Boyd's World-> ISR's -- 1994 Season About the author, Boyd Nation

ISR's -- 1994 Season

There are too many cases of unknown dates in the historical records that I used to re-create this data set for me to be able to do weekly updates as I have in later years, so these are end-of-year ratings only.

The score set behind this is incomplete, but it's close enough to justify publication. Teams with incomplete game records are listed at the bottom; in most cases, it's possible to find their D1 records by using "reflected light"; most missing D1 games can be identified through the missing team's opponents. Since most of these are unlikely to have played each other, it's likely that the great bulk of the missing games are against non-D1 competition and wouldn't have an impact on the ratings.

Looking at the rankings for this season and comparing it to my memories of it points out some interesting things about the nature of media coverage in non-analytical times. I would have sworn that Georgia Tech, led by Garciaparra and Varitek, was by far the best team and that it was just bad luck that they lost the title game. It turns out that Tech's supporting cast dropped them down lower than quite a few teams, including national champion Oklahoma, and that the big story was probably the growing behemoth at Fullerton, which would show up in full strength in '95.

Another thing that stands out to me in the course of reviewing this echoes something that I pointed out in the 25-year retrospective - the line between D1 and D2 (or the higher echelons of the NAIA) used to be a lot thinner. Even now, if you run a combined ISR, it appears likely most years that the top teams in D2 are competitive with the bubble teams in D1; some years they're a bit higher than that. However, there used to be a lot more games that proved that. In '94, for example, there were over a dozen D2 or NAIA teams that played at least ten games against D1 opponents. The best of those looks to have been Rollins, who went 11-3 against D1 including wins over Miami and UCF. I don't have the data to do a combined ISR, but including just their D1 games puts them at #48, mostly because of strength of schedule issues (the fourteen games includes six games mixed between Miami, UCF, Wake Forest, and Michigan, but the rest are all the usual Northeastern cannon fodder that goes to Florida for spring break). Overall, possibly significantly, they went 40-16 and did not make the postseason after failing to win the Sunshine State Conference.

