Week 14 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

The 2017 season has created a lot of potential issues and highlights a lot of potential problems with the current system, almost like Auburn in 2004 being undefeated but not the champion.  Normally, an undefeated Group of 5 team isn't that big a deal because 1) they're not the only undefeated and/or 2) the quality of their wins is sufficiently low that the remaining 1 loss teams leapfrog them.  That didn't happen this year for two reason: UCF's wins are actually pretty solid (as are Memphis, who doesn't get punished much for losing to the undefeated), and there is relative chaos in the rest of the ranking, at least more so than any year since I started doing this.

A combination of solid wins combined with relative chaos is the exact scenario, and really the only scenario, where we might expect a Group of 5 team to sneak into the top 4 for the playoff committee.  That's obviously not going to happen, suggesting that it pretty much won't ever happen under the current system.

Furthermore, what will later be released by the committee will no doubt commit the error of very short memories.  Clemson doesn't deserve to go.  They lost to Syracuse.  SYRACUSE.  The idea that the American champ shouldn't go, but some team that lost to Syracuse should, is absolutely mind-boggling.  But, humans have very short memories and dramatically overweight the last bit of evidence they remember.  Clemson walloped Miami, so I wouldn't be surprised if this team that lost to SYRACUSE was the number one seed going into the playoff.

Also worth noting is that this ranking is about the total body of work, not predicting what will happen.  I do the latter with some success from time to time, but not using these rankings (at least not the rankings by themselves).  Doing the latter is also dangerous and hopefully not part of the CFPC's calculus (it probably is).  That crummy team that lost to Syracuse could very well win the whole thing - still doesn't mean they deserve to be there.  So the ranking respects that UCF has the best total body of work.  If we're just looking at best wins, and we ignore that teams lose games too, that ranking has (1) Georgia (2) Clemson (3) Notre Dame (4) Wisconsin.  The fact that Notre Dame is number three illustrates exactly why we can't excuse Clemson's losses either.  By the way, all this same argument applies to Oklahoma.  Oh well, the CFPC system is what it is.  

In the debate that is likely now occurring with the playoff committee between Ohio State and Alabama for the number 3 spot, it should be Alabama.  I have a sneaking suspicion it won't be.

A graph of the network is  at the bottom.  In particular, interesting how Notre Dame sits in the middle and ties everything together.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. UCF
  2. Memphis
  3. Georgia
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Alabama
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Ohio State
  8. Penn State
  9. Clemson
  10. Miami (FL)
  11. USC
  12. San Diego State
  13. Stanford
  14. Washington
  15. TCU
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. Michigan
  18. Auburn
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Washington State
  21. Notre Dame
  22. Northwestern
  23. Michigan State
  24. Iowa
  25. Louisville

Week 13 American Conference Master Troll Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

The American conference would like to remind everyone that they exist.  Excusing UCF's undefeated-ness (and memphis's only loss to UCF), UCF is also a top ten team looking just at their quality of wins (beaten out only by Wisconsin, Georgia, Alabama, Penn State, Ohio State, Clemson, Miami, and Notre Dame).  Not having those pesky losses helps.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Rankings)

  1. Wisconsin (nc)
  2. UCF (+2)
  3. Memphis (+2)
  4. Georgia (+2)
  5. Alabama (-2)
  6. Penn State (+3)
  7. Oklahoma (+1)
  8. Ohio State (+4)
  9. Clemson (+4)
  10. Miami (-8)
  11. USC (nc)
  12. San Diego State (+16)
  13. Stanford (+16)
  14. Texas Christian (+1)
  15. Washington (+4)
  16. Oklahoma State (+2)
  17. Michigan (-7)
  18. Auburn (+4)
  19. Washington State (+1)
  20. Virginia Tech (+4)
  21. Notre Dame (-14)
  22. Northwestern (+1)
  23. Michigan State (-6)
  24. Iowa (+1)
  25. Louisville (+2)

Week 12 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Not much change here, other than Miami moving up ahead of Alabama.  You don't get much out of playing the Mercer Bears.  The undefeateds stay undefeated with the usual suspects hovering nearby.  While the bottom ranked undefeated (UCF) has a lower value for their wins than Notre Dame, Georgia, Penn State, Oklahoma, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Clemson, Northwestern, and Iowa, none of those one or more loss teams have good enough wins to overcome the negative impact of their losses.  

