Week 10 College Football Rankings

It’s SEC domination! My top 5 are all schools from the SEC this week. My new #1 is Mississippi State, followed by Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, and LSU. Georgia comes in at #9. The Big 12 is represented by #6 TCU, #8 Kansas State and #10 Oklahoma. The ACC’s lone representative in my top 10 is defending national champs Florida State at #7. Just outside my top 10 are #11 Baylor and #12 West Virginia. The Pac-12’s highest ranked team is #14 Oregon. The Big 10’s highest ranked team is #16 Michigan State.

My Top 25:

  1. Mississippi State (7-0, 86.409)
  2. Auburn (6-1, 84.432)
  3. Ole Miss (7-1, 83.860)
  4. Alabama (7-1, 82.893)
  5. LSU (7-2, 82.151)
  6. TCU (6-1, 80.766)
  7. Florida State (7-0, 80.621)
  8. Kansas State (6-1, 80.175)
  9. Georgia (6-1, 79.834)
  10. Oklahoma (5-2, 79.726)
  11. Baylor (6-1, 79.019)
  12. West Virginia (6-2, 78.652)
  13. Texas A&M (5-3, 78.462)
  14. Oregon (7-1, 78.451)
  15. Notre Dame (6-1, 78.030)
  16. Michigan State (7-1, 77.712)
  17. Clemson (6-2, 77.408)
  18. Nebraska (7-1, 76.886)
  19. Arizona State (6-1, 76.810)
  20. Arizona (6-1, 76.282)
  21. UCLA (6-2, 76.034)
  22. Utah (6-1, 75.837)
  23. Arkansas (4-4, 75.728)
  24. Missouri (6-2, 75.705)
  25. Florida (3-3, 75.656)

North Dakota State just missed my Top 25. Unbeaten Marshall comes in at #31. East Carolina comes in at #45. Virginia Tech falls to #54 followed by Virginia at #55. Old Dominion falls to #117.

My complete rankings can be found here.

Conference Rankings (Avg of all teams in conference):

  1. SEC (78.044)
  2. Big 12 (75.029)
  3. Pac-12 (73.609)
  4. ACC (72.188)
  5. Big 10 (72.169)
  6. Mountain West (68.143)
  7. Conference USA (66.612)
  8. All-American (65.517)
  9. MAC (63.706)
  10. Sun Belt (63.147)

Week 9 College Football Rankings

It’s an SEC domination at the top of my rankings as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama take my top 4 spots. Georgia comes in at #7 and LSU comes in at #9 to give the SEC 6 of the top 9 teams.

With Florida State’s controversial win over Notre Dame, they move up to #6 and look like they have the best shot at finishing the regular season undefeated. The Big 12 remains my second highest ranked conference. The Pac-12 remains my third highest rated conference overall. Oregon is their highest rated team and comes in at #13. The ACC remains my fourth highest ranked conference. The Big 10 stays just behind the ACC. Michigan State is the highest ranked Big 10 school and comes in at #17.

My highest ranked non-Power 5 school this week is Marshall. They come in at #25. Right on their heels is North Dakota State, who is the highest ranked FCS school. They come in at #26.

Duke comes in at #37 this week. East Carolina is #39. Virginia falls to #49 and Virginia Tech falls to #50. Old Dominion had the week off and comes in at #113.

Here’s my Top 25:

  1. Ole MIss (7-0, 87.801)
  2. Mississippi St (6-0, 86.388)
  3. Auburn (5-1, 84.502)
  4. Alabama (6-1, 84.324)
  5. TCU (5-1, 81.623)
  6. Florida State (7-0, 80.977)
  7. Georgia (6-1, 80.038)
  8. Kansas State (5-1, 79.757)
  9. LSU (6-2, 79.670)
  10. Baylor (6-1, 79.499)
  11. Oklahoma (5-2, 79.458)
  12. Texas A&M (5-3, 79.454)
  13. Oregon (6-1, 78.729)
  14. West Virginia (5-2, 78.531)
  15. Notre Dame (6-1, 78.009)
  16. Clemson (5-2, 77.442)
  17. Michigan State (6-1, 77.359)
  18. Arizona (5-1, 76.817)
  19. UCLA (5-2, 76.466)
  20. Arkansas (3-4, 76.189)
  21. Arizona State (5-1, 76.154)
  22. Nebraska (6-1, 76.133)
  23. Missouri (5-2, 76.048)
  24. Southern Cal (5-2, 75.867)
  25. Marshall (7-0, 75.729)

A list of my complete rankings can be found here.

