Pandemonium: Top 25 College Football Plus

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ACC Nation Staff @accnation –

You’d think by now things would have settled down a bit in college football. You know, counting on certain teams to win, others to lose. Some semblance of sanity, right? Guess again. Following Saturday’s games we have that much more pandemonium. We’re sure that a truckload of BC Powders are being delivered to the College Football Playoff committee at this moment. Until Tuesday evening, when the CFP Top 25 is released, we’ll take a look at the AP Top 25, USA Today Coaches’ Poll and ESPN FPI numbers.

With a quick gander across the performances of the Top 25 you’ll see that far too many teams won by close margins. You can reasonably excuse that at the beginning, even the middle of the season but at the tail end? It raises some serious questions. In the long run, a win is a win and that’s all that matters. Well, almost.

There appears that we have a dual standard, dare we say, hypocrisy among some voters. You know what we’re talking about here. If a team loses by a narrow margin it may be considered a ‘good loss’, of which we’re certain doesn’t exist in sports. Good effort, strong showing, something to build off of, sure.

On the opposite end of the spectrum we have those that argue the aforementioned a win is a win. Not so fast Skippy. Anybody that has spent an iota of time on social media knows that there is a clique that will use, as an example, the Clemson win (narrow) over North Carolina to argue a team (the Tigers) aren’t all that.

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Let’s be realistic for just a moment. We know, it may take suspending your perceived reality to achieve this state and receive enlightenment. Nonetheless, hang with us for a second or two. This whole standard in which a team must completely throttle their opponent from week to week is, well, simplistic. There are far too many weird intangibles involved in football that you’ll never find in a stat book which impact the game. Multiply that by every player, coach, girlfriend, wife, professor and random stranger and you have the picture.

You’d think that something like this shouldn’t play into the outcome of a game but it does. No one can account for all this random, if we can, pandemonium. At the end of the day the final score and if a team sustains that winning momentum is what matters. If there’s an inconsistency from week to week, then we have a problem, Houston. As Forrest Gump said, “..it happens.” Now, wipe your face off with this sweat shirt and go have a happy day.

AP Top 25 / USA Today Coaches’ Poll

AP #TEAMUSA TODAY #TEAM
1LSU1LSU
2OHIO STATE2OHIO STATE
3CLEMSON3CLEMSON
4GEORGIA4GEORGIA
5ALABAMA5ALABAMA
6UTAH6UTAH
15NOTRE DAME15NOTRE DAME
23VIRGINIA TECH23VIRGINIA TECH
RVRV
2728VIRGINIA
32WAKE FOREST

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ESPN Football Power Index (FPI)

FPITEAM
1OHIO STATE
2CLEMSON
3ALABAMA
4LSU
5GEORGIA
6PENN STATE
12UTAH
14NOTRE DAME
37VIRGINIA
46VIRGINIA TECH
51WAKE FOREST

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