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Week 4 College Football Rankings 2014
Category: NCAA

(Logos are posted for teams that are new to the rankings for the year.)

1 Auburn 1
2 Oklahoma 3
3 Florida St. 4
4 Oregon 2
5 Alabama 5
6 TX A&M 6
7 BYU 10
8 Ole Miss 9
9 S Carolina 11
miss st
10 Miss. St. –
11 Penn St. 12
12 Notre Dame 8
13 LSU 7
14 E. Carolina 15
15 Georgia 13
16 UCLA 17
Ga Tech
17 Ga. Tech –
18 Rutgers –
19 Arkansas –
20 Okie St. 25
21 Washington –
22 Arizona 23
Nebraska Logo 1972
23 Nebraska –
24 NC State –
25 Virginia 19

Out of rankings: (14) Pittsburgh, (16) Boston Coll., (18) Va. Tech, (20) USC, (21) Louisville, (22) Ohio St., (24) Missouri

Explanation and future rankings

I’m putting this at the bottom because it’s probably too boring and technical for many of you, but I do get questions about these things often.

Just to get to the point, what I’m going to do is make next week (and possibly the following week) a transitional period. I will compute and publish my computer rankings, but I won’t use those for my official top 25 right away. I’ll try to ease into that. For instance, if I don’t have a team ranked this week, but they’re #10 in the computer ratings after next week, I will put them between #15 and #20, then maybe if they’re still #10 the following week, it won’t be as dramatic to actually rank them #10. Or maybe they’ll lose, and it won’t be a seesaw from unranked to #10 to #20-something.

I’ve already made some changes in anticipation of what may happen in moving toward that system. I gave very little weight to any preseason preconceptions about given teams or their opponents.

I did my best to do the ratings above fairly, but it has gotten difficult, and that’s why I can no longer use a fully subjective system going forward. I continue to second-guess myself and remain unsatisfied.

There are a lot of conflicting motivations at this point. I’m still moving from “Are you going to be a good team?” to “What have you proven?” At the same time, I don’t want to put a team in the top 25 based on an early-season scheduling quirk and have that team get blown out. It will take some time before the teams that look good in games and teams that look good based on objective measures line up.

There is a team like this every year. In 2011, Stanford didn’t really play anyone until October 22, then they played three of the next four against ranked teams and the fourth game was against Oregon St. on the road (which is rarely an easy win). Then the Cardinal still had to play Notre Dame (who was also ranked at the time) later on in November. This was the year they played in the Fiesta Bowl despite losing big to Oregon.

Anyway, getting back to this year, Florida St. is a good example of some of the difficulties. The Seminoles are not even in the top 10 based on wins and losses that have happened so far this season (a loose description of what my computer rankings consider). They beat Clemson, who I really believe is a good team, and Oklahoma St., who might be a good team also, but that doesn’t do it at this point. Clemson doesn’t look any better than Northwestern because the Tigers are winless against FBS competition (but both Clemson and Northwestern have an FCS win). Florida St. doesn’t get credit for beating an unsuccessful (so far against Division I anyway) FCS team, nor do they get credit for a bye week. So that leaves Oklahoma St. The Cowboys have a somewhat respectable win over UTSA, but beating the team who beat UTSA is hardly something to hang your hat on.

Oddly enough, Florida St. has a good chance to improve its rating by beating North Carolina St., who I do not believe is a good team, but three FBS wins at this point over teams with four combined FBS wins makes them look good for the moment. All three of those teams are probably well below average, but that won’t be clear until later.

There is a preliminary step in the process where I get initial ratings of teams between 0 and about 7. So if right now, North Carolina St. is 6 and Clemson is 1, maybe in a couple weeks, they’ll both be 3.5, and at the end of the season Clemson might be about 5 and North Carolina St. about 2. So Florida St. might get similar credit for the two wins combined for the rest of the season even if neither team ends up anything like what has shown up so far.

