Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Guru's BlogPoll Ballot (Week 4)

The Guru's BlogPoll ballot this week, with notes below:

1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama
4 Boise State 1
5 LSU 1
6 USC 3
7 Virginia Tech 5
8 Oregon 15
9 Ohio State 1
10 Brigham Young 4
11 Oklahoma 4
12 Iowa
13 Houston 3
14 Cincinnati 4
15 South Florida
16 UCLA 1
17 Miami (Florida) 13
18 TCU 4
19 Michigan
20 Auburn
21 Missouri
22 Kansas
23 Georgia Tech
24 Penn State 16
25 Oklahoma State 1
Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: California (#7), Mississippi (#11), Florida State (#13), Georgia (#25).

The bloody massacre of top-ranked teams began on Saturday, as Ole Miss laid an egg against South Carolina. But that was nothing compared to Cal's utter implosion against Oregon. By Saturday night, Miami, Florida State and Penn State also joined victims list. LSU barely scraped by thanks to Mississippi State's questionable playcalling at the goal line with a minute left in the game.

* There is no way to describe what a debacle the Golden Bears perpetrated at Autzen Stadium. Yeah, it was a trap game, with Cal already thinking ahead to next week's showdown against the suddenly-vulnerable Trojans. But to get spanked to the tune of 42-3? No team that gets beat that badly this early in the season should be in the top 25. Cal is out.

* The same goes for Florida State, playing at home against a South Florida team without its veteran quarterback. The Bulls were very much looking forward to this game, which could signal its arrival among the Sunshine State powers. Even without Matt Groethe, they pulled it off. Winning even more impressively in Tallahassee, with backup B.J. Daniels, than Miami did. USF is now the second-ranked team in Florida.

* I already wrote a whole thing about Ole Miss. The Rebels don't deserve to be in the top 25. Not until they beat a couple of relevant teams.

* Penn State barely stayed in the top 25, and I'm not even sure this is the right thing to do. The Nittany Lions feasted on Temple, Akron and Syracuse ... and gets beat in the Big Ten opener, at home, by an above-average, but hardly spectacular Iowa team. It's evident that Ohio State is still the best team in the Big Ten, with, gulp, maybe Michigan a distant second?

* Four weeks into the season, only 17 D-IA teams are still unbeaten. Of those, 15 are on my ballot. Texas A&M and Wisconsin are not. They haven't played a schedule that's worthy to be in the top 25.


Ry said...

South Florida goes from unranked to #15? That is a huge jump, especially when you take their awful schedule into account.

Anonymous said...

I've read all the posts about TCU and The PAC 10 . It's so funny how the rest of the country has their team that they feel should be playing for the BCS title game. Here's the bottom line: When allowed by the polls to play for the title since the BCS's conception , The SEC is 5-0. LSU won with 2 losses ,Florida with 1 ,and Tennessee the first year. It doesn't matter how many loss's The SEC champion has....they have never been defeated in a BCS title game!! And what's more ,Auburn went 13-0 with Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown and wasn't allowed to play for the title !!..You guys are right ,there should be a playoff , but just to decide the "rest-of-the-country's" horse . The SEC Champion will then play that horse for the title. Again...The SEC has NEVER lost a BCS title game. This is why America doesn't want an SEC team to play for the title.