Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Guru's BlogPoll Ballot (Week 10)

The Guru's Blogpoll ballot, with notes below:

1 Texas
2 Alabama
3 Florida
4 TCU 2
5 Boise State 1
6 Cincinnati 1
7 Pittsburgh 6
8 Georgia Tech 2
9 LSU 1
10 Oregon 5
11 USC 1
12 Ohio State 4
13 Utah 1
14 Iowa 5
15 Houston
16 Arizona 2
17 Miami (Florida) 3
18 Penn State 7
19 South Florida 2
20 Oklahoma State 2
21 Brigham Young 2
22 West Virginia 2
23 Wisconsin
24 Oregon State
25 Navy

Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: California (#17), Notre Dame (#19), Oklahoma (#25).

* The top of my ballot is taking shape and this feel about right. Texas is playing a bit better than the two SEC heavyweights, but not by much. TCU is the best team among the other three unbeatens, just slightly ahead of Boise. The Broncos have a better victory - over Oregon - but really didn't have another win to validate it. Should the Horned Frogs beat Utah next week, they'll be even more entrenched in that position.

* Cincinnati can still move up, though I have the Bearcats at No. 6 right now. Should they defeat both West Virginia and Pittsburgh, then they would warrant another look. As it is, their signature victory - at Oregon State - isn't quite as impressive as TCU's and Boise's.

* To me, LSU-Oregon-USC-Ohio State, in that order, among 2-loss teams, is quite reasonable. It boggles my mind that voters in the other polls have such amnesia. Wasn't it just last week that Oregon whupped USC? And didn't the Trojans outlast Ohio State at Columbus? LSU's two losses were the best ones among the bunch, that's why the Tigers are ahead of the others.

* Every 2-loss team in the BCS conferences are on the ballot, except Rutgers, whose resume just isn't there. The best 3-loss team is on the ballot: Oregon State, with close losses to Cincinnati, USC and Arizona.

* The least logical placement is probably Navy at No. 25. But it's not that much of a stretch. The Midshipmen lost close games to Ohio State, Pittsburgh and vastly improved Temple, and beat Air Force, Wake Forest and now Notre Dame (not to mention Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto's Imperial Japanese Navy). What else can you say? Anchors Aweigh!

(Even if you're a Notre Dame fan, you can't possibly be too mad about this)


Anonymous said...

How can you possibly have Pittsburgh jumping Georgia Tech? Pittsburgh's loss was to NC State. Yes the NC State that is 1-4 in the ACC. GT has won 6 ACC games. Were you that impressed with Pitt's win over a 0-for in the Big East Syracuse? Pitt has beaten 1 team with a winning record? Or is it 2?

Anonymous said...

My bad, I just realized NC State is not that bad of a loss. NC State is a pretty good team. Their wins this year are:
Murray State


Ute Fan said...

I noticed a slight problem on your current BCS standings. You still have Notre Dame highlighted as the highest ranked independent. That honor now goes to Navy. Anchors Aweigh!

The Guru said...

@ Ute Fan - Technically, only Notre Dame is a 'BCS Independent'... I suppose I can highlight Navy as a 'Non-BCS Independent.'

Anonymous said...

@The Guru - no defense for jumping Pitt to 7th in your poll?

The Guru said...

@ anonymous - First, use a name, any name. I won't bite and I won't send my goons to your house and club you in the knees.

I get what you're saying about Pitt vs. GT. But I look at more than just whom these teams lose to. I also look at whom they have beaten.

So far, Pitt's two best wins were over South Florida and Navy (both ranked on my ballot) and GT has beaten Clemson and VT (neither is ranked). So, on that, I put Pitt slightly ahead of GT, but it's close.

In this respect, at least I'm consistent.