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Final BlogPoll (BlogTroll)

The BCO came up with this idea a couple of months ago, a way for us to have a little fun, and close out the 2011 season. He and I co-authored the final poll. At the very least we have Alabama first, Clemson ahead of Virginia Tech and the SEC overvalued. Your arguments are invalid.

1. Alabama - Held LSU to 92 yards in the championship game; Georgia Southern ran for 302 yards on them in the middle of November. The masters of the one game season.

2. LSU - They now own college football's all-time resume with wins over: the Orange, Cotton, Rose and BCS National Champions.

3. Arkansas - But, but, they only lost to Alabama and LSU. #RememberThe5

4. Oklahoma State - Mike Gundy is 40, but any coach that loses a yard to setup a field goal, game winning or otherwise, when he's sniffing the end zone instead of punching it in for six isn't my man.

5. South Carolina - They play in the SEC East, that's as good as the SEC West, right?

6. USC Trogans - Lane Kiffin coached in the SEC, he knows what it takes to win at the highest level.

7. Oregon - The best team in the country (as long as they don't have to play defense).

8. Stanford - "Start of a dynasty. They won't miss Luck." -- No One

9. Wisconsin - SEC speed > Big 12 speed > Pac-12 speed > rate at which coaches are leaving Wisconsin > B1G speed

10. Michigan State - The B1G will hang their hat on Sparty's win over Georgia for the next 5 years.

Week 11 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump, the rankings are starting to get sorted out on their own. Please leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust as necessary.

  • Oregon - This is a team built to mash the Pac-12, but I still don't feel they'd contend against any team with an elite defense (read LSU, Alabama).
  • Oklahoma / Oklahoma State - Bedlam still seems to set up as a default play-in game to the national championship.
  • Stanford - Were they trying to suck for Luck?
  • Golden Eagles - Dropped after a 30-29 win over UCF, not necessarily for the close win, but because I had them too high in past polls.

Week 10 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump, it's especially messy this week. Please leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust as necessary.

  • Alabama - How far should they drop? As of this morning, I can't get the memory of that struggling offense and all those special teams gaffes out of my head. At some point I need to remember they mauled Arkansas and won at State College. Also, no team has a better loss.
  • Arkansas - South Carolina has been overvalued all season, but that was a nice win for the Pigs. They have the best quarterback in the SEC and a nice resume too.
  • The Big Ten - Without a dominant team contending for a national championship the Big Ten looks a lot like the ACC. On the right day anyone can, and will, beat anyone else. It's going to be all sorts of fun to see who comes out on top.
  • Kansas State - They started 7-0, they'll finish 1-4.

Week 9 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I need you guys to keep me in check. So leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • My Top Spot - Here's a spoiler, in all likelihood Boise State will not jump a one loss SEC team or Oklahoma. And it's LSU-Alabama week, we can finally crown the national champion.
  • Houston - The 'Coug is probably way too high, but I'd be lying if I said 70 points didn't turn me on.
  • The one loss teams - For the most part, they all played horrible. Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Penn State and South Carolina all struggled to defeat inferior competition.
  • Wisconsin - It's "All Russel Everything" (but only against really bad teams).
  • Georgia Tech - Y U NO CONSISTENT?

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Key Play: Week 9

Week 8 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I need you guys to keep me in check. So leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • Oklahoma, Wisconsin - How far should they drop? I know Oklahoma's resume isn't as impressive with Florida State, Texas and Mizzou struggling, but based on their talent I still think they are the best one loss team in the country. Up until Saturday the Badgers played no one and beat everyone, save Nebraska. So I am not holding a last second loss via a once-a-season Hail Mary touchdown against them.
  • Michigan State - They might be too high. I conveniently swept the beat down they took earlier in the year from a more and more average looking Irish under the rug. Two of their biggest wins at Ohio State and against Wisconsin were squeakers.
  • The Cocks - They drop two spots after beating the bye week; poll-itics.
  • West Virginia - Am I being too hard after their loss in the Dome?
  • Who's missing - The bottom five are a mess. If you can make an argument for a team not ranked that you think should be there I am all ears.

Week 7 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • Oklahoma State - It's splitting hairs but I like the Pokes' resume a tad better than Boise's right now.
  • Virginia Tech - Another marvelous game by Logan Thomas. He quickly put a slow start behind him and the defense had an impressive outing despite numerous injuries.
  • Michigan State - I had been undervaluing little brother because I couldn't get over Notre Dame tooling on them, and them struggling so much against Ohio State. The offense leaves something to be desired, but their defense dominated Michigan. As a Hokie, I have to respect that.
  • Georgia Tech - Once again Tevin Washington is throwing the ball like I'd expect a Paul Johnson quarterback to. That's not a good thing. He's 12/39, for 255 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 3 picks against NC State, Maryland and UVa.

