The full rankings are on the web-site, but the top-30 is below for quick reference.
Alabama stays #1 and recovers some of the points they lost from playing a weak opponent last week and has a sizable lead over new #2 Florida and #3 Oregon. Oregon's pounding of Tennessee on the road gave them a healthy boost and Florida got a boost too leap frogging TCU, Boise State, and Ohio State.
But bizarre surprise of the week is Air Force jumping to #5. But they soundly beat a good BYU team who had beat a Washington team that soundly beat a Syracuse team. Air Force gets their chance to justify a high ranking when they visit #11 Oklahoma this weekend. Iowa, Stanford, and Cal also make big jumps up into the top-13 after convincing wins.
Virginia Tech, and by extension Boise State, was the big loser of the week after an embarrassing loss to James Madison. They drop 18 spots and are saved from justifiably dropping farther by the computer still using last years end of season rating a bit. As a result Boise State drops to #8 and their strong non-conference opponent just dropped the ball for them. Georgia Tech and Florida State actually fell further after their poor losses, but Virginia Tech's loss has more meaning overall.
Picking games, the computer went 25-19 against the spread and 37-7 picking winners while Vegas went 38-6 picking winners. Not bad considering the computer is just getting going. Full prediction performance here.
|6||Ohio State||83.229||2-0||66.802||-1, +0.724|
|8||Boise St||81.690||1-0||77.172||-5, -2.689|
|15||South Carolina||79.451||2-0||66.662||-4, +1.954|
|19||Texas A&M||78.146||2-0||59.449||+22, +4.924|
|22||Virginia Tech||77.172||0-2||77.622||-18, -5.378|
|23||Southern Cal||77.092||2-0||66.527||-5, +0.704|
|24||Texas Tech||76.937||2-0||62.562||-3, +0.814|
|25||Penn State||76.825||1-1||73.665||-9, +0.187|
|26||North Carolina||75.602||0-1||81.497||+7, +0.287|
|27||Oregon St||75.392||0-1||84.209||-3, -0.377|
|28||Miami FL||75.219||1-1||64.268||-3, -0.475|
|29||Brigham Young||74.570||1-1||78.790||-9, -1.783|
Updated 9/12 to correct ratings error