BlogPoll Ballot: Week 8

By Alex Gleitman on October 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

BCS? Who needs the BCS? We have the Week 8 BlogPoll, which is finally here for you to pick apart, applaud, or just completely ignore.

On another note, enjoy this bye week to watch some good college football and get down to City BBQ, because the time for you to take advantage of the 11W: 11 Bones for $11 special is running out fast. Go eat some ribs people!

1 LSU Tigers The nation's top team did it once again, this time going to Rocky Top to beat Tennessee 38-7. Spencer Ware ran for and caught a touchdown in the win, just one week before the Tigers are set to host another tough SEC game, this time against Auburn. --
2 Oklahoma Sooners Ryan Broyles had 13 catches for 217 yards and 2 TDs in a 41-17 win at Kansas, as the sooners continued in cruise control mode through the Big 12 season. Broyles broke the NCAA record for career receptions in the process, so props to him for solidifying his place in college football history. --
3 Alabama Crimson Tide You can basically make the top 3 teams in this poll 1, 1A, and 1B. Alabama continued playing national championship caliber football, running away with a 52-7 win at Ole Miss. Trent Richardson was ridiculous, rushing for 183 yards and 4 scores, including this beauty at around the :25 mark. --
4 Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin covered the 40 point spread, beating Indiana 59-7, and will continue to need to keep doing that as their #6 BCS ranking was less than ideal. Montee Ball ran for 142 yards and 3 scores on just 14 carries, and also threw one to Russell Wilson in the Badgers' victory. Up next are consecutive road games against Michigan State and the Buckeyes, so Bucky better bring it if it wants to stay undefeated. --
5 Stanford Cardinal Andrew Luck continues to do his thing, throwing for 336 yards and 4 TDs in a 44-14 win over Washington State. A tougher game lies ahead this week as the Cardinal takes on#25 Washington in week 8. --
6 Boise State Broncos Boise State is ranked #5 in the initial BCS poll and their 63-13 road win against Colorado State helped that out a bit. Kellen Moore (338 yards 4 TD) was a stud as always, but it was running back Doug Martin who impressed me the most with 20 carries for 200 yards and 3 TDs in the win. --
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys Okie State came in at #4 in the BCS rankings and if their offense keeps this up, we may be seeing an undefeated Cowboys team play an undefeated Sooners team at the end of the season. OSU-south used an out of character ground attack to churn out over 200 yards and 3 TD, while averaging 7.5 ypc in a 38-26 road win at Texas. --
8 Oregon Ducks The Ducks were without LaMichael James (dislocated elbow), but still out-athleted Arizona State in a 41-27 win. The bad news for the Ducks is that QB Darren Thomas left with a leg injury. The good news is that Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas combined for 244 yards and 3 TDs in James' absence, allowing the Oregon offense to carry on like nothing happened. --
9 Clemson Tigers Putting themselves in a hole early, Clemson rallied back to get a 56-45 win and spoil Maryland's homecoming weekend. Tajh Boyd, playing with a gimpy hip, threw for 270 yards and 4 TDs to lead the surprising Tigers to stay undefeated. --
10 Arkansas Razorbacks Arkansas was idle this week, giving them some time off to heal injuries and prepare for their road game this week against former coach Houston Nutt and Ole Miss. UP1


11 West Virginia Mountaineers WVU was also idle this past week, but moves up three spots in the poll thanks to teams falling this past week. The Mountaineers go to Syracuse this week in a game I think will be closer than most people expect. UP3
12 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina beat Mississippi State 14-12 on the road, but suffered a loss that would have been worse than had they actually lost the game. Star RB Marcus Lattimore has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering cartilage and ligament damage to his knee during the game. Here's to wishing Lattimore a speedy recovery. UP4
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska was off this past week and is practically off again next week as they go to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers.  UP4
14 Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State was an underdog going to Texas Tech despite being undefeated. The Wildcats answered the challenge once again, taking down the Red Raiders 41-34 in Lubbock. Collin Klein had 4 total TDs, rushing and passing for over 100 yards in a game in which KSU was missing two of it's top receivers. UP4
15 Virginia Tech Hokies Logan Thomas continues to gain momentum with each start, as his 2 rushing and 2 passing touchdowns helped the Hokies take down Wake Forest 38-17 in a nice road win for Frank Beamer's team. UP5
16 Michigan State Spartans For the first time in about 50 years, MSU beat Michigan four years in a row after Mark Dantonio's inner-Buckeye helped take down the Wolverines 28-14 on Saturday. Sparty did everything it could to hand Michigan the win, including overcoming 2 lost fumbles and 13 penalties. They won't be able to make those mistakes if they want to win next week, a game in which they host Wisconsin. UP7
17 Texas A&M Aggies In a season-altering match-up, Texas A&M came out on top, beating Baylor 55-28 in College Station. Ryan Tannehill out-dueled Robert Griffin III (still my boy), throwing for 415 yards and 6 TDs on the afternoon. UP5
18 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech fell for the first time this season, getting upset 24-21 on the road against a stingy Virginia team. GT had just 24 yards on 2/8 passing and 2 INTs in the game, factors that certainly didn't help them in trying to win the game. The scary thing about that is that the Yellow Jackets had both more completions and yards than Ohio State, who beat a ranked Illinois team on the road this weekend.  DOWN 8
19 Houston Cougars Houston was idle this week, but moves up by default. The Cougars take on Marshall at home next week, so should remain undefeated once again. UP5
20 Georgia Bulldogs I'm a big fan of the Bulldogs team and Mark Richt has them playing great undefeated football since dropping the first two games of the season to Boise State and South Carolina. Aaron Murray threw for 326 yards and 3 TDs in a 33-28 road win against Vanderbilt. UP5
21 Michigan Wolverines "The Wolverines were who we thought they were" in a 28-14 loss against Michigan State. Denard Robinson, facing a legitimate defense for the first time this year, struggled in completing just 9 of 24 passes and averaging 2.3 yards per carry on the ground in the loss. The Nard Dawg's interception at the end of the game sealed the deal in giving UM it's first loss of the season. DOWN 8
22 Illinois Fighting Illini Like with Michigan, many were skeptical Illinois was really as good as their 6-0 record indicated. Coming in as 3.5 point favorites against the Buckeyes, Illinois couldn't stop a Buckeye rushing attack they knew was coming and ended up suffering a 17-7 loss. The next 5 games will tell us a lot more about the Illini, as they take on Purdue, Penn State, and Minnesota on the road and get Michigan and Wisconsin at home.  DOWN 7
23 Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona State fell for the second time this season, going home after a tough 41-27 road loss at Oregon. Brock Osweiler threw for 291 yards and 2 TDs, but his 2 INTs didn't help the Sun Devils keep pace with the high powered Ducks offense on Saturday night. DOWN 11
24 Auburn Tigers It was ugly, but nonetheless, a 17-6 win for the Tigers at home against Florida. Auburn is definitely struggling at the quarterback position, but the running game was at least effective and Gene Chizik's team got a shot in the arm as true freshman QB Kiehl Frazier showed he could be an electric play maker if given the chance, getting 41 yards on 8 carries in the win. --
25 Washington Huskies UW makes it's debut in the BlogPoll, as they moved to 5-1 after a 52-24 thrashing of Colorado. Keith Price threw for 257 yards and 4 TD in the win, while the Huskies' rushing attack totaled 295 yards and 3 scores to help balance the attack. Up next is a road game at Stanford, a contest that will tell us how good Washington really is. --
Dropouts: Texas Longhorns, Baylor Bears
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