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RE: Week 2 SBC Power Rankings
(09-12-2017 12:28 PM)Seminole Indian Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 12:17 PM)ericsaid Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 09:33 AM)Seminole Indian Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 09:23 AM)Crump1 Wrote:  I thought a power ranking was simply who you think looks like the best team at this point? It is always hard to judge on one or two games, especially when some play road games vs. SEC, ACC, Big Ten while other might have played FCS or MAC type programs. I promise that I will not give any weight when ASU beats UAPB by 60 this weekend.

The disparate scheduling and small sample is why the SBC and CUSA start at the bottom. Much better to schedule Big Ten or lower rung PAC-12 programs if you can get them.
I posted my rankings based on performance to date. Really could not rank them, just group them, so I agree it is hard, and in my case probably impossible.

In fact, as I have said many times all I have ever done is give a prediction of the overall record based only on talent rankings I no longer have access to anyway.

Lets say App had played Savannah State in the first week and not lost to Georgia, would you have placed them at Number 1?
I don't have anybody at #1, and just have four teams that I thought were looking the best thus far, but could not rank them.

As far as the "why" the other SBC teams thought they could beat either AppSt of A-State, Anderson said in the Jonesboro Sun today that "we're going to match up better with them (UAPB) than anybody else on our schedule for the year in terms of size and speed, but it's not played on paper as we said a week ago against Nebraska."

Because UAPB is #253 of the 255 teams ranked in the Jeff Sagarin rankings, there should be a lot of reasons about 252 teams feel that they could beat them.

Not sure anyone has given a good "why" they can beat AppSt.

I'm not sure exactly Anderson would even mention that. State could likely win 70-7 if they wanted to in this game and it goes without saying that you match up well against a bottom dweller in the FCS.

Teams who can stop the long run and are deep on the defensive line can beat App. Teams who can stretch the field on offense can also beat App. Troy is dangerous because they run option routes in which the receiver goes to a point depending on the defensive coverage and that gave App fits at points in the game last season, ultimately giving Troy the ability to drive the field to end the game.

The only problem is that I don't see a team aside from Wake Forest that can truly match-up with App across the board on the schedule this year. Deserved or not, App will get credit for being at least a 10 win team (I have App losing to Wake by a couple touchdowns) despite a horrific conference schedule that see's any semblance of rivalry (was being built with Troy, was established with Arkansas State after 2015) wiped out by poor Sun Belt conference planning.

In my humble opinion, any league schedule that doesn't have App, Southern, Troy, and Arkansas State playing each other isn't getting the best out of what the conference can offer.
09-14-2017 01:52 PM
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RE: Week 2 SBC Power Rankings
I really don't think the way that comes across is what he meant, or he is getting really good at "coach speak", which is a very good thing IMO.

I did watch them in their game against Akron on ESPN3, and while they are better than they have been recently, they probably don't match-up with any SBC team at any position.
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RE: Week 2 SBC Power Rankings
(09-15-2017 12:06 PM)Seminole Indian Wrote:  I really don't think the way that comes across is what he meant, or he is getting really good at "coach speak", which is a very good thing IMO.

I did watch them in their game against Akron on ESPN3, and while they are better than they have been recently, they probably don't match-up with any SBC team at any position.

What he said he the equivalent of Nick Saban saying that Georgia State matches up with them better than any team on the schedule.

The only purpose this serves is to treat it like any other game, lest they have another UCA moment.
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