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Blogpoll Final Ballot: Week 13

1 Alabama 1
2 Oklahoma 3
3 Texas --
4 Florida --
5 Texas Tech 4
6 Penn State --
7 Southern Cal --
8 Utah --
9 Oklahoma State --
10 Boise State --
11 Georgia --
12 Ohio State --
13 Missouri --
14 TCU --
15 Oregon State 5
16 Cincinnati 3
17 Georgia Tech 6
18 Florida State 8
19 Michigan State 4
20 Boston College 6
21 Ball State --
22 Iowa 4
23 Brigham Young 7
24 Pittsburgh 7
25 Northwestern 1

Dropped Out: Maryland (#18), North Carolina (#22), Miami (Florida) (#24), California (#25).

Changes from draft: I slid Michigan State past Boston College because I'm really uncomfortable with the ACC, though they'll have the chance to move up with more football to be played, while the Spartans sit at home. of course, the ACC being what it is, who knows what will happen in their remaining game(s). I also slid Northwestern in at 25 over UNC, because of aforementioned uncertainty about their conference. Northwestern should not, however, be ranked ahead of Iowa as suggested. The Hawkeyes have a far superior signature win, and didn't lose to freakin' Indiana. Their overall resume is superior.

About the Big 12 South: So I pretty much ended up ignoring all the suggestions about what to do with Texas v. Oklahoma (I do think Tech's loss was enough to drop them out of the discussion for #2). Everyone cited the Texas-OU score, or the fact that Texas's loss was away as opposed to Oklahoma's on a neutral field. However, the rankings are composed of more than just the head-to-head score, even when there is a pair (or in this case, a trio) of teams whose only losses come to each other. The entire season resume has to be taken into account, and Oklahoma had non-competitive games against Texas Tech in conference, and out of conference against Cincinnati (the likely Big East champion) and TCU (who finished 2nd in the pretty good Mountain West). Based on the entire season, Oklahoma is more deserving at this point than Oklahoma. The OSU game next week will either vindicate or completely change my opinion of the Sooners.


“Blogpoll Final Ballot: Week 13”

  1. Blogger Matthew Hoelle Says:

    I sure hope you are wrong about the UT-OU dilemma for 2 reasons. First, you seem to be a step ahead of the real polls and I would be slightly disappointed to see the human polls push OU ahead in the BCS polls, because once the polls become a beauty contest, then USC would have several more title game appearances (including this year). Second, if you are right, then Herbie would be wrong....