Monday, September 22, 2008

BlogPoll Ballot 9-23-08: The Gridlock

I didn’t make any changes in numbers 1 – 14 this week because they all either won or were off this past weekend. Yes, some wins were more impressive than others but the truth is that it is all a gridlock right now. All of the BCS teams will be in conference play within the next few weeks and we’ll learn a lot more then.

Teams Moving Down: As a result of the gridlock only two teams moved down on my ballot this week. I didn’t punish Auburn very much for losing to possibly the best team in the SEC. I only dropped the Tigers one spot. I couldn’t be as kind to East Carolina who had been the main story early this season but suffered their first loss Saturday at North Carolina State.

Teams Moving Up: Ohio State, Kansas, Colorado, Tulsa and Wake Forest were all benefactors of the snowball effect resulting from the losses by Auburn, East Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee. I would say that of that group Colorado and Wake Forest had the most impressive wins.

Teams Dropping Out: This week we are saying goodbye to West Virginia and Tennessee. The Mountaineers showed some of the worst clock management ever in their loss to Colorado and the Volunteers were absolutely dominated by Florida.

Teams Jumping In: Vanderbilt and Boise State have earned their way onto my ballot this week.

1Southern CalIDLE--
3GeorgiaWon 27-10 at Arizona State --
4FloridaWon 30-6 at Tennessee--
5MissouriWon 42-21 over Buffalo--
6LSUWon 26-21 at Auburn--
7Penn StateWon 45-3 over Temple--
9Texas TechWon 56-14 over UMass--
10AlabamaWon 49-14 over Arkansas--
11TexasWon 52-10 over Rice--
12Brigham YoungWon 44-0 over Wyoming--
13ClemsonWon 54-0 over S.C. State--
14South FloridaWon 17-9 at FL. International--
15Ohio StateWon 28-10 over Troy 2
16AuburnLost 26-21 to LSU 1
17KansasWon 38-14 over Sam Houston 2
18ColoradoWon 17-14 over West Virginia 4
19TulsaWon 56-14 over New Mexico 5
20Wake ForestWon 12-3 at Florida State 5
21Oklahoma StateIDLE--
22East Carolinalost 30-24 at N.C. State 6
24VanderbiltWon 23-17 at Mississippi 2
25Boise StateWon 37-32 at Oregon 1

Dropped Out: West Virginia (#18), Tennessee (#20).

Next Five Out: 26. Utah 27. TCU 28. Fresno State 29. Michigan State 30. Miami (FL)

That's my vote this week. Let me know where you think I went wrong!