BlogPoll Ballot: October 15

By David Sokol on October 15, 2012 at 12:00p
14 Comments

The Eleven Warriors ballot has been submitted and once again, there was plenty of movement across the board, including the Buckeyes dropping one spot after they eked out a win over Indiana, 52-49.

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 seems to be in a league of their own atop the SEC. They had no trouble with Missouri (no SEC team has trouble with them). 'Bama travels to Tennessee next week. --
2 Oregon Ducks The Ducks don't play until this Thursday night at Arizona State, which should be decent competition for Oregon. --
3 Florida Gators Florida has jumped up the polls quick-fast and is in position to compete for an SEC title. South Carolina comes to Gainesville this weekend. UP2
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Nothing has been luckier than the luck of the Irish. Notre Dame topped Stanford in OT via a goal-line stand that may be the call of the year by the referees. UP3
5 Kansas State Wildcats Is K-State the class of the Big 12? We'll see when they face an angry WVU team fresh off a loss this Saturday. UP1
6 LSU Tigers LSU eked out a tough one against South Carolina in an SEC showdown. Yes, they actually scored a few points, too (23). UP3
7 South Carolina Gamecocks Refer to above. South Carolina lost a close game at LSU. DOWN 4
8 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma took the Red River Shootout and turned it into the Red River Blowout. OU put up 63 points against Texas in a game that was over in the first few minutes. UP5
9 Ohio State Buckeyes The Buckeyes are 7-0 after giving up 49 points to Indiana, a team that won one game last year and zero Big Ten games. Thankfully, Urban has a high-powered offense that is capable of scoring at will; otherwise, who knows where OSU would be.  DOWN 1
10 Oregon State Beavers The other OSU keeps rolling, beating BYU, 42-24, and welcomes Utah to Reser Stadium this coming weekend. --
11 Southern Cal Trojans USC is getting it done and got it done against Washington, winning 24-14. Nothing spectacular, but the Trojans keep the ball moving. --
12 Florida State Seminoles FSU trucked BC, 51-7, and look to start rolling again against in-state rival Miami. We'll see what EJ Manuel and crew can do. --
13 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia has the week off and now they get Kentucky before going to Jacksonville for the "Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" against #3 Florida, which is a huge game on the horizon for the SEC. UP1
14 Clemson Tigers Clemson was idle. They welcome VT this Saturday. UP2
15 Mississippi State Bulldogs Miss State took down Tennessee to stay undefeated. They continue their patsy schedule this Saturday against Middle Tennessee State before finally playing a decent team. Oh yeah, that decent team is #1 Alabama. UP6
16 West Virginia Mountaineers Well, the Mountaineers got exposed on D by Texas Tech and got blown out. Geno Smith's Heisman numbers took a hit (moving Braxton into the spotlight). DOWN 12
17 Louisville Cardinals Louisville started slow but ended up taking down Pittsburgh, 45-35. The Cards welcome USF this weekend. UP1
18 Cincinnati Bearcats Cincy played Fordham and had no trouble. They play Toledo before moving into the heart of the Big East schedule the following week. UP1
19 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Rutgers struggled a bit with Syracuse, but pulled it out. Their defense is their ticket to their first Big East championship and a BCS birth, if they can score some points on the other side of the ball. UP1
20 Texas Tech Red Raiders Tech owned West Virginia, 49-14, moving them into most people's top-25. --
21 Stanford Cardinal Stanford may have got hosed against ND, making the trip back to Cali a rather long and unfortunate one. A short trip down to Cal should cure the Cardinal blues. DOWN 4
22 Michigan Wolverines Michigan takes care of business against lesser Big Ten teams. Enough said. They beat Illinois, 45-0. --
23 Texas A&M Aggies In a late night gun show, LA Tech stormed back and nearly tied the game in the last few seconds, missing out on a two-point conversion to seal the deal for A & M. DOWN 1
24 Ohio Bobcats OU, Oh Yeah! Ohio is undefeated and raging towards a MAC championship. UP1
25 Boise State Broncos Boise State keeps on quietly winning, beating Fresno State, 20-10. Nothing crazy, but they're getting it done. DOWN 2
Dropouts: Texas Longhorns, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
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klfeck's picture

No one loves the buckeyes more than I do but I have a very hard time saying the team I saw Saturday night is a top 10 team. I'm not sure how confident (how much would I bet) I would be if OSU had to play any of the teams from 10-15.

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

buckeye76BHop's picture

AGREED!  I'm personally glad we're not going to a bowl game bc if OSU was...they'd get embarrassed with the type of defense we've seen this year.  

