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Against Ranked Teams - Football - Week 9

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I’ve decided to simplify this. The last couple of years I kept track of how teams playing ranked teams did and how ranked teams did against unranked teams. The latter was too heavily influenced by schools that set up their non-conference schedules with uncompetitive opponents. It also took too much of my time. I’ll stick to keeping track of how teams did against ranked teams. The formula is to give teams points based on the ranking of the team they paid: 25 points for playing a #1 ranked team, 24 for #2, 23 for #3, down to 1 point for playing #25. (A shortcut: subtract the number of the ranking from 26). Then you add in the net point differential of the game.

Examples: Central Michigan lost to #12 Oklahoma State 44-58. The Chips get 14 points for playing the #12 team but lose 14 for losing to that team 44-58. Net points: Zero. I’ll still list them because they’ve played a ranked team but their point total is zero. West Virginia lost to #17 Pittsburgh 31-38. They get 9 points for playing the #17 team but lost 7 points for the game result for a net of 2 points. Let’s see who had the best result each week and who accumulates the most points over the season.

WEEK 9
Kansas State beat #9 Oklahoma State 48-0 = +65 points
Tennessee beat #19 Kentucky 44-6 = +45 points
Louisville beat #10 Wake Forest 48-21 = +43 points
Notre Dame beat #16 Syracuse 41-24 = +27 points
Ohio State beat #13 Penn State 44-31 = +26 points
Missouri beat #25 South Carolina 23-10 = +14 points
Penn State lost to #2 Ohio State 31-44 = +11 points
Central Florida beat #20 Cincinnati 25-21 = +10 points
West Virginia lost to #7 Texas Christian 31-41 = +9 points
Arizona lost to #10 Southern California 37-45 = +8 points
Texas A&M lost to #15 Mississippi 28-31 = +8 points
Washington State lost to #14 Utah 17-21 = +8 points
Florida lost to #1 Georgia 20-42 = +3 points
Virginia Tech lost to #24 North Carolina State 21-22 = +1 point
California lost to #8 Oregon 24-42 = 0 points
Michigan State lost to #4 Michigan 7-29 = 0 points
Nebraska lost to #17 Illinois 9-26 = -8 points
Stanford lost to #12 UCLA 13-38 = -11 points
Pittsburgh lost to #21 North Carolina 24-42 = -13 points
Kentucky lost to #3 Tennessee 6-44 = -15 points
Oklahoma State lost to #22 Kansas State 0-48 = -45 points

Comment: It wasn’t a good week to be ranked. Seven ranked teams lost by a combined 160 points.
K-State’s 48-0 win over #9 ranked Oklahoma was the most impressive performance against a ranked team this season, topping Georgia’s 49-3 drubbing of #11 Oregon in Week 1. The Cowboys went from +44 for the season to -1.

Top 25 through WEEK 5

Tennessee +126 points
Kansas State +100 points
Texas Christian +93 points
Alabama +72 points
Texas A&M +68 points

Georgia +61 points
Notre Dame +58 points
Ohio State +58 points
Clemson +55 points
UCLA +45 points

Oregon +44 points
Louisville +43 points
Syracuse +41 points
Michigan +40 points
Kentucky +38 points

Louisiana State +35 points
Missouri +35 points
Texas +32 points
Florida +31 points
Washington State +30 points

Wake Forest +28 points
Kansas State +27 points
Syracuse +26 points
Washington +26 points
Illinois +24 points


The worst performance against ranked teams so far is that of Akron, (-86).

The weekly best performances:
WEEK 1 Georgia beat #11 Oregon 49-3 = +61 points
WEEK 2 Kentucky beat #12 Florida 26-16 = +24 points
And Texas lost to #1 Alabama 19-20 = +24 points
WEEK 3 Oregon beat #12 Brigham Young 41-20 = +35 points
WEEK 4 Kansas State beat #6 Oklahoma 41-34 = +27 points
WEEK 5 Texas Christian beat #18 Oklahoma 55-24 = +39 points
WEEK 6 Tennessee beat #25 Louisiana State 40-13 = +28 points
WEEK 7 Michigan beat #10 Penn State 41-17 = +40 points
WEEK 8 Louisiana State beat #7 Mississippi 45-20 = +44 points
WEEK 9 Kansas State beat #9 Oklahoma State 48-0 = +65 points

The top ten single game performances:
WEEK 9 Kansas State beat #9 Oklahoma State 48-0 = +65 points
WEEK 1 Georgia beat #11 Oregon 49-3 = +61 points
WEEK 9 Tennessee beat #19 Kentucky 44-6 = +45 points
WEEK 8 Louisiana State beat #7 Mississippi 45-20 = +44 points
WEEK 9 Louisville beat #10 Wake Forest 48-21 = +43 points
WEEK 7 Michigan beat #10 Penn State 41-17 = +40 points
WEEK 5 Texas Christian beat #18 Oklahoma 55-24 = +39 points
WEEK 3 Oregon beat #12 Brigham Young 41-20 = +35 points
WEEK 1 Ohio State beat #5 Notre Dame 21-10 = +32 points
WEEK 8 Oregon beat #9 UCLA 45-30 = +32 points
 

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