Sunday, September 12, 2004

Will UGA drop?

Heck of a weekend for college football, no? I'm curious to see if the pollsters will treat UGA (and Ohio State) as harshly as they treated LSU after our squeaky win over Oregon State last weekend.


LSU played poorly - on a waterlogged field in the season opener - and barely beat Oregon State, who at the time was rated No. 35 in the Billingsley rankings*. For that, the AP dropped us from 4th to 6th, despite the fact that the two teams who were moved in front of us didn't play (and hadn't even played a game yet).

Yesterday, UGA played poorly - on a nice, dry field in their second game of the year - and barely beat South Carolina, who at the time was rated No. 55 by Billingsley. Behind No. 3 Georgia, No. 5 Miami beat No. 4 Florida State and No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Texas played and won.

Down the rankings, No. 9 Ohio State barely beat Marshall (Billingsley No. 63) at home on a dry field. Will they drop behind West Virginia and Florida?

It's 10:25 a.m. now, so the AP rankings haven't come out yet. My guess is that the AP writers go back to the old "rule" that if you win, you don't drop. That rule, of course, doesn't apply to LSU.

* It's hard to get accurate ratings/rankings for non top-25 teams. Billingsley seems to have the better all-team ratings right now.


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