I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Four teams exit the polls this week. With its third loss of the season, Auburn drops out of the polls for the third time this season. Three other preseason unranked teams also dropped out, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Washington (thanks for your brief one week stay in the polls).
Texas Tech, USC, Penn State and Cincinnati replace them in the polls. Texas Tech and Cincinnati are new teams to the rankings and bring the total up to 14 unranked teams that have been in the poll for at least 1 week,
Individual Ballot Analysis
We have a new leader of the contest this week. GoBlueSTL has jumped up to first place thanks primarily to Michigan State and USC. He earned 92 points which is 17 off the highest possible score. The perfect ballot this week has LSU, Oklahoma St, Arkansas, Michigan St, Southern Cal and Clemson for 109 points.
We also have new leaders in futility. The people who had been dominating the bottom moved up and we have a 4-way tie for last place. All four of them are receiving all 15 points by picking Oklahoma in group A with their 5 other teams unranked.
Analyzing your Ballot
The MGoBlogosphere was too busy reading Three and Out to pay attention to the outside football world. For the first time this season the population of MGoBlog would have done better if they had just randomly picked their teams.
A random ballot would expect to earn 52 points this week. The median and mean of MGoBlog entries is 49 points. That is probably not statistically significant but it is still not a good sign.
Games to Watch
This week we’ve got
#9 Michigan State at #13 Nebraska
A game that seems to fit in the mold of a classic Big Ten matchup even though it is the first time they meet as Big Ten opponents. Historically Nebraska is 3-0 against Michigan State with an average score of 41 – 9.
#4 Stanford at #20 USC
"What’s your deal"? Didn’t Andrew Luck come in as a redshirt freshman for that infamous upset of USC? Now let’s see what he does as a senior.
Florida vs. #22 Georgia
If Florida wants a successful season, let alone to be ranked again, they absolutely have to win this game. If Georgia wins they will be in pretty good shape. South Carolina seems very erratic and without Lattimore that will only be worse. Georgia might be able to get control of the SEC East with a win here and a loss by South Carolina @ Arkansas next week. Georgia's only tough games left are home games against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
#11 Oklahoma at #10 Kansas State
Is Oklahoma as bad as they looked last week? Is Kansas State any good or is their record solely a product of terrible competition?
24/37, 534 yards, 9 TDs. Incredible. Can Houston make it to a BCS bowl if they stay undefeated?
I know we've had some good classes that are in the top 10 and top 5, but damn our class is stacked.
For football specifically?? From same NCAA changes mentioned on front page... didn't see anything mentioned about the APR bit.
EDIT: **Consider: the article only specifically mentions the "cut-off line" as in not being eligible for post-season play - goes from 900 to 930. What I'm more concerned about would be the then necessary increase in the 925 standard (also up 30 to 955?). We were never in danger of the bowl eligible number, but we were close to the 925 standard that gets you on probation-like warning and can lead to scholly losses over time... See this old article by Brian, if the 925 goes up, are we still above the "Mendoza line"?
I realize posting about SEC oversigning providing an advantage is like saying the sky is blue or Denard is fast, but it is interesting to see the comparison of Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida in terms of total roster numbers over a four year period over on Doc Saturday.
Alabama and LSU end up with essentially a full roster even with attrition (or forced attrition in those cases to reach the scholly max) by using their shady tactics. Georgia and Florida stick closer to available scholarship numbers and pay the price playing with a much smaller roster. Yes, the conference has made some weak rule changes, but I would have assumed member institutions would have went nuclear on this issue much sooner.
I am glad my team is not in the SEC since that would be absurd to play conference teams who are able create a built in advantage. That Bama game next year is already starting to bother me because of this, but I at least don't get them every year in conference play.
I realize this is not relevant to the larger point of the book, but I just got done reading the section on the 2008 Purdue game and I was kind shocked at how wrong Bacon got the details of the game. He says UM lead 42-35, but Purdue scored and missed a two point conversion. UM then had to get a first down to win, but couldn't do it, and then the hook and ladder happened.
I just saw this game on the BTN, so it was fresh in my memory, but UM was actually down 42-35 and Minor scored with just over a minute to go to tie it up. Purdue then scored the hook and ladder play but got their extra point blocked to get to the six point final spread. I love the book so far and think it's pretty important for all UM fans to read it, but I was really suprised by this mistake and what it potentially says about the lack of attention to detail and editing for the book.