Just two more weeks before the "real" college football rankings are released, but why wait when The Book and Phil Steele have it all under control. Well, our two polls and the 98 (through Monday night) that make up the Massey Composite poll anyway.
This week, the two polls are pretty much lock step with the top 5, as Alabama, Baylor and TCU hold down the top three spots, albeit in different orders, while Stanford and Notre Dame are 4th and 5th respectively in both polls. Massey however, list only Alabama in the top five at #4 with Utah, Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and LSU its current choices.
The week's big winner is unquestionably the Iowa Hawkeyes. They've parlayed a slightly-better-than-originally-thought strength of schedule (27th by our polls, 36th by Sagarin) and wins over Pitt, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois, certainly not Murderer's Row but decent, into a #6/#7 ranking. The Hawks have one of the easier outbound schedules and certainly have the inside track to the Big 10 title game.
Boston College held steady in their place this week, unaffected by the Clemson loss, but once again is a double digit underdog. The Eagles are a 13- and 14-point dog (poll specific) vs Bobby Petrino's UofL Cardinals. Louisville is one of those teams that are ranked considerably higher by our two polls than the Massey, but if Sagarin is your poll of pick, the Cards sit right where we and Jeff have them with Sagarin having BC about an 11-point dog.
This is also the first week this year where the Massey ratings have BC lower than the Book or Steele's ratings.
Both magazines are now 2-2-1 on the season picking against the Eagles as the Clemson game with BC giving 17 was a push.
In the battle for preseason publication supremacy, Steele made up a bit of ground this week and trails the Book by just 1 1/2 games, although both are just below .500 for the season as we pass the halfway mark. This is yet another week where we are calling for big favorite victories.
Enjoy your football weekend and Go Eagles!
|9||10||North Carolina State||4-2||62|
|Houston||25.8/23.1||at C Florida|
|at Boise State||39.4/45.9||Wyoming|
|at Michigan State||30.3/28.0||Indiana|
|at Baylor||40.9/43.9||Iowa State|
|at Oklahoma||16.3/14.9||Texas Tech|
|at Oklahoma State||37.6/42.1||Kansas|
|at LSU||13.6/15.1||W Kentucky|
|at Ole Miss||2.3/1.3||Texas A&M|
|at Louisville||14.4/13.2||Boston College|
|Duke||3.4/2.6||at Virginia Tech|
|Florida State||9.0/7.6||at Georgia Tech|
|at North Carolina||23.8/24.9||Virginia|
|N Carolina State||10.9/10.9||at Wake Forest|
|Ohio State||19.1/22.1||at Rutgers|
|at Mississippi State||16.1/17.1||Kentucky|