             Div I     All
Rank  ISR    W   L    W   L   SoS  Team

  1  130.3   46  15   47  16    7  Cal State Fullerton
  2  126.6   41  13   49  14   29  Miami, Florida
  3  126.3   45  17   50  17   16  Oklahoma
  4  126.0   50  14   52  14   50  Tennessee
  5  125.9   54  17   57  18   38  Clemson
  6  124.3   45  18   45  18   30  Arizona State
  7  124.0   36  18   46  18    8  Washington
  8  123.8   45  17   49  17   41  Oklahoma State
  9  123.8   50  17   50  17   53  Georgia Tech
 10  123.7   51  21   53  22   39  Florida State
 11  123.6   37  14   41  15   44  Nevada
 12  123.2   41  19   41  20   26  Southern California
 13  122.0   46  19   46  20   47  Louisiana State
 14  121.7   37  19   41  19   25  Long Beach State
 15  121.7   28  15   35  16   18  Oregon State
 16  120.8   36  19   43  21   31  Texas
 17  120.5   38  19   40  20   35  Santa Clara
 18  120.1   47   9   49   9  113  Ohio State
 19  119.8   34  24   36  24    9  Stanford
 20  119.3   33  18   40  18   36  Kansas
 21  118.6   39  16   45  17   73  Wichita State
 22  118.5   34  21   35  23   33  San Diego State
 23  117.8   28  20   33  20   21  Pepperdine
 24  117.4   46  18   46  18   82  North Carolina State
 25  117.0   29  21   38  22   32  Texas Christian
 26  117.0   41  20   44  21   67  Auburn
 27  116.8   51  11   52  11  146  Memphis
 28  116.6   29  14   42  15   62  Louisiana-Lafayette
 29  116.5   32  27   36  27   11  Fresno State
 30  116.3   29  17   40  17   55  Texas Tech
 31  116.2   39  17   41  17   89  McNeese State
 32  116.1   35  15   45  15   80  Northwestern State
 33  115.9   30  21   34  21   45  Rice
 34  115.9   40  23   40  23   54  Florida
 35  114.9   29  16   37  20   66  Brigham Young
 36  114.2   24  22   30  24   17  Portland State
 37  113.7   36  20   42  21   84  Minnesota
 38  113.4   36  23   36  23   63  Lamar
 39  113.3   26  18   36  18   59  Pacific
 40  112.9   20  22   34  26   19  Washington State
 41  112.8   42  18   45  18  108  Western Carolina
 42  112.8   20  22   29  23   10  Gonzaga
 43  112.7   25  28   27  29   15  Cal State Sacramento
 44  112.6   22  25   25  30    4  Cal State Northridge
 45  112.6   40  14   40  14  142  Old Dominion
 46  112.4   34  20   34  21   83  North Carolina
 47  112.2   26  27   30  27   28  Arkansas
 48  112.0   24  27   28  28   14  Hawaii
 49  111.7   27  28   27  28   22  Nevada-Las Vegas
 50  111.5   41  24   41  24   87  Tulane
 51  111.3   29  27   32  28   43  Nebraska
 52  111.3   28  20   36  23   60  Mississippi State
 53  111.2   35  23   35  23   79  New Orleans
 54  111.2   37  21   37  21   97  Stetson
 55  110.9   39  24   40  24   90  Jacksonville
 56  110.8   24  30   29  33   12  Grand Canyon
 57  110.7   35  23   35  23   86  South Carolina
 58  110.6   22  22   30  23   42  Oral Roberts
 59  110.5   23  24   29  25   40  San Diego
 60  110.3   33  17   33  17  110  Kent State
 61  110.3   39  19   39  19  119  South Florida
 62  110.0   25  35   25  35    6  California
 63  109.9   33  17   39  18  117  Texas-San Antonio
 64  109.7   22  24   30  28   34  Iowa State
 65  109.7   27  23   30  26   61  Mississippi
 66  109.6   24  25   29  26   49  San Jose State
 67  109.5   21  35   22  36    1  UCLA
 68  109.5   21  26   24  27   24  St. Mary's
 69  109.4   44  16   46  16  179  Notre Dame
 70  109.3   35  20   37  20  105  Wake Forest
 71  108.8   25  25   32  26   51  Missouri
 72  108.8   23  31   26  31   20  Loyola Marymount
 73  108.7   32  25   39  25   75  Arkansas State
 74  108.5   37  24   37  24  100  Southern Mississippi
 75  108.5   32  25   32  25   85  South Alabama
 76  108.4   25  22   31  22   68  Texas A&M
 77  107.7   30  22   31  23   95  Southwest Missouri State
 78  107.7   33  18   38  21  134  Central Michigan
 79  107.7   23  23   32  24   56  New Mexico
 80  107.7   18  32   22  33    3  Portland
 81  107.3   29  18   36  18  115  East Carolina
 82  107.1   31  25   32  25   91  Kentucky
 83  107.0   34  19   36  19  139  Richmond
 84  106.6   36  19   38  21  147  Florida International
 85  106.6   30  19   33  20  122  Duke
 86  106.6   25  24   30  26   64  Houston
 87  106.5   29  18   34  19  118  Ohio
 88  106.2   21  21   32  23   72  Wyoming
 89  106.2   29  24   29  26   92  Central Florida
 90  106.1   39  18   39  18  171  North Carolina-Greensboro
 91  105.7   17  30   21  33   13  UC Santa Barbara
 92  105.1   18  24   24  28   48  Baylor
 93  105.1   40  19   40  19  187  James Madison
 94  105.1   21  21   29  24   81  Sam Houston State
 95  104.6   32  22   32  23  125  Alabama-Birmingham
