There's no question that the team I've received more questions about -- or more "LOL u can't be seriouses" -- in this year's Fornelli 50 rankings has been UCF. The Knights opened the season with a 61-17 win over FIU and then had three weeks off due to games being canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

So, in a rankings system based off nothing but math, that 44-point win was working wonders for the Knights in the rankings. I would tell people this, and that I was sure the Knights would come crashing back to Earth sometime soon.

But they have not.

Since then, UCF has picked up a 28-point win over Maryland and a 27-point win over Memphis. That means the Knights are now 3-0 and winning their games by an average of 33 points per game. Furthermore, their strength of schedule looks healthy as well because the three teams they've beaten are a combined 9-0 against every other team they've played that isn't UCF.

They're all 3-1 with their lone losses coming to the Knights! So, yeah, UCF is still in the top five. Make fun of my rankings because of that if you must, but it's hard to argue it doesn't deserve to be here right now.

What about everyone else? We'll get to the rankings in a moment, but first a quick explanation as to how it all works (full explanation here).

  1. My opinion has absolutely nothing to do with the rankings
  2. There is true equality to start as math doesn't play favorites
  3. Wins and losses mean more than anything
  4. The formula is in no way predictive, it's a meritocracy
  5. I won't share the formula, but it works

No Longer Ranked: South Carolina (35), Indiana (37), Vanderbilt (38), California (40), Eastern Michigan (42), Tennessee (45), Colorado (46), LSU (47)