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

Week 11


Through 8 November 2009


This past weekend’s slate of college football games were—for the most part—supposed to be dull and boring.  There were very few “key” Buy Colchicine Without Prescription, matchups on the schedule and most thought it might be a snoozer.  Well, that simply did not turn out to be the case.   Thus, is Colchicine addictive, Where to buy Colchicine, there are a number of shake-ups 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 --
4 TCU --
5 Cincinnati 3
6 Ohio State 6
7 Georgia Tech 4
8 Pittsburgh 6
9 Southern Cal 4
10 Boise State --
11 Miami (Florida) 6
12 Utah 6
13 Houston 2
14 LSU 8
15 Iowa 6
16 Penn State 11
17 Oregon 10
18 Oklahoma State 2
19 Arizona 2
20 Wisconsin 3
21 Brigham Young 3
22 South Florida 3
23 Virginia Tech NR
24 Navy NR
25 Auburn NR
Last week's ballot

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Explanations after the jump...

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

bullet The Buckeyes Return to the Fray while the Hawkeyes Fly Away:

I have to admit that, buy Colchicine no prescription, Colchicine photos, despite being married to a graduate of the Ohio State University, I was surprised at how easily the Ohio State Buckeyes (6) dispatched the Penn State Nittany Lions (16) in Happy Valley.  In all honesty, Colchicine forum, Colchicine wiki, I had Penn State winning that game comfortably.  Obviously, the Buckeyes had a different idea of how things were supposed to go.  As a result, rx free Colchicine, Taking Colchicine, despite their early season failing against the USC Trojans (9) and their mid-season debacle against the Purdue Boilermakers (NR) the Buckeyes now find themselves back solidly in my top ten.  Of course, having four teams ranked above them either lose or barely win didn’t hurt either.


This week, buy Colchicine without prescription, After Colchicine, the Buckeyes will face the Iowa Hawkeyes (15) whose luck finally caught up with them, as their undefeated season came crashing to a halt against the Northwestern Wildcats (NR).  I honestly hate it for Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes, Colchicine coupon, Canada, mexico, india, but I cannot say that I am surprised.  If they can manage to beat Ohio State in Columbus, then they have a legitimate shot at returning to the top ten, Colchicine brand name, Colchicine canada, mexico, india, as well as grabbing a Big Ten Championship.  That said, I’m not holding my breath given their near constant inconsistency and the injury sustained by quarterback Ricky Stanzi.  Still, Colchicine results, Online Colchicine without a prescription, anything is possible.

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Yes, the Navy Midshipmen (24) managed to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NR) again, Colchicine reviews, Colchicine recreational, making me wonder if this might just become a regular thing again.  As a result, Charlie Weiss’ Irish were shown the door in my poll for the week while, Colchicine over the counter, Order Colchicine no prescription, amazingly, the Midshipmen debuted in my ballot for the first time ever.  I assure you that this ranking is not merely the product of Navy’s win over a mediocre Notre Dame squad, Colchicine dosage, Colchicine trusted pharmacy reviews, which did play a part.  The real reason for Navy sailing into my ballot, however, Colchicine dose, Where can i buy cheapest Colchicine online, is their 7-3 record and their extremely efficient brand of football.  With only the Delaware Blue Hens (NR), Hawaii Warriors (NR), online buying Colchicine hcl, Colchicine pictures, and Army Black Knights (NR) remaining on their schedule, the Midshipmen have a good shot at finishing the season at 10-3 and going to a bowl.


Here’s something even more intriguing.  Since Notre Dame has slipped to 6-3—with the potential of finishing 8-4—it is possible that Navy and not Notre Dame could grab an independent BCS bowl berth.  I have a feeling that the folks in South Bend are probably not really all that happy about this prospect.  Of course they have not been all that happy with much of anything from Charlie Weiss’ teams over the last year or two, Colchicine pics, Colchicine interactions, so that’s hardly anything new.


