2018 College Baseball ELO Ratings

When young I played Baseball for a decade. I have not posted in a few days because of back pain, stemming from a Maimball injury suffered when a teenager. It is more commonly called football here in the USA. Everywhere else on the planet football is what we Americans call soccer. Sitting for a prolonged time causes pain. Racking my brain for an idea, any idea, of something to post also caused pain. Then Patricia asked me what time Friday the Dawgs (That’s Southern speak for the University of Georgia Bulldogs) would be playing their first game in the NCAA Regional this Friday. EUREKA! It was like my brain had been struck by a lightening bolt, which produced an idea…

There are many different rankings for College Baseball. RPI is the one used to select teams for the big dance, the NCAA tournament, which culminates with the College Baseball World Series, won by the Dawgs in 1990. There is one rating system which is not used. It is the ELO Chess Ranking 2018 College Baseball rating system (http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2018/elochess), produced by Arpad Elo for Chess. The Dawgs finished eleventh in Arpad Elo’s rating system. The Dawgs were ninth in the nation according to RPI. (https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/baseball/d1/rpi)

Georgia senior Chase Adkins, number 23, will be on the mound when the Dawgs take on Campbell Friday at 7:30 p.m. at their home park, Foley Field. GO DAWGS!

College Baseball Elo Rankings

Records include games against Division I opponents only.
“ELO Delta” is the change in a team’s ELO since Sunday, May 27th.

