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The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

Posted on: October 3, 2008 12:00 am
 
I was heartbroken this week so the poll is late. I still love CFB, but this was a bitter pill to swallow. Still, we all have a duty to this poll and I won't slack on mine.
  1. Louisiana State - LW 1 - Defense didn't look great against MSU. Gets a bye week before the huge game in the Swamp with the Gators. Game has lost some of its luster, but if LSU wins it, they will be looking good for back to back championships.
  2. Alabama - LW 7 - Most impressive team in the nation so far this season. I did not have them in my top 25 this season and they have proved me wrong and added an exclamation point to it with how they flat out dominated UGA. I don't think they go undefeated, but the West is going to be a great battle this year in the SEC.
  3. Oklahoma - LW 3 - I definitely think OU is one of the best teams in the nation, but I still want to see them play a legitimate team. Baylor is better, but they don't count. I'm not buying the hype on this team until I see them against top competition.
  4. Texas  - LW 6 - Looked great against Arkansas, but who hasn't. I think Texas might be the best team in the Big12 this year. We'll see in a couple weeks at the Red River Shootout.
  5. Southern California - LW 2 -USC is not invincible, duh. People who had that attitude are now bailing on USC. However for those who had a rational view on them won't be so hasty, as USC is still one of the elite teams in the country. Oregon State just played out of their minds and took advantages of breaks when they go them. Who would have thought Orgeon State would be the OSU to upset the Trojans before the season? However, USC does need to fix it's run defense as that is the most troubling aspect of the game to me.
  6. Missouri - LW 8 - I still think this team is overrated. They can do a little bit to dispel the notion against the Cornhuskers this weekend, but Nebraska is still rebuilding. Missouri is top 10, but not a national title contender in my mind.
  7. Penn State - LW 12 - Probably the second most impressive team in the nation when considering just performance and not opponents. I think they are for real, but want to see them play a real team first before I crown them.
  8. South Florida - LW 9 - Looked better against NCST than Clemson, East Carolina, and South Carolina did. I don't know if that means anything, but it's good enough to be in the top 10 in my mind.
  9. Florida - LW 4 - Crushing loss to Ole Miss. All facets of the game looked bad. Still, UF lost this game more than Ole Miss won it, with multiple turnovers after having none this year, and allowing a blocked extra point. This team needs to pull together as it can still accomplish all its goals with some help. Playing the worst team in the SEC this week might help.
  10. Georgia - LW 5 - In the most surprising result of the season in my mind, UGA got destroyed by Bama for a half before making the score look better in the second half. A ton of talent on this team, and a loss to a top 5 team doesn't kill your season. Still, just like UF, they have a lot of soul searching to do.
  11. Brigham Young - LW 11 - Continues to beat up on subpar teams, but that's what good teams do. Looks like the cream of the BCS busters this season.
  12. Auburn - LW 13 -Another ugly game against UT this time. Still, with that defense, Auburn should be in every game they play this season. A big game with Vandy this weekend (who would have ever thought that sentence would be typed some day).
  13. Kansas - LW 14 - Still winning game as others falter. With as strong as the Big12 is, this team has a chance to make some noise in the national picture. OOC schedule is still piss poor though.
  14. Ohio State - LW 15 - A lot of people are falling in love with OSU again. I don't see exactly why. Pryor has looked good no doubt, but after the shellacking by USC, they have had to so so performances against Troy and Minnesota. Where is all the excitement coming from?
  15. Wisconsin - LW 14 -Brutal loss at Ann Arbour. They completely blew this game. All is forgiven if they beat OSU this weekend though. If they win they are still in the drivers seat for the Big10 in my mind. If they lose they are all but done.
  16. Texas Tech - LW 16 - Most overrated team in the nation. Still haven't played a team with a pulse yet.I predict 4 Big12 losses and another bottom of the top 25 finish. Not bad, but a far cry from the top 10 ranking they are getting by most.
  17. Utah - LW 17 - A huge game against Oregon State this week. Can OSU pull an upset two weeks in a row or will they have a let down? I say Oregon State shocks the world again and gets their second huge upset in as many weeks.
  18. Virgina Tech - LW 24 - That ECU loss is looking more and more flukey. This is never a team to write off. Should be the ACC favorite as of now.
  19. Fresno State - LW 19 - Not looking great against Toledo, but a let down was expected after a tough loss. This team still can do big things this season. Needs to win out though.
  20. Vanderbilt - LW 20 - Saturday might be Vanderbilts biggest game ever. Gameday is going to be there (okay, I finally believe in SEC bias) and Vandy has a chance to make a statement and let the nation know that they're for real and not a byproduct of a weak schedule and playing the SEC. Good luck!
  21. North Carolina - LW 22 - Great win against Miami. Has a great shot in the ACC this year and would have been set if they hadn't folded against Virginia Tech. Still going to surprose a lot of people though.
  22. Connecticut - LW 21 - Yes they're winning, but they aren't looking good doing it. They are the darkhorse pick for Big East champion, but I see them losing a minimum of two game in the conference and likely more. Still, they're undefeated and have done as much as any other team at the bottom of the top 25 and deserve to be ranked.
  23. Boise State - LW 25 - Beating Oregon won't look as good later in the season. Will probably make a BCS bowl with an undefeated season, but I hope they lose, because I don't think they deserve it this year. If Fresno beats them and wins out otherwise I think they should get a spot.
  24. Oklahoma State - LW UR - T. B. Pickens should be proud right now. His alma mater has taken care of business and they have a chance to do big things in a loaded Big12. The schedule is tough, but it also provides much opportunity. I think they're defense needs to improve if they're to contend in the Big12 though.
  25. Michigan State - LW UR - Javon Ringer is my top Heisman running back now and as long as he is leading this team they are dangerous in the Big10.
POW:

Jacquizz Rodgers
- Amazing performance against USC. Almost single handily beat the men of Troy. My favorite performance of the year so far.

