BlogPoll Ballot: Week Seven

By Alex Gleitman on October 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I'll admit it. When OSU was up 27-6 with the ball and driving, I thought to myself that I might be able to justify sneaking the Buckeyes back into the top 25 in the weekly BlogPoll Ballot. Then Braxton got the ball stripped out of his hands and left the game with an injury on back to back posessions and all my hopes and dreams went down the toilet.

Anyway, there's really not that many good teams outside the top 8-10 in my opinion. Teams keep losing/choking away wins, letting mediocre squads (cough TSUN cough) creep up closer and closer to the top of these polls. I never thought it was hard to come up with the best 25 teams in the land, but in week seven I was absolutely puzzled.

Have at it and share your thoughts (civily) in the comments below.

1 LSU Tigers The Tigers took advantage of a Florida team that had to start its third string quarterback and dominated the Gators 41-11 in Baton Rouge. Ohioan Spencer Ware paced LSU with 109 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. --
2 Oklahoma Sooners In the Red River Rivalry, Oklahoma was the only team that appeared to show up, smoking Texas 55-17 in Dallas. Landry Jones threw for 367 yards and 3 TD, while the Sooners defense helped out with 3 touchdowns of their own. --
3 Alabama Crimson Tide AJ McCarron continues to prove he is the real deal. The Alabama quarterback threw for 237 yards and 4 scores in a 34-0 thrashing of the up-and-coming Vanderbilt program.
4. Wisconsin Wisconsin was idle this week, resting up for what should be a complete annihilation.
4 Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin was idle this week, resting up for what should be a complete annihilation. against Indiana at home next Saturday. That contest should be a nice “get back to fundamentals” type game for the Badgers who play Michigan State and Ohio State on the road in back to back weeks following their tilt with the Hoosiers. --
5 Stanford Cardinal The Cardinal continue to roll through 2011 with ease, this time beating lowly Colorado 48-7. Andrew Luck continued to get the attention of the Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs, and other bottom of the barrel NFL teams with a 370 yard and 3 TD performance in the win. --
6 Boise State Broncos Playing an old WAC foe, Boise State acted like it never left the conference it formerly dominated. The Broncos rode Kellent Moore’s 3 touchdown passes to a 57-7 victory on the road against Fresno State. --
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys The “other” team in Oklahoma looks pretty good too. The Cowboys defeated Kansas 70-28 behind Brandon Weeden’s 288 yards and 5 TD passes. Okie State had three receivers with at least 80 yards and a score on the day. Color me impressed every week with this offense, but let’s see how they fare next week on the road against Texas. --
8 Oregon Ducks Oregon beat Cal 43-15 on Thursday night, but suffered a loss when it was learned LaMichael James will be out for some time with an elbow injury. James ran for 239 yards and a score before leaving late in the game, numbers that will certainly missed when they take on a good Arizona State team next weekend. --
9 Clemson Tigers Like Oregon, Clemson coasted in a 36-14 win over Boston College, but lost it’s best player in QB Tajh Boyd (passing and rushing TD on the day) to a hip injury. Reports are saying Boyd won't miss any time, but if he does it will mean that former Dublin Coffman QB Cole Stoudt will likely get the start in week 7 at Maryland. --
10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets The Ramblin’ Wreck hasn’t looked pretty in winning, but remained undefeated with a 21-16 win over Maryland. QB Tevin Washington was abysmal in the passing game, but overcame that with a 120 yard, 2 TD performance on the ground. UP1
11 Arkansas Razorbacks Tyler Wilson and the Arkansas offense keep on trucking and remained contenders in the SEC West with a 28-14 win over Auburn. Wilson threw for 262 yards and 2 TDs, and also ran for a score in the victory. UP1
12 Arizona State Sun Devils I have taken a strong liking to Arizona State’s squad this season and they have only given me love back for the most part, including a 35-14 win at Utah this past weekend. Next week is a big test in Eugene against Oregon, but without LaMichael James, Oregon’s chances of winning go way down. UP1
