BlogPoll Ballot: Week 1

By Corey Carpenter on September 8, 2009 at 2:34a
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This week's rough draft has a few changes at the top from our preseason poll. We were impressed with Alabama, Oklahoma St., and Penn St.'s start, while we had to bump OSU down a notch due to their close call.

There are only 2 marquee matchups this weekend, so there probably won't be much change until week 3, but their are some teams who had impressive debuts and they could vault a few spots with repeat performances.

As always, tell us where you think we're right and wrong or who should be in there that impressed you over the first week.

1 Florida Florida raced to a 42-3 halftime lead, but failed to cover the 63 point spread in their 63-3 win over Charleston Southern. The Gators rolled up 624 yards of total offense, including 369 on the ground. Next Up: Troy Saturday at noon.
2 Texas Routed Lousiana-Monroe, 59-20. Colt McCoy went 21-29 for 317 and 2 TD's, looking mostly to Jordan Shipley, who caught 8 for 180 and TD. Next up: at Wyoming, 3:30 Saturday.
3 Southern Cal Spotted San Jose St. a 3 point lead after 1st quarter, but then reeled off 52 straight. Trojans gained 620 yards of total offense, including 342 on the ground. USC's defense looks fast and only gave up 121 total yards, with just 9 rushing on 31 attempts. Next Up: at Ohio State
4 Alabama Defense looked good in the 34-24 win over Virginia Tech, holding the Hokies to just 155 total yards. Mark Ingram carried the ball 26 times for 150 yards and a TD. Next Up: FIU at 7pm Satruday.
5 California Easy 52-13 win at home against Maryland. Kevin Riley lead the way with 17-26 for 298 yards and 4 TD's, while Jahvid Best carried it just 10 times, but went for 137 yards and 2 TD's. Next Up: Eastern Washington at 5:30 Saturday.
6 Mississippi The Rebels struggled until 28 points in the 4th helped them win at Memphis 45-14. Javon Snead wasn't stellar, completing 12 of 22 for 175 yards, 2 TD's and 2 picks. Dexter McCluster had 115 total yards and 2 TD's. Next Up: SE Louisiana Saturday at 7:30.
7 Oklahoma State The Cowboys held Georgia to 257 total yards in their 24-10 victory. OSU avoided turning it over, while taking it away from Georgia 3 times. Next Up: Case Keenum (23-30, 359 and 4 TD's) and Houston, Saturday at 3:30.
8 Penn State Penn State showed the aerial attack is alive and well in their 31-7 win over Akron. Daryll Clark was 29-40 for 353 yards and 3 TD's, while soph. Derek Moye caught 6 balls for 138 and a TD. Next Up: Syracuse, noon on Saturday
9 Ohio State Dropped one spot after narrow 31-27 victory at home over Navy. The Bucks have to tighten some things up this week in order to avoid another embarassment aginst the Trojans.
10 LSU Struggled a bit in their 31-23 win at Washington. Jordan Jefferson threw for 3 TD's and the defense got an early pick six, but gave up 321 yards passing to Jake Locker. Still this team looks fast. Next Up: Vandy Saturday night.
11 Boise State Boise St. held Oregon to 152 total yards and 6 first downs, en route to a 18-9 victory. The Broncos held the ball for over 42 minutes, depsite losing 3 fumbles and limited the Ducks to 1-10 on 3rd downs. Next Up: Miami (OH) for a rare Saturday night game in Boise.
12 Notre Dame Are the Irish back? Hopefully not, but they looked pretty impressive in their 35-0 win over Nevada. Jimmy Clausen needed just 15 completions to get 315 yards and 4 TD's, as Michael Floyd hauled in 4 for 189 and 3 TD's. Next Up: The Big House at 3:30 Saturday.
13 Brigham Young Pulled off the first upset of the season, downing Oklahoma 14-13 in Norman. Max Hall dominated the Sooner defense, going 26-38 for 320 yards and 2 TD's, while the Cougar D knocked Bradford out in the first half limited OU to just 265 yards. Next Up: at Tulane 3:30 Saturday.
14 Oklahoma The Sooners were stunned after Bradford went down and he is expected to return in 2-4 weeks, but with Idaho State (7pm Saturday), Tulsa and a bye in the next three weeks, they'll be sitting back in the top 10 before their matchup with Texas October 17.
15 Georgia Another team that struggled on offense, managing just 4 of 12 on 3rd down conversions and 95 yards rushing. Joe Cox had a bit of the flu and looked shaky in his starting debut, connecting on 15-30 for 162 yards. Next Up: South Carolina Saturday at 7.
16 Virginia Tech Tyrod Taylor was just 9-21 for 91 yards and the Hokie running game only managed 64 yards on 31 carries. Nebraska and Miami visit Blacksburg in the next few weeks, so their stay in the top 25 might be short lived. Next Up: Marshall 1:30 Saturday
17 Michigan State The Spartans demolished Montana State 44-3, outgaining the Bobcats 493 to 160. Kirk Cousins and Keith Nicol combined to go 19 of 35 for 318 yards and 5 TD's. Next Up: Central Michigan, Saturday at noon.
18 North Carolina The Tar Heels used 261 yards on the ground to get by Citadel 40-6, overcoming 4 turnovers, by creating 4 themselves. Next Up: at Uconn Saturday Noon.
19 Missouri Missouri showed no Chase Daniel hangover, by routing Illinois 37-9. Sophomore Blaine Gabbert went 25 of 33 for 319 yards and 3 TD's, while gaining another 39 yards and a score on the ground. Next Up: Bowling Green 7pm Saturday.
20 Pittsburgh The Panthers used a balanced attack to take care of Youngstown St. 38-3. Freshman Dion Lewis touched it 22 times for 131 total yards and 3 TD's. Next Up: at Buffalo noon Saturday.
21 Nebraska Bo Pellini start his second year with a 49-3 win over Floridia Atlantic. Roy Helu Jr. had 16 carries for 152 yards and 3 TD's, while Zac Lee tossed for 213 yards and 2 TD's. Next Up: Arkansas St. at 2pm Saturday.
22 Georgia Tech GT rolled to 335 yards on the ground en route to a 37-17 win over Jacksonville St. Jonathan Dwyer made the most of short work with 7 carries for 95 yards and 2 TD's, including a 74 yarder on the opening play. Next Up: Clemson at 7:30pm Thursday.
23 Utah The Utes used a balanced attack to down in-state rival Utah St. 35-17. JUCO transfer Terrance Cain went 20-30 for 286 yards and 2 TD's, while RB Matt Asiata carried it 36 times for 156 yards and 2 TD's. Next up: at San Jose St. 10:30 Saturday
24 Miami (Florida) Won the most exciting game of the weekend, a come from behind 38-34 win at Florida State. Jacory Harris threw for 386 yards and Graig Copper scored 2 of Miami's 3 TD's in the 4th. Play 4 ranked teams to start the season. Next Up: Georgia Tech 7:30 on 9/17.
25 Cincinnati Ohio's other BCS team put on a Labor Day display for the folks of New Jersey, downing Rutgers 47-15. Tony Pike was 27 of 34 for 362 yards and 3 TD's. Eastmoor product Isaiah Pead totaled 97 yards and 2 TD's on 10 touches. Next Up: SE Missouri St. at 7:30pm Saturday.

Dropped Out: Illinois (#16), Rutgers (#17), TCU (#19), Iowa (#21), Oregon (#22), Nevada (#25).

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