Georgia remains entrenched at #1 but our Bet The Board Top 10 shuffled a good bit. Alabama regained their #2 position after Ohio State failed to impress in their win over Penn State. Keep an eye on Auburn as the Tigers continue move up our rankings under Bryan Harsin‘s leadership. There’s plenty of other SEC flavor in the mix but you’ll have to scroll down to see.
When it comes to being overrated there’s just one team from the ACC we simply can’t quit. As far as the Big Ten is concerned, don’t tell the College Football selection committee that Minnesota isn’t even close to the best team in the division.
Without more pomp and circumstance here’s our updated rankings…
Bet the Board Top 10 Week 10:
3.) Ohio State
8.) Ole Miss
9.) Penn State
10.) Texas A&M
Overrated: Wake Forest
Hopefully this is the last time we’ll have to put the Demon Deacons in our overrated section. They’ve had an incredible season thus far behind Sam Hartman‘s leadership. Unfortunately for Wake Forest the main reason they continue to find themselves in our crosshairs is given their lofty rankings in popularity polls. Wake has played a strength of schedule outside the Top 80; their most impressive win came against Virginia on the road who we have power rated just inside the Top 40.
All O no D
Wake has been very impressive on the offensive side of the ball, particularly at the QB position. Sam Hartman has 22 TD’s to only 3 INT’s averaging over 305 yards per game through the air. Through 9 weeks Harman is 6th in total quarterback EPA. The issue with Wake, and why we’re treading lightly with their success, has to do with a porous defense. Army hung 56 points two weeks ago and it shouldn’t surprise anyone as Wake has allowed 4.9 yards per carry this season ranking them 100th in the country. Wake is in unfamiliar territory this week. For just the 2nd time all year they’ll be listed as an underdog. All Cinderella stories must end eventually and Wake is working on borrowed time.
I think if you talk to most professional bettors they have a special place in their memory bank for Wisconsin. The Badgers have yet to close an underdog this year, and garner plenty of support in the market nearly every week (most notably in some of their bigger losses of the year against Notre Dame & Michigan). Wisconsin is rated as the second best defense in the country behind only Georgia by most metrics. Even being mentioned in the same breath as the Bulldogs this year is no small feat. The Badgers only allow 3.6 yards per play this season. They actually need to be this good in order to support an offense that really lacks a threat through the air.
No Dogs Allowed
Yet, the Badgers are unlikely to be an underdog the rest of the season. Due to ugly early losses most have completely written Wisconsin off as a relevant top tier program. If Wisconsin could just get “average” quarterback play from Graham Mertz combined with a hint of creativity from Paul Chryst there is serious upside here. Wisconsin once again took early money this week on the road against Rutgers, moving from the opener of -11 out to -13.5 at a couple of sharper shops. We have Wisconsin on the outskirts of our Top 10 flirting with imminent inclusion.