They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 2 2010

Two weeks into the season and a few surprises have notched knots on the heads of many pundits. Meanwhile, I continue to base rankings on the old fashion way – they earn it by playing someone noteworthy and winning.

From Last Week

  • Up – Michigan
  • Down – LSU, Utah
  • Out – Boise State, TCU, Maryland, BYU, Fresno State, Notre Dame, Kansas State
  • New – most of the list

What? How can Boise State be out? It’s simple: last weekend they did not play and Va. Tech lost to James Madison. Maybe they’ll return in a few weeks.

They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 2

  1. Michigan (2-0) (UMass)
  2. South Carolina (2-0) (Furman)
  3. LSU (2-0) (Mississippi St)
  4. Ohio State (2-0) (Ohio U)
  5. Oklahoma (2-0) (Air Force)
  6. Utah (2-0) (@ New Mexico)
  7. Alabama (2-0) (@ Duke)
  8. Oregon (2-0) (Portland St)
  9. Auburn (2-0) (Clemson)
  10. Texas (2-0) (@ Texas Tech)

Good news for the week 3 weekend as only five games involves non-D1 teams. The games below are some of the more interesting out-of-conference games.

  • Cincinnati @ NC State
  • Maryland @ West Virginia
  • Air Force @ Oklahoma
  • USC @ Minnesota
  • Nebraska @ Washington
  • Tulsa @ Oklahoma State
  • Clemson @ Auburn
  • Iowa @ Arizona
  • Houston @ UCLA
  • Notre Dame @ Michigan State

On College Football: Week 1 Rankings

College football is a great game and it will bring many of us much excitement over the next four months. On the other hand, count me in as one who can’t stand the scheduling antics of the athletic departments. These pompous occupants within the sacred college campus continue to appall me by scheduling games against Oscar State, Rodney A&I, and Bobs from AccountTemps. Plus, as the statistics clearly show, it’s getting worse!

I base this ranking on an old fashion method – they earn it! Hype, tradition, and countless of other drivel don’t matter – it’s who you play and who you beat. Therefore, with many of the teams in the list below venturing next week into the smaller division, this week may be the only time they make their presence known on this list. Heck, this year’s out-of-conference scheduling is so pathetic I wonder if 10 teams exist to earn their way to this list.

They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 1

  1. Boise State (1-0)
  2. LSU (1-0)
  3. TCU (1-0)
  4. Utah (1-0)
  5. Maryland (1-0)
  6. Michigan (1-0)
  7. BYU (1-0)
  8. Fresno State (1-0)
  9. Notre Dame (1-0)
  10. Kansas State (1-0)

They’ve Earned It Rankings Week 11 ’09

Houston’s Cinderella slipper is captured by a Knight. Iowa’s bounce-back attempt didn’t make it out of the Horseshoe, yet the Buckeyes showed that they shouldn’t be forgotten. TCU unveils new uniforms and a stunning result while most of the top teams predictably held serve.

As I look ahead to next week, attention getters are few and far between. As far as I’m concerned, Alabama scheduling a non-D1 game at this point of the season is grounds for firing the AD. That’s pathetic!

Up- TCU, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Pitt
Down- Texas
Out- Houston, Iowa
In: Ohio State, Pitt

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (10-0) Next: Tenn-Chattanooga
  2. Florida (10-0) Next: @ Florida International
  3. Georgia Tech (10-1) Next: Georgia
  4. TCU (10-0) Next: @Wyoming
  5. Cincinnati (10-0) Next: Bye
  6. Texas (10-0) Next: Kansas
  7. Ohio State (9-2) Next: @ Michigan
  8. Pitt (9-1) Next: Bye
  9. Boise (10-0) Next: @ Utah State
  10. Oregon (8-2) Next: @Arizona

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Minnesota @ Iowa
  • LSU @ Mississippi
  • Cal @ Stanford

They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 10 09

Given the anniversary of an important event as the wall of the Berlin Wall, the trivialness of college football had to wait a day.

Last week allowed fans to witness Oregon laying an egg at Stanford, which leads to one reason why I like observing PAC-10 football – the leader continues to be surprised! Then there’s Iowa who got their eyes scratched out by regular nemesis Northwestern. The sweater vest vies for some respect with an impressive road win, but is it enough to get into this elite ranking? Interestingly, most of the this week’s upward movement had more to do with team’s losing rather than top teams winning.

But wait – next week is big as most of the top teams take to the road, so this angle is interested in next weekend.

Up- Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise
Down- Oregon, Iowa
Out- LSU
Back – Houston

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (9-0) Next: @ Mississippi State
  2. Florida (8-0) Next: @ South Carolina
  3. Georgia Tech (7-1) Next: @ Duke
  4. Cincinnati (8-0) Next: West Virginia
  5. Texas (8-0) Next: @ Baylor
  6. TCU (8-0) Next: Utah
  7. Houston (8-1) Next: @ UCF
  8. Iowa (9-0) Next: @ Ohio State
  9. Boise (8-0) Next: Idaho
  10. Oregon (7-1) Next: Arizona State

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Stanford @ USC
  • Miami (FL) @ North Carolina
  • Arizona @ Cal
  • Notre Dame @ Pitt

They’ve Earned it Rankings Week 9 ’09

Week 9 allowed the Ducks to make a serious statement and the Longhorns to show that they are a serious contender.  Other than that, most teams held serve.

Up- Oregon, Florida, Cincinnati, Texas
Down- Iowa, Ga. Tech, LSU, TCU
New – Boise
Out- USC

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Oregon (7-1) Next: @ Stanford
  2. Alabama (9-0) Next: LSU
  3. Iowa (9-0) Next: Northwestern
  4. Florida (8-0) Next: Vanderbilt
  5. Georgia Tech (7-1) Next: Wake Forest
  6. Texas (8-0) Next: Central Florida
  7. Cincinnati (8-0) Next: UConn
  8. LSU (7-1) Next: @ Alabama
  9. TCU (8-0) Next: @ San Diego State
  10. Boise (8-0) Next: @ Louisiana Tech

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Ohio State @ Penn State
  • Houston @ Tulsa

As I’m also keeping a curious eye on Va. Tech @ ECU, a big BOOOOOO to Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi for playing nonD1 teams at this point in the season. That’s pathetic and shame on the SEC for the way they schedule league games.