TPR(c) – 101


October 31, 2019


To begin with, this is not a Op-Ed or fluff piece about why this college squad or that university team should or should not be the called the best football team in state of Michigan, this season.

It’s an explanation of the statistical and numerical data that is used to power the TPR(c) (TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING) system that we use to analyse how each team is performing this season.

Now, it is understandable that some may question what experience or instruction I have in my background that qualifies me to give my views and/or opinions on what makes a high performing college football team? My answer is simple, I am not giving views or opinions, I’m using data, compounded over the season on a week-by-week, game-by-game basis to reach a mathematical conclusion. No opinions or views, just math.

As for that experience concern, let’s say that I have been an ardent fan of the game of college football for over 50 years! Going back to the first minute I saw it on the TV screen…and what a memorable first minute it was. There was this older gentleman, striding up, down and across the sidelines…actually going onto the playing field of the stadium. He was moving rather briskly, arguing with the officials and snatching and tearing apart sideline markers, while the guys in striped shirts and members of his staff and team tried to calm him down! It was incredible, and formed my love for the passion and the pride of the college game that is still with me today.

Now on to the TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING System, also called the TPR(c). It is a simple system that rates each teams performance in it’s game against a stated set of numerical values. The numerical values are then totaled (The Points Score for the game) and then every week’s Points Score is added up and divided by the number of games played to determine the TPR(c) Average for the team, for the season, as of the last game.

Here are the Criteria and The Numerical Values Assigned to the Criteria:

  • Win The Game…………………………………………………+ 4 points
  • Total 150+ Net Yards Rushing………………………..+ 2 points
  • Total 225+ Net Yards Passing…………………………+ 2 points
  • No Turnovers For The Game………………………….+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 150 Net Yards Rushing…..+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 225 Net Yards Passing……+ 2 points
  • BONUS — Road Victory……………………………………+ 3 points
  • BONUS — Takeaways……………………………………..+ 1 point PER Takeaway
  • DEDUCTIONS — Penalties………………………………- (.50) point PER Penalty Assessed

The TPR(c) System was created by Tony Dixon, and is used exclusively for the TPR(c) Rankings. No other source except numerical data from the game itself is used to score the rankings.

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Siena Heights Moves Into 2nd Place In Week 9 TPR(c) Rankings Of Michigan College Football Teams!

Hope Uses Strong Ground Game To Defeat # 2 Olivet And Remain #1 In Week 9 TPR(c) Rankings!

October 30, 2019


Ypsilanti, MI —

On what was perhaps the wettest Saturday of the college football season in Michigan, a variety of teams rode the backs of their offensive line, and the legs of their best back to survive and advance towards their collective team goals this past weekend.

In the case of the GAME OF THE WEEK, # 1* Hope rode on the shoulders of quarterback Mason Opple’s 213 yards of rushing to  defeat # 2* and formerly unbeaten Olivet to seize first place in the MIAA.

Meanwhile, Siena Heights was on the road, in Indiana, pulling off the program’s first ever upset of a Top Ten nationally ranked school to vault into the vacancy at # 2* that was created by Olivet’s defeat. SHU also tied MSU for the second strongest TPR for the season at 15.5. # 1* Hope has scored two 20 point performances so far this season.

Grand Valley State also took advantage of a rainy Saturday night to move back into the Top Five* with it’s solid performance, a 27 – 7 victory over Davenport-GR.

Nationally ranked at #2, and the only remaining unbeaten team in the state, Ferris State is closing in on a Top Five TPR(c) spot at #6*. The Bulldogs rode the shoulders of their senior QB Jayru Campbell in a different manner, he threw for a career high 347 yards and 2 TDs, while leading FSU to a victory over Saginaw Valley St.

Wayne State took advantage of a visit to Northwood to add a notch in the Win column with a road victory, 31 – 10.

U-M also moved up with an unusually strong performance against a higher nationally ranked opponent in Notre Dame. The Irish had no answers for the bright lights, rain and the Wolverines smothering defense in a 45 – 14 thrashing.

