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Past Results & Future Predictions based on Recruiting Rankings

In the last blog we ranked the 5 Power Five Conference and added ND & BYU into the mix. This included 66 of the 130 teams competing in the FBS in 2018. In this article, we will not be looking at player development, coaching, schedule, and other variables … rather just how the teams have recruited over the past 4 years as a predictor to where they will finish in their respective divisions & conference championship. To get reality back into the mix, we will first look at where they finished last in 2017 and compare that to what the recruiting numbers are saying about this year’s standings. We will start with the SEC West Division

2017 SEC West Division Standing / What should happen based on recruiting numbers in 2018

2017 Standings / 2018 Predictions

  1. Auburn ……. 1. Alabama
  2. Alabama …  2 LSU
  3. LSU ………… 3 Auburn
  4. Tx A&M ….  4 Tx A&M
  5. Miss St…….. 5 Ole Miss
  6. Ole Miss ….. 6 Miss St.
  7. Arkansas …. 7 Arkansas

A few points of interest

  • In 2017, Auburn and Alabama both finished 7-1 in Conference play … Since Auburn won the head to head meeting (@ Auburn, 27-14) they were awarded the division crown.
  • With Auburn being the 3rd best recruiting program in the SEC West, one could conclude that the Tigers overachieved in winning the Division.
  • LSU is the 6th best recruiting program in the nation and second best in the SEC West (3rd best overall in the SEC, behind Bama & Georgia).
  • Two factors to keep in mind, Re: LSU’s Recruiting: 1) they are only .75 better than Auburn (8.50 to 9.25) and 2) they need better performance under center … QB play has been and remains a concern for the LSU Tigers.
  • A&M finished 4th in the West, right where the recruiting data suggested they would finish.
  • While the Mississippi schools simply moved one spot from where the recruiting #’s predicted they would finish, it should be noted, the Rebels lost their coach, who was fired just as the season was about to begin … clearly a disruption.
  • Arkansas & A&M finished exactly where the numbers had them placed
  • Finally, it should be understood, that Arkansas is the 30th best recruiting program in the country (the Razorbacks recruit better than 100 teams in the FBS), yet dead last in the powerful SEC West Division.

2017 SEC East Division Standing / What should happen based on recruiting numbers in 201800

2017 Standings   /   2018 Predictions

  1. Georgia ……………1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina …2 Tennessee
  3. Kentucky …………3 Flordia
  4. Missouri …………. 4 South Carolina
  5. Florida ……………. 5 Kentucky
  6. Vanderbilt ………. 6 Missouri
  7. Tennessee ………. 7 Vanderbilt

A few points of interest

  • Georgia is on the ‘movin on up” recruiting train” since Kirby Smart arrived in Athens, the Dawgs have had the #3 (2017) and #1 (2018) recruiting classes.
  • The best way to describe Tennessee these days is … They’re a Mess! Butch Joses recruited well, yet led the team poorly both on and off the field. Jones was fired and AD, John Currie was also dismissed, after leading what can best be thought of as a “bazaar” search for a coach to replace Jones.
  • Enter Phillip Fulmer as the new AD and new HC, Jeremy Pruitt (Alabama DC the past couple of years) to get the Volunteers back to where their talent level indicates they should be performing!
  • Tennessee has the 2nd best roster, not starters, but roster, in the SEC East!
  • Florida fired Jim McElwain (now at Michigan) and hired Danny Mullen (former Mississippi State coach) Florida is the 3rd best recruiting program in the East and should be able to finish there with with their current roster and 19 starters returning.
  • South Carolina overachieved last year, they have the 4th best roster, yet finished 2nd in the East and gave the B-10 their only blemish in the Bowl Season, beating Michigan, 26-19, in the Outback Bowl.
  • Kentucky is the 35 best recruiting program in college football and the 5th best in the SEC East. Their 3rd place place finish a year ago is related to other factors not being considered here … by the recruiting numbers, the Wildcats should be 5th in the SEC East.
  • Vanderbilt is the weakest recruiting team in the SEC, that said, it should be mentioned, they are far and away the best Academic University in the SEC (Florida is very good … but not a Vandy) and therefore more difficult for the Commodores to get academically challenged students into the University. That said, the fact that they have beaten Tennessee the past 2 years (45-34 & 42-24) is outside the recruiting logic being used here, to predict future standings, by quite a bit … and then some!
  • Finally Missouri, another overachiever, finished 4th in the East, while the recruiting numbers say they have the 6th best roster in the SEC East Division.

So by the Numbers

In the West its Alabama and out of the East it will be Georgia

SEC Champion will again …  by the recruiting numbers … will be Alabama!

 

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College Football Recruiting Team Rankings 2015/2018

The rankings presented here are a composite of ESPN, 247 Sports, & Rivals. I first tracked each of the 64 Power Five (P5’s are ACC, B-10, B-12, P-12, & SEC)) teams and included 2 Independents, ND & BYU for a total of 66 teams. Then I compiled the Average Recruiting Ranking (ARR) of each Power 5 Team on a spread sheet to get a composite rank from the 3 sites (ESPN, 247, & Rivals) over a four year time-frame (2015-2018). Please find below, a ranked list of the school, conference, their ARR, & a comment or 2 about their 2017 season

That said, please note; Alabama is the best recruiting college football program, a member of the SEC’s, and their ARR (3 sites over 4 years) is 2.5. Best in the land … See where your team falls and as always check out sullyscollegefootballpage.com  for more info on the coming season!

