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College Football Rankings 1-128 (9/26)

1 Alabama 4-0
2 Ohio State 3-0
3 Michigan 4-0
4 Clemson 4-0
5 Louisville 4-0
6 Stanford 3-0
7 Texas A&M 4-0
8 Houston 4-0
9 Florida St 3-1
10 Ole Miss 2-2
11 Wisconsin 4-0
12 Oklahoma 1-2
13 Washington 4-0
14 Arkansas 3-1
15 TCU 3-1
16 Baylor 4-0
17 Tennessee 4-0
18 Miami 3-0
19 Nebraska 4-0
20 UCLA 2-2
21 Troy 3-1
22 Auburn 2-2
23 LSU 2-2
24 West Virginia 3-0
25 Florida 3-1
26 Utah 4-0
27 Virginia Tech 3-1
28 Western Michigan 4-0
29 Michigan St 2-1
30 Georgia 3-1
31 Toledo 3-0
32 Arizona St 4-0
33 North Carolina 3-1
34 San Diego St 3-0
35 Cincinnati 3-1
36 Southern Miss 3-1
37 BYU 1-3
38 South Florida 3-1
39 USC 1-3
40 Kansas State 2-1
41 Colorado 3-1
42 Cal 2-2
43 Texas 2-1
44 Boise St 3-0
45 Oregon 2-2
46 Memphis 3-0
47 Iowa 3-1
48 Oklahoma St 2-2
49 Appalachian St 2-2
50 Pitt 2-2
51 Arizona 2-2
52 Texas Tech 2-1
53 Georgia Southern 3-1
54 Wake Forest 4-0
55 Penn State 2-2
56 Missouri 2-2
57 Minnesota 3-0
58 Navy 3-0
59 Georgia Tech 3-1
60 Washington St 1-2
61 Central Michigan 3-1
62 Indiana 2-1
63 Syracuse 2-2
64 Mississippi St 2-2
65 Kentucky 2-2
66 Oregon St 1-2
67 Tulsa 3-1
68 South Carolina 2-2
69 East Carolina 2-2
70 NC St 2-1
71 UConn 2-2
72 Vanderbilt 2-2
73 Akron 2-2
74 Western Kentucky 2-2
75 Maryland 3-0
76 Purdue 2-1
77 Northwestern 1-3
78 UCF 2-2
79 Duke 2-2
80 Notre Dame 1-3
81 Ball State 3-1
82 Army 3-1
83 Virginia 1-3
84 Air Force 3-0
85 Boston College 2-2
86 Middle Tennessee St 3-1
87 Marshall 1-2
88 Nevada 2-2
89 Louisiana Tech 1-3
90 Temple 2-2
91 Colorado St 2-2
92 Miami Ohio 0-4
93 Utah St 2-2
94 Tulane 2-2
95 UL Lafayette 2-2
96 South Alabama 2-2
97 Illinois 1-2
98 SMU 2-2
99 Fresno St 1-3
100 UTSA 1-3
101 Old Dominion 2-2
102 Florida Atlantic 1-3
103 Texas St 1-2
104 Ohio 2-2
105 Eastern Michigan 3-1
106 Arkansas St 0-4
107 Georgia St 0-3
108 Rutgers 2-2
109 UMass 1-3
110 Wyoming 2-2
111 Buffalo 1-2
112 Northern Illinois 0-4
113 UTEP 1-3
114 UL Monroe 1-2
115 Hawaii 1-3
116 New Mexico St 1-3
117 Iowa St 1-3
118 Idaho 2-2
119 New Mexico 1-2
120 North Texas 2-2
121 UNLV 1-3
122 Kansas 1-2
123 Bowling Green 1-3
124 Kent State 1-3
125 Rice 0-4
126 San Jose St 1-3
127 Charlotte 1-3
128 FIU 0-4

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College Football Rankings, 1-128

We’re at about the one third mark of the college football season, and so for the first time, I’ll release my ranking of all 128 teams in the country.

