Over at USAToday Sports, they have the latest Sagarin Rankings for College Football. Interestingly, the rankings come two ways: By Team and by Conference.
Some notes on the rankings:
Quality wins are represented in the rankings with a weight given to Top 15 wins and Top 30 wins.
Strength of current schedule is a contributor. So, if a team beats No. 1 in week 1, and that No. 1 team falls to No. 45 over the season, that win won’t matter come the end of the season.
ALL teams are ranked to compute these rankings.
Home field advantage is part of the rankings and predictions for the following week’s games.
Margin of victory is unimportant in one measure, and points scored are all that matters in another measure. These two measures combine to make the final rating.
Over the course of the season, all teams will be connected by whom they have played and who has played them—giving a ranking based solely on points scored and win-loss outcomes on the field.
3 Boise State
5 Ohio State
10 Virginia Tech
17 Penn State
18 Oklahoma State
24 North Carolina
The team results of week 2 in college football are already well indicated by these rankings, in my opinion:
1) It pays to play against good competition, win or lose.
2) It pays to score points.
3) Every team will be connected by performance and success.
For the doubters, the conference rankings may or may not give you some comfort. Looking inside the conferences is interesting as well. Florida sits at No. 3 within the SEC.
It will be interesting to follow these rankings throughout the year and see how they predict outcomes.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?