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Week 7 Top 25 and Comments

In College Football, Post-game, Rankings, Rankings Commentary on October 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

I’ll talk about it more with my SEC Wednesday feature, but of course the big game was Texas A&M and Tennessee. Overtime is one of the ways you can be right but still get the spread wrong. They were exactly even through 60 minutes, so if you assume Tennessee has 6.5 extra points, picking Tennessee should be a win. What makes it even more annoying is that if Texas A&M had scored a touchdown to win in the first overtime (even if the Vols didn’t score at all), Tennessee would have still been the correct pick. Going even longer without being outscored only proved me more right, yet it made me wrong according to the bookies. I’m just glad I didn’t put actual money on it.

Anyway, I did pick the correct winner at least. Tennessee didn’t fall very far naturally because A&M on the road in overtime is the least-costly loss you can have right now and also because Tennessee had the most points going into the week. Still, I decided the fair thing to do was to move them below Ohio St. I think it’s too early for a team with a loss (despite the circumstances) to be in the top 5; but of course if they beat Alabama, they will be in the top 5 next week. Putting Alabama #1 and switching Tennessee with Ohio St. were the only changes I made from the computer. If Alabama wins, I expect them to be the natural #1, so maybe next week I can go without changing anything at all.

In one of the most amazing plays this season, Tennessee forced a fumble in the last moments just as it appeared Texas A&M was going to put the game away.  The turnover led to the tying touchdown.

In one of the most amazing plays this season, Tennessee forced a fumble in the last moments just as it appeared Texas A&M was going to put the game away. The turnover led to the tying touchdown.

I don’t think 8-10 are that good, but the more credible teams keep losing or having bye weeks.

How the mighty have fallen when you realize Washington beat Oregon and got jumped by Ohio St., who beat… Indiana?

I know Florida St. has two losses, but they keep playing competitive opponents. I did make losses slightly less devastating this year, but it helpss that they’re not bad losses. Despite the margin of victory Louisville had, it just counts as one loss to a decent team.

rank/team/prev

1 Alabama 1
2 Michigan 3
3 Texas A&M 5
4 Clemson 4
5 Ohio St. 8
6 Tennessee 2
7 Washington 6
8 Boise St. 15
9 W. Michigan 11
10 Wake Forest 14
11 Penn St. —
12 Navy —
13 Houston 7
14 Arizona St. —
15 Florida St. —
16 Wisconsin 12
17 West Virginia 9
18 Virginia Tech 25
19 Stanford 13
20 Nebraska 16
21 Utah —
22 N. Carolina 17
23 Air Force 20
24 Louisville 24
25 Auburn —

Full 128

Out of rankings: (10) U. Miami, (18) Arkansas, (19) Florida, (21) Maryland, (22) Baylor, (23) Cal

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  1. […] rank/team/prev 1 Alabama 1 2 Clemson 4 3 Texas A&M 3 4 Michigan 2 5 Ohio St. 5 6 Tennessee 6 7 W. Michigan 9 8 Boise St. 8 9 Houston 13 10 Florida St. 15 11 Nebraska 20 12 N. Carolina 22 13 Washington 7 14 Louisville 24 15 West Virginia 17 16 Penn St. 11 17 Utah 21 18 Pittsburgh — 19 Oklahoma — 20 Stanford 19 21 Navy 12 22 Arkansas — 23 Auburn 25 24 Washington St. — 25 South Florida — […]

  2. […] rank/team/prev 1 Alabama 1 2 Clemson 4 3 Texas A&M 3 4 Michigan 2 5 Ohio St. 5 6 Tennessee 6 7 W. Michigan 9 8 Boise St. 8 9 Houston 13 10 Florida St. 15 11 Nebraska 20 12 N. Carolina 22 13 Washington 7 14 Louisville 24 15 West Virginia 17 16 Penn St. 11 17 Utah 21 18 Pittsburgh — 19 Oklahoma — 20 Stanford 19 21 Navy 12 22 Arkansas — 23 Auburn 25 24 Washington St. — 25 South Florida — […]

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