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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Ten

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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Ten

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

Elite Selection Playoff

For the second week in a row the top five of the ESP are identical to the BCS Standings. Despite the loss, Texas only dropped three spots. This is in no small part to the quality of teams they have played this year. While the Longhorns’ strength of schedule will decrease as they get into the weaker part of their Big 12 schedule, they have faced a gauntlet of contests lately and are being rewarded for it. Additionally, their only loss comes in a close contest on the road to a highly ranked opponent.

Elite Selection Playoff
RankTeamAPCoachs'AVPoints
1Alabama1121
2Texas Tech2330.945
3Penn State3250.918
4Texas5710.878
4Florida4540.878
6Oklahoma6460.837
7Southern Cal76100.743
8Boise St91070.702
9Utah10980.689
10Oklahoma St89120.662
11Ohio State121290.608
12TCU1111130.581
13Georgia1414110.527
14Missouri1313160.486
15Ball St1618140.405
16Michigan St1817150.378
17Brigham Young1716210.324
18North Carolina1919180.297
18LSU1515300.297
20California2122190.216
21Georgia Tech2320250.135
21Pittsburgh25NR170.135
23West Virginia2023410.121
24Maryland2321420.108
25MinnesotaNRNR200.081

Strength of Schedule

After facing the Trojans Washington overtook the top strength of schedule spot again. They are followed by Texas, although the Longhorns are and Huskies are separated by over a tenth of a point. The Longhorns are the only team in the top ten strength of schedule that also occupy a top five spot in the ESP and AV Ranking.

The Irish strength of schedule moved from 107th last week to 91st this week. While this trend should continue through most of Notre Dame’s remaining games, it isn’t expected to become respectable before the end of the season.

Strength of Schedule
RankTeamPoints
1Washington1
2Texas0.841
3Syracuse0.824
4Arkansas0.805
5Purdue0.801
6New Mexico0.799
7Virginia0.798
8Rutgers0.792
9Nebraska0.79
10Wisconsin0.756

The AV Ranking

Despite the loss to Texas Tech, Texas remains at the top of the AV Ranking. This seems unusual but the discussion above supports this. Playing the second toughest schedule in the country and losing only a close away game is good for number one.

Alabama, Texas Tech, and Penn State could easily leapfrog the Longhorns if it weren’t for average or very poor strength of schedule rankings.

The Irish come in at the 54th spot in the AV Ranking.

AV Ranking
AVTeamPointsSOSQWLAWPMOV
1Texas0.86921128
2Alabama0.778749412
3Texas Tech0.774100346
4Florida0.758299144
5Penn State0.754105641
6Oklahoma0.74353685
7Boise St0.749858210
8Utah0.72211335114
9Ohio State0.7022542223
10Southern Cal0.702806102
11Georgia0.69413301732
12Oklahoma St0.6898711127
13TCU0.6781032373
14Ball St0.66111958213
15Michigan St0.65358341640
16Missouri0.65244432210
17Pittsburgh0.6354582263
18North Carolina0.62844582625
19California0.62559123019
20Minnesota0.62268501728
21Brigham Young0.61211658815
22Cincinnati0.60564582645
23Air Force0.604101401524
24Northwestern0.696201732
25Georgia Tech0.59881582226

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