Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ranking From The Rabbit Hole

Who'd have thunk it at the start of the year? Come to think about it, who would have thunk so after the season finished?

When the computers stopped buzzing and the final numbers came in, the Gridiron Power Index (think BCS of the FCS ;-) had Cornell ahead of Dartmouth and the Big Green ahead of Penn!

For what it's worth, Dartmouth beat Cornell, and Penn beat Dartmouth ;-)

Here's the final GPI ranking of Ivy League teams and Dartmouth opponents:
T-13. Harvard
39. Brown
70. Yale
72. Cornell
76. Dartmouth
81. Penn
111. Princeton
113T. Columbia

42. Holy Cross
T-73. Colgate
T-98 Sacred Heart

Of interest in the Top-20:
6. Lehigh
8. Maine
11. New Hampshire
T-13. Harvard

Butler, next season's opening day foe, came it at No. 110. Bringing up the rear at No. 126 in the nation was Valparaiso.

Final conference ratings:
1. Missouri Valley Football Conference (24.11)
2. Great West Conference (29.26)
3. Southern Conference (29.78)
4. Colonial Athletic Association (30.35)
5. Big Sky Conference (36.41)
6. Southland Conference (45.34)
7. Patriot League (47.68)
8. Ohio Valley Conference (53.99)
9. Ivy League (58.38)
10. Independents (59.00)
11. Big South Conference (61.04)
12. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (68.90)
13. Northeast Conference (70.27)
14. Pioneer Football League (76.39)
15. Southwestern Athletic Conference (79.56)

Any chance that a name synonymous with Princeton football could be headed this way? Yes, there's a chance according to his coach.

Calvin Garrett, nephew of Dallas Cowboys' coach Jason Garrett – one of three Garrett brothers to play at Princeton – has Dartmouth on his short list. His father is Judd Garrett, a scout with the Cowboys and a '90 Princeton grad.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, his coach reports that Calvin Garrett . . .
. . . plans to choose between Dartmouth, Princeton, Bucknell and Holy Cross.

He plans on visiting Holy Cross later this month and will make his decision afterward . . .
Find Garrett's senior highlight video here. His Rivals page is here and there's all kinds of background here. reports that lineman EK Binns, who moved from Hawaii to Coral Gables, Fla., last summer, may be in line for a scholarship from Hawaii. To the kid's credit, he says he's heard nothing official yet.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound tackle said he has "offers from Dartmouth, FAU (Florida Atlantic University), FIU (Florida International University), Navy and Army."

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