Alabama atop the latest S&P ratings, 2 SEC teams join Crimson Tide in Top 10
Alabama was the lone Top 4 team to avoid upset over the weekend, dominating Mississippi State in a 51-3 victory. As a result, the Crimson Tide are now back on top of Football Outsiders’ S&P ratings.
The ratings take into account several different factors, and here is an idea of what they look for.
“The components for S&P+ reflect opponent-adjusted components of four of what Bill Connelly has deemed the Five Factors of college football: efficiency, explosiveness, field position, and finishing drives. (A fifth factor, turnovers, is informed marginally by sack rates, the only quality-based statistic that has a consistent relationship with turnover margins.)”
Last week, Alabama was behind only Michigan and held a rating of 32.4. Michigan’s stunning loss at Iowa erased its perfect record and dropped them below the Crimson Tide, which now have a score of 34.0.
LSU remained inside of the Top 10 this week, coming in at the No. 6 spot, after running away from Arkansas on Saturday night. Despite losing on the road to Georgia, Auburn stayed within the Top 10 as well and resides at No. 9.
Here is where the rest of the SEC stands in the ratings, with each team’s score in parentheses.
1. Alabama (34.0)
6. LSU (21.1)
9. Auburn (18.8)
17. Florida (13.0)
20. Ole Miss (12.2)
21. Texas A&M (12.2)
31. Tennessee (9.3)
51. Arkansas (4.0)
62. Missouri (0.8)
65. Georgia (-0.1)
67. Mississippi State (-0.7)
75. Kentucky (-2.3)
90. South Carolina (-5.6)
95. Vanderbilt (-6.7)