THE “Preseason” Uncle Popov Top 23

As promised, below is the new, restructured Uncle Popov Top 23.  Because it is a ranking that measures previous seasons, it is technically NOT a “preseason” poll, but just the first release of the new season.  And because it is the first, all 120 teams will be listed.  Future rankings for the 2011 season will only include the Top 23.

Also for this release, I will quickly highlight the Top Five.  Starting with…

#5. LSU Tigers

Despite a weak 2008 season, LSU has come on strong in each of the past two seasons.  They are 26-10 over the past three season with two bowl wins.  They were also ninth in the conference measure, and 20th in recruiting.

#4. Utah Utes

The first of what will likely be two surprises in the Top Five.  Utah gets a slight boost from its affiliation with the Pac-12, which aids in the recruiting measure.  However, Utah has earned it by ranking seventh in the winning percentage measure, tenth in points, and 21st in statistics.  That the Utes have an undefeated season during the last three years helps as well.

#3. Florida Gators

Holding the number one ranking in the conference measure and going 3-0 in bowl games helps catapult the Florida Gators into the number three slot.  The winning from 2008 and 2009 is enough to overcome the dismal 2010 season.  The Gators are top eight across all measures, including recruiting, statistics, and points.

#2. TCU Horned Frogs

The second “surprise” is not Boise State, but TCU.  The Horned Frogs are carried by their 34-2 regular season record, second only to Boise State (36-1).  Despite a weak conference measure, TCU is helped out by strong showings elsewhere, including tops in stats and points, and third in recruiting.

#1. Alabama Crimson Tide

No bias; just the way the formula worked.  But consider that Alabama is 34-4 over the last three seasons, including an undefeated season (2009).  Alabama also performs well in the SEC, has solid recruiting (11th), and is second in stats and fourth in points.  But, as you will see below, the difference between Alabama, TCU and Florida are miniscule.

THE RANKINGS!!!

Rank

TEAM

Points

1

Alabama

17.89043

2

TCU

17.78707

3

Florida

17.07217

4

Utah

15.55214

5

LSU

14.85859

6

Boise State

14.82636

7

Oklahoma

14.592

8

Ohio State

14.4307

9

Oregon

14.43032

10

Auburn

13.81816

11

Oklahoma State

13.57177

12

BYU

13.24133

13

Penn State

13.24096

14

Texas

13.24059

15

West Virginia

13.194

16

Pittsburgh

13.06162

17

Georgia

12.98201

18

Virginia Tech

12.83015

19

Texas Tech

12.69613

20

Nebraska

12.62053

21

Southern California

12.58605

22

Missouri

12.4964

23

Cincinnati

12.48971

24

Arkansas

12.47013

25

Wisconsin

12.32671

26

South Carolina

12.21475

27

Florida State

12.16305

28

USF

12.04429

29

Iowa

11.9862

30

Air Force

11.8588

31

Georgia Tech

11.78414

32

Michigan State

11.71923

33

Connecticut

11.61153

34

Miami (FL)

