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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Twelve

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2008 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Twelve

Little has changed from week eleven to twelve of the ESP. The difference in the top teams lies largely in who does and who doesn’t control their own desitiny.

As the season draws to an end, the national championship picture becomes more clear and the AV Ranking more closely approaches Sagarin. Similarly, the ESP approaches the BCS although subtle differences will remain at the season’s end.

Prior to the conference championships the AV Ranking will be used to predict the winners. The same will be done for the BCS bowl and national championship games at the end of the season.

Elite Selection Playoff

Alabama seems to be in control of their destiny. With a manageable game against Auburn next week and then the SEC championship showdown with Florida on the horizon, the Crimson Tide will lock up a trip to the national championship by winning out. Texas Tech is in a similar situation, currently tied with Alabama for the top ESP spot. Texas and Oklahoma, however, need some help from other teams.

Elite Selection Playoff
RankTeamAPCoachs'AVPoints
1Alabama1141
1Texas Tech2221
3Texas4410.958
3Florida3330.958
5Oklahoma5560.861
6Southern Cal6670.819
7Utah8750.805
8Penn State78110.722
9Boise St99100.694
10Ohio State101090.68
11Georgia131380.611
12Oklahoma St1112120.597
13Missouri1211130.583
14TCU1517140.444
15Ball St1416180.416
16Michigan St1715170.402
17Brigham Young1614200.388
18Pittsburgh2019150.333
19Cincinnati1920160.319
20LSU1818250.236
21Oregon St2121210.208
22North Carolina25NR190.111
23Maryland2223380.097
24Miami FL23NR230.083
24Oregon2422340.083

Strength of Schedule

Washington holds on to the top strength of schedule spot and may have locked it up for the year as they hold a fairly substantial edge over Purdue. Of note is that only two teams in the top ten strength of schedule are in the top 15 of the AV Ranking. While many of the top teams have impressive resumes, as a whole they are largely untested.

Notre Dame comes in with the 79th toughest strength of schedule, a value that figures to move slightly North after the season ending contest against USC.

Strength of Schedule
RankTeamPoints
1Washington1
2Purdue0.944
3Utah St0.942
4Texas0.937
5Arkansas0.887
6Indiana0.861
7Virginia0.86
8Syracuse0.828
9Nebraska0.797
10Georgia0.793

AV Ranking

The AV Ranking also shows relatively little change in the top teams. While Alabama jumped Florida, the top few teams remained largely the same. Texas Tech, Alabama, and Utah haven’t proven too much by the teams they have faced, but that will change for the Red Raiders and Crimson Tide over the next couple of weeks as they will likely reach their conference championships.

The Irish come in at 54th in the AV Ranking, just missing the top 50.

AV Ranking
AVTeamPointsSOSQWLAWPMOV
1Texas0.9141106
2Texas Tech0.82892257
3Florida0.815196111
4Alabama0.79989412
5Utah0.7711099111
6Oklahoma0.76969484
7Southern Cal0.759681283
8Georgia0.74810301230
9Ohio State0.73923151318
10Boise St0.7351117425
11Penn State0.717106662
12Oklahoma St0.7066081513
13Missouri0.6876026159
14TCU0.6778119138
15Pittsburgh0.67644742145
16Cincinnati0.67355741943
17Michigan St0.6763741529
18Ball St0.66211974210
19North Carolina0.65713423023
20Brigham Young0.64311756614
21Oregon St0.6425053022
22Nebraska0.6259233836
23Miami FL0.61749642639
24Air Force0.61778312324
25LSU0.60852353040

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