It's become apparent this week that the TSN power rankings are completely arbitrary. There is no reason that Calgary should be still ahead of the Riders based on any reasonable facts about the season so far. In my opinion, there's about 7 catagories that could possibly matter in ranking one team vs another. Roughly, in my percieved order of importance they are:
- performance in the past week -- edge --Riders obviously
- Overall record -- edge -- Riders (3-2 vs 2-3 for the Stamps)
- Head to head record -- edge --Riders (bonus: this also counts towards the first catagory)
- Opponents beaten - edge -- Riders (Toronto, BC, and Calgary vs Toronto and BC for Calgary)
- Opponents lost to -- edge Riders (Montreal and Edmonton (currently ranked 1 and 2 in the rankings) vs Montreal and Winnipeg (ranked 1 and 6))
- Points for and against -- edge Stamps (+47 to -23)
- Some TSN employee's gut feeling? edge -- Stamps by a lot I guess.
So 5/7 catagories belong to the Riders and the only real one the Stamps win is argueably the least important. I say argueably because according to standings, it falls below all the others and further, coaches tend not to worry about points once the game iswon or lost (eg. In the Calgary-Sask game last week, the Riders could have easily kicked a field goal from about 30 yards out to run the score up, but instead decided to simply take the win).