On They’ve Earned It: Week 1 ’09

With the opening week spread over 5 days, college football is off to a fast start. Given that polls and personal ranking are based on expectations, this “They’ve Earned It” ranking is based on who a team plays and the result. For instance I’m not impressed with a “ranked” team rolling East Bufo Q&U.

For those who didn’t see my preseason rankings, this past post sets the stage for these rankings. As a matter of fact this is probably the only ranking in the country omitting Florida, Texas, and USC. Instead of 10 teams, this week A Frank Angle is honoring a baker’s dozen.

They’ve Earned It Baker’s Dozen

  1. BYU
  2. Alabama
  3. Boise State
  4. South Carolina
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Miami FL
  7. Missouri
  8. Ohio State
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Colorado State
  11. Mississippi
  12. Cal
  13. Baylor

Upcoming Notable OOC games
As with week 1, there is a scattering of conference games in week 2. Here are the notable out-of-conference games for the upcoming week that catch my eye. This past post sets the stage for the list, which also provides links to the rest of the study.

  • Air Force @ Minnesota
  • East Carolina @ West Virginia
  • Fresno State @ Wisconsin
  • Houston @ Oklahoma State
  • North Carolina @ UConn
  • Notre Dame @ Michigan
  • Purdue @ Oregon
  • Stanford @ Wake Forest
  • UCLA @ Tennessee
  • USC @ Ohio State

They’ve Earned It Top 10; Week 4

Another enjoyable weekend for college football fans is in the books. ECU loses a tough one on the road. Oregon falls at home. LSU wins a thriller on the road. Ball State gets a win for the MAC over the BCS.

On to the countdown, so remember, it’s who plays and who won. Tradition, expectations, and countless of other useless criteria don’t count.

They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown
10. East Carolina
9. LSU
8. Utah
7. USC
6. Alabama
5. BYU
4. Georgia
3. Florida
2. Wake Forest
1. Vanderbilt


  • Only playing two games to date worked against USC
  • Only 3 teams have four D1 wins: Vandy, Bama, & Utah
  • Wake Forest is the only team with three wins over BCS schools
  • Despite one loss, ECU gets love for their accomplishments to date

Next Week’s Pivotal Countdown Games
Besides games with the team in the countdown, the games below are teams on the outside looking in whose outcome influences next week’s countdown.

  • Wisconsin @ Michigan
  • Fresno St @ UCLA
  • Tennessee @ Auburn
  • TCU @ Oklahoma
  • Illinois @ Penn State
  • Va Tech @ Nebraska

Previous Weeks