BlogPoll Week 8

Submitted for your approval.

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.

BlogPoll, Week Four

I was really looking forward to putting UNC in the top 25 this week. Alas, I cannot.

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

Dropped Out: East Carolina (#6), Oregon (#17), Illinois (#23).

Also Considered: Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Ball State, Northwestern (seriously!)

Brief Explanations: LSU jumps up to #2 based on their road win against Auburn, which might be the most quality victory for any team thus far. Vanderbilt makes a similar jump for being 4-0 for the first time since Cornelius himself was captain of the team. Boise State makes the leap based on their big road victory over Oregon, albeit hampered by the fact that the Ducks are now on their fifth string quarterback. Paul Johnson seems to be doing a good job for a fairly impressive Georgia Tech team, and Virginia Tech is here because dammit, Frank Beamer knows the science of winning ugly 8-9 times a year that we mortals can barely comprehend.

East Carolina and Oregon drop out with their losses, and Illinois drops for no apparent reason.

The rest is pretty ho-hum. Discuss.

BlogPoll Week 3

According to the Blogpoll metric, there were quite a few bloggers who placed North Carolina in their top 25. I was not one of them.

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

Also Considered: North Carolina, Arizona State, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Ball State.

As impressive as UNC’s road win over Rutgers was, the Scarlet Knights appear to be a pretty bad team this year, so we have no idea where that victory stands in the grand scheme of things. This Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech will be far more telling. Barring an Aubrun-MIssissippi State encore, I’ll most likely put the winner of this game into the top 25.

The same goes for Florida State. I don’t know why the mainstream polls have the Seminoles in the top 25, as we are 3 weeks into the season and they have done exactly nothing. Fortunately they get a chance to prove their mettle this Saturday when Wake comes to Tallahassee.

As for the rest of the poll, USC is now th unquestioned #1, BYU and South Florida are rewarded for their performances, Ohio State is punished after laying an egg against the Trojans, Fresno State doesn’t drop out after a valiant loss to the Badgers, and Alabama junps six spots for no apparent reason.

BlogPoll Roundtable Comment Card

This week’s BlogPoll Roundtable questions are provided by Braves & Birds, and they want to know how you, the customer, feel about your program.

1. How would you rate your program’s service to you in the first two weeks of the season?

Well, when I arrived at the restaurant, what I saw in the front and what people said about the pace as I entered led to a certain level of expectations. My first impressions were disappointing; the first waitress was not very friendly, and I was given my drink in a greasy plastic glass. However, the waitress became much friendlier and solved my problems, and I was quite impressed by the appetizer that they served. The service may have started on the wrong foot, but it is vastly improving. I still have to wait until at least the main course before passing final judgement.

2. How happy are you with your program’s overall scheme? We are in a period in which the spread has become a total obsession in the media. If you’re a fan of a spread team, are you happy with the way your program has implemented it? If you’re a fan of a non-spread team, do you wish that your program would convert to this Xenu of offenses?

Under ideal circumstances, I’d like to see Carolina throw a little A-11 into the playbook. Sadly, the A-11 is illegal in North Carolina, so I won’t get my wish.

The spread option would be great…if we had the right personnel. But the spread option requires a mobile quarterback, and the most mobile QB on our roster is…(shudders)…Cam Sexton. So unless QUANTAVIUS THE MAGNIFICENT switches back to QB, we’re probably better off with T.J. Yates running John Shoop’s offense.

3. Rate your stadium’s cleanliness and menu options.

As far as stadiums go, Kenan is pretty clean. Overall I tend not to notice some of the stadium’s warts; then again, between the beauty if its surroundings and the actual game, one tends not to notice the litter of emptied snuck-in Jim Beam mini bottles, the usual “misfires” in the men’s room, and the occasional aftermath of someone who couldn’t hold their liquor.

The menu options are about what you would expect for a college stadium in North Carolina. Nothing special, but I don’t mind; some bottled water and a couple of barbecue sandwiches are usually enough to keep me happy. The price they charge for glorified tap water, however, is ridiculous. If you have extra pockets, I strongly recommend using them for water bottles. You’ll run out faster than you think, especially in September.

4. As an incentive to provide your valued feedback, you will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes! What one prize would you like for your program?

I would love my program to win an all-expenses paid trip to Tampa on December 6th to participate in the ACC Championship Game. Such a prize would make me absolutely ecstatic.

5. Since we’re all about choices, take one of the following two options for entertainment’s sake:

a. What’s your most memorable experience involving a comment card?

b. If your program were a casual dining chain, which one would it be? Yes, this is a tricky question because the defining characteristic of a casual dining chain is its sameness. No one said this Roundtable would be easy. Bonus points if you can make a compelling case that your program is Chotchkie’s or Flingers.

Chotchkie’s might work. like the us of flare, there’s a lot of fuss around here about the use of Carolina Blue (that is to say, navy = sacrilege for most fans). But form there, the comparison wouldn’t hold up.

As a program, UNC is Trader Vic’s. It never was very big, but it had a great following, and was traditionally solid before hitting a rough patch. Now under new management, the program is making its way back in vogue.