Week 9 #Top25

Two four overtime thrillers! Two AP Top 10 upsets! Wow what a weekend. Just when you think you can hit the snooze button til NFL Sunday, College Football brings it with the best weekend to date this season. We are almost inside of a week before the committee releases its rankings for the College Football Playoff. How will all this shake out? We are going to have a new number 1 in this poll since Utah decided not to go to LA and let some imposters play in their stead. I am not basing anything on preseason rankings. I am just looking at what has happened on the field this season as well as some metrics-offensive efficiency (OE) and defensive efficiency (DE) and remaining strength of schedule (RSOS). One last eyeball test metric we use here is: How good is your good?

1 Clemson 7-0 (last week: 4)

10th OE; 2nd DE; 45th RSOS. After handing The U its worst loss in program history I don’t see any way that Clemson isn’t the best team in the country. That was utter obliteration by the Tigers and their good is really, really good.

2 Ohio State 8-0 (last week: 5)

42nd OE; 7th DE; 32nd RSOS. Inserting JT Barrett may have been what’s been needed in Colombus all season. Ohio State looked like the team we all expected them to be last night by destroying Rutgers.

3 LSU 7-0 (last week: 2)

8th OE; 24th DE; 1st RSOS. LSU took care of business against Western Kentucky and they are rewarded with a week off to prepare for Alabama (in Tuscaloosa) could be another “Game of the Century” atmospheres.

4 Baylor 7-0 (last week: 3)

1st OE; 44th DE; 7th RSOS. Baylor’s QB Seth Russell has a fractured bone IN HIS NECK. I don’t think that is a good thing for the Bears. They seem to be able to plug anyone in but now is a bad time, the meat of their Big 12 schedule is ahead of them.

5 Michigan State 8-0 (last week: 6)

23rd OE; 40th DE; 42nd RSOS. Sparty kept on winning, finally blowing someone out this week. Michigan State has nothing to worry about. Since there are only 4 conferences with undefeated teams, just win out and you are in.

6 TCU 7-0 (last week: 9)

2nd OE; 54th DE; 22nd RSOS. I can’t for the life of me make up my mind about TCU this season. I’ve had them all over the Top 10. Possible trap game this week against West Virginia on Thursday.

7 Iowa 7-0 (last week: 7)

32nd OE; 13th DE; 64th RSOS. Iowa is going to be favored each game the rest of the regular season. They very well could be undefeated going in to a Big 10 Championship game against the winner of Michigan State/Ohio State. Talk about a defacto Quarterfinal game.

8 Oklahoma State 7-0 (last week: 14)

30th OE; 23rd DE; 6th RSOS. Oklahoma State are in the same boat as many. Keep winning and the stakes will get higher. They get TCU, Baylor, and OU in Stillwater. It could be magical this season for the Cowboys.

9 Stanford 6-1 (last week: 11)

4th OE; 50th DE; 23rd RSOS. Stanford is the best 1 loss team in the country. It is unexplainable that they lost to Northwestern and only scored 6 points in the opener. They need some help, but no one wants this matchup.

10 Oklahoma 6-1 (last week: 13)

14th OE; 12th DE; 41st RSOS. Oklahoma may have been woken up after the loss to Texas. That should not have happened. However with some help they are like Stanford. Wouldn’t an OU-Stanford game be fun to watch?

11 Utah 6-1 (last week: 1)

43rd OE; 14th DE; 55th RSOS. I have no idea who that was getting blasted in the Coliseum last night. That is not the Utah team I have grown fond of this season. They still control their own destiny, but the road isn’t as clear.

12 Alabama 7-1 (last week: 10)

31st OE; 1st DE; 35th RSOS. You can not struggle with lowly Tennessee at home and expect me to move you up in the rankings. Alabama is elite…on one side of the football. Their offense is 1 dimensional and they have a QB that wouldn’t start in many other places (transferred from Florida State).

13 Notre Dame 6-1 (last week: 12)

7th OE; 46th DE; 39th RSOS. Notre Dame should have one focus the rest of the way: keep winning. If they win out they will have defeated Stanford and made themselves the best 1 loss team in the country.

14 Florida 6-1 (last week: 16)

34th OE; 6th DE; 46th RSOS. The Gators are another team in the middle of the 1 loss mud that could separate themselves by winning out. Doing so would possibly avenge the loss to LSU.

