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Football S&P+ Update: Boston College Ranked #68

A look at FootballOutsiders’ ranking system

Florida State v Boston College Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Each week, we take a look at the Football S&P+ rankings - an analytic look from the top to the bottom of college football that features prominently in SB Nation’s college football coverage nationally.

For more info, visit the rankings page on FootballOutsiders; here’s a rundown:

The components for S&P+ reflect opponent-adjusted components of four of what Bill Connelly has deemed the Five Factors of college football: efficiency, explosiveness, field position, and finishing drives. (A fifth factor, turnovers, is informed marginally by sack rates, the only quality-based statistic that has a consistent relationship with turnover margins.)

This week, Boston College moved up slightly to #68 from last week’s spot of #70 in the S&P+. Illinois and Syracuse are the two teams BC passed. Syracuse was punished heavily by the computers for the cardinal sin of playing a close game against UConn (not that I expect things to go much differently for us in November).

Despite the Virginia Tech debacle, BC’s defense is still ranked #12 in the S&P+, which at this point of the season still relies heavily on projections. Offensively, the Eagles are ranked #122.

What do the S&P+ rankings say about BC’s chances of a winning season?

Games BC should win:

Buffalo: #125, including the #124-ranked offense


UConn: #88; ranked #106 on offense
Syracuse: #70; ranked #101 on defense
Wake Forest: #58, but continually moving up after their 4-0 start (were #68 last week)

Getting tougher:

NC State: #40, including the 15th-ranked offense


Louisville: #4
Clemson: #5
Florida State: #13

Now seems like yet another good time to be agitated over the divisional split. And over the fact that BC blew that game against Georgia Tech...