Happy Joyous Friday! (Sounded too much like that "valley" place)
I'm sure there is some complicated formula that the media uses to determine the rankings of the teams in the AP and in other polls like the ESPN Power Rankings.
To me it should be a simple matter of who I think is the better team, and who I think would beat the others if they played. It seems to me there is a general consensus of where teams "should" be and then everyone puts them in that slot.
For example, based on the current ESPN Power Rankings Ohio State is ranked 9th and PSU is unranked. This would tell me that voters believe that OSU is the better team and would win head to head.
Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett's ballots reflect this with OSU at 10 and 9; though they have PSU ranked at 22 and 23, respectively.
So, based on this, and my apparently flawed logic, both Adam and Brian should be picking OSU to beat PSU, right?
Also, which factor more determines an "upset"? I've read multiple sources that say the "Buckeyes are going in to Happy Valley to try to pull off the upset."
I believe this is determined by the -2.5 spread, not the rankings. To me, when an unranked (AP and ESPN) team faces the number 9 (AP and ESPN) team, it is the Lions that are trying to pull off the upset.