This weekend we had multiple bombs being dropped from all over the college football landscape. Oklahoma State said "hey buddy we can play a little defense" while some teams people thought were good went down, down to china town. We've got it all here in the twelfth edition of the 2011 blogpoll so check it out.
In The Bleachers Ballot - Week 12
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||--|
|3||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||--|
|7||Virginia Tech Hokies||2|
|10||Michigan St. Spartans||1|
|16||Florida St. Seminoles||3|
|17||Southern Miss. Golden Eagles||1|
|18||TCU Horned Frogs||4|
|19||Boise St. Broncos||-14|
|20||Kansas St. Wildcats||4|
|21||South Carolina Gamecocks||--|
|23||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||--|
|25||West Virginia Mountaineers||--|
|Dropouts: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Ohio St. Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bearcats, Penn St. Nittany Lions, Texas Longhorns|
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Some teams have tumbled and the title picture is coming into clear focus now. I feel vindicated by everything that I've been talking all year in regards to Boise State and Stanford and yes, I gloated like a nut over the weekend for picking those two games correctly. Even as others laughed at me for taking the risk. Damn it feels good to be a gangster.
Moving On Out: Five teams saying "peace out, cub scout" for the weekend as Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Penn State and Texas all say farewell. Georgia Tech, Penn State and Texas were all expected really but Ohio State falling to Purdue and Cincinnati dropping a home contest to West Virginia is a bit surprising. Mostly because Cincinnati was the lone undefeated team in league play for the Big East, surely they were going to close the job. Oh wait, no they weren't, that'd make too much sense.
Moving On In: West Virginia is back in. Notre Dame, Mizzou, Sakerlina and the Wahoos are in the building folks! Mountaineers are keeping the Big East fight alive and even as they topple the Bearcats it is quite interesting that one of either WVU, Cinci or Rutgers will be hanging out in Miami at the Orange Bowl. Notre Dame, Mizzou and Sakerlina have been in and out based upon performance. The Gamecocks are a hell of a good team and they're restoring faith in them after what happened against Arkansas by taking care of the teams they're supposed to beat.
Virginia makes their first appearance here and that is more the product of watching them on the season than just their win over the Blue Devils. The Wahoos are a week three loss to UNC from being sole leader of the ACC Coastal but the Cavaliers will be in the hunt when they take on Virginia Tech to end the regular season.
Moving On Down: Stanford and Boise State are the two big movers down the list. The Cardinal got smashed out by an Oregon team in much the same fashion that we saw them get beasted a year ago on the road. This year, at home, David Shaw, Andrew Luck and all of the rest of the guys down on The Farm had no answers to the Ducks. Called it!
As for Boise State, the Broncos had another field goal kicking mishap as they missed a field goal with time expiring to seal their fate against TCU 36-35. They're out of the national title picture, so that talk can now be silenced and they've left the door open for another Non-AQ team to get some shine.
Moving On Up: Georgia is up to nine, this is a wildly different team than the guys we saw start the season 0-2 with losses to the Boise State team that we've seen tumble down the polls. TCU makes a move up as they have finally got things together following their early season losses to Baylor and SMU.
The most significant move here though is Oregon. The Ducks get the boost up to four here and while it wasn't a ton of distance the fact is they're positioning themselves to have another "shot" at the title. They have something that Alabama, Oklahoma, Houston, Virginia Tech and other teams don't have; a win over a Top Five team this season. That goes a long way and while they're not better than LSU they are pretty damn good.