From DMason6044@aol.com Mon Aug 13 02:13:02 2001

Mason's NCAA I-AA Top 100 Rankings
As of July 25, 2001

Rank     Teams / Conference
1 Georgia Southern / Southern
2 Montana / Big Sky           
3 Western Kentucky / Gateway
4 Delaware / Atlantic 10
5 Furman / Southern
6 Appalachian State / Southern
7 Hofstra / Atlantic 10
8 Youngstown State / Gateway
9 McNeese State / Southland
10 Eastern Illinois / Ohio Valley
11 Lehigh / Patriot League
12 Illinois State / Gateway
13 Florida A&M / Mid-Eastern Athletic
14 Southwest Texas State / Southland
15 Richmond / Atlantic 10
16 Western Illinois / Gateway
17 Massachusetts / Atlantic 10
18 Grambling / Southwestern Athletic
19 Villanova / Atlantic 10
20 Bethune-Cookman / Mid-Eastern Athletic
21 Eastern Washington / Big Sky
22 Murray State / Ohio Valley
23 Portland State / Big Sky
24 Pennsylvania / Ivy League
25 Wofford / Southern
26 Southern / Southwestern Athletic
27 Northwestern State LA / Southland
28 Sacramento State / Big Sky
29 North Carolina A&T / Mid-Eastern Athletic
30 Eastern Kentucky / Ohio Valley
31 Alabama A&M / Southwestern Athletic
32 Tennessee Tech / Ohio Valley
33 Sam Houston State / Southland
34 Maine / Atlantic 10
35 Southern Illinois / Gateway
36 Jackson State / Southwestern Athletic
37 East Tennessee State / Southern
38 Stephen F. Austin / Southland
39 William & Mary / Atlantic 10
40 Alabama State / Southwestern Athletic
41 Delaware State / Mid-Eastern Athletic
42 Chattanooga / Southern
43 Northern Iowa / Gateway
44 Western Carolina / Southern
45 Southwest Missouri State / Gateway
46 Cal Poly / I-AA Independent
47 Elon College / I-AA Independents
48 Colgate / Patriot League
49 Virginia Military Institute / Southern
50 Indiana State / Gateway
51 Weber State / Big Sky
52 Northern Arizona / Big Sky
53 Brown / Ivy League
54 Charleston Southern / I-AA Independent
55 The Citadel / Southern
56 James Madison / Atlantic 10
57 Jacksonville State / Southland
58 New Hampshire / Atlantic 10
59 Idaho State / Big Sky
60 Southeast Missouri / Ohio Valley
61 Gardner - Webb / I-AA Independent
62 Texas Southern / Southwestern Athletic
63 Harvard / Ivy League
64 Montana State / Big Sky
65 Nicholls State / Southland
66 Tennessee State / Ohio Valley
67 Liberty / I-AA Independent
68 Hampton / Mid-Eastern Athletic
69 Holy Cross / Patriot League
70 Ark. - Pine Bluff / Southwestern Athletic
71 Yale / Ivy League
72 Rhode Island / Atlantic 10
73 Tennessee - Martin / Ohio Valley
74 St. Mary's CA / I-AA Independents
75 Alcorn State / Southwestern Athletic
76 Dayton / Pioneer
77 Morehead / Pioneer League
78 Howard / Mid-Eastern Athletic
79 Northeastern / Atlantic 10
80 Southern Utah / I-AA Independent
81 Prairie View / Southwestern Athletic
82 Mississippi Valley St. / Southwestern Athletic
83 Towson State / Patriot League
84 Valparaiso / Pioneer
85 Davidson / Pioneer League
86 Duquesne / Metro Atlantic
87 Samford / I-AA Independent
88 South Carolina State / Mid-Eastern Athletic
89 Bucknell / Patriot League
90 Cornell / Ivy League
91 Austin Peay / Pioneer League
92 Drake / Pioneer League
93 Fairfield / Metro Atlantic
94 Robert Morris / Northeast
95 Norfolk State / Mid-Eastern Athletic  
96 Fordham / Patriot League
97 Dartmouth / Ivy League
98 San Diego / Pioneer League
99 Jacksonville / Pioneer League
100 Marist / Metro League

Fellow I-AA fans: Each year I explain how my rankings are different then
other polls. So for 2001 here it goes. The following information goes into a
program that computes my weekly rankings.
First I look at the team's win loss record. If you look at the end of the
season, the NCAA I-AA selection committee looks at teams win loss record more
then they give on. I like to see I-AA teams play I-A teams, however if they
then lose more than two games in addition to there I-A loss their chances to
get into the playoffs are greatly reduced. On the other hand if an I-AA team
beats an I-A team my system rewards them greatly.
The second thing I look at is the opponent's division and their win loss
record. Different divisions are given different values that are then put into
the program. This works both ways. A team like Western Illinois plays an I-A
team and wins, this is probably the most points a team in my ranking system
can receive. On the other side of the coin, if an I-AA team is in a weak
division and always plays DIV. III teams they do not get many points each
week. Even though they are undefeated, in my system the do not move up the
rankings much.
The last thing that goes into my program is whether or not a team plays that
week. A team gets some points for being idle. What this does is keeps an idle
team from falling completely off the charts. The program deals a twelve game
season, with an idle week placed in there somewhere. All of these values are
entered and my rankings are then computed. I then do my picks of the top ten
teams, which includes my game of the week and my upset of the week. I then
send it out to everyone via email and message boards. I have done this for
six years now and this system seems to work pretty well. It is not perfect,
but it gives all of you something to talk about. Just remember it is along
season, and my rankings are very fluid. They are not opinion; they are
computed on the team's actions up to that date in the season.
Thank you for your time.

Doug Mason