Monday, November 15, 2010

The Guru's BlogPoll Ballot (Week 12)

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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How come a 22nd ranked team losing on the road to the #2 team then gets ranked lower? Isn't that supposed to happen?

Roman said...

Can't believe you have Boise and TCU ahead of Auburn. Still. Makes zero sense.

Dale said...

Based on who they have played, Oregon and Auburn should swap places.

Anonymous said...

I love the lack of consistency. You use computer rankings to "prove" that SDSU is better than UGA and Cal, but completely dismiss them agreeing that Auburn is the best team in the country? I'd also point out the the UGA team playing now is better than the team being ranked by the computers (they don't know AJ Green missed 4 games) and that once score is taken into account by Sagarin and Massey, UGA blows SDSU away in both (18 spots in Massey; 21 spots in Sagarin)

LAprGuy said...

The rankings seems fine. I continue to have doubts about whether anyone's 5 thru 15 are correctly sorted, but it only matters to the Rose Bowl and which Big Ten team ends up ranked the highest. The rest of the poll, beyond the top two, is largely irrelevant.

I don't give any credence to the Utah loss at Notre Dame: TCU just crushed their season, and I wouldn't have expected the Utes to show up at the Domers' home after that.

Anonymous said...

SDSU lost by 3 in Columbia to Mizzou, and to 3 on a 5th down quality call to BYU (google for the video). They should have gone to Fort Worth with one loss at most and a ~20 ranking. TCU destroyed them for all but about 4 (very) costly plays. I'm not saying they deserve to be ahead of Auburn, but Oregon should have taken a hit for that game against a very mediocre Cal. Notably that was O's first game against a team with a defense of any consequence...now what would happen if they played a team with talent on both sides of the ball...

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