BlogPoll Ballot: September 3

By David Sokol on September 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Week one is in the books and there were several changes since the Pre-Season BlogPoll that came out last Monday.

In this weekend's marquee matchup, Alabama jumped to the top after thrashing Michigan in primetime on Saturday night, much to most Buckeye fans' delight, dropping USC down a spot and dropping Michigan out of the top-20.

So, it wasn't much of a marquee matchup after all.

Once again, you can also check out our ballot, as well as all of the others on the BlogPoll site, while also following on Twitter at @BlogPollTop25.

1 Alabama Crimson Tide If you watched Alabama's trouncing of the Wolverines, there isn't much argument as to why Alabama shouldn't be rated #1. The Crimson Tide's offensive line made Michigan's d-line look like the AFC Pro-Bowl squad versus an 8th grade Phys. Ed flag football team. Freshman RB T.J. Yeldon isn't too shabby either. --
2 Southern Cal Trojans USC dominated Hawaii just as predicted, but Alabama's stellar play on the big stage is the only reason why they are bumped down a spot since last week. --
3 LSU Tigers LSU dominated North Texas behind running back Kenny Hilliard's 141 yards and two scores. QB Zach Mettenberg wasn't great but it's only week one. --
4 Oregon Ducks Oregon scored 29 points in the first quarter and didn't allow a point. However, Arkansas State played the Ducks pretty evenly for the final three quarters to end the game 57-34. --
5 Florida State Seminoles In one of the most dominating defensive performances of college football's first Saturday, FSU only allowed three points and put up 69 of their own.  --
6 Georgia Bulldogs For those following the Georgia and Buffalo game, many were surprised to see the Bulls stick around for most of the game, with UGA only up 24-16 at the half.  --
7 Oklahoma Sooners What a scary game for Oklahoma fans, down seven to zip early on with UTEP nose to nose on every possession. The Sooners just needed the second half to build a modest but comfortable lead. --
8 West Virginia Mountaineers The Mountaineers put up 69 points en route to the highest scoring opener in WVU history. Marshall scored 34 of their own points to add to the entertainment and lack of all-around defense from both sides.  --
9 Arkansas Razorbacks The Razors struggled out of the gate, but Tyler Wilson's 367 yards and 3 touchdowns allowed Arkansas to pull away. --
10 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina had a very tough time opening with SEC foe Vandy on Thursday night, needing a 4th quarter TD to steal the game in Nashville. --
11 Clemson Tigers Tajh Boyd helped Clemson take down Auburn in Atlanta. Clemson RB Andre Ellington had 231 yards rushing in the Chick-Fil-A opener. --
12 Ohio State Buckeyes In Urban Meyer's opener, the Buckeyes were slow to start, actually down 3-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter. Once the offense started clicking, thanks to a Devin Smith one-handed, highlight reel grab, the rest was history. Braxton Miller broke an OSU QB rushing record with 161 yards and a score. Buckeye fans seem pretty excited about the future in Columbus. --
13 Michigan State Spartans Head Coach Mark Dantonio showed flashes of mentor Jim Tressel with RB Le'Veon Bell carrying the ball 44 times for 210 yards and two TDs. Pesky Boise State was finally defeated in a big time season opener. --
14 Virginia Tech Hokies The Hokies don't play until tonight, in primetime, against conference rival Georgia Tech. It should be a good one. --
15 Oklahoma State Cowboys The Cowboys are back to their old ways running up the score, but unlike in their past, they played solid defense, beating poor Savannah State 84-0. Touchdowns were not hard to come by this weekend for OK State. --
16 Texas Longhorns Not sure what to make of Texas—the Longhorns were down 9-7 after one, but managed to push through to win 37-17. --
17 Wisconsin Badgers QB Danny O'Brien had his first start since pulling a Russell Wilson and transferring from Maryland in an ugly Wisky 26-21 win over Northern Iowa. Montee Ball had 120 yards on 32 carries in a different look Wisconsin team that probably isn't nearly as good as last year's. --
18 Nebraska Cornhuskers Star RB Rex Burkhead was carted off the field early but QB Taylor Martinez passed for five touchdowns against So. Miss in a 49-20 win. --
19 Kansas State Wildcats K-State used a 35-point fourth quarter to pull away from Missouri State in Manhattan (Kansas, that is). --
20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame put up 50 points against Navy in Dublin. Yes, that's correct. Notre Dame scored 50 points and only allowed 10. --
21 Michigan Wolverines Refer to #1 up top: Michigan got pounded by Alabama, which was actually embarrassing at some points. Denard Robinson looked mostly suspect and then tried to fill up the defensive box with a tackle of his own which backfired, forcing him to be helped off the field. Alabama, though, is very good. Michigan may not be as good as the media originally thought. --
22 TCU Horned Frogs TCU has a bye until next week when they play Grambling State. --
23 Stanford Cardinal Stanford didn't wow anyone, but I guess that's what happens when your star QB goes #1 overall in the NFL Draft. The Cardinal barely won, beating San Jose State 20-17. --
24 Florida Gators In another "Urban Meyer Bowl", Florida did not take care of MAC opponent Bowling Green like many had thought they would, winning just 27-14 in the "Swamp". --
25 Louisville Cardinals The pride of the Big East battled in-state rival UK and came out on top winning 32-14 behind RB Jeremy Wright's three TDs. --
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