2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 13

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 13

Through 22 November 2009

Well, things appear to have settled down a bit, with only a few teams making meaningful moves in my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for this week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here is is:

My Ballot for the Week

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

Explanations after the jump…

Comments, Explanations, and Excuses

Here are the high-points of the week’s changes:

bullet The Tigers meet a Rebel and a Clock :

The LSU Tigers (17) came crashing down as they were bested by the on-again-off-again Ole Miss Rebels (25) in a down-to the-wire battle which left the Tigers coming up on the short end of the scoreboard.  Why exactly it was that the Tigers—after giving up 17 seconds trying to call a timeout—decided to try and spike the ball with the clock showing 0:01 rather than kick a field goal is beyond me.  I imagine that the Hat is none too happy.

Either way, the Rebels notched their second straight win over the Tigers and managed to find their way back into my Top 25, while LSU slipped seven spots toward the bottom.

bullet This is not the week for Cheese or Trees:

Both the Wisconsin Badgers (22) and the Stanford Cardinal (NR) “underperformed” this weekend.  That is another way of saying they lost to a team they were not supposed to.  Wisconsin gave up the ghost to the Northwestern Wildcats (NR) while Stanford lost to a still-scrappy California Golden Bears (NR) squad.  Either way, Wisconsin dropped while Stanford got the boot from this week’s ballot, just like the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NR) who somehow managed to lose to the Syracuse Orangemen (NR) (and should be ashamed of themselves).

Parting Thoughts

Having taken the time to consider my feeble attempt at ranking the powers in college football, feel free to try and convince me that I am wrong — which is part of the way the BlogPoll is supposed to work.  I promise that I will consider all insults comments.

You can view the final results of this week’s poll over at CBS Sports later this week and check out an analysis of how the collective blogging brain-trust arrived at this week’s result.  If you’re craving even more BlogPoll goodness, you can also check out how other bloggers voted and see how your team fared across the Blogosphere.

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  • SteveSNo Gravatar says:

    You voted Iowa #24. At first I thought fine, you don’t think the Big Ten is good.

    But, Iowa beat your #23 Wisconsin at Wisconsin. By double digits.

    Iowa beat your #10 Penn State at Penn State. By double digits.

    Iowa lost its first game of the season to Northwestern 17-10. It was leading 10-0 in the 2nd quarter when its starting QB got sacked and the totally green freshman backup had to replace him.

    The next week, with the same freshman qb, Iowa went on the road to #6 Ohio State and the game went into overtime. Iowa lost by 3.

    Iowa lost 2 games all season by a total of 10 points, with injury to its starting QB playing a huge part (he’ll be back for the bowl game).

    Needless to say, I think you have Iowa’s ranking wrong.

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