The Dirty Dozen – Week 5

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Power Rankings

This week I came to the unsettling realization that I’d gotten away from my original intentions for my national top-12 rankings. While the foundation for my initial list was on-field resumes, the subsequent lists were just based off of the previous week’s rankings.

So I’ve revised the entire top-12, and I think it’s a lot closer now to the model I’d envisioned at the beginning of the season. Some of the modifications I’ve made are controversial (even to me), but controversy is what college football polls are all about!

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts.

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1. LSU (4-0)
>> The Tigers have more quality wins (3) than any other team in the country.
2. Alabama (4-0)
3. Wisconsin (4-0)
4. Stanford (3-0)
>> The Cardinal are probably the biggest exception to my ‘resume method.’
5. Oregon (3-1)
>> Aside from a loss to the #1 team, the Ducks have been as dominant as anyone.
6. Oklahoma (3-0)
7. Oklahoma St (4-0)
8. Boise St (3-0)
9. Clemson (4-0)
10. Georgia Tech (4-0)
>> The nation’s highest scoring offense (53.3 ppg) plays in flexbone formation!
11. Florida (4-0)
12. Michigan (4-0)

Outliers: Texas A&M, Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska

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This week’s notable match-ups:
> Alabama @ Florida
> Nebraska @ Wisconsin
> Auburn @ South Carolina
> Clemson @ Virginia Tech
> Texas A&M @ Arkansas
> Baylor @ Kansas St

  1. BigDaddy says:

    I think you’ve got Michigan too high – haven’t seen them personally, but I need more proof. I see you left out Nebraska. You just didn’t want to waste a spot on them since they’ll get eliminated by the Badgers this weekend?

    • quackmaster says:

      Finally I have to defend some picks!

      One of Nebraska’s four wins was an FCS opponent. Advantage: Michigan
      The Wolverines’ defense has been more stout. Advantage: Michigan
      Michigan’s best win is Notre Dame; Nebraska’s is Washington. Advantage: Tie?

      I do think Nebraska will beat them head-to-head later in the season, and I think they’d beat them right now. But I’m trying to base things on resumes as exclusively as I can.

      • BigDaddy says:

        Like I said – I haven’t seen either of them play. I just expect that Michigan is where it is due mainly to one player. When (if) a team can slow him down, then Michigan will suffer.

        It’s unlikely – but, I could be mistaken…

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