Anyone who has paid attention to college football long enough knows the growing divide between the haves and have-nots of the sport. The Power Five conferences, thanks to reorganization and TV money, became more and more separated from the rest of the sport. Even in Power Five, some schools were able to reach their own level. But while we’ve known this at the top of the sport for a long time, we’re also starting to see it at the bottom.
When I created my rating system, I had meritocracy in mind. I wanted something that didn’t matter who you are, where you played or what you did before. You will only be judged by what you have done now. In my first decade of rankings, we saw far more Power Five programs down below, closer to basement dwellers, than you’ll ever find in other rankings, whether numerical or opinion-based. But this is changing.
Not only do I see fewer Power Five teams making their way into The Bottom 25, but there also seems to be a limit to how far most of them are able to plummet. Colorado held on to first place until they finally won the game, but aside from the Buffs, the rest of the five don’t have much competition.
There are four Power Five teams in the Bottom 25 this week, which is a big number for 2022, but Colorado is the only one to break into the bottom 10. Whether 2022 will be a standout season or the beginning of the end for Power Five teams in The Bottom 25 remains to be seen, but it’s something I’ll be keeping an eye on.
No longer ranked: No. 25 UTEP, No. 23 Kent State, No. 18 Bowling Green, No. 16 Army.