A reasonable ranking of college football teams after Week 2

I can appreciate how formulas and computers and data analysis can tell you that Arkansas is still a Top 25 team, despite its home loss to Toledo.

I can also appreciate if we choose to eliminate a team’s actual accomplishments on the field, in terms of wins and losses, then we do a disservice to genuine evaluation.  Coaches are judged on wins and losses.  When your team goes 9-4, as a fan, you end up enjoying that (as a general rule) a great deal more than 6-7.  Statistically, those teams might be equal on paper, but I know which team’s performance I value more as a fan.

That said, you can take this thought too far, as the traditional polls and the playoff committee tend to do.  Wins against ranked teams?  That’s an attempt to rank based on accomplishment … but without truly taking into account which teams are the most talented or efficient.  It’s just a simple-minded way to do things.  “Team X is ranked so it must be good.”  Well, um, maybe?

So I’m going to take emotion out of the equation.  Let’s do something fairly novel here, and use the advanced stats to provide a baseline, then evaluate our teams based on how they performed against their schedules.  Do BOTH.  (This shouldn’t be all that novel, but it is.)

I am tentatively calling this the Achievement Index.

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My Enterprise don’t want none unless you’ve got beak, hon

Oh now, you know this had to make the blog.  The K-State marching band makes national headlines for performing a halftime show that resembles Jayhawk fellatio, and you think I’m going to pretend that didn’t happen?

Nah.  Nah, man.  Nah.

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Kansas State names Jesse Ertz starting quarterback for 2015 opener and we know … only a little more than that

Much will be written about new Kansas State starting quarterback Jesse Ertz in the coming weeks, months and more than likely years, given his status as a sophomore, and presumably the majority of the words will be fair if not accurate. When he struggles, his game will be taken apart and evaluated on a deeper basis. When he performs well, he will be praised in glowing terms. And when evaluators just don’t know … well, that’s when they’ll be unfair due to bias more than likely, but hey, at least they’ll be informed by the good times and the bad.

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