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 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.