Western Mich. joined U-M and WSU in the even dozen club this week, by scoring a 12 in it’s domination of Bowling Green, 49 – 10. The Broncos had 399 yards and six TDs on the ground. Senior running back LeVante Bellamy led the ground forces with 178 yards and 4 TDs.



The TEAM PERFORMANCE RATING System or TPR(c) is a simple system that rates each teams performance in it’s game against a stated set of numerical values. The numerical values are then totaled (The Points Score for the game) and then every week’s Points Score is added up and divided by the number of games played to determine the TPR(c) for the team, for the season so far.

Here are the Criteria and The Numerical Values Assigned to the Criteria:

  • Win The Game……………………………………………..+ 4 points
  • Total 150+ Net Yards Rushing…………………….+ 2 points
  • Total 225+ Net Yards Passing……………………..+ 2 points
  • No Turnovers For The Game………………………+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 150 Net Yards Rushing.+ 2 points
  • Give Up Less Than 225 Net Yards Passing..+ 2 points
  • BONUS — Road Victory………………………………..+ 3 points
  • BONUS — Takeaways………………………………….+ 1 point PER Takeaway
  • DEDUCTIONS — Penalties…………………………..(- .50) point PER Penalty Assessed

The TPR(c) System was created by Tony Dixon, and is used exclusively for the TPR(c) Rankings. No other source except numerical data from the game itself is used to score the rankings.

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GVSU Is The New #1 Team As Defense Makes A Return To Michigan’s College Football Landscape!

October 1, 2019

By Tony Dixon

Ypsilanti, MI – –

As the end of September heralds the beginning of fall in Michigan, so to did it herald the return of defense to the college football gridiron! While Albion’s prolific Thomas brothers were taking a well deserved rest during their Bye week, last week’s #1 team SVSU went down to Detroit to meet the Warriors of Wayne State at Tom Adams Field.

This was the College Football Wrap-Up(C)’s “GAME OF THE WEEK” and it did not disappoint, unless you were rooting for SVSU, as the former TPR(c) #1 went down in defeat 24 – 20. WSU’s defense performed admirably and even came away with 2 turnovers, including a pivotal fumble recovery on SVSU’s first offensive play of the game. The recovery was made on the SVSU 2 yard line, and while WSU didn’t add the touchdown, their successful field goal attempt gave the Warriors an early 10 point lead. WSU would later add a score on another defensive takeaway, an interception returned for a touchdown for a 17 point, first quarter lead.

The TPR(c) from the past weekend’s action are shown below:

This week’s CFWU(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK will be the game between #3* Concordia U-AA (Nationally ranked #5) and #8* Sienna Hgts. Univ. (Nationally ranked #20). Both are unbeaten, ranked nationally will be looking to further their agendas, at the expense of their counterpart. The two teams are coming from opposite directions in terms of the last performance, CU-AA defeated a nationally ranked team (#9) in St. Xavier Univ. (IL) 42 – 35. While SHU had it’s way with Trinity International Univ. , 63 – 2.

#7* Davenport U-GR’s defense recorded 4 Take-aways (3 interceptions) in a strong performance against Lindenwood U., 35 – 24 for Homecoming week.

#8* Sienna Hgts. would have probably have held on to it’s former #1 ranking were it not for the proliferation of penalties it amassed (13) during it’s 63 – 2 victory.

#13* U-M turned in it’s best TPR(c) Performance (8.0) of the season with it’s complete victory over Big Ten rival Rutgers. However, it’s next opponent, #14 (nationally) Iowa, should provide the Homecoming crowd with a clearer picture of what to expect from this team for the rest of the season.

#16* WMU had a statistical edge over MAC and in-state rival CMU in it’s 31 – 15 victory, but both teams TPR(c)’s were adversely affected by the seemingly limitless amount of laundry that was on the field during the game. Each team was accessed 15 penalties for various infractions and the deduction (-7.5 TPR points) really hit WMU’s total hard.

#20* Kalamazoo College had a Bye this past week.

