October 15, 2008
(Through the games of Oct. 11)
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|2. USC||62.95||â†‘ Â1|
|3. Texas||65.48||Ââ†‘ 4|
|4. Georgia||72.54||Ââ†‘ 1|
|5. Penn State||78.76||Ââ†‘ 1|
|6. Utah||79.58||â†“ 2|
|7. Oklahoma State||85.2||Ââ†‘ 13|
|8. Ohio State||87.08||â†‘ Â4|
|9. Wake Forest||88.68||Ââ†‘ 6|
|10. Michigan State||89.53||Ââ†‘ 6|
|11. Oklahoma||91.75||â†“ 2|
|12. Texas Tech||93.25||Ââ†‘ 5|
|13. North Carolina||95.28||â†“ 2|
|14. Ball State||95.61||â†”|
|15. Northwestern||97.5||â†“ 15|
|16. Florida||100.24||Ââ†‘ 10|
|17. LSU||101.6||â†“ 4|
|18. BYU||102.78||Ââ†‘ 3|
|19. Minnesota||103.58||â†‘ Â5|
|20. Missouri||103.9||â†“ 12|
|21. Boise State||105.13||â†“ 2|
|22. Arkansas||105.65||â†‘ Â4|
|23. Connecticut||108||â†‘ Â3|
|24. TCU||108.21||â†‘ Â2|
Dropped: Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Tulsa, Nebraska
Just Missed: Tulsa, Notre Dame, Oregon, Nebraska, Cincinnati, South Carolina
Comments, Concerns, and General Shenanigans
Just start calling it Wacktober
I guess this is why we love college football; anything can happen on any given Saturday. Vandy lost to Mississippi St. (although technically not Croomed), Minnesota moved to 6-1(!) with a win in Champaign, Arkansas(?!!!) upset Auburn, Oklahoma State did the same to Missouri, and to top it all off, Michigan lost to a bad-by-MAC-standards Toledo at home. So much for the rankings making sense.
Oddities and Eccentricities
Arkansas. Thatâ€™s all weâ€™ve got. Arkansas. Weâ€™re ready to throw in the towel and just give up on trying to give a respectable top 25. Thanks a lot Auburn. Also, what have we learned from Florida and USC this season? If youâ€™re going to lose, lose to a semi-decent team. Floridaâ€™s loss to Ole Miss is killing their rating while USCâ€™s loss to Oregon State is maybe, kinda, sorta hurting the Trojans.
Racking up the mileage
Weâ€™ve got three big movers within the top 25 this week. Northwestern drop 15 spots for their loss at home to Michigan State, but inexplicably remain in the top 25. Thatâ€™s not a knock on Michigan State, who may be playing in a de facto Big 10 championship game against Penn State when the two meet for the yearly battle over the marvelous Land Grant Trophy (read: most boring trophy/rivalry ever). Itâ€™s just that Northwestern really hasnâ€™t done anything, unless we consider beating Duke an accomplishment. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State and Missouri essentially switched positions in the rankings.
We have a new boss in town and it goes by the name of The Big XII. Somehow those crazy Midwestern folk and their disdain for any semblance of defense have overtaken the SEC speeeeeeeeedddddd for first place in the conference rankings. After that we have the Big 10 sitting quietly in third before the unbelievably confusing ACC leads the battle for conference relevance.
Bottom of the Barrel
Thereâ€™s not much change at the bottom of the FBS. Washington and North Texas remain winless, while the only significant movement in the bottom 10 is Eastern Michigan dropping due to their loss to Army.
Thatâ€™s it for this week. Happy weekending!