Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Classic SEC Football Standings

Based off of the CBS rankings:

1.  Georgia:  11-0
8.  Alabama:  10-1
13.  Mississippi:  9-2
14.  Louisiana St:  8-3
31.  Tennessee:  7-4
44.  Florida:  5-6
45.  Kentucky:  6-5
55.  Auburn:  6-5
78.  Mississippi St:  5-6
104.  Vanderbilt:  2-9

With one week left in the regular season, here are the leaders in the other Classic conferences.  As you'll see, we have some very close races:

ACC:  NCSU (25), Clemson (26), UNC (27)
Big 10:  Michigan (2), Ohio St. (3)
Big 8:  Mizzou (10), Oklahoma (11)
Southwest:  Texas (7) (SMU is second at 23)
Pac 10:  Washington (4), Oregon (6)
Western Athletic:  Utah (29) (Air Force second at 40)

This would give us the following Classic bowls:

Rose: Michigan (2) v. Washington (4)
Sugar:  Georgia (1) v. Ohio St. (3)
Orange:  Florida St. (5) v. Missouri (10)
Cotton:  Texas (7) v. Alabama (8)
Fiesta:  Oregon (6) v. Louisville (9)


  1. Washington has now held the Unofficial College Football Championship for over a full calendar year. The last team to turn that feat was Ohio State, which held the U.C.F.C. from November 10, 2018 to December 28, 2019.

  2. Once it became clear that WKU, UK and Colorado were (probably) out of the national-championship race, I largely lost interest in CFB23. However, yesterday was exciting--with UK coming back to win at Louisville, 38-31, in a game during which I yelled multiple times and with WKU beating Florida International, 41-28.

    Both the Wildcats and the Hilltoppers finished their regular seasons at 7-5, and, so, it appears likely they will both receive bowl invitations. I've seen projections that have UK playing in the Duke's Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 27; WKU, in either the Bahamas Bowl in Nassau on Dec. 18 or the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 23. If I was a football player or the parent of one, I would be most interested in the Montgomery game (I'd want to get it over with before Christmas; I don't much care about the beach, and Montgomery is a fascinating city). But I doubt my priorities align with those of many actual Wildcats or Hilltoppers, and, whatever, I will look forward to restarting my personal CFB23 interest in earnest wherever and whenever these games take place.