  • Team, Conference, Composite Rank, & 2017 Result
  1. Alabama, SEC, ARR 2.5, /2nd in Division but won National Championship
  2. Ohio State, B-10, ARR 3.9 /Won Division & B-10/ won Cotton Bowl beat SC, 24-7
  3. Georgia, SEC, ARR 4.5 / Won Division & SEC, Won CFP semi 54-48 over OU in 2 OTs / lost in CFP Final to Bama 26-23 in OT
  4. Florida State, ACC, ARR 5.1 / 6-6 last year, lost QB in 1st game, struggled in 2017
  5. USC, P-12, ARR 6.5 / Won division & conference / lost Cotton Bowl to Ohio State
  6. Clemson, ACC, ARR 6.8 /Won Division & Conference / lost in CFP to Bama, 24-6
  7. LSU, SEC, ARR 8.5 /9-4 in 2017, 3rd West Division / lost to ND, 21-17, in Citrus
  8. Auburn, SEC, ARR 9.25 /Won West Division, lost SEC Championship to Georgia 28-7 & Bowl Game to Central Florida, 34-27
  9. Texas, B-12, ARR 12.4 /7-6 in 17, 6th in B-12/won Texas Bowl, 33-16, beat Mizzou
  10. Notre Dame, IND, ARR 12.5 / 10-3 in 2017 & won Citrus Bowl over LSU, 21-17
  11. Oklahoma, B-12, ARR 12.7 /Won B-12, lost CFP Semis to Georgia, 54-48, 2 OTs
  12. Penn State, B-10, ARR 13.4 / 11-2 in 17, 2nd in B-10 East, Won Fiesta Bowl, 35-28, over Washington
  13. Texas A&M, SEC, ARR 14.3 / 7-6 in 17, 4th West Division, Lost Belk Bowl to Wake Forest, 55-52
  14. Tennessee, SEC, ARR 14.7 / 4-8 in 17, 0-8 in East Division / Coach fired
  15. Florida, SEC, ARR 15.0 / 4th place in East Division, 3-5 / Coach fired
  16. UCLA, P-12, ARR 15.8 / 6-7 in 17, won Bowl Game over WV, 30-14 / Coach fired
  17. Miami, ACC, ARR 16.2 /Won Coastal Division, lost ACC Championship & Bowl
  18. Michigan, B-10, ARR 18.8 / 8-4 in 17/only B-10 team to lose bowl game in 2017
  19. Oregon, P-12, ARR 20.0 /4th in North Division, lost Bowl to Boise State, 38-28
  20. South Carolina, SEC, ARR 20.9 /9-4 in 17, 2nd in Division/beat Michigan in Bowl
  21. Ole Miss, SEC, ARR 22.5 / 6th in West Division /bowl banned in 2017 and 2018
  22. Washington, P-12, ARR 24.0/Tied for North Division/Lost to Penn State in Fiesta, 35-28
  23. Nebraska, B-10, ARR 24.7 / 4-8 in 17, 5th in West Division / Coach fired
  24. Mississippi State, SEC, ARR 24.9/9-4 2017, 5th West Division/won Bowl, 31-27
  25. Stanford, P-12, ARR 25.4 / Tied North Division, lost Alamo Bowl to TCU, 39-37
  26. Michigan State, B-10, ARR 27.0 /10-3 in 17, 3rd East Division, won Holiday Bowl
  27. North Carolina, ACC, ARR 27.9 /Last Coastal Division @ 1-7/3-9 overall in 2017
  28. Virginia Tech, ACC, ARR 29.6 /2nd in Coastal/Lost Camping World, Ok St. 30-21
  29. TCU, B-12, ARR 29.9 /11-3 in 2017, 2nd B-12/Beat Stanford in Alamo Bowl, 39-37
  30. Arkansas, SEC, ARR 30.8 /4-8 in 2017, last in the West Division 1-7 / Coach fired
  31. Louisville, ACC, ARR 32.1 /3rd in Division/8-5 overall, lost bowl to Miss St, 31-27
  32. Kentucky, SEC, ARR 33.5 /3rd in East @ 4-4 & 7-6 overall, lost Bowl to N-western
  33. Maryland, B-10, ARR 34.5 / 4-8 in 2017, last in the East Division @ 2-7
  34. Baylor, B-12, ARR 35.4 / 9/10 in B-12 ahead of only Kansas @ 1-8 & 1-11 in 2017
  35. Oklahoma State, B-12, ARR 38.1/3rd in B-12 @ 6-3 & 10-3 in 17, won Bowl, 30-21
  36. Wisconsin, B-10, ARR 38.7/13-1 in 17, lost B-10 Championship/won Orange Bowl
  37. Utah, P-12, ARR 39.1 / 7-6 in 17, won Heart of Dallas Bowl, 30-14 0ver WV,30-14
  38. Arizona State, P-12, ARR 39.2/2nd South Division @ 6-3/ 7-6 overall/Coach fired
  39. NC State, ACC, ARR 40.2 / 2nd Atlantic Division 6-2/ 9-4 overall, won Sun Bowl
  40. West Virginia, B-12, ARR 40.0/ 7-6 in 17/4th in B-12, lost to Utah in Bowl Game
  41. Missouri, SEC, ARR 40.7/ 4th in East Division 4-4, 7-6 overall, lost Bowl Game
  42. Pittsburgh, ACC, ARR 41.1/ 4th in Coastal @ 3-5/5-7 in 17, did not make a Bowl
  43. Iowa, B-10, ARR 44.8/ 3rd in West Division @ 3-5, 8-5 overall, won Bowl Game
  44. Arizona, P-12, ARR 46.2 / 3rd in Division @ 5-4, overall 7-6 / Coach fired
  45. California, P-12, ARR 46.4 / 5th North Division, 5-7 overall/did not make a Bowl
  46. Duke, ACC, ARR 47.2 / 6th in Coastal Division, 7-6 in 17, beat N Ill in Bowl
  47. Washington State, P-12, ARR 49.3 / 3rd in North Division @ 6-3, lost Bowl Game
  48. Texas Tech, B-12, ARR 49.4 /8th in B-12 @ 3-6, 6-7 overall, lost Bowl Game
  49. Georgia Tech, ACC, ARR 49.5 / 5-6 in 2017/ 3rd in Coastal/ did not make a Bowl
  50. Vanderbilt, SEC, ARR 50.3 / 6th in East Division @ 1-7/5-7 in 17, No Bowl Game
  51. Minnesota, B-10, ARR 51.4 /6th in West Division/Did not Qualify for Bowl Game
  52. Northwestern, B-10, ARR 52.6 /won 10 games, 2nd West Division, won Bowl
  53. Indiana. B-10, ARR 52.7 / 5-7 overall, 2-7 in East Division, Did not earn Bowl
  54. Colorado, P-12, ARR 56.0 / Last in South Division, 5-7 in 2017, No Bowl Game
  55. Iowa State, B-12, ARR 56.0 / Beat OU, 38-31 & TCU, 14-7, won Bowl Game
  56. Virginia, ACC, ARR 56.1 / 5th in Coastal @ 3-5, lost to Navy in Bowl, 49-7
  57. Rutgers, B-10, ARR 56.8 / 5th in East Division 3-6/ Did not qualify for Bowl
  58. Illinois, B-10, ARR 57.0 / 2-10 in 17 & 0-9 in Big Ten / Beat Ball St & WKU
  59. Syracuse, ACC, ARR 57.0 /Last in Atlantic, Beat Clemson, 27-24/No Bowl Game
  60. Oregon State, P-12, ARR 57.4 / 1-11 in 2017, 0-9 in P-12/ Only win vs FCS Team
  61. Wake Forest, ACC, ARR 58.5 /8-5 in 17/4th Atlantic Division/Beat A&M in Bowl
  62. Purdue, B-10, ARR 62.8 / 7-6 in 2017, won Bowl Game over Arizona, 38-35
  63. Kansas State, B-12, ARR 63.8 / 5th in B-12 @ 5-4 & 8-5 overall / won Bowl Game
  64. BYU, IND, ARR 64.7 / 4-9 overall / Did not qualify for a Bowl Game in 2017
  65. Boston College, ACC, ARR 65.8 / 5th in Atlantic Division/ 7-6 overall, Lost Bowl
  66. Kansas, B-12, ARR 67.8 /Weakest recruiting P5/Only win in 17 vs an FCS Team

 

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Saint Paddy’s Party @ Lops

The 34th Annual Saint Paddy’s Day Celebration will be held @ Loppnows Super Sports Bar. The Party will be Saturday 12 to 12! Since most of the guys I ran with over the years are to dumb to remember 2 numbers, I have had to resort to giving them 1 number … 12 … begins/ends @ 12! And as always. remember, you are never the dumbest guy at Lops … and as impossible as it may seem … it is true for everyone! Hope to see you on Saturday, the 17th of March!

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Top Ten Games of Week Nine

10. Michigan State 6-1 @ Northwestern 4-3: The visitor is 9-1 in the last 10 games. The last time the Spartans were in Evanston, they won, 30-6! MSU is 21-8 in B-10 road games, including last year’s 0-4 debacle!, That said the Cats scored at will against the Spartans last year in East Lancing, winning 54-40! Northwestern enters the game with 2 straight wins, 37-21 over Maryland & 17-10 in OT over Iowa. MSU has not lost since the ND game, winning four in a row including a 14-10 victory over Michigan! Vegas Hot$heets opened with MSU -1, while SCFP thinks, MSU wins the Statistical battle 6-2 and the Game 23-22! 

TV ESPN 2:30 P.M.

