BlogPoll Ballot Week 9

By Luke on October 24, 2010 at 3:30p

College football's eighth week is but a stitch in the tapestry of the 2K10 season. Another "#1" (well BCS'ly speaking) bites the dust, another fair sample of absurd upsets, and The Vest taunting us over just how good this team can be. From a polling standpoint, things are starting to align themselves pretty clearly and with but a few exceptions, we have clear groups of zero loss, one loss, two loss, etc. teams. Over the next 5 weeks we should have an even more winnowed/focused idea of who college football's best are. in the interim, here's our thoughts on where things stand. As per usual, feel free to point out how wrong we are.

1 Oregon Ducks Hosted UCLA for Homecoming and beat the snot out of them in prime time Thursday evening 60-13. LeMichael James had another strong showing rushing for 123 yards and 2 TDs while Remene Alston added 3 TDs of his own rushing. Next up: at #24 USC, 8:00. --
2 Auburn Tigers Cam Newton had a nationally televised Heisman candidacy declaration party, rushing for 217 yards, 2 TDs, and looking like a grown a** man version of Denard Robinson. Auburn will still have to get past Alabama if they want to stay this high when December rolls around. Next up: at Ole Miss, 6:00. UP3
3 Boise State Broncos Bye Week. Next up: Louisiana Tech, Tuesday at 7:00. DOWN 1
4 TCU Horned Frogs Got off to a slow start, but absolutely shutdown what had been the nation's best rushing offense in defeating Air Force 38-7. Air Force finished the afternoon with 184 yards rushing, no 100 yard rusher, and only the 7 points to show for their effort. Next up: at UNLV, 11:00. DOWN 1
5 Michigan State Spartans Trailed huge early but showed the resiliency that's part of the reason they're still unbeaten, taking down jNWU 35-27. A crazy, falling catch gave Sparty the go ahead score and a late (spread covering) score helped them put some distance between them and the 'Cats. Next up: #18 Iowa, 3:30. UP2
6 Missouri Tigers The question going into this weekend wasn't whether or not Missouri was solid, but it was whether they had the D to finally move up into that very good-to-great echelon. Capitalizing on a few timely Oklahoma mistakes and not reciprocating by hurting themselves in the same capacity, and we have our answer. Gary Pinkel is free to check out and return all the movies he needs. Next up: #13 Nebrasaka, 3:30. UP10
7 Utah Utes Took it to Colorado State all afternoon to the tune of 59-6. Ultimately accumulated 648 yards of total offense in the rout. Jordan Wynn had his best game of the season, completing 23/29 for 321 yards and 3 TDs. Next up: at Air Force. DOWN 1
8 Alabama Crimson Tide Faced some opposition early, but ultimately pulled away in what turned into a fairly one sided affair, beating Tennessee 41-10. Trent Richardson rushed for 119 and a TD while Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram tacked on 88 of his own and 2 scores. Next up: Bye Week, then at #15 LSU, 8:00 that Saturday.  UP1
9 Stanford Cardinal While the Cardinal is off to their best start in 40 years, they got there after a lackluster effort against Wazzou, winning 38-28. After leading 31-7, Stanford let the Cougars climb back into it while tacking their foot after the gas pedal. Andrew Luck continued to show why he may be the top pick in next year's NFL Draft while running back Stepfan Taylor carried the rock 27 times for 142 yards and 2 TDs. Next up: at Washington, 7:00. UP1
10 Wisconsin Badgers After benefitting from the apparition that had possessed Les Miles for the last several years taking hold of Kirk Ferentz' body, won as time literally expired 31-30. John Clay was up to his old tricks rushing for 91 yards and 2 TDs. Wisconsin may need some help by virtue of losing at the wrong time should MSU/Wisconsin/Ohio State all finish with 1 loss. Next up: Bye Week then at Purdue the following week. UP1
11 Ohio State Buckeyes Came out like a team possessed and let a weeks worth of frustrations out on a hapless Purdue side 49-0. Terrelle Pryor had a few not exactly choice picks but had a solid effort on the afternoon overall. Still BCS aspirations and a conference championship to play for. Next up: at Minnesota, 8:00. UP1
