BlogPoll Ballot: Week 9

By Jason Priestas on October 29, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Finally, a return to normalcy in these parts. And by normalcy, I mean that only two teams in the top ten suffered defeats while the 2nd ten completely crashed and burned. These things grow more and more difficult to do every week.

The Buckeyes hold on the to top spot, while Oregon jumps LSU into the 2nd position. That's a function of LSU having the week off and a combination of the LSU loss at Kentucky looking worse, with the Oregon win over Michigan looking better and better. With Oregon welcoming Arizona State this weekend, the top come to focus even further next week.

We feel great about picks 1-9, but picks 10 and on, not so much.

As always, you can check the ballots of every voter and the final version is due Wednesday morning, so get your thoughts in by Tuesday night if you think we got it wrong.

1 Ohio State The doubters are thinning. Always tough Wisky comes to Columbus this weekend. --
2 Oregon Dennis Dixon and the Ducks took care of USC and welcome ASU to town this weekend. UP1
3 LSU The Tigers had a bye before going to Alabama this weekend. DOWN1
4 Boston College Earned some respect with that comeback in Blacksburg. The Eagles take on Florida State this weekend. UP1
5 Arizona State Say what you will about the guy -- cough -- penalties -- cough -- program out of control -- cough, but Dennis Erickson can coach. HUGE matchup in Autzen this weekend. UP2
6 Oklahoma The Sooners had a bye before playing Texas A&M this weekend. DOWN2
7 West Virginia White, Slaton and crew demolished Rutgers. There's an outside shot the Mountaineers can get to New Orleans, but a few teams will have to lose. DOWN1
8 Kansas The Mangino express will be the latest team to destroy Nebraska this weekend. UP1
9 Missouri Took care of Iowa state handily. Travel to Colorado for a tricky road game this weekend. UP2
10 Georgia Georgia neutralized Tebow and frosh Knowshon Moreno got 188 on the ground. Georgia fan already dreaming of 2nd coming of Walker.. but smaller. UP6
11 Florida This is about as high as you'll find a 3-loss team. The Gators get Vandy this weekend. That used to be considered a breather. DOWN3
12 Texas It was another close game until late -- this team loves living on the edge, but Charles and the Horns put it on Nebraska late. UP2
13 Michigan Look who's all the way back up at #13. Minny gave Michigan a scare early, but it wasn't close at the end. UP6
14 Southern Cal Injuries have ravaged this team. I do take back what I said about Joe McKnight looking slow a few weeks ago, though. DOWN2
15 Virginia Tech Depending on what side you're on, the Hokies either gave one away, or Matt Ryan looked the Heisman part late. Probably a little of both. DOWN5
16 Connecticut So, Northern teams can play some ball with Southern teams. Imagine that. Huskies get Rutgers at home next. NR
17 South Florida Will this team even be ranked at the end of the season? They welcome the Bearcats next. DOWN4
18 Auburn Yawn. Beat Mississippi and welcome Tennessee Tech this weekend. UP7
19 South Carolina Karma shoves its foot up the OBC's ass once again as the Buckeyes roll, while he goes down to a guy he used to collect rent from. DOWN4
20 Wake Forest The Deacons beat UNC and square off against Virginia in Charlottesville this weekend. NR
21 Hawaii Hawaii beat the hell out of New Mexico State, but they won't move up much further until they beat a BCS team - which won't happen this year. UP1
22 California 20 minutes away from moving into #1 a few weeks back, the Bears have suddenly lost 3 straight. The hippies protesting the new stadium have already won. DOWN5
23 Alabama Bear Saban's boys had a bye before they welcome LSU to town this weekend. --
24 Wisconsin The Badgers got back on track by throttling Indiana 33-3. Hoosier receiver James Hardy was held to 17 yards receving a week after torching Penn State. NR
25 Troy State Why not? Troy can prove this ranking worthy by knocking off Georgia this weekend. Unlikely, but.. NR

DROPPED OUT: Virginia (#18), Kentucky (#20), Penn State (#21), Rutgers (#24).