.468 97.0
Manning, E. NYG 27.292 97.1
Ryan, M. ATL 26.950 114.0
Schaub, M. HOU 24.764 102.4
Griffin, III, R. WAS 24.491 103.5
Smith, A. SF 24.108 102.7
Dalton, A CIN 23.890 105.0
Kolb, K. ARI 23.139 108.6
Roethlisberger, B. PIT 22.946 109.2
Newton, C. CAR 22.804 78.3
Flacco, J BAL 21.939 101.1
Romo, T DAL 21.201 89.3
Manning. P. DEN 19.626 85.6
Locker, J. TEN 17.651 91.9
Rodgers, A. GB 17.505 87.0
Stafford, M. DET 16.568 83.5
Luck, A. IND 16.344 75.4
Bradford, S. STL 15.841 85.4
Sanchez, M. NYJ 15.786 78.3
Cassel, M. KC 15.545 73.8
Rivers, P. SD 15.150 86.5
Vick, M. PHI 14.258 66.3
Brees, D. NO 14.201 77.0
Palmer, C. OAK 12.454 89.3
Wilson, R. SEA 12.335 86.2
Fitzpatrick, R. BUF 11.667 95.2
Tannehill, R. MIA 10.571 58.3
Freeman, J. TB 10.466 71.4
Cutler, J. CHI 10.096 58.6
Gabbert, B. JAX 9.358 85.8
Weeden, B. CLE 8.044 60.7

Surprisingly (or maybe not), I’ve got Christian Ponder ranked number one.  I thought this had to be a mistake, but it actually makes sense.  Go look at his numbers.  He hasn’t thrown an interception yet.  And his completion percentage is 70.1%.  I think RIPPEN is doing a good job here.

Another interesting case is Cam Newton.  His QB rating is 78.3, which puts him well below Blaine Gabbert, for instance, on that scale.  But a big advantage of Newton is that, while his completion percentage is only 63.6%, his yards per attempt is 9.6, the best of all the regular starters.  This means that Newton is completing a lot of long passes, which are useful for scoring touchdowns in both simulated game and a real game.  Think about it, if you completed a 50 yard pass every three plays, your completion percentage would be 33.3%, but you’d score on every drive.  And your QB rating would be terrible.  But big plays are a big help when you’re trying to score points.  So, I’d argue QB rating is under estimating Cam Newton.

On the other end of the spectrum, it appears that one of the more over-rated QBs this year is Ryan Fitzpatrick.  His completion percentage is under 60% (58.1%, to be exact), which is pretty bad, but he’s being held up in QB rating because he’s thrown 8 TDs this year.  That ties him for first in the league with Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger.  But their completion percentages are both at least 10 percentage points higher than his.  Fitzpatrick is over-rated by QB rating.

A clear triumph of RIPPEN is the case of Blaine Gabbert.  Gabbert really isn’t that good, but he is the only other starting quarterback to not have thrown an interception yet this year, while throwing for four touchdowns.  Along with his other stats, this gives him a QB rating of 85.8.  Here is a list of players who have a lower QB rating than Mr. Gabbert so far this season: Peyton Manning, Sam Bradford, Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman, Michael Vick, Brandon Weeden, Jay Cutler, and Ryan Tannehil.  That’s thirteen QBs and I don’t buy it.  Anyone whos been following his even remotely knows he’s having a terrible start to the year even without throwing any interceptions.  For instance, his completion percentage is 50.6%, which is worse than everyone in the league except for Mark Sanchez at 50.5% (!).  RIPPEN does a nice job reflecting this by putting Gabbert 31st in the league above only Brandon Weeden and his league leading 6 interceptions.

While I have omitted him from the RIPPEN table below, I’ve calculated John Skelton’s RIPPEN for his appearance in Arizona’s first game of the season:  8.527.  Only slightly better than Brandon Weeden.

Lastly, here is a plot of the probability that a quarterback scores simulated touchdown vs the probability their teams scores a simulated field goal.  You can see that Cam Newton is going to score a lot of touchdowns.  He’s up there with Dalton, RGIII, and Schaub.  The difference is that his simulated drives are ending in zero points much more often.  On the other hand, there are players like Wilson and Palmer who are leading their teams to three points about as often as Locker, Flacco and RGIII, but they are scoring many fewer touchdowns.

There are some interesting clusterings, too.  Ryan and Brady are right next to each other in the upper right hand corner, Palmer and Wilson are very close, and there is a cluster in the middle of the plot consisting of Bradford, Sanchez, and Stafford all right on top of each other.  Interesting.  That is all for now.

Cheers.

