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Through 6 December 2009
Buy Bactrim Without Prescription, Ahhh, 2009 college football regular season, we barely knew ye. Yes friend and neighbors, here we are at the end of the regular season. Thus, here is my final ballot for the 2009 regular season, the last ballot until after the completion of bowl season. While I am sure some will disagree with some of my rankings, they are what they are: little more than my subjective assessment on the powers of college football. Most of these should be fairly obvious. Either way, here is is:
My Ballot for the Week
|Last week's ballot|
Explanations after the jump...
Comments, Explanations, and Excuses
Here are the high-points of the week's changes:
Long-on-Horn Short on Strength:
I was completely underwhelmed by the Texas Longhorns (3) last second victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (17) in the Big XII Championship game. On paper, Texas out-matched Nebraska at every position except on the defensive line. Nebraska, on the other hand demonstrated their lack of a productive offense in spades going the better part of two quarters without a first down. Despite this, Texas was forced to kick a field goal with one second remaining on the game (which was only possible due to back to back penalties by the Cornhuskers in the final minute of the game). Texas got the three points courtesy of their kicker and walked out of the Jerry Dome with a one-point victory.
What they did not do was play like a team deserving of a shot at the BCS Championship.
To Nebraska’s credit, they played their hearts out and did everything they could to win. In my estimation, they earned the win but were simply unlucky when the clock ran out.
Now, I know that the Cincinnati Bearcats (2) defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers (21) by only a single point in the shooting match that was the final game of the Bearcats’ regular season, but I simply was more impressed with their performance and the tenacity of their team. Furthermore, in my opinion Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly did a better job of coaching his team on gameday than did Texas’ Mack Brown, which really matters when it is all on the line.
For these reasons, I humbly submit that the Bearcats have earned the number 2 spot.
Turning Gators into Gator Bait:
I had picked the Alabama Crimson Tide (1) to defeat the Florida Gators (13) in the SEC Championship Game, but I did not expect the Tide to annihilate the Gators from top to bottom. Needless to say, I was impressed with the performance of Nick Saban’s squad.
I’ll be the first to admit, I loathe the Gators—they are the only SEC team I will never pull for. This owes to my experiences visiting Gainesville. Still, they are clearly a very talented team. Alabama, however, completely dismantled the Gators from the start and never let up. I was particularly impressed by Saban’s creative and complex scheming on both offense and defense and was similarly surprised at what appeared to be a very “vanilla” game plan from Urban Meyer. That said, there is no denying that the impressive performances of Alabama running back Mark Ingram and quarterback Greg McElroy were key components to the victory, which left Alabama smiling and Tim Tebow crying.
Didn’t hurt my feelings any…
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
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Through 20 August 2009
Stromectol For Sale, 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
Explanations after the jump...
Comments, Explanations, and Excuses
So, how did I approached my preseason selections? If nothing else, there is a slight method to my madness. Here are the high-points:
First of all, I am not going to tell you that I can irrefutably defend the precise ranking of every team in my Top 25. Given there are still wide-ranging differences of opinion as to the rankings in November, it stands to reason that there is even less certainty in August. I have no fancy system of metrics which uses the slope of a line tangent to the parabolic curve (bet you didn’t think I even knew what a derivative was—Ha!) of the passes thrown by the quarterback to divine how that team will perform over the course of the season. I do, however, have a spreadsheet in Excel with many exciting and stimulating colors which sometimes cause me to lose focus and think of the rainbow on the front of a box of Lucky Charms.
There is a fair amount of “gut-factor” included in my rankings especially at this point in the season. That is, I attempt to look at the various teams objectively in the first instance, but I still often have little more than instinct, a bit of pocket fuzz, and a note from my mother with which to defend my ultimate choices. It’s not rocket science but it is also far from exact. You have been warned.
You have to play somebody:
At this early stage, I do place a heavy emphasis on strength of schedule and on overall chances each team winning all of its games. Given the fact that half of the teams in my Top 25 play one another over the course of the season, it is fair to assume that I did not find many teams that I felt were likely to accomplish this task. Still, playing a quality schedule with some likelihood of actually winning most of the games on that schedule goes a long way with me in the preseason. Thus, this poll is more relative in that each team is judged—to some extent—by the teams it plays and my half-cocked conclusions about how those contests will be decided. In other words, any team needs help at this point in time…
…except for a select few.
