WHO’S GOT THE POWER HALFWAY THROUGH THE SEASON?–WEEK 7

Howdy, all.  If you haven’t seen this column before (and I’m assuming you haven’t), this is where you’ll find out which teams have played the best against the best.  I can tell you this by looking at the results of my college football power ranking model, which I’ve been designing over the past five years.  I could give you the details of how the model works, but I won’t in this column.  I’d get bored writing it, and you’d never read this again.  If you really want to find out, go to my site, https://collegefootballpowerranking.wordpress.com, and click on the “How it Works” page.  That page may not be completely up to date with the latest model, but I’ll check it soon.

Here’s the model in a nutshell:  just like with every model out there, teams earn points from wins and lose them from losses.  I factor in Home/Away, scoring margins of 17 points or greater and strength of schedule.  A couple of things that make my model different:  every team begins the season evenly ranked.  I also incorporate a historical bias adjustment based on the team’s performance over the past four seasons.  This bias affects the points earned/lost by a team’s opponents and is partly reflected in that team’s strength of schedule.  Points earned or lost vary given the relative ranking of the two teams.  One more thing—I hate 1-AA teams.  Playing them doesn’t usually give a team much in winning points, but it adversely affects its strength of schedule.  Lose to a 1-AA opponent generally leads to free fall.

My rankings won’t look like the AP or the Coaches’ Polls because mine doesn’t suck.  Those polls generally catch up to mine as the season progresses.  Also, you’ll see some teams ranked ahead of some teams that beat them like VA TECH and GEORGIA over ALABAMA and CLEMSON.  This is because these other teams have played MUCH better competition since those early games.  You’ll also see quite a bit of movement at the top of the ranking.  There was a lot from last week because so many teams either got beat or had an open date.  It’s hard to earn points when you’re not playing.

Now, before I get into the rankings for this week, here are a few thoughts.

THE SEC EAST—Like a lot of you, I was surprised to see that Missouri was undefeated heading into their game against Georgia, until I looked at their schedule.  Even though Georgia was ranked #2 entering the game, I wasn’t very surprised with the outcome.  The game may have been different if Georgia hadn’t been down to its 3rd running back and scout team wide outs.  The game would have been different if Georgia would just play some damn defense.  But, I have to give Missouri their due.  They whipped Georgia at Athens, and would be firmly in control of the East if their QB hadn’t suffered that separated shoulder.  If Missouri beats Florida and South Carolina over the next two weeks, they may still control the East.  It’s no sure thing with their finishing with Ole Miss and A&M.  I think Missouri just opened the door for South Carolina to backdoor Georgia and slip into the championship game.

Georgia—they’ve lost too much on offense, and they’ll probably lose to either Florida or Auburn in the next few weeks, if not both.  Florida could find themselves back around the top 10 if they can find a way to slow down Georgia’s offense in two weeks.  That’s easier said than done since Georgia should have Gurley back to tote the rock.  Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all combine to suck.

THE SEC WEST—LSU may have found some defense.  They’ll need it with Ole Miss this weekend and Alabama and A&M lurking.  A&M is still dangerous, but Ole Miss seemed to study LSU’s game film last year and slowed them down, some, at first.  Most of y’all didn’t stay up to watch the whole game, but Ole Miss could have won that game.  Ole Miss won the 4th quarter 21-20, but their final series consisted of 3 incomplete passes that took 34 seconds off the clock, including the punt.  I think they should have tried running the ball to work the clock, but it may not have worked since A&M had all of their timeouts.

Arkansas shouldn’t be this bad.  Bad enough to give up 52 (FIFTY TWO) unanswered points.  Some teams like Georgia get worse due to injuries, and some like Arkansas seem to find their suck groove.  Florida vs Missouri might be a good one, and LSU vs Ole Miss could be a shoot-out.

THE BIG 12—Pundits nationwide are talking up Baylor.  Yes, they’ve won their games by an average of 63-18, but here’s another number for you.  112.  This is the average rank of their opponents.  You’re still not sure?  Arguably, their toughest opponent so far has been Louisiana-Monroe, and they aren’t playing nearly as well as they were last season when they beat Arkansas.  They have two more bad teams in the next two weeks.  After that, they could realistically lose their final five.  I don’t know that this will happen, but I will be surprised if they win more than 9.  I’m calling it.  Write it down.

How the hell did Texas beat Oklahoma?  The only thing I can figure is that Bob Stoops is worried that Texas’s next hire will beat him badly, so he did his part in helping Mack keep his job.  A lot of people between Austin and Norman think they both should go.

Texas Tech is the other undefeated team left in the Big 12, but they needed some zebra help to beat TCU.  I like Kingsbury, but their next three games could be pretty tough.  By the way, if anyone wants to know, I’ll tell you how the Big 12 is cheating the other major conferences again this season.

Texas Tech vs West Virginia could be a fun one depending on which schizo W VA team shows up.  Same with TCU vs Oklahoma State.  Like Ole Miss, TCU may be the most dangerous 3-3 team out there.