9.  Mississippi State 5-2 @ Texas A&M 5-2: The visiting team has lost 4 in a row! The games have not been nail-biters; in 13 MSU lost to A&M, 51-41, in 13′ the Bulldogs won, 48-31, in 2015, it was A&M, 30-17, and in 16;, we finally had a one score game with Mississippi State winning, 35-28! Last year the Aggies were ranked 4th in the 1st CFP poll and entered this game with a 6-1 record (only loss was to Bama, 33-14) they lost this game and then 3 of their final 4, including their Bowl game vs Kansas State, 33-28! Vegas Hot$heets opened with Texas A&M -2, while SCFP says not so fast my Friend, Miss St. wins in a Statistical rout 7-1 and the Game score of 30-25  Bulldogs! 

TV ESPN 6:15 P.M.

8. Georgia 7-0 vs Florida 3-3: “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, no longer in vogue. but none-the-less an appropriate name to describe the the prelude goings-on prior to kick-off. This is the 22nd straight year the game has been played in Jacksonville, Fl and fittingly Florida has won 3 in a row! Further, these games have not been close, in 14′ the Gators won 38-20, in 15′ 27-3 and last year, Florida won, 24-10.  Georgia is 7-0 and ranked 2nd on SCFP while Florida is 3-3 and unranked! Vegas Hot$heets opened with Georgia -12.5, while SCFP says its all Georgia, ‘Dawgs’ win in a Statistical rout 8-0 and the Game by a score of 31-19! 

TV CBS 2:30 P.M.

7. Georgia Tech 4-2 @ Clemson 6-1: G-Tech 2 losses are both by 1 point, 42-41 in double OT to Tennessee & 25-24 to Miami, FL! Clemson’s one loss is to Syracuse, 27-24 on Oct 13th. Miami beat Syracuse, 27-19 a week after surviving the Yellow Jackets! These comparative scores may be meaningless, as Kelly Bryant, Clemson’s QB has been cleared to play on Saturday. He suffered a concussion and was forced to leave the Syracuse Game. Paul Johnson is 5-5 vs Clemson and Clemson has not lost 2 straight in 78 games. Vegas Hot$heets opens liking Clemson -16, while SCFP agrees, Clemson dominates the Statistical battle 6-2, but wins a tight game, 27-25! 

TV ESPN 2 / 7:00 P.M.

6. USC 6-2 @ Arizona State 4-3: The Trojans will be limping into Sun Devil Stadium or will they? It depends how quickly they recover from the 49-14 tail-whippin they suffered in South Bend! The winner of this game is in the drivers seat to make the P-12 Championship game and the loser, sadly, is more or less over & out! These teams are passing in the night with ASU heading up the ladder and USC sliding down. SC needs to  to recover mentally from the ND experience, its play-off hopes gone, and focus on the P-12 Championship. While ASU has beaten an undefeated (at the time) Washington, 13-7,  a very good Utah team, 30-10 and has only objective; a berth in the P-12 Championship Game! Heading into Saturday, SC is 4-1 and ASU is 3-1 in P-12 play! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying it is USC -6, while SCFP thinks SC recovers and easily wins the Statistical battle 6-2, and yet survives a close game, 30-28!

TV ESPN 9:45 P.M. 

5. UCLA 4-3 @ Washington 6-1: The Huskies are now the standard bearer for the P-12 to reach the CFP and to do so, will need, not only to win out, but do so impressively! Washington is entering a tough five week stretch that will make or break their play-off aspirations (UCLA & Oregon @ home, @ Stanford, and Utah and Wash. St at home). Meanwhile the Bruins are coming off a win over Oregon, 31-14 and feature one of the nations best QB’s, Josh Rosen. He is 2nd in the country in passing yardage with 2,620 and tied for 8th with 19 TDs! To make matters worse for the Huskies, their secondary is banged up! CBs Jordan Miller & Byron Murphy are both out! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying forget those D-Backs, its Washington -17.5, while SCFP thinks Washington wins the Statistical battle 6-2, and the game, by a score of 38-25! 

TV ESPN 2 / 2:30 P.M.

4. Oklahoma State 6-1 @ West Virginia 5-2: This game will turn on 2 words Will & Grier. WV’s QB is one of the best kept secrets in both the B-12 & the nation. Grier leads the nation with 26 TD passes to only 5 picks and 66.% completion rate! Or Maybe, the 2 words are Mason and Rudolph! OSU’s QB leads the nation in passing yards 2.650 (30 more than Rosen) and in Passing yards per game @ 378.6. Clearly, this is the day’s best match-up in QB play! The WRs in this game are also outstanding, the Cowboy’s James Washington leads the nation in receiving yards per game (130.6) and is 2nd in the nation in receiving yards (914). While WV’s David Stills leads the country in Receiving TDs (15) and a 2nd WV receiver, Gary Jennings, is 4th in the FBS in receptions per game (8.0)! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying Mason & Rudolph, its Ok. St -7, while SCFP thinks Oklahoma State wins the Statistical battle 6-2, and the game, by a score of 37-33!

TV ABC 11:00 A.M.

3.  TCU 7-0 @ Iowa State 5-2: Ohio ain’t that far from Iowa, but for Matty Campbell, it must seem like light years ‘ from Toledo to Ames. Two years ago he was winning games for the Rockets in relative obscurity, now he is becoming a household name in the college football world. Four weeks ago, the Cyclones were 2-2 and headed to yet, another so-so season and then came the shocker! ISU went into Norman and beat an undefeated (at the time) OU, 38-31, followed by a stomping of Kansas. 45-0, and then a successful invasion of Lubbock’s Jones AT&T Stadium with a 31-13 trashing of T-Tech! TCU comes in to Ames, Iowa unbeaten at 7-0 and clearly, the standard bearer for the B-12’s CFP hopes! The Frogs have already beaten Oklahoma State, 44-31 & West Virginia, 31-24 and headed for a showdown in Norman with OU. All that changed when ISU won in Norman, now Gary Patterson’s team faces a strong challenge from the Cyclones @ Jack Trice Stadium, and an improved Texas team (who beat ISU, 17-7) before they even think about their trip to Oklahoma. That OU game is now a long way off! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying its TCU -7, while SCFP thinks its the Horned Frogs, 7-1 in the Statistical whippin but a narrow 31-25 victory on the scoreboard!

TV ESPN 2 / 2:30 P.M. 

2. NC State 6-1 @ Notre Dame 6-1: If Matty Campbell thinks his journey from Toledo to Ames was traveled at Light Speed, so to, must Dave Doeren, who, like Campbell. arrived in the ACC via the MAC! This time the journey originated in DeKalb, Il (NIU) and ended in Raleigh, NC @ NC State.  NC State features one of the best defensive ends in the country in Bradley Chubb and worse for ND, Bradley is the cousin of Nick Chubb, who ran for 63 yards vs the Irish in their only loss. Georgia 20 ND 19! Chubb is rated as 6th over all pick in the 2018 NFL draft (Tampa). He is matched up with the lest side of the ND line and Mike McGlinchey , who is projected as the 7th over-all pick (Arizona). This should prove interesting! Pre-game comments by the coaches suggest that the Wolfpack have the better game focus! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying its ND -8, while SCFP thinks its the Fight Irish, 7-1 in the Statistical battle and winning the game, 32-26! 

TV NBC 2:30 P.M.

