BlogPoll Ballot: Week 13

By Luke Zimmermann on November 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm

For the second time in as many weeks, we wanted a reminder of why college football is the greatest game in the universe and we got it. The extended Thanksgiving/rivalry weekend produced a bevy of tasty upsets, and we now move towards Championship Weekend with a minimum 2 undefeateds, and the prospect of as many as 5. Thank goodness we have a system that leaves no doubt as to who the two most deserving teams are to play for it all!

Florida put together the most comprehensive, impressive 60 minutes this past weekend, and enter championship weekend back as our #1. Oregon State is also on the up and up and could play their way into the top 12 with an upset against Oregon in the Rose Bowl-play in edition of the Civil War.

Offer up your thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams for the ballot below. We'll take your suggestions into consideration before the ballot gets filled in with cement by MGoConstruction company on Wednesday.

1 Florida 12-0. Florida moves one step closer to the first undefeated season in school history with their 37-10 dismantling of in-state rival Florida State. The Tebow Child ends his senior regular season with his best effort of 2009: 17/21 for 221 yards, 3 TDs, and another 90 yards on the ground with 2 rushing TDs. Next up: Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome, 4:00 pm. UP1
2 Texas 12-0. The Horns needed all 60 minutes and a Heisman-worthy performance from senior QB Colt McCoy to outlast their oldest rival Texas A&M 49-39. For what's it worth, no BCS Champion besides the aberration-LSU has ever allowed more than 35 in a single game (and both of LSU's games in which they did for came in overtime or multiple overtimes). Next up: Nebraska at the Big 12 Championship in JerryWorld, 8 pm DOWN1
3 Alabama 12-0. Alabama was a batted down hail mary away from getting upset to rival Auburn, but hung on to win 26-21. Even Mount Terrence Cody got in on the scoring action, throwing a few killer pancake blocks to setup Trent Richardson rushing strikes. Soon to be former Heisman front runner Mark Ingram was shut down, either due to injury or ineffectiveness (depending on whom you believe). Ingram rushed for just 30 yards on 16 carries and was completely removed from the game during Alabama's game clinching TD drive. Next up: Florida in the SEC Championship Game, 4 pm. --
4 TCU 12-0. TCU looked every bit the part in a 51-10 regular season perfection clinching blowout of New Mexico. Horned Frog QB Andy Dalton was 15/24 for 228 4 TDs, and added another in the ground in the impressive victory. TCU will now play the waiting game, as they wait and see whether they're headed to the Fiesta, Orange, or Sugar Bowl (with an ultra outside shot at the BCS Championship Game). Next up: Season complete, BCS Game to be determined. --
5 Cincinnati 11-0. The Bearcats scored early and often and held off the Fightin' Zooks in a less close than it appeared 49-36 victory over Illinois. Tony Pike appeared back in the form that had some talking Heisman earlier in the season, amassing 399 yards through the air and 6 TDs. Next up: at Pittsburgh for the Big East Championship, 12:00 pm. --
6 Boise State 12-0. Boise State held off a late push from WAC #2 Nevada in clinching at least a share of yet another WAC Championship 44-33 Friday Night. Kellen Moore continued to show why some deem him the nation's best passer, going 17/33 for 262 yards and 5 TDs. Next up: New Mexico State, 3 pm. --
7 Ohio State 10-2. Regular season complete. Next up: Rose Bowl, January 1st vs Oregon/Oregon State winner UP1
8 Oregon 9-2. Bye week. Next up: Oregon State, Thursday 9:00 p.m. UP1
9 Iowa 10-2. Regular season complete. Next up: BCS Bowl or Capital One Bowl UP2
10 Penn State 10-2. Regular season complete. Next up: BCS Bowl or Capital One Bowl UP2
11 Brigham Young 10-2. The Cougars won one of the more exciting contests of the weekend on a 25-yard Max Hall to Andrew George TD to beat rival Utah 26-23 in OT. With the caffeine free Mountain Dew buzz now worn off, the Cougars find themselves possibly headed to another Las Vegas Bowl. Next up: Poinsettia/Las Vegas Bowl. UP4