THE ACC—Hell of a game this weekend between Florida State and Clemson.  The winner will be in the thick of the national title conversation and should be as long as it’s Florida State.  I only write this because Clemson is playing two 1-AA teams this season.  But, I’m not completely sold on either of these two.  Both of these teams have that old, Spurrier-esque, shiney pants offense and defenses that don’t scare Wake Forest.  In three weeks, Miami and Virginia Tech square off.  These teams aren’t getting the pub, but their combined record is 12-1, and both of them appear to be more balanced than Clemson and Florida State.  The winners of each of these two games should meet in the ACC championship game, which could be the game they originally envisioned.   By the way, you’ll see below that Virginia Tech and Miami are ranked higher than Clemson and Florida State.

There always seems to be a lot of unforeseen upsets in the ACC every year.  I have no idea how East Carolina was able to beat North Carolina so badly and a lot worse than South Carolina and Virginia Tech beat them, but if there’s one team that could rise up this week, it’s the Tarheels.  Beware, Canes.

THE PAC 12—Right now, the Pac 12 looks like it has finally displaced the Big 12 and is taking its place as the other main power conference along with the SEC.  This may change before the season ends, and the ACC may have something to say about it.  At this time, eight of the twelve teams may really be pretty good.  I don’t believe that USC has the depth to win a lot, but eight wins is possible.  Arizona and Washington State aren’t too bad, and they may be good enough to pull a couple of upsets.  Colorado and Cal are pretty bad, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Dykes can’t right the ship at Cal after a couple of seasons.   The two marque games are Washington vs Arizona State and UCLA vs Stanford.

THE BIG 10—Nice win by Penn State.  Stanford’s loss could be HUGE for the Big 10!  If they go on to win the PAC 12, they may put a less than deserving Ohio State into the national championship game.

THE RANKING—Stanford and Georgia had started building up a nice cushion between them and the rest of the teams before their losses last week.  Almost five points.  This week, the top seven teams are all within five points.  As we get deeper into conference play, we should see less dramatic movement from week-to-week as the teams play more opponents near their own rank.  The teams are starting to find their slots.  Missouri, Utah, Texas and BYU are the big risers this week.  Oklahoma was the big loser, but they’ll get a chance to climb back up in two weeks when they play Texas Tech.

I feel the need to give a shout out to one team that should become bowl-eligible for the first time in a very long time, and that’s Tulane.  They’re 5-2, and they just whipped East Carolina who beat the hell out of North Carolina a few weeks ago.  Also, a buddy of mine here in Atlanta wants me to give a shout out to Georgia State.  I’ve got to say, the Panthers are AWFUL.  Not only are they 0-3 against 1-A opponents, they’re also 0-3 against 1-AA teams.  Georgia State is in its second year of transitioning to 1-A while Old Dominion is in its first.  Appalachian State, Charlotte and Georgia Southern are coming aboard next season.    The Sunbelt and Conference USA are gaining members but losing strength of schedule for the next few seasons.  This could be a win for the American Athletic Conference, but I doubt it.  They have as many teams ranked 100 or worse (3) as they do in the top 40.

