Blog Poll Week Nine

I was sorely tempted to drop !*w@ out of the top 10 after that debacle against the Hoosiers, but a part of me still thinks they would have won even if the refs hadn’t hosed the visiting team so badly. The Hawks didn’t deserve to win, but they won. I still dropped them. Bah!

There are 7 undefeated teams: Alabama, Florida, Boise State, !*w@, TCU, Texas, and Cincinnati.

There are 4 teams without a win: Rice, New Mexico, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan.

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas
2 Florida
3 Alabama
4 Cincinnati 3
5 Boise State
6 TCU
7 Iowa 3
8 Penn State 1
9 Oregon 4
10 LSU
11 Georgia Tech
12 Houston 3
13 Southern Cal 5
14 Ohio State 2
15 Pittsburgh 2
16 Utah 2
17 Miami (Florida) 2
18 Notre Dame 4
19 Arizona
20 Oklahoma State 8
21 California 2
22 Wisconsin
23 Brigham Young
24 Virginia Tech 10
25 Rutgers
Last week’s ballot

Dropped Out: West Virginia (#20), South Carolina (#21), Mississippi (#24), Central Michigan (#25).

And here are the TAS Computer Ranks. I have debuted a new formula this year. The program takes the NCAA data in various categories. Each team is ranked based on how it compares to the other 119 teams. This is further distilled into a “weighted rank” which puts more emphasis on categories like Total Defense and Total Offense, and less weight for categories like net punting or penalties per game. Strength of schedule is calculated two ways: (1) by determining the average rank of all opponents based on their NCAA composite rank, and (2) by the combined win/loss records of their opponents. These are then fused into a single schedule strnegth rank. The final rank is based on the average of these various rankings, with more emphasis on performance (W/L and NCAA rankings) and less on strength of schedule.

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TEAM W/L Rank NCAA Rank Weighted Rank Schedule Strength   Total
1 Alabama 1 6 7 44   3.63
2 Iowa 1 24 17 23   4.06
3 Texas 1 7 6 59   4.56
4 Cincinnati 1 3 4 70   4.88
5 Florida 1 2 2 78   5.19
6 TCU 1 5 3 92   6.31
7 Boise St. 1 1 1 107   6.88
8 Pittsburgh 10 9 9 14   10.13
9 Oregon 10 13 12 18   10.81
10 Penn St. 8 4 5 86   13.10
11 LSU 10 20 19 57   14.13
12 Georgia Tech 8 17 28 71   14.42
13 Utah 10 40 18 94   17.63
14 Ohio St. 15 11 10 47   18.52
15 Houston 10 23 43 110   19.13
16 West Virginia 18 31 24 21   20.88
17 Wisconsin 18 14 14 53   21.19
18 Notre Dame 18 18 25 46   21.69
19 South Fla. 18 30 16 45   21.81
20 Southern California 18 41 22 38   22.44
21 Arizona 30 21 15 26   22.89
22 Central Mich. 15 19 20 107   23.40
23 Miami (FL) 18 55 50 12   23.44
24 Rutgers 18 16 21 80   23.44
25 Oklahoma St. 18 35 23 66   23.88

The Top Five Most Difficult Schedules:

1 – Mississippi
2 – Georgia
3 – Louisville
4 – Baylor
5 – Syracuse

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