#21* Lawrence Tech‘s game against St. Francis (IL) bucked the trend of defensive battles this past weekend as the two teams combined for over 800 yards of offense and over 80 points. Unfortunately, LTU did come out on the short end of this offensive explosion to fall to 1 – 3 for the season.


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TPR(c) Results For Week 4 Of The 2019 Season Brings A Pair Of New #1s!

September 25, 2019

By Tony Dixon

Ypsilanti, MI —

A traditional state powerhouse and A Big Ten (TM) player used strong field performances this past weekend to move to the top of the TPR(C) Rankings for the Week 4 edition of the rating system’s score-sheet.

Saginaw Valley State (SVSU) continued it’s string of strong performances this season with a home victory against last week’s #2 rated Michigan Tech. 23 – 7, the COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP’s(c) “Game Of The Week” to capture the top spot in this week’s ranking. The victory also coincides with the school’s return to the AFCA’s Top 25.

– Link To Week 4 Episode Of COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c) –

Joining SVSU in the # 1 position is Sienna Hgts. University. SHU is also coming off a strong performance, on the road, against St. Ambrose (IA). The Saints are also nationally regarded, ranked # 22 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, prior to the St. Ambrose game.

The biggest gain of the week was posted by the new # 2 team in the state, the Big Ten’s MSU.  Michigan State’s impressive performance against Northwestern, a 31 – 10 road victory, garnered a 15.5 TPR Point Score and raised it’s season average to 9.75, securing the # 2 spot in this week’s ratings.

# 3 Albion maintained its lofty ranking turning back Eureka (IL) at home in a 56 – 41 victory in a game that may have been the coming out party for possibly the state’s best brothers-teammates combination. Quarterback Kyle Thomas threw for 313 yards and 5 TDs, including 4 TDs to WR (and brother) Justin Thomas, who also had 171 receiving yards in the game. Along with Kyle’s 144 rushing yards, and 3 TDs, the two accounted for 12 TDs and 628 yards of Total Offense between them!

Hope’s Flying Dutchmen, last week’s # 1 team slipped to # 5 despite it’s second victory in a row, beating Aurora (IL) 34 -32, by scoring only a quarter of the TPR points that it did in it’s record-shattering victory over Defiance (OH) 80 – 6. The victory against Aurora (IL) was in a game dubbed, the MIAA – NCAA Crossover Showdown.

# 6 GVSU and # 8 Ferris State are rounding their squads into shape, and moving up in the TPRs, heading towards their inevitable clash for conference (GLIAC), state and national playoff positioning in the annual ANCHOR-BONE Classic. This year’s game is November 9th at 1PM in Big Rapids (Ferris State’s Campus).

# 11 Wayne State rode an impressive road victory against previously unbeaten Quincy (IL) into near Top 10 positioning and as well as a CFWU’s  Week 5, GAME OF THE WEEK match-up with # 1 SVSU.

# 14 WMU slipped from the Top Ten (# 8 in last’s ratings), despite unleashing an offensive juggernaut against Syracuse on the road. The Broncos fell to the Orange 52 – 33, while accumulating over 550 yards of offense.

# 17 CMU (down from last week’s #12) turned in a stalwart performance in a road loss to the nationally regarded Miami (FLA) Hurricanes, after being left for dead against Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin, another road game, just two weeks prior. The Chippewas are in their first season of new Coach Jim McElwain’s tenure and look to be getting a feel for the new culture.


Game Of The Week For 09/21/19

September 20, 2019

Ypsilanti, MI –

College Football Wrap-Up(C) has spotlighted the game between #2 Mich. Tech Univ. (2-0) and #4 Saginaw Valley State Univ. (2-0) [rankings based upon the TPR(c)] as it’s GAME OF THE WEEK!

MTU has started off the season strong with road victories over Hillsdale College and McKendree University. SVSU is a perennial powerhouse in the state and started the 2019 campaign with a road victory over Texas A&M – Kingsville. A victory highlighted by 5 take-aways from the TAM-Kingsville offense.

Details for the game appear above.

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