2010 UNBSD RANKING WK 2
1 Alabama 2-0
2 Boise St 1-0
3 Texas 2-0
4 TCU 2-0
5 Florida 2-0
6 OhioSt 2-0
7 Iowa 2-0
8 Oregon 2-0
9 Utah 2-0
10 Nebraska 2-0
11 Wisconsin 2-0
12 LSU 2-0
13 West Virginia 2-0
14 Texas Tech 2-0
15 Air Force 2-0
16 Oklahoma St 2-0
17 Penn St 1-1
18 Miami(FL) 1-1
19 Pitt 1-1
20 Oklahoma 2-0
21 Stanford 2-0
22 Clemson 2-0
23 Michigan 2-0
24 East Carolina 2-0
25 Temple (Who’s your pick?)
Here is the 2010 week 2 unbiased college football rankings following week 1 which started after the final 2009 rankings from ESPN. If you get the method, then you get the madness. This eliminates the biases by only using how things have played out on the field (that’s why they play the games).
Boise State was idle so would it be biased to move them down? Does it matter if they played each other in the end who was 1 and who was 2? Too bad Ohio State is getting the love from the polls-the squeeze out is already in session.
Alabama played and was superb so moving them up one spot is more a recognition for playing and winning. Virginia Tech played in week 2 and lost again so maybe Boise St was avoiding the same kind of trap. Not likely but the Broncos’ strength of schedule took as big a hit as it will take all year. Up and coming East Carolina can really kick the Hokies and Bosie State while they’re down by beating VT in week 3.
TCU let Coach Patterson walk down memory lane without any loss in coaching perks but that won’t help hold their ranking. It’ll be interesting to see how many teams jump over them in the polls even as they keep winning.
Texas decided to beat Wyoming in two quarters this year instead of waiting for three quarters like last year. Funny how the media expects every powerhouse team to score 60 or else they’re “struggling”. Maybe the opposing teams are still showing up to play? Beating a FBS team gives UT the nod this week. Both the Longhorns and the Red Raiders get a chance to add a notch to their rebuilding seasons based on who comes out of Lubbock unscathed.
Florida (remember, struggling), Iowa, Oregon and Nebraska will still be on the outside looking in even if they maintain their winning ways. Nebraska gets to play the NFL #1 draft pick this week so the Huskers have something to play for.
Oklahoma has made its perennial flight up the rankings (along with Arkansas?) without even beating Texas yet. Would anyone be surprised if Oklahoma starts getting 1st place votes in the polls if they win their next three games? Having drilled Florida State in week 2, the week 3 match-up with Air Force really comes in as top game of the early season.
The Falcons drilled BYU into the ground and are poised to make a run in the MWC this year after beating the Houston Cougars at the Armed Forces bowl in 2009. If Air Force can take on Oklahoma like BYU did last year, the polls may just shift their love from the Big 12 (10) and Big Ten (Eleven, no Twelve) to the MWC.
Utah can get a lot of experience and fine tuning over the next 5 games-before they face Air Force and TCU. They’re already facing the non-BCS ceiling as other teams jump over them and fall below them. Funny-go undefeated by beating Alabama in 2008, have a better year than Oklahoma in 2009 but no Top 10 love for the Utes. Not sure how Arkansas gets ahead of Utah in the polls after the Razorbacks have beat two D-II schools so far this year. Must be the Alabama/Oklahoma numbers-by-association ranking.
Wisconsin, LSU, West Virginia are the up-and-comers with the Tigers and Mountaineers getting to tangle in under 2 weeks. Sorry JoePa, you had your chance vs. the Tide. And those Hurricanes, still looking for the swagger of the 90’s. I’d have lent them my Miami college sweater if that’d help but I gave it away. And while Penn St and Miami (FL) took their lumps, Pitt got a recovery game in so at least they all still have a chance at a BCS bowl game, right? At least that’s what Herbstreet/Musburger would tell you.
The last five had mostly good seasons last year and could make some noise this year. Some are possibly coming back and others are never invited to even look in. Most interesting to me is Temple which just beat (really, in OT) a Top 25 team from last year (Central Michigan). If they can do what Michigan did to UConn, and take that into Penn St, maybe they’ll get as much love as Michigan does–because the BCS is for everyone!
Put whichever team you want in the last couple spots, it’s still early in the season. Even though the top 25 teams from the polls and from the UNBSD rankings may converge as the season progresses, one of the interesting viewpoints will be to see where teams would be ranked without the biases that permeate the polls.
2010 poll rankings: http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings
2009 final rankings: http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/year/2009