In 1999, I was convinced that Virginia Tech was the best team in the nation behind QB Michael Vick.
I created the Schmitz Index to prove it.
It didn't work—no matter what I tried, VT was not the No. 1 team in the nation.
The Schmitz Index ranks the FBS teams on Win/Loss Percentage (50 percent), Strength of Schedule (25 percent), Margin of Victory (15 percent), Points Scored (five percent), and Net Average Yards (five percent).
Strength of Schedule considers opponents' and opponents' opponents' ratings in the other categories. Margin of Victory collapses runaway scores so as to lessen the impact of blowouts on the overall rankings.
LSU retains the top spot this week, but Oregon falls five spots after losing to Arizona in the desert. This opened the door for Kansas to move to number two after crushing Iowa State.
Missouri's seventeen-point win over Kansas State allows them to leapfrog Arizona State for the Number 5 slot.
(Through November 17, 2007)