Wednesday, October 18, 2017

College Football Week 7 PASS/FAIL Report: AAC

PASS: USF, UCF, Memphis, U Conn, Tulsa
USF: The Bulls cruise past Cincy, stay on collision course with UCF for East Division title.
UCF: Knights the scariest non power team in the nation right now, and nobody wants to play them.
Memphis: Tigers survive against Navy, manage to stay in West race.
U Conn: Any win is a huge win a this point, and beating Temple was a solid get.
Tulsa: Golden Hurricanes get blown out by Tulane last week, return the favor to Houston this week.

INCOMPLETE: None

FAIL: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Navy, Temple, Houston, Tulane
Cincinnati: The Bearcats have at least cleared the Florida schools, and it was ugly the last 2 weeks.
East Carolina: Another week, another terrible loss for embattled Scottie Montgomery.
Navy: Middies can't get their defense together, averaging well over 30 against last two weeks.
Temple: The Owls look like they are having a lost season in Geoff Collins' first year.
Houston: The Cougars were blown out by a team that was demolished a week ago by Tulane.
Tulane: After destroying Tulsa, the Green Wave falls to FIU, which makes no sense.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

College Football Week 7 In Review: Seven Points

Chaos reigned yet again this week, as three major players in the playoff hunt, Clemson, Washington, and Washington State all went down in flames to far inferior programs. Of course, when all you have is a four team make-believe playoff, these things tend to happen, and they get an inflated value as to how important they are or not. In pre-BCS times, these losses at this point would have loomed large, but not nearly as large as they are now. If there were a 24 or 28 team playoff (FCS, D2 models) these losses would mean little, as long as these three teams managed to minimally finish in the top two or three in their conference.
Here are my seven biggest take aways from week 7 of the 2017 college football season:

Point One: We need to go all in on bowls, or all in on playoffs, but we can't have both.
I understand that we, as a society, believe that we are in a "having our cake and eating it to" mindset, but in college football, it simply does not work that way. This new playoff has been terrible for college football, and the clinging bowl system has not been helped, and has done nothing to help themselves. I keep going back to the money issue, but the simple matter is that the TV revenue that we see now will be drying up in a short manner of time. Once that happens, we will not be able to finance both a crumbling, decaying, and corrupt bowl system, and a floundering system that is absolutely the least conclusive answer to the BCS that could possibly have been found. We need the full playoff treatment, or a full bowl system, but they cannot coexist.

Point Two: Washington and Washington State killed the PAC-12, and Khalil Tate will kill it further.
The Cougars started the West Coast's forgotten power leagues playoff chances first, and then Washington buried it even further. With those two losses, the PAC-12. just like that, found themselves buried in back room playoff talk, and not in a good way. The league already was playing against a stacked deck, like it does every season, but much of that can be laid at the feet of their own terrible deals with TV networks. What will kill it even further, is the play of Khalil Tate, the breakout Arizona star QB, who has made both UCLA and Colorado look like fools. He still has the opportunity to damage Washington State and USC even further coming up.

Point Three: Bill Moos hired as Washington State AD, will Mike Leach follow?
Bill Moos was in a war of wills with the Washington State administration, and it blew up when he made himself available to Nebraska in the 11th hour last weekend. With Mike Riley being on his way out at Nebraska, who will Moos hire? Conventional wisdom says that his first target would be the miracle hire he made at Washington State. Mike Leach has completely turned Washington State around, and now the Cougars administration is trying like hell to make sure that they can keep Leach in Pullman. Leach would be the perfect fit at Nebraska, and would make them a major player in the Big 10 West. Leach met with the school president on Monday, and states that he isn't going anywhere, but that does not mean that Moos won't try, and try hard, to lure him.

Point Four: If NC State beats Clemson, they have a fairly clear path to a division title in ACC. 
Back during fall camp, I stated that NC State was good enough to win the Coastal Division, but would possibly finish fourth in the Atlantic. I was right about them as a division winner. Not only could they probably win the Coastal, but they may very well win the Coastal, which they are in control of now. The Wolfpack  has already beaten Florida State and Louisville, and if they beat Clemson, all that stands in their way would be Boston College, North Carolina, and North Carolina. That is what I call the path of least resistance to a conference title shot.

