Against Ranked teams (Football) Week 3 | Syracusefan.com

# Against Ranked teams (Football) Week 3

#### SWC75

##### Bored Historian
This year I will be again charting how teams have done “against ranked teams”, which is something that always comes up at the end of the year when the arguments over who should be in the 4 team national championship playoff takes place. As usual, this is not meant to end those arguments, just to give those making them something to look at in forming their opinions.

I’m going to do it using the procedure I started a couple years ago. The original procedure was that I would first grant teams playing ranked teams a certain number of points based on who they are playing. If you played the #1 team, (I use the AP- writer’s poll for continuity), you get 25 points. If you are playing the #2 team, you get 24 points, etc. down to getting 1 point for playing the #25 team. I call these “schedule points”. Here’s a chart to make it simple:
1-25, 2-24, 3-23, 4-22, 5-21, 6-20, 7-19, 8-18, 9-17, 10-16, 11-15, 12-14, 13-13, 14-12, 15-11, 16-10, 17-9, 18-8, 19-7, 20-6, 21-5, 22-4, 23-3, 24-2, 25-1.
(Of course you can always just subtract the ranking from 26. That will work every time.)

Then I look at the point differential in the actual game. If you defeated the ranked team, you add the number of points you won by to the schedule points. If you lost to that team, you subtract the margin you lost by from the schedule points. (I call these ‘game’ points.) The difference between this procedure and the original one if that I didn’t count any deficit: if you got to zero, you got zero. This year I’m going to try to record negative points, too, so a team can get full ‘credit’ for a really bad performance.

WEEK 3

Arizona State beat #18 Michigan State 10-7 = +11 points
Kentucky lost to #9 Florida 21-29 = +9 points
Temple beat #21 Maryland 20-17 = +8 points
Iowa State lost to #19 Iowa 17-18 = +6 points
Pittsburgh lost to #13 Penn State 10-17 = +6 points
Brigham Young beat #24 Southern California 30-27 = +5 points
South Carolina lost to #2 Alabama 23-47 = 0 points
Houston lost to #20 Washington State 24-31 = -1 points
Florida State lost to #25 Virginia 24-31 = - 6 points
Stanford lost to #17 Central Florida 27-45 = -9 points
Syracuse lost to #1 Clemson 6-41 = -10 points
UCLA lost to #5 Oklahoma 14-48 = -13 points
Idaho State lost to #11 Utah 0-31 = -16 points
Indiana lost to #6 Ohio State 10-51 = -21 points
Kent State lost to #8 Auburn 16-55 = -21 points
Montana lost to #15 Oregon 3-35 = -21 points
Rice lost to #12 Texas 13-48 = -21 points
Hawaii lost to #23 Washington 20-52 = -29 points
NW Louisiana lost to #4 Louisiana State 14-65 = -29 points
Portland State lost to #22 Boise State 10-45 = -31 points
Arkansas State lost to #3 Georgia 0-55 = -32 points
New Mexico lost to #7 Notre Dame 14-66 = -33 points
Lamar lost to #16 Texas A&M 3-62 = -49 points

Comments: Not a lot of big games here. Most teams are still playing over-matched teams in meaningless games. The season has yet to really take shape.

TOP 25

Maryland +48 points
Southern California +28 points
Louisiana State +24 points
Auburn +21 points
Army +16 points

U of Miami +14 points
California +13 points
Texas +13 points
Arizona State +11 points
Texas A&M +11 points

Kentucky +9 points
Temple +8 points
Iowa State +6 points
Pittsburgh +6 points

Oregon +4 points
Houston +3 points
Northern Iowa +2 points
Middle Tennessee State 0 points
South Carolina 0 points

Brigham Young -1 points
Louisville -1 point
Vanderbilt -1 point
Tulane -2 points
Marshall -5 points
Northern Illinois -5 points

The worst team so far is New Mexico State with -76 points.

Syracuse has -10 points

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