Blogpoll Ballot: Week 2

By Chris Lauderback on September 8, 2008 at 7:00a
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A lack of upsets led to a fairly static first-run ballot for this week's blogpoll.

We gave East Carolina their just desserts after the 24-3 thumping of the Mountaineers gave them back to back wins over ranked foes.

Outside of the irrelevant BYU Cougars, the biggest slide award goes to Ohio State. I'm sure they'll drop further in most other blogpoll ballots but I think we've got it right, for now....

1 Southern Cal Idle: Next week they play a fairly hyped game against the Team America Loves to Hate. --
2 Oklahoma This one was close in the 3rd Qtr (28-20) before the Sooners peeled off 24 unanswered points to close the deal. Bradford was large going 29/38 for 395 and 5 TDs. In other news, Ben Mauk has petitioned his petition to petition the right to petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility. UP 1
3 Georgia Dawgs roll over Central Michigan 56-17 behind Moreno's 18/168 and 3 TDs. QB Matt Stafford has been stellar totaling 488 yards passing and 4 TDs in two games. UGA's 9 game winning streak is 2nd best in nation (BYU 12). UP 1
4 Florida The score was close (9-3) until the 4th Qtr but the 'Cane offense was so bad Florida was able to keep them at bay before 17 4th Qtr points put the game on ice. Tebow: 311 total yards and 2 TDs. 'Cane offense: 140 total yards, 0 TD. UP 1
5 Ohio State Uninspired effort showed just how much Beanie means to this team and how veteran teams are more likely to overlook an opponent than green ones. A drop in the poll is obviously just - they've got some provin' to do. DOWN 3
6 Missouri Mizzou scored 42 first half points in a 52-3 rout of SE Missouri State. Chase Daniel set a school record going 16/17 (245 yds, 3 TD) before being pulled in the 2nd Qtr. UP 1
7 Auburn Juco transfer QB Chris Todd put up 248 yards passing in first start as Auburn took a 24-0 lead in 3rd Qtr before winning 27-13 against Southern Miss. Tiger D held Southern Miss to 1/14 on 3rd down. DOWN 1
8 LSU Game vs. Troy postponed due to hurricane Gustav. --
9 Texas Tech High powered Red Raiders struggled on offense with Nevada taking the total yards battle 488-421 in 35-19 win. T-Tech QB Graham Harrell had a career low 19 completions (19/46) but he managed to hook up with stud WR Michael Crabtree 7 times for 158 yards including an 82 yarder giving the Red Raiders a 28-12 lead early in the 4th Qtr. --
10 Texas Longhorns score 4 TDs in 15 minutes bridging 1st and 2nd quarter on the way to a 42-13 win over UTEP. McCoy finished 20/29 for 282 and 4 TDs against a pick. Interestingly, the Miners outgained Texas 412-404 holding the ball for nearly 37 minutes. UP 1
11 Wisconsin Badgers rolled up 51 unanswered points in 51-14 win over Marshall. Allan Evridge gained some confidence going 17/26 for 308 yards and a TD to complement 2 rushing TD's each from PJ Hill (18/57 blah) and John Clay (11/54). Next up: dangerous night roady at Fresno State (10:30 EST, ESPN2) UP 1
12 East Carolina The Pirates racked up their second straight win over a ranked opponent with a 24-3 dismantling of West Virginia. The D held WVU to 12 first downs and 3/12 on 3rd down. UP 14
13 Kansas Todd Reesing blew up for career high 412 yards through the air and 3 TDs in 29-0 shutout of La Tech. Mangino eats Verne Troyer during post-game celebration. Next up: big one @ South Florida Friday night. --
14 Arizona State Sun Devils beat Stanford 41-17 behind Rudy Carpenter's 345 yards and 3 TDs. Carpenter's 733 yards passing in first two games is school record. --
15 Penn State Warden Paterno's inmates looked strong in a 45-14 pounding of the Beavers. RB Evan Royster showed some flash in a 141 yard, 3 TD performance and WR Jordan Norwood had a career high 116 yards receiving (8 catches) and a TD. --
16 Oregon The Ducks piled up school record 688 yards in 66-24 butt raping of Utah State. For perspective, Utah State is now 1-45 against Top 25. --
17 Alabama Bama suffered a letdown of their own in a sluggish 20-6 win over Tulane. The Tide offense sputtered to the tune of 11 first downs, 172 total yards, 4 sacks and 3/11 on third down. --
18 Wake Forest Active career FG leader Sam Swank hit his third of the game with :03 left pushing Wake to a 30-28 win over Ole Miss. Wake was outgained 360-348 and lost the TO battle 3-1 but held on to win behind QB Riley Skinner's 2 TD passes (32/43, 267). --
19 Fresno State Bye week. Next up: Bulldogs host Wisky. UP 2
20 Illinois Juice (16/25, 124 yards, 1 TD) was up down with 2 INT and a fumble at the goal line to go along with 174 yards rushing (2 TD) in Illinois' 47-21 win over Eastern Illinois. UP 3
21 California Cal throttled Washington State 66-3 behind 200 yards rushing and 3 TD from Javhid Best. UP 3
22 South Florida The Bulls needed OT to get past Central Florida 31-24. South Florida outgained UCF 504-226 and was helped by UCF's 12 penalties for 148 yards. Disciplined squad you've got there, O'Leary. DOWN 2
23 Nebraska Nebraska led just 14-12 with 12 minutes left before Niles Paul's 85 yard kickoff return for a TD started a 21-0 run giving the Huskers a 35-12 victory over San Jose State. Neb penalties: 12/103. Impressive. DOWN 1
24 Brigham Young BYU caught a break as Jake Locker was flagged for a bogus unsporstmanlike conduct penalty after scoring with :02 left. The penalty backed up the extra point try which was promptly blocked by the Cougars. You can't barely survive against a Washington program that's lost 11 of 13 and not move down. DOWN 5
25 UCLA The poll is much more handsome with Rick Neuheisel in it so this was an easy choice. UP 1

DROPPED OUT: West Virginia (#10), South Carolina (#25).

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