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Not sure what to say yet…

Yesterday evening as I was reading about Pete Carroll’s departure from USC, I thought to myself, “gee, I hope they don’t come after Kiffin.” I dismissed this, however, due to the fact that it just didn’t make sense to me that something like that would happen.

Well, apparently it made sense to USC…

Like me, ESPN’s Pat Forde is a bit shocked, and isn’t quite sure how this is going to work out for any of the parties involved.

I suppose that is what I get for spending the evening falling asleep on the couch watching Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe

I feel like I should say something on the departure of Lane Kiffin, but at this point it almost seems premature.  Obviously, this is going to have a hugely negative impact on not only short-term but perhaps the long-term health of the Tennessee football program.  Beyond that, however, I am really not sure what to think yet and the last thing I want to do is to rush to judgment.  Contemplative and plodding—that’s always been my mantra.

Basilio ”>Tony Basilio, however, already has his thoughts up for all to read, with which I don’t necessarily disagree.  The students on campus have also spoken—via the Rock (**NSFW: Language).  Of course, I can hardly blame them.  Tony Barnhart, on the other hand, is just sad—for Tennessee and for the game of college football.

In the meantime, (and in an attempt to be positive) I suppose I would be remiss if I did not take a brief moment to welcome and send best wishes to the 22nd Head Football Coach at Tennessee, Interim Head Coach Kippy Brown.  I’m not sure this is what he signed on for, but I do wish him all the best and look forward to hearing from him in the coming weeks.

Coach Brown, we’re all behind you and the team…

In the meantime, I have a feeling that Smiling Mike Hamilton is doing anything but smiling right now, and I expect that we will be hearing from him, and that right soon.

More to come…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 4

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

Week 4

Through 19 September 2009

First things first…

No, I have not abandoned the Gate.  No, I am not dead.  No, I have not defected and become a Florida Gators fan.  I have, however, had more on my plate the last few weeks than I really could possibly hope to keep up with.  Thus, I have had to make concessions here and there.  Regular posting on the Gate (as well as commenting across the web) has been one of those areas.  Between trials, funerals, and trips from one end of the State of North Carolina to the other, I have simply been trying to keep my head above water.  To both of you out there who regularly read the Gate, my apologies.  To those of you who accidentally stumbled upon Gate 21 while searching the web for a place from which you could purchase Viagra, well, you’re in the wrong place, but I’ll apologize nonetheless.

Moving right along…

There were a few surprises over the past week in the world of college football, some which I simply did not see coming and others which, while not expected can hardly be said to be earth shattering.  Bearing this in mind, here’s is my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for the week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my preliminary ballot:

My Ballot for the Week
Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas 1
3 Penn State 1
4 Alabama 1
5 California 2
6 Mississippi
7 LSU 2
8 Miami (Florida) 2
9 Boise State 1
10 Oklahoma 1
11 Southern Cal 9
12 TCU
13 Ohio State 2
14 Iowa 2
15 Pittsburgh 2
16 UCLA 3
17 Georgia 1
18 Notre Dame 2
19 Virginia Tech 4
20 Kansas 1
21 Oklahoma State 1
22 Nebraska 8
23 Cincinnati 1
24 Florida State NR
25 Michigan NR
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Brigham Young (#13), Utah (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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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 Gate21.net

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
25 UCLA

Explanations after the jump…

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2008 CBS Sports BlogPoll Ballot: Week 12

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

Week 12

Through 15 November 2008

Things are really tightening up as we head into the last few weeks of the 2008 College Football Season. This week is the first week in over a month where the Top-10 managed to keep it together. Thus, most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here is my preliminary BlogPoll Top 25 for this week:

My Ballot for the Week

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

Dropped Out: South Carolina (#21), Florida State (#22), Virginia Tech (#24), Tulsa (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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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…

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2008 CBS Sports BlogPoll Ballot: Week 10

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

Week 10

Through 01 November 2008

With the “power” teams making their claims with increasing volume, the BCS committee is already exploring the option of entering the witness protection program.  It’s looking like 2007 all over again.  Nonetheless, 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 1
2 Texas Tech 4
3 Penn State
4 Oklahoma
5 Florida 3
6 Southern Cal 1
7 Texas 6
8 Missouri 2
9 Utah
10 Oklahoma State 3
11 TCU 1
12 Boise State 1
13 Ohio State 1
14 LSU 1
15 Ball State 1
16 Brigham Young 3
17 North Carolina 3
18 Georgia 11
19 Pittsburgh 5
20 California 6
21 Georgia Tech 5
22 Michigan State 4
23 Northwestern 3
24 Minnesota 7
25 Maryland

Dropped Out: Oregon (#18), Florida State (#21), Tulsa (#22), South Florida (#23).

Explanations after the jump…

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2008 CBS Sports BlogPoll Ballot: Week 9

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

Week 9

Through 27 October 2008

Another week in the record books, and we are beginning to see where teams will likely shake out at the end of the season.  Thus, here are the 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 Texas
2 Alabama
3 Penn State
4 Oklahoma
5 Southern Cal
6 Texas Tech
7 Georgia
8 Florida
9 Utah 2
10 Missouri 5
11 Boise State 2
12 TCU 2
13 Oklahoma State 1
14 Ohio State 5
15 LSU 5
16 Ball State 1
17 Minnesota 3
18 Oregon 6
19 Brigham Young 4
20 North Carolina 6
21 Florida State 5
22 Tulsa 4
23 South Florida 7
24 Pittsburgh 6
25 Maryland 1

Dropped Out: Boston College (#19), Georgia Tech (#21), Kansas (#22), Wake Forest (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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