15 Florida State 6-1 (last week: 8)

18th OE; 37th DE; 51st RSOS. The Seminoles had a 30 game regular season winning streak snapped by a blocked FG return for TD. It has been awhile since we had a dominant program like this and they may be passing the torch to Clemson for a bit.

16 Toledo 7-0 (last week: 17)

53rd OE; 26th DE; 63rd RSOS. After a slow start against UMASS, Toledo ran wild over the Minutemen. It will be interesting how the committee views Toledo in a few days.

17 Houston 7-0 (last week: 24)

19th OE; 38th DE; 70th RSOS. Houston might be one of the best teams in the State of Texas. They might also be one of the best teams in the American.

18 Memphis 7-0 (last week: 18)

11th OE; 62nd DE; 76th RSOS. Memphis is part of a 3 team race to win the American. The offense looks like it could score at will at times against all competition.

19 Temple 7-0 (last week: 23)

81st OE; 9th DE; 62nd RSOS. Temple had to comeback again this week at East Carolina. That isn’t an easy place to play. Probably the biggest home game in school history this week against Notre Dame.

20 North Carolina 6-1 (last week: 19)

12th OE; 66th DE; 21st RSOS. Someone has to want to face Clemson in the ACC title game, is it the Tar Heels?

21 Pittsburgh 6-1 (last week: 22)

33rd OE; 32nd DE; 18th RSOS. Someone has to want to face Clemson in the ACC title game, is it the Panthers?

22 Duke 6-1 (last week: 21)

67th OE; 15th DE; 53rd RSOS. Someone has to want to face Clemson in the ACC title game, is it the Blue Devils?

23 Ole Miss 6-2 (last week: NR)

15th OE; 27th DE; 4th RSOS. Ole Miss showed up to play for the first time since the Alabama game last night and dump trucked Texas A&M. Bout time we saw something from the Rebels.

24 Michigan 5-2 (last week: 25)

65th OE; 4th DE; 49th RSOS. Michigan could play the role of spoiler. Even if they lose to Ohio State it still would have been a very good year 1 for Harbaugh.

25 Mississippi State 6-2 (last week: NR)

16th OE; 25th DE; 3rd RSOS. After blowing out preseason hyped Kentucky. Mississippi State is flying under the radar a little. That will change going to Missouri then hosting Alabama the next two times they play.

All Efficiency Rankings and Remaining Strength of Schedule values taken from ESPN


Week 8 #Top25

Lots of big games yesterday. Lots of exciting finishes-my apologies to Michigan fans. Some things never change do they-Roll. Damn. Tide. There were 3 matchups this past week featuring teams both in the AP Top 12. That is bound to shake up the rankings we do here. With a few weeks to go before the committee releases its first rankings for the College Football Playoff, we’ll see how we compare to them. I am not basing anything on preseason rankings. I am just looking at what has happened on the field as well as some metrics-offensive efficiency (OE) and defensive efficiency (DE) and strength of schedule (SOS). One last eyeball test metric we will use is: How good is your good?

1 Utah 6-0 (last week: 1)

27th OE; 10th DE; Remaining SOS: 38. It took a little longer than expected, but the Utes finished off Arizona State for the first time since 1976. They now have a 2 game lead over the rest of the Pac-12 South.

2 LSU 6-0 (last week: 2)

4th OE; 29th DE; Remaining SOS: 1. LSU has demonstrated everything a team needs to win a National Championship. With the toughest remaining schedule in the country, we’ll see if they can do it.

3 Baylor 6-0 (last week: 4)

1st OE; 46th DE; Remaining SOS: 18. Baylor continues to hang 60+ points on each team that decides its a good idea to play defense against them.

4 Clemson 6-0 (last week: 3)

19th OE; 2nd DE; Remaining SOS: 44. Clemson took care of business yesterday, the looming Florida State game is all that stands between Clemson and a potential invite to the College Football Playoff.

5 Ohio State 7-0 (last week: 6)

52nd OE; 12th DE; Remaining SOS: 35. Ohio State keeps on playing better with each game. It will interesting to see how well they are playing through November.

6 Michigan State 7-0 (last week: 10)

16th OE; 30th DE; Remaining SOS: 60. After one of the most bizarre plays to snatch victory from the hands of defeat, Michigan State finds itself still unbeaten.

7 Iowa 7-0 (last week: 18)

32nd OE; 14th DE; Remaining SOS: 63. The Hawkeyes blew out a good Northwestern team, and have a manageable schedule down the stretch to surprise everyone and make it to the Big-10 Championship Game.

8 Florida State 6-0 (last week: 12)

13th OE; 41st DE; Remaining SOS: 48. The Seminoles still have Clemson and Florida on their remaining schedule. Those two games will determine the fate of FSU this season.

9 TCU 7-0 (last week: 5)

2nd OE; 56th DE; Remaining SOS: 21. TCU has a fatal flaw I believe, and that is on the defensive side of the football. They are good enough on offense and quarterback that is has not cost them yet.

10 Alabama 6-1 (last week: 9)

29th OE; 1st DE; Remaining SOS: 28. Roll. Damn. Tide. The early season loss to Ole Miss have turn out to be the fluke loss that hurts Alabama this season. Alabama will be Ole Miss fans the remainder of the season.

11 Stanford 5-1 (last week: 15)

5th OE; 49th DE; Remaining SOS: 29. Stanford’s early season loss to Northwestern may have the same effect on the Cardinal’s season as the Ole Miss loss for Alabama.

12 Notre Dame 6-1 (last week: 16)

9th OE; 44th DE; Remaining SOS: 41. Notre Dame has to win out to have a shot at the Playoff. They must get some help as well. Winning out may get them to a New Year’s 6.

13 Oklahoma 5-1 (last week: 20)

15th OE; 18th DE; Remaining SOS: 36. The Sooners had plane issues, arrived to Manhattan Kansas 8 hours late and hung a double nickel on Kansas State while pitching a shutout. I’d say they were upset about that loss to Texas.

14 Oklahoma State 6-0 (last week: 19)

38th OE; 22nd DE; Remaining SOS: 30. Oklahoma State still has some huge games left on the schedule. TCU has not won in Stillwater in ages and things could shape up for the Cowboys to reel off 10+ wins by seasons end.

15 Texas A&M 5-1 (last week: 7)

51st OE; 26th DE; Remaining SOS: 52. Losing big time SEC matchups is kind of becoming the norm in College Station. I thought this year A&M had the goods, however I was wrong.

16 Florida 6-1 (last week: 11)

36th OE; 7th DE; Remaining SOS: 51. All the Gators have to do is win out and they will get a possible rematch with LSU. This time closer to Florida at the SEC Championship Game.

17 Toledo 6-0 (last week: 21)

50th OE; 24th DE; Remaining SOS: 75. Toledo is going to finish a perfect regular season barring a complete collapse. That is hard to do, it does not matter what conference you play in.

18 Memphis 6-0 (last week: NR)

14th OE; 60th DE; Remaining SOS: 76. Memphis dominated Ole Miss yesterday at the Liberty Bowl and I don’t think it was a fluke.

19 North Carolina 5-1 (last week: 24)

11th OE; 68th DE; Remaining SOS: 32. How the Tar Heels lost to South Carolina to open the season is a mystery to me, however they are playing better now and have a chance at the ACC Championship Game.

20 California 5-1 (last week: 23)

17th OE; 27th DE; Remaining SOS: 22. Cal showed me a lot more in a loss at Utah than at any other point in the season thus far. The Stanford game will determine the Pac-12 North.

21 Duke 5-1 (last week: 25)

87th OE; 4th DE; Remaining SOS: 47. The Blue Devils still control their destiny in the ACC, they can still make the ACC Championship Game if they keep winning.

22 Pittsburgh 5-1 (last week: NR)

40th OE; 28th DE; Remaining SOS: 26. Along with UNC and Duke, Pitt controls its own destiny to have a chance at the ACC Championship Game.

23 Temple 6-0 (last week: NR)

84th OE; 8th DE; Remaining SOS: 64. Temple has a good win over Penn State, and 5 other wins for an unblemished record at this point of the season. They are another team that controls its own destiny in the American.

24 Houston 6-0 (last week: NR)

22nd OE; 40th DE; Remaining SOS: 73. Houston, along with Temple and Memphis, could crash the New Year’s 6 party from the American. It will interesting to see if Toledo remains perfect too if Toledo plays an undefeated American champ.

25 Michigan 5-2 (last week: 13)

63rd OE; 3rd DE; Remaining SOS: 54. Ohio State. That is the season for Michigan now, beat Ohio State and you secure a 10 win season and possible New Year’s 6 bowl. Lose and its off to Florida for one of the SEC/Big-10 bowls that goes on there.

