BlogPoll Ballot: Week 12

By Corey Carpenter on November 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm

As the season winds down, we are getting closer to the BCS getting totally blown up, with 6 undefeated teams still in the rankings. Florida or Alabama will lose in a couple of weeks, but Boise, TCU and Texas should be able to win out. While Cincinnati will still has to get past Illinois and Pittsburgh. Can you imagine if there are 5 unbeaten teams at season's end?

There were only a couple of upsets from last week's ballot, so a few strangers reenter the poll after some big wins that have capped impressive win streaks. We drop Utah and Houston a bit after wins, simply because we don't think they can beat those teams from the ACC and USC, but at that spot in the polls, does it really matter? If you don't make it to a BCS game, it doesn't matter where you are ranked after the top 10, unless of course you're Michigan and ranked near the bottom.

As always, let us know what you think and we'll take your comments into consideration when turning in our final ballot by Wednesday.

1 Texas 11-0. Colt McCoy became the all-time winnest QB, as the Longhorns clinched the Big 12 South title. McCoy was brilliant once again, going 32/41 for 398 yards and 4 TD's in their 51-20 win over Kansas. Next up: at Texas A&M, Thursday at 8:00. --
2 Florida 11-0. Complete mismatch late in the season, as the Gators took down FIU, 62-3. Tebow threw for 215 and rushed for another 102, scoring a total of 3 times, before getting some rest late in the game. Next up: Florida State, 3:30. --
3 Alabama 11-0. Another filler game for an SEC team, taking down Chattanooga, 45-0. The Tide defense gave up just 84 total yards and the offense controlled the ball for 37 minutes, racking up 313 rushing yards. Next up: at Auburn, Friday 2:30. --
4 TCU 11-0. The Horned Frogs dominated another MWC foe, this week beating Wyoming on the road, 45-10. TCU rushed for 339 yards and committed 0 penalties, while only giving up 178 total yards. Matthew Tucker lead the way with a career high 133 yards and 2 scores on only 11 carries. Next up: New Mexico, 1:00. UP1
5 Cincinnati 10-0. Bye Week. Next up: Illinois, Friday Noon. DOWN1
6 Boise State 11-0. The Broncos racked 323 rushing yards and 572 total yards in their stomping of Utah St., 52-21. Doug Martin lead the rushing attack, getting a career high 122 yards and 4 TD's on 13 carries, while Jeremy Avery had 16/116 and 2 scores. Next up: Nevada, Friday 10:00. --
7 Georgia Tech 10-1. Bye Week. Next up: Georgia, 8:00. --
8 Ohio State 10-2. Beat Michigan 21-10, keeping the Wolverines from a bowl game for the second straight season. The Silver Bullets created 5 Taint Forcier's TO's and rushed for 251 yards on 53 carries. Next up: Season complete, Rose Bowl January 1. --
9 Oregon 9-2. Won a thrilling comeback at Arizona, 44-41 in double OT. Jeremiah Masoli threw an 8-yard TD pass with 6 seconds to send the game to OT and then scored on a 1-yard run in the second OT. The Ducks will be the Buckeyes next opponent if they can win the Civil War next weekend. Next up: Oregon State, 12/3, 9:00. --
10 Pittsburgh 9-1. Bye Week. Next up: at WVU, Friday 7:00. --
11 Iowa 10-2. Won an ugly battle in Iowa City, beating Minnesota 12-0, giving the Hawkeyes double digit wins for the first time since 2004. The teams combined for more punts, 17, than points and were a combined 5/38 on 3rd downs. Next up: Season complete, Bowl Game TBA. UP2
12 Penn State 10-2. Darryl Clark threw 4 TD passes and 310 yards, as PSU went on the road to beat MSU, 42-12. The Nittany Lions outscored the Spartans 35-7 in the second half, throwing for 4 TD passes as a team in the 3rd quarter. Next up: Season Complete, Bowl Game TBA. --
13 Oklahoma State 9-2. Rallied for 14 points in the 4th quarter to comeback and beat Colorado, 31-28. Third string QB, Brandon Weeden came off the bench in the 2nd half to throw for 168 yards and 2 TD's and the Buffaloes only mustered 13 yards rushing. Next up: at Oklahoma, 12:30. UP1
14 Clemson 8-3. Clinched a berth in the ACC title game with a 34-21 win over Virginia. CJ Spiller continued his hot play with 114 all-purpose yards and set the ACC record for all-purpose yards in a season, with 2,059. Next up: at South Carolina, Noon. UP9
15 Brigham Young 9-2. Max Hall was 33/45 for 377 yards and 5 TD's, as BYU took down Air Force, 38-21. Hall became the Cougars all-time winingest QB with his 30th victory. Next up: Utah 5:00. UP2
16 LSU 8-3. Held to just 40 yards rushing in their 25-23 loss to Ole' Miss. The Tigers had a chance to tie with a successful 2-point conversion with 1:17 left, but Jordan Jefferson's pass fell incomplete. Next up: Arkansas, 7:00. DOWN5
17 Miami (Florida) 8-3. Scored 24 unanswered points to take down Duke 34-16. Down 16-10, Miami scored 3 TD's in the 4th, including a 73 yard INT return by Darryl Sharpton with 6:06 left. Next up: at South Florida, 3:30. UP3
18 Southern Cal 7-3. Bye Week. Next up: UCLA, 10:00. UP4
19 Virginia Tech 8-3. Ryan Williams powered a balanced Hokie offense, by rushing for 120 yards and 4 TD's on 32 carries in VT's 38-10 win. Williams broke the school's single-season rushing mark with 1,355 yards. Next up: at Virginia, 3:30. --
20 Utah 9-2. Utah jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 38-7 win over SDSU. Eddie Wide rushed for 84 yards and 2 TD's, as the Utes racked up 391 total yards. Next up: at BYU, 5:00. DOWN2
21 Houston 9-2. Case Keenum broke the school record for TD passes, with another 5 in Houston's 55-14 win over Memphis. Keenum played just more than 2 quarters, but went 29/39 for 405 yards and has now thrown for 94 career TD's. Next up: Rice, 8:00. DOWN2
22 Oregon State 8-3. kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive with a 42-10 win over hapless Washington State. Jacquezz Rogers ran 24 times for 165 yards and 2 scores, as the Beavers rolled up 567 total yards of offense. Next up: at Oregon, 12/3. UP3
23 California 8-3. Reappear in the top 25, with a thrilling 34-28 win at Stanford. Shane Vereen, filling in for Jahvid best, ran 42 times for 193 yards and 3 TD's. Cal controlled the ball for 39 minutes and outscored Stanford 31-14 after the first quarter. Next up: at Washington, 12/5. --
24 Mississippi 8-3. Have won 5 of last 6, after taking down LSU 25-23. Dexter McCluster rushed for 148 yards and threw a 27 yard TD pass, as the Rebels outgained LSU 426-290. Next up: at Mississippi State, 12:20. --
25 Navy 8-3. Bye Week. Next up: at Hawaii, 10:30. DOWN4

Dropped Out: Wisconsin (#15), Stanford (#16), Rutgers (#24). (Last Week's Ballot)