2. Some ratings don't match what many fans might expect for the 2019 season. For example, Marietta - with several major Division I senior prospects on its roster - is nationally ranked in some preseason polls yet only the 18th-best team in Class AAAAAAA, according to your rankings. What do you tell those disbelieving Blue Devils fans? "The model doesn't give any consideration to personnel. Although Marietta might have plenty of D-I talent, there is no on-field performance for this season yet, so their rating is based solely on their historical performance. This is similar to teams such as Colquitt County and Grayson, which are highly rated because of their recent performance although both teams have new head coaches. A similar situation happened last season with Marietta, but they didn't have the break-out season they were hoping for and instead performed close to their historical average. In that case, the model turned out to be correct, but if Marietta has that break-out performance this year, the good news is that their ultimate rating will reflect their on-field performance."
3. Are some teams' strength-of-schedule underrated because of out-of-state competition? How do you deal with that? "Unfortunately I don't track out-of-state teams, so while those games are considered in the model, their impact is limited because the model isn't aware of how strong those teams are inside their own state. As an example, if a team from Georgia beat an out-of-state team by 14 points, then the model would simply rate that out-of-state team as 14 points lower than the Georgia team they played because that's all the model would be aware of. However, the rating of out-of-state teams is not considered in the SOS rating."