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Wisconsin (nc)
  2. Miami (+1)
  3. Alabama (-1)
  4. UCF (nc)
  5. Memphis (nc)
  6. Georgia (+1)
  7. Notre Dame (-1)
  8. Oklahoma (+1)
  9. Penn State (-1)
  10. Michigan (+2)
  11. USC (+2)
  12. Ohio State (-1)
  13. Clemson (+3)
  14. Mississippi State (+4)
  15. Texas Christian (+2)
  16. Navy (+13)
  17. Michigan State (-2)
  18. Oklahoma State (-8)
  19. Washington (+1)
  20. Washington State (-1)
  21. South Carolina (+1)
  22. Auburn (-1)
  23. Northwestern (nc)
  24. Virginia Tech (nc)
  25. Iowa (-11)

 

Week 11 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

While likely quite different from what many other rankings will have, the top 4 here is straightforward: the four remaining undefeated teams.  The problem with the poll based rankings (and I expect the CFPC ranking to be released later) is that they don't look at team's entire body of evidence, just the most sensational thing to happen on Saturday.  Teams should be ranked based on their entire body of evidence - not the last thing you can remember.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Wisconsin (+3)
  2. Alabama (+1)
  3. Miami (+3)
  4. UCF (+1)
  5. Memphis (+2)
  6. Notre Dame (-5)
  7. Georgia (-5)
  8. Penn State (+1)
  9. Oklahoma (+4)
  10. Oklahoma State (+4)
  11. Ohio State (nc)
  12. Michigan (+3)
  13. USC (+3)
  14. Iowa (-2)
  15. Michigan State (-5)
  16. Clemson (+3)
  17. TCU (nc)
  18. Mississippi State (+5)
  19. Washington (-1)
  20. Auburn (+11)
  21. South Carolina (+3)
  22. Northwestern (nc)
  23. Virginia Tech (-3)
  24. Army (+11)
  25. NC State (+5)

Week 10 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Notre Dame passes Georgia, which is impressive given Georgia subsumes Notre Dame's win network having defeated them.  Notre Dame is simply connected to more teams by fewer degrees of separation than Georgia, however, despite that loss, moving the Irish into the number one spot (Georgia is connected to all teams Notre Dame is connected to, via Notre Dame, but all those teams are on degree of separation further from Georgia, increasing their distance, or degrading their value to the ranking).

You'll notice a few other eye-catching things, such as no movement from Ohio State or, similarly, Oklahoma.  Because the ranking treats all wins and losses equally, Ohio State's loss to Iowa is being made up for by gains made by the positive improvement of teams Ohio State previously beat.  Likewise, defeating Oklahoma State didn't add enough to Oklahoma's win network to keep from being passed up by Iowa, despite Oklahoma State falling behind them.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Notre Dame (+1)
  2. Georgia (-1)
  3. Alabama (nc)
  4. Wisconsin (nc)
  5. UCF (nc)
  6. Miami (nc)
  7. Memphis (nc)
  8. Toledo (+1)
  9. Penn State (+1)
  10. Michigan State (+5)
  11. Ohio State (nc)
  12. Iowa (+6)
  13. Oklahoma (nc)
  14. Oklahoma State (-2)
  15. Michigan (+2)
  16. USC (-1)
  17. TCU (-1)
  18. Washington (+2)
  19. Clemson (+4)
  20. Virginia Tech (+1)
  21. Washington State (+4)
  22. Northwestern (+5)
  23. Mississippi State (+3)
  24. South Carolina (nc)
  25. Iowa State (-3)

Week 9 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Penn State is out and the last remaining undefeated Big 10 team moves into the top 4.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Georgia (nc)
  2. Notre Dame (+1)
  3. Alabama (-1)
  4. Wisconsin (+3)
  5. UCF (+1)
  6. Miami (+4)
  7. Memphis (+2)
  8. Navy (+5)
  9. Toledo (+5)
  10. Penn State (-6)
  11. Ohio State (+6)
  12. Oklahoma State (-1)
  13. Oklahoma (+7)
  14. Michigan State (-9)
  15. USC (+1)
  16. TCU (-8)
  17. Michigan (-5)
  18. Iowa (+11)
  19. NC State (nc)
  20. Washington (+1)
  21. Virginia Tech (+8)
  22. Iowa State (+9)
  23. Clemson (+1)
  24. South Carolina (+6)
  25. Washington State (-7)

Week 8 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Notre Dame, lest we forget, is providing a lot of proof so far.

