Week 12 BlogPoll Ballot

By Luke on November 14, 2010 at 6:15p

Despite TCU and Auburn teasing us for the better part of the afternoon, college football's eleventh (11; SYNERGY!1!) went pretty according to form. The truly crazy/sad/frightening thing to make peace with is that we've got but two weeks and championship week to go before college football's regular season is behind us. We weren't quite as gut check and reactionary in response to Utah's dismantling last weekend, so needless to say our ballot remains pretty static. If we screwed things up monumentally, please tell us where so we can right the ship.

1 Oregon Ducks Got a bit lucky when a flag negated Cal's go ahead field goal forcing a shot rekick which Cal's kicker was unable to make as well. Outlasted the Golden Bears 15-13. It seems like every national champion during the last half decade or so has had games like these. Next up: Bye Week. --
2 Auburn Tigers Amidst a week of controversy, Cam Newton rallied Auburn from an early deficit and kept his teammates focused throughout, escaping their contest with Georgia with a 49-31 victory and an SEC West championship. Next up: Bye Week. --
3 Boise State Broncos Played host to a plucky, bowl savvy rival Idaho team and took advantage of an explosive first quarter to win 52-14. Kellen Moore's Heisman candidacy is alive and well behidn a 19/26 for 216 yards and 3 TDs performance. Next up: Friday, vs Fresno State, 9:30. --
4 TCU Horned Frogs Trailed early, rallied and took a ginormous lead, then went to sleep down the stretch and almost lost before downing an actually pretty good San Diego State side 40-35. The Horned Frogs toughest test is now behind them but their cachet to play for it all may be destroyed. Next up: Bye Week. --
5 Stanford Cardinal Stanford ran into a trap game in their own right as despite going in favored needed a late 4th quarter touchdown to escape Arizona State 17-13. Andrew Luck didn't have his best afternoon completing 33/41 for 292 but throwing no touchdowns and an INT. Next up: at Cal, 3:30. --
6 Wisconsin Badgers Hell bent on putting some distance between them and Ohio State in the race for the Rose Bowl [via arbitrary BCS ratings] as well as keep their name in the national title discussion, Wisconsin (sans John Clay mind you) played host to Indiana and completely demolished the Hoosiers, 83-20. The Badgers treated their offensive approach to things with the generosity of Oprah: everyone got a touchdown. Next up: at Michigan, 12:00. --
7 Ohio State Buckeyes Played with your heart/mind/expectations in falling behind to Penn State early. Came to life in the second half and proved once and for all that PSU stands for 'Pick Six University' in a 38-14 victory. McGLOLoin indeed. Next up: at #21 Iowa, 3:30. --
8 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska' blackshirt defense were as effective as ever, but they failed to do much on the offensive side of the ball outlasting and besting awful Kansas 20-3. Taylor Martinez appeared still somewhat not himself following his previous injuries completing just 14/26 for 167 yards, no TDs, and a pick while also rushing for 71 yards on the ground. Next up: at #20 Texas A&M, 8:00. --
9 Oklahoma State Cowboys In a game yours truly attended (Texas season ticket holder; LOL), Brandon Weeden and friends had no problems exploiting the worst Texas team in 15 years, downing the Longhorns 33-16. Texas showed life late, but Weeden and arguably the nation's best receiver, Justin Blackmon, were too much for the hapless Horns. Next up: at Kansas, 12:00. --
10 LSU Tigers LSU's sometimes high school resembling point outputs needed but a Sun Belt opponent to look closer to the big leagues. Behind two touchdowns from Stevan Ridley and pathetic (from a completion standpoint) but solid from the turnover free P.O.V. quarterbacking duo of Jefferson and Lee, LSU cruised to a 51-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Next up: at Mississippi, 3:30. --
11 Michigan State Spartans Bye Week. Next up: vs Purdue, 12:00. --
12 Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama didn't win pretty, but the final score was indicative of a dominant performance score-wise, taking down #25 Mississippi State 30-10. Who would've guessed that Julio Jones would've had Alabama's longest rush of the day, scampering for 56 yards and a TD, where as former Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram was limited to 53 yards *total*? Next up: Thursday, Georgia State, 7:30. --
