Week 9 College Football Playoff Top 25 Prediction

Week 8 of the College Football season gave us some interesting match-ups with some interesting results and some interesting penalties.  Here is what we think the College Football Playoff Top 25 should look like, Week 9 style:

1.  Florida State

2.  Mississippi State

3.  Ole Miss

4.  Oregon

5.  Notre Dame

6.  TCU

7.  Alabama

8.  Michigan State

9.  Auburn

10.  Ohio State

11.  Kansas State

12.  Georgia

13.  Baylor

14.  Arizona State

15.  Nebraska

16.  Oklahoma

17.  Arizona

18.  USC

19.  East Carolina

20.  Marshall

21.  Minnesota

22.  Utah

23.  West Virginia

24.  Duke

25.  Clemson

Others:  LSU, UCLA, Colorado State

College Football Top 25: The Eye Test; Week 7 Edition or (How 24 Hours of College Football Blew my Mind)

It’s a weekend that will live in College Football infamy forever.  The weekend that 5 of the top 8 teams in the country fell in defeat.  Let that really sink in for a minute…  Now here is the questions, is that because of an absurd amount of upsets or did all the pundits get it wrong?  I’m going to say, both!  I know, that was a stretch but here’s why:  

First, we have tons and tons of games as compared to the NFL, this leads to too many unknowns for even the most avid fan.  Everyone is guessing on how good a team is based on what information they have been presented.  The problem, we try to take the previous year, the program’s history, the coach’s history, the history of the two teams playing, etc. etc…  This puts us in a position where College Football is all guessing until we see each team play each other, which doesn’t happen all the time, so then we’re back to where we started which is, the Eye Test.  

Our First Top 25 Ranking for College Football of 2014 will be based on the Eye Test, we’re going forward based on what we can tell from what we’ve watched and what we think.  Here is our “Eye Test” Top 25 or the Rundown:

1.  Florida State
2.  Mississippi State
3.  Auburn
4.  Baylor
5.  Ole Miss
6.  Notre Dame
7.  TCU
8.  Alabama
9.  Oklahoma
10.  Michigan St
11.  Arizona
12.  Oregon
13.  Texas A&M
14.  
Georgia
15.  Ohio St.
16.  Oklahoma St.
17.  Kansas St.
18.  Georgia Tech
19.  Arizona St.
20.  Stanford
21.  Virginia
22.  East Carolina
23.  Nebraska
24.  Utah
25.  USC

Just Outside:  Marshall, BYU, Washington, Louisville, Wisconsin, Oregon St., Rutgers, West Virginia, 

College Football Top 25 Week 6

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Welcome everyone to our week 6 Rivals Rundown Top 25 rankings!  As you’ll see below we’ll really rank the Top 30 with those that are on the radar here at the Rundown.  Normally, here we write this big rant about what happened the previous weekend in College Football, so… Here is our Rivals Rundown Rant!  First Oklahoma State, what happened to our Top 10 team!?!  Not to mention one of our preseason favorites in the Big 12!  Urgh, the sad part is that game had upset written all over it, coaching buddies, an underperforming West Virginia team that no one was talking about, and an Oklahoma State team that clearly was looking past their early Saturday opponent.  The pay the ultimate price, dropping from the Top 10 out of the Top 25!!!  They will have to fight their way back, there are too many teams, too many teams playing good football for us to give them respect after that loss.  Next, South Carolina and UCF, neither team really moved and UCF had their chances but as we often see in upset games, the team that has been tested already in the season finds a way to close (See Fresno State).  Moving to our favorite game of the weekend, Arizona State and USC.  Now, this was a good game until Arizona State realized that they could out play USC on both sides of the ball, took the energy from the home crowd and stomped on a team that over the last 10 years had crushed Arizona States dreams over rising to the top of the PAC.  We will mention, that USC acted way too early to fire Lane, the program doesn’t want to realize or admit that the NCAA sanctions are affecting them.  We welcome back the Sun Devils and the Hokies to the Top 25, why?  They both proved that they are Top 25 teams, the Sun Devils for Offense and the Hokies for Defense.  The only new team to the Top 25 is the Maryland Terrapins.  The Game of the week last weekend was Georgia and LSU, both of which moved a little but we still see each of these teams as outside bet for the National Title.  Maryland will get their big test this week to see if they belong or if they are pretenders.  Other teams to keep your eye on, Iowa, East Carolina and Northern Illinois, we’re still not sure how the stack up next to the rest of our Top teams.  So here is our Rivals Rundown Top 25 for Week 6 of the College Football Season!  Enjoy, Share and Comment.

 

       
Current Rank Previous Week Team  
1 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 4-0
2 2 Oregon Ducks, 4-0
3 3 Clemson Tigers 4-0
4 4 Ohio State Buckeyes 5-0
5 5 Louisville Cardinals 4-0
6 9 Georgia Bulldogs 3-1
7 10 Stanford Cardinal 4-0
8 6 Florida State Seminoles 4-0
9 8 LSU Tigers 4-1
10 13 Texas A&M Aggies 4-1
11 15 Baylor Bears 3-0
12 13 UCLA Bruins 3-0
13 14 Miami Hurricanes 4-0
14 17 Oklahoma Sooners 4-0
15 16 Washington Huskies 4-0
16 21 Ole Miss Rebels 3-1
17 18 Fresno State Bulldogs 4-0
18 19 Florida Gators 3-1
19 20 South Carolina 3-1
20 21 Northwestern 4-0
21 Unranked Arizona State Sun Devils 3-1
22 23 Michigan Wolverines 4-0
23 29 Maryland Terrapins 4-0
24 22 Wisconsin Badgers 2-2
25 Unranked Virginia Tech Hockies 4-1
Next 5-      
26 26 Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0
27 Unranked UCF Knights 3-1
28 28 Boise State Broncos 3-2
29 29 Northern Ill Huskies 4-0
30 27 Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-1
       
Just Outside      
  7 Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-1
  Unranked Iowa Hawkeyes 4-1
  Unranked East Carolina 3-1
  Unranked Missouri Tigers 4-0
  26 Michigan State Spartans 3-1
  Unranked Notre Dame 3-2

 

Our Week 5 Top 25 Update!!!

