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Subject: Re: Patriot League vs. Northeast Conference

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Date Posted: Sunday, December 12, 09:04:15pm
In reply to: Kevin 's message, "Re: Random musings on the 2010 season and Duquesne Football" on Sunday, December 12, 02:10:37pm

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.


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)
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:


#16 Northeast Conference
#21 Patriot League

The Massey Ratings:


1 Colonial
2 Missouri Valley
3 Southern
4 Big Sky
5 Great West
6 Southland
7 Ohio Valley
8 Ivy League
10 Southwestern
11 Big South
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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