You'll also note 1 loss Marshall flying up the rankings - it's due to beating Middle Tennessee, who beat Syracuse, who beat Clemson, and with only the one loss to NC State, there isn't much holding Marshall back otherwise (unlike Middle Tennessee or Syracuse who have much weightier losses despite the relationship to the Clemson victory).

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Georgia (nc)
  2. Alabama (nc)
  3. Notre Dame (+2)
  4. Penn State (nc)
  5. Michigan State (-2)
  6. UCF (nc)
  7. Wisconsin (+2)
  8. TCU (nc)
  9. Memphis (+1)
  10. Miami (+1)
  11. Oklahoma State (+1)
  12. Michigan (-5)
  13. Navy (nc)
  14. Toledo (+2)
  15. South Florida (+3)
  16. USC (-1)
  17. Ohio State (+2)
  18. Washington State (-1)
  19. North Carolina State (+8)
  20. Oklahoma (+4)
  21. Washington (+5)
  22. Marshall (+40)
  23. Stanford (-2)
  24. Clemson (+8)
  25. San Diego State (-5)

Week 7 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Cupcake Saturday turned into Upset Saturday, but when your former national champion loses to Syracuse, it highlights the need for empirical, evidence based rankings over speculation of the AP Poll or the seat of the pants wisdom of the committee.  Of course, the losses were far reaching, with Syracuse now suddenly in the loss network for every team Clemson previously beat, they are punished by the network accordingly.

Remaining relatively immune from all the upsets, Georgia, Alabama, and the top teams of the Big 10 advance strongly, with Notre Dame hovering in the five spot.  While Georgia is above Alabama, that distance is very, very small, with Georgia demonstrating a slightly better win network than Bama.  Penn State v Michigan this week as the process begins of sorting out the Big 10. who thus far have demonstrated themselves to be the best overall conference.

 

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Georgia (+1)
  2. Alabama (+7)
  3. Michigan State (+4)
  4. Penn State (nc)
  5. Notre Dame (nc)
  6. UCF (+2)
  7. Michigan (+7)
  8. TCU (+5)
  9. Wisconsin (+12)
  10. Memphis (+8)
  11. Miami (+9)
  12. Oklahoma State (+7)
  13. Navy (+16)
  14. Iowa (-2)
  15. USC (-12)
  16. Toledo (+31)
  17. Washington State (-16)
  18. South Florida (+22)
  19. Ohio State (-8)
  20. San Diego State (-10)
  21. Stanford (-6)
  22. Virginia (+2)
  23. Boise State (+10)
  24. Oklahoma (-8)
  25. Georgia State (+31)

Week 6 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Michigan's loss creates significant chaos in the rankings, as one would expect.  Michigan State claws into the top 10, despite their loss o Notre Dame, who likewise benefits from Sparty's win.  With LSU's win over Florida, Mississippi State makes a return to the top 25, for the time being.  This week, San Diego State has an opportunity to build further evidence with Boise State.  

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Washington State (nc)
  2. Georgia (+1)
  3. USC (-1)
  4. Penn State (+5)
  5. Notre Dame (+8)
  6. Clemson (+1)
  7. Michigan State (+16)
  8. UCF (-3)
  9. Alabama (+1)
  10. San Diego State (-4)
  11. Ohio State (+6)
  12. Iowa (+23)
  13. TCU (-2)
  14. Michigan (-10)
  15. Stanford (-3)
  16. Oklahoma (-2)
  17. Auburn (+13)
  18. Memphis (-3)
  19. Oklahoma State (-1)
  20. Miami (+7)
  21. Wisconsin (+3)
  22. Texas Tech (-1)
  23. Troy (+15)
  24. Virginia (+15)
  25. Mississippi State (+22)

Week 5 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Strength in the PAC12 after this week as Washington State and USC (who played each other) both climb.  Though USC lost to Washington State, three of the teams that USC previously beat (Western Michigan, Stanford, Texas) won their games, providing a net boost to USC despite their loss.  Alternatively, Georgia, who the Trojans jumped this week, didn't gain as much from beating the Vounteers, and previous opponents Appalachian State and Mississippi State both lost their games.  A similar but more dramatic effect of a team winning but the value of the win not keeping them caught up with others can be see with Oklahoma, who beat Baylor but gained so little from it that they fell 9 spots (or, also, Ohio State, who the Sooners beat, getting very little out of Rutgers).

