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Week 11 Blogpoll Ballot Draft

Comments in the comment section for your thoughts. Corrected some things like not having VA Tech in there last week and eliminating Oklahoma State a few weeks ago. Left Houston in, in addition to Iowa, Utah, and Miami. Bounced USC. And that felt good. Rip it up.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Texas
3 Florida
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Georgia Tech
8 Pittsburgh
9 Ohio State 2
10 Oregon 3
11 LSU 1
12 Penn State 7
13 Oklahoma State 13
14 Wisconsin 7
15 Stanford 10
16 Virginia Tech 10
17 Brigham Young 3
18 Clemson 4
19 Oregon State 5
20 Utah 6
21 Miami (Florida) 12
22 Iowa 7
23 Houston 13
24 North Carolina 2
25 Rutgers 1
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Arizona (#16), Southern Cal (#17), South Florida (#18), Auburn (#23).

Week 10 Ballot Madness

It’s Humpday, and time to toss out our ballots for the two things we vote in. First up is the CBSSports/MGoBlog Ballot. We solicited commentary on this thing on Monday, got nothing major, so went as is. Some random thoughts:

blogpoll week 10Alabama earns the musical chair #1 this week since they beat a high caliber conference opponent in LSU. Unfortunately, with Texas, Bama, and Florida, their body of work is so similar, there’s really nothing that can be done other than the “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” sort of way we’ve been handling #1. It’s not ideal, it’s not scientific, and it will likely cost Texas the final season #1, since they don’t play either Alabama or Florida like those two will.

Iowa drops down considerably, but not only for their single loss this weekend. If that were the case, a loss against Northwestern when your QB is dinged up and out isn’t something to warrant the fairly large drop for them. However, their season long body of work is far from impressive. For the first time this season, the payment is due for way too close wins over the likes of Northern Iowa, Indiana, and Arkansas State.

Past the first seven it is a virtual shitstorm of mediocrity and an attempt to somewhat rationalize which team has sucked the least or at bare minimum which team sucked the most the longest ago. Pittsburgh at number 8? Christ almighty. But who else should go there? And that sort of blank stare and lack of a definitive answer defines my attempt at this poll.

The bottom part of the poll, from about 18 on down is a virtual wasteland of teams that have fallen on hard times early and have turned it on late or teams that turned it on early and proceeded to shat the bed. Take your pick, really, as to whom shouldn’t be included or rewarded since neither group is really deserving of any sort of celebration.

This ballot, certainly like most all of the ballots this season for us has been a microcosm of the larger picture of NCAA football. Hell, even the teams at the top have had performances that have made people question whether or not they are truly worthy of such a lofty ranking. It’s been the theme of football all season long that no one has reached up and demanded the respect and attention of the top spot. 3 teams have landed there, none of whom impressed once situated, none of whom are without some questions about their ability to rise to the challenge. They all have talent. None of them make me want to wager my kid’s college fund on their ability to even remotely cover a spread against any opponent.

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We here at OverThePylon were asked to be a voting member in the SEC Power Poll this season hosted by Team Speed Kills. It’s a collection of the best and brightest SEC blogs throughout the college football landscape. Each week we’ll be posting our ballot, and an expansion of the little blurbs we have to put forward with our votes.

General Power Poll Philosophy
In general, it wouldn’t really make sense for us not to start off with the teams already ranked on our CBSSports Blogpoll. So that’s the starting point. From there it’s an exercise in resume evaluation, accomplishments, and expectation. Some use their Power Poll as an evaluation of who would win on a neutral field given the teams’ recent performances while their poll ballots are a combination of where the teams started, how they’ve done, all balanced with preseason expectations. Our Power Poll ballot is a nice hybrid of the two, as is our Blogpoll Ballot. Off we go with this week’s ballot…

We didn’t actually get it in on time because of some real life issues, but this is what it would be:

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida
  3. LSU
  4. Auburn
  5. Ole Miss
  6. Tennessee
  7. South Carolina
  8. Georgia
  9. Arkansas
  10. Kentucky
  11. Mississippi State
  12. Vandy

Week 10 Blogpoll Ballot Draft

No fancy schmancy commentary this week because it’s Monday and has been the case recently, we’re ridiculously behind schedule. Here’s the draft… cut it up if you must. And you should… since that’s sort of the point of the Blogpoll.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 2
2 Texas 1
3 Florida 1
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State 2
7 Georgia Tech 2
8 Pittsburgh 4
9 Miami (Florida) 6
10 Houston 3
11 Ohio State 8
12 LSU 2
13 Oregon 7
14 Utah 2
15 Iowa 8
16 Arizona 1
17 Southern Cal 1
18 South Florida 4
19 Penn State 8
20 Brigham Young 3
21 Wisconsin 3
22 Clemson 4
23 Auburn 3
24 Oregon State 2
25 Stanford 1
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#14), California (#20), Notre Dame (#21), Texas Tech (#25).

