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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…

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2009 SEC Football Power Poll: Week 1

Check out the Full Poll Results at:

Team Speed Kills!

Week 1

Through 7 September 2009

Here’s my ballot for this week in the SEC Power Poll, along with an feeble attempt at explaining why I’m such a moron. Not a whole lot of ways to separate between some of the teams this early on, but at least I thought up some excuses for my decisions.

Here they are, my darlins:






Florida Gators


The Florida Gators pounded the snot out of Charleston Southern, not that this was really a surprise or anything. Up next is Troy, who should be a little more of a challenge … a little.

UF 62 • Charleston So. 3


<Alabama Crimson Tide


The Alabama Crimson Tide looked a bit rusty early on against the Hokies, but came on strong as the clock ticked. Still, I have a lot of questions about their offense, and about what kind of hair gel Nick Saban uses.

ALA 34 • VT 24


LSU Tigers


The LSU Tigers faced a tough opponent about a billion Cajun miles from home. Washington is far better than they were last year. A nice win on the road for “the Hat.

LSU 31 • Washington 23


Ole Miss Rebels


I really thought that the Ole Miss Rebels would be a little more spectacular against the Gold Teeth Brigade of Memphis, but the Rebs did stretch their legs in the second half, so I’ll chalk it up to first game jitters, or too much barbecue.

Miss 45 • Mem 14


Georgia Bulldogs


My, oh , my! The fans of the Georgia Bulldogs are ready to eat their own after the loss to Oklahoma State. I wouldn’t put too much worry into it, however, considering that the Cowboys are better than I thought, and Mike Gundy is still “a MAN“…

GA 10 • Ok St. 24


Tennessee Volunteers


Nice debut for the Blackjack General in front of a notably orange-tinged crowd. Could it be that the Tennessee Volunteers have finally turned the corner?

UT 63 • WKU 7


Auburn Tigers


The Auburn Tigers looked solid against an inferior opponent, just like Tennessee. The War Eagles could actually be a surprise to those in the West. Just like how to spell “Chizik” is to the Auburn Athletic Department.

AUB 37 • La Tech 13


Kentucky Wildcats


Well, the Kentucky Wildcats managed a victory to start the season and even got the goose egg. I’m still not convinced that they plan on playing any defense this year, but we’ll see.

UK 42 • Miami (OH) 0


Vanderbilt Commodores


I grew up in Asheville, NC, so I know all about the WCU Catamounts who the Vanderbilt Commodores dismantled. Problem is that the Catamounts are a second-rate, second-tier program at present. I’d have been more impressed if it had been someone like App State.

VU 45 • WCU 0


South Carolina Gamecocks


The South Carolina Gamecocks and the “Ole Ball Coach” with a fair amount of help from the NC State Wolfpack, managed to set offensive football back about forty years. Good God that was ugly…

SC 7 • NCSU 3


Arkansas Razorbacks


I didn’t realize that Missouri State even fielded a football team and judging from their offensive numbers, neither does Missouri State.

Interested to see what “Arkansas Razorbacks, The Petrino edition part deux” looks like, but I’m not holding my breath.

ARK 48 • Missou St. 10


Mississippi State Bulldogs


After last season, a win is a win (trust me, as a Vols fan, I mean that). It’s a baby step in the right direction for Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Of course Auburn loves to spank babies…

MSU 45 • J. St. 7

What, you were expecting more?

The Rest of the Power Poll

Now that you have wasted your time looking at my ballot, go check out what everybody else is saying over at Team Speed Kills, where the round-up will appear later this week.

Onward and upward …

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2009 CBS BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Preseason

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

Preseason Prognostications

Through 20 August 2009

College Football on

Well, it’s been almost nine months since last I posted a BlogPoll ballot, and let me tell you that it feels mighty good to be back in the saddle again.  This does not, however, mean that I have suddenly gained any sense or am any more reliable.

As a general rule, I consider preseason ballots to be dubious at best.  They are based upon little more than rumor and innuendo.  There is little to no basis for selecting one team over the other.  Thus, as Hooper has pointed out, this is little more than a turkey shoot.  That said, here’s my preseason Top 25 for everyone to attack:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team
1 Florida
2 Oklahoma
3 Southern Cal
4 Texas
5 Penn State
6 Ole Miss
7 Alabama
8 California
9 Ohio State
10 Notre Dame
11 Georgia
12 LSU
13 Oklahoma State
14 Boise State
15 TCU
16 Virginia Tech
17 Illinois
18 Rutgers
19 Miami (Florida)
20 Nebraska
21 Iowa
22 Brigham Young
23 Pittsburgh
24 Clemson

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 SEC Preview: LSU

2009 SEC Football Previews | Gate 21

We all remember how bad Tennessee’s 2008 season was, right? Well, think about this for a moment: the Vols had the same SEC record as LSU.

