2014 College Football – Week 6 – Letting #50 Glow in being #1

Okay, this was a fun week.  Many unbeaten teams fell, and the projections have been flipped upside down clearly.  However, before we dive into that, wow has Mississippi drawn the short stick in America for so long.  Some of it is well deserved, and some of it is just a result of horrific poverty and desperately bankrupt governance.  It is a long list of things which Mississippi is, if not outright #50, way down there.  (such as this, this and this)  While it is befitting of our noxious jock culture to celebrate the state’s two gigantic football wins as a salve for the other horrors that constitute the actual Mississippi experience – it would be dishonest to not report that I felt good.  Mississippi needed a reason to feel proud, however fleetingly.  College Gameday was in Oxford (even though Desmond Howard’s presence in the same Southern Dandy getup as the others was a notable error in “vintage authenticity”) and even Katy Perry made an appearance despite little knowledge of college or football (which gives her a lot in common with many of the TV commentators, but never mind).  The Lazy Magnolia deserved a shout.

As far as the one-man playoff selection committee?

  • The final 4: Auburn, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and TCU.  Mississippi State is higher than the other two, by a solid margin in fact.  However, it is hard to imagine all three of these teams getting to the final four – especially with Ole Miss and Mississippi State settling its differences in the future.  In any case, while the committee will have some freedom to select teams, I actually think selecting more than 2 teams from a conference (especially with qualified unbeatens out there) seems like a stretch.
  • Other automatic qualifiers:  Florida State from the ACC, Michigan State from the Big Ten, Arizona from the Pac 12, Marshall represents everybody else. This provides eight of the 12 spots.  The other four?  Going down the list, Alabama, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Baylor provide some solid balance here.  Yeah the SEC and Big 12 are hogging the spots – but that’s what happens when every top Pac-12 team bit the dust last week.
  • BOWL PROJECTIONS.  Note we get a particularly juicy Cotton Bowl.  Nebraska in this projection goes to the Fiesta Bowl with its longtime Big XII old affiliation.  One expects Notre Dame to be able to carry the Atlanta game more.
    • Sugar Bowl: Auburn v TCU
    • Rose Bowl: Ole Miss v Notre Dame
    • Orange Bowl: Florida State v Alabama 
    • Cotton Bowl: Mississippi State v Oklahoma 
    • Peach Bowl: Michigan State v Marshall
    • Fiesta Bowl: Arizona v Baylor

