The Fighting Irish Break Into Top Four In Top 25 Poll & More Comparing Our Rankings to the AP/Coaches Top 25Read Now
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As a believer in the jurisdiction system of College football, I am very happy in the direction it is heading from the FBS levels all the way down to the D3/NAIA Football levels. We have accidentally nearly been identical with the more established Top 25 Polls we have at College Football Today. We have dominated at ranking the FCS/D2 and NAIA levels in our first year, because well, they check our polls before they make their rankings and realize that there are facts that exist in the way we rank the Top 25 at each level. You will see more of how I do things and how I use now millions of resources to come to a theory of why a team is where, so the fans at UCF can understand what they need to do to win a actual National Championship. Our Top 25 will certainly not be dictated by a computer, but computers will be used, as stats are a key component to how we measure who reigns supreme in the ever fascinating world of college football. I believe if you can figure out this puzzle, you can figure out how to solve nearly every issue mankind deals with in our world today. Why? You are going to find out how Humans, Computer generated B.S., and recruiting algorithms, all play a factor not only in the Top 25, but in the world of sports today.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Brian Kelly has brought new and innovative training methods to the Fighting Irish and they have worked magically at winning crucial games that have shot them up all three polls. The first three games of the season were not impressive and Notre Dame looked like a decent team, as they were able to defeat the Michigan Wolverines at home. What was concerning was after the big win in South Bend, they nearly lost to (2-4) Ball State by a score of 24-16. Given both teams are in Indiana, you could consider this an in-state rivalry, so they remain a Top 25 team. At home, against Vanderbilt, The Fighting Irish were able to defeat their SEC opponent by a score of 22-17. Vanderbilt is a good team this season, but a below average to average SEC team, as they were pummeled by South Carolina by a score of 37-14 in Nashville,TN. Consensus Top 3 team the Georgia Bulldogs, were able to defeat Vanderbilt 41-13 as the Bulldogs offense begins to assert their dominance in SEC play. They were able to defeat (3-3) Wake Forest handily in Winston Salem, NC by a score of 56-27 and you started to see the framework for the 2018-2019 Fighting Irish start to form. It was then, the Irish came up against the mighty Stanford Cardinals, who are year in and year out one of the toughest opponents the Irish face. They were able to defeat genius David Shaw and shatter Bryce Love's hopes for early Heisman contention. Normally, I am not into over analyzing things, as second guessing is for people who are unsure of the situation, but I looked at the remaining games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the odds are in their favor of winning throughout the rest of the season. I had them picked to win over Virginia Tech and knowing how the system is set up, I presented my case to several older football minds and they said I was right. Let's look at the remaining schedule for Notre Dame and why they should ultimately be in the BCS playoffs at the conclusion of the college football rankings.
Georgia and Clemson over Ohio State?
This came down to the eye test when examining overall play on the football field. Ohio State's players have handled the off-season drama with their coaching staff considerably well, but they simply do not show up in the first half. Most of their glamorous stats accumulated this season were done against the likes of Tulane, who if you know FBS football, spend too many nights on Bourbon Street to compete with the Best FCS teams. As you will see in the charts from Herosports.com, while the offenses are merely 40-50 yards behind in production per game, Georgia and Clemson are crushing the Buckeyes in total defense by nearly 100 yards in total. Where I come from, Offense wins games, but Defense wins championships.
Short Explanations of rest of differences in polls
#7 Wisconsin Badgers - Beat Iowa, who we consider to be a top 25 team this season. Beat Coach Frost and have arguably the best running game in the nation with the line up front and Heisman Candidate Johnathan Taylor. We will really see if we are right in the badgers next game against the (5-1) Michigan Wolverines.
#10 Colorado Buffaloes - One person picked them to win the PAC-12 this year before the season and the Buffs were able to bring in weapon after weapon by recruiting key JuCo pieces in the likes Delrick Adams. Their defense is stepping up and creating key turnovers and they beat UCLA 38-16, while the Washington Huskies barely beat them 31-24. Being we are not sold on the Huskies and the fact that we like being right all along. Laviska Shenault Jr, Steven Montez and Nate Landman are on the 10th ranked football team by college football today.
#19 LSU Tigers - Nothing against the Tigers as I love Death Valley and recently visited. It is just the fact that they play a very tough schedule and sometimes lack consistency in play against lesser opponents. That being said, they can avenge the loss to the Florida Gators this week, as they get to travel to Athens, GA to take on the heavily favored Georgia Bulldogs.
#23 Cincinnati - We had the Bearcats at #25 last week and they were not in anyone else's Top 25 Polls. They won again, so they fit in perfectly to move up to #23. They will have a American Conference Battle Royale against UCF in Orlando,FL which could have major implications on pretty much everything.
#24 Iowa - The 4-1 Hawkeyes only have arguably Penn State on their schedule, as a game that would be a major upset. Coach Ferentz is an expert at not having those highly ranked recruiting classes and being able to acquire the perfect personnel to fit his program. They will be in everyone's Top 25, as usual, as they have a very good looking schedule moving forward. Possible Rose Bowl?
#25 Utah State - Best argument I could find for #25 in the College Football Today Poll. It has always been odd that Boise State hangs around the Top 25, as a non-power five conference team, even after defeat. Knowing that Air Force is really good this year and so was BYU, Utah State deserved this spot more than any other team in FBS Football. They nearly upset Michigan State and have won their last four games in very convincing fashion. Congrats, Coach Matt Wells!
Click on any pictures to access that divisions rankings. Click on the spread concept against cover 2 below, to access D2 Football Rankings. Coach Trout went overboard last year and designed millions of schemes that are based off of how we align pre-snap. Some plays involve post-snap - what we like to call "option routes", kinda like those Hawaii concepts.
Tough Loss For Indiana, But They Are Proving They Could Verty Well Be A College Football Today FBS Top 25 Team. Good luck this week against Iowa! Win and you are In!
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