Blogpoll: Week 8

By Chris Lauderback on October 20, 2008 at 7:00a
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Our preliminary ballot this week has Penn State jumping 'Bama and we moved Florida down a few spots even though they didn't play. This was more of a correction than a punishment but we're wondering what you think about that move?

We slid Mizzou to 14 and bumped TCU all the way up to 15 but that was more a product of not being overly impressed with any of the teams behind them at this point. In our view, there's just not a lot of separation in the teams ranked 15-25 though we're officially on the Tulsa bandwagon because we love teams that run up the score.

As usual, the final ballot isn't due until Wednesday so chime in with your take so we can adjust the poll to reflect both our opinions and the voice of our readers. Ain't democracy grand?!

1 Texas The Longhorns raced out to a 35-0 lead before burying Mizzou 56-31 in Austin to further solidify their #1 ranking. Colt McCoy was absolutely sick going 29/32, 337 yards and 2 TD. Count me as a McCoy fan - hopefully he can win the Heisman and keep Tebow from tying Archie, at least this season. --
2 Penn State The Lions erased a 17-14 halftime deficit scoring 32 unanswered 2nd half points in a 46-17 rout of RichRod's Wolverines. Evan Royster helped PSU snap a 9 game skid against Michigan with 174 yards rushing and a TD. QB Darryl Clark ran for 2 scores and passed for another. The win sets up a showdown in the 'Shoe this Saturday night. UP1
3 Alabama The Tide moved to 7-0 but it wasn't pretty as Bama was outscored 17-0 in the second half before holding on to win 24-20 in Tuscaloosa. JPW threw for a season high 219 yards and 2 TD. A weak schedule by SEC standards still helps the Tide with just one ranked team (LSU) remaining on the regular season slate. DOWN1
4 Oklahoma Sam Bradford kept the Heisman pace with Colt McCoy passing for a school record 468 yards with 3 TD in a 45-31 win over Kansas. The Sooners produced 674 yards of total offense but the D gave up 491. UP1
5 Southern Cal The Trojans put a 69-0 hurtin' on Washington State High School behind five 1st half TD passes from Poncharello, er, Sanchez. Total yards: USC 625, WSU 116. First downs: USC 28, WSU 4. Yikes. UP1
6 Florida Bye week. Next up: Kentucky DOWN2
7 Georgia Knowshon Moreno ran for a season high 172 yards (1 TD) as UGA got past Vandy 24-14 setting up a showdown @ LSU. Freshman WR A.J. Green had 7 catches for 132 yards (1 TD). --
8 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State tuned up for Saturday's tilt against #1 Texas with a 34-6 throttling of Baylor. Dez Bryant caught 11 passes for 212 yards and 2 TD's as the Cowboys finished the game with a 34-0 run. --
9 Texas Tech Graham Harrell threw for 450 yards and 5 TDs as Tech ran away from Texas A&M 43-25 in College Station. The Tech season should come crashing down as early as this week against Kansas but more likely in the following three weeks against Texas, Ok St, and @ Oklahoma. UP1
10 Ohio State The Buckeyes got a huge road win routing Michigan State 45-7 in East Lansing. The D forced 5 TO's, scored 2 TD's and held Ringer to 67 yards while Beanie paced the offense with 140 yards rushing and 2 scores. Next up: Night game in the 'Shoe against Joe Pa's Lions. UP1
11 LSU LSU needed a 14-0 second half to escape South Carolina with a 24-17 win setting up Saturday's home showdown against Georgia. LSU defense registered 6 sacks and held the Cocks to 39 yards rushing. UP1
12 Boise State Boise State forced 5 turnovers and got 3 TD passes from Kellen Moore in a 27-7 decision over Hawaii to extend their home winning streak to 17. (Okla 21) UP2
13 Utah The Utes won their 9th straight game, a 49-16 decision over Colorado State. TCU and BYU are 2 of 4 remaining games. UP3
14 Missouri The Tiger defense found themselves in a talent mismatch as Texas racked up 591 yards of offense in a 56-31 dismantling. The loss moved Mizzou to 0-11 all time against top ranked opponents. DOWN5
15 TCU The Horned Frogs defense shut down BYU's aerial attack in a 32-7 drubbing totaling 6 sacks and 2 INT's of the overhyped Max Hall. NR
16 Pittsburgh Pitt sunk Navy 42-21 behind LeSean McCoy's 156 yards rushing and 3 TD's. The Panthers have now won 5 straight. UP3
17 South Florida Matt Grothe threw for 3 TD's and ran for another in USF's 45-13 win over Syracuse's Intramural squad. UP3
18 Brigham Young I got some flak for hating on BYU but they finally proved me right getting blown out by TCU 32-7. Cougar's savior Max Hall threw 2 INTs and was sacked 6 times. DOWN5
19 Kansas The Jayhawks put up 31 points behind Todd Reesing's 342 passing yards and 2 TD but the D couldn't stop Oklahoma in a 45-31 loss. Kansas also committed 2 turnovers and converted just 2/12 3rd downs to kill any chances of an upset. DOWN4
20 Minnesota Bye week. Next up: @ Purdue UP3
21 Ball State Bye week. Next up: Eastern Michigan UP3
22 Northwestern The Mildcats moved to 6-1 with a 48-26 whuppin' on Purdue thanks to CJ Bacher's 3 TD's through the air and another on the ground. NR
23 Florida State The 'Noles moved to 5-1 thanks to a 26-17 win over NC State. FSU QB Christian Ponder threw for 254 yards and a score. 3rd downs: FSU 10/17, NCST 1/9. NR
24 Arizona The Wildcats upset Cal 42-27 behind freshman RB Keola Antolin's 149 yards rushing and 3 TD's. Arizona scored 28 points in the 3rd quarter. This ranking could be short lived as the Wilcats host USC this week. NR
25 Tulsa Why not? The Golden Hurricane put a 77-35 hurtin' on UTEP behind David Johnson's 434 yards passing and 5 TD's. Tulsa amassed a staggering 791 yards of offense. Sure, they don't play anybody but they're fun to watch scoring no less than 37 points in any game this season with at least 45 points in the other six. NR

DROPPED OUT: Virginia Tech (#17), Michigan State (#18), North Carolina (#21), California (#22), Vanderbilt (#25).

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