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Bottom 25 college football rankings: Noles, Gators are victims of circumstance – CBSSports.com

I make this point every year, but I want to drive it home again right now. It is harder to go winless as an FBS team than it is to go undefeated. The math speaks for itself. We are two full weeks into the college football season and there are 52 undefeated teams remaining. That’s a full 40 percent of FBS teams. There are only 19 winless teams left.

And, this early in the season, with such a small sample size, if you’re winless, you’re going to be ranked in the Bottom 25. My formula just weighs wins and losses too heavily for you not to be.

That is unfortunate news for a couple of teams, as you’ll see that both
Florida Gators
and
Florida State Seminoles
are ranked this week. I don’t think either team is Bottom 25 worthy — OK, maybe Florida’s offense should be here — but with both teams opening the season with a loss and then not playing this weekend due to Hurricane Irma, here they are.

Don’t get too mad at me, Floridians. You’ve got plenty of other stuff to deal with right now anyway. My thoughts are with you. Anyway, here’s a reminder on how all of this works.

1. My opinion has absolutely nothing to do with the rankings: They are based on a mathematical formula of my creation. Keep this in mind before you call me an idiot, which I know you will.

2. There is real equality to start. Math doesn’t play favorites: Before the season begins, defending national champion
Clemson Tigers
is just as good as our defending Bottom 25 champion
Texas State Bobcats
. The only factor that matters in the rankings is how you’ve performed on the field in 2017.

3. Wins and losses mean more than anything: I have a lot of different statistics involved, and I factor in strength of schedule (remember, everybody begins the season with the same SOS), but at the end of the day whether you won or lost is going to mean more than anything else. Also, my formula doesn’t have much respect for FCS teams.

4. I won’t share the formula: I just don’t want to. I’m not a mathematician. I know my formula isn’t perfect. I don’t think a perfect formula can exist, so I don’t share it because I don’t care what anybody thinks about it. So don’t ask.

25
Texas State (1-1): Our defending Bottom 25 champions make their triumphant return to the rankings. It will be hard to repeat with a win under the belt already. (Last Week: Not ranked)
24

Brigham Young Cougars
(1-2)
: The BYU offense is offensive. Nobody should have to watch it. (NR)
23

Temple Owls
(1-1
): The Owls fall 20 spots after a three-point stomping of rival Villanova. (3)
22
FIU (1-1): The Panthers tumble 20 spots as well, recovering from that
UCF Knights
beatdown with a seven-point win over mighty Alcorn State. (2)
21

San Jose State Spartans
(1-2
): The Spartans have now played two FBS opponents, and they’ve been out-scored 98-22 in those two games. (NR)
20

Oregon State Beavers
(1-2)
: The Beavers have put in an early claim on the worst team in the Pac-12. (NR)
19
Florida (0-1): As I alluded to in the intro, the Gators are being penalized by the math for only playing one game right now. (NR)
18
Florida State (0-1): Everything I said about Florida applies here, though I’m sure that won’t stop Florida fans from bragging about their ranking compared to FSU’s. Nor should it! (NR)
17

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
(0-2)
: Remember when you thought that Rutgers looked competitive against
Washington Huskies
before losing to
Eastern Michigan Eagles
? (NR)
16

North Carolina Tar Heels
(0-2)
: With a 0-2 start to the season, the path to a bowl game looks a lot murkier for the Tar Heels. (NR)
15
Western Michigan (0-2): I’m not too worried about the Broncos.
Southern California Trojans
and
Michigan State Spartans
to start the season wasn’t going to be easy. (NR)
14

Arkansas State Red Wolves
(0-1)
: The Red Wolves had the week off after Hurricane Irma caused Miami to cancel its trip to Jonesboro. (NR)
13

Buffalo Bulls
(0-2)
: The Bulls looked like they were going to pull off an upset of
Army West Point Black Knights
, but couldn’t hold on for 60 minutes. (23)
12
UMass (0-3): UMass has the honor of being the only 0-3 team in the country. The Minutemen also have the honor of playing No. 23 Temple in the Bottom 25 Game of the Century of the Week. (NR)
11
ULM (0-1): The Warhawks climb 14 spots despite having the week off. Good for them. (25)
10
FAU (0-2): The Owls looked better against
Wisconsin Badgers
than
Navy Midshipmen
, but the result was the same in the end. (11)
9

Nevada Wolf Pack
(0-2)
: The numbers don’t particularly like Nevada right now, but it has been in both of its games to this point. (20)
8

Baylor Bears
(0-2)
: It’s been a really rough start for Matt Rhule in Waco, and things won’t get easier with a road trip to
Duke Blue Devils
this weekend. (13)
7

Georgia Southern Eagles
(0-2)
: Where have you gone, Willie Fritz and Jeff Monken? Oh, to
Tulane Green Wave
and Army. OK. Well, thanks for checking in. (19)
6

Charlotte 49ers
(0-2):
The 49ers have been outscored 79-14 by Eastern Michigan and
Kansas State Wildcats
. (17)
5

Texas-El Paso Miners
(0-2)
: When the Miners were blown out by
Oklahoma Sooners
, it was easy to dismiss. After getting blown out by a
Rice Owls
team that
Stanford Cardinal
beat by 55 points, it’s no longer easy to do. (7)
4

Bowling Green Falcons
(0-2):
Maybe South Dakota will prove to be an FCS powerhouse this season. Or maybe it won’t. (10)
3

Georgia State Panthers
(0-1)
: The Panthers had last week off, and they needed all that time to prepare for their road trip to
Penn State Nittany Lions
. (9)
2

South Alabama Jaguars
(0-2)
: The Jaguars are here now, but they shouldn’t feel bad about it. Getting Ole Miss and
Oklahoma State Cowboys
to start the year is rough. (16)
1

East Carolina Pirates
(0-2)
: Logically, my head is telling me that it’s too early to start engraving East Carolina on the Bottom 25 trophy. My eyes, though, think it’s a safe play. (1)

No longer ranked:
Akron Zips
,
Kent State Golden Flashes
, Rice,
Utah State Aggies
,
UNLV Rebels
,
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
,
Wyoming Cowboys
,
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
,
Troy Trojans
,
Texas Longhorns
,
Indiana Hoosiers

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