Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 6

Would a College Football Playoff Allow the Pac-12 to End the SEC's Dominance Over the Sport?

Would a College Football Playoff Allow the Pac-12 to End the SEC’s Dominance Over the Sport?

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Stanford

National Championship: #2 Oregon over #4 Stanford

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

LSU’s loss to Georgia last week really tossed a wrench in the gears of what we had going on. But the reworked version for this week certainly looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? We switched Clemson and Stanford around to avoid an all-Pac-12 Rose Bowl (assuming that’s what they’d do in real life), and the Ducks were awarded the title by way of being terrifying this year. Also good to see: UCLA nabbing a Fiesta Bowl spot against LSU in what would be an extremely entertaining matchup.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

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ACC Football 2013 Power Rankings: Week 6

Don't Look Now, But the Hokies' Defense Has Virginia Tech Steadily Rising in the Rankings

Don’t Look Now, But the Hokies’ Defense Has Virginia Tech Steadily Rising in the Rankings

We’re starting to get a better idea of this year’s ACC contenders, though the story’s far from written out yet. While FSU and Clemson are exactly where they’re supposed to be, teams like Virginia Tech and Maryland are surprising possible contenders who will show their true colors as the weeks wear on. As always, the poll includes all 14 current ACC members, plus future member Louisville. Feel like I’m totally right or completely off-base? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

ACC Football Power Rankings 2013 (Week 6)

1. Clemson Tigers (4-0) (1-0) (Last: 1): Clemson simply lit up Wake Forest last week, and perhaps put to bed (for now) some concerns about their overall performance on offense. Since Tajh Boyd‘s injury in week two, things hadn’t seemed up to snuff. However, after laying a casual 56 points on Wake and getting back to his standard line of nearly 400 total yards and four scores, Boyd and the Tigers appear to be back on track.

2. Florida State Seminoles (4-0) (2-0) (Last: 2): That was a scary opening half, wasn’t it? On the road versus Boston College, FSU looked dreadful early, allowing the Eagles to get on the board with relative ease. Once down 18 though, that’s when Jameis Winston got into the flow of the game and simply controlled things from there on out. Still a bit concerning, but more for the defense than the offense. The 34 points were the most BC had put up all year, meaning the ‘Noles have some issues to address before facing Maryland this Saturday.

3. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 3): Louisville had an off-week last week, so some might have already forgotten what they’ve been doing to teams thus far this season. To jog your memory: the Cardinals have scored an average of 48 points per game, while holding every opponent to single-digit scoring but Kentucky (13). There a few tests left on the schedule — that October 18 date with UCF looks a bit daunting after seeing how impressive the Knights have looked — but the Cards are primed for more of the same going forward.

4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (4-0) (0-0) (Last: 4): Miami ran right through USF on Saturday, but it was not without consequence. Stephen Morris‘s lingering ankle injury is a real cause for concern, though we’ve yet to see it make an impact on this team due to the schedule. Ryan Williams has filled in well enough to this point, however if forced to see more competitive game action, there could be a much different result. It’s early, but we’ve yet to really see what this defense is made of, or if Duke Johnson can match last year’s levels of production. Continue reading

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 6

After Topping LSU on Saturday, Georgia's Right Back in the National Title Chase

After Topping LSU on Saturday, Georgia’s Right Back in the National Title Chase

Finally, real games were played this weekend, and we’re already seeing some of the effects in the polls. Conference and national title contenders are trying to separate themselves from the pack, and over the next month, we’ll see who’s for real and who isn’t. As always, anything can happen week to week, and we’re anxious to see what develops next.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 6)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (4-0) (Last: 2)

3. Stanford Cardinal (4-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (4-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) (Last: 5)

6. Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) (Last: 9)

7. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (4-0) (Last: 8)

9. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1) (Last: 10)

10. LSU Tigers (4-1) (Last: 6)

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Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 5

If There Was a College Football Playoff This Year, Would LSU Win it All?

If There Was a College Football Playoff This Year, Would the LSU Tigers Win it All?

