Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wow

I’m exhausted this morning, hoarse and still elated. LSU had a strong presence in town (their fans love to travel), and were for the most part gracious, but to that group of young hooligans hanging out near the church on University Ave I say - “How do you like us now? How is all that boasting about your ‘National Champs’ treating you today?”

And to the fat faced guy who yelled at me as we were leaving the stadium – yes, we did indeed lose to Ole Miss. You sir just lost to the team that lost to Ole Miss – by 30 at that. Better be careful when you face those Rebels.

A couple of other notes –

Another banner week for those that believe rankings teams is an effort to assess who is “better”. Last week’s Coaches poll was only wrong for all of the top 3… (sarcasm off).

As for predictive power, maybe that ranking of rankings I did is the way to go. It certainly was a lot better than any conventional poll. It had Texas at number 1 (ahead of Oklahoma, obviously), Florida well ahead of LSU (8 slots), and Oklahoma State and Missouri a lot closer than the other polls. Not to mention it ranked Vandy 37th. Maybe I’m on to something?

The record of the Big 12 was a fraud, and the teams in it were mostly over ranked as a result. How so? Well when you play FOUR non-conference games to start the season against a bunch of chumps, no wonder about half your teams end up unbeaten, and those same teams have tons of points, yards and faux Heisman candidates. I’m not saying there are a couple of good teams in the Big 12 – I’m just saying having half the conference ranked in the top 20 wasn’t an accurate representation.

Missouri – That was obvious, and if you have read this blog at all, I saw that coming. They aren’t remotely done losing yet either with that defense. In fact after yesterday, I’m not sure anyone in the Big12 plays defense.

Tim Tebow – Welcome back.

Penn State is GOOD. They go into Wisconsin and hang 48 points on a team that previously gave up a high of 27. Wisky was a team the Buckeyes struggled with. Look for big things from Joe Pa’s squad this year.

Speaking of Ohio State, is that team offensively challenged or what? 16 points against Purdue? Hell Notre Dame scored 38 on the Boilermakers.

It’s going to be a tough week for BlogPoll ranking – having to choose between Alabama, Penn State and Texas for number one, and having to assess where Florida falls with one of the biggest wins of the year verses one of the more disappointing losses.

7 comments:

Gator Boys said...

You think Florida should be ahead of Oklahoma? I checked our schedule and the only really tough game left is UGA. A championship seems like a good possibility now.

Jesse W said...

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Tomahawk Nation said...

My resume ballot is up at T'Nation. Hope to see BYU and LSU omitted from yours as well.

Anonymous said...

*I don't personally care where Florida is ranked, since rankings don't have anything to do with what happens on the field.

*The Big 12 is a sham. Texas is #1 one day after giving up 5 touchdown passes? Really? Nobody seems to agree with me, but that was a sloppy, ugly game.

*As always, the good news is that this will all shake up in the end. Hopefully we'll get my dream matchup in the title game: USC vs. Florida. Finally put THAT nonsense to rest.

-bimigator

Anonymous said...

A couple of things:

1) Once again James is the most consistent returner I have ever seen (we've all seen homerun threats, and James is one as well, but he seems to be almost a lock for 20 yards every single return its kind of scary).

2) If our line can play like that we will not lose a single game, and frankly I don't think anyone in America is within 2 TDs of us (our problem this year is that first level, if we get that as we did against the Tigers we will score 40+ on every team we play).

Frankly there are literally only two things about our team that scare me: a) Our Goaline Offense- like most spread teams this a weakness (though Tebow helps this somewhat).
b) Our Pass Defense (a quality QB would scare me, as we're inconsistent- we have flashes of awesome but also complete brain locks).

Mergz said...

Tomahawk - I agree with the LSU call, not so much BYU.

I think you over rank both Florida and USC.

The best part about we resume voters is that we actually look at the evidence, rather than use some inflexible system where we move teams "up and down" according to preconceived notions. Our ballots actually look different, where the "traditionalist" have a bland sameness to them. Total groupthink.

DolFan 316 said...

"As for predictive power, maybe that ranking of rankings I did is the way to go. It certainly was a lot better than any conventional poll. It had Texas at number 1 (ahead of Oklahoma, obviously), Florida well ahead of LSU (8 slots), and Oklahoma State and Missouri a lot closer than the other polls. Not to mention it ranked Vandy 37th. Maybe I’m on to something?"

Not only are you onto something, that's the best and most accurate method of ranking teams I've ever seen. You should do it every single week, and no I'm not joking. I expect to see the next "ranking of the rankings" poll up in 3 days, tops. I'm even pimping it to my friends (giving you full credit of course).