They’ve Earned It Top 10: Week 3

Sorry about the delay of this feature. This past Sunday, Hurricane Ike remnants blasted much of Ohio with damaging winds knocking out 90% electricity in greater Cincinnati, led alone surrounding rural areas. Unfortunately for us and no fault of theirs, Duke Energy sent many local crews to the Texas coast to help with those devastating efforts. Once the damaged hit us, a limited number of crews can only do so much. Nonetheless, our problems are nothing to those on the coastal region, thus my thoughts and prayers go to everyone their. And thank you Panera for access!


2008 continues to be an interesting season. With only three weeks completed and since I continue to deplore scheduling nonD1 schools, schools playing nonD1 schools to this point is a big negative. Maybe, week 4 will bring some of those schools into the ranking next week ─ but not yet!


Scheduling byes, now common, creates a games-played discrepancy. Fortunately, this will take care of itself as the season progresses.


They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown

10. Wake Forest

9. Wisconsin

8. Auburn

7. Utah

6. Alabama

5. Oregon

4. Florida

3. Vanderbilt

2. East Carolina

1. USC  


An editorial: I continue to be appalled with results of the major polls. Pollsters continue to ignore achievements as East Carolina, continue to give huge support to expectations without current results (LSU and Ohio State to name a few), thus continuing to show favoritism. Heck, Florida State is getting many votes for beating not one, but TWO nonD1 schools.

They’ve Earned It Top 10: Week 2

This week I hope to take a break from politics to venture into other interests. Since today is Monday, college football rankings is a great to kickoff the week.

My rankings motto: To earn it, play somebody and beat them. Yes, finally a ranking that doesn’t count expectations and traditions. For those new to this, see the criteria and last week’s ranking here.

I knew this week was going to be a challenge. Three Top 10 teams (UCLA, USC, and Fresno State) didn’t play. Two more (Missouri & Arkansas State) played nonD1 teams (a flagrant no-no). One (Bowling Green) fell flat. Now thrown in the fact of many “traditionally top” teams playing pathetic OOC games!

They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown

8 (tie): Fresno State, UCLA, USC
7. Wake Forest
6. Cal
5. Florida
4. Utah
3. Alabama
2. Vanderbilt
1. East Carolina

Honorable Mention: Oklahoma State, Oregon, Rice

I usually don’t accompany a comment with this ranking, but I have a burr in a place giving me discomfort. After beating Virginia Tech on the opening weekend, the national pundits kept ECU out of the top 25. In week 2 they beat a top 10 team, and that gets them #14? If that’s not an example of bias, favoritism, and cronyism, what is? I challenge anyone to name a team that has two more impressive wins at this point in this season.

They’ve Earned It Rankings

Week 1 is over and the time has come for one of the most unique rankings in the country. Maybe the only top 10 in the country without LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, or Oklahoma, the They’ve Earned It bottom line is simple: who played and who won. Consider the following.

– Last year doesn’t count
– Nor does the year before that
– Nor any other year
– Traditions don’t count
– Expectations don’t count
– Power Conference membership doesn’t count
– Band program doesn’t count
– Hosting ESPN Game Day doesn’t count
– Storied history doesn’t count
– Home attendance doesn’t count
– Number of times on TV doesn’t count
– National Anthem singers don’t count
– Number of alumni doesn’t count
– Famous mascots don’t count
– Fight and spirit songs don’t count
– Number of press passes doesn’t count
– Played in fabled game doesn’t count
– Hype doesn’t count
– Famous alumni don’t count
– Media market doesn’t count
– Bowl history doesn’t count
– Number of 5-star recruits doesn’t count
– Famous celebs in the stands don’t count
– Amount of school clothing sold doesn’t count
– Past legendary coaches don’t count
– Number of players in the NFL doesn’t count
– Loving or hating Notre Dame doesn’t count
– Preseason predictions don’t count

Personally, I’m tired of soft nonconference schedules, judgments based on expectations, and ranking on past performance. Loading up against the little guys won’t get support here.


They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown

10. Arkansas State
9. USC
8. Fresno State
7. Cal
6. Bowling Green
4. Utah
3. Missouri
2. East Carolina
1. Alabama

Many fans don’t get this because they believe rankings should be based on other erroneous factors. Next week’s ranking could be very different. Beating Tulane does not guarantee the Tide the top spot. As the season progresses, conference games will play a big factor, but for now, only week 1 counts.