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

What is Chess?

The Legendary Georgia Ironman once remarked, “Chess is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” With my eye swollen shut I had time to reflect upon his statement while contemplating the question, “What is chess?”

The new people who have entered the chess world because of the scholastic craze do not seem to understand this simple fact. Their ignorance is masked by new slogans and “vision statements.” A recent example can be found on the forum of the North Carolina Chess Association. It is election time in the Great State of NC and Sara Walsh has thrown her hat into the ring, running for the post of VP. Unlike my home state of Georgia, the NCCA has a forum where mud can be slung, and from reading the comments on said forum, it is being fast and furiously flung. In her post of Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:14 pm Sara wrote, “While working on a project and looking for content, I realized that there was no About Us page on the NCCA website. So my challenge to you is to come up with a portion of an About Us page. A succinct overview of what defines the NCCA and its role in NC Chess. Think about what’s on the website, what’s in the Bylaws/Charter. One might include a Mission Statement, Vision, Objectives, a short history, possibly some highlights, or anything else you think belongs on an About Us page. Any thoughts?”
Sara

There it is again, the “vision” thing. What is it with women and a “Vision statement?” Does chess need a “vision statement” to answer the question of “What is chess?” Women evidently think it does.

The USCF has put all its eggs in the one basket of scholastic chess. Chess has become a game for children. Chess has become a “learning tool.” For example, the new Executive Director of the USCF, Jean Hoffman, writes in the August 2014 issue of Chess Life that one of the USCF goals is to, “Educate children, parents, teachers and school administrators on the benefits of chess as a part of a school curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity.” Thus far this new century has been devoted to transforming the Royal game into a frilly fun game for children in hopes it will give them a warm fuzzy feeling. Chess is anything but warm and fuzzy. The children learn chess at a young age. As they start to mature they realize what chess is in actuality and stop playing. Children are much smarter than some adults give them credit for, and are astute enough to know when adults are selling them a bill of goods.

Chess is a difficult game to learn and even more difficult to play. The game of Go, or Wei Chi in other parts of the world, has only a few rules and is much simpler to learn, and it does all the things chess people have sold to educators. The number of people on the planet who have taken to the game this century, most of whom are children, has tripled, and is increasing exponentially. Chess is a game of the past, while Go is the game of the future.

Chess is a war game. War does not instill the “warm fuzzys.” The mentally deranged yankee general, William Tecumseh Sherman, is best known for uttering, “War is hell.” Chess is hell. I have heard chess called many things, including, “Mental torture.” I have seen grown men brought to their knees by a game of chess. I have seen grown men cry after losing a game of chess. GM Vassily Ivanchuk once beat his head against a wall so hard and so long after losing a chess game that it left blood on the wall and dripping from his face. Chess is a psychic knife fight. Chess is pure and simple combat, which takes place in the mind.

Over the years I have read chess called many things by the greats of the game, and other notables. Here are some examples:

Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind. – Bobby Fischer

Chess is ruthless: you’ve got to be prepared to kill people. – Nigel Short

Chess is, above all, a fight. – Emanuel Lasker

By some ardent enthusiasts Chess has been elevated into a science or an art. It is neither; but its principal characteristic seems to be – what human nature mostly delights in – a fight. – Emanuel Lasker

A chess game, after all, is a fight in which all possible factors must be made use of, and in which a knowledge of the opponent’s good and bad qualities is of the greatest importance. – Emanuel Lasker

Chess is a test of wills. – Paul Keres

Chess is a contest between two men which lends itself particularly to the conflicts surrounding aggression. – Rueben Fine

Chess is a sport. A violent sport. – Marcel Duchamp

Chess is mental torture. – Garry Kasparov

In the Soviets’ view, chess was not merely an art or a science or even a sport; it was what it had been invented to simulate: war. – Pal Benko

There is no remorse like a remorse of chess. It is a curse upon man. There is no happiness in chess. – H.G. Wells

Chess has been sold to the parents of young children as something it is not, a wonderful game where everyone goes home a winner. Life is not like that, something which the children learn the hard way. As the author Gore Vidal so eloquently put it, “It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” Many aspire to be the best, but there can be only one World Chess Champion.

The following is taken from an episode, “Three Coaches And A Bobby” (season 3, episode 12), of the cartoon show, “King of the Hill.”

The problem with Soccer

I dedicate this version to my friend for over four decades, the Legendary Georgia Ironman, a BIG fan of…

REO Speedwagon Only The Strong Survive

I dedicate this version to myself because it was popular at the time I lost my first love and helped me out of the funk:

Jerry Butler Only the Strong Survive

And here is a live performance many years later:

Jerry Butler – Only The Strong Survive

I dedicate this cover to my crazy cousin Linda who had three passions in life, with Elvis being one, and include it because although many have been called the “King” of popular music, there can be only one King:

Elvis Presley – Only The Strong Survive ( Alt.Take,X Rated )