BlogPoll Ballot: October 22

By David Sokol on October 22, 2012 at 12:00p

The Eleven Warriors' ballot has been submitted and there is plenty of movement across the top-25.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

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 boasts a veteran QB, playmakers at every position, and a defense that could compete with a few NFL teams (probably not really, but you know what I mean). The Tide have an extremely tough stretch welcoming Mississippi State this weekend and then traveling to LSU the next. SEC season is heating up! --
2 Oregon Ducks Oregon impressed on Thursday night, rocking Arizona State, 43-21. Oregon has a trap game against Colorado this weekend before rolling into L.A.. to face the USC Trojans in a Pac-12 showdown. --
3 Florida Gators Florida dominated South Carolina and with a win against UGA this weekend in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the Gators will be playing the SEC Championship Game. Who would have thought both of last year's Gator Bowl teams would be undefeated and in the top-10? --
4 Kansas State Wildcats Bill Snyder has got to be a beyond a legend at Kansas State right now. K-State rolled over West Virginia, 55-14, and continues to march towards the Big 12 crown. UP1
5 LSU Tigers LSU won at A&M and the Tiger defense is looking good, as usual. They have a nice bye before welcoming 'Bama in. UP1
6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame escaped from BYU by 3 and Brian Kelly wasn't too happy with the close win. DOWN 2
7 Ohio State Buckeyes Notre Dame only beat Purdue by 3 at home, so why should the Buckeyes be penalized for winning in OT? OSU showed resilience when Braxton Miller went down with what many thought was a serious injury and Kenny Guiton led the Buckeyes to an epic overtime win.  UP2
8 Oregon State Beavers The other OSU had a nice win over Utah, 21-7, and visits Washington this weekend. UP2
9 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma rocked Kansas. Wait, who hasn't rocked Charlie Weis' Kansas team? DOWN 1
10 Southern Cal Trojans QB Matt Barkley is back on the Heisman wagon and USC continues to roll. However, they're still chasing the two Oregon schools in the conference. UP1
11 Florida State Seminoles Florida State beat up on Miami-FL. Yaawn. This would have been cool back in the 90s. UP1
12 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia gets to go from playing poorly against Kentucky to playing Florida in one of the nation's better rivalry games with major, major implications on the SEC East. UP1
13 Mississippi State Bulldogs Mississippi State dominated Middle Tennessee State and prepares for a massive game at Alabama which will confirm their top-15 spot (if they can stay within 14 points). UP2
14 Clemson Tigers Clemson looked good against a poor VT team and as long as they have QB Tajh Boyd, they'll be a good team. --
15 Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Tech had a nice shootout win over TCU, 56-53, and gets my vote for the top-15 (along with the AP's). UP5
16 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina got owned by Florida in The Swamp. It seems like every year, the Cocks have super high expectations and have a few major letdowns, keeping them out of SEC contention. Seems to be trending in that direction again. DOWN 9
17 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Rutgers may be the Big East's best team, overcoming an early deficit against Temple and winning convincingly. Could this be their first Big East title? UP2
18 Stanford Cardinal The Cardinal beat Cal, 21-3, and continues to roll along. UP3
19 Boise State Broncos Boise State continues to roll through their cupcake schedule on their way to a mediocre bowl, although the top-25 ranking is nice. UP6
20 Michigan Wolverines Michigan snuck one out versus "little bro" Michigan State with a late FG, 12-10. The Wolverines are one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the top-25 on this ballot. UP2
21 Louisville Cardinals Louisville continues to win, even if their games have been close. They look to be the class of the conference with Rutgers. DOWN 4
22 Texas A&M Aggies A&M lost a close one to LSU, but still gets respect here. They're at least holding their own in the SEC, unlike *cough Missouri cough*. UP1
23 Ohio Bobcats Along with the two Gator Bowl teams currently undefeated, this Idaho Potato Bowl victor has yet to lose a game. This has been a historic season so far for the Bobcats. UP1
24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs La Tech put up 70 points against Idaho. I don't care who you're playing; scoring 70 points against a 1A team is impressive. --
25 Penn State Nittany Lions Since PSU's first couple losses in their first two games, the Nittany Lions have looked good, winning this week at Iowa, 38-14. They deserved to crack this ballot. --
Dropouts: West Virginia Mountaineers, Cincinnati Bearcats
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beserkr29's picture

Is someone pulling my leg?  Colorado is a trap game? 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yes. I can confirm that Colorado is a trap. I typed 'Colorado Oregon trap game' into Google and this image came up.

unknownmusketeer's picture

Are those Water Buffaloes hiding under the surface?