Still, nice win by the Middies…

bullet Ducks Don’t Live in Trees:

The Stanford Cardinal (NR) with along with their silly mascot have proven that the Oregon Ducks (17) cannot live in trees and are, australia, uk, us, usa, Colchicine price, in fact, beatable.  How exactly the Ducks looked past the, Colchicine pharmacy, Buying Colchicine online over the counter, now, 6-3 Cardinal is a bit unclear, Colchicine overnight, Buy Colchicine from canada, but suffice it to say that they did—especially their defense.  The final tally in the game was 93 points scored by the two teams, unfortunately for the Ducks, the Cardinal had more of those points.  That’s why I have always said that the team with the most points usually wins.


How’s that for a little brilliant insight?


At any rate, Oregon managed to completely shoot themselves in the foot, and likely took themselves out of contention for a BCS berth.  That is, unless Phil Knight manages to buy them one

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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2008 CBS Sports BlogPoll Ballot: Week 11

Here's my ballot for this week's CBS Sports College Football BlogPoll hosted by—as you might imagine—CBS Sports.

Week 11

Through 08 November 2008

Things stay interesting this week, but Penn State and Iowa may have helped keep the BCS committee from facing a repeat of last year's debacle. Thus, here is my preliminary BlogPoll Top 25 for this week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my ballot:

My Ballot for the Week

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

Dropped Out: California (#20), Georgia Tech (#21), Northwestern (#23), Minnesota (#24), Maryland (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

Comments, Explanations, and Excuses

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

Movin’ on Up:

I have decided that the North Carolina Tarheels (11) may be the best 2-loss team in the country, or at least look like it at times.  This weekend they won going-away against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (NR) Thus, Smurfs move up six spots in my ballot this week.  This a real credit to the coaching of Butch Davis who has taken the Tarheads from the bottom of the pile in a very short period of time.  No wonder the brain-trust in Knoxville is so interested in Davis as a possible replacement for the Great Punkin.

Penn State (12):

What the heck happened that allowed the Iowa Hawkeyes (NR) to beat the Penn State Nittany Lions?  Iowa is a good team, don’t get me wrong, but Penn State should have walked in, taken its win, and gone about its business.  So much for that undefeated season.  On the bright side, at least Penn State didn’t get beaten—and badly—by the hapless Michigan Wolverines like fellow Big Ten comrade Minnesota (NR).

Returners & First Timers:

The new faces this week include the South Carolina Gamecocks (21) who have quietly bounced back from a horrible start to build a nice season.  I guess the Ole Ball Coach still has it.  The Florida State Seminoles (22) make their second appearance in my ballot this season, courtesy of their 41-27 spanking of the Clemson Tigers (NR).

Behind these two are the Cincinnati Bearcats (23), Virginia Tech Hokies (24) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (25).  I have one question for the Tulsa fans: exactly how many hurricanes come through Oklahoma?

"Now Departing at Gate 21...":

Easy come, easy go… To my disappointment, the California Golden Bears (NR) lost to the Southern Cal Trojans (6) but in highly respectable fashion.  Georgia Tech (NR) lost to this week’s posterchild—the Tarheads—while Northwestern (NR) succumbed (or perhaps “sucked” is more appropriate) mightily versus the Ohio State Buckeyes (10).  The poor Minnesota Golden Gophers (NR) apparently forgot they had a game as they were backhanded by Michigan.  Finally, the Maryland Terrapins lost to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (24)—which they never should have done.

The Rest of the BlogPoll

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 comments.

As for the rest of the BlogPoll, well, you can check out how other bloggers voted and how your team fared across the blogosphere over at MGOBlog, and view the BlogPoll Top 25 results each week over at CBS Sports.

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Big Games in SEC and Big XII

So amidst the stir I more or less caused with last week's Alabama hate post and the Big Orange Roundtable collaboration and farks, I never got around to previewing the weekend's slate of games. For that I apologize now. I also apologize for more or less going M.I.A. since then.

I actually got to go to the Colts-Titans matchup this past Monday night, quite an atmosphere it was. However, having class the next morning made getting back at 3 a.m. have some unfortunate lasting effects.

It's beginning to look like the BCS is going to have quite the mess on its hands at the end of this year. Texas is undefeated and running through their current gauntlet in the Big XII. If they get by Texas Tech Saturday night, the only real challenge might be the trip to Kansas. Penn State goes undefeated, barring a loss in a tricky trip to Iowa in a couple of weeks. USC is still in the mix.

