BlogPoll Ballot: Week 8

By Alex on October 17, 2011 at 12:00p
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BCS? Who needs the BCS? We have the Week 8 BlogPoll, which is finally here for you to pick apart, applaud, or just completely ignore.

On another note, enjoy this bye week to watch some good college football and get down to City BBQ, because the time for you to take advantage of the 11W: 11 Bones for $11 special is running out fast. Go eat some ribs people!

1 LSU Tigers The nation's top team did it once again, this time going to Rocky Top to beat Tennessee 38-7. Spencer Ware ran for and caught a touchdown in the win, just one week before the Tigers are set to host another tough SEC game, this time against Auburn. --
2 Oklahoma Sooners Ryan Broyles had 13 catches for 217 yards and 2 TDs in a 41-17 win at Kansas, as the sooners continued in cruise control mode through the Big 12 season. Broyles broke the NCAA record for career receptions in the process, so props to him for solidifying his place in college football history. --
3 Alabama Crimson Tide You can basically make the top 3 teams in this poll 1, 1A, and 1B. Alabama continued playing national championship caliber football, running away with a 52-7 win at Ole Miss. Trent Richardson was ridiculous, rushing for 183 yards and 4 scores, including this beauty at around the :25 mark. --
4 Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin covered the 40 point spread, beating Indiana 59-7, and will continue to need to keep doing that as their #6 BCS ranking was less than ideal. Montee Ball ran for 142 yards and 3 scores on just 14 carries, and also threw one to Russell Wilson in the Badgers' victory. Up next are consecutive road games against Michigan State and the Buckeyes, so Bucky better bring it if it wants to stay undefeated. --
5 Stanford Cardinal Andrew Luck continues to do his thing, throwing for 336 yards and 4 TDs in a 44-14 win over Washington State. A tougher game lies ahead this week as the Cardinal takes on#25 Washington in week 8. --
6 Boise State Broncos Boise State is ranked #5 in the initial BCS poll and their 63-13 road win against Colorado State helped that out a bit. Kellen Moore (338 yards 4 TD) was a stud as always, but it was running back Doug Martin who impressed me the most with 20 carries for 200 yards and 3 TDs in the win. --
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys Okie State came in at #4 in the BCS rankings and if their offense keeps this up, we may be seeing an undefeated Cowboys team play an undefeated Sooners team at the end of the season. OSU-south used an out of character ground attack to churn out over 200 yards and 3 TD, while averaging 7.5 ypc in a 38-26 road win at Texas. --
8 Oregon Ducks The Ducks were without LaMichael James (dislocated elbow), but still out-athleted Arizona State in a 41-27 win. The bad news for the Ducks is that QB Darren Thomas left with a leg injury. The good news is that Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas combined for 244 yards and 3 TDs in James' absence, allowing the Oregon offense to carry on like nothing happened. --
9 Clemson Tigers Putting themselves in a hole early, Clemson rallied back to get a 56-45 win and spoil Maryland's homecoming weekend. Tajh Boyd, playing with a gimpy hip, threw for 270 yards and 4 TDs to lead the surprising Tigers to stay undefeated. --
10 Arkansas Razorbacks Arkansas was idle this week, giving them some time off to heal injuries and prepare for their road game this week against former coach Houston Nutt and Ole Miss. UP1

 

