Last week I said I wouldn’t make any changes to the formula mid-season. Well, I’ve decided to eliminate the bias given for just beating a team from a Power 5 conference (which was causing wins over Vanderbilt to look better than they really were) and capped the margin of victory component at 30 points; beating a team by 30 now gets just as many MOV points as beating a team by 50, 70, whatever. Once a winning margin is above 30, it really doesn’t prove a team is marginally any better. I don’t think beating SMU by 56 is any more impressive than beating them by 42, for example. Having said that, here’s the newest top 10, with Week 7 reflecting the changes. The changes are applied to every game this season, but I’m not going to retroactively change the top 10 from previous weeks. It has helped some teams, but didn’t really hurt anyone that much. Marshall is interesting; I think they will slip down as other teams rack up more impressive wins (I do still account for the strength of the opponent, and beating a good Power 5 team is worth a lot more than beating a good mid-major).
|Week1||Temple||Texas A&M||Mississippi State||Texas State||Nebraska||Memphis||Pittsburgh||Arizona||Baylor||Middle Tennessee|
|Week2||Brigham Young||Texas A&M||Oklahoma||Mississippi||Baylor||Auburn||Notre Dame||Arizona State||Pittsburgh||Temple|
|Week3||Texas A&M||Baylor||Mississippi||Oklahoma||Brigham Young||Pittsburgh||Alabama||Notre Dame||Mississippi State||Arizona State|
|Week4||Texas A&M||Oklahoma||Alabama||Baylor||Brigham Young||Mississippi State||Arkansas||Mississippi||Duke||Auburn|
|Week5||Texas A&M||Baylor||Nebraska||Oklahoma||UCLA||Brigham Young||Alabama||Mississippi||Auburn||Texas Christian|
|Week6||Baylor||Texas A&M||Auburn||UCLA||Ohio State||Mississippi State||Mississippi||Marshall||Oklahoma||Florida State|
|Week7||Mississippi State||Mississippi||Marshall||Baylor||Auburn||Oklahoma||Florida State||Texas A&M||Oregon||Georgia|