Monday, December 29, 2014

Crunchy Numbers a few days early

What a wild weekend in college football, and what a successful weekend for the region's teams.

Crunchy Numbers a few days early

What a wild weekend in college football, and what a successful weekend for the region's teams.

At the I-A level, six of the top 25 teams in the AP poll lost, leading to Penn State's leap to the No. 6 spot in the AP and Coaches polls.

At the I-AA level, No. 1 Villanova upset Richmond, with Chris Whitney leaving no doubt about who should be the Wildcats' starting quarterback. As 'Nova improved its chances of making the playoffs, Penn's chances of winning its first Ivy League title in five years skyrocketed after Harvard and Yale lost their conference openers.

As I'm going to be off Monday and Tuesday for Rosh Hashanah, I'm writing this while watching the Eagles-Bears game. I'll be in Phillies playoffs mode starting Wednesday, though with Game 1 starting at 3 p.m. I should be able to make the coaches' luncheon.

So here we go, and the biggest news to me is that Rutgers has now fallen below Delaware and Villanova. The Scarlet Knights opened the season at No. 42, so they've fallen 80 spots in just over a month. Wow.

I'm also a bit surprised that Villanova didn't rise above Delaware after beating Richmond, but that's probably because the Blue Hens beat Albany by 31 and the computers like big margins of victory.

4. Penn State (9)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 66/61 Illinois, 38-24
This week: 10/4 at No. 69 Purdue, 12:00 p.m., ESPN

86. Delaware (103)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 161/143 Albany, 38-7
This week: 10/4 at No. 113 Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m., CN8

91. Villanova (107)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 90/103 Richmond, 26-20
This week: 10/4 at No. 142 William & Mary, 1:00 p.m.

112. Rutgers (85)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 201/204 Morgan State, 38-0
This week: 10/4 at No. 53 West Virginia, 12:00 p.m. (Big East Regional TV, which could mean Channel 6)

117. Temple (124)
Last week: Home loss vs. No. 88/73 Western Michigan, 7-3
This week: 10/4 at No. 114 Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.

160. Lafayette (162)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 153/178 Penn, 24-17
This week: 10/4 vs. No. 153 Harvard, 1:00 p.m., WBPH

177. Lehigh (151)
Last week: Road loss vs. No. 168/158 Princeton, 10-7
This week: 10/4 vs. No. 154 Cornell, 12:30 p.m.

178. Penn (153)
Last week: Road loss vs. No. 162/160 Lafayette, 24-17
This week: 10/4 vs. No. 208 Dartmouth, 12:00 p.m., CN8

214. Delaware State (195)
Last week: Home loss vs. No. 223/200 Central Connecticut, 28-10
This week: 10/4 vs. No. 174 Hampton, 1:00 p.m.

As for the Top 10 chart, the first Harris poll of the season came out this week, so we add that in to the mix. It's amazing how fast Alabama has risen -- and intriguing that USC is still third in the Sagarin ranking after losing at Oregon State...



Rank
AP
McLane
Coaches
Sagarin
Harris
1.
Oklahoma
USC
Oklahoma
Alabama
Oklahoma
2.
Alabama
Florida
LSU
Oklahoma
LSU
3.
LSU
Oklahoma
Missouri
USC
Alabama
4.
Missouri
Georgia
Alabama
Penn State
Missouri
5.
Texas
Missouri
Texas
Texas
Texas
6.
Penn State
LSU
Penn State
Boise State
Penn State
7.
Texas Tech
Texas Tech
BYU
LSU
USC
8.
BYU
Texas
Texas Tech
BYU
Texas Tech
9.
USC
Alabama
USC
Georgia
BYU
10.
South Florida
Auburn
Georgia
Utah
Georgia

Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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