Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

Full Ranking

                                           STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM         W  L  T PF PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
COLUMBUS    20  7  7 58 39 -0.016 16.613    1  0.043    1  0.058    1  0.057    1 0.5433  0.385  0.149 -0.034  0.000
HOUSTON     12  6 16 41 33  0.007 17.125    2  0.021    2  0.027    3  0.024    2 0.5203 -0.180 -0.305  0.353  0.000
CHICAGO     14 11  8 48 35  0.009 16.543    3  0.017    3  0.012    2  0.037    3 0.5122  0.138 -0.070  0.145  0.000
KANSAS CITY 11 11 10 38 42  0.021 16.483    4  0.013    4  0.002    9 -0.010    5 0.5032  0.109 -0.139  0.119  0.000
NEW YORK    12 12 10 48 52  0.036 17.643    5  0.012    5 -0.000    5  0.004    4 0.5043  0.467  0.166 -0.159  0.000
SALT LAKE   11 10 12 40 39 -0.016 16.484    6  0.011    6 -0.001    7 -0.006    7 0.5009  0.005 -0.211  0.199  0.000
NEW ENGLAND 12 12  8 40 46  0.014 16.453    7  0.010    7 -0.004   10 -0.018    6 0.5014  0.273 -0.021 -0.016  0.000
CHIVAS USA  12 12  8 42 43 -0.011 16.037    8  0.009    8 -0.008    6 -0.006    8 0.4989  0.263 -0.016  0.005  0.000
DALLAS       8 10 12 46 41 -0.004 15.001    9  0.007    9 -0.017    4  0.014    9 0.4912  0.426  0.141 -0.113  0.000
COLORADO    11 14  5 44 45 -0.004 15.138   10  0.005   10 -0.020    8 -0.007   10 0.4874  0.451  0.142 -0.156  0.000
TEAM         W  L  T PF PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
D.C.        11 15  6 43 51 -0.021 16.127   11  0.003   11 -0.025   14 -0.042   12 0.4841  0.443  0.100 -0.184  0.000
SAN JOSE     8 13  9 32 38 -0.010 15.198   12  0.002   13 -0.027   11 -0.030   13 0.4798 -0.025 -0.256  0.196  0.000
TORONTO FC   9 13  8 34 43 -0.004 15.288   13  0.001   12 -0.026   12 -0.034   11 0.4849  0.147 -0.135  0.067  0.000
LOS ANGELES  8 13  9 55 62 -0.011 15.233   14  0.000   14 -0.029   13 -0.039   14 0.4785  1.017  0.677 -0.756  0.000

WESTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L T PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR HOUSTON 12 6 16 41 33 0.007 17.125 2 0.021 2 0.027 3 0.024 2 0.5203 -0.180 -0.305 0.353 0.000 SALT LAKE 11 10 12 40 39 -0.016 16.484 6 0.011 6 -0.001 7 -0.006 7 0.5009 0.005 -0.211 0.199 0.000 CHIVAS USA 12 12 8 42 43 -0.011 16.037 8 0.009 8 -0.008 6 -0.006 8 0.4989 0.263 -0.016 0.005 0.000 DALLAS 8 10 12 46 41 -0.004 15.001 9 0.007 9 -0.017 4 0.014 9 0.4912 0.426 0.141 -0.113 0.000 COLORADO 11 14 5 44 45 -0.004 15.138 10 0.005 10 -0.020 8 -0.007 10 0.4874 0.451 0.142 -0.156 0.000 SAN JOSE 8 13 9 32 38 -0.010 15.198 12 0.002 13 -0.027 11 -0.030 13 0.4798 -0.025 -0.256 0.196 0.000 LOS ANGELES 8 13 9 55 62 -0.011 15.233 14 0.000 14 -0.029 13 -0.039 14 0.4785 1.017 0.677 -0.756 0.000

EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L T PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR COLUMBUS 20 7 7 58 39 -0.016 16.613 1 0.043 1 0.058 1 0.057 1 0.5433 0.385 0.149 -0.034 0.000 CHICAGO 14 11 8 48 35 0.009 16.543 3 0.017 3 0.012 2 0.037 3 0.5122 0.138 -0.070 0.145 0.000 KANSAS CITY 11 11 10 38 42 0.021 16.483 4 0.013 4 0.002 9 -0.010 5 0.5032 0.109 -0.139 0.119 0.000 NEW YORK 12 12 10 48 52 0.036 17.643 5 0.012 5 -0.000 5 0.004 4 0.5043 0.467 0.166 -0.159 0.000 NEW ENGLAND 12 12 8 40 46 0.014 16.453 7 0.010 7 -0.004 10 -0.018 6 0.5014 0.273 -0.021 -0.016 0.000 D.C. 11 15 6 43 51 -0.021 16.127 11 0.003 11 -0.025 14 -0.042 12 0.4841 0.443 0.100 -0.184 0.000 TORONTO FC 9 13 8 34 43 -0.004 15.288 13 0.001 12 -0.026 12 -0.034 11 0.4849 0.147 -0.135 0.067 0.000


DIVISION            W  L  T   PCT  RNK RATING
EASTERN CONFERENCE 89 81 57 0.518    1  0.011
WESTERN CONFERENCE 70 78 71 0.482    2 -0.021

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.336 points in main ratings (0.205 for semineutral)
     0.032 points in improved RPI (0.020 for semineutral)
Average of 1.00 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Mon Nov 24 15:08:33 2008
games through: Sun Nov 23 2008

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