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Stanford

Here is our Top 25 Ranking for Week 5 of the College Football Season.  Week four was a lackluster week of games in college football, which would leave one to believe we’d have little movement in our Top 25 Rankings… it’s kinda true.  So our top teams went unchanged but after watching some of the performances by our next 15 we had to do a little housecleaning to make sure that everyone is where they belong.  We saw Michigan continue to drop after what was a dominating performance against Notre Dame two weeks ago, while they have won both games since, neither wins have impressed us enough for them to maintain and if it wasn’t for the Notre Dame game, they would be with Maryland and Texas Tech as questionable unbeatens.  Speaking of Maryland, if you have followed our blog or rankings, you’ll know that we called this and that we have started the unofficial campaign for CJ Brown’s Heisman candidacy.  Other notables, was our Sun Devils getting thumped by what looked like an NFL team in Stanford.  The silver lining was that the Devils fought till the end and came within a 4th down of having a chance to pull within 11 points with 4 minutes still left.  Either way, they drop out of the top 25, again because of the performance.  A top 25 team should be competitive within the rankings, sans Alabama and Oregon (maybe Stanford, we’ll see).  Side note, keep you eye on UCF, the Knights might still be one of the better teams that no one is talking about.  Also Washington and Baylor could both be considered outside contenders in their respective conferences to win!  While we’re sharing random thoughts, how about Utah, they beat their instate Rivals Utah St and BYU to Own the State but a slip vs Oregon St who lost to Eastern Washington, keeps them off of the National Radar and ours.  We’ll Utah, let’s see what you can do against the Pac12 South!  Big game this week that we are personally stoked about and might get some play, Maryland and Florida State.  Check back this week as we will have our Rivals Rundown Rewind and games to look forward to this weekend.  Enjoy your NFL Sunday Funday!  Update: We missed Texas Tech as the 25th ranked team when we originally published, so we had a couple of moves made to 25-30 and out…

 RIVALS RUNDOWN TOP 25 WEEK 5

Current Rank Previous Week Team
1 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 3-0
2 2 Oregon Ducks, 3-0
3 3 Clemson Tigers 3-0
4 4 Ohio State Buckeyes 4-0
5 5 Louisville Cardinals 4-0
6 6 Florida State Seminoles 3-0
7 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0
8 8 LSU Tigers 4-0
9 9 Georgia Bulldogs 2-1
10 13 Texas A&M Aggies 3-1
11 11 Stanford Cardinal 3-0
12 15 Baylor Bears 3-0
13 13 UCLA Bruins 3-0
14 14 Miami Hurricanes 3-0
15 17 Oklahoma Sooners 3-0
16 16 Washington Huskies 3-0
17 21 Ole Miss Rebels 3-0
18 18 Fresno State Bulldogs 3-0
19 19 Florida Gators 2-1
20 20 South Carolina 2-1
21 25 Northwestern 4-0
22 24 Wisconsin Badgers 3-1
23 12 Michigan Wolverines 4-0
24 Unranked Notre Dame 3-1
25 30 Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0
Next 5-
26 28 Boise State Broncos 2-2
27 Unranked UCF Knights 3-0
28 26 Michigan State Spartans 3-1
29 Unranked Maryland Terrapins 4-0
30 27 Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-1
Out-
23 Arizona State Sun Devils 2-1
29 Northern Ill Huskies 3-0

(stats via espn.com; photo sbnation.com)

Rivals Rundown Top 25 – Week 3

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Week 2 of the College Football Season is now in the books and with it a couple of our 25 teams, well for now.  It’s hard to imagine that one loss could end your season or at least your ranking in our Top 25 but in the cases of USC, Texas, and Cincinnati, that’s exactly what we think happened.  The worst of the three by far is USC, there is no way a team with that much talent should have such a bad offense, they could pathetic not being able to move the ball against what will prove to be a week Washington State team.  Anyways, here we go with our Week 3 Top 25 teams of College Football.  Come back later in the week when we will do our rewind and see how this Top 25 came together.

Current Rank Previous Week Team
1 1 Alabama Crimson Tide
2 2 Oregon Ducks
3 3 Clemson Tigers
4 4 Ohio State Buckeyes
5 5 Louisville Cardinals
6 6 Florida State Seminoles
7 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys
8 9 LSU Tigers
9 12 Georgia Bulldogs
10 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers
11 13 Stanford Cardinal
12 20 Michigan Wolverines
13 18 Texas A&M Aggies
14 29 Miami Hurricanes
15 16 Baylor Bears
16 17 Washington Huskies
17 26 UCLA Bruins
18 15 Oklahoma Sooners
19 19 Fresno State Bulldogs
20 14 Florida Gators
21 8 South Carolina
22 22 TCU Horned Frogs
23 23 Arizona State Sun Devils
24 30 Wisconsin Badgers
25 21 Northwestern
NEXT 5-    
26 27 Northern Ill Huskies
27 Unranked Ole Miss Rebels
28 Unranked Michigan State Spartans
29 Unranked BYU Cougars
30 Unranked Boise State Broncos