11.51217

35

Mississippi

11.38115

36

Stanford

11.37862

37

Nevada

11.31841

38

North Carolina

11.26269

39

Navy

10.86184

40

Boston College

10.80299

41

Kentucky

10.68246

42

Arizona

10.63471

43

Clemson

10.5661

44

Rutgers

10.44809

45

Oregon State

10.40784

46

Northwestern

10.34275

47

California

10.23592

48

Tulsa

10.22405

49

Tennessee

10.09603

50

Fresno State

10.08547

51

Notre Dame

10.08151

52

Mississippi State

9.958831

53

Troy

9.912303

54

East Carolina

9.882497

55

North Carolina State

9.71354

56

Houston

9.628767

57

Southern Miss

9.455657

58

Texas A&M

9.451425

59

Central Florida

9.449188

60

Hawai’i

9.218204

61

Northern Illinois

9.061393

62

Maryland

8.797542

63

Central Michigan

8.758142

64

Temple

8.705429

65

Louisville

8.633115

66

Kansas State

8.553864

67

Ohio

8.246658

68

Western Michigan

8.136687

69

Baylor

8.115785

70

Middle Tennessee State

8.113156

71

Syracuse

8.06747

72

Minnesota

8.066282

73

Michigan

8.063975

74

Kansas

7.939731

75

Wake Forest

7.84697

76

Louisiana Tech

7.76822

77

Illinois

7.757467

78

Arizona State

7.69264

79

California-Los Angeles

7.67088

80

San Diego State

7.492249

81

SMU

7.39699

82

Iowa State

7.334595

83

Wyoming

7.241344

84

Marshall

7.224152

85

Toledo

7.153301

86

Colorado

7.110038

87

Rice

7.086567

88

Ball State

7.047262

89

Purdue

7.025077

90

Colorado State

6.953747

91

Idaho

6.91076

92

Vanderbilt

6.898837

93

Bowling Green

6.809728

94

UTEP

6.808983

95

Washington

6.758992

96

Virginia

6.715944

97

Florida International

6.706673

98

Florida Atlantic

6.696029

99

UL-Monroe

6.569504

100

Buffalo

6.560032

101

UL-Lafayette

6.522496

102

Arkansas State

6.442433

103

Duke

6.423796

104

Army

6.377014

105

Kent State

6.37058

106

UAB

6.317981

107

UNLV

6.308696

108

Indiana

6.270129

109

Utah State

6.033528

110

Miami (OH)

6.005618

111

Memphis

5.321399

112

Tulane

5.2164

113

San Jose State

5.165937

114

Akron

4.781107

115

New Mexico State

4.696945

116

New Mexico

4.597747

117

North Texas

4.222444

118

Washington State

3.948354

119

Eastern Michigan

3.936388

120

Western Kentucky

3.781831

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The U.P. Top 25 [Week 9]

This is the ninth Uncle Popov Top 25, based on college football games through week thirteen.

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Texas (2) 74 1
2 Alabama (1) 71 2
3 Florida 69 3
4 TCU 68 4
5 Boise State 61 6
6 Cincinnati 60 5
7 Georgia Tech 59 7
8 Pittsburgh 53 8
9 Oregon 51 9
10 Ohio State 48 9
11 Oklahoma State 42 14
12 Penn State 39 12
12 Iowa 39 14
14 BYU 31 16
15 Clemson 24 18
16 Temple 23 20
17 Utah 21 19
18 Oregon State 20 22
19 Houston 19 23
20 LSU 16 11
21 Virginia Tech 14 20
21 North Carolina 14 NR
23 Navy 11 24
23 Mississippi 11 NR
25 Central Michigan 10 24

Others Receiving Votes: Miami, FL (9); Nevada (7); Nebraska (6); Troy (4); Stanford (1)

Dropped Out: Stanford, Wisconsin

Conference Breakdown:

  • ACC: four
  • SEC: four
  • Big Ten: three
  • Mountain West: three
  • Big East: two
  • Big 12: two
  • MAC: two
  • Pac-10: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • Independent: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week 9

The U.P. Top 25 [Week 8]

This is the eighth Uncle Popov Top 25, based on college football games through week twelve.

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Texas (2) 97 1
2 Alabama (1) 96 2
3 Florida (1) 93 3
4 TCU 89 4
5 Cincinnati 82 6
6 Boise State 81 5
7 Georgia Tech 77 7
8 Pittsburgh 71 8
9 Oregon 64 12
9 Ohio State 64 12
11 LSU 58 9
12 Penn State 48 17
13 Wisconsin 44 20
14 Iowa 41 11
14 Oklahoma State 41 19
16 BYU 35 25
17 Stanford 33 NR
18 Clemson 25 NR
19 Utah 24 12
20 Temple 19 21
20 Virginia Tech 19 NR
22 Oregon State 17 NR
23 Houston 15 10
24 Navy 13 24
24 Central Michigan 13 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Rutgers (12); Miami, FL (10); South Carolina (6); Nebraska (5); Nevada (3); Troy (2); Arizona (1); North Carolina (1)

Dropping Out: Arizona, Miami (FL), South Florida, Troy, USC

Conference Breakdown:

  • Big Ten: four
  • ACC: three
  • Mountain West: three
  • Pac-10: three
  • SEC: three
  • Big East: two
  • Big 12: two
  • MAC: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • Independents: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week 8

The U.P. Top 25 [Week 7]

This is the seventh week of the Uncle Popov Top 25 poll, based on games through week ten.

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Texas (2) 73 1
2 Alabama (1) 71 3
3 Florida 70 2
4 TCU 67 5
5 Boise State 63 4
6 Cincinnati 61 5
7 Georgia Tech 57 10
8 Pittsburgh 51 12
9 LSU 48 9
10 Houston 45 12
11 Iowa 44 7
12 Oregon 39 8
12 Utah 39 14
12 Ohio State 39 18
15 Miami (FL) 31 15
15 Arizona 31 16
17 Penn State 25 11
18 USC 24 17
19 Oklahoma State 21 19
20 Wisconsin 12 21
21 Temple 11 23
22 South Florida 10 22
22 Troy 10 25
24 Navy 8 NR
25 BYU 6 NR

Also Receiving Vote: Virginia Tech (5); Nevada (4); West Virginia (4); Clemson (3); Auburn (2); Stanford (1)

Dropping Out: California, Notre Dame

Conference Breakdown:

  • Big Ten: four
  • Big East: three
  • Mountain West: three
  • Pac-10: three
  • SEC: three
  • ACC: two
  • Big 12: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • Independents: one
  • MAC: one
  • Sun Belt: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week 7

The U.P. Top 25 [Week 6]

This is the sixth week of the Uncle Popov Top 25, based on games through Week Nine of the college football season.

