me over is that I can finally root against Georgia again. I hate rooting for any team from the SEC.
Pick Six Week 8
Four teams exit the polls this week. With its third loss of the season, Auburn drops out of the polls for the third time this season. Three other preseason unranked teams also dropped out, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Washington (thanks for your brief one week stay in the polls).
Texas Tech, USC, Penn State and Cincinnati replace them in the polls. Texas Tech and Cincinnati are new teams to the rankings and bring the total up to 14 unranked teams that have been in the poll for at least 1 week,
Individual Ballot Analysis
We have a new leader of the contest this week. GoBlueSTL has jumped up to first place thanks primarily to Michigan State and USC. He earned 92 points which is 17 off the highest possible score. The perfect ballot this week has LSU, Oklahoma St, Arkansas, Michigan St, Southern Cal and Clemson for 109 points.
We also have new leaders in futility. The people who had been dominating the bottom moved up and we have a 4-way tie for last place. All four of them are receiving all 15 points by picking Oklahoma in group A with their 5 other teams unranked.
Analyzing your Ballot
The MGoBlogosphere was too busy reading Three and Out to pay attention to the outside football world. For the first time this season the population of MGoBlog would have done better if they had just randomly picked their teams.
A random ballot would expect to earn 52 points this week. The median and mean of MGoBlog entries is 49 points. That is probably not statistically significant but it is still not a good sign.
Games to Watch
This week we’ve got
#9 Michigan State at #13 Nebraska
A game that seems to fit in the mold of a classic Big Ten matchup even though it is the first time they meet as Big Ten opponents. Historically Nebraska is 3-0 against Michigan State with an average score of 41 – 9.
#4 Stanford at #20 USC
"What’s your deal"? Didn’t Andrew Luck come in as a redshirt freshman for that infamous upset of USC? Now let’s see what he does as a senior.
Florida vs. #22 Georgia
If Florida wants a successful season, let alone to be ranked again, they absolutely have to win this game. If Georgia wins they will be in pretty good shape. South Carolina seems very erratic and without Lattimore that will only be worse. Georgia might be able to get control of the SEC East with a win here and a loss by South Carolina @ Arkansas next week. Georgia's only tough games left are home games against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
#11 Oklahoma at #10 Kansas State
Is Oklahoma as bad as they looked last week? Is Kansas State any good or is their record solely a product of terrible competition?
You do realize that UGA is one of the very few SEC programs which does things the right way, right? They've spoken out publicly against oversigning, rampant use of the medical hardship, and have endorsed signing limits. There are plenty of SEC schools to hate, but I'd say Georgia is the least among them.
that as recently as 2008 Georgia had the second highest number of major NCAA infractions among SEC schools?
I am one f-cking point away from last place. Its actually pretty impressive to perform so poorly. Cheers to me!
If only you hadn't picked West Virginia you'd be right there in last place. 3 out of the 5 teams in Group E are unranked. You have chosen ... poorly.
I'm actually 63rd, damn! Never expected to be anywhere close to this high this season, but if Stanford and Georgia win this weekend, I'll be lookin' good.
Oh snap, 2nd place!
Ohh yeah, 5 points away from last. I just need Penn State to drop out so I can savor the love of last.
Jeez, man, I was doing so great sitting outside the top 1000 and now I'm tied for 307th? That is not good.
Is this cumulitive? If not, can we get a cumulitive standings sometime soon?
It's not cumulative. Just like the BCS the mid-season standings are purely for entertainment purposes. All that matters is the final standing.
I'm not sure how cumulative standings would work.
Oh okay I was just confused about the way it worked. I thought the points were added up every week and the winner was whoever got the most points at the end of the season. But this way makes more sense. Thanks for clarifying.