Network Ranking for Week 12

by Patrick Rhamey

While SEC cannibalism results in SEC West teams failing to gain improved evidence of their "goodness" this past week (sometimes win or lose given its cyclical nature, e.g. Ole Miss->Bama->LSU->Ole Miss), it doesn't otherwise penalize them, as evidenced by the only mild relative decline in the ranking of Auburn and Ole Miss.  However, Florida State, while they continue to win, is experiencing a decline in the relative value of those wins as those opponents falter elsewhere (Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Syracuse).

While Oregon rose significantly, outside the SEC West and Florida State, Marshall, Notre Dame, and UCLA are all more deserving of playoff inclusion.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Mississippi State
  2. Alabama
  3. Auburn
  4. Ole Miss
  5. Florida State
  6. LSU
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Marshall
  9. Notre Dame
  10. UCLA
  11. Oregon
  12. Arizona State
  13. Nebraska
  14. TCU
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Kansas State
  17. Colorado State
  18. Duke
  19. Georgia
  20. Baylor
  21. Clemson
  22. Louisiana Tech
  23. Ohio State
  24. Boise State
  25. Arizona