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USAToday Grades Every FBS Team for the 2021 Season

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
yawn, thanks for posting, but not sure what they based it on. Come on USFL :)

"Don't forget that all report cards are graded on a relative curve. As one example, consider Old Dominion and North Carolina. While both teams finished 6-7, that record at ODU represents a far more successful season than the same at UNC."

"Likewise with South Carolina and Iowa State. For the Gamecocks, going 7-6 in coach Shane Beamer's first season earns an A grade. But for the Cyclones, going from No. 8 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll to 7-6 represents a missed opportunity for the program and draws a D+."
 

Bigger Ed

Scout Team
2 Year Member
I don't care what "relative curve" is used (relative to what?) no way a 2-10 Kansas, in a weak Big XII, should get a C+

7-6 Iowa State gets a D+ because they didn't meet expectations that were set before the season even started? BS.

Why didn't the "relative curve" rate NU higher as we came "relatively" close to being 9-3 instead of 3-9. Should have ranked at least an A!

Article was a waste of bandwidth.
 

Hville

Travel Squad
5 Year Member
I don't care what "relative curve" is used (relative to what?) no way a 2-10 Kansas, in a weak Big XII, should get a C+

7-6 Iowa State gets a D+ because they didn't meet expectations that were set before the season even started? BS.

Why didn't the "relative curve" rate NU higher as we came "relatively" close to being 9-3 instead of 3-9. Should have ranked at least an A!

Article was a waste of bandwidth.
Might be because we had the talent to be 9-3 but went 3-9.
 

Husker In Oklahoma

All Big 10
15 Year Member
I don't care what "relative curve" is used (relative to what?) no way a 2-10 Kansas, in a weak Big XII, should get a C+

7-6 Iowa State gets a D+ because they didn't meet expectations that were set before the season even started? BS.

Why didn't the "relative curve" rate NU higher as we came "relatively" close to being 9-3 instead of 3-9. Should have ranked at least an A!

Article was a waste of bandwidth.
The Big 12 isn’t any weaker than the BIG. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could beat anyone in the BIG not named Ohio State. Iowa State and Kansas State would be a handful for any of the BIG middling teams. You don’t think Texas Tech could beat Iowa? I do.
 

Bigger Ed

Scout Team
2 Year Member
Might be because we had the talent to be 9-3 but went 3-9.
So Kansas gets a C+ because they went 2-10 with 1-11 talent. I just don't buy it.

I personally would give NU a D too. I just think the "relative curve" is ambiguous and could easily be subjective.
 

Bigger Ed

Scout Team
2 Year Member
The Big 12 isn’t any weaker than the BIG. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could beat anyone in the BIG not named Ohio State. Iowa State and Kansas State would be a handful for any of the BIG middling teams. You don’t think Texas Tech could beat Iowa? I do.
Arguable. Not saying you'e wrong, not saying you're right. We'll never know.
 

Hville

Travel Squad
5 Year Member
So Kansas gets a C+ because they went 2-10 with 1-11 talent. I just don't buy it.

I personally would give NU a D too. I just think the "relative curve" is ambiguous and could easily be subjective.
absolutlely agree that it is ambiguous and subjective. Just not in our case. We did a poor job.
 

Hville

Travel Squad
5 Year Member
The Big 12 isn’t any weaker than the BIG. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could beat anyone in the BIG not named Ohio State. Iowa State and Kansas State would be a handful for any of the BIG middling teams. You don’t think Texas Tech could beat Iowa? I do.
. I would argue top to bottom B1G is much stronger. Bottom dwelling Nebraska almost upset Oklahoma.
 

Husker In Oklahoma

All Big 10
15 Year Member
. I would argue top to bottom B1G is much stronger. Bottom dwelling Nebraska almost upset Oklahoma.
Yes, and lower tier Texas Tech beat the hell out of Mississippi State. Oklahoma clubbed Oregon, Oklahoma State beat Notre Dame, Baylor drubbed Mississippi, and KSU clobbered LSU. I’d say those teams can play with the BIG. Texas would be a handful for any middling team. Just saying. Kansas State could play with any conferences mid level teams. Same with Iowa State, West Virginia,
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
College football is filled with subjectivity. The polls themselves are subjective. So yes, any grading is also subjective. I don't think the author would disagree.

I see the grades as generally on-field results relative to talent and expectations.

So a C+ for Kansas suggests slightly above what talent and expectations suggested. Kansas was 0-9 in Les Miles' final season (2020). So while 2-10 in 2021 is still bad, it's an uptick with some moments that provided hope for Leipold and the future of the program.

The D for Nebraska is also reasonable. There's no way 3-9 (and 1-8 in the Big Ten) met anyone's expectations nor was fitting for our talent level. It's still the worst record in Frost's tenure. It would have been an F grade had we not been competitive in our losses.
 
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