New S&P rankings still have Alabama No. 2, three SEC teams in Top 10
Alabama’s 10-0 victory wasn’t as dominant as some of its previous wins, but it proved capable of winning against talented opponents in an ugly fashion.
Despite the resume-building win against LSU, the Crimson Tide are still not atop Football Outsiders’ S&P rankings. Michigan holds that honor and Alabama comes in one spot below.
When creating these rankings, here is what Football Outsiders considers:
“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.)”
The Wolverines are ahead of the Crimson Tide by an aggregate score of 35.1 to 32.4. Michigan’s offense earned a score of 40.4, which is ahead of Alabama’s offensive score of 39.6. Defensively, the Wolverines are still considered to be superior and had the nation’s best score of 4.1, while the Crimson Tide were second with a score of 6.8.
Auburn and LSU were the only other SEC teams inside of the Top 10, posting scores of 20.8 and 20.6, respectively.
Here’s the entire breakdown of SEC teams with their scores in parentheses.
2. Alabama (32.4)
7. Auburn (20.8)
8. LSU (20.6)
15. Florida (13.0)
16. Ole Miss (12.9)
20. Texas A&M (12.0)
32. Tennessee (9.1)
46. Arkansas (5.7)
58. Missouri (1.5)
60. Mississippi State (1.3)
69. Kentucky (-0.9)
70. Georgia (-1.0)
86. South Carolina (-4.4)
90. Vanderbilt (-5.2)