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Dad's Accomplishment Rankings after Week 12

There were a few upsets this last weekend, but there were also some big games (and ‘small games') which impacted my rankings. Obviously UW beating Oregon State was a big game. Georgia, Kansas State, Arizona, and Clemson all had big games that impacted their rankings. Florida State and Alabama were the reverse; they had "small games"-games against FCS teams. As a result, they could not keep pace with the teams that played tougher opponents, and so they dropped.

Rank

School

Conference

Wins

Losses

Points

Prev. Rank

Change

1

Washington

Pac12

11

0

119

2

+1

2T

Ohio State

Big10

11

0

106

4

+2

2T

Texas

Big12

10

1

106

5

+3

2T

Georgia

SEC

11

0

106

6

+4

5

Florida State

ACC

11

0

103

1

-4

6

Alabama

SEC

10

1

100

3

-3

7

Michigan

Big10

11

0

99

7

0

8

Louisville

ACC

10

1

94

8

0

9

Penn State

Big10

9

2

87

10

+1

10

Oregon

Pac12

10

1

84

9

-1

11

Oklahoma

Big12

9

2

83

11

0

12

Ole Miss

SEC

9

2

77

12

0

13

Missouri

SEC

9

2

75

13

0

14

Iowa

Big10

9

2

73

14

0

15

LSU

SEC

8

3

66

15

0

16

Kansas State

Big12

8

3

63

23

+7

17T

Oklahoma State

Big12

8

3

61

18

+1

17T

Notre Dame

Ind

8

3

61

20

+3

19

Arizona

Pac12

8

3

60

25

+6

20

Clemson

ACC

7

4

58

27

+7

21T

Liberty

Conf USA

11

0

53

22

+1

21T

Utah

Pac12

7

4

53

15

-6

23

Oregon State

Pac12

8

3

52

21

-2

24T

North Carolina

ACC

8

3

50

18

-6

24T

Kansas

Big12

7

4

50

17

-7

There were a couple of surprises in the rankings. First, I was surprised to see a three-way tie for second. I did not expect to see that this late in the season. The second surprise was how many teams did not change at all. Seven teams did not change their rankings-and they were all around the middle of the rankings (7 through 15).

Husky fans shouldn't be too surprised to see UW at the top. ESPN's FPI also has them with the best Strength of Record, which is similar to this ranking. They have more wins over teams that were ranked in the CFP last week than any other school. (Although, I expect one of them to drop out of the next CFP ranking.)

Most of the changes at the bottom should make sense. Kansas State beat Kansas so Kansas State moves up while Kansas moves down. Clemson beats North Carolina, so Clemson moves up and North Carolina moves down. And Arizona beats Utah so they go up and Utah goes down.

James Madison lost, so they were the team to drop out-to make room for Clemson to move in.

I expect that since my rankings last week had most of the same teams that were in the CFP, that the same thing will be true this week. Of course, I don't expect the order in the CFP to be the same-no way they have UW at #1.

I expect the CFP will again have Tulane ranked-although I still fail to see how they deserve to be in the rankings. They still only have 2 wins over teams with winning records (South Alabama at 6-5 and Memphis at 8-3). And the advanced stats don't even have them in the top 50 (ESPN's FPI has them at 50, but in others they are in the 50's or 60's.

Michigan and Oregon are two teams that I expect will be ranked higher in the CFP rankings. And a big part of that is both of those teams have played a lot of teams without winning records-which hurts them in these rankings. But they have dominated those teams on the field, so they look better than these rankings would indicate. Maybe next year I will think about adding a factor for margin of victory.