Parry's Power Guide to Utah high school football: Week 1


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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    I wish Parry would change his rating system a bit. I think it is a bit off on quite a few programs and I hate to see any programs, such as Monument Valley, have a negative rating. I do appreciate his efforts and it's a fun read but perhaps an adjusted scale and a bit closer look at the programs is in order.

  • why play SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 12:28 a.m.


    I wish people would take the time to understand how Parry makes his calculations. Every year, every week, someone wants him to change how he makes his predictions because they don't like what he presents. His system is 100% statistically based, with no subjective emotions, wants or desires factored in. Changing his model because someone doesn't have the rating they want would be to ruin the integrity of the model. Does he always get it right, no, but that's what makes it so intriguing. I quite enjoy reading his predictions and following up to see how he did. The amazing thing to me is how accurate he really is! If a team doesn't like their rating, they need to increase their stat's in the categories he uses to make his predictions. Can we please just have one thing in this world that doesn't have to be politically correct so someone doesn't get their feelings hurt?

  • Parry is a Farce Layton, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Can you give a score for teams that do not play or play out of State teams? It would be nice to see the score that Bingham has right now, even if you do not have a rating for the Idaho school they are playing.

  • Hank Saint George, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    Why are people complaining about Parry's picks? The only thing that really matters is who wins the Grid Picks each week. By the way, where is the Grid Picks this year?

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Parry is a Farce

    Just FYI Parry does a power guide for all major professional sports, college football and basketball and high school football in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Why he didn't post the Bingham game, I don't know, but chances are he does have a rating for the Idaho team they're playing.

    As far as people wanting to make adjustments to his system you're crazy. To do so would require a complete reset to make give it any kind of validity. Years and years worth of information used for current ratings would have to be recalculated to bring it up to today if he made the smallest of changes.

  • sinkme Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    Does anyone know (or if Parry reads this maybe can provide it) the stats and calculations that are used for these numbers and favorites and how they are processed?

  • Parry is a Farce Layton, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    I think his system is pretty good, other than it seems to base too much emphasis on last years record and does not adjust the ratings quickly enough based on the results of this year.

    I've observed it in the past but cannot remember a specifid example, so I'll make one up. Let's take Syracuse, last years runner up in 5A and favorite to win region 1, they start they year off with a 116.7. And I'll use Fremont, a team that is up and down from year to year and is picked in the lower half of their region this year, they start the year with a 88.2. Let's say in 5 weeks, Fremont has put it together and is 5-0 with wins over Jordan, Brighton, and Davis but Syracuse has struggled and is 1-4 with 3 losses to teams from lower classifications. Syracuse will still have a higher rating in Parry's system at that point.

    My scenario will likely not come to pass with these 2 specific teams, but it will happen and I'll point it out when it does.

  • One Observer Somewhere in, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    Gutsy pick by James Edward in 3AA, going against the Parry line to take Stansbury over Desert Hills in St. George. I don't see that happening. Stansbury has almost a 300 mile bus ride to take on a team that was 3A state semifinalist in each of the last 2 seasons. I think Thunder gets revenge for last year's narrow loss at Stansbury.

    Of course, all games are played on the field. And all comments on these boards, including mine, are meaningless.

  • FaLlOuTboYz Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Love looking at the perdition.. but please dont underdog EAST, last night made enough of a statement thanks!