BlogPoll Top 25: September 24

By David Sokol on September 24, 2012 at 12:00p

Another week is in the books and another ballot has been cast by Eleven Warriors for the SB Nation BlogPoll.

Oh Michigan, Oh Michigan! Where art thou?

Nowhere. That's what happens when you lose two games early and for those thinking the Wolverines still had a shot to make it to the BCS title game, you can forget it.

In addition to Michigan, there was plenty of movement across the board.

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 Yawn...Alabama rocked FAU, 40-7, and welcome a not so great Ole Miss team next Saturday. --
2 Florida State Seminoles In a primetime matchup, the Seminoles showed that they are indeed a BCS title contender handling a very solid Clemson team at home. FSU showed that they are worthy of a top-2 ranking. UP1
3 Oregon Ducks Quack, Quack, look who's back in the top 3 again. Oregon owned Arizona, 49-0, in what was nothing less than a laugher. UP1
4 LSU Tigers LSU played a shaky Auburn squad very closely. The stout Tiger defense kept them ahead, leading to an eventual 12-10 win. DOWN 2
5 Georgia Bulldogs The Dawgs look like a SEC title contender, dominating Vandy at home, 48-3. If you beat any in-conference foe 48-3, it only means good things. UP1
6 Kansas State Wildcats K-State may have had the upset of the day, winning in Norman, 24-19, for their first win at Oklahoma since 1997. Coach Bill Snyder has his team looking good in the Big 12. UP10
7 South Carolina Gamecocks Did Missouri make a mistake joining the SEC? South Carolina had no issues with Mizzou, winning 31-10. --
8 Stanford Cardinal Stanford has the week off and enjoyed their win over USC from the previous week. UP1
9 West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia glided to a win over Maryland. It was never a blowout, but Maryland never had a chance. Former Ohio State target, WR Stefon Diggs, did look great with two long TD catches. DOWN 1
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish The Irish look like they're for real, beating both Michigan Big Ten schools in back-to-back weekends. The Irish play Miami-FL before hosting #8 Stanford. UP2
11 Florida Gators The Gators were not touched by Kentucky. Then again, if last year's basketball team strapped on some helmets, they'd probably beat their school's football team.  UP3
12 Southern Cal Trojans USC had no issues with California like that one team we all know *cough* Ohio State *cough*, winning 27-9. DOWN 1
13 Texas Longhorns Texas put up 66 points against SEC bottom feeder Ole Miss. The Longhorns look like they could be back. We'll see in two weeks against West Virginia. UP2
14 Oklahoma Sooners Another high ranking blown early in the year, this time to K-State at home. DOWN 9
15 Ohio State Buckeyes The Buckeyes have so many question marks, the Riddler should replace Brutus as Ohio State's mascot. Braxton Miller continues to carry the team on his back and makes big plays when the staff takes off his leash and lets him run around. Miller could realistically be in the Heisman race if he keeps these numbers up. DOWN 2
16 TCU Horned Frogs TCU handled Virginia at home. Nothing else to report here. UP1
17 Clemson Tigers In a great game at Florida State, Tajh Boyd looked good again, but his efforts were not enough to beat the Seminoles. DOWN 7
18 Oregon State Beavers In an interesting year for the Pac-12, Oregon State seems to be sticking around early, beating UCLA on the road. --
19 Louisville Cardinals The Pride of the Big East had some issues against Florida International, but what top-25 team isn't having issues against scrubs these days (exclude Alabama, Florida State, and Oregon). UP2
20 Mississippi State Bulldogs The other MSU beat Southern Alabama, 30-10. Yeah, it was Southern Alabama and there are no other good teams to rank in the top-25. UP3
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers A Big Ten team blew out an inferior program?! Finally! Nebraska rocked Idaho State, 73-7, en route to ISU's 34th straight loss. Ouch. UP3
22 Michigan State Spartans Another Big Ten struggler: MSU was down 7-3 at the half before outscoring Eastern Michigan, 20-0, in the second half to win, 23-7. DOWN 4
23 Northwestern Wildcats Northwestern enters conference play undefeated and in this top-25 (right outside the AP). They welcome Indiana to Evanston this weekend. --
24 Rutgers Scarlet Knights SEC, SEC! Well, Arkansas, you just got beat by the Big East. Rutgers cruised to a 35-26 victory in Fayetteville and enters the top-25. --
25 Boise State Broncos Boise St. continues to win, even if it's by one point over BYU. Yeah, BSU won, 7-6, and plays New Mexico next Saturday. --
Dropouts: Michigan Wolverines, UCLA Bruins, Arizona Wildcats
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willshire58's picture

