Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sorting Out the Wild Week: The New Blue Football Through and Through Top 25

The #1 factor in ranking teams is their Biggest Wins, losses are most damaging if they are to unranked teams.  This encourages teams to schedule other Top 25 teams.

This poll had UCLA and Auburn ranked before anyone else "in the know".  

There was a complete shifting of power in the SEC on what is being called Chaos Saturday in the league, with Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M all being upset.  And, with a host of ranked teams losing for the second week, a major shifting in the polls themselves.  Prior to their game, Clemson had already lost one of its most credible wins when Georgia lost.  Then they were crushed by Florida State, so the Tigers took a huge drop.  Oregon, which had just scored its only signature win over Washington just a couple weeks ago, now loses the significance because of Washington being routed.  Miami of Florida suffered a similar fate when their only big win, over Florida, was diminished with Florida's third loss.

Georgia, buoyed in previous weeks with wins over LSU and South Carolina, saw both of those previously impressive wins lose credibility.  Their loss to Clemson now looks very bad with Clemson's bad performance against Florida State.  Then, the Bulldogs lost to Vanderbilt, which, with now the same record as Georgia, must be ranked ahead of them.  So Georgia tumbled all the way out of the poll.

Boise State was in position to be considered for the poll, but their loss to Washington now looks extremely bad with Washington's third loss of the season.

The SEC has eight teams in the Top 25, while the Pac-12 has four.  Those are (by far) the top two conferences in the nation this year.

3-1.    Alabama (7-0) routed Arkansas 52-0, Biggest Win over #13 Texas A&M
2-2.  Missouri (7-0) ran by #21 Florida 36-17, Biggest Wins over #23 Florida and Georgia
14-3.    Florida State (6-0) ripped #14 Clemson on the road 51-14, Biggest Win over #14 Clemson
5-4.    Miami of Florida (6-0) survived North Carolina 27-23, Biggest Win over #23 Florida
4-5.    Oregon (7-0) outpointed Washington State 62-38, Biggest Win over Washington
10-6  Stanford (6-1) scored an impressive 24-10 win over #9 UCLA, Biggest Wins over #9 UCLA, #17 Arizona State and Washington, Lost to Utah
13-7.  Auburn (6-1) beat #13 Texas A&M on the road 45-41, Biggest Wins over #13 Texas A&M and #22 Mississippi, lost to #12 LSU
8-8.  UCLA (5-1) ran into #6 Stanford, 24-10, Biggest Wins over Nebraska and Utah, Lost to #6 Stanford
12-9.  Texas Tech (6-1) beat West Virginia 37-27, Biggest Wins over TCU and West Virginia
9-10.  Ohio State (6-0) prevailed over Iowa 34-24, Biggest Win over Northwestern
16-11.  Oklahoma (6-1) came from behind to beat Kansas 34-19, Biggest Win over #16 Notre Dame, Lost to Texas
7-12.    LSU (6-2) lost at home to #22 Mississippi 27-24, Biggest Wins over #7 Auburn and #23 Florida, Lost to #22 Mississippi and Georgia
11-13.  Texas A&M (5-2) lost to #7 Auburn 45-41, Biggest Win over #22 Mississippi, Lost to #1 Alabama and #7 Auburn
1-14.      Clemson (6-1) was creamed by #3 Florida State 51-14, Biggest Win over Georgia, Lost to #3 Florida State
17-15.  Michigan (6-1) outslugged Indiana 63-47, Biggest Win over #16 Notre Dame, Lost to Penn State
18-16.   Notre Dame (5-2) prevailed over USC 14-10, Biggest Wins over #17 Arizona State and #20 Michigan State, lost to #11 Oklahoma and #15 Michigan
23-17.  Arizona State (5-2) crushed Washington 53-24, Biggest Win over Washington, Lost to #6 Stanford and #16 Notre Dame
22-18.  Fresno State (6-0) pounded UNLV 38-14, Biggest Win over Boise State 
---19.  Baylor (6-0) smeared Iowa State 71-7, Biggest Win over West Virginia
24-20.  Michigan State (6-1) shut out Purdue 14-0, Biggest Win over South Florida, Lost to #16 Notre Dame
25-21  Virginia Tech (6-1) did not play, Biggest Wins over Georgia Tech and East Carolina, Lost to #2 Alabama
---22.  Mississippi (4-3) shocked #11 LSU 27-24, Biggest Wins over #11 LSU, Vanderbilt and Texas, Lost to #2 Alabama, #7 Auburn and #13 Texas A&M
21-23.  Florida (4-3) lost to #2 Missouri 36-17, Biggest Win over Tennessee, Lost to #2 Missouri, #4 Miami of Florida and #12 LSU
19-24.    South Carolina (5-2) lost to Tennessee 23-21, Biggest Win over #25 UCF, Lost to Georgia and Tennessee
---25.  UCF (5-1) shocked Louisville 38-35 on the road, Biggest Wins over Louisville and Penn State, Lost to #24 South Carolina

Dropped Out:  Washington, Georgia, Louisville

Also Considered:
Oklahoma State (5-1) throttled TCU 24-10, Biggest Win over TCU, Lost to West Virginia

20-out  Louisville (6-1) fell to #25 UCF 38-35, Biggest Win over Rutgers, Lost to #25 UCF

Vanderbilt (4-3) beat Georgia 31-27, Biggest Win over Georgia, Lost to #2 Missouri, #22 Mississippi and #24 South Carolina

6-out.    Georgia (4-3) lost for the second straight week, 31-27 to Vanderbilt , Biggest Wins over #12 LSU and #24 South Carolina, Lost to #2 Missouri, #14 Clemson and Vanderbilt

Tennessee (4-3) knocked off #24 South Carolina 23-21, Biggest Win over #24 South Carolina, Lost to #5 Oregon, #23 Florida and Georgia

15-out    Washington (4-3) lost its second straight, 53-24 to #17 Arizona State, Biggest Wins over Arizona and Boise State, Lost to #5 Oregon, #6 Stanford and #17 Arizona State

BYU (5-2) outscored Houston 47-46, Biggest Wins over Houston and Texas, Lost to Virginia and Utah

Wisconsin (4-2) Shocked Northwestern 35-6, Biggest Win over Northwestern, Lost to #10 Ohio State and #17 Arizona State

Oregon State (6-1) routed California 49-17, Biggest Win over Utah, Lost to Eastern Washington
Northern Illinois

Utah (4-3) lost to Arizona 35-24, Biggest Wins over #6 Stanford and BYU, lost to #8 UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona

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