ESPN post-NSD Way-Too-Early Top 25

ESPN post-NSD Way-Too-Early Top 25

Submitted by MGoBkExam on February 2nd, 2017 at 10:33 AM

It feels like a lifetime away but here is ESPN's take on the Top 25 post-NSD yesterday. They did a 'Way Too Early' Top 25 right after the bowls so they basically just updated that based on on recruiting classes panned out.

Obviously Alabama is #1 because why not. I didn't realize that they play FSU (#2 on list) the first game of the year in 2017. Note that Florida (M's first opponent in 2017) does not make the list.

In terms of the Big Ten:

Team (Way-Too-Early #1, Way-Too-Early post-NSD)

OSU (#6, #4)

PSU ((#4, #5)

Wisky (#9, #12)

M (#12, #14)


*Character is not quantifiable thus ESPN was not able to fully get their minds around how good State is going to be next year.


Big week next week with important games

Big week next week with important games

Submitted by Mr. Elbel on September 24th, 2016 at 7:52 PM
Three top 10 v. top 10 games next week, with ours being one of them. UW will definitely be ranked at least 10 as Sparty will drop from #8. If Stanford and Washington hold things down tonight, that will be another. And of course the big top 5 matchup with Louisville @ Clemson. Also, UT v. UGA looks to be interesting as another probable top 25 game (given that UGA doesn't drop out). And TCU v. OU will be big for those teams, though maybe not anyone else. Should get a clearer picture of the PAC 12, Big 12, and ACC, as well as the SEC East, and I think our game determines whether or not we get to Indy (aside from beating osu later). Lining up to be a great day of football!

Ann Arbor voted "Top College Football Town for 2014"

Ann Arbor voted "Top College Football Town for 2014"

Submitted by MGoPatio on June 5th, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Michigan at No. 1.

I'm guessing Bleacher Report doesn't consider the home schedule when they make a designation like this, but it's pretty cool to see us on top of a superlative list.

Coach Hoke's Final Top 25 Ballot

Coach Hoke's Final Top 25 Ballot

Submitted by Mr. Yost on December 5th, 2011 at 9:15 AM

2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Oregon
5. Stanford
6. Boise State
7. Arkansas
8. Wisconsin
9. South Carolina
10. Kansas State
11. Michigan
12. Virginia Tech
13. Michigan State
14. TCU
15. Baylor
16. Georgia
17. Clemson
18. Nebraska
19. Oklahoma
20. Penn State
21. Southern Mississippi
22. Houston
23. West Virginia
24. Florida State
25. Cincinnati

For those curious, Mark Dantonio has Michigan State No. 12 and Michigan No. 13. And Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had the Wolverines at No. 14.

Also interesting, LSU coach Les Miles was one of three coaches to have Michigan at No. 8 in his final poll -- joining Air Force's Troy Calhoun and Fresno State's Pat Hill. Wake Forest's Jim Grobe and San Diego State's Rocky Long had Michigan at its lowest position, No. 18. 

Very weird/bitter Long would put Hoke at 18 after losing to the Wolverines and working for/with Coach Hoke and Borges.

Your Top 25?

Your Top 25?

Submitted by Vasav on November 20th, 2011 at 3:28 AM

I think this is a fun exercise this week what with all the madness:

1)LSU 2)Bama...huge gap...3)Arkansas 4)Stanford 5)VT

6)Houston 7)Oregon 8)OK St 9)Sparty 10)Boise

11)USC 12)OU 13)UGA 14)USC 15)Wiscy

16)K St 17)Mich 18)Baylor 19)TCU 20)Penn St

21)Clemson 22)Neb 23)ND 24)UVA 25)Tulsa

and the difference between 3 and 24 is not so great

Wouldn't it just be right for UVA to knock off VT next weekend? AND NW to knock off Sparty? Along with SEC drama? But alas, this isn't 2007. I feel like this was the weekend for all the craziness, and from here on out things will remain somewhat sensible. But then again, I thought the offense would have to carry us this season. So what do I know?

