Catallarchy’s College Football Top 25 - Week 12

For all games up to 11/19, here are the updated rankings:

Rank - Team - Week 11
1 Texas (1)
2 USC (2)
3 Penn State (4)
4 Ohio State (5)
5 LSU (6)
6 VaTech (8)

7 Oregon (7)
8 TCU (13)
9 UCLA (12)
10 Auburn (15)
11 WVU (11)
12 Miami (3)
13 Notre Dame (18)

14 Georgia (22)
15 Michigan (14)
16 Alabama (9)
17 Texas Tech (19)
18 Georgia Tech (28)

19 Oklahoma (10)
20 Colorado (20)
21 Iowa State (25)
22 Louisville (21)

23 Boston College (31)
24 South Carolina (17)
25 Wisconsin (26)

Dropped Out:
27 Fresno State (16)
29 Minnesota (24)
35 UTEP (23)

Other Catallarchy Teams of Interest:
34 Western Michigan (45)

54 Purdue (68)

55 Miami (OH) (40)
91 Kentucky (80)

Commentary below, full rankings on page 2, and rankings of conferences & schedules on page 3.

Not only does VT come back in style and open up a six-pack of whupass on UVA, but Christmas comes early thanks to Georgia Tech; the upset over Miami puts VT back in the driver's seat to the ACC Championship. If VT beats UNC, we meet FSU for all the marbles. At least the champ game wouldn't be a rematch that way. One hopes that VT can keep their eyes on the prize enough to take care of business against UNC, who struggled mightily against lowly Duke. GT's win over Miami made the fact that Michigan and Michigan State's respective losses against OSU and PSU not matter as much; VT doesn't need the backdoor gambit into the BCS now. Huzzah!

It was, however, too much to ask for to have Fresno beat USC along with GT's Thanksgiving miracle. Tough, tough loss for the Bulldogs, and my ratings were merciless, too, tossing them out despite taking USC to the wire. As with the human polls, it doesn't pay to lose and be part of a non-BCS conference.

Man, PSU really wants that second back now...

I thought this would be the week that Texas dropped below USC- USC's SOS has risen dramatically and Texas has dropped, and the PAC-10's cellar dwellers have started winning while the B12 has continued a path towards just-above-.500 land. Alas, still 5 thousandths of a point behind. I predict, though, that Texas will drop after the championship game, due to the curve; at that point they will most certainly be above the D1-A average for games played, which will discount their score. At the moment, they're under while USC is over, and that is about the only thing keeping USC from topping them.

The TCU anomaly is back, though not so anomalous considering they've only lost 1 game. Generally speaking the 2 loss teams (like Miami) are going to be behind the 1 loss teams, especially if the loss was recent (vs. Ohio State's early losses). I am surprised that the system had no love for Miami while it kept VT in the Top 10 after a similar loss (upset while #3). I blame Miami's extra loss, of course.

Rank - Team -
1 Texas
2 USC
3 Penn State
4 Ohio State
5 LSU
6 VaTech
7 Oregon
8 TCU
9 UCLA
10 Auburn
11 WVU
12 Miami
13 Notre Dame
14 Georgia
15 Michigan
16 Alabama
17 Texas Tech
18 Georgia Tech
19 Oklahoma
20 Colorado
21 Iowa State
22 Louisville
23 Boston College
24 South Carolina
25 Wisconsin
26 Northwestern
27 Fresno State
28 Iowa
29 Minnesota
30 UCF
31 South Florida
32 Florida
33 Clemson
34 Western Michigan
35 UTEP
36 Boise St.
37 Nevada
38 La Tech
39 UNC
40 Florida State
41 Northern Illinois
42 Missouri
43 Nebraska
44 Virginia
45 Tulsa
46 BYU
47 NC State
48 Stanford
49 Pitt
50 Toledo
51 Cal
52 Bowling Green
53 Maryland
54 Purdue
55 Miami (OH)
56 Az. State
57 Colorado State
58 Kansas
59 Texas A&M
60 Central Michigan
61 San Diego State
62 Arkansas
63 Rutgers
64 New Mexico
65 Utah
66 Memphis
67 Oregon State
68 Houston
69 Ball State
70 Navy
71 La Lafayette
72 Michigan State
73 Kansas State
74 Tennessee
75 Baylor
76 Wake Forest
77 Army
78 Akron
79 Oklahoma St.
80 Southern Miss
81 UAB
82 Washington State
83 La Monroe
84 SMU
85 Arizona
86 Hawaii
87 Cincinnati
88 ECU
89 Ohio
90 Marshall
91 Kentucky
92 U Conn
93 Arkansas State
94 Indiana
95 Air Force
96 Wyoming
97 Ole Miss
98 Washington
99 Eastern Michigan
100 Vanderbilt
101 Troy State
102 Fla Intl
103 Illinois
104 Middle TN State
105 Mississippi State
106 UNLV
107 Rice
108 Duke
109 Fla Atlantic
110 Idaho
111 San Jose State
112 Syracuse
113 Utah State
114 Tulane
115 Buffalo
116 North Texas
117 Kent State
118 New Mexico State
119 Temple

