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Belmore Rankings: Week 15

Here’s how I see it after the final week of the regular season:

  1. LSU (11-2)
  2. Virginia Tech (11-2)
  3. Ohio State (11-1)
  4. Missouri (11-2)
  5. West Virginia (10-2)
  6. Oklahoma (11-2)
  7. Georgia (10-2)
  8. Kansas (11-1)
  9. Arizona State (10-2)
  10. Florida (9-3)
  11. Brigham Young (10-2)
  12. USC (10-2)
  13. Boston College (10-3)
  14. Hawaii (12-0)
  15. South Florida (9-3)
  16. Illinois (9-3)
  17. Clemson (9-3)
  18. UCF (10-3)
  19. Virginia (9-3)
  20. Texas (9-3)
  21. Tennessee (9-4)
  22. Boise State (10-2)
  23. Cincinnati (9-3)
  24. Connecticut (9-3)
  25. Wisconsin (9-3)

Not the consensus, and I don’t like that Missouri is ahead of Oklahoma (although, the point of this poll is to not heavily weigh one game, nor is it to factor in margin of victory, much to the dismay of poor Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops). I’ll see about some tweaks in the offseason, but all in all I think it did a pretty good job.

Now, if I ruled the lands of college football? I’d have a playoff with those top 8 (or 16 if you want to add an extra week) teams, leading to two semifinal games played at two of the BCS bowls, and then the championship game at another. The fourth bowl could be either a third place game (which would be tough on the fans for travel) or it could have it’s classic match-up using teams that did not make it to the playoffs. I don’t have all the specifics, I just don’t think it’s fair to have everything decided by computers (although I still think that seasons like this are exactly why the BCS was created…to add some hard numbers to the speculation showed by the voters).

Who played the toughest schedule this year? Shockingly, it was Washington (4-9, BR: #92). Their opponents had a collective .622 winning percentage, the highest by a full point in all of FBS schools.

The easiest schedule goes to Western Kentucky (7-5, BR: #77), leapfrogging Hawaii at the end of the year. Their opponents had a collective .271 winning percentage. That’s worse than Hawaii, who was penalized with two FCS schools that I calculated as 0% teams. Pretty weak, Western Kentucky.

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December 2, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 14

LSU goes down!  Kansas goes down!  Who’s number 1?  Here’s what I think:

  1. West Virginia (10-1, BSOS Rank: #52)
  2. Ohio State (11-1, BSOS Rank: #81)
  3. Missouri (11-1, BSOS Rank: #90)
  4. LSU (10-2, BSOS Rank: #32)
  5. Georgia (10-2, BSOS Rank: #46)

Not your typical poll, but then again there is the whole thing of how my poll has absolutely no weight in subjectivity.  So suck it up.  I’ll post the entire top 25 after championship week.

The toughest schedules so far:

  1. Nebraska (5-7, BR: #72)
  2. Notre Dame (3-9, BR: #101)
  3. Washington (4-8, BR: #89)
  4. Duke (1-11, BR: #116)
  5. Mississippi (3-9, BR: #102)

And the weakest:

  1. Hawaii (11-0, BR: #20)
  2. Western Kentucky (7-5, BR: #75)
  3. Boise State (10-2, BR: #27)
  4. Kansas (11-1, BR: #14)
  5. Memphis (7-5, BR: #64)

It is still my opinion that Hawaii has not proven anything and should not play in a BCS bowl.  Then again, I would have the top 8 teams at the end of the year be in a playoff, but that’s why they don’t pay me the big bucks.

November 25, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 13

We’re closing in on the end of the college football season.  Pretty crazy season, no?  Here are my top 5:

  1. LSU (10-1, BSOS Rank: #30)
  2. Ohio State (11-1, BSOS Rank: #77)
  3. West Virginia (9-1, BSOS Rank: #65)
  4. Arizona State (9-1, BSOS Rank: #71)
  5. Missouri (10-1, BSOS Rank: #87)

Kansas will jump back up there (assuming they win) after they play Missouri.  Their schedule is really weak at this point.

