These ratings were devised by Joe Stanford, a 1990 graduate of Indiana University. They were developed as a hobby and inspired by systems such as The Dunkel Index and Jeff Sagarin’s Sports Ratings.
Special thanks to Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel sportswriter Blake Sebring for his encouragement, and for posting the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) Ratings in his blog “Tailing the Komets” this year, for the fifth consecutive season. Thanks also to Kenneth Massey, who provided his computer rankings for the Bowl Championship Series, for posting the NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball Ratings in his Ranking Composite websites. (See the links in the sidebar to the right.)
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EXPLANATION OF THE RATINGS
The Stanford System uses a series of algorithms to connect and compare sports teams within their leagues based solely on the results of games. There are no “starting ratings” or any other subjective factors.
The teams are ranked in order of their Power Rating, which is a measure of each team’s relative strength. Ratings for each sport are updated once a week during the regular season. Last week’s Power Rating and Rank for each team are also shown.
These ratings include a Home edge. Since this factor is based on game results, it will change slightly each week. To predict the outcome of an upcoming game, compare the two teams’ Power Rating after adding the indicated Home edge to the home team. If the game is to be played at a neutral site, ignore the Home edge in the comparison.
The Schedule Rating and Rank is a measure of the strength of each team’s previous opponents, and it takes into account whether the games were at home or on the road. Each team’s Schedule Rating represents what its Power Rating would need to be to have won 50% of the games it has played. Games scheduled but not yet played are not included in the Schedule Rating.
The Retrodictive Rating does not consider margin of victory, but does take into account whether the games were at home or on the road. It measures what each team has already accomplished in terms of wins and losses. The Retrodictive Rating is not intended to predict the outcome of upcoming games.
The Power Rating, on the other hand, includes a factor for margin of victory, and it is an excellent predictor of upcoming games.
DISCLAIMER: These ratings are NOT intended to be used for gambling. They are for informational and entertainment purposes only, and intended to enhance sports fans’ enjoyment.