Point Five: JT Barrett is having a Heisman season, and nobody wants to talk about it. 
After I mentioned it, a few select people started mentioning Barrett as a candidate for the Heisman, but he was never mentioned at all before this week. He simply has a 21:1 TD to INT ratio on the season, and has rushed for five more scores. He is second on the Buckeyes team in rushing on the season behind JK Dobbins. Still, nobody is giving him serious consideration for the Heisman. During the preseason, he was highly disrespected based on a down year last season, and it appears that that has continued into the season, based on that popularity contest aspect of the award.

Point Six: UCF has taken the lead in the Group of Five NY6 Bowl race.
UCF has moved ahead in the race, despite still having a date with unbeaten USF coming up later in the season. The Knights have been amazingly dominant this season, averaging over 50 points per game, and beating everyone they have played by an average of over 30 points per game. With San Diego State losing to Boise State this week, the race is simply down to USF and UCF for now. Unless the Knights trip up on the way, they are clearly in the NY6 lineup.

Point Seven: 13 teams have qualified for bowls, 21 more can qualify this weekend. 
We are at the point in the season where we can start counting down bowl bids. With a potential of having 34 teams eligible for bowl bids after this weekend, that is already almost as many teams as were eligible 30 years ago for the entire bowl season. Let that sink in for a moment before I continue my "there are too many damned bowl games" in three...two...one...