Week 9 Blogpoll Draft Ballot

As has been the case in  recent weeks, this week’s poll primarily is more about the teams that have sucked the least as opposed to squads who demand their ranking and then justify it with their on field results. Over the last several weeks, the top spot has been more musical chairs than potential champions, but someone has to be ranked there. Off we go…

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas
2 Florida 1
3 Alabama 1
4 TCU 1
5 Cincinnati 1
6 Oregon 7
7 Iowa 1
8 Boise State
9 Georgia Tech
10 LSU 2
11 Penn State 3
12 Pittsburgh 3
13 Houston 3
14 Oklahoma 4
15 Miami (Florida) 2
16 Utah 4
17 Arizona 4
18 Southern Cal 11
19 Ohio State 5
20 California 5
21 Notre Dame 5
22 South Florida 4
23 Brigham Young 3
24 Wisconsin 2
25 Texas Tech 1
Last week’s ballot

Dropped Out this week: Oklahoma State (#10), Virginia Tech (#11), Central Michigan (#19), West Virginia (#22), Mississippi (#23). Oklahoma State has played virtually no one this season and their only two notable games (Houston & Texas) were losses, the last one in embarrassing fashion. Virginia Tech loses two straight, and out they go as well. CMU, WVU, and Ole Miss all were borderline entrants to begin with, took the L, and were subsequently ushered on out the door. For those that stayed in:

Texas
Florida
Alabama
TCU
Cincinnati

Texas beat an overranked Oklahoma State squad, but it was a victory over a Top 10 school in fairly convincing fashion that allows the Longhorns to hang on to our #1. Florida jumps Alabama because of the Gators’ dominance over Georgia and Bama staying home for the week, along with the lasting taste of the less than awesome Tennessee game. TCU and Cincy continue to roll along, and are quickly distinguishing themselves as the clear-cut next level after the top 3.

Oregon
Iowa
Boise State
Georgia Tech
LSU

No hotter team right now than Oregon. A stomping of USC basically clinches the PAC 10 title for the Ducks. Iowa struggles again against Indiana… yes… that Indiana. Boise State, Georgia Tech, and LSU beat teams they should have.

Penn State
Pittsburgh
Houston
Oklahoma
Miami (FL)

More of the same from those above, as Penn State and Oklahoma beat teams they should have in Northwestern and Kansas State respectively. Pitt was idle while Houston and Miami struggled. All these teams are sort of difficult to judge. Based solely on the fact they’ve won the games they have, they are deserving of being ranked higher. Then you look at their losses and how they won, and they probably should be ranked lower, if at all. For now, they sit here with hopeful optimism we don’t look like idiots in a few weeks.

Utah
Arizona
Southern Cal
Ohio State
Cal

Utah beats a Wyoming team that they should have, Arizona stays idle. Leaving Southern Cal in was sort of up in the air, but their victories this season have been impressive at times, and losing to a team like Oregon, at Oregon, considering how on fire the Ducks have been is certainly respectable. Ohio State blows out an overmatched New Mexico squad and Cal beats Arizona State, moving them up more on the heels of who lost ahead of them as opposed to their individual merits.

Notre Dame
South Florida
BYU
Wisconsin
Texas Tech

The revolving door of the bottom 5 positions continues. All of these teams have found themselves here before and proceeded to shat in their cereals once they were. Bet against these teams. Heavily.

Final CBSSports Blogpoll Ballot

Any ND fan upset that your Irish got left off the final ballot from my draft can send their thanks to Edge. Stupid logic and rationale evaluation of talent and results. Damn you!

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


Dropped Out: Brigham Young (#12), Texas Tech (#19),
Nebraska (#20), Boston College (#25).