Alabama's still unbeaten, and looks to have the SEC West all but wrapped up. Also, their "tough" games - at LSU and Auburn at home - don't look so tough anymore. Florida and Georgia both look to be rolling into their showdown in J'ville this weekend.

Utah and Boise State are still lurking, and let's not forget about Tulsa sneaking up into the Top 20.

As we enter the month's last season, all I'll say is that it's going to be real fun watching all this unfold. There's going to be some great games, and there's bound to be some upsets and some things no one will have seen coming. So it begins...


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Auburn at Ole Miss (12:30, RayCom): Auburn fans, we feel your pain. We know how you feel. While Tennessee's closing schedule is manageable, it's just now getting difficult for Auburn. The Tigers close after this road trip with Tennessee-Martin, Georgia, and a trip to Alabama. Not getting to 6-6 for a bowl game is a very likely possibility.

Ole Miss bounced back from the Bama loss by surviving Arkansas. Now they have a chance to all but wrap up a bowl game, and second place in the SEC West - a big step from 0-8 - is within reach, believe it or not. With Auburn reeling, it makes pretty good sense to think Ole Miss will win.

Tulsa at Arkansas (2:00, ESPN GamePlan): Speaking of the Golden Hurricane, this is the toughest game of their season. A win here and they might as well book an undefeated season. The Hogs struggled with Western Illinois and UL Monroe, and their defense has been bad at times. Tulsa's quirky offense is going to give them trouble, despite Arkansas having the advantage in athletes.The other storyline here is Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's return to Arkansas, in a game definitely worth keeping your eye on.

Kentucky at Mississippi State (2:30, ESPN GamePlan): Ouch. Kentucky, like Vanderbilt, has somewhat returned to their awful ways. After stealing a W from Arkansas, the Cats were smashed by Florida. How will they respond with a bowl bid potentially on the line in Starkville?

Despite winning last week over MTSU, this is State's last chance to even think about a bowl bid. They can more or less guarantee getting out the cellar with a win here - remember they already knocked off Vandy, and host Arkansas in a couple weeks. Both these offenses are horrific, so it might be the first to 14 wins. I'll take Mississippi State at home.

Arkansas State at Alabama (3:00, ESPN GamePlan): Another November Sun Belt opponent at home for Alabama. Arkansas State already won at Texas A&M to open the season. Just throwin' that out there...

Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville (3:30, CBS): So many storylines here. Florida scored 63 points last week and look to be rolling. Georgia hung 52 in Baton Rouge last week. There's the whole endzone celebration that everybody's downplaying. Athletes everywhere. The SEC East on the line. Staying in the national title chase on the line. SEC football at its best.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="We all remember this little deal...especially the Gators..."][/caption]

I hate to see either of these teams - and Bammer too - play for championships while Tennessee wallows in its awfulness. But I would be a total moron to not watch this game. TOTAL. MORON. The safe pick is Florida. Why? Well, for one they have Tebow of Nazareth. Two, they own Georgia. Three, they remember last year. I thought Florida would win the East at the beginning of the year, and I don't see how the Dawgs can keep that from happening.

Tennessee at South Carolina (7:00, ESPN2): Six points against Florida. 14 at Georgia. Nine against Alabama. Tennessee's offense is really bad. OK, enough with stating the obvious. It's actually South Carolina that has the top defense statistically in the SEC. I have no idea how Tennessee will move the ball and how the Vols will score. Not a clue.

I'm seeing the same ol' same ol' from Tennessee. The defense forces some mistakes from Stephen Garcia, keeps the score close for a while, but then just gets worn down. The frustration continues. I would say last weekend was THE bottom (here's why I think so), but now - down to basically one healthy DT - the team's gotta go play a road game. I was gonna go, but not anymore. I'll watch, and be prepared for more frustration.

Tulane at LSU (8:00, ESPN GamePlan): Speaking of reeling, what's up with LSU? Florida scored 51. Georgia scored 52 - at LSU. The defensive losses eventually became too much to overcome, and now LSU looks like they won't repeat anything. Tulane hung with Alabama earlier this year in Tuscaloosa, and who knows how LSU comes out after two beatdowns. Just sayin'...