My FBS conference rankings:

  1. SEC (78.312)
  2. Big 12 (75.407)
  3. Pac-12 (73.658)
  4. ACC (72.478)
  5. Big 10 (72.109)
  6. Mountain West (68.437)
  7. Conference USA (66.847)
  8. All American (65.539)
  9. MAC (63.725)
  10. Sun Belt (62.782)

College Football Rankings

It’s that time of year again. College football. Greatest sport there is! And my rankings are out. What the heck are they eating in Mississippi this year? My top two teams this week are Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Defending national champions Florida State remain undefeated, but come in at #9 this week. This could change next week as they take on #12 Notre Dame.

How about my local FBS schools? I’m excited about East Carolina’s season this year, but they come in at #41 this week. Their best win is over #42 Virginia Tech. And the other Virginia school, UVA is #43 this week. Old Dominion falls to #109 this week after suffering their third straight defeat. Welcome to FBS!

My complete rankings of all 759 schools are here.

My top 10:

  1. Ole Miss
  2. Mississippi State
  3. Baylor
  4. Auburn
  5. TCU
  6. Alabama
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Florida State
  10. LSU

College Football Division Rankings:

  1. NCAA FBS (69.65)
  2. NCAA FCS (55.46)
  3. NCAA D2 (46.99)
  4. NCAA D3 (41.79)
  5. NAIA (40.11)
  6. USCAA (36.65)

FBS Conference Rankings:

  1. SEC (78.08)
  2. Big 12 (75.48)
  3. Pac-12 (73.19)
  4. ACC (71.91)
  5. Big 10 (71.74)
  6. Mountain West (69.41)
  7. Conference USA (66.69)
  8. All American Conference (65.28)
  9. Mid-America Conference (63.11)
  10. Sun Belt (62.18)

College Football Realignment

College Football is in turmoil. Texas A&M has fled the Big 12 and joined the Southeastern Conference. So the Big 12 is now down to nine teams. And Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech are expected to leave as well. Are we witnessing the beginning of the super-conferences? Will the Big 10 expand again? Will they go after the remnants of the Big 12 or will they invade the Big East or ACC? Will the Big East and ACC join forces to produce their own super-conference? And where in the heck does Notre Dame fit in all this realignment mess? Will this be the end of major college football as we know it?

The consensus says we will wind up with 4 super-conferences consisting of 16 teams each. I don’t like that. Too many schools will be left out of this. What happens to a school like Boise State? College football is eating itself. This is capitalism at its worst. Unfortunately, the NCAA has little control over the conferences. In an ideal world, the NCAA would be in charge, and they would decide what conference a school belongs to. What we need is a football czar. Television rights need to be split. Conferences and schools should not be getting their own television packages.

In my own fantasy world, I would be the czar of college football. I would create the following system for major college football. I would have 4 major conferences. Each conference would have 2 divisions with 9 teams in each division. You would play all 8 opponents in your division. You win your division if you have the best record in your division and play the other division winner in your conference for the conference championship. Each of the four conference champions would play in a national semi-final game. The games would be played at the higher seeded schools. A national championship game would be played two weeks later. The money from the national championship game would be split amongst all 72 schools. A playoff! What a concept!