College Football Resume Rankings - Week 2

College Football Resume Rankings - Week 2

Submitted by WestMichiganMan on September 16th, 2011 at 3:02 PM

This is a continuation of my post after week 1. Since week 1 the rankings have shaken out much more and unsurprisingly Sacramento State dropped out of the top 25 college football resumes. Points are determined by a combination of opponent ranking, winning, and margin of victory. I am still using Sagarin's rankings but I will begin to use my resume rankings in the next few weeks as more data points are accumulated. The decimal number in the right column represents the percentage of the first place team's points that each team has. Because a few teams have had byes, I have taken the average points accumulated per game to rank the teams. Here are the rankings for week 2:



Boise State






Oklahoma State


















Southern California



Arizona State





















South Carolina



Iowa State



South Florida



Central Florida









Texas A&M






North Carolina


Michigan is in the top 15. This is more a product of the weak schedules of other teams than an endorsement of Michigan's resume. This numbers do not include last night's game, LSU will certainly move up next week. We should be big fans of ND and Western this weekend as their success improves our resume.

I'm still tinkering with my model, but up to this point is seems reasonable. 

College Football Resume Rankings - Week 1

College Football Resume Rankings - Week 1

Submitted by WestMichiganMan on September 9th, 2011 at 11:42 AM

For this college football season I set out on a little project to determine what college football rankings would look like based solely on how teams performed on the field. I admit there are inherent weaknesses in this model as I have to use someone else's rankings which are not completely based on on-field results.

However here is the gist of my model: teams get awarded points for a victory, with more points being awarded for beating a higher ranked team. Rankings were from Sagarin as his were the only rankings I could find that went past the top 25 teams. Points were also given/taken away based on the point differential up to a cap of 21 points. I decided that wins/losses of 21+ were all the same, but I am considering increasing the cap. Additional points were given for away wins and taken away for home losses.

Keep in mind that I am still tinkering with the model and it is far from complete. The usual caveat of small sample sizes applies. Here is the top 15 as my model stands now:


Rank Team Score








Boise State






Sacramento State









South Florida















Virginia Tech






Mississippi State


That's right, Sacramento State is the fifth best team in the country after beating Oregon State week one. The top three isn't much of a surprise and the rest of the list seems to make sense. For the record Michigan was one of a group of teams that had slightly fewer points than Mississippi State.

I plan to continue updating this model throughout the season so any and all feedback would be appreciated. I'm also considering applying this to college basketball, I think it may even be more relevant for that.

Way-too-early Preseason Top 25 (according to ESPN)

Way-too-early Preseason Top 25 (according to ESPN)

Submitted by samber2009 on February 4th, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Because they have a long stretch of minimal college football activity ahead of them, ESPN has naturally released an early preseason poll.  I don't have a problem with too many of the rankings, but Notre Dame at 14? Really? I know it's unofficial but ND's preseason rankings surprise me without actually surprising me every year. Some are head scratchers.



1. Oklahoma Sooners

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

3. Florida State Seminoles

4. LSU Tigers

5. Oregon Ducks

6. Ohio State Buckeyes

7. Stanford Cardinal

8. Boise State Broncos

9. TCU Horned Frogs

10. Oklahoma State Cowboys

11. Arkansas Razorbacks

12. Texas A&M Aggies

13. Wisconsin Badgers

14. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

15. South Carolina Gamecocks

16. Michigan State Spartans

17. Auburn Tigers

18. Georgia Bulldogs

19. Texas Longhorns

20. Florida Gators

21. Missouri Tigers

22. Virginia Tech Hokies

23. Arizona State Sun Devils

.24. Nebraska Cornhuskers

25. Mississippi State Bulldogs


MGoBlog Member Top 25- Week 6

MGoBlog Member Top 25- Week 6

Submitted by swarwick33 on October 8th, 2009 at 8:50 AM
After being curious about what actual college football viewers, as opposed to sports writers, thought the Top 25 would be I had an idea to tap into one of the most knowledgeable fan bases in the country, ours. Thus I present the Members MGoBlog Poll. First of all I want this to be known....THIS IS OPEN TO EVERYONE ON THE SITE!!! Do not feel as if you need to have a certain amount of points to do it. I only ask for a few things.

1) Do not vote until Sunday. Right now we can only accommodate so many people on the ballot (I believe that it is around 140), so please do not waste a vote by voting before all the games have been played.

