The updated FPI team efficiency ratings have been posted and Michigan, overall, assumes the #1 position. That's right - El Numero Uno. OSU, despite screwing the pooch in Happy Valley, retains its position at #5 overall. Quite surprisingly, Alabama is the team that dropped, from #1 to #2 after dispensing TAMU in typical 'Bama fashion. Go figure - it seems that FPI is smitten with our beloved Wolverines almost as much as the S&P+ these days. The U-M splits are offense, #6 (up from #8); defense, #2 (same as last week); and special teams drops to #14, down from #11.
Of U-M's 2016 opponents, Colorado - now at #8, up from #9 - still remains the highest rated team U-M will have faced before meeting OSU in November. Wisconsin is four spots behind Colorado at #12 (up from #13 after dismissing Iowa). The already vanquished UCF remains rated above 5 of Michigan's other opponents this season, including Sparty, of course. Still, despite moving up to #87 after losing to Maryland, Michigan State has established itself now as the lowest rated team in the state, below even Eastern, who is at #81. Western, who dropped from #7 to #11, is still lurking about as dark-horse Group of Five entrant.
Here's the selectively abbreviated synopsis of the ratings. Click the link above to see the whole list &/or sort by category:
|1||Michigan, Big Ten||83.7||95.3||68.6||95.2|
|5||OSU, Big Ten||74.1||88.4||55.4||87.2|
|7||Texas A&M, SEC||75.1||77.6||62.0||82.9|
|11||W Michigan, MAC||87.8||53.6||53.0||80.3|
|12||Wisconsin, Big Ten||57.3||89.2||49.2||79.3|
|37||Iowa, Big Ten||57.2||59.2||68.7||64.1|
|43||Maryland, Big Ten||53.6||62.9||57.9||62.3|
|46||Penn State, Big Ten||55.7||62.6||48.0||60.9|
|75||Indiana, Big Ten||35.6||58.5||47.3||45.3|
|79||Cent Michigan, MAC||41.2||55.1||32.9||43.7|
|81||E Michigan, MAC||43.9||41.8||58.3||42.7|
|85||Illinois, Big Ten||34.8||46.4||60.0||41.4|
|87||Michigan St., Big Ten||49.8||36.7||49.6||41.1|
|110||Rutgers, Big Ten||19.0||45.0||44.9||26.0|
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After their huge upset of OSU, James Franklin proclaimed that now the "healing process" at PSU can take place. Sure, that makes sense.
Win a big home game as an underdog and all the PTSD, life problems, physical and emotional scars of anal rape can finally now begin to heal because the valiant Nittany Lions won a football game.
Yes James Franklin, this win probably helped you save your job and may help PSU's football program not continue collapsing into complete irrelevance. But really? Is that what healing is?
I would like to say that I am amazed by the complete lack of perspective and sensitivity coming out of "Happy Valley", but I'm not, as once again that sick cult culture fostered at State College exposes itself.
So I switched off the OSU game when Samuel put them up 19-7, convinced the game was over at that point, started watching a movie, then promptly fell asleep. Woke up to the shockng news of the PSU win. Now, while I'm always happy for a MSU/OSU loss, in this instance I admit to a little concern/disappointment, for two feelingsball, (not rational reasons I admit) reasons:
1- An undefeated matchup of both us and OSU for the game would be a giant national story, with huge buildup and insane hype. Now, if things stay the same and we're unbeaten and they have one loss that's still a really big game, but a tiny bit less
2- Isn't a one loss OSU team that has already been upset actually a more dangerous team to play at home in the Game than an undefeated OSU team?
I can see the responses to this view already, and they are all legit, no argument. Am I alone in this?