BlogPoll Ballot Disaster (Week 9)

Submitted by Brian on October 27th, 2008 at 1:24 PM
Rank Team Delta
1 Texas --
2 Alabama --
3 Penn State --
4 Oklahoma 2
5 Southern Cal --
6 Florida 1
7 Texas Tech 4
8 Georgia 1
9 Oklahoma State 5
10 Missouri 7
11 Utah 1
12 Ohio State 4
13 Minnesota 12
14 Michigan State 12
15 North Carolina 11
16 Tulsa 10
17 TCU 2
18 Oregon 8
19 LSU 6
20 Boise State 6
21 Ball State 5
22 Florida State 4
23 California 3
24 West Virginia 2
25 Connecticut 1

Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (#12), Pittsburgh (#15), South Florida (#16), Boston College (#18), Maryland (#20), Cincinnati (#21), Northwestern (#22), Arizona (#23), Virginia Tech (#24).

Oh, God, did I just put Minnesota #13? Why do all the teams I put from 11-25 all die every week? Do I have to start considering a team (Virginia) that lost to Duke by 30 points?

Help me. Someone tell me what to do. This is probably my least favorite ballot ever.



October 27th, 2008 at 1:28 PM ^

Agreed on the general suckiness of the candidates for 11-25.  I'd say move Boise and TCU up.  Don't know why Boise dropped six spots after a win this week.


October 27th, 2008 at 1:30 PM ^

Yeah, Minnesota that high just looks wrong.  Of course, they did beat a pretty decent Illinois team.  Is MSU better than Minnesota?  My guess is yes, so they can go in front.  I also think North Carolina and Tulsa can move up ahead of Minn and MSU.....of course does Tulsa = 2007 Hawaii?


October 27th, 2008 at 1:55 PM ^

Move the likes of LSU and Tulsa honestly think Minnesota would be able to hang on a neutral field with either of those teams? It wouldn't be close.


October 27th, 2008 at 2:30 PM ^

I'm a Spartan fan, and even I think 14 is a bit high for us. (TheES probably doesn't, though; the way things have been going you might as well rename the CK award after him.)

Not sure I like dropping OkSt that far for a 4-point loss at the #1 team; Tech ahead of them I can understand (and one way or another that will sort itself out next week), but is beating Arizona by 7 really any more impressive? I feel a little better about Georgia and Florida ahead of them, but not much (again, that will sort itself out next week). I'd bump USC down a few spots.

After #12, though, I have no idea.

Gopher Nation

October 27th, 2008 at 3:51 PM ^

really?  I get that MN is not one of the 15 best teams in the country (see my ballot), but why the love for Tulsa?  If you thought the Gopher's schedule was weak take a look at their strength of schedule (131st)! 

LSU should be ahead of MN and MSU is debatable.  We put up a better fight against OSU on the road, but didn't fare as well agaisnt Indiana.  flip a coin.

chitownblue (not verified)

October 27th, 2008 at 4:07 PM ^

When I see the huge deltas, I wonder what awesome (or horrible) thing the team did to get there. What did MSU do? Beat a 2-5 team? And that vaults them from off the poll to top 15 - and better than UNC? Is losing AT 4-2 Louisville justification for stoning USF? Id demolishing a 2-4 team at home justification for vaulting Tulsa like that?


October 27th, 2008 at 4:33 PM ^

To be fair, a lot of the teams near the bottom of the poll lost, which makes a lot of room for teams to move up. Although I hadn't noticed that GT dropped out entirely from #12 - that seems harsh.

As for passing UNC: UNC was also unranked last week, so I dunno whether MSU actually passed them or not. I think a case can be made for them being ahead of UNC: MSU's losses were to ranked teams, and UNC's were not; additionally, the one common opponent lost by 16 at MSU and 5 at UNC.


October 27th, 2008 at 4:14 PM ^

I'd be curious to hear why Okie State takes such a big hit.  After all, they lost to the same team Oklahoma did; meanwhile Oklahoma's best win is TCU (#17) and Okie State's is Missouri (#10).

Also technically we lost to Duke by 28 and not 30.  Huge huge HUGE difference.  Like, huge.  However, if UConn is on the margin at #25, it's perfectly fair to leave off UVA considering the score between the two teams.  I did, and I'm supposed to be the UVA advocate.

MC Hammer

October 27th, 2008 at 8:50 PM ^

Oklahoma State was in it till the end against the #1 team in the nation.  No reason to drop them 5 spots.  Also that only puts them 1 spot ahead of Missouri who they beat and who has 2 losses.