 96  103.9   40  21   40  21  184  West Virginia
 97  103.8   15  28   22  33   27  San Francisco
 98  103.7   32  26   32  26  107  Virginia Tech
 99  103.7   31  25   31  25  116  North Carolina-Charlotte
100  103.6   31  25   31  25  112  Georgia Southern
101  103.6   25  30   28  30   76  Vanderbilt
102  103.5   22  29   28  29   71  Creighton
103  103.4   22  35   22  35   46  Georgia
104  103.4   28  19   28  19  140  Western Michigan
105  103.2   27  20   31  23  148  Florida Atlantic
106  103.2   28  25   30  26  101  Coastal Carolina
107  102.7   28  14   34  16  196  Troy State
108  102.6   31  20   32  20  165  Winthrop
109  102.6   27  27   30  28   98  North Carolina-Wilmington
110  102.5   19  30   22  32   52  Utah
111  102.5   21  26   29  29   78  Michigan
112  102.5   21  27   25  29   69  Texas-Arlington
113  102.3   38  13   41  13  245  Delaware
114  102.3   30  14   31  17  211  Massachusetts
115  102.3   26  18   29  18  161  Bowling Green State
116  102.0   30  23   32  23  152  Middle Tennessee State
117  101.8   26  25   27  27  106  Nicholls State
118  101.7   14  39   15  40    2  Arizona
119  101.6   19  26   22  26   65  Louisiana Tech
120  101.3   20  34   21  35   58  Alabama
121  101.2   11  31   21  31    5  New Mexico State
122  101.2   18  21   28  23   96  Texas State
123  101.1   30  18   30  18  192  Connecticut
124  101.0   25  26   26  26  109  Illinois
125  100.9   26  16   30  16  193  Pittsburgh
126  100.7   33  15   35  16  229  Northeastern
127  100.7   24  30   24  30   88  Maryland
128  100.6   28  21   33  23  162  Indiana
129  100.6   31  21   32  21  183  Seton Hall
130  100.6   32  30   34  30  121  Southeastern Louisiana
131  100.6   26  21   27  21  155  College of Charleston
132  100.5   25  24   25  24  123  Penn State
133  100.3   26  24   26  24  128  Virginia Commonwealth
134  100.0   38  21   39  21  205  Wright State
135   99.7   28  18   28  19  190  Rutgers
136   99.6   26  26   27  26  124  Southern Illinois
137   99.5   28  21   28  21  174  Northwestern
138   99.5   27  23   32  24  153  Mercer
139   98.8   33  26   35  26  177  Bradley
140   98.5   33  18   33  18  224  Rider
141   98.3   13  23   26  24   70  Air Force
142   98.2   27  28   28  28  130  Indiana State
143   98.0   23  20   23  20  170  Marshall
144   97.9   32  34   32  34  133  The Citadel
145   97.9   26  26   29  27  141  Eastern Michigan
146   97.8   29  25   29  25  172  Akron
147   97.5   20  15   20  16  195  St. John's
148   97.4   21  26   22  26  114  Appalachian State
149   97.3   19  27   26  29   94  Michigan State
150   97.2   21  27   22  27  111  Western Kentucky
151   96.9   31  28   31  28  178  Evansville
152   96.7   21  22   26  26  144  Radford
153   96.6   20  34   20  34   93  Virginia
154   96.5   22  10   25  12  250  Pennsylvania
155   96.1   23  18   24  19  204  Yale
156   96.1   17  21   19  21  135  East Tennessee State
157   96.1   29  29   30  29  164  Illinois State
158   96.0   21  23   24  25  156  Murray State
159   95.9   27  28   27  31  166  Austin Peay State
160   95.7   24  23   26  23  176  Youngstown State
161   95.5   20  31   20  31  102  Davidson
162   95.4   26  19   32  21  216  Providence
163   94.6   26  25   29  25  188  Morehead State
164   94.4   29  14   30  14  255  Southern
165   94.3   16  20   16  20  159  William and Mary
166   94.1   21  27   23  27  143  Southeast Missouri State
167   93.8   23  24   25  26  181  Eastern Kentucky
168   93.8   25  17   26  17  234  Drexel
169   93.6   19  30   22  32  120  Iowa
170   93.5   21  24   24  24  175  Eastern Illinois
171   93.5    9  43   13  43   23  Kansas State
172   93.3   22  25   24  27  182  Detroit Mercy
173   93.3   19  29   23  31  131  Toledo
174   93.1   23  16   23  16  239  Grambling State
175   93.0   25  14   26  16  254  Fairleigh Dickinson
176   92.6   22  21   23  21  203  Maryland-Baltimore County
177   91.8   28  15   28  19  262  Fordham
178   91.5   22  18   27  18  237  St. Bonaventure
179   91.4   19  28   21  29  160  Virginia Military
180   91.4   22  21   24  26  221  C. W. Post
181   91.3   23  22   24  23  222  New York Tech
182   91.3   15  25   17  26  136  Tennessee-Martin
183   91.2   10  30   20  33   77  Louisiana-Monroe
184   91.0   22  25   22  27  194  Hartford
185   90.9   14  31   21  33  103  Arkansas-Little Rock
186   90.6   17  28   23  28  151  Centenary
187   90.4   20  29   21  30  173  Liberty
188   90.4   25  19   25  19  247  Long Island
189   90.3   25  13   25  17  267  Army
190   90.2    9  40   13  43   57  Stephen F. Austin