12 Georgia Tech 10-2. The Wramblin Wreck uncharacteristically threw 4 consecutive times on a possible game winning drive falling to Georgia 30-24. GT still has much to play for with the ACC Championship Game up next. Next up: vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Tampa, 8 pm. DOWN5
13 LSU 9-3. LSU survived arguably the game of the weekend taking down rival Arkansas 33-30 in OT on a missed Alex Tejada field goal. The Bayou Bengals took much of the heat off from Les Miles' suspect decision making a week prior vs Ole Miss despite many fans having left before the overtime even started. Next up: Bowl to be determined, likely Capital One Bowl. UP3
14 Miami (Florida) 9-3. Miami showed flashes of what could've been, taking it to in-state opponent South Florida to the tune of 31-10. The 'Canes next could come against a Big Ten opponent, with their regular season finished and the Champs Sports Bowl potentially on the horizon. Next up: Bowl to be determined (possibly Champs Sports Bowl) UP3
15 Pittsburgh 9-2. Pittsburgh lost an absolute heartbreaker on a field goal as time expired to rival West By God Virginia 19-16. The Wandstache will have to get his team's focus back in a hurry, with a de-facto Big East Championship Game just ahead against Brian Kelly's Bearcats. Next up: CIncinnati, 12 pm. DOWN5
16 Southern Cal 8-3. Pete Carroll embraced his inner XBox Live'r, throwing a cheap bomb TD following a late timeout to beat UCLA 28-7. Petey runs into a tough Arizona team in the team's final game just ahead. Here's hoping they're way up or way down for further high comedy potential. Next up: Arizona, 3:30 pm. UP2
17 Virginia Tech 9-3. The Hokies dismantled UVa 42-13 in a game so badly Al Groh was fired the very next day (well and for numerous other things). VT seems destined for a return to where their season started with the Chick Fil-A Bowl eyeballing them. Next up: Bowl to be determined (possibly Chick Fil-A Bowl) UP2
18 Oregon State 8-3. Bye week. Next up: at Oregon, 9 pm. UP4
19 Clemson 8-4. Clemson took a punch in the gut from in-state rival South Carolina and the Ol' Bawl Coach 34-17. CJ Spiller returned the opning kick for a score, but failed to regain his normal form as the other SC kept him bottled up all afternoon. Next up: Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game in Tampa, 8 pm. DOWN5
20 Oklahoma State 9-3. Oklahoma State wishes they'd had a bye, as Oklahoma whipped them in the Bedlam Game 27-0. A Cotton Bowl date with either Arkansas or Mississippi could be on OSU's horizon. Next up: Bowl to be determined (possibly Cotton or Holiday) DOWN7
21 Houston 10-2. Houston was on pace for a hundred points most of the afternoon, but put on the breaks in their humiliation of in-city rival Rice 73-14. Case Keenum's senior regular season is done, but the CUSA Championship Game is up next. Next up: at East Carolina in the Conference USA Championship Game, 12:00 pm. --
22 California 9-3. Bye week. Next up: at Washington, 6:30 pm. UP1
23 Stanford 8-4. Stanford helped put the nail in Charlie Weis' college coaching career, defeating ND 45-38. Toby Gerhart topped 200 yards for the 3rd time this season in putting his Heisman momentum to an all-time high. Next up: Bowl to be determined (possibly Emerald Bowl) --
24 Nebraska 9-3. Nebraska looked every bit as apathetic as one could expect in a meaningless game (outside of the historical rivalry) in a 28-20 victory over Colorado. The level of difficulty escalates in a hurry as NU runs into Big 12 south champion Texas next weekend in Arlington. Next up: Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game from JerryWorld, 8 pm. --
25 West Virginia 8-3. WVU won the game of Black Friday 19-16 on a field goal as time expired against Pitt. While a clash with Rutgers remains on the schedule for WVU, their fates seem firmly tied to the Gator Bowl. Next up: at Rutgers, 12 pm. --

Dropped Out: Utah (#20), Mississippi (#24), Navy (#25). (Last Week's Ballot)