We use the Random Walkers to rank all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams, plus the extra made-up "team" representing their collective Football Championship Subdivision opponents. The "votes" in the Random Walker (RW) system are all essentially first-place votes, teams with more votes ranked more highly. The Random Walker with First & Last (RWFL) system is a combination of "first-place" and "last-place" votes. We have determined that our bias parameter p=0.75 has nice properties for RWFL (near the minimum crossing probability when compared against round-robin standings), so we use p=0.75 for both RW and RWFL and are happy that this is coincidentally the same primary value we have used in the past for the RW rankings.

2008-2009 Random Walker Rankings (p=0.75)
Games Through Thursday January 8th
RW RWFL
RankTeam (Wins-Losses)% of Total Votes Team (Wins-Losses)%(First)-%(Last)
1Florida (13-1)2.7711Florida (13-1)2.5175
2Utah (13-0)2.4998Utah (13-0)2.1923
3Texas (12-1)2.3588Texas (12-1)2.1302
4Southern Cal (12-1)2.2460Southern Cal (12-1)1.9735
5Oklahoma (12-2)2.1708Oklahoma (12-2)1.8868
6Alabama (12-2)1.8911Alabama (12-2)1.5718
7Texas Tech (11-2)1.7591Texas Tech (11-2)1.3740
8TCU (11-2)1.5992TCU (11-2)1.2129
9Georgia (10-3)1.5465Georgia (10-3)1.2066
10Penn State (11-2)1.5049Penn State (11-2)1.1535
11Boise St (12-1)1.5006Boise St (12-1)1.1225
12Mississippi (9-4)1.4790Oregon St (9-4)1.0753
13Virginia Tech (10-4)1.4789Virginia Tech (10-4)1.0372
14Oregon St (9-4)1.4770Oregon (10-3)1.0361
15Oregon (10-3)1.4016Mississippi (9-4)1.0221
16Florida St (9-4)1.3575Florida St (9-4)0.9112
17Georgia Tech (9-4)1.3431Ohio State (10-3)0.8877
18Cincinnati (11-3)1.2895Cincinnati (11-3)0.8782
19California (9-4)1.2681California (9-4)0.8497
20Ohio State (10-3)1.2458Georgia Tech (9-4)0.8481
21Wake Forest (8-5)1.2315Pittsburgh (9-4)0.7667
22Boston College (9-5)1.2258Missouri (10-4)0.7525
23Pittsburgh (9-4)1.1948Wake Forest (8-5)0.7524
24North Carolina (8-5)1.1587Boston College (9-5)0.7233
25Missouri (10-4)1.1435Nebraska (9-4)0.7091
26Oklahoma St (9-4)1.1228Oklahoma St (9-4)0.7045
27Maryland (8-5)1.1130Michigan St (9-4)0.6474
28Nebraska (9-4)1.1031North Carolina (8-5)0.6426
29Brigham Young (10-3)1.0970Brigham Young (10-3)0.6201
30West Virginia (9-4)1.0766West Virginia (9-4)0.6109
31Vanderbilt (7-6)1.0604Maryland (8-5)0.5234
32Michigan St (9-4)1.0439Kansas (8-5)0.4795
33LSU (8-5)1.0115Iowa (9-4)0.4764
34Miami FL (7-6)1.0069LSU (8-5)0.4613
35Iowa (9-4)0.9710Vanderbilt (7-6)0.4553
36South Carolina (7-6)0.9695Miami FL (7-6)0.4450
37Kansas (8-5)0.9509Rice (10-3)0.4363
38Rice (10-3)0.9483South Carolina (7-6)0.4088
39Clemson (7-6)0.9413Ball St (12-2)0.4025
40Ball St (12-2)0.9300Rutgers (8-5)0.3601
41Arizona (8-5)0.9220Connecticut (8-5)0.3574
42Rutgers (8-5)0.9174Clemson (7-6)0.3517
43Tulsa (11-3)0.9081Northwestern (9-4)0.3407
44East Carolina (9-5)0.9049Tulsa (11-3)0.3372
45Connecticut (8-5)0.8853Arizona (8-5)0.3319
46Virginia (5-7)0.8799East Carolina (9-5)0.3114
47Northwestern (9-4)0.8651South Florida (8-5)0.2684
48North Carolina St (6-7)0.8547Air Force (8-5)0.2352
49Air Force (8-5)0.8296Kentucky (7-6)0.1893
50South Florida (8-5)0.8279Navy (8-5)0.1890
51Kentucky (7-6)0.8193North Carolina St (6-7)0.1888
52Navy (8-5)0.8189Virginia (5-7)0.1712
53Arkansas (5-7)0.7853Notre Dame (7-6)0.1354
