Before I begin, I wanted to refer people to my Alabama blogs. Most of my hits this week have already been the main rivalry blog.
On Friday, I wrote specifically about LSU’s meetings with Alabama while undefeated.
Also, these are the completely objective numerical results in my full computer ratings.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about last week’s games. We seem to have had a bit of a lull in anticipation of this week. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Saturday with so few top teams in action.
Obviously, a couple of them had interesting endings though. I picked WSU to win, so that was a tough late disappointment, especially combined with the late innings of the last two World Series games.
I also would have felt vindicated had Temple won, but I make no apologies for having an undefeated team ahead (by just one spot in that case) as long as that team remained undefeated.
Another example may play out this week when LSU plays Alabama. Alabama is favored and while I definitely lean toward taking LSU and the points (though I would remind gamblers of the possibility of Alabama winning by 7 in overtime… again), it’s very difficult to pick the Tide to lose that one. If Alabama wins, the rankings will reflect that at that time. I don’t believe they should now no matter how one thinks the game will unfold.
I’ll give additional LSU and Alabama examples. I thought LSU would win all along in the 2007 championship and felt the same way about Alabama in 2012. I still thought it was right to put the team with fewer losses (Ohio St. And Notre Dame, respectively) higher. Of course a prerequisite to that is similar schedules, so that’s a factor for certain undefeated teams below.
I’m expecting that with a win LSU will be on top, but I’m not sure. It may be that if Clemson wins and some of their prior opponents such as Notre Dame also win, they could move up. I think Alabama would have too far to go. Current computer #1 Michigan St. would have a win over what would become a 3-7 (FBS) Nebraska team, so I don’t know if Sparty can hold on. Even Iowa could possibly move ahead.
If LSU loses, there is a very high chance that I’ll have a number one in this list for the first time. I have not put Michigan St., Clemson, or Iowa first in this list before. I nearly put Iowa in 2009 when they were the computer #1, but they didn’t make it past this week of play before a loss.
With games as significant as Alabama-LSU, Clemson-Florida St., and Notre Dame-Pittsburgh, and TCU-Oklahoma St., I think that affords a suitable enough occasion to just let the numbers do the talking going forward.
Texas A&M, Mississippi St., and Ole Miss are also playing important conference games that could bolster the winner of the game in Tuscaloosa. In other conferences, there are games like Penn St.-Northwestern and Duke-North Carolina than can have effects throughout those respective conferences. Also, TCU would get a big boost to its résumé if Minnesota can upset Ohio St.
So for a number of reasons, I really think this is the big week that will tell us who belongs where in the conversation. I wouldn’t make a big deal out of the playoff rankings tomorrow whatever they are.
- LSU 1
- Mich. St. 2
- Clemson 5
- Iowa 4
- Ohio St. 3
- Notre Dame 12
- Utah 6
- Florida 10
- Memphis 8
- Alabama 7
- TCU 9
- Stanford 14
- Okie St. 13
- Toledo 16
- Ole Miss 22
- Baylor 15
- Temple 11
- Houston 20
- Michigan 21
- Oklahoma 17
- N’western 18
- TX A&M 23
- Penn St. —
- UCLA 24
- Miss. St. 19
Out of rankings: (25) Pittsburgh
Here are the previous rankings blogs: