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YourLinx NFL Race
Here's the NCAA solution. BCS, are you listening?
In the NFL, the teams are more evenly matched. In the NCAA, I have a plan to
solve that dilemma.
First of all, this is a system that rates the teams by how strong their
opponents are. Their current strength is determined by actually beating or
losing to other teams. What a concept.
Here is how teams are rewarded or penalized:
At the beginning of the year, the teams are aligned according to how
they finished last year. The bottom team begins with a rating of 100.
Each position going upward gets an additional 10 points.
When a stronger team wins
  • The stronger team is awarded 1/5 of the opponent's rating
  • The lesser team keeps the same rating
When a lesser team wins
  • The stronger team loses 1/3 of the difference between their ratings
  • The lesser team is awarded 1/5 of the opponent's rating
I have observed this system for many years. It seems quite adequate to me.
For the plan for NCAA, look below the following charts.
Here is how the NFL is stacking up so far this year.

This chart is meticulously maintained by Klaire Baltzer.

YourLinx Ratings for 2004 - complete
Use right arrow to see all of chart
W C DIV CONF S B
rank gain team Pre Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7 Wk8 Wk9 Wk10 Wk11 Wk12 Wk13 Wk14 Wk15 Wk16 Wk17 Wk18 Wk19 Wk20 Wk21 rating
1 1700 New England 410 486 508 508 542 601 685 784 694 781 861 942 1073 1135 1274 977 1143 1215 1215 1473 1853 2110 53.53
2 1496 Pittsburgh 260 290 280 341 397 448 513 513 670 829 891 991 1058 1151 1293 1365 1504 1696 1696 1898 1756 1756 48.66
3 887 Philadelphia 400 428 475 514 567 567 650 712 796 754 831 898 972 1121 1203 1307 1030 942 942 1092 1287 1287 41.40
4 886 Indianapolis 380 380 472 543 618 660 660 569 516 599 676 770 834 925 1022 1161 1340 1109 1292 1266 1266 1266 41.05
5 741 N. Y.  Jets 270 312 340 340 399 433 494 494 566 472 472 534 613 710 710 832 832 800 1011 1011 1011 1011 36.51
6 724 New Orleans 250 250 306 374 286 260 260 302 302 302 393 393 393 393 509 632 805 974 974 974 974 974 35.81
7 734 Atlanta 240 300 372 394 480 385 443 403 491 491 575 649 728 641 721 867 789 759 759 974 974 974 35.81
8 763 Cincinnati 210 210 280 280 280 280 271 377 356 435 502 502 564 695 695 695 767 973 973 973 973 973 35.79
9 629 Saint Louis 340 362 341 329 383 471 524 434 434 434 529 485 485 542 542 475 736 902 1074 969 969 969 35.72
10 849 San Diego 120 140 140 140 217 292 292 375 417 477 477 533 614 711 834 896 896 1053 969 969 969 969 35.72
11 768 Buffalo 190 183 172 172 172 172 231 231 285 398 398 504 609 685 747 886 958 958 958 958 958 958 35.51
12 585 Denver 330 394 332 360 402 486 528 442 429 506 506 585 484 484 560 560 647 915 915 915 915 915 34.67
13 568 Seattle 290 340 384 438 438 420 420 342 417 474 461 526 519 505 610 610 700 858 858 858 858 858 33.53
14 525 Baltimore 310 260 318 374 332 374 374 420 420 482 576 653 653 623 695 695 695 835 835 835 835 835 33.06
15 461 Carolina 370 367 431 431 419 413 413 373 363 312 369 450 545 624 732 728 844 831 831 831 831 831 32.98
16 464 Green Bay 360 434 353 353 313 310 368 433 486 486 569 646 743 743 823 741 861 956 824 824 824 824 32.83
17 619 Jacksonville 170 208 287 374 374 322 386 518 440 440 504 466 466 466 577 742 691 789 789 789 789 789 32.10
18 465 Kansas City 320 320 320 247 322 322 322 411 525 455 404 404 404 484 575 687 785 785 785 785 785 785 32.01
19 571 Minnesota 180 236 236 291 291 333 385 448 413 413 413 477 570 527 520 600 600 560 751 751 751 751 31.28
20 348 Miami 350 350 303 295 295 295 254 359 359 325 325 325 382 382 382 637 699 698 698 698 698 698 30.12
21 400 Washington 200 246 211 211 211 211 264 264 264 334 334 334 334 408 408 480 480 600 600 600 600 600 27.84
22 495 Houston 100 100 100 164 210 210 283 283 387 387 387 387 485 485 485 590 738 595 595 595 595 595 27.72
23 456 Arizona 110 110 110 110 185 185 185 269 256 328 406 394 394 370 342 450 450 566 566 566 566 566 27.01
24 147 Tennessee 390 460 433 384 303 366 314 314 389 389 389 490 456 456 456 437 437 537 537 537 537 537 26.28
25 306 Tampa Bay 230 220 220 209 209 266 266 315 315 420 420 477 468 614 614 579 579 536 536 536 536 536 26.25
26 249 Dallas 280 247 291 333 333 323 323 323 396 383 383 383 477 581 518 518 614 529 529 529 529 529 26.07
27 340 Oakland 150 150 187 231 209 209 209 209 209 282 282 282 399 399 399 490 490 490 490 490 490 490 25.06
28 342 N. Y.  Giants 140 140 189 233 304 371 371 344 434 392 371 371 371 359 359 359 359 482 482 482 482 482 24.84
29 350 Detroit 130 174 194 194 194 290 290 364 350 321 321 321 321 400 400 400 502 480 480 480 480 480 24.79
30 255 Chicago 220 190 277 263 263 263 246 246 307 394 472 472 442 556 526 512 475 475 475 475 475 475 24.65
31 297 Cleveland 160 222 222 211 253 253 309 309 309 309 309 309 309 309 309 309 309 457 457 457 457 457 24.16
32 61 San Francisco 300 280 270 270 270 307 307 307 287 287 287 287 287 287 361 361 361 361 361 361 361 361 21.37

