WEEK 6 IS IN THE BOOKS—SO, WHO’S THE MOST POWERFUL TEAM IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOW?


WEEK 6 IS IN THE BOOKS–AND HERE’S WHO’S GOT THE POWER!

Howdy, all!  If you haven’t seen this column before, this is where you’ll find out which teams have played the best against the best so far this season.  How?  Through the use of the power ranking model I designed.  It’s similar to a few out there, but probably different than anything you’ve seen.  The main differences are that every team begins the season with an equal ranking and earns its rank from there.  Also, each team is assigned a historical bias based upon its play the previous four years.  This bias does not directly affect this team’s points or ranking.  It does affect the points its opponents gain or lose for playing them.  Other factors considered are home/away, margin of the game, and the team’s strength of schedule.

Before I show you the rankings, I’ve got a few thoughts to share—

MACK BROWN IS STILL EMPLOYED.   I’m not saying he shouldn’t be, and I don’t have anything against him personally, but I don’t believe gift-wrapped win from the refs over Iowa State should be the reason he’s got his job.  I heard some idiots Saturday on one of the Atlanta sports stations talking about how he should be given a little more leeway than Kiffen was.  I couldn’t disagree more.  These guys never mentioned how Texas has underachieved the last few seasons including that fantastic 6-7 season.  Nor did they mention how Kiffen inherited a probation-infested mess and was fielding a team with extreme scholarship restrictions.  Again, they were idiots.

MAYBE TEXAS SHOULD HAVE HELD ON TO GARRETT GILBERT.   Nice two point conversion here on Saturday.  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/10/smu-makes-incredible-2-point-conversion-to-tie-rutgers/

THE SEC EAST.   Tennessee could have beaten Georgia if they had any defense.  Georgia could have won going away if they had any defense.  Don’t care too much for the smog-colored jerseys.  This doesn’t mean Tennesse may be good, but it may mean that Georgia’s defense is worse than we think.  Florida beat Arkansas like they should have.  What is Clowney’s problem at South Carolina?  He told Spurrier shortly before the game that he was hurt and wouldn’t play.  This is fine except that usually the coach is told at least a day before by one of the trainers or medical staff.  If Clowney doesn’t watch out, he could garner more trouble than he thinks.  What kind?  The kind of trouble that could cause him to slide 5 or spots in the draft.  His head coach probably knows more NFL admin types than the agent/runner whispering in his ear.  With Clowney’s absence, SC barely beat Kentucky 35-28.  This isn’t good because Kentucky is BAAAAAD.  On the other hand, Missouri may be the most unloved, undefeated team in the country.  I know I don’t hear anything about them.  This is probably due to the fact that their two strongest opponents so far are Indiana and Vanderbilt.  Two strongest, by far.  On paper, this is changing for Missouri on Saturday when they take on Georgia.  In reality, maybe not, when you consider that Georgia is now having to pull offensive skill players off its scout team to start this one.  Unfortunately for Georgia, its defense is still fully intact.  Or, more specifically, its defensive staff.  This team, more than any other, is wishing for a flu outbreak to wipe out its defensive staff.

THE SEC WEST.    LSU’s defense showed signs of life late in their blowout over Mississippi State.  This doesn’t change the fact that their defense scares me, and it scares me in a way that no defense should be scaring anyone.  They’ll get another test this week when Florida comes to Baton Rouge.  Alabama beat Georgia State just like the other four teams that played Georgia State.  Georgia State is in its second transition year moving into Division 1, and they suck.  They’ve been beaten by 3 (THREE) 1-AA teams so far this season.  We learned that Ole Miss shouldn’t spot anybody a 20-3 lead.  Arkansas and South Carolina could be pretty good, especially if Clowney is watching it from his dorm.  Ole Miss may play some defense against A&M, but it would be surprising.

THE BIG 12.   Other than Iowa State getting jobbed by the Texas Refs (and their coach getting fined for complaining about it), the other game of any real consequence was Oklahoma’s beating TCU by 3.  I don’t expect the Texas Refs to make enough calls to give Texas the game over Oklahoma.  Besides this one, we’ll see if Iowa State has enough bullets left to upset Texas Tech.  Baylor might really be good.  We won’t know until they play a team with a pulse.  Have I told you how the Big 12 is cheating the other major conferences this season?  If not, ask me.

