Updated BlogPoll Ballot: Week 1

By Jason Priestas on September 5, 2007 at 1:00p
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Before we get to the brief changes from the first draft released Monday, I need to know that I'm not going crazy. Perhaps I'm giving us all too much credit, but I'm not so sure Michigan would have fallen out of the two polls if the blogs didn't start that discussion. Blogs have been influencing political news cycles for some time now and as the sports corner of the blogosphere matures, it's only natural for some of that to happen over here. Maybe I am crazy.. I'm just saying..

Anyway, just a slight change from our first draft to our final week 1 ballot as Georgia Tech, one of the teams we were dying to see crack the top 25, gets in thanks to Florida State's terrible showing at Clemson. Jimbo Fisher just added 3 more years to his wait to become a head coach with one game. 8 first downs and 3 of 17 on 3rd down. Wow. So, FSU is out, Georgia Tech is in and Clemson gets added to the list of teams on the cusp.

As always, you can check the ballots of every voter and the final version is due Wednesday morning, so get your thoughts in by Tuesday night if you think we got it wrong.

1 USC You know you're good when a 38-10 win is considered sluggish. --
2 LSU 6 INTs helped carry the offense against the overmatched Croomers. --
3 West Virginia 542 yards of offense on the way to 62 points -- most since 2001. --
4 Florida Tebow can't throw? 13/17 for 300 and 3 TDs says differently. UP2
5 Oklahoma 79 points and the new skill players are on a roll. UP3
6 Wisconsin Donovan leads the way (3 pass TD, 1 rush TD) to quality win over WSU. UP1
7 Louisville An overmatched opponent, but boy does Brohm and company look good. UP4
8 Ohio State The biggest question coming in was answered with Boeckman's performance. UP2
9 Cal Cal had to employ rocket-powered shoes to stay on the field with an SEC club. UP3
10 Texas You needed an onside kick recovery against Arkansas State. For that, you drop. DOWN5
11 Virginia Tech ECU was game, but Va Tech came through on an emotional day. DOWN2
12 Georgia Solid opening win and props for playing a BCS team when most of the elites looked to the FCS. UP2
13 UCLA Bell had a monster game and Harbough's team got blitzed, but Mike Hart has to be feeling worse today. UP4
14 Rutgers It was Buffalo, but Rice's Heisman campaign is off to a good start (184, 3 TD) UP2
15 Penn State A home shutout is a wonderful way to start a season. UP3
16 Auburn Two late scores bailed Coach Click-Clack's squad out against a mediocre K-State team. DOWN1
17 Boise State I don't care who you are playing. 49 points in the first half is pretty fresh. UP3
18 Tennessee Fulmer has a good football team and will bounce back. Props to the Vols for scheduling this series. DOWN5
19 Nebraska The Huskers beat Nevada the way you're supposed to beat a Nevada. UP2
20 Arkansas McFadden's off to a rip-roaring start, including a 42-yard touchdown toss. DOWN1
21 Alabama Bear Saban is off to a fine start after demolishing Western Carolina 52-6. UP4
22 Hawaii Northern Colorado is not as bad as some of the teams that faced the big programs opening week. --
23 South Carolina After beating Louisiana-Lafayette by only 14 points, the OBC is promising "a whole bunch of lineup changes". UP1
24 Missouri Thrilling win over Illinois could set the tone for a suprising season. NR
25 Georgia Tech Yes, everybody beats on Notre Dame these days, but 33-3 in South Bend is still impressive. NR

DROPPED OUT: Michigan (#4), Florida State (#23)

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