They’ve Earned it Rankings: Week 8 ’09

Although a several teams received a scare, Clemson beating Miami led the way for another week of college football. Then again, next week has set the stage for some sorting.


  • Up: Iowa, USC, Oregon, LSU
  • Down: Alabama, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati
  • Out: Houston, Miami (FL)
  • New: TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Iowa (8-0) Next: Indiana
  2. Alabama (8-0) Next: Bye
  3. USC (6-1) Next: @ Oregon
  4. Georgia Tech (6-1) Next: @ Vanderbilt
  5. Oregon (6-1) Next: USC
  6. Florida (7-0) Next: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
  7. LSU (6-1) Next: Tulane
  8. Cincinnati (7-0) Next: @ Syracuse
  9. TCU (7-0) Next: UNLV
  10. Oklahoma State (6-1) & Texas (7-0) Next: Each other in Stillwater

Next Week’s Games of Interest

  • North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia @ South Florida
  • Mississippi @ Auburn
  • Central Michigan @ Boston College

They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 7 ’09

Week 6 ends by bringing us the first BCS ranking – big deal! But there was something more pathetic than the BCS – and that’s Michigan for playing Delaware State. I frown hosting any nonD1 team anytime, but doing so in midseason is quite sorry. Sorry Wolverine fans, you may have to run the table to earn any respect here.

On a positive note, thought I’d toss out something to ponder. How many BCS teams have won three road games this year against BCS opponents? Sorry, neutral-field games don’t count.

  • Certainly not Texas or Penn State as with their one road game.
  • Not Florida since they have only played two away games.
  • Georgia, Ga. Tech, Miami (FL), and Va. Tech have played interesting schedules, but they haven’t done it.
  • Houston has captured the hearts of many, but they have only two.
  • Keep thinking as the answer is given below the rating

Week 6 put the big kibosh onto Ohio State, Auburn, and Va. Tech – well, at least for now. Texas and Oklahoma State made pleas to get into these rankings. Florida survived a scare, while Boise won over a notable opponent.

These are the rankings based on results, not speculations and predictions. I know it’s different, but that’s why this is called They’ve Earned It. For those needing more explanation, read this post about PreSeason Rankings.

Up- Georgia Tech. Iowa, Cincinnati, Florida,
Down- Oregon, Miami, LSU, Houston
New – USC,
Out- Va. Tech

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (7-0) Next: Tennessee
  2. Georgia Tech (5-1) Next: @ Virginia
  3. Iowa (7-0) Next: @ Michigan State
  4. Cincinnati (6-0) Next: @ Louisville
  5. USC (5-1) Next: Oregon State
  6. Florida (6-0) Next: @ Mississippi State
  7. Oregon (5-1) Next: @ Washington
  8. Miami (5-1) Next: Clemson
  9. LSU (5-1) Next: Auburn
  10. Houston (5-1) Next: SMU

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

  • Air Force @ Utah
  • Oklahoma State @ Baylor
  • Penn State @ Michigan
  • South Florida @ Pitt
  • TCU @ BYU
  • Texas @ Missouri
  • UConn @ West Virginia

ANSWER: The 3 BSC teams with 3 road wins against BCS opponents: Cincinnati, Iowa, and USC whose opponents have a collective record of 13-5, 15-6, and 13-6 respectably. Keep in mind where those three teams were responsible for 3 of the losses.