Teams Rated by Change

gain team
1 1700 New England
2 1496 Pittsburgh
3 887 Philadelphia
4 886 Indianapolis
5 741 N. Y.  Jets
6 724 New Orleans
7 734 Atlanta
8 763 Cincinnati
9 629 Saint Louis
10 849 San Diego
11 768 Buffalo
12 585 Denver
13 568 Seattle
14 525 Baltimore
15 461 Carolina
16 464 Green Bay
17 619 Jacksonville
18 465 Kansas City
19 571 Minnesota
20 348 Miami
21 400 Washington
22 495 Houston
23 456 Arizona
24 147 Tennessee
25 306 Tampa Bay
26 249 Dallas
27 340 Oakland
28 342 N. Y.  Giants
29 350 Detroit
30 255 Chicago
31 297 Cleveland
32 61 San Francisco


For this system to work in the NCAA we have to make a few changes. The teams should be allowed to
choose an opponent they think will be strong but not too strong to beat. There would be six rounds, each
team picking up two games per round. The first game would be the team they choose, while the second
game would be the team that chooses them. In the first three rounds the teams would have to choose from
their own conference. Hey, if you don't have a conference, get one, Notre Dame.

After this, all the teams have twelve games - six conference and six non-conference to mix things up a bit.
All that's left is to bang those heads together. No more wimpy schedules. No more ignoring teams you
don't want to play. No more avoiding playing other teams in your conference if they want to play you.
No more needing to be in the right conferences to get a BCS bid. There is no problem at all. Teams that
come out of nowhere and do well would be prime targets the following year for the big boys. Thus there
is no longer a struggle to be noticed. Try to find a problem with this system.

I dare you.


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