Another weekend of college football once again scrambles the rankings. Since the purpose of this ranking system is to provide a top 10 based on 2009 results – thus no speculations about future games, no high ratings based on expectations, nothing to do with returning lettermen or last year’s results … simply who one plays and the outcome.
Before the ranking I must say that what I heard several ESPN commentaries this weekend that was pleasant music to my ears. They simply made these points:
- Preseason ranking get too much emphasis, especially in the season’s early weeks
- Voters should be more fluid during the early weeks to result in teams who have earned respect versus teams who we still don’t know much about beyond expectations
- Several challenged anyone to identify a team that had done more to date than the Miami Hurricanes
For those needing more explanation, read this post about PreSeason Rankings.
I would imagine that many fans will have problems with this week’s rankings, but hey – life is what it is and some teams have played 4 very respectable games to start the season.
- Out from last week: Miami, Cal, Boise, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA
- Dropped from last week: Cincinnati, Auburn,
They’ve Earned It Top 10
- LSU (4-0) Next: @ Georgia
- Alabama (4-0) Next: @ Kentucky
- Georgia (3-1) Next: LSU
- Oregon (3-1) Next: Washington State
- Iowa (4-0) Next: Arkansas State
- Va. Tech (3-1) Next: @ Duke
- Houston (3-0) Next: UTEP
- Cincinnati (4-0) Next: @ Miami (Oh)
- South Carolina (3-1) Next: South Carolina State
- Auburn (4-0) Next: @ Tennessee
Conference games are becoming more of the norm rather than the exception, so keep your eye on the Sun Belt race as other teams seek to catch Nebraska (3-0). Besides games involving the top 10 teams, I’m keeping my eyes on these potential ranking-impact games.
- Georgia Tech @ Mississippi State
- Michigan @ Michigan State
- Oklahoma @ Miami
- Oregon State @ Arizona State
- USC @ Cal
- Washington @ Notre Dame
- Wisconsin @ Minnesota