Blogpoll: Week 13

By Chris Lauderback on November 24, 2008 at 7:00a
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Well, we guess Texas Tech isn't quite as good on the road as they are at home. That, or Oklahoma is peaking at the right time.

Even with Oklahoma's decisive victory, we kept them behind Florida and USC simply because we think those two teams would beat the Sooners on a neutral field. We're not so sure Texas would beat Oklahoma if they played today but since Texas won the head to head, we kept them in front of Stoops' troops.

With Tech getting spanked, we moved them to the back of the one-loss pack but we wonder aloud how Ohio State would be treated if they were in the same scenario.

With a lot of teams on bye weeks, there wasn't a ton of movement in the upper half of this week's rough draft ballot.

Anyway, you know the drill. Let us know what you think especially with regard to the top 7.

1 Alabama Bye week. Next up: Auburn UP1
2 Florida The Gators turned 705 yards of offense into a 70-19 win over the Citadel. Tebow threw for 201 and 3 TD while Chris Rainey (142) and Emmanuel Moody (116) both went over the century mark. Harvin also scored a TD for the 13th straight game. Next up: @ Florida State. UP1
3 Southern Cal Bye week. Next up: Notre Dame UP1
4 Texas Bye week. Next up: Texas A&M. UP1
5 Oklahoma The Sooners destroyed Texas Tech 65-21 behind 4 TD passes from Sam Bradford and 5 rushing TD's between DeMarco Murray (18/125, 2 TD) and Chris Brown (21/108, 3 TD). Oklahoma's defense held Tech to 1/13 on 3rd down and forced 3 turnovers. Next up: Oklahoma State. UP1
6 Penn State Penn State secured a Big Ten championship and a trip to Pasadena with a 49-18 destruction of Sparty. Daryll Clark put up a career high 341 yards passing and 4 TD and the Nittany Lion defense held Ringer to 42 yards on 17 carries. When it was over, Joe Pa made it clear he has no plans to retire. UP1
7 Texas Tech Texas Tech's defense was exposed big time giving up 625 yards of offense and 32 first downs in a 65-21 thrashing at the hands of the Sooners. Michael Crabtree's streak of 13 games with a TD catch also bit the dust as Tech was held to a season low 21 points. Next up: Baylor. DOWN6
8 Boise State Boise State clinched the WAC title with a 41-34 win over Nevada. Kellen Lewis led the Broncos with 414 yards passing and 3 TD. Next up: Fresno State. --
9 Utah The Utes broke open a 17-14 game with three 4th Qtr TD's to run away from BYU 48-24 to capture the MWC crown. Brian Johnson led the way with 303 yards passing and 4 TD while the D caused 6 BYU turnovers, 5 in the second half. --
10 Ohio State The Buckeyes made it five straight over Michigan with a 42-7 dismantling in the 'Shoe. Beanie ran for 134 and a score while Boom added 80 yards and 2 TD. Defensively, OSU held Michigan to 198 total yards, 11 first downs and 1/17 on third down. --
11 Oklahoma State Bye week. Next up: @ Oklahoma. --
12 Missouri Bye week. Next up: Kansas --
13 Georgia Bye week. Next up: Georgia Tech --
14 Ball State Ball State needed two 4th Qtr touchdowns to escape with a 31-24 road win over Central Michigan. MiQuale Lewis ran for 177 yards, eclipsing the century mark for the 9th time this season. QB Nate Davis also had a big day with 4 TD passes. UP1
15 TCU The Horned Frog defense held Air Force to 161 total yards in TCU's 44-10 victory. TCU was won at least 10 games in 5 of past 7 seasons. UP2
16 Cincinnati The Bearcats beat Pitt for the first time ever, 28-21, meaning they'll win the Big East if they can get past Syracuse next week. Tony Pike led UC with 309 yards passing and 3 TD. At 9-2, Cincy has now won 9 games in back to back seasons for the first time in school history. UP4
17 Oregon State Playing without starting QB Lyle Moevao then losing RB Jacquizz Rodgers to injury early on, Oregon State drove 73 yards in the final minute to pull off a 19-17 win at Arizona. The win keeps Oregon State's Rose Bowl hopes alive - they need to get past Oregon next week to lock up a bid. UP4
18 Oregon Bye week. Next up: @ Oregon State. UP4
19 Brigham Young Max Hall was intercepted 5 times ending any chances of an upset as BYU fell at Utah 48-24. The Cougars cut the lead to 27-24 midway through the 3rd Qtr but ended the game with 5 straight turnovers - 1 fumble and 4 INT. DOWN5
20 Michigan State Dantonio's crew found themselves in a 28-0 hole near halftime and couldn't recover in a 49-18 loss at Penn State. Javon Ringer managed just 42 yards on the ground and Brian Hoyer didn't fare much better completing 25/40 for 206 and 2 INT. 3rd down conversions: PSU 13/17, MSU 3/12. Rushing yards: PSU 138, MSU 35. DOWN4
21 Mississippi Ole Miss won their 4th straight beating LSU 31-13 in Baton Rouge. The Rebels have now beat ranked foes Florida and LSU on the road with a narrow 24-20 loss at Alabama in mid October. Next up: Mississippi State. NR
22 Northwestern Northwestern reached the 9 win plateau (9-3) for the 5th time in school history thanks to a 27-10 win over Juice and the Illini. NR
23 Boston College Boston College stayed in the ACC title hunt with a 24-21 win over Wake Forest. The Eagles marched 70 yards for the winning score with 1:12 left. Next up: Maryland. NR
24 Georgia Tech The Yellow Jackets ran all over the Hurricanes racking up 472 rushing yards in a 41-23 victory. Tech has beaten Miami four straight times. NR
25 Florida State The Seminoles moved to 8-3 with a 37-3 whupping of Maryland. Next up: Florida NR

DROPPED OUT: LSU (#18), Pittsburgh (#19), Maryland (#23), North Carolina (#24), Miami (Florida) (#25).

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