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November 15, 2015


WOYSM College Top 25 (Week 11)

by Larry Leek

The college football playoff picture perhaps became a bit clearer this weekend IF the top 4 teams can win out their remaining schedules, But the WOYSM College Top 4 Teams, which had remained solid and in tact for most of the college season (Week 3 – week 9),  every since #2 Alabama  (9-1, 6-1 SEC) lost back in week three 45-37 to Mississippi.

Coincidentally Alabama was also #2 back then. The Crimson Tide moves back into the slot after #10 Baylor (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) lost to #9 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) on Saturday 40-34. Baylor’s loss marks the third loss for a top 4 team in the last two weeks.

Overall eight teams that were in the WOYSM top 25 last week lost on Saturday with five of those losing to unranked teams, last weekend nine teams in the top 25 lost and again five were to unranked teams, so well over half of the top 25 teams (17) have lost over the last two weeks with ten coming from unranked teams and you can credit most of that of course to big inter-conference matchups and with some BIG conference match ups still to come in the final weeks the top four could still experience a change or two.

#1 Ohio St. (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) holds on to that spot for the seventh week (Including the preseason poll) taking a two week lead over #6 Michigan St. (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) who lead the poll for five weeks before losing to unranked Nebraska (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) in week 10, 39-38.

After #2 Alabama the next eight teams also moved up one slot eachalso benefiting from the loss by the Baylor Bears.

#3 Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) moved up after beating Syracuse  (3-7, 1-5 ACC) 37-27, #4 Notre Dame (9-1 Ind.) owns the final playoff spot for now, they defeated Wake Forest (3-7, 2-3 ACC) 28-7. #5 Oklahoma St (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) narrowly defeated a bad Iowa St. (3-7, 2-5 Big 12) team 35-31.

#6 Michigan St. (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their big upset to the Cornhuskers last week by beating Maryland (2-8, 0-6 Big Ten) 24-7 Saturday. Also getting back on the winning track was #7 TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) squeaking by a terrible Kansas St (0-10, 0-7 Big 12) team 23-17. #8 Iowa (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) managed to remain unbeaten, outlasting Minnesota (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten) 40-35. The Sooners and Bears round out the top 10.

Starting out the next tier of the WOYSM College Top 25 begins with #11 Stanford (8-2, 7-1 Pac 12) who lost to Oregon (7-3, 5-2 Pac 12) 38-36. The Ducks are playing better than they did early on, winning five of their last six games after they were only .500 (3-3), before winning their last four straight.

#12 Florida (9-1, 7-1 SEC) and #13 Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) both moved up after winning their games, the Gators beat South Carolina (3-7. 1-7 SEC) 24-14 while the Wolverines defeated Indiana (4-6, 0-6 Big Ten) 48-41 in a game where the defenses were non-existent. Both teams moved up after #14 LSU (7-2, 4-2 SEC) lost their second straight game, losing to Arkansas (6-4, 4-2 SEC) 31-14 and #17 Utah (8-2, 5-2 Pac 12) lost to Arizona (6-5, 3-5 Pac 12) 37-30.

Also benefiting from the Utes loss were #15 Northwestern (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) and #16 Florida St. (8-2, 6-2 ACC) the Wildcats defeated Purdue (2-8, 1-5 Big Ten) 21-14, while the Noles beat NC St. (6-4, 2-4 ACC) 34-17.

#18 Houston (10-0, 6-0 American) remained undefeated and moved up after knocking off #25 Memphis (8-2, 4-2 American) 35-34, also moving up was #19 N. Carolina (9-1, 6-0 ACC), they blew out Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) 59-21.

#20 UCLA (7-3, 4-3 Pac 12) starts out the bottom feeders of the top 25 and they are the only 3-loss team in the poll, they lost to Washington St. (7-3, 5-2 Pac 12) 31-27 on Saturday. #21 Toledo  (8-1, 5-1 MAC) and #22 W. Kentucky (8-2, 6-0 USA) both moved up after Temple (8-2, 5-1 American) and Mississippi St. (7-3, 3-3 SEC) both lost. Toledo defeated C. Michigan (5-5, 4-2 MAC) 28-23, while the Hill-Toppers had their bye week,  Also having a bye week, #23 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) moved back in to the top 25 for the second time this season with out having to lift a helmet to do so. Both the Owls and Bulldogs dropped from the top 25, Temple losing to S. Florida (6-4, 4-2 American) 44-23, while the Bulldogs were thumped by the Crimson Tide 31-6.

New to the WOYSM College Top 25  for the first time ever, #24 Navy (8-1, 6-0 American), they beat hapless SMU (1-9, 0-6 American) 55-14.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:

Not ONLY did the playoff picture get a little clearer this weekend, BUT when you look at the fact that quite possibly there could be three teams that could finish the season undefeated, all of which might not or probably WON’T qualify (with Oklahoma St. having the best chance) and not to mention there are also eight more teams with only one loss, all of which have a near zero chance of qualifying, makes it also VERY clear In My Sports Mind that a four team playoff format is NOT enough.