Monday, October 16, 2017

College Football Division 2 PRS Rankings: Week 7

1. Central Washington 7-0 1729
2. Minnesota State 7-0 1685
3. Winona State 7-0 1677
4. Virginia State 6-0 1654
5T. Indiana (PA) 7-0 1618
5T. Northwest Missouri 7-0 1618
7. Assumption 6-0 1591
8. Fort Hays State 7-0 1586
9. Indianapolis 7-0 1542
10. Bowie State 6-1 1537
11. Findlay 6-1 1430
12. Shepherd 6-0 1429
13. Grand Valley State 6-1 1389
14. Shippensburg 6-1 1363
15. West Alabama 6-1 1358
16. Wingate 6-0 1328
17. Ashland 6-1 1325
18. Sioux Falls 6-1 1225
19. Colorado Mesa 6-1 1196
20. Delta State 6-1 1185
21. SE Oklahoma 6-1 1179
22. Notre Dame (Ohio) 6-1 1174
23. Midwestern State 5-0 1166
24. Slippery Rock 6-1 1165
25. Humboldt State 6-1 1143
26. Texas A&M-Commerce 6-1 1108
27. Eastern New Mexico 6-1 1097
28. Ferris State 5-1 1034
29. West Chester 5-2 978
30. CSU Pueblo 5-2 948
31. Catawba 5-2 928
32. Arkansas Tech 5-2 913
33. New Haven 5-1 906
34. Bemidji State 5-2 890
35. Tuskegee 5-2 870
26. Central Missouri 5-2 860
27T. Kutztown 5-2 844
27T. Ouachita Baptist 5-2 844
29. Southern Arkansas 5-2 830
30. St. Cloud 5-2 813
31. West Georgia 5-2 801
32. Tiffin 5-2 791
33. Minnesota-Duluth 5-2 790
34. Washburn 5-2 771
35. Albany State 5-2 739
36. Bloomsburg 5-2 718
37. California (PA) 5-2 682
38. Missouri S&T 5-2 681
39. Carson-Newman 5-2 624
40. LIU Post 4-2 562
41. Bentley 4-2 549
42.Azusa Pacific 4-3 538
43. Arkansas-Monticello 4-3 519
44. Missouri Western 4-3 518
45. Harding 4-3 495
46. West Virginia State 4-3 489
47. West Florida 4-2 480
48. Benedict 4-2 475
49. Southwest Baptist 4-3 463
50. Miles 4-3 446
51. Chadron State 4-3 443
52. South Dakota Mines 4-3 441
53. Newberry 4-3 434
54. Tusculum 4-3 434
55. McKendree 4-3 431
56. Florida Tech 4-3 424
57. Ohio Dominican 3-3 421
58. Winston-Salem State 4-3 414
59. Virginia Union 4-3 401
60. Black Hills State 4-3 397
61. Emporia State 4-3 395
62. Virginia-Wise 4-3 376
63. Tarleton State 4-3 371
64. Edinboro 4-3 371
65. Upper Iowa 4-3 368
66. Fairmont State 4-3 363
67. Wayne State (NE) 4-3 361
68. Henderson State 4-3 343
69. Fayetteville State 4-3 342
70. Fort Valley 3-3 327
71. Stonehill 3-3 246
72. Elizabeth City State 4-3 227
73. Morehouse 3-4 216
74. Gannon 3-4 211
75. North Alabama 3-3 196
76. Clark Atlanta 3-4 187
77. Colorado Mines 3-4 186
78. Northwood 4-3 167
79. Angelo State 3-3 166
80. West Virginia Wesleyan 3-4 86
81. Adams State 3-4 85
82. Limestone 3-4 73
83. Urbana 3-4 67
84. Glenville State 3-4 42
85. Shaw 3-4 41
86. Central Oklahoma 3-4 29
87. Pace 3-3 23
88. Pittsburg State 3-4 4
89. Texas A&M-Kingsville 3-4 2
90. Millersville 3-4 -3
91. Valdosta State 2-3 -5
92T. Western Oregon 2-5 -14
92T. Saginaw Valley  3-4 -14
94. Dixie State 3-4 -26
95. Mercyhurst 3-4 -59
96. Hillsdale 3-4 -69
97. Fort Lewis 3-4 -74
98. Augustana 3-4 -91
99. NW Oklahoma 3-4 -94
100. St. Augustine's 3-4 -96
101. Kentucky Wesleyan 2-4 -97
102. Quincy 3-4 -98
103. Michigan Tech 3-4 -105
104. Merrimack 2-4 -129
105. Lenoir-Rhyne 3-4 -147
106. Mars Hill 2-5 -151
107. Walsh 2-5 -156
108. Southern Nazarene 3-4 -175
109. West Texas A&M 3-4 -182
110. Northern State 3-4 -202
111. Charleston 2-4 -235
112. American International 2-4 -302
113. Alderson-Broaddus 2-5 -343
114. Lindenwood 2-5 -358
115. MSU Moorhead 2-5 -404
116. Chowan 2-5 -438
117. Wayne State (MI) 2-5 -442
118. SW Oklahoma 2-5 -480
119. East Stroudsburg 2-5 -493
120. North Greenville 3-4 -506
121. Kentucky State 2-5 -520
122. Nebraska-Kearney 2-5 -527
123. West Liberty 2-5 -538
124T. UNC-Pembroke 1-5 -579
124T. Central State 1-6 -579
126. Lock Haven 1-6 -583
127. Northern Michigan 1-5 -631
128. Southern Connecticut 1-5 -666
129. Western New Mexico 1-6 -694
130. Livingstone 0-7 -722
131. New Mexico Highlands 2-5 -770
132. Lincoln (MO) 1-5 -778
133. Davenport 1-5 -784
134. East Central 1-6 -797
135. Texas-Permian Basin 1-6 -798
136. SW Minnesota 1-6 -810
137. Clarion 1-6 -827
138. Concord  1-6 -865
139. William Jewell 1-6 -866
140. Lake Erie 1-5 -876
141. Concordia-St. Paul 1-6 -878
142. Truman State 1-6 -883
143. Lane 1-6 -889
144. Minot State 2-5 -899
145. St. Anselm 0-6 -905
146. Mary 1-6 -945
147. Cheyney 1-6 -963
148. Malone 0-6 -1093
149. Johnson C Smith 0-7 -1108
150. Shorter 0-7 -1220
151. Mississippi College 0-7 -1234
152. Seton Hill 0-7 -1236
153. Oklahoma Baptist 0-7 -1265
154. Western State 0-7 -1311
155. Lincoln (PA) 0-7 -1319
156. Missouri Southern 0-7 -1344
157. UM-Crookston 0-7 -1360
159. Simon Fraser 0-6 -1364
160. Northeastern State 0-7 -1414

