BlogPoll Top 25: October 1

By David Sokol on October 1, 2012 at 12:00p

Our ballot has been cast and there was plenty of movement this week, including the Buckeyes, who jumped up four spots.

New to the ballot: Cincinnati, who had a last-second bomb to beat Virginia Tech.

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 Alabama received every single first-place vote in this week's AP Poll. The Tide face Missouri in what should be an easy away game. --
2 Florida State Seminoles Florida State didn't steamroll USF, but there wasn't a moment where anyone thought the Seminoles would lose. --
3 Oregon Ducks Oregon may give up some points each week defensively, but they're good for 50 on offense most of the time. They dominated Washington State, 51-26. --
4 Georgia Bulldogs The Dawgs have looked really good so far, besting a tough Tennessee team, 51-44, in a game that lacked all defense. UGA faces #6 South Carolina in an SEC showdown this weekend. UP1
5 LSU Tigers Is LSU good or are they ranked highly by default? LSU struggled with Towson. Yes, Towson. You know, that little school in Maryland known for lacrosse. LSU gets Florida at home, which will prove which team is legitimate in the SEC. DOWN 1
6 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina has to prove they are worthy when they welcome UGA to Columbia on Saturday night. UP1
7 West Virginia Mountaineers If you haven't heard about Geno Smith's eight-touchdown day, then you live under a rock. Well, that doesn't include the WVU fans who live in the mountains. UP2
8 Kansas State Wildcats K-State was off this week and welcome Charlie Weis and his joke of a Kansas team this weekend. DOWN 2
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish The Irish were idle as well and take on The U at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday. UP1
10 Ohio State Buckeyes The Buckeyes proved a lot this weekend at Michigan State. The defense came up big, holding the Spartans to 16 points, and Braxton Miller showed the ability to be beyond clutch in a big game. The last time Urban expressed that much emotion after a W, he had just won his first Championship at Florida. Nebraska comes to town in a big-time B1G matchup. UP5
11 Florida Gators Florida also had a bye week and prepares for LSU to come to town this Saturday. --
12 Texas Longhorns The Longhorns are looking good, winning at Oklahoma State, 41-36. They get to play West Virginia and Geno Smith at home this weekend, in what should be a huge game. UP1
13 Southern Cal Trojans USC plays on Thursday night against Utah. Nothing else to say about them... DOWN 1
14 Oregon State Beavers The other OSU won at Arizona by three in what proves that they deserve to be ranked where they are. UP4
15 TCU Horned Frogs TCU doesn't seem like a dominant team, but they're definitely good. They beat SMU, 24-16, on Saturday. UP1
16 Clemson Tigers Clemson won, 45-31, at Boston College and welcomes Georgia Tech this weekend. UP1
17 Oklahoma Sooners Boomer Sooner was off and travels to Texas Tech (4-0) in what could be a huge game for the Big Twelve. A loss by Oklahoma and it will be extremely tough to win the conference. DOWN 3
18 Stanford Cardinal Stanford looks to rebound off their loss at Washington against Arizona this coming weekend. DOWN 10
19 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska was dominated by Wisconsin for the whole first half at home. Then, with a reversal of fortune, Nebraska dominated back and eventually won, 30-27. Huge matchup at Ohio Stadium looms this weekend. UP2
20 Northwestern Wildcats Northwestern is the only other undefeated team (OSU the other) in a weak Big Ten. They had their way with Indiana early Saturday. UP3
21 Louisville Cardinals I don't know about Louisville. They often struggle, then magically pull out wins. Southern Miss (0-4) nearly pulled off the upset but fell, 21-17. DOWN 2
22 Mississippi State Bulldogs Okay, they haven't played anyone and don't play anyone for a few weeks. We'll wait and see with Miss. State. DOWN 2
23 Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati could potentially be the best team in the Big East. UC threw a long bomb with 13 seconds left to beat Virginia Tech in Washington, D.C., which is a very high profile win for the program. --
24 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Rutgers has a tough defense that will make them dangerous in conference. Could this be the year they make some noise in the Big East? --
25 Michigan State Spartans Sparty lost a tough one to Ohio State, but still showed signs of being a top team in the conference. Ohio State shut down Le'Veon Bell, which should be concerning to Mark Dantonio. They have work to do to get back in the thick of things. DOWN 3
Dropouts: Boise St. Broncos
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tennbuckeye19's picture

FYI: The Notre Dame vs. Miami game is actually being played @ Soldier Field in Chicago, not in South Bend.

BED's picture

Ohio still belongs in the top 25.

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Maestro's picture

I don't know at this point.  They are very close in my mind, but their past few weeks have been less than inspring.

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buck-I.8's picture

Not even close. UMass is one of the worst teams in the country. OU barely beats them, Michigan (unranked) beats them by like a million. Transitively, OU should buried 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Not sure if it is just me, but I am not sure about having us crack the top ten just yet, i like 12 or 11. I like 10 if we handle Nebraska next week for sure, but right now, I just think there are too many miscues for a top-10 team to have. IMO. Still a damned good team with a damned good win against a damned good opponent.... damned....

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

chitown buckeye's picture

I see what your saying with us having a few miscues and not playing like a true top 10.  But when you look at the teams in the top 25 ,excluding the top 5, I'm not sure there is a team I would really fear in playing. Not saying we would win every game over 6-9 but I think we could compete very well with any of them. I guess I feel like somebody has to be #10 why not us. I think everyone from 6 to 15 are about even at this point.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

yea, while I was writing it, I thought to myself "Who would I put above us though to put us at 11?"
but yea, i agree with you.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

BME_Buckeye's picture

I completely disagree with these polls. The AP does a better job than this. 

