BlogPoll Top 25: October 8

By David Sokol on October 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The Eleven Warriors ballot as been submitted and there was plenty of movement this week.

The top-five has a brand new look with several key losses and the Buckeyes move into the top-10.

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 It seems that even in a bye week, Alabama was impressive. No doubts here about their #1 ranking. --
2 Oregon Ducks Oregon is clearly in the national championship picture as they haven't been touched. They beat a ranked Washington team, 52-21. UP1
3 South Carolina Gamecocks The Cocks had to be one of the most impressive teams of the week, dominating Georgia in an SEC heavyweight matchup. A top-five ranking is definitely warranted. UP3
4 West Virginia Mountaineers There is no offense more powerful than the Mountaineers, led by QB Geno Smith. WVU rolled into Texas and walked out with a win. The defense is suspect but when the offense can put up 60 points a game... West Virginia is the new face of the Big 12 in their first season. UP3
5 Florida Gators Florida faced its toughest test of the year, besting LSU at home, 14-6. Will Muschamp has the Gators in good position to make a run at the SEC and maybe the BCS title game. UP6
6 Kansas State Wildcats As we said last week, KSU wouldn't be touched by Kansas, winning by a score of 56-16. UP2
7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame looks to be back, trucking Miami in the old Catholics vs. Convicts rivalry, 41-3. Embarrassing for Miami and the ACC. UP2
8 Ohio State Buckeyes The Buckeyes put up 63 points against Nebraska in a big game at Ohio Stadium. OSU clearly looks like the best team in the Big Ten and they travel to Bloomington to play IU next weekend. UP2
9 LSU Tigers LSU has no offense. Period. You win championships with defense, but you need to score points somehow. Florida was able to roll over LSU scoring 14 points. DOWN 4
10 Oregon State Beavers Oregon State keeps rolling. Are they really a top-10 team? Who knows but they haven't lost yet. UP4
11 Southern Cal Trojans USC didn't look so great against Utah on Thursday night, but overcame their woes to pull away at the end. A date at Washington awaits. UP2
12 Florida State Seminoles When you lose to NC State, you deserve to drop out of the top-10. Florida State's BCS title hopes may be done. DOWN 10
13 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma rocked Texas Tech in a much-needed win. The Red River Rivalry awaits at the Cotton Bowl. UP4
14 Georgia Bulldogs UGA got rocked by South Carolina. Enough said. It'll be tough to regroup in the SEC East. DOWN 10
15 Texas Longhorns Texas lost to #4 West Virginia down in Austin in a game that proved Big 12 dominance. Oklahoma waits for UT in Dallas. DOWN 3
16 Clemson Tigers Clemson continues to score a boatload of points, but who isn't scoring points these days (excluding LSU)? VT next week should be a good game, if VT plays decently. --
17 Stanford Cardinal We once thought Stanford could hold its own in the top-10, but now it doesn't seem so clear that they are elite. They give up a ton of points (48 this week) and play at Notre Dame this weekend. UP1
18 Louisville Cardinals Louisville was off this week. Are they the best team in the Big East? Cincinnati and Rutgers may have something to prove in coming weeks. UP3
19 Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati dominated as Zac Dysert-led Miami-OH team, 52-14, and continues to roll. They play Fordham (really?) this coming weekend. UP4
20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights The state of New Jersey is excited for their school's success so far this season. A nice win over UCONN keeps the Scarlet Knights rolling into Syracuse next weekend. UP4
21 Mississippi State Bulldogs Mississippi State is ranked here by default as they haven't really played anyone yet. A semi-test at Tennessee will prove MSU's validity this weekend. UP1
22 Texas A&M Aggies A&M has only lost once and squeaked out the W over Ole Miss. They get to play recent top-25 addition La Tech this weekend, in what should be a surprisingly great game. --
23 Boise State Broncos Boise trucked Southern Miss and continues to be a solid program. Fresno State comes to Idaho next weekend. --
24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Louisiana Tech is the real deal. They are undefeated and have beaten some quality programs including Illinois. If things continue, they could be the best team in the state (looking at you, LSU!). --
25 Ohio Bobcats The Bobcats enter the ballot and deservedly so. Yeah, they had trouble versus UMASS, but they have been taking care of business and do not have a loss. They are one of three Ohio teams without a loss (OSU, UC, OU). Pretty cool. --
Dropouts: TCU Horned Frogs, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Michigan St. Spartans
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