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Week Two of the 2021-22 Season will be interesting as mainstay Alabama has unfamiliar company in the top 10 of the Roby Ratings in Troy, Middle Tennessee, Iowa, UAB, TCU, and Army, along with USC and Michigan, who are general mainstays as well. It will be interesting to see how much of the season it takes for Ohio State and Clemson to rise back into their usual spots in the top 5. History has shown that the same familiar members are usually at the top of numerous college football ranking lists at the end of the season, usually with one or two surprises. Time will tell, as to whether this year will be the same as the last 130 or so .It’s understood that this ranking system will draw cynicism as Ohio St, Georgia and a few other teams aren’t where they probably should be in the pecking order. However, there’s a commitment by the publication editor to just let the numbers from the field in any given season to be that: Numbers from this year’s competition with as little preconceived human input as possible. It’s a given that Weeks Zero through Four usually produce statistical anomalies, but increased data as the weeks go by separates the pretenders from the contenders. As a matter of fact, UAB plays Georgia this weekend, and Middle Tennessee plays Virginia Tech. These games should be very interesting. Most people who know the college game understand that the Georgia Bulldogs beating Clemson this weekend was a big win for them that indeed may have college football playoff implications. (No one in their right mind really believes that there are 126 teams better than the Clemson Tigers or 112 teams better than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.) It’s a certainty that after the dust has settled from week two, that either the Troy Trojans or the Liberty Flames will be in the pretender or contender for a BCS bowl conversation.
The AQ7, officially titled the WAC/ ASUN challenge is a football scheduling alliance that will allow for seven institutions to have the opportunity to qualify for an automatic bid into the 2021 NCAA FCS Division Playoffs. The seven member institutions are Abilene Christian University, Lamar, Sam Houston St., Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville St.