Blogpoll Ballot: Week 1
In case you forgot, we’ll be a part of the CBS Sportsline Blogpoll this season. The poll works just like the AP or Coaches’ Poll, except that it is done by bloggers. It is obviously superior to either major poll since 1) We watch the games and 2) our votes are public. The whole project started over at MGoBlog and was picked up by CBS last year.
Here’s how it will work for us:
- I’ll put together a draft of a ballot every Monday and post it here.
- In the comments you’ll rip apart my rankings, insult me and everything I stand for, and hopefully provide some of your usual compelling and interesting viewpoints on the rankings.
- By Wednesday I need to have the final draft of the ballot in, so I’ll take the comments into account and revise for the final ballot.
- The ballots are collected, analyzed, and judged by Brian Cook at MGoBlog and presented in a detailed breakdown with math and stuff.
Without further reviewage, let’s get to the first week’s ballot! You’ll see rank, team, a scintillatingly witty blurb, and last week’s ranking.
- Florida- The Gators beat up on some Charleston team 62-3 and did not cover the spread this week. Kudos to Urban Meyer for taking it easy. 
- Texas- McCoy to Shipley still looks good this year and the Longhorns killed LA Monroe. 
- USC- The Trojans didn’t look bothered by starting their first freshman QB in school history as they trampled San Jose State. Big test for Barkley next week in Columbus though (unless they’ve installed the triple option). 
- Alabama- Fresh off their illegally paid for fishing trip, Julio Jones and Mark Ingram led Alabama to a huge win over Virginia Tech. Bama is so dirty. 
- Oklahoma State-The Cowboys showed they were for real with a win over Georgia Saturday. Dez Bryant made an unreal touchdown catch. 
- Cal- I’ll say it again. I love Jahvid Best. No homo. 
- Boise State- Huge win over Oregon means that without a big upset, the smurf turfers will be causing BCS controversy this year with an unbeaten record. Oregon didn’t gain a first down until the later part of the 3rd quarter. 
- BYU- They did what? Stoops even admitted they were out-schemed by Bronco Mendenhall. Out-sweet named sure, but out-schemed? That’s impressive. Even more ladies are lining up to marry Max Hall. And two dudes. 
- Penn State- Clark looked impressive against Akron, but then again, who wouldn’t? 
- Georgia Tech- Tri-ple option, clap clap, clap clap clap! 
- LSU- Jefferson looked awful at quarterback as the Tigers struggled at Washington. 
- Ohio State- An intercepted two-point conversion saved the Buckeyes from OT against Navy. They also only outgained them by 21 yards. Also, Terrelle Pryor sounding like an idiot after the game. “People murder people…” 
- Oklahoma- Dropped their first game after the Bradford injury. Doesn’t look too serious right now and if he’s back by the Miami game they should be fine. 
- Virginia Tech- The Hokies looked pretty good against Alabama, but they’ll need more from Tyrod Taylor as the year goes on. 
- Ole Miss- Still not sold after a win against a mediocre-at-best opponent. 
- Miami- Wow they looked good on Monday night. [NR]
- Kansas- Reesing looked good as the Jayhawks rolled. 
- Cincinnati- I’m resisting the urge to move this team up higher. We’ll see how much of Monday’s blowout win over Rutgers was due to the underrating of Cincy and how much was the overrating of Rutgers. Impressive win though for a team returning one defensive starter and an embattled QB. 
- TCU- Didn’t have a game this week, so they’ll move up when they prove something. 
- North Carolina- The Tar Heels won big this week, but it was only The Citadel. 
- Nebraska- The Huskers won big and will have one more tune-up before travelling to Blacksburg to take on Va Tech in Week 3. 
- Notre Dame- Both the offense and the defense looked great in a win over Nevada. Just because you’re Notre Dame and you looked good doesn’t mean you rocket up the polls though. Well, not this one at least. 
- Florida State- They were one barely dropped pass away from a gigantic win over Miami. Did anyone else want that game to come down to a field goal? [NR]
- Georgia- Yeah, the loss was to Oklahoma State, but they didn’t look like the same old Georgia Bulldogs. 
- Utah- The Utes had an impressive win and we’re equal opportunity here when it comes to non-BCS conferences. [NR]
Dropped out: Iowa (#16); Illinois (#18); Oregon (#24).
Alright, that’s what I’ve got for Week 1. Let me know what you think in the comments. I threw this together pretty quick due to the short week, so I may have forgotten a team or two. Final draft is due tomorrow.