The Guru's ballot this week, destined for another mention for Mr. Xanax. But hey, this late in the season, with virtually no upsets, what do you expect? More below:
* Frankly, I think it's quite laughable that voters in other polls (and probably this one as well) punished TCU for a close game against San Diego State? Have they seen the Aztecs play this season? Instead of lauding Brady Hoke's bunch for breaking through TCU's stellar defense, the Frogs were massacred in the polls. Of course, Utah stinking it up in South Bend didn't help, neither did Oregon State's unraveling.
* Still, the San Diego State game changed nothing in my mind. Every team has one of those close calls late in the season, when the pressure is on. Oregon barely escaped at Cal. Auburn win against Georgia wasn't assured until the fourth quarter (and don't let that final score deceive you). And I'll take the Aztecs over either Cal or Georgia in terms of the quality of the opponent as the computer rankings can attest.
* USC may be ineligible to play in a bowl this season, but the Trojans seem to be on a quest to consign as many Pac-10 teams to the same fate as they possibly can. They pretty much ruined Arizona's hopes of a decent bowl game, severely hurt Arizona State's chances to be bowl eligible, and Oregon State and UCLA may be toast as well after USC gets through them in the next couple of weeks. So all those teams hoping to pick up bowl berths left vacant by the Pac-10 must secretly be chanting Fight On!
* Other teams considered: Florida State, Miami (Fla.), San Diego State, Mississippi State, Hawaii.