BlogPoll Ballot: Week 11

By Alex on November 7, 2011 at 11:00a
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Another great week of college football. We got to see the Buckeyes take another step closer to the B1G title game, Michigan lose, and one of the better defensive battles (or poor offensive showings) in the last decade in the Alabama-LSU game.

It's that time again for the 11W BlogPoll Ballot, so take a look and tell us what you think.

1 LSU Tigers I personally enjoyed the self-proclaimed "game of the century" as I love me some good defensive football. LSU came out on top 9-6 to hold the #1 ranking, but will need to do some work on offense if they want to keep pace with their all-world defense. --
2 Stanford Cardinal It was cold and rainy in Corvallis, but Andrew Luck didn't let that stop him. Stanford's Heisman candidate threw for 3 TDs in a 38-13 road win to keep the Cardinal undefeated. UP1
3 Boise State Broncos Favored by 42 points on the road, BSU didn't quite hit that mark, but they did beat UNLV 48-21 in Las Vegas. Kellen Moore threw 5 touchdown passes for the Broncos as the MWC leader makes its charge towards another BCS appearance. UP1
4 Oklahoma State Cowboys OK State held on to beat Kansas State 52-45, holding the KSU offense deep in their zone on the last drive of the game. Justin Blackmon had 13 catches for 205 yards and 2 TDs to keep both his team undefeated and his Heisman hopes alive. UP1
5 Alabama Crimson Tide Trent Richardson had over 160 yards of total offense, but it wasn't enough as Alabama missed 4 field goals and couldn't find the end zone in a 9-6 loss at home to LSU. The Tide is likely out of the MNC hunt now and will have to settle for a Sugar Bowl bid. DOWN 3
6 Oregon Ducks LaMichael James made his return for the Ducks and did not disappoint. Oregon's shift running back rushed for 156 yards and a score in a 34-17 U of O win over Washington. --
7 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma beat Texas A&m 41-25 in Norman, but suffered a big loss when NCAA career receptions leader Ryan Broyles tore his ACL. Broyles will be out for the year, an injury that will definitely have an impact on the Sooners' aerial attack. --
8 Arkansas Razorbacks In the other clash of top 10 SEC teams, Arkansas pulled out a home victory against South Carolina by a score of 44-28. The Razorbacks were lead by Tyler Wilson who threw for 299 yards and 2 TDs. --
9 Clemson Tigers Clemson was idle this week and got ready for this week's game against a stingy Wake Forest team. UP1
10 Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Tech was also on a bye, enjoying the week to rest up as a tough road trip to Georgia Tech awaits them. UP1
11 Houston Cougars It seems Case Keenum breaks a record every week. This time, the Houston quarterback broke Timmy Chang's record for career passing yards, tossing for 407 in a Cougars' victory over UAB. UP2
12 Georgia Bulldogs UGA is the hottest team nobody is talking about, as the Bulldogs are now the favorite in the SEC East. QB Aaron Murray threw 5 touchdowns in a 63-16 win against New Mexico State. UP4
13 Penn State Nittany Lions Penn State's bye week came at a great time, as they face a final stretch of three games that sees them play Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. UP5
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers After a dominating win against Michigan State, the Cornhuskers displayed the hangover effect, getting upset at home 28-25 by Northwestern. NU's offense finally woke up late in the 3rd quarter, but it was too little too late for a team that could have taken a big step forward in their Legends division quest. DOWN 5
15 Michigan State Spartans MSU had a scare at home as well, but came out on top, beating Minnesota 31-24. Kirk Cousins had 296 passing yards and 2 TDs, while LeVeon Bell ran 15 times for 96 yards and 2 scores on the ground. UP5
16 Wisconsin Badgers After losing two straight games, Wisconsin took their aggravation out on Purdue, beating the Boilermakers 62-17. Montee Ball had 223 yards and 3 TDs, something the OSU staff should take note of for their game at PU this weekend. UP5
17 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina hung in the game for a long time, but just got worn down in a road game at Arkansas, losing 44-28 to the Razorbacks. Connor Shaw ran for 2 TDs, but it wasn't enough to offset his 2 INTs that didn't help a sputtering Gamecocks offense. DOWN 5
18 Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State proved it is indeed a good team, but just not good enough to win the Big 12, as they fell to Oklahoma State 52-45 in Stillwater.  DOWN 4
19 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles USM returned two interceptions for touchdowns as well as a punt for a touchdown, en route to a 48-28 road win against East Carolina. UP3
20 Cincinnati Bearcats In a game for first place in the Big East, Cincinnati survived and advanced in a 26-23 road win against Pittsburgh. Zach Collaros wasn't spectacular throwing the football, but did run for two scores to help UC move to 7-1 (3-0) on the season. UP3
21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets The Yellow Jackets were idle this week and were busy preparing to host Virginia Tech this coming weekend. UP3
22 Michigan Wolverines In everyone's upset special, the Wolverines fell to Iowa 24-16 after falling short on their final drive inside the Hawkeyes' 10 yard line. Michigan is now 7-2 on the year and has three tough games remaining at Illinois and then home against Nebraska and the Buckeyes to finish off the year. DOWN 5
23 Ohio State Buckeyes It was ugly, but nonetheless it was a win. The Buckeyes took down the Indiana Hoosiers 34-20 behind three 100 yard rushers who all had at least one touchdown in the form of Boom Herron, Carlos Hyde, and Braxton Miller.  UP2
24 Texas Longhorns The Longhorns seem to have found their identity for the 2011 season via the ground game. In a 52-20 win against Texas Tech, Joe Bergeron and Foswhitt Whittaker combined to rush for 274 yards and 5 TDs to help Mack Brown's team go to 6-2 (3-2) on the year. --
25 TCU Horned Frogs TCU makes its return to the Top 25, beating Wyoming 31-20 on the road. The Horned Frogs improve to 7-2 on the season, as Ed Wesley and Matt Tucker both rushed for 2 scores on the day. --
Dropouts: West Virginia Mountaineers, Arizona St. Sun Devils
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The Six Fingered Buckeye's picture

Ugh, if only this reflected reality. Although the Bucks are getting closer to starting a new streak, being one of the top teams "also receiving votes."

 

But apparently being a three loss team as the defending National Champion keeps you in the top 25. Or having a QB named Robert Griffin III.

Please, be honest. This is for science.