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Subject: Re: Historical computer ratings

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Date Posted: 17:07:06 09/11/17 Mon
In reply to: Memphis Bill 's message, "Re: Historical computer ratings" on 13:09:32 09/11/17 Mon

Agreed - by coldly taking into account who beat who (whom?) in any given year, the overall picture of Div. 1 football comes into better focus. Memphis Bill, I do think that an Eastern sportswriter bias (fake news 50 years ago?), would explain some of the higher-than-deserved poll rankings for programs that were previously top-notch but had subtly fallen down the pecking order (service academies, Ivies).

From that list I provided, the two teams that stand out as being very impressive are Princeton 1964 and Dartmouth 1965, ranked #9 and #17, respectively, in back-to-back years. Truly big-time results, almost a decade after the Agreement had stomped its boot on big-time Ivy football.

On a marginally-related topic, I find it amusing to this day that, occasionally, Yale being ranked #10 in 1981 by CBS Sports the week before the Princeton debacle is brought up as if it were a factual representation of the D-1 landscape at the time. In actuality, Yale received a #10 ranking in the weekly "Top 10" shown on the Sunday NFL pre-game show, NFL Today (yes, the one with Brent, Phyllis, Herb and Jimmy the Greek) -- and the ugly truth is that the #10 spot was almost always awarded _AS A JOKE_. I believe Slippery Rock got the #10 ranking at one point, for example.

For perspective, Yale finished the season ranked #79 out of 137 in 1981 in the Sorensen ratings. And the loss to Princeton surely doesn't account for a 69-position drop.

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