So here we are again…one week removed from when I predicted that Army would entered the Associated Press Poll. This week, however, Army will be ranked. Let’s review my predictions from last week.
CFP Rankings: Correctly predicted the 5 teams that would drop out and fill the vacant spots. Army was my first out along with Duke, Texas A&M, Missouri, and Pitt.
AP Poll: I predicted that 4 teams would fall, but only 3 found themselves outside the Top 25 with Mississippi State hanging on to the final spot. Because only three teams vacated, only 3 of my projected teams entered. My fourth and final spot went to the Army Team, who was left on the outside looking in, 6 points behind Mississippi State.
Coaches Poll: Each of the two teams that I predicted teams dropped out. I knew Boise State was going in, but I said the other spot was too close to call with Army and UAB both having an equal shot.
Similar to Lafayette, the Black Knights took care of business this weekend against Colgate. The team is now unbeaten at home for two years. To put that in perspective, The Yearlings (that didn’t go to away games) have NEVER seen Army lose in Michie. Now if you read last week, you know how this is going to go. I will cover each Top 25 Ranking Poll individually, starting with the The College Football Playoff. Vámonos!
Like I said last week, this poll is the least predicable since they select the “best” teams. They focus less on the W-L record and more on the team’s strength of schedule. For example, after a close loss to Penn State, a previously unranked Iowa team jumped to #16…see what I’m saying. Most people that you talk too agree that it’s is better than the BCS, but it’s much harder to predict.
Out: #20 Boston College (After a loss to Clemson last week, the Eagles suffered a hangover defeat at the hands of a bad FSU team) and #24 Cincinnati (The Bearcats were dominated by UCF). #16 Iowa State could drop out, but I don’t think they will. They will likely land somewhere in the twenties after seeming to hang close with Texas.
In: Ok so my official prediction is that Fresno State and Pitt will enter the Top 25. If Army would have smashed our last two FCS opponents then we would probably get in.
On the Border: Army, Texas A&M (convincingly beat the #25 Coaches Poll Ranked UAB team and I could see them in over Pitt), Iowa (Ranked #21 two weeks ago and won 66-0 this weekend), and NC State (back in the win column after dropping from their #14 ranking after a loss to Wake Forest).
Out: #18 Iowa State, #19 Cincinnati, and #22 Boston College.
In: Army (We were the first out last week), Fresno State, and Pitt.
On the Border: Texas A&M, Iowa, and NC State. Again I could see A&M edging Pitt. Who knows…that last spot will be a tight race, just like last week. NC State received more votes than the Pitt or A&M, but their win over Louisville wasn’t as impressive to me as the Aggies or Hawkeyes victories.
Offensive coordinator Brent Davis was FIRED UP after Army's last score. pic.twitter.com/yurOagbotq
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) November 17, 2018
Out: #18 Iowa State, #20 Cincinnati, #22 Boston College, and #25 UAB.
In: Northwestern (this was the only poll the Wildcats didn’t make it into last week after beating Iowa), Fresno State, Army, and Texas A&M (The Aggies should lock up the final spot in this poll and trade places with the team they just defeated).
On the Border: Pitt, NC State, Auburn, Iowa.
We WILL see the Brave Ole Army Team ranked in at least two of the major polls this week. Early plug time. Chances are if you are reading this article you’ll be among the first to know about our collaboration with Mike Nemeth and Academy Casual (teased in Episode 1 of the CFB Show) because we aren’t pushing anything out on Social Media until after the rankings release. Below is the link to the AC-AFF Collab. The Black Flag Shirt with guaranteed delivery before Army Navy.
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I digress. The AP and Coaches drop Sunday at 2pm ET with the CFP Rankings releasing on Tuesday. Also if you didn’t see the College Football Show make sure to check that out! We had some problems with the Video Production this week, so we weren’t able to release until Saturday morning. The information is still relevant and worth watching. Alternatively, you can check out the podcast on your drive to work…
And now it begins…
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