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Hierank generates four key stats for each team:
This is the straight-forward #1-255 performance ranking among all Division-I teams.
2. Hierank Power
This is the ultimate summation of a team’s performance and Hierank’s primary proprietary value – it’s The Season’s Final Score.
It’s also the value that Rank is determined by.
Hierank Power is indexed on an easy-to-follow 0 to 100 scale, which always self-balances for ‘50.0’ to represent an average performance across all teams, in all contests, throughout the entire season to-date.
Just as volatile compounds change state easily in nature, volatile teams change state easily week-to-week in the ecosystem that is college football.
Taken as the opposite of “consistency,” more-volatile teams are more-likely to deviate further and more-often from any expected performance. This also means that they are less easy to predict than their low-volatility counterparts, a good consideration for anyone in the betting markets.
On our 0 to 100 index, higher values mean higher Volatility.
4. Normal Power
This is the range of power a team can be expected to perform at most of the time. It is represented as Low-High values one standard deviation from said team’s Hierank Power, based on all matchups.
More consistent, low-Volatility teams will show tighter ranges for this value.
The higher a team’s Volatility, the wider this range will show to be.
Hierank’s original form was as a Google Sheets doc. This rundown speaks to that user experience:
With nearly 300 individual sheets (one for each league, conference, & team), the Sandwich Button in the bottom-left of your screen is the easiest way to navigate within the actual tool.
Unfortunately the mobile app doesn’t contain a sandwich button, requiring strong swiping abilities to navigate. On the upside, that’s more incentive to help us get this fully-live!
These have the same basic layout as rankings pages, but show only one conference at a time, with members ranked.
The Gold-to-Blue good-to-bad color scaling becomes visually-valuable when looking at less-dominant conferences, like the MAC:
Team Pages give deeper insight on the team in focus, including Game Power – a previously unmentioned value which rates each week’s performance by W/L outcome, dominance (score spread & ratio), & opponent-quality – as well as giving Rank & Hierank Power for every opponent on the schedule.