College FB Top 25 – Turkey Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Me and my lovely wife (SwampMommy, as she laments yet another bad pun) will take to the roads and spend the holiday week doing a little R&R and visiting with family.

As we enter late November, the contenders and pretenders of this year’s college football championship chase have finally begun to separate.  The College Football Top 25 rankings this week continue to show the national bias against some teams who continue to win their games but are discounted by the national media as cheap imitations as they continue to fawn over the same dozen teams every year.

These final few weeks mark the time when long time college football rivalries such as Michigan vs. Ohio State, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, and Alabama at Auburn still lay ahead and promise to have a big impact as we whittle down to arrive at the College Football Playoffs final four teams.

This week, I thought it might be interesting to take back at Associated Press College football rankings after 2021’s Week # 1 and show their current records:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Ohio State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Clemson
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Iowa State
  10. Iowa
  11. Penn State
  12. Oregon
  13. Florida
  14. USC
  15. Texas
  16. UCLA
  17. Coastal Carolina
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Ole Miss
  21. Utah
  22. Miami (FL)
  23. Arizona State
  24. North Carolina
  25. Auburn

Several of these early-season ranked teams have played up to their lofty rankings, while a few others have fizzled as this season has progressed.  It’s time to determine which one is the most deserving team of this year’s Thanksgiving Turkey Award:

Silver Medal – Texas (4-7) – Worst loss 57-57 (OT) vs. 2-9 Kansas.  Texas has hired and fired two head football coaches in the previous six years.  Texas exes Tom Herman and Charlie Strong were paid millions of dollars to leave Austin earlier than scheduled.  New head coach Steve Sarkesian isn’t faring any better and now sports a six-game losing streak.  Heading into the SEC won’t make matters easier for the Horns over the next few years.

Gold Medal – Florida (4-7) – Worst losses at 5-6 LSU (49-42) and at 6-5 South Carolina (40-17).  Though Florida embarrassingly trailed (42-35) at the half to FBS Samford, the Gators rallied to outscore the Bulldogs (the ones from Birmingham, Alabama) 70-52.  This weekend, Florida went to Missouri (6-5) and lost in overtime as Mizzou won on a two-point conversion.  The hot seat for Florida Coach Dan Mullen is a raging inferno.  Florida has been a giant mess in 2021 and doesn’t play hard enough on offense or defense to warrant a better record.

Before we get to this week’s College Football Top 25, Ohio State finally got a signature win by overwhelming Michigan State by a score of 100-0.  OK, it was only 56-7.  But wait, Ohio State just scored again!  To the fans of the Buckeyes, your win over a formidable foe has boosted your ranking all the way up to #4 this week.  Congratulations on the convincing win.  It should be a little tougher next week at Michigan.

Here are my rankings for the week ending November 20, 2021: