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Week 10 Top 25

In College Football, Post-game, Rankings, Rankings Commentary on October 29, 2017 at 1:46 PM

So as I said I would do, for the purposes of this list, I’m keeping Alabama #1 here. Assuming one of the top teams is still undefeated, I will make sure the #1 next week is undefeated. This might or might not be Alabama. I hope I can just follow the computer list though.

Since a couple of teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten anyway, other than the top spot, I just let the chips fall where they may this week. Wisconsin falls a spot on this list only because I artificially moved them up last week as one of the top unbeaten teams. Other than keeping Alabama #1, the remaining order is exactly as the computer numbers gave me.

Clemson may briefly retake #1 in the formula with a win next week, but the Tigers will probably lose ground when they play Florida St. and the Citadel, so I don’t want to jump the gun. How this develops in future weeks also somewhat depends on how Auburn finishes (which matters already because Auburn plays Georgia and Alabama) and how South Carolina (who plays Georgia next week) finishes.

If you’re wondering why Mississippi St. is so high, all of their prior FBS opponents who played (Louisiana Tech, BYU, Georgia, and Kentucky) won in addition to their own win. The Bulldogs now have the 14th-best strength of schedule, which makes a pretty good combination of record and schedule at this point.

The Bulldogs are fourth in the SEC West at the moment, but since Alabama still has to play the best divisional teams and Auburn still has to play Georgia, some interesting possibilities still exist.

Alabama had the opposite situation. Unless they were playing each other (which was the case with Ole Miss and Arkansas), their prior opponents all lost. So despite not playing, the Tide lost about 0.1 points, which is about how far TCU is from Ohio St. or Virginia Tech is from Mississippi St.

I don’t normally point this out, but the Big Ten did rate higher on my chart of top 40 teams this week. The SEC had more teams in the top 40 than any other conference (8), but the Big Ten was the only conference with three teams in the top 10. Also, the Big Ten East edged the SEC West on similar grounds. Although the SEC West has more top 40 teams than any other division (5), the Big Ten East was the only division with two teams in the top 10.

However, the average SEC team is still better than the average Big Ten team. These rankings are at the bottom of the page. The Big Ten did move into second though, just ahead of the Pac-12.

The ACC is fourth and the Big XII a very distant fifth. I haven’t had time to do a more detailed conference analysis.

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

Out of top 25: (19) N. Carolina St., (22) LSU, (25) Michigan

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

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

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