Top 25


by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

We’re one week away from knowing the answer.

Oklahoma is standing at #3 right now, but remember that their season is over. They won’t have any more chances to earn points because the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game, and playing only 12 games instead of 13 will always hurt teams in the Big 12. A team can’t get credit for a game they don’t play.

This mean that the winner of Iowa vs Michigan State, as well as Clemson if they win the ACC should pass Oklahoma pretty easily.

Stanford also has a chance to squeak by Oklahoma (or even Alabama if they lose to Florida) if they take care of business in their game against USC.

The only other team that has an outside chance of cracking the top four is North Carolina. Doing the unthinkable and beating Clemson won’t be enough, but if they win and Stanford loses, they’ll have a shot.

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Update 11/29 2:50 p.m.: I double checked and went through every team’s points again for the whole season to make sure I had the math right. I found a few half point errors here and there, and as a result, Oklahoma moved down from #2 to #3, and Michigan and Northwestern swapped positions. Everything else stayed put.




by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

There are only two weeks left in the college football season, but they’re the most important of the year and could cause the most movement in the ranks.

Rivalry week will bring up key games between ranked teams: Florida vs. FSU, Notre Dame vs. Stanford, Baylor vs. TCU, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Ohio State vs. Michigan, UCLA vs. USC, Texas A&M vs LSU, and Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State. Also, one-loss Navy and Houston will square off to see which team was the best of the mid majors this season, and the winner will most likely find themselves in the top 25 at season’s end.

The most notable losses this week were Ohio State and Oklahoma State, but former undefeated teams that lost to games against their conference’s toughest competition. Oklahoma State still has an outside chance if they take care of business against Oklahoma, and some of the team’s ahead of them fall. Ohio State needs a lot of help from things out of their control and would have to win against two really difficult opponents to jump up into the top 4. It could happen, but it’s highly unlikely.

One team to keep an eye on is North Carolina. They haven’t lost since the first week of the year, and if they can somehow upset Clemson in two weeks, they would have a really strong resume. Probably not top-4 worthy, but it’s cool to see a new face near the top.

cfb week 12


by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

There are only three weeks of games left before the College Football Playoff, but there is still plenty of time for things to change near the top of the polls with rivalry week and conference championship games on their way.

One rank I would like defend is Ohio State at 12. I know they’re defending champions and they’re undefeated, but the best two teams they’ve played this season are Minnesota and Penn State, neither of which are all that impressive, and they haven’t completely blown out the weak teams they’ve been up against either. This shows that these ranks are doing their job: to grade a teams based on what they’ve done so far this season, and not to factor in their preseason perception. Also, just because Ohio State is ranked 12 doesn’t mean they’re far out of the playoffs. Their last three games will be against Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa in the Big 10 Championship game, and if they win all three, there’s no way they get left out.

Another similar situation has been happening in the Big 12. The top teams in the Big 12 were all lower than their record would probably indicate for the majority of this season because they all scheduled their hardest games the last three weeks of the season. Therefore, even with one loss already, Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor have a chance to really jump up the rankings if any of them go through these last three games unscathed. That would, however, require them to beat undefeated Oklahoma State, who’s the best chance for the conference to cement themselves in the playoff picture.

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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.



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…)



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.

Week 2 Top 25 (more…)


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.