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Ridley’s Rankings, Week 10: Bye, Bye Broncos Edition

Week 10 was a blessing for the masses for fans of college football, unless, of course, you reside in the 208 area code: Alabama finally received a challenge, Notre Dame had the fear of God put into them, Kansas State wins despite losing their Heisman-contending QB, Oregon finally beats a noteworthy opponent (on the road, no less) and everybody’s favorite (or at least this blogger’s) mid-major, BSU, paid the piper for their sins at quarterback. As always, if you’re wondering how I’ve come to these conclusions, click here.

  1. Alabama (102.81) – No surprise here that Alabama’s lead for the top spot grew over last week’s rankings with a win on the road against LSU, even if they needed a late drive to win it. When facing a ranked opponent, especially on the road, a win is a win.
  2. Kansas State (99.39) – Kansas State was able to fend off Oklahoma State after Collin Klein went down with an injury (possible concussion is the latest word) in the 3rd quarter. Bill Snyder is hopeful to have his star back, which may be necessary against a talented, although flawed, TCU squad.
  3. Notre Dame (97.83) – Notre Dame’s national title hopes took a serious hit Saturday night, as they struggled against an inferior Pitt team. Needing triple-OT to beat a .500 team is not a way to gain any favors in polls and rankings, especially this one. With USC also losing to Oregon over the weekend, their ace in the hole became a suited jack. Their only hopes rely on Kansas State AND Oregon being upset before the season’s end.
  4. Oregon (94.06) – Of the three teams vying for the right to play ‘Bama in the BCS Championship, the Ducks easily have the hardest closing schedule, featuring two ranked teams, plus the Pac-12 Championship opponent, should they win out. Normally, this would be a hurdle on the run to a national championship, but for Oregon, it’s a blessing in disguise as they still have room to make up in the computer polls to pull past Kansas State.
  5. Florida (93.05) – The Gators were unimpressive this weekend against Missouri, but at this time, it’s almost a moot point. The sky would have to cave in on itself for Florida to get a shot at the national championship, as their SEC schedule is over, and Georgia owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Gators. Should the Bulldogs pull the upset in SEC championship, Florida could find themselves ranked as high as fifth or sixth in the BCS and playing outside of the top 5 bowl games.
  6. Ohio State (91.63) – Ohio State keeps winning games in the increasingly pathetic Big Ten (only half the teams are about .500), and it all means nothing. This may be my favorite part of the season. On a side note, I find my vitriol for “the” Ohio State lessened without Sweater-Vest around. It could also be that Urban Meyer is a Sigma Chi. Who knows…
  7. Georgia (88.05) – I know, I know, Georgia beat Florida head to head. But like I explained last week, I still don’t care. Florida has been more impressive throughout the season. Nonetheless, if Georgia can pull off the previously mentioned upset of Alabama in the SEC Championship (their lone remaining SEC game is against Auburn, I’m marking the ‘W’ now), I will personally write a letter of apology to the entire Bulldogs team, accompanied by a picture of myself doing the Buffalo Bill pose, as that’s the closest I can get to putting my tail between my legs.
  8. LSU (84.88) – Shoulda, coulda, woulda for the Tigers this week. Shoulda closed out the game, woulda moved into the BCS championship conversation, woulda been in the SEC Championship. C’est la vie, Bayou Bengals.
  9. South Carolina (82.60) – Here’s a fun little blind study. Teams A and B are 7-2, both of which have losses to Florida and LSU. Team A loses by 33 and 2 points, respectively, while Team B loses by 3 and 5. Team A has not beat a ranked opponent on the road all year. Team B has defeated two such teams. Which team is better? If you said Team B, you’re wrong, at least according to the polls and BCS, which both rank Texas A&M (Team B) below South Carolina (Team A). (*Note: The BCS factor in my formula is what brought SC over TA&M. My initial numbers have A&M ahead.)
  10. Oregon State (82.07) – Unlike the team ahead of them, the Beavers still have a lot to play for. Although their win against Arizona State wasn’t overly impressive, Oregon State did what it needed to, which was win. They still control their own destiny, as far as the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl are concerned.
  11. Louisville (80.49) – The fact that an undefeated Big East team is behind five teams with at least one loss, including two with two, tells you all you need to know about the respect the Big East receives.
  12. Florida State (78.77) – This spot feels about right. They’re good enough to beat, and likely throttle the teams below them, but I have a hard time thinking they’d beat many teams ahead of them.
  13. Clemson (77.27) – Both Clemson and Florida State have in-state rival games against SEC teams to close their season. Both are likely to get spanked. Just sayin…
  14. Oklahoma (77.09) – Oklahoma continues to take care of business against inferior competition, but those two losses at home will continue to sting long after the season’s past.
  15. Texas A&M (76.23) – For my thoughts on the Aggies, refer to Team B in South Carolina’s write-up.
  16. Stanford (73.66) – The Cardinal proved that nothing can get you out of a mild funk like playing the University of Colorado.
  17. Nebraska (70.95) – The Cornhuskers keep up their revival tour to maintain some shred of dignity for the Big Ten.
  18. Texas (70.91) – I think the Longhorns should be classified as either a bad good team or a good bad team. Whichever one you choose, it’s still an improvement over the last two squads Mack Brown has led.
  19. UCLA (67.08) – Fresh off their clubbing of Arizona, UCLA finds itself back among the ranked. Let’s hope this lasts longer than their previous stint (one week).
  20. Mississippi State (64.75) – The Bulldogs tried to show that their early season success was no fluke. They proved otherwise.
  21. Louisiana Tech (64.37) – Nine straight wins in the WAC for the third set of Bulldogs to join this list gets you a spot at 21.
  22. Texas Tech (63.91) – They may have the lowest winning percentage of the top 25, but their strength of schedule is the third highest in that group.
  23. Rutgers (62.60) – Scarlet Knights versus Black Knights this weekend as Rutgers tries to bounce back from their first loss of the year.
  24. USC (60.62) – Kenjon Barner will be sending out his thank yous to the USC defense from Radio City Music Hall in December.
  25. Toledo (59.77) – “What if I told you that two MAC teams could meet as ranked opponents late in the season…” That is not a misprint, as Toledo heads to Northern Illinois in two weeks (currently ranked 26th in the AP).

Honorary Mentions: Northwestern, Kent State, Washington, Michigan, West Virginia (Boise State: 35)

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