"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
Why part one, you ask? Why is there a part two? Let's cut to what part two is:
IF YOU HAVE A PAC-10 BLOG, or something that vaguely resembles a Pac-10 blog, or a Creed-style Word document you think is a blog, or a cat in which you have shaved the letters "L" "O" and "L" into, please for the love of everything that is holy email me and vote in the poll. I ain't too proud to beg.
Now here's why.
These are definite, with a few more possibly on the way depending on how outreach goes.
FOR NO LONGER EXISTING
No posts in six months, URL redirects to ads, or the guy has told people he up and quit.
- Gate 21 (Tennessee)
- Mountainlair (West Virginia)
- Anton Azucar (Miami)
- Tar Heel Mania (UNC)
- We Will Always Have Tempe (OSU)
- Michigan Sports Center (Michigan)
- SoCal Sports Hub (USC)
FOR NEVER VOTING
For never voting.
- The Hotty Toddy Blog (Mississippi)
- The Red Zone Report (Mississippi State)
- Fulmer's Belly (Tennessee)
- Pitchfork Nation (Arizona State)
- House of Sparky (Arizona State)
- Building The Damn (Oregon State)
- Coug Center (Washington State)
- Sox and Dawgs (UConn)
- Double T Nation (Texas Tech)
- BCS Know How (USC)
- WV Mountaineer Sports (WVU)
- Rock Chalk Talk (Kansas)
The SEC and Big Ten are over-represented; the SEC lost one blog overall and the Big Ten added one. So that's fine; we're looking to balance the poll by filling out the less well-covered leagues. Problem is that that's not really happening. The Big 12 is static. the ACC is down two, the Big East is down one, and the Pac-10 is down four with another on the fence. With the addition of a couple MAC blogs that league is up to seven representatives… and that's what the Pac-10 is down to.
Poll membership is still open until the season kicks off, though SEC and Big Ten bloggers are going to have a hard time finding a spot to wedge into. (Mississippi State is an exception since we lost our only MSU blog.) Anyone covering a school outside of those leagues not named Notre Dame, Syracuse, or Nebraska has at least a decent shot. Email me to apply.
Hello. If you have a blog that…
- has been active consistently since September,
- is either about a college football team, college football in general, or is a regional blog covering local teams including the local U, and
- gets some minimum level of traffic and interaction (maybe a hundred hits a day and comments that do not consistently read "zero")
…you are invited to apply for BlogPoll membership as long as you are willing to divulge what your favorite team is. What is the BlogPoll? It is a college football poll run by bloggers that is entering its fifth year of existence. Last year it turned into an excitingly useful thing that paid considerably more attention to Alabama's rise to power than the usual suspects and was rewarded by the events at the end of the season.
Poll membership requires you to do the following things:
- Pay attention to the explicitly stated poll philosophy.
- Enter a draft ballot by Monday at 11 AM and post this on your site.
- Request feedback from readers.
- Enter a final ballot by Wednesday at 10 AM with any modifications.
That's it. How much detail you'd like to go into is up to you; voters have ranged from the laconic to the very serious indeed. If you miss a lot of votes you probably won't be invited back but the occasional whiff is no big deal.
Email me to be put on the applicants list. If you're already in the poll or have already submitted an application there's no need to As the poll matures I am trying to achieve geographic and team balance, so if you want a quick ballpark on your chances check the voter list and figure out how many blogs already cover your team and conference. As far as teams go, zero or one is good, two is iffy, and three is not possible unless someone drops out (which does happen all the time). Conferences… let's just say there aren't a lot of Pac-10 blogs that will get turned down.
Decisions will come at the end of next week.
Avast, here it be:
|2||Boise State (1)||23.1||1.0||3|
Or, at least, there's the top 10, with the rest of it, as usual, at CBS Sports. For the record, your final CK Award record: 10-5 against the spread and 9-6 straight up. I'm also claiming CK victory for Nebraska's soul-crippling Big 12 championship game loss and their delayed action eight-turnover spectacular against Iowa State. Fear it.
I'd like to thank everyone who participated this year for their effort and their thought. This was a strange year in which three teams went almost totally unchallenged until a pair of not-so-titanic year-end matchups. The BlogPoll acquitted itself well by being the only poll out there willing to consider a team other than Florida at #1. Alabama moved into the spot a few weeks into the season, and though they traded the spot back and forth with the Gators all year, that flexibility speaks of a group of people paying closer attention than the folk actually charged with picking the two anointed teams.
Update:After the jump: Tim's even MORE updated final ballot.
|Last week's ballot|
I corrected some of the more obvious errors and oversights. This is more like what your standard draft ballot would look like. Comment away, the final is due tomorrow by 10.