Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kansas State, Notre Dame 1-2 in Blue Through and Through's Top 25

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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.

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.

13-11-7-5-4-2-1-1.  Kansas State (10-0, turned back TCU 23-10; biggest wins over #12 Oklahoma, #19 Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma State and Iowa State)

1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2.    Notre Dame (10-0, beat Boston College 21-6; biggest wins over #12 Oklahoma, #13 Stanford, Michigan and BYU)

4-4-2-2-5-4-4-3.    Oregon (10-0, broke open a close game for a 59-17 win over California; biggest wins over #17 USC, Washington and Fresno State)

2-2-3-3-3-3-3-4.    Alabama (9-1, lost to #10 Texas A&M 29-24; biggest wins over #7 LSU, Mississippi State and Michigan, lost to #10 Texas A&M)

7-6-10-9-8-5-5-5.    Georgia (9-1, whitewashed Auburn 38-0; biggest win over #6 Florida, lost to #8 South Carolina)

12-10-4-4-2-6-6-6.  Florida (9-1, held off Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20; biggest wins over #7 LSU, #8 South Carolina and #17 Texas A&M, loss to Alabama)

6-5-8-6-6-7-7-7.    LSU (8-2, came from behind to beat Mississippi State 37-17; biggest wins over #8 South Carolina, #9 Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Washington, lost to #3 Alabama and #6 Florida)

8-7-5-7-13-8-8-8.    South Carolina (8-2, beat Arkansas 38-20; biggest win over #5 Georgia, losses to #6 Florida and #7 LSU)

----------------------22-16-9.  Texas A&M (8-2, defeated #3 Alabama 29-24; biggest wins over #3 Alabama, Mississippi State and #24 Louisiana Tech, lost to #6 Florida and #7 LSU)

10-9-14-18-17-14-11-10  Florida State (9-1, beat Virginia Tech 28-22; biggest win over #16 Clemson, loss to North Carolina State)

15-13-11-10-9-9-12-11.  Boise State (8-2, defeated Hawai'i 49-14; biggest wins over BYU and Fresno State, losses to Michigan State and San Diego State)

17-19-16-11-10-11-13-12.    Oklahoma (7-2, beat Baylor 42-34; biggest wins over  #16 Texas, #19 Texas Tech and Iowa State, loss to #1 Kansas State and 2 Notre Dame)

3--16-13-16-16-16-14-13.   Stanford (8-2, edged #15 Oregon State 28-23; biggest wins over #15 Oregon State, #17 USC and San Jose State, losses to #1 Notre Dame and Washington)

5-3-9-14-15-17-15-14    Texas (8-2, rocked Iowa State 33-7; biggest wins over #19 Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa State, lost to #12 Oklahoma and West Virginia)

20-17-15-8-7-10-9-15.  Oregon State (7-2, fell to #13 Stanford 27-23; biggest wins over #20 UCLA, BYU, and Wisconsin, losses to #13 Stanford and Washington)

15-23-20-20-20-19-17-16.  Clemson (9-1, rolled over Maryland 45-10; biggest win over Georgia Tech, loss to #10 Florida State)

16-18-17-15-12-18-18-17.  USC (7-3, rocked Arizona State 38-17; biggest win over Washington, losses to #3 Oregon, #13 Stanford and Arizona)

18-20-19-19-18-15-10-18.  Louisville (9-1, fell from the unbeaten ranks with a 45-26 loss to Syracuse; biggest win over Cincinnati, loss to Syracuse)

-------------12-11-12-19-19.  Texas Tech (7-3, downed Kansas 41-34 in two overtimes; biggest wins over West Virginia, TCU and Iowa State, lost to #1 Kansas State, #12 Oklahoma and #14 Texas)

23-21-25-25-25-20-21-20.  UCLA (8-2, edged Washington State 44-36; biggest win over #21 Nebraska, lost to #15 Oregon State and California)

---------------------21-23-21.  Nebraska (8-2, came from behind once again and beat Penn State 32-23; biggest wins over Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State, lost to #20 UCLA and Ohio State)

---------------------23-24-22.  Kent State (9-1, beat Miami of Ohio 48-32; biggest win over #23 Rutgers, lost to Kentucky)

20-24-21-21-25-24-25-23.  Rutgers (8-1, beat Army 28-7; biggest win over Arkansas, lost to #22 Kent State)

------------------------------24.  Louisiana Tech (9-1, squeaked by Texas State 62-55; biggest win over Virginia, lost to #9 Texas A&M)

------------------------------25.  Oklahoma State (7-3, blew out West Virginia 55-34; biggest wins over TCU and Iowa State, lost to #1 Kansas State, #14 Texas and Arizona)

Dropped Out:  TCU, West Virginia

Also Considered:   Northern Illinois (9-1),  Michigan (7-3),  Cincinnati (7-2), Tulsa (8-2), Fresno State (6-3), Washington (5-4), Utah State (7-2), San Jose State (8-2), TCU (6-4), San Diego State (8-3), Wisconsin (7-3)

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