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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Nine

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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Nine

It’s week nine of the ESP and week two of the BCS Standings. A comparison of the ESP and AV Ranking follows.

Elite Selection Playoff

The past few weeks have seen some movement at the top but the really surprising thing is the number of teams in the top 25 of the ESP that aren’t from BCS conferences.

Boise State (10), Utah (11), TCU (13), Ball State (15), Tulsa (17), and BYU (21) are all in the top 25 of the ESP. It also seems that these high rankings are at least somewhat justified. The lowest AV Ranking of these six teams is BYU at 26.

The top five of the ESP are identical to the BCS Standings. After that there are some differences, but not many.

A few of the top teams in the ESP and BCS seem to be over-rated at this point in the season. Forida, LSU, BYU, and South Florida all have an AV Ranking that is at least five greater than their ESP counterpart.

Elite Selection Playoff
RankTeamAPCoachs'AVPoints
1Texas1111
2Alabama2220.96
3Penn State3340.906
4Oklahoma4450.866
5Southern Cal7630.826
6Texas Tech65100.76
7Georgia8860.746
8Florida57120.72
9Oklahoma St91080.68
10Boise St111170.653
11Utah109110.64
12Ohio State131390.573
13TCU1212140.533
14Missouri1514170.426
15Ball St1819130.373
16Florida St1616200.346
17Tulsa1918160.333
18LSU1515310.293
19North Carolina2122150.266
20Minnesota2020190.253
21Brigham Young1717260.24
22Michigan St2221180.226
23South Florida2423330.066
23ConnecticutNRNR210.066
23Oregon2324380.066

Strength of Schedule

Washington surrendered their top strength of schedule spot to Purdue but the race is still close. The Irish enter their next contest against Pittsburgh with the 107th ranked strength of schedule. In other words, they haven’t proven much.

The coming weeks will be a good opportunity for Notre Dame to do this against some better opponents with AV Rankings of 28 (Pittsburgh), 40 (Boston College), 42 (Navy), and 3 (USC). Syracuse rounds out the final five games with an AV Ranking of 103.

Strength of Schedule
RankTeamPoints
1Purdue1
2Washington0.974
3Syracuse0.843
4Virginia0.822
5Rutgers0.817
6Utah St0.816
7Colorado0.807
8Michigan0.796
9Tennessee0.757
10Arkansas0.745

The AV Ranking

The AV Ranking looks pretty similar to the ESP with a few exceptions. Notre Dame comes in at 52nd this week, moving up only one spot after their win against Washington.

AV Ranking
AVTeamPointsSOSQWLAWPMOV
1Texas0.91712183
2Alabama0.791824117
3Southern Cal0.759443136
4Penn State0.755106751
5Oklahoma0.743529107
6Georgia0.73836471022
7Boise St0.7369647613
8Oklahoma St0.7216081310
9Ohio State0.7172251924
10Texas Tech0.7171113814
11Utah0.71611029112
12Florida0.7015647165
13Ball St0.67611847111
14TCU0.67944792
15North Carolina0.66634152425
16Tulsa0.6611194767
17Missouri0.6613419309
18Michigan St0.6646441836
19Minnesota0.65789471026
20Florida St0.627104471618
21Connecticut0.62659172434
22Virginia0.6254114886
23California0.60164123721
24Air Force0.686271928
25Nebraska0.59612264835

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