November: it's where college football loses its goddamned mind.
With the Toledo Rockets acting as the Mid-American Conference's only team to make it in the College Football Playoff rankings at 24, they went on to start the month off the only way we'd be able to recognize November -- complete and utter chaos.
|Rank||Team||Points (First Place Picks)||Preseason||Week 1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9|
|1||Bowling Green||12 (12)||3||4||2||3||2||2||2||2||2||2|
I said this in the first power rankings, but I think now's a perfect time to reiterate something: our power rankings aren't directly reflected by the conference standings and all head-to-head match-ups, but they certainly do have a lot of merit in our individual picks.
The Rockets choked, fell apart to Northern Illinois 32-27 at home and fell down to No. 4 in our rankings after sitting up top for eight weeks. The Huskies, 4-1 in MAC play with a loss to Central Michigan in early October, received 34 total points, just one point shy of Western Michigan's point total.
Bowling Green and Western Michigan are the only two teams without a loss in MAC play (both 5-0), sit at 1 and 2 respectively. The Falcons, our unanimous No. 1 team, will play on the road this week against Western Michigan (go figure) on Wednesday night.
Central Michigan, one of three teams in the West with a 4-1 conference record, is our No. 5 team for the fourth week in a row. The Chippewas are coming off of a bye week and will play against Toledo on Tuesday night.
A disappointing Ball State season has brought them from our Top 5 at the beginning of the season and now are at No. 9. Ohio, outscored 152-55 in their current 3-game losing streak, move down a spot to No. 8.
Buffalo's late comeback against Kent State keeps them at No. 6 (Kent to 10); Akron came back to beat Massachusetts 17-13 on Saturday, sliding up two spots and leapfrogging Ohio to be the No. 7 team. UMass plays Eastern Michigan on Saturday while Ohio plays against Kent State on Tuesday.
Miami was our last place team for eight weeks, but a win over Eastern Michigan has the two trading places at the bottom.
Voters: Alex Alvarado, Brandon Fitzsimons, James Jimenez, Matthew Gritzmacher, Kaleb Carter, Norman Miller, Justin Coffin, Russ Johnson, Chris Manning, Nick Fries, Matt Hammond, Matt Daley