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Miller Computer Rankings Week 4
by Brian Miller (NCAA Football)
Posted on September 25, 2006, 12:08 AM

Welcome to the Miller Computer Rankings. For a technical explanation of the rankings, click here. It’s important to realize the nature of my poll, it’s not intended to predict a team’s performance or who’ll likely play for the national championship, but to evaluate a team’s performance over the year, which is the only objective criteria we do have in terms of determining the best team. As it’s early in the season the data is still highly variable and expect lots of movement before the data starts to work itself out. Each week the rankings will be broken down in three parts, the Top 25 and Bottom 5 along with brief analysis and a link to the complete rankings and ratings at the bottom.

Top 25

1. Michigan (4-0) – Michigan opened Big Ten play with a victory over Wisconsin (3-1) and immediately makes everyone salivate over the potential November match up between unbeaten Wolverines and unbeaten Buckeyes.
2. Florida (4-0) – Handled Kentucky (2-2) with little problem this last week, but when your leading rusher if your backup QB there’s always a lingering question mark.
3. USC (3-0) – The Trojans had a workman like game against Arizona (2-2), but considering how the Wildcats were pasted by LSU everyone had to be expecting more fireworks.
4. Ohio State (4-0) – The Buckeyes handled their second challenge in this young season admirably playing Penn State (2-2) tight and pulling away late in a game closer that the final score indicates.
5. Auburn (4-0) – Were actually played relatively well in the first half by Buffalo (1-3), but the Tigers tore it up in the second to yield a decisive victory.
6. Oregon (3-0) – Had a week to sit and listen to Oklahoma fans whine, but get a chance to meet Arizona State (3-1) next week and prove they can win without exceedingly poor officiating on their side.
7. Louisville (4-0) – Louisville have proven they can win in Papa John’s Stadium, but this week they took the show on the road to beat Kansas State (3-1).
8. Notre Dame (3-1) – Have without a doubt faced the toughest schedule so far in this young season, but their victory over Michigan State (3-1) this past week came gift wrapped by the Spartans.
9. Wake Forest (4-0) – Handled Ole Miss (1-3) rather easily last week, but the game revealed nothing about their passing game as the Demon Deacons ran the ball on the 53 of their 58 plays.
10. Iowa (4-0) – Beat up on Illinois (1-3) this past week to the surprise of no one, but next week they’ll be gunning to surprise Ohio State.
11. Houston (4-0) – Won the battle for a Top 25 spot against Oklahoma State (3-1). QB Kevin Kolb is for real, but we’ll find if the Cougars are next week when they face Miami (1-2) or if the Hurricanes are in even more dire straights than previous thought.
12. Missouri (4-0) – Handled Ohio (2-2) as easily as predicted, but next week’s match up with Colorado looks much more uncertain after the play of the Buffs against Georgia this week.
13. Tennessee (3-1) – No surprises in their victory over Marshall (1-3) as the Thundering Herd haven’t been the same since the days of Pennington.
14. Washington (3-1) – Took UCLA’s (2-1) spot in the Top 25 by force defeating them this last week, but other wins over Fresno State (1-2) and San Jose State (2-1) aren’t bad either.
15. Texas A&M (4-0) – Continue their feast on cupcakes this time devouring Louisiana Tech (1-2), but they do face stiffer competition in upcoming weeks.
16. Boise State (4-0) – Had more firepower than Hawaii (1-2) last week, but the Warrior’s Colt Brennan continues to prove why he’s the best DIA quarterback named Colt by tossing for close to 400 yards against the Broncos.
17. West Virginia (4-0) – Beat East Carolina (1-3) to little fanfare, for the Mountaineers it all comes down to the match up with Louisville down the road and even that might not be enough to elevate West Virginia to the top if they win out.
18. Rutgers (4-0) – Beating DI-AA Howard proves next to nothing, but previous wins over Illinois and Ohio; well, they don’t either. The Scarlet Knights do up the difficulty ever so slightly over the next three weeks.
19. Oklahoma (3-1) – Took their pent up frustrations from the Oregon game and beat the tar out of Middle Tennessee State (2-2).
20. LSU (3-1) – Beat up Tulane (1-2) in the battle of two of the teams that were most affected by Hurricane Katrina last year.
21. TCU (3-0) – When you’ve beaten only two DIA teams and one of them loses again and the other beats a DIAA team in your bye week, you’re going to drop.
22. Boston College (3-1) – Got caught by NC State (2-2) this week, but when a team wins late every time, sometimes they aren’t going to win at all.
23. Georgia (4-0) – A win over Colorado means nothing at this point, almost losing to Colorado brings about questions of a team’s strength.
24. Arkansas (3-1) – Took Alabama’s (3-1) spot in the Top 25 in a game that was riddled with kicking errors. For a conference as strong as the SEC in talent, you’d think they could find better kickers.
25. Virginia Tech (4-0) – Sneak into the Top 25 after a deceptively tough game against Cincinnati (1-3), next week is their first big game facing Georgia Tech (3-1).

Bottom 5

115. Utah State (0-4) – This week the Aggies fell to BYU (2-2) failing to score in the process. Remember offense wins games and defense wins championships and based off that Utah State will be winning many of either.
116. Florida International (0-4) – They played Maryland (3-1) tough, but Maryland’s record is deceptively high.
117. Miami-Ohio (0-4) – Lost to a Syracuse (2-2) team that seems to be rebounding from its poor year last year; though beating Miami isn’t much of a respectable win.
118. Colorado (0-4) – Put the fear into Georgia (4-0), but couldn’t hold onto the win. They have the talent, it’s just a matter of getting it all working together.
119. Eastern Michigan (0-4) – Lost the first battle of the Directional Michigan series losing to Central Michigan (2-2) this week.

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