Who’s The Most Powerful Team in College Football Heading Into Week 6?


Howdy.  This is where you’ll find out which teams have played the best against the best competition to date.  But first, a few thoughts about last weekend.

If any of you looked at my post last week, you read that I thought the Ole Miss-Alabama game would be closer than the line.  Final Score BAMA 25-0.  Does this prove that I’m an idiot?  Nope.  That’s a given.  Just ask my wife.  What it does prove is that you’ve got to factor in coaching stupidity.

An example from my own experience—two weeks ago, I’m coaching my boy’s flag football team (the highest level of coaching I’m allowed by law).  Now, I’m not the regular coach, and I only had about a half hour prior to the game to install some plays.  I went with the option.  First two series, we reached the other team’s 10 by running straight away at the snap.  On both drives, my option calls helped kill the drives.  I shelved the option after that, and we lost by a touchdown.

Back to Ole Miss— On the opening drive, they had a 3rd and 2 at 30.  Two runs, 1 yard.  Now, yeah, you’d like to think your team should always be able to pick up a yard, but then again you’re playing BAMA in Tuscaloosa, and you have a chance to take an opening lead by making a 47 yd kick.

Half the game goes by with BAMA getting three field goals and a touchdown.  Then, midway through the 3rd, Ole Miss moves to BAMA’s 8.  2nd and 3.  Two incomplete passes later, BAMA has the ball.  Score should have been 16-6.  Four minutes later, Ole Miss intercepts—1st and 10 on BAMA’s 31.  Drive stalls at BAMA’s 13.  4th and 5.  False start.  On 4th and 10 from the 18, and they pass.  PASS?  I understand since they were down 16-0, and you’re 8 seconds into the 4th quarter, but, if they had kicked before, this is a no-brainer because they’d only be down 16-9.

C’mon, Hugh!  Sometimes, you’ve got to look up beyond the scoreboard and realize what’s going on in the game!  By the way, hell of a call having Treadwell throw that pass in the 1st quarter.  Damn tricky.  Who’d expect a true freshman WR to throw the ball?  Too bad it was intercepted.

Is defense dead in the SEC?  You might think so just by looking at the scores.  I could bore you with the stats, but the teams are allowing about a touchdown more than last year at this time.  Why?  A couple of reasons.  First of all, a couple of teams (LSU and ALABAMA) lost several of their players to better paying gigs in the NFL, and their young replacements aren’t quite up to the task.  Plus, a few teams (Georgia, A&M and Missouri) simply refuse to play good, solid defense no matter how good their personnel is.  And finally, the third reason is that we’re seeing a major uptick in offensive performance by most of the teams.  A&M, Georgia and Missouri are trying to hit triple digits each game, but what about LSU?  Cam Cameron has Mettenberger throwing the ball downfield to his OWN teammates!  LSU + the FORWARD PASS = CONFUSION.  I like it!  A lot!  But, then again, I went to school there.

Speaking of LSU, their game against Georgia didn’t suck too badly, did it?  Three huge SEC games so far this season, and all have been great!

This week?  Ole Miss and Auburn should be entertaining, and Arkansas and Florida could be pretty good since it’s still hard to get a handle on either team.  Think Vandy will beat Missouri again?  I don’t know how good Vandy is, but they are clearly the best team Missouri has faced so far.

Outside of the SEC—Kiffin got fired.  He probably deserved it, but I was a little surprised it happened this early.  Mack Brown didn’t, though he probably should have.  Texas also edged Iowa State 31-30 last night.  Isn’t that alone grounds for dismissal?  Oklahoma plays TCU in a game that should look better in person than on paper.  We’ll see if West Virginia really has a pulse when they play Baylor.  I think they may hold Baylor to a season low—like 63 points or something.  Ask me sometime why I think the BIG 12 is cheating the other conferences.

UCLA beat Utah last night to remain undefeated.  They may be worth a damn.  They’ve actually played a decent schedule.  Two other good ones in the PAC 12 with Arizona State looking to be the next team to beat Notre Dame while Washington and Stanford battle it out.

