BlogPoll Ballot: Week 4

By Corey Carpenter on September 27, 2009 at 7:45p
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The weather definitely played a factor in most games across the nation this past weekend, creating a wild weekend of upsets and great games.

Beyond Florida, Texas, you could argue for any one of 12 teams that could fall into place behind them. As conference play continues over the next few weeks, the top pretenders should be weeded out. We don't think LSU will stay there over the next 2 weeks, but we also aren't sold on Virginia Tech.

The good news is Ohio State is back in the top 10 and we will switch Cal and Oregon on the final ballot. The teams that are 12-25 are all a wild guess, but we would love to hear what teams you think deserve better or need to drop.

1 Florida Jumped out to a 31-0 lead after one quarter, en route to a 41-7 win over Kentucky. The Gators gained 362 yards on the ground, lead by Timmy's 123 yards and 2 TD's on 16 carries, before he got knocked out of the game and eventually taken to the hospital. Next up: at LSU 10/10 --
2 Texas Destroyed UTEP 64-7, after leading 47-7 at the half. The Horns racked up 335 through the air and 304 on the ground, while holding UTEP to 9 yards rushing. Next up: Colorado 10/10. --
3 Alabama Bama held Arkansas to just 2-14 on 3rd downs, routing the Razorbacks 35-7. Ryan Mallet was only 12 of 35 for 160, while Greg McElroy was 17 of 24 for 291 yards and 3 TD's. Defense looked impressive once again. Next up: at Kentucky, 12:20. --
4 LSU Survived a scare at Mississippi State, 30-26. The Tigers got a pick 6 and a 93-yard punt return to help offset the offense's 263 total yards. Florida looms in 2 weeks. Next up: at Georgia, 3:30. UP3
5 Southern Cal Shut out Washington St. for 59 minutes in their 27-6 win at home. The defense only gave up 229 total yards, while Barkley threw for 247 yards and 2 TD's on only 13 completions. Next up: at California, 8:00. UP3
6 Boise State Came to Ohio and shut down BGSU, 49-14. The Broncos racked up 529 yards (262 in the air, 267 on the ground) and caused 3 Falcon TO's. Next up: UC Davis, 8:00. UP4
7 Oklahoma Bye Week. Next up: at Miami, FL., 8:00. UP4
8 Ohio State Second straight shutout for the Silver Bullets, limiting the Illini to 170 total yards in their 30-0 victory. D-Line might be tops in the country and the O-Line looks much improved from game 1. Next up: at Indiana, 7:00. UP1
9 Virginia Tech Weather conditions had a hand in V.Tech's 31-7 win over Miami. We don't think that Tyrod Taylor could beat Ohio State though, but Ryan Williams has 3 straight 100 yard rushing games. Next up: at Duke, Noon. UP3
10 Cincinnati Hung on to take down a pesky Fresno St. team, 28-20. Tony Pike continued his fantastic start by throwing for 300 yards and 3 TD's. Next up: at Miami (OH) , 1:00. UP4
11 Houston The surprise team of 2009 came back at home to win 29-28 over Texas Tech. Case Keenum was 38-58 for 430 yards, throwing for a score and running for the winner with 49 seconds left in the game. Next up: at UTEP, 9:05. --
12 TCU Went on the road and took down Clemson, 14-10. The Horned Frogs held Clemson to 117 yards in the 2nd half and stopped them twice inside the 20. Next up: SMU, 8:00. UP6
13 Iowa The Hawkeyes have shaken off the rough start in week one, taking down PSU 21-10. Iowa picked off Clark 3 times and returned a blocked punt for the go-ahead score in the 4th. Their defense will keep them in the top tier of the B10. Next up: Arkansas State, Noon. --
14 Auburn The Tigers are 4-0 after they beat Ball State, 54-30. Auburn is 3rd nationally, averaging 45 points a game, including wins over Miss. St. and WVU. Next up: at Tennessee, 7:45. --
15 Missouri Blaine Gabbert passed for 414 yards and 3 TD's, as the Tigers beat Nevada, on the road 31-21. Danario Alexander caught 9 for 170 and 2 TD's. UP1
16 Miami (Florida) Lost to V. Tech in a class 5 hurricane, 31-7. The U could only muster 209 total yards, as Jacory Harris went 9 for 25 and 150 yards. Get a chance at redemption this Saturday when they host Oklahoma, their 4th straight top 25 team to start the season. Next up: Oklahoma, 8:00. DOWN3
17 Penn State Dropped a 21-10 game at home against Iowa. Both rushing and passing games struggled against the Hawkeye defense, as Royster managed only 69 yards on 17 carries. Next up: at Illinois, 3:30. DOWN11
18 Kansas Another undefeated Big 12 team, after holding off Southern Miss. 35-28. Todd Reesing connected on 30 of 41 for 331 yards and 3 scores. Have a chance to be 6-0 going into the Oklahoma match up. Next up: Iowa State, 10/10. UP3
19 Georgia Turned up the defense in their 20-17 home win against Arizona State. Still struggled running the ball, gaining 92 yards on 31 carries, but ASU totaled just 204 total yards. Next up: LSU, 3:30. --
20 Michigan Got help from the refs late, in holding off Indiana 36-33. Forcier hit Martavious Odoms for a 26 yard score with 2:29 left to eek out the win. The Hoosiers gained 467 total yards. --
21 Oklahoma State Dismantled Grambling State 56-6, rushing for 321 yards (on 41 attempts) and throwing for another 266. Next up: at Texas A&M, 10/10. UP2
22 California Got embarrassed by Oregon 42-3. The Golden Bear defense was a sieve, giving up 524 total yards. Next up: USC, 8:00. DOWN18
23 Nebraska Shut out LA-Lafayette 55-0, gaining 433 total yards and holding the Ragin Cajun's to 222. Next up: at Missouri, 10/08. UP1
24 Mississippi Lost on the road at South Carolina, 16-10. Jevon Snead continued to struggle in big games this year, going just 7 of 21. Next up: at Vanderbilt, 7:00. DOWN19
25 Oregon Crushed Cal a home, 42-3 and will be flip flopped with the Bears in the final ballot. Jeremiah Masoli connected on 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards and 3 TD's, while freshman LaMichael James toted it 21 times for 118 yards. Next up: Washington State, 9:15. --

Dropped Out: North Carolina (#15), Pittsburgh (#17), Florida State (#22), UCLA (#25). (Last Week's Ballot)

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