Team Elo Rank Elo Delta

Ole Miss (46 – 15) 1856.64 1

Oregon State (44 – 10 – 1) 1856.10 2

Florida State (43 – 17) 1845.30 3

Stanford (44 – 10) 1840.75 4

Arkansas (39 – 18) 1825.86 5

Clemson (45 – 14) 1822.69 6

Florida (42 – 17) 1809.02 7

Minnesota (40 – 13) 1806.44 8

Stetson (45 – 11) 1798.31 9

Louisville (43 – 17) 1795.85 10

Georgia (37 – 19) 1789.49 11

North Carolina (38 – 18) 1788.98 12

Baylor (36 – 19) 1786.20 13

Texas A&M (39 – 20) 1778.74 14

East Carolina (43 – 16) 1775.04 15

Coastal Carolina (42 – 17) 1769.39 16

LSU (37 – 25) 1768.42 17

Mississippi State (31 – 25) 1766.97 18

Texas Tech (39 – 17) 1764.47 19

Texas (37 – 20) 1761.69 20

Missouri State (39 – 15) 1754.54 21

Duke (40 – 15) 1751.16 22

Auburn (39 – 21) 1747.47 23

Tennessee Tech (48 – 9) 1746.46 24

South Carolina (33 – 24) 1740.60 25

Southern Miss (43 – 16) 1740.20 26

North Carolina State (40 – 16) 1733.20 27

Houston (36 – 23) 1724.51 28

TCU (33 – 23) 1722.83 29

Purdue (37 – 19) 1717.46 30 +1

Vanderbilt (31 – 25) 1716.99 31 +1

UCLA (36 – 19) 1710.82 32 +1

Kentucky (34 – 22) 1708.71 33 +1

Cal State Fullerton (32 – 23) 1705.02 34 +1

Connecticut (35 – 20 – 1) 1703.87 35 +1

Miami (FL) (28 – 26) 1703.08 36 +2

South Florida (35 – 20 – 1) 1702.87 37 +2

Troy (41 – 19) 1702.81 38 +2

Oklahoma (36 – 23) 1702.46 39 +2

FAU (40 – 17 – 1) 1702.09 40 -3

Dallas Baptist (40 – 19) 1700.21 41 +1

Jacksonville (39 – 19) 1695.08 42 -12

Saint John’s (39 – 15) 1693.55 43

Washington (30 – 23) 1690.04 44

Missouri (34 – 22) 1686.81 45

Indiana (38 – 17) 1683.32 46

San Diego State (39 – 19) 1674.60 47

Arizona (34 – 22) 1671.22 48

UCF (35 – 21) 1667.19 49

UNCW (37 – 21) 1666.47 50

Louisiana (34 – 25) 1662.59 51

California (32 – 22) 1659.72 52

Gonzaga (32 – 22) 1656.15 53

Louisiana Tech (39 – 20) 1655.33 54 +1

Wright State (39 – 15) 1655.08 55 -1

Northeastern (36 – 19) 1654.10 56 +1

West Virginia (29 – 27) 1654.04 57 -1

Georgia Tech (31 – 27) 1650.12 58

Illinois (32 – 20) 1645.81 59

Kent State (38 – 16) 1645.13 60

Virginia (29 – 25) 1643.81 61

Tennessee (29 – 27) 1638.15 62

Sam Houston State (39 – 20) 1636.92 63 +1

Charlotte (34 – 24) 1636.43 64 -1

Oklahoma State (29 – 24 – 1) 1635.26 65

Southeastern Louisiana (37 – 22) 1633.47 66

Northwestern State (37 – 22) 1632.70 67

UNCG (39 – 15) 1629.89 68

South Alabama (32 – 25) 1627.60 69

Wichita State (35 – 21 – 1) 1623.82 70

Samford (36 – 24) 1622.01 71

Iowa (29 – 20) 1620.12 72

Cal Poly (30 – 27) 1619.70 73

UTSA (32 – 24) 1618.64 74

Creighton (34 – 16) 1618.08 75

Seton Hall (30 – 20 – 1) 1617.17 76

Ohio State (36 – 22) 1616.44 77

Morehead State (36 – 24) 1616.27 78

New Mexico State (39 – 20) 1616.27 79

Saint Louis (38 – 18) 1616.22 80 +1

Georgia Southern (30 – 26) 1616.10 81 -1

Michigan (33 – 20) 1614.96 82

Rice (26 – 31 – 2) 1609.11 83

Grand Canyon (33 – 24) 1604.76 84

Wake Forest (25 – 32) 1601.70 85 +1

Long Beach State (27 – 30) 1600.91 86 +1

Campbell (35 – 24) 1600.68 87 -2

High Point (34 – 22) 1595.26 88

Sacramento State (35 – 25) 1591.90 89

Cincinnati (28 – 28) 1591.39 90

Elon (36 – 23) 1590.73 91

Alabama (27 – 29) 1590.60 92

Oral Roberts (38 – 18) 1588.50 93 +1

Pepperdine (31 – 24) 1587.90 94 -1

Texas State (30 – 28 – 1) 1587.77 95

Kansas (27 – 30) 1584.22 96

Indiana State (31 – 24) 1580.30 97

Pittsburgh (29 – 26) 1576.91 98

Cal State Northridge (28 – 30) 1574.50 99

Charleston (36 – 19) 1571.41 100

FIU (26 – 28) 1571.17 101

Tulane (25 – 33) 1568.85 102

USC (26 – 28) 1566.59 103

North Florida (28 – 28) 1564.19 104 +16

Miami (OH) (34 – 20) 1563.87 105 -1

New Orleans (29 – 32) 1561.83 106 -1

