Well, that was underwhelming.
I don’t think anyone thought Duke would remain undefeated after tonight – including, sadly, Coach Joanne McCallie herself – who said, “I mean, the outcome was never in question here. You all know that.” But to get sucker-punched tonight? Jeez.
The team ranking system needs to change. Ratings should consider not just the wins and losses, but strength of schedule. The conference a school is in would also play a role. For example, the Big 12 and Big East right now are pretty tough, so that preclude a more weighted schedule. Partial points could be given to a conference like the Pac-10, which includes Stanford, who no one else will beat.
How would this week’s rankings change if strength of schedule were a factor?