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Texas (2)
97 3
2 Florida (1)
97 1
3 Alabama (1) 93 2
4 Boise State 84 4
5 Cincinnati 82 4
5 TCU 82 4
7 Iowa 80 7
8 Oregon 72 10
9 LSU 69 9
10 Georgia Tech 62 11
11 Penn State 60 12
12 Pittsburgh 56 16
13 Houston 51 15
14 Utah 43 17
15 Miami (FL) 42 19
16 Arizona 37 23
17 USC 36 8
18 Ohio State 32 21
19 Oklahoma State 28 13
20 California 19 NR
21 Wisconsin 13 NR
22 South Florida 12 NR
23 Temple 10 NR
23 Notre Dame
10 NR
25 Troy 7 NR

Also Receiving Votes: Oklahoma (6); Virginia Tech (5); Navy (5); Clemson (3); Nevada (3); BYU (2); Central Michigan (1)

Dropping Out: Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Central Michigan, Navy, Mississippi, West Virginia

Conference Breakdown:

  • Big Ten: four
  • Pac-10: four
  • Big East: three
  • SEC: three
  • ACC: two
  • Big 12: two
  • Mountain West: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • Independents: one
  • MAC: one
  • Sun Belt: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week 6

The U.P. Top 25 [Week 5]

Hooray!  Five voters this week!  And Florida regains the top spot.

[Updated at 1630 after an investigation into vote distribution; error on the Uncle!].

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Florida (2)
121 2
2 Alabama (1)
120 1
3 Texas (2) 119 3
4 Boise State 102 4
4 Cincinnati 102 4
4 TCU 102 8
7 Iowa 99 4
8 USC 92 7
9 LSU 86 10
10 Oregon 76 11
11 Georgia Tech 75 13
12 Penn State 72 11
13 Oklahoma State 65 14
14 Virginia Tech 52 15
15 Houston 50 17
16 Pittsburgh 48 18
17 Utah 46 18
18 West Virginia
37 24
19 Miami (FL)
34 9
20 South Carolina 26 21
21 Ohio State 23 22
22 Central Michigan 17 22
23 Arizona 16 NR
24 Navy 14 24
25 Mississippi 12 NR

Others Receiving Votes: BYU (7); California (4); Temple (3); Oklahoma (2); Kansas (1); Kentucky (1); Troy (1)

Dropping Out: Kansas, BYU

Conference Breakdown:

  • SEC: five
  • ACC: three
  • Big East: three
  • Big Ten: three
  • Pac-10: three
  • Big 12: two
  • Mountain West: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • Independents: one
  • MAC: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week 5

The U.P. Top 25 [Week 4]

Has interest waned?  No Crumb this week (although be promises to be back next week), but still have three voters active this week…so here we go…

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Alabama (2) 74 1
2 Florida (1) 73 2
3 Texas 69 3
4 Boise State 60 4
4 Cincinnati 60 6
4 Iowa 60 9
7 USC 59 7
8 TCU 57 8
9 Miami (FL) 51 17
10 LSU 50 11
11 Penn State 43 13
11 Oregon 43 16
13 Georgia Tech 42 18
14 Oklahoma State 35 14
15 Virginia Tech 29 5
16 BYU 27 24
17 Houston 24 21
18 Utah 23 23
18 Pittsburgh 23 25
20 Kansas 18 12
21 South Carolina 10 20
22 Ohio State 8 10
22 Central Michigan 8 25
24 Navy 6 NR
24 West Virginia 6 NR

Others Receiving Votes: South Florida (5); Texas Tech (5); Mississippi (4); Boston College (3)

Dropping Out: Oklahoma, Nebraska

Conference Breakdown:

  • SEC: 4
  • ACC: 3
  • Big East: 3
  • Big Ten: 3
  • Big 12: 3
  • Mountain West: 3
  • Pac-10: 2
  • Conference USA: 1
  • Independents: 1
  • MAC: 1
  • WAC: 1

Voting for Week 4

The U.P. Top 25 [week three]

Week three sees a new number one despite a split in the top votes.  We also see the entrance of a MAC team, thanks to one voter constantly voting for the Chippewas.  And no, I cannot explain Oregon’s four-spot drop.