The Trojan's boost, likewise, makes Washington State's win over the Trojans all the more valuable, catapulting them into the #1 spot.  Other big movers this week - take note of UCLA, who, on a bye week, gets catapulted upward with the Texas A&M win.  UCF, likewise, remains undefeated, but caution should be exercised for the Florida teams, most of which we have very limited information about as they have few games due to cancellations and postponements from Hurricane Irma.  This lack of information has potential impacts throughout the network, resulting in less information than normal at this point in the season.  We can expect some big swings for the next couple weeks as more information in the form of wins/losses develops.

Looking forward, Alabama has a big opportunity this week to demonstrate their worth against the Aggies, and potentially climb into the top 4.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Washington State (+12)
  2. USC (+1)
  3. Georgia (-1)
  4. Michigan (-3)
  5. UCF (+24)
  6. San Diego State (nc)
  7. Clemson (-3)
  8. Florida (+1)
  9. Penn State (-2)
  10. Alabama (-2)
  11. TCU (+1)
  12. Stanford (+24)
  13. Notre Dame (+2)
  14. Oklahoma (-9)
  15. Memphis (+10)
  16. Kentucky (-2)
  17. Ohio State (-7)
  18. Oklahoma State (+17)
  19. UCLA (+41)
  20. Texas A&M (+51)
  21. Texas Tech (-10)
  22. Navy (-2)
  23. Michigan State (+26)
  24. Wisconsin (+7)
  25. South Florida (-7)

 

Week 4 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

First ranking of the year now that all NCAA teams have played at least one other opponent.  Michigan is well in the lead followed by Georgia.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Michigan
  2. Georgia
  3. USC
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. San Diego State
  7. Penn State
  8. Alabama
  9. Florida
  10. Ohio State
  11. Texas Tech
  12. TCU
  13. Washington State
  14. Kentucky
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Wake Forest
  17. Minnesota
  18. South Florida
  19. Louisville
  20. Navy
  21. Duke
  22. South Carolina
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Washington
  25. Memphis

2017 State of World Liberty Index

by Patrick Rhamey

The State of World Liberty Index was a combination of indices compiled originally in 2006 by Nick Wilson.  Since then, I've periodically updated the index.  My methodology is similar to the original with the following exceptions: I use only the civil liberties portion of Freedom House, economic liberty (Fraser/Heritage) is weighted evenly with social liberty, and the Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Scores are of equal weight to each of the Freedom House Civil Liberties sub-components.  All changes are done with the purpose of creating the most accurate relative ranking of countries by the degree of liberty (economic and social) enjoyed by the average individual within the state or territory.  Note, the ranking is not reflective of, nor does it include, political or electoral rights.  Where data is available, territories or colonies (e.g. Hong Kong) are included.

Also please note, rankings used to create the below are typically delayed by one to two years.  So they do not reflect any recent events or changes in leadership that may have occurred within the past 6-12 months.

Full Rankings are here.

2017 Liberty by Quintile.  Colors represent countries grouped by quintiles in order of blue (top 20%), green (20-40%), yellow (40-60%), orange (60-80%), and red (80-100%).

2017swl

2017 Most Free Countries:
1. New Zealand
2. Switzerland
3. Canada
3. Australia
5. Norway
5. Sweden
5. Luxembourg
5. Finland
9. Netherlands
9. Ireland

2017 Most Oppressive Countries:
1. North Korea
2. Libya
2. Syria
4. Venezuela
5. Eritrea
6. Cuba
7. Turkmenistan
8. Equatorial Guinea
9. Central African Republic
10. Iran

2017 Five Year change in Liberty.  Blue is an increase in rank by >20 and green >10 since 2013.  Orange is a fall in rank of >10 and red >20 since 2013.