Here are the 5 toughest schedules so far:

  1. Nebraska (5-6, BR: #61)
  2. Washington (4-7, BR: #83)
  3. Duke (1-10, BR: #114)
  4. Notre Dame (2-9, BR: #107)
  5. Mississippi (3-8, BR: #99)

And the 5 weakest schedules so far:

  1. Hawaii (10-0, BR: #24)
  2. Western Kentucky (7-4, BR: #71)
  3. Boise State (10-1, BR: #18)
  4. Navy (7-4, BR: #58)
  5. Kansas (11-0, BR: #7)

November 18, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 12

Down goes Ohio State! Now that there are only two unbeaten teams left, who will really end up in the national title game? Like I said, Kansas has a chance to jump up with the last few teams on their schedule, although it wouldn’t surprise me to see the rankings (the BCS ones, not mine) stay pretty stagnant if someone at the top doesn’t lose. Even with help in the computers, I don’t think real voters will help out them too much unless they dominate whoever they will face in the Big XII title game (I hope I didn’t just jinx them…).

The top 5 according to my formula:

  1. LSU (9-1, BSOS Ranking: #11)
  2. Oregon (8-1, BSOS Ranking: #10)
  3. Arizona State (9-1, BSOS Ranking: #59)
  4. Kansas (10-0, BSOS Ranking: #112)
  5. Ohio State (10-1, BSOS Ranking: #86)

As I’m too lame to remember to keep historical rankings, I have no idea what Kansas’ strength of schedule was last week. I have a feeling a lot of the teams on their schedule lost this week. And yes, I’m also too lame to look that up. What, you think a blog needs a fact checker? Pah!

The toughest schedules in the country:

  1. Duke (1-9, BR: #112)
  2. Notre Dame (1-9, BR: #113)
  3. Washington (3-7, BR: #93)
  4. Nebraska (5-6, BR: #63)
  5. Utah State (0-10, BR: #120)

Husky fans, I think I know how all of us are feeling right now. But as you can see, we’ve had a very hard year, so we should keep our thoughts (and prayers, if that’s your thing) with Jake right now. (Have no idea what I’m talking about? Go here.)

The weakest schedules:

  1. Hawaii (9-0, BR: #29)
  2. Western Kentucky (6-4, BR: #74)
  3. Florida Atlantic (5-4, BR: #73)
  4. Navy (6-4, BR: #66)
  5. Nevada (5-4, BR: #72)

I have decided to post my full Top 25 after the regular season, and again after championship week. I might post it again after bowl season, but those games hardly matter (including the BCS championship game) in my opinion due to their large level of separation from the rest of the season.

November 11, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sucka!

Jealous yet?

November 7, 2007 Posted by | Pictures | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Aloha!

