Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stanford Gets Second Straight Big Win To Soar to #5 in Blue Football Through and Through Top 25

The early weeks show teams that have been the most impressive thus far, rather than ranking teams from a biased point of view.  Nevertheless, they will be volatile until the teams sort it out on the field.  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, Washington and Auburn ranked before anyone else "in the know".  Oregon dropped because their biggest win (Tennessee) continues to look less impressive.  If the Ducks can win the tougher games on their schedule in the weeks to come, they will move back up.  Oklahoma and Michigan passed them because of their wins over Notre Dame, which scored a win over ranked Arizona State.

Stanford shot up with their second win over a Top 25 team, tying Alabama and Georgia with that distinction.  Still, no one has matched Clemson's win over the #3 team in the nation and that continues to put Clemson at #1.

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

1-1.      Clemson (5-0) ripped Syracuse 49-14, Biggest Win over #3 Georgia
2-2.    Alabama (5-0) had no problem with Georgia State 45-3, Biggest Wins over #15 Texas A&M, #21 Mississippi
3-3.    Georgia (4-1) escaped with a 34-31 win over Tennessee, Biggest Wins over #4 LSU and, #18 South Carolina, Lost to #1 Clemson
4-3.    LSU (5-1) ran over Mississippi State 49-26, Biggest Win over #13 Auburn, Lost to #3 Georgia
14-5.  Stanford (5-0) survived #14 Washington 31-28, Biggest Wins over #14 Washington and #22 Arizona State
5-6.    Miami of Florida (5-0) topped Georgia Tech 45-30, Biggest Win over #20 Florida
7-7.  Oklahoma (5-0) squeaked by TCU 20-17, Biggest Win over #17 Notre Dame
9-8.  Michigan (5-0) blew away Minnesota 42-13, Biggest Win over #17 Notre Dame
8-9.  Ohio State (6-0) rallied to beat Northwestern 30-20, Biggest Win over Northwestern
10-10.  Texas Tech (5-0) blew out Kansas 54-16, Biggest Win over TCU
6-11.    Oregon (5-0) crushed Colorado 57-16, Biggest Win over Tennessee
11-12.  UCLA (4-0) left with a 34-27 win over Utah, Biggest Wins over Nebraska and Utah
12-13.  Auburn (4-1) shocked everyone except Blue Football Through and Through with a 30-22 win over #21 Mississippi, Biggest Wins over #21 Mississippi and Washington State, lost to #3 LSU
13-14.    Washington (4-1) lost on the road to #5 Stanford 31-28, Biggest Wins over Arizona and Boise State, Lost to #5 Stanford
15-15.  Texas A&M (3-1) did not play, Biggest Win over Arkansas, Lost to #2 Alabama
17-16.    Florida State (5-0) turned heads with a 63-0 win over previously unbeaten Maryland, Biggest Win over Maryland
25-17.   Notre Dame (3-2) scored a big 37-34 win over #22 Arizona State, Biggest Win over #25 Michigan State, lost to #7 Oklahoma and #8 Michigan
16-18.    South Carolina (4-1) had a tough time with Kentucky before winning 35-28, Biggest Win over UCF, Lost to #3 Georgia
21-19.  Louisville (5-0) cruised past Temple 30-7, Biggest Win over Kentucky
22-20.  Florida (4-1) dealt Arkansas a 30-10 loss, Biggest Win over Tennessee, Lost to #6 Miami of Florida 
18-21.  Mississippi (3-2) fell to #13 Auburn 30-22, Biggest Win over Texas, Lost to #2 Alabama and #13 Auburn
19-22.  Arizona State (3-2) lost on the road to #17 Notre Dame 37-34, Biggest Win over Wisconsin, Lost to #5 Stanford and #17 Notre Dame
25--23.  Fresno State (5-0) toyed with Idaho 61-14, Biggest Win over Boise State 
20-24.  Oklahoma State (4-1) beat Kansas State 33-29, Biggest Win over Mississippi State, Lost to West Virginia
---25.  Michigan State (3-1) did not play, Biggest Win over South Florida, Lost to #17 Notre Dame

Dropped Out:  Northwestern

Also Considered:
23-out  Northwestern (4-1) lost to #8 Ohio State 30-20, Biggest Win over California, Lost to #8 Ohio State
Baylor (4-0) lambasted West Virginia 73-42, Biggest Win over West Virginia
UCF (4-1) struggled to a 24-17 win over Memphis, Biggest Win over Penn State, Lost to #18 South Carolina
Virginia Tech (5-1) beat North Carolina 24-17, Biggest wins over Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Lost to #2 Alabama
Arizona (3-1) did not play, Biggest Win over UNLV, Lost to #16 Washington

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