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Against Ranked Teams Week 8

SWC75

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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 8
Louisiana State beat #7 Mississippi 45-20 = +44 points
Oregon beat #9 UCLA 45-30 = +32 points
Alabama beat #24 Mississippi State 30-6 = +26 points
Texas Christian beat #17 Kansas State 38-28 = +19 points
Clemson beat #14 Syracuse 27-21 = +18 points
Syracuse lost to #5 Clemson 21-27 = +15 points
Oklahoma State beat #20 Texas 41-34 = +13 points
Kansas State lost to #8 Texas Christian 28-38 = +8 points
Texas lost to #11 Oklahoma State 34-41 = +8 points
So Methodist lost to #21 Cincinnati 27-29 = +2 points
UCLA lost to #10 Oregon 30-45 = +1 points
Mississippi State lost to #6 Alabama 6-30 = -4 points
Memphis lost to #25 Tulane 28-38 = -9 points
Boston College lost to #13 Wake Forest 15-43 = -15 points
Minnesota lost to #16 Penn State 17-45 = -18 points
UT Martin lost to #3 Tennessee 24-65 = -18 points
Iowa lost to #2 Ohio State 10-54 = -20 points

Comment: there were five confrontations between ranked teams this week. Our game with Clemson was tied with Oregon-UCLA for the highest combined rankings and we got the highest TV ratings.

Top 25 through WEEK 5

Texas Christian +93 points
Tennessee +81 points
Alabama +72 points
Georgia +61 points
Texas A&M +60 points

Clemson +55 points
Kentucky +53 points
UCLA +45 points
Oklahoma State +44 points
Oregon +44 points

Syracuse +41 points
Michigan +40 points
Kansas State +35 points
Louisiana State +35 points
Ohio State +32 points

Texas +32 points
Notre Dame +31 points
Florida +28 points
Wake Forest +28 points
Kansas State +27 points

Syracuse +26 points
Washington +26 points
Illinois +24 points
Appalachian State +23 points
Marshall +23 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

The top ten single game performances:
WEEK 1 Georgia beat #11 Oregon 49-3 = +61 points
WEEK 8 Louisiana State beat #7 Mississippi 45-20 = +44 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
WEEK 5 Alabama beat #20 Arkansas 49-26 = +29 points
WEEK 6 Tennessee beat #25 Louisiana State 40-13 = +28 points
WEEK 4 Kansas State beat #6 Oklahoma 41-34 = +27 points
WEEK 5 Mississippi State beat #17 Texas A&M 42-24 = +27 points
 

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