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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week five)

Last week I felt like I knew more than I did before the weekend, and gained clarity.
This week I feel like I know more again … so why am I less certain?

I’m a believer in the importance of the “eye test”.  What you see IS, more often that not, reality.   But what about when you aren’t sure what you’re seeing?  Or why?

Such is the case with the Clemson Tigers so far.   They’ve shown an ability in the past to flip the switch when needed, so a certain amount of ho-hum appearance doesn’t concern me.  The unshakable feeling that their superstar QB isn’t quite himself however … that’s a different matter.  Worse still when I don’t think I can account for why he’s off / what’s off.   An ugly win is one thing, an ugly win that feels like more than “just an off day” is something different.

Elsewhere, Bama did Bama things (and some NON-Bama things too), Oklahoma video gamed a so-so team, Ohio State video gamed a bad team.  The Pac12 continued to eat itself.  Georgia Tech found new ways to embarrass themselves, while Tennessee held BYE in check better than expected.

And with that, I have to do … something.   But what?   I guess the answer lies in the newly updated JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (2)
  2. Clemson (1)
  3. Oklahoma (3)
  4. LSU (4)
  5. Georgia (5)
  6. Ohio State (6)
  7. Auburn (7)
  8. Wisconsin (8)
  9. Florida (9)
  10. Texas (10)
  11. Notre Dame (11)
  12. Penn State (12)
  13. Oregon (13)
  14. Iowa (14)
  15. Boise State (18)
  16. Washington (19)
  17. Utah (20)
  18. Wake Forest (Un)
  19. Michigan (23)
  20. SMU (24)
  21. Oklahoma State (Un)
  22. Arizona State (Un)
  23. Virginia (16)
  24. UCF (Un)
  25. Michigan State (Un)

Dropped out: Texas A&M (15), Kansas State (17),USC (21), California (22),Washington State (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week seven)

If you saw all that happened in week seven coming then you’re probably not even here.

Because if you anticipated all the havoc created by the upsets and near-upsets then you probably went to Vegas (or some other legalized locale) and you’re now too rich to bother with reading blogs on the internet.  If you’re here, however, then at some point on Saturday you were probably as bewildered as I was.

Some of the upsets weren’t entirely unbelievable.  There was always a chance that Georgia would face a sterner test than a (not so) stiff breeze and wilt.  Aaaaaand they did …. Ohio State scuffling with Minnesota for a half and Notre Dame getting late in the day before finally vanquishing Pitt were probably equally or more surprising games than the biggest upset on the board … Less surprising was the best (now back to) .500 team in the country beating West Virginia … Washington & Oregon was always probably a coin flip but Michigan State looked dead in the water until taking down Penn State … Texas gets by Baylor though losing your starting QB tends to make things more interesting than they might have been otherwise … Memphis had UCF on the ropes, then proved that Bubba Sparxx was indeed correct (“I had it and I got it are like two distant cousins”) … On & on the day went, Florida struggles with Vandy, Miami pulls a Richt, Colorado flames out, the Gus Bus can’t climb Rocky Top … what a day

Things were so bizarro universe that Ole Miss even won an SEC game.   Georgia Tech, meanwhile, has a third quarter that epitomized the state of the program & maintained at least some sense of order in the universe.

It’s made a mess of things outside the top three, and I figure we’re only getting started with the scrambling so I’m not getting too attached to the order of teams in the latest update of JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.

(last week’s ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Ohio State (2)
  3. Clemson (3)
  4. Notre Dame (5)
  5. LSU (12)
  6. Michigan (9)
  7. Oklahoma (11)
  8. Georgia (4)
  9. Texas (10)
  10. Oregon (17)
  11. UCF (15)
  12. Florida (14)
  13. West Virginia (6)
  14. Kentucky (19)
  15. Washington (7)
  16. Penn State (8)
  17. NC State (20)
  18. Texas A&M (21)
  19. Wisconsin (13)
  20. Iowa (Un)
  21. Washington State (24)
  22. Cincinnati (25)
  23. South Florida (23)
  24. Michigan State (Un)
  25. Utah State (Un)

Dropped: Miami (16), Colorado (18), Auburn (22)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week six)

Pop. Pop. Pop.

That’s the sound of bubbles bursting around college football yesterday, the sort of day when I once again question why anyone thought there was a need to expand from two teams to four for any sort of playoff, much less why anyone would want to expand beyond that.

