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Roberts Poll Update: Week 6

Ohio maintains MAC dominance in this installment of the Roberts Poll.

Ohio v Massachusetts Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Welcome back to the second edition of the Roberts Poll!

In case you weren’t here the first time, we at Hustle Belt (with the help of yours truly) came up with a formula to rank FBS teams. It basically comes down to a mathematical formula that takes the quality of a win or loss and combines it with margin of victory to assign a team points.

So how does each team rank? Let’s find out together.


Top 25:

Using our formula, we created our own Top 25.

It is fairly close to the AP Top 25, but a little more fair to Group of Five schools. The Ohio State Buckeyes jumped up 10 spots after shutting out the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 56-0.

The biggest jump came from then-#13 Auburn Tigers, who beat then-ranked Mississippi St. Bulldogs team 49-10.

Auburn increased 13 positions from that game. UCF Knights, California Golden Bears, and Navy Midshipmen each joined the Top 25. They took the place of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Mississippi State, and the Iowa Hawkeyes, each of whom fell off the Roberts Poll.

Roberts Top 25 (Week 6)

Rank Last Wk Team
Rank Last Wk Team
1 1 #1 Alabama
2 2 #2 Clemson
3 4 #4 Penn State
4 5 #6 Washington
5 11 #5 Georgia
6 10 #11 Washington State
7 17 #10 Ohio State
8 3 #3 Oklahoma
9 14 #18 South Florida
10 6 #8 TCU
11 7 #7 Michigan
12 25 #12 Auburn
13 20 #22 Notre Dame
14 18 #15 Oklahoma State
15 16 #19 San Diego State
16 21 #9 Wisconsin
17 8 #14 USC
18 12 #16 Virginia Tech
19 NR #25 UCF
20 23 #17 Louisville
21 15 #20 Utah
22 9 Duke
23 NR California
24 NR Navy
25 13 Wake Forest
Top 25 Update Spencer Roberts

MAC Standings:

More importantly, the MAC standings are starting to come together now that conference play has begun.

Since last week, the Western Michigan Broncos have jumped to second place overall, pushing the Ball State Cardinals down four positions. This is a result of Western Michigan’s 55-3 defeat of Ball State on Sep 30.

For the time being, the MAC Championship Game appears to be a rematch between the Ohio University Bobcats and Western Michigan. The Buffalo Bulls jumped up in the ranks with a 27-13 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes.

Another rising team are the Akron Zips, who beat the Bowling Green Falcons 34-23.

MAC Standings (Week 6)

Ranking Last Week Team Prev. Total Week 5 Total
Ranking Last Week Team Prev. Total Week 5 Total
1 1 Ohio 145 58 203
2 5 Western Michigan 42 102 144
3 2 Toledo 128 0 128
4 7 Buffalo -8 64 56
5 3 Eastern Michigan 83 -34 49
6 4 Northern Illinois 69 -26 43
7 10 Akron -125 61 -64
8 8 Miami (OH) -11 -55 -66
9 9 Central Michigan -40 -60 -100
10 6 Ball State 0 -102 -102
11 11 Kent State -166 -64 -230
12 12 Bowling Green -296 -61 -357
MAC Standings Week 6 Spencer Roberts

Analysis:

Overall, the Alabama Crimson Tide leads the FBS in Roberts Poll with 548 points. Charlotte has the fewest points, at -368 points. The Bowling Green Falcons are only 11 points ahead of them.

Honors for largest percent change in points this week go to the Pittsburgh Panthers. Alabama led in biggest increase in points alone, who gained 133 points. The worst weekly performer was Ball State, who lost 102 points.

So far, the Big Ten is the highest-performing conference with 1895 combined points, followed closely by the PAC-12 and SEC. Our friends in the Sun Belt Conference have the lowest cumulative score of all conferences with -443 points.