Like most publications right now, the Wall Street Journal is in on the buzz surrounding the start of college football with their own take on things.
Yesterday The Journal released its College Football Grid of Shame, a rating system designed to give fans a look at just how admirable (or not) and successful (or not) their team is.
The X axis measures on-field strength for the upcoming season based on preseason ratings from Phil Steele, ESPN and several other media outlets and predictive computer models. Better teams are aligned to the right, worse to the left.
The Y axis assesses shame/admiration, which is somewhat more difficult to measure.
We decided the thin line between admirable and embarrassing with a weighted calculation of every team’s academic performance, NCAA violation and probationary record, attendance figures, off-season arrests, total funding it takes from the university or state and amount that student fees subsidize the athletic department.
Texas Tech’s lack of admiration must stem from attendance figures and funding, considering they’ve had very few off-field issues or NCAA violations in the last few years. The last active Red Raider football player arrested was linebacker Daniel Cobb in 2012, who was eventually cleared and rejoined the team later that year. Same story with Nigel Bethel this summer, who was never arrested.
It is notable to see the “classy” Aggies slightly below Tech on the Y axis. TAMU’s trouble with player arrests in the last few years is well documented, as are those of TCU and Oklahoma State.
What do you think of the graph? Is Tech too low, too high or just right for now? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.