Sunday, November 13, 2016

Blue Through and Through College Football Rankings: Week 11

You're reading the rankings that were the last college football ranking to include Washington in the Top 25, and the last to place them inside the Top 10.  The hesitation proved to be right, as Washington was outclassed on their home field by unranked USC 26-13.

LSU finally has an impressive win after beating Arkansas.  Up until this time, the Tigers' biggest win came over an average Mississippi team.

The media and coaches' polls are once again caught up in hype and putting too much emphasis on the latest results.  Case in point:  USC.  The Trojans have won six in a row and are playing great right now, but one doesn't all of a sudden forget the three losses prior to that.  USC lost to the #16 team, so we know they can't be higher than that.  And, they lost to Stanford, which, with the exact record as USC, has to be ranked ahead of the Trojans because of a head-to-head beating.  Stanford, meanwhile, isn't Top 25 material because their biggest win is over unranked USC and has three losses, less than Oklahoma and Colorado ahead of them.  Colorado has to be ranked ahead of Stanford because of a better record and a win over the Cardinal.

Troy has to be ranked ahead of Nebraska because in comparable matchups, the Trojans lost to #3 Clemson 30-24, while Nebraska lost to #2 Ohio State 62-3.

Penn State has moved past Boise State, but it's close.  Penn State has a win over the #2 team in the country while the Broncos have not beaten a ranked team.  The Broncos have one less loss, which until this week was not a bad loss.  But with Wyoming's loss to UNLV, it looks as bad as Penn State's loss to Pittsburgh.  The overriding factor here is the win over #2 Ohio State.  Until Boise State has a better win than that, or until Washington State is ranked fairly high, or until another Bronco opponent is under the "other teams considered" list, the Broncos will not pass Penn State.

LSU has to be ranked ahead of Florida because they beat Arkansas 38-10 while the Gators lost to them, 31-10.

South Florida, Navy, Houston and Oklahoma have to be ranked in that order.  They all have two losses, with South Florida beating Navy, Navy beating Houston and Houston beating Oklahoma.




(Note:  the rankings are based on logic rather than hype or potential.  Teams with the same record are judged by their biggest wins and their losses, if any.  Impressive wins over Top 25 teams are more important than other wins, and losses to Top 25 teams hurt far less than other losses.

The "Biggest Win" refers to the highest-ranked win; generally, only ranked teams and teams being considered are listed.  Sometimes, as in the case of Western Michigan, they don't have a win over teams in these rankings, and it is unknown at this time which of their listed wins is the biggest.)

2-1    Alabama (10-0) blasted Mississippi State 51-3; Biggest Wins: #14 Texas A&M 33-14, #18 LSU 10-0, #20 Tennessee 49-10 and Arkansas 49-30
6-2    Ohio State (9-1) annihilated Maryland 62-3; Biggest Wins: #6 Wisconsin 30-23 in overtime, #13 Nebraska 62-3 and #24 Oklahoma 45-24; Lost to #10 Penn State 24-21
1-3   Clemson (9-1) fell to Pittsburgh 43-42; Biggest Wins: #4 Louisville 42-36, #12 Troy 30-24, #15 Auburn 19-13, and Florida State 37-34; Lost to Pittsburgh 43-42
5-4    Louisville (9-1) came from behind in the second half to thump Wake Forest 44-12; Biggest Win: Florida State 63-20; Lost to #3 Clemson 42-36
3-5   Michigan (9-1) lost to Iowa 14-13; Biggest Wins: #6 Wisconsin 14-7, #10 Penn State 49-10 and #25 Colorado 45-28; Lost to Iowa 14-13
8-6   Wisconsin (8-2) ran away from Illinois 48-3; Biggest Wins:  #13 Nebraska 23-17 in overtime and #18 LSU 16-14; Lost to  #2 Ohio State 30-23 in overtime and #5 Michigan 14-7
4-7   Washington (9-1) was thwarted by USC 26-13; Biggest Win: #16 Utah 31-24; Lost to USC 26-13
7-8   Western Michigan (10-0) outpointed Kent State 37-21; Biggest Win: Northwestern 22-21 or Eastern Michigan 45-31
11-9  West Virginia (8-1) edged Texas 24-20; Biggest Win: TCU 34-10; Lost to #17 Oklahoma State 37-20
14-10 Penn State (8-2)  turned back Indiana 45-31; Biggest Win:  #2 Ohio State 24-21; Lost to #5 Michigan 49-10 and Pittsburgh 42-39
12-11 Boise State (9-1) humbled Hawai'i 52-13; Biggest Win:  Washington State 31-28; Lost to Wyoming 30-28
13-12 Troy (8-1) came back to beat Appalachian State 28-24; Biggest Win:  Southern Mississippi 37-31 or Appalachian State 28-24; Lost to #3 Clemson 30-24
16-13  Nebraska (8-2) stopped Minnesota 24-17; Biggest Win: Wyoming 52-17; Lost to #2 Ohio State 62-3 and #6 Wisconsin 23-17 in overtime
9-14   Texas A&M (7-3) lost to Mississippi 29-28; Biggest Wins: #15 Auburn 29-16, #20 Tennessee 45-38 in two overtimes and Arkansas 45-24; Lost to #1 Alabama 33-14, Mississippi 29-28 and Mississippi State 35-28

10-15 Auburn (7-3) lost 13-7 to Georgia; Biggest Wins:  #18 LSU 18-13 and Arkansas 56-3 ; Lost to #4 Clemson 19-13, #14 Texas A&M 29-16 and Georgia 13-7
19-16 Utah (8-2) whipped Arizona State 49-26; Biggest Win: USC 31-27; Lost to #7 Washington 31-24 and California 28-23
20-17 Oklahoma State (8-2) outlasted Texas Tech 45-44; Biggest Win:  #9 West Virginia 37-20; Lost to Baylor 35-24 and Central Michigan 30-27
-----18 LSU (6-3) blew out Arkansas 38-10; Biggest Win:  Arkansas 38-10;  Lost to #1 Alabama 10-0, #6 Wisconsin 16-14 and #15 Auburn 18-13 
21-19 Florida (7-2) downed South Carolina 20-7; Biggest Win: Georgia 24-10; Lost to #20 Tennessee 38-28 and Arkansas 31-10
23-20 Tennessee (7-3) put away Kentucky 49-36; Biggest Wins: #19 Florida 38-28 and Virginia Tech 45-24; Lost to #1 Alabama 49-10, #14 Texas A&M 45-38 in 2 OT's and South Carolina 24-21
25-21 South Florida (8-2) outlasted Memphis 49-42; Biggest Win: #22 Navy 52-45; Lost to Florida State 55-35 and Temple 46-30
-----22 Navy (7-2) tripped Tulsa 42-40:  Biggest Win:  #23 Houston 45-40; Lost to #21 South Florida 52-45 and Air Force 28-14 
-----23 Houston (8-2) defeated Tulane 30-18; Biggest Win: #24 Oklahoma 33-23; Lost to #22 Navy 45-40 and SMU 38-16
-----24 Oklahoma (8-2) bashed Baylor 45-24:  Biggest Win:  Baylor 45-24 and TCU 52-46; Lost to #2 Ohio State 45-24 and #23 Houston 33-23
-----25 Colorado (8-2) clipped Arizona 49-24; Biggest Win:  Arizona State 40-16; Lost to #5 Michigan 45-28 and USC 21-17





Dropped Out:  Baylor, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wyoming


Also Considered:
Stanford (7-3) creamed Oregon 52-27; Biggest Win:  USC 27-10; blown out by #4 Washington 44-6 and Washington State 42-16 and lost to Colorado 10-5
USC (7-3) throttled #9 Washington 26-13; Biggest Wins:  #9 Washington 26-13 and Colorado 31-17; Lost to #2 Alabama 52-6, #21 Utah 31-27 and Stanford 27-10 
Washington State (8-2) beat California 56-21; Biggest Win:  Arizona State 37-32; Lost to #11 Boise State 31-28 and Eastern Washington 45-42
San Diego State (9-1) rocked Nevada 46-16; Biggest Win: California 45-40 or Utah State 40-13; Lost to South Alabama 42-24
Baylor (6-3) was smothered by #24 Oklahoma 45-24; Biggest Win: #17 Oklahoma State 35-24; Lost to #24 Oklahoma 45-24, TCU 62-22 and Texas 35-34
Virginia Tech (7-3) lost to Georgia Tech 30-20;  Biggest Win:  #17 North Carolina 34-3; Lost to #20 Tennessee 45-24, Georgia Tech 30-20 and Syracuse 31-17
North Carolina (7-3) fell to Duke 28-27; Biggest Win: Florida State 37-35; Lost to Virginia Tech 34-3, Georgia 33-24 and Duke 28-27
Florida State (7-3) slaughtered Boston College 45-7; Biggest Win:  #21 South Florida 55-35; Lost to #3 Clemson 37-34, #4 Louisville 63-20 and North Carolina 37-35
Arkansas (6-4) was creamed by #18 LSU 38-10; Biggest Win:  #19 Florida 31-10; Lost to #1 Alabama 49-30, #14 Texas A&M 45-24, #15 Auburn 56-3 and #18 LSU 38-10

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