Blogpoll Draft Ballot: Week 5

Submitted by Tim on October 5th, 2009 at 1:03 PM
Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Texas 1
3 Florida 1
4 Virginia Tech
5 Cincinnati 1
6 Boise State 1
7 LSU 6
8 Iowa
9 Southern Cal 1
10 Miami (Florida) 1
11 Ohio State 1
12 TCU 3
13 Penn State 2
14 Auburn 2
15 Houston 10
16 Oregon 6
17 Oklahoma State 3
18 Brigham Young 1
19 Georgia Tech 4
20 Missouri 4
21 Georgia 3
22 Notre Dame
23 South Carolina
24 Kansas
25 Wisconsin
Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#17), Michigan (#20), UCLA (#21), California (#25).
The delta values don't appear to be working properly, so don't worry if something doesn't look quite right. It doesn't matter anyway, because I'm tossing out the previous week's ballot and starting fresh each Monday. The poll has come to a point where I'm having difficulty resolving a slightly better group of wins and a loss against a slightly weaker group of wins and an undefeated record. As always, thoughts on that problem and other comments are welcome.
Resume Chart:
Rank Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1 Alabama 34-24 VT 35-7 Arkansas 38-20 Kentucky 40-14 Florida Int 53-7 N Texas
2 Texas 34-24 Texas Tech 59-20 Monroe 41-10 Wyoming 64-7 UTEP
3 Florida 23-13 Tennessee 41-7 Kentucky 56-6 Troy 62-3 Charleston
4 Virginia Tech 31-7 Miami 16-15 Nebraska 34-26 Duke 52-10 Marshall 24-34 Alabama
5 Cincinnati 47-15 Rutgers 28-18 Oregon State 28-20 Fresno State 37-13 Miami OH 70-3 SEMO
6 Boise State 19-8 Oregon 51-34 Fresno 49-14 BGSU 48-0 Miami OH 34-16 UC Davis
7 LSU 20-13 Georgia 31-23 Washington 30-26 Miss State 23-9 Vandy 31-3 UL Lafayette
8 Iowa 21-10 PSU 27-17 Arizona 35-3 Iowa State 24-21 Arkansas St 17-16 N Iowa
12 TCU 14-10 Clemson 30-14 UVA 39-14 SMU 56-21 Texas State
9 USC 30-3 California 18-15 Ohio State 56-3 SJSU 27-6 Wazzou 13-16 Washington
10 Miami (FL) 21-20 Oklahoma 34-17 Ga Tech 38-34 Florida State 7-31 Virginia Tech
11 Ohio State 30-0 Illinois 33-14 Indiana 38-0 Toledo 31-27 Navy 15-18 USC
13 Penn State 35-17 Illinois 28-7 Syracuse 31-6 Temple 31-7 Akron 10-21 Iowa
15 Houston 45-35 Oklahoma St 29-28 Texas Tech 55-7 NW St 41-58 UTEP
14 Auburn 41-30 West Virginia 26-22 Tennessee 49-24 Miss State 37-13 La Tech 54-30 Ball State
16 Oregon 42-3 Cal 31-24 Utah 52-6 Wash St 38-36 Purdue 8-19 Boise
17 Oklahoma State 24-10 Georgia 41-24 Rice 56-6 Grambling 35-45 Houston
18 BYU 14-13 Oklahoma 42-23 Colorado St 35-17 Utah State 54-3 Tulane 28-54 Florida St
19 Georgia Tech 24-7 No Carolina 42-31 Miss St 30-27 Clemson 37-17 Jax State 17-33 Miami FL
20 Missouri 37-9 Illinois 31-21 Nevada 27-20 BGSU 52-12 Furman
21 Georgia 41-37 So Carolina 20-17 Ariz State 52-41 Arkansas 10-24 Oklahoma St 13-20 LSU
22 Notre Dame 35-0 Nevada 37-30 Washington 33-30 Michigan St 24-21 Purdue 34-38 Michigan
23 South Carolina 16-10 Mississippi 7-3 NC State 38-16 FAU SC State 37-41 Georgia
24 Kansas 35-28 So Miss 44-16 Duke 34-7 UTEP 49-3 Northern Co
25 Wisconsin 38-30 Mich State 31-28 Minnesota 34-31 OT Fresno 28-20 NIU 44-14 Wofford
Oklahoma 45-0 Tulsa 64-0 Idaho State 13-14 BYU 20-21 Miami (FL)
Cal 35-21 Minnesota 52-13 Maryland 59-7 E Washington 3-42 Oregon 3-30 USC
Michigan 38-34 Notre Dame 31-7 W Michigan 36-33 Indiana 45-17 E Michigan 20-26 Michigan St
UCLA 19-15 Tennessee 23-9 Kansas State 33-14 San Diego St 16-24 Stanford
Ole Miss 23-7 Vanderbilt 45-14 Memphis 52-6 SE Louisiana 10-16 So Carolina
Nebraska 55-0 UL Lafayette 49-3 Florida Atl 38-9 Ark St 15-16 VT
South Florida 17-7 Florida State 34-20 Syracuse 35-13 WKU 40-7 Wofford 59-0 Charleston S


October 5th, 2009 at 1:11 PM ^

Why would Oklahoma drop out? If they played Texas' non-conference schedule they would be ranked somewhere in the top 5 right now and be a legit title contender. Man, college football is ridiculous.