2017 Greatest 5 Year Increases:
1.  Cote d'Ivoire
2. Tunisia
3. Lesotho
4. Fiji
5. Georgia
6. Malaysia
6. Sri Lanka
8. Burkina Faso
8. Belarus
10. Togo

2017 Greatest 5 Year Declines:
1. Turkey
2. Guinea
3. Honduras
3. Lebanon
5. Zambia
6. Ghana
7. Maldives
7. Bahamas
9. Djibouti
9. Barbados

Post-Bowl Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Alabama holds on to number one even with the Clemson loss.  Clemson's wins, after beating Alabama and Ohio State) are more valuable, but Clemson's loss to Pitt is also more weighty, albeit the gap is quite narrow.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Clemson (+5)
  3. Ohio State (nc)
  4. Western Michigan (-2)
  5. Wisconsin (+1)
  6. Washington (-1)
  7. USC (+3)
  8. Michigan (-4)
  9. Stanford (+2)
  10. Florida State (+7)
  11. Penn State (-2)
  12. Oklahoma (+3)
  13. Tennessee (+6)
  14. Florida (+10)
  15. Northwestern (-1)
  16. LSU (+5)
  17. Minnesota (+1)
  18. Iowa (-6)
  19. South Florida (+10)
  20. Nebraska (-12)
  21. Georgia Tech (+6)
  22. Virginia Tech (+12)
  23. Utah (+3)
  24. Miami (+15)
  25. Colorado (-12)

Final End of Season Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Nothing changes in the final end of season ranking in the top 4.  If the CFPC is interested in sending the top four teams, those teams are Alabama, Western Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan.  Assuming they will overlook Western Michigan, they should add Washington.  

Typically in the top 5-10 you have a series of 1 loss teams with not-so-bad losses to either an undefeated team or another 1 loss team who lost to an undefeated team, and as a result, the conference championships tend to sort out these one loss teams before the final ranking is released.  This is not the case this year, beyond Alabama and Western Michigan, with all other teams having significant losses.  Further, while Western Michigan may have inferior wins to Alabama, Ohio State, or Michigan, they have better wins than Washington, as further evidence of their quality.  The chaos of this year, the most significant of any season since the Network Ranking began, highlights the importance of an unbiased, objective, evidence based method of organizing wins and losses to determine who truly earned a playoff berth.

Assuming the CFPC is set on leaving out WMU, they should have Ohio State and Michigan play a rematch from the epic game a couple weeks back on a neutral field and let Washington try their hand at Alabama.  You send Penn State to the Rose and Clemson to the Orange because the evidence just isn't there with both teams having lost to Pitt.  Furthermore, in Clemson's case, their wins just aren't there either, having the worst quality best win (Florida State) among any of the teams the CFPC is likely to consider for the playoff.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Alabama
  2. Western Michigan
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan
  5. Washington
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Clemson
  8. Nebraska
  9. Penn State
  10. USC
  11. Stanford
  12. Iowa 
  13. Colorado
  14. Northwestern
  15. Oklahoma
  16. West Virginia
  17. Florida State
  18. Minnesota
  19. Tennessee
  20. Washington State
  21. Houston
  22. LSU
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Boise State
  25. Florida

Week 13 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Following the Ohio State win over Michigan, and setting aside undefeated Western Michigan as the playoff committee is senseless, we see a very good case for two possibilities.  First, the Big 10 likely deserves 2 teams in the playoff, and an argument is better made for 3 if Wisconsin beats Penn State than 1.  Second, there is a very good argument, particularly if Penn State wins the Big 10, that Ohio State (and Michigan) be included and not the Big 10 champion.  Finally, at the moment, before knowing the outcome of conference championships, at present it would seem Washington is more deserving of a playoff spot than Clemson.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Western Michigan (nc)
  3. Ohio State (+1)
  4. Michigan (-1)
  5. Wisconsin (nc)
  6. Washington (+1)
  7. Clemson (+1)
  8. Nebraska (-2)
  9. Iowa (+3)
  10. USC (+5)
  11. Stanford (-2)
  12. Penn State (-2)
  13. Colorado (-2)
  14. Northwestern* (+2)
  15. Minnesota (+6)
  16. Florida State (+6)
  17. Oklahoma (+2)
  18. West Virginia (+6)
  19. Tennessee (-5)
  20. Washington State* (-2)
  21. Boise State (-4)
  22. Houston (+1)
  23. Texas A&M (+2)
  24. LSU (+6)
  25. Florida (-12)

