2009 Blogpoll Ballot, Week #8 (draft)

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 Texas
4 Iowa
5 Boise State
6 Cincinnati 1
7 TCU 1
8 Southern Cal 2
9 Oregon 1
10 Penn State 1
11 LSU
12 Georgia Tech
13 Oklahoma State 1
14 Pittsburgh 2
15 Ohio State 4
16 Houston 1
17 Miami (Florida) 4
18 West Virginia 5
19 Virginia Tech 1
20 Utah 4
21 Notre Dame
22 Arizona
23 Brigham Young 8
24 Mississippi
25 Connecticut
Last week’s ballot

Dropped Out: Idaho (#20), Oregon State (#21), Texas Tech (#22), Navy (#25).

I’m struggling with the top three right now. I still think Alabama has the best overall resume. Both Florida and ‘Bama struggled with Tennessee, but Florida hasn’t dominated this season the way Alabama has. ‘Bama roll over Arkansas, who should have upset Florida. And let us not forget Alabama’s over Virginia Tech. Which brings us to Texas. They had played nobody up until two weeks ago and they looked lukewarm up until that point. But their victory over Missouri was impressive. Right now, Texas looks like the best team, but the Big 12 as a conference is playing such terrible (and unexplainably weird) football that I think it detracts from what Texas has done thus far. So I’m sticking with my 1-2-3 of Alabama, Florida and Texas. Do you disagree? Please tell me why.

After that, I put Iowa over TCU and Donkey State because the Hawkeyes have a victory over a top ten team and play in a real conference, not a pretend one like the WAC or MWC. But I will give the two undefeated teams the nod over USC who has not played dominating football over anyone of note yet. (Cincinnati fits in there somehow, too).

After that, it gets harder to justify one over the other, but I’m comfortable with how I shook things out. Penn State and Oregon flip-flopped for some reason, which may have been a brain fart, but both teams had impressive wins, so consider them 9a and 9b.

UConn is #25 this week out of respect.


  1. I definitely like Oregon over Penn State and would even consider moving them over USC with the way they are playing at the moment. I guess those two teams will sorts themselves out in the near future.

    It is really cool when teams besides OSU play tresselball and dont get media-crucified for it because they are in the SEC. To take words from Dantonio’s vernacular on the state of the SEC right now…”Pride comes before the fall.” There was way too much turnover in that league for it be as dominant as in past years.

    We all know that there is no way there are two teams coming from the B10 in this year’s BCS games, so the playing field will be more level when the bowl match-up home games for the SEC instead of having a lesser team slide into a Capital One Bowl when the real team for that Bowl is in a BCS game.

    That was a bit of a mini-rant there…back on topic.

    I like UConn at 25..Spurrier be damned.

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