13 Arkansas Razorbacks Ryan Mallett looked silly against borderline bowl UTEP, 58-21. The junior/former Wolverine completed 19/26 for 215 and 5 TDs. While officially eliminated from the SEC West race, the Hogs are still very much alive in terms of bowl posturing madness. Next up: at #25 Mississippi State, 7:00. --
14 Virginia Tech Hokies The road to redemption is paved with ACC skulls. Tyrod Taylor's third quarter brilliance helped the Hokies break away from North Carolina and improve their season mark to 6-0 in-conference, winning, 26-10. Next up: #23 Miami, 3:30. UP1
15 Missouri Tigers After struggling with K-State (and the ghost of Power Towel's past) early, Blaine Gabbert and Mizzou took control and ultimately prevailed over Kansas State 38-28. Gabbert ultimately completed 17/25 for 208, 2 TDs, and a pick on the afternoon. Next up: at Iowa State, 7:00. UP3
16 Oklahoma Sooners There was no post-Texas A&M hangover as the Sooners played host to Tommy Tuberville's Red Raiders and absolutely lit up the Red Raiders, 45-7. Ryan Boyles cemented his place amongst the all-time sooner greats finding himself on the receiving end of 3 Landry Jones TDs and setting multiple school records in the process. Next up: at Baylor, 8:00. UP 3
17 Nevada Wolf Pack In one of the WACiest games of the year (see what I did there?!?), the Pack bounced back against a precocious Fresno State team and ultimately kept their WAC title hopes alive, putting down the Bulldogs, 35-34. Next up: Bye Week. UP3
18 South Carolina Gamecocks In arguably the biggest win in school history, South Carolina absolutely embarrassed a lifeless Florida side, winning 36-14. In doing so, the 'Cocks clinched their first ever SEC East divisional championship and a trip to Atlanta in the process. Next up: Troy, 12:21. UP 4
19 Southern Cal Trojans In easily the biggest win in the Lane Kiffin era, SC took advantage of an early lead and were able to hold on down the stretch, defeating #24 Arizona 24-21. SC frustrated the previously high regarded 'Cats defense putting up 382 yards of offense in the effort. Next up: at Oregon State, 8:00. UP 5
20 Texas A&M Aggies On the precipice of their first trip to the Top 25 in years, A&M outlasted a high scoring Baylor side en route to a 42-30 victory. New'ish quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 27/38 for 280 and a a TD on the afternoon while Cyrus Gray rushed for 137 yards and 4 TDs including the prohibitive TD. Next up: Nebraska, 8:00. UP5
21 Iowa Hawkeyes Went into their annual showdown with (just) Northwestern with the same aplomb they have for 4 of the previous 5 showdowns, falling flat on their faces down the stretch and losing 21-17. Despite just one turnover, the Hawkeyes couldn't escape a fate all too familiar. Next up: #7 Ohio State, 3:30. DOWN 7
22 Florida State Seminoles Unlike the usual all-too familiar script in situations of these variety, Florida State faced a 55 yard field goal as time expired and actually converted the try, downing Clemson in the process, 16-13. EJ Manuel was fairly efficient in completing 15/24 of his attempts for 210 with 0 TDs and a pick filling in for the injured Christian Ponder. Perhaps more impressively he added 70+ on the ground. Next up: at Maryland, 8:00. --
23 Miami Hurricanes Facing a surprisingly down Georgia Tech side, Miami needed to but play their game and keep from looking ahead to the following week's clash with Virginia Tech. Miami did just that and more, pounding a disoriented looking Rambling Wreck (emphasis on Wreck), 35-10. Next up: #20 Virginia Tech, 3:30. --
24 Arizona Wildcats Played host to USC in perhaps the most opportune time to catch a down Trojans team since... Well last year, but were unable to hold their end of the bargain, ultimately coming up just short 24-21. Nick Foles was up to his usual tricks showing no signs of the injuries that had curtailed him recently in completing 32 of 48 passes for 353 yards and all 3 Arizona scores. Next up: Bye Week. DOWN 7
25 Mississippi State Bulldogs Hung with #12 Alabama early but couldn't do enough down the stretch to keep things competitive, ultimately falling 30-10. The two headed quarterback duo of Tyler Russell and Chris Reif completed 12/23 for 150 and a TD in the losing effort. Next up: vs #13 Arkansas, 7:00. DOWN 4
Dropouts: Utah Utes, San Diego St. Aztecs
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JakeBuckeye's picture

