Here are the previous rankings blogs:
I mentioned previously I started doing my preliminary computer calculations. They account for approximately 50% of the top 25 below. After the top four (two of which, LSU and Michigan St., were also in the computer top four), what I did was pick the rest of my top 25 and put them in the order I wanted them without looking at the computers. Then I averaged where I wanted to put them with the ranking the computer gave them.
For instance, I had UCLA sixth, but the computer had them eighth. That averages to seventh. I had TCU fifth, but the computer had them fourth, so that averages to 4.5. 4.5 is a smaller number than 7, so TCU went ahead.
There were some teams in the computer top 25 and not in my top 25, but I didn’t rank any of those teams. I don’t think teams like Indiana and North Carolina St. have proven they should be ranked yet; but if they’re ranked two weeks from now by the computer, they will be ranked in my top 25 list as well.
So I did not allow the computer to take any teams out of the top 25 I had on my own, but the computer does not have a high opinion of either USC or Wisconsin. I gave them a reprieve for this week at least though.
I think they’re both in the top 20 toughest teams to beat, it hasn’t really shown on the results (meaning wins and losses) against their respective sets of opponents so far. I don’t think many people would take Indiana to beat either one on a neutral field.
Again, that won’t matter in a couple of weeks, but I think it should matter at least for now.
I usually don’t take a team from outside the top 25 and put them in the top 10, but I only put Florida 19th. Three decent wins in four weeks, however, puts them among the best teams in the computers, so that’s just where the average takes them.
Utah was closer to where I had in mind originally. I had them 12th. Not only was I considering the win over Oregon, but I was also considering the fact that Michigan just beat a ranked team (BYU) and has not lost since playing the Utes.
I ranked Temple after Week 2 and only wanted to put them back to #25 this week, but Penn St. and Cincinnati still give the Owls a decent amount of points.
I mentioned Wisconsin hasn’t done much to impress the computers, and that was by far Alabama’s best win, so that explains why they’ve fallen so far. In my formula, every loss is a negative, so some teams without losses are higher even though I understand many of them haven’t played a team as good as Ole Miss.
Northwestern is a bit higher in the computers of course, but they beat Stanford, and Stanford looks good otherwise. Subjectively, I would move the Wildcats up more gradually, but the best they could have possibly done against their three FBS opponents is beat all of them and for those opponents to be a combined 9-3. They beat all of them, and those opponents are a combined 8-4. The only extra loss was by Ball St. to Texas A&M, an undefeated team.
Northwestern doesn’t have any points for their win over winless Eastern Illinois, but the other games are good enough to give them a higher computer rating than anyone else right now.
The only other team that doesn’t match up fairly well to last week’s ranking is Oklahoma St., who falls eight spots. The Cowboys’ four opponents have only one win combined over FBS opponents (Texas over Rice). Even though they are undefeated, Oklahoma St. will fall out of the top 25 unless they beat Kansas St. on Saturday.
No one else changed more than five spots, so I think they align pretty well for a transition week.
I reserve the right to make a couple of changes to the computer ratings for next week when I publish this list (the list I publish on the computer rating site is always 100% objective), but after that it will follow the computer ratings almost completely.
After next week, the only team you can expect me to change is the #1 team. In the first four computer weeks last season, there were four different #1 teams. I don’t like to change them that often. The latest playing week where I have ever had a different #1 than the computer was after the last playing week in October in 2009 (I was rightly reluctant to make Iowa #1, and they fell to #6 the following week.)
So basically whoever is the computer #1 after Halloween can expect to be #1 on this list.
Out of rankings (with last week’s rank):