NCAA Football Report (Week 4)

 

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Ranking the best teams in the country is never an easy thing as without teams playing against each other it is hard to determine who is the best.

Polls and the ranking committee take into account a number of aspects to rank those teams and sometimes things can get overlooked.

NCAA Football is such a different beast than other places as there is so much that needs to go into rankings and the rankings are so important.

It is the determination of the playoffs but records can essentially be thrown out when getting to the top teams in the country.

Winning 10 games is no guarantee for any team and even one loss teams can find their way to the playoffs.

When dealing with teams that are all undefeated or all only have one loss and yet none have actually played against each other it makes it tougher for the rankings.

That forces those making the rankings to look into different aspects of the season with some carrying bigger weight than others.

Of course, the biggest one will always be the strength of schedule as it has become one of the most important aspects of any rankings.

Teams can stay at the top of the rankings for the entire season even when they avoid ranked teams for most of the start of the season.

They still have a strong conference season to go and when they get through those tough teams they earn their spot in the top of the rankings.

There is another factor that often gets overlooked among the demand for the strength of schedule though.

That is the strength of win as teams can’t just win games they have to impress in their wins, especially against teams that they are supposed to beat.

Those ranked teams will constantly match up against others outside of the rankings and when that happens the margin of victory is expected to be pretty significant.

It is bad to lose against these teams because to the rankers that proves that they are not capable of playing the best teams.

A loss against an unranked team can sink a team’s chances at taking a spot in the playoffs but a close game can be just as harmful.

In trying to find a better way to rank teams and figure out who is the best team in the country things need to be simplified.

A game the easiest way to do that as teams play against each other in the best way to see who is better than the other.football-sidebar

When two teams play a close game it can essentially be seen as two teams that are at the same level.

That is never really the case as teams can have a good day at any moment and others can struggle at any moment.

There are big injuries that can change a game entirely and a few mistakes that can sink a team quickly.

Anything can happen in any game but when ranking teams there is no way to take things on a case by case basis.

They need to find ways to compare a lot of teams over a big season and boiling games down to that simple equation makes things easier.

So when two teams play against each other they are essentially measuring themselves against each other.

It makes every game a big one as teams need to show what they are worth by comparing themselves against each other.

If a ranked team takes on an unranked team that game should show just how much better the ranked team is than the unranked team.

When they play a tight game it gives the rankers something to think about as they have to decide if the unranked team is just that good or if the ranked team is not as good as they thought.

The scores of games can be a big factor in the rankings as teams need to go in and be as good as they can be at every point of the season.

That is what a number of teams did this week and heading forward things are going to get a lot tighter for everyone.

The longer the season goes the tougher the games get forcing the ranked teams to put up big points against lower ranked teams to prove they belong at the top of the rankings when the season ends.

 

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