Ohio State knocked Oklahoma out of first-place in this week's Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com. The Sooners slipped to 3rd after an overtime win vs. Army, while the Buckeyes were an easy winner vs. Tulane. Alabama moved up to 2nd.
Virginia Tech agreed to play Old Dominion at its place because it lies in the heart of the fertile recruiting ground known by its area code as the 7-5-7. Besides, what are the odds that the Monarchs could give the Hokies any trouble on any field?
Four weeks into the season, plenty of college football fan bases have reason to be miserable. In Week 4, Oregon blew a 24-7 lead.
Stanford at Oregon and Texas A&M at Alabama headline this weekend's games, while FAU at UCF and Notre Dame at Wake Forest provide some intrigue.
The Prediction Tracker, which monitors more than 60 computer rating systems, presented the Congrove Computer Rankings an award for having the best against-the-spread record of any system in 2016.
The CCR was also awarded for the best (least) bias in 2006 and straight-up predictions in the second-half of 2014
The BYU Cougars scored their first win over a top-10 team in a true road game since 1984 keyed by timely stops on defense and a big-play offense to upset No. 6 Wisconsin, 24-21. The Cougars ended the Badgers' 41-game win streak in non-conference home games, edging them past a notable field of worthy candidates to earn National Team of the Week honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) for the weekend of of September 14/15.
Nearly half of the games on the schedule this week are conference games as the 'meat' of the season is about to begin.
Wake Forest fires defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel after latest loss
Alabama remained No. 1, receiving all but four first-place votes. Georgia, Clemson and LSU split the other four first-place votes. But Georgia moved into the No. 2 spot by a seven-point margin over Clemson. Ohio State stayed at No. 4 after beating TCU.
Alabama rose 6 spots in the Congrove Computer Rankings, from 9th to 3rd, after opening SEC play by demoralizing Ole Miss 62-7 in Oxford on Saturday. Oklahoma and Ohio State hold on to the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. Clemson stays at No. 4 while Penn State leaps from 8th to 5th.
Ohio State rallied from a 21-13 deficit early in the third quarter and defeated TCU 40-28 in Arlington. The Buckeyes outscored the Horned Frogs 27-7 down the stretch, behind a defense which yielded 511 yards but forced 3 turnovers, 2 of which directly resulted in touchdowns.
The Congrove Computer Rankings is celebrating its' 26th year of accurate picks and team rankings.
The rankings began with the 1993 season. CollegeFootballPoll.com launched 6 years later and is celebrating its' 20th anniversary.
LSU-Auburn, USC-Texas, Washington-Utah, Boise State-Oklahoma State, and of course, Ohio State vs. TCU are among the top games on this week's docket. But there are some other hidden games, too.
Hurricane Florence continued its assault on the Outer Banks Thursday night. Around midnight, sustained winds were at 90 mph with gusts to 120 mph and were accompanied by a 10-foot storm surge that will surely rise with the tide - and it still hadn't made Landfall which is expected to occur on Friday. The effects of Florence began being felt Thursday morning. The slow moving system was crawling along at just 6 mph, making it possible to bring as much as 40 inches of rain, possibly even more.