Weekly Power Rankings

Rank Team W L RPI Scale DSR Scale TotalRank
1 Auburn 5 0 0.999 (2) 0.964 (2) 0.981
2 Ole Miss 5 0 1 (1) 0.92 (3) 0.96
3 Alabama 4 1 0.862 (10) 1 (1) 0.931
4 Mississippi State 5 0 0.941 (3) 0.866 (4) 0.904
5 Notre Dame 5 0 0.933 (4) 0.797 (9) 0.865
6 TCU 4 0 0.925 (6) 0.755 (12) 0.84
7 Oklahoma 4 1 0.855 (11) 0.813 (6) 0.834
8 Baylor 5 0 0.818 (15) 0.847 (5) 0.833
9 Texas A&M 5 1 0.872 (9) 0.691 (24) 0.782
10 Louisville 5 1 0.783 (17) 0.78 (10) 0.782
11 Florida State 5 0 0.915 (7) 0.64 (32) 0.777
12 Michigan State 4 1 0.765 (21) 0.759 (11) 0.762
13 Florida 3 1 0.827 (13) 0.693 (23) 0.76
14 UCLA 4 1 0.847 (12) 0.65 (29) 0.749
15 Marshall 5 0 0.782 (18) 0.706 (20) 0.744
16 Ohio State 4 1 0.728 (28) 0.753 (13) 0.741
17 Arizona 5 0 0.929 (5) 0.552 (49) 0.741
18 Nebraska 5 1 0.789 (16) 0.689 (26) 0.739
19 Georgia Tech 5 0 0.901 (8) 0.569 (45) 0.735
20 LSU 4 2 0.651 (42) 0.807 (7) 0.729
21 Georgia 4 1 0.746 (24) 0.703 (22) 0.725
22 Arkansas 3 2 0.665 (38) 0.75 (15) 0.707
23 Oregon 4 1 0.769 (20) 0.635 (33) 0.702
24 West Virginia 3 2 0.592 (54) 0.805 (8) 0.698
25 Boise State 4 2 0.731 (27) 0.659 (27) 0.695
26 Clemson 3 2 0.631 (47) 0.752 (14) 0.691
27 USC 3 2 0.633 (46) 0.737 (18) 0.685
28 Memphis 3 2 0.751 (22) 0.607 (40) 0.679
29 Arizona State 4 1 0.746 (25) 0.594 (41) 0.67
30 Stanford 3 2 0.59 (56) 0.744 (16) 0.667
31 Minnesota 4 1 0.772 (19) 0.558 (47) 0.665
32 California 4 1 0.826 (14) 0.496 (64) 0.661
33 Penn State 4 1 0.689 (35) 0.626 (34) 0.658
34 Virginia Tech 4 2 0.592 (55) 0.718 (19) 0.655
35 Kansas State 4 1 0.684 (36) 0.621 (36) 0.652
36 East Carolina 4 1 0.751 (23) 0.549 (51) 0.65
37 BYU 4 1 0.664 (40) 0.625 (35) 0.644
38 Colorado State 4 1 0.719 (31) 0.547 (52) 0.633
39 Missouri 4 1 0.715 (32) 0.55 (50) 0.633
40 Miami-FL 3 3 0.57 (59) 0.689 (25) 0.63
41 Iowa 4 1 0.602 (52) 0.644 (31) 0.623
42 Wisconsin 3 2 0.538 (66) 0.703 (21) 0.621
43 Pittsburgh 3 3 0.485 (75) 0.742 (17) 0.613
44 Kentucky 4 1 0.719 (30) 0.508 (60) 0.613
45 Rutgers 5 1 0.701 (34) 0.513 (58) 0.607
46 Virginia 4 2 0.6 (53) 0.593 (42) 0.596
47 NC State 4 2 0.637 (44) 0.546 (53) 0.592
48 Oregon State 4 1 0.677 (37) 0.497 (62) 0.587
49 Northern Illinois 4 1 0.709 (33) 0.463 (76) 0.586
50 Northwestern 3 2 0.558 (63) 0.609 (39) 0.584
51 Air Force 4 1 0.745 (26) 0.42 (86) 0.583
52 South Carolina 3 3 0.549 (64) 0.614 (38) 0.581
53 Georgia Southern 4 2 0.637 (45) 0.525 (55) 0.581
54 Oklahoma State 4 1 0.663 (41) 0.494 (66) 0.579
55 Utah 4 1 0.724 (29) 0.418 (87) 0.571
56 Tennessee 2 3 0.492 (74) 0.65 (30) 0.571
57 Duke 4 1 0.643 (43) 0.482 (69) 0.563
58 Maryland 4 2 0.615 (51) 0.491 (68) 0.553
59 Boston College 3 2 0.451 (82) 0.651 (28) 0.551
60 Arkansas State 3 2 0.573 (57) 0.525 (56) 0.549
61 UAB 3 2 0.528 (67) 0.568 (46) 0.548
62 Akron 3 2 0.571 (58) 0.521 (57) 0.546
63 MTSU 4 2 0.665 (39) 0.421 (85) 0.543
64 Nevada 3 2 0.623 (50) 0.462 (77) 0.542
65 Louisiana Tech 3 3 0.567 (60) 0.477 (70) 0.522
66 Temple 3 1 0.547 (65) 0.495 (65) 0.521
