BlogPoll Ballot: September 3

By David Sokol on September 3, 2012 at 12:00p

Week one is in the books and there were several changes since the Pre-Season BlogPoll that came out last Monday.

In this weekend's marquee matchup, Alabama jumped to the top after thrashing Michigan in primetime on Saturday night, much to most Buckeye fans' delight, dropping USC down a spot and dropping Michigan out of the top-20.

So, it wasn't much of a marquee matchup after all.

Once again, you can also check out our ballot, as well as all of the others on the BlogPoll site, while also following on Twitter at @BlogPollTop25.

1 Alabama Crimson Tide If you watched Alabama's trouncing of the Wolverines, there isn't much argument as to why Alabama shouldn't be rated #1. The Crimson Tide's offensive line made Michigan's d-line look like the AFC Pro-Bowl squad versus an 8th grade Phys. Ed flag football team. Freshman RB T.J. Yeldon isn't too shabby either. --
2 Southern Cal Trojans USC dominated Hawaii just as predicted, but Alabama's stellar play on the big stage is the only reason why they are bumped down a spot since last week. --
3 LSU Tigers LSU dominated North Texas behind running back Kenny Hilliard's 141 yards and two scores. QB Zach Mettenberg wasn't great but it's only week one. --
4 Oregon Ducks Oregon scored 29 points in the first quarter and didn't allow a point. However, Arkansas State played the Ducks pretty evenly for the final three quarters to end the game 57-34. --
5 Florida State Seminoles In one of the most dominating defensive performances of college football's first Saturday, FSU only allowed three points and put up 69 of their own.  --
6 Georgia Bulldogs For those following the Georgia and Buffalo game, many were surprised to see the Bulls stick around for most of the game, with UGA only up 24-16 at the half.  --
7 Oklahoma Sooners What a scary game for Oklahoma fans, down seven to zip early on with UTEP nose to nose on every possession. The Sooners just needed the second half to build a modest but comfortable lead. --
8 West Virginia Mountaineers The Mountaineers put up 69 points en route to the highest scoring opener in WVU history. Marshall scored 34 of their own points to add to the entertainment and lack of all-around defense from both sides.  --
9 Arkansas Razorbacks The Razors struggled out of the gate, but Tyler Wilson's 367 yards and 3 touchdowns allowed Arkansas to pull away. --
10 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina had a very tough time opening with SEC foe Vandy on Thursday night, needing a 4th quarter TD to steal the game in Nashville. --
11 Clemson Tigers Tajh Boyd helped Clemson take down Auburn in Atlanta. Clemson RB Andre Ellington had 231 yards rushing in the Chick-Fil-A opener. --
12 Ohio State Buckeyes In Urban Meyer's opener, the Buckeyes were slow to start, actually down 3-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter. Once the offense started clicking, thanks to a Devin Smith one-handed, highlight reel grab, the rest was history. Braxton Miller broke an OSU QB rushing record with 161 yards and a score. Buckeye fans seem pretty excited about the future in Columbus. --
13 Michigan State Spartans Head Coach Mark Dantonio showed flashes of mentor Jim Tressel with RB Le'Veon Bell carrying the ball 44 times for 210 yards and two TDs. Pesky Boise State was finally defeated in a big time season opener. --
14 Virginia Tech Hokies The Hokies don't play until tonight, in primetime, against conference rival Georgia Tech. It should be a good one. --
15 Oklahoma State Cowboys The Cowboys are back to their old ways running up the score, but unlike in their past, they played solid defense, beating poor Savannah State 84-0. Touchdowns were not hard to come by this weekend for OK State. --
16 Texas Longhorns Not sure what to make of Texas—the Longhorns were down 9-7 after one, but managed to push through to win 37-17. --
17 Wisconsin Badgers QB Danny O'Brien had his first start since pulling a Russell Wilson and transferring from Maryland in an ugly Wisky 26-21 win over Northern Iowa. Montee Ball had 120 yards on 32 carries in a different look Wisconsin team that probably isn't nearly as good as last year's. --
18 Nebraska Cornhuskers Star RB Rex Burkhead was carted off the field early but QB Taylor Martinez passed for five touchdowns against So. Miss in a 49-20 win. --
19 Kansas State Wildcats K-State used a 35-point fourth quarter to pull away from Missouri State in Manhattan (Kansas, that is). --
20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame put up 50 points against Navy in Dublin. Yes, that's correct. Notre Dame scored 50 points and only allowed 10. --
21 Michigan Wolverines Refer to #1 up top: Michigan got pounded by Alabama, which was actually embarrassing at some points. Denard Robinson looked mostly suspect and then tried to fill up the defensive box with a tackle of his own which backfired, forcing him to be helped off the field. Alabama, though, is very good. Michigan may not be as good as the media originally thought. --
22 TCU Horned Frogs TCU has a bye until next week when they play Grambling State. --
23 Stanford Cardinal Stanford didn't wow anyone, but I guess that's what happens when your star QB goes #1 overall in the NFL Draft. The Cardinal barely won, beating San Jose State 20-17. --
24 Florida Gators In another "Urban Meyer Bowl", Florida did not take care of MAC opponent Bowling Green like many had thought they would, winning just 27-14 in the "Swamp". --
25 Louisville Cardinals The pride of the Big East battled in-state rival UK and came out on top winning 32-14 behind RB Jeremy Wright's three TDs. --
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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

