Here are things about the poll:
|Rank||Team||Value of Win Avg.||Diff.|
There is a giant gap between Alabama and everyone else. 2-6 are all pretty close with each other. The resumes of some that have had tough competitions are making an appearance this week. Oregon State, by far, has the best Opp Avg in the country at 2.449. Them, Florida, Washington, Notre Dame, and UCLA are in the top 10 of Opp Avg. It is still early in the season, and some schools that have played FCS opponents are still being kept down by their atrocious schedules. I would anticipate seeing Nebraska, or Texas get into the top 25 next week. Nevada is going to start getting hammered due to the WAC. If Baylor can pull off a win vs. Texas Tech, I wouldn't be too shocked to see them get in the rankings next week.
Just remember, it is still early in the season, so there will be some big changes week-to-week, until we get through the second half of the season.
Now on to the extra curricular awards:
Flavor of the Week
This is awarded to the team that has the best win of the week. This is generally given to a team that has a solid win against a good team.
|Virginia Tech||NC State||4.229|
Oregon went down 21-3 early Against Stanford, and by the end of it, they were leading by 21. Stanford has had a great team this year, so seeing Oregon on top here is no surprise. Of course, Alabama beating Florida is another great win for them.
Face Palm Award
This is awarded to the team that really should be embarrassed for their loss. This is generally given to the team that played poorly against a bad team.
|San Jose State||UC Davis||-11.095|
|Boston College||Notre Dame||-3.448|
|Central Michigan||Ball State||-3.429|
Another scheduled FCS team gets a win this season. They beat Southern Utah back in Week 3 by only 5 points. They are bad. Really bad. Like - probably would be in the bottom half of the Big Sky bad.
If we were to toss out FCS results, Memphis getting embarrassed by Tulsa by 41 is fairly funny in itself.
No Shame in Losing Award
This is awarded to the team that had the most respectable loss of the week. This is generally given to the team that played well against a good team.
|Texas A&M||Oklahoma State||1.881|
I don't know about you, but I think Stanford is a damn good team, despite losing to Oregon by 21 points. They should feel pretty good about their season, as they could easily end up in the Rose Bowl, or the Alamo Bowl this year.
Bitter Sweet Award
This is awarded to the team that the most disastrous win of the week. This is generally given to the team that played close against a bad team. Teams will find themselves here if they fail to win very convincingly against an FCS team.
|Fresno State||Cal Poly||-7.000|
|Mississippi State||Alcorn State||-5.857|
WAC gets no help as Fresno State decided to schedule Cal Poly. Mississippi State scheduled Alcorn. Zzzzzzz...
In games that didn't feature an FCS opponent, we have... UTEP and New Mexico? Oh boy...
After UCLA shocked the world by beating Texas last week, they almost got shocked themselves by WSU - at home.
Conference Strength Standings
As it is pretty much shown in the Top 25, there are three good conferences right now. The Pac-10 gets the edge over the SEC this week, but the margin is very small.
Best Games of the Upcoming Week
|Match Up||Avg of Teams' Avg|
|Florida State vs. Miami (FL)||2.499|
|Michigan vs. Michigan State||2.343|
|Texas A&M vs. Arkansas||2.012|
|LSU vs. Florida||1.900|
|Syracuse vs. USF||1.881|
Florida State vs. Miami (FL) are two teams that have had comparable results on the field. While Florida State has had an easier schedule, both teams have something to prove, and this is their game to do it. Both teams will look to improve their resume from this game, unless it turns into a blow out.
Michigan vs. Michigan State is the same story as FSU and Miami.
Texas A&M and Arkansas are two teams that have very comparable resumes - only one noteworthy game in a soft slate and that one game was within a close margin.
LSU vs. Florida. We'll hopefully get to see if Florida is legit. It's always fun to watch LSU, just to see what Les Miles does next at the very, very end of the game.
Syracuse vs. USF is not really an exciting match that has any relevance, but it could turn out to be a rather exciting game.
Finally, I want to give props to the comments last week, and to Matt Daddy. Keep the advice and suggestions coming. I'll update the post with a spreadsheet soon.