Alabama was #2 in both polls where it was not #1. Oregon was only #2 in one poll, so that’s why the gap is more than one point. Clemson is third in every poll but two of them (2nd and 5th), so they’re not far behind Oregon. Stanford was the most uniform top-5 team, with four 4th-place votes and one #2. Ohio St. varied from #3 to #7, but Florida St. was either 5th or 6th in ever ranking. LSU finished ahead of Oklahoma by being in the top 10 of every ranking. Texas A&M varied from #6 to #20, but the Aggies finished ahead of the more consistent Hurricanes.
Consistency seems to come from actually beating a good team. Washington was edged by South Carolina since the Huskies were as low as #22 in one ranking. Nos. 16 to 18, 20, and 21 weren’t particularly remarkable apart from being close. Baylor, Northwestern, and Virginia Tech each appeared in at least one top 15 but they each failed to appear in at least one ranking. Northern Illinois was ranked by everyone but no higher than #22. Oklahoma St. prevailed for #25 because they appeared in three rankings, while Auburn only appeared in two. The rest appeared in one apiece.
I repeat, we DID have a Notre Dame fan voting. Such modesty.
First, I just wanted to ask again for top 25 rankings from any others who want to submit them. I'm compiling them from a few sites (mostly from former TSN users). I'll post those probably some time around mid-day (Pacific time) on Thursday, but I'd like to get them by in the next day or so. If you send a listing, please mention your favorite team so I can include that.
I do have my computer ratings up. However, I decided on one more transitional week to my top 25. The order of the teams is still too far off of the way I have it, and next week is a huge week in the SEC (LSU/Florida, Georgia/Missouri, Texas A&M/Ole Miss) in addition to other games such as Washington/Oregon, Oklahoma/Texas, Louisville/Rutgers, Wisconsin/Northwestern, and USC/Arizona. USC and Texas have had disappointing years so far, but they still have a chance to win their respective games.
I’m confident I will feel a lot more comfortable in standing by whatever comes out of the computer formula after these games than I am with the way it is now. This week seemed more about teams just confirming their status as top teams (barely, in a few cases) rather than sorting out the top teams relative to one another.
I also updated my LSU/Miss. St. Rivalry entry. Without further ado, here are my rankings.
I meant to post this yesterday before the games for this week started. These rankings are transitional between my subjective rankings and the rankings based on my computer formula, which will be released next week. I tried to minimize the larger jumps.
rank / team / prior
1 Alabama 1
2 Stanford 4
3 Clemson 6
4 Georgia 7
5 Washington 12
6 Ohio St. 2
7 Oregon 3
8 Oklahoma 11
9 LSU 5
10 Florida St. 13
11 Louisville 8
12 S Carolina 9
13 Texas Tech 21
14 Miami 14
15 Fresno St. 25
16 TX A&M 10
17 UCLA 19
18 Va. Tech –
19 Michigan 16
20 Ole Miss 15
21 Auburn 20
22 Baylor 22
23 N’western 17
24 Florida 23
25 N. Illinois –
Out of rankings: (18) Okie St., (24) Notre Dame
Many of you probably know where to find my other blogs (such as more detailed rankings discussion) by now, but if you need specific directions, let me know.
I just can’t understand what is going on with the Cleveland Browns. Are they trying to build a winning team, or are they trying to be the laughing stock of the NFL. Trading away Trent Richardson for Indianapolis’ number one when they could have at least gotten another pick from a disparate Colt’s team who where looking for a RB was stupid.
On a side note. Maybe the Browns front office knows what they are doing as they upset the Minnesota Vikings, 31-17.
Ohio State 76-0 over FAMU, Louisville over FIU 72-0, Florida State 54-6 over Bethane Cookman. The fourth quarter of Miami's 77-7 win over Savannah State was shortened to 12 minutes, as mutually agreed upon by both coaches. What more needs to be said about that match-up? Come on now. I think there should be a mercy rule. If a team is down by 40 points going into the 4th quarter, the losing team will get three chances to score from the 50 yard line. If they cannot do so the game will end.
Mariano Rivera Tribute from Yankee players on the Scoreboard and the second one towards the end has Metallica performing live as Mo walks to the pitchers mound
Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves, Oakland A’s, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tiger’s for winning their Division. Congrats to the Reds and Pirates for making the playoffs.
Also, a shout out to the Boston Red Sox. Congrats on a great season. You deserved it. This Yankee fan won’t curse the Red Sox, or insult their fans like the fans of you know who do, even when their team wins the Super Bowl. Nope. Not from me.
Next week, I will have my picks for the Baseball awards.
I’m fine with my team not being highly rated to start, but I still question the reasoning.
I guess people are forgetting that despite the #14 ranking to finish last year, LSU was one of the handful of top teams in the country for the third year in a row. The loss to Clemson in the bowl game was a matter of a highly motivated team playing a highly disappointed team. I’m not saying that it wasn’t right for LSU to fall in the polls afterward, but that didn’t mean that they weren’t one of the best teams in the country. If Alabama had been slotted into the Peach Bowl (Chick-fil-A doesn’t send me money, so I’m calling it what I want) against Clemson, that probably would have been a really close game too. When you are the national runner-up one year and you go down to the wire against a team like Alabama for what in all likelihood would have been a chance to repeat as SEC Champions, the Peach Bowl isn’t something you get excited about.
I’m not saying LSU would have necessarily won the SEC (Georgia showed itself to be pretty much equal to LSU and Alabama despite having played none of the top three teams in the West before the SEC Championship game [SECCG]), but only very good SEC teams control their own destiny going into the SECCG. LSU was in that position in neither of its championship years; and of course in 2011, Alabama wasn’t even in the SECCG.
An unfortunate aspect of preseason rankings is many voters (or random people who do preseason rankings) want to envision a team going undefeated. That’s hard to do when you have to play the best four other SEC teams from last year (Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Florida) and TCU.
How many does Alabama have to play? Two. So it’s possible LSU beats Alabama and still doesn’t make the SECCG as a result of the rest of the schedule.
You might vaguely recall the fact that Alabama had an easier slate against the East last year too. The Tide played Missouri and Tennessee while the Tigers played Florida and South Carolina. It seems like the least that could have been done would have been to let LSU play Missouri this year.
LSU also had quite a gauntlet in 2011 and went 13-0 going into the BCS title game. And that was without a reliable quarterback, which LSU finally seems to have going into next year. Zach Mettenberger had some shaky starts early last year, but compared to Jarrett Lee’s growing pains, his first season was a walk in the park. Had LSU not played Florida, the Tigers could have very well gone into the Alabama game (in which Mettenberger would have likely finished leading the team to victory had he been allowed) undefeated.