Penn State is No. 5, Iowa is No. 31

You can have your AP, USA Today and Harris college footbal rankings. The only one you can trust is the Las Vegas Sports Consultants poll.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants Inc., has no agendas. It simply looks at things honestly and objectively and tells you what’s what. It says Penn State isn’t as good as the other pollsters tell you it is, and it gives Iowa a little credit for being a competitive ballclub. The Hawkeyes got zero votes in any of the aforementioned polls, nor should they with a 5-4 record.

LVSC, however, goes strictly by a team’s strength, not its record. That’s why it says USC is No. 1, and didn’t leap Texas Tech ahead of Texas despite the Red Raiders’ great escape over the Longhorns Saturday in Lubbock.

Penn State is No. 5 in the LVSC rankings, which seems about right. Texas Tech is sixth, Alabama seventh. They are Nos. 3, 2 and 1, respectively, in the AP poll because they’re undefeated. But they aren’t the three best teams in America.

I agree with LVSC’s top three, though not with the order in which they’re listed. They say it’s USC, Florida, Texas. I say it’s Florida, Texas, USC. Penn State could not beat any of those three teams. If the Nittany Lions get past Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State to finish 12-0 and go to the national-title game, bet on Penn State’s opponent there to win it.

Iowa is 31st in the LVSC list. Illinois, 5-4 just like Iowa, is 27th. Minnesota and Northwestern, both 7-2 overall, aren’t in the LVSC Top 40. Here is the entire list with the power ranking and last week’s rank after the name of the teams:

1

Southern Cal

113.6

1

2

Florida

112.9

3

3

Texas

112.0

2

3

Oklahoma

112.0

3

5

Penn State

110.9

5

6

Texas Tech

109.3

9

7

Alabama

108.5

7

8

Missouri

107.0

8

9

Oklahoma State

106.6

10

10

Georgia

106.5

6

11

Ohio State

105.6

11

12

LSU

104.4

12

13

Texas Christian

104.0

13

14

California

103.8

14

15

West Virginia

102.9

18

16

Kansas

102.7

20

17

Arizona

102.6

17

18

Utah

102.4

19

18

Boise State

102.4

22

20

Oregon

101.9

15

21

Brigham Young

101.6

16

22

South Carolina

101.5

24

23

Florida State

101.4

21

24

Oregon State

101.2

25

25

North Carolina

100.5

26

26

Cincinnati

100.3

NR

27

Illinois

100.0

NR

28

Michigan State

100.0

30

29

Georgia Tech

99.9

NR

29

Pittsburgh

99.9

NR

The next 10: Iowa, Mississippi, Tulsa, Boston College, Nebraska

Maryland, South Florida, Clemson, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

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2 responses to “Penn State is No. 5, Iowa is No. 31

  1. Wouldn’t we be 30th if we’re the next team after Pitt and they’re 29?

  2. No. Look again, EP. Pitt and Georgia Tech are tied for 29th.

    But you caused me to take another look at the poll and see Texas and Oklahoma were tied for 3rd. I neglected to give the Sooners their due in my post.

    And yes, Oklahoma would rub out Penn State, too.

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