This should be a team effort from the entire VFRT community, so please comment on the poll below. I need to finalize it before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. Here are the rules:
Teams should be ranked without regard to future schedules. Please don’t rank Purdue high because they miss Michigan and Ohio State this year. Teams should also not be ranked on their performance in previous years. At all times it should be an approximate ranking who would beat who on a neutral field this year.
Winning counts… but style counts, too. There just aren’t enough games to make a true determination of who’s number one without taking a vague impressiveness factor into account. That’s life in college football.
So, we can’t account for the schedule. We can’t rank Georgia ahead of Florida based on a belief that while Florida may beat Georgia head to head, Florida will lose more SEC games and thus place second in the SEC East.
So, best guess as to how the teams would stack up against each other on a neutral field on September 2: