Blogpoll Ballot: Week 6

By Chris Lauderback on October 6, 2008 at 7:00 am

An uncharacteristic weekend of few upsets led to pretty static initial ballot for week six.

As noted below, we did take an opportunity to get a little more realistic about Texas Tech and we pushed Alabama down as punishment for their close call at home with Kentucky.

With regard to OSU, we kept them 10th after the tough road win but I'm sure we'll still be in the top five for the Coulter/Krugman award.

You know the drill..please sound off in the comments to help shape the final poll due Wednesday. Specifically, who do you think should be in the #2 hole?

1 Oklahoma A 28 point 1st quarter helped Oklahoma put the wood to Baylor 49-17 in Koresh's backyard. Once again, the Sooner offense blew up to the tune of 594 yards behind Sam Bradford's 372 yards through the air (2 TD, 1 INT) and DeMarco Murray's 96 yards rushing and 2 TD. Next up: a showdown with Texas in Norman. --
2 Missouri Chase Daniel helped Mizzou pick up their first win in Lincoln since 1978 with 3 TD passes in a 52-17 thrashing of Nebraska. Through 5 games, Mizzou has trailed a total of 13 seconds. Pelini's boys racked up 14 penalties (101 yards) to just one for Mizzou. UP1
3 LSU Bye week. Next up: @ Florida, 8pm Saturday night. UP1
4 Alabama Bama needed a gift fumble TD from Hartline's bro and 218 rushing yards from Glen Coffee to hold off Kentucky 17-14 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama held the Wildcats to 35 yards rushing. DOWN2
5 Texas Colt McCoy passed for two scores, moving into 2nd place all time for TD's at Texas and Chris Ogbonnaya scored 2 TD (1 rush, 1 pass) as the Longhorns demolished Colorado 38-14. Time of possession: UT 37min, Colorado 23min. Next up: @ #1 Oklahoma --
6 Penn State PSU moved to 6-0 for the 13th time under JoePa in a 20-6 win at Purdue. Evan Royster was the difference rushing for 141 yards and a score plus another 53 yards on 4 catches. Next up: night game at Wisconsin. In between Matlock reruns, Joe Pa watched from the press box. --
7 Southern Cal USC trailed 10-3 in the 2nd Qtr before scoring 41 unanswered points on their way to a 44-10 pasting of Oregon. Total yards: USC 598, Oregon 239. Sanchez went for 332 and 3 TD. Next up: Arizona State UP1
8 Georgia Bye week. Next up: Tennessee UP1
9 Texas Tech The Red Raiders stayed undefeated thanks to 454 yards passing and 6 TDs from Graham Harrell in a 58-28 win over Kansas State. Looking at the schedule, Leach's crew has two more freebies before they hit a stretch @ Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State and @ Oklahoma. The drop is unrelated to this game - just caught myself thinking like a real voter due the their record and had to correct. I don't see them as better than UGA or USC. DOWN2
10 Ohio State Pryor's game winning drive combined with a big game from Beanie and a stout 2nd half effort from the defense helped OSU to 20-17 come from behind win in Madison. Beanie: 22/168, 1 TD. OSU has won 8 of last 9 road games against ranked opponents and 12 straight on the road in conference. --
11 Florida The Gators broke open a 17-7 game after 3 quarters with a 21 point 4th en route to a 38-7 win over the Arkansas. Chris Rainey (2 TD) and Jeffrey Demps (1 TD) each ran for 103 yards giving Florida two 100 yard rushers in the same game for the first time since 1997. Penalties: UF 12/110. Tebow had school record streak of 203 passes without a pick snapped in 3rd quarter. UP2
12 Brigham Young The Cougars jumped out to a 34-0 lead behind Max Hall's 303 yards, 2 TD (2 INT) in a 34-14 win over powerhouse Utah State. BYU posted 4 takeaways but committed 12 penalties for 123 yards. DOWN1
13 Boise State Boise State moved to 35-1 at home since 2003 with a 38-3 win over La. Tech. QB Kellen Moore threw for 325 and 2 TD's and RB D.J. Harper picked up 2 TD's on the ground. The Broncos play just one more game against a ranked foe, Fresno State, after beating Oregon back on 9/20. UP4
14 Vanderbilt Vandy beat Auburn 14-13 behind 2 TD passes from backup QB Mackenzi Adams. The win was Vandy's first against Auburn since 1955 and was their first as a ranked team since 1956. Vandy's 3 game win streak is their longest since 1982. UP5
15 Oklahoma State OK State's offense remained in overdrive as the Cowboys blitzed Texas A&M 56-28. Dez Bryant had 5 catches for 103 yards and 3 TD. A&M: 5 TO's. UP6
16 Kansas Trailing 20-0 at the half, Kansas stormed back with 35 second half points to pull off a 35-33 comeback win against Iowa State in Ames. Reesing threw 3 second half TD's and finished with 319 yards passing making it 4 straight games of at least 300 yards passing. DOWN1
17 Utah The Utes needed 11 points in the last 89 seconds, including a 37 yard field goal at the gun, to get past Oregon State 31-28 in Salt Lake City. The Mountain West is now 6-1 against the Pac-10 this season. DOWN1
18 Virginia Tech The Hokies were held to under 300 yards of total offense for the third straight game but still held a 27-3 lead early in the 3rd Qtr before giving up a few late scores in a less than impressive 27-13 win over Western Kentucky. VT has won 30 straight at home against non-conference foes. UP4
19 Auburn Auburn's new spread offense managed just 208 total yards and committed 11 penalties for 81 yards in a 14-13 road loss to Vandy. A missed XP in the 1st Qtr came back to bite Tuberville's over hyped squad. DOWN5
20 Pittsburgh Pitt showed some signs of life as the Wannstache took his Panthers into South Florida and came out with a 26-21 win. LeSean McCoy led the charge with 28 carries for 142 yards and two scores. NR
21 South Florida A 26-21 home loss to the Wannestache should finally give the voters some perspective on USF. I fault myself for slotting them 12th before the loss. The Bulls are a decent, but very beatable team in a sorry conference. USF lost the total yards battle in both rushing and passing and chipped in 11 penalties taboot. Not pretty. DOWN9
22 Wisconsin The Badgers had their 16 game home winning streak snapped and Bret Bielema lost his first home game as coach. Next up: Home against PSU. DOWN2
23 Michigan State Sparty got a late 4th down stand when Iowa decided against a 38 yard field goal attempt that would've tied the game resulting in a 16-13 win in East Lansing. Ringer never got loose finishing with 25 for 91, 0 TD. NR
24 California Cal QB Nate Longshore list up ASU for 3 TD passes in his return to the starting lineup leading the Bears to a 24-14 over a highly disappointing ASU squad. Seriously, I'd hate to be an ASU fan considering the lofty expecations dashed early and Rudy Carpenter was on crutches after the game with USC looming next week. Guess us Buckeye fans don't have it so bad after all. Hell, I'd move from AZ to Columbus to support the Buckeyes if I lived there. NR
25 Illinois Juice got loose for Michigan Stadium record 431 yards of offense in 45-20 win over RichRod. The 45 points were the most scored against Michigan in Ann Arbor since 1991 (FSU: 51). NR

DROPPED OUT: Fresno State (#18), Oregon (#23), Connecticut (#24).