1. Penn State 7-0 @ Ohio State  6-1: No question this is the day’s best game, the Lions are 7-0 and our coming off a 42-13 pounding of Michigan in Happy Valley. This to avenge a 49-10 whipping at the hands of the Wolves a year ago in the Big House! PSU has one more score to settle, this time it is with the CFP Committee, who, although PSU beat OSU in OT, 24-21, won the B-10 East Division Championship, and then beat, an 11 win Wisconsin, 38-31 in the B-10 Championship, were, somehow, left out of the FBS’ Final Four! Instead, the committee selected the team that they beat from the division that they won, Ohio State! On the surface; how can that be? Well, here we go again! OSU comes in with one loss, a bad one, to Oklahoma, 31-16! Since that game, the Buck]s, QB JT Barrett has thrown 18 TDs, 0 INTs, winning 5 straight (Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland, & Nebraska), while OSU offense has scored 50 or more points and accounted for 500 or more yards in the last four games! It should be noted that PSU was coming off a BYE prior to the Michigan game, now note, OSU is coming off a BYE this week! Vegas Hot$heets opens saying its OSU -7, while SCFP thinks its the Bucks easy in the Statistical battle. 7 to 1 and but winning the game in a nail-biter, 29-28! 

TV FOX 2:30 P.M.

 

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P5 Top 25, G5 Top 15, FCS Top 10 Week 9

Power Five: Top 25: Week 8

1.  Alabama (SEC) 8-0: Beat Tennessee, 45-7; Up Next: BYE Week

2.  Georgia (SEC) 7-0: BYE Week; Up Next: vs Florida, 3-3 (Jacksonville)

3.  Penn State (B-10) 7-0: Beat Michigan, 42-13; Up Next: @ Ohio State, 6-1

4. TCU (B-12) 7-0: Beat Kansas, 43-0-6; Up Next: @ Iowa State, 5-2

5. Wisconsin (B-10) 7-0: Beat Maryland, 38-13; Up Next: @ Illinois, 2-5

6. Clemson (ACC) 6-1: BYE Week: UP Next: @ H vs G-Tech, 4-2

7. Oklahoma (B-12) 6-1: Beat Kansas State, 42-35; Up Next: @ H vs T-Tech 4-3

8. Notre Dame (IND) 6-1: Beat USC, 49-14; Up Next: @ Home vs NC State, 6-1

9. Ohio State (B-10) 6-1: Bye Week; Up Next: @ Home vs Penn State, 7-0

10. Virginia Tech (ACC) 6-1: Beat UNC, 59-7; Up Next: @ Home vs Duke; 4-4

11 Miami (ACC) 5-0: Beat Syracuse, 27-19; Up Next: @ UNC, 1-7

12. Oklahoma State (B-12) 6-1: Beat Texas in OT, 13-10; Up Next: @ W. Virginia, 5-2

13.  Washington (P-12) 6-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ H vs UCLA  4-3

14. Michigan State (B-10) 6-1: Beat Indiana, 17-9; Up Next: @ Northwestern  4-3

15.  NC State (ACC) 6-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Notre Dame 6-1

16.  Stanford (P-12) 5-2: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Oregon State, 1-6

17. LSU (B-12) 5-2: Beat Ole Miss, 42-24; Up Next: BYE Week

18. Auburn (SEC) 5-2: Beat Arkansas 52-20; Up Next: BYE Week

19. Michigan (B-10) 5-2: Lost to PSU, 42-13; Up Next: @ H vs Rutgers, 3-4

20. USC (P-12) 6-2: Lost to ND, 49-14; Up Next: @ Arizona State 4-3 

21. Washington St. (P-12) 6-1: Beat Colorado, 28-0; Up Next: @ Arizona, 4-3

22. Georgia Tech (ACC) 4-2: Beat Wake Forest, 38-24; Up Next: @ Clemson, 6-1

23. South Carolina (SEC) 5-2: BYE Week; Up Next: B@ Vanderbilt, 3-4

24. Arizona State (P-12) 4-3: Beat Utah, 30-10Up Next: @ Home vs USC 6-2

25. Iowa State (B-12) 5-2: Beat T-Tech, 31-13; Up Next: @ H vs TCU, 7-0

Group of Five:  Top 15

1. South Florida (AAC) 7-0: Beat Tulane, 34-28; Up Next: @ H vs Cincinnati 2-5

2. Central Florida (AAC) 6-0: Beat Navy, 31-21; Up Next: BYE Week

3.  Memphis (AAC) 5-1: Beat Houston, 42-38; Up Next: @ H vs Tulane, 3-4 (Friday)

4. Toledo (MWC) 6-1: Beat Akron, 48-21 ; Up Next: @ Ball State 2-5

5. Marshall (C-USA) 6-1: Beat Middle Tennessee, 38-10; Up Next: @ H vs FIU 4-2

6. Boise St. (MWC) 5-2: Beat Wyoming, 24-14; Up Next: @ Utah State 4-4

7. Appalachian St. (SBC) 5-2: Beat Coastal Carolina, 37-29; Up Next: @ U-Mass 1-7

8. Colorado State (MWC) 6-2: Beat N. Mexico, 27-24; Up Next: @ H vs Air Force 3-4

9. Army 6-2 (IND): Beat Temple in OT,  31-28; Up Next: BYE Week

10. Navy (AAC) 5-2: Lost to UCF, 31-21; Up Next: BYE Week

11. Troy (SBC) 5-2: Beat Georgia State, 34-10 ; Up Next: @ Georgia Southern. 0-7

12. N. Illinois (MAC) 5-2: Beat Bowling Green, 48-17, Up Next: @ H E. Michigan 2-5

13. Fresno State (MWC) 5-2: Beat San Diego State; 27-3; Up Next: @ H vs UNLV 2-5

14. Ohio (MAC) 6-2: Beat Kent State, 48-3; Up Next: @ H vs Miami OH, 3-5

15. San Diego St. (MWC) 6-2: Lost to Fresno State, 27-3; Up Next: @ Hawaii 3-4

FCS: Top 10

1. James Madison (CAA) 7-0: Beat W & M, 46-14; Up Next: @ H vs N. Hamp.

2. N. Dakota St. (MVFC) 7-0: Beat, 27-24 OT; Up Next: @ H vs N. Iowa 4-3

3. Jacksonville St 6-1 (SLC): Beat E. Illinois, 30-14; Up Next: @ ESE Missouri St. 2-5

4. N Car. A&T (MEAC) 8-0: Beat Bethune Cookman, 24-20;Up Next: BYE Week

5. Elon (CAA) 6-1: Beat R. Island, 35-34; Up Next: @ Villanova,4-3

6.  Sam Houston State (SLC) 6-1: Beat Lamar, 63-27;  Up Next: @ SE Louisiana 5-3

7.  S. Dakota (MVFC) 6-1: Lost Illinois State, 37-21; Up Next: @ H vs S. Ill. 4-3

8. McNeese St. (SLC) 5-1: Beat Incarnate Word, 55-7; Up Next: @ C. Arkansas 5-2

9. Grambling State (SWAC) 6-1: Beat Alcorn, 41-14; Up Next: @ H vs Texas S. 0-6

10. N. Arizona (B-Sky) 5-2: Beat UC Davis, 45-31, Up Next: @ H Sacramento St 4-3

 

 

 

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Week 8: P5 Top 25, G5 Top 15. FCS Top 10