THE BIG 10.   Michigan looked better, but this could be because Minnesota sucks.  Ohio State looked worse for the second week in a row, but they still won.  They are open next weekend which is a tougher opponent than three they’ve played.  Northwestern vs. Wisconsin and Michigan vs. Penn State are worthy of our attention.

THE ACC.    There aren’t any really good, decisive games this week unless there are unexpected upsets.  There are a few games that look entertaining this weekend like PITT at VA TECH, GA TECH at BYU and DUKE hosting NAVY, assuming the federal government closedown doesn’t prohibit the Midshipmen from traveling—lying governmental bastards.

THE PAC 12.   Three of the best games last weekend involved Pac 12 teams.  Stanford edging Washington by a ref’s nosehair may have been the best of the bunch, but Arizona State and Notre Dame was a good one.  Still impressed with what Jimmy Mora is doing at UCLA, especially since I was able to see close up what he did with the Falcons.  This weekend brings us a few more like Utah vs. Stanford, Arizona vs. USC, Washington vs. Oregon and Washington State vs. Oregon State.

THE RANKINGS.  Only one team made a pretty big jump into the top 25 this weekend, and that was Baylor moving from 39th to 8th with its shelling of West Virginia.  For the fourth week in a row, Oregon has slipped a few spots because its strength of schedule is not good.  Hell, it sucks.  Alabama slipped three spots because it played Georgia State, arguably the worst team in the history of Division 1 football.  Here’s how all 126 teams stand so far this season:

