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November 29, 2015

WOYSM College Top 25 (Week 13)

by Larry Leek
Alabama Football

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There were a LOT of statements made yesterday by most of the teams in the WOYSM College Top 25, but not QUITE by all. In fact there were those that may have left the playoff committee questioning their top 4 selections. One of the WOYSM Top 4 teams did fall and another did NOT overly impress.

#1 Alabama (10-2, 7-1 SEC)  and #2 Clemson (11-0, 8-0 ACC) both won their games on Saturday to retain their positioning in the playoff race,

The Crimson Tide looked good in their win in their win over a bad Auburn (6-6, 2-6 SEC) team 29-13 however the Clemson Tigers did not look as good in their win over an even worse South Carolina (3-9, 2-4 SEC) beating  the Gamecocks 37-32 and even though #12 N. Carolina (11-1, 8-0 ACC) lost to the Gamecocks in week one, they do look better than the Tigers right now and if things hold true the ACC championship is looking more and more interesting all the time.

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The Tar Heels  beat N. Carolina St. (7-5, 3-5 ACC), 45-34. #3 Michigan St. moved up a slot as did #4 Iowa (12-0, 8-0 Big 10) with #8 Notre Dame (10-2 Ind.) dropping out of the playoff race after losing to #7 Stanford (10-2, 6-1 Pac 12) 38-36. The Spartans pounded Penn St. (7-5, 4-4 Big 10) 55-16 while the Hawkeyes defeated Nebraska (5-7, 3-5 Big 10) 28-20.

The Cardinal, #5 Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) and #6 Ohio St. (11-1, 7-1 Big 10) all three moved up a slot each due to the Fighting Irish’s loss. The Sooners had no problem with #17 Oklahoma St. (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) (who fell five positions) defeating the Cowboys 58-23, while the Buckeyes rolled all over #16 Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big 10) who also dropped five spots, after getting smoked 42-13.

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Also moving up were #9 TCU (10-2, 7-2 Big 12), after their big conference win over #14 Baylor (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) 28-21, #10 Northwestern (10-2, 6-2 Big 10) who defeated Illinois (5-7, 2-6 Big 10) 24-24 and #11 Florida St. (10-2, 6-2 ACC) knocked off #15 Florida (10-2, 7-1 SEC) 27-2, handing the Gators their only home loss of the season.

Passing the Bears by one position #13 W. Kentucky (10-2, 8-0 Con USA) jumped six slots after beating conference foe Marshall (9-3, 6-2 Con USA) 49-28.

#18 LSU (8-3, 5-3 SEC), #19 Utah (9-3, 6-3 Pac 12), #20 Houston (11-1, 7-1 American) and #21 Oregon (9-3, 7-2 Pac 12) all moved up after their victory’s. The Tigers finally rebounded from a three game skid by defeating Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC) 19-7, so who knows maybe LSU Head Coach, Les Miles will get a vote of confidence after the win. The Utes got by Colorado (4-9, 1-8 Pac 12) 20-14, Houston rebounded from last weeks loss beating #24 Navy (9-2, 7-1 American) 52-31 while the much improved Ducks who won their 6th in a row and seventh out of their last eight, beat Oregon St. (2-12, 0-9 Pac 12) 52-42.

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The rest of the WOYSM College Top 25 all lost beginning with #22 UCLA (8-4, 5-4 Pac 12) who lost to USC (8-4, 6-3 Pac 12) 40-21, barely hanging on in the top 25. #23 Toledo (9-2, 6-2 MAC) lost to W. Michigan (7-5, 6-2 MAC) 35-30.

After the Midshipmen former #25 Washington St. (8-4, 6-3 Pac 12) lost to Washington (6-6, 4-5 Pac 12) 45-10, the Cougars who dropped out of the poll only last one week in the top 25.

This weeks #25 Ole Miss. (9-3, 6-2 SEC) moved back in to the top 25 after knocking off Mississippi St. (8-4, 4-4 SEC), 38-27.

