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Ohio St. was once again underwhelming, but once again there was no clear successor. I sometimes look at other computer rankings to see if it’s just something weird about mine, but it isn’t. Ole Miss and UCLA were in the consensus computer top 5 and of course both lost to teams they were supposed to beat and neither game was close.
Anyway, so I’m keeping Ohio St. #1. The protected top four from last week has been reduced to three with the Ole Miss loss. I’m putting LSU ahead of Michigan St. because they are higher in the formula. Ohio St., LSU, and Michigan St. are all in the top 10 of the formula, so I don’t feel like this is an inappropriate departure.
I also am replacing Temple with TCU in the top 10. They were ninth and 11th, respectively, so I don’t think switching them is a big deal. I also decided to put TCU instead of Iowa, who is new to my top 25.
The only other change was a group of teams who were in the top 15 last week and who I made numbers 22 to 25 this week. Ole Miss, UCLA, Georgia, and Notre Dame were the four teams. I thought Ole Miss in particular should not fall from #2 on my list (which had been slightly higher than the computer ranking) to outside of the top 25.
Memphis and Navy have no wins over the former BCS teams/conferences, but they have chances coming up, so they will move in if they win those. Penn St. and Kentucky have losses that I don’t think their wins quite overcome yet.
I went ahead and left Houston in because they beat Louisville, a major-conference bowl team from last season. Louisville didn’t have a good first week in losing to Auburn, but they played Clemson close and had a good road win over previously undefeated North Carolina St. on Saturday.
So I shuffled around the top 11 a bit, and I switched four computer top 25 teams with four non-top-25 teams. Those four teams are in the order the computer gave, and all the teams in between are also in the exact order from the computer formula.
I may tinker slightly in the next couple of weeks, but in the ratings in two weeks, the current computer ratings will either be validated or the cream will better rise to the top.
Some key games two weeks from now that should make this easier:
Florida @ LSU
UCLA @ Stanford
Arizona St. @ Utah
Missouri @ Georgia
Alabama @ Texas A&M
Boston College @ Clemson
West Virginia @ Baylor
Oklahoma @ Kansas St.
Michigan @ Michigan St.
Iowa @ Northwestern
USC @ Notre Dame
Penn St. @ Ohio St.
Ole Miss @ Memphis
I think just about everything should be sorted properly on its own between now and then. I’m not saying there aren’t any big games this coming week, but nothing like that lineup of decisive games.
Anyway, here is my current top 25.
Out of rankings (with last week’s rank):