Blogpoll Ballot: Week 2

Submitted by Brian on September 6th, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Just snuck this under the wire. Have to remember I'm actually voting now. My guideline early in the season is that I do use preseason expectations to guide my balloting until about week five, when the poll should be all results.

Notes follow.

GEORGIA, I KILL YOU. This may be an overreaction to being so wrong about the Bulldogs but I booted them entirely. Their defeat was comprehensive. I was less violent towards Oregon since their problems were considerably more turnover-based and, honestly, because I wasn't way out there by thinking Oregon would be good this year.

LSU gets the obvious bump, as does Boise.

I AM VERY IMPRESSED BY VICTORIES OVER MEMPHIS. I don't look at my previous ballots when putting these together because it's not like they're precise enough to matter. Sometimes this has weird effects like a win over hapless Memphis warranting a nine-slot jump while beating Marshall comprehensively in a lightning storm gets you dinged two spots.

So I have no idea why I flipped Alabama and Oklahoma. Data is thin.

I DOUBT THE OBC. I did mean to knock South Carolina down several pegs after they struggled against ECU—I think it was @TeamSpeedKills who was so incensed that he called for Spurrier's suspension in retaliation for suspending Stephen Garcia. After the dust cleared from a  nutty game featuring nine turnovers, Not That USC had outgained ECU by six yards.

It is likely too late for corrections; I'll do better next week.



September 6th, 2011 at 12:10 PM ^

LSU is my new #1 but I kept the Ducks at #10

I have Boise at #4, kept UGA in the poll at #25 for having the balls to play them. But, Boise beats UGA at least 8 times out of 10.

Baylor, USF and NW debuted in my rankings as well, but I couldnt pull the trigger on Maryland or Houston. A win over UCLA while giving up 34 points in the process does not get you on my ballot



September 6th, 2011 at 12:25 PM ^

but kudos to you Brian for not looking at your previous ballot. I've always hated the "you can't move them that much" argument.

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September 6th, 2011 at 12:29 PM ^

Your top 3 is in serious need of overhaul. Stanford has a new head coach. Alabama doesn't even know who their starting QB is yet. If this poll is supposedly not entirely results-based, then frankly I don't know how you can have Oklahoma below these two. 

But I guess since it isn't results-based, and can't be for another few weeks, these ballots don't rally matter all that much right now anyway.


September 6th, 2011 at 12:31 PM ^

I think South Florida is too high.  They gave up 500 yards to Notre Dame and only won because the Irish had 5 turnovers.  It's always tough to say how many of those were good plays by the defense or bad plays by the offense, but at any rate I don't see South Florida staying that high for that long.

On another note, I never knew why people had Georgia so high to begin with.  This was a team that was 6-7 last year and yet everyone still seemed to expect them to be a Top 25 team.  Their coach is on the hot seat and that program hasn't done much of anything the last several years.


September 6th, 2011 at 1:58 PM ^

I knew they should be ranked.  There is too much preseason ranking that hangs on last year.    The Longhorns are loaded.  You can't go by last year.  That's why I was not shocked by the TCU loss....they lost nearly half their starters from a year ago.  I told my boss Baylor would cover the spread and he thought I was crazy....:O)


September 6th, 2011 at 4:17 PM ^

Come on man.  Don't be one of the dull minded masses.  Why does everyone give South Florida a free pass into the top 20?  Why?  Because they were handed a victory from a clearly overrated Notre Dame team?  You drop Georgia out and put in South Florida at 18?  Tell me, do you really believe South Florida would beat Georgia on the field?