I know some are going to be up in arms over having Alabama ranked above Ole Miss, but I will still say, that as of this day, if these two played again on a neutral field, I’m taking Alabama as the better football team. Five turnovers in a game is an easy way for the better team to not win, and my rankings aren’t about your “resume”, or what I think you’ll do the rest of the year, it’s based on who I think, this week, are the best teams.

The week ahead promises to be exciting, as the schedule is littered with high quality matchups that will greatly affect the landscape of college football this season. But we’ll get to that later, for now, here’s how I rank ’em.

1 Ohio State 4-0
2 UCLA 4-0
3 Utah 4-0
4 Alabama 3-1
5 Baylor 3-0
6 Georgia 4-0
7 Michigan State 4-0
8 LSU 3-0
9 Ole Miss 4-0
10 USC 3-1
11 Florida State 3-0
12 TCU 4-0
13 Michigan 3-1
14 Notre Dame 4-0
15 Clemson 3-0
16 Mississippi State 3-1
17 N.C. State 4-0
18 Oklahoma 3-0
19 Northwestern 4-0
20 Wisconsin 3-1
21 Stanford 3-1
22 Texas A&M 4-0
23 North Carolina 3-1
24 Arizona 3-1
25 Duke 3-1
26 Texas Tech 3-1
27 Florida 4-0
28 Memphis 4-0
29 Oregon 2-2
30 West Virginia 3-0
31 Tennessee 2-2
32 Houston 3-0
33 Miami 3-0
34 Oklahoma State 4-0
35 Toledo 3-0
36 Boise State 3-1
37 Kansas State 3-0
38 Iowa 4-0
39 Cal 4-0
40 Kentucky 3-1
41 Auburn 2-2
42 Louisville 1-3
43 Bowling Green 2-2
44 Boston College 3-1
45 Northern Illinois 2-2
46 Navy 3-0
47 Nebraska 2-2
48 BYU 2-2
49 Temple 3-0
50 Pittsburgh 2-1
51 Washington 2-2
52 Syracuse 3-1
53 East Carolina 2-2
54 Texas 1-3
55 Virginia Tech 2-2
56 Georgia Tech 2-2
57 Ohio 3-1
58 Penn State 3-1
59 Air Force 2-1
60 Central Michigan 1-3
61 Minnesota 3-1
62 Arizona State 2-2
63 Georgia Southern 3-1
64 Missouri 3-1
65 Iowa State 1-2
66 Tulsa 2-1
67 Cincinnati 2-2
68 Colorado 3-1
69 Indiana 4-0
70 South Carolina 2-2
71 Appalachian State 3-1
72 Western Kentucky 3-1
73 Colorado State 2-2
74 Illinois 3-1
75 Louisiana Tech 2-2
76 UConn 2-2
77 Maryland 2-2
78 Nevada 2-2
79 Arkansas 1-3
80 Marshall 3-1
81 Oregon State 2-2
82 Akron 2-2
83 Arkansas State 1-3
84 Western Michigan 1-3
85 Hawaii 2-2
86 Buffalo 2-2
87 Louisiana Lafayette 1-2
88 Middle Tennessee St 2-2
89 Southern Miss 2-2
90 Virginia 1-3
91 Louisiana Monroe 1-2
92 San Jose State 2-2
93 Vanderbilt 1-3
94 Rice 2-2
95 Florida International 2-2
96 Kent State 1-3
97 Purdue 1-3
98 UT San Antonio 0-4
99 SMU 1-3
100 Ball State 2-2
101 UNLV 1-3
102 South Alabama 2-2
103 San Diego State 1-3
104 Washington State 2-1
105 Texas State 1-3
106 Fresno State 1-3
107 South Florida 1-2
108 Wake Forest 2-2
109 Utah State 1-2
110 Rutgers 2-2
111 Central Florida 0-4
112 Troy 1-2
113 New Mexico 2-2
114 Old Dominion 2-2
115 Army 1-3
116 Miami Ohio 1-3
117 Tulane 1-2
118 UTEP 2-2
119 Florida Atlantic 1-3
120 Eastern Michigan 1-3
121 UMass 0-3
122 Kansas 0-3
123 North Texas 0-3
124 Charlotte 2-2
125 Georgia State 1-2
126 Idaho 1-3
127 Wyoming 0-4
128 New Mexico State 0-3

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College Football Rankings 1-128

Before the attacks begin and the questions of my sanity, take a second to realize how I devise my own personal rankings. And also, take a second to realize, they mean absolutely nothing, and the only purpose they serve is to spark debate. Well, that and in December just see what kind of feel I had on the season back at the one third mark.