What has been happening on Maui…

  • It poured rain all day yesterday.  But at least we weren’t on Oahu.
  • Hawaii has a ordinance against public smoking just like Washington, although there are way more signs.  Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is.  I’m all for banning it indoors, but rarely in Hawaii do you find a restaurant or place to hang out that isn’t open air.  Even the airport is open air.  I’d like to see a study that says open breezes fail to dissipate cigarette smoke leading to high rates of cancer in Hawaiian residents.
  • All TV shows are on an hour earlier here.  Kind of nice, however, since the sun comes up everyday at 6 in the morning, so you don’t have to stay up quite so late to watch your favorite show (and it also gets dark at 6 pm, so it’s not like I’m avoiding the sun by watching TV).
  • There’s not much nightlife here.  We had to hunt all over downtown Lahaina (on a Friday night no less) to find a restaurant (B.J.’s pizza of all things was closing).  Sure, there were two nightclubs, but that’s not exactly family dining.
  • The last time I was here, sports were tape delayed.  Now, they’re live.  This can be good and bad, although it is nice to not have to get on the Internet to find out about scores. Plus, all those east coast games are on at a reasonable time here.  I was watching some SEC game (the teams escape me) Saturday night, and realized it must have been 11 or 12 at night where they were playing.  Here?  6 pm, with the 4th quarter to go ;-)
  • One last sports note; it sucks for the Hawaii sports teams.  The flight to the mainland isn’t horrible, but to have to do it multiple times in a short span (such as their football team’s five road games this season) has to drain on the players. Although, on the reverse side of it, it must be a nice little vacation for the visiting teams.
  • Some beer is expensive ($15.99 for a 12-pack of Blue Moon).  Some alcohol is cheap (Only $17.95 for Captain Morgan’s Private Stock).  It is the most expensive in bars (one place we went had a Maui Brewing Company beer for $6.50…and they don’t serve full pints).  I guess the moral of this story is that you should at least be thankful for the fact that they import a lot of stuff, so your favorite drink is probably going to be here. (Psst, Kate, Yellow Tail is only $4.99).

Okay, I think that’s enough observations for today.  I’ll have more before I head home on Friday.  Mahalo!

November 5, 2007 Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 11

What, you thought just because I was on vacation I wouldn’t update these?  You must be crazy!

  1. Oregon (8-1, BSOS Rank: #7)
  2. LSU (8-1, BSOS Rank: #8)
  3. Ohio State (10-0, BSOS Rank: #98)
  4. Oklahoma (8-1, BSOS Rank: #59)
  5. Arizona State (8-1, BSOS Rank: #61)

Not too shabby, eh? What I find most amazing is that ASU loses to a good team and doesn’t fall very far.  Isn’t that how the real rankings should work? And on a side note, Kansas (9-0) is at #6, and just needs to play (and win, obviously) the rest of their schedule to hop over ASU and maybe even climb to the top 2.

And the toughest schedules being played:

  1. Duke (1-8, BR: #109)
  2. Notre Dame (1-8, BR: #110)
  3. Washington (3-6, BR: #85)
  4. Nebraska (4-6, BR: #75)
  5. Colorado (5-5, BR: #52)

I did not think I’d see a team like Colorado in that mix.  Here are the weakest schedules:

  1. Hawaii (8-0, BR: #41)
  2. Western Kentucky (6-3, BR: #72)
  3. Florida Atlantic (4-4, BR: #82)
  4. Memphis (4-5, BR: #89)
  5. Nevada (5-4, BR: #73)

November 4, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 2

Aren’t you jealous?

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So Long, Suckers!

More updates to come, but I just thought I’d share what’s on our back porch:

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Pictures | , , , , | 2 Comments

Belmore Rankings: Week 10

Well, just a jumble of the top 5 this week, but still the same five teams:

  1. LSU (7-1, BSOS Rank: #15)
  2. Boston College (8-0, BSOS Rank: #91)
  3. Arizona State (8-0, BSOS Rank: #93)
  4. Oregon (7-1, BSOS Rank: #21)
  5. Ohio State (9-0, BSOS Rank: #104)

And for the first time since I started doing these ratings, UW (BR: #99) has fallen below WSU (BR: #82). So sad…

The teams playing the toughest schedules:

  1. Notre Dame (1-7, BR: #107)
  2. Washington (2-6, BR: #99)
  3. Duke (1-7, BR: #108)
  4. Mississippi (2-7, BR: #103)
  5. Stanford (3-5, BR: #76)

And the teams playing the weakest schedules:

  1. Hawaii (8-0, BR: #46)
  2. Memphis (4-4, BR: #90)
  3. Western Kentucky (5-3, BR: #72)
  4. Florida Atlantic (4-4, BR: #80)
  5. Southern Miss (4-3, BR: #70)

The only other undefeated team I haven’t already mentioned is Kansas, who comes in at #6. I can’t wait until next week!

October 28, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment