Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
• Schedule The number in this column is the effective opponent strength of a team. In other words, they would be expected to have the same record had they played all games against an opponent of this predictive rating at a neutral site. Because this calculation depends on the strength of the team in question, it is not possible to rank schedules using these values.
• Expected Losses For college teams, this number is the number of losses an average ranked (top 15 hockey; otherwise top 25) team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. For pro teams, this is the number of losses an average team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. Unlike the schedule ranking, this value can be used to rank schedules.
• Standard Ranks teams in an order such that a team is "probably better" than all teams ranked lower than it. This calculation uses margin of victory only for computing a team's opponents strengths; the team's rating itself is computed using only wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule
• Median Likelihood Determines the likely ratings for each team, based on its wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule. This generally produces the same or similar ratings as the standard ranking.
• Predictive Both schedule strength and rating vs. schedule strength are determined considering both the wins and losses and the score differentials. This rating contains none of the biases in the standard rating, but does weight recent games slightly more than past games since those are a better indication of the team's current strength. This rating is the best of the first three for seeing how good teams are, and thus is the best for predicting future results.
• Improved RPI Rating The improved RPI formula is similar to the standard RPI, except that the schedule strength is carried out to infinite depth instead of ending with opponents' opponents, thus allows for a better comparison of isolated groups of teams than is given by the standard RPI calculation. It is similar to the simple rating, except that all games are given equal weight.
• Predictive-Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• Predictive-Offense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team scores. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to score the league average number of points. This does not necessarily rate a team's offensive abilities, as a fast pace in basketball or big-play defense in football can make a team score more points.
• Predictive-Defense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team allows. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to allow the league average number of points. The same caveat in the predictive-offense rating applies here.
• Home Scoring. This is an adjustment to the scoring ranking applied at home. Values are nonzero only for baseball, where park effects can be significant.
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: CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS D.C. DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK SALT LAKE SAN JOSE TORONTO FC vs. hosting at CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS D.C. DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK SALT LAKE SAN JOSE TORONTO FC Team Strength vs. Time Plot: CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS D.C. DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK SALT LAKE SAN JOSE TORONTO FC posted: Mon Nov 24 15:08:33 2008 games through: Sun Nov 23 2008 ```

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