No D our personell plays will beat South Carolina or Syracuse.
Sorry to rehash, but Vanderbilt was picked to finish sixth in the SEC in the preseason (South Carolina was eighth), and Bucknell won at Memorial last night.
We still have a ways to go from a talent perspective, IMO.
Great win for Bucknell and exactly the type of games mid-majors should look to schedule. One of the ways to maximize your RPI opportunities is to schedule mediocre or bad teams from good conferences. If you beat them, you'll benefit from the difficulty of your opponent's schedule. For Vanderbilt, it works because you want to schedule mid-majors who you think are probably going to finish 1st or 2nd in their leagues, so they might be 20-win teams.
I believe that it does not help Vandy since even a,top PL team will not have a good enough RPI to help an SEC team get in the dance or get a better seed. Bison may correct me
The RPI of the teams you play don't have a direct impact on your own RPI. Whether Bucknell helps or hurts Vandy's RPI will largely depend on Bucknell's record at the end of the year - not nearly so much its RPI.
For a team trying to help its RPI, the best opponents often are teams from relatively weak leagues who figure to put up very good W-L records. A team with a great record and a 110 RPI may have a more favorable impact on its opponents' RPIs than an RPI of 55.
Last Edit: Nov 23, 2016 13:29:33 GMT -5 by bison137