BlogPoll Ballot, Week 2: Goodbye Big Ten

Submitted by Brian on September 10th, 2012 at 3:29 PM

The carnage!

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Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide --
2 USC Trojans --
3 LSU Tigers --
4 West Virginia Mountaineers --
5 Oregon Ducks Arrow_up 1
6 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -1
7 Florida St. Seminoles --
8 Michigan St. Spartans --
9 Virginia Tech Hokies Arrow_up 1
10 Georgia Bulldogs Arrow_up 1
11 Ohio St. Buckeyes Arrow_down -2
12 Clemson Tigers --
13 Texas Longhorns Arrow_up 4
14 UCLA Bruins new
15 Kansas St. Wildcats new
16 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_up 3
17 Florida Gators new
18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Arrow_down -3
19 Tennessee Volunteers Arrow_up 3
20 Louisville Cardinals --
21 Oregon St. Beavers new
22 Arizona St. Sun Devils new
23 Arizona Wildcats new
24 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 1
25 Northwestern Wildcats new
Dropouts: Wisconsin Badgers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oklahoma St. Cowboys, Arkansas Razorbacks, South Florida Bulls, Illinois Fighting Illini, Utah Utes

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As always, I never look at old ballots when I do these. Pay no attention to Oregon and Oklahoma flipping or VT and Georgia passing OSU; these teams are essentially tied in my mind and there's some jitter week to week as I arbitrarily stuff one in front of the other.

CARNAGE. Good-bye, Big Ten. Q: did I under-rank Northwestern? They have two BCS wins, one of them by ten over Vandy, who South Carolina beat by four. A: No. But don't give me guff for putting them in the poll. Someone's got to hold the baner high for the Big Ten.

Also starring in carnage: Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, and Utah. GTFO! Mah poll has no time for losers except Michigan. /weeps

Arizona. I know, I need to get over it.

High debuts for UCLA and Kansas State. Well, you win a game against a real opponent early and you get a bump. Their resumes are currently better than everyone they're in front of and probably a few teams they're still in back of, but this poll doesn't go 100% resume until about week five. We are gradually downshifting from preseason expectations. Keep your arms and legs in the car at all times.

Notre Dame. Pretty much the only team that fell based on something other than whim. Three point wins over Purdue will do that.

Am I irrationally high on West Virginia? NO YOU'RE IRRATIONALLY LOW ON THEM JERK



September 10th, 2012 at 3:32 PM ^

I'm a little bit surprised you didn't bump LSU ahead of USC considering LSU manhandled Washington while USC struggled for awhile with Syracuse.  I'd love to hear your reasoning on that.  Think the 'Cuse game was just a fluke for USC? 


September 10th, 2012 at 4:40 PM ^

while USC had to go cross-country trip to play Cuse.  It's much harder for a West Coast team to travel east and they're typically tired and legarthic because of jet lag and the time difference.   USC was able to pull away at the end.  If it's a home game for USC, it'd be a rout like LSU/Washington game.

oriental andrew

September 10th, 2012 at 3:59 PM ^

What do you mean?

  1. Rich Rodriguez is their first year head coach
  2. They beat former #18 / #16 Oklahoma State by 3 touchdowns
  3. Rich Rodriguez is their first year head coach


EDIT: Great, you edited your response right before I posted my comment.  (For those of you scoring at home, the entirety of the original post was, "What's with zona?  I don't understand?")  Brian has said many times that he thought RR would do a great job at UM (see: "I told you so" comments re: Funchess in his game wrap post, also on the front page).  Still stings, you know? 

Section 1

September 10th, 2012 at 5:45 PM ^

Pac-12 Conference finishers - Bowl selection (Opponent)

  1. Rose/BCS (Big Ten)
  2. Alamo (Big 12)
  3. Holiday Bowl (Big 12)
  4. Sun Bowl (ACC)
  5. Maaco Las Vegas (MWC Champion)
  6. Kraft Fight Hunger (Navy)
  7. Gildan New Mexico (MWC)

If the 'Cats can beat the S. Carolina State Bulldogs, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona State -- and those are all home games for the 'Cats -- they end up at 7-5.  Add just one road win (Utah, in Salt Lake City) and they are 8-4.

Pity that they wan't get a chance at, say, an 8-4 Michigan team.  All that we can (wildly) speculate about is that if Navy were not bowl-eligible, and Michigan were substituted into the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in place of the Midshipmen...

But even that can't happen, at least I don't think so, because an 8-4 Michigan team is likely to get forced into honoring the B1G commitment to an Outback or Cap One Bowl.


