the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
BlogPoll Ballot Week 9... Official
Comments welcomed, as always.
Number one Texas! Why? I think I would go with Texas if the two played, since USC has obvious deficiencies in the secondary and the Texas defense is sixth in the country. Texas can run and throw and has OMG Vince Young going up against a definite weak link, whereas USC would have its hands full against one of the best defenses in the country. It's very close, but there it is. And don't give me any of this "the champs are #1 until they lose" garbage. The poll doesn't know who the "champs" are, because that was last year. This is... this year!
|2||Southern Cal||I mean, don't you have to be concerned when Washington has scored more points against you than any team not named "Idaho"?|
|3||Georgia||Argh. At this point I'm not dinging teams for injuries.|
|4||Virginia Tech||Choked out Maryland in brutal fashion.|
|5||UCLA||Solid win over an Oregon State team that's pretty good.|
|6||Alabama||Rammer Jammer cheers are getting progressively more deafening as the season progresses, but a touchdown or something would be nice.|
|7||Penn State||Functional DNP versus Illinois... and yeesh. Moving up because I reviewed the schedules of the following set of teams, and PSU's trifecta of Minnesota/Ohio State/Northwestern is better than any other team's set of wins, though the bottom drops out really fast.|
|8||Florida State||Functional DNP vs. Duke.|
|9||Miami||Actual DNP. Miami hasn't played anyone with a clue since South Florida on 10/1.|
|11||Ohio State||Over under on total yards for Michigan in The Game: 72.|
|12||Notre Dame||Functional DNP versus BYU.|
|13||LSU||Yeah, you won, I guess. (New acronym: YYWIG, used for thoroughly unimpressive wins due more to the other team failing than anything else.)|
|14||Oregon||Again with the not punishing for losing starting QB.|
|15||Wisconsin||Stocco does look incrementally better this year, but if you can throw, you can eat these gentlemen to bits.|
|17||Florida||DNP; huge opportuny to steal the Cocktail Party from Shock-less Dawgs.|
|18||Georgia Tech||DNP Hurricanes due to hurricane. Uh.|
|19||Fresno State||Mustache gives Hill Samson-like power.|
|20||West Virginia||Yay automatic BCS bid.|
|21||Northwestern||Ok, ok, nice offense and stuff but dead last in defense. Last. Like, worse than Buffalo. Of course this means Michigan will put up 27 or something.|
|22||Michigan||Not that we're good or anything. We're just average, though we are getting healthier, and winning on the road minus the two best players on the team (Hart/Woodley) is something. Officially on the "coaching holding us back" bandwagon now.|
|23||Auburn||Probably should have won, but didn't.|
|24||Texas Tech||Certainly proved something.|
|25||TCU||You had to go and lose to SMU..|
Dropped Out: Michigan State(#18), Tennesee(#21), Virginia(#25)
Games I Saw: VT-Maryland, Michigan-Iowa, second half of Alabama-Tennessee, pieces of ND-BYU, most of UW-Purdue.
Help Requested: Suggestions at the bottom requested; what to do with QB-free Oregon and Georgia?
Update: After re-watching the Iowa game, I drop Michigan down below Northwestern. Not much else was offered.