What a great time of year! Great food, great family, great friends, and of course some great football! Especially as a Utah fan! Holy cow is has this been a great season. Things are coming up roses, or at least have the great potential to, and a pretty good chance at a bit more. I was concerned after the Arizona game that some of Utah’s efficiency numbers might drop a bit, but I was wrong. Everything went up! The offense is now in the 80’s and the defense is now less than a point away from 90 (sitting at 89.8!), and the special teams unit… well, it is up to nearly 38 from about 30 or so a month ago. To be honest, most teams aren’t terribly high in the special teams category. Penn State is the only top ten team with a special teams efficiency rating higher than 70. On to the full numbers!
Alright, so the overrated teams this week are all near the bottom of the rankings again, but do not include only G5 teams. Cincinnati is the only G5 team this week, and they played themselves into the #1 most overrated team in the country with their 2 point victory over Temple. By the way, who scores 15 points? Cincinnati does, that’s who. Tied for the most overrated team is Virginia Tech. Well, Gotta try and boost Clemson’s credibility somehow, right? (I don’t doubt Clemson is good by the way) And finally, you got Iowa State. Moving on.
The three most underrated teams are Auburn, Wisconsin and Penn State. I am really hoping Auburn gets their upset this weekend. I still think Utah would jump over Alabama if both win out, but an Auburn win this week just takes any wind out of the sails of Alabama, and I’m okay with that. I’m also rooting hard for Oklahoma State to win this weekend cause Oklahoma would have a great argument to get into the CFP if they win out. Though personally the way Utah is winning is far more convincing than Oklahoma.
Interesting thing of note this week. Only 4 teams are not highlighted, the lowest of all season I believe. Most teams that got into the goldilocks zone, played their way into those spots with very little movement in the entire top 25. Oregon’s massive drop actually puts them right in the goldilocks zone, so as disappointed I am that they couldn’t handle ASU, the amount they dropped doesn’t surprise me. There were 13 total teams in the goldilocks zone, only one of them is 20-25 and happens to be USC, so to all those folks out there saying they don’t deserve the top 25, well, I respectfully disagree with you.
And finally, the gold star singularity. Ohio State. The only perfect match this week, and they happen to be the most efficient team for the majority of the season, and now their official ranking matches that mark. Yes! Although I wouldn’t mind if LSU took it back. For Utah’s sake.
So Utah gets a big stage this weekend. Not a big opponent by ranking standards, but they do have a prime opportunity to go out there and show everyone what they are about. There shouldn’t be complaining this week about people not watching them. I love it! I just hope they don’t come out flat. A nice defensive showing of less than 150 total yards would be ideal. Holding Shenault in check isn’t out of the question. Colorado is in the upper half of the conference in rushing, but then again, Arizona was number 2 last week I believe and we saw how they got owned. Cause Utah did Utah things. The Utah offense just doesn’t let the opposing offense get the ball for very long, which helps the defense put up the eye-popping numbers. I love it. A stat that you don’t hear too often is time of possession. Utah is #2 in the country at nearly 35 minutes per game. Against Arizona the Utes offense had the ball for 39:32. Nearly twice as long as the Arizona offense. I am stoked for this weekend, should be fun!