THERE'S MORE

The Weekly Duke Update:Go Duke! The Devils have a winning record in November. In football. After beating Vanderbilt in Nashville last week, David Cutcliffe's Blue Devils sit at 4-3 entering the toughest part of the schedule. Duke plays at Wake Forest Saturday. The host NC State and North Carolina and play at Clemson and Virginia Tech down the stretch. I don't know if there's two wins, but even four wins at Duke is quite the accomplishment.

I know we Vol fans learned how important Coach Cut was to Tennessee, but I for one don't want to see him come back if/when Fulmer's done. First, I want a younger up-and-comer. Two, Cut is building something here people.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Duke is 4-3 after beating Vanderbilt, Tennessee is 3-5...go figure..."][/caption]

Elsewhere in the wide-open, who-knows-who's-actually-good-enough-to-win-the-thing ACC, Florida State plays surprising Georgia Tech in Atlanta. After sucking in September, Al Groh has Virginia of all teams at 3-1 in the ACC after beating Tech last week in Atlanta. UVA hosts Miami Saturday.

The JV League/Big East is garbage and no one cares who wins it. The Big Ten is pretty much Penn State's, but somehow, someway, Minnesota is 7-1 hosting Northwestern Saturday. The Gophers - ranked in the top 20 now - have beaten exactly zero good teams, and avoid Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan State . Honestly, they could go 11-1 and, if Penn State ends up playing for it all, could sneak into the Rose Bowl a la Illinois last year, where they would likely get trounced by somebody. Feel-good story? Nope, something else that needs to be fixed.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="125" caption="Can Texas stop Graham Harrell and/or Michael Crabtree?"][/caption]

Much like the Big Ten, the Pac 10 is all USC, who hosts winless Washington Saturday. That said, Oregon State still actually leads the league, tied with the USC team they smacked at 3-1. More technically, Oregon leads the league at 4-1. However, they play at 3-1 Cal Saturday afternoon, so an elimination game there that zero of us over here in the South (a) care about and (b) will get on ABC at 3:30.

That leaves the New Pac 10, aka the Big XII. Last week's Okie State-Texas game was 28-24, which is like a game in the 50s in hoops (which has now started, yes!!). Oklahoma scored 51 points - in the first half - at Kansas State. Forgotten Missouri beat Colorado 58-0. Texas Tech hung 63 on Kansas in Lawrence. Are the defenses this bad? Are the offenses this good? Guess we'll find out when one of these teams is playing in the title game...

Speaking of that title game, Texas has a trip to Lubbock Saturday night basically between them and a Missouri rematch/unbeaten season (no, I don't think Kansas gets them). How does my new coach choice Will Muschamp plan to stop Mike Leach and Graham Harrell. Michael Crabtree would be an NFL receiver - now. This should be a great game to watch, with obviously tons of offense. Still, it's Texas Tech. When have they won these types of games? I like Texas in this game.

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Last week offered some great in-conference matchups and a couple turned out to be more lopsided than many thought. The great conference games continue this week, as the races begin to take shape.

Indeed, the conference races will continue to take shape as the temperatures drop around the country (it was 86 in Knoxville yesterday) and leaves start falling everywhere. Yes, I'm avoiding mentioning Tennessee's now meaningless season by discussing the weather...

Another larger storyline that's been discussed already this week is the Big 12's apparent attempt to claim itself as the best conference. While the league is pretty good at the top, I still think the SEC has better depth, even with the struggles of Tennessee and Auburn.

Anyways, here's the games to watch, and hopefully this time I'll do a better job picking them - I picked LSU, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and they all lost...


SEC Football | Gate 21 SEC Games

Vanderbilt at Georgia (12:00, RayCom): So much for that little run. Vandy just missed out on a huge opportunity to get to 6 or more wins. There's still chances with games against Kentucky, Tennessee and Duke, but beating Florida, Georgia and Wake Forest may be a tough order. Vandy's offensive struggles were exposed last week against Mississippi State, and Georgia's not the best team to face with an iffy offense...

The questions with Georgia: they left plenty of points to be gotten last week against the Vols, with two picks and kicking four field goals. They better not overlook Vandy, as trips to LSU and the showdown with Jacksonville come in the next two weeks.