I like how everyone is bashing the B1G(and deservedly so), but beating B1G teams has propelled ND into the top 10. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

It's the same thing with Bama. You can't talk about how weak the Big Ten is, yet act as if Bama has dominated great teams.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Interestingly, of ND's three B1G victims, it was Purdue that put up the best fight, and arguably outplayed the Irish. 
I'd say as long as Manti Te'o is suiting up for them ND is definitely a top 10 team.  Guy is a beast; stuffs the run, rushes the QB, and still somehow manages to drop back and play blanket coverage when asked to.  He'd be just what the doctor ordered for the Buckeyes this season. 

buck-I.8's picture

To be fair, UM was the better team on saturday night. If they had an actual offensive game plan, they win that game fairly easily. The picks weren't as much caused by Denard's terribleness as they were the difference picking apart play action after play action.

chitown buckeye's picture

I walked away from the bar that night trying to decide who played worse. Michigan for 6 turnovers or ND for not being able to do anything with them. The fact Michigan was in the game up until the final 2 minutes whaling turned the ball over 6 times tells you what you need to know about ND's offense.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

onetwentyeight's picture

The sad thing is if he keeps this up Te'o is putting together a legit Heisman campaign, but he won't win it because some system player with lots of offensive #stats like Geno smith or an Oregon RB will. Shame. 

otrain2416's picture

really happy for k state playing well this year. nice to see a non traditional football team do well hopefully we keep improving and move up in the rankings go bucks!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Baroclinicity's picture

Bill Snyder, clearly one of the best coaches out there.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

hodge's picture

Guy's a hall-of-famer if there ever was one.  The way that he brought K-State back from the literal abyss is incredible.  Surprised it hasn't been made into a Disney movie yet.

luckynewman13's picture

hasn't he brought K-State back from the abyss TWICE now?

hodge's picture

Yeah, but before he was hired the were awful.  Like, all-time awful, historically awful.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Also don't forget this guy is a branch of the Hayden Fry coaching tree. Snyder worked under Fry first at North Texas and then Iowa (76-88).

cplunk's picture

Here is my problem with polls. Clemson played Florida State very tough. Why would they drop seven spots? Because they lost to a higher ranked team? That's silly.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Akron played Tennessee tough for a half as well. It happens a lot in college football where an inferior team hangs around for a half.  In the 2nd half FSU crushed Clemson.

btalbert25's picture

I kind of agree with ya here, but they did allow very close to 700 total yards and 49 points.  I know FSU is really good, but they were up 18 points and dominated especially late 3rd and 4th quartert.  Clemson just showed now ability to stop FSU in the 2nd half where FSU's D started making plays.  Maybe they shoudln't have dropped 7 spots, but their D is going to lose them more games this year.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Clemson has given up 119 points vs the last 2 ranked teams they have played.  My question is, why is Clemson even in the top 20?

builderofcoalitions's picture

Should the 'Ville be ranked higher? Otherwise, this feels pretty dead-on.

Because we couldn't go for three.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Denard just threw another pick on the way down the polls

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Buckeyejason's picture

1   Yawn...Alabama rocked FAU, 40-7, and welcome a not so great Ole Miss team next Saturday.  --

Sorry, couldn't resist guys. Gotta eat crow when you spout off the mouth.


kr66osu's picture

Nice to see Northwestern finally getting some recognition

baddogmaine's picture

This poll, like too many, seems heavy on the usual suspects. Where are La Tech,  Purdue, Meatchicken's Ohio, AACC (two losses but who would not have lost to AL and who hasn't lost to ND?), Nevada, TN, Baylor, UCLA (Or St right now is a not-bad loss; NE is a really good win)? The Gophers, IA St, TX Tech are undefeated. To me the problem is not that there aren't 25 worthy teams, as was said in the comment on MS St (#20) but that many of the deserving teams are not well known to those doing the voting, or are getting automatically dinged for losses to better teams.
And at the risk of getting downvoted if you did a blind vote on OSU's results this year we would not be any more deserving of being ranked than than some  other undefeated unranked teams. I'm not saying that we're not better than Cinn but just look at the numbers and try to tell which one is Top 15 and which one is getting no votes at all - and the Bearcats beat Pitt who stuffed VA Tech - what win do we have that compares? And compare our numbers with UTSA's, though I will grant that our schedule, as unchallenging as it has been, is better than the Roadrunners'.
I LOVE the Buckeyes, but I don't think to this point we have played like a Top 15 team, and arguably not even Top 25. Win this weekend and I'll move us up in my own poll.