Ranking - Conf - Average Team Rank
1 Big Ten (41)
2 ACC (42)
3 Big 12 (42)
4 Pac-10 (51)
5 SEC (53)
6 Notre Dame (54)
7 Big East (58)
8 MWC (66)
9 MAC (72)
10 Conf USA (74)
11 WAC (75)
12 I-A Indep (89)
13 Sun Belt (97)

Div 1-A ranking by Schedule Strength:
Rank - Team
1 Michigan
2 Oklahoma
3 Temple
4 Illinois
5 Minnesota
6 Ohio State
7 Kansas
8 UNC
9 Ball State
10 Northwestern
11 Stanford
12 Washington
13 Tennessee
14 Rice
15 Georgia Tech
16 Arkansas
17 South Carolina
18 Penn State
19 Purdue
20 Arizona
21 Az. State
22 USC
23 Maryland
24 New Mexico State
25 Michigan State
26 Texas A&M
27 Missouri
28 Colorado State
29 San Diego State
30 Washington State
31 Duke
32 Florida
33 Colorado
34 Oklahoma St.
35 Texas
36 Boston College
37 Wake Forest
38 Syracuse
39 Baylor
40 VaTech
41 South Florida
42 Central Michigan
43 Iowa
44 Kansas State
45 Oregon State
46 NC State
47 Georgia
48 Wyoming
49 Army
50 Indiana
51 Nebraska
52 Miami
53 Alabama
54 Mississippi State
55 BYU
56 Wisconsin
57 Virginia
58 UNLV
59 Clemson
60 Auburn
61 Notre Dame
62 Air Force
63 New Mexico
64 Cincinnati
65 Ohio
66 Eastern Michigan
67 Hawaii
68 Oregon
69 Kentucky
70 Marshall
71 Iowa State
72 UCLA
73 Pitt
74 Southern Miss
75 Northern Illinois
76 Utah State
77 North Texas
78 Ole Miss
79 TCU
80 Utah
81 Memphis
82 SMU
83 Fresno State
84 Florida State
85 Vanderbilt
86 ECU
87 Houston
88 Cal
89 WVU
90 Bowling Green
91 Buffalo
92 Tulane
93 Kent State
94 Texas Tech
95 LSU
96 U Conn
97 Louisville
98 Tulsa
99 UCF
100 Middle TN State
101 Boise St.
102 UAB
103 Miami (OH)
104 La Tech
105 Fla Atlantic
106 Akron
107 Toledo
108 La Lafayette
109 Idaho
110 Rutgers
111 Nevada
112 San Jose State
113 Troy State
114 Western Michigan
115 Fla Intl
116 La Monroe
117 UTEP
118 Arkansas State
119 Navy

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Well, my fingers are now

Well, my fingers are now crossed on UCLA's behalf.

That's good that VT jumped

That's good that VT jumped again. I would rather play Miami in the Gator Bowl than VT. VT is a force to be reckoned with.

I would rather play Miami in

I would rather play Miami in the Gator Bowl than VT. VT is a force to be reckoned with.

I'm curious as to why you feel this way. Didn't Miami basically kill VT in Blacksburg?

Assuming a win over

Assuming a win over Stanford, is Notre Dame a lock for a BCS game?

Works for me.

Works for me.

Yes, Luca. Not on merit, but

Yes, Luca. Not on merit, but on their ability to sell tickets and create TV ratings.

When do we get the

When do we get the Catallarchy College Basketball posts? I can't be the only college bball fan around here.

I just hope the predictions

I just hope the predictions of Penn State vs. Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl don't pan out. I want Penn State to play someone worth beating, like LSU.

Luca- So long as ND remains

Luca-

So long as ND remains at 2 losses, they will go to a BCS game. I think my ratings have ND about right, for a change- not top 10, but top 15.

Stormy-

If PSU doesnt want to play ND, I'll happily trade for VT-ND. We still owe Powlus (sp?) for that comment way back in 1995 about "Who is VT? They don't deserve a BCS spot." :grin:

Ben-

I don't know anything about College Basketball. There are also a considerably higher number of Div-1 basketball schools than there are in Div-1A football (which is still a lot at 119). So thats a lot of work for something I dont have an intuitive handle on (so as to know when the results the system is popping out make sense). I'm not even sure if the "just win baby" central bias of my CFB poll makes sense for CBB. Though if people want to help me modify the CFB one to CBB, I'm game.

Ryan- Miami has been up and

Ryan-

Miami has been up and down. If Miami brings their VT game to the bowl, it will be a very, very long night. (trust me) :bigcry:

Texas... Fight...

Texas... Fight...