        PTS FOR       LAST
  WEEK 6     RANKING WINS   LOSSES RANK

1

STANFORD  

23.99135

5

0

2

2

GEORGIA    

23.8145

4

1

1

3

MIAMI    

18.8813

5

0

11

4

UCLA    

17.52264

4

0

10

5

OKLAHOMA  

16.76673

5

0

6

6

ALABAMA  

16.68898

5

0

3

7

OREGON    

16.3953

5

0

5

8

BAYLOR    

16.25066

4

0

39

9

VIRGINIA TECH  

15.76091

5

1

8

10

CLEMSON  

15.74915

5

0

9

11

NOTRE DAME  

15.52136

4

1

30

12

FLORIDA ST  

14.49904

5

0

17

13

LSU    

14.29681

5

1

13

14

WASHINGTON  

13.45307

4

1

4

15

MICHIGAN  

13.26506

5

0

15

16

OHIO ST    

13.24309

6

0

12

17

SOUTH CAROLINA  

13.21785

4

1

14

18

AUBURN    

12.35885

4

1

34

19

ARIZONA ST  

10.83286

3

2

7

20

WASHINGTON ST  

10.70365

4

2

18

21

MISSOURI  

10.69829

5

0

29

22

TEXAS TECH  

10.06941

5

0

19

23

RUTGERS    

9.589133

4

1

22

24

FLORIDA    

9.290971

4

1

27

25

FRESNO ST  

9.146752

5

0

23

26

MICH ST    

9.02101

4

1

51

27

TEXAS AM  

8.9438

4

1

20

28

PITTSBURGH  

8.896838

3

1

21

29

NORTHERN ILL  

8.765619

5

0

28

30

UCF    

8.673552

4

1

26

31

INDIANA    

8.006229

3

2

58

32

WEST VIRGINIA  

7.463501

3

3

16

33

NEBRASKA  

7.4074

4

1

56

34

HOUSTON  

7.188867

4

0

32

35

OHIO UNIV  

6.952552

4

1

35

36

BYU    

6.787314

3

2

49

37

EAST CAROLINA  

6.352095

4

1

40

38

LOUISVILLE  

5.880105

5

0

41

39

MARYLAND  

5.276461

4

1

25

40

NORTHWESTERN  

5.154495

4

1

33

41

GA TECH    

4.630286

3

2

31

42

WAKE FOREST  

4.396181

3

3

87

43

BALL ST    

4.170981

5

1

66

44

UTAH    

3.920981

3

2

37

45

ILLINOIS    

3.452857

3

2

24

46

ARIZONA    

2.744819

3

1

44

47

OREGON ST  

2.573048

4

1

46

48

MISSISSIPPI  

2.438705

3

2

38

49

OKLAHOMA ST  

2.316343

4

1

50

50

IOWA    

2.29679

4

2

36

51

USC    

1.900971

3

2

48

52

UNLV    

1.016876

3

2

52

53

TCU    

0.457486

2

3

53

54

WISCONSIN  

0.27739

3

2

55

55

TENNESSEE  

0.196333

3

3

54

56

UL-LAF    

-0.29271

3

2

85

57

MARSHALL  

-0.8319

3

2

76

58

RICE    

-1.00728

3

2

63

59

UTAH ST    

-1.06313

3

3

43

60

TEXAS    

-1.16474

3

2

74

61

MINNESOTA  

-1.3914

4

2

57

62

MISSISSIPPI ST  

-1.4237

2

3

59

63

BUFFALO    

-1.59662

3

2

67

64

TULANE    

-1.85939

4

2

83

65

BOISE ST    

-1.91815

3

2

60

66

WESTERN KENTUCKY

-1.97235

4

2

72

67

BOSTON COLLEGE  

-2.49025

3

2

82

68

SYRACUSE  

-2.66981

2

3

65

69

VANDERBILT  

-3.55942

3

3

62

70

DUKE    

-3.60144

3

2

73

71

COLORADO  

-3.89726

2

2

71

72

ARKANSAS  

-4.02914

3

3

70

73

MEMPHIS    

-4.17373

1

3

69

74

NAVY    

-4.94721

3

1

96

75

SAN JOSE ST  

-5.16575

2

3

91

76

KANSAS    

-5.28497

2

2

77

77

PENN ST    

-5.411

3

2

47

78

OLD DOMINION  

-5.50018

4

2

84

79

KENTUCKY  

-5.54884

1

4

80

80

KENT ST    

-5.67715

2

4

78

81

NC STATE    

-6.33631

3

2

45

82

CALIFORNIA  

-6.45537

1

4

79

83

BOWLING GREEN  

-6.63239

5

1

89

84

NORTH CAROLINA  

-6.89517

1

4

86

85

TEXAS ST    

-7.13306

3

2

42

86

MIDDLE TENN  

-7.53634

3

3

88

87

COLORADO ST  

-7.71527

2

3

90

88

WYOMING  

-8.34527

3

2

93

89

NEW MEXICO  

-8.585

2

3

98

90

PURDUE    

-8.59284

1

4

94

91

TOLEDO    

-8.95106

3

3

99

92

SMU    

-9.10558

1

4

92

93

VIRGINIA    

-9.70771

2

3

68

94

FLORIDA ATLANTIC  

-10.4613

2

4

103

95

NORTH TEXAS  

-10.4898

2

3

64

96

TROY    

-10.7881

3

3

102

97

IDAHO    

-11.3294

1

5

97

98

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

-11.8725

2

4

81

99

NEVADA    

-11.9866

3

3

61

100

ARMY    

-12.8353

2

4

95

101

CINCINNATI  

-13.4992

3

2

75

102

ARKANSAS ST  

-15.5844

2

3

107

103

CENTRAL MICH  

-15.6086

2

4

112

104

TULSA    

-15.9689

1

4

105

105

EASTERN MICH  

-17.8461

1

4

109

106

ULM    

-18.8106

2

4

108

107

UAB    

-19.4289

1

4

100

108

HAWAII    

-20.7666

0

5

106

109

AIR FORCE  

-21.6332

1

5

110

110

SOUTH ALABAMA  

-21.7189

2

3

104

111

SOUTHERN MISS  

-23.1346

0

5

101

112

KANSAS ST  

-23.1835

2

3

115

113

LA TECH    

-23.2612

2

4

118

114

IOWA ST    

-23.9246

1

3

114

115

MIAMI (OH)  

-24.1091

0

5

111

116

SAN DIEGO ST  

-24.1484

2

3

120

117

AKRON    

-26.4814

1

5

117

118

SOUTH FLORIDA  

-26.8854

1

4

121

119

UTEP    

-26.9066

1

4

113

120

NEW MEXICO ST  

-29.3436

0

6

116

121

CONNECTICUT  

-32.5509

0

4

119

122

WESTERN MICH  

-59.589

0

6

122

123

TEMPLE    

-59.8742

0

5

124

124

UMASS    

-61.2813

0

5

123

125

FLORIDA INT  

-70.5805

1

4

125

126

GEORGIA STATE  

-144.596

0

5

126

 

If you’d like to find out more about the ranking, or how your team has reached their current ranking, please visit my site, https://collegefootballpowerranking.wordpress.com.  On this site, there is a page for each conference which has the information about each team’s ranking.  It should be up-to-date by Tuesday afternoon.  If you have any other questions, you can contact me on Twitter @CFBPOWER_RANKER.

Thanks,

Bill     

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