Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Guru's BlogPoll (Week 1)

The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with a few notes below:

* As usual, the Guru's early season ballots have a lot of upheaval because I want to let the games decide teams' placements, not preseason hype. That's why you see teams dropping even after victories and being punished for playing I-AA teams.

* The teams that made the biggest impressions during the opening week are obviously LSU and Boise State. Both teams thoroughly dominated on neutral fields (in Boise's case, really an away game) and closed out the games in impressive fashion.

* The rest of the top-ranked teams all played the usual cupcakes and won as expected. This is by far the most disturbing trend in college football - bodybag games early in the season for nearly all the contenders. Fans complain about the NFL's preseason, but at least in pro football, once the real season starts, the competition is real. In college, the entire month of September is like the preseason.

* Chip Kelly can run up the score with the best of 'em, but when it comes to a really big game, his Ducks go into a shell. Outside of the Pac-10, which he admittedly has dominated, his record in high-profile matchups is now 0-4: Lost to Boise State in 2009 opener, lost to Ohio State in 2010 Rose Bowl, lost to Auburn in 2011 BCS title game and now the season opener to LSU. The common thread in those losses: Oregon seemed ill-prepared and got ravaged by turnovers. The culprit? Coaching.

* New teams that made the ballot this week: Mississippi State, South Florida and Houston.

* Conference-by-conference tally: SEC (7), Big Ten (5), Pac-12 (4), Big 12 (3), Big East (2), ACC (2), MWC (1), C-USA (1).


ffben said...

Dear Mr. Guru,
As a California transplant now living in north east Florida (you may know me.) I was overjoyed to see Boise State manhandle Georgia. All I ever hear is how the SEC is so much better than all the other conferences. So imagine my surprise when @ work all of a sudden everyone was saying that Georgia really wasn't that good and that Boise would not have beaten any of the top SEC teams. So maybe you can enlighten me. Is the SEC as dominate as everyone in the South East believes or is it as top heavy as many of the other conferances (as I believe)?

The Guru said...

Benito - I think I remember you. And as I was talking to my neighbor last night in the dark, he says if you want to fight real forest fire, you really should be here in SoCal.

We'll see how good Georgia is. But Boise is never going to get the kind of credit they deserve no matter what. The SEC is always top heavy, but they have probably more quality teams near the top this year than in recent years. They actually just might be the 'toughest conference in the country,' for real, this time.

Anonymous said...

sec top heavy?

As opposed to what? The Pac-12?

Which used to have one great team (USC) and 9 shit teams (the rest of the conference) and now has one very over rated team (oregon) and 11 shit teams.

How many different SEC teams have won national titles???