It helps Florida St. that Clemson will likely get a wins of some quality by playing North Carolina and North Carolina St. in the next two weeks. Oklahoma St. isn’t playing a great team in Texas Tech, but that will be an opportunity for them to add some substance to their resume.

The other major contenders already rate highly. Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Oregon all rate in the top 7 of the current computer ratings. Florida St. is still in the top 20 though.

So what I’m going to do is release my first computer ratings next week (a week earlier than originally planned), but I’m still going to do subjective ratings for next week and possibly the week after that. They just won’t be purely subjective. Let’s say the winner of Miss. St. and Texas A&M comes out #1. I might move Miss. St. up to #5 or A&M up to #3 or #4, but I wouldn’t rank either #1, at least not for a couple more weeks.

It’s also possible I’ll do another transition week after October 4. In other words, the subjective ratings may overlap with the computer ratings for a couple of weeks, but what I feature here will be the subjective ratings.

Also, sometimes for the first few weeks of the computer rankings, I change the top 5 of what I post here. I always make clear what those changes are, and I never make any subjective changes on my ratings site. I try to keep any subjective preferences off of that site.

Although that Missouri had a good chance to win the SEC for a while in the championship game last year, I’m still glad I didn’t take the leap and make them #1. They should never have been regarded as the top team to beat in the country last year. I also wouldn’t want to take that step early on for A&M, Miss. St., Arizona, N.C. St., or UCLA. On the other hand, if one of those teams is undefeated and rises to the top a month from now or more, I’m not going to alter anything.

Earlier rankings:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

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Tavern Monday: The Emo Edition
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: graduation bruins reunions nascar rutgers

This had to be the longest short-week ever here at the Tavern, Harry set up a lemonade stand out front - he got some business, but mostly he was waxing nostaglic about the old ballyard.  Because Harry was otherwise occupied, Sun Tzu decided that it would be okay to take up Harry’s traditional stool at the bar...and spent the rest of the evening apologizing for that and some other offenses.  While that made for a long week, It was definitely a long week for Julie “I choose not to coach you gus” Hermann, Mike Adams and Ricky Stenhouse...and anyone waiting for the Penguins/Bruins series to start.  Of course the worst part of the Pens/B’s tilt is that puck dropped at 8:30 - in the middle of my class reunion.  


It’s the first reunion I’ve ever been to - my class from the get-go was known as the epitome of the Gen X slacker - and I chose a doozy of a reunion to attend: I think there were 9 of us.  Of course, because of Facebook, I already know who got fat and bald, and who is in a dead end job and all of that, so the mystery is kind of taken out of it.  There we are, 9 middle aged, out of shape dudes hanging around, looking at our phones to find out what time it was so we could go somewhere else and watch the game.


As if that wasn’t enough to depress me about getting old, on Sunday, the #1 Mini-Mo graduated high school.  From the time she started school, I’ve been preparing myself emotionally for this day...or trying to.  13 years of emotional preparation, alas, was not enough.  Seeing her name written out in the program, Hearing her name, seeing her walk across the stage to collect her diploma.  Nope, just not enough preparation for that.


As that young woman goes off to college, my attention turns to Rutgers.  As far as Julie Hermann’s long week goes - you would have to think that given what the school has gone through and why they were looking for an AD in the first place, they’d have taken every precaution to make sure their appointee was squeaky clean.  Now, in Hermann’s defense, what is being discussed happened 15+ years ago. We’re talking about letters describing a pretty intense emotional experience, and maybe I’m just reading the situation wrong, but what’s described sounds more like an intense coach - not a troubled meglomaniac.  One wonders if Coach Hermann’s failing as a coach was not emotionally preparing these players for competition.  Then the firing of an assistant for under performing or as sex discrimination (depending on who’s telling the story).  The real issue there seems to me to be an inappropriately close personal relationship between a supervisor and her direct report: she compromised her ability to defend herself against an allegation.  That’s what Rutgers should be looking at.  She’s been successful in her role at Louisville, but given where the State University of New Jersey has been they should have made a more considered decision - maybe that would still have been Hermann, but at least they would’ve been prepared.  That’s the real issue here - they didn’t know what they didn’t know and they weren’t sensitive to their own history.   


