seeing USC ranked in any poll. They should have been banned from that too.
BlogPoll Week 12
Another week of mostly boredom:
Full writeup at SB Nation. Tim's ballot after the jump.
A few notes and changes from the draft ballot:
- Yes, LSU is ahead of the two undefeated mid-majors. I don't necessarily think they'd win on a neutral field, but that's not what this is about, right? Every one of LSU's top 5 wins is probably about as good as either of the other guys' third-best win, and I think that's enough to trump their 3-point loss to the nation's #1 squad. Depending on this weekend's results, one or both could be back ahead of the Tigers in short order. Oregon State going in the tank has killlled both non-AQ teams.
- Stanford, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are basically even at spots 6-8. Stanford is tops because their loss is to #2 Oregon, Nebraska's schedule is very slightly more impressive that the Badgers'.
- I was looking for an excuse to bump Ohio State and Alabama down a bit, and it was provided by Oklahoma State, per the suggestion of formerlyanonymous in the comments. Their wins are better than Ohio State's, they have fewer losses than 'Bama, and that loss is to a respectable Nebraska squad.
- Switched Missouri and Oklahoma, because their resumes are essentially the same, and the Tigers have the head-to-head win.
- I knocked Mississippi State down, because as commenters pointed out, while all three of their losses came to good teams (including 2 of the top 3), they don't really have a good win yet, either
- I might be undervaluing Texas A&M. They are a three-loss team, but all the defeats have been at the hands of squads ranked in the top 15, plus they have a win over the fourth such team they've played. For now, I'll leave them where they are.
- Florida State replaces Miami at the #25 spot. Their resumes are approximately equal, with the Seminoles not having an embarrassing loss like Miami's clunker against Virginia (despite whatever excuses the Hurricanes may have). The head-to-head pasting was the deal-breaker.