67 Utah State 3 2 0.627 (48) 0.407 (89) 0.517
68 Washington 4 1 0.563 (62) 0.471 (74) 0.517
69 Indiana 3 2 0.524 (69) 0.506 (61) 0.515
70 Texas 2 3 0.455 (81) 0.574 (44) 0.514
71 South Alabama 3 2 0.525 (68) 0.497 (63) 0.511
72 Navy 2 4 0.429 (88) 0.581 (43) 0.505
73 Washington State 2 4 0.431 (86) 0.552 (48) 0.491
74 Syracuse 2 3 0.439 (85) 0.526 (54) 0.482
75 UCF 2 2 0.522 (70) 0.441 (80) 0.481
76 Michigan 2 4 0.337 (104) 0.618 (37) 0.478
77 Rice 2 3 0.478 (76) 0.469 (75) 0.474
78 Western Kentucky 2 3 0.472 (77) 0.471 (73) 0.472
79 Fresno State 3 3 0.501 (72) 0.422 (84) 0.462
80 Wyoming 3 2 0.626 (49) 0.283 (110) 0.455
81 Toledo 4 2 0.509 (71) 0.399 (91) 0.454
82 Bowling Green 4 2 0.564 (61) 0.343 (102) 0.453
83 Cincinnati 2 2 0.44 (84) 0.428 (83) 0.434
84 Texas State 3 2 0.429 (87) 0.439 (82) 0.434
85 San Jose State 2 3 0.416 (91) 0.448 (79) 0.432
86 North Carolina 2 3 0.369 (100) 0.493 (67) 0.431
87 Texas Tech 2 3 0.462 (80) 0.395 (92) 0.428
88 Colorado 2 4 0.341 (103) 0.512 (59) 0.427
89 LA-Monroe 3 2 0.495 (73) 0.334 (103) 0.415
90 Old Dominion 3 3 0.467 (79) 0.349 (99) 0.408
91 Iowa State 1 4 0.336 (106) 0.475 (71) 0.405
92 Illinois 3 3 0.425 (90) 0.382 (94) 0.403
93 Central Michigan 3 3 0.441 (83) 0.361 (97) 0.401
94 Western Michigan 2 3 0.383 (95) 0.406 (90) 0.395
95 FIU 3 3 0.374 (97) 0.409 (88) 0.392
96 LA-Lafayette 2 3 0.409 (93) 0.362 (96) 0.386
97 Purdue 3 3 0.426 (89) 0.334 (104) 0.38
98 Buffalo 3 3 0.305 (112) 0.449 (78) 0.377
99 Houston 2 3 0.243 (114) 0.473 (72) 0.358
100 Ohio 3 3 0.472 (78) 0.232 (118) 0.352
101 New Mexico 2 3 0.373 (99) 0.304 (106) 0.338
102 UTEP 2 3 0.407 (94) 0.269 (113) 0.338
103 Florida Atlantic 2 4 0.413 (92) 0.244 (116) 0.329
104 New Mexico State 2 4 0.307 (111) 0.344 (101) 0.325
105 UTSA 1 4 0.315 (109) 0.333 (105) 0.324
106 Appalachian State 1 4 0.185 (120) 0.441 (81) 0.313
107 San Diego State 2 3 0.326 (107) 0.297 (109) 0.312
108 Kansas 2 3 0.341 (102) 0.27 (112) 0.305
109 Southern Miss 2 4 0.38 (96) 0.225 (119) 0.303
110 Tulsa 1 4 0.215 (117) 0.378 (95) 0.296
111 Army 2 3 0.336 (105) 0.256 (114) 0.296
112 Tulane 1 4 0.229 (115) 0.351 (98) 0.29
113 North Texas 2 3 0.343 (101) 0.219 (121) 0.281
114 Wake Forest 2 4 0.373 (98) 0.177 (126) 0.275
115 South Florida 2 3 0.312 (110) 0.22 (120) 0.266
116 Hawaii 1 4 0.181 (121) 0.345 (100) 0.263
117 Vanderbilt 1 5 0.245 (113) 0.211 (123) 0.228
118 Connecticut 1 4 0.199 (118) 0.255 (115) 0.227
119 Georgia State 1 4 0.147 (125) 0.302 (107) 0.224
120 Miami-OH 1 5 0.147 (123) 0.301 (108) 0.224
121 Ball State 1 4 0.135 (126) 0.277 (111) 0.206
122 SMU 0 5 0.196 (119) 0.21 (124) 0.203
123 Idaho 0 5 0 (129) 0.387 (93) 0.193
124 Kent State 0 5 0.147 (124) 0.237 (117) 0.192
125 UNLV 1 5 0.172 (122) 0.187 (125) 0.179
126 Eastern Michigan 1 4 0.316 (108) 0 (129) 0.158
127 Non FBS 7 88 0.221 (116) 0.08 (128) 0.15
128 Massachusetts 0 6 0.067 (128) 0.215 (122) 0.141
129 Troy 0 5 0.07 (127) 0.149 (127) 0.109
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