Ole Miss at Alabama (3:30, CBS): Alabama comes off the bye looking to continue the momentum from hammering Georgia and edging Kentucky two weeks ago. Ole Miss has been better, yet horribly inconsistent, beating Florida on the road but falling to Vandy and South Carolina at home.

I don't expect Ole Miss to win, but they should keep it close. I'm still expecting Alabama to lose a game, but it won't be Saturday. The matchup to watch is the Tide's offensive line against the Rebels' defensive front. The only way Ole Miss can win is limiting the turnovers that hurt them in their two home SEC losses.

Arkansas at Kentucky (7:00, ESPNU): Give me some credit, last week I didn't explicitly pick Arkansas to upset Auburn, but I did say the Hogs were gonna get somebody at some point this year and they did. Can they follow it up? Kentucky's offense is still struggling, so Arkansas can certainly keep it close. This is a big game for UK's bowl hopes, as they sit at four wins on the year.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="222" caption="This 63-yard TD run by Michael Smith led Arkansas to the upset over Auburn. Can they Hogs get UK this week?"][/caption]

Mississippi State at Tennessee (7:00, PPV): Ugh. Good thing this game is on pay-per-view...who wants to watch these offenses?

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Uh oh...Mississippi State held Vanderbilt to 107 yards of total offense..."][/caption]

Obviously I do, because I'll be there in the fourth row. I'm expecting an ugly game with points few and far between. Tennessee can't really lose at home to Mississippi State, can they? State has played decently the past two games, and no doubt have some momentum coming into Knoxville. How does Tennessee show up with nothing but pride to play for? Is Phil Fulmer the next coach to be Croomed like Ron Zook and Mike Shula?

LSU at South Carolina (8:00, ESPN): Ouch. Didn't see that coming. LSU got crushed by Florida, and now they travel over to Columbia to a Carolina offense that's gained some confidence with SEC road wins in Oxford and Lexington. Whoever's been playing QB for the Gamecocks - Chris Smelley and/or Stephen Garcia - have actually done pretty well.

LSU's defense isn't what it was last year - they're 9th in the league in total defense. Carolina's defense is going up against an inexperienced QB and an offense that got beat physically by Florida last week. How do they respond?

Honestly, I want to say Carolina will win. But this is historically one of those "almost" wins for the South Carolina program. "Almost" as in they "almost" win a huge home game over a better opponent. That said, I think LSU bounces back, setting up that showdown with Georgia next weekend.

Florida is off this week, but I want to give a little shout-out to Brandon Spikes. Now I hate the Gators and hope they fail at everything, but when something's funny, it's funny. Here's Brandon Spikes' attempt at a punt into the stands after a pick-six...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeib4I8hlO4[/youtube]


OTHER CONFERENCES

Some Mountain West love: big game tonight for unbeaten BYU, as they travel to TCU tonight. The unbeaten Cougars essentially have two tests between them and a BCS Bowl: tonight and the season finale at fellow unbeaten Utah. Keep an eye on this game...

The Weekly Duke Update:After a bye week, the 3-2 Blue Devils are back in action with a big game, at home against young Miami. Just 4.5-point dogs, Duke looks for the upset. This game is on ESPNU at 3:30, so if Alabama starts killing Ole Miss (and you actually have ESPNU), switch on over and see if the missed Coach Cut can lead Duke to the upset. The emptiness of Duke's stadium won't have any adverse effects on the Canes - they're used to it...

Big XII

Kansas at Oklahoma (3:30, ABC): Oklahoma and Bob Stoops is going to be pissed off. Poor, poor Kansas. They avoided OU and Texas last year. Er, not this year. How Kansas stops OU I have no clue. Then again, the Sooner defense got worn down watching Texas go up-and-down the field on them in Dallas. Kansas keeps it close - for a half.

Missouri at Texas (8:00, ABC): So much for Missouri beating Oklahoma State by three TDs. The Tigers essentially gave the game away, and now face a make-or-break game at #1 Texas. I say make-or-break because Missouri's schedule is pretty clear sailing after this game, and they obviously have to win to stay relevant in the title race.

