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Ridley’s Rankings, Week 9 (Roll Tide Version)

October 29, 2012 2 comments

After having some disagreements with the polls for the last few weeks, we’ve finally come together in unison, like a sweater-vest and cheating (too soon Ohio State?). That’s right, Alabama has finally reached the summit of the most prestigious poll there is (on this site). They are week 9’s king of Ridley’s Rankings. The loss by Florida and the statement win by Notre Dame also shook up the rankings. Let’s see how the carnage unfolded. (If you’re wondering how I came to these rankings, click here).

  1. Alabama (100.21) – They are a machine, reeling off wins of 30 or more points in six of their eight games. Their closest victory was a 19-point nail biter over a surprising Ole Miss squad. Add in the fact that they have a QB who’s finally as capable as their defense (AJ McCarron leads the nation in passer efficiency) and you may have one of the most complete teams in college football in the last decade.
  2. Kansas State (99.85) – Collin Klein continues to run away with the Heisman as K-State dispatched another ranked opponent this week in Texas Tech. Kansas State doesn’t have the week-in/week-out grind that some of the SEC teams have, but they have made the most of what they’ve been given, including two wins on the road against ranked opponents. Just ask Florida how easy that is.
  3. Notre Dame (99.71) – Notre Dame made a loud statement Saturday, in their win over Oklahoma in Norman. Brian Kelly has the Fighting Irish playing their best ball of the 21st century, which is good for his career. Of the past five coaches to coach a game at ND (George O’Leary doesn’t qualify), Charlie Weis is the only still coaching in the NCAA. And I use that term loosely, as he repeatedly gets his ass handed to him at Kansas. Read more…

Ridley’s Rankings, Week 8

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Hello folks, I’m back and this time, I’ll actually have comments to go with the rankings and try to justify why the teams are where they are. I’ll apologize in advance to those of you subscribing to the “USC for BCS Championship” newsletter. If you’re wondering how I got my rankings, check it out here.

  1. Florida – They still boost a brutal schedule that only seems to trail South Carolina and Stanford in the Top 25. The only difference between them and Florida is Florida hasn’t buckled under pressure and high expectations yet. SEC rival Georgia is next for the Gators.
  2. Alabama – Bama has done a nice job so far this season of making the game of football look easy. AJ McCarron leads the nation in passer efficiency and their defense is solid as always. A crash course with Florida in the SEC Championship is looking likely.
  3. Kansas State – I’m fairly certain that if Bill Snyder entered the presidential elections right now, he’d probably win the election. The man can do no wrong. He’s also developed a dynamic weapon in Eric Crouch 2.0…errr, Collin Klein. With a tough defense and explosive offense, K-State is looking to play the role of SEC spoiler. Read more…

Ridley’s Rankings, Week 7

October 20, 2012 3 comments

I know that right now, the morning games are already in full swing, so I apologize for the delay. Nonetheless, here are this week’s rankings. I don’t have the time, nor energy to elaborate on them, but for my thoughts on the teams before last week, go here.

  1. Florida
  2. Alabama
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Oregon State
  5. Kansas State
  6. Oregon
  7. Ohio State
  8. LSU
  9. South Carolina
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Texas Tech
  12. West Virginia
  13. Mississippi State
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Rutgers
  16. Georgia
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Louisville
  19. Stanford
  20. Iowa State
  21. USC
  22. Florida State
  23. Boise State
  24. Michigan
  25. Clemson

Have a good week!

Ridley’s College Football Rankings

October 11, 2012 5 comments

College football is arguably one of the most debated topics during the last three months of the year (I even include election years, so suck it politicians!). It’s a sport that, had there been no professional football, would be the talking sports heads only topic to speak of from November 1st until January 15th. Of course we don’t debate the scores, and really the Heisman is something we eventually succumb to (and ultimately forget), but what really gets the blood flowing in Americans across this great United States (see how I used patriotism there to get you on my side?) is the rankings in college football. Whether it be the AP or USA Today, BCS or even the preseason poll, college football fans throughout America will undoubtedly whine and bicker about where their team is or isn’t placed in the polls. It’s because of this that I started doing my own college football rankings in during the 2010 season, when my beloved Boise State Broncos were continually being ignored by the pollsters as teams in front of them in the Top 5 continued to fall by the wayside, before their own untimely demise at the hands of the Nevada Wolfpack and Kyle Brontzman’s right foot on Thanksgiving. Read more…

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