BlogPoll Ballot Week 10

By Luke Zimmermann on October 31, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Happy Halloween, y'all. College football has passed the halfway point and things continue to get incredibly interesting. The forthcoming Week 10 should have plenty of intrigue as Alabama and LSU play each other in a one-loss team BCS elimination game, Boise State faces their toughest test since Oregon State playing host to a surprising Hawaii group, and oh yeah, you may have heard about a certain little TCU-Utah affair. We did our best to determine who belongs where; you know the drill, if we got drunk on miniature chocolate bars, don't hesitate to call us on it.

1 Oregon Ducks Went to the Coliseum and took on a game USC side, but escaped looking every bit the prized pig. 53-32. Oregon, who a year ago at this time was somewhere in the 40's in total offense, is firmly established at the top of the tables these days. Next up: Washington, 3:30. --
2 Auburn Tigers Cam Newton was Cam Newton and Auburn's offense outclassed an inferrior Ole Miss team 51-31. The biggest test for Auburn going forward (other than Alabama) will probably their own ability to stay focused one week at a time. Next up: Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1:00. --
3 Boise State Broncos Got off to a sluggish start against Louisiana Tech but eventually got into a rhythm and ultimately left a rare Tuesday evening affair with a 49-20 victory. Kellen Moore continues to look like he's headed for a seat in NYC the second weekend in December. Next up: #25 Hawaii, 3:30. --
4 TCU Horned Frogs Went into Vegas and housed UNLV 48-6. Andy Dalton continues to be a ticking time bomb out of the quarterback position but the defense is Halloween scary good. Next up: at #5 Utah, 3:30. --
5 Utah Utes Faced their toughest task to date against the nation's best rushing team Air Force before pulling it out late and winning, 28-23. Utah's next will be a referendum on their entire season. Next up: #4 TCU, 3:30. UP2
6 Alabama Crimson Tide Bye Week. Next up: at #15 LSU, 3:30. UP2
7 Stanford Cardinal Went into Seattle and absolutely lambasted formerly highly thought of Washington (by fools like yours truly), 41-0. Andrew Luck continues to play his way into the Davey O'Brien/#1 overall draft pick mix. Next up: #12 Arizona, TBA. UP2
8 Wisconsin Badgers Bye Week. Next up: at Purdue, 12:00. UP2
9 Ohio State Buckeyes Terrelle Pryor had arguably his most impressive day passing against a flesh-and-blood D to date (one atrocious brain fart aside) and Boom Herron looks to be maturing into quite the feature back. If the defense can get healthy, Ohio State can play with anyone. Next up: Bye Week. UP2
10 Oklahoma Sooners A week after shooting themselves repeatedly in the foot against Missouri, OU bounced back (and how) beating down hapless Dan Hawkins and the Buffaloes 43-10. Landry Jones and DeMarco Murray should keep OU in the mix though they still have Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska (potentially) on the horizon. Next up: at Texas A&M, 7:00. UP2
11 Nebraska Cornhuskers Played more like the Nebraska team we saw last week against Missouri then 2 weeks prior against Texas in defeating Missouri and claiming the inside track to the Big XII North's spot in the league's final championship game, winning 31-17. Taylor Martinez' ankle/thigh/foot injury will be something to keep an eye on. Next up: at Iowa State, 3:30. UP2
12 Arizona Wildcats Ran into a trap game but escaped Pistol Rick and co. with a W, 29-21. They won't have long to make corrections with their toughest task since their victory over Iowa looming. Next up: at #7 Stanford, TBA. UP2
13 Missouri Tigers Got off to a glacial crawl, rallied, but didn't have quite enough to rally back against #11 Nebraska falling 17-31. Blaine Gabbert had it rough all afternoon from a vicious, attacking blackshirt D. Next up: at Texas Tech, 7:00. DOWN 7
14 Oklahoma State Cowboys Okie State bounced back from a disappointment against Big 12 north leader Nebraska and outlasted and outclassed Kansas State 24-14. Kendall Hunter was his usual brilliant self gaining 149 yards on 28 carries. Next up: #21 Baylor, 12:30. UP3
15 LSU Tigers Bye Week. Next up: #6 Alabama, 3:30. --
16 Michigan State Spartans Laid an absolute egg in Iowa City and ending their improbable BCS Championship Game aspirations. Kirk Cousins on down, everyone on the Spartans roster was pretty terrible. Next up: Minnesota, 12:00. DOWN 11
17 Iowa Hawkeyes Played host to (then) fifth ranked Michigan State and absolutely took it to them 37-6. Ricky Stanzi continued a brilliant 2K10 in the winning effort. Next up: at Indiana, 12:00. UP1
18 Arkansas Razorbacks Got off to a slow start but ultimately began to cook with gas against Vanderbilt and ultimately won 49-14. A potentially huge loss for the Razorbacks is receiver Greg Childs who went down hard late and is questionable for next week's game. Next up: @ #19 South Carolina, 7:00. UP1
19 South Carolina Gamecocks Played host to a young (but awful) Tennessee team, teased them for 3 quarters, then mercilessly pulled away winning 38-24. Huge test game looms next week with #18 Arkansas. Next up: Arkansas, 7:00. UP1
20 Virginia Tech Hokies Bye Week. Next up: Thursday, @ Georgia Tech, 7:30. UP3
21 Baylor Bears Went into Austin and made up for 12 years of hard times by taking down the hated Texas Longhorns 30-22. Talented QB Robert Griffin III did most of his damage through the air as opposed to his usual weapon of choice. Next up: at #14 Oklahoma State, 12:30. UP4
22 N.C. State Wolfpack Made amends for their late woes a season prior by capitalizing on a few choice FSU mistakes in defeating the Seminoles 28-24. Russell Wilson continued a fine 2010 in leading the winning effort. Next up: at Clemson, 12:00. --
23 Florida State Seminoles Went into Raleign on a Thursday night but fumbled away their shot at victory falling to NC State 24-28. Ty Jones paced the 'Noles with 108 rushing yards on 10 carries. Next up: North Carolina, TBA. DOWN 7
24 Nevada Wolf Pack Took on a plucky Utah State Aggies side and emerged victorious in a shootout 56-42. Could ultimately clash with Boise State in a defacto WAC championship in late November. Next up: at Idaho, 5:00. --
25 Hawaii Warriors Haven't seen the likes of these guys around since the Colt Brennan-era was in full effect. None the less, they keep handling business in a suddenly Mountain West comparable (if not superior) WAC. Beat an '09 bowl team in Idaho 45-10 on the island. Next up: at #3 Boise State, 2:00. --
Dropouts: Miami Hurricanes, West Virginia Mountaineers, USC Trojans
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