PTS FOR

LAST

WEEK 7 RANKING

WINS

LOSSES

RANK

1

OREGON

23.63595

6

0

8

2

LSU

21.23867

6

1

14

3

MISSOURI

20.46564

6

0

21

4

VIRGINIA TECH

20.32547

6

1

10

5

ALABAMA

19.22687

6

0

4

6

GEORGIA

19.14231

4

2

2

7

MIAMI

18.90265

5

0

3

8

UCLA

18.78483

5

0

5

9

BAYLOR

17.62909

5

0

9

10

OHIO ST

17.38769

6

0

6

11

UTAH

17.33559

4

2

43

12

CLEMSON

16.66357

6

0

11

13

STANFORD

15.54044

5

1

1

14

NOTRE DAME

15.42052

4

1

12

15

FLORIDA ST

14.50098

5

0

13

16

SOUTH CAROLINA

14.45711

5

1

17

17

TEXAS AM

14.07664

5

1

22

18

TEXAS

13.96206

4

2

59

19

BYU

13.55437

4

2

36

20

AUBURN

12.91001

5

1

18

21

MICH ST

12.57977

5

1

26

22

ARIZONA ST

11.65589

4

2

19

23

LOUISVILLE

11.28704

6

0

38

24

TEXAS TECH

11.03896

6

0

23

25

WASHINGTON

10.43599

4

2

15

26

OKLAHOMA

10.06743

5

1

7

27

OREGON ST

9.794508

5

1

48

28

FRESNO ST

9.128933

5

0

25

29

PENN ST

9.085254

4

2

73

30

NORTHERN ILL

8.982916

6

0

28

31

UCF

8.90191

4

1

29

32

NEBRASKA

8.6945

5

1

33

33

WISCONSIN

8.447594

4

2

54

34

USC

8.443763

4

2

46

35

HOUSTON

8.340271

5

0

34

36

WEST VIRGINIA

7.568521

3

3

32

37

MICHIGAN

6.924423

5

1

16

38

FLORIDA

6.891494

4

2

24

39

PITTSBURGH

6.405576

3

2

27

40

MARYLAND

6.244358

5

1

39

41

BALL ST

5.973202

6

1

42

42

TULANE

5.645937

5

2

64

43

RUTGERS

4.290492

4

2

30

44

SYRACUSE

4.155316

3

3

68

45

INDIANA

4.114484

3

3

37

46

ILLINOIS

3.43832

3

2

44

47

WASHINGTON ST

3.395455

4

3

20

48

WAKE FOREST

3.281227

3

3

45

49

BOISE ST

3.063267

4

2

65

50

TCU

2.82388

3

3

53

51

IOWA

2.45699

4

2

50

52

OKLAHOMA ST

2.378484

4

1

49

53

UNLV

1.566802

4

2

52

54

NORTHWESTERN

1.439724

4

2

40

55

DUKE

1.255006

4

2

70

56

MISSISSIPPI ST

1.017578

3

3

61

57

MISSISSIPPI

0.271178

3

3

51

58

RICE

0.217837

4

2

58

59

TENNESSEE

0.173284

3

3

55

60

MARSHALL

0.088867

4

2

57

61

UL-LAF

-0.28572

3

2

56

62

GA TECH

-0.48428

3

3

41

63

ARIZONA

-0.87826

3

2

47

64

MINNESOTA

-1.36227

4

2

60

65

BUFFALO

-1.4087

4

2

62

66

WESTERN KENTUCKY

-1.87982

4

2

66

67

SAN JOSE ST

-1.94847

3

3

76

68

BOSTON COLLEGE

-2.87868

3

3

67

69

VANDERBILT

-3.29726

3

3

69

70

EAST CAROLINA

-3.46602

4

2

31

71

ARKANSAS

-4.27309

3

4

71

72

COLORADO

-4.68795

2

3

72

73

UTAH ST

-5.37659

3

4

63

74

OLD DOMINION

-5.49777

4

2

79

75

WYOMING

-5.69586

4

2

88

76

KENTUCKY

-5.98584

1

5

80

77

MEMPHIS

-6.17033

1

4

74

78

CENTRAL MICH

-6.69517

3

4

103

79

KANSAS

-6.9318

2

3

77

80

NORTH TEXAS

-6.98734

3

3

95

81

CALIFORNIA

-7.26754

1

5

82

82

KENT ST

-7.71383

2

5

81

83

OHIO UNIV

-8.12884

4

2

35

84

NORTH CAROLINA