To begin with, this is not a ranking of who has the best resume, from the worst. A 5-0 team may very well be behind a two loss team in the same conference. A team who has but one victory may be above someone who has only lost once. On the flip side, a team who is 5-0, and deemed not to have played anyone, isn’t necessarily penalized for the lack of a schedule. In other words, I only use what a team has done to aide in evaluating that team in a vacuum. I don’t rank them based simply on what they’ve accomplished, or not accomplished, this year. They’re ranked in order from who I think, on this date, is the best team in the country, to who I think is the worst.

This means there may be cases where a team is ranked behind a team they’ve already beaten. Upsets happen. That’s why they’re upsets. Being the better team two weeks ago, doesn’t mean that I think you’re the better team today.

I also don’t look at it in the, “on a neutral field, who will win?” manner either. These outcomes are often predicated on matchups, a team may be a bad matchup for someone I rank them above, but a good matchup for someone above them. So, I don’t play that card. On paper, in a vacuum, is team A better than team B? That’s what I ask myself. Who do I think is the better football team right now.

Obviously, there are cases where I’ll use head to head matchups if two teams are extremely close to one another, but they’re not the end-all-be-all tiebreaker. Season results, strength of schedule, what you’ve done against that schedule, injured players returning, injured players going forward, bad luck, suspensions, weather, there’s a whole litany of factors I take into consideration. But, “so and so beat so and so, there is no way you can have them below them”, isn’t going to spawn much discussion.

Based on the manner I do these rankings, they’re very, very subject to change. They’ll be quite fluid. Which is why I’m really looking forward to this upcoming weekend. Of course, my ego would like it if the results on Saturday reflected accuracy on my part today. But really, what fun would that be in college football?

1 Alabama
2 Oklahoma
3 Oregon
4 Auburn
5 Florida State
6 UCLA
7 Baylor
8 Ole Miss
9 Texas A&M
10 Michigan State
11 USC
12 Mississippi State
13 LSU
14 Kansas State
15 Ohio State
16 Arkansas
17 Georgia
18 Nebraska
19 Wisconsin
20 Stanford
21 Notre Dame
22 Marshall
23 West Virginia
24 BYU
25 Oklahoma State
26 North Carolina State
27 TCU
28 Clemson
29 Arizona State
30 Missouri
31 Maryland
32 South Carolina
33 East Carolina
34 Washington
35 Arizona
36 Iowa
37 Louisville
38 Virginia
39 Georgia Tech
40 Memphis
41 Virginia Tech
42 Tennessee
43 Iowa State
44 Texas Tech
45 North Carolina
46 Miami
47 Texas
48 Penn State
49 Rutgers
50 Oregon State
51 Florida
52 Duke
53 Utah
54 Nevada
55 Minnesota
56 Cincinnati
57 Georgia Southern
58 Washington State
59 Air Force
60 California
61 Northern Illinois
62 Boise State
63 Syracuse
64 Middle Tennessee State
65 Navy
66 Colorado State
67 Pittsburgh
68 Central Florida
69 Boston College
70 Wyoming
71 Temple
72 Illinois
73 Toledo
74 Kentucky
75 Western Kentucky
76 ULM
77 Akron
78 Houston
79 Colorado
80 Arkansas State
81 San Diego State
82 Bowling Green
83 Michigan
84 Indiana
85 Florida Atlantic
86 UTEP
87 Hawaii
88 UTSA
89 Utah State
90 South Florida
91 Northwestern
92 Fresno State
93 Texas State
94 Ohio
95 Kansas
96 Louisiana Tech
97 Old Dominion
98 Central Michigan
99 North Texas
100 San Jose State
101 Ball State
102 Louisiana
103 UAB
104 Tulsa
105 Purdue
106 Vanderbilt
107 Wake Forest
108 Western Michigan
109 New Mexico
110 Tulane
111 Rice
112 South Alabama
113 Troy
114 Connecticut
115 Florida International
116 Southern Miss
117 UNLV
118 Massachusetts
119 Idaho
120 New Mexico State
121 Kent State
122 Army
123 Buffalo
124 Appalachian State
125 Miami Ohio
126 Georgia State
127 SMU
128 Eastern Michigan