191   90.2   17  31   18  32  138  George Mason
192   90.1   18  30   19  33  158  Samford
193   90.0   21  18   21  19  246  Princeton
194   89.8   26  25   30  26  230  Jackson State
195   89.7   24  27   27  29  210  Butler
196   89.6   19  21   25  22  214  Bethune-Cookman
197   89.2   15  38   16  39  104  Purdue
198   89.1    6  36    7  43   37  Southern Utah
199   88.9   15  30   24  32  137  Northern Iowa
200   88.6   15  19   18  23  202  Villanova
201   88.6   27  13   28  14  272  Canisius
202   88.5   15  29   15  30  150  North Carolina-Asheville
203   88.2   19  34   19  34  167  Charleston Southern
204   88.1   18  33   20  33  163  Maine
205   88.1   16  37   16  39  126  Campbell
206   88.1   16  31   19  34  154  Dayton
207   87.7   17  24   18  25  201  Temple
208   87.4   21  27   21  27  219  George Washington
209   87.3   22  17   24  18  260  Navy
210   86.9   19  33   19  33  180  Florida A&M
211   86.7   15  21   21  21  217  Western Illinois
212   86.2   17  22   18  24  228  Columbia
213   86.1   20  29   23  30  218  Northern Illinois
214   86.1   19  17   19  18  256  Hofstra
215   86.1    7  39   11  39   74  Texas-Pan American
216   86.0   17  36   18  36  169  Miami, Ohio
217   85.9   22  29   22  31  220  Illinois-Chicago
218   85.8   15  28   15  28  185  Towson
219   85.8   17  20   17  21  240  St. Francis
220   85.6   12  32   20  33  132  St. Louis
221   85.5   19  23   20  23  232  Pace
222   85.2   16  35   19  35  168  Xavier
223   84.9   10  39   12  42   99  Georgia State
224   84.8   20  28   20  30  225  Wisconsin-Milwaukee
225   84.5   16  42   16  42  149  Louisville
226   84.4   17  32   20  32  198  Northeastern Illinois
227   83.9   11  15   16  21  243  Dartmouth
228   83.7   17  23   17  23  233  Central Connecticut State
229   83.3   18  32   20  35  212  Valparaiso
230   83.1   21  20   21  22  266  Iona
231   82.8   10  31   17  32  145  Ball State
232   82.5   15  22   16  22  244  Vermont
233   82.2   17  34   19  35  207  St. Joseph's
234   81.9    8  31    9  35  129  Furman
235   81.9   17  16   28  20  270  Alabama State
236   81.5   15  36   15  38  186  Cleveland State
237   81.4   19  22   23  27  259  Maryland-Eastern Shore
238   80.9   17  13   18  15  274  LeMoyne
239   80.8    8  35   12  36  127  Tennessee Tech
240   80.8   15  22   15  22  249  Siena
241   80.7    9  22   14  23  200  Boston College
242   80.1   12  33   13  36  189  Duquesne
243   80.0   11  26   17  31  206  Texas Southern
244   80.0   10  40   14  41  157  Cincinnati
245   79.7    9  26   10  27  199  New Hampshire
246   79.7   12  19   19  22  252  Wagner
247   79.3   10  18   10  18  235  Cornell
248   79.2   17  16   20  18  273  Delaware State
249   79.1   14  17   14  18  263  Holy Cross
250   78.6   16  19   18  22  269  St. Peter's
251   78.6   14  30   17  31  223  Georgetown
252   78.0   10  21   13  23  238  Monmouth
253   77.9   12  22   13  22  251  Harvard
254   76.6   10  30   10  36  208  LaSalle
255   76.3   14  22   15  22  264  Fairfield
256   76.1   10  23   13  27  241  West Chester
257   76.0   14  20   14  23  268  Alcorn State
258   76.0    9  26   10  28  226  Brown
259   75.6   10  29   10  29  227  Marist
260   74.6   10  27   11  27  236  Mount St. Mary's
261   74.4    7  30   11  38  197  Prairie View A&M
262   73.0   10  21   11  25  261  Lafayette
263   72.1    9  24   10  25  253  Bucknell
264   70.3    5  30    5  36  213  Boston University
265   69.4    8  17   11  17  271  Lehigh
266   68.9    7  30    7  34  242  Coppin State
267   68.6    4  40    4  40  191  Howard
268   67.1    5  34    9  40  231  Chicago State
269   66.4    3  30    3  32  215  North Carolina A&T
270   65.4    2  33    2  39  209  Rhode Island
271   65.3    6  27    9  29  258  Niagara
272   62.9    3  28    5  29  248  Mississippi Valley State
273   56.7    1  27    1  28  257  Colgate
274   56.3    2  29    2  31  265  Manhattan

Team Missing Games
Florida A&M 3
Grambling State 3
Howard 4
Virginia Commonwealth 5
Western Michigan 6
Northwestern 7
Cornell 9
William and Mary 11
Texas Southern *?

(*) The Texas Southern NCAA report is a mess for 1994; there are two different W-L records, one typed and one hand-written, and neither of those match what's in the SWAC historical records or what you get if you count up the games listed in the Games Played section of the report. I'm going with the record of games that are reported in sources from other teams or games they list against non-D1 opponents.

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