San Fran is witnessing the amazingness that is Troy Smith right now. I'm unfathomably happy for Troy right now, even if the 49'ners defense manages to blow this game.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Niners win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!


Down 13-17, Troy Smith converted a 4th and 18 to keep the Niners alive. Next play he through a strike to Crabtree to take the lead 20-17 with 2 minutes remaining. Rams send the game into OT with a field goal. On 3rd and 2 in overtime Troy Smith throws the ball downfield and gets a pass interferance call at the Rams' 23 yard line. Niners get it down to the Rams' 11 and kick the game winning field goal.

nickma71's picture

And Stuckey did his best Earnest Byner impression at the 2.

JoshAlum's picture

356 yards passing, 1 TD, Troy Smith for the houndie.

Powers's picture

49ers my new second favorite team!!!

DarthSweaterVest's picture

I used to hate the 49ers back in the Montana/Young years but as long as Troy is their startiing QB I am on the Niner bandwagon.

Pam's picture

I thought I was the only 11W chick.  Right there with you on Troy.  One of my favorite Buckeyes. 

Johnny Ginter's picture

i cry tears of joy when i look at turnover differential stats, so it's cool

JakeBuckeye's picture

Speaking of crying and Troy Smith, I still remember coach Tress at Smith's Heisman ceremony. Coach was able to hold it back by a millimeter but I could see the cry in his eyes. That was a special moment.

tomcollins's picture


You make the rankings?  What is your philosophy on ranking teams?  How do you mix strength (power rankings) vs. resume?

Luke's picture

We rotate the honors but essentially the person responsible for writing the post (yours truly this year) comes up with a Top 25, sends it to committee, and then tweak as feedback necessitates. I'm more of a traditional pollsters but I can't pretend some relative resume stuff doesn't enter my mind as well. It's certainly an inexact science but head-to-head victory consideration (usually) serves as the principle tie breaker.

Johnny Ginter's picture

don't listen to him tom, here at 11W HQ we have a big mat with all of the teams in FBS on it, and every sunday we buy a big ol bag of skittles and dump it out on the mat. then we put the teams with the most skittles in the top 25. then we eat the skittles and take a nap.

dirty6's picture

The rainbow tastes......damnit, why couldn't Hawaii be #1 for the purpose of this joke?

Denny's picture

I'd prefer if you'd use a JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS mat.


tomcollins's picture

I just noticed you had LSU really low with the 1-loss teams.  LSU is probably one of the worst 1-loss teams in terms of strength, but one of the best in terms of resume (ok, probably better to say more clearly the best).  If you account for margin of victory in resume, even then, LSU is pretty impressive, even with their close wins against mediocre teams.  But LSU has been very lucky this year and probably should have lost at least twice, so weighting team strength heavily would easily have them in 10th.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

The only time this season I wont root for the San Francisco 4-Buckeye-9er's is when they face Beanie and my Arizona Cardinals. Otherwise, you HAVE to love the 49er's, Saints, and Rams. Atleast 2 Buckeyes on both squads all playing a descent amount each game. Hell, the Rams LB core is basically a Buckeyes unit with Diggs and Lil Animal starting.

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