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Belmore Rankings: Week 14

Boo, Oklahoma, boo. I completely agree with what Tony Kornheiser just said on MNF, that the Big 12 should not be letting voters decide who should be in their title game.  The BCS should not be involved in any sort of tiebreaker in any conference. Any subjectivity should be left out when determining who is at the top of a conference, and the Big 12 just gave itself a giant black eye. And you know what? Obectively or subjectively, Texas is better than Oklahoma.  They beat them on a neutral field. Oklahoma beat Texas Tech at home, while Texas lost by six points on the road. The Big 12 title game, as well as the BCS in general, has just become an even bigger laughing stock than it had been in previous years. My top 10:

  1. Texas (11-1)
  2. Alabama (12-0)
  3. Oklahoma (11-1)
  4. Boise State (12-0)
  5. Florida (11-1)
  6. Utah (12-0)
  7. USC (10-1)
  8. Texas Tech (11-1)
  9. Ball State (11-0)
  10. Penn State (11-1)

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 13

Texas Tech has lost, and order has been restored.  You may be asking why Texas is number one, and that’s simply because they have played the second toughest schedule in the country (behind Utah State who has lost most of their games). Losing one game by six points to a fellow top 10 team is pretty forgivable.  Here is the entire top 10:

  1. Texas (10-1)
  2. Alabama (11-0)
  3. Utah (12-0)
  4. Oklahoma (10-1)
  5. Florida (10-1)
  6. Boise State (11-0)
  7. Texas Tech (10-1)
  8. USC (9-1)
  9. Penn State (11-1)
  10. Georgia (9-2)

I am very curious to see how the next few weeks play out; there isn’t a lot of room for error anymore.  The only thing I would change about this season to date (other than every UW game) is to have Penn State still be undefeated.  It would have been nice to give ol’ Joe Pa a shot at the title.

November 23, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 11

Ready for a shocker?  I have Texas Tech at #4 and Texas at #1:

  1. Texas (9-1)
  2. Alabama (10-0)
  3. Florida (8-1)
  4. Texas Tech (10-0)
  5. Utah (10-0)
  6. Boise State (9-0)
  7. USC (8-1)
  8. Oklahoma (9-1)
  9. Georgia (8-2)
  10. Ohio State (8-2)

The reason I didn’t post my rankings last week is that Texas Tech was #5, with Texas still at #1.  Credit Texas with the ridiculous schedule to this point (or credit the Big 12, but you get my point).  Assuming both teams win out, I don’t see Texas Tech getting higher than Texas due to the schedules disparity (Tech played some cupcakes to start the season that are really hurting them in my system).  But the chances of them both winning out are not very high, and hopefully the playing field will help decide this snafu.

What I’m more interested in (due to having a week to digest the Texas/Texas Tech problem) is that two non-BCS teams are in the top 10.  In theory, they should both win out, keeping them high in the rankings.  *cough* Playoff! *cough*

Here are the top 6 conferences:

  1. Big 12
  2. Big East
  3. SEC
  4. Big Ten
  5. Mountain West
  6. ACC

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 8

The sky has fallen, my formula has officially failed me (or has it?).  Rankings for week 8 (I’m putting them up now even though the BSU game hasn’t been played):

  1. South Florida (6-0, BSOS Rank: #61)
  2. LSU (6-1, BSOS Rank: #11)
  3. Arizona State (7-0, BSOS Rank: #97)
  4. Kentucky (6-1, BSOS Rank: #37)
  5. Oregon (5-1, BSOS Rank: #29)

I know, I know.  That doesn’t look too great.  Later today I’ll look at the BCS rankings and see how far off I am (I don’t want to emulate the BCS, but it is a good barometer to go by).  I’m sorry, USF fans, they are not the number one team in the country.  Maybe next week I’ll have some kinks worked out.

Now, for all the Dawg fans out there, don’t feel too bad.  Yes, we played poorly last night, but look at the toughest schedules:

  1. Washington (2-4, BR: #82)
  2. Notre Dame (1-6, BR: #105)
  3. Stanford (2-4, BR: #85)
  4. Duke (1-6, BR: #107)
  5. North Carolina (2-5, BR: #91)

Yup, that’s right.  Through seven weeks, UW has the toughest schedule in the nation.  We should still be better than 2-4, but at least we can take solace in the fact that the cards are stacked against us.

And the weakest schedules:

  1. Hawaii (7-0, BR: #55)
  2. Memphis (2-4, BR: #102)
  3. Arkansas State (3-3, BR: #86)
  4. Northern Illinois (1-6, BR: #116)
  5. Texas Tech (6-1, BR: #36)

I’m sorry, people, Hawaii is not playing in a BCS game this year.   They are not the Boise State of last year.  They are a dominate team in a bad conference who hasn’t played anyone.  Their opponents have a combined record of 8-25 (not including the TWO FCS teams they have played).  If you want to be taken seriously, try playing against someone who matters.  Beating up on a bunch of bad teams does not make you a good one.

October 14, 2007 Posted by | Musings, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 7

Due to the Boise State game playing tonight, these are a tad late:

  1. LSU (6-0, BSOS Rank: #34)
  2. Arizona State (6-0, BSOS Rank: #63)
  3. South Florida (5-0, BSOS Rank: #64)
  4. Missouri (5-0, BSOS Rank: #77)
  5. Illinois (5-1, BSOS Rank: #21)

Not your average poll, huh?  I like the way the number are working out (I did another tweak since last week), but I’m sure I’ll change it some more as the season goes on.

The toughest schedules:

  1. Stanford (2-3, BR: #67)
  2. Minnesota (1-5, BR: #103)
  3. Duke (1-5, BR: #104)
  4. Akron (3-3, BR: #50)
  5. Washington (2-3, BR: #73)

And the weakest:

  1. Hawaii (6-0, BR: #70)
  2. Connecticut (5-0, BR: #28)
  3. Northern Illinois (1-5, BR: #115)
  4. Texas Tech (5-1, BR: #49)
  5. Memphis (2-3, BR: #98)

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment