What happens when Notre Dame starts the season 0-2 then proceeds to dominate Michigan St, Ohio State can only get 35 yards of passing against an ACC team, Georgia and Mississippi State are both 1-2? First thing that happens is all Michigan fans enjoy the troubles of our rivals. Then we all look confused at the Pick Six standings because an entire preseason group of teams is unranked. (Side note: To make the standings load faster they only show the current standings. A link to the past standings is at the top of that page.)
I repeat, every team from group D is unranked in the week 3 poll. What does that do to the standings? It throws them into utter chaos. Unranked teams are just starting to sneak their way into the top twenty so there is not much to differentiate between entries when everybody is earning 0 points for their group D pick. Unfortunately it looks like it will be a couple weeks before any of these teams re-enter the rankings. I’m sure this has happened before, but I haven’t ever seen it in my few years of playing Pick Six.
So the motto of the next few weeks will be “the more the merrier.” There are 8 people tied for first place. There are 39 people in the Top 25 (19 people are tied for 21st place). Most of those people were in the triple digits last week. Which brings us to our other motto of this week.
The first place entry from week 1 (macatawami – who didn’t get his weekly shout out) and the first place entry from week 2 have dropped down to being tied for 71st. Seven of the new eight first place entries jumped up from 76th or 104th.
The weekly Brian watch continues with this theme. He has jumped from 282 all the way up to being tied with 20 other people for 40th place. Not too much of a surprise there since his only “bad pick” had been Notre Dame and that is now the same as everyone else’s pick.
The current perfect ballot has 86 points with Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin, Anybody, Florida, Baylor. There is still nobody picking the perfect ballot but everyone tied for first has a perfect top 5 but picked Texas as the unranked team instead of Baylor. That ballot has earned all of them 84 points. The smartest people on MGoBlog this week are
1329 S. University
Bieber 4 Prez
This week’s person in last place is actually 3 points above the worst possible ballot. His pick of Southern Cal has saved him from the theoretical rock bottom. I still don’t know if it’s a gift or a curse. Edit: Misery loves company. There are actually two people sharing the pain of being in last with 40 points. They both are saved by Southern Cal who is keeping them above the lowest possible score of 37 points.
Games to Watch
There are four main games that will shake up the standings for week 4.
#7 Oklahoma State at #8 Texas A&M
#14 Arkansas at #3 Alabama
#2 LSU at #16 West Virginia
#11 Florida State at #21 Clemson
Also keep an eye on the #23 USC at Arizona State game. Arizona State is the third-most popular unranked team and could get back into the rankings with a win over USC, while USC could become the third unranked team from Group E.
I made a list of all the people who gave their Twitter username. If you want to talk about Pick Six or college football on Twitter these people would be good new people to follow. If you want in on the Twitter list fun, let me know.