Oregon (26 – 29) 1559.98 107 -1

Saint Mary’s College (31 – 23) 1559.84 108 -1

Nevada (29 – 24) 1557.98 109 -1

Fresno State (30 – 24) 1557.84 110 -1

Notre Dame (24 – 30) 1555.84 111 -1

UC Irvine (32 – 24) 1553.58 112 -1

Houston Baptist (29 – 30) 1553.22 113 -1

Wofford (36 – 23) 1549.63 114 -1

Middle Tennessee (27 – 27 – 1) 1548.59 115 -1

Kansas State (23 – 31) 1547.94 116 -1

San Jose State (27 – 30) 1546.48 117 -1

Army (36 – 22) 1543.10 118 -1

Mercer (38 – 22) 1542.80 119 -1

FGCU (32 – 21) 1542.53 120 -1

UNLV (35 – 24) 1539.97 121

Nebraska (24 – 28) 1539.38 122

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi(28 – 26) 1537.68 123

Arizona State (23 – 32) 1537.23 124

Canisius (35 – 20) 1535.58 125

Rhode Island (24 – 27) 1531.96 126

Richmond (32 – 24) 1530.07 127

Nicholls State (28 – 32) 1529.71 128

Santa Clara (26 – 26) 1521.81 129

Jacksonville State (32 – 25) 1519.87 130 +2

Bradley (29 – 19) 1519.84 131 -1

Butler (31 – 20) 1519.61 132 -1

Davidson (33 – 21) 1517.59 133

Fordham (35 – 19 – 1) 1517.23 134 +1

Loyola-Marymount (25 – 30) 1516.77 135 +1

UIC (27 – 18) 1516.38 136 -2

Liberty (32 – 26) 1515.76 137 +1

UC Santa Barbara (27 – 28 – 1) 1514.64 138 -1

Maryland (24 – 30) 1512.88 139

Hawaii (27 – 24) 1512.62 140

Portland (23 – 30) 1512.35 141

Little Rock (28 – 28) 1509.85 142 +1

Hartford (26 – 29) 1509.80 143 -1

Memphis (20 – 36) 1509.10 144

Wagner (38 – 18) 1506.01 145

Central Michigan (27 – 30 – 1) 1505.82 146

Delaware (31 – 27) 1505.46 147

Central Arkansas (32 – 25) 1503.89 148

VCU (34 – 23) 1500.51 149

Georgia State (25 – 29) 1498.31 150

Ball State (32 – 26) 1497.55 151

George Washington (32 – 26) 1496.31 152 +2

George Mason (29 – 27) 1495.56 153 -1

Navy (38 – 16) 1495.41 154 -1

San Diego (23 – 32) 1493.21 155

New Mexico (20 – 33 – 1) 1491.12 156

Bryant (32 – 23 – 1) 1490.37 157

North Carolina A&T (32 – 23) 1489.30 158

Virginia Tech (21 – 33) 1488.45 159

Lipscomb (24 – 30) 1488.40 160 +2

Harvard (22 – 20) 1486.81 161 +2

Southeast Missouri (26 – 30) 1486.46 162 -1

Monmouth (30 – 25) 1486.22 163 -3

Boston College (17 – 32) 1485.55 164

Southern Illinois (28 – 30) 1484.51 165

Arkansas State (20 – 32) 1482.16 166

Utah (16 – 39) 1481.08 167

Pacific (22 – 29) 1481.04 168

Yale (22 – 21) 1479.65 169

Washington State (16 – 33 – 1) 1475.52 170

Michigan State (20 – 32) 1475.18 171

Seattle University (32 – 23) 1474.60 172

Georgetown (25 – 30) 1472.03 173 +1

Eastern Kentucky (30 – 31) 1471.64 174 -1

East Tennessee State (28 – 25) 1470.36 175

Kennesaw State (25 – 30) 1467.30 176

Dayton (21 – 31) 1466.16 177

VMI (26 – 27) 1465.33 178

James Madison (26 – 26) 1463.93 179

Rutgers (25 – 25) 1463.83 180

Furman (24 – 28) 1461.91 181

Air Force (22 – 29) 1461.56 182

Stony Brook (32 – 25) 1460.63 183

Columbia (20 – 28) 1458.50 184

Gardner-Webb (31 – 27) 1453.97 185 +1

San Francisco (28 – 30) 1453.69 186 -1

Lamar (19 – 36) 1451.71 187

Radford (25 – 32) 1451.52 188

Appalachian State (18 – 36) 1449.71 189

UAB (21 – 33) 1448.31 190

Austin Peay (30 – 27) 1448.07 191

Long Island (31 – 24) 1447.21 192

UC Davis (18 – 35) 1447.05 193

Marist (27 – 23) 1444.64 194

Murray State (24 – 29) 1444.36 195

BYU (22 – 28) 1443.59 196

Illinois State (21 – 29) 1441.02 197

Western Kentucky (21 – 31) 1440.13 198

South Carolina Upstate(23 -28 -1) 1439.51 199

ULM (23 – 31) 1432.80 200

McNeese State (24 – 33) 1432.24 201

Northern Colorado (24 – 23) 1431.35 202

UMass-Lowell (25 – 29) 1429.79 203

Texas Southern (25 – 26) 1429.18 204

Winthrop (25 – 31) 1428.82 205

UTA (22 – 35) 1426.66 206

Alabama State (30 – 22) 1424.83 207

Jackson State (31 – 17) 1423.39 208