BlogPoll Draft: Week 8

Short turn around time for comments or critique, as this puppy is due in its final form by 10am Wednesday. Thoughts or comments? Drop ’em in the comment section and I’ll take it under advisement before I submit OTP’s final ballot. Here’s the ins and outs of this week’s poll…

blogpollweek8Texas
Alabama
Florida
Cincinnati
TCU

In my opinion, which is really the one that counts, these are clearly the 5 teams which have distinguished themselves from the rest of the pack. All undefeated, all with at least one signature win. Texas jumps Alabama this week, mostly for the fact that Alabama looked far from deserving of the #1 ranking after a near loss to Tennessee this weekend. Florida is more of the same, and that’s precisely the reason why Florida fell from grace as the top ranked team a few weeks ago. For now, Texas sits there, more as a result of the teams underneath doing nothing to demand they be there.

Iowa
Southern Cal
Boise State
Georgia Tech
Oklahoma State

This group is challenging to sort out, namely because each one has some fairly major flaws. Iowa and Boise are both undefeated as well, though I have significant reservations about both. Iowa for the way they win, Boise for who they’ve won against. USC’s loss to Washington and their failure to dominate anyone of late drops them a spot. Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State have significant reservations as well, but both seem to be clicking now painting their early season losses as more flukey than lack of skill or talent.

Virginia Tech
LSU
Oregon
Penn State
Pittsburgh

These teams are the clear cut second-tier in my rankings. Teams that have played well but also have their fair share of doubt and performance issues to warrant not being included in the top echelon of teams. A two-loss Virginia Tech team may be a bit out of place, but frankly, with the schedule they have played, two losses is certainly respectable. LSU’s only loss was to Florida, but the Tigers have been far from dominant and now reach the meat of their schedule. Oregon has chugged along and gets the chance to prove themselves this weekend versus USC. Penn State has a date with OSU looming in two weeks, and after this weekend’s contest, Pitt closes with 3 ranked teams which will either skyrocket them or drop them out entirely.

Houston
Miami
Oklahoma
Central Michigan
Utah

It’s a shame when teams on the rise and seeking out national attention have to sort of bob and weave through established programs already who are either sinking or trying to rebound from early season problems. Houston, Central Michigan, and Utah are rising fast behind impressive wins and taking care of the teams they are supposed to be beat. Miami drops because of a loss, but it’s certainly an acceptable one as an overtime loss to Clemson is nothing to be ashamed of. Oklahoma may be a bit high here, but they are also in the camp of losing to respectable opponents like Texas and BYU, though the Cougars failure to show up against TCU hurts the Sooners.

Arizona
West Virginia
Mississippi
Ohio State
Notre Dame

The final 5 is a hodge podge of sorts of teams that could just as eaily be tossed aside. The reservations felt above for the second batch of high quality teams are multiplied, squared, and multiplied again for this bunch. Zona has no real quality type wins, but no amazingly bad losses either. Same for WVU. Ole Miss, Ohio State, and Notre Dame close it out for a respectable record, decent results, and a lack of teams below them that have demanded entry because of their performance.

Dropped Out This Week:
Brigham Young (#12)
Texas Tech (#19)
Nebraska (#20)
Boston College (#25)

Waiting Room for Next Week:
South Carolina: Which South Carolina team is this? The kind that looks respectable against Alabama or the one that looks anything but against Vandy?
Navy: Facing a MAC school should be an easy win and take the Middies to 7-2, clearly worthy of some poll love.
Cal: Two losses to respectable opponents plus the Golden Bears are finally looking the way they did to start the year.

Games Watched This Week:
Florida State/North Carolina, Ball State/Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech/Virginia, Pitt/South Florida, Alabama/Tennessee, Notre Dame/Boston College, Florida/Arkansas, Texas/Missouri, TCU/BYU, Stanford/Arizona St.

Comment section for your thoughts… Go.

Final Week 7 Blogpoll Ballot

Time once again to post our final ballot for the CBSSports Blogpoll. Hardly any changes from our draft. Apathy from our readers? Perfection from the ballot? I like to think it’s the latter.

