This thread seems to be the most constructive.
@Sheriff, I prefer the computer rankings over the "Good ol' boys" ranking that used to occur, but I do have some feedback.
What Games/Scores are included in the Ranking for D2?
I am under the impression that all scores are included this year. In the past for D2, rankings were only based on scores between 2 ACHA D2 teams.
If this has changed, what is the reason?
I can rationalize that doing it this way allows for the most "objective" rating for a team since it takes in more information and data points.
On the flip side, the universe of teams has become so large, that teams like Williston have a rating that is "poisoned" by non-ACHA-M2 teams and furthermore non-ACHA teams in general.
Their rating is now based partly on how teams like Briercrest (A Canadian college), Bottineau (a JUCO), Jamestown/Minot State (ACHA D1) teams perform against the teams in their leagues. Extrapolating even further, Jamestown has games against the Manitoba Bisons (a CIS level school), who's results in CIS now affect Jamestown's rating, which in turn affects Williston's rating.
It just doesn't make sense.
The ACHA also has no control over what games these non-ACHA teams are reporting. At the end, Williston loses two games on the road against Bottineau, but I guess they don't count because Bottineau is the home team and it doesn't look like the scoresheets were ever turned in to the ACHA.
So do these types of games count or not? Because sometimes they are included in the rankings, then at other times, they are no where to be seen.
This isn't meant to be an indictment of Williston as things like this occur throughout the system. Williston just happens to be the best case study at the moment.
My point is, you have bubble teams who are 0.1 ranking points away from getting into regionals or getting the autobid to nationals, but non-ACHA scores, and missing scores in general, are potentially causing the computers to get it "wrong".
So...is there any plan to address this?
And if I have it all wrong, please let me know. Thank you!