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Old 10-06-2018, 01:10 PM   #61
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Color me surprised: an easily criticizable “#7” Oklahoma team that has struggled in its last three matches is being handedly beaten by Texas.

But they definitely are the seventh best program in the country. Everything suggests that, right??? Right?!?
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Maybe it's also time to admit that Texas' week 1 loss was flukey.
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:27 PM   #63
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Maybe it's also time to admit that Texas' week 1 loss was flukey.


Texas looks good. I don’t know if it was flukey, per say. Maryland has looked great. Their only loss came to a really confusing Temple team, which you could call flukey in its own right.

I mean look at Maryland right now. They’re toe to toe right now with media darlings Michigan. Michigan, who has done nothing impressive all season by losing their only competitive match and then picking on a bunch of 1-win or 0 win teams. Yet, belief in a program has had no problem keeping them in the conversation.

So, Texas probably is being victimized as “wasn’t supposed to be good this season,” but mostly by virtue of “well, teams like Michigan are supposed to be great.”

This is just my take of course.
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I actually pretty much 100% agree with you.

Texas has been on the verge of either pulling it together or completely collapsing for the last few years. I think (*think*) we're seeing the former coming to fruition right now. You're right, as well, Maryland isn't looking like such a bad loss, especially when it was by one score. So yeah, it's like, "Texas wasn't supposed to be good, therefore they are not good." Except we're seeing the exact opposite at this point. Especially when you throw in an assumption that of course Oklahoma's going to take the Big XII again.

I expect the narrative to change after this week and all eyes will be on Texas and at that point the "Wins games they shouldn't, loses games they shouldn't" team from the last few years will suddenly reappear, just to give me and the rest of the Big XII the finger.
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:10 PM   #65
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Hopefully. Unfortunately, Texas let up quite a bit at the end. So the score won’t tell the story very clearly. Despite the fact that that game came down to the wire, Oklahoma never really stood a chance once they were down 21. The game was statistically over. Oklahoma did manage to tap into some wild odds by tying the game, so for that, they deserve some credit. My heavy criticism of them isn’t that they’re not good. It’s that they have only played like a top 10 team maybe once this season. Top 10 team doesn’t find themselves statistically out of the game by the start of the fourth quarter.

So that’s what I was advocating for last week. Texas deserves far more credit for this win than they’ll get. Sure, they only won by 3, but I would say their control of victory was established well before the game ever got close again. And that says something.
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:30 PM   #66
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Ohio State is an honest example of a team playing a tough schedule and therefore not dominating their games but still doing well.

They look like a top team by all accounts, and otherwise are playing hard fought victories against their good opponents.

The same can’t be said for imposter LSU, who isn’t a top-10 team (and neither is Auburn) and had no business being #5.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:12 PM   #67
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“#8” Auburn only managed 3 field goals in their first road game and was definitively handled by a supposedly lesser team?

You don’t say.

Also, let it be noted, it took 6 weeks for UCF to pass Auburn in the polls** after defeating them, where both teams faced minimal losses relative to their overall composition. Six. Weeks. And this isn’t about my home team bias, we can save that for every other week. This is about an inherent bias for SEC teams. Auburn has looked like shit and already lost a game and had no business being ranked in the top 10.

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Old 10-07-2018, 01:13 PM   #68
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Oh shock, AP places Texas in front of UCF.

Also USF finally gets some respect. But still pretty much none. Same team that has two losses in two years and needs six weeks to get a petty rank around two loss dumpy teams.
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I really don't know what to say about the way they treat schools in the rankings except to say I feel your pain, obviously. It's a joke and I realize there's really no fixing it, but obviously it's incredibly annoying.
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We can pretend it’s not about money (bowl season is ran by the conferences/the mob so it’s important to have juicy matchups for big bowls), but it is. That’s the main side of it.

But I have a proposition of a hybrid expansion to the playoff. It stops Alabama vs Georgia SEC vs SEC from ever happening again.

Simple clause. You must win your conference to be eligible for selection into the playoffs. We shouldn’t care about needing to see Alabama play Georgia in the playoffs, if Alabama was singly responsible for ruining their chance in their division “playoffs.”

This clause would basically make the final two games of the season “the playoffs” at the divisional and conference level.

It would qualify roughly four to eight teams in any given season.

You’d have to work out the independent qualification parameter, but that’s the only difficult part. I mean, make teams caucus with specific conferences, I don’t know. ND basically plays an ACC schedule right now.
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Oh I 100% agree, the fact that it could and has happened is insane.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:56 PM   #72
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“#8” Auburn couldn’t get their offense rolling and lost again?

We couldn’t see that coming weeks ago.
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Ok so my heart rate has been at a sprint for the last two quarters.

That’s what happens when you don’t play any good teams until week 7. Fewf.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:08 AM   #75
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I’m pretty nervous for the updated rankings. I know the CFP is all that matters, but this is our shot right now.

Up until this week with Memphis, we played zero competitive matches (though I’ll happily say look at what UCF did to Pitt and look at what Notre Dame did to Pitt).

If we push forward big on this poll, we suddenly see our schedule looking good in our conference. We potentially have undefeated cincy, undefeated USF, and presumably 2 loss Houston championship game left on our schedule. So if we can win out from a position of a #7 team, which will be incredibly hard, we might actually have a real chance.

It’s still slim and requires help, but it’s actually possible if we get some respect in this poll.

The thing is, I can totally see the poll coming up with *both* LSU and Georgia in front of us. I can also see Oregon or Michigan being put in front of us. Simply because nobody respects Memphis, which is bullshit because the only difference between our story being their story instead was the fact that their two regular season losses last year were to us by 1 score. And one of those was a 2OT AAC championship thriller that saw 130 points of offense.

Anyways, really hoping that we can actually move up the 3-4 spots worth of losses that happened in front of us.
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