By Adam C. Warner
OCTOBER 9, 2008 -- In this week's edition of Inside the Ratings and Rankings, let's take a look at some trends in our Mega and Large classifications. We'll highlight two teams within the top 150 of both classes and then reveal the reasons for movement within the rankings, whether it's because of strength of schedule, opponents played, margin of victory or the results of other teams around them.
This trend analysis can be a good way to compare with your favorite teams in order to see how various scenarios have a direct effect on week-to-week variations for teams within the ratings and rankings.
Last week's ranking (10/2): 21
This week's ranking (10/9): 6
Last week's National Power Rating: 95.91
This week's NPR: 97.82
Reasons for movement: The Panthers made a giant leap this week thanks to a huge victory over fellow Texas power Odessa, 54-20. Odessa entered the matchup at 4-0 and currently owns a formidable state power rating of 75.83. The 34-point margin of victory against another top opponent certainly boosted Permian in the rankings this week.
Last week's ranking: 8
This week's ranking: 138
Last week's NPR: 97.49
This week's NPR: 88.41
Reasons for movement: The Cardinals took a nosedive in the rankings this week after falling to Middletown, 42-39. Although Middletown entered the matchup at 4-2 and currently owns a respectable national power rating of 70.93, this example proves that one regular season blemish can have a significant impact on a team's national position. Statewide, Colerain is still near the top of the pack, and sits eighth at the present time. The Cards can certainly make their way back up the rankings, however, should they prove victorious in upcoming matchups with Lakota West and Oak Hills.
Last week's ranking: 48
This week's ranking: 9
Last week's NPR: 90.56
This week's NPR: 97.08
Reason's for movement: The Rams made a surge into the Top 10 this week thanks to a victory over respectable High Point Andrews (2-2 overall, NPR: 51.37) with a high margin of victory. Reidsville came out on top 47-6 in that battle. Meanwhile, the Rams continue to pile up their average margin of victory this season, which currently stands at 41.5 points per game -- good enough to send this squad soaring into the Top 10. If the Rams had a higher strength of schedule (now 32.05), they would be looking at a Top 5 placement for sure.
Last week's ranking: 25
This week's ranking: 396
Last week's NPR: 92.94
This week's NPR: 78.11
Reason for movement: The Yellowjackets (5-1) stumbled this week after falling to Hewitt-Trussville, 19-18, in Alabama 6A action. Hewitt-Trussville entered with just a 3-2 record and currently owns a NPR of 65.34 -- all of which influenced Oxford's drop this week. The Jackets have a tough road ahead, with remaining opponents all .500 or better. If Oxford can run the table and finish the regular season at 9-1, expect this squad to crack the top 50 once again after proving themselves against quality competition with NPR's 55 and higher.
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