Poll Dancing: Week Ten

(This is a guest series by MotSaG reader Jason Nafziger. He’ll be taking a weekly look at the college football polls and pointing out the absurd, the laughable and the head scratchers. Please note that Jason is not talking about the BlogPoll. Or my ballot to the BlogPoll.)

The Poll Dancing Hypothetical and Totally Awesome Playoff (v. 1.1):

(1) Oregon vs. (16) Troy
(2) Auburn vs. (15) Northern Illinois
(3) TCU vs. (14) Pittsburgh
(4) Boise St. vs. (13) UCF
(5) LSU vs. (12) Virginia Tech
(6) Wisconsin vs. (11) Alabama
(7) Stanford vs. (10) Michigan State
(8) Ohio State vs. (9) Nebraska

A little bit of shuffling from last week, and LSU and Michigan State replace Utah and Oklahoma in the field, giving the Big Ten and SEC three berths apiece. The Pac-10 has two and all other conferences have only their guaranteed champion slots. Remember that this exercise uses the AP poll to seed teams and award at-large berths, so an actual playoff might differ slightly, especially the last at-large spot held by Alabama (this would be Oklahoma State if I used the BCS standings).

The Standings:

1. Oregon
2. Auburn
3. TCU
4. Boise State

No change in order, but TCU’s decisive victory over a good Utah team moved them closer to Auburn than Boise State. I don’t think the remainder of their schedule can add any juice to jump up unless one of the top two falters though. These are the only undefeated teams left, and Auburn is going to have a tough time remaining perfect with Georgia, Alabama and presumably the SEC title game still to go.

5. LSU

All you need to know about the Tigers’ big win over Alabama is that Les Miles eats grass on a regular basis.

The Breakdown (full Top 25): 28% SEC, 24% Big 12, 16% Big Ten, 16% mid-major, 12% Pac-10, 4% ACC, 0% Big East

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