"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
BlogPoll Ballot Week 7... Official
Comments welcomed, as always.
|1||Southern Cal||Wavering a little bit here but Texas' marquee win over OSU is losing luster by the week.|
|2||Texas||I am required by law to include the words "monkey" and "back" and "off" in this section of the poll. So: BACK OFF, MONKEY!|
|3||Virginia Tech||What should have been a functional DNP against Marshall was close for a half, but given that their offense has always been bad I don't think it's particularly surprising or troubling.|
|4||Georgia||Okay. I'm a believer. Watching UGA throttle the Vols was impressive. There are a large number of giant angry defensive linemen in the SEC this year and Georgia appears to be playing 13 of them at once.|
|6||Florida State||Again a supposed functional DNP goes somewhat awry.|
|7||Miami||Functional DNP vs. Duke.|
|10||Florida||Another wobbly day at the office for Leak.|
|11||Penn State||The offense is a tiny increment better and the defense is just as good, so Penn State is squeaking out wins instead of losses this year.|
|12||UCLA||Largely unsure of exactly what to do with these teams.|
|13||LSU||Functional DNP vs. Vandy. Sorry Vandy, but you lost to MTSU: functional DNP you are once more.|
|14||Boston College||Beat UVA soundly.|
|15||Cal||Shoulda won. Did not.|
|16||Ohio State||Ohio State was the one team I pegged exactly: despite Troy Smith's heroics against Michigan he's a far below average DI QB, and he's wasting Holmes, Ginn, and a spectacular defense all by himself.|
|17||Minnesota||I want chicken, I want liver, meow mix meow mix please deliver.|
|19||Wisconsin||51 points to Northwestern. 42 points to BGSU. Michigan scores 20. Ugh.|
|20||Texas Tech||Fluky win over a flukily undefeated team.|
|21||Louisville||Crushed a not-awful UNC team.|
|22||Oregon||Er... now is the time on BlogPoll when we grab whoever's left.|
|23||Tennessee||Utterly dominated by Georgia.|
|24||Colorado||Put the nail in the A&M coffin; only loss to #7 Miami.|
|25||Georgia Tech||It's either them or some mid-major, and they have three wins over not bad teams, including Auburn, and one shoulda-won against NCSU. It's unfortunate that the Golden Tornado/DJL detente had harsh reality intervene.|
Dropped Out: Arizona State (#11, "a third loss will be met with harsh reassessment"), Michigan (#24)
Games I Saw: Michigan-Minnesota; PSU-OSU; UT-UGA; last bit of GT-NCSU
Help Requested: What should I do with Cal and UCLA? Any better suggestions for the tail end of the poll?
Update: Commenters make cases for UCLA and PSU so they rise a bit at the expense of LSU and BC.