Another thing to look for over the final weeks of the season are how well the top 4 teams are playing, that could be big key in determining who will have the best chance of winning it all.

From what My Sports Mind has witnessed the last couple of weeks I’d have to say right now, advantage Alabama, because all of the other top 4 teams have not overly impressed. Of the other three teams, I would have to give nod #2 to Clemson. As far as the rest of the WOYSM Top 25, their fans may as well get out the bowling gear.

As always, a few words about MY South Carolina Gamecocks, I would have loved to have seen them upset Florida this weekend but no dice, they had two nice opportunities to play the spoiler role, now they are down to one, their last chance will be against arch rival Clemson. 

South Carolina Gamecocks Interim Head Coach, Sean Elliott made the statement that he & the Gamecocks wanted no part of a spoiler role and I have to say, that REALLY confused this ole Sports Mind. First off IF South Carolina had defeated the Gators or should they upset Clemson, whether Elliott wants them playing the spoiler or not they WILL have become one as far as those two teams would or would have felt. Second, it sounds to me like Elliott must not be too interested in retaining the head coaching job at the end of the season, since winning is also part of being a spoiler, once that team’s season is tanked. Then at that point in time winning and playing spoiler goes hand in hand. So making a statement like that brings up the question, does he NOT want to win? I’m sure he does, but the statement made absolutely no sense to My Sports Mind.

I don’t give the Gamecocks much of a chance against the Tigers because no matter how well the offense has played and even though they did underachieve, the defense is has managed to kill any momentum they may have gained at any point by immediately (in most cases) giving BIG Mo right back to their opponents on the other teams ensuing possession. So My Sports Mind tells me you probably won’t have to worry about being tabbed a spoiler Coach Elliott, but you might have to worry about the tab Interim being removed. I do wish Coach Elliott all the best and should he get the job I will back him 100% unless he gives me a reason other wise.

WOYSM welcomes the Navy Midshipmen to the WOYSM Top 25 for the first time ever and it’s always great to see any of the three branch’s teams doing well, even all three would be nice because it would possibly give our brave troops something else to cheer for and another reason to feel proud about their enlistment choice.

My Sports Mind  feels like the Marines should also field a team, then the NCAA should take those four and a few the other major military schools put em in a conference together and make it more interesting and competitive for them all and their troops.

The Big-10  still leads all conferences with the most representatives (6) in the WOYSM Top 25 and the breakdown of teams per conference representing the College Top 25  Poll are as follows: Big 10=6, Big 12=4,  SEC=3, Pac 12=3, ACC=3, American Athletic=3, MAC=1, Conference USA=1, Independents=1.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?

WOYSM College Football Top 25

Rank                                   Team                                                                                     Record        Prev. Rank

1                    Buckeyes_logo.svg   Ohio St.                                                                                   10-0-0                 1

2                    Alabama  Alabama                                                                                   9-1-0                  3

3                    Clemson   Clemson                                                                                  10-0-0                 4

4                    Our Lady   Notre Dame                                                                            9-1-0                   5

5                    Oklahoma St.   Oklahoma St.                                                                          10-0-0                 7

6                    Michigan St   Michigan St                                                                             9-1-0                   8

7                    TCU   TCU                                                                                          9-1-0                   10

8                    Iowa   Iowa                                                                                          10-0-0                 11

9                    Oklahoma   Oklahoma                                                                                 9-1-0                   12

10                  Baylor   Baylor                                                                                        8-1-0                   2

11                  Stanford   Stanford                                                                                     8-2-0                   6

12                  Florida   Florida                                                                                       9-1-0                   14

13                  Michigan   Michigan                                                                                   8-2-0                   15

14                  LSU   LSU                                                                                            7-2-0                   9

15                  Northwestern   Northwestern                                                                            8-2-0                  17

16                   Florida St   Florida St                                                                                   8-2-0                  18

17                   Utah   Utah                                                                                            8-2-0                  13

18                   Houston   Houston                                                                                     10-0-0                19

19                   North Carolina   N. Carolina                                                                                 9-1-0                  20

20                   UCLA   UCLA                                                                                           7-3-0                 16

21                   Toledo   Toledo                                                                                           8-1-0                22

22                   W. Kentucky   W. Kentucky                                                                                8-2-0                24

23                   Wisconsin   Wisconsin                                                                                     8-2-0                 NR

24                   Navy   Navy                                                                                               8-1-0                 NR

25                   Memphis   Memphis                                                                                       8-2-0                 21

Dropped From Rankings: Temple, Mississippi St.

Others Receiving Votes: San Diego St, Bowling Green, Marshall, N. Illinois, Temple                                                                                                           Washington St, Oregon, USC, Georgia, Mississippi St

NR=Not Ranked



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