Dartmouth (16 – 22 – 1) 1420.41 209

Incarnate Word (29 – 26) 1418.62 210

UC Riverside (19 – 33) 1417.22 211

Western Michigan (23 – 25) 1416.86 212

Eastern Illinois (20 – 31) 1416.06 213

Hofstra (23 – 23) 1415.90 214

Bethune-Cookman (24 – 34) 1410.74 215

Milwaukee (24 – 28) 1410.50 216 +1

Xavier (20 – 35) 1410.31 217 -1

NJIT (22 – 25) 1405.28 218

Northwestern (15 – 32) 1402.97 219

Valparaiso (19 – 34) 1397.96 220

Old Dominion (15 – 37) 1396.75 221

Cornell (14 – 22 – 1) 1396.52 222

Toledo (21 – 32) 1395.63 223

Penn (16 – 25 – 1) 1394.26 224

Cal State Bakersfield (21 – 36) 1393.86 225

Maine (20 – 34) 1393.13 226

Marshall (19 – 31) 1389.20 227

Binghamton (18 – 30 – 1) 1387.02 228

Lehigh (22 – 27) 1386.09 229

Fairfield (22 – 29) 1384.74 230

North Dakota State (22 – 24) 1384.54 231

Florida A&M (25 – 30) 1384.26 232

North Carolina Central (28 – 24) 1384.18 233

Niagara (24 – 27) 1383.74 234

Western Carolina (11 – 47) 1381.93 235

Saint Joseph’s (21 – 27) 1377.10 236

UMBC (22 – 29) 1376.68 237

Siena (21 – 35) 1375.23 238

UTRGV (23 – 31) 1374.09 239

Eastern Michigan (20 – 33) 1373.79 240

Charleston Southern (19 – 35) 1373.06 241

The Citadel (19 – 34) 1373.01 242

Manhattan (25 – 28) 1370.26 243

Stephen F. Austin (17 – 36) 1369.08 244

Quinnipiac (26 – 30) 1362.50 245 +1

Bucknell (17 – 27 – 1) 1360.92 246 -1

Penn State (15 – 34) 1356.69 247

Holy Cross (18 – 27) 1353.45 248

Central Connecticut (18 – 28) 1345.69 249

Belmont (19 – 36) 1344.71 250

South Dakota State (18 – 32) 1340.76 251

Iona (16 – 31) 1331.00 252

SIUE (15 – 37) 1327.11 253

Albany (20 – 28) 1323.27 254

Grambling (23 – 26) 1322.78 255

Northern Illinois (18 – 36) 1320.09 256

Youngstown State (18 – 38) 1319.12 257

Mount Saint Mary’s (21 – 33) 1314.65 258

Oakland (15 – 32) 1309.74 259

Evansville (11 – 37) 1308.45 260

William & Mary (15 – 39) 1308.10 261

Utah Valley (15 – 37) 1305.52 262

Presbyterian College (15 – 39) 1305.21 263

Brown (11 – 26) 1304.43 264

Ohio (20 – 32) 1304.32 265

Longwood (17 – 38) 1301.57 266

UNC Asheville (13 – 38) 1299.77 267

Western Illinois (16 – 31) 1299.23 268

Sacred Heart (17 – 35) 1292.67 269

Coppin State (21 – 24) 1282.44 270

Princeton (10 – 27) 1278.23 271

UMass (15 – 29) 1275.28 272

Abilene Christian (17 – 33) 1272.73 273

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17 – 25) 1269.10 274

Northern Kentucky (13 – 38) 1263.04 275

Chicago State (13 – 41) 1261.75 276

Tennessee-Martin (9 – 39) 1258.66 277

Lafayette (16 – 34 – 1) 1257.83 278

Saint Bonaventure (10 – 33) 1254.08 279

Towson (13 – 42) 1243.26 280

Norfolk State (19 – 30) 1240.53 281

Omaha (15 – 35) 1227.27 282

Villanova (9 – 39) 1211.86 283

Bowling Green (11 – 39) 1203.88 284

Rider (12 – 35) 1203.14 285

La Salle (14 – 41) 1191.93 286

Prairie View A&M (10 – 37) 1167.79 287

Alabama A&M (12 – 35) 1166.73 288

Savannah State (7 – 34) 1164.97 289

IPFW (11 – 37) 1157.46 290

Alcorn State (12 – 38) 1144.91 291

Southern (9 – 33) 1137.27 292

Fairleigh Dickinson (10 – 37) 1079.39 293

Maryland Eastern Shore (12 – 41 )1078.47 294

Mississippi Valley State (9 – 34) 1076.36 295

Delaware State (9 – 35) 1070.46 296

Saint Peter’s (2 – 42) 962.12 297

“The integrity of the game is shattered”

