Here are your top 10 teams in the country, as ranked by the Associated Press. The statistics come only from conference games, except of course in the case of Notre Dame.
Oregon’s in-conference margin of victory beats out every top-10 team, and besides Alabama, it isn’t really all that close. It’s unfortunate that so much emphasis is put on just winning, and not the magnitude of the win.
After last weekend, the AP gave #6 Florida a total of 1,171 points to #5 Oregon’s 1,246. This weekend, playing at home, Florida found itself down by a touchdown to Florida State before coming back in the fourth quarter to win by 11. Oregon went out and doubled up Oregon State on the road in Corvallis, 48 – 24, extending its lead to 31 before a late touchdown left the final margin at 24.
So Oregon probably stays at #5 right? Nope. Oregon’s AP poll points dropped slightly to 1,242 while Florida picked up 91 poll points to get to 1,262. In other words, the average pollster felt that Oregon’s performance was worthy of no additional rank status, while Florida’s performance earned them a significant bump — more than a full rank position per pollster on average.
What?! I’m not trying to be a whiny Duck fan. I’m trying to be a logical football fan, but this just doesn’t make sense to me. Oregon State at home is not all that much worse, and maybe better, than Florida State on the road. Oregon won by 13 more points than did Florida. That’s two scores.