Power Ranking the One-Loss College Football Teams by Blind Resume
With Notre Dame punching its ticket to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game as the nation's lone undefeated, five one-loss teams now remain in limbo. Although there has been speculation about which team will face the No. 1 Fighting Irish come Jan. 7, there is one question worth asking.
If you evaluated each team's resume without a name or face to place it with, how exactly would you rank the one-loss teams? To answer that question, prepare for blind resumes.
When it comes down to crunching numbers and placing fan bias aside, it can be difficult to draw the line between fandom and proper evaluation. Fortunately for those struggling to do so, a faceless evaluation of each one-loss contender's season has been constructed.
Let the battle for being most deserving begin.
5. Team A
Wins vs. Top 10: 1
Wins vs. Top 25: 1
FBS Opponent W-L Record: 63-68
To start us off, we have our first team that finished the season at 11-1. To reach said level, Team A defeated just one ranked opponent but won by an average margin of 20.3 points per game on the season.
Which is reason enough to believe in the validity of this team as a national championship contender.
Team A also played in just four road games. To further damage their resume, they faced just three opponents with winning records.
Overall, their opponents posted a poor record of 63-68. A testament to how untested this team truly is, as its two games against Top 25 teams had varying results.
During one game, they pulled out a 17-9 victory. During another, they lost 35-7.
Which holds more weight in your book?
4. Team B
Wins vs. Top 10: 0
Wins vs. Top 25: 4
FBS Opponent W-L Record: 68-57
Normally, a victory over a Top 10 opponent would be enough to springboard Team A above Team B. Due to the fact that Team A has no other victories over a Top 25 opponent and Team B has four of the sort, that changes everything.
Which brings us to what makes B so special.
Team B had a three-week stretch in which they played consecutive Top 25 opponents. Each time, they emerged victorious and won by a double-figure margin.
Roughly one month prior, Team B went on the road and defeated another Top 25 foe.
For the season, two of their wins over ranked teams came on the road. Although their lone loss came by a 28-point margin against an unranked opponent, Team B proved their legitimacy time and time again before falling victim to a late-season loss.
A loss which drops them to No. 4.
3. Team C
Wins vs. Top 10: 0
Wins vs. Top 25: 4
FBS Opponent W-L Record: 70-60
Team C defeated just one team presently found in the Top 15 of the BCS rankings. For the season, however, this anonymous ballclub has defeated four opponents that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time they played.
An impressive feat which deserves recognition.
Their lone loss came by a 17-14 margin against the top-ranked run defense in the nation. With that being said, Team C averaged 323.3 rushing yards per game and ranked second in the nation with an average of 50.8 points.
Only once in a blue moon will this offense be slowed down. With that one occasion having passed by, why not give them another shot at glory?
If nothing else, Team C is the one to watch for offensive production.
2. Team D
Wins vs. Top 10: 1
Wins vs. Top 25: 3
FBS Opponent W-L Record: 69-62
Team D has three wins against Top 25 opponents and two against teams that can be found in the most recent BCS Rankings. Of those victories, one came against a team that is presently ranked in the Top 10.
Which gives Team D a slight edge over Team C in terms of the quality of their respective victories.
Team D has been the top scoring defense in the nation, holding opponents to just 9.3 points per game. Unfortunately, they allowed 29 points during their lone loss of the season and fell to said adversary at home.
A damaging aspect of their blind resume.
Nevertheless, Team D has put together quite the impressive rap sheet. They've taken down two elite opponents, including one that can be found within the Top 10 of the latest BCS Rankings.
Such a victory proves their legitimacy and gives Team D a boost to No. 2 on these rankings.
1. Team E
Wins vs. Top 10: 3
Wins vs. Top 25: 5
FBS Opponent W-L Record: 86-45
Coming in at number one is Team A, who have combined elite-level defense with five wins over Top 25 opponents, the most over such high-caliber opposition of any team on this list of National Championship contenders.
That trend would continue had we included the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Of those five victories, four came against teams presently ranked within the Top 13. Two of those victories came on the road and three were against teams presently ranked in the Top 10.
In otherwise, this anonymous team has beaten the best the nation has to offer and done so in impressive fashion.
As for their lone loss, Team A dropped a 17-9 heartbreaker. Nevertheless, their overall body of work has enabled the Kings of the Anonymous to sit atop this list of who has the best blind resume.
The question is, will it be enough to earn a BCS Championship Game selection?
Team A: Georgia Bulldogs
When you evaluate the talent on the Georgia Bulldogs roster, clearly they deserve to be higher. When it comes to blind resumes, however, there is very little worth marveling.
Winning six games in a row and qualifying for the SEC Championship Game is a nice way to put those concerns to rest.
Team B: Kansas State Wildcats
Whether Kansas State is a better team than Georgia is certainly debatable. Neither team has the most attention-grabbing resume, but both are quality teams with solid defenses and a dominant form of attack on offense.
Without knowing which team is which, however, K-State's four victories over ranked opponents outweighs Georgia's one.
Team C: Oregon Ducks
With four wins against ranked opponents, one might assume that the Oregon Ducks deserve to be ranked higher. Unfortunately, the Ducks have played just two teams that can be located in the latest BCS Rankings.
One of those two teams, Stanford, beat Oregon 17-14 on Nov. 17.
Team D: Alabama Crimson Tide
Entering this list, many fans likely projected Alabama to come out on top. With three wins over Top 25 opponents and its lone loss coming to No. 9 Texas A&M, it's not difficult to see why.
The fact of the matter is, Alabama's stellar resume is outclassed by a team that actually sits two slots lower in the BCS Rankings. Who could it be?
Team E: Florida Gators
Surprised? The Florida Gators have put together the most impressive blind resume of any team in the nation, regardless of how many losses they've suffered.
Florida has wins over No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 10 South Carolina and No. 13 Florida State. Throw in a one-possession loss to No. 3 Georgia and you can see that a look beyond a blind resume asserts the Gators' dominance.
Even if a loss did come to a Team A, Florida's overall body of work seals the deal.