ESNY

November 3rd, 2015 at 7:35 PM ^

The Bama ranking reeks of typical SEC overrated crap but Baylor is lucky they are ranked so high.  That has been nothing short of a mediocre schedule.  What exactly have they proved by blowing out Lamar?  I'm not even sure they played anyone with a .500 record yet.

Nitro

November 3rd, 2015 at 7:25 PM ^

Oklahoma St., Oklahoma, and Florida State should not be ahead of us.  They haven't done anything that distinguishes them from Toledo.

ak47

November 4th, 2015 at 10:14 AM ^

Our best win is Northwestern and we are coming off a game we should have lost to a mediocre Minnesota.  I'm not sure what the justification would be for us being above teams with less losses.  We don't have any marquee wins to justify that.  Three straight shutouts is nice, have 1 loss is better.

Nitro

November 4th, 2015 at 3:50 PM ^

1. Well, regardless of whether you believe there isn't justification for ranking us ahead of teams with less losses, they've already put us ahead of Temple, Toledo, and Houston (among several others not in their 25). So that's not a rule they follow.

2. BYU and Northwestern are both better wins than any of those teams have (high chance BYU will be ranked again in next edition of polls). I'd classify blowout shutout wins against ranked teams as marquee, and the media certainly treated those wins as such.  Plus we essentially had the committee's #7 team defeated.

3. FSU and Oklahoma both have losses to teams with losing records.  The best team any of the three have played is 5-4 Texas Tech.  If their schedules thus far aren't that distinguishable in terms of competition from a typical Group of 5 schedule, why should the committee evaluate them differently from Group of 5 teams?

Of course, it doesn't really matter.  All three will take a loss within the next two weeks.

Wolverine Devotee

November 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 PM ^

This is just dumb. I've been laughing about it for awhile now.

They lost by a combined score of 78-10 to Michigan and Iowa. 

Yeah, they beat Stanford. On the first weekend of the year when teams aren't what they will be once they settle in and get used to playing football against other teams.

I hope they win out, because it only makes our win more impressive but....I don't see why they should be ranked at the moment.

JT4104

November 3rd, 2015 at 7:25 PM ^

Honestly...seems the eye test played a fair amount into the first poll from the committee. With that said, I personally think TCU going into a healthy Minnesota to open the season is a really good win and one that would have vaulted them higher than 8.

Stanford at 11 was kinda surprising to me as well.

ak47

November 4th, 2015 at 10:20 AM ^

Why would they have heartburn?  Chances are there will be an undefeated Clemson, one of TCU or Baylor will finish with only one loss and a better resume than us,  in the SEC you will get either 1 loss bama, 1 loss florida or undefeated lsu over us and then whoever wins the stanford-ND game will probably finish with 1 loss and a better resume than us.  Hell an unefeated Memphis would have a better resume too.  The playoffs went out the door with the second loss. 

1of12MattDamons

November 3rd, 2015 at 9:40 PM ^

They've suffered many injuries on that side of the ball. Were missing like 9 starters from last year at some point, but are beginning to get healthier. They may also have the best QB in college fooball right now.

BornSinner

November 4th, 2015 at 1:18 AM ^

TCU every year prior to this year has had great defenses. This year is an exception due to abnormal amounts of injury. 

 

They only have 1 starter from the Peach Bowl on defense... 

The fact that they are still undefeated is a testament to Patterson's coaching. Even Harbaugh wouldn't be able to do that. 

UMForLife

November 3rd, 2015 at 7:28 PM ^

Six SEC teams? Memphis in the top 15? Wow. MSU seven and OSU 3 sound about right. We need PSU ranked if we want to be close to OSU in the ranking

umgoblue2008

November 3rd, 2015 at 8:15 PM ^

SEC: LSU- 2 Bama- 4 Florida- 10 Ole Miss-18 Texas A&M-19 Miss ST- 20                  

B1G: OSU- 3 MSU- 7 iowa-9 Michigan- 17 Northwestern- 21

 

Not sure why you are so outraged. Also, Memphis is a pretty good team this year if you actually watch them play and deserve to be where they are.

UMForLife

November 3rd, 2015 at 9:13 PM ^

Ole Miss beat Alabama. So, Ole Miss is better than Alabama? S*** happens. Memphis hasn't beaten anyone else other than Ole Miss. They have a chance to play two other decent teams, but no other major challenges for them. Ole Miss. has a chance to prove that they are a better team. Let us see what they do. They beat A&M, but I am not sure if A&M was better. Memphis probably won't get their chance. I give them a quality win because they beat Ole Miss, I don't see them as a top 15 team. If Ole Miss goes on to win some big games, then I will agree.

I am sure this will be sorted out in a few weeks.

LSAClassOf2000

November 3rd, 2015 at 7:28 PM ^

As the OP touhed upon, considering that we were probably watching this show around this time last year and having nothing at all other than morbid curiosity to carry us, this time we're ranked (and where we should be right now, I would say) and the highest-ranked two-loss team at that. I'll take it.