Can Texas return to earth after beating their hated rival last week? This should be a pretty high-scoring game (duh, it's the Big XII new Pac 10...), and entertaining. I think Texas wins the game in the fourth quarter.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="279" caption="Javon Ringer faces a tough Ohio State defense Saturday afternoon"][/caption]

Big Ten

Ohio State at Michigan State (3:30, ABC): Yes, people, Michigan State is very much in the Big Ten race. Of course they have to beat Ohio State to stay there. The Spartans are led by HB Javon Ringer, but the Ohio State defense is tough up front.

Ohio State has been overly impressive on offense. They have actually been kinda bad. If Michigan State doesn't give up a special teams or defensive TD to the Buckeyes, I like their chances to keep Ohio State's offense in check. The winner would become the biggest challenger to the dominance Penn State has shown this year.

Michigan at Penn State (4:30, ESPN): I know, I know, Michigan sucks and Penn State is really good. Thought losing to Toledo is bad? The Wolverines better be ready to get blasted Saturday. Penn State is a legit team. Keep in mind two things: (1) Penn State hasn't beaten Michigan since 1996 and (2) they are at Ohio State next weekend.

Outside of these games, there isn't much else. We all know USC will win the Pac 10 and whoever wins the Big East doesn't matter. As it is, enjoy this weekend...


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"Separation" Saturday?

Last week? Weak. This week? Matchup-wise, it's the opposite. I have yet to hear to cliche that ESPN has dubbed this coming week. "Separation Saturday" sounds typical enough...

That's really what this weekend is, particularly in the SEC East and the Big XII XI. In the East, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee all face "must-wins" according to CBS analyst Gary Danielson. The Vols and Dawgs go at it head-to-head, while Florida hosts LSU in their yearly grudge match.

In the Big XI (inspiration from Pat Forde on ESPN), you of course have the Texas-Oklahoma Cotton Bowl showdown, but also Missouri plays host to the surprisingly unbeaten, chest-bumping Oklahoma State Cowboys.

These three games form quite the nice triple-header for your viewing pleasure. There's some other quality football on, and as always that's where I come in. I should say now that this will be the longest "On Remote" preview to this point. Don't worry, it's alllllllllllll worth it!


SEC Football | Gate 21 SEC Games

South Carolina at Kentucky (12:30, RayCom): I was wrong on South Carolina last week, as Chris Smelley threw all over Ole Miss' defense in the Chickens' 31-24 win in Oxford. The question is can a Carolina QB put together two straight consistent weeks? Kentucky has a better D than Ole Miss, and the Cats' strength is their front seven.

Despite coming off their first loss of the year, Kentucky should have gained confidence from last week's game at Alabama. If the Cats offense improves a little, or even limits its mistakes, this team could be dangerous down the road this year. These two always seem to play pretty close games, and Kentucky shot themselves in the foot both last week and in Columbia last year. Still I think Carolina's QB inconsistency will be the difference in a Kentucky win.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (2:30, ESPN GamePlan): So I was wrong on Vandy too. A win in Starkville would put the Dores at 6-0 for the first time since 1928. Yes, 1928. It's that kind of year. Last year, State was the Alabama State Champions. They have a chance to claim Tennessee the next two weeks.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="190" caption="Bobby Johnson has Vandy on the verge of bowl eligibility"][/caption]

As fundamentally strong as Vanderbilt is and as bad as Mississippi State's offense is (ie, worse than Auburn's), Vandy should SHOULD continue their historic year. Oh yeah, a sixth win would mean the Dores' first non-losing season since 1982.

Tennessee at Georgia (3:30, CBS): Last time we saw Georgia, they were getting smacked at home by Alabama. The Vols are trying to avoid an 0-3 start in the SEC. Basically, it's an SEC East elimination game, but isn't every week?

As everyone knows, Tennessee has won three of the last four, the last two in Athens, and the last two years by a combined 86-47. The revenge factor comes into play, but Georgia's banged up and the Vols have no offense. How healthy is Knowshon Moreno? The Dawg defense took a hit with the loss of Dannell Ellerbe, and appears to have a weakness along the offensive line. Tennessee just plain likes to shoot their toes off in the most frustrating of ways I won't go into. Nick Stephens, meet the fire.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="325" caption="Yet another reason to miss Mr. Ainge: he was 3-0 against Georgia"][/caption]

I have low expectations. Very low. Tennessee seemingly matches up pretty well, but most reasonable Dawg fans (an oxymoron, I know) will remind you of David Cutcliffe's absence. Coach Fulmer has struggled - mightily - against Mark Richt without Cut (two wins against UGA without Cut: '99 and '04). He doesn't have Cut anymore. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Not just this week, but this entire season for the Vols.

