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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 14

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

My final top four of the regular season is Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, and Stanford, after each team won their conference championship game.

Oklahoma is the odd man out, after not playing this week and only playing 12 games this year, compared to 13 by the four teams ahead of them. Their average per game is actually higher than Stanford’s, but Oklahoma can’t get credit for a game they didn’t play now that we’re at the end of the season. I’m guessing the Playoff Committee will put Oklahoma in, but going by my metric, I’d leave them out.

After the championship games this weekend, the only non-bowl game left is Army/Navy.

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Becoming a Superfan: Introducing, the Bacon Boys

by Nick Alberico (@MeadowsLeague)

Meet Dwayne Bacon, the 6’7” athletic dynamo from Lakeland that became FSU’s first 5-star recruit since Micheal Snaer inexplicably committed to the school back in 2009. A McDonald’s All-American and the 2015 All-American Dunk Competition champion, Bacon led Oak Hill Academy to an unblemished 45-0 record his senior year with a mix of physical dominance, shooting prowess, and swagger. Bacon is the biggest thing to happen to FSU hoops since $1 Hot Dog Day was introduced a few years ago, and is clearly a man–and a name–to be celebrated.

Despite never having the opportunity to see him play in person, Mr. Bacon has the distinct honor of being my favorite player on the team. The freshmen brings a certain confidence and poise this year’s squad needs if it wants to go back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since FSU won the ACC Tournament in 2012.

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2013 Week 9 Deli Poll and Heisman Watch

I’m really happy that FSU will get another chance to prove themselves this week, but unless Oregon loses to Stanford I really don’t see them as number 2 in my rankings any time soon.  Miami is a really weak undefeated team, and with VT looking like their usual selfs and Florida MIA, they have little chance to impress voters the rest of the year.

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Baylor (more…)

Nick Aliotti’s ridiculous post game comments and the WEEK 8 DELI POLL

After last week’s college football game between Oregon and Washington State, Oregon‘s defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti criticized opposing head coach Mike Leach for running up the score, and passing the ball in the fourth quarter, even though Oregon won the game in a lopsided 63-38 victory, where their own offense score 14 fourth quarter points.

Calling the decision to pass the ball a record 89 times “low class,” Aliotti criticized Leach for taking advantage of the second and third string player’s his team elected to put into the game, in order to pad his team’s statistics.

The truth of the matter is, a team should be praised for trying to win the game even when it seems so out of reach.  Washington State used it as an opportunity to practice against a caliber of athlete that most of its students won’t go up against again in their lifetimes.  It’s a great experience for your athletes.  And just because a team decides to pull its starters doesn’t mean their opponent has to accept defeat.   It’s understandable for Oregon to prefer their opponents to lay down in a fetal position every week after going down 30 points, but the fact that one team was able to take advantage of their lackluster defense is actually a (slight) sign of weakness for the Ducks, who are ranked #2 in the coaches and AP polls.

Until Oregon is willing to kneel the ball every play on offense, the opponent shouldn’t stop trying to score.  The reason they don’t kneel throughout the fourth is that no matter what their lead is, there’s always a .00001% chance the other team can make a come back.  And for Washington State, a 63-38 game is a lot less embarrassing than 62-24.  That’s why Aliotti was out of line.

WEEK 8 DELI POLL

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Baylor (more…)

2013: Week 6 Deli Poll and Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

All wrapped into one post!

Week 6 NCAA Deli Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Clemson
  4. Stanford
  5. Ohio State
  6. Louisville
  7. Florida State
  8. Georgia
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Michigan
  11. Oklahoma
  12. LSU
  13. UCLA
  14. Baylor
  15. Miami
  16. Texas Tech
  17. Washington
  18. Northwestern
  19. Florida
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. Northern Illinois
  22. South Carolina
  23. Michigan State
  24. Oregon State
  25. Fresno State

Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

 

  1. Broncos (5-0)
  2. Saints (5-0)
  3. Seahawks (4-1)
  4. Chiefs (5-0)
  5. Colts (4-1)
  6. Patriots (4-1)
  7. 49ers (3-2)
  8. Bangles (3-2)
  9. Packers (2-2)
  10. Bears (3-2)
  11. Dolphins (3-2)
  12. Cowboys (2-3)
  13. Jets (3-2)
  14. Lions (3-2)
  15. Browns (3-2)
  16. Ravens (3-2)
  17. Titans (3-2)
  18. Texans (2-3)
  19. Chargers (2-3)
  20. Falcons (1-4)
  21. Bills (2-3)
  22. Cardinals  (3-2)
  23. Panthers (1-3)
  24. Eagles (2-3)
  25. Raiders (2-3)
  26. Rams (2-3)
  27. Vikings (1-3)
  28. Washington Professional Football Team (1-3)
  29. Steelers (0-4)
  30. Giants (0-5)
  31. Buccaneers (0-4)
  32. Jaguars (0-5)

DELI POLL: WEEK 4 TOP 25 AND HEISMAN WATCH

Not too many changes here this week.  With the news that Florida’s starting QB will be out for the season, I was tempted to drop them from the rankings, but there’s actually a chance that their offense is better off this way.  ASU got hammered by Stanford, and even though I moved them down, it might be more of a sign that Stanford is really good.  And although Michigan State lost to Notre Dame, I move them into the Top 25.  They lost a really close game against a good team on the road after being dominant for the first 3 weeks.  They’re a solid squad with a tough schedule that could make a splash in the coming weeks.

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Deli Poll: Week 3 Top 25

I got one of my 2 calls right this week.  Texas Tech won against TCU, but Alabama won on the road against A&M.  I still think that A&M is one of the only teams in the country that can beat Bama and they’re still the 2nd best team in the SEC, but what this game proved is if you make a mistake against the Tide you will lose. (more…)

DELI POLL: WEEK 2 TOP 25 AND HEISMAN WATCH

Once again a lot of changes this week, mostly relating to teams losing and falling off the ranks.  One of the biggest adjustments I made was Ohio State and Baylor, who have both beat Buffalo with vastly different stat lines.  Ohio Stat also might have to play a few games with quarterback Braxton Miller nursing an injury.

But the real question is, am I allowed to rank Eastern Washington in the top 25 even though they’re a FCS team? I’m really tempted to this week, it’s hard finding a 25th team that really deserves it, and I hate giving it to a team that just lost.  Texas got dismantled by BYU, the Clowney lead South Carolina’s SEC defense isn’t dominant enough, Arizona State beat up on a Big Sky opponent but has only played one game, Bowling Green’s schedule is so soft it wouldn’t matter if they went undefeated all season, and TCU lost to LSU at home and was somewhat underwhelming against the FCS this week.   So whom does that leave me with? Texas Tech, my Big-12 sleeper-pick.  Tech has an amazingly difficult schedule this year, and if they come close to running the table, starting with TCU this Thursday, they have a clear path to a birth in one of this year’s top bowls.

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2013 Deli Poll: Week 1 TOP 25 and HEISMAN WATCH

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

I tend to move teams around a lot the first two or three weeks of the season.  Was Alabama’s poor offensive line play a fluke? Will Oregon’s offense be more explosive without Chip Kelly as head coach?  Until we see more games I need to assume that those are true statements to some extent.

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