Power Five: Top 25: Week 8

1.  Alabama (SEC) 7-0: Beat Arkansas, 41-9; Up Next: @ H vs Tennessee 3-3

2.  Georgia (SEC) 7-0: Beat Missouri, 53-28; Up Next: BYE Week

3.  Penn State (B-10) 6-0: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs Michigan 5-1

4. TCU (B-12) 6-0: Beat Kansas St., 26-6; Up Next: @ H vs Kansas 1-5

5. Wisconsin (B-10) 6-0: Beat Purdue, 17-9; Up Next: @ Home vs Maryland 3-3

6. Clemson (ACC) 6-1: Lost to Syracuse, 27-24: UP Next: BYE Week

7. Miami (ACC) 5-0: Beat G-Tech, 25-24; Up Next: @ Home vs Syracuse 4-3

8. Ohio State (B-10) 6-1: Beat Nebraska, 56-14; Up Next: BYE Week

9. Oklahoma (B-12) 5-1: Beat Texas, 29-24   Up Next: @ Kansas St. 3-3

10. Virginia Tech (ACC) 5-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs UNC 1-6

11 USC (P-12) 6-1: Beat Utah, 28-27Up Next: @ Notre Dame 5-1

12. Notre Dame (IND) 5-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs USC 6-1

13.  Oklahoma State (B-12) 5-1: Beat Baylor, 59-16; Up Next: @ Texas 3-3

14. Washington (P-12) 6-1: Lost to Arizona St., 13-7; Up Next: BYE Week

15.  Michigan State (B-10) 5-1: Beat Minnesota, 30-27; Up Next: @ H vs Indiana  3-3

16.  NC State (ACC) 6-1: Beat Pitt, 35-17; Up Next: BYE Week

17. Michigan (B-10) 5-1: Beat Indiana, 27-20 in OT; Up Next: @ PSU 6-0

18. LSU (B-12) 5-2: Beat Auburn, 27-23; Up Next: @ Ole Miss 3-3

19. Auburn (SEC) 5-2: Lost to LSU 27-23; Up Next: @ Arkansas 2-4

20. Stanford (P-12) 5-2: Beat Oregon 49-7; Up Next: BYE Week

21. Kentucky (SEC) 5-1: BYE Week, Up Next: @ Miss St. 4-2

22. Virginia (ACC) 5-1: Beat UNC, 20-14; Up Next: @ Home vs BC 3-4

23.  Washington St. (P-12) 6-1: Lost to Cal, 37-3; Up Next: @ H vs Colorado 4-3

24. South Carolina (SEC) 5-2: Beat Tennessee, 15-9; Up Next: BYE Week

25.Georgia Tech (ACC) 3-2: Lost to Miami, 25-24; Up Next: @ Wake Forest 4-2

Group of Five:  Top 15

1. South Florida (AAC) 6-0: Beat U-Mass, 33-3; Up Next: @ Tulane 3-3

2. Central Florida (AAC) 5-0: Beat E. Carolina 63-21; Up Next: @ Navy 5-1

3.  Memphis (AAC) 5-1: Beat Navy, 30-27; Up Next: @ Houston 4-2

4. Toledo (MWC) 5-1: Beat C. Michigan, 30-10 ; Up Next: @ H vs Akron 4-3

5. Marshall (C-USA) 5-1: Beat Old Dominion, 35-3; Up Next: @ M. Tennessee 3-4

6. Navy (AAC) 5-1: Lost Memphis, 30-27; Up Next: @ H vs Central Florida 5-0

7. Appalachian St. (SBC) 4-2: Beat Idaho, 23-20; Up Next: @ H Coastal Carolina 1-5

8. Boise St. (MWC) 4-2: Beat San Diego St., 31-14; Up Next: @ Home vs Wyoming 4-2

9. San Diego St. (MWC) 6-1: Lost to Boise, 31-17; Up Next: @ H vs Fresno St. 4-2

10. Houston  (AAC) 4-2: Lost to Tulsa, 45-17; Up Next: @ H Memphis 5-1 (Thursday)

11. Troy (SBC) 4-2: Lost S. Alabama, 19-8 ; Up Next: @ Georgia St. 3-2

12. N. Illinois (MAC) 4-2: Beat Buffalo, 14-13, Up Next: @ B. Green 1-6

13. Colorado State (MWC) 5-2: Beat Nevada, 44-42; Up Next: @ N. Mexico 3-3

14. Army 5-2 (IND): Beat E. Michigan 28-27; Up Next: @ E. H vs Temple. 3-4

15. Wyoming (MWC) 4-2: Beat Utah State, ; Up Next: @ Boise State 4-2

FCS: Top 10

1. James Madison (CAA) 6-0: Beat Villanova, 30-8; Up Next: @ W. & Mary 2-4

2. N. Dakota St. (MVFC) 6-0: Beat Youngstn, 27-24 OT; Up Next: @ H vs W. Ill. 5-1

3. Jacksonville St 5-1 (SLC): Beat E. Kentucky, 41-25; Up Next: @ E. Ill 4-3

4. S. Dakota (MVFC) 6-0: Beat Indiana State, 56-0; Up Next: @ Illinois St. 4-2

5. N Car. A&T (MEAC) 7-0: Beat FL A&M, 31-20;Up Next: @ H vs B. Cookman 3-3

6. Wofford (SoCon) 6-0: Beat The Citadel, 20-16;  Up Next: @ H vs Samford 4-2

7.  Elon (CAA) 5-1: BYE week; Up Next: @ Rhode Island 1-5

8. E. Washington (B-Sky) 5-2: Beat Montana St., 31-13, Up Next: @ H vs S. Utah 4-2

9. W. Illinois (MVFC) 5-1: Beat Missouri St., 35-24, Up Next: @ N. Dakota St. 6-0

10. C. Arkansas (SLC) 5-1: Beat SF Austin, 24-20; Up Next: @ NW State 1-5

 

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Ten Best Games of Week 7

10.  South Carolina 4-2 @ Tennessee 3-2: The visitor is 2-8 in the last 10, Tennessee won at South Carolina, 45-42, in 2015, and the Gamecocks returned the favor in 2016 beating the Volunteers, 27-24! To date, SC’s best win was their season opener against NC State, 35-28, in Charlotte and while the Vols best was beating Georgia Tech, 42-41 in OT @ the Georgia Dome. Vegas Hot$heets like the Volunteers -2.5  while the SCFP Game Simulator says Carolina 5-3 in the 8 categories assessed! (TV” 11:00 A.M. ESPN Network)

9. Michigan State 4-1 @ Minnesota 3-2: The Spartans have beaten the Gophers 4 straight times, their last meeting was in Spartan Stadium, a MSU victory, 14-3, in 2013! State is coming off their biggest win of the year, a 14-10 win over Michigan! While Minnesota is limping around after taking a, 31-17, pounding at Purdue. The Golden Gophers started the season 3-0 but have lost 1st two conference games. Vegas Hot$heets like MSU -4.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , Flip a coin, it’s a 4 to 4 statistical Tie!  (TV” 7:00 P.M. B-10 Network)

8. Boise State 3-2 @ San Diego State 6-0: These teams last met in 2014, a game won by Boise State, 38-29, that game was played at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho! The Aztecs come into the game on a roll, having beat two PAC 12 teams, ASU, 30-20 and Stanford, 20-17. They also have one of the top 5 RBs in the country, Rashaad Penny. The Broncos are having a down year by their standards at 3-2, however, they are coming off a big win against one of their biggest rivals, BYU, 24-7!  Vegas Hot$heets like SDSU -7, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , SDSU 7-1!  (TV” 9:30 P.M. BCSSN)

7. Texas A&M 4-2 @ Florida 3-2: Loser go Home! Both teams are coming off home field loses, A&M to Alabama, 27-19 & Florida to LSU, 17-16 and the way Georgia & Bama are playing, a second loss and your divisional title hopes are all but gone. Especially for the Aggies as they would need the Tide to lose twice in any head to head tie breaker! The Gators are 2-1 all-time vs the Aggies and the last time A&M was @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was in 1962, Florida won, 40-6, that game was the first meeting between the clubs. Last time these teams played was in 2012, Florida also won that one, 20-17!  Vegas Hot$heets like A&M  -4.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers, A&M 6-2!  (TV” 6:00 P.M. ESPN 2)

