BlogPoll Draft: Week Five

Much like a trip from LA to Corvallis, general insanity follows.

Rank Team Delta
1 Oklahoma 4
2 Alabama 6
3 Missouri 3
4 LSU 2
5 Penn State 6
6 Texas 4
7 Brigham Young 2
8 Texas Tech 8
9 South Florida 5
10 Vanderbilt 2
11 Utah 6
12 Boise State 6
13 Auburn
14 Georgia 10
15 Southern Cal 14
16 Kansas 3
17 Florida 14
18 Ohio State 2
19 Virginia Tech 4
20 Connecticut 6
21 Ball State 5
22 Fresno State 2
23 Northwestern 3
24 Maryland 2
25 Mississippi 1
Dropped Out: Wisconsin (#7), Wake Forest (#15), TCU (#21), Clemson (#22), Georgia Tech (#25).

Also Considered: North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Oregon, Catlab.

Ole Miss at #25 is absolutely bananas, and in all likelihood will only last one week. The rest, I can explain.

In my poll, if you lose to an unranked team, you drop out of the top 10. Simple. Alabama reaches #2 after destroying Georgia, who also make a big drop in this week’s poll. It may be difficult to justify putting them behind Auburn, though. The Tigers’ offense has been nonexistent, and they’ve kept close to two teams that, quite frankly, they shouldn’t.

LSU gets a slight drop for giving up more points to Mississippi State than Louisiana Tech, Auburn and Georgia Tech combined (24-23). Penn State goes up as they continue to run on all cylinders, and their demolishing of Oregon State looks that much better. Texas Tech goes up 8 spots for absolutely no reason, and looking at it now it’s kind of ridiculous.

Meanwhile, we get some new school madness. The Vanderbilt Football happy fun time ride makes it into the top 10, and BYU and Utah are 7th and 11th, respectively. This year’s Holy War matchup would be, in all likelihood, a BCS play-in game in one or both of these teams can stay undefeated.

At the bottom of the poll, pretty much everyone from 20 and below is a newcomer (UConn, Ball State, NW, Maryland, Ole Miss). I probably could have figured out a way to squeeze the Tar Heels into this poll, but I’m holding out until after the UConn game. If they beat the Huskies, Carolina will be in my Top 25. Promise.

The final, final poll will be published Wednesday morning. Until then, tell me what’s wrong with this one.

UNC vs. UConn: The BasketBowl

Picture Key:

A: Marcus Ginyard, absolutely pumped

B: reserve guard/pygmy Wes Miller, who I’m pretty sure has just bitten his tongue

C: Byron Sanders

D: Tyler, I think

E: Has just seen something disgusting on the other side of the stadium at the exact moment of the touchdown

F: Deon Thompson

G: “Hey, Will. This is coach Bunting. Have you considered being a defensive lineman?”

H: Don’t know…Bambale Osby?

I: Rayshawn

J: Ramses XVI, who couldn’t care less

K: Wants a high-five from Rayshawn, is so not getting it

L: ICE CREAM!!!

M: jumped over hedges, has not yet been noticed by campus security

N: Adarius Bowman doing a chicken dance. Duh.

I try to make a point about how UNC and UConn are both really good basketball schools, and how it’s peculiar that we enter this game with a combined 8-1 record (and, for all intents and purposes, should have been 9-0). Instead, I end up making this. Such are the inner machinations of my brain.

Are You Prepared To Live In A World…

…where UNC and Duke have the ACC’s two best offensive attacks?

Heading into October, this is a distinct possibility. In a conference which is, to put it kindly, offensively challenged, the Tar Heels and Blue Devils currently sit at 2nd and 3rd in ACC in points per game (31.0 and 30.8 ppg, respectively). Sure, Florida State is ahead of them, but they collected 115 of their 157 points against FCS opponents with a combined 5 wins in 2007. Let us simply revel in this oddity, though, and not get too far into semantics.

Both team shave their fair share of weapons. Duke’s Thad Lewis to Eron Riley might be the most underrated quarterback/receiver combination in the country. For UNC, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate, and Brooks Foster have made things a bot easier for whomever has lined up under center.

What makes the stat so peculiar, however, is the lack of a running game from either team. The Blue Devils have score a combined 72 points against Navy and Virginia (!!!) despite amassing a grand total of 162 yards rushing (78 and 84). Carolina defeated Miami on the road despite 35 yards on the ground, although a closer look at the stats show a solid 3 yard/carry performance by the tailbacks.

So what has been the secret? Forcing turnovers. In each team’s two respective victories against FBS opponents, UNC and Duke have a turnover margin of +6, a combined 14 takeaways and only two giveaways.

So, are you truly, zombies-are-attacking-ohmygod-run ready for prolific ACC offenses from Chapel Hill and Durham in the coming years? Because the future may be sooner than you think.