Well this is certainly a wacky week for the BlogPoll. Never did I think I would see the day that I would have four Big Ten teams ranked and that group would not include Ohio State.
I promise guys and gals, I really did want to keep the Buckeyes in the rankings, but at this point in the season that offense is just not good enough to make this one of the best 25 teams in the country. Maybe in a few weeks, but not right now.
Anyway, before I throw myself to the hounds for having Michigan (gasp) ranked while the Buckeyes take a seat on the bench this week, here's the 11W Week 4 BlogPoll Ballot. Get at it folks.
|11||The defense gave a valiant effort, but the offense just isn't there yet and it proved in FSU's 23-13 loss to Oklahoma. The Seminoles thought they had their signal caller in EJ Manuel, but the first year starter struggled against a good Sooners team, throwing two interceptions and getting yanked in the loss.||5|
|12||As Buckeye fans know, Navy can be a challenging opponent. South Carolina found that out the hard way, as they barely edged the Midshipmen by a score of 27-24 on Saturday. Sophomore Marcus Lattimore was excellent for Steve Spurrier's team, rushing for 246 yards and 3 TDs, including the game winning score with 12:45 left in the game, on 37 carries in the win.||--|
|13||Va Tech trailed Arkansas State 7-0 early, but scored 26 straight points to beat the Red Wolves 26-7. Logan Thomas threw for 292 yards and 2 TDs as the Hokies continue to survive and advance in ugly fashion week after week.||2|
|14||Ronnie Wingo had 129 total yards and 3 touchdowns as Arkansas slipped by Troy 38-28. The Razorbacks were a bit banged up this past week, but need to have a better effort next week as they head down to Tuscaloosa to take on a superior Alabama squad.||--|
|15||I'm still not 100% sold on the Gators, but they advanced to 3-0 on the season with a 33-23 win against Tennessee. Caleb Sturgis knocked through 4 field goals and Trey Burton had touchdowns receiving and rushing in the UF win. Florida definitely has some weapons, but needs to find a more consistent offensive identity if they want to take home the SEC East crown this season.||3|
|16||The Big East generally gets a bad reputation, but Dana Holgersen has this WVU team playing good football right now. QB Geno Smith threw for 388 yards and a score through the air in a 37-31 win against Maryland, but don't be fooled by that score as the game wasn't really that close. LSU comes to Morgantown next week in a game that will tell us how good West Virginia really is.||3|
|17||USF had a cupcake this week and pounded Florida A&M 70-17. QB BJ Daniels had 382 yards passing and 5 total touchdowns, while Darrell Scott had 146 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns on the day.||4|
|18||Robert Griffin III may be the most exciting player to watch in America. The Baylor quarterback was 20/22 for 265 yards and 3 TDs, also rushing for 78 yards in a 48-0 win against Stephen F. Austin. Baylor is definitely a team to watch this year, as their offense can compete with anyone in the country.||4|
|19||A lack of faith in quarterback play was a big reason Texas was not included in these rankings the first three weeks. That changes now as Case McCoy is now at the helm for UT. Channeling their older brothers' spirits, McCoy (168 passing yards, 2 TDs) and WR Jax Shipley (5 rec 46 yards, 1 passing TD) helped the Longhorns take down UCLA 49-20 in the Rose Bowl.||--|
|20||Many though Auburn got their heads on straight after winning in Mississippi State, but Clemson was the one showing America they were for real in a 38-24 win over the Tigers. Tajh Boyd made Buckeye fans sick, thinking about what could have been, as the young signal caller threw for 386 yards and 4 TDs in the win.||--|
|21||Paul Johnson's triple option attack yielded 7 rushing and 2 passing touchdowns, as Georgia Tech took down Kansas 66-24. The Jackets are now 3-0 on the season, but head into an ACC schedule where we will see if they are contenders or pretenders.||--|
|22||It makes me absolutely sick to put this team in the top 25, but as of right now, they enter this list by default. I still think the defense will struggle once again once the B1G slate comes along and the offense certainly has holes, but 3-0 is Michigan's record right now, good enough to slot them in at #22. A hungry, Brady Hoke hating San Diego State team comes to Ann Arbor next week, so UM better bring their "A" game if they want to avoid an upset.||--|
|23||Illinois is another team that will end up in the middle of the pack this season, but they proved a lot in a big 17-14 win against a ranked Arizona State team. The defense stepped up big time and Nathan Scheelhaase had 151 yards passing, 67 yards rushing, and a touchdown in the victory. The Zookers move to 3-0 on the season, a year in which the veteran head coach is fighting to keep his job.||--|
|24||I think Arizona State is a good team and I truly feel they can win the Pac 12 South this year. They drop 7 spots in the poll after losing at Illinois, but Brock Osweiler & co. will be just fine if they can protect the football. ASU is definitely a team you can argue off this ballot, but we leave them on one more week after a close road loss.||7|
|25||ISU has been quietly impressive, notching a win against Iowa two weeks ago and taking down UConn in Hartford 24-20 this past week. The Cyclones, now 3-0, were lead by Darius Reynolds who had 128 receiving yards and 2 TDs in the win.||--|
|Dropouts: Michigan St. Spartans, Ohio St. Buckeyes, Auburn Tigers, Mississippi St. Bulldogs, Missouri Tigers, Central Florida Knights|
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