Happy Monday folks and this Monday is as Emo as ever after a long, long weekend. A weekend that included bottle service, giving a girl the Heisman, seeing the homie Ryan Taylor ball out for the Packers and of course the Heels beating the Hoos. Go Heels. Go America. We're back to work now and that means we kick off your week, a bit late but kicked off nonethe less, with the BlogPoll Wha-What!
In The Bleachers Ballot - Week 4
|3||Alabama Crimson Tide||-1|
|4||Boise St. Broncos||-1|
|7||Texas A&M Aggies||1|
|8||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||1|
|12||Florida St. Seminoles||-7|
|13||South Carolina Gamecocks||-2|
|14||Virginia Tech Hokies||2|
|16||West Virginia Mountaineers||2|
|20||South Florida Bulls||2|
|23||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||--|
|25||Fla. International Golden Panthers||--|
|Dropouts: Michigan St. Spartans, Arizona St. Sun Devils, Ohio St. Buckeyes, Central Florida Knights, Tennessee Volunteers|
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We've got new members all up in the poll making their debut and that is thanks to five teams being all sorts of peaced out of the rankings. So that's where we'll kick off this debate as Michigan State, Arizona State, Ohio State, UCF and Tennessee lead the charge out of the rankings.
I have been bullish on Arizona State, Central Florida and Tennessee but what we saw out of them this weekend was disheartening. For Arizona State losing to an Illinois team that just is not that good and, for the most part, poorly coached shows me that Dennis Erickson is not as close as we thought he was. In Central Florida I'm splitting the difference, UCF isn't as good as I thought they were and obviously they won't be busting the BCS now that they've got their first of a quite a few possible L's. Tennessee just doesn't have the talent on the offensive line, losing Justin Hunter severely crippled them and they got out muscled by Florida.
For Michigan State and Ohio State it was more a confirmation that they weren't as good as others thought. Sparty has some defficiencies on the defensive side and Ohio State's offensive woes are so real right now. They both will have some interesting up and down contests when teams that can score the football consistently show up on their schedule.
Taking their spots we've got Texas, Clemson, Miami, Florida International and Notre Dame. Texas has made their switch to the new quarterback, leaving Garrett Gilbert out in the cold and their offense is coming alive. I love seeing the Longhorns commit to running the ball and making plays as needed in the passing game. For Clemson I've got to get this out of the way before they burn me as Dabo will do soon. That is his will. Miami and FIU both get in after solid outings against good ball clubs. Ohio State isn't as good as they will be later but Miami thoroughly handled them in the debut of the handful of suspended players.
Ah, Notre Dame. The Irish are 1-2 and somehow they've found their way into my blogpoll. Do not cry for me. I am not falling for them so much as I think they've finally got their crap together and closed out a ball game. Something they turned the ball over too much to do in weeks one and two. Now all they have to do is rip off eight more wins in a row and go to a BCS Bowl and I'll be so right about everything.
Moving On Down: Florida State, for obvious reasons, they lost. The Noles balled hard and had a good showing against my number two team, Oklahoma, but they just weren't nearly good enough on offense to beat out the Sooners. I still think FSU is a quality ball club, they're in at twelve and odds are they run out their schedule undefeated in ACC play, the Gators are the next toughest team they'll face.
Sakerlina. The Gamecocks struggled mightily with Navy and of all the teams in this poll that aren't named Notre Dame, Spurrier's team has been the most up and down. They're 3-0 but it comes after a battle with Georgia, a bad start against ECU and of course a struggle against Navy. They bounce down and with Vandy on the schedule I don't expect their odd path to stop.
Moving On Up: Oklahoma comes in at number two. The Sooners beat a solid Florida State team and that impressed me more than anything Boise State or Bama did so the boys from Norman are now sitting nicely behind LSU as the number two team in the nation. They're damn good and their defense is every bit as solid as their offense. This Sooners team is scary. Look out Big Twelve.
Florida and Michigan also got big jumps. Michigan is more or less due to Brady Hoke's decision to max out his DeNard Robinson production. They're selling out on Shoelace and that's better for this season for the Wolverinces. In Florida I've got a ball club that I'm starting to really like a lot. Their attitude is phenomenal, the physicality is something I've been wanting to see out of the Gators and Muschamp is a guy I have solid expectations for.