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First day of midterm week

Today was the first day of the second week of my midterms: last week I had one midterm for Math 19520 (also known as mathematics for the social sciences, also known as math for the econ majors who couldn't do analysis, also known as my cowardice for dropping out of the math major). This week I have midterms for Econ 28000 and Stat 22400, which are Intro to Industrial Organization and Applied Regression and Analysis, respectively. In theory, the classes shouldn't be too difficult. However, Sebastian Gay, the instructor in Econ 280, tends to make problems harder than he realizes. There have been 2 or 3 problem set problems this year that turned out to involve economic analysis that wasn't even taught in the main economics sequence. On the positive side, this elective gives me hope that economics isn't just easy math exercises all the time. In theory, both midterms are equally important, and actually Econ 280 is the harder class. In practice, however, since the stat 224 m…

College Football's Undefeated: Random Teams Vanish

A couple of weeks ago, there were almost twice as many undefeated teams. The season's pretty brutal.
Auburn [SEC] (1st BCS, 8-0 overall, 5-0 conference)    Oregon [Pac 10] (2nd BCS, 7-0 overall, 4-0 conference)  Boise State [WAC] (3rd BCS, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference) TCU [MWC] (4th BCS, 8-0 overall, 4-0 conference)  Michigan State [Big Ten] (5th BCS, 8-0 overall, 4-0 conference) Missouri [Big 12] (6th BCS, 7-0 overall, 3-0 conference) Utah [MWC] (8th BCS, 7-0 overall, 4-0 conference)You've got to feel bad for Oregon: they keep winning, but they keep getting

Game of the Week: Oklahoma vs. Missouri. Kind of unexpected.
Most Likely to Stay Undefeated: Boise State. Same as last week.
Least Likely to Stay Undefeated: Missouri. They have to face Nebraska, probably the toughest test for an undefeated this week.

College Football's Undefeated: BCS Time

BCS rankings are out, rankings have been adjusted accordingly.

Oklahoma [Big 12] (1st BCS, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference)  Oregon [Pac 10] (2nd BCS, 6-0 overall, 3-0 conference)  Boise State [WAC] (3rd BCS, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference) Auburn [SEC] (4th BCS, 7-0 overall, 4-0 conference)   TCU [MWC] (5th BCS, 7-0 overall, 3-0 conference)  LSU [SEC] (6th BCS, 7-0 overall, 4-0 conference)  Michigan State [Big Ten] (7th BCS, 7-0 overall, 3-0 conference) Utah [MWC] (9th BCS, 6-0 overall, 3-0 conference) Missouri [Big 12] (11th BCS, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference)Oklahoma State [Big 12] (14th BCS, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference)This was yet another exciting week for college football, even if Boise State got screwed over by the computers.

Game of the Week: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin. Another one bit the dust.
Most Likely to Stay Undefeated: Boise State. There's really no one left on their schedule that can beat them. Too bad they'll have to settle for just a BCS game and not a championship.
Least …

College Football's Undefeated: After Week 6

A few upsets have changed the picture. Goodbye Alabama. The list is organized first by the top 25 in the AP poll, then by wins, then by conference wins, then alphabetically. It'll be updated again after the new AP/BCS rankings come out.
Ohio State [Big Ten] (1st AP, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference)Oregon [Pac 10] (2nd AP, 6-0 overall, 3-0 conference)  Boise State [WAC] (3rd AP, 5-0 overall, 1-0 conference) TCU [MWC] (4th AP, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference)  Nebraska [Big 12] (5th AP, 5-0 overall, 1-0 conference) Oklahoma [Big 12] (6th AP, 5-0 overall, 1-0 conference)  Auburn [SEC] (7th AP, 6-0 overall, 3-0 conference)  LSU [SEC] (9th AP, 6-0 overall, 4-0 conference) Utah [MWC] (11th AP, 5-0 overall, 2-0 conference))Michigan State [Big Ten] (13th AP, 6-0 overall, 2-0 conference)Nevada [WAC] (19th AP, 5-0 overall, 0-0 conference)Oklahoma State [Big 12] (20th AP, 5-0 overall, 1-0 conference) Missouri [Big 12] (21st AP, 5-0 overall, 1-0 conference)I've abandoned trying to rank all of…