"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 

pcon258's picture

I actually disagree with you. I am extrapolating that you think that they played very poorly against indiana, and on that, I agree. 
but, this team seems to be playing to their competition. I'm not a huge colin cowherd fan, but i think he nailed it with this comparison (not sure if it was in relation to osu or not, it was just a non-contextual quote): "on a date with a pretty girl, you always try harder than when you're on a date with a less-pretty girl."
nerbaska and michigan state are two teams that I think are very good, and are probably top 20 teams. I wouldnt want to go up against bama, but i do think we could beat the florida states and rutgers of the world. 

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Bring on Bama too...

Their offensive strength is our defensive strength (assuming we are healthy)...

and i believe we can score 28+ on any defense in the nation... including the SEC's best: Bama, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, etc...

TennesseeJohn's picture

Something about the Florida jump to third (and second in BCS!?) after a win over lowly Vandy really rankles me. Is there some unwritten rule that we must have two SEC teams in top 5?
I suppose it's just a default move up after WV and SC losses, but I'd love to see ND or K-State ahead of Florida. And Oregon definitely deserves its spot above the Gators.
Yes...I'm a bitter buckeye living in SEC territory.

LadyBuck's picture

If a win against Vandy means so much, shouldn't Northwestern still be in the top 25?

rdubs's picture

We are a top ten team until we lose.  The national championship team in 02 proved that.  Given how many close calls they had, it would be hard to argue that they were one of the top two teams, but they still beat the team everyone considered the best.  We have some tough games coming up and if we win those we will be in the top 5, but if we don't we'll fall.  I think we are in the right spot until we lose.

CALPOPPY's picture

Exactly. Well said.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Ill_Buckeye's picture

Lets be real for a second, if the last 1:40 of that game hadnt happened would we not be at #6? Cuz yanno LSU did about lose to towson, and has ACTUALLY LOST... and Notre Dame was handed a win too....
...seems very knee-jerky to me

buckeye76BHop's picture

LSU wasn't up 45-27 on Towson either...this team needs to get much better on defense or this team will be like WVU or Oregon pre 2012.  Do you really want a team that has to score 50 or more to win???  Really people???  Bc that's what will happen...I personally like the defenses we had that "were" always ranked in the top ten.

"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 

buckeye76BHop's picture

"The Buckeyes are 7-0 after giving up 49 points to Indiana, a team that won one game last year and zero Big Ten games. Thankfully, Urban has a high-powered offense that is capable of scoring at will; otherwise, who knows where OSU would be. "

I'm glad someone's being honest...this was the worst performance by an OSU defense in sometime (Thanks David btw).  I can't see how so many here at 11w (fans btw not staff) can defend a team or it's coaches (no matter what the injuries are) when there's 13:53 left on the clock in the 4th quarter and that team they're playing who has 2 wins can score 22 points in that time.  Pathetic is the only word I can come up with (besides these words, Can you say pumping gas at Citgo if that happens again?).  The fans who keep defending all this truth with BS that OSU's 7-0 need to stop.  We're lucky as hell to be 7-0...this defense couldn't shut out Savannah State!   

"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 

klfeck's picture

I gotta think that the players that remain on the OSU D far outrank the D players for Indiana yet they both allowed almost the same number of points. Can someone more informed and with better resources take a look at that? If OSU had far greater talent on the field, and the experience level was not too drastically different, you have to think the difference was coaching. Just my .02.

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

buckeye76BHop's picture

KLFECK:  I actually took time to re-watch the game late Saturday night.  I used to coach until I had my last child and stopped to spend more time with all my five kids (I coached HS for ten years).  The players for OSU's defense aren't being put in the right positions (based on watching the whole game but especially the 4th quarter).  The DB's were in Cover 3 or Cover 2 most of the game (hence why they got exposed to screens and short dink and dunk passes).  The plays for long yardage on runs and short passes happened because OSU has only one starting LB playing (and as much as we'd like to think Boren was great bc of leading the D with 8 tackles, but he was out of position a lot due to lack of experience).  These are both players and coaching problems right now.  Many fans here will try to persuade you away from that but even your child at OSU can tell you this is not a good defense right now.  Personally I think it's inevitable that OSU will lose a game this year.  It's just a matter of when our offense has a bad game like WVU did this weekend against Texas Tech (bc you KNOW our defense can't bail us out like they used to).  MSU was the only game besides Miami OH were the Defense showed up for 4 quarters.   

"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 

M Man's picture

I feel sorry for anybody who has to fill out a BlogPoll ballot below "1. Alabama  2. Oregon"  they aren't paying you enough to figure out the rest.