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Week 3 Top 25 and commentary

In College Football, Rankings on September 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM

This is going to bother some people, but I moved several teams down to the bottom of the top 25 (the last seven teams in fact) due to not having played much of anyone so far. If they beat someone decent, I’ll move them back up, so no need to make a big deal out of it. At this point, I don’t consider Arizona to be a good team, but if they start better than 1-4, I might give the teams who beat them more credit.

A couple of teams had a loss as their only quality opponent, but if the team didn’t look like it belonged, I’ve already moved it accordingly. I’d rather a team play with a top 10 team and lose than not play any top 100 teams (for instance) and be undefeated at this point.

On the other hand, fewer people are likely to complain about Boise St.

I am giving slightly less weight to margin of victory, but Texas is an exception because they so narrowly beat BYU at home and then Utah (a loser to USC) beat BYU so handily on the road Saturday, I didn’t think giving Texas credit for that as a quality win was appropriate. Also, BYU’s first game was a one-point win over Ole Miss, who got absolutely destroyed by Vanderbilt on Saturday.

So even though I ranked BYU in preseason, I feel like that has been proven wrong at this point.

rank / team / prior
1 LSU 1
2 Oklahoma 2
3 Alabama 3
4 Oregon 4
5 Florida St. 5
6 Boise St. 13
7 S Carolina 14
8 Nebraska 12
9 Florida 17
10 W Virginia 19
11 Maryland 20
12 Baylor 21
13 USC 23
14 Penn St. 16
15 Utah —
16 TCU 25
17 Michigan —
18 Clemson —
19 Texas A&M 6
20 Va. Tech 7
21 Arkansas 8
22 Stanford 9
23 Wisconsin 10
24 Okie St. 11
25 Texas Tech 18

Out of rankings: (15) Michigan St., (22) Texas, (24) Arizona St.

Prior rankings:

Week 2
Week 1
Preseason

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