Oklahoma lays an enormous egg, which gets scrambled, fried, and poached by a walk-on QB … Michigan wishes they HAD a walk-on QB …. I’d hate to be Bama’s players in practice this week after they decided to sleepwalk for a fair chunk of a game … Is it really only a month since Auburn scuffled hard to beat Mercer at home?  I can’t recall a team getting such a turnaround by simply cutting a backup QB off their roster, but it’s hard to not notice the difference … Miami beats FSU in a painful fashion, hard to watch for both ‘Noles fans and for fans of decent QB play … I honestly don’t know how it’s even possible to be as tragic offensively as the other Florida team in the P5 though, losing to LSU right now has to officially put at least a small warming tray under the seat of any head coach … After seeing what happens with backup QBs, I have to figure Clemson is breathing a sigh of relief, pending the recovery of their starter …  Ole Miss is now officially a dumpster fire, Knoxville remains fully engulfed as well despite an off week.

All in all, a rather dreary season for me continues unabated, so here’s the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped:  Utah (18), West Virginia (19), Louisville (20), Florida (23), Oregon (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 12 )


The beat goes on.  As do the beatdowns and the beatings.  In other words, just a normal college football season.

The latest victim of reality turns out to be none other than the defending national champions.   Quite the dysfunctional family circus in Columbus apparently, finally brought out in the open with their first loss.  There’s a bit of irony in how Michigan State diminished their best win by virtue of giving someone their first loss but that’s the way things go sometimes …. Clemson and Alabama both dispatched lesser opponents in roughly the appropriate fashion, Notre Dame makes themselves a bit vulnerable by letting one hang around too closely … Not sure there’s any team elevating its stock more week after week than Oklahoma …. OK State on the other hand, well, so much for them I suppose … And whither Iowa?   Unappreciated giant? Paper tiger?  That probably doesn’t get answered until the B1G title game, but we should finally have an answer after that one way or the other … Elsewhere, Georgia escaped a near disaster.  Maybe not a job-saving win for CMR but one that I think he couldn’t lose and remained employed … Tennessee gets a win over a lackluster Missouri but that’s definitely a sign of progress nevertheless … and then there’s poor ol’ Georgia Tech.  Not really anything to say about that mess that I haven’t said more than once already.  I do still think this year’s renewal of Good Clean Old Fashioned Hate should have a stipulation that says the winner gets to fire their coach but the loser should be forced to keep their’s.  THAT would be high-stakes drama for sure.

It’s getting late, the contenders and pretenders are almost totally separated now, but we still need another JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)
1. Clemson (2)
2. Alabama (3)
3. Oklahoma (5)
4. Notre Dame (4)
5. Iowa (7)
6. Michigan State (12)
7. Baylor (8)
8. Ohio State (1)
9. Oklahoma State (6)
10. Florida (9)
11. North Carolina (11)
12. Michigan (14)
13. Florida State (15)
14. Stanford (16)
15. Navy (18)
16. TCU (10)
17. Washington State (21)
18. Oregon (23)
19. Ole Miss (25)
20. Northwestern (Un)
21. UCLA (Un)
22. Mississippi State (Un)
23. Houston (13)
24. Pitt (24)
25. Temple (Un)

Dropped out: LSU (17), Utah (19), Wisconsin (20), USC (22)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 11 )

If last week was marked by the sound of bubbles bursting, this week’s signature sound is more like KABOOM as several teams found themselves knocked out as thoroughly as Ronda Rousey.

Ohio State and Clemson delivered wins in unspectacular fashion, Alabama dismantled a Top 25 opponent, and then things went rather haywire … Baylor ran into a team that may simply be better than them, Oklahoma answered every challenge … Stanford rallied but lost to a wounded set of Ducks that delighted in playing spoiler after being the spoiled in the past … LSU got a dose of their own running game medicine and was significantly exposed for a second straight week … Below the bigger names no less than five other ranked teams lost in a variety of ways … even the teams who won didn’t all have an easy time of it, notably Iowa being pushed to the edge by a scrappy Minnesota and Oklahoma State having all sorts of trouble with 3-7 Iowa State … The homecoming crowd in Knoxville wasn’t particularly impressed by a win, even a shutout win, but it beats losing … For Georgia unimpressive was enough to handle an old rival … and for Georgia Tech fans a Thursday night game meant the suffering was already healing by Saturday, that’s about all the good there is to find on The Flats this year.

No standing eight count required here, let’s just roll out the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)

1.  Ohio State (1)
2. Clemson (4)
3. Alabama (4)
4. Notre Dame (6)
5. Oklahoma (10)
6. Oklahoma State (7)
7. Iowa (9)
8. Baylor (3)
9. Florida (11)
10. TCU (12)
11. North Carolina (17)
12. Michigan State (16)
13. Houston (13)
14. Michigan (14)
15. Florida State (18)
16. Stanford (5)
17. LSU (8)
18. Navy (23)
19. Utah (15)
20. Wisconsin (22)
21. Washington State (Un)
22. USC (Un)
23. Oregon (Un)
24. Pitt (Un)
25. Ole Miss (Un)

Dropped out: Mississippi State (19), UCLA (20), Temple (21), Memphis (24), BYU (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 10 )

Pop. Pop. Pop.  That’s the sound of bubbles bursting.

