Steele’s top 15 games of ’08

Phil Steele has a post up at his blog ranking the top 15 performances by D-1 schools in games last season.

Basically he’s done that by looking at the power rankings of the losing teams, where the games were played and then assessing the differential in yards rushing, yards passing, points scored, rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and points allowed to determine which were the best games of the season.  It’s hard to argue with what’s on his list.

A few tidbits -

  • Southern Cal has the most games on the list, with four, the top one being its demolition of Oregon.
  • Florida and Oklahoma both appear on the list three times.  That includes Florida’s defeat of Oklahoma in the title game.
  • Mississippi made the list with its victory over MSU.  Somehow I missed the fact that Mississippi State’s offensive output of 37 total yards was the lowest such figure achieved by any D-1 school last year.  But MSU’s athletic director didn’t.
  • Georgia doesn’t make the list on either side of the ledger, which surprised me a little in the case of the Florida game.  (Steele, by the way, gets one fact wrong when he states that Oregon’s 34-point loss to USC was the most lopsided defeat of any team that finished in the top ten.  Unfortunately.)  I assume the yardage totals were the Dawgs’ saving grace in that one.
  • Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Missouri were the only schools to show up on the list as winners and losers.  Does that say something about the Big XII?
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4 responses to “Steele’s top 15 games of ’08

  1. kingdawg

    Alot of people don’t remember that we actually won the yardage battle against UF last year. While that’s rare in a 49-10 game, it is indicative of the fact that we have as much or more ability and talent than UF. Then again, most teams that turn the ball over as much as we did in the UF game get blown out.

    • I was just talking about this with a friend the other day. The UF loss just felt so weird. When we lost to ‘Bama, we knew they came out and just whooped our ass. But I didn’t feel like UF really outplayed us. We moved the ball pretty easily, but then turned it over just as easily. If you were watching the game without a score, you wouldn’t think they’d be up so much. Just a weird vibe that whole day.

    • ArchDawg

      Yeah, ‘Bama did indeed put a bigger whooping on us. We just didn’t give up in that game like we did in the Florida one. We played the Florida game like we played the Tennessee game in ’07.

  2. TomReagan

    He’s using the AP top 10. We only finished top 10 in the coach’s poll.