Monday, November 03, 2008

Blogpoll: There Are No Absolutes

It's November, which means all the rules are thrown out the window. Texas marching through the Big 12 almost happened (or already did if you listened to the media coming into the weekend), now Texas Tech gets their chance at murderer's row, Alabama walks into the Saban welcome home party at LSU, and do you already have Penn State penciled in for an undefeated season? Wait until all the games are played, they travel to Iowa this week, and don't get riled up about the BCS rankings until it actually matters. Corrections, suggestions and objections are always welcome.

Games Watched: Houston/Marshall, South Florida/Cincinnati, Iowa/Illinois, Northwestern/Minnesota, Michigan/Purdue, Pittsburgh/Notre Dame, Florida/Georgia, Florida State/Georgia Tech, Wisconsin/Michigan State, Tennessee/South Carolina, Texas/Texas Tech, Nebraska/Oklahoma and East Carolina/UCF.

RankTeamDelta
1 Texas Tech 2
2 Alabama --
3 Penn State 1
4 Texas 3
5 Oklahoma State --
6 Oklahoma --
7 Florida 1
8 Southern Cal 1
9 Utah 1
10 TCU 1
11 Boise State 1
12 Ball State 1
13 Missouri 1
14 Ohio State 1
15 Georgia 8
16 LSU 2
17 California 3
18 Michigan State 3
19 North Carolina 5
20 West Virginia 5
21 Georgia Tech 5
22 Brigham Young 1
23 Pittsburgh 3
24 Northwestern 2
25 Kansas 1

Dropped Out: Tulsa (#16), Minnesota (#17), Florida State (#19), Oregon (#22).

Change of format here for this week replacing Moving Up/Moving Down. The question was asked, "Why do I have Penn State ranked so low?" The short answer is lazy voting, I had Texas Tech and Alabama ranked higher than Penn State for pretty much the entire year. Who should be number 1? Stacking Texas Tech, Alabama, and Penn State next to each other at this point, the one with the strongest case might be Penn State. That can't be right, can it? Texas Tech has a very high quality win over Texas and then what? Maybe a decent win over Kansas and then what? Not a goddamn thing, subject to change in the next few weeks, demerits for squeaking out a win against an awful Nebraska team in OT. Alabama has a pretty good quality win over Georgia and then what? Maybe a decent win over Ole Miss and then what? Not a goddamn thing unless they beat Florida in the SEC championship and don't try to sell me LSU that got 50 dropped on them twice this season already, demerits for a ugly win against Tulane and squeaking by Kentucky. Penn State has a pretty good quality win over Ohio State and then what? Maybe a decent win over Oregon State and then what? Michigan State perhaps could help the resume, but Illinois and Wisconsin fell apart and Michigan never showed up this year, still there are no demerits for squeaking out weak wins there. Florida might be the best team in the country right now, but they've got the most inexcusable loss, yet no one seems to remember that, so they're stuck behind Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, which both lost to Texas, though the Cowboys did it more impressively. Have a look for yourself at schedules, I put them up every week.

#1 Texas Tech
Eastern Washington 49-24 (639/364)
at Nevada 35-19 (421/488)
SMU 43-7 (693/274)
UMass 56-14 (538/258)
at Kansas State 58-28 (626/296)
Nebraska 37-31OT (421/471)
at Texas A&M 43-25 (561/306)
at Kansas 63-21 (556/315)
Texas 39-33 (579/374)
Oklahoma State


#2 Alabama
Clemson (in Atlanta) 34-10 (419/188)
Tulane 20-6 (172/318)
Western Kentucky 41-7 (557/158)
at Arkansas 49-14 (402/309)
at Georgia 41-30 (334/324)
Kentucky 17-14 (388/276)
Mississippi 24-20 (326/359)
at Tennessee 29-9 (366/173)
Arkansas State 35-0 (357/158)
at LSU


#3 Penn State
Coastal Carolina 66-10 (594/250)
Oregon State 45-14 (454/332)
at Syracuse 55-13 (560/159)
Temple 45-3 (546/138)
Illinois 38-24 (422/372)
at Purdue 20-6 (422/241)
at Wisconsin 48-7 (377/313)
Michigan 46-17 (482/291)
at Ohio State 13-6 (281/287)
at Iowa


#4 Texas
Floria Atlantic 52-10 (503/292)
at UTEP 42-13 (404/412)
Rice 52-10 (600/318)
Arkansas 52-10 (421/191)
at Colorado 38-14 (431/266)
Oklahoma (in Dallas) 45-35 (438/435)
Missouri 56-31 (591/348)
Oklahoma State 28-24 (504/416)
at Texas Tech 33-39 (374/579)
Baylor


#5 Oklahoma State
at Washington State 39-13 (367/196)
Houston 56-37 (699/483)
Missouri State 57-13 (572/196)
Troy 55-24 (612/416)
Texas A&M 56-28 (401/402)
at Missouri 28-23 (402/454)
Baylor 34-6 (457/204)
at Texas 24-28 (416/504)
Iowa State 59-17 (682/362)
at Texas Tech


