Week 13 - Prelude to (Conference) Championships

Sorry about last week.  But ultimately it was for the best, as it gave a couple weeks for things at the top to settle. 

The Internet ranks Clemson and Notre Dame ahead of Alabama, but it's pretty close.  Basically the difference is quality of opponents is the determining factor.  Oh sure, the standard SEC Wank conventional wisdom tries to argue that Alabama's strength of schedule has been so much better, but while it's very close, the numbers do at this time favor other schools, and based off the arguments that their fans have been posting for years. 

I do not expect things to stay this way.  I pressured The Interent to dispense with the ties and to do some firm rankings this week, and it obliged.  There are a few surprises.  Despite The Interenet's normal metrics having the team around the 7th slot, The Internet went ahead and ranked the team 5th.  This is based on a strong Elo.   UCF, a normal darling of The Internet, received no benefit of the doubt, due to the team's quarterback issue calling their team's forward progress into question.

Ultimately, while these rankings are interesting, the conference championships are going to end up ultimately determine how these teams rank going into the playoffs, and then into bowl week.  It should be interesting to see how it all shakes out this week.

Here are the ranks for posterity:

Clemson Tigers 1
Notre Dame Fightin' Irish 2
Alabama Crimson Tide 3
Ohio State Buckeyes 4
Georgia Bulldogs 5
Oklahoma Sooners 6
UCF Knights 7
Michigan Wolverines 8
Washington State Cougars 9
Penn State Nittany Lions 10
Texas Longhorns 11
Washington Huskies 12
Kentucky Wildcats 14
LSU Tigers 15
Northwestern Wildcats 16
West Virginia Mountaineers 17
Utah Utes 18
Syracuse Orangemen 19
Florida Gators 20
Mississippi State Bulldogs 21
Iowa Hawkeyes 22
Cincinnati Bearcats 23
Boise State 24
Fresno State 25

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The Internet's Official Top 25

Current Ranksort descending Title High Rank Last Rank
1 LSU 1 3
2 Clemson 1 1
3 Ohio State 2 2
4 Oklahoma 2 2
5 Georgia 3 5
6 Memphis 5 5
7 Boise State 5 5
8 Baylor 5 5
9 Appalachian State 10 10
10 Utah 5 5
11 Oregon 8 10
12 Florida 1 10
13 Penn State 4 13
14 Alabama 2 13
15 Minnesota 2 16
16 Wisconsin 11 13
17 Notre Dame 17 17
18 USC 10 18
19 Iowa 11 20
20 Virginia 25 19
21 Oklahoma State 2 21
22 Tennessee 22 22
23 SMU 3 22
24 Auburn 2 24
25 Michigan 13 26