2018 MLB Regular Season Final Rankings

The regular season has finally come to an end with the Dodgers and Brewers winning their games today to win their divisions. Here’s how the playoff teams finished in my rankings:

  1. Boston
  2. Houston
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Oakland
  5. Los Angeles Dodgers
  6. Milwaukee
  7. Chicago Cubs
  8. Colorado
  9. Atlanta
  10. Cleveland (They were actually 14th in my final rankings. Weak schedule)

Even though Boston won 108 games, I would have to give the edge to Houston. They gave up only 534 runs this year while Boston allowed 647. That is a big difference.

Looking at run differential, it stacks up like this:

  1. Houston +263
  2. Boston +230
  3. Los Angeles +192
  4. New York +182
  5. Cleveland +171
  6. Oakland +140
  7. Chicago +116
  8. Atlanta +105
  9. Milwaukee +92
  10. Colorado +35

My complete rankings can be found here.

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NFL 2014 Regular Season Final Rankings

The regular season is now over. Time for the playoffs. Seattle ends the season where they started. Number 1. Best defense again. So who’s in? In the AFC, New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver won their divisions. Baltimore and Cincinnati grabbed the wildcards. In the NFC, Dallas, Green Bay, Carolina???, and Seattle won their divisions. Green Bay and Arizona grabbed the wildcards. So who got left out? Philadelphia went 10-6 and missed the playoffs. So did Kansas City (9-7), Buffalo (9-7), San Diego (9-7), Miami (8-8) and San Francisco (8-8). All had better records than Carolina. And speaking of Carolina, they host Arizona next week. They win their division with a record of 7-8-1 and get rewarded by playing an opponent that has no quarterback to speak of right now. Meanwhile Dallas (12-4) hosts Detroit (11-5). Dallas has to be saying ‘What the heck?’

The teams that surprised me the most were Dallas and Buffalo. The teams that were the most disappointing had to be New Orleans and Atlanta. I really thought it would be a battle between the two of the them for the division, and it was to an extent. Just not the way I thought it would go. I thought each of them would have at least 10 wins this season.

So here’s my final regular season rankings:

  1. Seattle (12-4, 54.951)
  2. Denver (12-4, 54.630)
  3. New England (12-4, 54.426)
  4. Green Bay (12-4, 53.321)
  5. Arizona (11-5, 52.967)
  6. Dallas (12-4, 52.666)
  7. Indianapolis (11-5, 52.307)
  8. Kansas City (9-7, 52.160)
  9. Detroit (11-5, 51.927)
  10. Buffalo (9-7, 51.705)
  11. Philadelphia (10-6, 51.665)
  12. San Diego (9-7, 51.622)
  13. Baltimore (10-6, 51.445)
  14. Cincinnati (10-5-1, 51.389)
  15. Pittsburgh (11-5, 51.279)
  16. Miami (8-8, 50.840)
  17. San Francisco (8-8, 50.487)
  18. Houston (9-7, 50.243)
  19. St. Louis (6-10, 49.165)
  20. Carolina (7-8-1, 48.910)
  21. Minnesota (7-9, 48.768)
  22. New Orleans (7-9, 48.591)
  23. New York Giants (6-10, 48.444)
  24. Cleveland (7-9, 48.189)
  25. Atlanta (6-10, 47.640)
  26. Chicago (5-11, 47.620)
  27. New York Jets (4-12, 47.447)
  28. Oakland (3-13, 46.668)
  29. Washington (4-12, 45.790)
  30. Jacksonville (3-313, 44.762)
  31. Tampa Bay (2-14, 44.291)
  32. Tennessee (2-14, 43.687)

NFL Rankings

Time for my NFL rankings. My rankings are starting to level out now. Still a couple of surprises in there. But for the most part, they are looking pretty good now. So here they are:

