Week 12 Observations
Week 12 turned out to be ripe with upsets and flipped the CFB world upside down!
4 of the top 15 ranked teams fell in week 12 including Tennessee, Utah, UNC, and
Ole Miss. Those games were great but I don’t think anything can compare to Navy
knocking off 20 th ranked UCF without completing a single pass. Navy QB was 0/1
and registered a 15.5 QBR rating. In two weeks Navy takes on Army for the
Commander-in-Chief trophy where you will see Navy’s triple option that has aged
like a fine wine (when it works).
Also under the radar was Louisville knocking off NCST and Oklahoma salvaging
their season beating Oklahoma State. It’s two more examples on how winning on
the road is so hard no matter the conference in today’s college football.
One team that defied this notion the past two weeks is Kansas State. Despite losing
at home to Texas a couple weeks ago they went into Baylor and West Virginia in
consecutive weeks for two big road wins. KSU is sitting at 8-3 and hosts Kansas next
week. Pre season KSU was ranked 53 rd in our rankings and only expected to win 6.5
games. It’s safe to say they have outperformed expectations with the 8 wins and
currently ranked 15 th in our rankings.
Oregon State is another team that is outperforming their pre season expectations.
Like KSU they were only expected to win 6.5 games but currently sit at 8-3. They
also have won the last two weeks but will host rival Oregon next week. They started
the year ranked 55 th but now sit ranked 21 st in our rankings.
Florida State might be the hottest team in the country that no one is talking about.
They moved up to 8 th in our rankings, but no so long ago most people expected them
to win only 6.5 games and we had them ranked at 54 th to begin the season. They are
riding a 4 game winning steak into next week when they host in state rival Florida
Heading into next week, which will be the end of the regular season for most teams,
there are a few teams in our contest sitting with 5 wins hoping to become bowl
eligible. They are as follows:
Buffalo (this past week’s game was postponed)