Football review: What goes up…

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Well, talk about false dawns. Of the 13 teams that managed victories in the first round of National Football League fixtures, only six were able to put away a second win this weekend.

Cork are the only side in Division 1 with a 100% record after putting away Monaghan by the minimum in Castleblayney, while Westmeath’s failure to score a late free means Galway’s one-point in Mullingar leaves them as the only side in Division 2 with two-from-two.

The nature of Elo ratings is that they always reflect the games of the past – and at this time of the year, when the season is still in its embryonic phases and managers are still tinkering with new personnel, it’s entirely understandable for the form guide to be thrown out the window. One can expect further surprises when the squads come back from a three-week spring break.

Dublin will go into that break in second spot, after defeating Donegal at HQ on Saturday night, while Tyrone’s morale-boosting win in Mayo also sees them recover some ground.

Meath and Fermanagh are the bigger movers of the week, jumping two places, while Down are the week’s biggest losers after the somewhat unexpected defeat to Roscommon in Division 2. Carlow’s win over the dogged Londoners ensures they avoid the drop to 32nd place.

Football rankings
(w/e February 8, 2015)
1 Kerry 1926
2 (+1) Dublin 1883
3 (-1) Mayo 1829
4 Donegal 1814
5 Cork 1736
6 (+1) Tyrone 1637
7 (-1) Monaghan 1613
8 (+1) Armagh 1492
9 (-1) Kildare 1459
10 Derry 1456
11 (+2) Meath 1424
12 Galway 1416
13 (+1) Roscommon 1375
14 (-3) Down 1372
15 (+1) Cavan 1297
16 (-1) Laois 1260
17 Tipperary 1258
18 Louth 1192
19 Westmeath 1142
20 (+2) Fermanagh 1128
21 (-1) Wexford 1089
22 (-1) Clare 1078
23 (+1) Longford 1047
24 (+1) Limerick 1013
25 (-2) Sligo 1011
26 Wicklow 907
27 (+1) Offaly 894
28 (-1) Antrim 869
29 Leitrim 851
30 Waterford 732
31 Carlow 667
32 London 562
33 New York 364
34 Kilkenny 147

Our opening hurling ratings will be here later in the week, along with a preview of the first round of National Hurling League fixtures.

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