What a great week six of college football!!!
The beauty of Bandwagon really starts to shine as we update team values based on
actual statistical play. Our system is designed to measure the pace of play and not a
subjective ranking. Simply put, there are teams far outperforming their expected
win percentages to start the year and it’s up to you as the user to determine who is
real and who is not as the season progresses.
There were three teams in particular who benefited from strong defensive play to
start the season. They are Illinois, Minnesota, and Tulane. Respectively they have
surrendered just 48,44, and 80 total points during the first six weeks. What drove
those numbers? Was it an easier schedule to start the season, or was it really strong
defensive play that may or may not continue? It is something to watch the next
couple of weeks. Can the Green Wave keep it going until 11/26 when they play at
UC? Tulane was 2-10 last year. What a story!
Sure Kansas and Syracuse are making headlines with their hot starts but is anyone
paying attention to UNLV or San Jose State? UNLV jumped from 90 to 50 and SJSU
jumped from 66 to 17. They both sit atop the MWC West standings and have a
chance to compete for a MWC Championship if they can keep it up. UNLV has three
road games to end the year with one special trip out to South Bend. SJSU has four
road games coming up with a big one this week at Fresno State.
Some big drops in team values include the likes of Houston (down to 70 from 11 to
start the season) who needed a miracle to overcome a large fourth quarter deficit in
Memphis this past week. The AAC may be out of their reach but can Dana keep them
together long enough amid his toughest coaching challenge yet?
What happened to San Diego State? They offered a great value in the MWC
previously ranked 43 but their play has dropped them down to 90 out of 106 teams
available. Can they bounce back? Are they a bargain to anyone looking to make a
jump back atop their Bandwagon standings?
Army was a top 30 team going into this season with what was deemed a favorable
schedule. Their early performance indicates a major drop off down to 81 and
possibly setting the program back a few years.
Yes most of the CFB royalty remain atop the rankings as the 1 percent fight for a
national championship. The true grit of CFB can be found in teams still fighting for a
chance to win their conference championship and play in a major bowl game. Who’s
Bandwagon will you be jumping on to end the season?