12 Oklahoma Sooners Went into Columbia, Missouri, shot themselves in the foot at the least opportune times, and ultimately put themselves in position to become the latest #1 to go down, falling to Missouri 36-27. If not for a touchdown 6:06 to go, this one wouldn't have even been as close as it ultimately was. Next up: Colorado, 9:15. DOWN 8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers Bounced back from their loss to Texas showing nothing resembling a hangover putting up half a century on and beating Oklahoma State 51-41. Taylor Martinez reacquainted himself with the land of tangible offenses throwing for 5 TDs. A de facto Big XII north championship game in the conference's final year with divisions (and a championship game for that matter) is their reward. Next up: Missouri, 3:30. --
14 Arizona Wildcats No Nick Foles? No problem. Arizona took Washington behind the woodshed absolutely beating the Huskies down 44-14. Relplacement QB Matt Scott completed 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards and 2 TDs in the win. Next up: at UCLA, 3:30. --
15 LSU Tigers Appears that ol Les dislodged the horseshoe that had been stuck up his hind parts as despite a plucky effort, fell to Auburn 24-17. The offense never really got going for the Bayou Bengals as Jordan Jefferson (you know, the part-time quarterback) finished as the team's leading rusher with 74 yards to his name. Next up: Bye Week, then the regression to the mean continues hosting #8 Alabama the following Saturday. DOWN 7
16 Florida State Seminoles Bye Week. Next up: Thursday night at North Carolina State, 7:30. UP2
17 Oklahoma State Cowboys Fell victim to a revitalized Nebraska offense on far from former Ohio State assistant coach Bill Lewis' proudest day. Kendall Hunter had a nice little afternoon in the losing effort, rushing for 201 yards and 2 TDs. Next up: at Kansas State, 12:00. --
18 Iowa Hawkeyes Full disclosure here, our first draft of this, well, draft, excluded the Hawkeyes. But hey, if Kirk Ferentz and Ricky Stanzi can forget how to manage a game in the final seconds, anyone can have a simple brain fart, no? In a matter of minutes, the Hawkeyes went from in the driver seat as perhaps the best positioned team to make the national title game with one loss to needing to win out to even keep Rose Bowl hopes alive. Next up: vs #5 Michigan State, 3:30. DOWN 3
19 Arkansas Razorbacks In a game heavily delayed by lighting interruptions, Arkansas and Ryan Mallett did just enough to get past Ole Miss, 38-24. Keith Davis him himself an afternoon rushing for 176 yards and 3 TDs in win. Next up: Vanderbilt, 7:00. --
20 South Carolina Gamecocks Let Vanderbilt hang around for what seemingly felt like forever, but pulled away late to win Saturday evening 21-7. Stephen Garcia actually finished the afternoon with 355 yards and 2 TDs to his name despite the lack of scoring. Next up: Tennessee, 12:21. --
21 Miami (Florida) Hurricanes In what was supposed to be a test game for both teams, Miami looked every bit the team many thought they would be going into 2K10 putting the hurt on North Carolina 33-10. 30 unanswered points (including 3 Jacory Harris TDs) ultimately proved too much for Butch Davis' suspension decimated side. Damien Berry added 109 and a score in the effort. Next up: at Virginia, 12:00. --
22 Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Tech continues to lay the hurt on ACC opposition, this time beating down David Cutcliffe's Duke side 44-7. Tyrod Taylor completed 13/17 for 280 and 3 TDs as the Hokies led 27-0 at halftime. Next up: Bye then a Thursday night date with Georgia Tech. UP3
23 Southern Cal Trojans Bye Week. Next up: #1 Oregon. --
24 Baylor Bears The Baylor Bears appear in the BlogPoll for the first time ever after clinching bowl eligibility in a 47-42 victory over Kansas State. Robert Griffin III completed 26/38 yards for 404 yards 4 TDs and 1 INT while Jay FInley tacked on just 250 rushing yards and 2 TDs (including an 82 yard scamper) in the victory. Next up: at Texas, 7:00. --
25 East Carolina Pirates Dom Davis kept the Pirates doing their Mike Leach-lite thing beating down Marshall 37-10. Dom Davis kept the Pirates doing their Mike Leach-lite thing beating down Marshall 37-10. Next up: at UCF, 3:30. --
Dropouts: North Carolina Tar Heels, Texas Longhorns
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Luke's picture

