Poll Dancing: Week Eleven

(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.)

Sorry the Dance is so late this week; I fell asleep during the BCS standings show Sunday night and just woke up. Not only was there absolutely no movement in the Top 10, but the top three teams are off this week, so the only hope for a major shake up would be Cam Newton being declared ineligible, which is becoming more of an inevitability with each passing day. My question is: If this happens before the season is over, what becomes of LSU, whose only loss (so far) would have to be forfeited?

The Poll Dancing Hypothetical and Totally Awesome Playoff (v. 1.2):

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

Again, very little change here. Florida International is technically leading the Sun Belt, so they get the automatic bid over Troy. The seeding of the last four teams is shuffled a bit, my best guess despite three of them having no AP votes. Also, Alabama and Michigan State swap places, creating a first round Big Ten showdown (to go with the almost-Big Ten showdown between OSU and Nebraska).

The Standings:

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

Despite a few close calls, the order stands pat from last week, and there isn’t likely to be any change next week either.

The Breakdown (full Top 25): 24% SEC, 20% Big 12, 16% Big Ten, 16% mid-major, 12% Pac-10, 12% ACC, 0% Big East

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