Monday, October 26, 2009

Golden Rankings, Week 8

My apologies that the rankings didn't get posted last week. This week's rankings are far more interesting anyway.

The big news in the top of the poll was TCU jumping up to #3 with their win over BYU and Iowa increasing their lead over Florida with their last minute win over MSU. While TCU is likely to settle behind Alabama and Texas if those two team keep winning, Iowa has a puncher's chance to retain their top spot with a game in Columbus coming up, and all of their non-conference victims continuing to win. Also noteworthy that the most impressive win of the season by any of the top ten teams, according to our rankings, is not Iowa, or Florida, or Alabama, but Boise State with their season opening win over Oregon. A win by Oregon over USC next week might be just enough to keep Boise in the conversation for a BCS bowl. Now on to some stats:

Top Riser from last week (FBS) - Texas A&M, up 47 places
Biggest Loser (FBS): North Carolina and Ohio, down 46
Top Riser (FCS) : Arkansas- Pine Bluff, up 36
Biggest Loser (FCS): Morgan State, down 53
Toughest Schedule (FBS): Washington, Opponent average - 37.13
Weakest Schedule (FBS): Ohio, 148.88
Toughest Schedule (FCS): Northeastern, 88.00
Weakest Schedule (FCS): Dayton, 227.67

Conference rankings are posted below for the first time in a few weeks. Suprisingly, the SEC is not in first: