Maybe I haven’t been giving this schedule thing the proper amount of credit after all.
The Money Line Journal has taken a different approach to evaluating the potential won-loss records of D-1 football teams in 2008. Essentially, he’s taking power ratings and running them through point spreads from each week’s games to calculate the probability of a given team’s record.
You can find the odds he’s calculated on sixteen teams to go undefeated here (h/t EDSBS). It’s not good news if you’re a Dawg fan – and it’s due to one reason.
The primary set of power numbers* that I used in coming up with the lines had Georgia rated as the 2nd best team in the nation yet they only have the 10th best shot of going 12-0. It just goes to show how brutal that schedule really is.
*Phil Steele’s. Don’t even think about calling me biased.
Here are the specifics behind his analysis of Georgia.
|vs. Georgia Southern||35-42||.99||.995||.9975|
|vs. Central Michigan||28-35||.98||.985||.99|
|at South Carolina||3-10||.5744||.6771||.7736|
|at Arizona St||-1.5-5.5||.4752||.5336||.6513|
|Neutral vs. Florida||-3.5-3.5||.3937||.5||.6063|
|vs. Ga Tech||10-17||.7736||.835||.91|
|Undefeated Conf Prob.||4.3%|
|One Loss Prob.||4.2%||10%||22.2%|
As you can see, he projects four games where Georgia could face being an underdog. Obviously, with the season being five weeks out, he’s using projected ranges instead of final numbers, but that doesn’t make his analysis completely out of whack.
And it’s not necessarily a knock on Georgia’s ability.
I don’t even know if 2001 Miami or 2004 USC could make it through this schedule undefeated. It is brutal.
I will say this: a similar review of Georgia’s chances to run the table after the Vanderbilt game last year would have probably induced many of us to consider slitting our wrists. Still, it’s food for thought.
If you’re interested in finding out a little more about his methodology, you might want to visit this link.