2011 Preseason Haven Rankings

It’s almost here ! No not the NFL season or Baseball Playoffs , but the start of the 2011 NCAA Football 2011 season. This year on Sports Haven we will have a ranking system of our top 15 teams in the nation. These rankings will be updated every sunday once the season kicks off. Like all rankings The Haven Rankings will have a formula. We will base our rankings on a number of different aspects but here is our basic formula for finding our top 15 in the country.

Here’s our formula: 

Overall Record, Strength of Schedule, Point differential, and half of the USA Today and Coaches poll points factored together

This list will be competitive and tough to rank so if any of our readers think we’re completely wrong or completely agree with us just let us know by commenting or voting in our polls. 

Atop our poll at numero uno this year is a team that is in the top 5 every year but never quite gets there. There SOS (Strength of Schedule) is in the top 5 of teams on the list. They have maybe the best QB to WR combo in the country with a good defense to boot. The Preseason Number 1 team in the Haven Rankings in none other than Boomer Sooner; Oklahoma.

 

THE RANKINGS

  1. Oklahoma Sooners–   827 pts    SOS Grade : A-  (@FSU, A&M, MIZZOU & @ OK STATE)
  2. LSU Tigers–  798 pts   SOS Grade : A – (Oregon,@Alabama, Florida & Auburn)
  3. Oregon Ducks– 755 pts SOS Grade: (LSU,@Stanford, USC & @ Arizona)
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide– 707 pts SOS Grade: B (LSU, @ Florida ,@ Ole Miss & @Auburn)
  5. Stanford Cardinal–  695 pts SOS Grade: C+ (Oregon, @ USC, California & Notre Dame)
  6. Oklahoma State Cowboys 675 pts SOS Grade:B- (Oklahoma, @ A&M, @ Texas & @ Mizzou)
  7. Boise State Broncos– 665 pts SOS Grade:  C – (TCU, @ Georgia, Nevada & @ Fresno State)
  8. Wisconsin Badgers– 645 pts SOS Grade:  B (Nebraska,@Ohio State, Penn State & @ Michigan State
  9. Texas A&M Aggies– 640 pts SOS Grade :B+ (@ Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mizzou & Texas  )
  10. Florida State Seminoles– 635 pts SOS Grade: B-  (Oklahoma,@ Florida, @Clemson & Miami )
  11. South Carolina Gamecocks– 630 pts SOS Grade: B – (Florida, @ Arkansas, @ Georgia & Auburn
  12. Arkansas Razorbacks-629 pts  SOS Grade: B+ (@ LSU, @ Alabama, A&M , & South Carolina
  13. Nebraska Cornhuskers– 623 pts SOS Grade: B + (@ Wisconsin, @ Ohio State, @ Michigan & @ Penn State)
  14. Virginia Tech Hokies– 608 pts SOS Grade: C (Miami, UNC,@ Georgia Tech & Clemson)
  15. TCU Hornedfrogs– 593 pts SOS Grade: D + (@ Boise State,BYU,@SDSU & SMU)

The Analysis

 Oklahoma was a pretty easy choice at the top but after that was not as easy to grade , rank and score. Number 2 came down to LSU and Oregon ; Two very different teams with insane coaches and tremendous expectations in 2011…Guess I’ll just have to wait for Labor Day weekend when the Ducks and Tigers square off on primetime. The 4 through 7 slots were easy to fit in Bama,Stanford,OK State and Boise, but A&M and Wisconsin were close in schedule and points for the 8th slot. I picked Wisconsin based on the teams returning players, (Particularly on the offensive side of the ball.). I had to put FSU in somewhere so 10 felt like a good place… Then South Carolina just beat Arkansas for the 11th spot in our poll.Nebraska has a tough 1st year schedule wise in the Big 10 with trips to “The Big House”, “Happy Valley” , “The Horseshoe” and to top it off a visit to Camp Randall in Madison,WI…After the Cornhuskers are the Hokies who have been plagued with injuries in camp but still have a solid team intact from a season ago. And rounding out my top 15 preseason teams in TCU who is without a veteran QB and playing an AWFUL schedule that features only 1 Quality opponent (Boise).

Our  next poll will be on Monday: 9/5/11… we’ll address the 1st weekend of NCAA Football action and maybe have some shakeups atop the leaderboard.

Also in closing please take a moment and vote in our “Did We Get it Right ? ” Poll

 

BCS Rankings to be released

Even though we all hate it the BCS can be fun. One of the big parts of it being fun is this coming weekend when the rankings begin and the real contenders will start to appear right before our eyes. We had some serious shakeups this week with Bama going down to the “Old Ball Coach” and his Gamecocks in Columbia,SC. Two other story lines are the undefeated teams that still remain. I mean having 10 undeleted teams is no biggie but the way that these teams are all of opposite styles, conferences and even caliber is just amazing. Take a look at lets say Ohio State and Oregon the AP’s top 2 teams (As of 10/13/10). You’ve got new school Oregon versus the old school Ohio State. Power I vs Spread, West Coast vs Midwest, 2 Jerseys vs 73 combinations. The list goes on and on ; But when all is said and done both teams play tough conference opponents (Unlike Boise State and TCU) who play teams like Hawaii of SMU for a conference title. Aside from the 4 that I have mentioned there are 8 other teams (Oklahoma,Nebraska,LSU,Michigan State,Missouri,Nevada,Utah and Auburn). unfortunately for Nevada and Utah who like Boise State and TCU don’t belong to a power conference a shot at a national title or a BCS Bowl at all is a true long shot.

If you look at it by conference the Big 12 which is in its final year with two of the undefeated Nebraska and Missouri have 4 of the 12 unbeatens in their own conference. Next is smaller mid majors who combined make up another 3rd of the grand total. Then you get to the Big 10 and SEC who each have 2 teams without a loss including the number 1 Buckeyes. Lastly the PAC 10 has one representative the Oregon Ducks who I think should be numero uno among the leaderboard. Here is the official MB Sports Haven Rankings for the BCS National Championship going into week 7.

  1. Oregon Ducks: Explosive on both sides of the ball and alotta fun to watch
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes: On the verge of being number 1 but look beatable
  3. Nebraska Cornhuskers: have young freshman sensation Taylor Martinez calling the shots and beating defenses with both his legs and his arm
  4. Boise State Broncos: Great team that plays bad teams it’s that simple I just don’t see them getting to number 1 without the help of one of the other big dogs
  5. Oklahoma Sooners: Landry and stoops lead a sooner team that will be contesting with Nebraska for the league title
  6. TCU Horned Frogs: Similar to Boise State but I think they will rise a little bit especially when they play in Salt Lake City against rival Utah
  7. LSU Tigers: Undeafeted in the SEC enough said
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide: Had set back against the gamecocks but still very much in the hunt are the tide.
  9. Michigan State: Sparty’s looking strong after 6 weeks and a monster win over Michigan
  10. Auburn Tigers: Another undefeated in the SEC and look good for matchups against Arkansas , LSU and the iron bowl vs the Tide