This Is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:

BOY there’s nothing like RIVAL week in college football and this was just another of those thats taken place over the last three weeks. MY teams (South Carolina Gamecock’s) game with rival Clemson did not go as hoped but they did give the Tigers a tough time in Columbia, SC so now the Gamecock nation can go ahead and put this season to rest and the AD department can get busy talking to head coaching prospects in order to fill the vacancy left by former Head coach, Steve Spurrier who resigned on Oct. 13th after the Gamecocks fell to 2-4, losing to LSU in Spurrier’s final game as head coach

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Ironically the winner of that game, Tigers Head Coach, Les Miles may well be coaching his final games at LSU, as rumors have been swirling that Miles will be fired at the end of the season.

Do you hear that Ray Tanner?  As much as My Sports Mind hates to admit it, If Miles is indeed let go you can be sure the Tigers open position will garner more attention than the South Carolina position. So I hope you get the right guy before he SLIPS away.

 

Alabama, Michigan St and Iowa all were impressive in their wins but, and I’m not saying this because the Tigers are our rivals, but they have not looked like a dominate team last four weeks with three of those wins over teams with losing records.

The Tigers margin of victory against those three teams was only 8.3 pts. per game, they outscored all three by a combined score of 107-72 and believe me I know how bad my Gamecocks were this year so giving up 32 pts. to a weak South Carolina offense has me questioning them and My Sports Mind can’t help but wonder what the playoff committee is thinking right now, but to be honest there’s NO telling what they might be thinking. My best solution to the playoff committee is to increase the playoff spots just enough (8 to 10 teams) so that you no longer EVER need a committee or the human equation again after all when was the last time the NFL needed a committee to decide who made the post 😉

I still think Alabama is the best team in the country for now but thank goodness we no longer have to depend on the human equation to decide that anymore.

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, Pac 12=4, Big 12=4, SEC=4, ACC=3, American Athletic=2, 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                     Alabama  Alabama                                                                                  11-1-0                   1

2                     Clemson   Clemson                                                                                  12-0-0                  2

3                     Michigan St   Michigan St                                                                             11-1-0                  4

4                     Iowa   Iowa                                                                                          12-0-0                  5

5                     Oklahoma   Oklahoma                                                                                11-1-0                  6

6                     Buckeyes_logo.svg   Ohio St.                                                                                    11-1-0                   7

7                   Stanford   Stanford                                                                                     10-2-0                   9

8                   Our Lady   Notre Dame                                                                               10-2-0                  3

9                      TCU   TCU                                                                                         10-2-0                   13

10                  Northwestern   Northwestern                                                                            10-2-0                  14

11                   Florida St   Florida St                                                                                  10-2-0                   15

12                   North Carolina   N. Carolina                                                                               11-1-0                 16

13                   W. Kentucky   W. Kentucky                                                                            10-2-0                  19

14                   Baylor   Baylor                                                                                        9-2-0                    8

15                  Florida   Florida                                                                                       10-2-0                  10

16                 Michigan   Michigan                                                                                    9-3-0                    11

17                    Oklahoma St.   Oklahoma St.                                                                          10-2-0                 12

18                  LSU   LSU                                                                                            8-3-0                   21

19                   Utah   Utah                                                                                           9-3-0                  22

20                   Houston   Houston                                                                                   11-1-0                 23

21                   Oregon   Oregon                                                                                      9-3-0                  24

22                   UCLA   UCLA                                                                                        8-4-0                  17

23                   Toledo   Toledo                                                                                       9-2-0                  18

24                   Navy   Navy                                                                                          9-2-0                  20

25                   Ole Miss   Mississippi                                                                           9-3-0                    NR

Dropped From Rankings: Washington St.

Others Receiving Votes: San Diego St, Marshall, N. Illinois, Temple, Georgia, Mississippi

NR=Not Ranked

 

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