It was a pretty rough year for LSU, coming off the 2007 national championship. The Tigers lost a number of players from that team, the blow the Tigers felt the most was clearly at the quarterback spot. Ryan Perrilloux, a slightly smaller version of JaMarcus Russell, earned MVP honors in the 2007 SEC title game, and was finally slated to take over as the guy for the Tigers.

Then he got suspended and kicked off the team. LSU was left with Andrew Hatch, a transfer from Harvard and Jarrett Lee. Hatch started the first three games before leaving against Auburn with a concussion. Lee came in and led LSU to a win in that game, and things seemed well.

Lee struggled mightily, throwing 16 passes to other the team. Adding insult to injury, the other team obliged seven of those gifts and turned them into touchdowns. In addition to those issues, the LSU pass defense was the worst in the SEC in conference games. So LSU suffered some rather bad losses: by 30 points at Florida, home games to Georgia (52-38), Alabama in overtime and Ole Miss (31-13), and a blown 16-point halftime lead against Arkansas.

But as an underdog to Georgia Tech, true freshman QB Jordan Jefferson led the Tigers to a 38-3 rout, creating some confidence and momentum heading into this season, where the Tigers are poised to prove last year was simply a fluke.

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Headlines, Links & Lies: “New features in EA Sports’ NCAA 2010″

Headlines, Links & Lies | Gate 21

The boys over at 3SIB have posted an absolutely priceless (a/k/a hilarious) look at some of the improvements made in EA Sports NCAA Football 2010.  A few of the best include:

  • In addition to Dynasty, there is now an “Alternate Reality” mode where the season ends in a playoff that still doesn’t include Utah or Boise State.
  • If you don’t edit Auburn’s schedule at the start of the season, the only team on the schedule will be Alabama.
  • If you play as the Volunteers in Dynasty mode, during the recruiting phase of the game the volume on the TV goes way up to the point that your neighbors complain.
• via: New features in EA Sports’ NCAA 2010 | 3rd Saturday in Blogtober

Considering that I am all about riding the coattails of others, I added a few of my own suggestions in the comments, which include:

  • New Gameplay Settings:

    • When playing as Tennessee, there is a special post-play celebration code (Easter Egg Code “CRUNK) which leads to the entire coaching staff ripping off their shirts.
    • When playing as Florida, there is a special code which can pump-up the team, when entered, the head coach transforms into a giant monster and eats three of the Florida players.  This results in an increase in speed and accuracy of 10% for the next 8 plays for the Gators, but if overused can result in a forfeit due to having fewer than 11 players.
    • When playing as LSU, with each touchdown the coach’s hat grows by 1 foot.  If you score enough for his hat to reach the moon, then the team automatically advances to the National Championship.
    • When playing as Tennessee and the player is controlling No. 14 on defense, there are special “fatality” codes (a’la Mortal Kombat) which result in massive bloodletting and mayhem after open field tackles.
  • New Crowd / Stadium AI Settings:

    • When playing as Florida, in the stadium settings you can select “Jorts-out.
    • When playing as South Carolina, you can control the volume of the “ThunderChicken” (rooster-crowing / being slaughtered / getting run over by a truck) noise played over the PA, allowing you to turn it up to the point that it actually blows the other team out of the stadium (and into the nearby Cow Palace) for one quarter.  This, however, results in a 10% loss in effectiveness for the Gamecocks as a team due to the fact the entire team is deafened for one quarter and unable to hear the signals from the sidelines.
    • When playing as Kentucky if, after leading by 3 at the half, the opposing team scores a touchdown in the first 2 minutes of the 3rd Quarter, 3/4 of the fans in the stadium leave immediately.
      • When playing as Vanderbilt if the same situation occurs as above, then the Vanderbilt fans begin pulling for the visiting team, giving the opponent a home field advantage.
    • When Playing as Florida, there is a special code which allows the quarterback to levitate above the line, walk on water, cure the blind, and results in Florida automatically being awarded 8 touchdowns.
      • For all other teams a slightly different code can be entered enabling “Tebow Mode” which results in the same result as above.

