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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 10

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

Week 10

Through 01 November 2009

Well, it appears that silly season has begun as there were multiple losses among the Top 25, some near the top.  As a result, there are a few substantial changes in my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot after the past week in the world of college football.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here it is:

My Ballot for the Week

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

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 9

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

Week 9

Through 25 October 2009

Things stabilized a bit this week in the world of college football, but there was still a little shuffling as a few teams took it in the teeth and others managed to hang on when it looked like all was lost.   Thus, below are the changes to my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for Week 9.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here it is:

My Ballot for the Week

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

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 Big Orange Roundtable: Week 4

This Week’s Roundtable is hosted by:

Vol Junkies

This week’s Big Orange Roundtable is hosted by Vol Junkies, who has served up another installment of questions burning in the minds of the citizens of Orange Nation.

Thus, here are our thoughts for the week:

Week 4

1) What is your thought on Eric Berry’s Heisman chances?  Should he play on offense in-order to increase his chances?  Is Kiffin being to selfish saying Berry will not practice offense?

bullet HSH: I’m not exactly how real Berry’s chances of actually winning the Trophy—which I deemed meaningless after the Manning debacle.  Not only does he have the obstacle of being a defensive player, he has to basically beat Colt McCoy from Texas, Sam Bradford from Oklahoma and some guy named Tebow.  I don’t think Lane Kiffin should play Berry on offense just to help his Heisman chances.  If our offense is seriously sucking, then sure, desperate times call for desperate measures.

That said, I have absolutely no problem with the University doing the whole campaign thing.  Berry is obviously a special, once-in-a-while player with a great attitude.  Seeing him in person on and off the field the past two years has been something I’m glad to have been a part of—now if only he might consider staying for his senior year…


bullet Lawvol: I have very mixed (albeit not necessarily negative) feelings on this.

First of all, I personally believe that Eric Berry is more than deserving of a shot at the Heisman Trophy.  In two short years he has pretty much become the man-beast of SEC defenses and is, hands down, the best defensive player in the toughest conference in the country.  I personally believe that he is the best defensive player in any conference, anywhere.  That, however, is just my opinion and I will be the first to admit that I am biased.  Still, there is no arguing with the fact that Eric Berry has earned the right to be considered among the top players in the country this season and to be considered for the Heisman.  I am unequivocally behind the Tennessee’s campaign to promote Berry’s Heisman candidacy.

That said, I am less that optimistic about his chances…

I say that because, since only one truly defensive player has previously won the Heisman—which I am sure every Tennessee fan remembers all too well—the precedent is somewhat weak.  Furthermore, given the national media’s love affair with Tim Tebow, I expect that every possible machination that can occur to ensure Tebow winning the trophy for the second time will be brought to bear, if at all possible.

There is also the fact that exaggerated hype often leads to less-than-stellar performances since, with everyone talking about how great a particular player is, the target on their back gets even bigger when facing opponents.  That is not to say that I doubt Berry’s ability to produce in the same way he has in the past, but recognizes that opposing teams will be gunning for him … and staying away from him.

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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 BlogPoll Ballot: Week 4

Here’s my ballot for this week’s College Football BlogPoll which, as always, is hosted by MGOBlog.

Week 4

I know, I know, I’m a moron…

Rank
Team Delta
1
Southern Cal
2
Oklahoma
3
Georgia
4
LSU
5
Missouri
6
Florida
7
Wisconsin
8
Penn State
1
9
Alabama
1
10
Texas
1
11
Texas Tech
1
12
Wake Forest
3
13
Auburn
5
14
Ohio State
15
Utah
1
16
Brigham Young
2
17
South Florida
18
Colorado
2
19
Vanderbilt
6
20
Oregon
7
21
Kansas
22
Illinois
23
Boise State
3
24
Fresno State
2
25
Clemson
1

Dropped Out: East Carolina (#19), Florida State (#23), Arizona State (#24).

Comments,  Explanations, and Excuses

Most of this week is self-explanatory, but here are a few of the high-points of the weeks changes:

Colorado (18):

I am glad to see that the Colorado Buffaloes stood up for me and my persistent belief that they are a quality football team by beating the amazingly over-rated West Virginia Mountaineers.  See, I get one right every now and then…

Ohio State (14):

I know that the Buckeyes won, but it was anything but pretty versus Troy.  I realize that the Bucks were feeling cold and flat after the loss to Southern Cal, but they have to pick it up a bit.  If they don’t get it going quickly, they will have several losses in the Big Ten this season.  On the bright side, at least they aren’t playing like Tennessee.

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


Quickly Gloating…

Well, I’m currently driving to the Volunteer City to see the Vols play the Gators. In this brief interlude, I wanted to take a second to gloat over Colorado’s victory against West Virginia. (See, Avi, I told you the Buffs were Top 20 material). There are 2 things I’ve learned in life about these teams: 1) Colorado usually has a better team than people realize and 2) The Big East sucks.

On to the game…
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2008 BlogPoll Ballot: Week 2

Here’s my ballot for this week’s College Football BlogPoll which, as always, is hosted by MGOBlog.

Week 2

“Adjustments” in the Works

I have no business trying to rank all of the teams in the country, and this week’s ballot makes that obvious.  More on this week’s changes after the ballot.

My Ballot for the Week

Rank
Team Delta
1
Georgia
2
Southern Cal
1
3
Ohio State
1
4
LSU
5
Missouri
1
6
Florida
1
7
Oklahoma
8
Auburn
9
Kansas
10
Wisconsin
1
11
Penn State
1
12
Texas
1
13
Alabama
1
14
Oregon
15
Wake Forest
16
Arizona State
1
17
Texas Tech
9
18
Utah
1
19
East Carolina
7
20
Colorado
2
21
Fresno State
1
22
Brigham Young
1
23
South Florida
24
California
2
25
Illinois
1

Dropped Out: West Virginia (#16), Clemson (#20), Bowling Green (#24), Tennessee (#25).

Comments,  Explanations, and Excuses

The high-points of the week’s changes after the jump:

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