College football games have finally been played and that means there is actually action and statistics on which to base our BlogPoll Top 25 rankings. This year, I am going to be doing things a little differently. In the past, I would scour game scores and comprise a ballot each week based on who I thought was the best.
Well, I will still be scouring game scores, but for an entirely different reason.
I've comprised an imperfect formula to create my rankings. Here is how they break down:
1. Strength of schedule accounts for 1/3. I rank each team based on the average strength of the teams they have played. For Week 1, I used the preseason FEI ratings at Football Outsiders. All FCS teams were assigned a value of 125 (there are a total of 124 teams in FBS). Michigan is No.1 in this category, as they played Alabama (No. 1 in FEI's preseason rating).
2. Scoring Margin accounts for 1/3. I rank each team based on their scoring margin. For example, Oklahoma State is No. 1 in this category by virtue of their 84-0 win.
3. Winning percentage accounts for 1/3. I rank each team based on their winning percentage. Everyone got a value of either 1 or 72 this week.
I take the average of all those three rankings and "voila!" I have every team in college football rated (Except for this week, because some teams have yet to play - sorry TCU and Oregon State).
After the jump, my formula's Top 25. One important thing of note: I had Texas State at #11, but the BlogPoll ballot didn't give Texas State as an option. Get on it, BlogPoll Gods!
Oh yeah, and WSU is at #98. Lots of room for improvement, Cougs!