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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Thirteen

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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Thirteen

The season is winding down and the BCS picture is becoming more and more clear. With so many one-loss teams a controversy is brewing, but a lot (albeit not all) should be settled with the conference championships.

Visit these links to see the prior releases of the ESP for weeks eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve. After next week the AV Ranking will be used to predict the winners of the conference championships followed by the winner of the BCS national championship and other BSC games.

Elite Selection Playoff

The ESP looks very similar to the BCS with a few exceptions.

Texas and Oklahoma are reversed in the ESP, with Texas getting the edge due to the number one AV Ranking. Additionally, USC is ranked behind Texas Tech in the ESP, while Utah trails Penn State and Texas Tech.

Elite Selection Playoff
RankTeamAPCoachs'AVPoints
1Alabama1141
2Oklahoma3220.986
3Texas4410.958
4Florida2360.93
5Texas Tech7830.833
5Southern Cal5580.833
7Penn State6670.819
8Utah8750.805
9Boise St99110.68
10Ohio State1010100.666
11Georgia131390.597
11Oklahoma St1112120.597
13Missouri1211150.555
14TCU1414140.5
15Cincinnati1616130.458
16Ball St1515170.43
17Oregon St1717160.388
18Michigan St2221190.222
18Boston College2022200.222
20Brigham Young2019240.208
20Oregon1918340.208
22Georgia Tech1823280.152
23PittsburghNRNR180.111
23Northwestern2420380.111
23Florida St2324230.111

Strength of Schedule

Washington dropped out of the top spot due to their game with in-state rival Washington State. The Longhorns come in at number two and are the only top 10 ESP team with a top 10 strength of schedule.

The Irish dip to a season low 101st in the strength of schedule rankings. That number figures to move North after their season finale against USC but likely still won’t be respectable by the season’s end.

Strength of Schedule
RankTeamPoints
1Utah St1
2Texas0.97
3Arkansas0.926
4Washington0.897
5Michigan0.896
6Purdue0.873
7Illinois0.853
8Syracuse0.852
9Nebraska0.833
10Virginia0.83

AV Ranking

The AV Ranking has Texas at the top spot for the eighth straight week. Oklahoma follows with Texas Tech in the third spot. The Big 12 has three teams topping the charts largely due to them only losing one game to each other and favorable strength of schedule resumes.

Notre Dame comes in at number 70 in the AV Ranking, a travesty for a team playing the 101st toughest schedule.

AV Ranking
AVTeamPointsSOSQWLAWPMOV
1Texas0.9162197
2Oklahoma0.84830263
3Texas Tech0.801693611
4Alabama0.799938412
5Utah0.79499539
6Florida0.784441291
7Penn State0.76489452
8Southern Cal0.76701084
9Georgia0.75112461432
10Ohio State0.73928171116
11Boise St0.7341137416
12Oklahoma St0.70762111615
13Cincinnati0.70450211539
14TCU0.6878233115
15Missouri0.6876527168
16Oregon St0.6793672423
17Ball St0.67111874110
18Pittsburgh0.66514582948
19Michigan St0.66331462147
20Boston College0.63754462227
21Mississippi0.6342763525
22Nebraska0.6339244136
23Florida St0.62757682417
24Brigham Young0.622111431118
25California0.61817204824

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