Blogpoll Ballot Week 13

Submitted by Brian on November 26th, 2008 at 10:51 AM
Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 1
2 Texas 2
3 Oklahoma 4
4 Florida 1
5 Penn State 1
6 Southern Cal 1
7 Texas Tech 6
8 Ohio State 1
9 Oklahoma State 1
10 Missouri 2
11 Utah --
12 Georgia --
13 Cincinnati 3
14 Florida State 8
15 Boise State 1
16 Georgia Tech 10
17 Oregon State 2
18 Oregon 2
19 Ball State 6
20 Michigan State 7
21 Iowa 5
22 Northwestern 1
23 Virginia Tech 2
24 Boston College 7
25 West Virginia 1

Dropped Out: Maryland (#18), Pittsburgh (#19), LSU (#24).
I can't figure out the three-way 1-1 tie in the Big 12 south any more than you guys. I went with Texas this week because their performance in the head-to-head games seems the best (TT has a squeaker victory and a blowout loss; Texas has a solid victory that was a one-score game until six minutes left and a squeaker loss; Oklahoma has a blowout victory and a solid loss), though I can see why you might go with Oklahoma, and because a blowout of Missouri and four-point win over Oklahoma State seems more impressive than crushing TCU and Cincinnati.
It's close, though, close enough so that an Oklahoma win in Bedlam will push the Sooners to #2 (or maybe #1). As for Tech, well: no Missouri, barely scraped a win at Texas, got killed by Oklahoma, and a nonconference schedule of Eastern Washington, Nevada, SMU, and UMass. Sorry, guys, you get the boot.
The rest of it, as usual, is insane.



November 26th, 2008 at 11:12 AM ^

I'm fine with Tex being over OU, but I think OU should be above them - even with the head-to-head loss.

Ask yourself- if OU had beaten TT by only 3, how would that change the dynamic? Tex beat OU in a close game (10 points, but the game was quite close), OU beat TT in a close game, TT beat Tex in a close game. It'd be "pick out of a hat" time (you could make the road loss/neutral field loss, argument, I guess). The only reason this isn't a 3 team debate is because OU obliterated TT. So because OU obliterated TT and took them out of the discussion, Texas essentially benefits. Put another way, if OU had barely beaten TT, Texas would have a tough case to be ahead of TT. But because OU stomped TT, prison riot style, Texas' loss to TT is essentially ignored. Dunno. Just seems perverse.

Then again, it seems equally perverse to put a 1 loss team ahead of another 1 loss team that beat them. Damn Big 12!


November 26th, 2008 at 11:45 AM ^

who thinks USC could destroy any team in College Football on any given weekend? I suppose it's okay to punish them for not caring about certain opponents, but come on. If I were voting in any poll I'd have them #1 and Florida #2. The point of the poll is who is the best team RIGHT NOW, not who is the best undefeated team, then the best one-loss team, then two-loss etc. Plus, Florida and USC would be the matchup of the year if they played in a bowl game, but they won't. Damn you, BCS.