College Football FCS PRS Rankings: Week 7

Rank Points Team Record Opponent
1 1675 North Carolina A&T  7-0 Def. Florida A&M 31-20
2 1606 South Dakota  6-0 Def. Indiana State 56-6
3 1565 North Dakota State  6-0 Def. Youngstown State 27-24 OT
4 1512 James Madison  6-0 Def. Villanova 30-8
5 1255 Wofford  6-0 Def. Citadel 20-16
6 1211 Western Illinois  5-1 Def. Missouri State 49-30
7 1165 Jacksonville State  5-1 Def. Eastern Kentukcy 41-25
8 1116 Central Arkansas  5-1 Def. Stephen F. Austin State 24-20
9 1100 Western Carolina  5-2 Def. East Tennessee State 49-10
10 1085 Sam Houston State  5-1 Def. Northwestern State 40-36
11 1077 Dartmouth  5-0 Def. Sacret Heart 29-26
12 1060 Columbia  5-0 Def. Pennsylvania 34-31 OT
13 1029 Montana   5-2 Def. North Dakota 41-17
14 1019 Monmouth  5-1 Bye
15T 992 Eastern Washington  5-2 Def. Montana State 31-19
15T 992 Elon  5-1 Bye
17 915 Grambling State  5-1 Bye
18 910 Stony Brook  5-2 Def. New Hamsphire 38-24
19 870 Yale  4-1 Def. Holy Cross 32-0
20 857 North Carolina Central  5-1 Def. Gardner-Webb 24-17
21 856 Nicholls State  5-2 Def. Abilene Christian 29-20
22 847 Duquesne  5-1 Def. Robert Morris 51-14
23 826 McNeese State  5-1 Bye
24 805 Eastern Illinois  5-2 Def. Murray State 27-24 2 OT's
25 792 Princeton  4-1 Def. Brown 53-0
26 787 Kennesaw State  5-1 Def. Liberty 42-28
27 750 Alcorn State  5-2 Def. Prairie View A&M 34-21
28 746 Northern Arizona  4-2 Def. Portland State 42-20
29 739 Southern Utah  4-2 Def. Weber State 32-16
30 705 Austin Peay State  4-3 Def. Tennessee State 21-17
31 696 Campbell  5-2 Def. Dayton 17-7
32 692 Furman  4-3 Def. Virginia Military Institutte 42-10
33 667 Southeastern Louisiana  4-3 Def. Houston Baptist 56-10
34 647 Villanova  4-3 Lost to James Madison 30-8
35 633 New Hampshire  4-2 Lost to Stony Brook 38-24
36 626 Illinois State  4-2 Lost to Southern Illinois 42-7
37 621 Delaware  4-2 Def. William & Mary 17-0
38 603 Mercer  4-3 Def. Tennessee-Chattanooga 30-10
39 593 South Dakota State  4-2 Lost to Northern Iowa 38-18
40 576 Weber State  4-2 Lost to Southern Utah 32-16
41 525 Richmond  4-2 Def. Towson 23-3
42 524 Tennessee State  4-3 Lost to Austin Peay State 21-17
43 520 Samford  4-2 Bye
44 508 Hampton  4-2 Def. Norfolk State 16-14
45 464 Alabama A&M  3-4 Def. Mississippi Valley State 49-14
46 456 Bethune-Cookman  3-3 Def. South Carolina State 12-9
47 430 Howard  3-3 Def. Delaware State 52-23
48 422 Harvard  3-2 Def. Lafayette 38-10
49 404 Charleston Southern  3-3 Def. Presbyterian 7-0
50 401 St. Francis (PA)  4-2 Def. Bryant 30-14
51 391 Central Connecticut State  4-3 Def. Wagner 51-45 4 OT's
52 383 San Diego  4-2 Def. Morehead State 56-27
53 379 Northern Iowa  3-3 Def. South Dakota State 38-18
54 376 Southern Illinois  3-3 Def. Illinois State 42-7
55 359 Sacramento State  3-3 Def. Idaho State 41-21
56 351 Albany  3-3 Bye
57 346 Youngstown State  3-3 Lost to North Dakota State 27-24 OT
58 345 California-Davis  3-3 Bye
59 257 Southern  3-3 Bye
60 247 Liberty  3-3 Lost to Kennesaw State 42-28
61 183 Jacksonville  4-2 Lost to Butler 37-22
62 120 Idaho State  3-4 Lost to Sacremento State 41-21
63 116 Tennessee-Martin  3-3 Bye
