BlogPoll Ballot: November 12

By David Sokol on November 12, 2012 at 12:00p
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This week's ballot has been submitted and the top 25 has been shaken up.

The Buckeyes, idle this weekend, dropped one spot.

With Alabama losing, there is a new #1 for the first since Alabama ousted USC after week one.

Please feel free to let us know how you feel in the comments and once again, you can also check out our ballot, as well as all of the others, on the BlogPoll site.

1 Oregon Ducks With Alabama's loss to A&M, Oregon jumps up to the #1 spot after taking down Cal, 59-17. Ducks fans are just hoping their star RB Kenjon Barner is healthy. UP1
2 Kansas State Wildcats K-State continues their remarkable run towards the BCS title game after taking down TCU. Could this be a non-SEC BCS title game? UP1
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame won the Holy War against BC and plays a weak Wake Forest team before finishing the season against USC. The computers love ND, but the voters don't have them in their top 2 as of yet. UP2
4 Georgia Bulldogs The Dawgs crushed Auburn and will be playing in the SEC title game, probably against Alabama in a few weeks. The Dawgs are looking for a BCS berth. UP2
5 Ohio State Buckeyes The Buckeyes were idle, but watched heavily favored Alabama drop behind them on this week's ballot. The end of their schedule happens to be the meat of their schedule and a trip to Madison is on the docket for this weekend. Although it's hard to penalize a team with no losses and on a bye, OSU drops one spot. DOWN 1
6 Alabama Crimson Tide A dream season was ruined by Johnny Football and Texas A&M. Alabama still has an outside shot to get back to the title game, but things need to work out for them. Yeah, they probably will. DOWN 5
7 Texas A&M Aggies Johnny Freakin Football! A&M had a 20-0 lead at Alabama and won the game 29-24 in one of the upsets of the year, if not the top. UP6
8 LSU Tigers LSU took down Mississippi State handily, winning 37-17. UP1
9 Florida State Seminoles Florida State had a tough outing against struggling Va Tech on Thursday night, but held on for the win. A date with Florida is on the horizon. DOWN 2
10 Clemson Tigers Maryland was no match for Clemson. But hey, when is Maryland a match for anyone these days? --
11 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina whooped a sorry Arkansas team, 38-20, and welcomes powerhouse Wofford to Columbia next week. Woo! UP1
12 Florida Gators Florida needed a last-second punt block returned for a TD miracle to beat Louisiana-Lafayette at home. The Gators showed that maybe they aren't elite, but they do still only have one loss (to UGA). DOWN 4
13 Stanford Cardinal Stanford stayed alive in the Pac-12, beating Oregon State. A huge, huge matchup at Oregon on Saturday could be the primetime game to watch. UP3
14 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma continues to truck along, quietly beating Baylor, 42-34. UP1
15 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska fans held their collective breath for most of their game with Penn State, as Penn State held an early lead. The Cornhuskers were able to keep their Legends division lead over Michigan, however, with a surge to win, 32-23. UP3
16 UCLA Bruins UCLA beat Washington State, 44-36, and plays rival USC this coming week at home. UP1
17 Texas Longhorns Texas continues their mediocre season, destroying Iowa State, 33-7. UP2
18 Oregon State Beavers Oregon State lost a ton of steam, losing to Stanford on Saturday. The Beavers have to hope a lot of things work out for them in this Pac-12 race. DOWN 4
19 Louisville Cardinals Louisville may have been one of the more overrated teams of the 2012 campaign. The Cards were run over by Syracuse. Yeah, I said Syracuse, by a score of 45-26. DOWN 8
20 Southern Cal Trojans USC had no trouble with ASU and travels up the road to play UCLA. Then they get Notre Dame in what could be a season-ruining game for the Irish. UP3
21 Mississippi State Bulldogs The most unknown SEC team keeps getting beaten badly by their SEC brethren.  --
22 Oklahoma State Cowboys The third OSU demolished West Virginia, 55-34. Perhaps WVU should move back to the Big East so they can win some games. --
23 Wisconsin Badgers Woaw. Wisconsin showed the rest of the Big Ten how one is supposed to beat up on Indiana. Wisconsin beat the Hoosiers, 62-14. --
24 Michigan Wolverines Michigan was saved by a long bomb tip catch with a few seconds remaining to force OT with Northwestern. Back-up QB Devin Gardner has Wolverine fans excited for next year. --
25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Rutgers could win the Big East and they control their own destiny. However, a trip to Cincinnati and a game against Louisville stand in their way. --
Dropouts: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Toledo Rockets, Kent St. Golden Flashes
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bassplayer7770's picture

 Back-up QB Devin Gardner has Wolverine fans excited for next year.

