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Belmore Rankings: Week 8

Things are starting to get interesting in the ol’ world of college football.  More teams are beating up on each other, and the picture of who the true top teams are is becoming clearer and clearer.  Behold, my top 10:

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

Before everyone jumps all over the low USC ranking, remember: USC beat Ohio State.  That is considered a good loss for OSU.  USC lost to Oregon State.  That is a very bad loss (and the Beavers beating up on my Huskies, currently ranked #119, doesn’t make it look any better).  If USC is truly the better team (take out the first half of the Oregon State game, and they’ve played the best football in the nation, period), it will reflect in the ratings as the season goes on.  We’re just over halfway; there is still a lot of football to be played.

Now, when it comes to the top conferences, the Pac-10 is looking more and more pathetic.  They have lost ground from last week when I said they were slowly catching back up.  If Washington can beat Notre Dame, that will definitely help, but let’s not hold our breath:

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

I’m only going to show the top 6 conferences from now on, as there are six BCS conferences, so that’s all that matters.  Oops, did I just say the Mountain West is more deserving of a BCS birth than the Pac-10?  I just might have.  Not like it matters, as I still think USC will make it’s way into the title game.

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

Belmore Rankings: Week 5!

University of Alabama LogoThat’s right, they’re back!  The famous Belmore Rankings (who correctly called the BCS top 2 last year based on my own proprietary formula, without any subjective analysis of the teams) are here and calculated through the fifth week of the season.  Without further ado, here is my top 10:

  1. Alabama
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Boise State
  4. Utah
  5. Texas
  6. Northwestern
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Nebraska
  9. Ball State
  10. Virginia Tech

Southeastern Conference LogoI’m not going to go into details, as it’s too early in the season (and even as a brother of a Vanderbilt alum, even I think that’s too high of a ranking), but there they are.  And for those keeping score at home, Washington currently has the second toughest schedule to date.  And last but not least, here are the ranking of conferences:

  1. SEC
  2. Big Ten
  3. Big 12
  4. ACC
  5. Big East
  6. Mountain West
  7. WAC
  8. Independent
  9. Pacific-10
  10. Mid-American
  11. Conference USA
  12. Sun Belt

That’s right, the four independent teams have collectively done better than the Pac-10.  If you want my opinion, that makes this bad UW season hurt that much more.

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

The Link Rundown

I’m worthless.  As John Cho would say, I am not worthwhile.  I claimed to be bringing the blog back, then let it sit dormant for weeks on end.  But have no fear!  I bring you a mass quantity of links (some of them old) for your viewing pleasure; enjoy!

A.V. Club Interview with Rainn Wilson
Who doesn’t love Rainn Wilson?  This interview has some good background information, although a lot of it is about The Rocker, which we all know flopped miserably.  Still worth it for gems such as this regarding Juno: ” Sexual tension… I think Ellen Page is hott, double-t hott. All that sexual tension will probably be on the 25th-anniversary DVD as the torrid erotic scenes between Rollo and Juno. I think they bathe in a bathtub of Sunny D and get it on.”

Better Late Than Never: Watchmen
With the greatest graphic novel of all time coming to the big screen next year, there has been a lot of hoopla surrounding the release (including Fox suing Warner Bros. over rights issues).  This article tells you why the story is so incredible, and why everyone should read it.

Former SuperSonics owner dropping Bennett lawsuit
I just wanted to make sure you saw what a slimy hack Howard Schulz is (at least in the sports world…I’m not necessarily judging his coffee or business ethics).  He tries to save face by suing Clay Bennett after he realizes the city of Seattle hates the fact that he sold it a businessman from a city desparetely in want of an NBA team, and then slips it out late on a Friday that he’s dropping the lawsuit.  For shame, Howard.

Heart to McCain campaign: stop using “Barracuda”
Nothing makes me happier than a great rock band telling an old fart to screw off.  And a local great rock band at that!

Yes, it was a terrible call Husky nation
Ted Miller gets all the points right, including the fact that the call isn’t what made us lose the game.  The referees should be suspended, but so should our pathetic defense and inept offense.  I still support Tyrone Willingham, but I won’t object if he’s gone after this season because we don’t go to a bowl game.

That’s all for now, hopefully I’ll be back soon with more great ramblings and links!

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Movies, News, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Riddance

Kent Baer has been fired (from the Seattle Times):

Washington defensive coordinator Kent Baer has been fired, according to a source.

The source said Baer was told of the news this morning.

There was no word on whether any other defensive coaches will also be let go.

A UW spokesman did not confirm Baer’s dismissal, and said no announcement is planned at this time.

Baer has worked for UW coach Tyrone Willingham for 13 seasons, first at Stanford, then Notre Dame and since 2005 as the Huskies’ defensive coordinator.

Baer is the longest-tenured of Willingham’s assistants, having been with him since Willingham was named coach at Stanford in 1995. He has been the coordinator of Willingham’s defenses since 1995.

Baer came under increasing fire this season as UW ranked last in the Pac-10, giving up a school-record 446.4 yards per game.

December 17, 2007 Posted by | Sports | , , , , | 1 Comment

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.

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 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

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

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

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

Steve Kelly, in The Seattle Times:

It is one thing to surrender more than 600 yards to a very good Oregon team. But it is quite another to allow 535 total yards to Arizona, which has only one other win over a Division I school and whose coach, Mike Stoops, is sitting on a much hotter seat than Willingham.

I agree wholeheartedly. Losing to Oregon was obvious. Losing to Arizona (and losing the way we did) is an embarrassment.

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