BlogPoll Ballot: Week 10

By Alex Gleitman on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Well folks, I did it. Just a few weeks ago when I said I may not have Ohio State featured in our weekly BlogPoll Ballot again during the 2011 season, I truly believed that. Turns out I was wrong as I bring the Buckeyes back to the poll in the #25 slot, after their win against Wisconsin.

Sure, Auburn and Texas are right on their heels, but this team has me believing that as long as they continue to improve each and every week that they really may be able to sneak into the B1G Championship game. With Penn State playing OSU, Wisconsin, and Nebraska and the Bucks having the head to head win on Wisconsin, things are really taking a complete 180 from where they were after the second half flop against Nebraska in the beginning of the month.

Let's enjoy this while we can, but for now take a look at the Week 10 BlogPoll Ballot.

1 LSU Tigers LSU got the week off before their tough trip to Tuscaloosa to take on the #2 Tide. I'm very excited to see who will take the top spot in next week's rankings. --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide See above, as the Tide were conveniently idle as well. Saturday night on CBS should be a dandy. --
3 Stanford Cardinal They needed 3 OTs, but Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal came away with a 56-48 road win against USC to move to 8-0 on the season. Luck threw for 330 yards and 3 TDs, also rushing for one on the night, keeping him at the front of the Heisman race.  --
4 Boise State Broncos Boise State was off this past weekend and gets set to travel to UNLV this upcoming week. At 7-0, the Broncos should move to 8-0 against the Rebels before taking on TCU on the smurf turf the following week. --
5 Oklahoma State Cowboys Oklahoma State continues to thrash teams both on the ground and through the air, this time beating down Baylor 59-24. Joseph Randle rushed for 152 yards and 4 TDs in the victory as the Cowboys' defense was able to force Robert Griffin III to throw 2 INTs, making up for the 425 yards they allowed for him to throw for through the air. --
6 Oregon Ducks Darren Thomas wasn't himself in the first half, leading the Ducks to just a 15-10 lead over Washington State at the half, prompting Chip Kelly to bring Bryan Bennett in for the second half. Thomas will remain the Ducks' quarterback going forward, but the move paid off this past week, as Oregon beat the Cougars 43-28 behind Bennett's 2 passing scores. UP1
7 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma traveled to previously unbeaten Kansas State and made a statement, beating the Wildcats 58-17. Landry Jones threw for 505 yards and 5 TDs in the win. UP2
8 Arkansas Razorbacks It may not always be pretty, but Arkansas continues to win. The Razorbacks beat Vanderbilt 31-28 on the road, moving to 7-1 (3-1) on the year. UP2
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska looks to be firmly on track and took the upper hand in the Legends Division race, beating Michigan State 24-3. Rex Burkhead scored twice through the air and once on the ground to do all the offensive scoring for the Cornhuskers on the day. UP4
10 Clemson Tigers Clemson fell to Georgia Tech on Saturday night 31-17, giving them their first loss of the season. The Tigers turned the ball over 4 times and couldn't stop GT quarterback Tevin Washington, who ran for 176 yards out of the triple option on the night. DOWN 4


11 Virginia Tech Hokies Another team that doesn't always make it look pretty but wins is Virginia Tech. The Hokies are now 8-1 (4-1) after a close 14-10 win at Duke, lead by David Wilson's 148 yards on the ground. UP3
12 South Carolina Gamecocks In a low scoring battle, the Gamecocks prevailed 14-3 on the road against Tennessee. Superstar CB Stephon Gilmore had 1 of 2 USC interceptions as they improved to 7-1 (5-1) and maintain their spot atop the SEC East. UP3
13 Houston Cougars Case Keenum set the NCAA mark for career passing touchdowns after a 534 yard-9 TD performance in a 73-34 win against Rice. Houston remains undefeated and is in line to notch a BCS bid if they can win their final four regular season games and take the Conference USA crown. UP4
14 Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State is undefeated no more, getting smacked against an angry Oklahoma team 58-17. KSU will have to regroup this week as they head to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State. DOWN 6
15 West Virginia Mountaineers Rutgers was up 31-21 at half time, but West Virginia scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Scarlet Knights on the road. Geno Smith passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the conference victory. UP3
16 Georgia Bulldogs Mark Richt continues to silence the doubters, as his Georgia team pulled out a 24-20 win in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. At 5-1 in the SEC, Georgia is right there with South Carolina for the East division race. UP3
17 Michigan Wolverines Michigan used a breakout performance by Ohioan Fitzgerald Touissaint to dominate Purdue in a 36-14 win. Touissaint ran for 170 yards and 2 TDs on 20 carries and looks to be the UM back going forward. The Wolverines go to Iowa this coming weekend. UP3
18 Penn State Nittany Lions Facing snowy conditions, Penn State's offense sputtered, but the defense came up clutch, helping the Nittany Lions to beat Illinois 10-7 in State College. The Lions, who gave the Illini their third straight loss, forced four turnovers in the game and held the Zookers to just 286 yards of offense despite totaling 209 themselves. UP4
19 Arizona State Sun Devils Colorado has been everyone's whipping boy this year and ASU took advantage 48-14 on Saturday. Brock Osweiler continued a fine season, tossing 2 TDs and 307 yards through the air. UP2
20 Michigan State Spartans Sparty was down early from the get-go and never got things going in a 24-3 loss at Nebraska. Mark Dantonio's team suffered their first conference loss, but should rebound easily in a home game against Minnesota up next. DOWN 9
21 Wisconsin Badgers You know how this one went. After making an impressive come back on a Russell Wilson bomb with just over a minute left, the Badgers suffered their second straight last drive loss as Braxton Miller connected with Devin Smith to send UW home with a 33-29 loss in Columbus. DOWN 9
22 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles USM went down to UTEP and came away with a 31-14 win. The Golden Eagles, now 7-1 (3-1), were lead by QB Austin Davis's 3 TD passes. UP2
23 Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati was idle this week and spent the extra week preparing for a road game to Pitt. The Bearcats should face a challenge, but the Panthers lost Ray Graham for the year this past week, so UC may have caught a break for this weekend's contest. UP2
24 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech makes their way back into the ballot after beating previously unbeaten Clemson 31-17. Tevin Washington set a GT record with 176 rushing yards from the quarterback position in the win. --
25 Ohio State Buckeyes Braxton Miller had his national coming out party in a 33-29 Buckeye win over Wisconsin. The freshman rushed for 99 yards and 2 TDs on the game, but his biggest moment came in the form of a 40 yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with just 20 seconds left to win the game. The Bucks take on Indiana at 12 PM at home next weekend. --
Dropouts: Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Tech Red Raiders
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