All Efficiency rankings and Remaining Strength of Schedule rankings taken from ESPN


Week 7 #Top25

Upsets were brewing yesterday, however most of them did not come to fruition. That just means there is a more level playing field than we thought at the beginning of the year. Most teams are halfway through their schedules, and they have established their identity. Most are now getting into the meat of their conference schedule as well.  I am not basing anything on preseason rankings and just looking at what has happened on the field as well as some metrics-offensive efficiency (OE) and defensive efficiency (DE) and strength of schedule (SOS). I am going to steal a line from Mr. Scott Van Pelt of ESPN and add another eyeball test metric: How good is your good?

1 Utah 5-0 (last week: 1)

26th OE; 19th DE; 19th SOS. The Utes forced 5 turnovers against the presumed number 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft last night. Even though the game was closer than it should probably have been, Utah is as strong as anyone.

2 LSU 5-0 (last week: 3)

7th OE; 28th DE; 28th SOS. LSU also gets the Humanitarian award for the hospitality they showed to South Carolina. Leonard Fournette gets an extra shout out for auctioning off his jersey to aid the South Carolina relief efforts.

3 Clemson 5-0 (last week: 5)

22nd OE; 1st DE; 25th SOS. With the term “Clemsoning” officially buried by Coach Swinney, Clemson is starting to look like a team that no one wants to face come Playoff time.

4 Baylor 5-0 (last week: 6)

1st OE; 32nd DE; 88th SOS. While Baylor played lowly Kansas, they won 66-7. My rants about them still apply, but when you win conference road games by 59 points you are a good team.

5 TCU 6-0 (last week: 2)

4th OE; 41st DE; 93rd SOS. Eventually TCU is going to get got by one of these teams they keep flirting with. Kansas State had the Frogs on the ropes and somehow Boykin and CO. escaped Manhattan Kansas with the win. A win is a win.

6 Ohio State 6-0 (last week: 7)

64th OE; 12th DE; 42nd SOS. The Buckeyes pulled away late after being in a tough 3 quarters versus Maryland. They might be turning the corner on offense and if that happens…look out Big 10 and the rest of the country.

7 Texas A&M 5-0 (last week: 9)

14th OE; 18th DE; 10th SOS. This is the week we find out about A&M. Alabama rolls into College Station looking to squash any doubt they are the best in the SEC West. This showdown will be fun to watch.

8 Ole Miss 5-1 (last week: 11)

5th OE; 47th DE; 33rd SOS. Ole Miss picked themselves up after dismantling New Mexico State. They control their destiny to get to Atlanta and a seat at the SEC Championship Game.

9 Alabama 5-1 (last week: 12)

27th OE; 2nd DE; 4th SOS. Alabama’s defense simply shut Arkansas down last night. Coker has seemed to turn a corner at the QB spot. If they can get a win against A&M and some help, the Tide will be back in the Playoff conversation.

10 Michigan State 6-0 (last week: 4)

16th OE; 44th DE; 9th SOS. Michigan State continually squeaks out victories. If it were not for Rutgers inexplicably spiking the ball on 4th Down last night, Rutgers would have had a chance to tie the game in regulation. Big game this week against in-state rival Michigan.

11 Florida 5-0 (last week: 13)

37th OE; 6th DE; 41st SOS. Completely shutting down Missouri on the road last night, the Gators look like the team to beat in the SEC East.

12 Florida State 5-0 (last week: 14)

17th OE; 37th DE; 40th SOS. The Seminoles got the U again last night, and may have sent Al Golden packing in the process. The spotlight is off and the game against the Gators at season’s end is looming huge in the national championship picture.

13 Michigan 5-1 (last week: 16)

50th OE; 5th DE; 31st SOS. Michigan is completely bought in to what Harbaugh is teaching and it is working beautifully. 3 straight shutouts is very impressive. Can they keep this up against Michigan State?

14 Northwestern 5-1 (last week: 8)

89th OE; 3rd DE; 52nd SOS. Northwestern ran into a team on a roll yesterday at the Big House. They can still have a great season if they continue to do the things that got them this far: play consistent sound defense.

15 Stanford 4-1 (last week: 15)

6th OE; 60th DE; 37th SOS. Stanford now controls its own destiny in the Pac 12 North, the division may come down to the Stanford-Cal game…will the band stay off the field?

16 Notre Dame 5-1 (last week: 17)

10th OE; 51st DE; 61st SOS. Notre Dame may have been forgotten a little bit. They still have USC and Stanford on the schedule. Don’t sleep on the Irish just yet.

17 UCLA 4-1 (last week: 18)

28th OE; 26th DE; 82nd SOS. UCLA had a bye week at a good time. While a lot of teams were losing, they could sit back and heal. Now it’s time to finish the regular season and see where they stand when the dust settles.

