Yes, yes, I know a game has already been played in Week 4 and I’m horribly behind. I apologize, but the job that actually pays the bills got quite a bit hectic this week. On top of that, I attempted to write a conference realignment post which became worthless twice, so that was a fantastic idea.
Ideally my rankings will be up Tuesday or Wednesday before any football is played. Some weeks it may not happen, but I’ll do my best to stick to it.
Anyways, the experiment that is the NDtex25 continues to be crazier than expected. I thought I’d see a lot more stabilization this week. In some ways, I did. In others, I had some more wtf results.
As of right now, I fear that I am too generous with my three plus possession multiplier in margin of victory (if you are lost, you should probably read the original post for this craziness). I’m still hoping this will level out by season’s end; however, it is definitely clear that teams that beat some middle-of-the-road-opponents in such a manner (and I’m talking ranked around 50-80 or so) seem to be seriously reaping the benefits. It’s taking a lot of willpower on my end to let this experiment ride out, but I definitely feel that this is an area that will need to see some serious tweaks down the road if this doesn’t level out in a few more weeks.
Having a preseason NDtex25 would probably help as well, but I decided not to do that…oh well.
Anyways, here is your NDtex25 for Week 3:
|Rank||Team||Final Score||Previous Rank||AP Rank||Coaches' Rank|
|18||San Diego State||87.5||53||NR||NR|
Knocked Out (Previous Rank): Bowling Green (1), Navy (4), UCF (6), Mississippi State (10), Kentucky (12), Houston (13), Michigan State (19), South Carolina (20), Arkansas (24), Missouri (25)
Just Missing the Cut: Michigan, Wisconsin, Houston, Louisville, South Carolina
Despite the Big XII completely falling apart at the seams and the fake Dan Bebee going on a Twitter rant of epic proportions, they are completely dominating the NDtex25. There are six Big XII teams in the NDtex25, three of which are in the top five. Believe me, this isn’t some kind of southern bias as all three of the teams in my own top five are vomit inducing. All these teams have benefited, in the most part, from big wins. Texas, however, benefits from holding on against teams that had a decently high ranking from last week, so I would expect them to start to plummet at their current rate, despite the blowout win against UCLA.
The conference with the second most (five teams)? The SEC (commence S-E-C chant for coming in second place to THE FREAKING BIG XII).
Everyone’s favorite BCS buster, Boise State, has finally cracked my top 10, but were leapfrogged by Ohio whose blowout wins against an overrated New Mexico State and Marshall, helped them jump from 22. If any Ohio fan is reading this blog (highly doubtful), enjoy it while it lasts because your two blowout wins are about to be seriously devalued next week. New Mexico State checks in at 85 and Marshall sits at 114. So yes, the balancing out will continue for these MAC team that continue to be overrated.
The previous MAC-daddy on top of the NDtex25, Bowling Green, suffered a loss to the powerhouse that is Wyoming (hilariously ranked 22 this week for beating the “number one team”), which dropped them down to 35 this week. My crazy formulas giveth and taketh away quite equally.
The worst team in the nation according to me: UAB. Being blown out by Florida is forgivable, but being blown out by freaking Tulane is a joke. Hang your head in shame.
And to close, it’s time to focus on how these rankings treat Notre Dame and their opponents:
- ND’s Rank: 32 (YAY victory against an overrated Michigan State!)
- Opponent Ranks
- USF: 14 (Man we make people look good)
- Michigan: 26 (Michigan falling out of my own top 25 makes that loss that much harder to swallow)
- Michigan State: 67 (Like I said, losses severely punished, previous rank was 19!)
- Pitt: 61 (Playing a FCS team and blowing a 17 point lead does you no favors)
- Purdue: 40 (Shockingly high rating in my opinion)
- Air Force: 100 (Sucks to be them)
- USC: 24 (Vomit…)
- Navy: 41 (beating South Carolina would’ve helped)
- Wake Forest: 54 (Again, surprisingly high)
- Maryland: 65 (They can thank Miami for winning)
- Boston College: 116 (losing to Duke hurts, also lolBC)
- Stanford: 14 (Still holding on strong to their top 25 slot)