Mike Adams, a second year player with the Steelers, was stabbed this week in a robbery attempt.  That would make for a long week, but it could make for a long summer - now is the time players should be conditioning themselves, working out, generally preparing.  Hard to do that when you’re convalescing from stab wounds...and a second year player drafted in the 5th round is going to be on the bubble by definition.  That’s got to be weighing heavily on the young man’s mind...


Of course there’s the joke about Ricky Stenhouse Jr “banging” Danica Patrick...and wrecking her car.  Just not exactly the way he would prefer.  I don’t much follow auto racing, that’s the province of Qwazier, but I just can’t resist the drama of a relationship in the workplace.  I have to imagine the wreck in lap 318 of 400 would’ve made for a lot of non-conversation and high-drama with the boss.  Relationships are hard things to navigate anyway, now add a media spot light on an autowreck and you’ve got yourself some real drama..  Now that I think about it, that would be an outstanding plot for a murder mystery - picture the scene where a couple had a fight just before the big race, jockey for position, and one causes the other to fatally crash the car.  


Life has these funny times when the stars align and you’re left to face an issue from several sides.  That was this weekend. All kinds of emo here at the Tavern - most of it good. And how, really, could it be anything but good when you have a the YGS community coming over for a Fred Light and spending time with you?  

Random Odds and Ends
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NHL Red Sox 'Yankees Rice Rutgers



Well, I've gotten the flat screens installed on the walls, but something is missing.  Perhaps paying the electric bill would help.  The Tavern has been back in business for a week now and the first goon looking for "protection money" just left the room, courtesy of one of our favorite locals...seems ADF thought the dude was macking on his lady friend.  Congrats AverageDetFan, the best of everything to you. And here, have a coupon for 25% off your next Duffs after you purchase 5 at the regular price. On another, but related note,  As of yesterday, I celebrated by 12th anniversary.  Our man BOB celebrated 25 years last week, so we're really running the gamut here.  

I was pretty sure the opening of the baseball season would be a referendum of the entirety of the season.  I mean, when was the last time the Red Sox and Yankees were slated to compete for LAST in the division?  So, the beginning of the season turned out okay for the good guys, and by good guys I mean the guys wearing the Red Sox uniform.  Because, let’s face it, for me it’s all about the local laundry.

I was at a client this week and their office overlooks the Charles River in Boston.  Site of the Head of the Charles Regatta…in the near distance was the MIT dome.  To the left was the Citgo sign that lights up Kenmore Square in all of those Sox replays on ESPN.  Simply amazing…and they were embarrassed the terrace wasn’t open yet.  How many of us should have such working conditions as to have to bear not being able to people watch for during lunch hour from the terrace?  I work with a similarly situated company in Atlanta – they actually get a discount on their lease because their view is “obstructed.” How?  There’s a railing that obstructs their view of the skyline.  I wonder if I should call Bank of America and complain they should reduce my mortgage interest rate because if I sit on my deck, the neighbors pass judgment on my pajamas.

My least junior Mo has been entertaining college acceptances.  Truly, it’s been a hard time for me – accepting that my oldest was a high school student has taken me 4-years, now I have to accept that she’s going to college come the fall.  There’s always a lot to consider when choosing schools.  Like, say, who leads the school basketball program – especially when the school you’re choosing really only has a basketball team.  I’m sure there are fathers all over this great land weighing the same issues this one is – where to go, majors, financial aid…and well, how the AD is going to handle a student bullying issue.

So we find ourselves at Rutgers this week, where Mike Rice was shown the door after a video surfaced of him berating  players (oh, by the way, when I say player I do mean “student”) with homophobic slurs and kicking them.   Oh, and by the way, this behavior had been investigated earlier where Rice was fined and suspended.  I’m all for second chances – truly – but when we’re talking about kids, and certainly when we’re talking about people  in whom we entrust leadership positions to our kids, there has to be a high standard.  Bob Knight coached at Indiana for close to 30 years – I suspect largely because 1) he was a winner and 2) cell phone cameras were still in the future.  Rice had no such advantage…on either count. 

Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE football.  Really.  But, as I made clear a few weeks back, I think the NFL has a credibility problem.  Specifically, they’re mitigating liability through deliberately slow research and holding back what the public and scientific community knows and understands about head injury.  They make adjustments to the game on the basis of sponsorships and rule changes.  The latest announcement from the No Fun League is that they’ll start allowing cameras in the locker room.  The XFL remains only in our memories (“HE HATE ME”), but at least one vestage remains: in locker room cameras.  They nibble around the edges instead of dealing with the issues of import to the game.  That’s what cheeses me off.  Seriously?  Let’s have an authentic game, and we won’t have to worry about the crap in the locker rooms.

A parting shot:  The Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr this week…only about 20 years too late.  I was going to grad school in Pittsburgh in the early 90’s when the Pens were hot and Jagr was winning Stanley Cups.  To acquire a guy that’s officially protected under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act as being over 40 to fill a need is a scary proposition.  God bless the man that he’s playing professional hockey after the age of 40 (good god, I can barely climb a flight of stairs), but this isn’t exactly a move that’ll put the B’s over the top.  Of course, in his first game, he scored the games lone goal to give the B's 3-points, so I could be wrong, but...it's risky putting your hopes on old guys.  


Q-o-t-D 4/4/13 Tags: NCAA Rutgers Mike Rice


Here's is the VIDEO of now former Rutgers basketball coach, Mike Rice...Was Rutgers right to shit-can him?

Is his coaching style really "Abusive"? 

Do you really think he's the only coach that behaves like this?



This and That
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys Baseball Digest Baseball Weekly Sports Weekly Maryland Rutgers

Today ScottJax talks about Baseball Digest, Sports Weekly and more in this weeks edition of This and That….

I want to wish all the Gabbers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Mrs. ScottJax is making me my favorite meal, veal parmesan for dinner. I am not a turkey eater.

As long as Jerry Jones has a hand in everything that goes on, the Dallas Cowboys will never win a Super Bowl. He is the modern version of Al Davis.

I enjoyed reading baseball digest when I was a kid. Every month I would go to the local candy store and at the newspaper/magazine section I would pick up my copy and read it from cover to cover. My favorite part of the Digest was “fans speak out.“ Fans would ask questions and the folks at Baseball Digest would come up with the answer and the statistics to back it up. When I joined the Navy I stopped reading the Digest. But recently I was at Publix’s supermarket at the magazine section and I notice they had the Baseball Digest, and so I purchased it.

I again read it from cover to cover, but there are differences with it now. First it is printed 6 times a year, the Digest is now printed in color, and scouting was added to it (it might have something to do with Baseball Digest merging with ProScouting). By the way, “fans speak out,” the crossword puzzle, baseball rules and baseball quick pick are still in the digest.

Another magazine that I enjoy is Sports Weekly.

When it first began, in 1991, it was called “Baseball Weekly” and as it suggests it strictly covered baseball. It was the last sports magazine to have the box scores of every MLB game. Beginning September 4, 2002, the name was changed to “Sports Weekly” as it now covered the NFL in addition to continuing coverage of MLB now minus the box scores.

Sports Weekly covered NASCAR for a year in 2006. But in 2007 college baseball and college football coverage was added. Now it looks like the magazine is starting to take the place of the Sporting News, as it has added college basketball and the NBA to its lineup. Now I have been a subscriber to Sports Weekly since the beginning and am glad it is picking up the slack vacated by the Sporting News.

What is your favorite sports newspaper or magazine?

Maryland, a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953, is leaving the ACC to join the Big-10 effective 2014-2015 academic year.

Meanwhile Rutgers University is leaving the Big East to join Maryland in the Big-10.

Till Next Time



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