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 5 ’09

This was a week when Cinderella Houston fell, Cal continues its tailspin, and Miami shows they belong. We wonder what’s happened to Florida State, ache for Georgia while praising LSU, and yet monitoring the Buckeyes, Gators, Longhorns, and Trojans in the background.

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- Virginia Tech, Auburn,
Down- Cincinnati
New – Miami, Georgia Tech, Notre dame, Wisconsin
Out- Georgia, Iowa, Houston, South Carolina

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. LSU (5-0) Next: Florida
  2. Alabama (5-0) Next: @ Mississippi
  3. Auburn (5-0) Next: @ Arkansas
  4. Va. Tech (4-1) Next: Boston College
  5. Miami (3-1) Next: nonD1
  6. Georgia Tech (4-1) Next: @ Florida State
  7. Oregon (4-1) Next: @ UCLA
  8. Cincinnati (5-0) Next: Bye
  9. Notre Dame (4-1) Next: Bye
  10. Wisconsin (5-0) Next: @ Ohio State

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

  • UConn @ Pitt
  • Nebraska @ Missouri
  • Stanford @ Oregon State
  • TCU @ Air Force
  • Michigan @ Iowa
  • Oklahoma State @ Texas A&M