-8.43753

1

4

87

85

BOWLING GREEN

-8.62622

5

2

83

86

TOLEDO

-8.67499

3

3

91

87

PURDUE

-9.06268

1

5

89

88

SMU

-9.09509

1

4

92

89

ARMY

-9.73553

3

4

100

90

NC STATE

-10.0423

3

3

78

91

TROY

-10.3728

4

3

96

92

NAVY

-10.5203

3

2

75

93

VIRGINIA

-10.6512

2

4

93

94

CINCINNATI

-11.4468

4

2

101

95

NEVADA

-11.9109

3

3

99

96

ARKANSAS ST

-12.3441

3

3

102

97

FLORIDA ATLANTIC

-13.1365

2

5

94

98

TULSA

-13.467

2

4

104

99

COLORADO ST

-13.901

2

4

86

100

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

-14.7359

2

5

98

101

NEW MEXICO

-14.79

2

4

90

102

ULM

-14.8803

3

4

106

103

MIDDLE TENN

-15.2722

3

4

85

104

TEXAS ST

-17.0989

3

3

84

105

UAB

-17.252

2

4

107

106

IDAHO

-17.6008

1

6

97

107

SAN DIEGO ST

-19.3115

3

3

115

108

SOUTH FLORIDA

-21.1255

2

4

118

109

SOUTH ALABAMA

-21.581

2

3

110

110

HAWAII

-21.9589

0

6

108

111

SOUTHERN MISS

-23.1095

0

5

111

112

LA TECH

-23.141

2

4

113

113

KANSAS ST

-23.3593

2

4

112

114

IOWA ST

-23.5712

1

3

114

115

EASTERN MICH

-25.2875

1

5

105

116

AIR FORCE

-27.2302

1

6

109

117

AKRON

-27.5782

1

6

117

118

NEW MEXICO ST

-29.1672

0

6

120

119

UTEP

-31.3546

1

5

119

120

MIAMI (OH)

-31.9226

0

6

116

121

CONNECTICUT

-38.444

0

5

121

122

UMASS

-58.6301

1

5

124

123

WESTERN MICH

-61.1993

0

7

122

124

TEMPLE

-62.5671

0

6

123

125

FLORIDA INT

-76.5671

1

5

125

126

GEORGIA STATE

-149.525

0

6

126

I’ll try to get a little more humor into next week’s column.  Let me know what you think about the rankings.  Trust me, I can take it.  I’m planning on updating my projections for the end of the season starting next week.

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WEEK 4’S IN THE BOOKS–AND HERE’S WHO’S GOT THE POWER!

WEEK 4’s IN THE BOOKS–AND HERE’S WHO’S GOT THE POWER!

LUCK–This term is tossed around loosely by a lot of pundits, and certainly by me. I absolutely realize that there is a whole lot of hard work put in by each player on the field prior to the games. I know they practice their technique and timing, study their plays, watch film, lift tons and consult with their coaches. I also know that sometimes luck is a major factor in the outcomes of games.

One recipient of some luck coming into last week’s games was Arizona State. Their luck?  That the referees didn’t spot the ball quicker or that Wisconsin’s QB didn’t spike the ball instead of kneeling kept Wisconsin from running another play or lining up for the short, potentially game-winning field goal. This bit of luck then must have been overlooked by most bettors and line-setters, because they should have gotten beaten worse than the final margin of 14 (AZ St won the 4th quarter 21-3). One line I saw had the game set at 8.5 points.

