Last year witness yet another modification to the Uncle Popov College Football Poll as we moved from a formula-based poll to one that awards points based on certain types of wins [as well as OT losses, in some cases]. I thought it worked well.
So, this year we continue the Uncle Popov College Football Table with all new tiers. And, there has been a slight alteration to how the tiers are designed. Now, Tier 1 — the top tier — only contains 20 teams rather than 31. The other three tiers contain 35 teams. This is done so that there are fewer top tier teams and the “bonus” for beating a Tier 1 team is more well-earned.
The rules are still the same. I thought that the point system was fair and worked quite well. So, no need to reset that. As for the Tiers:
|Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Tier 4|
|Clemson^||Arkansas State^||Arizona State~||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Kansas State^||Bowling Green State^||Brigham Young~||Boston College~|
|Kent State^||Central Florida||Central Michigan||Buffalo|
|Louisiana Tech^||East Carolina^||Duke^||Colorado|
|Louisville^||Florida State||Georgia Tech~||Colorado State|
|Nebraska||Fresno State^||Houston~||Eastern Michigan|
|Northern Illinois^||Iowa State^||Indiana^||Florida Atlantic|
|Notre Dame^||Miami (FL)~||Marshall^||Georgia State~|
|Oregon||Middle Tennessee State^||Michigan State~||Idaho|
|San Jose State^||Mississippi State||Minnesota||Illinois~|
|South Carolina||North Carolina||Mississippi~||Iowa~|
|Oregon State||North Carolina State~||Massachusetts|
|Penn State~||Pittsburgh~||Miami (OH)|
|Rutgers||Southern Methodist||New Mexico|
|San Diego State^||Tennessee~||New Mexico State|
|Southern California~||Texas Tech~||North Texas|
|Syracuse^||Texas-El Paso^||South Alabama|
|Texas Christian~||Utah~||Southern Mississippi~|
|Tulsa||Virginia Tech~||Texas State|
|Utah State^||Wake Forest||Texas-San Antonio|
|Washington^||Western Kentucky^||Washington State|
^ – promoted
~ – relegated
As you can see, teams that performed well last year such as Notre Dame (the 2012 Uncle Popov Champion) and Kent State (who won ten FBS games) moved into Tier 1. In fact, the Golden Flashes jumped from Tier 4 to Tier 1. That can happen. On the other hand, a team like Iowa dropped from Tier 1 to Tier 4. That’s the cruel fate of this Tier system.
The good thing, however, is that it is very fluid. However, starting next season, the Tiers will be based on a two-year average rather than just one year.
Now, with one more game to go, the first table for 2013 will be up and ready soon. And, there will already be eight teams with negative points, including newcomer Georgia State.