6.  West Virginia 3-2 @ Texas Tech 4-1: Kliff Kingsbury will your defense tackle someone this week? Your squad has given up 45 to Arizona State & 41 to Oklahoma State. True your Red Raiders are 4-1, but they had to score 51 vs ASU to be at that 4-1 mark. Will Grier and that WV offense have put up 56, 59, & 56 in the weeks prior to the game last week vs TCU, 31-24 loss. In fact, the Mountaineers lost to Virginia Tech by an identical, 31-24 score. Both the Horned Frogs & the Hokie defenses are outstanding, as is that WV offense. Best wishes if your plan is simply out score them! Vegas Hot$heets like WV  -7.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , A toss up, 4 to 4 statistical Tie!   (TV” 11:00 A.M. ESPN U)

5. Navy 5-0 @ Memphis 4-1: Last time Navy was in Memphis, the Tigers were 8-0 and ranked 15th in the country. The teams played to a 17-17 half time tie and then. the Midshipmen put the pedal to the metal pulling away to 45-20 win. Last year Navy won an offensive dominated game, 42-28. With 3 minutes and some change left in the 4th quarter, the Tigers trailed by 7, 35-28, were driving for the tying score, but fumbled on Navy’s 43 yard line. The USNA then scored to put the game out of reach! Vegas Hot$heets like Memphis  -3, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s Navy, 5 to 3 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:45 P.M. ESPN U)

4. Oklahoma 4-1 vs Texas 3-2: The Red River Shoot out has evolved into the Red River Rivalry in 2005 and then, changed again, in 2014, to the AT&T  Red River Showdown! These teams have been playing since 1900, this being the 112 meeting with Texas leading the series, 61-45-5. Oklahoma won last year in an actual “shoot out” 45-40, that score being somewhat unusual, as 12 of the last 19 games have been double digit wins! Bob Stoops was 11-7 in this game (Most OU wins vs Texas) while the Lincoln Riley & Tom Herman face off for the first time! Vegas Hot$heets like Oklahoma  -8.5, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s OU in a 6 to 2 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:30 P.M. ESPN)

3. Georgia Tech 3-1 @ Miami 4-0: Last time the Rambling Wreck were in Miami, they took their opening possession into the End Zone for a 7-0 lead. Miami scored the next 31 points and went on to win 38-21. Last year, the game was tied at 7 and then Miami put up 21 straight on their way to a 35-21 victory. The Canes are 7 and 1 in the last 8 games vs Tech, but were just 2-6 in the previous 8! Vegas Hot$heets like Miami -10.5, (The opening line has changed to -5.5) while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s the U in a 5 to 3 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:30 P.M. ESPN)

2. Auburn 5-1 @ LSU 4-2: This game is an absolute must win for LSU if they are to have any hope to stay alive in the West Division. Their win last week over and at Florida, 17-16, was impressive, given that they lost to Troy the previous week, 24-21! A second loss to a West Division opponent and its Good Night Irene for the Tigers! A win here by LSU and the possibilities seem endless! Meanwhile, Auburn has only one loss this season, 14-6 to Clemson! The Tigers (The Auburn Tigers) are 3-0 in the SEC, with wins over Missouri 51-14, Ole Miss 49-10, & Mississippi State 44-28! Vegas Hot$heets like Auburn -5.0, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s Auburn, 7 to 1 statistical Victory!   (TV” 2:30 P.M. CBS)

1. Utah 4-1 @ USC 5-1:  The SC loss to Washington State, 20-17, hurt but was not a death knell from winning the P-12 and even getting into the play-offs. A loss this week to Utah and a P-12 South Championship is in serious doubt or a loss next week, in South Bend, would do the same to their play-off hopes in 2017! Put simply, the Trojans must win the next 2 games to  get the poll position back in the P-12 South Division! The Utes come in off a tough loss to Stanford, 23-20 and cannot absorb a second conference lost to a team they may very well need to have the tie-breaker against! Vegas Hot$heets like USC -13.0, while SCFP Game Simulator thinks, by the numbers , it’s USC, 5 to 3 statistical Victory!   (TV” 7:00 P.M. ABC)

 

 

 

 

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Week 7: Top P5 25, G5 15, & FCS 10

Please note: SCFP ranks the Power Five teams (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC … Plus 2 Independents; ND & BYU) as one group of 66 teams into a Top 25. Next, we rank the Group of Five (AAC, CUSA, MAC, MWC, & SBC … Plus 2 Independents, Army & U-Mass, a group of 64 teams into a Top 15. Finally, we rank the 124 FCS teams into a Top Ten! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Power Five: Top 25: Week 5

 

1.  Alabama (SEC) 6-0: Beat Texas A&M, 27-19; Up Next: @ Arkansas 2-3

2.  Clemson (ACC) 6-0: Beat Wake Forest, 28-14: UP Next: @ Syracuse 3-3 (Friday)

3.  Georgia (SEC) 6-0: Beat Vandy, 45-14; Up Next: Missouri 1-4 @ Home

4. Penn State (B-10) 6-0: Beat Northwestern, 31-7; Up Next: BYE Week

5. Washington (P-12) 6-0: Beat Cal, 38-9; Up Next: @ Arizona St.  2-3 

6. Wisconsin (B-10) 6-0: Beat Nebraska, 38-17; Up Next: Purdue 3-2 @ Home

7. TCU (B-12) 5-0: Beat WV, 31-24 ; Up Next: @ Kansas St. 3-2

8. Auburn (SEC) 5-1Beat Ole Miss. 44-23; Up Next: @ LSU 4-2

9. Ohio State (B-10) 5-1: Beat Maryland, 62-14; Up Next: @ Nebraska 3-3

10. Washington St. (P-12) 6-0: Beat Oregon.  33-10; Up Next: @ Cal 3-3

11 Miami (ACC) 4-0: Beat FSU, 24-20Up Next: G-Tech 3-1 @ Home

12. Oklahoma (B-12) 4-1: Lost to Iowa State, 38-31  Up Next: vs Texas 3-2

13. Virginia Tech (ACC) 5-1: Beat BC, 23-10; Up Next: BYE Week

14. USC (P-12) 5-1: Beat Oregon State, 38-10Up Next: @ Home vs Utah 4-1

15. Notre Dame (IND) 5-1: Beat North Carolina. 33-10; Up Next: BYE Week

16. Michigan State (B-10) 4-1: Beat Michigan, 14-10; Up Next: @ Minnesota 3-2

17. Michigan (B-10) 4-1: Lost to MSU, 14-10; Up Next: @ Indiana 3-2 

18. Oklahoma State (B-12) 5-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs Baylor 0-5

19. Utah (P-12) 4-1: Lost to Stanford, 23-20; Up Next: @ USC 5-1

20. NC State (ACC) 5-1: Beat Louisville, 39-25; Up Next: @ Pitt 2-4

21. Kentucky (SEC) 5-1: Beat Missouri, 40-34, Up Next: BYE Week

22. Texas A&M (SEC) 4-2: Lost to Bama, 27-19;  Up Next: @ Florida 3-2

23.  Georgia Tech (ACC) 3-1: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Miami 4-0

24. Virginia (ACC) 4-1: Beat Duke, 28-21; Up Next: @ North Carolina 1-5

25. T-Tech (B-12) 4-1: Beat Kansas, 65-19; Up Next: @ West Virginia 3-2

Group of Five:  Top 15

 

