BlogPoll Ballot Week 13

By Luke on November 21, 2010 at 6:20p
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Twelve weeks of football down, two more to go before bowl (and award for that matter) season can get underway. Virginia Tech's clinched the ACC Coastal Division, leaving just its Atlantic counterpart, and both Big XII divisions at play amongst the major conferences. Next weekend features two extra days of games worth watching. Be thankful for this feast of football upon which you are about to feast (oh, and let us know if we totally screwed the pooch in terms of ranking these puppies).

1 Oregon Ducks Bye Week. Next up: Friday, #22 Arizona, 7:00 p.m. --
2 Auburn Tigers Bye Week. Next up: Friday, at #11 Alabama, 2:30 p.m. --
3 Boise State Broncos Played host to bowl bound Fresno State on a very November-in-Boise Friday evening and put on a defensive clinic for the ages, shutting the Bulldogs down, 51-0. With a legitimate flesh and blood opponent in Nevada still to come, Boise could be positioned nicely if Auburn falters in Tuscaloosa. Next up: Friday, at #17 Nevada, 10:15 p.m. --
4 TCU Horned Frogs Bye Week. Next up: at New Mexico, 4:00 p.m. --
5 Stanford Cardinal Another year, another iteration of The Big Game. While Cal had some success in the 2000s, Stanford has the 2010s off to a roaring start, putting a total beatdown on the Golden Bears, 48-14. You might just say the Cardinal had...A little Luck. 8-) YEEEEAAAAAHHHH! Next up: Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. --
6 Wisconsin Badgers Went into A^2 and held serve, downing the still allergic to defense Wolverines 48-28. Denard Robinson accumulated blah blah yards rushing and passing but Wisconsin did what needed to be done and that was win (and win comfortably). Next up: Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. --
7 Ohio State Buckeyes Hey! They went into the hostile confines of Kinnick and edged out an extremely game Iowa side, 20-17. And yet all of you are busy freaking out about interceptions, tweets, and body language. Beat Michigan! Next up: Michigan, 12:00 p.m. --
8 Oklahoma State Cowboys Despite a slow start, Brandon Wheedon and company hit their stride late pulling away from Turner Gill's lowely Kansas Jayhawks, 48-14. The real question (that could ultimately determine Bedlam next week) is what will the status of dinged up receiver Justin Blackmon be. Next up: #16 Oklahoma, 8:00 p.m. --
9 LSU Tigers Death. Taxes. LSU winning stupid games. The Hat gave up 36 points to a sad Ole Miss side, but inexplicably still did just enough to get by and stay in the BCS discussion, 43-36. Next up: at #12 Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. UP1
10 Michigan State Spartans Flirted with Purdue, let the Boilers on, and made them think this would finally be their lucky Saturday, before pulling the football up as they attempted the kick, 35-31. Jim Tressel would kindly like his 2002 game tape back, Coach D. Next up: at Penn State, 12:00 p.m. UP1
11 Alabama Crimson Tide Smartly played a Thursday game against first year Georgia State to give themselves two extra days to prepare for #1 Auburn and held up their end of the bargain winning, 63-7. Greg McElroy looked sharp but will need to be at his game manager best if they want to play spoiler vs. the Tigers/Eagles/whatever. Next up: Friday, #2 Auburn, 2:30 p.m. UP1
12 Arkansas Razorbacks Let Mississippi State force overtime then even gave the Bulldogs false hope by making them think they had a legitimate shot to win after missing a field goal in the first OT, only to come back and play some defense for a change, winning 38-31 in double OT. Enters this week as *gasp* favorites over an incredibly fortuitous LSU side. Next up: #9 LSU, 3:30 p.m. UP1
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers At the very worst played equal to a plucky Texas A&M team and on the heels of one of the most one sidedly officiated football games you'll ever see, ultimately fell to the Aggies, 9-6. Former Buckeye Bo Pelini would've been totally in the right to one arm kimura an official. Next up: Colorado, 3:30 p.m. DOWN5
14 Virginia Tech Hokies Continued their phoenix-esque rebirth putting another blemish on the Hurricanes season, beating UM, 31-17. Their place in the ACC title game sealed; now they'll just have to wait and see if their opponent is NC State or Florida State. Next up: Virginia, 12:00 p.m. --
15 Missouri Tigers Truly a bizarre one, Missouri played shutdown defense but were never able to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, beating Iowa State, 14-0. They need to win and pray for a Colorado miracle if they want to head to JerryWorld to play for the league crown. Next up: Kansas, 12:30 p.m. --
16 Oklahoma Sooners Finally found their road leagues breaking a season long snide and absolutely embarrassing Baylor, 53-24. Oklahoma seems to have found their mojo just in time with their annual bedlam showdown with Okie State looming. Next up: Friday, at #8 Oklahoma State, 8:00 p.m. --
17 Nevada Wolf Pack Played hosted to DeWayne Walker's pulseless New Mexico State Aggies side and made them look as such, 52-6. Chris Ault (the most 'alt' coach in the nation?) will have to be at their best if they want to justify insecure change averse haters everywhere with Boise coming to town next weekend.  Next up: Friday, #3 Boise State, 10:15 p.m. --
18 South Carolina Gamecocks Having wrapped up the SEC East, Sakerlina promptly decided to celebrate by absolutely destroying a lackluster Sun Belt Troy side, 69-24. What's that sound? I think the Gamecocks just scored another touchdown.  Next up: at Clemson, 7:00 p.m. --
19 Texas A&M Aggies Hosted Nebraska and the most Big XII loyal officials this side of the league office, prevailing (but not without controversy), 9-6. Will have their best show in almost a decade to put their hurt on their in-state arch rival Longhorns. Next up: Thursday, at Texas, 8:00 p.m. UP1
20 North Carolina St. Went into the lion's den against huge in-state rival North Carolina and outlasted the Heels, 29-25. All N.C. State needs to do is win over Maryland and they'll play for the league crown. Next up: at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. --
21 Florida State Seminoles While since this wasn't televised where I live I'm still not convinced this game actually happened, Florida State completed their ACC league slate by defeating Maryland 30-16. They'll need help from the very same Terps to win the Atlantic division, but should be able to take out some long pent up frustration on a down Florida team regardless next weekend. Next up: Florida, 3:30 p.m. UP1
22 Arizona Wildcats Bye Week. Next up: Friday, at #1 Oregon, 7:00 p.m. UP2
23 West Virginia Mountaineers Went into Charlie Strong's Louisville's backyard and played solid D to down the Cardinals, 17-10. Bill Stewart and co. have the actual Backyard Brawl on the docket just ahead. Next up: Friday, at Pitt, 12:00 p.m.  --
24 Utah Utes Trailed by 2 scores late but bounced back to defeat a really solid San Diego State team, 38-34. Inconsistent Utes QB Jordan Wynn had a career night, going 21/33 for 362 yards and 2 TDs to help Utah prevail. The Holy War's on deck. Next up: BYU, 3:30 p.m. --
25 Iowa Hawkeyes Hosted Ohio State, played at a level they hadn't since Michigan State, but didn't have quite enough (and continued to show a propensity for odd clock management) in falling to the Buckeyes, 20-17. Can put themselves in position for an Outback'ish landing spot with a W in their first trip to Minneapolis since a scandalous 2008 affair. Next up: at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. DOWN 4
Dropouts: USC Trojans, Miami Hurricanes, Mississippi St. Bulldogs
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Matt's picture