In the ACC, Florida State’s defense will still be watching its amazing quarterback instead of figuring out how to stop the opposing team.  One of these opponents will not self-destruct.  I don’t know if Maryland is the one.  Clemson plays Syracuse.  I love watching Clemson play, but I really want them to lose since they play two 1-AA teams this season.  I doubt Syracuse will make my dreams come true.

Ohio State will probably beat Northwestern, but it may be pretty close.  Illinois and Nebraska each only have one loss.  Do you care?  Michigan is the worst 4-0 team I’ve ever seen.  Possibly the worst ever.

THE RANKING

Last week, LSU was number one before slipping to number 2 Georgia.  Alabama has jumped ahead of Oregon for the second spot.  Arizona State and Virginia Tech jumped into the top 10 with their nice wins.  West Virginia vaulted up 78 spots from 91st to 13th with that thrashing of Oklahoma State.  Here they are:

PTS FOR LAST
WEEK 5 RANKING WINS LOSSES RANK

1

GEORGIA

22.75024

3

1

2

2

ALABAMA

17.98887

4

0

5

3

OREGON

17.19113

4

0

3

4

WASHINGTON

16.27516

4

0

7

5

STANFORD

16.12724

4

0

12

6

OKLAHOMA

15.28466

4

0

22

7

ARIZONA ST

15.15267

3

1

39

8

VIRGINIA TECH

14.91348

4

1

32

9

CLEMSON

14.81336

4

0

6

10

UCLA

13.85735

3

0

4

11

LSU

12.84092

4

1

1

12

MIAMI

12.56061

4

0

11

13

WEST VIRGINIA

12.09443

3

2

91

14

MICHIGAN

12.06817

4

0

10

15

OHIO ST

11.93309

5

0

35

16

SOUTH CAROLINA

11.21715

3

1

43

17

FLORIDA ST

9.931965

4

0

20

18

TEXAS AM

9.727355

4

1

42

19

WASHINGTON ST

9.689444

3

2

9

20

TEXAS TECH

9.624381

4

0

16

21

MISSOURI

9.042076

4

0

25

22

RUTGERS

9.034827

3

1

17

23

FRESNO ST

8.902549

4

0

21

24

ILLINOIS

8.862888

3

1

23

25

PITTSBURGH

8.470177

3

1

38

26

NORTHERN ILL

8.173895

4

0

34

27

MARYLAND

8.163579

4

0

19

28

IOWA

8.118762

4

1

60

29

HOUSTON

8.069265

4

0

37

30

FLORIDA

7.860502

3

1

26

31

UTAH

7.849304

3

1

27

32

UCF

7.726028

3

1

8

33

GA TECH

7.485159

3

1

13

34

NOTRE DAME

7.410534

3

1

14

35

EAST CAROLINA

7.080377

3

1

64

36

NORTHWESTERN

6.982387

4

0

29

37

OHIO UNIV

6.978688

3

1

30

38

MISSISSIPPI

6.649402

3

1

24

39

BAYLOR

6.518556

3

0

33

40

AUBURN

5.790963

3

1

31

41

LOUISVILLE

5.539409

4

0

36

42

TEXAS ST

5.497866

3

1

51

43

UTAH ST

4.07267

3

2

44

44

ARIZONA

3.837104

3

1

40

45

NC STATE

2.984862

3

1

48

46

OREGON ST

2.521527

4

1

79

47

PENN ST

2.13933

3

1

46

48

USC

2.037479

3

2

15

49

BYU

2.019999

2

2

65

50

OKLAHOMA ST

1.648161

3

1

18

51

TENNESSEE

1.646272

3

2

52

52

MICH ST

1.438166

3

1

49

53

WISCONSIN

1.197963

3

2

47

54

TCU

1.140959

2

2

71

55

UNLV

0.528193

3

2

59

