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
LOS ANGELES    21  5 11 50 30  0.020 18.360    1  0.653    1  0.190    1  0.196    1 0.5514 -0.164 -0.078  0.470  0.000
SEATTLE        20  7  9 61 39 -0.002 17.640    2  0.578    2  0.154    2  0.151    2 0.5410  0.392  0.293  0.010  0.000
HOUSTON        14  9 13 47 41  0.013 18.113    3  0.408    3  0.072    5  0.044    5 0.5167  0.157 -0.005  0.092  0.000
KANSAS CITY    15 10 11 53 41  0.010 17.957    4  0.391    4  0.058    3  0.101    4 0.5175  0.281  0.150  0.051  0.000
REAL SALT LAKE 16 12  8 48 39  0.046 18.445    5  0.388    5  0.056    4  0.099    3 0.5176  0.093  0.002  0.197  0.000
FC DALLAS      15 12  7 42 39 -0.005 16.907    6  0.349    6  0.036    7  0.026    6 0.5097  0.083 -0.078  0.131  0.000
COLORADO       13 11 13 45 45 -0.006 18.483    7  0.299    7  0.006   10 -0.010    7 0.5055  0.125 -0.083  0.063  0.000
NEW YORK       10 11 17 53 51  0.035 19.481    8  0.283    8 -0.006    6  0.039    9 0.5011  0.383  0.173 -0.095  0.000
PHILADELPHIA   11 10 16 45 39 -0.016 18.243    9  0.282    9 -0.006    8  0.023    8 0.5016  0.007 -0.137  0.182  0.000
CHICAGO         9  9 16 46 45 -0.006 16.940   10  0.276   10 -0.008    9  0.006   10 0.4992  0.338  0.102 -0.090  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
COLUMBUS       12 13  8 41 44 -0.023 16.310   11  0.236   11 -0.030   11 -0.035   11 0.4943  0.228 -0.028 -0.041  0.000
PORTLAND       11 14  8 38 46  0.009 16.809   12  0.231   12 -0.031   15 -0.060   12 0.4901  0.205 -0.072 -0.049  0.000
SAN JOSE        8 12 14 40 44  0.010 17.301   13  0.190   13 -0.059   13 -0.049   13 0.4876  0.165 -0.092 -0.006  0.000
DC UNITED       8 13 12 47 52 -0.016 16.457   14  0.158   14 -0.074   14 -0.054   14 0.4809  0.565  0.242 -0.349  0.000
CHIVAS USA      8 14 12 41 43 -0.009 17.015   15  0.145   15 -0.081   12 -0.040   15 0.4784  0.169 -0.080  0.000  0.000
TORONTO FC      6 13 14 34 57 -0.024 16.689   16  0.099   16 -0.097   18 -0.190   16 0.4737  0.358 -0.077 -0.303  0.000
NEW ENGLAND     5 16 13 37 57 -0.021 17.183   17  0.008   17 -0.143   17 -0.181   17 0.4606  0.397 -0.035 -0.327  0.000
VANCOUVER       6 17 10 35 51 -0.021 16.675   18  0.000   18 -0.147   16 -0.165   18 0.4593  0.229 -0.157 -0.172  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
LOS ANGELES    21  5 11 50 30  0.020 18.360    1  0.653    1  0.190    1  0.196    1 0.5514 -0.164 -0.078  0.470  0.000
SEATTLE        20  7  9 61 39 -0.002 17.640    2  0.578    2  0.154    2  0.151    2 0.5410  0.392  0.293  0.010  0.000
REAL SALT LAKE 16 12  8 48 39  0.046 18.445    5  0.388    5  0.056    4  0.099    3 0.5176  0.093  0.002  0.197  0.000
FC DALLAS      15 12  7 42 39 -0.005 16.907    6  0.349    6  0.036    7  0.026    6 0.5097  0.083 -0.078  0.131  0.000
COLORADO       13 11 13 45 45 -0.006 18.483    7  0.299    7  0.006   10 -0.010    7 0.5055  0.125 -0.083  0.063  0.000
PORTLAND       11 14  8 38 46  0.009 16.809   12  0.231   12 -0.031   15 -0.060   12 0.4901  0.205 -0.072 -0.049  0.000
SAN JOSE        8 12 14 40 44  0.010 17.301   13  0.190   13 -0.059   13 -0.049   13 0.4876  0.165 -0.092 -0.006  0.000
CHIVAS USA      8 14 12 41 43 -0.009 17.015   15  0.145   15 -0.081   12 -0.040   15 0.4784  0.169 -0.080  0.000  0.000
VANCOUVER       6 17 10 35 51 -0.021 16.675   18  0.000   18 -0.147   16 -0.165   18 0.4593  0.229 -0.157 -0.172  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
HOUSTON        14  9 13 47 41  0.013 18.113    3  0.408    3  0.072    5  0.044    5 0.5167  0.157 -0.005  0.092  0.000
KANSAS CITY    15 10 11 53 41  0.010 17.957    4  0.391    4  0.058    3  0.101    4 0.5175  0.281  0.150  0.051  0.000
NEW YORK       10 11 17 53 51  0.035 19.481    8  0.283    8 -0.006    6  0.039    9 0.5011  0.383  0.173 -0.095  0.000
PHILADELPHIA   11 10 16 45 39 -0.016 18.243    9  0.282    9 -0.006    8  0.023    8 0.5016  0.007 -0.137  0.182  0.000
CHICAGO         9  9 16 46 45 -0.006 16.940   10  0.276   10 -0.008    9  0.006   10 0.4992  0.338  0.102 -0.090  0.000
COLUMBUS       12 13  8 41 44 -0.023 16.310   11  0.236   11 -0.030   11 -0.035   11 0.4943  0.228 -0.028 -0.041  0.000
DC UNITED       8 13 12 47 52 -0.016 16.457   14  0.158   14 -0.074   14 -0.054   14 0.4809  0.565  0.242 -0.349  0.000
TORONTO FC      6 13 14 34 57 -0.024 16.689   16  0.099   16 -0.097   18 -0.190   16 0.4737  0.358 -0.077 -0.303  0.000
NEW ENGLAND     5 16 13 37 57 -0.021 17.183   17  0.008   17 -0.143   17 -0.181   17 0.4606  0.397 -0.035 -0.327  0.000
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   T   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 118 104  92 0.522    1  0.039
EASTERN CONFERENCE  90 104 120 0.478    2 -0.053
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.299 points in main ratings (0.205 for semineutral)
0.029 points in improved RPI (0.020 for semineutral)
Average of 1.00 points per score
``````
```Predict score: CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA PORTLAND REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC VANCOUVER vs. hosting at CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA PORTLAND REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC VANCOUVER Team Strength vs. Time Plot: CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA PORTLAND REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC VANCOUVER posted: Sun Sep 2 08:19:25 2012 games through: Sun Nov 20 2011 ```

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