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 LSU

National Championship: #4 LSU over #4 Oregon

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

I’m convinced that LSU could completely handle Alabama at this point, and since Oregon’s yet to play a truly challenging opponent, it’s tough to think they’re going to be able to beat the Tigers either. As usual, a bunch of SEC teams are handed at-large bids here, with Louisville taking the “group of five” spot.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 5

Bryce Petty and Baylor are This Week's Big Gainers in the Rankings

Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears are This Week’s Big Gainers in the Rankings

This was a tough weekend of football for most fans to watch, though the large majority of the top 25 teams won in blowout fashion. You’ll notice the minimal shifts below as a result, but that all changes next week. As conference play starts up in earnest, there will be plenty of shake-ups in the rankings. So for many programs, enjoy your time at the top while you can.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 5)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (3-0) (Last: 2)

3. Stanford Cardinal (3-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (3-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) (Last: 5)

6. LSU Tigers (4-0) (Last: 6)

7. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (3-0) (Last: 8)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) (Last: 9)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) (Last: 10)

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ACC Football 2013 Power Rankings: Week 4

On the Arm of Vad Lee, Georgia Tech May Actually be a Contender in the Coastal Division

On the Arm of Vad Lee, Georgia Tech May Actually be a Contender in this Year’s Coastal Division

Three weeks in, and the ACC is not the most beleaguered major conference in the land (high, Big Ten!). It’s an accomplishment — if not on the field, than from a PR standpoint — and as the league’s top teams remain unbeaten this week, things only continue to get better. As always, the poll includes all 14 current ACC members, plus future member Louisville. Feel like I’m totally right or completely off-base? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

ACC Football Power Rankings 2013 (Week 4)

1. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (0-0) (Last: 1): No game last week means the Tigers will have plenty of time to prepare themselves for a trip down to Raleigh this Thursday. Last time they visited NC State, Clemson was dealt a crushing 37-13 defeat, but that was a different squad. A different (read: worse) defense, and a very green Tajh Boyd at quarterback. This Tigers team is arguably the best one in 30 years. We’ll get to the preview later in the week, but with an extra five days to prepare, Clemson should remain the top team in these rankings without much issue.

2. Florida State Seminoles (2-0) (1-0) (Last: 2): Nevada looked as if they were keeping things close with Florida State for at least a little while on Saturday. And then they weren’t. We’re not exactly sure what the Seminoles’ defense is going to look like against better competition, but for right now, that’s fine. The offense is on another level through two games and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. Whether on the ground or through the air, the ‘Noles know how to score, which makes them incredibly dangerous.

3. Louisville Cardinals (3-0) (0-0) (Last: 3): Teddy Bridgewater slowed down a bit against Kentucky (just one touchdown), but that’s understandable. There’s simply no way he could continue the video game pace he was on through the first two contests. Lucky him, the rushing attack showed up in a big way and gave this team a little bit of hope too. One-man shows don’t win. So if Louisville’s going to actually contend for a title, it’ll need efforts like Saturday’s, just as much as blowouts like their first couple games.

4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (2-0) (0-0) (Last: 4): Another team with the benefit of an early bye. The ‘Canes are looking good so far, though the defense won’t truly be tested until October. And that’s a bit nerve-wracking considering how disastrous that unit was in 2012. In the meantime, at least the offense looks competent. Miami’s already proven it knows how to win a couple different types of games — blowouts and slugfests — which should suit them well as the season continues. Best of all, that same offense doesn’t look as if it was rise and fall with Duke Johnson. If nothing else, that may be the biggest gift of all from the first few weeks.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 4

Alabama Stays at Number One This Week, After Outlasting a Tough Texas A&M Squad

Alabama Stays at Number One This Week, After Outlasting a Tough Texas A&M Squad

No enormous shake-ups this week in a mostly lackluster slate of games. And even the country’s most competitive contest (‘Bama/A&M) still tells us very little about which of those teams is truly “better.” If anything, most of the movement after week 3 happened near the bottom or completely outside of the polls, which is where you’ll see the most shifting around.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 4)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (3-0) (Last: 3)

3. Stanford Cardinal (2-0) (Last: 2)

4. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) (Last: 5)

6. LSU Tigers (3-0) (Last: 8)

7. Louisville Cardinals (3-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (2-0) (Last: 9)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) (Last: 10)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (2-1) (Last: 6)

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