11 West Virginia Mountaineers WVU was also idle this past week, but moves up three spots in the poll thanks to teams falling this past week. The Mountaineers go to Syracuse this week in a game I think will be closer than most people expect. UP3
12 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina beat Mississippi State 14-12 on the road, but suffered a loss that would have been worse than had they actually lost the game. Star RB Marcus Lattimore has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering cartilage and ligament damage to his knee during the game. Here's to wishing Lattimore a speedy recovery. UP4
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska was off this past week and is practically off again next week as they go to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers.  UP4
14 Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State was an underdog going to Texas Tech despite being undefeated. The Wildcats answered the challenge once again, taking down the Red Raiders 41-34 in Lubbock. Collin Klein had 4 total TDs, rushing and passing for over 100 yards in a game in which KSU was missing two of it's top receivers. UP4
15 Virginia Tech Hokies Logan Thomas continues to gain momentum with each start, as his 2 rushing and 2 passing touchdowns helped the Hokies take down Wake Forest 38-17 in a nice road win for Frank Beamer's team. UP5
16 Michigan State Spartans For the first time in about 50 years, MSU beat Michigan four years in a row after Mark Dantonio's inner-Buckeye helped take down the Wolverines 28-14 on Saturday. Sparty did everything it could to hand Michigan the win, including overcoming 2 lost fumbles and 13 penalties. They won't be able to make those mistakes if they want to win next week, a game in which they host Wisconsin. UP7
17 Texas A&M Aggies In a season-altering match-up, Texas A&M came out on top, beating Baylor 55-28 in College Station. Ryan Tannehill out-dueled Robert Griffin III (still my boy), throwing for 415 yards and 6 TDs on the afternoon. UP5
18 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech fell for the first time this season, getting upset 24-21 on the road against a stingy Virginia team. GT had just 24 yards on 2/8 passing and 2 INTs in the game, factors that certainly didn't help them in trying to win the game. The scary thing about that is that the Yellow Jackets had both more completions and yards than Ohio State, who beat a ranked Illinois team on the road this weekend.  DOWN 8
19 Houston Cougars Houston was idle this week, but moves up by default. The Cougars take on Marshall at home next week, so should remain undefeated once again. UP5
20 Georgia Bulldogs I'm a big fan of the Bulldogs team and Mark Richt has them playing great undefeated football since dropping the first two games of the season to Boise State and South Carolina. Aaron Murray threw for 326 yards and 3 TDs in a 33-28 road win against Vanderbilt. UP5
21 Michigan Wolverines "The Wolverines were who we thought they were" in a 28-14 loss against Michigan State. Denard Robinson, facing a legitimate defense for the first time this year, struggled in completing just 9 of 24 passes and averaging 2.3 yards per carry on the ground in the loss. The Nard Dawg's interception at the end of the game sealed the deal in giving UM it's first loss of the season. DOWN 8
22 Illinois Fighting Illini Like with Michigan, many were skeptical Illinois was really as good as their 6-0 record indicated. Coming in as 3.5 point favorites against the Buckeyes, Illinois couldn't stop a Buckeye rushing attack they knew was coming and ended up suffering a 17-7 loss. The next 5 games will tell us a lot more about the Illini, as they take on Purdue, Penn State, and Minnesota on the road and get Michigan and Wisconsin at home.  DOWN 7
23 Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona State fell for the second time this season, going home after a tough 41-27 road loss at Oregon. Brock Osweiler threw for 291 yards and 2 TDs, but his 2 INTs didn't help the Sun Devils keep pace with the high powered Ducks offense on Saturday night. DOWN 11
24 Auburn Tigers It was ugly, but nonetheless, a 17-6 win for the Tigers at home against Florida. Auburn is definitely struggling at the quarterback position, but the running game was at least effective and Gene Chizik's team got a shot in the arm as true freshman QB Kiehl Frazier showed he could be an electric play maker if given the chance, getting 41 yards on 8 carries in the win. --
25 Washington Huskies UW makes it's debut in the BlogPoll, as they moved to 5-1 after a 52-24 thrashing of Colorado. Keith Price threw for 257 yards and 4 TD in the win, while the Huskies' rushing attack totaled 295 yards and 3 scores to help balance the attack. Up next is a road game at Stanford, a contest that will tell us how good Washington really is. --
Dropouts: Texas Longhorns, Baylor Bears
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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I'll just leave this here..those of you hoping for Gruden

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7114850/jon-gruden-agrees-five-year-extension-espn

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

and yes..i know..i'm a douche maestro for linking ESPiN

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Who cares about the polls...the 2011 Nike Pro Combat Jerseys are available at the team shop and eBay. There is a #5 Nike Pro Combat Jersey on eBay for $100 + $10 shipping and the team shop has #45 Jerseys for $80 + $5 shipping. For any of you wanting to sport them.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Alex's picture

don't get that #5 on ebay if you want the 2011 jersey...that is last year's...all I can find for 2011 is the #45

GoBucks713's picture

I thought all they had was 45 in the new jerseys

-The Aristocrats!

