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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week ten)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: One potential contender for the final four lost, as did a number of field fillers.
Somehow that sounds familiar.

So in a post-Election Day attention diverted fashion, I’ll just hit a couple highlights from the weekend that was.
Thorough.  That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about what Alabama did to LSU.  In Death Valley … Clemson and Michigan both stood out this weekend … Oklahoma, Washington State, and Ohio State also stood out but for the wrong reasons instead of the right ones … Also standing out were Texas A&M, Florida, and Iowa, but that’s the kind of stuff that will leave you standing outside …. For my personal interests, Tennessee struggled their way past Charlotte (? Srsly?), Georgia Tech found juuuuust enough to avoid another collapse, and I watched in person for the second straight season as Ole Miss snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, sparked by the refusal of their quarterback to even look willing to TRY to get a crucial first down.   I’m genuinely shocked at this point that anyone is willing to block for him at all.

That’s an abbreviated wrap due to time constraints, let’s get to the latest edition of my JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.

(last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Clemson (2)
  3. Notre Dame (3)
  4. Michigan (5)
  5. Oklahoma (6)
  6. Georgia (7)
  7. LSU (4)
  8. West Virginia (8)
  9. Washington State (9)
  10. UCF (10)
  11. Ohio State (11)
  12. Utah State (17)
  13. Kentucky (13)
  14. Fresno State (19)
  15. Mississippi State (20)
  16. Texas (16)
  17. Syracuse (25)
  18. Boston College (Un)
  19. Penn State (12)
  20.  Florida (14)
  21. Cincinnati (Un)
  22. Auburn (Un)
  23. Washington (Un)
  24. Iowa (21)
  25. Iowa State (Un)

Dropped: Utah (15), Houston (17), Virginia (22), Texas A&M (23), Georgia Southern (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (2017 season final)

Well that was close.   Too close.

A freshman quarterback that hadn’t seen particularly meaningful action all season.  A freshman receiver who caught only eight passes for the year, but two of those were game winning touchdowns on his team’s final offensive play.   This Alabama team suddenly has two surprise heroes … and, oh yeah, another national championship.

In some respects perhaps the sudden stunning finish to the 2017 college football season was appropriate.   I mean, who really thought FSU would end up with a season turning to disaster after an injury?  Or that the ‘Noles would go into 2018 with a new coach?  Or that their old coach would end up at … Texas A&M (!?!)? Or that UCF would run the table, regardless of their (lack of) strength of schedule?  Or that Auburn would beat both playoff finalists, but not be in the playoff themselves?  Or that a college team would hold a press conference to announced that they’ve hired Herm Edwards (?!?!?).   Or that Georgia Tech would miss a bowl … oh wait, that one really ain’t any more shocking than Tennessee (finally) ridding themselves of Butch Jones.    Or maybe there’s the most shocking development of all:  someone hiring Derek Doofus to coach in the college ranks again. Proof positive that, truly, anything can happen I guess.

I think, in the big picture, that the year was a good one for college football.   Too often in recent years there felt like there was little mystery to be found, while this year — good or bad — there was at least a little more sense of “what will happen next?”.   And that bodes well, in theory anyway, for next season … which is only about seven months away.   It seems almost certain that some of this year’s playoff teams will also be some of next year’s playoff teams … but you never know, which is what 2017 proved.

All that’s left is to put a bow on 2017, with my final JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 for the year.  (Final rank & pre-bowl rank before the team name, my pre-season rank follows their name)

  1. (5) Alabama (1)
  2. (3) Georgia (17)
  3. (2) Oklahoma (5)
  4. (4) Ohio State (3)
  5. (1) Clemson (7)
  6. (9) UCF (Un)
  7. (8) Wisconsin (11)
  8. (10) Penn State (8)
  9. (13) TCU (Un)
  10. (6) Auburn (12)
  11. (15) Notre Dame (Un)
  12. (7) USC (4)
  13. (11) Miami (16)
  14. (16) Oklahoma State (10)
  15. (18) Michigan State (Un)
  16. (23) Mississippi State (Un)
  17. (21) Northwestern (Un)
  18. (12) Washington (6)
  19. (20) LSU (13)
  20. (14) Stanford (14)
  21. (19) South Florida (22)
  22. (22) Washington State (23)
  23. (25) Boise State (Un)
  24.  (Un) Iowa State (Un)
  25. (Un) Wake Forest (Un)

Dropped: Memphis (17), Virginia Tech (24)

Teams ranked in pre-season that finished 2017 unranked:
FSU (2), Michigan (9),  Florida (15), Kansas State (18), Louisville (19), Virginia Tech (20),
West Virginia (21), Texas (24), Utah (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week eight)

It was either a very big weekend for college football hopefuls … or it was just business as usual.
I’m not entirely sure which.

The four teams in the top seven that were active had little more trouble with their respective opponents than the three other teams had with Bye … Oklahoma State was lucky to survive … Oklahoma had more trouble than maybe expected too … USC and Michigan were just flat out exposed … Georgia Tech didn’t make it pretty for a lot of the night but eventually avoided losing on Homecoming … And once again I’m grateful that the schedule doesn’t include a matchup of the Tennessee “offense” and the Ole Miss “defense”.   I’d be afraid that two entities that don’t exist in any meaningful form could collide and create some sort of space-time anomaly with disastrous results.

So that’s that … and here’s the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Penn State (2)
  3. Georgia (3)
  4. TCU (4)
  5. Wisconsin (5)
  6. Ohio State (6)
  7. Clemson (7)
  8. Oklahoma (9)
  9. Notre Dame (17)
  10. Oklahoma State (11)
  11. Miami (10)
  12. Washington (11)
  13. South Florida (13)
  14. NC State (14)
  15. Virginia Tech (15)
  16. Washington State (16)
  17. UCF (18)
  18. Michigan State (20)
  19. Stanford (21)
  20. West Virginia (22)
  21. Auburn (25)
  22. USC (12)
  23. Memphis (23)
  24. Iowa State (Un)
  25. Mississippi State (Un)

Dropped:  Michigan (19), Kentucky (24)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week six)

Kind of an odd week but maybe that isn’t so out of the ordinary this season.

Odd, in the sense that the most talked about game might have been one that wasn’t even played.   It seems to be a race to see who can try to avoid the LSU-Florida game more at this point, both have ended up looking kind of silly.  We’ll see whether the SEC forces them to do the right thing and get the game played … The next most talked about was probably a 72 point drubbing, complete with massive discount for high-end steak lovers in Ann Arbor … These sorts of things take precedence in a week where most of the other top teams did pretty much what was expected of them and beat lesser opponents relatively easily … The week wasn’t entirely without games of consequence, it was certainly meaningful (in a bad way) for Houston, but mostly it was unranked teams that were the most interesting, for example Iowa State and Kansas both remembered who they were in time to let wins slip away … Georgia Tech fared similarly, playing to their familiar level of frustrating mediocrity … Tennessee finally ran out of luck, though given the number of turnovers it might be fair to say they simply used their luck up in staying within several touchdowns of a team that played and executed better for much of the day … Oh, and we had Sunday college football too, as Georgia saw their freshman QB play like a freshman QB and still won fairly handily.  As reality checks go, the budding star picked a good opponent to flop sweat against.

And after all that, let’s roll out the JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 after week six. (previous week J3C ranking follows their name)

1. Alabama (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Michigan (3)
4. Clemson (4)
5. Washington (5)
6. Texas A&M (7)
7. Nebraska (10)
8. Louisville (8)
9. Baylor (13)
10. Ole Miss (12)
11. Wisconsin (14)
12. Houston (6)
13. Tennessee (11)
14. Boise State (19)
15. Oklahoma (17)
16. Florida (20)
17. Florida State (23)
18. Miami (9)
19. West Virginia (22)
20. Virginia Tech (Un)
21. Arkansas (16)
22. Utah (Un)
23. Western Michigan (Un)
24. Navy (Un)
25. South Florida (Un)

Dropped: Stanford (15), North Carolina (18), Colorado (21), TCU (24), UCLA (25)

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