8/22/08

Final 2007 College Football Ratings

Because no games have been played, I decided to update last years college football ratings. For the record, Michigan(9-4) was 26th at 71.0 following their beating of #2 Florida. Seeing West F'n Virginia at 5 bodes well for the Maize and Blue, if maybe not for this year.


Final 2007 Ratings
Team W-L Rating Conf
1 LSU 12-2 94.6 SEC
2 Florida 9-4 90.4 SEC
3 Georgia 11-2 90.3 SEC
4 Southern Cal 11-2 87.8 P10
5 West Virginia 11-2 87.7 BigE
6 Oregon 9-4 85.3 P10
7 Missouri 12-2 85.2 B12
8 Tennessee 10-4 85.0 SEC
9 Oklahoma 11-3 84.6 B12
10 Auburn 9-4 84.2 SEC
11 Ohio State 11-2 83.0 B10
12 Virginia Tech 11-3 82.8 ACC
13 Arizona St 10-3 82.8 P10
14 Kansas 12-1 79.1 B12
15 Kentucky 8-5 78.5 SEC
16 South Florida 9-4 77.6 BigE
17 Oregon St 9-4 77.1 P10
18 Arkansas 8-5 77.0 SEC
19 Clemson 9-4 76.6 ACC
20 Texas 10-3 76.4 B12
21 Cincinnati 10-3 75.1 BigE
22 Boston College 11-3 73.8 ACC
23 Alabama 7-6 72.2 SEC
24 Penn State 9-4 71.9 B10
25 South Carolina 6-6 71.5 SEC

The SEC went 1-2-3, 5 of the top ten, and 9 in the top 25. There is no doubt they are the class of college football right now, and the Big Ten has a way to go to catch up. The Big Ten needs Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, and Purdue to regain past glory, and for Penn State and Illinois to at least hold serve where they are. Michigan and Ohio State are doing their part, but they need the middle class of the Big Ten to step it back up if they want to make the Big Ten/SEC argument be anything more than a kool-aid party.

How did Florida end up #2, despite a 9-4 record? By beating the hell out of the most difficult schedule in college football. They ranked #1 in strength of schedule, and scored over 18 more points per game than their opponents gave up on average, while giving up almost 4 less points than their opponents scored on average. That's a differential of over 22 points better than average.

Until they met Michigan, that is...

2 comments:

Peabody said...

Florida at #2 makes the DB rankings lose credibility.

DB said...

I think my rankings still give too much credit for spanking the Troys, Western Kentuckys and the Tennessees of the world.

Wait- did I say Tennessee? 59-20?

Never mind. They're good.