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New Top 25; Big East Is Underrated, Props To Indiana, Arkansas Could Be SEC Spoiler

The LSU victory over South Carolina probably did the most to really shake up the top ten. It certainly didn’t do Georgia any favors. Fear not Bulldog faithful, they win their next two, they will get their due. Just like every team in the SEC, next week is a chance to prove yourselves. Unfortunately for them, the flop they had against South Carolina was just too disastrous to overlook and give them the benefit of the doubt simply because they’re in the SEC. South Carolina knows if they don’t win next week, they won’t win the SEC. Georgia knows if South Carolina doesn’t win next week, they control their destiny in the league. So, to say it’s a big game is a mild understatement.

Speaking of the multiple title scenarios in the SEC, there’s a huge spoiler lying in the weeds, and it’s Arkansas. They’ve played much better the last two weeks and have too much talent to overlooked. Remember, they get LSU at home to close the season.

Notre Dame is sitting rather pretty right now, and with two games left on the road against highly ranked Oklahoma and USC, the Irish pretty much control their own fate into the national title game. If it’s an SEC champion and then an unbeaten Oregon, Kansas State, or Notre Dame, seriously, c’mon now….

It’s a real shame that in both the Big Ten and the ACC, the best team in one of the two divisions of each conference isn’t eligible to even play for the conference title. In the Big Ten, it’s arguably the two best teams in one of their divisions. It’s unfortunate that these conferences will have to scramble to find bowl eligible teams (hello Wake Forest, hello Purdue) that aren’t worthy to cover their slots. It’s going to definitely skewer post-season conference vs conference records.

Congratulations to Kevin Wilson, in his second year as head coach at Indiana, for seeming to have them on the right track. Last year was a disastrous 1-11 season. This season they’ve started off the year just 2-4, with four straight losses, but keep in mind they include the two point loss to Ball State, the four point loss to Michigan State, and a three point loss to Ohio State. They lost all but one of their last seven a year about by 14 points or more. They’d lost their last four games against ranked opponents by at least 21 points. Here’s to hoping it continues.

The most underrated conference in the country has to be the Big East. Rutgers, Cincinnati and Louisville are all undefeated. Among the non-conference opponents they’ve defeated are Kentucky, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Virginia Tech. That’s 4-0 against the SEC and the ACC. Not bad. Remember also, Pittsburgh also took down the Hokies, and Connecticut beat Maryland, who is the only unbeaten team in ACC play right now.

1.  Alabama

2.  Oregon

3. Florida

4.  Ohio State

5.  Kansas State

6.  Notre Dame

7.  LSU 

8.  Oklahoma

9.  USC

10.South Carolina

11.Mississippi State

12.West Virginia

13.Florida State

14.Louisville

15.Oregon State

16.Clemson

17.Georgia

18.Rutgers

19.Texas A&M

20.Cincinnati

21.Texas Tech

22.Ohio

23.TCU

24.Northwestern

25.Boise State

 

Others

Penn State

Texas

Louisiana Tech

Nebraska

Iowa State

Arizona State

UCLA

Stanford

North Carolina

 

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New Top 25, Dawgs & Noles Crash, South Carolina and Ohio State surge, Welcome Louisiana Tech and Ohio

I think right now it’s Alabama and Oregon at the top, and that, I think is pretty concrete and universally agreed upon. The question is, who is that third team that could potentially spoil that party. After Saturday night, one has to think it’s South Carolina. But are the Gamecocks really on that level?