1. South Florida (AAC) 5-0: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Home vs U-Mass 0-6

2. San Diego St. (MWC) 4-0: Beat UNLV, 41-10; Up Next: @ Home vs Boise St. 3-2

3. Central Florida (AAC) 4-0: Beat Cincy 51-23; Up Next: @ Home vs E. Carolina 1-5

4. Navy (AAC) 5-0: Beat Air Force, 48-45; Up Next: @ Memphis 4-1

5. Troy (SBC) 4-1: BYE Week; Up Next: South Alabama 1-4 @ Home

6. Toledo (MWC) 4-1: Beat E. Michigan, 20-15 ; Up Next: @ C. Michigan 3-3 

7. Houston  (AAC) 4-1: Beat SMU, 35-22; Up Next: @ Tulsa 1-5

8. Memphis (AAC) 4-1: Beat U-Conn, 14-3; Up Next: @ U-Conn 1-3

9. Marshall (C-USA) 4-1: Beat UNC Char, 38-21; Up Next: @ Home Old Dom. 2-3

10. W. Michigan (MAC) 4-2: Beat Buffalo, 71-68 (7 OT’s); Up Next: @ H vs Akron 3-3

11. Appalachian St. (SBC) 3-2: Beat N. Mex. St., 45-31; Up Next: @ Idaho 2-3

12. N. Illinois (MAC) 3-2: Beat Kent State, 24-3, Up Next: @ Buffalo 3-3

13. Colorado State (MWC) 4-2: Beat Utah State, 27-14; Up Next: @ H vs Nevada 1-5

14. Army 4-2 (IND): Beat Rice 49-12; Up Next: @ E. Mich. 2-3

15. Wyoming (MWC) 3-2: BYE Week; Up Next: @ Utah State 3-3

 

FCS: Top 10

 

1. James Madison (CAA) 5-0: BYE Week; Up Next: @ H vs Villanova 4-2

2. N. Dakota St. (MVFC) 5-0: Beat Indiana St., 52-0; Up Next: @ Youngstown 3-2

3. Jacksonville St 4-1 (SLC): Beat A. Peay, 34-14; Up Next: @ H vs E. Kentucky 4-2

4. S. Dakota (MVFC) 4-0: Beat Youngstown, 31-28; Up Next: @ H vs Indiana St. 0-5

5. N Carolina A&T (MEAC) 5-0: Beat Delaware St., 44-3  Up Next: @ Fl A&M 2-4

6. Wofford (SoCon) 5-0: Beat W. Carolina, 35-28;  Up Next: @ The Citadel 3-2

7.  Elon (CAA) 5-1: Beat William & Mary, 25-17; Up Next: @ Rhode Island 1-4

8. Weber State (B-Sky) 4-1: Beat Montana St., 25-17, Up Next: @ H vs S. Utah 3-2

9. W. Illinois (MVFC) 4-1: Beat N. Iowa, 38-29, Up Next: @ H vs Missouri St. 1-4

10. C. Arkansas (SLC) 4-1: Beat Houston Baptist 27-7; Up Next: @ H vs SF Austin 1-4

 

 

 

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2017 Power Five, Group of Five & FCS Rankings

Please note: SCFP ranks the Power Five teams (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC … Plus 2 Independents; ND & BYU) as one group of 66 teams into a Top 25. Next, we rank the Group of Five (AAC, CUSA, MAC, MWC, & SBC … Plus 2 Independents, Army & U-Mass, a group of 64 teams into a Top 15. Finally, we rank the 124 FCS teams into a Top Ten! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Power Five: Top 25:

 

  1. Florida (SEC) 0-1: Lost to #15 Michigan, 33-17, Up Next: Northern Colorado (B-Sky) 1-0

 

  1. Nebraska (B-10) 1-0:Survived Arkansas State, 43-36; Up Next: @ #19 Oregon (P-12) 1-0

 

  1. Washington State (P-12) 1-0: Beat Montana St., 31-0; Up Next: #3 Boise State (MWC) @ H

 

  1. UCLA (P-12) 1-0: Beat Texas A&M (SEC) Up Next: Hawaii (MWC) @ Home

 

  1. Virginia Tech (ACC) 1-0: BeatW. Virginia (B12), 31-24; Up Next: Delaware (CAA) @ Home

 

  1. TCU (B-12) 1-0:Annihilated Jackson State (SWAC), 63-0; Up Next: @ Arkansas (SEC)

 

  1. Oregon (P-10) 1-0:Beat S. Utah (B-Sky), 77-21; Up Next:#24 Nebraska 1-0 (B10) @ H

 

  1. Louisville (ACC) 1-0Got pastPurdue, in Indianapolis, 35-28; Up Next: @ UNC 0-1 (ACC)

 

  1. Miami (ACC) 1-0: Picked on Bethune-Cookman (MEAC), 41-13; Up Next: Arkansas St. 0-1 @ H

 

  1. Notre Dame (IND) 1-0: Whipped Temple AAC), 49-16, Up Next: #7 Georgia 1-0 (SEC) @ H

 

  1. LSU (SEC) 1-0:Dominated BYU, 27-0; Up Next: Chattanooga 0-1 (SoCon) @ Home

 

  1. Stanford (P-12) 1-0: Beat Rice 62-7; Up Next: @ #3 USC 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. Michigan (B-10) 1-0: Beat up#12 Florida, 33-17; Up Next: Cincinnati 1-0 (AAC) @ Home

 

  1. Oklahoma State (B-12) 1-0:Beat Tulsa 59-24; Up Next: @ South Alabama 0-1 (SBC)

 

  1. Auburn (SEC) 10-0: Toyed with Georgia Southern, 41-7 Up Next: @ #6 Clemson 1-0 (ACC)
  1. Florida State (ACC) 0-1: Lost to #1 Alabama (SEC), 24-7, Up Next: ULM 0-1 (SBC) @ Home

 

  1. Washington (P-12) 1-0: Beat Rutgers (B-10), 30-14, Up Next: Montana 1-0 (B-Sky) @ Home

 

  1. Wisconsin (B-10) 1-0:Beat Utah State (MWC), 59-10, Up Next: FAU 0-1 (CUSA) @ Home

 

  1. Georgia (SEC) 1-0:Beat Appalachian State (SBC), 31-10; Up Next: @ ND (IND)

 

  1. Clemson (ACC) 1-0: Hammered Kent State, 56-3; Up Next: @ Home vs #11 Auburn (SEC)

 

  1. Oklahoma (B-12) 1-0:The Sooners blasted UTEP, 56-7; Up Next: @ #2 OSU 1-0 (B10)

 

  1. Penn State (B-10) 1-0: Dismantled Akron, 52-0, Up Next: Pitt (ACC) @ Home

 

  1. USC (P-12) 1-0: Struggled @ Home with Western Michigan, 49-31; Up Next: Stanford @ Home

 

  1. Ohio State (B-10) 1-0: OutscoredIndiana, 49-21; Up Next: #5 Oklahoma (B12) @ Home

 

  1. Alabama (SEC) 1-0: Controlled #4 Florida State, 24-7; Up Next: Fresno State (MWC) @ Home

 

 

Group of Five:  Top 15

 

  1. Tulsa (AAC) 0-1: Lost to #16 Oklahoma State, 59-24; Up Next: @ Home vs Louisiana Lafayette 1-0 (SBC)

 

  1. Western Kentucky (CUSA) 1-0: Got by Eastern Kentucky (OVC), 31-17; Up Next: Bye Week

 

  1. Appalachian State (SBC) 0-1: Lost @ #8 Georgia (SEC), 31-10; Up Next: Savannah State 0-0 (MEAC)

 

