Observations and Punditry
Thursday, January 11, 2007
By Woody Peele
"Peele Poll" validates Gators'
By Woody Peele
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The Gators of Florida reign supreme as
college footballís national champions as proclaimed by their victory
over previously unbeaten Ohio State and the polls.
And thatís just what came out of my
computer when I ran the final listings that are based on success against
strength of schedule.
The Gators finished the season with a 13-1
record and earned 6,288 points. Points are awarded for each victory a
team gains, with additional points awarded each time one of its victims
wins a game, down to the third level of competition.
As many teams are doing now, playing a
Division I-AA team and winning doesnít help you that much. No points are
awarded for the third level. And if you happen to play a Division II or
III opponent ó no D I-A team has done that in the last few years ó you
only get first level points.
My computer poll is based on a suggestion
made years ago by then-Arkansas coach Lou Holtz, the papa of our own
East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz. The elder Holtz, whose team didnít
earn the No. 1 ranking despite being unbeaten, said a three-two-one
awarding of points should be used, tied to success against the schedule
rather than a subjective vote by media or coaches.
A friend of mine and I put together the
program, then tweaked it a bit for a few years before coming up with
just what we believe is the right formula.
When this season's final game was
finished, Southern California ended up in the No. 2 slot with 5,408
points, followed by Louisville ó yes, the Cardinals ó in No. 3 with
5,168. Ohio State tumbled to the No. 4 position with 4,736, followed by
Auburn with 4,600.
The second five included, in order, Boise
State, Michigan, LSU, Boston College and ECU opponent West Virginia.
The second 10 were Oklahoma, Rutgers,
California, Oregon State, Texas, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Wisconsin,
Virginia Tech and Brigham Young.
Rounding out the top 25 were Georgia,
Notre Dame, UCLA, Arkansas and Conference USA member Houston.
East Carolina closed the season ranked in
the 50th position.
Others from C-USA included Southern Miss
at No. 42, Tulsa at 45th, Southern Methodist tied for 62nd, Texas-El
Paso at 77th, Tulane at 82nd, UAB tied for 85th, Marshall at 88th,
Central Florida at 98th, and Memphis at 110th.
In addition to Wake's No. 16 ranking,
other Atlantic Coast Conference teams were Georgia Tech at 27th,
Maryland at 29th, Clemson at 32nd, Florida State tied for 38th, Miami at
46th, N.C. State at 64th, Virginia at 73rd, North Carolina tied for
103rd, and Duke, one of two teams to go winless, tied for 118th.
The other winless team was Florida
ECU Papa Johnís.com Bowl opponent, South
Florida, finished tied with Florida State for 38th, and Navy closed out
in the No. 61 position.
I realize that there are those who wonít
buy into this ranking system, but thatís okay. Itís just a simple
ranking. If you play tough opponents and win, you go up. If you play a
cupcake schedule and win, you donít. Itís that easy.
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