Looks like Drupal ate that box somehow. I think it should be fixed now.

JakeBuckeye's picture

We're number 11 in the BCS rankings. I call bull. A 49 point shutout would never drop an SEC or Pac 10 team. Just look at the way the media raved over Oregon's 47 point victory over UCLA.

I'm fine if we were at 11 last week and we stayed stagnant, but dropping? That's crap.

TLB's picture

Actually moved up in the polls, I think, just not that one.

Even with a Sparty loss at Iowa, unless they lose twice and Wisky loses once (they wont, look at sched) I dont think we make a BCS game.  And that is assuming we win at Iowa, which is questionable they way our QB plays on the road.

tomcollins's picture

49 point win is as good as a 1 point win with the computers, and a win against Iowa is better than a win against Purdue.

Leanenaud's picture

I think that's the last time the Buckeyes drop in the BCS unless they lose another game. Now that all the undefeateds are in the top 10, once they lose they should be placed behind OSU.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Unless Miami goes on a tear, Sparty and Wisky lose, and we run the table we are going to the Cap 1 or Citrus Bowl. But hey, we should all be happy and smell the sunshine, because we can't win the National Title every year, so we should be hunky-dory, right?*


*According to some people. Myself? I'm am pissed off and frustrated. I'm pretty sure 1 loss is gonna f*ck us pretty bad in the end.

"2014 National with it!!!"

AJ's picture

you know you cant talk like that...

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -----------Woody Hayes

BuckeyeChief's picture

more so with the system, ya know?

"2014 National with it!!!"

Matt's picture

We should remember that Wisconsin still has to go to Michigan and beat the Wolverines for UM's final home game of the season.  I know that I might catch some crap for the thought, but I still think Michigan can beat Wisky, so long as nasty Denard shows up to the game and Dick Rod mixes in Forcier's passing game to keep Wisky's defense off balanced.  Wisky may be able to score on GERG's defense at-will, but the badgers are not built to be a quick strike offense and they would not be able to keep up with Michigan in a shoot out.  Michigan already played Iowa tough at home, so there is no reason that UM can't do the same against Rob Riggle and company.  

If OSU takes care of business against its remaining opponents, and even if MSU doesn't lose a game, a Michigan victory against Wisconsin would virtually assure a BCS bid for Ohio State.

JakeBuckeye's picture

This comment made me giggle. You basically mocked people for saying we should all be happy with a Capital One bowl bid, even though nobody has said that nor is the season even near close enough to an end to draw the conclusion that that's where we're headed. A one loss Ohio State football team is going to a BCS Bowl. I'll slave myself to you for life if we're anything less then an at-large BCS bowl bid with one loss this season.

BuckeyeChief's picture

No, just being a smart ass for all those last week who saw the glass half full scenario. Trying to be positive, but if things stay the same, Sparty and Wisky will get BCS berths, and we'll be shut out.
I have a feeling Sparty and Wisky are going to roll.

"2014 National with it!!!"

BuckeyeChief's picture


"2014 National with it!!!"

slippy's picture

Wisconsin should be ahead of Alabama.  Only loss is to #5 while holding wins over two top 20 teams.  Alabama lost to #20 with no top 20 wins.


Also Missouri > BSU.  Strength of schedule, quality wins, etc.

Kurt's picture

Luke, you're telling me when you look at Cam Newton you see a grown-ass Denard Robinson?!  I see what Terrelle could've been, because the two are like twins, except TP is faster...

JakeBuckeye's picture

I don't see what Terrelle could have been, I see what Tressel won't let Terrelle be. Newton's not much of a better passer than TP, TP may even have an edge passing the ball. In a way its kind of frustrating to hear how much better these other dual-threat QB's are than TP because I know if Pryor played in Auburn's, Michigan's, or Oregon's offense he'd be all-world.

RBuck's picture

I think that Tress would let TP be all he could be if he wasn't still obviously hurt. He won't need to run this week and then gets a bye. TP WILL be ready for Iowa.

Long live the southend.

Kurt's picture

Jake, could have been, would be, I'm saying the same thing.  And you're right, Terrelle is a slightly better thrower.  I keep arguing that Tress should be inplementing more of the read-option (power spread) offense - TP ran it in high school, look at his hs highlight videos!  Doesn't have to 100% like the others, but incorporate it to some degree.  However, part of the problem is also that Terrelle and his giant ego came to OSU bc he didn't want to have any part in an offense like that...which just makes everything doubly frustrating.  Terrelle, meet Cam Newton, the Heisman finalist you could've been.

Irricoir's picture

To came to Ohio State to become a better passer. He didn't come here to be a running quarterback. How many running quarterback do you see in the Nfl? I would say that TP is the better option as a passer. I like Newton vision as a runner and Auburn appears TO be utilizing his ability to run TO effectively set up the pass. Teams know that TP is not as much a running threat right now like He was earlier. TP hasn't done anything to invoke any wrath. His game is still maturing and I hope His character continues to do the same. He's injured and still performs adequately. I am concerned with His play away from home. I don't think He was all bad at Wisky. That egg was layer by our defense. Support him and the team. Some of you sound overly critical. Purdue last year was deserving. Nothing this year is deserving of cynicism.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Denny's picture

Look at EVERYBODY's high school highlight videos. They all look awesome.

Because they were playing against high schoolers.