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   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
STORM    32 10 3654 3370  0.048 20.675    1  1.622    1  0.608    1  0.488    1 0.5625  3.648  0.501  0.476  0.000
DREAM    25 14 3182 3125  0.003 19.166    2  1.251    2  0.301    5  0.144    2 0.5317  3.607 -0.022  0.310  0.000
MYSTICS  25 17 3537 3411  0.080 21.523    3  1.247    3  0.263    3  0.306    3 0.5297  3.660  0.371  0.242  0.000
MERCURY  24 17 3543 3425  0.075 20.973    4  1.195    4  0.227    4  0.273    4 0.5248  3.697  0.500  0.045  0.000
SUN      21 14 3065 2873  0.012 16.754    5  1.151    5  0.186    2  0.312    5 0.5214  3.702  0.563  0.061  0.000
SPARKS   20 16 2822 2782 -0.004 17.596    6  1.014    6  0.104    6  0.039    6 0.5111  3.526 -0.466  0.543  0.000
LYNX     18 17 2752 2736 -0.005 17.251    7  0.884    7  0.012    7 -0.025    7 0.5017  3.550 -0.433  0.383  0.000
WINGS    15 20 3029 3003  0.013 17.417    8  0.671    8 -0.160    8 -0.032    8 0.4837  3.735  0.369 -0.434  0.000
ACES     14 19 2786 2871 -0.037 16.278    9  0.622    9 -0.172    9 -0.191    9 0.4793  3.717  0.127 -0.508  0.000
SKY      13 21 2848 3063 -0.062 16.951   10  0.462   10 -0.276   10 -0.423   10 0.4684  3.725 -0.066 -0.781  0.000
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
LIBERTY   7 27 2641 2884 -0.059 17.125   11  0.068   11 -0.678   11 -0.530   11 0.4289  3.597 -0.737 -0.322  0.000
FEVER     6 28 2597 2913 -0.033 17.489   12  0.000   12 -0.722   12 -0.632   12 0.4239  3.578 -0.922 -0.341  0.000
``````

``````WESTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
STORM    32 10 3654 3370  0.048 20.675    1  1.622    1  0.608    1  0.488    1 0.5625  3.648  0.501  0.476  0.000
MERCURY  24 17 3543 3425  0.075 20.973    4  1.195    4  0.227    4  0.273    4 0.5248  3.697  0.500  0.045  0.000
SPARKS   20 16 2822 2782 -0.004 17.596    6  1.014    6  0.104    6  0.039    6 0.5111  3.526 -0.466  0.543  0.000
LYNX     18 17 2752 2736 -0.005 17.251    7  0.884    7  0.012    7 -0.025    7 0.5017  3.550 -0.433  0.383  0.000
WINGS    15 20 3029 3003  0.013 17.417    8  0.671    8 -0.160    8 -0.032    8 0.4837  3.735  0.369 -0.434  0.000
ACES     14 19 2786 2871 -0.037 16.278    9  0.622    9 -0.172    9 -0.191    9 0.4793  3.717  0.127 -0.508  0.000
``````

``````EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
DREAM    25 14 3182 3125  0.003 19.166    2  1.251    2  0.301    5  0.144    2 0.5317  3.607 -0.022  0.310  0.000
MYSTICS  25 17 3537 3411  0.080 21.523    3  1.247    3  0.263    3  0.306    3 0.5297  3.660  0.371  0.242  0.000
SUN      21 14 3065 2873  0.012 16.754    5  1.151    5  0.186    2  0.312    5 0.5214  3.702  0.563  0.061  0.000
SKY      13 21 2848 3063 -0.062 16.951   10  0.462   10 -0.276   10 -0.423   10 0.4684  3.725 -0.066 -0.781  0.000
LIBERTY   7 27 2641 2884 -0.059 17.125   11  0.068   11 -0.678   11 -0.530   11 0.4289  3.597 -0.737 -0.322  0.000
FEVER     6 28 2597 2913 -0.033 17.489   12  0.000   12 -0.722   12 -0.632   12 0.4239  3.578 -0.922 -0.341  0.000
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 123  99 0.554    1  0.141
EASTERN CONFERENCE  97 121 0.445    2 -0.197
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.220 points in main ratings (0.226 for semineutral)
0.018 points in improved RPI (0.023 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: ACES DREAM FEVER LIBERTY LYNX MERCURY MYSTICS SKY SPARKS STORM SUN WINGS vs. hosting at ACES DREAM FEVER LIBERTY LYNX MERCURY MYSTICS SKY SPARKS STORM SUN WINGS Team Strength vs. Time Plot: ACES DREAM FEVER LIBERTY LYNX MERCURY MYSTICS SKY SPARKS STORM SUN WINGS posted: Sun Oct 28 09:54:42 2018 games through: Wed Sep 12 2018 ```

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