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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week nine)

A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs.

Oklahoma’s defense returned to its familiar “offensive” self  and put the Sooners in the position of needing some help if they want to be among the final four … Alabama got the perfect patsy to break in a backup QB … LSU and Auburn provided one of the more interesting games of the year, one that can be interpreted in a couple of ways.  Did Auburn look good in defeat?  Or did LSU look less impressive despite winning?  I lean toward the latter as they escape with a three point win against a team led by a QB that appears badly overmatched against upper tier defenses.  But for the narrative behind him, I struggle to imagine that a QB change wouldn’t be coming (or have already occurred) on The Plains … Both Notre Dame and Texas supplied crash & burn outings … So did Arizona State, just a lot fewer people cared …

Elsewhere, Tennessee got a badly needed win but not without a fair bit of help from an opponent that appeared to largely quit at the first opportunity.  Apparently the Gamecocks didn’t want the fluke win over Georgia to save Muschamp … Georgia Tech and Ole Miss avoided losses, which doesn’t happen on the same weekend all that often.

And with that, let’s see what we see in the latest J3C College Football Top 25 … (last week’s ranking follows their name)

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

Dropped out: Arizona State (23), Navy (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 (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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