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
SAN JOSE       20  7  9 74 46  0.010 17.503    1  0.879    1  0.200    1  0.273    1 0.5410  0.725  0.715 -0.168  0.000
KANSAS CITY    19  8  9 43 29  0.005 17.690    2  0.863    2  0.192    2  0.179    2 0.5362 -0.296 -0.186  0.544  0.000
SEATTLE        17  9 12 54 37  0.015 18.818    3  0.783    3  0.144    4  0.174    3 0.5245  0.040  0.029  0.318  0.000
NEW YORK       16 10 10 58 48  0.019 18.035    4  0.726    4  0.114    8  0.092    5 0.5213  0.501  0.321 -0.138  0.000
LOS ANGELES    20 14  6 71 53  0.019 19.783    5  0.720    6  0.110    3  0.176    8 0.5177  0.585  0.482 -0.131  0.000
DC UNITED      18 11  9 57 48  0.005 18.790    6  0.712    7  0.108    7  0.100    4 0.5218  0.314  0.167  0.033  0.000
CHICAGO        17 11  6 46 41 -0.010 16.735    7  0.711    5  0.111    9  0.037    6 0.5198  0.228  0.035  0.040  0.000
REAL SALT LAKE 17 12  7 46 36  0.009 17.785    8  0.690    8  0.095    6  0.105    9 0.5157 -0.047 -0.101  0.310  0.000
HOUSTON        16 11 12 55 47  0.038 19.748    9  0.674    9  0.085    5  0.119    7 0.5191  0.241  0.126  0.111  0.000
COLUMBUS       15 12  7 44 44 -0.015 16.768   10  0.618   10  0.059   10 -0.008   10 0.5088  0.253  0.009 -0.026  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
VANCOUVER      11 14 10 36 43  0.002 17.613   11  0.438   11 -0.061   11 -0.071   11 0.4898 -0.087 -0.304  0.162  0.000
MONTREAL       12 16  6 45 51 -0.002 17.065   12  0.417   12 -0.073   13 -0.074   12 0.4865  0.409  0.074 -0.221  0.000
FC DALLAS       9 13 12 42 47 -0.015 16.951   13  0.368   13 -0.104   15 -0.076   13 0.4848  0.247 -0.063 -0.089  0.000
PORTLAND        8 16 10 34 56 -0.016 17.242   14  0.271   14 -0.148   17 -0.243   17 0.4713  0.241 -0.235 -0.251  0.000
PHILADELPHIA   10 18  6 37 45 -0.013 16.975   15  0.269   15 -0.152   16 -0.114   15 0.4722  0.086 -0.226 -0.003  0.000
NEW ENGLAND     9 17  8 39 44 -0.000 17.113   16  0.252   16 -0.164   12 -0.074   14 0.4737  0.111 -0.166  0.019  0.000
COLORADO       11 19  4 44 50 -0.012 16.949   17  0.242   17 -0.169   14 -0.075   16 0.4713  0.329  0.004 -0.155  0.000
CHIVAS USA      7 18  9 24 58 -0.014 17.403   18  0.176   18 -0.185   19 -0.361   18 0.4611  0.034 -0.510 -0.213  0.000
TORONTO FC      5 21  8 36 62 -0.015 17.408   19  0.000   19 -0.302   18 -0.300   19 0.4459  0.438 -0.127 -0.473  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
SAN JOSE       20  7  9 74 46  0.010 17.503    1  0.879    1  0.200    1  0.273    1 0.5410  0.725  0.715 -0.168  0.000
SEATTLE        17  9 12 54 37  0.015 18.818    3  0.783    3  0.144    4  0.174    3 0.5245  0.040  0.029  0.318  0.000
LOS ANGELES    20 14  6 71 53  0.019 19.783    5  0.720    6  0.110    3  0.176    8 0.5177  0.585  0.482 -0.131  0.000
REAL SALT LAKE 17 12  7 46 36  0.009 17.785    8  0.690    8  0.095    6  0.105    9 0.5157 -0.047 -0.101  0.310  0.000
VANCOUVER      11 14 10 36 43  0.002 17.613   11  0.438   11 -0.061   11 -0.071   11 0.4898 -0.087 -0.304  0.162  0.000
FC DALLAS       9 13 12 42 47 -0.015 16.951   13  0.368   13 -0.104   15 -0.076   13 0.4848  0.247 -0.063 -0.089  0.000
PORTLAND        8 16 10 34 56 -0.016 17.242   14  0.271   14 -0.148   17 -0.243   17 0.4713  0.241 -0.235 -0.251  0.000
COLORADO       11 19  4 44 50 -0.012 16.949   17  0.242   17 -0.169   14 -0.075   16 0.4713  0.329  0.004 -0.155  0.000
CHIVAS USA      7 18  9 24 58 -0.014 17.403   18  0.176   18 -0.185   19 -0.361   18 0.4611  0.034 -0.510 -0.213  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
KANSAS CITY    19  8  9 43 29  0.005 17.690    2  0.863    2  0.192    2  0.179    2 0.5362 -0.296 -0.186  0.544  0.000
NEW YORK       16 10 10 58 48  0.019 18.035    4  0.726    4  0.114    8  0.092    5 0.5213  0.501  0.321 -0.138  0.000
DC UNITED      18 11  9 57 48  0.005 18.790    6  0.712    7  0.108    7  0.100    4 0.5218  0.314  0.167  0.033  0.000
CHICAGO        17 11  6 46 41 -0.010 16.735    7  0.711    5  0.111    9  0.037    6 0.5198  0.228  0.035  0.040  0.000
HOUSTON        16 11 12 55 47  0.038 19.748    9  0.674    9  0.085    5  0.119    7 0.5191  0.241  0.126  0.111  0.000
COLUMBUS       15 12  7 44 44 -0.015 16.768   10  0.618   10  0.059   10 -0.008   10 0.5088  0.253  0.009 -0.026  0.000
MONTREAL       12 16  6 45 51 -0.002 17.065   12  0.417   12 -0.073   13 -0.074   12 0.4865  0.409  0.074 -0.221  0.000
PHILADELPHIA   10 18  6 37 45 -0.013 16.975   15  0.269   15 -0.152   16 -0.114   15 0.4722  0.086 -0.226 -0.003  0.000
NEW ENGLAND     9 17  8 39 44 -0.000 17.113   16  0.252   16 -0.164   12 -0.074   14 0.4737  0.111 -0.166  0.019  0.000
TORONTO FC      5 21  8 36 62 -0.015 17.408   19  0.000   19 -0.302   18 -0.300   19 0.4459  0.438 -0.127 -0.473  0.000
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   T   PCT  RNK RATING
EASTERN CONFERENCE 137 135  81 0.503    1 -0.003
WESTERN CONFERENCE 120 122  79 0.497    2 -0.015
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.312 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 DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES MONTREAL 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 MONTREAL 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 MONTREAL NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA PORTLAND REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC VANCOUVER posted: Sun Dec 9 11:02:26 2012 games through: Sat Dec 1 2012 ```

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