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June 30, 2010

CFL Power Rankings: Week #1

CFL.ca Staff

Coming into 2010 as the reigning Grey Cup Champions it’s no surprise that the Montreal Alouettes lead the way in CFL.ca’s inaugural CFL Power Rankings. The Alouettes were the class of the CFL last year with a 15-3 regular season record before triumphing over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in dramatic fashion to capture the 97th Grey Cup.

Grey Cup runners up, the Saskatchewan Roughriders sit second in the Power Rankings with West Division rivals Calgary and BC sitting third and fourth respectively.

Despite a second place regular season finish in the East, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are ranked fifth based on our rankings formula. Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto round out the rankings.

The Power Rankings are new to CFL.ca this season and are an objective measurement of each clubs’ performances relative to each other. The Week 1 rankings are based on statistical information from the 2009 season.  Subsequent rankings will be based entirely upon a statistical analysis from this season’s games. This way, no personal biases can enter and skew the rankings.

The model used for the 2010 rankings are based on information gathered from the 2009 season. This information suggested that the four most statistically significant indicators of team success were the Quarterback Efficiency Rating, the number of Rushing Yards, the number of Field Goals Missed and the number of Sacks Taken.

To measure the effects of these four variables on a club’s performance, a regression analysis was run which determined that each increase in one point of the quarterback efficiency rating increased a club’s score by .233 points. Each rushing yard gained increased a club’s score by .044 points. Each field goal missed decreased a Club’s score by 2.8 points and each sack taken decreased a club’s score by .73 points.

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