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January 12, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Rankman walked away from the Rose Bowl and Bowl Championship Series title game thinking Texas Christian deserved to be No. 1 in something! The Horned Frogs played a crisp, turnover-free game in a 21-19 win over a Wisconsin team that had scored 83, 48 and 70 points in its last three games. The BCS title game was exciting but uneven, with the winning quarterback's late fumble nearly costing his team the national title. Call this a protest vote or a complaint that TCU and Auburn can't meet to decide this on the field.
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December 11, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Of the top two teams in the final regular-season ranking, one almost got left out of the preseason rating and the other didn't win a Southeastern Conference game last season. Who said picking champions was easy? Rankman's preseason top two, Stanford and Alabama, would have made our final four if the playoff started this year. Clemson made the Bowl Championship Series top 14 to qualify for the Orange Bowl but just missed our cut, which allowed Oregon to grab the last at-large spot in the FCS (Fictional Championship Series)
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December 11, 2008 | Chris Dufresne
Another topsy (25) turvy season closes with Rankman's final weekly poll release. Rankman, like Rutgers, got off to a frigid start before finishing like Vince Carter at the rim. Ohio State was a sorry excuse for a preseason No. 1 pick, and we deeply apologize for Clemson at No. 8. Weeks ago, though, against a raging Crimson Tide, Rankman held back undefeated Alabama and elevated one-loss Florida to No. 1. Last weekend, the Associated...
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December 4, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the obvious omission was caught and the decision was made to replace the original No. 14 with Florida State. The name of the school that was going to be 14 and got knocked completely out of the top 25 will not be revealed out of respect for the citizens of Fort Worth.
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December 10, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Final regular season ratings, accounts payable: Rankman reviewed his preseason top 15 and found that 10 of those teams made the top 15 of the final Bowl Championship Series standings. Rankman's preseason No. 1, Texas, is in the BCS title game. Riskiest pick: Oregon at No. 6 (thank you, Ducks!). Biggest whiffs: Oklahoma at No. 3 (injury waiver claims for Gresham and Bradford). USC at No. 4 (formulated before Kindergarten Quarterback named starter). Off the top-25 radar: Cincinnati (replacing 10 defensive starters was obviously not a big deal)
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August 16, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time: No. 19 North Carolina Rankman and North Carolina have a history dating to 1997, when Mack Brown was coaching at Chapel Hill and the stars, especially on defense, appeared aligned. Yours truly surveyed the landscape, the personnel, the schedule (Florida State at home) and was convinced Tar Heels should be preseason No.1. It registered 11 out of 10 on the giggle meter.
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September 10, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
A stock market correction is when the Dow Jones average drops 10% in a relatively short period of time. A Rankman correction is when Oregon goes from preseason No. 6 into the laundry chute after an opening loss at Boise State in which the Ducks showed more punch after the game. Deepest, sincerest apologies also for former No. 24 Nevada, but at least Rankman didn't purchase futures stock in Iowa. Rankman was very impressed with Alabama and had no problem bumping the Crimson Tide up two spots . . . to No. 12. Note to self: Stay out of Tuscaloosa until further notice.
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September 3, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Rankman would first like to issue a blanket statement to those of you who have voiced complaints about their schools -- Iowa, Kansas, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Brigham Young and Texas Tech -- not cracking this year's preseason top 25: Your teams were all No. 26. And Texas is No. 1 because . . . Rankman says so. Alabama is No. 14 because the head coach has so far failed to confiscate and destroy every game tape of the Sugar...
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September 27, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Monday night's NFL outrage with the officials reminds me of the time in 2010 that "replacement Rankman" put Boise State at No. 1 and kept the Broncos there until the Friday night after Thanksgiving. This week's standings offer their own controversial finish, with four Big Ten Conference schools bunched in the basement for what should be an exciting playoff two years in advance of college football's new format. The winner gets the Floyd of Rankman trophy, presented by John Deere, at imaginary Grain Silo Stadium.
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August 31, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. Someone touched a nerve in Trojan Land by suggesting ever so gently that it might be "risky" sending a fresh-from-Mater Dei High freshman quarterback to face Ohio State on Sept. 12 in front of more than 100,000 fans at Ohio Stadium. The backlash was harsh and yours truly was reminded of that song from the way-off Broadway musical "Rankman of La Mancha." What kind of chump am I?