Haybucks's picture

Like KY Jelly was a trap for UGA before being Gator bait.  Of course, GA is no SC.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


TheHannimal's picture

I really hope Oregon and K-State win out and prevent the SEC from having a team in the title game...

tennbuckeye19's picture

Unfortunately, I think the only way that happens is if both Florida and Alabama have a loss. 

dancorona5's picture

come on Georgia and Miss. St.!

chicagobuckeye's picture

Well at least one will have a loss therefore if the other two win out then there is no reason that you could exclude a no loss Big 6 conference team when there is a one loss team regardless of whether they were in the SEC and especially if they lose in the final week.

RBuck's picture

Yep. But it does look like I might not watch the MNC game for 2 years in a row.

Long live the southend.

Ethos's picture

perhaps another record low rating for a BCS NC?  

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Urban John Simon Meyer's picture, which is a Boise State blog, voted tOSU as number one. Odd.
The rest of their ballot was all over the place too. Maybe they voted by dart throw?

Alhan's picture

I don't know that I agree that PSU deserves to be ranked.  Oh well, we'll find out this weekend!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

btalbert25's picture

Bill Snyder has got to be a legend at Kansas State right now. K-State rolled over West Virginia, 55-14, and continues to march towards the Big 12 crown.

How about an NCAA legend.  This guy can flat coach.  You watch his teams and they are rock solid fundamentally.  I'm really pulling for that team, despite their blog fools coming on here and wreaking havoc one afternoon.  I'd love to see Bill Snyder get a title, and give Klein the Heisman too.  Braxton probably can't win it now after that game Saturday. Plus, McCarron will star getting a lot of attention soon.  Klein may be the only one who could stop that from happening at this point.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Bill Snyder IS a legend at K-State. The freakin' stadium is named after him!

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buckeye76BHop's picture

I personally think that KSU will be playing Bama for the BCS NC (or may be FL depending on who wins out and in the SEC champ. game). Especially if Oregon and USC beat each other up and each end with one lose or may be two.  A lot of games before then but it appears that Bama, Oregon, and KSU (possibly FL too) are head and shoulders above the rest (and yes even more than ND to all you Gold dome fans).  
As far as OSU was deserved.  We're the highest ranked bad team in the top ten.  If we put all phases together in Beaver stadium this weekend and win impressively, then may be we should move up over a one lose LSU.  At this point Oregon State and whoever else jumped us should have.  It was a resilient win with Braxton going down and is one for the history books.  However, we got extremely lucky to have won.  In order to move up, we need to put it on PSU...then there will be no debate.  

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onetwentyeight's picture

I'm already eagerly awating the national OUTCRY from wronged ND fans when they get shut out of the NCG in favor of undefeated SEC/Big12 teams. 
Altho I do think Manti Te'o should def. win the Heisman, bias against defense aside.

Haybucks's picture

We don't "deserve" to drop if ND continues to rise by using our formula for victory.
Hey 76Bhop, can you elaborate where we got "lucky"?
Was it the lucky stop by Klein on the opening play? No, Storm didn't catch him.  Was it the Braxton fumble he recovered? No, that was taken away by the refs.  Was it the 50 yd FG that bounced thru after hitting the goal post?  No, that bounced out.  Was it the Verlon Reed tackle on the 2nd kickoff?  No that was a takedown by the Boilers.  Was it the bounced pass to Fields for an undisputed TD? No, that was called and reviewed as a good catch (unless you're Mark May).  Was it the 2 pt conversion to a wide open Jeff Heuerman?  No he catches those.  Is it just that on our worst defensive day we still block FG attempts and PAT's?  No, those are Meyer staples. Was it the Buckeye's defense stiffining after Guiton's INT?
Thanks in advance.   

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


chicagobuckeye's picture

I am happy someone pointed out the fact that ND had a 3 point win against Purdue on a last second field goal.  I thinkthe problem was at the time Purdue had only played one game, but after they lost to Michigan and Wisconsin they look even worse now.  It sometimes frustrates me that people simply forget about some teams like that.

David Sokol's picture

Exactly. ND has had some super narrow wins at home versus some mediocre talent and each Irish win is a triumphant victory, per the media.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

The only team I see competing with Alabama or Florida this season is the Ducks.  And they would have a better chance against the Gators IMHO.  Alabama is just too solid of a team.  They are seriously in a league of their own.  K-State would get crushed by Florida or Bama.  Oregon would stand a "better" chance against Florida, But I still just see them getting handled again like they did against Auburn.  They face no real defense in the PAC-12...

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David Sokol's picture

Alabama has a pretty tough schedule coming up against Miss State and LSU.

I think it'll come down to the SEC champ, regardless of losses (a one loss 'Bama, LSU, or UF will go to the title game) and either Oregon, ND or the Big 12 winner (undefeated K-State or a one-loss Oklahoma).

Edit: We can eliminate ND or OU after this weekend.