Every team is allotted a numerical handicap which will indicate the team?s strength. The higher the handicap allotted by the betting public will indicate the team being a strong team. For example, where two teams A and B are ranked at 90 and 82 respectively, then it obviously means that Team A is a much stronger team than Team B and the difference numerically equal to 8. These power rankings enable bettors to place their bets on potential winners.

This AOPR calculation is simple and may be used as reference by the everyday bettor. All one has to do is to get an aggregate of all the rating numbers allotted to a team?s opponents up to that particular stage and divide that total by the number of games played. This will give you the average which is the handicap associated with the team under review. Consider a hypothetical case where the Dukes have already played five games. The teams and their relative ratings may be as below:

Sr. No. Team Rating
1 UCLA 93
2 Clemson 84
3 North Carolina 85
4 Louisville 88
5 South Carolina 65
T O T A L 415

Average = 415 / 5 = 83

What you would do is to initially add up the ratings allotted to each of the teams that the Dukes have played till date. So we get a total of 415 when you add 93+84+85+88+65. And by dividing the total of 415 by the number of games played namely 5, what you would arrive at is 83 being the power ranking of the Cardinals.

It is of little consequence whichever set of values you utilize to do your addition and division, as long as you make use of the same values in a consistent manner. If you are lazy enough to want to skip doing all these calculations, then there is a ?ready reckoner? designed by Jeff Sagarin. These readily available power ratings can be used by you if you do not want to go through the tedious and monotonous task of calculating them before every game and bet that you place. These ratings are daily updated and the AOPR incorporated under the caption SCEDL.

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