Blogpoll: Week 10

By Chris Lauderback on November 3, 2008 at 7:00 am

We expect some strong opinions after the weekend saw the Longhorns fall victim to the gunslinger from Texas Tech. We also bumped Florida to #4 as we think they are the best of the one-loss bunch.

We're still not sure where Boise State and Utah truly belong but we're confident they aren't the 9th and 10th best teams in the country so where should they be?

Once again, a host of teams previously in the 16-25 slots got ran so the back half of the poll is another crap shoot. We're honestly tired of trying to evaluate that crop of teams as they are all mediocre in their own special way.

Anyway, same deal as always...Give us your thoughts so we can reshape the poll before submission of the final ballot on Wednesday.

1 Penn State Bye week. Next up: Iowa UP1
2 Alabama 'Bama blitzed Arkansas State 35-0 to record their first shutout since '95 in a tune up for next week's trip to LSU. Freshman RB Mark Ingram went over a hundo for the first time ever (113, 2TD) but JPW was a pedestrian 15/28 for 152 yards and a pick. UP1
3 Texas Tech We hadn't believed the hype - until now. Crabtree is a menace and Harrell can flat out sling the rock. He went 36/53 for 474 and 2 TD making a believer out of us. What we wouldn't give to see a big game effort like that in Columbus (ie: Beanie '07 Michigan). No rest for America's new darlings, however, with Oklahoma State up next. UP5
4 Florida Tebow of Nazareth jumped back into the thick of the Heisman race with 5 TD (2 pass, 3 rush) in the Gators' 49-10 demolition of annual pretender Georgia. Tebow is now Florida's all time rushing TD leader with 39 (Emmitt 36). UP2
5 Southern Cal USC picked up their 3rd shoutout of the year with a 56-0 shank of Washington. CJ Gable paced the offense going 10/108 with 2 TD. Trojans have won 42 of last 43 at home. Next up: Cal. --
6 Texas A questionable defense finally caught up to the Longhorns. They allowed 31 first downs, 579 total yards and 474 yards passing in a 39-33 loss at Texas Tech. Even with the loss, Colt McCoy's Heisman hopes could still be in decent shape. He was sacked four times going 20/34 for 294 yards with 2 TD and a pick but still had Texas in position to win engineering an 11 play, 80 yard drive giving them a 33-32 lead with 1:29 to play. DOWN5
7 Oklahoma The Sooners took advantage of three 1st qtr turnovers building a 35-0 lead en route to a 62-28 spanking of once proud Nebraska. Oklahoma is now 59-2 at home under Stoops. They play A&M next week before with Texas Tech and @ Oklahoma State. Expect the D to get exposed in at least one loss out of the next three. DOWN3
8 Oklahoma State Prepping for this week's showdown with Texas Tech, the Cowboys got 4 TD receptions from Dez Bryant in a 59-17 beating of Iowa State. It's the 5th time the Cowboys have scored at least 50 points this season. Dare to dream... UP1
9 Boise State Another wack opponent, another blowout for Boise State. The particulars: New Mexico State, 49-0. Boise is now 9-0 against these bums outscoring them 107-0 in last two games while scoring at least 40 points in eight of of the nine. Why do we have them ranked so high again? UP1
10 Utah Utah barely squeaked by a then 4-5 New Mexico squad 13-10 at home. Time for a little poll correction. Brian Johnson picked up his 22nd win as the Utes starting QB, passing Alex Smith for most W's in school history. Next up: TCU. UP1
11 Ohio State Bye week. Next up: @ Northwestern. UP2
12 Missouri Mizzou blew a 21-7 halftime lead but got a FG with 2:31 left to escape with an unimpressive 31-28 win over 3-6 Baylor. Chase Daniel was up and down going 30/38 for 318 with 3 TD and 2 INT. --
13 TCU The Horned Frogs moved to 9-1 with a 44-14 win over UNLV. TCU's strong defense prepped for Utah creating 3 TO while holding the Runnin' Rebels to 175 total yards, only 67 through the air. UP1
14 Georgia Another season, another collapse - at least Ohio State waits until the bowl season (depending on your preference, I guess). Matt Stafford threw 3 picks while Moreno fumbled and was held to 65 yards. The UGA defense has given up 90 points in their 2 losses. DOWN7
15 LSU LSU went out of conference to gain some much needed confidence registering a 35-10 win over Tulane. The D held the Green Wave to 163 total yards while the LSU offense was paced by 114 yards rushing and 1 TD from Charles Scott. Unfortunately for LSU, QB Jarrett Lee is still crap. He went 8/20 for 99 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Next up: Alabama. --
16 Brigham Young BYU needed a TD pass from Max Hall with :22 left to sneak past Colorado State 45-42 in Fort Collins. Seriously, why do we even rank teams past 15? Hall blew up for 5 TD and 389 yards passing helping BYU to 551 yards of offense. --
17 Ball State Bye week. Next up: Northern Illinois UP1
18 Michigan State Sparty slipped past Wisconsin 25-24 thanks to a 44 yard FG with :07 left capping a 12-0 4th qtr scoring run. Ringer was held to a season low 54 yards on 21 carries but WR Blair White blew up for 164 yards. MSU is 8-2 for 1st time since '99. Penalties: MSU 2/30, Wisc 12/121. UP3
19 North Carolina Bye week. Next up: Georgia Tech UP3
20 Georgia Tech The Yellow Jackets ate their vitamins and said their prayers as evidenced by Florida State RB Marcus Sims fumbling into the end zone with less than a minute left helping Ga Tech to a 31-28 win. The victory was Ga Tech's first over FSU since Archie was rockin' the 'fro (ie: 1975). NR
21 West Virginia The Mountaineers rolled favored UConn 35-13 behind Pat White's combined 230 yards and 3 TD. WVU moved into sole possession of first place (3-0) in the Big Least and won their 5th straight. NR
22 Northwestern The Mildcats got a pick six with :12 left to win at Minnesota 24-17. Northwestern is 7-2 for the first time since 2000. Backup QB Mike Kafka went off rushing for 217 yards and passing for another 143 (12/16, 2TD, 2INT). NR
23 Maryland Bye week. Next up: @ Va Tech. Fear the Turtle? I say embrace the turtle. NR
24 California Cal moved to 6-2 with a 26-16 upset win over Oregon despite their 5 turnovers in a game played in crazy rain storm. The teams combined for 8 turnovers and 11/37 on 3rd down. NR
25 Kansas We're throwing Kansas a bone slotting them 25th after a 52-21 win over rival Kansas State. We don't know why - I think we just like morbidly obese coaches. NR

DROPPED OUT: Minnesota (#17), Florida State (#19), Tulsa (#20), Oregon (#23), Louisville (#24), South Florida (#25).