BlogPoll Ballot: Week Six

By Alex Gleitman on October 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The saddest part about having to do the BlogPoll Ballot on behalf of 11W each week is now knowing there is a solid chance I'll never get to put Ohio State in the rankings for the remainder of 2011.

If you told me that a month ago I would have told you that you were off your rocker. Now, it's a harsh truth we all have to deal with. Here's to hoping that #ShockTheWorld can somehow happen.

Anyway, here's your week six BlogPoll Ballot. Get at it and get ready for some shake up as conference play continues next week.

1 LSU Tigers After a rugged schedule in their first four games, LSU finally got a "break" in hosting Kentucky down by the bayou. The Tigers beat the Wildcats 35-7, as Jordan Jefferson made his return, albeit not in the starting line up, with 4 rushes for 29 yards and a score. On deck, LSU hosts Florida next Saturday in a 3:30 tilt on CBS. --
2 Oklahoma Sooners Some people are calling for Wisconsin or Alabama to jump Oklahoma, but the Sooners looked just as strong as they have all season long in a 62-6 drumming of Ball State. Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and 5 TDs in an easy OU victory. Up next, a tougher game in the Red River Shootout Rivalry against Texas in Dallas. --
3 Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama had a big road test against a solid Florida team and passed with flying colors. The Crimson Tide defense knocked out Gators QB John Brantley and feasted on highly touted freshman Jeff Driskell in the night win at the Swamp. See Buckeye fans, we're not the only team that struggles with a freshman quarterback in. --
4 Wisconsin Badgers In what was supposed to be an "instant classic", the Badgers showed the entire nation that they are for real in beating Nebraska 48-17 in a night game at Camp Randall. Russell Wilson may have vaulted himself to the front of the Heisman race with 255 yards passing and 2 TDs to also go with 32 yards rushing and a score on the ground. Montee Ball had 4 TDs on the ground, giving him as many scores this year as the entire Ohio State offense. UP2
5 Stanford Cardinal Stanford did nothing wrong to drop a spot, beating UCLA 45-19 in Paolo Alto. Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and 3 TDs in what seems to be a weekly showing of why he should be the #1 pick in April's NFL Draft. DOWN 1
6 Boise State Broncos Boise State raced out to a 30-0 before giving up 10 late points in defeating Nevada 30-10 Saturday afternoon. Kellen Moore looked a little off, throwing for just 142 yards and 2 INTs (with 2 TDs), but got some help from RB Doug Martin who ran for 126 yards and 2 TDs on the day. DOWN 1
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys OSU South was idle this week, as they prepared for their upcoming game against Kansas. They better not be looking pass the Jayhawks to their matchup against Texas in a couple of weeks, otherwise all of their hard work may go to waste. --
8 Oregon Ducks The Ducks were idle and have a challenging game next week at home against California. A week of rest is the last thing the Bears wanted to see for LaMichael James and Darron Thomas, both of whom have been electric since an opening weekend loss to LSU. UP1
9 Clemson Tigers Clemson is the hottest team in FBS football right now, beating a ranked opponent for the third consecutive week in a 23-2 win at Virginia Tech. The Tigers' defense picked off a pass and continually stopped a very mediocre VT offense all afternoon, while Tajh Boyd continued his stellar play, tossing 204 yards and a TD in a tough road atmosphere. UP5
10 Texas Longhorns The way the Longhorns started off this season, you would never think they'd end up a top 10 team. That changed thanks to re-energized UT quarterback play that lead the Burnt Orange on the road to a 37-14 victory over Iowa State. Let's see how good the 'Horns really are next week when they head to Jerry World to take on their rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners. UP7
11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech moved to 5-0 on the year and 2-0 in the ACC with a 45-35 road win at North Carolina State. Orwin Smith was the rushing star for Paul Johnson this week, notching 73 yards and 3 TDs in the victory. UP7
12 Arkansas Razorbacks Down 35-17 at half, it looked like Arkansas was going to fall easy to Texas A&M in College Station. Tyler Wilson had a little bit to say about that, throwing for 510 yards and 3 scores on 51 attempts in a 42-38 comeback thriller. The Hogs host Auburn next week, getting little time to breath after back to back games against Alabama and the Aggies. UP11
13 Arizona State Sun Devils Despite some bone headed mistakes, ASU was still able to get a 35-20 win at home against Orgeon State. RB Cameron Marshall continued his stellar play with 14 carries for 80 yards and 2 TDs, while QB Brock Osweiler threw for 258 yards and 2 TDs despite throwing 3 INTs. UP8
