Blogpoll: Week 7

By Chris Lauderback on October 13, 2008 at 7:00 am

Losses by Oklahoma, Missouri and LSU on Saturday meant our top three was blown to bits. While it was difficult to decide who should move up, it was even more difficult to decide how far the losers should drop considering they all lost to legit teams.

With Texas' win over previous #1 Oklahoma, we moved them to the top spot followed by Penn State and we vaulted Florida to #3 after beating LSU by 30.

On the Buckeye front, we dropped them one spot to #11 but frankly they could find themselves out of the polls completely in another week unless they put forth a better effort than what we saw against Purdue.

With all the upsets this week, I'm sure you all have some opinions so let 'em fly. As is customary, we have until Wednesday to take your feedback and submit our final ballot for the week.

1 Texas I officially have a man crush on Texas WR/KR Jordan Shipley. The Great White Hope hauled in 11 passes for 112 yards, 1 TD and ran back a kick for a 96 yard TD in the Longhorn's 45-35 win over previously #1 Oklahoma. Quan Cosby ain't bad either (9 catches, 122 yards). Next up: host wound-licking Mizzou @ 8pm. UP4
2 Penn State The Nittany Lions embarassed Wisconsin 48-7 in Camp Randall scoring 31 unanswered to close the game. QB Daryll Clark continued so spark PSU with 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) and 244 yards through the air. PSU had just 1 turnover (int) and 1 penalty while forcing Wisconsin into 4 turnovers. The Lions are 7-0 for the first time since 1999. UP4
3 Florida The Gators put a 51-21 smackdown on LSU in the Swamp behind 3 TD's from Tebow (2pass, 1run) and a defense that held LSU to 80 yards rushing and forced 3 turnovers. Is Florida the SEC's best? UP8
4 Alabama Idle. Next up: Ole Miss --
5 Oklahoma So, will this finally be the year Stoops gets some flak for being a big game choker on par with OSU/Tress? 10 penalties, 2 turnovers, blowing 2 different 11 point leads and an 8 point lead…Not impressive. DOWN4
6 Southern Cal It wasn't pretty as USC racked up 10 penalties and turned it over 5 times behind 3 INT's from Mark Sanchez but the Trojans still managed to shut out hapless Arizona State 28-0. McKnight ran for career high 143 yards. UP1
7 Georgia Georgia outrushed Tennessee 148-1 and got 310 yards (1TD, 1INT) from Matt Stafford in a pedestrian 26-14 win over the putrid Vols. Knowshon went for 27/101 and UGA stayed consistent racking up 11 penalties. Next up: Vandy UP1
8 Oklahoma State The Cowboys picked off Chase Daniel 3 times and held the Tigers to 64 yards rushing in their 28-23 upset win at Missouri. Ok State QB Zac Robinson threw for 215 yards and 2 TD and ran for another. Their 6-0 start is tied for 2nd best in school history (9-0, 1945). UP7
9 Missouri Chase Daniel removed himself from the top of the Heisman pack with 3 INT's in Mizzou's 28-23 upset home loss at the hands of Oklahoma State. The Tigers need to regroup quick - next up: @ Texas. DOWN7
10 Texas Tech The Red Raiders beat Nebraska 37-31 in OT thanks to an uncharacteristic defensive stand on the last possession of OT. Offensively, it was typical T-Tech as Graham Harrell threw for 284 yards and 2 TD with WR Michael Crabtree grabbing 5 for 89, including both of Harrell's TD tosses to become the Red Raiders' all time TD catch leader with 32. Two more games before the gauntlet of Texas, Ok St. and @ Oklahoma begins. DOWN1
11 Ohio State An anemic offense (222 total yards) was helped by a strong defensive / special teams effort (2 turnovers, 1 punt block TD) as the Buckeyes posted a less than impressive 16-3 win over Purdue. A similar effort in East Lansing next week will result in an L. DOWN1
12 LSU How'd that taste, Les? Ricky-Jean ran his mouth, then couldn't play as Florida put up 475 yards of offense on the Tigers. The 51-21 spanking was the worst loss in Miles' 4 years at LSU. My heart aches - with joy. DOWN9
13 Brigham Young BYU posted an unimpressive 21-3 win over New Mexico behind Max Hall's 265 pards passing and 3 TDs. The Cougar defense held their opponent without a TD for 3rd time in last 4 games. Impressive, huh? Maybe not - those three teams: UCLA, Wyoming, New Mexico. DOWN1
14 Boise State Boise State went out of conference to post a 24-7 win over Southern Miss. Kellen Moore led the Broncos with 174 yards through the air and 3 scores. Boise State D stopped all 4 Southern Miss 4th down tries and forced 2 TO's. DOWN1
15 Kansas Jayhawk RB Jake Sharpe ran 118 yards and 3 TD's and Todd Reesing 256 and a TD as Kansas moved to 2-0 in the Big12 for only the 3rd time since the conference's inception in '96. The Jayhawk D held Colorado QB Cody Hawkins to 8/22 before daddy pulled him for excessive suck. UP1
16 Utah The Utes got 5 turnovers leading to 3 defensive or special teams TDs in a 40-7 win over Wyoming. Offensively, Utah managed only 11 first downs and went 4/17 on third down. How bad is Wyoming? They've been outscored 153-23 during their 4 game skid. UP1
17 Virginia Tech Idle. Nex up: @ Boston College UP1
18 Michigan State Javon Ringer ran for 124 yards and 2 TDs while Brian Hoyer passed for 169 yards and 2 TDs in Sparty's 37-20 win over Northwestern. MSU struggled defensively giving up 459 yards and 15/24 third downs though they forced 3 TO's. UP4
19 Pittsburgh Idle. Next up: @ Navy --
20 South Florida Idle. Next up: Syracuse High --
21 North Carolina The Tar Heels forced 5 Irish turnovers (4 in 2nd half) and overcame some shoddy reffing in the closing seconds to 29-24 decision over Fat Charlie's boys. UP2
22 California Idle. Next up: @ Arizona UP2
23 Minnesota The Gophers improved to 6-1 thanks to an impressive 27-20 road win over Juice and the Illini. The Gopher D sacked Juice 4 times and ran his fumble back for a score putting Minnesota up 27-13 with five minutes left in the game. DeLeon Eskridge rushed for 124 yards and 2 TD's. NR
24 Ball State Ball State moved to 7-0 with a 24-7 win over Western Kentucky. MiQuale Lewis paced the Cardinals with 112 yards rushing and 1 TD. NR
25 Vanderbilt Smoke and mirrors ran out as Vandy fell 17-14 at Mississippi State. The Vandy offense generated a paltry 109 yards with 2 turnovers to send them plummeting in the rankings. DOWN11

DROPPED OUT: Illinois (#21), Wisconsin (#25).