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Against Ranked teams

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 7
Michigan beat #10 Penn State 41-17 = +40 points
Syracuse beat #15 North Carolina State 24-9 = +26 points
Tennessee beat #3 Alabama 52-49 = +26 points
Illinois beat #14 Minnesota 26-14 = +24 points
Texas Christian beat #8 Oklahoma State 43-40 = +21 points
Kentucky beat #16 Mississippi State 27-17 = +20 points
Utah beat #7 Southern California 43-42 = +20 points
Alabama lost to #6 Tennessee 49-52 = +17 points
Oklahoma beat #19 Kansas 52-42 = +17 points
Florida State lost to #4 Clemson 28-34 = +16 points
Oklahoma State lost to #13 Texas Christian 40-43 = +10 points
Georgia Southern beat #25 James Madison 45-38 = +8 points
Southern California lost to #20 Utah 42-43 = +5 points
Auburn lost to #9 Mississippi 34-48 = +3 points
Iowa State lost to #22 Texas 21-24 = +1 points
Penn State lost to #5 Michigan 17-41 = -3 points
Mississippi State lost to #22 Kentucky 17-27 = -6 points
North Carolina State lost to #18 Syracuse 9-24 = -7 points
Minnesota lost to #24 Illinois 14-26 = -10 points
Vanderbilt lost to #1 Georgia 0-55 = -30 points

Comment: It’s good to see the ‘Cuse near the top of the list.

Top 25 through WEEK 5

Tennessee +81 points
Texas Christian +74 points
Georgia +61 points
Texas A&M +60 points
Kentucky +53 points

Alabama +46 points
UCLA +44 points
Michigan +40 points
Clemson +37 points
Ohio State +32 points

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

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

Marshall +23 points
Mississippi +22 points
Washington State +22 points
Mississippi State +21 points
Missouri +21 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

The top ten single game performances:
WEEK 1 Georgia beat #11 Oregon 49-3 = +61 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 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
WEEK 5 Clemson beat #10 North Carolina State 30-20 = +26 points
WEEK 3 Washington beat #11 Michigan State 39-28 = +26 points
WEEK 7 Syracuse beat #15 North Carolina State 24-9 = +26 points
WEEK 7 Tennessee beat #3 Alabama 52-49 = +26 points
 

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