Wow, Oregon plays a ranked Arizona team and then has to face Oregon State, while Auburn travels to Tuscaloosa and then has to beat the Ol' Ball Coach in Atlanta.  If both Oregon and Auburn suffer a loss in the last two games, we could very well be looking at a national title game involving Boise State and TCU.  Mmmmm delicious BCS chaos.

Max's picture

While I doubt anyone (meaning the voters) would let that happen, seeing the #3 & #4 teams play in the Rose would be delicious, and most likely see a split national champion.

Matt's picture

Well, the Rose Bowl is obligated to take the Big 10 champ with the highest BCS ranking no matter what, so TCU and Boise State won't play each other.  The only split title I could see is if Auburn loses to Bama, beats South Carolina and plays Oregon in the title game for the MNC, with Boise State playing Wisky for the Rose; Boise State blows out Wisky, and a one-loss Auburn struggles to beat Oregon.  I think the AP voters might give the national title to Boise State in that scenario, with the BCS title going to Auburn.

Max's picture

My positing was based on the scenaio above with oregon and auburn each taking a loss, moving tcu and boise into the mnc game (perhaps) leaving the rose with stanford and wiscy.

Anyone know what happens to the non aq rule for the rose selection if the rose loses a team to the nc game (say oregon) and a non aq (tcu) also goes to the title game that would have gone to the rose?

tomcollins's picture

The rule for the non-AQs have nothing to do with the Rose getting to choose a team.  They only have to take TCU/Boise if neither of those teams are in the title game.

tomcollins's picture

If TCU beats Oregon, and Boise beats Auburn in the Sugar, there's a very good shot of a split title.  And that champ would of course be LSU.  Les Miles and his magic grass strike again!

Luke's picture

Sugar isn't taking Boise or TCU and unfortunately TCU is out of the BCS Championship Game mix unless Boise loses. Would be awesome for chaos' sake though.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Say, Wisconsin goes to the Rose Bowl, can someone give me a definite answer as to what other BCS bowl we'd most likely go to in that situation? Sugar Bowl I'd love, but I just don't want to go to the awful awful Orange Bowl.

TLB's picture

I keep hearing Sugar.  I suppose it would be LSU in a home game.  Or maybe Alabama.

Orange would definately suck.  No win situation and the game takes forever with a 45 minute halftime.

Luke's picture

To be fair, a lot less no win than playing TCU/Boise in Pasadena.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Eh, I beg to differ. No one is going to respect us beating Va Tech either...

nickma71's picture

OSU is only .040 points behind in computer average to Wisconsin following the win at Iowa. OSU jumped several spots in computer average. I thought that is how it would go down. Even if doesn't make sense to  you, an Iowa loss hurts some of Wisconsins points, and OSU points go up for beating a ranked team who beat Michigan State. Now, I fully expected Iowa to win at home against Wisconsin after Wisky blew their wad agaisnt OSU. Thanks a lot Kirk. Next time maybe you can just rush one instead of two.

tomcollins's picture

"Only" .04 is actually a huge margin.  It's more than a typical distance between 2 teams.  Wisconsin actually gained distance on us last week, even though they came closer in the rankings.  After Miami lost, our hopes are done of passing them (barring Wisconsin collapsing completely).