Three voters abstaining again (same three jackasses as last week).  Here is the third week of the Uncle Popov Top 25 (or 26, this week), based on week six of the college football season.

  1. Alabama – 98 points (2)
  2. Florida – 97 points (2)
  3. Texas – 93 points
  4. Boise State – 81 points [tie]
  5. Virginia Tech – 81 points [tie]
  6. Cincinnati – 79 points
  7. USC – 75 points
  8. TCU – 69 points [tie]
  9. Iowa – 69 points [tie]
  10. Ohio State – 65 points
  11. LSU – 61 points
  12. Kansas – 59 points
  13. Penn State – 47 points
  14. Oklahoma State – 42 points
  15. Nebraska – 40 points
  16. Oregon – 36 points
  17. Miami (FL) – 35 points
  18. Georgia Tech – 30 points
  19. South Florida – 25 points
  20. South Carolina – 20 points
  21. Houston – 17 points
  22. Oklahoma – 16 points [tie]
  23. Utah – 16 points [tie]
  24. BYU – 14 points
  25. Central Michigan – 7 points [tie]
  26. Pittsburgh – 7 points [tie]

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri (2); Auburn (1); Mississippi (1); Michigan (1)

Dropping Out: Auburn, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan

Conference Breakdown:

  • Big 12: five
  • SEC: four
  • ACC: three
  • Big East: three
  • Big Ten: three
  • Mountain West: three
  • Pac-10: two
  • Conference USA: one
  • MAC: one
  • WAC: one

Voting for Week Three

The U.P. Top 25 [Week Two]

This is second week of the Uncle Popov Top 25, based on the fifth week of college football.  Four voters, with three abstaining (Blake, Dogg, Run).  Although, if those voters get their votes in, I will add it.

  1. Florida – 97 points (2)
  2. Alabama – 97 points (1)
  3. Texas – 94 points (1)
  4. LSU – 83 points
  5. Boise State – 79 points
  6. Virginia Tech – 78 points
  7. Cincinnati – 76 points
  8. USC – 72 points
  9. TCU – 70 points
  10. Iowa – 63 points
  11. Ohio State – 62 points
  12. Oregon – 50 points
  13. Oklahoma State – 45 points [tie]
  14. Kansas – 45 points [tie]
  15. Penn State – 43 points
  16. Auburn – 34 points
  17. Mississippi – 31 points
  18. Miami (FL) – 27 points
  19. Nebraska – 26 points
  20. Missouri – 17 points
  21. Oklahoma – 16 points [tie]
  22. Georgia Tech – 16 points [tie]
  23. Michigan – 10 points [tie]
  24. South Carolina – 10 points [tie]
  25. Houston – 9 points

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin (8); BYU (8); Utah (6); South Florida (6); Central Michigan (4); Georgia (3); Stanford (1)

Dropping Out: California; Georgia

Conference Breakdown:

  • Big 12 – six
  • SEC – six
  • Big Ten – four
  • ACC – three
  • Pac-10 – two
  • Big East – one
  • Conference USA – one
  • Mountain West – one
  • WAC – one

The U.P. Top 25 [Week One]

This is the Uncle Popov Top 25.  It is the first week for the poll, but based on results after week four in the FBS college football season.  Currently, we only have four voters, so if you would like to join in, contact the Uncle!

  1. Florida – 97 points (2)
  2. Alabama – 97 points (1)
  3. Texas – 96 points (1)
  4. Boise State – 85 points
  5. LSU – 82 points
  6. Virginia Tech – 76 points
  7. Houston – 72 points
  8. TCU – 70 points
  9. USC – 69 points
  10. Cincinnati – 68 points
  11. Iowa – 62 points
  12. Ohio State – 56 points
  13. Oklahoma State – 45 points
  14. Oklahoma – 44 points
  15. Penn State – 37 points
  16. Kansas – 35 points
  17. Oregon – 31 points
  18. Georgia – 27 points [tie]
  19. Michigan – 27 points [tie]
  20. Mississippi – 26 points
  21. Nebraska – 25 points
  22. Auburn – 11 points
  23. California – 10 points [tie]
  24. Miami (FL) – 10 points [tie]
  25. Missouri – 10 points [tie]

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech (9); South Carolina (9); Utah (9); Wisconsin (6); South Florida (2); Central Michigan (1)

Conference Breakdown:

  • Big 12: six teams
  • SEC: six teams
  • Big Ten: four teams
  • Pac-10: three teams
  • ACC: two teams
  • Big East: one team
  • C-USA: one team
  • Mountain West: one team
  • WAC: one team