So very boring edition: a week when the mails simply did not run
If you had Wisconsin imploding in Urbana (motto: we’re no Carbondale), you could easily be writing a much heartier note than this right now. Similarly, you were just a genius if you had Kansas hanging 48 on the Horns in Austin. Ranked Missouri should have beaten 1-5 Vandy by 16 but lost by seven, but I didn’t see that one coming. That is to say, there wasn’t much greatness going on in the pointy-ball prognostication world; and there was only a little news from our five posers from last week:
Week Eight Most OverRated Football Program Results
1 SMU toasted Temple and climbed two places.
2 Minnesota razed Rutgers, now the best six-loss team in the game, and jumped four ranks!
3 Appalachian State mangled Monroe, rose two spots, and still shouldn’t be ranked at all.
4 Boise State scored a point a minute in the final quarter, still lost by three to toothless BYU, and fell eight spots in the AP. The Broncos were the classic overrated (14th!) case where they don’t play anybody, the AP voters were forced to fill out 25 lines on their card, and someone vaguely remembered back before Obama when they were the badasses of Division 4 or so. There really ought to at least be a fine for this sort of behavior.
5 Oregon had to come back from ten down in the fourth to save themselves from the fish-flingers of Washington. As Glibs discussed elsewhere this week, these are arguably a couple of 18-ish teams that should have finished in a dead heat, but it would have been funnier if the one ranked 25th had held on to edge the one ranked 12th instead of the other way around. At least the Huskies come away with a firm grip on the title of best three-loss team in the nation. Meanwhile the Ducks rose to the 11th spot, and we might soon need to concede that it’s earned . . . but lets wait a few weeks, shall we?
So Boise was our sole toldjasos™ this week. The season has pretty much stomped all the starch out of all the early bad ranking ideas already, and we’re running out of time to prove anything new.
Meanwhile, where are we in our weekly idiocy? Has the AP poll already stepped on every rake possible!? Well, more less, yes: it’s getting very quiet:
Yet Another Week N + 1 Most OverRated Football Programs
1 Minnesota should make soup out of Maryland.
2 Appalachian State will ruin the Jags of South Alabama
3 SMU visits Houston where the entire team is redshirted.
4 Oregon should beat Washington State by 10.
Honorable mentions – We’ve already taken down Clemson and Wake; Wake is maniacally overrated even yet. Notre Dame still shouldn’t be a top ten team, but I’ve been bored of this conversation for decades: it just comes with the territory; I can confidently predict they will be ranked top ten at some point in the 2048 season; they will be top five in the sport a decade after Congress has entirely outlawed its play. Cincinnati might prove out . . . we’ll see. Arizona State fell seven places and is still grossly overranked, but this wasn’t funny earlier in the year when we rang them up the first time, and it still isn’t. We already nailed Memphis, but they’re going to bob about the surface like a ripe corpse until deflating and then sinking back down to their destiny amongst the catfish. Enough! So how many heads do we have on the wall now?
Year to Date Hides on the Wall
1 Georgia lost at home to the second-best team from South Carolina
2 Utah lost to an unrated USC but seems to be coming back
2 Stanford was revealed by USC
2 Syracuse was unranked after Maryland
2 Michigan was blown out by Wisconsin
6 UCF was edged by an unranked Pitt
7 Iowa was no number 15 as Michigan proved, and they continue to be pantsed weekly
7 Wake Forest allowed Louisville to hang 62 on them
7 Cal was dumped from the AP after losing to Arizona State
7 Boise State lost by three to toothless BYU
11 Iowa State was dethroned before their decent showing against Iowa
11 Memphis lost to possibly 80th best team in the nation Temple and disappeared
11 Michigan State slowly fell out of the ratings, so I was right after all
14 Clemson was dethroned by Mack Brown retirement project UNC
14 Texas lost to the university of Texas at Norman (mid-season toldjasos™)
14 Texas probably over-paid for losing to titan LSU (early-season toldjasos™), but then they let Kansas hang 48 on them at home
17 Auburn over-paid for losing to Florida
17 Texas A&M probably over-paid for quality losses against Clemson and Auburn . . . or maybe not
19 Washington State was de-ranked after becoming lowly UCLA’s first win
20 Virginia continues to lose after losing to can-play-with-UGA Notre Dame
Year to Date It-Would-Seem Blown Calls Because They’re Doing Okay Really Well
2 Oklahoma has gotten better all year and refused to lose to Texas
2 Florida seems to have earned their status by defeating top-ten Auburn
3 UCF is now a skin on the wall after Pitt
4 Michigan no longer a blown call because Wisconsin
5 Washington State no longer a blown call because UCLA
Our year notches another WIN!!! and now grades out at 20-3-3. So closes another week!
links to older opinions: 2019-10-17 2019-10-10 2019-10-03 2019-09-26 2019-09-19 2019-09-13 2019-09-06
Disclosure of sources of bias: your writer has attended the University of Tennessee, Memphis State and the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers College . . . and he sleeps with an alumna of Georgia whose parents met at Washington State . . . and his son went to Houston . . . and he never met anyone from TCU he didn’t like . . . and he irrationally hates Notre Dame, UCF, Clemson, and Notre Dame.