56

NEBRASKA

0.176122

3

1

55

57

INDIANA

-0.00719

2

2

56

58

MISSISSIPPI ST

-0.36991

2

2

58

59

MINNESOTA

-0.46478

4

1

28

60

BOISE ST

-1.39901

3

2

75

61

NEVADA

-1.46565

3

2

70

62

VANDERBILT

-1.62788

3

2

81

63

BALL ST

-1.63325

4

1

96

64

SYRACUSE

-1.66905

2

2

66

65

NORTH TEXAS

-1.94458

2

2

62

66

VIRGINIA

-1.9903

2

2

54

67

BUFFALO

-2.64417

2

2

84

68

RICE

-2.80626

2

2

72

69

MEMPHIS

-2.95218

1

2

69

70

DUKE

-3.02835

3

2

89

71

KANSAS

-3.31669

2

1

73

72

MARSHALL

-3.55867

2

2

76

73

CINCINNATI

-3.59808

3

1

74

74

TULANE

-3.65348

3

2

100

75

ARKANSAS

-3.72997

3

2

61

76

COLORADO

-4.13994

2

1

45

77

KENT ST

-4.38881

2

3

88

78

OLD DOMINION

-4.49989

3

2

92

79

CALIFORNIA

-4.70807

1

3

83

80

TEXAS

-4.80461

2

2

77

81

WESTERN KENTUCKY

-4.94631

3

2

109

82

BOSTON COLLEGE

-5.01577

2

2

80

83

KENTUCKY

-5.19927

1

3

78

84

UL-LAF

-5.44809

2

2

87

85

MIDDLE TENN

-5.4963

3

2

53

86

BOWLING GREEN

-5.57554

4

1

97

87

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

-6.18089

2

3

63

88

WAKE FOREST

-6.20684

2

3

90

89

SAN JOSE ST

-6.57448

1

3

86

90

SMU

-7.16021

1

3

85

91

NORTH CAROLINA

-7.56692

1

3

50

92

WYOMING

-7.93942

3

2

57

93

COLORADO ST

-8.11087

2

3

101

94

PURDUE

-8.25894

1

4

94

95

ARMY

-8.3954

2

3

104

96

NAVY

-9.08697

2

1

41

97

UAB

-10.1538

1

3

93

98

NEW MEXICO

-10.1758

1

3

82

99

IDAHO

-10.1987

1

4

103

100

TOLEDO

-10.3412

2

3

67

101

SOUTHERN MISS

-11.8326

0

4

99

102

TROY

-13.2048

2

3

98

103

SOUTH ALABAMA

-14.5917

2

2

108

104

TULSA

-14.6856

1

3

95

105

ARKANSAS ST

-15.0207

2

3

107

106

FLORIDA ATLANTIC

-15.2391

1

4

102

107

HAWAII

-15.5577

0

4

105

108

ULM

-15.6413

2

3

68

109

EASTERN MICH

-16.0298

1

3

114

110

AIR FORCE

-16.3152

1

4

111

111

CENTRAL MICH

-16.6874

1

4

113

112

MIAMI (OH)

-16.9077

0

4

110

113

IOWA ST

-22.1109

1

2

119

114

UTEP

-22.6213

1

3

112

115

KANSAS ST

-22.7701

2

2

117

116

NEW MEXICO ST

-23.2546

0

5

115

117

AKRON

-24.8679

1

4

106

118

LA TECH

-26.1646

1

4

116

119

CONNECTICUT

-32.1812

0

4

118

120

SAN DIEGO ST

-33.1595

1

3

121

121

SOUTH FLORIDA

-35.8917

0

4

120

122

WESTERN MICH

-55.3874

0

5

122

123

UMASS

-56.798

0

4

124

124

TEMPLE

-59.9053

0

4

123

125

FLORIDA INT

-75.5431

0

4

125

126

GEORGIA STATE

-143.252

0

4

126

If you want to see how the teams arrived at their ranking, or find out a little more about them, either visit my site, leave me a comment, or hit me up on Twitter–@CFBPOWER_RANKER.

Enjoy the games, my friends.

Thanks,

Bill

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