And after "what happens in November" happened, who is #1? My computer says Oregon!
Oregon had such a big lead in the ratings last week (5.5 points over Alabama) and the team right behind them K-State also lost, so even though they lost to Stanford and gave up nearly 4.5 ratings points, their rating is still ahead of Alabama's. Alabama was not helped by playing Western Carolina, and won't really be helped by playing Auburn next week while Oregon will be helped by playing Oregon State, so unless Oregon continues to falter, they could very well stay at the top of the heap in my computer.
What about Notre Dame? They won convincingly for once, but against a very weak opponent so simply did what they were supposed to do. Their rating improved ever so slightly and they move up 2 spots, but that was more due to LSU and Oklahoma making their games closer than they should have been and falling.
The SEC does have 4 teams in my top-10, but the Pac-12 now has 3 as well.
It is interesting to note that Ohio State is undefeated and would ordinarily be getting lots of BCS love and national attention, but because they aren't eligible for the post season they are being largely ignored. My computer says they should be ignored just based on results too as despite being 11-0, are ranked only #14, due in large part to clearly having the weakest schedule of any team in the top-15.
The BCS compatible algorithm ratings and rankings do have Notre Dame now on top and they are followed by Florida and Ohio State, with Alabama down at #4. Oregon and K-State fall all the way to #7 and #8 respectively.
The top-25 is below, full ratings on the site.
|3||Texas A&M||87.360||9-2||73.808||+2, -0.418|
|5||Kansas St||87.028||10-1||73.706||-3, -5.794|
|6||Notre Dame||86.450||11-0||72.749||+2, +0.292|
|7||Oregon St||86.243||8-2||77.567||+5, +1.022|
|12||South Carolina||84.305||9-2||72.255||-1, -1.027|
|13||Southern Cal||84.224||7-4||75.594||-4, -1.787|
|14||Ohio State||83.798||11-0||69.212||+3, +1.441|
|15||Oklahoma St||83.751||7-3||70.975||-1, +1.024|
|16||Florida St||83.343||10-1||63.571||-1, +0.646|
|18||Utah St||82.440||9-2||67.703||+1, +0.734|
|25||Arizona St||79.286||6-5||73.490||-2, -0.324|