#6 Oklahoma
Chattanooga 57-2 (487/36)
Cincinnati 52-26 (592/326)
at Washington 55-14 (591/338)
TCU 35-10 (436/314)
at Baylor 49-17 (594/269)
Texas (in Dallas) 35-45 (435/438)
Kansas 45-31 (674/491)
at Kansas State 58-35 (528/550)
Nebraska 62-28 (508/418)
at Texas A&M


#7 Florida
Hawaii 56-10 (406/241)
Miami 26-3 (345/140)
at Tennessee 30-6 (243/258)
Mississippi 30-31 (443/325)
at Arkansas 38-7 (514/361)
LSU 51-21 (475/321)
Kentucky 63-5 (446/268)
Georgia (in Jacksonville) 49-10 (373/398)
at Vanderbilt


#8 Southern Cal
at Virginia 52-7 (558/187)
Ohio State 35-3 (348/207)
at Oregon State 21-27 (314/343)
Oregon 44-10 (598/239)
Arizona State 28-0 (387/229)
at Washington State 69-0 (625/116)
at Arizona 17-10 (367/188)
Washington 56-0 (485/184)
Cal


#9 Utah
at Michigan 25-23 (341/203)
UNLV 42-21 (440/288)
at Utah State 58-10 (446/116)
at Air Force 30-23 (440/191)
Weber State 37-21 (450/359)
Oregon State 31-28 (337/405)
at Wyoming 40-7 (242/252)
Colorado State 49-16 (549/298)
at New Mexico 13-10 (388/284)
TCU


#10 TCU
at New Mexico 26-3 (291/186)
Stephen F. Austin 67-7 (525/143)
Stanford 31-14 (378/193)
at SMU 48-7 (498/210)
at Oklahoma 10-35 (314/436)
San Diego State 41-7 (498/85)
at Colorado State 13-7 (317/199)
BYU 32-7 (410/297)
Wyoming 54-7 (444/221)
at UNLV 44-14 (410/185)
at Utah


#11 Boise State
Idaho State 49-7 (582/207)
Bowling Green 20-7 (340/307)
at Oregon 37-32 (424/464)
Louisiana Tech 38-3 (464/320)
at Southern Miss 24-7 (350/278)
Hawaii 27-7 (367/288)
at San Jose State 33-16 (393/207)
at New Mexico State 49-0 (495/150)
Utah State


#12 Ball State
Northeastern 48-14 (487/324)
Navy 35-23 (488/413)
at Akron 41-24 (491/418)
at Indiana 42-20 (463/415)
Kent State 41-20 (423/353)
Toledo 31-0 (484/157)
at Western Kentucky 24-7 (355/352)
Eastern Michigan 38-16 (408/376)
Northern Illinois


#13 Missouri
Illinois 52-42 (549/532)
Southeast Missouri State 52-3 (592/334)
Nevada 69-17 (651/362)
Buffalo 42-21 (590/286)
at Nebraska 52-17 (462/369)
Oklahoma State 23-28 (454/402)
at Texas 31-56 (348/591)
Colorado 58-0 (491/199)
at Baylor 31-28 (490/438)
Kansas State


#14 Ohio State
Youngstown State 43-0 (495/74)
Ohio 24-16 (272/254)
at Southern Cal 3-35 (207/348)
Troy 28-10 (309/315)
Minnesota 34-21 (414/268)
at Wisconsin 20-17 (327/326)
Purdue 16-3 (222/298)
at Michigan State 45-7 (332/240)
Penn State 6-13 (287/281)
at Northwestern


#15 Georgia
Georgia Southern 45-21 (535/290)
Central Michigan 56-17 (552/309)
at South Carolina 14-7 (252/289)
at Arizona State 27-10 (461/212)
Alabama 30-41 (324/334)
Tennessee 26-14 (458/209)
Vanderbilt 24-14 (425/245)
at LSU 52-38 (443/497)
Florida (in Jacksonville) 10-49 (398/373)
at Kentucky


#16 LSU
Appalachian State 41-13 (459/239)
Troy ppd.
North Texas 41-3 (425/199)
at Auburn 26-21 (398/320)
Mississippi State 34-24 (427/285)
at Florida 21-51 (321/475)
at South Carolina 24-17 (363/254)
Georgia 38-52 (497/443)
Tulane 35-10 (330/163)
Alabama


#17 Cal
Michigan State 38-31 (467/402)
at Washington State 66-3 (505/167)
at Maryland 27-35 (461/297)
Colorado State 42-7 (348/351)
Arizona State 24-14 (277/236)
at Arizona 27-42 (425/404)
UCLA 41-20 (385/253)
Oregon 26-16 (348/290)
at USC

#18 Michigan State
at California 31-38 (402/467)
Eastern Michigan 42-10 (418/342)
Florida Atlantic 17-0 (347/225)
Notre Dame 23-7 (346/258)
at Indiana 42-29 (497/473)
Iowa 16-13 (275/309)
at Northwestern 37-20 (297/459)
Ohio State 7-45 (240/332)
at Michigan 35-21 (473/252)
Wisconsin 25-24 (312/430)
Purdue


