Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
• Schedule The number in this column is the effective opponent strength of a team. In other words, they would be expected to have the same record had they played all games against an opponent of this predictive rating at a neutral site. Because this calculation depends on the strength of the team in question, it is not possible to rank schedules using these values.
• Expected Losses For college teams, this number is the number of losses an average ranked (top 15 hockey; otherwise top 25) team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. For pro teams, this is the number of losses an average team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. Unlike the schedule ranking, this value can be used to rank schedules.
• Standard Ranks teams in an order such that a team is "probably better" than all teams ranked lower than it. This calculation uses margin of victory only for computing a team's opponents strengths; the team's rating itself is computed using only wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule
• Median Likelihood Determines the likely ratings for each team, based on its wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule. This generally produces the same or similar ratings as the standard ranking.
• Predictive Both schedule strength and rating vs. schedule strength are determined considering both the wins and losses and the score differentials. This rating contains none of the biases in the standard rating, but does weight recent games slightly more than past games since those are a better indication of the team's current strength. This rating is the best of the first three for seeing how good teams are, and thus is the best for predicting future results.
• Improved RPI Rating The improved RPI formula is similar to the standard RPI, except that the schedule strength is carried out to infinite depth instead of ending with opponents' opponents, thus allows for a better comparison of isolated groups of teams than is given by the standard RPI calculation. It is similar to the simple rating, except that all games are given equal weight.
• Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• Offense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team scores. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to score the league average number of points. This does not necessarily rate a team's offensive abilities, as a fast pace in basketball or big-play defense in football can make a team score more points.
• Defense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team allows. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to allow the league average number of points. The same caveat in the predictive-offense rating applies here.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

## Full Ranking

``````                                         STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
STORM    12  3 1318 1194  0.114  7.463    1  0.592    1  0.603    2  0.541    1 0.5747    7  3.624    2  0.527    2  0.555
ACES     10  3 1185 1033  0.118  6.032    2  0.519    2  0.505    1  0.630    2 0.5747    1  3.731    1  1.090    4  0.169 P
SUN       9  5 1116 1056  0.196  7.616    3  0.396    3  0.378    3  0.344    3 0.5522   11  3.504    9 -0.172    1  0.859
WINGS     6  8 1179 1157  0.232  8.003    4  0.036    6  0.007    4  0.268    4 0.5086    4  3.661    3  0.418    7  0.119
MERCURY   6  7 1025 1040  0.127  7.205    5 -0.016    5  0.015    6 -0.002    6 0.5052   10  3.597    8 -0.129    6  0.124 P
LIBERTY   7  7 1122 1214 -0.050  7.376    6 -0.018    4  0.027   11 -0.398    5 0.5085    5  3.654   10 -0.279   10 -0.517
LYNX      6  7 1064 1080  0.024  6.690    7 -0.068    7 -0.043    7 -0.019    7 0.5021    6  3.640    6  0.037    8 -0.075 P
MYSTICS   7  6 1080 1079 -0.264  5.368    8 -0.097    8 -0.080    8 -0.149    8 0.5012    3  3.673    5  0.053    9 -0.351 P
SKY       8  7 1227 1175 -0.239  6.029    9 -0.107    9 -0.120    5  0.059    9 0.5000    9  3.608    7 -0.024    5  0.142
SPARKS    5  7  892  941 -0.067  6.013   10 -0.165   10 -0.157   10 -0.257   10 0.4829   12  3.501   11 -0.786    3  0.272 P
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
DREAM     5  8 1097 1135 -0.032  6.532   11 -0.217   11 -0.211    9 -0.204   11 0.4814    2  3.714    4  0.182   11 -0.589 P
FEVER     1 14 1118 1319 -0.074  8.262   12 -0.856   12 -0.870   12 -0.786   12 0.4197    8  3.616   12 -0.831   12 -0.740
``````

``````WESTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
STORM    12  3 1318 1194  0.114  7.463    1  0.592    1  0.603    2  0.541    1 0.5747    7  3.624    2  0.527    2  0.555
ACES     10  3 1185 1033  0.118  6.032    2  0.519    2  0.505    1  0.630    2 0.5747    1  3.731    1  1.090    4  0.169 P
WINGS     6  8 1179 1157  0.232  8.003    4  0.036    6  0.007    4  0.268    4 0.5086    4  3.661    3  0.418    7  0.119
MERCURY   6  7 1025 1040  0.127  7.205    5 -0.016    5  0.015    6 -0.002    6 0.5052   10  3.597    8 -0.129    6  0.124 P
LYNX      6  7 1064 1080  0.024  6.690    7 -0.068    7 -0.043    7 -0.019    7 0.5021    6  3.640    6  0.037    8 -0.075 P
SPARKS    5  7  892  941 -0.067  6.013   10 -0.165   10 -0.157   10 -0.257   10 0.4829   12  3.501   11 -0.786    3  0.272 P
``````

``````EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM      W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
SUN       9  5 1116 1056  0.196  7.616    3  0.396    3  0.378    3  0.344    3 0.5522   11  3.504    9 -0.172    1  0.859
LIBERTY   7  7 1122 1214 -0.050  7.376    6 -0.018    4  0.027   11 -0.398    5 0.5085    5  3.654   10 -0.279   10 -0.517
MYSTICS   7  6 1080 1079 -0.264  5.368    8 -0.097    8 -0.080    8 -0.149    8 0.5012    3  3.673    5  0.053    9 -0.351 P
SKY       8  7 1227 1175 -0.239  6.029    9 -0.107    9 -0.120    5  0.059    9 0.5000    9  3.608    7 -0.024    5  0.142
DREAM     5  8 1097 1135 -0.032  6.532   11 -0.217   11 -0.211    9 -0.204   11 0.4814    2  3.714    4  0.182   11 -0.589 P
FEVER     1 14 1118 1319 -0.074  8.262   12 -0.856   12 -0.870   12 -0.786   12 0.4197    8  3.616   12 -0.831   12 -0.740
``````

``````DIVISION            W  L   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 45 35 0.562    1  0.263
EASTERN CONFERENCE 37 47 0.440    2 -0.262
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.232 points in main ratings (0.226 for semineutral)
0.011 points in improved RPI (0.023 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: ACES DREAM FEVER LIBERTY LYNX MERCURY MYSTICS SKY SPARKS STORM SUN WINGS vs. hosting at ACES DREAM FEVER LIBERTY LYNX MERCURY MYSTICS SKY SPARKS STORM SUN WINGS Team Strength vs. Time Plot: ACES DREAM FEVER LIBERTY LYNX MERCURY MYSTICS SKY SPARKS STORM SUN WINGS posted: Thu Jun 24 05:30:07 2021 games through: Wed Jun 23 2021 ```

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