14 Michigan Wolverines I'm still in shock I have the Michigan Wolverines ranked #14, but what choice do I really have being that everyone ahead of them keeps losing and they moved to 5-0 with a 58-0 win over the lowly Minnesota Gophers. Up next is a much tougher game, and their first true in-conference test in a road game to Northwestern. The Wildcats aren't anything special right now, but it will be interesting to see how UM does in their first road contest of the season. UP6
15 Florida Gators Florida fell to Alabama 38-10, but quickly has to pick themselves up as their next two contests are on the road against LSU and Auburn. The big question for the Gators is what happens at the quarterback position, where John Brantley is injured and freshman Jeff Driskell doesn't appear ready to step up to the big stage just yet. We feel your pain Gator Nation (although we'll never really thanks to 41-14). DOWN 3
16 West Virginia Mountaineers WVU wasted little time in taking out their LSU frustration on Bowling Green, beating the Falcons 55-10 in Morgantown. Geno Smith threw for 238 yards and 3 TDs, but Dustin Garrison stole the show, rushing for 291 yards and 2 TDs on 32 carries in the win. UP6
17 Illinois Fighting Illini In a back and forth thriller, Illinois got the best of Northwestern, winning 38-35 over Northwestern after a Nathan Scheelhaase 1-yard TD run with :13 remaining in the game. The tandem of Scheelhaase to AJ Jenkins may turn out to be a deadly one, as the two hooked up 12 times for 268 yards and 3 scores on the afternoon. UP7
18 South Carolina Gamecocks Steve Spurrier's team usually finds at least one game to choke away each season. It so happens one of those games happened this past weekend, as the Gamecocks fell to an inferior Auburn team, 16-13 at home. USC East lead 13-9 heading into the final quarter, but couldn't move the ball when it mattered most with the game on the line. A game against Kentucky next week should put SC back on track. DOWN 8
19 Nebraska Cornhuskers Wow, either Wisconsin is REALLY good, or the Cornhuskers were just flat out overrated. I think it was a combination of both, but either way NU fell hard in Madison 48-17. Taylor Martinez threw 3 INTs in the loss, and if he has a similar performance this week, it may not matter if the Buckeye offense can score points, as the defense will do it for them. I'm very curious to see how Bo gets his guys coming out for OSU this week. It could either be really ugly for us Buckeye fans or a surprisingly fun Saturday night. DOWN 11
20 Kansas State Wildcats We all knew Baylor's defense was subpar, but we didn't know if Kansas State could take advantage of it. A week after beating Miami at Sun Life Stadium, Bill Snyder's team took down Baylor 36-35 despite another epic performance by Robert Griffin III. Collin Klein was very good in his own right, throwing for 146 yards and 2 scores, while rushing for 113 yard and a TD in the win.  --
21 Auburn Tigers Welcome back Auburn to the top 25 after an impressive road win against South Carolina. I get the feeling the Tigers stay will be short and sweet, as they travel to Arkansas next week to face a team that has a lot of momentum coming off a win against Texas A&M. Is Barrett Trotter up to the task of notching a second consecutive upset? We shall see soon enough.  --
22 Florida State Seminoles FSU was idle this week and is holding on by a thread to their poll spot at 2-2 on the year. Games at Wake Forest and Duke the next two weeks should help them improve that record really quickly.  DOWN 3
23 Virginia Tech Hokies I knew the VT offense was limited, but I didn't think it was bad enough to lose to Clemson 23-3 on Saturday afternoon. Frank Beamer always finds a way to make sure his team improves throughout the season, so it really wouldn't shock me to see this team as ACC Champs by season's end, regardless of how bad they looked this past weekend. DOWN 12
24 Texas A&M Aggies At halftime last week against Oklahoma State, the Aggies looked like they could be legitimate national title contenders. Then Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys woke up, came back on A&M, and apparently put Mike Sherman's team into a downward spiral that lead to them collapsing once again this week against Arkansas. The Razorbacks outscored the Aggies 21-7 in the second half to give a future peak at the SEC and bring them to 2-2 on the year. DOWN 11
25 Baylor Bears Baylor just couldn't give Robert Griffin III help, as the Bears fell to Kansas State 36-35 on the road despite their quarterback putting up another Heisman-esque day. RG3 was 23/31 for 346 yards and 5 TDs against 1 INT, but the BU ground game amassed only 83 yards on 30 carries in the loss.  DOWN 10
Dropouts: South Florida Bulls, Iowa St. Cyclones
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