MI Expat NY

October 5th, 2009 at 1:15 PM ^

You might want to add Stanford to at least your chart for consideration. They are 4-1 with their one loss at wake forest and have beaten UCLA and Washington. That's at least deserving of consideration for the top 25, as much as teams 20-25 in your rankings.


October 5th, 2009 at 1:21 PM ^

Yes, I know they're feasting on minnows but oh, what a feast. They're appropriately blowing the weak teams on their schedule out of the water and look how much Iowa stuggled against Ark. St.; Nebraska flat out trounced that team. They also went to VT and gave them all they could handle, losing on a last minute bomb (I think).

Oklahoma also deserves more love though I admit two losses makes it tough to make a case for them. Still losing on the road by 1 to BYU (18) and Miami (10) without Sam Bradford is a testament to the strenght of Oklahoma.

Meanwhile Notre Dame gets pushed to its limit 4 weeks in a row by good but not great teams. Loses to Michigan, gets bailed out by Cousins vs. MSU, gets bailed out by Hope vs. Purdue, and bailed out by the refs vs. Washington (failed 2pt conversion). They are not a top 25 team.

U of M in TX

October 5th, 2009 at 1:21 PM ^

I'm finally on the Miami train. They have played, hands down, the toughest 4 game schedule in the country and have a 3-1 record. They should be just below the only team that has beaten them, VT.


October 5th, 2009 at 2:11 PM ^

I can understand why you drop TCU three, but it will look foolish later on. Ohio State and USC haven't proven themselves better than TCU with their games this past weekend.

Boise's about right, IME.

Number 7

October 5th, 2009 at 3:10 PM ^

At the very least, Nebraska and South Florida deserve to be at the top of the "also receiving votes" analog. (Certainly ahead of Cal, who shouldn't even be on the same internet as this poll after getting outscored 72-6 in the past two weeks.)

To put at least Nebraska on, I'd demote 2-loss Georgia. 1 loss to a top 5 team has got to trump to 2 losses to teams ranked lower.

Otherwise, only TCU stands out to me as overrated. Not sure, say, Wisconsin's top 4 wins (Minnesota, Mich. State, Fresno, No. Ill.) don't measure up to TCU's (Clemson, UVA, SMU, Texas St.).


October 5th, 2009 at 4:42 PM ^

I like Texas's resume better. Florida hasn't beaten a single team with a winning record, and Texas's resume is boosted by the UTEP win over Houston.


October 5th, 2009 at 6:03 PM ^

I actually tend to agree with you, White Tiger. I'm still having an existential moment of contemplation about dropping those two way down.

I think I'm trying to stall a week, and they'll have chances to prove they belong soon enough.


October 5th, 2009 at 7:33 PM ^

Thank you, it's just that I'm kind of sick of them being so high in all the polls, when neither has really done anything. A team with a "good" loss, and a far better collection of wins should be rewarded more than beating up on bad teams and beating a mediocre conference foe at home by 10 (Virginia Tech has a better resumé than Texas).

For the record, I do agree with your poll for the most part. Alabama should be the number one team. After that however, I tend to disagree. Personally I think Iowa (!) should be number two. Show me a team with two non-conference wins against BCS foes (yeah, yeah Iowa State isn't that good), a win on the road against a Top-10 caliber team, and no other losses (who cares about hiccups, bottom line, they won). USC beat a Top-10 caliber team, on the road, and lost to surprisingly good Washington team. Virginia Tech thrashed a great Miami team, lost to the number one team by ten, and beat a good Nebraska team. LSU beat Georgia and UW on the road. Miami went 3-1 with the toughest schedule in the country but yeah, they got killed. Auburn has done well against 3 BCS teams and is undefeated. Heck even South Florida has a comparable resum to Texas and Florida, maybe even better.

Food for thought.

Section 1

October 5th, 2009 at 7:23 PM ^

...ought to be ranked ahead of undefeated Iowa?

Of the three of them, their overall strength of schedule is pretty much the same, right? Cincy might have played the best overall group of five teams to date.

And yet of the three, the biggest statement win was Iowa's beating PSU on the road. Bigger than BSU's beating Oregon at home.

The argument(s) about BSU at the end of an undefeated regular season are another matter; right now, isn't there a solid case to be made that especially Iowa, and also Cincy, have a much better five-game resume than Boise State?