Rankings updated thru Week 9 (10/31/2015):
A surprising amount of change at the top considering the number of teams on a bye week. The biggest movers were USC up 8 spots to 17 and UCLA down 6 to 22. At the top Ohio St somehow dropped 4 spots despite not playing, while Alabama also sat at home and rose a spot. Apparently my formula also understands SEC bias.
Highlights from week 9:
ACC: North Carolina is quietly putting together a great season, and with 4 very winnable games remaining they can position themselves to win the Coastal and take on Clemson or Florida State. Going 12-0 after dropping the Thursday night season opener at South Carolina would be an incredible finish and may be enough for playoff consideration, especially if they knock off a 12-0 Clemson to win the ACC. Miami pulled off an unbelievable finish at Duke, and despite some abysmal officiating to set up the winning score, that finish will be one for the ages.
B1G: Iowa continues to roll, Penn State is hitting their stride in time for a late season push, and Michigan narrowly avoided another heartbreaking finish with a goal line stand in Minnesota to bring the Little Brown Jug back to Ann Arbor.
XII: TCU and Oklahoma State remain unbeaten with high scoring wins, and get ready for the November gauntlet with Oklahoma and Baylor joining the fight to determine One True Champion and (hopefully) a playoff bid.
PAC12: Stanford escapes a close one at Washington State, keeping the likely title game with Utah a play-in game. Arizona is falling apart, perhaps losing their focus as every job opening east of the Mississippi tries to lure Rich Rodriguez out of the desert. If he ends up at the U, the Hurricanes will be really fun to watch.
SEC: Not much going on in the SEC these days…<checks Week 10 schedule> OMG LSU at Alabama is here! Also, Ole Miss continues to keep the Memphis playoff dream alive.
Elsewhere: Temple dropped a heartbreaker to Notre Dame, ending their slim playoff dreams. Houston rolled Vanderbilt (SEC, technically) to pad their resume in time for their own November gauntlet in the American.
The first College Football Playoff poll comes out tomorrow night, so I’ll have another write-up this week comparing my poll to theirs. I’m expecting Ohio State to be viewed more favorably, and Iowa less so. If I had to guess their top 4, I’d go with:
Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Stanford.
If Baylor is in the first week, the committe is not doing their job correctly. Baylor has plenty of opportunities in November to earn their spot, but they’ve done exactly nothing impressive to date.
CFP Poll discussion and Week 10 Preview next time.