Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Blog Poll Ballot Week 5!

At some point I will have mastered this new job system and be able to dedicate more time to my beloved blogging responsibilities, and you, the readers. Until then, I will do my best to keep things up to their normal standards of quality. But I ain't promising anything.

Regardless of my time and energy constrainst there is a ballot to get to, so here goes:

1 Ohio State --
2 Southern Cal --
3 Auburn --
4 Michigan --
5 Florida --
6 Louisville 2
7 West Virginia --
8 Texas 2
9 Louisiana State --
10 Georgia 4
11 Virginia Tech 1
12 Iowa 1
13 Oregon 1
14 Tennessee 10
15 Oklahoma 4
16 Notre Dame 5
17 Cal 4
18 TCU 5
19 Purdue 7
20 Clemson 4
21 Florida State 5
22 Washington 4
23 Wisconsin 3
24 Missouri 2
25 Rutgers 1

Dropped Out: Boston College (#15), UCLA (#17), Arizona State (#18), Michigan State (#20), Alabama (#22), Penn State (#25).

1. As you can see, not a lot of movement at the top. That is to say there was none. I was temped to drop OSU a peg or two following two lackluster showings, but then reality hit. No one has shown me they're a more complete team at this point. Still, they're hanging on by virtue of their win over Texas. If Texas drops saturday's game to OU, I may be forced to rethink.

2. I put a minor hammer down on Georgia and Notre Dame. Before I do let me say this. MSU should have beaten Michigan in 2004. If not for some colossal screw-ups on MSU's part, Michign loses. With that said, Norte Dame and Georgia, but for the grace of God, lost both of those games. ND more than Georgia, but the size differential between the two dumps both teams left on the field is minimal. I wanted to drop them more, but a win is a win is a win. And, honestly, looking at the teams under them, there's no way head to head they'd beat them. Whether Cal would beat ND is the one I'm not sure of, so Cal stays below.

3. Tennessee jumps back in because they won they're a pretty good team.

4. Missouri and Rutgers are both undefeated so they get a nod.

5. Speaking of which, has anyone noticed that Purdue is undefeated? Quietest 4-0 team in the country. They're balanced on offense, they've got a good somewhat improving but mostly crappy defense, and they play ND next week. Lucky bastards also miss out on OSU and Michigan this year. The defense is meh, but will improve. They could, conceiveably, go undefeated and WIN the Big Ten outright. While its a longshot, it is worth mentioning. Killer games with ND and Iowa back to back.

6. More Big Ten love. Wisconsin impressed me. They are one-dimensional on offense but their defense is goooooooooood. They're better than a couple of the teams I have ahead of them, but I'm not sure they're offense would show up.

7. Washington is Back Biatch! Well. Maybe not. But Ty Willingham is pulling Washington out of the cellar in a hurry. Ty was the wrong fit for a number of reasons at ND: 1) He had no contacts for midwest recruiting [they were all out west]; 2) He was too laid back for the the psychotic fan bases of the mid west; 3) The alumni base will never let up on a coach up for a second at ND. None of those things are problems at UW. Ty's connections are providing decent recruiting classes. He's competing in a watered down Pac 10. He's got all the time in the world to build a winner at UW as opposed to crafting a supposed National Champion from duct tape, poo, scissors, and what ever other crap Davie and Ten-Second-O'Leary left him at ND. And finally, his laid back calm demeanor fits well in birkenstock and causal friday Sea-Town. Kudos to him.

8. Oh its on this weekend. Texas-Oklahoma. Somebody moves up, somebody moves out. Bad blood rocks.

9. No Soup For You! Boston College, UCLA, Arizona State, Michigan State, Alabama, and Penn State all drop out of the rankings. Please collect your personal items and the security guards will escort you to the door. Remember. We're watching you on your way out.

Alrighty folks. There are the rankings. Let me know what you think.

P.S. The Blog Poll round up will be up tomorrow! Hilarity will ensue.


At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Other Andrew said...

You mean OU/Texas NEXT weekend, right? Unless there's a cross-country meet I am unaware of...

At 7:11 AM, Blogger MPS said...

As an ND fan, I am more than willing to admit ND looks like no better than the 16th best team in the country. However, the 11th ranked team beating the previously 20th ranked team on the road doesn't seem like a good justification for dropping them 5 spots. Even if MSU choked the game away.

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Trent said...

I think you are overrating Purdue's start, and schedule. Have you seen the struggles they have had with the MAC, especially on defense? 35, 31, and 28 points allowed to Indiana St, Miami-OH, and Ball State, respectively. I personally think they need wins at NW and Ill to make a bowl.

At 7:49 AM, Blogger Maize n Brew Dave said...


Fair enough, but I hammered on Georgia as well for almost dropping a game. For me, the way Notre Dame played was the problem and the reason for dropping them 5 spots. There is no way they beat any of the defenses ranked ahead of them. There's no way they post 19 points in the 4th on any of the defenses above them. Two losses drops them out of the poll at this point so I didn't credit them with a loss.

However, their defense allowed over 35 points for the second straight game. Both lines are suspect. Their offense didn't start clicking until Michigan State's defense went into a coma and their key cog, Brady Quinn, disappears for quarters at a time.

Based on all four of the Irish's games I've seen I don't feel they can beat the 15 teams ranked ahed of them. That's why I dropped them.


Indeed. Next weekend.


In hind sight, you're right. But they are playing pretty well and Purdue generally has had a sought defense. I think they'll improve. If not, they get the boot.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger jrj said...

Purdue does NOT have a good defense. They have an improving defense. Their secondary is inexperienced and it appears their best cover man is a true freshman from Cleveland Glenville (Old Man Ginn must be a heckuva coach). The linebackers are servicable and outside of Anthony Spencer, there isn't much of a pass rush. Notre Dame will likely torch the Boiler D, and help Purdue discover reality.

By the way, I'm huge Purdue fan.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger MPS said...

I agree with you that both ND lines are suspect and that the defense needs help. That being said, the defense is actually not playing as badly as it might appear. The real problem has been offensive execution. Both UM and MSU were the beneficiaries of point-producing turnovers and extremely short fields.

Btw, based on what I saw watching tOSU against both PSU and Cincinnati (and watching UM against ND and Wisconsin), UM should whip tOSU. Which I would personally appreciate.


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