This bye week went better than I expected! Utah moved up a spot in the CFP rankings without even needing to play. I don’t think the rest of the weeks will go quite as well. Even with blowout wins, as Ohio State can attest to. I guess time will tell. Here are the numbers for this week.
Ok, so things are skewing further away from balanced than I thought. Smaller sample sizes can do that I guess. Debating a teams rank doesn’t necessarily result in a good result. This week there are only 5 teams in the goldilocks zone, 3 of which are in the top 5. Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama. Things start to get pretty whacky outside there. Auburn and Notre Dame seem to be outliers in their falling into the goldilocks zone. It seems like when the committee is off, they are way off. But they did once again peg 4 with gold stars.
The 3 most overrated teams are all ranked lower than 15 and bring some name recognition to the table. Boise State and Texas are the most overrated this week, both coming in at -14. To Boise State’s credit, they have lost only one game this season. Texas on the other hand has dropped 3, but happened to beat Kansas State who recently beat Oklahoma. Too bad texas couldn’t beat Oklahoma, then I might believe they merit that 19 spot. Coming in at #3 most overrated is Cincinnati. One of these days I’m gonna spell Cincinnati right the first time. Minnesota didn’t make the list of most overrated, but darn near did. But they get a thumbs up for beating Penn State. Now go stub your toe on Iowa.
This week there are five most underrated teams due to a three-way tie at #3. Penn State, Oklahoma and Navy are the 3 tied for 3rd with a ranking that should be 4 spots higher. I was honestly surprised Penn State fell behind Utah, but I’ll take it. Wisconsin comes in at #2. Those losses will get you every time. The most underrated team this week just happens to be playing Minnesota. I guess we get to see if Iowa can be more efficient than Penn State was last week.
The gold stars go to Utah (again!), Florida, Michigan, and Oklahoma State. Aside from that USC loss, Utah seems to be the most consistent team out there. Playing at a high level, but not so flashy they garner too much attention, just enough to keep plugging away at the polls. Michigan gets a golf clap for also appearing with a gold star for the second week in a row. It’s only a golf clap because they had to drop a spot in the rankings instead of moving up like Utah did. I still think Ohio State is the best team out there, and playing a game with no defense against a team that didn’t play with good defense won’t convince me otherwise. Fun fact, both the #1 and #2 teams had the same total score in their last games. Only one of those teams had 73 points and it wasn’t LSU.
Now onto some Utah fun facts. I was checking out the QRB rating on ESPN this week. There has been a lot of talk about how good Huntley has been playing this season. He is sitting at #5 in the country currently, which has been a highly touted stat that Utah fans have been throwing out there for the last month or so. If you zoom out a little bit and look at total QBR since it was created (which isn’t even a decade ago, though there has been some backdating of stats) and Huntley comes in at #19 overall. For a bit of perspective, there are over 1900 passers on that list and Huntley is #19, and 4 that are ahead of him are from this season. That is the top 1%. Let that sink in. Aside from the 4 this season, here are a few other names that Huntley is Hanging with. Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson. If you weren’t keeping track, all those guys have a little trophy known as the Heisman. A couple have even gone on to lead their teams in the Super Bowl. So, yeah, that’s the company he keeps. He just isn’t getting a lot of national attention because there are 4 other great QB’s playing this year as well. I think his rating will probably continue to climb as the year wraps up as well. Way to go Huntley!
PS - This week’s uniforms are pretty dang awesome! Can’t wait to see em in action!