18 Iowa 6-0 (last week: 20)

42nd OE; 25th DE; 100th SOS. Iowa continues to win, as long as that trend continues then up the poll this team will go. How good are they? This week at Northwestern will give us a good idea.

19 Oklahoma State 6-0 (last week: 23)

33rd OE; 21st DE; 69th SOS. The Cowboys are kind of like the Hawkeyes. How good are they? So far they have been better than everyone on their schedule. Things should continue that way as Kansas comes to Stillwater this week.

20 Oklahoma 4-1 (last week: 10)

23rd OE; 31st DE; 88th SOS. How did Oklahoma lose to Texas? It is a rivalry game yes, but how did this happen? Every time I think OU is going to turn the corner and get back into real national championship contention they go and lose to an inferior opponent.

21 Toledo 5-0 (last week: 25)

51st OE; 20th DE; 117th SOS. Just because Toledo plays in the MAC does not mean they are not a good football team. Toledo has a real chance to get into ta New Year’s 6 bowl game.

22 Boise State 5-1 (last week: NR)

36th OE; 8th DE; 86th SOS. Boise State is here, year after year. Boise will probably only have the 1 loss at BYU on its resume. They play well in big games too. Will the committee find a spot at the New Year’s 6 table?

23 California 5-1 (last week: 22)

18th OE; 27th DE; 7th SOS. Cal’s defense kept a game close that should have been a blowout. I came out of that game being more impressed that Cal was still within a score of Utah. Do not write the Golden Bears off yet.

24 North Carolina 4-1 (last week: NR)

13th OE; 66th DE; 52nd SOS. North Carolina gets into the Top 25 this week. The schedule is not too daunting to think UNC could wind up in the ACC Championship Game.

25 Duke 5-1 (last week: NR)

85th OE; 7th DE; 102nd SOS. With only a loss to Northwestern on its resume, the Blue Devils have quietly put themselves on top of the ACC Coastal Division. The game with UNC could decide who goes to the ACC Championship Game.

All efficiency ranking are from: http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings/_/tab/efficiency

All strength of schedule rankings are from: http://www.fbschedules.com/2015/03/2015-college-football-strength-of-schedule-ncaa-method/


Week 6 #Top25

What a weekend! 4 of the AP Top 10 lost, and some in convincing fashion. I have to be honest I only wanted to do another Top 25 once we got to the end of October, but after yesterday this will be a weekly exercise.  I am not basing anything on preseason rankings and just looking at what has happened on the field as well as some metrics-offensive efficiency (OE) and defensive efficiency (DE) and strength of schedule (SOS). I am going to steal a line from Mr. Scott Van Pelt of ESPN and add another eyeball test metric: How good is your good?

1 Utah 4-0 (last week 4)

14th OE; 28th DE; 19th SOS. Utah had a bye week. Its a good thing because the nation will be watching when undefeated California comes to town for GameDay this Saturday.

2 TCU 5-0 (last week 9)

6th OE; 42nd DE; 93rd SOS. The Horned Frogs demolished Texas yesterday, and it’s looking like the late season matchup with Baylor is going to decide the Big 12.

3 LSU 4-0 (last week 6)

11th OE; 33rd DE; 28th SOS. After extending the longest non-conference winning streak in FBS to 51 games, its time to take LSU seriously. They have all the makings for a National Championship.

4 Michigan State 5-0 (last week 3)

18th OE; 35th DE; 9th SOS. The Spartans might want to think about playing better, a win is a win. However, they have not been very impressive this season. I think the world is waiting for the Ohio State game later this season.

5 Clemson 4-0 (last week 12)

34th OE; 1st DE; 25th SOS. Clemson proved it belongs in the elite conversation with a win versus Notre Dame last night. If they can shake the Florida State ghosts from the past few years, this team can compete for the Playoff.

6 Baylor 4-0 (last week NR)

1st OE; 47th DE; 88th SOS. Beating a good Texas Tech team has helped convinced me that Baylor is legit. They are extremely explosive on offense, as evidenced by their number 1 overall ranking in that category.

7 Ohio State 5-0 (last week 8)

76th OE; 5th DE; 42nd SOS. Is it just me or does this year’s Ohio State team feel like last year’s Florida State team? They may go through the whole season winning close games.