#19 North Carolina
McNeese State 35-27 (384/391)
at Rutgers 44-12 (378/383)
Virginia Tech 17-20 (307/268)
at Miami 28-24 (299/309)
UConn 38-12 (263/378)
Notre Dame 29-24 (472/322)
at Virginia 13-16OT (332/275)
Boston College 45-24 (352/244)
Georgia Tech


#20 West Virginia
Villanova 48-21 (354/399)
at East Carolina 3-24 (251/386)
at Colorado 14-17OT (354/366)
Marshall 27-3 (493/158)
Rutgers 24-17 (333/270)
Syracuse 17-6 (346/268)
Auburn 34-17 (445/260)
at Connecticut 35-13 (337/285)
Cincinnati


#21 Georgia Tech
Jacksonville State 41-14 (484/258)
at Boston College 19-16 (235/262)
at Virginia Tech 17-20 (387/247)
Mississippi State 38-7 (500/407)
Duke 27-0 (454-132)
Gardner-Webb 10-7 (199/227)
at Clemson 21-17 (298/249)
Virginia 17-24 (259/396)
Florida State 31-28 (343/384)
at North Carolina


#22 BYU
Northern Iowa 41-17 (563/362)
at Washington 28-27 (475/337)
UCLA 59-0 (521/239)
Wyoming 44-0 (364/273)
at Utah State 34-14 (406/322)
New Mexico 21-3 (382/285)
at TCU 7-32 (297/410)
UNLV 42-35 (454/463)
at Colorado State 45-42 (551/401)
San Diego State


#23 Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 17-27 (393/254)
Buffalo 27-16 (352/348)
Iowa 21-20 (259/361)
at Syracuse 31-24 (407/263)
at South Florida 26-21 (374/245)
at Navy 42-21 (499/251)
Rutgers 34-54 (442/486)
at Notre Dame 36-33OT (346/386)
Louisville


#24 Northwestern
Syracuse 30-10 (484/225)
at Duke 24-20 (328/472)
Southern Illinois 33-7 (333/263)
Ohio 16-8 (280/232)
at Iowa 22-17 (390/407)
Michigan State 20-37 (459/297)
Purdue 48-26 (451/466)
at Indiana 19-21 (316/319)
at Minnesota 24-17 (363/395)
Ohio State


#25 Kansas
Florida International 40-10 (384/139)
Louisiana Tech 29-0 (538/267)
at South Florida 34-37 (434/458)
Sam Houston State 38-14 (528/385)
at Iowa State 35-33 (436/365)
Colorado 30-14 (407/223)
at Oklahoma 31-41 (491/674)
Texas Tech 21-63 (315/556)
Kansas State 52-21 (469/355)
at Nebraska


Dropped out:
#16 Tulsa
at UAB 45-22 (601/414)
at North Texas 56-26 (555/450)
New Mexico 56-14 (606/316)
Central Arkansas 62-34 (641/435)
Rice 63-28 (577/453)
at SMU 37-31 (602/469)
UTEP 77-35 (791/338)
UCF 29-19 (435/187)
at Arkansas 23-30 (528/435)
at Houston


#17 Minnesota
Northern Illinois 31-27 (425/398)
at Bowling Green 42-17 (397/389)
Montana State 35-23 (352/356)
Florida Atlantic 37-3 (441/276)
at Ohio State 21-34 (268/414)
Indiana 16-7 (333/293)
Illinois 27-20 (312/550)
at Purdue 17-6 (321/226)
Northwestern 17-24 (395/363)
Michigan


#19 Florida State
Western Carolina 69-0 (561/176)
Chattanooga 46-7 (494/164)
Wake Forest 3-12 (220/276)
Colorado 39-21 (378/278)
at Miami 41-39 (440/256)
at NC State 26-17 (392/338)
Virginia Tech 30-20 (248/243)
at Georgia Tech 28-31 (384/343)
Clemson


#22 Oregon
Washington 44-10 (496/242)
Utah State 66-24 (688/306)
at Purdue 32-26OT (503/408)
Boise State 32-37 (464/424)
at Washington State 63-14 (507/271)
at USC 10-44 (239/598)
UCLA 31-24 (365/351)
at Arizona State 54-20 (537/333)
at Cal 16-26 (290/348)
Stanford

2 comments:

SpartanDan said...

LSU? In the name of all that is holy, why? They've played two good teams and gotten blown out both times. Not only do they have no wins over teams currently ranked (Auburn was ranked at the time only because no one had any idea how truly awful they are), they have one win over a team with a winning record: they beat 5-3 South Carolina by a touchdown.

LSU's resume is comparable to Minnesota's at best - at least Minnesota was competitive in one of its losses. And Minnesota clearly isn't anywhere above the 23-25 range right now (and that only if you're in a good mood).

Nick said...

That's my point, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn is not a strong schedule and their out of conference is even worse.