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.
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!
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:
So we’re down to the Final Four. It’s been one of the most exciting basketball tournaments ever. Poor Butler. Last year’s Cinderella team. No Cinderella this year. Oh, they’re back in the Final Four again. But this time, they’re being overshadowed by VCU. Butler and VCU will face-off in the first semi-final game next Saturday. Should be a defensive struggle. And in the other bracket will be a couple of well-known powers, Kentucky and UConn.
Based on my latest rankings, we have two very exciting basketball games in store. UConn is ranked #6 and Kentucky is ranked #8. Butler is ranked #34 and VCU is ranked #41. But ignore the rankings. On March 7th, my rankings had UConn at #13, Kentucky at #29, Butler at #57, and VCU was ranked #76. Here are the current power ratings for each school:
Based on these ratings, here are the chances of each team advancing to the championship game:
Nobody is a clear favorite in either game. These should be tremendous games. So who’s the favorite to win it all? Well, based on my ratings, here is the breakdown:
So it seems that the winner of the UConn/Kentucky matchup has the best chance to win the national championship. But I wouldn’t put money on it. Butler and VCU have proven that they not only can play with anyone, they can beat anyone. It should be a fun ride!
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.