A busy Saturday highlighted by the Alabama-LSU powerhouse matchup.  As often happens with marquee games, it turned out to be a one-sided affair.  My brilliant pre-game analysis – if LSU can run they win, if they can’t run they lose — was spot on, even if it was kind of obvious.   At the very least the Heisman race is now wide open again … Clemson scuffled early but finished strong and go the job done.  At this stage of the season that’s what matter most of all for contenders … Ohio State, uh, see above I guess.  Unimpressive yet again, but efficient, which is a formula that has worked for champions in the past.   The question of whether there is a switch to be flipped for them remains … Baylor passed the first test with their backup quarterback.  Not the most stringent exam but still counts as at least a quiz grade … And then on the other side of the Saturday coin, POP goes the TCU bubble.  Their stock falls while giving rise to Oklahoma State’s value … POP goes the Michigan State bubble, albeit with yet another blown call determining the final outcome of a game.  Officiating at the college level seems to be regressing to the pitiful state of high school officiating … Toledo, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Duke all get relegated to the ranks of outright pretenders … Tennessee starts strong, plays weak for most of a half, survives.  And someone Butch Jones has the audacity to demand that reporting of the team be more positive?  Uh, you were a play away from having your seat warm right back up genius, beating South Carolina is not the time to start issuing demands … Speaking of hot seats, a win over mighty Kentucky at home ought to be worth about two ice pellets worth of cooling for CMR.  Any more than that is overvaluing a one week performance … And on The Flats, Georgia Tech managed to avoid yet another loss.  Open dates are a good thing at this point.

Stocks rise & stocks fall in the latest edition of JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)

1.  Ohio State (1)
2. Clemson (4)
3. Baylor (2)
4. Alabama (8)
5. Stanford (7)
6. Notre Dame (9)
7. Oklahoma State (12)
8. LSU (3)
9. Iowa (11)
10. Oklahoma (13)
11. Florida (10)
12. TCU (6)
13. Houston (13)
14. Michigan (16)
15. Utah (17)
16. Michigan State (5)
17. North Carolina (Un)
18. Florida State (18)
19. Mississippi State (22)
20. UCLA (23)
21. Temple (25)
22. Wisconsin (Un)
23. Navy (Un)
24. Memphis (15)
25. BYU (Un)

Dropped out: Toledo (19), Ole Miss (20), Texas A&M (21), Duke (24)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 9 )

Could have been a fairly quiet week in college football with so many teams enjoying an open date.  Didn’t entirely work out that way.

Four of my top five teams had the week off, including Ohio State who didn’t play but their quarterback mades headlines anyway.  Doh !  …  Clemson almost tried to do that thing they notoriously do but avoided disaster in the end … Stanford likewise almost managed to screw things up for themselves, also averting disaster …  Florida certainly did themselves no harm … Iowa & Oklahoma State both keep winning, albeit in decidedly different fashion … Michigan survives with some help from Minnesota and their interim coach who made it pretty clear he should remain temporary … Memphis scuffled for a half before pulling away from Tulane, such is life as a mid-major I guess … Ole Miss was another team that really didn’t help themselves while managing to avoid really killing their season (who am I kidding, their season is already a relative flop) … Miami gets rid of their albatross and then gets a lovely set of welcoming gifts from an inept ACC officiating crew.  Duke is to blame for putting themselves in that position however … Tennesse’s offense exploded with more than a little help from special teams, although against the flammable Kentucky defense that’s not exactly world class shocking news … Georgia Tech, eh, what’s left to say about them at this point?  Mediocre team going nowhere and amounting to nothing … After The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party turned into such a rout it doesn’t seem unreasonable to wonder if the annual renewal of Good, Clean Old-Fashioned Hate isn’t a game with two men coaching for their jobs.   Here’s an idea that could spice it up though:  the winner of the game gets to fire their coach, the loser is forced to suffer through another season with the overrated dreck they currently have.  Now THAT would elevate the stakes considerably.

The group of contenders continues to shrink as the new JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 arrives (last week’s ranking follows their name)

1.  Ohio State (1)
2. Baylor (2)
3. LSU (3)
4. Clemson (4)
5. Michigan State (5)
6. TCU (6)
7. Stanford (7)
8. Alabama (8)
9. Notre Dame (11)
10. Florida (12)
11. Iowa (12)
12. Oklahoma State (11)
13. Oklahoma (13)
14. Houston (16)
15. Memphis (19)
16. Michigan (14)
17. Utah (17)
18. Florida State (19)
19. Toledo (20)
20. Ole Miss (21)
21. Texas A&M (Un)
22. Mississippi State (22)
23. UCLA (25)
24. Duke (18)
25. Temple (23)

Dropped out: Pitt (24)

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