College Football Rankings Week 4 ’09

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

  1. LSU (4-0) Next: @ Georgia
  2. Alabama (4-0) Next: @ Kentucky
  3. Georgia (3-1) Next: LSU
  4. Oregon (3-1) Next: Washington State
  5. Iowa (4-0) Next: Arkansas State
  6. Va. Tech (3-1) Next: @ Duke
  7. Houston (3-0) Next: UTEP
  8. Cincinnati (4-0) Next: @ Miami (Oh)
  9. South Carolina (3-1) Next: South Carolina State
  10. 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

On They’ve Earned It Rankings Week 3 ’09

Another week is in the books and two things are certain: surprises continue to happen and various rankings and polls continue to rewards teams playing weak schedules and holding back teams with more quality wins. Not hear … play a weak team, especially a nonD1 team and expect to take a dip; play a stronger team and expect to be rewarded. Oh … what a novel idea! For those needing more explanation, read this about PreSeason Rankings.

Let’s face it. At this point in the season, too many of the “highly-taunted” have very few quality wins. Sorry to those from Happy Valley, but I’m not impressed with 2-0 in the MAC. I know the Wolverines are also 2-0 in the MAC, but at least they have one higher-quality win.

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Miami (2-0) Next @ Va. Tech
  2. Auburn (3-0) Next vs. Ball State
  3. LSU (3-0/ Next @ Mississippi State
  4. Boise State (3-0) Next @ Bowling Green
  5. Cincinnati (3-0) Next vs. Fresno
  6. Cal (3-0) Next @ Oregon
  7. UCLA (3-0) Next: Bye
  8. Alabama (3-0) Next vs. Arkansas
  9. Texas (3-0) Next vs. UTEP
  10. North Carolina (3-0) Next @ Ga. Tech

This Week’s High Impact Games
Besides games involving the top 10 teams, keep your eyes on these potential ranking-impact games.

  • Arizona State @ Georgia
  • Florida @ Kentucky
  • Illinois @ Ohio State
  • Iowa @ Penn State
  • Michigan St @ Wisconsin
  • Mississippi @ South Carolina
  • TCU @ Clemson
  • Texas Tech @ Houston
  • Washington @ Stanford