Blogpoll Ballot: Week 1

By Chris Lauderback on September 1, 2008 at 7:00a
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In discussing how we should reshape our blogpoll ballot after this week's games it was brought up that if last season was the year of the upset, this season might be the year of the injury.

After a preseason filled with such stories, yesterday was more of the same with Ohio State, Georgia (Moreno/Owens) and Missouri (Maclin) dealing with new injury concerns.

While the Buckeyes and Bulldogs put up solid wins, Oklahoma and USC came out healthy after laying smackdowns allowing both to move up in this week's poll.

Note that we've moved up Tennessee and Fresno State even though they haven't played - but only because teams previously ahead of them were defeated. We'll revise the poll, if necessary, after they play later today. The final version isn't due until Wednesday so let us know if/where we dropped the ball.

1 Oklahoma Sooners spank Chattanooga 57-2 after leading 50-0 at half. Sooner D: allowed just 36 yards and 1 first down. UP 1
2 Southern Cal Whoa...Trojans wrap up Virginia 52-7. Sanchez is healthy (388 yds, 3 TD) and RB tandem of McKnight and Gable goes for 15/133. USC racks up 555-187 edge in total yards. UP 2
3 Ohio State The D was stout, Pryor and his fellow freshmen were impressive but all we want to know is if/when Beanie will return. Until that's clear - we have to drop them a couple spots. DOWN 2
4 Georgia Moreno gets 3 TDs on 8 touches in 45-21 win over Antonio Henton's (10/18, 102 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT) Georgia Southern squad. UGA defense gives up 290 total yards. DOWN 1
5 Florida Ironically, Tebow of Nazareth failed to record a rushing TD for first time since 2006 in UF's 56-10 blowout of the Rainbows. Florida penalties: 13/90. Gators meet 'Canes next Saturday night (ESECPN). --
6 Auburn Tiger's new spread offense gets only 85 yards passing but rumbles for 321 on the ground in 34-0 shutout of Louisiana Monroe. UP 1
7 Missouri Maclin paced Mizzou with 206 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs while the Tiger defense surrendered 532 total yards in 52-42 win. Juice Williams burned them for a career high 451 yards and 5 TDs. DOWN 1
8 LSU Miles moves to 15-0 against non-conference foes. In those games, LSU holds a cumulative 540-123 edge in points. Next up, Troy. UP 1
9 Texas Tech Red Raiders QB Graham Harrell passed for 536 yards and 2 TDs as Mike Leach's offense put up 639 yards in 49-24 win over Eastern Washington. UP 1
10 West Virginia The Dickrod's Gone Era started with a bang as Pat White threw for a career high 5 TDs in a 48-21 win over Villanova. White became WVU's all time total offense leader, passing Marc Bulger with 7,984 yards. UP 1
11 Texas Colt McCoy put up over 200 passing and 100 rushing with 4 TDs in a 52-10 pasting of Florida Atlantic. Mack Brown's kids registered 11 penalties, good for 110 yards. UP 1
12 Wisconsin PJ Hill finished with 204 yards rushing as Wisconsin rolled up 404 on the ground in a 38-17 win over Akron. This one was close at the half as Akron trailed just 17-10. UP 1
13 Kansas Todd Reesing threw for 256 yards and 3 TDs while the Jayhawk D allowed only 9 first downs in a 40-10 drubbing of Florida International. Kansas set a single game attendance record with 52,112. Sounds like a Buckeye spring game crowd... UP 1
14 Oregon After losing projected QB Nate Costa to season ending surgery, Oregon backup Justin Roper suffered a concusssion paving the way for third teamer Jeremiah Mosoli. The juco transfer went 9/17 with 2 TD's as the Ducks blitzed Washington 44-10. UP 2
15 Arizona State The Sun Devils jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead with Rudy Carpenter throwing 13 straight completions en route to a 388 yard performance. UP 3
16 Penn State Joe Pa tied Bowden on the all time wins list (373) as the Lions put a 66-10 whuppin' on Coastal Carolina. PSU rushed for 334 yards. Evan Royster had 3 TD's and Derrick Williams had 2 TD's including an 89 yard kickoff return. UP 3
17 Tennessee Fullmer's boys play at UCLA tonight at 8pm. UP 3
18 Alabama Bear Saban's defense held Clemson's vaunted "Thunder and Lighting" running backs to a combined 20 yards, giving up just 11 first downs, in a 34-10 route of favored Clemson. UP 8
19 Wake Forest Wake's Riley Skinner threw for 220 yards and 3 scores in a 41-13 win over Baylor. The win was Skinner's 19th as starting QB, good for a school record. UP 2
20 Brigham Young BYU QB Max Hall blew up for 486 yards (34/41) and 2 TD's. The 41-17 win extends BYU's national best winning streak to 11 games. UP 2
21 South Florida The Bulls led 28-0 after one quarter as South Florida piled on the FCS' Tennessee-Martin in a 56-7 blowout. The Bulls' D held UT-Martin to 6 first downs. UP 2
22 Fresno State Fresno plays at Rutgers at 4pm today on ESECPN. UP 2
23 Nebraska Former Buckeye Bo Pelini had a successful debut as Nebraska recorded a 47-24 victory over Western Michigan. Husker QB Joe Ganz tossed for 345 yards and 4 TD's though the D allowed three separate 80 yard scoring drives. UP 2
24 Illinois Zooker's boys fell 52-42 on the road at Missouri but he's got to be pleased with Juice's 451 passing yards and 5 TD's. DOWN 9
25 California Cal rounds out our Top 25 after defeating Sparty 38-31 in Berkeley. The Bear D held Ringer to 27/81 though he found the endzone twice and Brian Hoyer completed just 20 of 48 attempts. UP 1

DROPPED OUT: Clemson (#8), Virginia Tech (#17).

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