Thursday, January 9, 2014

Final TRS College Football Rankings

Well, the 2013-14 College football season is in the books, and what a year it was.

I won't dwell on the outstanding bowl season we got to enjoy this year, since I will be posing regarding those games, and my thoughts on the results soon.

Here is the final standings for this season.


TRS College Football Rankings
Rank School Wins Games SoS Margin
1 Florida State 14 14 9 609
2 Auburn 12 14 10 220
3 South Carolina 11 13 9.75 184
4 Michigan State 13 14 8.75 226
5 Missouri 12 14 9.25 225
6 Clemson 11 13 9 258
7 Stanford 11 13 9.5 159
8 Alabama 11 13 8.5 328
9 Ohio State 12 14 9 226
10 Oregon 11 13 8.25 348
11 UCLA 10 13 9.75 189
12 Arizona State 10 14 10 196
13 UCF 12 13 7.25 214
14 Oklahoma 11 13 7.75 177
15 USC 10 14 9.25 122
16 Baylor 11 13 7 302
17 Washington 9 13 9 168
18 Wisconsin 9 13 8.25 289
19 Texas Aggies 9 13 9 156
20 Oklahoma State 10 13 8.25 146
21 Louisville 12 13 6.5 237
22 Duke 10 14 8.75 88
23 LSU 10 13 7.5 179
24 Georgia 8 13 10 56
25 Mississippi 8 13 9.25 112
26 Fresno State 11 13 6.5 170
27 Miami 9 13 8.25 90
28 Nebraska 9 13 8.25 79
29 Brigham Young 8 13 8.5 153
30 Vanderbilt 9 13 8 87

The bowl season gave us a lot of shuffling, and it really does feel like a good 'truing up' of the rankings.  The only items that will likely look out of place are Georgia ahead of Nebraska and Louisville outside the top 20.

Well, Georgia made enough noise early in the year that it still carried enough weight at the end to keep them ahead of the Huskers.  If healthy, I truly believe that the Dawgs may have made a real run at the title foe their division, if not their conference.  Oh, and we all know what happens if you win the SEC.

Lousville is a very good team.  Noone can deny that, but they just didn't face many top level tests this season.  Their best game was against Blake Bortles and UCF, and they lost.  They SoS was the lowest in the top 30, and they paid for it.  Their move to the ACC next season will help, course losing their coach and Teddy Ballgame won't help.

Congrats to the Noles and Tigers on playing the best title game since Vince won the Rose Bowl, and thanks to all the players and coaches for a truly great season.

Oh, and the....

CONFERENCE COUNTS:
SEC 9
PAC-12 6
ACC 4
BIG TEN 4
BIG 12 3
AAC 2
INDEPENDENT 1
MWC 1

The SEC is still the best overall conference in football, but this bowl season shot some holes in their claim that they are head and shoulders above everyone else.  Both division winners lost their bowl games.  The PAC-12 had more teams in the top 15 than they did.  It's going to be interesting with Louisville joining the ACC as well.  If Petrino can work his magic, and stay out of his own way, the top 3 in the ACC may be a solid matchup for any other 3 in any other conference with FSU and Clemson looking to reload.

I can't wait.

P.S. Good Bye BCS, and thanks for getting it right the last year.
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