My top three selections—the Florida Gators (#1), Oklahoma Sooners (#2), and USC Trojans (#3)—are in a class all their own in my mind. Some may doubt me on this, especially when it comes to Oklahoma. I think it is altogether possible for each of these three teams to win all of their games and run the tables. I know that this is not likely, but I do think it is possible. The ordering of these teams is based upon the following key considerations, assumptions, and delusions on my part:
I believe that Oklahoma will win over the Texas Longhorns (#4) due to Mack Brown’s epic struggle to pluck defeat from the jaws of victory in another exciting installment of the Red River Classic. The Big XII is not the SEC, but the Big XII is a solid conference—this matters.
USC will mop up every single team they play with the exception of the California Golden Bears (#8), whom I predict they will barely beat. USC has also shown a nasty habit of playing down to their opponents over the past three-to-five years and thus I think they are slightly more likely to lose a game than Florida or Oklahoma.
Florida defeated the the Pittsburgh Steelers in a preseason scrimmage last week** and is a 73 point favorite over their first opponent, Charleston Southern.
Struggling with those “outside the money”:
I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I struggled with ranking a number of teams. In particular, I had a hard time with (and am still not completely satisfied with) the following:
The Ole Miss Rebels (#6) and the Alabama Crimson Tide (#7) were a tough call for me. Ole Miss comes in with an extremely experienced team. Thanks in no small part to Ed Orgeron who recruited the lights out for Rebels while head coach, the Right Reverend Houston Nutt has an impressive stable of talent. What’s more, the Rebels improved every week last year and managed to knock off the mighty Gators in an upset of prodigious importance. Alabama, on the other hand, has a stellar defense but only five returners on offense which raises questions in my mind. This, along with the fact that Ole Miss avoids playing Florida and Georgia, gives the Rebels the advantage. Ultimately, these two teams will likely battle it out to determine the SEC West champion in Oxford in early October.
I have questions about both the Penn State Nittany Lions (#5) and the Texas Longhorns (#4) which are essentially the same—namely, coaching. Joe Paterno’s age is a factor, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Having played in the very first college football game ever played, in 1875,** Joe is on the older side of completely indeterminate and it has been obvious that he is not truly running the program fully, but rather is simply along for the ride. That said, the White-out brigade has a fairly weak schedule and has a lot of defensive power, enough, I think, to overcome the Joe Pa factor.
Mack Brown, get Stromectol, Buy Stromectol without prescription, on the other hand is not particularly old and in many ways seems to be playing out a storyline which is somewhat similar to that experienced by another team in orange around 2001 (I’ll give you a hint: it starts with a “T” ends with an “e” and has “ennesse” in the middle). Mack Brown is a fabulous recruiter, but does “less with more” with almost amazing regularity. In all honesty, my Stromectol experience, Stromectol brand name, I would say he is the 3rd or 4th best coach in the Big XII. Thus, I am a little suspicious of the Longhorns chances of breakout success this year. Still, online buy Stromectol without a prescription, Online buying Stromectol, Texas has a ton of talent and has the ability to win a lot of games, therefore they are still in my Top 5. I just personally feel that Oklahoma and Bob Stoops get the best of him this year.
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The Illinois Illini (#17) are another team I had real struggles with. Last year the Illini finished at 5-7 and generally underperformed. That said, they have a lot of great talent and proved in 2007—when they went to the Rose Bowl—that they can win. I think they lose to Penn State at home and probably to the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Stromectol price, Stromectol mg, but aside from that they have the ability to win the rest if they can just find a bit of consistency.
The LSU Tigers (#12) are really tough for me to assess at present. LSU had a strong core unit in 2008, but simply gave up too many big plays and lacked consistency. I continue to believe that the Tigers are an extremely tough team and have the ability to compete with any team in the country, kjøpe Stromectol på nett, köpa Stromectol online, Where can i cheapest Stromectol online, the question remains, will they? With games against Florida, cheap Stromectol no rx, Stromectol dose, Ole Miss, and Alabama, Stromectol dangers, Stromectol wiki, I don’t see them being a contender for the SEC West, but stranger things have happened, fast shipping Stromectol. Stromectol blogs, The Georgia Bulldogs (#11) are similarly difficult to size up. Last year everyone in the world felt that Georgia would win the SEC and likely play for a BCS Championship. Obviously, that did not happen. This year their schedule is still tough, herbal Stromectol, Stromectol street price, but not nearly as daunting as in 2008. They also return their defensive core, but will be breaking in a new quarterback and will sorely miss phenom Knowshon Moreno. I think the Dawgs have a chance at the SEC East, real brand Stromectol online, Stromectol without a prescription, but they are going to have to find some consistency and prove that they can score. Still, I like the Dawgs chances of mixing things up.
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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!
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.