Another dominating Alabama win, and another week without the Crimson Tide atop the S&P+ ratings list.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide defense impressed in the national spotlight, securing a 10-0 win against LSU at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.
But according to the S&P+ rankings produced by Football Outsiders, Michigan remains the nation’s top college football team through 10 weeks of the season.
Not familiar with the S&P+ rankings? Per the Football Outsiders website, “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.)”
With those parameters in mind, Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines outrank Alabama, which is No. 2 on the list by a 35.1 to 32.4 margin. That’s actually a slight gain in margin for the Wolverines, who led the Crimson Tide 36.1 to 33.7 coming into Saturday.
Other notable SEC teams in the rankings:
16. Ole Miss
20. Texas A&M
Though it was LSU’s third loss of the season, the Tigers lost little ground in these ratings after the 10-0 defeat. LSU swapped spots with Auburn, which was No. 8 after Week 9. Florida dropped six spots from No. 9 to No. 15 after losing at Arkansas. Ole Miss, which has five losses on the season, climbed to No. 16 after beating Georgia Southern. Texas A&M fell to No. 20 after a loss at Mississippi State.