Week 12 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

No changes in the top 4.  With continued chaos further down the rankings, it only highlights the problem of overlooking Western Michigan.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Western Michigan (nc)
  3. Michigan (nc)
  4. Ohio State (nc)
  5. Wisconsin (nc)
  6. Nebraska (+1)
  7. Washington (-1)
  8. Clemson (+1)
  9. Stanford (+2)
  10. Penn State (+2)
  11. Colorado (+3)
  12. Iowa (+1)
  13. Florida (+7)
  14. Tennessee (+4)
  15. USC (+7)
  16. Northwestern* (-1)
  17. Boise State (+2)
  18. Washington State* (-8)
  19. Oklahoma (+5)
  20. Louisville (-12)
  21. Minnesota (+7)
  22. Florida State (-1)
  23. Houston (+11)
  24. West Virginia (-8)
  25. Texas A&M (nc)

Week 11 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Poor Western Michigan.  No respect.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Rankings)

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Western Michigan (+2)
  3. Michigan (-1)
  4. Ohio State (+4)
  5. Wisconsin (+4)
  6. Washington (-1)
  7. Nebraska (+3)
  8. Louisville (-2)
  9. Clemson (-6)
  10. Washington State* (+1)
  11. Stanford (+4)
  12. Penn State (+2)
  13. Iowa (+17)
  14. Colorado (-1)
  15. Northwestern* (+10)
  16. West Virginia (+6)
  17. Troy (-10)
  18. Tennessee (+2)
  19. Boise State (-7)
  20. Florida (-1)
  21. Florida State (-5)
  22. USC (+2)
  23. Utah (+4)
  24. Oklahoma (+5)
  25. Texas A&M (-4)

*FCS wins and losses not included in network.

Week 10 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Gone is A&M.  Hello Western Michigan (Sorry Washington), though, as the weeks progress, if Washington can beat Wazoo and SC (as well as probably Colorado in the PAC 12 championship) they should easily move into the top 4 on their own.

The repercussions of A&M's loss to Mississippi State are far reaching, as Auburn's plummet illustrates.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Michigan (nc)
  3. Clemson (nc)
  4. Western Michigan (+1)
  5. Washington (+1)
  6. Louisville (+1)
  7. Troy (+2)
  8. Ohio State (+4)
  9. Wisconsin (+4)
  10. Nebraska (+1)
  11. Washington State* (+3)
  12. Boise State (+4)
  13. Colorado (+7)
  14. Penn State (+1)
  15. Stanford (+2)
  16. Florida State (+9)
  17. Auburn (-11)
  18. Arkansas (-8)
  19. Florida (nc)
  20. Tennessee (+2)
  21. Texas A&M (-17)
  22. West Virginia (+2)
  23. North Carolina (+5)
  24. USC (+2)
  25. Northwestern* (-2)

*Network does not include FCS wins or losses.

Week 9 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Better late than never.  The Network Ranking and the Playoff Committee are in agreement where it matters.

With Baylor's loss to Texas, there is only 1 Big 12 team in the Top 25: #24 West Virginia.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking)

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Michigan (nc)
  3. Clemson (nc)
  4. Texas A&M (+1)
  5. Western Michigan (+1)
  6. Washington (+3)
  7. Louisville (+5)
  8. Auburn (+6)
  9. Troy (+8)
  10. Arkansas (+5)
  11. Nebraska (-1)
  12. Ohio State (+7)
  13. Wisconsin (+7)
  14. Washington State* (-3)
  15. Penn State (+6)
  16. Boise State (-12)
  17. Stanford (+5)
  18. Iowa (+6)
  19. Florida (-3)
  20. Colorado (+3)
  21. LSU (+4)
  22. Tennessee (-15)
  23. Northwestern* (-5)
  24. West Virginia (-16)
  25. Florida State (+3)

*Network does not include FCS wins or losses.

Week 8 Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

The tide rolls on.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Alabama (nc)
  2. Michigan (+2)
  3. Clemson (-1)
  4. Boise State (+2)
  5. Texas A&M (-2)
  6. Western Michigan (+1)
  7. Tennessee (+3)
  8. West Virginia (+7)
  9. Washington (-1)
  10. Nebraska (-1)
  11. Washington State (nc)*
  12. Louisville (nc)
  13. Baylor (+4)
  14. Auburn (+6)
  15. Arkansas (-2)
  16. Florida (nc)
  17. Troy (+1)
  18. Northwestern (+4)*
  19. Ohio State (-14)
  20. Wisconsin (+1)
  21. Penn State (+19)
  22. Stanford (-8)
  23. Colorado (+7)
  24. Iowa (-5)
  25. LSU (-2)

*Ranking does not include FCS wins or losses.