Week 6 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • Boring - My top nine teams held steady. Everyone won the games they should. I don't think Oklahoma's win blowout against Texas justifies them jumping either Alabama or LSU. I still don't know anything about Stanford except they have Luck, their schedule is back-loaded.
  • Kansas State - The power towel era is behind them. Bill Snyder's program is rolling once again, and they've beaten some good teams.
  • Virginia Tech - If the defense played like they did against wake they'd be ranked higher. That might not happen for a while with G-W done for the year, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th DTs still small and green and Gayle hobbling around. However, I am very much encouraged the offense looks capable of bringing the team back from behind.
  • Washington - The Huskies are my last team in. Is anyone else more deserving of the 25th spot?

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Key Play: Week 6

Week 5 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary. This week's poll is especially messy.

  • Clemson - Beat back-to-back-to-back ranked teams and you're deserving of a top 5 ranking.
  • Nebraska - This informative EDSBS the Magazine article sums things up quite nicely.
  • Illinois - The fighting Zookers are 5-0, which really is an accomplishment in itself. Who knows how good they really are though. Their next test comes in two weeks against Ohio State.
  • Kansas State - Bill Snyder's head in a jar is doing one hell of a job coaching this year.
  • South Carolina - Garcia! Slam that beer.
  • Arizona State - Quietly making noise in the Pac-12. I like a team that's battle tested and can bounce back from a loss.
  • Virginia Tech - There's no offensive identity, and the special teams are a disaster. Bud Foster's tenacious defense is the only thing of merit, and the only reason why they're in this poll.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Key Play: Week 5

Week 4 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • LSU - Three wins away from home against top 25 teams, worthy of everyone's number one spot.
  • Clemson - I said last week that Tajh Boyd "looked like the best quarterback in the ACC", let me clarify that. Tajh Boyd is the best QB in the ACC. As a freshman, Sammy Watkins is already a top playmaker in the ACC. Clemson is playing with a lot of confidence right now.
  • Georgia Tech - They could, should, probably be lower, because the defense has holes, but POINTS AND YARDS, POINTS AND YARDS.
  • Big Ten teams we don't know enough about - Michigan and Illinois are both 4-0, both have impressive non-conference wins, Notre Dame, San Diego State and Arizona State, respectively, but both have yet to play a Big Ten team. Conference play will tell us what we need to know about these two teams.
  • Florida State - I'm not impressed. I think Trickett is an upgrade throwing the ball —336 yards 3 touchdowns against Clemson— but the Noles miss Manuel's legs. They rushed for 27 yards against Oklahoma, and 29 against Clemson. Stoops' defense looked capable of carrying them, but then they gave up 455 yards.
  • Texas A&M - I can't get past them blowing a 20-3 halftime lead at home.

Week 3 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • LSU \ Oklahoma \ Alabama - All can make a claim for the number one spot.
  • West Virginia - The 'Eers get bumped down after almost collapsing against Maryland. As most of you pointed out last week, I had them too high. If they beat LSU, they'll be in my top 5. /shivers
  • Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina - Three ACC newcomers, all are 3-0. Tajh Boyd looked like the best quarterback in the ACC yesterday. He can spin it, and led scoring drive after drive against Auburn putting a slow starting first-half behind him. Georgia Tech's offense is throwing up NCAA '11 type numbers. North Carolina... Well, they did beat Rutgers. Yay? Should I put Auburn back in the poll or do wins against Virginia, Rutgers and a I-AA qualify Carolina over them?
  • Florida State - They played Oklahoma close, even tying the game late behind the arm of backup quarterback Clint Trickett. I came away impressed with the FSU defense, I can't say as much about their offense. Regardless of who played QB for the 'Noles the offense would have struggled. FSU-Clemson this Saturday will be very telling.
  • Texas - They got out west and beat UCLA and I drop them a spot. I had overvalued them last week.

Week 2 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • LSU or Alabama - Last week you guys convinced me LSU should be in top slot, and for right now I'm leaving them there, but an argument can be made that Alabama deserves it. Both the Tide and Tigers have blown out lesser competition and strangled a top 25 opponent. I believe Oregon is better than PSU, but LSU won what was essentially a home game while Alabama did their dirty work on the road.
  • Texas - I have them higher than most. They're talented, but they don't have an identity. There may be a quarterback controversy developing, starter Garrett Gilbert was yanked for a rotation of underclassmen-- Case McCoy and David Ash. It wasn't a sexy win, but they beat what I believe to be a pretty good BYU and like him or not (I don't), Mack Brown is a damn good head coach.
  • Auburn - They took every punch Mississippi State threw and stood tall in end. They don't have Cam Newton, but they still have Michael Dyer, an under appreciated running back.
  • Michigan St. - Meh.

