Sunday, November 25, 2012

Boise State #12 in Blue Through and Through Top 25

When you see polls with wild week-to-week swings, it generally means the voters are reacting to the latest results rather than thinking through the process.  If they have the rankings right, the teams in fact shouldn't move much, as you will note week to week in this poll later in the year as the season progresses.  This week, the top seven has been in that top seven for five straight weeks, a sign that they have been ranked where they should be.

Remember as you follow the rankings that since both the Pac-12 and Big 12 had a request from Boise State to join their respective leagues and they did not invite the Broncos, the "strength-of-schedule" argument does not work against Boise State for those two conferences, and thus their teams will always be ranked behind Boise State with the same number of losses.  As it should be.  You can't deny a team a place in your conference and then complain about their strength of schedule.  

A team that beats another head-to-head on the field will always be ranked ahead of that team if they have the same record.  As it should be.  If the winner of that game has more losses, further evaluation regarding the closeness and location of the game needs to take place, as well as week-to-week evaluation of all season results.

1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-1-1.    Notre Dame (12-0, beat USC 22-13; biggest wins over #12 Stanford, #13 Oklahoma, Michigan, USC and BYU)

2-2-3-3-3-3-3-4-2-2.    Alabama (11-1, blew out Auburn 49-0; biggest wins over #7 LSU and Michigan, lost to #8 Texas A&M)

13-11-7-5-4-2-1-1-3-3-3.  Kansas State (10-1, did not play; biggest wins over #13 Oklahoma, #23 Oklahoma State, #25 TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia, lost to Baylor)

4-4-2-2-5-4-4-3-4-4.    Oregon (11-1, slaughtered #16 Oregon State 48-24; biggest wins over #16 Oregon State, USC, and Fresno State, loss to #10 Stanford)

7-6-10-9-8-5-5-5-5-5.    Georgia (11-1, beat up on Georgia Tech 42-10; biggest win over #6 Florida, lost to #9 South Carolina)

12-10-4-4-2-6-6-6-6-6.  Florida (11-1, came back to beat #11 Florida State 37-26; biggest wins over #7 LSU, #8 Texas A&M, #9 South Carolina and #11 Florida State, loss to #5 Georgia)

6-5-8-6-6-7-7-7-7-7.    LSU (10-2, struggled to beat Arkansas 20-13; biggest wins over #8 Texas A&M and #9 South Carolina, lost to #2 Alabama and #6 Florida)

----------------------22-16-9-8-8.  Texas A&M (10-2, ran away from Missouri 59-29; biggest wins over #2 Alabama and Louisiana Tech, lost to #6 Florida and #7 LSU)

8-7-5-7-13-8-8-8-9-9.  South Carolina (10-2, defeated #17 Clemson 27-17; biggest wins over #5 Georgia and #17 Clemson, losses to #6 Florida and #7 LSU)

3--16-13-16-16-16-14-13-12-10.   Stanford (10-2, defeated #19 UCLA 35-17; biggest wins over #4 Oregon, #18 Oregon State, #19 UCLA, #21 San Jose State and USC, losses to #1 Notre Dame and Washington)

10-9-14-18-17-14-11-10-10-11.  Florida State (10-2, lost to #6 Florida 37-26; biggest win over #17 Clemson, losses to #6 Florida and North Carolina State)

15-13-11-10-9-9-12-11-11-12.  Boise State (9-2, did not play this week; biggest wins over Fresno State and BYU, losses to Michigan State and San Diego State)

17-19-16-11-10-11-13-12-13-13.    Oklahoma (9-2, rallied to beat #24 Oklahoma State 51-48 on overtime; biggest wins over #18 Texas and #23 Oklahoma State, lost to #1 Notre Dame and #3 Kansas State)

---------------------21-23-21-18-14.  Nebraska (10-2, defeated Iowa 13-7; biggest wins over Michigan and Wisconsin, lost to #19 UCLA and Ohio State)

---------------------23-24-22-20-15.  Kent State (11-1, defeated Ohio 28-6; biggest win over Rutgers, lost to Kentucky)

20-17-15-8-7-10-9-15-15-16.  Oregon State (8-3, fell to #4 Oregon 48-24; biggest wins over #19 UCLA and Wisconsin, losses to #4 Oregon, #10 Stanford and Washington)

15-23-20-20-20-19-17-16-16-17.  Clemson (10-2, lost 27-17 to #9 South Carolina; biggest win over Georgia Tech, losses to #9 South Carolina and #10 Florida State)

5-3-9-14-15-17-15-14-14-18.   Texas (8-3, lost to #25 TCU 20-13; biggest win over #23 Oklahoma State, lost to #13 Oklahoma, #25 TCU and West Virginia)

23-21-25-25-25-20-21-20-17-19.  UCLA (9-3, lost to #10 Stanford 35-17; biggest wins over #14 Nebraska and USC, lost to #10 Stanford, #16 Oregon State and California)

----------------------------------23-20.  Utah State (10-2, beat Idaho 45-9, biggest wins over #23 San Jose State and Louisiana Tech, losses to Wisconsin and BYU)

----------------------------------24-21.  San Jose State (10-2, beat Louisiana Tech 52-43; biggest wins over San Diego State, Louisiana Tech and BYU, losses to #10 Stanford and Utah State)

--------------------------------------22.  Northern Illinois (11-1, beat Eastern Michigan 49-7; biggest win over Ball State, lost to Iowa)

------------------------------25-22-23.  Oklahoma State (8-4, lost to #13 Oklahoma 51-48 in overtime; biggest win over #24 TCU, lost to #3 Kansas State, #13 Oklahoma, #18 Texas and Arizona)

14-12-18-17-24-----22----------25.  TCU (7-4, beat #18 Texas 20-13; biggest wins over #18 Texas and West Virginia, lost to #3 Kansas State, #23 Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Iowa State)

18-20-19-19-18-15-10-18-17-25.  Louisville (9-2, lost to Connecticut 23-20 in three overtimes; biggest win over Cincinnati, losses to Syracuse and Connecticut)

Dropped Out:  Texas Tech, Rutgers

Also Considered:    USC (7-5), Rutgers (9-2),  Louisiana Tech (9-3), Texas Tech (7-5), Tulsa (9-3), Fresno State (9-3), San Diego State (9-3),  Michigan (8-4), Cincinnati (9-3),  Northwestern (9-3), Ball State (9-3)

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