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November 27, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Rankman extends deepest Thanksgiving apologies to Florida, Michigan, Arizona, California, Oregon State, Arkansas and North Carolina, who did not make the top 25 and therefore could not defend themselves against this onslaught of rivalry jokes. The advice is simple: Get better and don't lose to Georgia Southern or Eastern Washington. We're also sorry that rapacious expansion has deprived us a Missouri jab at Kansas and a Texas A&M comment about Texas. 1; Alabama 11-0; What do you get when you drive quickly through the Auburn campus?
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December 12, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
ESPN's "Octomom" family of networks hopes you enjoy this year's cavalcade of commercials and center snaps as it furiously tries to secure the two games it doesn't broadcast. Conspicuously missing from the lineup is Ohio State (12-0) vs. Louisiana Tech (9-3) in our mythical Outcast Bowl. Ohio State has been banned from this season's bowls by the NCAA and Louisiana Tech was snuffed out like a sidewalk cigarette so that a dozen schools with 6-6 records and one at 6-7 could raise a participation trophy.
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December 5, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Rankman and SportsBusiness Journal have teamed up for a first-they-have-heard-about-it collaboration based on SBJ's seventh annual analysis of bowl gifts provided to players. This year's most popular gift is the Fossil watch, provided at 19 of the 35 bowls. USC is too lousy at 7-5 to crack Rankman's top 25, but part of the Trojans' Sun Bowl gift package will include a Helen of Troy hair dryer. Meineke Car Care participants from Minnesota and Texas Tech will receive a 32-inch flat screen, a belt buckle, T-shirt, lapel pin and backpack.
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November 28, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Rankman has rarely been this excited about two recently "dropped out" teams playing on a Thursday night in Piscataway, N.J. The showdown between Rutgers and Louisville now features two teams representing three different conferences. Rutgers is joining the Big Ten in 2014 and Louisville just announced it is leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast. The Big East doesn't bother these days to stitch member names on its lettermen's sweaters - it uses Velcro. There is so much upheaval and mediocrity at the bottom of these rankings that Slippery Rock made it to the second-to-final cut. Five schools from California cracked the list but uthere was no room at the Top-25 Inn for hobos USC and California.
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November 14, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
The Southeastern Conference, taken out of the national title hunt for as long as three non-SEC teams keep winning, mostly takes the week off as it openly cheers for upsets of Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame. SEC schools bully up to play seven 1-AA schools this week, which is seven more than Notre Dame, USC and UCLA have ever scheduled. The SEC is believed to be the first league to stage an exhibition season inside a regular season, but the scary part is Alabama A&M might beat Auburn.
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September 27, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Monday night's NFL outrage with the officials reminds me of the time in 2010 that "replacement Rankman" put Boise State at No. 1 and kept the Broncos there until the Friday night after Thanksgiving. This week's standings offer their own controversial finish, with four Big Ten Conference schools bunched in the basement for what should be an exciting playoff two years in advance of college football's new format. The winner gets the Floyd of Rankman trophy, presented by John Deere, at imaginary Grain Silo Stadium.
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September 5, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
What a rock-solid start for Rankman's preseason First Four, which outscored opponents 140-24 ... in the first half. West Virginia's blistering of state rival Marshall led to an immediate reassessmentpromotion to the top five. The Mountaineers have scored 139 points in their last two games -- and one of those was a BCS bowl. USC has more weapons than Rambo, and Oregon looks faster than the Jamaican track team. Nobody beyond that is giving us goose pimples, though. Virginia Tech rents the last spot this week for overcoming Georgia Tech, in Blacksburg, in overtime.
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January 12, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Rankman walked away from the Rose Bowl and Bowl Championship Series title game thinking Texas Christian deserved to be No. 1 in something! The Horned Frogs played a crisp, turnover-free game in a 21-19 win over a Wisconsin team that had scored 83, 48 and 70 points in its last three games. The BCS title game was exciting but uneven, with the winning quarterback's late fumble nearly costing his team the national title. Call this a protest vote or a complaint that TCU and Auburn can't meet to decide this on the field.
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