BlogPoll Ballot: Week 7

By Luke Zimmermann on October 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Week 7 felt straight out of the topsy turvy, turned upside down world of 2007. Two of our top 6 teams went down and with massive turnover dominating much of the 10-25 spots, the first week the BCS standings will be released may be as good of a time as any to re-evaluate where teams stand as a whole.

Week 8 should go a long way towards helping gauge the heavyweights in the MWC with TCU traveling to Provo to take on BYU. A few interesting potential trap games also loom large with Iowa traveling to Michgian State to tee off with Sparty, the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry game going down in Tuscaloosa, and Oregon traveling to phoenix-like reborn Huskies Stadium to go toe-to-toe with Washington.

1 Alabama Had the most "impressive" win amongst Top 10 types taking down South Carolina 20-6. Mark Ingram established himself as the Heisman front runner rushing for an absurd 214 yards on 24 carries. The Crimson Tide own one of the more impressive victories of the early season winning by 2 scores on a neutral field over Virginia Tech. Their week-in week-out consistency on D has them our new #1. Next up: Lane Kiffin's Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. (CBS) UP2
2 Florida Florida benefitted greatly from more-than-generous officiating though did execute down the stretch taking down Arkansas 23-20. The Gators' offense continues to look lost sans Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy. Fortunately for UF, an easy schedule looms large and they should have no real tests until the SEC Championship game, likely matching up with #1 Alabama. Next up: @ former offensive coordinator Dan Mullen & Mississippi State 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) DOWN1
3 Texas Texas won a bizarre one after looking outmatched by Oklahoma for the better parts of 3.5 quarters 16-13. The Horns too have a rather lenient slate on the horizon as they seek just their second Big 12 Championship in the Mack Brown era. Next up: @ Missouri 8:00 p.m. (ABC -Regional) DOWN1
4 Southern Cal USC needed every second on the game clock to outlast a plucky Notre Dame squad in South Bend 34-27. Matt Barkley continues to play out of his mind in challenging road situations going 19/29 for 380 yards, 2 TDs, and just one pick. Southern Cal's toughest test still may ominously with Oregon (and the always daunting Autzen Stadium) just two weeks away. Next up: Revenge game against Oregon State 8:00 p.m. (ABC - Regional) --
5 Cincinnati UC went into the vaunted Thursday night upset special and came out still spotless 34-17. Tony Pike suffered a wrist injury and will miss next week's game, but backup Zach Collaros looked more than game filling in for him (including an insane 75 yard touchdown scramble). Next up: Louisville 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU) UP3
6 Iowa The Hawkeyes bounce back from an early deficit to stay unscathed defeating Wisconsin in Madison 20-10. Ricky Stanzi looked every bit the Brady-lite a Big Ten assistant told Phil Steele he reminded him of going 17/23 for 218 yards, a TD, and one of the slickest, pro style throws you'll ever see. Next up: @ Michigan State 7:00 p.m. (BTN) UP3
7 Boise State Boise State put together their least consistent effort to date though is still unbeaten after defeating Tulsa 28-21. Boise State faces the always bizarro road trip of going to Hawaii, though without Warriors QB Gregg Alexander, the Broncos road to 7-0 should be a lot easier. The Broncos have no real tests remaining except staying focused week in, week out. If they do, they're BCS bowl bound almost certainly. Next up: @ Hawaii 11:05 p.m. (Gameplan/ESPN360) --
8 TCU Another week, another huge special teams TD and the result is a dominant TCU victory. TCU whipped Colorado State 44-6 improving to 6-0 on the season. TCU's unbeaten BCS aspirations face their stiffest challenge yet with BYU waiting. Next up: @ BYU 7:30 p.m. (Versus) UP3
9 Miami (Florida) Miami sleepwalked their way to a 27-7 victory over UCF, but an uninspired win is still a win. The U's biggest challenge may be themselves down the stretch, as the only thing standing between the Canes and a potential BCS at large berth could be consistency. Next up: Clemson 3:30 p.m. (ABC - Regional) UP3
10 LSU Bye Week. Next up: Auburn 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) --
11 Oregon Bye Week. Next up: @ Washington 3:30 p.m. (GamePlan/ESPN360) UP7
12 Penn State The Nittany Lions put up a totally inspired effort on defense shutting down Adam Weber and co. en route to a 20-0 victory. Zombie Nation will need another huge effort defensively with a trip to Ann Arbor just on the horizon. Next up: @ Michigan 3:30 p.m. (ESPN/ABC Regional) UP2
13 Georgia Tech The Wramblin' Wreck had one of their most impressive performances to date, taking down former top 10 Virginia Tech 28-23. Josh Nesbitt made up for a garbage day throwing the rock (1/7 51 yards, 0 TDs 1 INT; and you thought you had a passing quarterback dilemma) but made up for it rushing for 122 yards and 3 TDs. The flexbone attack has GT throwing the top of the Coastal division into chaos yet again, with 1st place (LOL) Virginia just ahead. Next up: @ Virginia 12:00 p.m. (GamePlan/ESPN360) UP7
14 Oklahoma State In the game you probably missed due to your Saturday night plans/the ALCS, the Cowboys put together an impressive performance cruising to a 33-17 victory over Missouri. Dez Bryant's absence doesn't seem to have the Pokes missing any gears as they improve to 5-1 on the season. Next up: @ Baylor 12:30 p.m. (Versus) UP2
15 Brigham Young The Cougars got San Diego State's best effort, but were clutch down the stretch hanging on 38-28. The Cougars embarrassment against Florida State is looking more and more like an aberration, though TCU is waiting in the wings. Next up: TCU 6:30 p.m. (Versus) UP4
16 Virginia Tech The Hokies fell at the hands of new #13 GT 23-28. The Hokies have a week off to regather themselves before a Thursday night showdown with 4-2 North carolina. Next up: Bye Week DOWN11
17 Pittsburgh Pitt was hardly impressive Friday night, but held off a talented Rutgers team to move to 6-1 on the season, 3-0 in the Big East 24-17. The Panthers control their destinies in the conference, but face a challenge with South Florida coming to town coming off a loss next week. Next up: South Florida 12:00 p.m. (GamePlan/ESPN360) UP8
18 Utah The huge personnel turnovers are proving hardly the issue some thought they'd be with the Utes cruising to an easy victory over UNLV 35-15. Utah is now 5-1 on the season, with their only loss coming against #11 Oregon. Next up: Air Force 4:00 p.m. (Versus) --
19 West Virginia Fell behind early, but then rolled to an easy 24-7 victory over in-state rival and former Ohio State defensive coordinator Mark Snyder's Marshall Thundering Herd. Noel Devine did his usual thing, coasting to 103 yards on 19 carries and putting the ball in the end zone twice. The competition steps up in difficulty with Connecticut coming to town next weekend. Next up: UConn 12:00 p.m. (ESPNU) UP5
20 Ohio State Another week, another set of Terrelle Pryor/Brew Crew growing pains. Ohio State's Rose Bowl destiny is still firmly within their control, though any kind of effort resembling last weekend's will mean every game is in question. Next up: Minnesota 12:00 p.m. (ESPN) DOWN14
21 Kansas Kansas lost an embarrassing one 31-34 to lowly Colorado. Todd Reesing came within a dropped ball of keeping the Jayhawks undefeated, but instead KU will have to get things back in on track in a hurry with the best 3-loss team in the nation, Oklahoma, coming to town Saturday. Next up: Oklahoma 2:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN Regional) DOWN8
22 Houston The Cougars early season embarrassment at UTEP has faded in the noise of the season, and UH handled their business Saturday waxing lifeless Tulane 44-16 in the Super Dome. Case Keenem and co. face another shootout of the Texas Tech variety with June Jones' SMU Mustangs coming to Houston next. Up next: Houston 7:30 p.m. (CBS College Sports) --
23 Texas Tech Texas Tech's early season close losses to Texas and Houston look like no aberration, as the Red Raiders blew Nebraska out of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln 31-10. This is Steven Sheffields' team now. Since filling in for Potts after he suffered a concussion, Sheffield has put up 1014 yards and 12 TDs in just 3 starts. Goodness. Next up: Texas A&M, 7:00 p.m. (TBA) --
24 Arizona Arizona keeps themselves in the Pac 10 race after rallying to take down Stanford 43-38. Michigan State transfer Nick Foles (and product of the same high school that produced Drew Brees) put up a monster effort going 40/51 for 415 yards and 3 TDs. The Wildcats can't rest on their laurels with Neuheisel's UCLA Bruins coming to town. Next up: UCLA, 6:30 p.m. (FSN Regional) --
25 Nebraska Nebraska crapped the bed against Tech falling 10-31. So much for the black shirts being back. Nebraska will have a chance to prove their egg-laying was the exception as opposed to the rule with Iowa State coming to town. Next up: Iowa State 12:30 p.m. (FSN Regional) DOWN8

Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#15), South Carolina (#21), Notre Dame (#22), South Florida (#23). (Last Week's Ballot)