64 93 Colgate  3-4 Def. Fordham 38-12
65 64 Bucknell  3-3 Def. Cornell 26-18
66 16 Maine  2-3 Def. Rhode Island 51-27
67 -7 Citadel  3-3 Lost to Wofford 20-16
68 -35 Butler  4-3 Def. Jacksonville 37-22
69 -46 Montana State  2-4 Lost to Eastern Washington 31-19
70 -51 Marist  3-4 Lost to Valparaiso 49-15
71 -58 William & Mary  2-4 Lost to Delaware 17-0
72 -59 Northern Colorado  2-3 Bye
73 -60 Southeast Missouri State  2-4 Def. Tennessee Tech 31-3
74 -73 Abilene Christian  2-5 Lost to Nicholls State 29-20
75 -152 Drake  3-3 Bye
76 -161 Pennsylvania  2-3 Lost to Columbia 34-31 OT
77 -173 Brown  2-3 Lost to Princeton 53-0
78 -176 Towson  2-4 Lost to Richmond 23-3
79 -193 Sacred Heart  2-4 Lost to Dartmouth 29-26
80 -198 Prairie View A&M  2-4 Lost to Alcorn State 34-21
81 -208 Valparaiso  3-4 Def. Marist 49-15
82 -213 Holy Cross  2-5 Lost to Yale 32-0
83 -234 Florida A&M  2-5 Lost to North Carolina A&T 31-20
84 -269 North Dakota  2-5 Lost to Montana 41-17
85 -273 Presbyterian  3-4 Lost to Charleston Southern 7-0
86 -299 East Tennessee State  3-4 Lost to Western Carolina 49-10
87 -314 Stephen F. Austin State  2-5 Lost to Central Arkansas 24-20
88 -326 Eastern Kentucky  1-5 Lost to Jacksonville State 41-25
89 -341 Arkansas-Pine Bluff  2-5 Lost to Central State (OH) 40-35
90 -361 Lehigh  2-5 Def. Georgetown 54-35
91 -379 South Carolina State  2-4 Lost to Bethune-Cookman 12-9
92 -407 Robert Morris  2-4 Lost to Duquesne 51-14
93 -432 Northwestern State  1-5 Lost to Sam Houston State 40-36
94 -439 Incarnate Word  1-5 Def. Lamar 33-24
95 -454 Rhode Island  1-5 Lost to Maine 51-27
96 -458 Dayton  2-5 Lost to Campbell 17-7
97 -467 Murray State  2-5 Lost to Eastern Illinois 27-24 2 OT's
98 -468 Norfolk State  2-4 Lost to Hampton 16-14
99 -473 Bryant  2-4 Lost to St. Francis (PA) 30-14
100 -520 Missouri State  1-5 Lost to Western Illinois 49-30
101 -539 Houston Baptist  1-5 Lost to Southeastern Louisiana 56-10
102T -540 Morgan State  1-5 Def. Savannah State 48-28
102T -540 Stetson  2-5 Def. Davidson 28-17
104 -541 Cornell  1-4 Lost to Bucknell 26-18
105 -543 Lafayette  2-5 Lost to Harvard 38-10
106 -568 Lamar  1-5 Lost to Incarnate Word 33-24
107 -586 Georgetown  1-5 Lost to Lehigh 54-35
108 -594 Wagner  2-5 Lost to Central Connecticut State 51-45 4 OT's
109 -613 Fordham  1-6 Lost to Colgate 38-12
110 -635 Davidson  2-4 Lost to Stetson 28-17
111 -637 Tennessee-Chattanooga  1-6 Lost to Mercer 30-10
112 -668 Gardner-Webb  1-5 Lost to North Carolina Central 24-17
113 -702 Alabama State  1-5 Def. Texas Southern 23-16
114 -707 Morehead State  2-5 Lost to San Diego 56-27
115 -726 Portland State  0-6 Lost to Northern Arizona 42-20
116 -752 Mississippi Valley State  1-5 Lost to Alabama A&M 49-14
117 -781 California Poly  0-6 Bye
118 -881 Savannah State  0-6 Lost to Morgan State 48-28
119 -886 Indiana State  0-6 Lost to South Dakota 56-6
120 -900 Jackson State  0-6 Lost to vs. Tuskegee 33-7
121 -911 Delaware State  0-6 Lost to Howard 52-23
122 -1017 Tennessee Tech  0-7 Lost to Southeast Missouri State 31-3
123 -1082 Texas Southern  0-6 Lost to Alabama State 23-16
124 -1264 Virginia Military Institute  0-7 Lost to Furman 42-10