2) Leave the bias out of it.

3) I promise not to change your votes, unless you are ranking teams in a way that is just crazy. It is hard to monitor over 100 people, so help me out with this.

4) You do not have to put your name on there, but it would be cool if you did so that I know who has been voting. I appreciate those that do and would like to give people a shout out if they have been doing really well.

5) Do not kill each other if you do not agree with the rankings. There will hopefully be enough people to balance out the few really high/ really low ranked teams.

6) Have fun with this. I think that our poll is a more true example of what is going on in the world of college football, because we can leave the pre-season stuff out of it. Vote based on WHO HAS THE BEST RESUME SO FAR. Do not try to predict the future.

Week 2 was interesting. We have been able to add some things, like most first place votes for our poll, and we increased our voters by a couple this week. Again, please vote, the more of you we get the better.

Here is the link- enter your information at anytime

Great Work Again by Bleedin9Blue

OK on to the Poll for this week


Coaches Rank AP Rank
# Team Points PVS PVS in () PVS in ()
1 Alabama (18) 397 1 3 (3) 3 (3)
2 Florida (3) 378 2 1 (1) 1 (1)
3 Texas (1) 372 3 2 (2) 2 (2)
4 Virginia Tech. 330 4 5 (6) 5 (6)
5 Boise State 328 5 6 (5) 6 (5)
6 LSU 325 7 4 (4) 4 (4)
7 Cincinnati 296 6 10 (11) 8 (10)
8 USC 279 10 7 (7) 7 (7)
9 Iowa 263 8 14 (11) 12 (13)
10 Miami 254 15 11 (21) 11 (17)
11 TCU 237 13 9 (10) 10 (11)
12 Ohio State 229 12 8 (9) 9 (9)
13 Oregon 216 17 17 (25) 13 (16)
14 Penn State 172 16 12 (13) 14 (15)
15 Auburn 169 NR 19 (NR) 17 (NR)
16 Kansas 145 20 15 (16) 16 (18)
17 Nebraska 121 23 22 (24) 21 (23)
18 Oklahoma State 95 14 13 (12) 15 (14)
19 Wisconsin 87 NR 25 (NR) NR (NR)
20 Missouri 85 25 18 (23) 24 (NR)
21 South Florida 83 NR 24 (NR) 23 (NR)
22 Georgia Tech. 72 24 23 (NR) 22 (25)
23 South Carolina 51 NR NR (NR) 25 (NR)
24 Brigham Young 46 21 20 (21) 18 (20)
25 Mississippi 40 NR 16 (18) 20 (21)

LOVE 'EM (Avg. Spots higher than the polls)

#19 Wisconsin (6.5)
#17 Nebraska (4.5)
#9 Iowa (4))
#15 Auburn (3)

Wisconsin gets the most "love" this week from our voters. They crack our Top 20, despite being ranked 25 and NR in the two polls. At 5-0 it is tough to see them ranked below a 2-2 Oklahoma team in the AP and Coaches

HATE "EM (Avg. Spots lower than the polls)

#25 Mississippi (7)
#24 BYU (5)
#18 Oklahoma State (4)
#12 Ohio State (3.5)

Mississippi is an average Top 20 team, but we barely feel that they are a Top 25 team. Mississippi ranks in at 16 in the Coaches Poll, a full 9 spots higher than our poll

ON THE BRINK (Teams 26-30)

Notre Dame

FWIW last week 4 of our 5 teams On the Brink made an appearance in the Top 25 this week. The most likely to appear next week are Stanford and Houston. They both play big road games this week. Stanford is at Oregon State, and Houston is playing a non-conference game on the road against Mississippi State. If Notre Dame were to beat USC, not a snowballs chance, they would assuredly be a Top 25 team. Also, the Maize and Blue could jump back in with a win over Top 15 Iowa.

HEAD SCRATCHIER (Team where people had no idea where to rank them
Last week's was Oklahoma, as you can see they were well worth the ranking, as they dropped from 8 in our polls to being unranked. This week's are Ohio State and Oklahoma State. Both had some rankings in the Top 10, but were ranked in more than one poll in the low 20s. This is what you have when you have teams with one loss bouncing all over the board.