Go check it out, it’s some great stuff…

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The Blazer Chronicles: A “Quotetastic” Look at the SEC

Well, after failing to get my Oklahoma State preview up in time for the game, and given the quick end to the BasketVols‘ run in the NCAA Tournament, I really haven’t had a lot to offer these past few days.  Of course, when you set the bar very low—which has always been the policy of Gate 21—it takes extra effort to fail in grand style.  I guess I am running behind in my running behind…

In the meantime, here’s a little something that is worth giving a look.  I’m a bit behind in getting this up, but this is pretty funny if you ask me (which I realize you didn’t).

Here is a pretty hilarious look at the various coaches of the SEC in a way that I don’t think I have ever seen before.  As always, this comes courtesy of VolzRChamps and, with a Tennessee All-Sports Update.

The Blazer Chronicles: A “Quotetastic” Look at the SEC

That Bobby Johnson quote is simply priceless…

– So it goes …About Lawvol

Video Courtesy of: VolzRChamps / You TubeBlazer Chronicles

Theories about Lane Kiffin’s jab at Urban Meyer…

Headlines, Links & Lies | Gate 21

Rusty over at RTT has offered up 5 theories for Lane Kiffin‘s (a/k/a the Blackjack General) barb to Urban Meyer yesterday.  They are worth a read.  Rusty’s theories started a rather interesting discussion on the subject.

Anyway, here are my two cents worth, which I originally posted over on RTT as a comment (with the addition of the video and image):

The comment on Meyer is simply a comment made to a closed group being taken out of context.  That is, Kiffin said “cheating” in the sense of “man, that’s some slimy stuff” but is was taken as “violation of codified NCAA and SEC rules and regulations.” In other words, he was speaking like a normal person and not like some degenerate lawyer (I can say that, I are one).

In the big picture, I think that there is a method to Kiff’s madness.  I think he realizes that the Tennessee fans need something to help rally them to “the flag,” which a little controversy will accomplish.

Furthermore, I think — rightly or wrongly — he perceives a belief among the fans that Tennessee has been the “nice guy fuddy-duddy” type for a long time and have never really stood its ground the way it could (See Charlie Brown).  I think that there is a definite feeling of this sort among many in the Big Orange fanbase.

I also think he believes that the opposite it true — that other coaches (especially Urban Meyer) have gotten used to walking on Tennessee and now feel an entitlement of sorts.  I think this is also true.  I think Kiff realizes that he has to stop that, and that the fans will gladly support him in this.

I also think — given who he has attacked and who he hasn’t (See Mark Richt, Houston Nutt, Rich Brooks, Les Miles, etc.) — that it is a calculated move to agitate those who simply cannot stand being agitated and love to agitate constantly.  Steve Spurrier was the master of this in the 1990s — and it was very effective.  Kiffin wants to try and begin to get in the heads of others who believe themselves to be mighty, but has notably spared the friendly sorts. (Oh, and for the record, Spurrier can take being agitated. In fact it often seems to make him respect others more. Plus, he was pretty affable in response to the whole recruiting test discourse.)

I think Kiff probably understands that the team might not fare well at first, but he is showing that he’s not willing to be pushed around now.  It’s the proverbial “knock me down, and I’ll get back up and say it again, so you can knock me down, so I can get up and say it again, till I get strong enough that you can no longer knock me down” approach (man what a run-on).

I also think that Kiffin is simply not the kind of guy who shirks from a challenge, and the staff he has assembled bears that out. (Compare Mr. Edward Orgeron and … the World)  Call me crazy, but he almost has me believing that he can pull it off as well.

To be able to win, you have to first believe that you can win.  To take on the invincible, you have to believe you are invincible. (See This is Sparta)

Video:  300 – “This is Sparta

Of course, I also believe that Elvis Presley is living in Vonore, Tennessee under the assumed name “Leyland T. Vegas” and that Plate Tectonics is all part of some nefarious Communist conspiracy

Viva, Baby... Viva!

Viva, Baby... Viva!

At its basic level, however, Kiffin is accomplishing something — getting the fans and team ready for a fight and getting the media interested enough to show up and document it all.

•  HT to / via:  Five theories about Lane Kiffin’s jab at Urban Meyer | Rocky Top Talk

I suppose it all comes down to Jules Winnfield / Samuel L. Jackson’s statement: “Oh, well allow me to retort…

At any rate, the conversation has been interesting over there, and is worth a look (and perhaps a comment).

Image Courtesy ofElvis Impersonators Blog
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