Monday, October 11, 2010

2010 Blogpoll Week 7

One week after suggesting that Alabama should be an undisputed #1, they cough up a hairball on the road. Everybody has those offweeks. Nebraska had one two weeks ago against South Dakota State. Oregon seemed to have one against Washington State this week. Alabama made the mistake of doing it against a pretty good top 20 team. So while I'm dropping them, I can't drop them too far. I still think they are better than Boise or they end up at #3. I know Brian Cook of the BlogPoll is going to rip me for this, but if Boise or TCU were to play 'Bama, who would be favored to win? I'm pretty sure the answer is I really can't drop 'Bama any further than #3.

Nebraska drops one spot despite blowing out Kansas State. It's not so much anything against Nebraska as much as Oklahoma's blowout win over Florida State looks even better after the Seminoles blew out Miami on the road. I still don't know that Nebraska has played much of anybody yet; that's something that changes the next three weeks.

South Carolina bounces back up in the poll as a reward for upsetting 'Bama. Arkansas drops for general suckiness against Texas A&M; if that proves to be their hairball game, they'll bounce back eventually. LSU jumps up for winning at the Swamp; Les Miles lives to fight another week.  I didn't realize that I bumped up Oklahoma State five points this week, but I didn't see anybody to keep ahead of the Cowboys at this point. And I'm keeping Virginia Tech in my poll because I still think they're a top 25 team; they just had a bad hairball.  If I didn't think the Hokies were top 25, I don't see how I could keep Boise State in the top five.

Big XII PowerPoll
  1. Oklahoma
  2. Nebraska
  3. Missouri
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Texas
  6. Kansas State
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Baylor
  10. Iowa State
  11. Colorado
  12. Kansas
Not sure A&M is really the 7th best, but they did hang on with Arkansas despite a poor performance from Jerrod Johnson. Maybe Bill Byrne should get the Aggies on NCAA probation so that they aren't eligible for television? I'd like to give Iowa State more credit for beating Tech last week, but giving up 68 points to Utah makes that impossible. I'd still rather be an Iowa State fan than a Colorado fan. 


Anonymous said...

Mike, I normally admire your capacity to consider Nebraska's proper ranking in an objective manner. It's difficult to spend so much time rooting for a team and not get caught up in all the hype. However, to watch this past week's drubbing of Kansas State in Manhattan and then drop the Huskers a spot in the rankings afterward just seems like you are being conservative bordering on delusional. I know you don't want to get your hopes up, but seriously, Nebraska has earned their place in the top 5.

jkbaldwin said...

I like it. Left a post over at corn nation expressing my displeasure with Jon for dropping Alabama to number 12. This is much more reasonable. Quick question though, if NU played TCU who would be favored???