(Belated) Final Regular Season Blogpoll

In the interest of full disclosure, I have a family member who used to work for the University of Texas in some capacity. Having said that, Oklahoma is playing as well as, if not better than, anyone in the nation right now, and they have a better out of conference schedule than Texas or Florida. But if a poller believes that a playoff system, fundamentally based on head-to-head matchups, is viable, then that poller must respect Texas’ victory over Oklahoma and hold it against the Sooners when ranking them. That is not to say that the Sooners are not worthy; they are. But 45-35 is still the reason why I placed Texas ahead of Oklahoma in my ballot.

In the ACC, the three teams with nine wins are in the top 25, including both of the ACC Championship participants. Barely.

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

Dropped Out: Missouri (#14), Ball State (#17), Rice (#25).

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BlogPoll Draft Week 14

No matter how the Big 12 was settled, someone was going to get the shaft. Oklahoma and Texas are both excellent teams, and even with the 45-35 Longhorns victory in the Red River Shootout, the teams are almost completely even and equally deserving of the division title. (Of course, if Texas gets a gimme interception against Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree doesn’t score with 2 seconds to play, and we’re not having this discussion. But that’s another story.) I still have to give Texas the edge based on the head-to-head win.

The rest of the poll…is just plain weird. BC and Georgia Tech make the top 25 by virtue of finishing better than 8-4 in the ACC. As Virginia Tech, well, the Coastal division title has to count for something.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Texas
3 Oklahoma
4 Florida
5 Texas Tech 1
6 Utah 1
7 Penn State 1
8 Southern Cal 1
9 Boise State
10 Oklahoma State 1
11 Ohio State 1
12 Cincinnati
13 Georgia Tech 8
14 Missouri 1
15 Oregon 11
16 TCU
17 Ball State 2
18 Michigan State 1
19 Boston College 1
20 Brigham Young 1
21 Northwestern 2
22 Mississippi 2
23 Iowa 2
24 Virginia Tech 2
25 Rice 1
Dropped Out: Georgia (#14), Oregon State (#18), Florida State (#22).

Blogpoll Week 12 Draft

I don’t care how ridiculous this poll looks. Until an ACC team proves they can finish better than 8-4, no one from my beloved conference is going to appear in my top 25. I do this because I care.

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

Dropped Out: North Carolina (#12), Florida State (#17), South Carolina (#23), Miami (Florida) (#25).

BlogPoll Draft Week 11

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas Tech 1
2 Alabama 1
3 Texas 1
4 Oklahoma 2
5 Florida
6 Southern Cal 2
7 Penn State 4
8 Utah 1
9 Boise State 2
10 Oklahoma State 3
11 Georgia 2
12 North Carolina
13 Missouri 1
14 Ohio State 3
15 Cincinnati 4
16 Michigan State 2
17 Florida State 9
18 Brigham Young 3
19 LSU 3
20 TCU 10
21 Pittsburgh 5
22 Ball State 2
23 South Carolina 3
24 Oregon State 2
25 Miami (Florida) 1

Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (#15), Maryland (#20), Northwestern (#22), West Virginia (#23), Air Force (#25).

Also Considered: Air Force, Wake Forest, Boston College, Maryland, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Tulsa, Rice, Oregon

Texas Tech moves ahead of Alabama in part because of how the Red Raiders destroyed Oklahoma State and in part because of The Crimson Tide’s struggles against a team that they should have beaten more comfortably.

With the exception of Oklahoma State and Georgia, I have to put North Carolina ahead of other 2-loss teams by virtue of not being blown out in either of their two losses, as well as playing a schedule that hasn’t had a guaranteed win since Rutgers.

TCU dropping ten spots is not so much because of their loss to Utah (it was a good game by both teams) so much as it is tacit acknowledgement that, with few exceptions, I can;t put the Horned Frogs ahead of other two-loss teams from BCS conferences.