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

Week 7 Draft Blogpoll Ballot

Quite the shiftiness this weekend, as a ton of teams that we had ranked decided they’d rather lose than continue to be in the conversation of who is the best football team. To be truthful, it isn’t necessarily that they lost… it’s who they lost to. Ohio State to Purdue? Kansas to Colorado? Those sorts of losses are significantly damning to any team attempting to make a case their in the elite club. This is only a draft so it’s open to comment, critique, and suggestions. It’s probably very needed.

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

Teams dropped out entirely this week were Ohio State (#9), Kansas (#15), South Florida (#21), South Carolina (#22), and Notre Dame (#24). South Florida and South Carolina were damn close to staying in because of their body of work and who they lost to this weekend, but both were just barely left out. Certainly in the waiting room for next week. The other poll particulars…

  • Bama and Texas move up because of wins over other ranked teams, Florida down because of their lackluster performance against Arkansas. The body of work for Bama speaks for itself, and despite the sloppy awfulness of the Oklahoma game, Texas gets the nod… for now.
  • Virginia Tech stays in the poll despite their loss because of who they lost to, where they lost to them, and the overall body of work for the Hokies.
  • Boise was significantly unimpressive in their victory over Tulsa. Hence, they not only drop a bit, they are no longer the highest ranked non-automatic qualifier. If this poll was the BCS, Boise would be S.O.L. That’s the sort of problem with their conference and their schedule… a loss is devastating, a mediocre win is just as bad, and an impressive win isn’t all that impressive. Certainly out of Boise’s control, but they pay regardless.
  • Iowa is a tremendous mover this week, as being undefeated in a major conference certainly makes you deserving of a Top 10 ranking. Iowa may certainly
  • From about position 17 on down, it’s a total guessing game. There’s probably two dozen teams that are deserving of being ranked, have an argument to be made to be there, but just didn’t make the cut.
  • Games watched this week: Boise/Tulsa, Cincy/South Florida, Pitt/Rutgers, Texas/Oklahoma, Notre Dame/USC, Iowa/Wisconsin, Arkansas/Florida

This poll overall I’m not entirely thrilled with, simply because the shifts and swings are numerous and sizable which makes me nervous that either this poll or last week’s was significantly off the mark.

Final Week 6 Blogpoll Ballot

Humpday, baby… and time for the official Week 6 ballot of OverThePylon in the CBSSports/MGoBlog Blogpoll.

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Week 6 Draft Blogpoll Ballot & Rationale

Finally, some of the highest ranked teams are beginning to actually play people. Common opponents are showing up. Preseason expectations give way more so than last week to performance on the field. What has been an arduous process up to this point becomes a little easier. As usual, commentary, suggestions, critique is encouraged and needed, and the final ballot get submitted to the MGoBlog/CBS Sports Poll Monster on Wednesday by 10am. Fire away…

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

The poll particulars…

  • Dropped Out: Auburn (#16), Missouri (#17), Wisconsin (#22), Stanford (#25). All because of losses.
  • Florida retakes numero uno because of a strong performance on the road in conference against a Top 10 team. That deserves some credit. Same goes for VT, despite their home game. Alabama is more like 1b instead of 2, but I don’t have that luxury.
  • Cincy and Boise stay put, thanks to bye weeks.
  • Ohio State and Nebraska move up considerably because of beating other ranked teams. That matters more than beating Florida A&M, hence the Hurricanes move down a spot. Same goes for Oklahoma State.
  • LSU stays in the ballot for now, as I don’t think losing to Florida, the #1 team, is anything to drop completely out of the rankings for. They weren’t embarrassed and they still look, to me, like one of the 25 best teams in the country.
  • New to the poll is South Carolina, Pitt, Notre Dame, and Central Michigan. A case could be made for more than a few teams here in the bottom 5-10 of the poll, but for now, these 4 are the most impressive to me for various reasons, most notably their one loss records against respectable opponents.
  • Central Michigan? Yes… Central Michigan. The Chips, aside from their season opening loss at Arizona, have looked damn good. They’ve blown out the teams they should have, and beat a BCS program in Michigan State.
  • I’m more than a little queasy having Georgia Tech move up 4, considering the way they played against Florida State and their seemingly inability to stop anything defensively, but a win is a win, and when they play well they’re a solid team.
  • Part of me wanted to leave Mizzou in the poll. I’m torn on them. I would say now they are in the Waiting Room for next week’s poll, along with some familiar faces like Utah, Houston, WVU, and the ones who lost this week like Auburn and Wisconsin.

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