BCS Championship Projection: Stanford vs. Ohio State; Washington vs. Georgia

 

Stanford Tops Best & Brightest Football Rankings followed by Ohio State, UDub & Georgia 

Biggest Movers:  Florida (+18), Auburn (+14), Texas Tech (+9), Mizzou (+5), and Nebraska (+5)

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“Best and the Brightest™ BCS rankings combine athletic prowess with academic achievement

Austin, TEXAS, October 11 2013  — The current BCS Championship Projection from the Best & Brightest Football Rankings are:  Stanford vs. Ohio State; Washington vs. Georgia.  These projections are based on the Best & Brightest Football Rankings of October 7th.  Stanford was No.1 followed by Ohio State, UDub, Georgia, UCLA, and Oregon.

The biggest movers this week on the positive side were Florida (+18), Auburn (+14), Texas Tech (+9), and Mizzou (+5), and Nebraska (+5). On the negative side of the ledger were Arizona State (-12) and Ole Miss (-6).  With the addition of Ball State, a total of Sixty-three schools were ranked this week’s ranking.    The  Best & Brightest Football Rankings are the only BCS Football rankings that combine athletic prowess with academic achievement.  

“We are seeing that BCS-level colleges need not sacrifice their academic missions to field a quality football program,” said Paul  JJ Payack, president and Chief Word Analyst for GLM.  “The semi-finalists all rank in the Top 30 of the TrendTopper MediaBuzz College Rankings.”

To create the “Best and the Brightest™ rankings, the Global Language Monitor (GLM) combined the results of the AP Writers and USAToday Coaches polls with the TrendTopper MediaBuzz College Rankings.

The complete Best & Brightest ranking of October 7: 

Rank College Last Change
1 Stanford 1 0
2 Ohio State 2 0
3 Washington 3 0
4 Georgia 4 0
5 UCLA 5 0
6 Oregon 6 0
7 Virginia Tech 7 0
8 Texas A&M 7 -1
9 Florida State 9 0
10 Wisconsin 9 -1
11 Northwestern 11 0
12 Clemson 12 0
12 Miami (FL) 13 1
14 Alabama 15 1
15 South Carolina 14 -1
15 Michigan 16 1
17 Michigan State 20 3
18 Texas 17 -1
19 Oklahoma 18 -1
20 Navy 19 -1
21 Baylor 23 2
21 Florida 39 18
23 USC 21 -2
23 Notre Dame 25 2
25 Louisville 21 -4
26 Minnesota 24 -2
27 LSU 25 -2
27 Missouri 32 5
29 Georgia Tech 27 -2
30 Kansas State 28 -2
31 Rutgers 29 -2
32 North Carolina 29 -3
33 Boston College 31 -2
34 Auburn 48 14
35 Illinois 33 -2
36 Southern California 34 -2
37 Iowa 36 -1
38 Texas Tech 47 9
39 Oklahoma State 37 -2
39 Virginia 38 -1
41 Fresno State 40 -1
42 Maryland 40 -2
43 Northern Illinois 43 0
44 Penn State 42 -2
45 Nebraska 50 5
46 Arizona State 34 -12
46 Arizona 45 -1
48 UCF 46 -2
49 Tennessee 49 0
50 Ole Miss 44 -6
50 Oregon State 51 1
52 BYU 55 3
53 Utah 52 -1
54 Ball State 58 4
55 East Carolina 53 -2
56 Arkansas 54 -2
57 TCU 56 -1
58 Arkansas State 57 -1
58 Boise State 57 -1
58 Bowling Green 57 -1
58 Cincinnati 57 -1
58 San Jose State 57 -1
58 Utah State 57 -1


All schools receiving any votes in any week in either poll are included in the rankings.  A total of sixty-three schools are currently eligible; others are added if they are new to the AP and USAToday polls.

About the TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings

UniversityBusiness magazine called TTMB, the “Nielsen ratings for higher ed” — and further explained that “Trend Topper MediaBuzz may be the most useful ‘ranking tool’ a school can use in its recruitment, marketing, and development efforts.”  Eric Hoover wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “A savvy enrollment manager once told me that a crucial part of his job was getting his college’s name in newspapers and magazines. After all, he said, the more people see an institution’s name, the more familiar it becomes, and the more attractive it seems to prospective students. He was describing “buzz,” something most colleges crave. In case you didn’t know, the Global Language Monitor will measure it for you.”

The TrendTopper MediaBuzz College Rankings are specifically designed to measure the Internet “Brand Equity” of the colleges and universities. Time Magazine described internet brand equity as: “…a measure of who’s talking about you online, based on Internet data, social media, blogs and the top [2]75,000 print and electronic media outlets. GLM then ranks the schools ‘according to their online presence — or internet brand equity. By focusing on online presence, the Monitor hopes to avoid the biases that characterize other rankings, which commonly rely on the opinions of university officials and college counselors rather than that of the greater public”.

 

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