8 Northwestern 5-0 (last week 11)

83rd OE; 2nd DE; 52nd SOS. We were higher on Northwestern than the other polls last week and that trend will continue this week. They already have 2 shutouts on the year.

9 Texas A&M 5-0 (last week 10)

15th OE; 20th DE; 10th SOS. Quietly Texas A&M may be putting a spoiler in the rest of the nation’s plans. The defense is finally close to being on par with the offense.

10 Oklahoma 4-0 (last week 17)

20th OE; 16th DE; 88th SOS. The Sooners took West Virginia out behind the woodshed yesterday. (With some sweet uni’s) Oklahoma is kinda like A&M, quietly lurking in the weeds waiting for everyone else to slip up.

11 Ole Miss 4-1 (last week 1)

5th OE; 52nd DE; 33rd SOS. Embarrassing for a top level team like this to get completely blown out, no matter the venue. Ole Miss still has the best win, however they are still a long ways away from harnessing all they can be.

12 Alabama 4-1 (last week 13)

21st OE; 4th DE; 4th SOS. It seems like it could be a crazy year like ’07 when 2 loss LSU won the whole thing. That would play into Alabama’s hands. Possibly even making them the favorites if they keep up what they did to Georgia.

13 Florida 5-0 (last week 22)

40th OE; 8th DE; 41st SOS. The Gators might be back to their old tricks with the whooping they put on Ole Miss. If they can get by the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, they will win the SEC East.

14 Florida State 4-0 (last week 16)

26th OE; 21st DE; 40th SOS. The Seminoles may be enjoying this year more than the past 2 seasons. The national spotlight is not on them and they can just go play football. They are looking a lot more loose than a year ago. Which is scary for the rest of the ACC and country.

15 Stanford 4-1 (last week 15)

4th OE; 55th DE; 37th SOS. Are they the team that will overcome an early season loss? Then proceed to win the whole thing? Stanford is better than that Week 1 loss at Northwestern.

16 Michigan 4-1 (last week 23)

63rd OE; 3rd DE; 31st SOS. After the loss to Utah to open the season, the Wolverines have been very impressive. How far can they go?

17 Notre Dame 4-1 (last week 7)

10th OE; 43rd DE; 61st SOS. Injuries may have caught up to the Irish. Even so, Notre Dame’s offensive weapons are on par with anyone in the country. It will be interesting to see if they reach a New Year’s 6.

18 UCLA 4-1 (last week 2)

30th OE; 30th DE; 82nd SOS. Inexplicable to lose to unranked Arizona State in the Rose Bowl the way they did. On the other hand, is the freshman QB not ready for the rigors of a PAC-12 schedule?

19 USC 3-1 (last week 18)

2nd OE; 44th DE; 21st SOS. USC is not out of the running in the PAC-12 yet. They aren’t even out of the running for the Playoff. However, consistency will be the biggest challenge going forward.

20 Iowa 5-0 (last week NR)

44th OE; 15th DE; 100th SOS. From out of left field come the Hawkeyes. Like they seem to do, Iowa grinds out a couple of mediocre years then all of a sudden they reach a BCS bowl. When Iowa plays Northwestern it could be for the BIG-10 West.

21 Georgia 4-1 (last week 5)

12th OE; 24th DE; 10th SOS. Even with a bad loss at home to Alabama, Georgia can still rally and make the SEC Championship Game. Hell they can still make the Playoff if they win out.

22 California 5-0 (last week 20)

19th OE; 50th DE; 7th SOS. This is the week California either validates the season, or goes back into mediocrity. With a win versus Utah, Cal is setup to make an unexpected run at the PAC-12 Championship.

23 Oklahoma State 5-0 (last week 21)

37th OE; 46th DE; 69th SOS. The pokes find a way to win this season, so far. The real beef of their schedule is ahead and we’ll see where the Cowboys fall in the BIG-12 picture.

24 Navy 4-0 (last week NR)

9th OE; 48th DE; 119th SOS. Navy has a very tough game this weekend as they square off against Notre Dame. We will see how they stack up with one of the nations better opponents.

25 Toledo 4-0 (last week NR)

55th OE; 13th DE; 117th SOS. With a wins over Arkansas, Iowa State, & Arkansas State, Toledo jumps into the Top 25. Remember Northern Illinois? It is not hard to imagine the Rockets in a New Year’s 6 Bowl.

All efficiency rankings are from: http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings/_/tab/efficiency

All strength of schedule rankings are from: http://www.fbschedules.com/2015/03/2015-college-football-strength-of-schedule-ncaa-method/