13 Michigan Wolverines Michigan is 6-0 and Ohio State is 3-3. You read that right, as the Wolverines won in their first road game of the season by a score of 42-24 at Northwestern. It looked like Denard Robinson’s three arm punt interceptions would lift the Wildcats to a win, but like his angry ex-girlfriend, Robinson broke loose for 454 yards of total offense and 4 TDs to will his team to another win. Up next is a tough trip to Sparty, a game in which I predict the Wolverines will fall for the first time this season. UP1
14 West Virginia Mountaineers Under Bill Stewart, the Mountaineers scored 40 points or more twice in three seasons. Under Dana Holgorsen, they have scored 40 points or more three times already this season. One of those times was Saturday in a 43-16 win, in which QB Geno Smith threw for a whopping 450 yards and 4 scores in the win over the Huskies. UP2
15 Illinois Fighting Illini Shane Wynn returned the opening kick 100 yards for an Indiana score, but that was about it in terms of highlights for the Hoosiers, as Illinois defeated IU in Bloomington 41-20. Nathan Scheelhaase continued his stellar season, throwing for 210 yards and 3 scores, while rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown to bring the Illini to 6-0 on the season. Next week’s match up against Ohio State should be a good one. UP2
16 South Carolina Gamecocks The OBC replaced Stephen Garcia with Connor Shaw and it paid big dividends in a 54-3 win over Kentucky. Shaw threw for 311 yards and 4 TDs in his first start since being yanked early in the Gamecocks 2011 opener. UP2
17 Nebraska Cornhuskers The largest comeback in Cornhusker history gave Nebraska a 34-27 win over Ohio State on Saturday night. It also gave all of us an extra long hangover Sunday morning. I’ll just leave it at that. UP2
18 Kansas State Wildcats Many questioned if KSU’s win against Baylor was a fluke last week. Bill Snyder’s team is still being questioned, but the Wildcats’ 24-17 victory over Missouri helped silence the doubters a little bit this past Saturday. Collin Klein rushed for 45 yards and 3 TDs in helping K-State remain undefeated. UP2
19 Texas Longhorns Shooting themselves in the foot all day long, Texas fell to rival Oklahoma 55-17 in what could have been a much closer game. The Horns don’t have time to mope around though, as they host a high powered Oklahoma State offense next weekend. DOWN 9
20 Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Tech always seems like a mediocre team, yet continuall finds a way to win the ACC year after year and play in BCS bowl games. That appears to be the same story this year, as VT scored a late touchdown to clip Miami 38-35 in Blacksburg. Logan Thomas was the difference maker in this one throwing for 310 yards and 3 TDs, while rushing for 2 scores, including the game winner. UP3
21 Baylor Bears I officially admit I have a man-crush on Robert Griffin III. The Heisman candidate did it again, compiling 319 yards and 2 scores on the air and the ground in a 49-26 win over Iowa State. Can’t wait to see what he does next week on the big stage when Baylor goes to College Station to face Texas A&M. UP4
22 Texas A&M Aggies Getting ready for a showdown against Baylor, A&M nearly lost to another in-state foe, but edged out Texas Tech 45-40 in Lubbock. QB Ryan Tannehill had 1 passing TD and 2 rushing TDs as the Aggies bounced back from two straight losses. UP2
23 Michigan State Spartans Michigan State was idle this past week, giving them a little extra time to prepare for their rivalry game against Michigan this week. They also signed Mark Dantonio to be a “Spartan for Life”, ultimately taking him off the list of potential OSU coaches for now (not like anyone wanted him on it after last week). --
24 Houston Cougars Welcome to the party Houston, as you earn a spot in the poll as an undefeated team who demolished ECU 56-3 on Saturday. Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and 3 TDs in the win, putting him over 2,000 yards on the season in just 6 games. --
25 Georgia Bulldogs And welcome back to the party Georgia. The Bulldogs have won four straight now with a 20-12 win on the road against Tennessee. Freshman Isaiah Crowell ran for 2 TDs and the Georgia defense appears to have gotten back on track, as they held a previously highly effective Tennessee offense to little to nothing all day long. --
Dropouts: Florida Gators, Auburn Tigers, Florida St. Seminoles
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