Tennessee's defense keeps it close, but I just don't see Tennessee getting enough offense to win Saturday. Think Auburn. I'm expecting another frustrating Saturday...

Arkansas at Auburn (5:00, ESPN GamePlan): So much for the Spread Eagle. Probably using the fan's vote, Auburn fired Tony Franklin Wednesday, probably meaning the beginning of the Kodi Burns era and Chris Todd and the bench and headphones/clipboard becoming best of friends. Playing Arkansas should also help, as the Hogs are bad enough that even Tennessee could score on them (I think). Though they are bad, they played Florida much, much tougher than the 38-7 final showed, and I expect Petrino to get an upset at some point...

LSU at Florida (8:00, CBS): Personally, this is one of my favorite SEC games each year. The athletic ability on the field between these two is ridiculous. The coaches (and their egos) are a great match-up. And it's always a game Florida could very well lose - and I could watch Florida lose every day.

That said, I like LSU in this game, and here's why: I've said it before and I'll say it again - LSU has the SEC's best lines (Bammer is a close second). Florida's lines? Probably their weakest aspect, due to the athletes everywhere else. While LSU has some questions in the secondary, they should be able to keep it close and be able to wear down Florida with Craig Scott and that offensive line, much like they did at Auburn. If you haven't figured it out yet, I really like this LSU team - as in I think they're the best in the SEC.


OH THERE'S MORE!

Tonight's game has some intrigue. For Vols fans, fellow underachiever/coach-on-the-hot-seat Clemson/Tommy Bowden travel to Wake Forest in an important game in the ACC Atlantic, where Florida State is also in the mix (the Noles are off this week after beating Miami).

The NEW Weekly Duke Update: After being shutout by Georgia Tech last week, Duke has granted Cut a one-week release to be Tennessee's offensive coordinator for the Georgia game. UGA is screwed and there are rumors of a forfeit. Yeah, WE WISH. Duke hosts Miami next week. Meanwhile, Lawvol's Tar Heels, fresh into the rankings, host Notre Dame. C'mon, UNC...

Throwing conference affiliations aside, here are the other great games in chronological order...

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="100" caption="Colt McCoy"][/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="90" caption="Sam Bradford"][/caption]

Texas vs. Oklahoma in Dallas (12:00, ABC): Ah yes, the battle of the two outstanding QBs who look like they are still in middle school - Texas' Colt McCoy and OU's Sam Bradford. My deal with Texas is that they are generally underachieving. They are in Texas. They have recruits fall into their lap from Texas, and Louisiana, where LSU is the only competition. Yet Mack Brown hasn't won much without Vince Young. OU has the edge defensively, and the Texas secondary is ripe for Bradford and his seemingly countless receiving targets.

And Bob Stoops has Mack's number. While the QB matchup is essentially a push and the athletes on the field are also at a high level like the LSU-Florida matchup, I like OU. Also, why is this game being played at 11am local time? I know they have the Texas State Fair, but that's too early for such a big football game....

Michigan State at Northwestern (3:30, ESPN2): Don't laugh. MSU is ranked and Northwestern is unbeaten. Both have zero Big Ten losses. A State win puts them firmly into the mix heading into mid-October. A Wildcat win continues the "Revenge of the Nerds" theme dominating the season's first six weeks. I like Sparty...

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="101" caption="Mmm...53.4 ppg"][/caption]

Oklahoma State at Missouri (8:00, ESPN2): Quietly, Okie State is 5-0. Missouri is just sick on offense. The 'Boys aren't too shabby on offense either, so first to 60 wins. That would be Mizzou. Missouri is second in the nation in points. Oklahoma State is third. Hello fireworks...