NFL Week 4 Predictions

Overall Records for 2012

SU: 37-26 (58.73%)

ATS: 37-26 (58.73%)

O/U: 37-25 (59.68%)

Week 4 (10-5 SU, 10-5 ATS, 12-2 OU)

Week 3 (5-11 SU, 9-7 ATS, 9-7 OU)

Week 2 (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS, 8-8 O/U)

Week 1 (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS, 8-8 O/U)

Week 4

Thursday @8:20pm

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

Prediction: Ravens win 24-15

Pick: Browns +13.5

O/U:Under 43.5

Sunday @1pm

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Prediction: Patriots win 31-22

Pick: Patriots -3.5

O/U: Over 51

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Prediction: Lions win 28-25

Pick: Vikings +4.5

O/U:  Off the Board

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Prediction: Falcons win 26-23

Pick: Panthers +9

O/U: Over 49

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets

Prediction: 49ers win 23-21

Pick: Jets +4.5

O/U: Over 40

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Prediction: Chargers win 28-19

Pick: Chargers -1

O/U: Over 44

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

Prediction: Texans win 24-21

Pick: Titans +12.5

O/U: Over 44.5

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

Prediction: Seahawks win 20-15

Pick: Seahawks -3

O/U: Under 38.5

Sunday @4:05pm

Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals

Prediction: Cardinals win 22-21

Pick: Dolphins +6.5

O/U: Over 39.5

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Prediction: Raiders win 25-22

Pick: Raiders +6.5

O/U: Under 47

Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars

Prediction: Bengals win 22-17

Pick: Bengals -1.5

O/U: Under 43

Sunday @4:25pm

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

Prediction: Saints win 31-28

Pick: Saints +7.5

O/U: Over 54

Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Prediction:  Redskins win 20-19

Pick: Redskins +3

O/U: Under 48

Sunday @8:30

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Prediction: Eagles win 29-26

Pick: Eagles -2.5

O/U: Over 45.5

Monday @8:35pm

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys

Prediction: Cowboys win 23-22

Pick: Bears +4

O/U: Over 42.5 

MLB Playoff Probabilities – 9/25/2012

The big move from last week is Detroit who jumps from a 23.3% to a 55.3% chance to make the playoffs.  Moving in the opposite direction you have the White Sox who lost five game in a row at the end of last week including being swept by the Angels.  This have dropped them from 88.2%, where they were on September 18, to 45.5% today.  They also fell 4 spots in the rankings to number 11.

Philadelphia, after climbing to 6.1% last week, appears to be done with their hot streak as they drop back to 1.7% and are all but done.

Baltimore has more or less locked up a spot in the playoffs getting to 99.6%, which is made even more impressive since their run differential is currently -7 (Update: -11).  How can you not root for these guys?

StatsInTheWild MLB rankings as of September 25, 2012 at 8:15am.  SOS=strength of schedule

Team Rank Change Record Projected Record Prob make playoffs SOS Run Diff
NYY 1 ↑1 89-64 94-68 100% 5 +107
Texas 2 ↓1 91-62 95-67 100% 11 +119
Tampa Bay 3 ↑3 83-70 87-75 11.8% 7 +102
Washington 4 ↓1 93-60 98-64 100% 24 +142
LA Angels 5 84-69 87-75 5.7% 6 +81
Oakland 6 ↓2 86-67 89-73 73.2% 8 +72
Baltimore 7 ↑1 88-66 92-70 99.6% 4 -7
Atlanta 8 ↑2 88-65 92-70 100% 19 +89
Detroit 9 81-72 86-76 55.3% 13 +49
Cincinnati 10 ↑1 92-61 96-66 100% 30 +85
Chi WSox 11 ↓4 82-72 86-76 45.5% 14 +65
SF 12 89-64 93-69 100% 26 +68
St. Louis 13 83-71 85-77 81.9% 29 +100
Seattle 14 ↑2 72-81 75-87 0% 2 -36
Arizona 15 ↑3 77-76 80-82 0.1% 25 +46
Boston 16 ↓1 69-85 72-90 0% 3 -34
Toronto 17 ↓3 67-86 71-91 0% 1 -62
LA Dodgers 18 ↓1 79-74 83-79 5.7% 23 +10
Milwaukee 19 79-74 82-80 10.6% 28 +41
Philadelphia 20 77-76 81-81 1.7% 21 +7
Kansas City 21
70-83 74-88 0% 12 -50
NY Mets 22 ↑2 70-83 74-88 0% 15 -58
Pittsburgh 23 ↓1 75-78 78-84 0% 27 -20
San Diego 24 ↓1 73-80 76-86 0% 22 -48
Minnesota 25 ↑1 64-90 68-94 0% 10 -122
Miami 26 ↓1 66-87 69-93 0% 16 -101
Cleveland 27 64-91 66-96 0% 9 -176
Colorado 28 59-94 63-99 0% 17 -129
Chi Cubs 29 59-94 62-100 0% 20 -122
Houston 30 50-104 52-110 0% 18 -218

Past Rankings:

9/18/2012

8/20/2012

8/14/2012

8/6/2012

7/23/2012

7/9/2012

7/2/2012

6/25/2012

6/19/2012

6/9/2012

5/28/2012

5/23/2012

5/14/2012

5/7/2012

4/30/2012

4/23/2012

4/16/2012

4/13/2012

Cheers.