But, the luckiest team in the land on Saturday had to be Virginia Tech. I had VA TECH coming into the game ranked 34th while Marshall was 71st. Marshall had them 21-14 from 9 minutes left in the 2nd until 3 minutes left in the 4th. They had some chances to put VA TECH away only to throw a pick, miss a kick or do something else stupid.

Following a 15 yard gain on 4th and 13, VA TECH had the ball at Marshall’s 2. Thomas sprinted right and threw a pass towards wide open Willie Byrn heading to the corner of the endzone. A woeful pass. As the pass was dropping two yards short of Byrn, a Marshall defender heading towards the sideline tipped the ball BACKWARDS AND BACK IN PLAY AND RIGHT INTO THE ARMS OF WILLIE BYRN! In the third overtime, Marshall was called on a pretty sketchy pass interference penalty (the announcers thought so as well) in the end zone that set up VA TECH’s final score. On Marshall’s final possession, they had a receiver who had his jersey pulled completely over his shoulder pad by a VA TECH defender while entering the end zone. This kept him from making a play on the pass, but the penalty wasn’t called. Congratulations, VA TECH.

The second luckiest team this week was Florida, for two reasons. The first is easy to see. They played Tennessee. The second is that, from Jeff Driskell’s season-ending injury, they may have found themselves a gamer to take the snaps in Tyler Murphy. I know he started off looking nearly as bad as Driskell, but he turned it on in the 2nd quarter with his arm and his legs. This young man may have needed the opportunity and the confidence of his coaches to start to shine. In saying this, I’m not glad that Driskell broke his leg. I feel bad for him, but Florida may have found the quarterback they’ve been seeking since Tebow left to give their offense an identity.

RANDOM THOUGHTS–NC State may be pretty good, and they could have possibly beaten Clemson if they had protected the ball.

I’m not sure how good Fresno State is because of my doubts about Boise State, but Fresno’s coach Tim DeRuyter should make some lists of those looking to can their coaches.

Saw Houston Nutt on a football roundtable. I wonder if he’s called Austin yet. I wonder if Tuberville has called Austin yet.

Just because Saban says he isn’t interested in the Texas gig doesn’t mean he’s not or at least taking the phone calls.

Heard a lot about Texas this weekend, but I didn’t hear anyone say anything about Mack keeping his job. Did the 10 point win over Kansas State buy him any time? Probably not. As bad as Texas has played, entering the game ranked 102nd, Kansas State has been worse–ranked 117th before the game.

I hate Virginia Tech’s uniforms and helmets. Not as bad as I hate Maryland’s, but there’s plenty of hate to go around.

Maybe Oregon isn’t that good since Tennessee looks awful. If David Ash has another concussion, will Texas win any more games this season?

Why is Florida kneeling on the ball with over three minutes left? They ended up punting.

USC’s game is on my radio station for the second week in a row. I live in Atlanta.

I saw the kick return, but, really, how is North Texas tied with Georgia in the 3rd quarter?

Arkansas swallowed the olive.

Mississippi State looked better against Troy, but it’s Troy, people.

Auburn may end up pretty good. I can see them splitting games with Ole Miss and Arkansas.

There’s no shame in Ohio State playing FAMU, but why were they throwing the ball so much and so late?

I was off a little with predicting that BAYLOR and ULM would be a close one.

Love him or hate him, Jeremy Hill is GOOD! He had over 150 yards rushing in the first half for LSU, and sat the entire 4th quarter after gaining 183 yards.

LSU needs to seriously tighten up that pass defense.

Charlie Weiss needs to be fired now for saying that the turnover that ended LA TECH’s chances in the loss to Kansas 13-10 was a “signature” moment. LA TECH entered the game ranked 116th with their only win coming against LAMAR.

Skip Holtz needs to be fired for giving Charlie Weiss a signature moment. (stole this from my brother)

SEC WEST–Not much to learn from this weekend except that LSU is still alive, at least for one week, for big things and that Arkansas isn’t ready for prime time. Auburn won the second half against LSU 21-14, and they played better in all phases of the game. LSU’s win over Auburn boosted them to the top spot in the rankings while Georgia is still 2nd. I hope my mother-in-law and kids cooperate and let me watch the entire game Saturday. Ole Miss and Alabama play this weekend, and I think Ole Miss can keep this one fairly close. A&M will try to hang 70 on Arkansas.

Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson and Florida State look like they have the offenses to take the crown from the SEC, but we don’t know how any of them will fare against a GREAT defense. Clemson has beaten Georgia, but Georgia’s defense isn’t GREAT.

SEC EAST–Some are disagreeing with me, but I think Florida plays better with Tyler Murphy taking the snaps. Tennessee sucks! I saw on Twitter that Missouri had a good win. Then, I saw it was over Indiana. Georgia hosting LSU is HUGE! And, it may be too close to call. Both teams can look great, and both have their demons that the other can exploit. Even if Georgia wins this game, they may not have a cakewalk the rest of the season. I think Florida and Georgia Tech may have enough bullets to put them down.

BIG 10–Even though I had Notre Dame ranked higher, I thought Michigan State would beat them.  I’m not sure if Michigan is the worst 4-0 team ever, but they are the worst 4-0 team I’ve ever seen.  Besides these two games, did anyone watch any of the other teams play?