Georgia takes a huge hit for completely not showing up at all. The Seminoles also drop a good bit after losing at North Carolina State. The SEC should fear not though, LSU stays in the top 10, and Mississippi State replaces Georgia among the top 12, so the conference still has five teams in the top 12. Georgia and Texas A&M also ensure that half the teams in the conference are ranked after this week.

I didn’t want to drop TCU all the way out, I’m interested to see what becomes of their quarterback situation. With Paschal, I think the Frogs win that game against Iowa State and remain unbeaten, so I didn’t penalize them too much.

With Nebraska, Northwestern and UCLA all playing poorly in games with a real chance to prove something, someone had to replace them in the top 25. Welcome teams like Louisiana Tech and Ohio. Both could potentially run the table this season.

It’s a real shame Ohio State isn’t eligible for the conference title, or a bowl game. These Buckeyes are good, and wouldn’t Urban Meyer against any SEC school in a potential national title game be extra compelling. Unfortunately it won’t happen……this year.

And Notre Dame? They’re for real people. They are for real.

1.  Alabama

2.  Oregon

3.  South Carolina

4.  Ohio State

5.  West Virginia

6.  Florida

7.  Kansas State

8.  Notre Dame

9. LSU

10.Oklahoma

11.USC

12.Mississippi State

13.Florida State

14.Louisville

15.Clemson

16.Georgia

17.Rutgers

18.Oregon State

19.Texas

20.Texas A&M

21.Stanford

22.Cincinnati

23.Ohio

24.Louisiana Tech

25.TCU

 

Others

Northwestern

Tennessee

Michigan State

San Jose State

Boise State

Iowa State

UCLA

Nebraska

Penn State

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New Top 25

Being a bit under the weather this weekend, the full onslaught recap of the week that was will have to wait, but I did want to get out my new top 25, and quick breakdown of it.

Of course the top two stay the same. UGA didn’t really help themselves, but LSUs performance against Towson didn’t either. West Virginia can score, we know that, but somebody with a defense might be able to stop them. Might. The offense is that good. Kansas State was off, so really, not much room for change among the elite.

The Big 10 is a complete mess. Ohio State is easily the best team in that conference, and they can’t win it. Heck, Penn State might be the second best team in the conference, and they can’t win it either. In the ACC, the only threat to the Florida State/Clemson stranglehold may come from Miami. The Hokies aren’t very good, and that “quality” week one win against Georgia Tech, now, looks like a pretty weak performance.

 

1.  Alabama

2.  Oregon

3.  Florida State

4.  Georgia

5.  LSU

6.  West Virginia

7.  Ohio State

8.  Kansas State

9.  Notre Dame

10.South Carolina

11.Texas

12.Florida

13.Oklahoma

14.USC

15.Clemson

16.Louisville

17.Mississippi State

18.Rutgers

19.Oregon State

20.TCU

21.UCLA

22.Nebraska

23.Texas A&M

24.Northwestern

25.Stanford

 

Others

Cincinnati

Tennessee

Washington

Ohio

Michigan State

Miami

San Jose State

Louisiana Tech

Boise State

Texas Tech

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New Top 25

1.  Alabama

2.  Oregon

3.  Florida State

4.  Georgia

5.  LSU

6.  West Virginia

7.  Kansas State

8.  Ohio State

9.  Notre Dame

10.Stanford

11.South Carolina

12.Texas

13.Florida

14.Oklahoma

15.USC

16.Clemson

17.Louisville

18.Mississippi State

19.TCU

20.Rutgers

21.Michigan State

22.Boise State

23.Tennessee

24.Virginia Tech

25.Oregon State

 

Others

UCLA

Northwestern

Nebraska

Ohio

Baylor

Cincinnati

San Jose State

Texas A&M

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