Week 11 College Football Rankings

Alabama holds the top spot at 8-0 heading into their Week 11 tilt with LSU in Baton Rouge. The Tide have, for weeks now, looked like the class of the college football landscape but can the Tide “hold that Tiger” in a feisty Death Valley this Saturday?

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#7 Auburn, who is a game behind Bama and already holding a head-t0-head victory over LSU is hoping for a huge upset in Baton Rouge. The Tigers held off Ole Miss this weekend to keep their SEC West title hopes alive.

#2 Clemson also held off a similarly hard-charging Florida State team beating the Seminoles in their own Death Valley this past Saturday to maintain their undefeated record.

Perhaps the biggest surprise(s) amongst the top 25 this week is the emergence of mid-major and #10 Western Michigan as well as 6-1 and #11 Troy. Those two teams are ranked higher than midway up the rankings by result of their high-ish margin of victory tally (WMU at 25.1 and Troy at 17.7). Both would be ranked higher if it weren’t for their unsurprisingly low SOS marks–both are lower than 50% for their opponents’ marks.

WMU is leading the MAC at 8-0 and likewise undefeated in conference games while Troy’s only loss came against #2  Clemson earlier this year.

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The SEC holds the top spot amongst conferences in the Bassford Power Index. The ACC comes up just behind their southeastern counterparts with two teams in the top 10, Clemson and Louisville.

One mid-major ranks higher than a Power 5 conference as The American conference–with two top 25 teams in Houston and Temple–leads the Big 12 by a small margin. The Big 12 doesn’t have a single team in the top 10 and their top ranked team from last week, West Virginia, dropped a critical game this weekend lowering their ranking down to 22nd this week.

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The below is a compiled record tally for the Bassford College Football Matrix rankings throughout the 2016 season. The final column on the right records the overall FBS record for home teams by respective week of the season.

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LSU v. Coastal Carolina: 10 Stats that Matter Most

LSU meets Coastal Carolina for the first time ever in baseball this weekend as the Chanticleers–that scary-looking rooster adorning the top of this page–will be visiting Alex Box Stadium to start a three-game set this weekend in the Baton Rouge Super Regional. The winner heads to Omaha for the College World Series, the loser heads home for summer ball. Here are 10 of the most important statistics heading into this SEC v. Big South matchup.

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Win with Valek! – A Passionate Request to Start the “embattled” pitcher

Surprisingly, LSU is in the hole after going up 2-0 in the Baton Rouge Regional. In one game, the Tigers went from wielder-of-the-big-stick to fighting for their lives on their own home turf. The Tigers lost to Rice 10-6 Monday night as the Owls finished off their Monday with 25 runs scored in two games securing a winner-take-all game seven on foreign soil Tuesday afternoon.

The question that remains after three games in the Baton Rouge Regional for the Tigers is, who will start game 7?

There’s two guys I can think of: One, a “known quantity” guy. An established pitcher. And another, a newcomer who has decent numbers from a surmised lesser baseball market. One is Jared Poche and the other is John Valek.

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Bassford College Baseball Rankings 5.23.2016

For the first time this year, a team not named Florida or South Carolina will sit atop the Bassford College Baseball Top 25 rankings. Louisville, winners of 46 out of 56 games played this year, passed the Gators for top honors this week as the team is 16-10 versus Top 50 teams and hasn’t lost to anyone outside of that range. The team remains the only in the Top 25 to have both a plus .300 team batting average (.325) and a minus 3 team ERA (2.69). This is simply the most complete team in college baseball and their -1 luck indicates they could be even better than we have seen thus far.

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College Baseball Rankings 4.25.16

Florida holds onto its top ranking in the 4.25.16 Bassford College Baseball Rankings. Louisville and Miami took a few steps back in the rankings this week after .500 or lower showings this past week. Their losses were Texas A&M, Florida State and South Carolina’s gains as the latter two teams drove up at least 10 positions on the charts to occupy their spots in the top five this week.

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