The big chess news today is the chess program known as Houdini, rated 3134, lost to the much lower rated Jonny 6, rated ‘only’ 2799. To make things worse, Houdini had the White pieces. The Legendary Georgia Ironman said Houdini lost because it had “…shown human like qualities by making bad moves.” Ouch! The man from the High Plains, former Georgia and Ga. Senior, champion, David Vest, said the machines were showing Tron like tendencies with the possibility of becoming sentient entities. He added, “We may just think they are off, but in reality they continue to compute chess variations even after the plug is pulled!” I got in on the conversation by adding, “And in the future, when humans are battling the machines, as in the Terminator movies, future humans will look back and blame it on those humans who started it all by programming machines to play chess.” Quiet reigned for a few moments while everyone contemplated the prospect…
Life is change and chess is a part of life, at least for now. How long chess will remain relevant is an open question. I lost interest in the computer tournament after learning humans force the machines to play openings played by other humans at the recent Tata Steel chess tournaments, in lieu of allowing them to play the move the program considered best. I have no interest in the USCL because teams are forced to play an inferior player rather than someone much stronger. The same thing happens in Little League baseball when the rules require a team to stick some obviously under qualified child in right field for a certain number of innings, possibly costing his team a win. Many years ago Maddog Gordon and I, watched an episode of the cartoon series, King of the Hill, in which the poor young son of the King was the unfortunate one placed out in right field, against his wishes, I might add. We laughed uproariously as the poor kid tried, and failed, to catch a fly ball. Although the adults meant well when they forced the poor boy to play, they did not take into consideration what it would do to him to be put into a position to fail. This is often the position some, lower rated player finds himself in when the score of the top three boards, often manned by GM’s, is tied, and the outcome of the match is riding on their small shoulders. What is the point? If a team cannot play their four best players, that means some worthy player is forced to sit while a player of much lesser quality plays in his stead. Imagine the outrage if college maimball teams were forced to play the third stringers in the fourth quarter. How much interest would there be in college maimball?
I sent this chess game to a few friends recently:
[Event “Oslo Chess International – Håvard Vederh”]
[Site “Ullevaal Stadion”]
[Date “2013.09.29”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Johannessen, Leif E”]
[Black “Istratescu, Andrei”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2519”]
[BlackElo “2646”]
[EventDate “2013”]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d5 6. e5 Ne4 7. Bd3 c5 8. Nf3
Nc6 9. O-O Bxc3 10. bxc3 cxd4 11. Bxe4 dxe4 12. Qxe4 dxc3 13. Ng5 g6 14. Qh4 h5
15. Ba3 Nxe5 16. Rad1 Bd7 17. Bxf8 Qxf8 18. Qd4 f6 19. f4 Ba4 20. fxe5 Bxd1 21.
exf6 c2 22. f7+ 1-0
The Discman sent this reply, “I read your blog. (Concerning cheating in chess-AW) I am sure some with their heads in the sand will say we’re being paranoid and this type of thing would never happen at your normal weekend tourney but I would be willing to bet does in fact happen. Even if it’s only a small percentage of people who are cheating that’s too much – the integrity of the game is shattered.
Looking at the game below – wow what a hay-maker!” The Legendary Georgia Ironman sent this pithy comment, “I wonder if Leif was “hooked up”?” This is my point, exactly. Now that the genie is out of the bottle, it can never be put back, unfortunately. There will always be a question about any outstanding move played by a human. Was it from the mind of man, or was it from the innards of a machine?