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CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

Posted on: September 1, 2008 10:14 am
Edited on: September 1, 2008 1:01 pm
 

With East Carolina's upset victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Pirates stormed into the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120.

The Pirates were ranked No. 62 in the preseason, but with their win over the Hokies and a loss by Clemson it opened up a spot for them at No. 25.

The ranking could be short-lived since the Pirates play No. 7 West Virginia this week, but a closer look a the schedule shows the Pirates might be hanging around 25-30 most of the season now. They play Tulane, N.C. State, Houston and Virginia in the coming weeks -- all winable games.

"It's a story of a group of young men that have come together and said, 'We're tired of losing. We want to accomplish something special,'" said East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz after their victory.

The Pirates weren't the only team to make a big move as Bowling Green jumped 36 spots from No. 78 to No. 42 after beating Pittsburgh on the road.

Other big movers up:

+ 27 spots -- Louisiana Tech from No. 80 to No. 53 after beating Mississippi State
+ 25 spots -- Stanford from No. 75 to No. 50 after beating Oregon State

For every team that makes a huge move up the rankings, there are always a few that make a big dive. And this week's biggest dive was Texas A&M, which lost to a Sun Belt school. The Aggies were preseason ranked No. 50 and fell all the way to No. 105. I don't think this is what new coach Mike Sherman had in mind when looking at the schedule before the season started.

Things get even rougher this week as they play at New Mexico, which has been to four bowl games in the past five years.

"Well, you know I've been in situations like this before, and I told the guys you can learn more about yourself from adversity than you even can from winning a football game," Sherman said after the game.

Dig in Aggies fans, its going to be a long season.

Other big fallers:
- 36 spots -- Pittsburgh from No. 27 to No. 63 after losing to Bowling Green
- 19 spots -- Michigan State from No. 26 to No. 45 after losing to California

Special notice: San Diego State lost to a FCS school, falling 29-27 to Cal Poly, but since the Aztecs were already ranked so low (No. 107) they didn't have too far to go and landed at No. 117.

 

Comments

Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2008 12:45 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

He did say a 19 point drop. Re read again what Mich St dropped from. He sais 19 points.

I just have a quick comment. Some of these bloggers or sports writers or what ever you want to call them these days, do make mistakes also. They are not perfect, but there is this 1 article about USF playing at UCF's Bright House Networks Stadium for the second time. Last year the stadium was brand new. Before last year UCF played at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando. I would have blasted the reporter who wrote this article, but it just says AP writer, with no name. So, AP, better get better writers for their company. I think the AP poll is awsome but if their writer's make more mistakes like this and then those same writer's are also the pollster's, then the credibility of the AP poll might not mean as much in the future.




Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2008 6:06 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

Go Mizzou...up to number 5.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2008 9:39 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

"Kentucky 60? Behind MEMPHIS? Wow ... CBS SPORTSLINE IS STUPID!"

Any poll where you can fall 65 spots is stupid.




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2008 5:44 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

Considering the Vegas line had Michigan favored by 3 and MSU a 4.5 point underdog, it seems somewhat inconsistent how the Sportsline 120 poll adjusted.

It doesn't matter what Vegas had. We had Utah ranked ahead of Michigan preseason because we thought they were better -- we were right.

We had Michigan State at No. 26 preseason because we thought they were way better than Cal. Since Michgian State lost, they fell. We don't factor in point spreads. We factor in where the teams were ranked and move them accordingly.

We don't look at Vegas odds. Vegas odds set the line so they can get 50 percent of the public to bet on one team and 50 percent on the other, it has no bearing on the group of experts that vote in the CBSSports.com 120.

 




Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2008 4:54 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

Considering the Vegas line had Michigan favored by 3 and MSU a 4.5 point underdog, it seems somewhat inconsistent how the Sportsline 120 poll adjusted.

Very curious.




Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2008 4:52 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

Since the actual poll had MSU at 29, the fall is only 14.

Still, Harmon forecast gave Cal +7 over State.

The Vegas line had Cal by 4.5.

Go figure.




Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 2:17 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

It's good to see everyone knows their math: 45-26 does equal 19, but if you look at last week's CBS 120 poll, Utah was ranked 26 and Michigan State was ranked 29.  So the correction should have been made in

Michigan State from No. 29 to No. 45 after losing to California not the -16 to -19.

 




Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2008 1:58 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

Hate to tell ya but Kentucky wasn't all that too impressive in beating louisville.  Now i realize 5 turnovers is 5 turnovers, and thats a part of the game but you only outgained Louisville by 5 yards, not 205,  but 5.  So before you act like you need to be up higher than you are, prove it against a real team like alababa in 4 games, or even the next three pansies that are all probably better than louisville.



Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 1:53 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

it says nineteen

 




Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 12:31 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers

"Can someone please explain to me how Michigan gets 112 votes in the coach's poll and is ranked 23rd in the country? And Utah who just beat them in the big house got 60 votes? I thought the coach's poll was supposed to be the most accurate. This is a joke. Illinois and Michigan are 0-1 and are both in the top 25."

The new polls aren't released yet, its only the CBS poll.  In the CBS poll Michigan is now #38 and Illinois is #24 because they only lost by 10 pts to the #5 team Missouri.  What CBS does that fools everyone is show "last updated" as whatever day you're looking at it, not the day it was actually released.  Don't ask me why.



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