Big 12–West Virginia may be the worst 2-2 team EVER. Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are still undefeated, but it’s hard to say if any of these teams are very good. We’ll get a better idea Saturday when Oklahoma plays Notre Dame.

PAC 12–Get off my radio, USC. I wish Utah State had won the game. Utah may be good. Maybe. Stanford is probably good, but Arizona State was over-ranked. Washington State and Stanford play, and some are looking for the upset. Washington–Arizona is an elimination game to keep an eye on. Jim Mora is showing a lot of class. He never did while coaching the Falcons.

ACC–Florida State is still scary good–at least on offense. Clemson survived a tough one against NC State, but we don’t know how good State is yet either. Maryland is undefeated and looks good so far. I’m not sure if they’ll win more than 7. GEORGIA TECH got a little bloodied coming from 13 down to win 28-20, but you can’t count them out of any game. Do you hear that, Georgia?

THE RANKINGS–Lots of open dates and weak opponents led to a reshuffling at the top. Strength of schedule also had its effect. But, a lot of teams are starting to show their strength, and they may hold on to their spots.

WEEK 4
1 LSU 15.28329 4 0 11
2 GEORGIA 15.0153 2 1 2
3 OREGON 15.0071 3 0 1
4 UCLA 13.96313 3 0 3
5 ALABAMA 12.65312 3 0 5
6 WASHINGTON 12.48753 3 0 4
7 UCF 12.07496 3 0 6
8 WASHINGTON ST 11.78033 3 1 7
9 MICHIGAN 11.31855 4 0 10
10 CLEMSON 11.31778 3 0 18
11 MIAMI 10.8561 3 0 8
12 STANFORD 10.72199 3 0 28
13 GA TECH 10.57604 3 0 21
14 NOTRE DAME 9.930067 3 0 31
15 USC 8.688601 3 1 35
16 TEXAS TECH 8.671672 4 0 25
17 RUTGERS 8.202548 3 1 58
18 OKLAHOMA ST 8.019396 3 0 13
19 MARYLAND 7.86195 4 0 43
20 FLORIDA ST 7.703966 3 0 14
21 FRESNO ST 7.536 3 0 30
22 OKLAHOMA 7.387604 3 0 15
23 ILLINOIS 7.360184 2 1 16
24 MISSISSIPPI 7.306442 3 0 17
25 MISSOURI 7.296315 3 0 51
26 FLORIDA 6.897337 2 1 56
27 UTAH 6.787759 3 1 94
28 MINNESOTA 6.441207 4 0 40
29 BUFFALO 6.368617 1 2 19
30 NORTHWESTERN 6.163465 4 0 20
31 OHIO UNIV 6.11623 3 1 23
32 BAYLOR 5.902897 3 0 48
33 AUBURN 5.873412 3 1 12
34 VIRGINIA TECH 5.853215 3 1 34
35 NORTHERN ILL 5.587426 3 0 22
36 OHIO ST 5.452843 4 0 27
37 LOUISVILLE 4.690216 4 0 29
38 HOUSTON 4.626789 3 0 55
39 PITTSBURGH 4.26501 2 1 54
40 ARIZONA ST 4.243219 2 1 24
41 ARIZONA 4.219931 3 0 33
42 NAVY 3.618537 2 0 36
43 TEXAS AM 3.337644 3 1 44
44 SOUTH CAROLINA 2.925895 2 1 42
45 UTAH ST 2.405645 2 2 26
46 COLORADO 2.260319 2 0 46
47 PENN ST 2.172676 3 1 59
48 WISCONSIN 2.150349 3 1 66
49 NC STATE 2.019329 2 1 39
50 MICH ST 0.676883 3 1 47
51 NORTH CAROLINA 0.311808 1 2 45
52 TEXAS ST 0.283475 2 1 41
53 TENNESSEE 0.153283 2 2 38
54 MIDDLE TENN 0.116065 3 1 69
55 VIRGINIA 0.050155 2 1 49
56 NEBRASKA -0.50148 3 1 57
57 INDIANA -0.69207 2 2 32
58 WYOMING -0.9358 3 1 60
59 MISSISSIPPI ST -1.13199 2 2 75
60 UNLV -2.02 2 2 61
61 IOWA -2.12836 3 1 64
62 ARKANSAS -2.14714 3 1 37
63 NORTH TEXAS -2.22238 2 2 62
64 TEXAS SAN ANTONIO -2.23692 2 2 73
65 EAST CAROLINA -2.30021 2 1 63
66 BYU -2.48351 1 2 9
67 SYRACUSE -2.6345 2 2 76
68 TOLEDO -2.80436 2 2 83
69 ULM -2.85791 2 2 53
70 MEMPHIS -2.87231 1 2 107
71 NEVADA -2.98506 2 2 80
72 TCU -3.41886 1 2 72
73 RICE -4.33371 1 2 52
74 KANSAS -4.34952 2 1 93
75 CINCINNATI -4.42623 3 1 90
76 BOISE ST -4.52936 2 2 65
77 MARSHALL -4.53384 2 2 71
78 TEXAS -4.76388 2 2 102
79 KENTUCKY -4.88828 1 2 78
80 OREGON ST -5.29923 3 1 96
81 BOSTON COLLEGE -5.49047 2 1 82
82 VANDERBILT -5.49232 2 2 87
83 NEW MEXICO -5.57059 1 2 84
84 CALIFORNIA -5.60175 1 2 81
85 SMU -5.79661 1 2 85
86 SAN JOSE ST -5.85358 1 2 67
87 UL-LAF -6.09129 2 2 101
88 KENT ST -6.13785 1 3 74
89 DUKE -6.23487 2 2 68
90 WAKE FOREST -6.48107 2 2 103
91 WEST VIRGINIA -6.81939 2 2 70
92 OLD DOMINION -7.16006 2 2 91
93 UAB -7.35563 1 2 92
94 PURDUE -8.0282 1 3 86
95 TULSA -8.23064 1 2 95
96 BALL ST -8.46515 3 1 110
97 BOWLING GREEN -8.98934 3 1 99
98 TROY -9.01247 2 2 79
99 SOUTHERN MISS -9.5121 0 3 100
100 TULANE -11.2003 2 2 97
101 COLORADO ST -11.4572 1 3 106
102 FLORIDA ATLANTIC -11.5545 1 3 77
103 IDAHO -12.3823 0 4 105
104 ARMY -13.2604 1 3 88
105 HAWAII -14.5844 0 3 104
106 AKRON -14.9807 1 3 89
107 ARKANSAS ST -15.1269 2 2 50
108 SOUTH ALABAMA -15.3822 2 1 113
109 WESTERN KENTUCKY -15.7921 2 2 114
110 MIAMI (OH) -15.8787 0 3 108
111 AIR FORCE -16.059 1 3 112
112 UTEP -16.3619 1 2 111
113 CENTRAL MICH -16.6323 1 3 109
114 EASTERN MICH -16.984 1 3 98
115 NEW MEXICO ST -17.1752 0 4 115
116 LA TECH -21.0729 1 3 116
117 KANSAS ST -23.622 2 2 117
118 CONNECTICUT -30.267 0 3 118
119 IOWA ST -32.3622 0 2 119
120 SOUTH FLORIDA -36.3895 0 3 121
121 SAN DIEGO ST -37.2205 0 3 120
122 WESTERN MICH -53.6193 0 4 122
123 TEMPLE -55.2068 0 3 123
124 UMASS -57.6808 0 4 124
125 FLORIDA INT -76.3237 0 4 125
126 GEORGIA STATE -146.086 0 4 126

