Monday, November 17, 2008

CBS Sports Blog Poll Ballot: 11-17-08

1Alabama --
2Texas Tech --
3Florida --
4Texas --
5Oklahoma --
6Southern Cal --
7Boise State --
8Utah --
9Penn State --
10Oklahoma State --
11Georgia --
12Ohio State --
13Ball State --
14Missouri --
15Brigham Young --
16Michigan State --
17TCU --
18LSU --
19Cincinnati 3
20Oregon State 6
21Pittsburgh --
22Miami (Florida) 4
23Maryland 3
24Central Michigan 2
25Nebraska 1

Dropped Out: North Carolina (#19), Tulsa (#20), South Carolina (#23), Wake Forest (#24), Florida State (#25).
Some Thoughts

1. Alabama – The Tide slept walked through the first half against Mississippi State but came alive in the second to seal a victory and keep their top ranking.
2. Texas Tech – Idle
3. Florida – Alabama may still be undefeated but the Florida Gators are playing the best football in the SEC right now.
4. Texas – The Longhorns routed Kansas 35-7.
5. Oklahoma – Idle
6. USC – The Trojans struggled early but regained the same dominant form over the Pac 10 that we saw from the Mountain West earlier this season…err…I mean over the past few years.
7. Boise State – Another week in the WAC is another win for the Broncos
8. Utah – The Utes cruised to an easy 63-14 win over San Diego State.
9. Penn State – The Nittany Lions bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss with a 34-7 win over Indiana.
10. Oklahoma State – Winning in Boulder isn’t as easy as it sounds but the Cowboys won 30-17 despite having some sloppy play mixed in.
11. Georgia – The Bulldogs struggled immensely against Auburn but survived 17-13.
12. Ohio State – A 10 point win on the road over Illinois is…well a 10 point win on the road over Illinois.
13. Ball State – Perfection is only two games away for the Cardinals.
14. Missouri – The Tigers will have one more shot at taking on one of the top south teams in the Big 12 Championship Game.
15. BYU – Air Force gave the Cougars a run but in the end BYU was just too explosive on offense.
16. Michigan State – Idle
17. TCU – Idle
18. LSU – The Tigers only needed to play one quarter to beat Troy but that isn’t the kind of performance that is going to move you up in the polls.
19. Cincinnati – After sneaking past Louisville Friday night the Bearcats have only one more test before claiming the Big East Conference championship. That will be when the Pitt Panthers come to play this weekend.
20. Oregon State – Can the Beavers truly be Rose Bowl bound?
21. Pittsburgh – Idle
22. Miami (FL) – Thursday night’s game at Georgia Tech could determine who represents the coastal division in the ACC championship game.
23. Maryland – Their 17-15 win over North Carolina put them in the driver’s seat to the ACC championship game.
24. Central Michigan – The Chippewas have won six in a row and have a huge game coming up Wednesday night when Ball State rolls in.
25. Nebraska – The Huskers have won four of their last five games and face Colorado in their season finale on the 28th.