Love it.  A QB who was lucky to beat Nerdwestern at home has scUM fans excited.

avail31678's picture

Just switch Bama and Texa A&M since they're right next to each other anyway.  I gotta put Texas AM ahead of Bama, beating them at home.  I didn't think Texas AM would fare this well in the SEC, but they belong!

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Bama was able to beat LSU, though.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

avail31678's picture

True, but head to head.  We don't have to compare other games and who beat who....Texas AM beat Bama at home.  So, IMHO, I wish those two spots had ended up flipped.  If they were 7 spots apart, then that'd be different. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Also, Alabama will represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship barring a loss to Auburn which you might want to get out of your head because that's not happening.

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TennesseeJohn's picture

Agree...obviously this is an average of many different rankings, but if you're gonna move A&M up that far why not have them ahead of Alabama, who they just beat in a game? 
If Team A beating Team B is not proof that A should be ranked higher than B, then....I just don't know.

avail31678's picture

Oh, and our unthinkable comeback win over Purdue was WAY better than scUM's win over Northwestern.  Way better.

bassplayer7770's picture

Not sure who this was directed toward.  Certainly, NW was a tougher opponent than Purdue.  I know I wouldn't say I was excited with our team's performance that day...

avail31678's picture

More adversity to overcome in our game...we needed a TD AND a 2-pt conversion.  Yeah I know, we wouldn't want to be that far behind anyway, but it was more exciting.
So, I guess I'm saying from an excitement factor, ours was more climactic.
EDIT:  And, we're just BETTER than scUM.

bassplayer7770's picture

Ah, I see you were being literal and not sarcastic.  I do agree our win was very exciting.  Then again, we should have killed Purdue.
I didn't catch the end of the scUM game.  I was hoping Nerdwestern would finish them.

pcon258's picture

gotta love that alabama at 6, "probably will" make it to the bcs championship game, while georgia at 4 is "hoping for a bcs birth [sic]." I know there's plenty of other factors out there, but  if georgia's only loss to a #20 ranked team this late in the season, they would be in a much worse position than bama is right now, and there doesn't appear to be a logical reason for that.

Alhan's picture

I just don't understand how it is justified for one-loss Georgia to move ahead of us.  Crushing Auburn is not impressive this year.  Must have more blatant homerism 11W!

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BED's picture

No doubt.  After watching ND all season, I have the Buckeyes at #3, behind K-State and Oregon.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

And that one loss was a 35-7 whooping.

BED's picture

The only way Bama makes it back is if 2 of ND, K-State, and Oregon lose, and they absolutely floor UGA in the SEC title game.

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Maestro's picture

I won't believe that Bama is not in that game until I see two other teams on that field.
I am of the opinion that they will be there.  Them only falling to #4 is the first step.

vacuuming sucks

avail31678's picture

Agreed.  It's very ironic that they fell to the EXACT spot behind the three remaining undefeated contenders (OR, KSU, ND).  They're literally poised to jump right in if there's a loss or two.  And we've all seen bedlam before in November with top/unbeaten teams.
Pretty sure ND doesn't have any "extra game" (e.g. conference champ. game).  Does KSU/the Big 12?  I wonder if a blasting Georgia would have them leapfrog an unbeaten ND or KSU if they're idle.  We've seen a stellar SEC champ. game performance propel an SEC team into the NC game before (FL, 2006).

BED's picture

How does La Tech (9-1) or Kent State (9-1) drop out to make way for a 7-3 Mississippi State or Wisconsin or Michigan squad?

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Maestro's picture

Especially La Tech.  A team that lost to A&M (who by proxy is able to beat NFL teams) by 2 points for their only loss.

vacuuming sucks

BED's picture

Gotta upvote the proxy comment.

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joel121270's picture

Well OSU did show something in the IU game, not how to play defense when ahead by three scoires. Other than that the O looked pretty good in that game.

joel121270's picture

And why is scUM even ranked? Call me a homer, but they don't need to be on the poll. :-)

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"Although it's hard to penalize a team with no losses and on a bye, OSU drops one spot."

This made me lol'd. Hard to penalize them, but we're going to do it anyway.

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

Earle's picture

I'm curious as to how the 11W submission gets completed.  Does David own it, or is it a compilation of various staff opinions?

Italics are for emphasis.