MLB rankings – 9/25/2012

StatsInTheWild MLB rankings as of September 25, 2012 at 8:15am.  SOS=strength of schedule

Team Rank Change Record ESPN TeamRankings.com SOS Run Diff
NYY 1 ↑1 89-64 4 1 5 +107
Texas 2 ↓1 91-62 2 2 11 +119
Tampa Bay 3 ↑3 83-70 11 7 7 +102
Washington 4 ↓1 93-60 1 6 24 +142
LA Angels 5 84-69 9 5 6 +81
Oakland 6 ↓2 86-67 8 3 8 +72
Baltimore 7 ↑1 88-66 6 4 4 -7
Atlanta 8 ↑2 88-65 7 8 19 +89
Detroit 9 81-72 12 11 13 +49
Cincinnati 10 ↑1 92-61 3 10 30 +85
Chi WSox 11 ↓4 82-72 10 12 14 +65
SF 12 89-64 5 9 26 +68
St. Louis 13 83-71 13 14 29 +100
Seattle 14 ↑2 72-81 19 13 2 -36
Arizona 15 ↑3 77-76 17 17 25 +46
Boston 16 ↓1 69-85 22 20 3 -34
Toronto 17 ↓3 67-86 24 21 1 -62
LA Dodgers 18 ↓1 79-74 15 18 23 +10
Milwaukee 19 79-74 14 15 28 +41
Philadelphia 20 77-76 16 16 21 +7
Kansas City 21
70-83 21 19 12 -50
NY Mets 22 ↑2 70-83 23 23 15 -58
Pittsburgh 23 ↓1 75-78 18 24 27 -20
San Diego 24 ↓1 73-80 20 22 22 -48
Minnesota 25 ↑1 64-90 26 25 10 -122
Miami 26 ↓1 66-87 25 26 16 -101
Cleveland 27 64-91 27 27 9 -176
Colorado 28 59-94 29 28 17 -129
Chi Cubs 29 59-94 28 29 20 -122
Houston 30 50-104 30 30 18 -218

Past Rankings:

9/18/2012

8/20/2012

8/14/2012

8/6/2012

7/23/2012

7/9/2012

7/2/2012

6/25/2012

6/19/2012

6/9/2012

5/28/2012

5/23/2012

5/14/2012

5/7/2012

4/30/2012

4/23/2012

4/16/2012

4/13/2012

Cheers.

How bad was the call last night?

UPDATE: This apparently only applies to non-US bettors.

According to a Yahoo! news article:

At least one sports book has apparently decided to sidestep the controversy by refunding the losers their money in the form of a free play, according to NESN. Sportsbook.com took the unusual step because, as one company official put it, “I can’t stand winning unfairly so I am going to give the punters their money back.”

NFL Rankings – 9/25/2012

Note: I’ve stopped using data from 2011, so these new rankings reflect only 2012 data.

StatsInTheWild MLB rankings as of September 25, 2012 at 6:10pm.  SOS=strength of schedule

Team Rank Change Record ESPN TeamRankings.com SOS Points Diff
Arizona 1 ↑12 3-0 5 1 3 +27
Houston 2 ↑5 3-0 1 3 16 +46
Atlanta 3 ↑5 3-0 2 2 31 +46
Seattle 4 ↑10 2-1 10 5 5 +18
Chicago 5 ↑10 2-1 11 18 9 +24
San Francisco 6 ↓5 2-1 4 10 4 +5
Minnesota 7 ↑20 2-1 21 20 11 +11
New England 8 ↓5 1-2 8 7 7 +18
Baltimore 9 ↓5 2-1 3 4 25 +31
NY Jets 10 ↑7 2-1 17 11 8 +6
NY Giants 11 ↑2 2-1 6 8 22 +29
Buffalo 12 ↑11 2-1 19 15 13 +8
Green Bay 13 ↓11 1-2 7 14 6 +3
Dallas 14 ↑5 2-1 12 9 18 -7
Miami 15 ↑5 1-2 29 19 10 -1
Detroit 16 ↓7 1-2 18 25 2 -7
San Diego 17 ↓7 2-1 13 13 32 +12
St. Louis 18 ↑13 1-2 25 29 1 -18
Jacksonville 19 ↑11 1-2 30 22 14 -18
Philadelphia 20 ↓9 2-1 9 6 17 -19
Cincinnati 21 ↓5 2-1 15 12 27 -17
Denver 22 ↓4 1-2 14 16 28 0
Pittsburgh 23 ↓18 1-2 16 17 26 +2
Washington 24 1-2 22 27 19 -2
Indianapolis 25 ↑7 1-2 31 30 15 -22
Tampa Bay 26 ↑2 1-2 20 26 24 -7
Tennessee 27 ↓5 1-2 24 23 12 -46
Carolina 28 ↓7 1-2 23 28 21 -27
Kansas City 29 ↓3 1-2 26 21 29 -31
Oakland 30 ↓5 1-2 27 24 30 -27
Cleveland 31 ↓2 0-3 32 32 23 -18
New Orleans 32 ↓26 0-3 28 31 20 -19