2012 Arizona Wildcats Football Schedule

Current Record: 2-0, 0-0 (Pac-12)

Date   Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Rockets Toledo Rockets
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Won 24-17 ---
Cowboys Oklahoma State Cowboys
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Won 59-38 ---
Bulldogs South Carolina State Bulldogs
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
7:30 p.m PT
Pac-12 Network
Ducks at Oregon Ducks
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
7:30 p.m. PT
Beavers Oregon State Beavers
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Cardinal at Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
--- Open Date --- ---
Huskies Washington Huskies
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Trojans USC Trojans
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Bruins at UCLA Bruins
Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
Buffaloes Colorado Buffaloes (HC)
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Utes at Utah Utes
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Sun Devils Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
8:00 p.m. MT
Pac-12 Pac-12 Championship Game
Hosted by team with best Pac-12 record.
5:00 p.m. PT




September 10th, 2012 at 4:25 PM ^

Personally, no, it doesn't sting at all. I'm much happier now with Hoke. The man exemplifies what Michigan is supposed to be. I couldn't care less what RR does at Zona. I'm just surprised people still haven't been able to let it go. He did a poor job here. Granted, it's early still, but look at the games Arizona has played; they exhibit many of the same characteristics of our teams circa 2008-2010 (i.e. poor defense, poor fundamentals and poor ball security).

And don't worry so much about people at home "scoring". Not a big deal man.


September 10th, 2012 at 5:50 PM ^

Against OK state, Arizona had:

- no muffed kickoffs or punts

- no fumbles or interceptions

- They were 3 for 3 on field goals

- 27 total yards of penalties.

What poor fundamentals or ball handling are you referring to? WRT the defense, time will tell.

They looked sloppy against Toledo. They looked like a tough, disciplined team against OK State.


September 10th, 2012 at 4:03 PM ^

I know we all just look at the score and what not, but Arizona allowed 600 yards... and needed OT to beat Toledo.  If OK State didn't DERP all over themselves to the tune of 4 turnovers and like 150 penalty yards, they probably win.

They're not good.  They're a first year Rich Rodriguez team, and the PAC 12 will annihilate them.


September 11th, 2012 at 2:03 AM ^

You say we just look at the score, but you apparently do, too.  If you watched those two games, you could see with your own eyes Arizona dominated both of them.  They aren't going to win the Pac-12, but they are indeed a good team.  Surprisingly good considering they were 4-8 last year and, like you said, this is a first year Rich Rodriguez team.



September 10th, 2012 at 4:06 PM ^

But MSU goes against their first real live mediocre team this weekend.  I'm setting the over/under on Andrew Maxwell interceptions at 5, and taking the over.  This one isn't going to be pretty.


September 10th, 2012 at 6:53 PM ^

I'll admit I only watched a handful of the CMU game, but all of the Boise game. 

MSU looked pretty bad throwing the ball against Boise, and better against CMU, but not a ton.  Either way, ND's secondary, although bad for a top-25 team, is likely better than CMU and Boise, so I think they'll struggle more than against those teams, but it's not like Maxwell couldn't find a receiver.  In 2 games he has 523 yards passing.  A bad TD/INT ratio, but a good amount of yardage.


September 10th, 2012 at 4:14 PM ^

So Tennessee could crack into the top 15 with a win over the Gators!? Yeah! GBO!

Here's to hoping for a ND win over MSU so that a Michigan win over them looks good. Also MSU just looks silly ranked in the top ten. At this rate, we might as well put two ACC teams in the top 10.

Oh wait...


September 10th, 2012 at 4:41 PM ^

Northwestern's win over Vandy wasn't really by 10, it was by 3, if you care about comparisons to other "real" scores.  Literally instead of kneeling on 3rd or 4th down, NW's QB was wanting to run around and squeeze as many seconds of as possible.  He saw an opening and ran to the end zone.  That was a good win for NW, but I wouldn't give them the full 10 point differential for this sort of ranking.


September 10th, 2012 at 4:48 PM ^

Sparty at #8?  Come on.  Getting a nonexistent passing game going against Central doesn't qualify them to be that high. 

I don't know if I like Georgia and Virginia Tech being that high either but I can't argue with the rest of your rankings. 


September 10th, 2012 at 8:49 PM ^

Will be gone in two weeks. I thought Kansas State was far more impressive than UCLA, and would definitely beat them head to head. Although Franklin is a serious stud...that I cannot believe I passed on in my fantasy draft. Imagine him in Alabama's backfield?


September 10th, 2012 at 10:32 PM ^

"Goodbye Big Ten" Hey maybe, but there is a lot of football to be played, and to kiss off an entire conference in week 2 seems seems a bit premature. 

Perhaps this will prove predictive, but the Big Ten contains a lot of talent and has been busily attempting to upgrade their coaching. Perhaps we might wait until mid-season before we say goodbye to a conference who has provided us with some amazing football for several decades. 

Just Saying. 

Go Blue beat Ohio!


September 11th, 2012 at 5:37 PM ^

I can't start a new thread but I just wanted to make sure you guys were aware of the NCAA hammer that is currently swinging in the direction of Auburn. There was some issues regarding recruiting in the Memphis area that got them started. It is said to not only be Auburn and Miss State has already been named but some unnamed SEC schools are potentially involved in the investigation as well.

It has been building ever since the faked transcript issue at Auburn on August 17 but there may be actual sanctions.

No word on if Alabama or LSU are involved.

This could cause significant changes for the rankings going forward if teams are not eligible.