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Golden Nuggets for 01.20.09

We all know that Florida is the mythical National Champion of the college football world.  And we all know that there is a long list of schools who belive they should be national champs.  I think I want to throw our hat into the ring and claim that Minnesota has a legit argument to be national champs.  I know that we didn't exactly play in a BCS game but the table below clearly lays out how we are clearly better than Florida.

Minnesota beat Illinois on 10/11/2008 by a score of 27-20 (on the road!)
Illinois beat Iowa on 11/01/2008 by a score of 27-24
Iowa beat South Carolina on 01/01/2009 by a score of 31-10 (on the road!)
South Carolina beat Mississippi on 10/04/2008 by a score of 31-24 (on the road!)
Mississippi beat Florida on 09/27/2008 by a score of 31-30 (on the road!)
Florida is the 2009 Div 1-A champion

It is simple math people.  MN > Ill > Iowa > S Car > Miss > Florida = MN is the best team in college football. Although I guess there are 115 schools (out of 120) who have some transitive chain to a nation championship, so we aren't exactly in any elite company.

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  • Some good people over at Mercer University have developed a model to predict where football prospects will eventually decide to enroll.  I could totally explain it to you but I'll let the authors do the talking...
    The model was built on a database capturing characteristics and decisions of 3,395 recruited athletes for the three "recruiting seasons" between 2002 and 2004.  On average, each player was choosing from among a group of 4 schools.  A wide array of player and team level data were gathered for this task.  Then, a special form of a probit model was developed to capture, to the best extent possible a statistical equation to capture the decision making process.
    Overall they are predicting at a 75% accuracy rate, which is pretty good considering the flakiness of these 18 year old kids.  They were incorrect on the decision of Bryce McNeal and they give the Gophers a 12% chance at Ronnie Wingo.  (HT to Black Shoe Diaries)Charissa_thompson_medium
  • We have had the fortune of watching Charissa Thompson as the sideline reporter for many Gopher games this year (FB and BB).  The U of Wis got the chance to do 20 questions with Miss Thompson.  If you don't feel like reading it I'll give you a, The Alchemist, sky dive, yoga, hip-hop, El Cholo, Aruba, coffee, Seattle and sushi.  We will do our best to secure an interview with Charissa and we'll get to the core of who she is and what makes her tick.
  • Sticking with the sports reporter theme, KSTP's Ryan Kibbe is making a strange and maybe unprecidented move from the sports desk to the pulpit.  Kibbe is moving to Green Bay to work for a church and is giving up the life of covering sports.  He wasn't exactly a huge name in the local sports media, but it is an interesting move to say the least.
  • This is post-Wisconsin win and pre-Northwestern debacle, but the Chicago Tribune wrote a little something on the Gophers.