A wild weekend in college football as we saw some terrific finishes, some unexpected beat downs, 1st half vs 2nd half beat downs and plenty of rage inducing happenings from the college football world. In the case of the "Flavor of the Week" we saw NC State's shine wear off as they couldn't hang against the Hokies, Stanford did not out muscle the Ducks and the "resurgent" Gators were anything but. After giving a preview of the poll last night and fielding attacks from SEC and ACC country I'm glad my system rationalizing is now ready for your consumption.
So after I used football to feature an American Hi-Fi song I haven't heard in years here's your first official look at this week's Blogpoll Ballot 1st Draft:
-LSU is up to #13. That's not as high as the Coach's Poll has the Bayou Bengals but they did move up some three spots in my ballot. I've already taken some heat for that but no worries I can give you a simple explanation. Les Miles and LSU operate on a curve. Someone mentioned the Tennessee team being bad and LSU struggling with them while Oregon and Florida manhandled the Vols. Doesn't matter, if Tennessee was a better team LSU would have won in the same fashion; see UNC game coming down to last play or the nail biting comedy that was the Tigers win over West Virginia. Less Smiles has an equal shot of beating Florida and Alabama this season as he has to lose to Ole Miss and Arkansas.
-New faces in the poll. Oklahoma State and Air Force jump into the 24 and 25 spots respectively. The Pokes on the strength of their Thursday night "not lose" against aTm and the Falcons for their squeaker over the Naval Academy. First time in years that Navy has lost a service academy, snapped a 15 game win streak so Troy Calhoun's boys enter the Top 25 for the second time this season and with likely wins until October 23rd's game against TCU it looks like they'll last longer than last time.
-Out of the poll. Southern Cal and NC State get their peace out of the poll. Quickly for the Wolfpack because just when they had a bit of momentum as a program they get dropped back to earth by the ACC's gold standard, Beamer's Hokies. Southern Cal's been playing with fire all season; from the close win against UVA to the poor showing against the Warriors, they finally got burned in a loss to Washington where they tried hard to get Locker back into the Heisman race.
-Moving down. No need to explain most of the movement as teams such as Stanford, Texas and Wisconsin lost and dropped accordingly. Florida dropped seven spots after getting beat down in Tuscaloosa. They're a fringe Top 15 team right now and I think that's generous given they've only impressed in one game against Kentucky and have been woefully underachieving in the rest of their contests. Other teams that dropped were Ohio State, Michigan, TCU and Nebraska. Huskers were idle and got passed, TCU struggled with Colorado State making them the weekly loser in the "Broncos-Horned Frogs style point rodeo." Ohio State and Michigan won but it was less than impressive.
-Moving up in a major way. We've hit why Boise State passed TCU but the two most significant moves this week came from the BCS leagues. Oregon cemented themselves as the second best team in the nation in my eyes while Sparty showed that they belong ahead of Michigan and in that top 3 of the Big Ten. After looking poised for a repeat of 2009's beat down by the Cardinal the Oregon Ducks responded by kindly throttling the Tree in the second half and were duly rewarded for their play.
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