Sunday, November 4, 2012

Kansas State Is the New #1 Team

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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.

Kansas State has moved into the #1 slot.  While winning doesn't punish you in the polls, it can in the Blue Through and Through rankings, because we consider not only this week's performance, but past results.  With Kansas State's victory over Oklahoma State, they now have more impressive wins than Notre Dame.

Remember as you follow the poll 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.

13-11-7-5-4-2-1.  Kansas State (9-0, knocked off Oklahoma State 44-30; biggest wins over #13 Oklahoma, #14 Texas Tech, #19 West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Iowa State)

1-1-1-1-1-1-2.    Notre Dame (9-0, beat Pittsburgh 29-26 in three overtimes; biggest wins over #13 Oklahoma, #14 Stanford, Michigan and BYU)

2-2-3-3-3-3-3.    Alabama (9-0, needed a late score to beat #7 LSU 21-17; biggest wins over #7 LSU, Mississippi State and Michigan)

4-4-2-2-5-4-4.    Oregon (9-0; held off #18 USC 62-51; biggest wins over #18 USC, Washington and Fresno State)

7-6-10-9-8-5-5.    Georgia (8-1, thrashed Mississippi 37-10; biggest win over #6 Florida, lost to #8 South Carolina)

12-10-4-4-2-6-6.  Florida (8-1, edged Missouri 14-7; biggest wins over #7 LSU, #8 South Carolina and #17 Texas A&M)

6-5-8-6-6-7-7.    LSU (7-2, lost to #3 Alabama; biggest wins over #8 South Carolina, #17 Texas A&M and Washington, lost to #3 Alabama and #6 Florida)

8-7-5-7-13-8-8.    South Carolina (7-2, did not play; biggest win over #5 Georgia, losses to #6 Florida and #7 LSU)

20-17-15-8-7-10-9.  Oregon State (7-1, came back to beat Arizona State 26-16; biggest wins over #21 UCLA, BYU, and Wisconsin, loss to Washington)

18-20-19-19-18-15-10.  Louisville (9-0, demolished Temple 45-7; biggest win over Cincinnati)

10-9-14-18-17-14-11  Florida State (8-1, idle this week; biggest win over #17 Clemson, loss to North Carolina State)

15-13-11-10-9-9-12.  Boise State (7-2, lost 21-19 to San Diego State; biggest wins over BYU and Fresno State, losses to Michigan State and San Diego State)

17-19-16-11-10-11-13.    Oklahoma (6-2, beat Iowa State 35-20; biggest wins over #14 Texas Tech, #16 Texas and Iowa State, loss to #1 Kansas State and 2 Notre Dame)

3--16-13-16-16-16-14.   Stanford (7-2, took care of Colorado 48-0; biggest wins over #18 USC and San Jose State, losses to #1 Notre Dame and Washington)

5-3-9-14-15-17-15    Texas (7-2, turned back #19 Texas Tech 31-22; biggest wins over #19 Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Baylor, lost to #13 Oklahoma and #20 West Virginia)

----------------------22-16.  Texas A&M (7-2, pummeled Mississippi State 38-13; biggest wins over Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech, lost to #6 Florida and #7 LSU)

15-23-20-20-20-19-17.  Clemson (8-1, defeated Duke 56-20; biggest win over Georgia Tech, loss to #11 Florida State)

16-18-17-15-12-18-18.  USC (6-2, lost 62-51 to #3 Oregon; biggest win over Washington, losses to #3 Oregon, #14 Stanford and Arizona)

-------------12-11-12-19.  Texas Tech (6-3, fell to #15 Texas 31-22; biggest wins over #20 West Virginia, #22 TCU and Iowa State, lost to #1 Kansas State, #13 Oklahoma and #15 Texas)

23-21-25-25-25-20-21.  UCLA (6-2, beat Arizona 66-10; biggest win over #21 Nebraska, lost to #10 Oregon State and California)

14-12-18-17-24-----22.  TCU (6-3, beat #23 West Virginia 49-48 in three overtimes; biggest wins over #23 West Virginia and Baylor, lost to #19 Texas Tech and Iowa State)

11-8-6-9-14-13-23.   West Virginia (5-3, lost to #22 TCU 49-48 in two overtimes; biggest wins over #15 Texas and Baylor, lost to #1 Kansas State, #19 Texas Tech and #22 TCU)

---------------------21-23.  Nebraska (7-2, came from behind to beat Michigan State 28-24; biggest wins over Michigan and Wisconsin, lost to #20 UCLA and Ohio State)

---------------------23-24.  Kent State (8-1, beat Akron 35-24; biggest win over #25 Rutgers, lost to Kentucky)

20-24-21-21-25-24-25.  Rutgers (7-1, did not play; biggest win over Arkansas, lost to #24 Kent State)

Dropped Out:  

Also Considered:   Ohio (8-1), Northern Illinois (9-1), Toledo (8-1), Louisiana Tech (8-1), Oklahoma State (6-3), Mississippi State (7-2), Michigan (6-3),  Cincinnati (6-2), Tulsa (7-2), Fresno State (6-3), Washington (5-4), Utah State (7-2) 

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