  1. Denver (4-1, 57.199)
  2. Arizona (4-1, 56.849)
  3. San Diego (5-1, 55.883)
  4. Seattle (3-2, 54.954)
  5. Dallas (5-1, 54.614)
  6. San Francisco (4-2, 54.213)
  7. Indianapolis (4-2, 54.178)
  8. Philadelphia (5-1, 54.100)
  9. Baltimore (4-2, 53.028)
  10. Cincinnati (3-1-1, 52.714)
  11. Detroit (4-2, 51.893)
  12. Green Bay (4-2, 51.426)
  13. New England (4-2 51.209)
  14. Buffalo (3-3, 51.069)
  15. Kansas City (2-3, 50.854)
  16. Carolina (3-2-1, 50.648)
  17. Houston (3-3, 50.604)
  18. New York Giants (3-3, 50.502)
  19. Cleveland (3-2, 50.082)
  20. Chicago (3-3, 49.962)
  21. Miami (2-3, 48.271)
  22. Tennessee (2-4, 47.935)
  23. Pittsburgh (3-3, 47.710)
  24. New Orleans (2-3, 46.540)
  25. Washington (1-5, 46.398)
  26. New York Jets (1-5, 45.658)
  27. Atlanta (2-4, 45.635)
  28. Minnesota (2-4, 45.511)
  29. St. Louis (1-4, 44.931)
  30. Tampa Bay (1-5, 42.962)
  31. Oakland (0-5, 42.003)
  32. Jacksonville (0-6, 41.199)

So what about over the last year? Including scores going back to Week 7 of last year, we see some big differences. How about those Arizona Cardinals? Most underrated team in the NFL since last year.

  1. Seattle (14-4, 55.618)
  2. Arizona (11-4, 54.411)
  3. San Francisco (14-5, 54.147)
  4. Denver (13-5, 54.000)
  5. San Diego (12-6, 52.817)
  6. Carolina (13-4-1, 52.782)
  7. Philadelphia (12-5, 52.479)
  8. Cincinnati (10-5-1, 52.472)
  9. New England (12-6, 51.919)
  10. Indianapolis (12-6, 51.578)
  11. Dallas (10-6, 51.409)
  12. New York Giants (10-6, 51.025)
  13. Baltimore (9-7, 50.818)
  14. New Orleans (9-8, 50.798)
  15. Pittsburgh (10-7, 50.054)
  16. Kansas City (7-9, 49.916)
  17. Green Bay (9-8-1, 49.793)
  18. Detroit (7-9, 49.768)
  19. St. Louis (5-10, 49.176)
  20. Chicago (7-9, 48.848)
  21. Miami (7-9, 48.773)
  22. Minnesota (6-10-1, 48.370)
  23. Buffalo (7-9, 48.138)
  24. Tennessee (6-10, 47.693)
  25. Atlanta (5-12, 47.456)
  26. New York Jets (6-10, 47.416)
  27. Tampa Bay (5-12, 47.336)
  28. Cleveland (4-11, 46.789)
  29. Washington (3-14, 46.138)
  30. Jacksonville (4-12, 45.324)
  31. Houston (3-13, 45.320)
  32. Oakland (2-13, 44.466)

NCAA Final Four predictions

So we’re down to the Final Four. It’s been one of the most exciting basketball tournaments ever.  Poor Butler.  Last year’s Cinderella team. No Cinderella this year. Oh, they’re back in the Final Four again. But this time, they’re being overshadowed by VCU.  Butler and VCU will face-off in the first semi-final game next Saturday.  Should be a defensive struggle.  And in the other bracket will be a couple of well-known powers, Kentucky and UConn.

Based on my latest rankings, we have two very exciting basketball games in store.  UConn is ranked #6 and Kentucky is ranked #8. Butler is ranked #34 and VCU is ranked #41.  But ignore the rankings.  On March 7th, my rankings had UConn at #13, Kentucky at #29, Butler at #57, and VCU was ranked #76.  Here are the current power ratings for each school:

  1. UConn 61.935
  2. Kentucky 61.761
  3. Butler 59.898
  4. VCU 59.543

Based on these ratings, here are the chances of each team advancing to the championship game:

  1. Butler 52.04%
  2. UConn 51.00%
  3. Kentucky 49.00%
  4. VCU 47.96%

Nobody is a clear favorite in either game.  These should be tremendous games.  So who’s the favorite to win it all?  Well, based on my ratings, here is the breakdown:

  1. UConn 31.86%
  2. Kentucky 30.15%
  3. Butler 20.27%
  4. VCU 17.76%

So it seems that the winner of the UConn/Kentucky matchup has the best chance to win the national championship.  But I wouldn’t put money on it.  Butler and VCU have proven that they not only can play with anyone, they can beat anyone.  It should be a fun ride!