Week 1 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Happy Labor Day everyone!

  • Boise State - For my money, Boise State's win was the weekend's most impressive. The Broncos raced out to a 21-point lead and methodically nursed it for the remainder of the game. If Boise State was a WWF superstar its finisher would be an armbar. There's nothing flashy about them, but they are fundamentally sound in all three phases of the game and do a suburb job of limiting mistakes. The only place Boise can go from here is down. As the teams ranked behind them play in, and win, their marquee games they'll, probably, eventually put together a more impressive resume.
  • LSU - The Tigers defense held the Ducks to 335 yards. Oregon averaged 530.69 yards per game in 2010. It's evident that Oregon's young offensive line wasn't up to the challenge Saturday night. They were either spinning their wheels, or getting pushed backwards. LSU would have been higher had their offense looked capable of beating an elite defense.
  • West Virginia - StlHokie made a good point last week, they are talented and led by veteran quarterback Geno Smith, and should be higher.
  • Notre Dame, Georgia and Auburn all get the ban hammer (for now) after their lifeless performances.

Preseason BlogPoll Ballot

Again this season I'll be a SB Nation BlogPoll voter. The BlogPoll voting philosophy encourages transparency and scrutiny. Each Monday I'll post my ballot along with some bullet points explaining my reasonings for my not so obvious rankings. It's your job to keep me honest, and looking sane. I welcome your feedback telling me what I screwed up and how to fix it.

My preseason poll is after the jump.

Week 15 BlogPoll Ballot

There's not a lot of movement in this week's poll. I'm still too hungover to move.

  • Auburn tops the charts because I believe Oregon and Auburn have won football games the same way this season: overwhelming offense, just enough defense. I bumped Auburn up because they have a better body of work. The Tigers have defeated four teams in this poll to the Duck's one.
  • I am not going to overly penalize the losers of the conference championship games. Florida State, South Carolina and Nebraska were considered second best before their games, and in each case that assertion held true afterwards.
  • We'll know a lot more after bowl season.

My final ballot is due Wednesday and if you see anything crazy let me know below.

Week 14 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump and it is a mess. I tried to pour gravy on top to make it taste better, but I couldn't find the right plugin, damn you Chrome!

  • Boise State - Do you remember the scene from Casino when Robert De Niro catches the two guys signaling cards and brings them to the basement of the Tangiers? Boise State is an excellent team that ran into the hammer AND buzzsaw.
  • Are Nevada and Virginia Tech too high?
  • Is Alabama too low?
  • I would have been content stopping my ballot at 21 teams.

My final ballot is due Wednesday and I need your help, obviously.

Week 12 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump. Here's a quick justification of the not so obvious movers, shakers and frozen.

  • I had to move Wisconsin up after they posted 83 points against Indiana.
  • Arizona and Iowa drop after their losses to USC and Northwestern respectively. The teams behind them move up in a predictable fashion.
  • USC - Is there any other team out there that deserves the 25th spot more than them?

My final ballot will be submitted on Wednesday. If you have any gripes or arguments leave them below and we'll iron the wrinkles out.

Week 11 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump. Here's a quick justification of the not so obvious movers, shakers and frozen.

  • By my eye test LSU might have the best defense in the country. Over the last few weeks their offense has gone from suspect, to serviceable. There is also something to be said for Les Miles getting the big call right every, single, time. I think they're the best one loss team in the country and it's close but I think they're better than Boise State.
  • For right now, I'm just whacking Arizona on the knuckles. Stanford blew their doors off, but they still only have two losses and have beaten some good teams. With that said, if they lose to USC they could drop out of the poll altogether.
  • Oklahoma - Phil Steele needs to work in "bitchassness" into his set of power rankings for next year so he can give a better preseason prediction.
  • Utah - I haven't been impressed with them all year and I think they've only looked flashy against the bottom feeders. So here we are.

I'll be submitting my final ballot on Wednesday, so if you have any suggestions leave them below before then.

Week 10 BlogPoll Ballot

My full ballot is after the jump. Here's a quick justification of the movers, shakers and frozen.

  • I swapped Boise State with TCU because I believe TCU has been more dominate relative to the competition they've each played. I really hate having to judge a team by how the teams they've played have performed. Can we just get a playoff already?
  • LSU moves up even though they were on a bye week. Their defense has been spectacular, and I probably overacted too much after they lost to Auburn. On a neutral field, I'd favor them against any team I've ranked below them.
  • Nebraska thumped Mizzou and each rise and fall, too much, respectively.
  • Sparty takes an extra-large drop after being pummeled by Iowa, they've looked terrible 7 of their 8 last quarters of football.
  • Florida State lost a game that in every alternative reality they win, but they lost so they drop.

I'll be submitting my final ballot on Wednesday, so if you have any suggestions get them in before then.