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Bill

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WEEK 2–LOOK WHO’S CRACKING THE TOP 10

Who’s Got The Power in Week 2?

Before we get into the games, let’s get a little somber business out of the way. PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS–Into your hands, O Bear Bryant, we commend the Texas football program under Mack Brown.  Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, this  program that nearly rivaled your own at Alabama.  Receive this program into your touchdown signaling arms and grant it the blessed rest of everlasting peace and the company of other great programs that eventually outlived their competitiveness.  Please  grant  the Longhorn fans who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have the strength to face the weeks and months to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope but in thankful remembrance of the great times this program provided, and in the joyful expectation of the wins over Oklahoma the new hire will provide.  All this we ask in the name of the Holy Football Trinity–Bear Bryant, John McKay and Knute Rockne, AMEN. ALL POINTS BULLETIN:  There is a reported disappearance of offense from Gainesville, FL.  Though the offense has been sick for several years, it seems to have vanished over the past three days.  Foul play definitely occurred. RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM THE WEEKEND:  TCU’s play in the first half against SE LA was pathetic.  How did WKU commit five turnovers in the span of six plays?  As bad as Florida was playing, they probably would have won the game if Driskell had not have thrown that awful, last interception.  An incompletion or better would have resulted in a field goal, increased momentum and more than enough time to score again to take the lead and the game.  Connor Shaw’s fumble may have cost South Carolina the game against Georgia and possibly a whole lot more.  Michigan State beat South Florida 21-6.  Last week, McNeese State beat South Florida 54-21.  Saw an Oregon player basically get clothes-lined by his teammate.  You’ve got to like the on-sides kick call by Georgia against South Carolina.  Old Dominion, in its transition year to FBS (1-A) has seven lower division opponents.  Les Miles was mentioned in headlines about possible transgressions by Oklahoma State from 2001-2011, but not mentioned within the articles.  Nice try to smear the guy.  Player from Texas A&M said that Florida State and LSU offered him $600K to sign with them seven months ago.  He didn’t mention what Texas A&M offered.  Ole Miss could effectively end Mack Brown’s tenure at Texas.  I think BYU should have demonstrated its religious principles by kneeling on the ball the entire 4th quarter against Texas.  They still would have won by double digits.  Manny Diaz did an awful job preparing the defense for Texas.  Major Applewhite was just as bad with his play calling.  Washington State is not that good.  USC may be that bad. Now to the results, six teams jumped into the top 10 that were ranked 39th or worse.  Georgia and Oregon were expected, and Miami wasn’t too surprising, but Washington State, Illinois and BYU shocked me.  I know that USC under-performed against Hawaii, but this is beyond belief.  How can Cincinnati dominate Purdue and then be dominated by Illinois?  BYU lost a close game to Virginia.  The same Virginia that seems to lose to 1-AA teams early every season.  Then, the Mormans DOMINATED Texas in a historic fashion.  Unfortunately for all of the new entries except Georgia, they probably won’t be there at the end of the season. SEC EAST:  Georgia is number one this week, and they may still be there after LSU visits.  Based on their porous defensive play, LSU should beat them in three weeks.  Florida gets the week off to enjoy watching the Miami game films before restoring hope to the Tennessee faithful.  South Carolina plays Vanderbilt next week.  They were my pick to win the EAST, but they’ll need LSU and another team to beat Georgia.  Though they are 2-0, if Tennessee upsets Oregon next week, it may be the upset of the season.  Missouri has an open week before playing another stiff.  Kentucky did look a lot better roughing up Miami OH, but they shouldn’t expect the same this weekend against Louisville. SEC WEST:  Texas A&M beat Sam Houston State badly as they were supposed to.  They have had three starters on defense suspended for the past two games.  Since these suspensions four times longer than Manziel’s, I hope they involved high level felonies.  They play Bama next week in the HUGE game of the week.  If both teams play like they have so far, A&M should win.    I’m not going so far as to pick them.  Alabama was idle, and not gaining any points caused them to slide from 2nd to 11th.  Don’t worry.  If they win on Saturday, they’ll gain plenty of points.  LSU dropped eight spots for playing UAB.  Unfortunately, when you’re on top, the only way to go is down.  They shouldn’t drop as much after disposing Kent State this weekend.  Ole Miss beat SEMO, and it cost them thirteen spots.  They may not gain much back now that Texas is ranked 101.  Arkansas should coast by its third stiff, Southern Miss.  Auburn jumped up to 10th which is more of a function of the teams around them playing bad teams than their victory over Arkansas St.  They and Mississippi State play Saturday in a game that could decide which team secures last place in the WEST. BIG 10: There were only two or three intriguing games this weekend.  Illinois made their game with Cincinnati intriguing with the upset, Northwestern beat Syracuse just like last year, and Michigan beating Notre Dame.  A lot of us felt Notre Dame would struggle because of their QB situation, but they had a chance late in this one.  Michigan might be pretty good, but we may not know for sure until they play Ohio State.  None of their other opponents are inspiring much fear.  There should be some entertaining games this weekend with four teams playing PAC 12 opponents and the IOWA-IOWA ST match-up. BIG 12: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may not be horrible.  Texas Tech and Baylor could be okay, too.  I am surprised the Oklahoma-West Virginia game was that close considering the fact that West Virginia barely slipped past Bill & Mary last week.  Texas Tech-TCU this weekend should be fun.  I hope Rice beats Kansas.  Ole Miss-Texas could be historic. PAC 12:  All 12 teams played Saturday, but there were only 1.5 games worth mentioning.  Oregon destroyed Virginia.  They were supposed to.  Washington State beat USC.  This wasn’t supposed to happen.  I’m not upset about it, just surprised.  Better match-ups this weekend.  Colorado-Fresno State should be competitive.  Now, USC-Boston College and Washington-Illinois look competitive, too. ACC:  I heard some announcers during the Florida-Miami game discussing how the ACC is beating the SEC this year.  They are doing well.  A little better than expected, but the record between the conferences is 2-2.  Miami’s win over Florida may be one that gives them some momentum, but I doubt it.  They could actually see a better offense when they take the field again in two weeks to play Savannah State.  Duke-Ga Tech could be a fun one to watch Saturday.  ULM-Wake Forest, too.  Boston College-USC is a train wreck special. ALL THE REST:  Tulane lost to South Alabama.  As bad as Tulane is, this shouldn’t happen.  South Alabama is in its first full season as a 1-A member and lost last week to Southern Utah.  They are now the lowest ranked team to not lose to a 1-AA team, so far.  SMU barely beat Montana State 31-30 while Western Michigan lost to Nicholls State and Georgia State lost to Tenn-Chattanooga.  There shouldn’t be any games to mention upcoming unless these teams rise up and upset the big boys or get upset by lower division stiffs. THE RANKINGS:

