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Re: Let's just say that the Dirtbags win out
D1Baseball’s Rooney is optimistic the Big West can return to its previous baseball heights but contends that to do so, the “league must focus on helping its best teams reach the postseason. RPI is a metric synonymous with the NCAA Tournament. The West Coast’s inherent challenges with RPI are well documented. The Big West is currently deploying a 10-week conference season. That is too many weeks. Every week of the Big West conference season is another step in what has become an RPI death march. An eight-week league season makes more sense. It’s not a perfect round-robin format, but those are rarities in today’s college athletics anyways.” Rooney suggests using those two newly open weeks to “play a nonconference series on the road versus a perennial winning program” and launch a conference tournament
Too many Big West games. Feel the same with basketball. In today's sports world, makes scheduling harder but go full divisions and free up some early weekends. If the teams can't find an OOC during the year, always can fall back on playing the other Big West teams as OOC.
Remember when we played Fullerton home and away each year???
For those who get their jollies watching Fullerton’s descent from elite to fairly ordinary, it has its disadvantages for us.
The Dirtbags non-conference RPI is 77. Take away getting swept at home by Sac St with a RPI of 212 and its close to 50.
We play 30 BW Conference games with 9 of them being against teams with RPI's greater than 270.
Unfortunately, Bakersfield, CSF and especially UC Davis RPI's would be a weight on RPI. This occurred last year in the last BW series where the Dirtbags RPI dropped in spite of sweeping. Of course, last year if the Dirtbags had been able to play 2-3 pre-conference series, the consensus was they would have been in the NCAA tournament
Had crossed my mind too. Probably leaves us at around 90 RPI, maybe. Fullerton's RPI currently 200. Big West pretty week.