All in all, the top ten is pretty straightforward, and 11-25 is just plain weird.

Blogpoll Draft Week 10

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 1
2 Texas Tech 4
3 Penn State
4 Texas 3
5 Florida
6 Oklahoma 1
7 Oklahoma State 3
8 Southern Cal 3
9 Utah
10 TCU 2
11 Boise State 1
12 North Carolina 6
13 Georgia 5
14 Missouri 1
15 Georgia Tech 11
16 LSU 6
17 Ohio State 2
18 Michigan State 8
19 Cincinnati 7
20 Maryland 1
21 Brigham Young 1
22 Northwestern 4
23 West Virginia
24 Ball State 3
25 Air Force 1

Dropped Out: Minnesota (#14), Tulsa (#16), Florida State (#17), Virginia (#24), Connecticut (#25).

Also considered: California, Florida State, Central Michigan, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Miami, Oregon State

Texas Tech, without doubt, deserves to jump ahead of Penn State after beating Texas. They’ve earned it.

The top 11 is solid (though I’m not quite sure how Oklahoma State drops three spots), but after that it gets quite a bit shaky. Of Nos. 12-25, every BCS team listed has two losses. Is North Carolina the best two-loss team in the nation? I don’t really know. Are North Carolina and Georgia Tech the only major two-loss teams who haven’t been blown out at least once? Absolutely. That’s why they are both in my top 15.

Air Force makes in appearance due to their 7-2 record and the general awesomeness of the Mountain West Conference’s top half.

BlogPoll Week 9 Draft

Congratulations to Florida State, UNC, Maryland, and Virginia. You are this week’s block of ACC teams to round out the top 25.

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas
2 Alabama
3 Penn State
4 Oklahoma State 1
5 Florida 2
6 Texas Tech
7 Oklahoma 3
8 Georgia
9 Utah
10 Boise State 2
11 Southern Cal 1
12 TCU 2
13 Missouri 2
14 Minnesota 6
15 Ohio State 4
16 Tulsa 7
17 Florida State 9
18 North Carolina 8
19 Maryland 6
20 Brigham Young 2
21 Ball State 3
22 LSU 9
23 West Virginia 3
24 Virginia 2
25 Connecticut 1

Dropped Out: Pittsburgh (#16), South Florida (#17), Kansas (#18), Georgia Tech (#19), Boston College (#21).

LSU’s resume is looking weaker and weaker. They have no good OOC opponents, Auburn has turned out to be a disappointment, and the Tigers have given up 103 points to the only two good teams they’ve played. I considered dropping them out of the top 25 altogether, but could not defend anyone I put in their stead.

BlogPoll Week 8

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Rank Team Delta
1 Texas
2 Alabama
3 Penn State
4 Oklahoma
5 Oklahoma State
6 Texas Tech 4
7 Florida 1
8 Georgia 1
9 Utah 7
10 Southern Cal 3
11 Ohio State 3
12 Boise State 4
13 LSU 1
14 TCU 12
15 Missouri 4
16 Pittsburgh 4
17 South Florida 9
18 Kansas 3
19 Georgia Tech 7
20 Minnesota 4
21 Boston College 5
22 Brigham Young 15
23 Tulsa 3
24 Ball State 3
25 Maryland 1
Dropped Out: Virginia Tech (#17), North Carolina (#18), Wake Forest (#19), California (#22), Michigan State (#23), Vanderbilt (#25).

Unfortunately, UNC is #26 right now after the loss to Virginia. Why put Maryland (who lost to UVa by a far greater margin) ahead of the Heels, then? Because I am slightly more scared of Maryland at their best. That, and they stand a far greater chance of winning their division.

As for the rest of the poll, it looks pretty ordinary, although I’ve made a point to keep teams ahead of oppnents they’ve beaten no matter what. That why you see Pitt-USF-Kansas at 16-17-18. Now that I think about, I may want to put the Jayhawks a bit lower, though they were impressive in defeat.