

GP Formula: Alternate Ranking Method (used
preferably as third poll, Z)
B = Base
= # of games of regular season played by a majority of Div. I teams
R = Principal
team’s winning %
where:
a win = 1 unit
_{R}
= [#wins + (.5)(#ties)]
OP = Principal
team’s opponents’ winning %
OOP = Principal team’s opponents’ opponents’ winning %
S = #
of games not played by principal team below base # of games
S = (base # of games) minus (total games played)
GP = Gross points
accumulated, by which teams are ranked
[the highest points occupy the #1 rank]
GP = RB + OP(.63)B + OOP(.37)B – RS
m
= B [R + (.63)OP + (.37)OOP]  RS The GP rating ranks all programs fairly
especially based on strength of schedule and performance. A rating system that
treats all IA teams fairly may also, to a certain degree, enhance overall
competitiveness by encouraging the more sought after athletes/recruits to attend
minor institutions. The GP formula will account for the teams
that soften their schedules; and also will not favor the unsportsmanlike act of
running up the score  regardless if by 1 point or 55 points, a win is a win! The ‘RS’ portion of the above formula keeps teams from obtaining an unfair advantage by playing a schedule with one or more less game(s) during the regular season than other teams. In fact, those teams playing less games than the base number of games are actually penalized due to the fact that each scheduled game represents a potential loss especially as the season progresses. On the other end of the spectrum, those teams in the upper echelon of this ranking method playing extra games than the base will find that each win accounts for approximately an extra 1/3 of a point and the chance of moving up in the polls; however, a loss during an extra game above the base results in the subtraction of approximately 2/3 of a point and a subsequent drop in the polls. EXAMPLE :
The ‘RB’
portion of the GP Formula, on the average, accounts for approximately 63% of the
total points accumulated from the criteria by which teams are ranked. This ranking method might best serve fans and administrators alike by stopping at Gross Points (GP), thereby giving the results:
If it is
determined necessary to incorporate a number of additional independent and/or computer polls to the GP rating for the sake of invariability, we should
calculate the average of all polls to arrive at a final ranking. [To find this
average utilizing perhaps the easiest method, we merely sum the weighted
rank of the GP formula plus the ranks for n number of additional polls for each
individual team] Tiebreakers
Head to head
# of wins
Team with greater % of games played being away games
# of games won where the point differential was ›16 throughout 4th
quarter
Coin flip 
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