When do the new USA Today and AP Polls come out?  I'm assuming on Tuesday since there is a game tonight...

Conroy's picture

Saying Arkansas State played the Ducks evenly in the final three quarters is a huge overstatement.  When it was 50-3 with about 6 minutes left in the second half, Oregon pulled almost all of their starters.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Wisky's overrated along with tTUN.  MSU wins the B1G only because OSU can't play for it...take it to the bank now. Not just bc of the victory over a one (or may be two) man offensive team of Miami's bc the way OSU did it...the coaches were great...and so is this team...this year or next.  Each and every week this team will get better bc of those coaches I spoke of as well as the will to win every game.  I'm sold...this team either goes undefeated or 11-1 with a slip up lose because of what you saw in the first quarter (ie...MSU may be bc Wisky and tTUN are in for some fun).  They're for real...and wait till more freshmen get additional playing time (spence, washington, schutt, and those LBS not to mention reeves at CB and on and on)...they're going to be REALLY good.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Bucksfan's picture

I agree.  I think it is going to be very hard to beat this team if they're the same team as the final 3 quarters showcased.  It is still a very real possibility that they find themselves in games where they can't seem to get any push, or they're a little off in their timing, or the defense just can't figure out what the opponent is doing (I can see this happening against Nebraska and Purdue, especially).  So, I still fear a loss or two just due to growing pains and the fact that some of the se B1G teams simply aren't as bad as they have been...but I chalk it up to catching the Buckeyes on an off day.  Plus, we can't forget that this team hasn't been tested against solid talent yet.  They don't know what it might take.  So...still gotta keep the expectations realistic.
That said, it is more fun to watch this team trying to score points every time they get the football.  They have points on the brain.  It's a 21st Century design.  I am going to be far more forgiving of a team that is trying to win with the fear that no lead is safe than with an expectation that the other team will simply make more mistakes (Tressel).  If Ohio State goes out to Pasadena one day and gets beat in a close one by USC, it's going to be a little more tolerable if it's obvious that the Buckeyes were going for the win instead of playing not to lose, for example.

gravey's picture

Whoa boys.  It's waaaay too early to make we're-the-champs predictions after we beat a completely one-dimensional Miami squad.  Our linebackers were not tested at all and our O-line was not tested much by Miami's D-line...Braxton wasn't pressured much and our recievers still look shaky.  I saw enough problems yesterday to temper my little as I want to them to be tempered.

pompano buckeye's picture

I have thought this for quite some time, that perhaps Bollman has been the scapegoat for way too long.  It is very possible (probable, even?) that JT was in fact the play caller entirely for the games, and Bollman was simply a figurehead that was expected to prepare the offense at his boss's urging. Just a thought.  Maybe this has already been debated ad nauseum...if so, Sorry. :-\
This was supposed to be in response to the post bad!

“...indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.” Woody Hayes

Crimson's picture

Bollman never called plays while Tress was here.  If you want to pick on play calling, it's all Tress.  If you want to club a walrus for not developing offensive linemen, well that's on the Walrus.

buckz4evr's picture

Did anyone see the box score of the Boston College game?  They threw 51 times!!  WTF??  That was a total of 3 wks stats when he was here!
I know, he's gone but can you image how much better we would have been if we put up more passes then we did?

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

You mean like we did in the TSUN game last year?  Yeah, I was wondering that for weeks after that game.  lol

Class of 2010.

razrback16's picture

Remember the Bollman is not the playcaller for BC. He is the OL "coach" (using the term "coach" very loosely) and "running game coordinator".

grivo242's picture

Ohio U. should be somewhere on the tail end of that poll -- I would put them at 19 as I think they would beat the teams you currently have 19-25. I hope they get a chance to prove it w/scUM in a bowl, to punish them (again, after already doing so in basketball) for that idiotic "Ohio" crap.

BucksfanXC's picture

This is spot on.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody