Momentum Rankings After 13 Weeks

TULSA, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Offensive lineman Ty Cloud of the Houston Cougars celebrates a touchdown in the first half against the Tulsa Hurricanes on November 25, 2011 at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Houston defeated Tulsa 48-16. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Monday is Momentum Day at Study Hall. Below are this week's momentum rankings, as always defined as follows:...

Wtd. Margin: This is an attempted look at momentum. If we weight each progressive game as ten percent more important than the one before it, some teams' Adj. Scoring Margins change. We can compare Wtd. Margin to the full 2011 Margin to get the DIFF column, which signifies the difference between the two numbers. Teams with a positive "DIFF" have shown improvement as the season has progressed. Teams with negative numbers have not.

Houston is hot, hot, hot. They have figured out how to play at least slightly above-average defense in recent weeks, and it has made an enormous difference.

Wtd
Rank
Team Wtd
Off Avg
Wtd
Def Avg
Wtd
Margin
Overall
Margin
DIFF
1 LSU 40.7 12.4 28.3 27.3 1.0
2 Alabama 37.5 9.7 27.7 30.6 -2.8
3 Wisconsin 44.7 23.4 21.3 20.5 0.9
4 Houston 42.0 24.0 18.0 15.9 2.1
5 Boise State 36.6 19.8 16.9 18.4 -1.5
6 Oklahoma 34.6 18.0 16.6 18.8 -2.3
7 Oregon 38.0 21.6 16.4 17.8 -1.3
8 Georgia 32.2 16.6 15.6 15.5 0.1
9 South Carolina 31.0 16.6 14.4 14.4 0.0
10 Oklahoma State 39.7 25.6 14.0 14.4 -0.3
11 TCU 35.7 22.2 13.5 12.6 0.9
12 Stanford 37.3 24.3 13.0 14.0 -1.0
13 Virginia Tech 32.2 19.3 12.9 13.6 -0.7
14 Florida State 29.7 17.3 12.3 13.1 -0.8
15 Michigan State 27.6 15.9 11.7 13.0 -1.3
16 Michigan 36.7 25.1 11.6 12.6 -0.9
17 Texas A&M 32.9 22.0 10.9 11.7 -0.8
18 USC 36.5 26.2 10.3 8.4 1.8
19 Arkansas 37.4 27.2 10.2 8.9 1.3
20 Central Florida 31.4 22.1 9.3 11.1 -1.8
21 Missouri 30.7 21.6 9.2 10.2 -1.0
22 West Virginia 36.7 27.7 9.1 8.6 0.4
23 Notre Dame 32.8 24.7 8.1 10.6 -2.5
24 Baylor 39.4 31.3 8.1 9.4 -1.4
25 Texas 23.1 15.3 7.8 8.4 -0.6

Full list after the jump.

Wtd
Rank
Team Wtd
Off Avg
Wtd
Def Avg
Wtd
Margin
Overall
Margin
DIFF
26 California 28.6 20.9 7.7 6.9 0.8
27 Tulsa 32.3 25.0 7.3 6.7 0.6
28 Northern Illinois 33.5 26.2 7.3 6.8 0.5
29 Nevada 31.5 24.9 6.6 6.0 0.6
30 Toledo 36.4 29.8 6.6 6.4 0.2
31 Penn State 24.3 18.0 6.4 8.9 -2.6
32 SMU 28.2 21.9 6.3 7.5 -1.2
33 Miami 33.4 27.4 6.1 5.7 0.4
34 Southern Miss 30.1 24.1 6.0 5.4 0.6
35 Nebraska 29.4 23.5 5.9 5.8 0.2
36 Western Michigan 33.3 28.2 5.1 4.1 1.0
37 Temple 30.1 25.0 5.1 5.2 0.0
38 South Florida 29.9 25.1 4.8 5.5 -0.6
39 North Carolina 31.9 27.1 4.8 5.6 -0.8
40 BYU 29.8 25.1 4.7 3.0 1.6
41 Arkansas State 29.2 24.7 4.5 3.7 0.8
42 Rutgers 24.0 19.5 4.5 3.3 1.1
43 Florida 26.6 22.3 4.3 5.1 -0.8
44 Utah State 33.9 30.0 4.0 4.3 -0.4
45 Georgia Tech 34.3 30.3 4.0 5.0 -1.0
46 Vanderbilt 28.4 24.5 3.9 2.9 1.0
47 Cincinnati 29.4 25.9 3.5 4.4 -0.9
48 Ohio State 27.9 25.6 2.3 3.4 -1.1
49 Ohio 31.2 29.0 2.2 2.8 -0.7
50 Virginia 25.6 23.5 2.1 3.5 -1.4
51 Louisiana Tech 25.2 23.1 2.1 1.9 0.2
52 Illinois 23.6 21.9 1.7 5.0 -3.3
53 Miami (Ohio) 27.9 26.3 1.6 -0.6 2.3
54 Iowa 30.4 28.8 1.6 1.5 0.1
55 San Diego State 27.1 25.7 1.4 1.3 0.1
56 Army 29.7 28.4 1.3 1.2 0.1
57 Northwestern 33.7 32.6 1.1 0.4 0.7
58 Louisville 28.6 27.6 1.0 -0.4 1.4
59 Arizona State 30.7 29.8 0.9 2.5 -1.6
60 Kansas State 27.0 26.2 0.7 1.8 -1.0
61 Utah 21.4 21.3 0.0 0.6 -0.6
62 Pittsburgh 27.1 27.3 -0.1 -0.6 0.5
63 Mississippi State 26.4 26.6 -0.1 0.6 -0.7
64 Washington 30.1 30.6 -0.5 0.3 -0.8
65 Clemson 29.2 29.8 -0.6 1.1 -1.7
66 Florida International 26.4 27.0 -0.6 -0.4 -0.2
67 UCLA 29.1 30.1 -1.0 -0.1 -0.9
68 Arizona 30.8 31.9 -1.0 -0.2 -0.9
69 Wake Forest 27.8 28.9 -1.1 0.0 -1.2
70 Air Force 31.5 32.7 -1.2 -1.6 0.4
71 Western Kentucky 27.1 28.6 -1.4 -2.7 1.3
72 Navy 33.2 34.6 -1.4 -0.5 -0.9
73 Bowling Green 27.7 29.2 -1.5 -1.6 0.1
74 UL-Monroe 24.9 26.7 -1.8 -1.9 0.1
75 N.C. State 22.5 24.4 -1.9 -2.9 1.0
76 Tennessee 24.9 27.0 -2.1 -0.5 -1.6
77 Syracuse 27.4 29.5 -2.1 -1.5 -0.6
78 Hawaii 27.4 29.8 -2.4 -2.1 -0.3
79 UTEP 27.7 30.1 -2.4 -2.9 0.5
80 Texas Tech 30.4 32.8 -2.4 -1.9 -0.5
81 Kent State 19.6 22.2 -2.6 -5.2 2.6
82 Fresno State 30.0 32.7 -2.7 -3.6 0.9
83 Purdue 26.2 28.9 -2.8 -1.9 -0.9
84 UL-Lafayette 27.1 29.9 -2.8 -3.2 0.4
85 Auburn 27.6 30.5 -2.9 -1.5 -1.4
86 East Carolina 26.5 30.1 -3.6 -3.7 0.1
87 Connecticut 23.0 26.8 -3.7 -3.5 -0.2
88 Boston College 23.0 27.1 -4.2 -6.2 2.0
89 Minnesota 24.5 29.1 -4.5 -6.5 2.0
90 Oregon State 25.0 29.6 -4.6 -5.1 0.6
91 Eastern Michigan 22.5 27.2 -4.7 -6.0 1.3
92 Iowa State 21.4 26.5 -5.0 -5.3 0.3
93 Ball State 27.0 32.5 -5.6 -6.7 1.2
94 Maryland 26.7 32.3 -5.6 -4.7 -0.9
95 Wyoming 24.2 30.0 -5.9 -6.4 0.5
96 Central Michigan 26.8 33.4 -6.6 -6.6 0.0
97 Washington State 25.2 31.9 -6.7 -6.4 -0.4
98 Duke 26.3 33.2 -6.9 -6.5 -0.4
99 North Texas 25.3 32.3 -7.0 -7.9 0.9
100 San Jose State 23.6 30.9 -7.3 -8.5 1.2
101 Marshall 21.9 29.4 -7.5 -7.5 -0.1
102 Kentucky 18.8 26.7 -7.9 -8.3 0.4
103 Buffalo 23.3 31.3 -8.0 -8.1 0.2
104 New Mexico State 25.8 33.8 -8.0 -7.5 -0.5
105 Middle Tennessee 25.0 33.2 -8.2 -7.3 -0.9
106 Troy 23.8 32.7 -8.9 -8.6 -0.3
107 Rice 21.3 30.5 -9.2 -8.9 -0.3
108 UAB 27.7 37.1 -9.4 -11.9 2.4
109 Colorado State 22.8 32.5 -9.7 -10.9 1.2
110 Colorado 22.5 32.4 -9.9 -9.4 -0.5
111 Ole Miss 21.5 32.1 -10.6 -9.7 -0.9
112 Indiana 23.6 34.8 -11.2 -11.4 0.2
113 Idaho 18.3 29.7 -11.3 -11.6 0.3
114 UNLV 19.8 32.3 -12.4 -12.5 0.1
115 Tulane 19.4 32.2 -12.8 -12.5 -0.2
116 Kansas 19.6 33.0 -13.4 -12.3 -1.2
117 Florida Atlantic 16.2 31.8 -15.6 -16.5 0.9
118 Memphis 15.2 33.1 -18.0 -18.8 0.9
119 New Mexico 16.9 35.5 -18.7 -18.5 -0.2
120 Akron 15.7 36.4 -20.7 -19.4 -1.3

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