# Bottom 25 college football rankings: Noles, Gators are victims of circumstance

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 and Florida State 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 is just as good as our defending Bottom 25 champion Texas State. 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.

The Bottom 25

No longer ranked: Akron, Kent State, Rice, Utah State, UNLV, Middle Tennessee, Wyoming, Tulsa, Troy, Texas, Indiana

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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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