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


gbm's picture

The fact that this comment is shaded disgusts me, unless it was edited idk. But, Integrity check please people.

luckynewman13's picture

really? It "disgusts" you? I could care less about voting someone up or down but the comment to which you refer had no value. The person could have at least given us one example as to why he believes this poll is no good: "LSU is ranked too high", "Ohio State is not top 10 material!"...anything really.

BED's picture

Would have to agree with Lucky.  This post seems a little "trolly."

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wside buck's picture

The rankings in the AP poll are essentially the same. All the teams are almost the same order with slight variations one or two spots. The only difference is the AP poll includes Washington and UCLA while this poll has Cincinnati and MSU.

btalbert25's picture

I'm glad LSU continues to fall, they just aren't that good.  I think Florida may handle them, but Bama will mess them up pretty bad.  I really thought Georgia may fall as well.  I really think Georgia is capable of hanging with anyone, but man letting Tennessee put up that kind of offense on you, certainly doesn't support the "ELITE" D status many have put on them.

Bucksfan's picture

If you haven't heard about Geno Smith's eight-touchdown day, then you live under a rock. Well, that doesn't include the WVU fans who live in the mountains.

That's funny right there.

Ahh Saturday's picture

I'd say that 10 is about the absolute highest that OSU ought to be ranked right now, and would fit anywhere between there and 15.  Although I think there are some teams in the top 10 that OSU could beat, I would not bet money that we would beat any of them.  Similarly, there are definitely some teams on this list below the Buckeyes that would give our team a stiff challenge.  After beating the best D on our schedule last week, we now have a chance to try to stop the best O we will see this Saturday night.  If we start the B1G 2-0 with victories over Nebraska and MSU, I'll pour myself a big mug of Kool-aid.  Until then I'd put OSU at 12.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I agree. I don't have a problem putting OSU at #12 behind Texas and Florida for now.

David Sokol's picture

I'm down in Austin right now and their fans think that they are way overrated. They are thinking they'll lose to WVU 65-50.

Dougger's picture

Now Dave have you been to the bar "the library" in Austin yet? It is actually set up like a library, unlike ours haha. Have fun. Great college town

I like football

cinserious's picture

That was a snide, underhanded comment about WVU fans that live in the mountains. I like it!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

luckynewman13's picture

yes, LSU is in the top 5 on reputation alone. They've looked just plain bad the last two weeks, and they had a lot of first half trouble with Idaho 3 weeks ago. They may be just playing down to their competition, but based on the on-field results I don't know how anyone can honestly say they've had a better season so far than teams like Kansas St. or Notre Dame (yuck). Not saying those teams are top 5 yet, but neither is LSU. I fully expect them to lose to Florida, so I s'pose this will work itself out.

thatlillefty's picture

I was among the distinct minority of UC fans at FedEx Field this weekend to see the Bearcats take on the Hokies. What an awesome finish... UC definitely has a good team this year.

William's picture

Munchie Legaux has to be one of the best names in college football.

kevinfrenchfry's picture

i am really hating the WVU hype, maybe i'm wrong and they are that good but the b12 has been notorious for 50, 60 and 70 point games making me hesitant to buy in.  IMHO i believe they should have dropped in the polls for giving up 60+ points.  I'm sorry i just can't find the justification of putting a team in the top ten that plays no defense whatsoever.  Im not a huge fan of the in studio crew for gameday (rece, lou, and that a-hole from Pitt) but rece in his final thoughts on talked about how he wasn't a fan of games like that and that watching a great offense is much more enjoyable to watch when executing against a somewhat formidable defense.  Bottom line: no players in that game needed pads or a helmet because of the pure lack of physicality in that game

drumsontheside's picture

I think it's funny how it's taken 1 conference game for WVU to fit in perfectly with the Big 12. Not a fan of these games, as I find defensive highlight tapes just as entertaining as offensive ones


onetwentyeight's picture

Yea it's setting them up for the inevitable MNC clash with Bama/LSU where they get mauled and Geno looks oddly mortal while being held to ~200 yards, etc. Then we have to hear how HISTORICALLY LEGENDARY this Esss Eeee Seee Deeee fense is. Bleh.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Nah. They'll lose to Texas or Oklahoma, the only 2 bigXII teams that actually practice defense each week and attempt to stop the other team.

BED's picture

"Big XII. Defense Optional." - Great tagline.

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BuddhaBuck's picture

If only this could be the first poll of the year... All teams remain unranked until after Week 5. LSU wouldn't be #5, and may not even be in the Top 10.  

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rdubs's picture

agreed, I am excited to see them play A&M

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I think the bucks could beat 4 of the teams ranked ahead of them... ND, SC, LSU, and FSU and possibly Bama if things went right... Bama's signature win is over a Michigan squad that we all knew were frauds before the season even started. Bama deserves #1, but only because they're the defending champs (don't even get me started on that - shouldn't have been there)

wside buck's picture

Of course anything could happen in one game but I really don't see OSU being able to keep up with Alabama. OSU has been inconsistent and Bama has been nothing other than dominant. I do think the bucks could take any of the other teams you listen though.