Here is my breakdown of conferences and divisions:

North Conference

Division 1 Division 2
UConn Ohio St
Pittsburgh Michigan
Rutgers Michigan St
Syracuse Indiana
Penn St Purdue
Boston College Northwestern
Cincinnati Illinois
Maryland Wisconsin
Notre Dame Minnesota

East Conference

Division 3 Division 4
Virginia Tech South Carolina
Clemson South Florida
North Carolina Florida St
North Carolina St Tennessee
Miami Florida
Virginia Kentucky
East Carolina Georgia
Georgia Tech Central Florida
West Virginia Louisville

South Conference

Division 5 Division 6
Alabama TCU
Auburn Texas
Ole Miss Texas Tech
Mississippi St Texas A&M
LSU Baylor
Tulane Oklahoma
Arkansas Oklahoma St
Southern Miss Missouri
Houston Nebraska

West Conference

Division 7 Division 8
Iowa Washington
Arizona St Washington St
Iowa St Oregon
Kansas Oregon St
Kansas St Boise St
Arizona Stanford
Colorado California
Utah UCLA
BYU USC

I’m allowed to dream, right?

My College Football Rankings are out!

Its the first weekend of October and I’ve published my first rankings of the year in college football.  Thanks to Virginia Tech’s loss to James Madision this year, Delaware and James Madison are currently ranked in the Top 25.  This should change as the year goes by.  The biggest surprise is that Alabama is not my number 1 team yet.  That goes to Arizona for now.  Alabama comes in at number 2 and Iowa comes in at number 3 with their only loss coming at Arizona.  Rounding out my top 5 are Oregon at number 4 and TCU at number 5.  The rest of my top 10 are Boise State, Ohio State, Missouri, Stanford and Kansas State.

The rankings are pretty volatile and will change quite a bit throughout October.

My rankings

See how I compare against other rankings on Kenneth Massey’s College Football Ranking Comparison.

As always, I want to thank Peter Wolfe for providing the scores that allow me to do my rankings!

Who do we blame for Virginia Tech's loss against Boise State?

I’m still trying to recover from the game from Monday night.  It was a very exciting game and for a Hokie fan, it had lows, then highs, and then, finally, lows again.  Tech fans are debating on the forums about who is responsible for the loss. Was it the offensive coordinator, the offensive line, the special teams, the defense, or the head coach?  I’ve thought about this for the last several days and I think I have decided who to lay the blame on.

I don’t care what happened in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, or 3rd quarter.  Spot them 17 points? Who cares. Give up 10 points on special teams?  Who cares. Why do I say this? Simple, with 5 minutes to go in the game we have the ball and the lead. That’s all that matters. The other 55 minutes are history. In the past.

Let me repeat. With 5 minutes to play in the game, we have the lead, the ball and a 1st down.

I think that Coach Beamer forgets this will all the reasons he gave to the media yesterday.

First, the O fails to run the clock out. They came close, but in my opinion, it was a horrible play call on 3rd and 8.  Why do we send only one receiver out?  Shouldn’t the quarterback have options?  Why not send out 4 receivers or even throw a quick screen to a WR? It had worked all night. Play it safe here. Keeping the clock going is just as important if not more than picking up the 1st down. Failure #1.

Second, when we did punt, it was not a great punt, no hang time at all.  And the coverage stunk.  I know there was a flag picked up for a block in the back.  But still, 10 other players weren’t in good position.  Boise got it out to the 40 yard line. Failure #2.

Third, the defense had its turn.  It had just held Boise State to a 3 and out the series before.  But not this time.  Here are the stats:  4 plays. 60 yards. 37 seconds. That’s just inexcusable.  Yes, I know there was a questionable personal foul call against a defensive player for a late hit.  Failure #3.

Finally, the offense got another opportunity after Boise State took the lead.  Still had about a minute left with two timeouts left and needing to go about 40 yards to have a realistic shot at a field goal.  So what do they do? Throw deep on 1st down.  Get sacked on 2nd down.  Throw deep on 3rd down.  And finally throw deep on 4th down.  Seriously?  This is what our 2 minute offense consists of?  I see better two minute offenses in Pee-Wee football.  Failure #4.

So in the last 2 minutes of the game, the offense, special teams and defense all had a chance to step up and win the game. And all three phases failed, as well as the coaching.

If you are willing to relive the pain, here is VTPhreak4evr’s highlights of the game