54Notre Dame (7-6)0.7649Colorado St (7-6)0.1267
55Colorado St (7-6)0.7545Houston (8-5)0.0785
56Stanford (5-7)0.7530Western Michigan (9-4)0.0705
57Houston (8-5)0.7522Arkansas (5-7)0.0696
58Tennessee (5-7)0.7146Stanford (5-7)0.0262
59Colorado (5-7)0.6731Wisconsin (7-6)0.0134
60Western Michigan (9-4)0.6677Colorado (5-7)-0.0223
61Nevada (7-6)0.6636Tennessee (5-7)-0.0496
62Hawai`i (7-7)0.6578Nevada (7-6)-0.0963
63Wisconsin (7-6)0.6547Minnesota (7-6)-0.1059
64Duke (4-8)0.6444Hawai`i (7-7)-0.1061
65Arizona St (5-7)0.6406Auburn (5-7)-0.1218
66Louisiana Tech (8-5)0.6325Arizona St (5-7)-0.1232
67Auburn (5-7)0.6309Louisiana Tech (8-5)-0.1316
68Central Michigan (8-5)0.6071Buffalo (8-6)-0.1335
69Buffalo (8-6)0.6062Fresno St (7-6)-0.1407
70Fresno St (7-6)0.6010Central Michigan (8-5)-0.1517
71Southern Miss (7-6)0.5895Baylor (4-8)-0.1731
72Minnesota (7-6)0.5888Troy (8-5)-0.1868
73Baylor (4-8)0.5874Duke (4-8)-0.2054
74UCLA (4-8)0.5847Illinois (5-7)-0.2104
75Troy (8-5)0.5827Southern Miss (7-6)-0.2132
76UNLV (5-7)0.5811UCLA (4-8)-0.2509
77Mississippi St (4-8)0.5802Louisville (5-7)-0.2643
78Texas A&M (4-8)0.5558Kansas St (5-7)-0.2923
79Louisville (5-7)0.5495Florida Atlantic (7-6)-0.3007
80Illinois (5-7)0.5476UNLV (5-7)-0.3252
81New Mexico (4-8)0.5440San Jose St (6-6)-0.3323
82Florida Atlantic (7-6)0.5318Texas A&M (4-8)-0.3448
83Bowling Green (6-6)0.5299Purdue (4-8)-0.3499
84Kansas St (5-7)0.5279Mississippi St (4-8)-0.3659
85San Jose St (6-6)0.5197New Mexico (4-8)-0.4171
86UTEP (5-7)0.4921UTEP (5-7)-0.4722
87Purdue (4-8)0.4871Arkansas St (6-6)-0.5117
88Wyoming (4-8)0.4848Memphis (6-7)-0.5149
89Arkansas St (6-6)0.4762Northern Illinois (6-7)-0.5568
90Memphis (6-7)0.4643Bowling Green (6-6)-0.5609
91Michigan (3-9)0.4593Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6)-0.5630
92Syracuse (3-9)0.4590Syracuse (3-9)-0.5677
93Marshall (4-8)0.4584Marshall (4-8)-0.6077
94Utah St (3-9)0.4457Wyoming (4-8)-0.6162
95Middle Tennessee St (5-7)0.4337Temple (5-7)-0.6447
96Northern Illinois (6-7)0.4100Michigan (3-9)-0.6737
97Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6)0.4076Utah St (3-9)-0.7059
98Temple (5-7)0.3959Akron (5-7)-0.7296
99Washington St (2-11)0.3911Middle Tennessee St (5-7)-0.7404
100Indiana (3-9)0.3899Florida Int'l (5-7)-0.7431
101Central Florida (4-8)0.3874Indiana (3-9)-0.7846
102Washington (0-12)0.3810Central Florida (4-8)-0.7881
103Akron (5-7)0.3808Alabama-Birmingham (4-8)-0.8118
104Florida Int'l (5-7)0.3745Ohio U. (4-8)-0.9445
105San Diego St (2-10)0.3740Washington St (2-11)-0.9595
106Alabama-Birmingham (4-8)0.3639Iowa St (2-10)-1.0888
107New Mexico St (3-9)0.3545Louisiana-Monroe (4-8)-1.1196
108Louisiana-Monroe (4-8)0.3381Kent St (4-8)-1.1493
109Kent St (4-8)0.3294New Mexico St (3-9)-1.1646
110Ohio U. (4-8)0.3293Toledo (3-9)-1.2293
111Eastern Michigan (3-9)0.3281Eastern Michigan (3-9)-1.2915
112Army (3-9)0.3187Army (3-9)-1.2945
113Iowa St (2-10)0.3153San Diego St (2-10)-1.3257
114Tulane (2-10)0.3108Washington (0-12)-1.3979
115FCS teams (XXX-XXX)0.2949Tulane (2-10)-1.3990
116Western Kentucky (2-10)0.2944Idaho (2-10)-1.5111
117SMU (1-11)0.2916Western Kentucky (2-10)-1.7136
118Toledo (3-9)0.2863SMU (1-11)-1.7511
119Idaho (2-10)0.2792Miami OH (2-10)-1.7570
120Miami OH (2-10)0.2678FCS teams (XXX-XXX)-1.9352
121North Texas (1-11)0.2183North Texas (1-11)-2.0172


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