So probably at least 1/3 of D3 80-90 teams, have had a season in the last 14 years that merited a Top 25 position toward the end of the year. That's better than I would have thought to be honest.
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Rather than looking for teams that made it ever year, I'd be more interested in all the teams that made the top 25 at least once in the last 5 polls of any given year. Those should be the best teams of each season, and I'm curious as to how many of the 300+ D3 teams rotate through that category. My thoughts are not many...
If you're talking about how many teams have been ranked in one of the last five polls of a season for each season since 2003, I think that list is UWW, UMU, UMHB. Full stop. And UWW just barely made the cut- ranked in the Week 8 poll in 2012 before falling out. 2004 got Wabash, 2005 got Wheaton, and 2008 got Linfield.
Heck of a goal. A decent end to a very good tournament. The best team throughout the tournament took home the title. That's good to see. It'll be interesting how many team's copy Germany's "build your own campus" approach for the next World Cup. Might be a necessity for the American's in Russia.Don't forget they have the Olympics in 2 years... so they haven't even reached the end of the debts yet.
Not sure how Lionel Messi got the Golden Boot. He did carry his team through the round robin and the first two knockout games, I guess that was enough since Germany didn't have a single dominant player, just a dominant team. Enjoy those facilities and debt payments Brazil, sure hope it was worth it...
Congrats to Germany on earning a fourth star on their crest. A worthy champion.
Now we have a 12 month wait until the 2018 qualifying begins.
Inside one month until camp starts.
Facing one of the final four teams doesn't seem like such an odd possibility to me. I'll probably end up figuring out stats while I'm typing this.
Here's our good friends Mexico in the same 7 tournaments.
1994: Italy (2nd) in group stage, Bulgaria (4th) round of 16
1998: Netherlands (4th) in group stage
2006: Portugal (4th) in group stage
2010: Uruguay (4th) in group stage
2014: Brazil in group stage, Netherlands round of 16 (finished 3rd and 4th)
Another way to look at it would be how many teams in a given world cup end up playing a top 4 team. This year three teams in groups A (Brazil), B (Netherlands), F (Argentina), and G (Germany) played teams in the top 4. In round of 16 there was also Algeria (Germany) and Switzerland (Argentina). In the quarterfinals add Colombia (Brazil), France (Germany), Costa Rica (Netherlands), Belgium (Argentina). That's a total of 18 out of 28 teams. I think the maximum possible is 20 and the minimum is 12.
I'm not sure about any of them including my Tigers. Mostly picked the way I did to get Hasa's blood pressure up just a little.