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Fun With Victory Chain Linker

The Internet is one of humanity's great advancements precisely because it facilitates such incredibly edifying wastes of time as Victory Chain Linker, an old favorite that's sat neglected since the end of last season - a particularly useful one for the Linker, it should be noted, because it marked the first time in the site's existence the mythical national championship was bestowed upon a team with a loss - you can't build a chain of defeat to a team that wasn't defeated, after all. So Boise State is exempt. But as for the mighty Gators, meet Frostburg State, which finished 2-7 as a member of Division III's Alleghenny Mountain Conference (Celebrating a Decade of Excellence!) but could theoretically dethrone the Gators, as this chain proves:


If Florida don't know, it better ask Randolph Macon College: Frostburg State ain't no joke.
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Frostburg St beat
Westminster PA who beat
Adrian who beat
Albion who beat
Butler who beat
Dayton who beat
Robert Morris who beat
Central Conn St who beat
Georgia Southern who beat
Western Carolina who beat
Eastern Kentucky who beat
Western Kentucky who beat
Southern Illinois who beat
Indiana who beat
Iowa who beat
Iowa St who beat
Missouri who beat
Mississippi who beat
Vanderbilt who beat
Georgia who beat
Auburn who beat
Florida

That's 21 degrees from Frostburg to Florida, which, as Paul Kislanko showed us last November, is the most convenient way to judge two teams' strength relative to one another without having them actually, you know, play, since in this case Frostburg State players would likely be maimed in short order on an actual field. Insurance and all that. Temple's chain to Florida, for comparison, is ten degrees; USC's chain is three. Frostburg State's chain to USC? A mere nineteen degrees.

The 2006 chain is a richer one not only because the champions are part of the mix, but because the Championship Subdivision fared far better against I-A competition last year. In 2005, the only way to jump from the little guys to the Bowl Subdivision was via Cal-Davis' upset of Stanford, but Montana State, Southern Illinois, New Hampshire and Richmond threw the doors open by beating Colorado, Indiana, Northwestern and Duke, respectively. Okay, so beating Duke doesn't factor here because the Blue Devils failed to beat a I-A opponent their own selves, but the principle remains: victory over a I-AA team is not to be taken for granted if your squad sucks.

Some other favorites from last season:

Emory&Henry over So. Carolina Case Western Reserve over Texas
Emory & Henry beat Case Western Reserve beat
Apprentice who beat Kenyon who beat
Brockport St who beat Ohio Wesleyan who beat
Buffalo St who beat Wittenberg who beat
Western Conn St who beat Alma who beat
Iona who beat Albion who beat
Duquesne who beat Butler who beat
Fordham who beat Dayton who beat
Albany NY who beat Robert Morris who beat
Lehigh who beat Central Conn St who beat
Villanova who beat Georgia Southern who beat
James Madison who beat Western Carolina who beat
New Hampshire who beat Eastern Kentucky who beat
Northwestern who beat Western Kentucky who beat
Iowa who beat Southern Illinois who beat
Iowa St who beat Indiana who beat
Missouri who beat Western Michigan who beat
Mississippi who beat Toledo who beat
Vanderbilt who beat Kansas who beat
Georgia who beat Kansas St who beat
South Carolina Texas
Peru State over Ohio State Pomona-Pitzer over Notre Dame
Peru St beat Pomona-Pitzer beat
Waldorf who beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps who beat
Buena Vista who beat Kenyon who beat
Cornell IA who beat Ohio Wesleyan who beat
Alma who beat Wittenberg who beat
Albion who beat Alma who beat
Butler who beat Albion who beat
Dayton who beat Butler who beat
Robert Morris who beat Dayton who beat
Central Conn St who beat Robert Morris who beat
Georgia Southern who beat Central Conn St who beat
Western Carolina who beat Georgia Southern who beat
Eastern Kentucky who beat Western Carolina who beat
Western Kentucky who beat Eastern Kentucky who beat
Southern Illinois who beat Western Kentucky who beat
Indiana who beat Southern Illinois who beat
Iowa who beat Indiana who beat
Iowa St who beat Western Michigan who beat
Missouri who beat Virginia who beat
Mississippi who beat North Carolina St who beat
Vanderbilt who beat Florida St who beat
Georgia who beat UCLA who beat
Auburn who beat Southern Cal who beat
Florida who beat Notre Dame
Ohio State
Southern Nazarene over USC St. Norbert over Oklahoma
Southern Nazarene beat St Norbert beat
Azusa Pacific who beat Olivet Nazarene who beat
Malone who beat Trinity Int'l who beat
Walsh who beat Valparaiso who beat
West Liberty St who beat Morehead St who beat
Duquesne who beat Dayton who beat
Robert Morris who beat Robert Morris who beat
Central Conn St who beat Central Conn St who beat
Georgia Southern who beat Georgia Southern who beat
Western Carolina who beat Western Carolina who beat
Eastern Kentucky who beat Eastern Kentucky who beat
Western Kentucky who beat Western Kentucky who beat
Southern Illinois who beat Southern Illinois who beat
Indiana who beat Indiana who beat
Western Michigan who beat Western Michigan who beat
Virginia who beat Toledo who beat
North Carolina St who beat Kansas who beat
Florida St who beat Kansas St who beat
UCLA who beat Texas who beat
Southern Cal Oklahoma