Tengauge's picture

I have a few theories on all this bias:
1. The AP writers voted us up the two years we went to the NC game and they are pissed becuase we "embarrased" their votes so now they vote to keep us under their thumb. No votes no NC.
2. They said there could not be a rematch in the NC game becuase it was (any normal reason here) betweeen tOSU and Meatchicken, yet they turn around and do the same thing with Bama and LSU because it was (any SEC reason here).
3. We pissed the AP voters off because we are The Ohio State University and who doesn't hate us. We probably won't see a upvote for quite a while even though we go undefeated. Face it we are in the proverbial doghouse.  Tatgate and "our arrogance" on the bowl ban put us deeper in the woods, way behind the outhouse.
4. We probably won't see us in the top 5 next year to start with because there will be at least 4 or maybe more SEC teams up there.  Any 1 loss SEC team is better than any undefeated team.
Face it we are The Ohio State University.

WC Buckeye's picture

A-yep. This right here^

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RBuck's picture

I think that with Urban being here that will probably change (in a hurry).

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

timdogdad's picture

on this site i would put a picture of roundtree with the ball 2 ft in the air and balance of the game hanging there like a coin flip. and have a mouse over of " karma paying back coach flounder for all of the childhood fat jokes"...   
you almost have to laugh at that ending, i mean, how many times are they going to pull that stuff out? it's uncanny.  the law of averages will balance out though.   is it me, or does every db that's given up that miracle catch basically makes the worst play of his game on that play?  dude, defend like you're a d 1 player not a 7th grader.
devin gardner did pretty good, but honestly, what is the their expected record next year? i mean, you saw the 2013 team on saturday. 

Phutatorius's picture

Can someone explain to me all the love we (meaning The Universe) is giving Georgia?  Seems to me a team that's lost a game by 4 TDs doesn't make the top 5, unless everyone else in college football has lost 2 games, or lost one game by 5 TDs.
"But that's oversimplifying the matter, Phutatorius — we need to account for strength of schedule.  And we should consider Georgia's wins, too."
Awright, fine.  Lest I should be accused of cherrypicking the evidence, let's examine the whole Georgia Bulldog shebang:
Buffalo: W 45-23.
at Missouri: W 41-20
FAU: W 56-20
Vandy: W 48-3
Tennessee: W 51-44
at S. Cal.: L 35-7
at Kentucky: W 29-24
Florida: W 17-9
Ole Miss: W 37-10
at Auburn: W 38-0
This seems more like a shewhimper than a shebang to me.  The nonconf schedule is laughable, and it won't improve with Ga. Southern next week.  They've run up the score on Vandy and Auburn, won in a shootout vs. Tennessee, and barely squeaked out a win against Kentucky.  To be fair, that last game was on the road (SARCASM!  THAT WAS SARCASM!).
The signature win is over Florida.  That's a nice win, I'll grant you.  But is the overall resume all that impressive?  I'd be inclined to rank the Aggies higher.  I mean, if we're going to insist on installing two SEC teams in the Top Five . . .
. . . and let's be clear: that's what this is about.  The truth is, some SEC schedules are harder than others.  It's been a two-game season thus far for Georgia, and they're netting out a 3-TD deficit in those games. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Out of all the SEC teams, Georgia has the easiest schedule of them all. Only 2 quality opponents and lost one of them. Georgia Southern and Ga Tech should move them both down IMO.

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MediBuck's picture

Thank you, Phutatorius. Georgia has done nothing this year deserving of merit and has avoided the only three teams in the SEC worth their tar, namely A&M, Bama, and (arguably) LSU. The Buffalo and Mizzou games were closer than the final score indicates (which is sad, since both squads are terrible this year), and having to take a Tennessee team 0-6 in the conference to the wire is just laughable. They got shellacked by South Carolina (almost got shut out until the final minutes) and squeaked by a 1-9 Kentucky team which is also winless in-conference. Their only win of consequence was riding a SIX(!)-turnover effort against a hopelessly overwhelmed Jeff Driskell to edge Florida by a single posession. This is the typical Mark Richt team: brimming with the best talent of the South but underutilized, undisciplined, underperforming, shackled by conservative play calls and untimely mistakes.
This is no top 5 team, let alone a top 10 team. I can't wait for Sparty, WVU or some other woebegone conference mid-tier member to expose them again come bowl season.

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BED's picture

AND FLORIDA ISN'T EVEN GOOD.  Look at their performances the past few weeks against vastly inferior opponents.

Georgia has 0 quality wins as far as I'm concerned.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Florida is good. They're just like us: they play up to their competition (aside from Georgia)

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BED's picture

Maybe it's my Scarlet-tinted glasses, but I've seen MUCH better play from us than from Florida, and I've watch quite a few of their games.

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