Congratulations to all 18 playoff contenders. There were some incredibly tough breaks (such as Duffy losing two games by a combined 0.15 points or Tadlock missing the playoffs despite having the second-most points in the PFC), but that's the way the cookie crumbled. Pennington set the record for most points in a season while Rogers sadly broke the record for most losses (with an 0-13 record).
The final OPR rankings are below. Pennington topped the league but fell just short of setting the record for best OPR (1.297 in 2010 by the Arrogant Americans). The top 10 is comprised of four NFC teams and three each from the AFC and PFC.
Heading into Rivalry Week, a whopping 12 of 18 playoff berths are clinched. Below are the standings and playoff picture for each conference.
Well, this is a first. With one week remaining, all six playoff spots are clinched. Now all that is left is the seeding. Venable and War Pony are locked into the one seed and a first-round bye. The number-two spot is a toss-up between Green and Peacock, as the Doughboys and Cocks are separated by just 13 points. Should each of them win, it will come down to their point totals to determine who gets a coveted first-round bye. The Warm Bodies and Vultures each sport the same 8-4 record as the second- and third-place teams, but Nye and Brosh are so far behind in points that neither can overtake Green and Peacock. The six seed is Zerger and his two-time defending champion Redlegs. With a win and losses by three of the four teams ahead of him (aside from Venable), he can finish as high as third due to his high point total.
Week 10 saw three records being tied or set. Zerger clinched his fifth-straight winning season, tying Cliburn's record from 2006-2010 while Pyle tied the record for most consecutive playoff appearances (joining Jessen and Finch) with four. And Rogers sadly set the record for longest losing streak, with 10. Two teams have now clinched playoff spots: Pyle and Venable.
There is a new number one in the OIL Power Rankings, as Morgan was upset by Yancy's Roughnecks (although, even with the loss, Morgan only fell to third, evidencing how strong his team has been). Of the top 10, four are from the AFC, three from the NFC, and three from the PFC.
Just four weeks remain in the regular season, and no one has clinched a playoff spot (although it's safe to say the 8-1 teams will be in the tournament). Morgan's Whackers are one of those 8-1 teams, and they are on pace to break the Redlegs record for most points scored in a season. Morgan can break the record if he averages 161.34 points per game over the final month of the season. He is currently averaging over 172 points per game, so that seems doable.
On the flip side, the AMMODOGS are on pace break the Hangovers record for most difficult schedule. Should their opponents average 147.12 points per game these final four games, Rogers sets the record. Unfortunately, facing that tough of a schedule has had its toll on the DOGS, and in Week Nine they set the record for most consecutive losses to begin a season (nine). You can view all records here.
The OPR is updated and the top 10 consists of three AFC teams, three NFC teams, and four PFC teams. Finally, two teams scored their season-high totals this week and yet lost. That's got to sting for Baldwin and Cordes.
Of the 10 strongest teams by OPR, three are in the AFC, three are in the NFC, and four are in the PFC.
With Pyle's last-minute loss to Finch, there are only two unbeaten teams remaining in the OIL (and both of them were auto-drafted). On the flip side, Rogers remains the only OIL team without a win as his nightmare season continues. Below the standings is the current OPR for each team. The top 10 features two AFC teams, four NFC teams, and four PFC teams.
Six out of 42 OIL teams have yet to lose a game. At 3-0, their playoff odds are 89.5%. Those at 2-1 have a 54.2% chance of reaching the playoffs. 1-2 sits at 29.89%. 0-3? 5% . . . so I'm saying there's a chance.
After two weeks, the PFC's FDC Chiefs lead the OIL at 2-0 and the most points in the league (191.75 per game). But it were the AFC's Brewmasters who scored the most points in the season's second stanza, with 205.35 points. The scoring explosion moved the Brew Crew to number one in the AFC, while the NFC and PFC's top teams remain unchanged with the Roughnecks and FDC Chiefs holding the top spots, respectively. Click the standings to access the league on Yahoo!.
After crunching the data of 15 OIL seasons' worth of records, I found that the playoff odds at this point are:
Here is the current OPR for each manager going into Week Three:
Congratulations to Pennington and FDC Chiefs for posting the high score for the week across all three conferences. Your first-place teams going into Week Two are the Cocks (Peacock), the Roughnecks (Baldwin, Yancy), and the aforementioned FDC Chiefs. Click the screenshot to access the league directly on Yahoo.