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

This looks like the 2011 Pro Combat unis to me...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Braxton-Miller-Ohio-State-Buckeyes-2011-Nike-Com...

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Alex's picture

oh thats a new one from what i saw before....looks like a complete hack job to me and is probably fake but what do I know

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Yeah. It looked questionable when I zoomed in on it. I bought a #45 Jersey from the team shop anyway. Just put it out there for the Buckeye faithful. It is a Top-Rated Seller though, so I doubt he is selling crap....but it is eBay....

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Wil's picture

I'm hearing rumors that Carlos Hyde tweeted that he is leaving OSU!!!!! Anybody have an inside scoop on this?!?!?! 

William's picture

Just an emotional response on Saturday to his lack of carries. I understand his frustration, he's not leaving, don't worry.

Alex's picture

After the game he tweeted something like "guess I'm not good enough....take myself elsewhere", but quickly deleted it and said something like "RELAX...I'm not going anywhere. Love being a Buckeye!".....basically kid was frustrated after having a solid game against Nebraska that he only got 3 touches and they were late in the game...totally legitimate feelings----he just can't put that on twitter...can't blame the coaches either for playing the hot hand with Boom/Hall....quite frankly I'm surpised they brought in Hyde when they did

Maestro's picture

Totally agree. I was worried that Herron was injured when I saw Hyde in the game, but then Boom came back in later. It was kinda strange and almost like they gave him a few carries simply to appease him. He has done work, but there is a pecking order.

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Wil's picture

The pecking order seems to be a little screwed up...... based on overall performance it should be: 1)Boom 2)Hyde 3)Hall in a long 3rd down/slot receiver role like Percy Harvin was at Florida. If I see Jordan Hall in on another 3rd and 1 I am going to puke. Nothing against him..... I'm just going with the 238 lb back then..... not the 195 lb back.

Maestro's picture

In what alternate universe do you see a 3rd down/slot receiver role like Percy Harvin? That position doesn't exist on this team. Not that it shouldn't, it just doesn't.

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Looks like T.Y. Williams is getting frustrated too. He just tweeted that "any other football program would like a 6'7" WR that weighs 235 lbs. This offensive coaching staff is losing its players. Nit saying I don't empathize w/the young man, but he can't be tweeting that. As Hyde found out, the media is evil and will run w/that...

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Maestro's picture

One that catches the ball.........yes.

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William's picture

A lot of people reported that he had the dropsies in practice, but from what he's shown in games he actually catches the ball. 

Maestro's picture

He is about 50% on in-game catches from what I have seen.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Since when did we start recruiting all of these young prima donna's?  It used to be you joined up with OSU to be part of the tradition and the family and if you were good enough, you'd get to play some of your last two years.  As far as I'm concerned these young kids need to learn a thing or two about the world and how it works.  Let them leave if they want, but I can't stand these self-deserving attitudes.  When we keep getting players who think they deserve to win will be the downfall of the program.  We need to get players who practice and play to earn the win and the spot.

 

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William's picture

Pretty sure Hyde has played and earned the number 2 spot behind Herron. I can understand Hyde's frustration, he's played better than Hall, and he's still getting shafted. T.Y. Williams on the other hand has only caught a few balls, then again he hasn't seen the field much.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I agree with you about Hyde - he has played very well.  But there's still the pecking order and Hall is a JR and Hyde is a SO.  Additionally, I'm not a coach and there may be something the coaches like more about Hall.  Perhaps, he's being used as more of the change of pace back.  I do understand his frustration, but again, he needs to realize how the world works.  I am more upset with Williams.  These guys are young players, they need to realize that they'll get their time.  Good players take their frustrations out on the field and in practice, these guys turn to Twitter.  Ahhh, the social media double-edged sword.

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Maestro's picture

I beg to differ William. The Miami game showed the difference between Hyde and Hall. The difference was large then in favor of Hall, but has been closed by Hyde since Week 3.

These 2 are going to split carries a lot next season, and Hyde simply needs to keep grinding and quit whining.

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