BlogPoll Ballot: Week 13

By Alex Gleitman on November 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

So leaving the Buckeyes out of the Top 25 didn't help much either.

After another crazy, crazy week in college football, we bring you our Week 13 BlogPoll Ballot. Give it a look and tell us how you feel.

1 LSU Tigers It's kind of amusing now that people had LSU on "upset alert" last week against Ole Miss after the Tigers pummeled the Rebels 52-3 on the road. The Mad Hatter's next goal is to take down #3 Arkansas in another primetime SEC showdown. --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Welcome back into the national championship picture Alabama. After a 45-21 win over Georgia Souther and some help from Oklahoma State, the Tide is sitting pretty with the teams sandwiching them going head to head this week. UP1
3 Arkansas Razorbacks Kniles Davis who? The Razorbacks continued to pour on the offense this season without their top rusher from last year in a 44-17 win over Mississippi State. We will see how good the Hogs' offense is against the stout LSU defense on Saturday. UP3
4 Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Tech is the sleeper team in the MNC race as the Hokies have quietly moved up to the #4 spot in our rankings after a 24-21 win over UNC. Since losing to Clemson earlier in the year, VT has won 6 straight to move to 10-1 (6-1) on the season, although a rivalry game against a hot UVA team awaits. UP4
5 Stanford Cardinal Stanford is sitting nice at #5, but their loss against Oregon will likely come back to bite them and keep them out of the championship game. This past week they improved to 10-1 (8-1) with a win over rival Cal. Next up is Notre Dame in an out of conference rivalry match-up. UP4
6 Houston Cougars In a 37-7 win over SMU on a day in which they hosted GameDay, Case Keenum set another NCAA record, this time for career completions. I'd say while he's still a longer shot to win, his spot at the Heisman ceremony is pretty safe for now. UP4
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys All they had to do was beat a 5-4 Iowa State team to set up their game against Oklahoma en route to New Orleans. The Cowboys couldn't get it done though, falling 37-31 in double OT in Ames to ultimately squash their championship hopes. They do keep their Big 12 and BCS hopes alive and will need to beat the Sooners this weekend to accomplish those things. DOWN 5
8 Boise State Broncos Boise State isn't the highest rated Non-AQ school in the rankings at this point, but it doesn't mean they can't keep their hopes alive for a BCS game. The Broncos took on San Diego State a week after their loss to TCU and defeated the Aztecs 52-35 to move to 9-1 on the season. UP4
9 Oklahoma Sooners With Oklahoma State falling the Sooners had a chance to make a serious title run, but got their hands full with Robert Griffin III in falling to Baylor 45-38. DOWN 4
10 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia was a team people were down on after starting off 0-2 and Mark Richt was on the hottest of all hot seats. Fast forward to today where UGA is sitting at 9-2 (7-1) and has clinched the SEC East before heading into their weekend rivalry game against Georgia Tech. UP1
11 Oregon Ducks Despite playing one of their lousiest games of the year, Oregon was a 37 yard field goal away from mounting an epic comeback and taking USC to overtime. Of course, the kick went wide left, leaving the Ducks with their second loss of 2011. DOWN 7
12 Michigan State Spartans Sparty showed Buckeye fans what a superior team is supposed to do with Indiana, throttling the Hoosiers 55-3 to wrap up the Legends Division crown. MSU will play the winner of Penn State-Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis in a couple weeks. UP2
13 Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin overcame a halftime deficit to beat Illinois 28-17 in Champaign on Saturday. The Badgers get Penn State at home this week and with a win move on to face MSU in Indy. UP2
14 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina missed out on the SEC title, but continues to put a successful season together even without their star running back and a mess of a situation at the quarterback slot. The Gamecocks beat Citadel 41-20 and are 9-2 (6-2) heading into their rivalry game against Clemson this weekend. UP2
15 Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State hasn't done it pretty, but they keep on winning. Their latest victim was Texas in Austin by a score of 17-13. The Wildcats will take on Iowa state this weekend to try to get to 10 wins. UP2
16 Penn State Nittany Lions In a battle of the ugly offenses, Penn state's wildcat formation prevailed in a 20-14 win over Ohio State in Columbus. The Nittany Lions will have to a little bit more this week to beat Wisconsin at Camp Randall to get to the first ever B1G Championship. UP3
17 Michigan Wolverines In their most impressive and complete performance of the year, Michigan throttled Nebraska 45-17 at the Big House. Not only did the Wolverines improve to 9-2 on the year, but they could be one win away from their first BCS bid since 2006. Of course, the Buckeyes and their 7 game rivalry winning streak stand in the way of that. UP3
18 Clemson Tigers Clemson takes a big plummet after a heartless, effortless performance in a 37-13 loss to NC State. The Tigers already locked up their division in the ACC, but their performance on Saturday would really bother me if I was a Clemson fan. DOWN 11
19 Baylor Bears RG3 does it again! The Baylor quarterback threw for 479 yards and 4 TDs, the last of which won the game with just :08 left on the clock. Baylor can't finish any better than 9-3, but there is no question they are one of the more exciting teams to watch in college football. UP6
20 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska could have had a chance to stay alive in the Legends race, as well as set themselves up for a potential BCS bid. Instead, they laid an egg in Ann Arbor, falling 7 spots in our rankings after a 45-17 loss. Bo Pelini is headed towards another disappointing season where he failed to meet expectations, regardless of what happens Saturday against Iowa. DOWN 7
21 TCU Horned Frogs TCU looked so good against Boise State, but had some hangover effects early in what should have been an easy win against Colorado State. The Horned Frogs struggled to score in the first half, but turned it on to match their defense's effort in what ended as a 34-10 win over the Rams. The win secured a share of the MWC title for TCU. --
22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish The Irish started off the game 10-0, but had to narrowly hold on to defeat Boston College 16-14 to move to 8-3 on the season. The Irish travel to Stanford this weekend, but will be without Jonas Gray who suffered a season-ending knee injury against BC. UP1
23 Virginia Cavaliers Virginia has been a pleasant surprise this year and that continued Saturday as they upset Florida State 14-13 in Tallahassee. A win this week against rival Virginia Tech has the Cavaliers in the ACC title game and has Mike London on the verge of a big pay day. --
24 West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia was idle this week as they prepared for the "Backyard Brawl" against rival Pitt. WVU needs wins against the Panthers and USF to have a shot at winning the Big East and likely heading to the Orange Bowl. --
25 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Welcome back to the rankings Georgia Tech. You earn a spot here courtesy of me refusing to place bowl-ineligible USC in these rankings and, I guess, your 38-31 win over Duke this past weekend. If you beat UGA on Saturday, I promise you get to stay here. --
Dropouts: Southern Miss. Golden Eagles, Florida St. Seminoles
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