Tuesday, September 28, 2004

College Football Weekend Update

It took three years for it to happen, but this last week produced two scenarios that were not considered by The Captain's College Football Manifesto(over on the right):

1. The SEC admitted to Florida officials that the referees of the Florida-Tennessee game had made a mistake.

2. Pittsburgh went to overtime to beat a team from a lower division at home.

Let's take the Gators-Vols situation first. Originally I had said that I would stick with the official score, if only because I could not possibly know about every perceived injustice in college football, and so I would not rule on any. But it does seem like I can know about every league apology. I mean, that just doesn't happen every week. So from now on, any game that is followed by an apology from the conference will be open to interpretation. I've decided to give neither side credit for the victory, and to give both teams credit for a half-Acceptable Loss. This is the same scoring that would have happened if the home team, Tennessee, had won in overtime. It's not perfect, but it's certainly better than calling it a straight Tennessee victory, because everyone watching knows they lose that game without referee interference.

The Pitt situation kind of solves itself because they already had an Unacceptable Loss, and so going to OT at home to beat anybody would have eliminated them. But Furman? If it's a half-Acceptable Loss to beat a Division 1 team at home, then a home win in OT against a lower-division team must be worse, so we'll call it an Acceptable Loss.

Here's this week's standings. Teams that have beaten a Top Ten team have a * next to them.

Unscathed Teams Who Have Beaten a Top Ten Team (1)

All Other Unscathed Teams (20)
ASU, Auburn, Boise St, Cal, Col, Fresno St, Georgia, Louisville, Minn, Oklahoma, Ohio St, Ok St, Navy, Purdue, S Miss, Texas, USC, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin,

Teams With Half-Acceptable Losses (6)
Florida, FSU, Maryland, Tennessee, Wake Forest, WV

Teams With Acceptable Losses (9)
BC, Florida, Iowa St, Memphis, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame*, SD St, Tex Tech

Teams With 1.5 Acceptable Losses (1)

Teams With 2 Acceptable Losses (1)
N Illinois

Teams With Unacceptable Losses Protected By The Three Weeks Rule (16)
Arkansas, Baylor, GT, KSU, Nebraska, NC St, Rice, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, UAB, UCLA, USF, Wash St, Wyoming

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