Congrove's Personal Top 10, Plus Some Thoughts On Weekend Performances

September 13, 2020 by Staff

Clemson stays No. 1 in Congrove's personal top ten after week 2 of the college football season, with Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Texas A&M staying put at 2-through-5.

There aren't, in fact, any changes in his top 10

Dave Congrove's proprietary algorithm forms the basis of the Congrove Computer Rankings on, but he also has his own idea of how the teams should be ranked.

He typically gets to share his opinion as a regular voter in the FWAA Super 16 Poll, but that poll is currently on hiatus. Thus, here is Congrove's personal top ten.

Note: The list below is in order of Congrove's own rankings, with the ranking of his computer formula in parenthesis:

1) Clemson (2)

2) Alabama (1)

3) Oklahoma (4)

4) Notre Dame (5)

5) Texas A&M (6)

6) Georgia (9)

7) Oklahoma State (12)

8) Tennessee (10)

9) LSU (3)

10) Virginia Tech (8)

Note: The computer has Florida at No. 7.

Congrove's Thoughts On....

...which conference impressed in week two:

"Hands down, the Sun Belt. The conference went 3-0 versus the Big 12 and only one of those was against a bottom-feeder of the conference. Plus, all 3 wins were on the road. Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas were the victims."

... which conference was pathetic in week two:

"Hands down, the Big 12. Not only did 3 schools lose at home to Sun Belt programs, but another - Texas Tech - almost fell at home to FCS member Houston Baptist. That would be the same Houston Baptist program that lost by 26 points at No. 70 North Texas last week."

...  Oklahoma's new QB:

"I said last week that the program would be fine under true freshman QB Spencer Rattler. By the way, what a great name! Granted, the opponent was FCS member Missouri State, but he none-the-less threw 4 TD passes in just two quarters of action as Oklahoma opened a 41-0 halftime lead. The TD throws went for 58, 53, 37 and 15 yards while he completed his first 8 passes and had a pair of 1-play 'drives'. The rushing game didn't produce a breakout performer to replace Kennedy Brooks, though, as the Sooners only had 124 yards on the ground."

... Notre Dame

"I'll give them a break for a closer-than-expected win over Duke (27-13). While Ian Book is back at QB, a lot of skill position players are gone, including leading rusher Tony Jones and leading pass-catcher Chase Claypool. Running back Kyren Williams was solid in this game with over 200 yards of offense. He had 112 rushing and 93 receiving on just 2 catches. Their ACC schedule isn't as a tough as their usual independent slate. This should still be a team with a solid shot at a Final Four invite."

... Florida State:

"A new head coach, an old result. Unlike a lot of teams, the Seminoles had  fans in the stands (nearly 18,000), a band, and the great tradition of Osceola riding Renegade to mid-field to plant the spear in the turf. Unfortunately, a 16-13 loss spoiled a solid defensive effort (2 INT's, 2 blocked field goals, and a blocked PAT). You can blame the same thing that has hurt FSU for a few seasons now - a sloppy offensive performance with an interception and 2 fumbles by QB James Blackman, critical penalties, and an underwhelming job by the O-line."

... Miami:

"The 'Canes might finally be back. It's said by someone every year, but Houston transfer QB D'Eriq King looks like the shot in the arm they've been needing. RB Cam'Ron Harris looks like a major weapon, too."

... The Big Ten:

"Do these guys just like drama, or what? First, they're playing an all-conference schedule. Five days later they aren't playing any schedule. Then, they say they might start around Thanksgiving. Now, it's possible we'll hear on Monday that they'll start in October. What a circus. Frankly, I wish they would just proceed with the plan to join the PAC-12, Mountain West and MAC for an early 2021 schedule. I like the idea of a split season giving us college football through March."