ccollins0325's picture

Looking at the "Others revceiving votes":

Nebraska Cornhuskers | Iowa St. Cyclones | Baylor Bears | Oregon St. Beavers | Boise St. Broncos | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Virginia Tech Hokies | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Tennessee Volunteers | Central Florida Knights | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Missouri Tigers | Toledo Rockets | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Cincinnati Bearcats | Wisconsin Badgers | N.C. State Wolfpack | Texas A&M Aggies | Vanderbilt Commodores | Purdue Boilermakers | Utah Utes | Arkansas Razorbacks | Utah State Aggies | Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders | ULM Warhawks | Miami Hurricanes | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders (3-1) - Really?
ULM Warhawks (1-2) - OK, they look good, but Top 25?
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-1) - Not really sure what to say here...
Vanderbilt Commodores (1-3) - Credibility greatly diminished...
Utah Utes (2-2) - Almost done...
Arkansas Razorbacks (1-3) - It's over.

BED's picture

1) Oklahoma should have dropped further.

2) Ohio belongs in the top 25.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
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BME_Buckeye's picture

And Ohio State went up in the polls because.....

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


baddogmaine's picture

the teams voters are accustomed to looking at had bad weeks too. Some teams ahead of OSU deserved to drop. But how does Clemson drop all the way to #17 by losing to the team this poll thinks is #2?
And several behind us deserved to rise. A lot. How can Nebraska be six spots back? We both faced cupcakes this week and we scored 28 and they scored 73. What's the evidence that we're better than Northwestern? TCU? La Tech?
This is the problem with polls being tied to the BCS - "usual suspects" have huge advantages in becomming eligible for BCS games because they get votes just for have name recognition.

David Sokol's picture

Because everyone else is terrible

Jeremy91's picture


"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

tampa buckeye's picture

this>>>when we won the title we looked terrible every week, but you never felt like that team could be beat they were special.  This team bends but doesn't break on d just like 02' the major difference is this team has an Offense.  If they get by MSU I expect 12-0 .

Buckeyejason's picture

That team had what, 14 players drafted? We are nothing like that team. They had a All-American RB, All-American WR, super smart QB that made great decisions, All-American DE that got after the QB, All-Big Ten LB, All-American Safety,1st Rd talent at corner...I can go on and on...doesn't sound like this current team one bit.


MAVBuck's picture

I get the feeling Missouri will be regretting their decision for a few years to come. They were completely outmatched this weekend just like a good majority of their tenure in the Big12.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I don't think Missouri did it just for football.  They did it because the BIG XII only paid Oklahoma and Texas a lot of conference money and that isn't the way the SEC is with their universities.  It wasn't just about football (they will be right up there with UK in basketball).  And lastly, who doesn't want to be able to chant "SEC SEC!" everywhere you go and during every bowl game that SEC teams play in.  By Missouri moving to the SEC, their fanbase just won 6 straight national titles in football and one national title in basketball.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

MAVBuck's picture

Solid points with the exception of 1. As good as Mizzou was in basketball last year theres no way they are hanging with UK. They could barely hang with their rivals, the other UK, on a regular basis.

Jeremy91's picture

Notre Dame's defense has played really well this year. If they can get by Stanford and USC they might break the top 5.

"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

tampa buckeye's picture

Braxton Miller is college football's best player.  They have saved him long enough he will break out vs MSU.  Ohio State's toughest game this year I think we haven't seen the real offense yet.  

Urban John Simon Meyer's picture

How many people honestly believe that OSU could beat the 110-odd teams below us in the polls? I think there are at least 30 teams that would thump us given our current play.
I hate the OVER-RATED chants (the players didn't rate themselves!) and can hear them already.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I'm still trying to figure out how beating a soft michigan team makes you top 10 material...
(I'm talking to you, ND and Bama...)