I've been all "over" the Tigers these past weeks, and as you know by now I almost went there. Obviously the offense is unstoppable with Jeremy Maclin, Chase Coffman, and runnings back are always productive (Tony Temple last year, Derrick Washington this year). Defense was the issue, but there was improvement as the Tigers held Nebraska, who scored 30 on Virginia Tech, to just 10 measly points. Not gonna be much chest-bumping on the OSU sidelines Saturday...

Penn State at Wisconsin (8:00, ESPN): Is Penn State the best team in the Big Ten? So far, it's almost a certainty. Big Test #1 is Saturday night in Madison, where band-less Wisconsin is coming off a heart-breaking late loss to Ohio State. I like the Lions to continue their roll, though I'm not very confident in Wisky losing two straight home games after a two-pus year streak of never losing. The Lions are in Columbus the 25th.

Whew! That was quite a bit. College football = awesome.


Images Courtesy of: Mark Humphrey / AP (Daylife)Tom Mihalek / AP (Daylife)MackBrown-TexasFootball.comOU Official Athletic SiteDave Weaver / AP (Daylife)

2008 BlogPoll: Week 6

Here's my ballot for this week's College Football BlogPoll which, as always, is hosted by MGOBlog, now with links to team info from CBS Sports.com.

Week 6

Through 4 October 2008

After the past weekend in the world of college football, there are a number of noteworthy changes in my BlogPoll ballot for this week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my ballot:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank
Team Delta
1
Oklahoma --
2
Alabama --
3
Missouri 1
4
LSU 1
5
Penn State --
6
Texas --
7
Southern Cal 1
8
Texas Tech 2
9
Georgia --
10
Ohio State 2
11
Florida --
12
Vanderbilt 4
13
Utah 1
14
Brigham Young 1
15
Kansas 5
16
Boise State 5
17
Oklahoma State 6
18
Wake Forest 1
19
California 6
20
North Carolina 6
21
Northwestern 5
22
Auburn 15
23
Virginia Tech 3
24
Wisconsin 7
25
Michigan State 1

Dropped Out: South Florida (#13), Oregon (#18), Fresno State (#22), Connecticut (#24).

The field gets narrower... Explanations after the jump.

Comments,  Explanations, and Excuses

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

Oh those Crazy Commodores (12):

Well, in case you had any questions, let me be the first to answer them: the Vanderbilt Commodores are for real! The Dores’ victory over the Auburn Tigers (15) only confirms my belief after week 5 that Vanderbilt will likely be in the mix for the SEC East.  While Vanderbilt lacks depth—which could really hurt them down the stretch—their starting team is solid at every position.  They play disciplined, fundamentally sound, and hard nosed football in precisely the way that their cousins to the east do not.  While Vanderbilt may end up stubbing its toe at some point this season, they can rest assured that they appear to be a shoe-in for the title of “Best Team in the State of Tennessee.

Returners & First Timers:

Virginia Tech (23) returns for the first time is several weeks.  There are also a number of new faces as well, led by the North Carolina Tarheels (20) who put on a clinic against Connecticut (NR).  The other new faces, Northwestern (21), and Michigan State (25), are both out of the Big Ten, bringing that conference up to five teams in my Top 25 ballot—second to the SEC and Big XII which both have six teams.

"Now Departing at Gate 21...":

The Connecticut Huskies (NR) took it in the chops courtesy of the Tarheads.  Anytime you allow three blocked kicks in a single game, you pretty much know that the polls will not be kind.

Oregon (NR) lost to Southern Cal (7)—as, I suppose, they were supposed to.  I have a feeling they may make it back into my Top 25 by the end of the year, but their early season loss to Boise State (16) has now really begun to cost them.

Fresno State’s (NR) loss to the Warriors of Hawaii (NR)—who were only 2-2 coming into the weekend—and South Florida’s (NR) loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers (NR) cost both of them their place in my Top 25 this week. South Florida can take a little solace in the fact that Pittsburgh is good, and are on my bubble for Week 7.  Fresno State … well … not much.

The Rest of the BlogPoll

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 comments.

As for the rest of the BlogPoll, well, you can check out how other bloggers voted, how your team fared across the blogosphere, and view the weekly results each Wednesday over at MGOBlog.

-- Go Figure …Email lawvol


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