Texas State is thrilled to be #11 in my rankings. Don't tell them that they weren't a voting option on the ballot.
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!