Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
BlogPoll Ballot Week 3... Official
This one is really tenuous. If anyone has information to offer on *anything*, please do. I honestly didn't catch much except the Michigan and Ohio State games, so I am very flexible with this one.
A note: my general philosophy is to take into account how well a particular team played as a function of its ability and overall competence. The upshot is that when I think a team played terribly and was beat by a series of huge, momentum-swinging plays instead of being ground down I don't punish as heavily as I would otherwise. So: I think the Iowa game was a fluke (anyone who saw it, please feel free to correct that impression). I think the fact that Texas won despite a number of VY mistakes and despite losing the turnover battle is very impressive, and I think the fact that OSU could not capitalize on a lot of redzone opportunities, some of which were gift wrapped, means that they aren't really #5, so I dinged them. That's why Iowa State is not on the ballot but Iowa is. If you think this is stupid, I'm listening.
|2||Texas||They played poorly, lost the turnover battle, and still beat OSU. Vince Young killed people with his arm. Clear #2.|
|3||LSU||Given all the extracurriculars, a truly remarkable win, but that pass defense is concerning.|
|4||Virginia Tech||Duke, whatever.|
|6||Purdue||Still wonky in the secondary and Kirsch's debut was not statistically great or anything.|
|7||Florida||Moving up essentially by default.|
|8||Georgia||Shockley returns to earth.|
|9||Ohio State||Did anyone else notice that Smith ran like 90% QB draws?|
|10||Arizona State||They're going to light up the Pac 10 this year, I think.|
|11||Notre Dame||Pitt win lost it luster, and Quinn didn't look very good against UM, but they won.|
|12||Michigan||Well, that was unexpected.|
|15||Boston College||Support our troops.|
|16||Georgia Tech||Damarius Bilbo!|
|17||Florida State||13-10 at the half with the Citadel?|
|19||Minnesota||Handled CSU much more easily than Colorado did.|
|20||Iowa State||Input indicates that even with Tate Iowa wasn't doing particularly well.|
|21||Clemson||That was rather tight against a Maryland team that doesn't appear very good.|
|23||Texas Tech||FIU = DNP.|
|25||Cal||A much better performance this week, but how much does it mean?|
Dropped Out: TCU, Iowa
Games I Saw: Michigan-ND, Texas-OSU, Pitt-Ohio
Update: knocked Iowa out after much feedback re: their performance, and moved GT up after doing some more reading and finding out that they have a WR named Damarius Bilbo.