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Subject: Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football


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Kevin
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 02:10:37pm
In reply to: Curious 's message, "Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football" on Sunday, December 05, 06:20:21pm

The Patriot League is still a bit better than the NEC, but the gap has closed significantly. However, the PL is having a vote this week as to whether to approve football scholarships. If that happens, the gap may widen again - especially if they allow 50 or more over the next four years.

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Curious
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 09:04:15pm

Re: "The Patriot League is still a bit better than the NEC..."

I would argue that is purely subjective perception based upon years past. Every single objective measurement of current conference strength places the NEC above the PL.

http://www.collegesportingnews.com/content.php?331-GPI-11-23-2010

End of regular season GPI:

Conference Ranking:

1. Colonial Athletic Association (22.188)
2. Missouri Valley Football Conference (27.234)
3. Big Sky Conference (29.097)
4. Southern Conference (30.403)
5. Great West Conference (38.750)
6. Southland Conference (39.875)
7. Ohio Valley Conference (41.792)
8. Ivy League (57.719)
9. NORTHEAST CONFERENCE (58.125)
10. Southwestern Athletic Conference (59.65)
11. Big South Conference (60.554)
12. PATRIOT LEAGUE (64.232)
13. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (66.694)
14. Independents (66.844)
15. Pioneer Football League (70.213)

The VERY questionable RPI:

http://www.realtimerpi.com/football/ncaaf_conf_Men.html

#16 Northeast Conference
#21 Patriot League

The Massey Ratings:

http://www.masseyratings.com/cf/compare1aa.htm

1 Colonial
2 Missouri Valley
3 Southern
4 Big Sky
5 Great West
6 Southland
7 Ohio Valley
8 Ivy League
9 NORTHEAST CONFERENCE
10 Southwestern
11 Big South
12 PATRIOT LEAGUE
13 Mid-Eastern
14 FCS Indep
15 Pioneer

(And look at all of the individual ratings on the Massey page. Every single one has the NEC higher than the PL.)

It is possible that if the Patriot League goes to 50+ scholarships that they may pass up the NEC in coming years, but for now, playing the Patriot League is NOT "playing up".

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