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

They’ve Earned It Top 10: Week 6

“Ouch!” was the loud cry heard from USF, UConn, and Auburn this weekend while teams as Vanderbilt and Penn State keep saying “Look at me” while USC & Ohio State make the “Don’t write us off” statement. Georgia and Oregon use Arnold to proclaim, “We’ll be back.”

Pitt, North Carolina, Michigan State, and Va Tech keep forging their way back from early setbacks. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are yelling, “What about us?” Ball State continues saying, “Hey, no respect.”

Meanwhile, the They’ve Earned It Top 10 continues in flux.

They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown
10. Missouri
9. Florida
8. Brigham Young
7. USC
6. LSU
5. Texas
4. Oklahoma
3. Penn State
2. Vanderbilt
1. Alabama

Upcoming conference games will continue to shake thing up! A few of the huge games this weekend include Oklahoma-Texas, LSU-Florida, and Missouri-Oklahoma State. Not sure how much it matters, but North Carolina – Notre Dame intrigues me.

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They’ve Earned It Top 10; Week 4

Another enjoyable weekend for college football fans is in the books. ECU loses a tough one on the road. Oregon falls at home. LSU wins a thriller on the road. Ball State gets a win for the MAC over the BCS.

On to the countdown, so remember, it’s who plays and who won. Tradition, expectations, and countless of other useless criteria don’t count.

They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown
10. East Carolina
9. LSU
8. Utah
7. USC
6. Alabama
5. BYU
4. Georgia
3. Florida
2. Wake Forest
1. Vanderbilt


  • Only playing two games to date worked against USC
  • Only 3 teams have four D1 wins: Vandy, Bama, & Utah
  • Wake Forest is the only team with three wins over BCS schools
  • Despite one loss, ECU gets love for their accomplishments to date

Next Week’s Pivotal Countdown Games
Besides games with the team in the countdown, the games below are teams on the outside looking in whose outcome influences next week’s countdown.

  • Wisconsin @ Michigan
  • Fresno St @ UCLA
  • Tennessee @ Auburn
  • TCU @ Oklahoma
  • Illinois @ Penn State
  • Va Tech @ Nebraska

Previous Weeks

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.