WEEK 2 POINTS RECORD LAST RNK
1 GEORGIA 14.31785 1 1 80
2 ILLINOIS 11.79324 2 0 68
3 WASHINGTON ST 11.49741 1 1 92
4 MIAMI 11.13036 2 0 39
5 MICHIGAN 11.08518 2 0 26
6 BYU 10.80496 1 1 101
7 OREGON 9.292941 2 0 53
8 OKLAHOMA ST 8.354399 2 0 5
9 LSU 8.162664 2 0 1
10 AUBURN 7.273124 2 0 25
11 ALABAMA 7.082837 1 0 2
12 CLEMSON 6.825759 2 0 3
13 WASHINGTON 6.747948 1 0 6
14 FLORIDA ST 6.731733 1 0 7
15 NORTHWESTERN 6.619849 2 0 12
16 PENN ST 6.5648 2 0 9
17 OKLAHOMA 6.453486 2 0 29
18 BOWLING GREEN 6.324209 2 0 15
19 UTAH ST 5.674054 1 1 104
20 NORTHERN ILL 5.656366 1 0 10
21 MISSISSIPPI 5.240111 2 0 8
22 TENNESSEE 5.181542 2 0 53
23 UCLA 4.834143 1 0 16
24 STANFORD 4.513432 1 0 46
25 NOTRE DAME 4.464439 1 0 22
26 NEBRASKA 4.305199 2 0 30
27 BOSTON COLLEGE 4.213151 2 0 68
28 NAVY 4.134641 1 0 46
29 TEXAS TECH 3.977786 2 0 18
30 UTAH 3.920194 2 0 21
31 FRESNO ST 3.794519 2 0 13
32 NC STATE 3.684782 2 0 14
33 MARYLAND 3.657158 2 0 34
34 MINNESOTA 3.63765 2 0 35
35 OHIO ST 3.485711 2 0 31
36 LOUISVILLE 3.331092 2 0 28
37 UCF 3.208113 2 0 44
38 TEXAS AM 3.079679 2 0 27
39 TEXAS ST 2.853129 2 0 32
40 EAST CAROLINA 2.747873 2 0 45
41 ARKANSAS 2.492226 2 0 24
42 NORTH CAROLINA 2.212327 1 1 77
43 TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 2.179515 1 1 41
44 TROY 2.17299 2 0 36
45 DUKE 1.987697 2 0 53
46 OHIO UNIV 1.957389 1 1 100
47 MARSHALL 1.847648 2 0 42
48 BALL ST 1.728915 2 0 53
49 MICH ST 1.508952 2 0 33
50 HOUSTON 1.496576 2 0 53
51 COLORADO 1.416817 2 0 40
52 BAYLOR 1.181673 2 0 53
53 SOUTH CAROLINA 0.960932 1 1 4
54 VIRGINIA 0.762047 1 1 17
55 MISSOURI 0.661683 2 0 53
56 WISCONSIN 0.240831 2 0 43
57 FLORIDA -0.16782 1 1 20
58 NEW MEXICO -0.20685 1 1 116
58 ARIZONA ST -0.20685 1 1 116
60 GA TECH -1.24624 1 0 53
61 WYOMING -1.73399 1 1 79
62 EASTERN MICH -1.8739 1 1 68
63 WEST VIRGINIA -2.17787 1 1 68
64 WESTERN KENTUCKY -2.20503 1 1 19
65 KANSAS -2.6445 1 0 46
65 ARIZONA ST -2.6445 1 0 46
67 RICE -3.00187 0 1 82
68 ARKANSAS ST -3.29485 1 1 52
69 VIRGINIA TECH -3.40494 1 1 74
70 PITTSBURGH -3.44128 0 1 88
71 TCU -3.45874 1 1 75
72 KENT ST -3.46365 1 1 68
73 ULM -3.46987 1 1 78
74 SAN JOSE ST -3.6664 1 1 53
75 KENTUCKY -3.87111 1 1 112
76 SYRACUSE -4.03748 0 2 86
77 MISSISSIPPI ST -4.14528 1 1 76
78 FLORIDA ATLANTIC -4.7043 0 2 91
79 CENTRAL MICH -4.74144 1 1 89
80 TOLEDO -4.91672 0 2 84
81 BUFFALO -5.01493 0 2 81
82 BOISE ST -5.13209 1 1 97
83 NEW MEXICO ST -5.15901 0 2 90
84 MEMPHIS -5.40651 0 1 46
85 NEVADA -5.45974 1 1 102
86 CALIFORNIA -5.50648 1 1 96
87 LA TECH -5.51298 1 1 95
88 VANDERBILT -5.53319 1 1 103
89 SMU -5.84322 1 1 99
90 PURDUE -5.89476 1 1 94
91 RUTGERS -5.94133 1 1 106
92 MIDDLE TENN -6.21813 1 1 53
93 UNLV -6.27346 0 2 107
94 IOWA -6.3284 1 1 105
95 CINCINNATI -6.44256 1 1 11
96 ARMY -6.5901 1 1 68
97 TEMPLE -6.61034 0 2 83
98 INDIANA -6.71501 1 1 53
99 OLD DOMINION -6.76056 0 2 108
100 WAKE FOREST -6.82339 1 1 53
101 UAB -7.1085 0 2 113
102 AKRON -7.15986 1 1 109
103 FLORIDA INT -7.1724 0 2 110
104 TULSA -7.55834 1 1 118
105 SOUTHERN MISS -8.43591 0 2 117
106 TEXAS -8.44545 1 1 37
107 UL-LAF -9.5981 0 2 93
108 USC -9.93309 1 1 23
109 NORTH TEXAS -10.718 1 1 38
110 IDAHO -10.736 0 2 115
111 COLORADO ST -11.2013 0 2 111
112 MIAMI (OH) -12.2089 0 2 114
113 HAWAII -12.2611 0 2 98
114 AIR FORCE -13.6398 1 1 53
115 UTEP -17.1481 0 1 46
116 TULANE -17.6016 1 1 53
117 SOUTH ALABAMA -22.8842 1 1 119
118 KANSAS ST -23.7358 1 1 121
119 OREGON ST -24.1347 1 1 121
120 CONNECTICUT -29.6462 0 1 121
121 IOWA ST -31.0445 0 1 121
122 SAN DIEGO ST -34.7883 0 2 125
123 SOUTH FLORIDA -34.9065 0 2 125
124 UMASS -52.6037 0 2 85
125 WESTERN MICH -52.6585 0 2 87
126 GEORGIA STATE -98.5445 0 2 119

I hope you enjoyed reading this.  Keep posting those awesome comments.  Tell some others about the ranking.  Really. Thanks, Bill