Belmore Rankings: Week 9
Everyone keeps talking about parity when they mention all the upsets in college football this year. While I won’t disagree that there are not as many dominant teams are there used to be, I think another thing that should be discussed is the lower talent level of this year. Yes, we have our Mike Harts and our Tim Tebows, but if there was so much “parity”, wouldn’t there be 25-50 different “standout” players we were arguing over for the first round of the NFL? Instead only the frontrunners for the Heisman are in the conversation, and no one else ever gets talked about.
Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know. Just an idea. Anyway, here are my top 5:
- LSU (7-1, BSOS Rank: #12)
- Ohio State (8-0, BSOS Rank: #100)
- Oregon (6-1, BSOS Rank: #33)
- Arizona State (7-0, BSOS Rank: #103)
- Boston College (7-0, BSOS Rank: #104)
Clearly ASU and BC had some help because they didn’t have a game this week (especially as the Sun Devils have yet to play Cal, USC, and Oregon), but all we really care about are those top two. I don’t know how the BCS will shake up, but LSU will be at least in the top 3 due to USF losing, so not bad. Maybe my formula will work itself out once all the games are played; who knows.
Here are the five toughest schedules to date:
- Washington (2-5, BR: #89)
- Notre Dame (1-7, BR: #108)
- Duke (1-6, BR: #107)
- Stanford (3-4, BR: #71)
- Auburn (5-3, BR: #26)
And the five weakest:
- Hawaii (7-0, BR: #64)
- Memphis (3-4, BR: #96)
- USC (6-1, BR: #40)
- Western Kentucky (4-3, BR: #74)
- Kansas (7-0, BR: #10)
Hawaii is not getting any help from their opponents. Not including FCS teams, their opponents have a collective winning percentage of 14.8%, the worst by far in the FBS. To put that in perspective? USC, third on that list, has an opponent’s winning percentage of almost double that, at 28.6%.
Meanwhile, the poor Huskies are stuck with the highest caliber of opponents, collectively winning 79.1% of their games. Rebuilding is a tough road…
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