Monday, October 25, 2010

The Guru's BlogPoll Ballot (Week 9)

The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with notes below:

* Oregon, Boise State and TCU continue to occupy the top three spots on my ballot, and I have seen no reason to move them or change the order. Auburn, off victories over Arkansas and LSU, moved up to No. 4. There are now just seven undefeated teams, with the number guaranteed to shrink by at least one as TCU will face Utah in two weeks.

* Wisconsin is now the highest-ranked one-loss team, at No. 8. The Badgers own victories over Ohio State and Iowa and their only loss was to No. 5 Michigan State.

* Why is Alabama No. 13 on this ballot while it's in the top five in the polls: Alabama's best victories this season so far have been discredited - though Florida and Penn State were both ranked when they faced the Tide, neither team is in the top 25 now and both are fighting to stay bowl eligible. 'Bama's loss to South Carolina (a two-touchdown loss) also has been devalued as the Gamecoks subsequently lost to Kentucky. Alabama will gain some placements among one-loss teams if it can defeat LSU and Auburn, but until then, it doesn't deserve to be ranked any higher.

* Other teams considered this week: San Diego State, Hawaii, West Virginia, Northwestern, Baylor, Kansas State.

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