  1. Air Force (MWC) 1-0: Blasted VMI (SoCon), 62-0; Up Next: @ Michigan 1-0 (B10)

 

  1. Toledo 1-0 (MAC): Whipped Elon (CAA), 47-13, Up Next: @ Nevada 0-1 (MWC)

 

  1. Army (IND) 1-0:Beat Fordham (CAA), 64-6; Up Next: Buffalo 0-1 (MAC) @ Home  

 

  1. Memphis (AAC) 1-0: Beat Louisiana Monroe (CUSA), 37-29; Up Next: @ #8 Central Florida 1-0 (AAC)

 

  1. Central Florida (AAC) 1-0: Ran past Florida International (CUSA), 61-17; Up Next: Memphis 1-0 (AAC)

 

  1. Temple (AAC) 0-0: Lost to #17 Notre Dame (IND) 49-16; Up Next: @ Home vs Villanova 1-0 (CAA)

 

  1. . Colorado State 1-1 (MWC): Lost to Colorado (p-12) 17-3; Up Next: Abilene Christian (SLC)

 

  1. San Diego State (MWC) 1-0: Beat UC Davis (B-Sky), 38-17; Up Next: @ Arizona State 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. Navy (AAC) 1-0: Beat Florida Atlantic (CUSA), 42-19; Up Next: @ Home vs Tulane 1-0 (AAC)

 

  1. Boise State (MWC) 1-0: Beat Troy (SBC), 24-13; Up Next: @ Washington State, 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. Houston (AAC) 0-0: Texas San Antonio (Game Canceled: Harvey) Up Next: @ Arizona 1-0 (P-12)

 

  1. South Florida (AAC) 2-0:Beat Stony Brook (CAA) 31-17; Up Next: @ U-Conn 1-0 (AAC)

 

FCS: Top 10

 

  1. Howard (MEAC) 1-0: Beat UNLV, 43-40 (a 45 point Dog) Up Next: @ Kent State (MAC)

 

  1. Grambling State (SWAC) 0-1: Lost @ Tulane (AAC) 43-14; Up Next: @ Home vs Northwestern State (SLC)

 

  1. Villanova (CAA) 1-0: Won @ Lehigh, 38-35 (Patriot) Up Next: Temple (AAC)

 

  1. Illinois State (MVFC)1-0: Hammered Butler (Pioneer), 45-0 Up Next: @ Eastern Illinois (OVC)

 

  1. Liberty (BSC) 1-0: Beat Baylor (B12), 48-45; Up Next: Morehead State (Pioneer)

 

  1. Jacksonville State 1-0 (OVC):Beat Chattanooga, 27-13; Up Next: @ Georgia Tech (ACC)

 

  1. South Dakota State (MVFC) 1-0: Beat Duquesne (BSC), 51-13 up Next: @ Montana St. (B-SKY)

 

  1. North Dakota State (MVFC) 1-0: Beat Mississippi Valley (MEAC), 72-7, Up Next: @ Eastern Washington (B-Sky)

 

  1. Sam Houston State (SLC) 1-0: Beat #6 Richmond 48-34, Up Next: Prairie View A&M (SWAC)

 

  1. James Madison (CAA) 1-0: Won @ East Carolina (AAC), 34-14, Up Next: @ Home vs East Tennessee (SoCon)
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Athlon Sports Top 25 for 2017

Our second publication, Athlon Sports (A.S.), will have a slightly different look than Phil Steele’s line up. Eight teams recognized by Steele’s Staff stayed in Athlon’s Top Ten, with the top three being identical, Bama, OSU, & FSU. A.S. moved Florida & Wisconsin out of the Top 10 and Auburn & Michigan have been added at 9 & 10 respectively.

Comparing Athlon Sports Ranking with Steel’s 11 thru 20 (Steele’s rank is listed after the team, check below to compare Athlon’s rating): LSU (13), Wisconsin (10), Texas (21), Oklahoma State (15), Georgia (22), Florida (9)  Stanford (14), Louisville (17), Tennessee (NR), & Notre Dame (19). Athlon did not rank TCU (20)

The Publications also differed on 21 through 25: Oregon (23), Kansas State (24),  Miami FL (11), South Florida (18), & Virginia Tech (25)

How Athlon Ranked the Power 5 Conferences: SEC 6 Teams: #1 Alabama, #9 Auburn, #11 LSU, #15 Georgia, #16 Florida, & #19 Tennessee; ACC 5 Teams: #3 Florida State, #7 Clemson, #18 Louisville, #23 Miami FL, & #25 Virginia Tech.; Big 12 4 Teams: #8 Oklahoma, #13 Texas, #14 Oklahoma State, & #22 Kansas State; B-10 has 4 Teams:  #2 Ohio State, #6 Penn State, #10 Michigan, & #12 Wisconsin, PAC 12 4 Teams: #4 Washington, #5 USC, #17 Stanford, & # 21 Oregon; Independents 1 Team: #20 Notre Dame; AAC 1 Team: #24 South Florida

Athlon & Steele ranked only one Group of Five (G5) Team, South Florida was the choice in both cases. Interestingly, USF’s coach, Willie Taggart has departed for Oregon. Enter fired Texas Coach, Charlie Strong, this could give new meaning to the concept of the “Phoenix rising from the ashes”! I for one, hope so!

  1.  Alabama: Nation’s Best recruiting program / a few seconds from 15-0 in 2016
  2. Ohio State:  Meyer is 61-6 @ OSU, but only 1 B-10 Title! Bucks want more in 17
  3. Florida State: The Seminoles may begin and end their season against the Tide!
  4. Washington: A playoff team in 16, Peterson is a great coach, but is #4 a reach?
  5. USC: 9 straight wins to end 2016, The Bush Sanctions are over, Trojans are back!
  6. Penn State: The Lions have 10 starters back on O / D’s front 7 is the ? mark!
  7. Clemson: Watson (QB) & Williams (WR) gone! Talent yes / Experience not yet
  8. Oklahoma: Bobby Stoops is gone, Lincoln Riley is in, what’s next for OU?
  9. Auburn: Gus Malzahn’s D, not the O, will determine the height of success in 17.
  10. Michigan: The Wolves have 5 starters back/is the rank about Jim Harbaugh?
  11. LSU: Talent everywhere, QB Danny Etling & OC Matt Canada hold the keys!
  12. Wisconsin: Return 4 of 5 O linemen, LBs are great, & TE is an All American
  13. Texas: Horns have had 3 straight losing seasons, Herman is good, but this good?
  14. Oklahoma State: Gundy has won 10 or more games in 5 of the last 7 seasons
  15. Georgia: Best running combo in the country and 10 starters back on D
  16. Florida: QB is the ? mark, Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio, or ND’s Malik Zaire?
  17. Stanford: Shaw is outstanding, he has won 10 games +, 5 of the last 6 seasons
  18. Louisville: QB Lamar Jackson is back … enough said!
  19. Tennessee: Butch Jones has gone 9-4 the last 2 season, not good enough!
  20. Notre Dame: If Brian Kelly goes 4-8 again, well, Brian Kelly goes!!
  21. Oregon: Helfrich won 33 games in 3 years, 4-8, fired, Willie Taggart better win!
  22. Kansas State: Bill Snyder has won more games than any current FBS Coach
  23. Miami FL: Mark Richt is back … So is Miami!
  24. South Florida: Like Phil Steele, the only G5 Program ranked by Athlon.
  25. Virginia Tech: Fuente & Hokies won’t quit, comeback wins vs ND & Arkansas
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