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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Eight

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2008 Elite Selection Playoff:  Week Eight

Coinciding with the release of the BCS comes this week’s version of the Elite Selection Playoff (ESP). For you first timers an explanation of the ESP can be found here. I’ve also attached the links to the BCS standings and Sagarin Computer Ranking for comparison purposes.

Nota Bene, Sagarin’s strength of schedule calculation is very different from that used by the AV Ranking. Sagarin includes every opponent on a team’s schedule. The AV Ranking strength of schedule only includes opponents a team has faced to date. Sagarin’s method results in less variation and is a better indicator of the final picture. The AV Ranking, on the other hand, is a better predictor of the current college football landscape since teams are not given credit or debit for opponents they haven’t played.

On to the results…

Elite Selection Playoff

No surprises here. Texas heads up the top spot in the ESP followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, and USC. However, the drop between Alabama and Oklahoma is pretty steep.

Elite Selection Playoff
RankTeamAPCoachs'AVPoints
1Texas1111
2Alabama2220.96
3Oklahoma4530.88
4Southern Cal6450.84
5Penn State33110.813
6Oklahoma St7840.786
7Georgia9970.706
7Florida57130.706
9Ohio State101060.693
9Texas Tech86120.693
11Utah121280.613
12Boise St131390.573
13TCU1515140.453
14Pittsburgh1720100.413
15Missouri1616160.4
15LSU1111260.4
17South Florida1414210.386
18Ball St2022150.28
19Tulsa2219170.266
20Brigham Young1817340.226
21Georgia Tech2121200.213
22Kansas1918320.2
23Minnesota2525190.12
24Michigan StNRNR180.106
25Boston College23NR230.08

Strength of Schedule

After temporarily losing the top spot for strength of schedule the Huskies have climbed back in the lead. Nebraska dropped three spots from the previous week allowing Purdue and Syracuse to rise to spots two and three. In fact, the Boilermakers are very close to claiming the top spot. For the Irish faithful in the audience, Notre Dame’s strength of schedule comes in at number 80.

Strength of Schedule
RankTeamPoints
1Washington1
2Purdue0.997
3Syracuse0.959
4Nebraska0.919
5Texas A&M0.859
6Arkansas0.855
7Utah St0.829
8Wisconsin0.819
9Hawai`i0.815
10Colorado0.791

The AV Ranking

The AV Ranking looks just like the ESP with the exception of Oklahoma State taking USC’s spot. Only the top 25 teams are shown. Coming in at 53, the Irish didn’t make the cut. This is largely due to their relatively easy strength of schedule and 0-2 road record.

AV Ranking
AVTeamPointsSOSQWLAWPMOV
1Texas0.8941182
2Alabama0.81714318
3Oklahoma0.762348135
4Oklahoma St0.74996986
5Southern Cal0.748473204
6Ohio State0.7465271120
7Georgia0.7237421324
8Utah0.7121064229
9Boise St0.70910342716
10Pittsburgh0.69959121953
11Penn State0.6891114261
12Texas Tech0.6841134238
13Florida0.67664422012
14TCU0.678642106
15Ball St0.66311942111
16Missouri0.66316183515
17Tulsa0.6581184233
18Michigan St0.65733312744
19Minnesota0.65283421331
20Georgia Tech0.64793161326
21South Florida0.64698251118
22Virginia Tech0.6348112955
23Boston College0.6399132022
24Cincinnati0.61897422039
25Northwestern0.615104421336

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