September 23, 2008
“It’s mass confusion down here. Just a mess.”
This week’s rankings brought to you by the ghost of Bill Stewart’s coaching career.
|2. Wake Forest||46.15||â†‘1|
|13. Boise State||91.74||â†‘13|
|14. Ball State||93.11||â†‘8|
|15. Virginia Tech||95.07||â†‘1|
|16. Fresno State||95.22||â†‘10|
|17. Georgia Tech||95.41||â†”|
|21. Ohio State||101.67||â†‘5|
|24. Notre Dame||110||â†“17|
Dropped: East Carolina, Oregon, South Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Southern Miss
Just Missed: Minnesota, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, South Florida, Kentucky
Comments, Concerns, and General Shenanigans
Yeah, the rankings are still a bit of a mess, but they’re slowly working themselves out. Â There’s much less movement going on this week and once the major conference play begins, there will even less crazy fluctuations.
His Coachness can even charm a computer
We’re sure the first thing you noticed is the very conspicuous presence of UCLA in 6th. Â No, it’s not a typo. No, we don’t believe UCLA has the 6th best resume in the nation. Â Yes, UCLA really did earn that rating. Â How? Â Strength of schedule. Â Exhibit A: the win over Tennessee. Â Exhibit B: losses to BYU and Arizona. Â This gives them roughly the 3rd toughest schedule to date in FBS football (more on that later). Â This rating won’t last, however. Â A loss against Fresno State this week (again, UCLA has a very tough schedule) will raise their rating to somewhere between 110 and 120, depending on other results. Â If UCLA wins, they’ll maintain about the same rating. Â Don’t worry; if UCLA is emphatically not a good team, the system will work it out as more games get played.
There seems to be an impostor amongst the power conferences this season. Â The Mountain West Conference is having a nice early run this season, including the spanking of 4 Pac 10 teams last weekend. Â Combine this across-the-board success with a potential BCS-buster in BYU and you have the makings of a surprise conference ranking. Â As far as the power conferences go, the SEC seems to be dominating. Â The SEC has also played in-conference games, thus raising the strength of schedule for most teams. Â Our guess is that it’s a little bit from column A, and a little bit from column B.
Thanks for playing
We’d like to give an honorable mention to 3 teams who managed to crack the top 25 (before our manual adjustment) without a win. Â These 3 teams found the early season loophole, much like UCLA, by playing some ridiculous opening schedules. Â Oregon, BYU, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Tulsa, LSU, Kansas, Iowa, and South Florida each had a chance to pad their schedules against these teams. Â So here’s to you, Washington, North Texas, and Florida International, for offering yourselves up as sacrificial lambs.