Monday, November 28, 2011

The Guru's BlogPoll (Week 13)

The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with notes below:

* After giving this some more thought, I decided to move Houston up to No. 3. Sure, the Cougars have not played the toughest schedule, but being undefeated with that schedule has to count for something. I don't think they're in LSU or Alabama's class, but on a neutral field, I'm not sure if they can't beat Stanford or Virginia Tech, especially at this juncture.

* Arkansas was exposed, not necessarily as a fraud, but nowhere in the class of the top two teams. It may be the third-best team in the SEC (and even that's debatable), but there's a chasm between LSU, Alabama and the rest of the conference.

* Even if that was a hapless UCLA just ready to be pistol-whipped (pun intended), USC is clearly the best two-loss team in the nation, after also beating Oregon in Eugene the week before. The Trojans were determined to make a mockery out of the inaugural Pac-12 title game and they have succeeded in spectacular fashion.

* The bottom of the ballot is one messy lookin' grab bag. Not sure any 4-loss team belongs on there, so I'm giving Arkansas State the benefit of the doubt.

* New teams that made the ballot this week: Arkansas State.

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

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