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2014 BTD Top 25: Rising Tide

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Alabama has bounced up to number two to after their big win over MSU.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Consensus Poll:

Rank Team Points
1 Oregon 97
2 Alabama 96
3 FSU 93
T-4 TCU 85
T-4 Mississippi State 85
7 Baylor 81
8 Ohio State 76
9 Ole Miss 64
T-10 Georgia 60
T-10 Kansas State 60
12 Michigan State 55
T-13 Wisconsin 49
T-13 Arizona State 49
T-15 Marshall 48
T-15 Arizona 48
17 UCLA 45
18 Auburn 31
T-19 Georgia Tech 28
T-19 Colorado State 28
21 Utah 26
T-22 Nebraska 24
T-22 USC 24
T-24 Oklahoma 14
T-24 Missouri 14

Individual Polls:

Chris Andy Kurt Robert
1 Oregon Oregon Alabama Alabama
2 Alabama Florida St. Oregon Florida St.
3 FSU TCU Mississippi St Oregon
4 Baylor Alabama Florida State Mississippi St.
5 TCU Mississippi St. Baylor TCU
6 Ohio State Baylor TCU Ohio St.
7 Mississippi State Ohio St. Mississippi Kansas St.
8 Marshall Marshall Georgia Baylor
9 Ole Miss Colorado St. Ohio State Georgia
10 Michigan State UCLA Auburn Mississippi
11 Georgia Arizona Kansas State Wisconsin
12 UCLA Kansas St. Michigan State Michigan St.
13 Wisconsin Arizona St. Arizona State Arizona St.
14 Kansas State Mississippi Wisconsin Marshall
15 Arizona Michigan St. Arizona Arizona
16 Arizona State Georgia Utah Georgia Tech
17 Nebraska Wisconsin UCLA Nebraska
18 Utah Georgia Tech USC Auburn
19 Auburn Utah Oklahoma USC
20 Georgia Tech USC Nebraska UCLA
21 Colorado State Missouri LSU Colorado St.
22 USC Boise St. Georgia Tech Missouri
23 Oklahoma Duke Missouri Duke
24 Missouri Oklahoma Minnesota Oklahoma
25 Boise State Utah St. Colorado State Utah

Thoughts:

That is an absurd number of ties. With all the losses in the top to middle of the ranks it made a higher variation between each team, That caused an overall lower total for teams and brought them even closer together.

Marshall is often disagreed on and this poll is no exception. Andy and I agree with their rank at 8, while Kurt left them unranked. There have been a lot of stats about their strength of schedule, but they are still unbeaten. Regardless of the competition, winning every game is extraordinarily hard and merits serious praise.

Another issue discussed nationally is the rankings of TCU over Baylor, which is getting out of hand. The game was decided in controversial fashion, but the results still stand and Baylor beat TCU. The Horned Frogs have a slightly better schedule with Minnesota, but an upper middle Big 10 team is not quite what it used to be. In the end the head to head needs to win out, what comparison is needed more than that?