On the cusp:


  • Illinois - I was high on Illinois, but am full of questions after a bad game against Louisianna Lafayette.
  • Wake Forest - Losing to Navy is almost inexcusable, but it doesn't hurt them in the ACC. It's still a good team, but not great.
  • Air Force - Playing in the MWC will give them a couple shots to beat some high profile teams. Even BCS teams don't want to play them though with their crazy offense.
  • Ball State - Don't know a lot about this team, but they have done what they need to do and I'll pay more attention as the season goes on.
  • Kentucky - Huge game against Bama. They should get slaughtered, but if they win the SEC might end up being 8 deep this year and definitely 6 deep at worst.
OFF:

East Carolina (23) - Cinderella has turned into a pumpkin and been dropped from the third story. It has gotten ugly.
Wake Forest (22) - ABOVE
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Football, NCAA, Poll
 
Comments

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2008 12:53 am
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

How do you leave Cincinnati off the list???? They only lost to Oklahoma and played them tough until the 4th quarter.  They are on their 5th quarterback this year and that is with their spring camp starter being declared ineligible at the very last minute.  Hopefully when they beat UConn after the bye their will be some respect.  I know the Big East is down this year, but UC deserves a mention.  Brian Kelly is one of the best coaches in the nation! This team was not expected to do anything and mark my words, they will play in a BCS Bowl!!

Eastern Kentucky     Won 40-7
Miami (Ohio)    Won 45-20
@Akron    Won 17-15
@Marshall    Won 33-10
Rutgers    Won 13-10

One win against a BCS opponent who happens to be one of the worst teams in the country, and it was close, as was Akron. That's how I leave Cincy off the list.

If it makes you feel any better, they made by preseason poll. If they beat UCONN, Pitt or USF they might also make it back in.



Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 9:41 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

How do you leave Cincinnati off the list???? They only lost to Oklahoma and played them tough until the 4th quarter.  They are on their 5th quarterback this year and that is with their spring camp starter being declared ineligible at the very last minute.  Hopefully when they beat UConn after the bye their will be some respect.  I know the Big East is down this year, but UC deserves a mention.  Brian Kelly is one of the best coaches in the nation! This team was not expected to do anything and mark my words, they will play in a BCS Bowl!!



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2008 10:22 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

Yeah it depends what happens there but seeing as where they were when the season started it wouldn't be crazy to se them ranked again.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2008 9:09 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

Yeah, but Pitt also had a tough time with a dreadful Syracuse team. It depends what happens at the end of the poll. If some of those teams lose Pitt might jump in.

Now they just need to be consistent and not have another inexplicable loss.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2008 6:27 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

I think Pitt should be ranked this week. They are 4-1, beat USF, and is sitting atop the Big East. If we beat BGSU a 5-0 record and maybe in the top 10.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 5:14 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

Also I see you added those other 5 teams so you have sort of a top 30. Where would you put Northwestern? They are someone to keep an eye on as far as putting them in a poll. they are 5-0 and have looked pretty good this year.

Definitely. They will move into on the cusp this week because a couple teams are going to drop out. However they will jump up into the top 20 if they beat MSU next week.

Also, the "On the Cusp" area is not ranked. Just the five next teams closest to being ranked in no particular order.


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Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 4:10 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 12:39 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

First off, Wells is back and he really is the best RB in football. There really is no debate on that. Some haters will disagree but that is just hate talk.

Going into the season I thought he was, but c'mon. There is debate. Javon Ringer, Knowshon Moreno and several others could make the claim for this year. It's not hater talk to suggest there are RB's who are better, though Wells might end up being my pick for the top anyway.

.That is a major reason for the exitement. remember tOSU has only had it's best player before Minn for one half of football.

If one non-QB player makes that big a difference then I'm not seeing the excitement for OSU. RB is probably the easiest injury to overcome. No doubt Wells is good, but I don't think he elevates OSU from top 15 to top 5.

So-so vs Minn? tOSU was up 35-6 in the forth quarter.Gophers score two td's in mop up time vs the 2nd string. I am sure you didn't watch the game and just looked at the score.


I could be wrong here I admit. I watched bits and pieces on gamecenter. Still, all this means is two good games vs. Youngstown State and Minny, a so so game against Troy, and two bad games against Ohio and USC.

Nice poll though really. I would have tOSU about 11 though.

That's reasonable. If they beat Wisconsin they will be. Still haven't see them do anything on the field to impress me, but some of the teams ahead of them haven't either, so OSU has a definite chance to move up.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2008 12:29 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 5

How far will South Florida fall after losing to Pitt 26-21?

Not too far. Pitt is probably better than we gave them credit for and USF did beat Kansas so I'd feel weird about dropping them too far behind even though I think Kansas might really be better. I say behind the winner of the OSU-UW game this weekend and ahead of Texas Tech. So in the 15-18 Range.

Vandy at home to Auburn will make for good theatre. But to your point, how many games do Vandy have to win before they are considered Top 10. Georgia, Florida and Tennessee are still to come.

They would have to beat Georgia or Florida and remain undefeated. If they do that then they're top ten. I like Vandy, but they haven't really proved anything this season, besides being a decent team because they have beat the teams they were supposed to.


I like LSU. Only Georgia and Alabama really stand in there way. Circle Nov 8th on your calendar.

LSU is looking really good, and this is despite inconsistent QB play which makes them look even better if this gets solved.



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