Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Steve Kragthorpe and Charlie Weis Memorial BlogPoll Ballot

As always, you can click on the thumbnail to your right to read my scribbled notes for this week's ballot. It's strange to see all the green highlighting disappear with the second losses dealt out to Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech this week in their annual rivalry games. It's hard to imagine which is stranger at this late point in the season, to have zero one-loss teams, or to have six undefeated teams. Both feel like they could be unprecedented (though those who enjoy that sort of trivial research will be sure to tell me which seasons provided precedents), and the combination looks and feels extremely unique.
I, like any good Yankee ("Yankee" as in northerner, not as in pinstriped indentured bat-wielding servant of the Steinbrenner family) was hoping for anarchy in the South this weekend, but Alabama and Florida and Texas continued on their boring path toward a National Championship game that could have been scheduled by preseason pollsters back in August. A Horned Frog vs Bearcat matchup for the great crystal football tchotchke is looking pretty unlikely at this point and the chances for any other major surprises are fading.

Here are my picks for this week.

1 Texas
2 Florida 1
3 Alabama 1
4 Cincinnati 1
5 TCU 1
6 Boise State
7 Ohio State 2
8 Oregon 2
9 Iowa 2
10 Penn State 2
11 Pittsburgh 4
12 Georgia Tech 4
13 Virginia Tech 1
14 Oregon State 2
15 LSU 4
16 Brigham Young 2
17 Miami (Florida) 4
18 Southern Cal 4
19 Houston 6
20 California 3
21 West Virginia
22 Utah 7
23 Nebraska
24 Oklahoma State 11
25 Central Michigan
Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: Mississippi (#17), Clemson (#20), Temple (#24).

I was sorry to see Temple fall to the Bobcats of Ohio; they were the only surprise team that I was pleased to add to my ballot every week.

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