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Week 8 Top 25

In College Football, Rankings, Rankings Commentary on October 15, 2017 at 7:31 PM

I was going to try to write a blog about LSU-Auburn and update my Rivalry Series blogs, but I was too tired and it’s already getting late, so I’m just going to put up my top 25 and explanation for now.

I thought about just copying the top 25 exactly as my formula spits out, but I think that’s unfair to the undefeated teams at this point. So what I did was make the top 5 all undefeated teams and keep them in the order my formula has them, and then make the other 20 teams the best remaining teams in the order my formula has them. So there are no team-by-team personal judgments here.

Since 2011, I believe, I’ve waited until after the games of the first week of November before I strictly follow the formula in my blog top 25. The top 25 here is essentially how I would vote if I were a voter in the AP or coaches’ poll, so while I generally have switched to following the formula, there are still some exceptions to account for continuity (such as a reluctance to remove a team from the #1 spot with no defect in their play) and scheduling quirks (such as a team who just had a bye week is about to play a very high-quality opponent and I’d rather that game decide whether they go down in the rankings if they lose instead of the bye week deciding).

The LSU-Alabama game hasn’t been as competitive as it once was (although there have been close games, the same team has come out on top the last several meetings), but it gives Alabama a chance to recover from the bye week, which has consistently been before the LSU game (and Alabama has consistently been one of the top teams). This year Clemson plays North Carolina St. that week, and Georgia plays South Carolina. One may not have expected it earlier in the year, but both North Carolina St. and South Carolina are serious competitors at this point for their respective divisions.

Despite the last couple of weeks, 2011 seems like a very long time ago for LSU fans.

I prefer not to switch teams at the top back and forth, and what tends to happen is among the top few undefeated teams one or two of them will have losses against the better opponents rather than it simply being a contest of who played the best team last week. Even if the teams remain undefeated, I’d rather make a change after November 4 when we have more chance of stability (since each week is a smaller percentage of the season) than possibly change back and forth between now and then.

rank/team/prev.
1 Alabama 1
2 Georgia 3
3 Penn St. 4
4 TCU 7
5 Wisconsin 13
6 Clemson 2
7 USC 9
8 Mich. St. 11
9 Central Florida 6
10 U. Miami 14
11 Stanford –
12 Wash. St. 5
13 San Diego St. 8
14 Ohio St. 12
15 N. Carolina St. 19
16 Michigan 20
17 Notre Dame 10
18 Memphis –
19 Washington 18
20 South Carolina –
21 Oklahoma 24
22 Iowa 16
23 Texas A&M –
24 Navy 17
25 LSU –

Out of rankings: (15) Houston, (21) Florida, (22) Kentucky, (23) Oregon, (25) Okla St.

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  1. […] rank/team/prev. 1 Alabama 1 2 Penn St. 3 3 Georgia 2 4 Central Florida 9 5 Wisconsin 5 6 Clemson 6 7 Notre Dame 17 8 Mich. St. 8 9 U. Miami 10 10 TCU 4 11 Memphis 18 12 Wash. St. 12 13 USC 7 14 San Diego St. 13 15 Stanford 11 16 N. Carolina St. 15 17 Ohio St. 14 18 Oklahoma 21 19 Washington 19 20 Oklahoma St. – 21 Boise St. – 22 LSU 25 23 Virginia Tech – 24 South Carolina 20 25 Michigan 16 […]

  2. […] rank/team/prev. 1 Alabama 1 2 Penn St. 3 3 Georgia 2 4 Central Florida 9 5 Wisconsin 5 6 Clemson 6 7 Notre Dame 17 8 Mich. St. 8 9 U. Miami 10 10 TCU 4 11 Memphis 18 12 Wash. St. 12 13 USC 7 14 San Diego St. 13 15 Stanford 11 16 N. Carolina St. 15 17 Ohio St. 14 18 Oklahoma 21 19 Washington 19 20 Oklahoma St. – 21 Boise St. – 22 LSU 25 23 Virginia Tech – 24 South Carolina 20 25 Michigan 16 […]

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