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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week six)

A relatively slow week with many of the top teams on a bye, thought an important game or two did happen.

Florida continues an on-going tradition of not looking like a top tier team but somehow winning big games.   At some point I think I have to give them credit for that … Michigan/Iowa wasn’t exactly a thriller but it was a game that will have down the line bowl impact when we get to that point … On behalf of sane college football fans everywhere, I’d like to offer a thank you to the Cincinnati Bearcats …

Elsewhere, Tennessee surprised Alabama for a brief while.  Faint comfort but better than expected at least … Georgia Tech kept their shot at a 1-win season alive in fine fashion … Ole Miss made the upcoming UT/Vandy tilt look like an instant classic in the making …

Shuffle ’em up and let’s see what teams are next in line for the J3C Top 25 jinx … (last week’s ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped out: Washington (16), Oklahoma State (21), UCF (24), Michigan State (25)

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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 four)

Finally, a week where I feel like we may have learned a few things.

While the biggest questions may not be answered for weeks, the current state of a number of teams became clearer to me as we reach the end of the first month of the season.

Notre Dame is a pretender, their offense is woefully lacking for serious title contention … Georgia looks vulnerable to any team that has an offense with a consistent pulse … Auburn might be a little better than they should be with such a young quarterback … the Pac-12 seems likely to be on the outside looking in come playoff time … Michigan will probably have a new coach next season unless they win out from here … and I’m reminded yet again how being a “Top 25” team doesn’t mean what it used to, at least not about the quality of a team.

Tennessee doesn’t have a quarterback worth a damn right now, might as well start playing the one that has some possible upside left … Ole Miss may have a QB controversy of their own after a fourth quarter that came up controversial inches short … Georgia Tech managed to avoid losing to Open, which is a little surprising.

For the first time this season, I feel like there’s actually some meaningful change with the newly updated JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped out: UCF (18), Arizona State (22), Temple (25)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week two)

A shocking second week of the college football season.

I mean, who really expected that Clemson, Alabama, and Oklahoma would all be looking good?  Or Georgia and LSU for that matter?

Oh, wait.

Even the upsets mostly turn out to not be particularly shocking.  Who is actually surprised when Pac-10/12/14 teams turn out to be less than expected?
Probably the biggest surprise after two weeks is how bad the bottom of the SEC appears to be.   Sure, sometimes there’s one true stinker in the bunch but this many?   And the next biggest surprise almost certainly has to be the fairytale 2-0 start for Mack Brown in his return to Tobacco Road.

Georgia Tech wins with … defense?
Ole Miss wins … over a team that might actually have even less head coaching
Tennessee … moves closer to the return of Phat Phil.  Or the hiring of Dan Quinn.

So a little shuffling down the list and that turns into my latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped out: Syracuse (22), Stanford (23)

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week one)

Well, we’re off to a … start.
I think.

I’m not sure I remember too many opening weeks with less notable occurrences than this one, at least not among teams that have a meaningful pulse.
So little of note took place that I don’t know that there’s much point in trying to recap it in even the usual brief fashion.

Clemson, Bama, and Oklahoma all look like they’re pretty good, not that any are in mid-season form.  Georgia, Oklahoma and maaaaaybe Ohio State are likely good but still have some things to work on.  It’s possible that everybody else is just jockeying for non-playoff bowls already.

Georgia Tech is going to have a painful season, as expected.
Ole Miss is going to continue to look largely uncoached and uninterested, as expected.
Tennessee could turn out to be the worst of my personal interest trio and that was definitely not expected.  I didn’t expect much but like everyone else, I expected more than that.

Between the largely blase opening games and the heat, I’m just gonna cut right to the first update of the year and give you my latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped out: Northwestern (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 (end of regular season)

What the weekend lacked in quantity, it made up for with impact.

Clemson and Oklahoma both handled their business, in convincing fashion, and made the top two spots pretty simple to figure out … Georgia did what they needed to do, Auburn didn’t.  That not only settles the third playoff spot but, IMO, also opens the door for another possible coaching change in the SEC … Ohio State put to rest Wisconsin’s bid for a playoff spot … UCF & Memphis mixed it up in a shootout, and now the winner finds themselves officially in need of a new coach … USC kicked off the weekend by winning a conference title though it had little impact nationally … Oh, and FSU and New Mexico State made themselves bowl-eligible by winning their sixth games of the year.   That brings us to 81 teams eligible for 78 spots, so somebody is staying home despite managing to win six games … Georgia Tech, that’s not the reason you’re staying home … And, no, Tennessee still doesn’t have a head coach.  They do, however, have a new AD. And this time Phat Phil got a job despite no one having heart surgery.  Will wonders never cease?

Most seasons I end up saying that things work themselves out in the end.  That the rankings (both my own and the playoff committee’s ) end up being pretty obvious.   This year, I can only say that about the top three spots.  The fourth one, it was tough, I won’t lie.   And yes, I’m writing it having already seen what the playoff committee decided.  That doesn’t bother me much honestly, I’m usually in a fair bit of agreement with them by the time they reach the last one.   The key word there is “usually”.  This year is an exception.   It’s not that I was overly impressed by Ohio State’s win on Saturday, it’s more than I can’t shake the sight of not just Alabama’s loss to Auburn but the manner of that loss.  Discombobulated is not a good final impression to make, and for that reason, I believe the 2017 committee got it wrong.

After all of that, it’s time for the season’s penultimate JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.   We’ll do this one last time after all the bowls are complete.  (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped: Fresno State (24)

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