"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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.