Posted on: September 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2008 6:59 pm

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 3

I have never watched more football in a single week. I saw every possible second of college football this past week/weekend. UNC/RU, USF/KU, MSU/FAU, UGA/USC, UT/UAB, USC/OSU, UW/FSU, ASU/UNLV. I also loved every second of it.

Some great games and some of my feelings on certain teams got confirmed (OSU, ASU) and some were debunked (Oregon, BYU).

Can't wait for another great week. Although I can do without Rocky Top. I might have to wear ear plugs during the game. Though whenever Brent Musberger does a game again I will do so as well. On to the rankings!
  1. Louisiana State - LW 1 - Manhandled North Texas, but QB play still unimpressive. First test next week at so far punchless Auburn. Should be another 10-7 barnburner. Still, LSU is #1 until they lose.
  2. Southern California - LW 2 - What can you say? They're the team to beat again after thrashing OSU. Speed everywhere and Mark Sanchez is looking like a USC QB should. Miami is looking like a lock for this team.
  3. Oklahoma - LW 3 - Continues to dominate inferior competition. All facets of the team look great, but they do everyyear until the last couple games. On track for a titanic showdown with Mizzou in the Big12 Championship Game. TCU is an interesting game in 2 weeks.
  4. Florida - LW 5 - Defense looked great as they didn't give up a point, offense a no show again. The schedule starts for real this week with UT. Can't wait to hear Rocky Top. Many beers await.
  5. Georgia - LW 4 - There are definite concerns with this team, but I don't think reading to much into the USCe game is very useful. Spurrier always plays the Dawgs tough and UGA has had problems in the past with them, despite great teams. Remember, UF won it all in '06 and needed a blocked FG at the buzzer to beat USCe at home. However, the offensive and defensive lines need to do a better job, and UGA killed themselves with dropped pass. Better fix it quick with a trip to ASU who got caught looking ahead.
  6. East Carolina - LW 6 - I knew they would have a let down game against a better than expected Tulane squad. However I'm even more impressed with this team now. They toughed it out and managed to come away with a win on the road after two huge wins. This team looks to be the top BCS buster a long with BYU. Another BCS matchup next week with NCST and the schedule never gets really easy with a decent C-USA this year.
  7. Missouri - LW 8 - Put up PS3 numbers against another dog. Won't get tested until October and won't have a real test until Texas Oct 18th. I still am not in love with this team, though Chase Daniel should be 1 or 2 in the Heisman race right now. Jeremy Maclin is a beast as well.
  8. Texas  - LW 9 - Prayers go out to all those in Texas affected by the storm. Good luck in the recovery.
  9. South Florida - LW 12 - Great game against Kansas. Both teams deserved to win. USF is my darkhorse national title contender. Should be favored in every game except for maybe the last one in Morgantown. Groethe has matured and can lead this teams to the top. What happened to the defense though? I just think Kansas offense is that good.
  10. Wisconsin - LW 14 - I would not have dropped them much if they had lost to Fresno as they seemed to have a couple very bad calls go against them and really controlled the game. The passing game looked good and makes this a dangerous, and balanced, team. My preseason Big10 champ pick is looking good, although Penn State is looking good as well.
  11. Alabama - LW 15 - Another blah game against an overmatched opponent. Looking good opening up SEC play. Real test is in two weeks at UGA.
  12. Penn State - LW 16 - Penn State has been one of the more impressive teams so far this season. Too bad Joe Pa is classless for running it up on a team of teenage girls. Oops sorry, that was Syracuse, my mistake. The resemblance is striking though.
  13. Brigham Young - LW 23 - Big jump after the dismanting of UCLA. I wasn't sold on this team after two poor performances, but they convinced me now. I wasn't buying into UCLA, but still, beating an average BCS opponent 59-0 is just incredible. Could come down to the end with them and Utah for a BCS bowl berth.
  14. Auburn - LW 11 - It might just be me, but I don't think Auburn has mastered the spread yet. The defense is still great though, and the play calling has been pretty conservative. We'll see how good Auburn is next week with the defensing champions coming to town.
  15. Kansas - LW 10 - I was really impressed with their offense against a fast USF defense. They are the best one loss team in my mind. Reesing was going to be my POW until USF's great pass rush forced a late Reesing interception. I think this is the only team that can keep Mizzou out of the Big12 championship game, and I think they will.
  16. Ohio State - LW 7 - I was lower on OSU than most. They have been trashed enough so I'll be brief, but it really does look like OSU has been overrated for a while. This is still a good team, but find BuckEyeTodds post on OSU to see a great analysis that I agree completely with. OSU could rebound and win the Big10, but if they win out and make the NC game, expect a revolt from the CFB proletariat.
  17. Texas Tech - LW 17 - Now that OSU got exposed, this is the most overrated team in the nation in my mind. I do not see where the love for this team is coming. Not a single notable win. Until they beat a couple of the big four teams in the Big 12 this team is no better than the bottom of the top 20 in my mind. That said, Graham Harrell is a very good QB.
  18. Florida State - LW 21 - Keeps plodding along against low quality 'competition,' but still looking good while doing it. Class of the ACC in my opinion Big game against the best two teams in the ACC next week. Can Wake make it three in a row versus the Garnett and Gold?
  19. Utah - LW UR - Big jump into the polls after a pasting of one of the worst FBS schools in Utah State. Maybe this team was more than just Urban Meyer and Alex Smith. A lot of good ball players on this team and they really spread the wealth. Should be an entertaining game against Air Force next week.
  20. Fresno State - LW 13 - Had Fresno overranked last week, but they still look like a solid team against Wisconsin (although they also had some homecooking going). They have the talent to compete with the top teams, but their BCS dreams are likely over.
  21. Wake Forest - LW 22 - Week off to prepare the early ACC game of the year. No way they beat FSU three years running, right?
  22. Oregon - LW 25 - Really impressed me by hanging tough and coming back to beat Purdue, although they needed a little luck (and bad Purdue coaching) to get it done. The injury to Roeper seems signifigant though and I still don't think this is a top 15 team like some do.
  23. North Carolina - LW UR - My sleeper pick this year. I dropped them from 25 after a disappointing game against McNeese State, but they seemed to correct their problems against Rutgers. With the state of the ACC the way it is, this team can make some noise. Now, don't lay an egg against Virginia Tech.
  24. Connecticut - LW UR - I was NOT a believer of this team after two less than impressive performances against weak competition. However they worked over Virginia as bad as USC did and deserved to be ranked so far. They have a very good defense, but if their offense performs like it did yesterday, the Big East better watch out!
  25. Vanderbilt - LW UR - This ranking feels good. Vandy deserves to get some recognition for being the only academic all-star in the SEC. However this isn't charity. They have beaten some pretty decent competition and I think they are equals right now of the teams left off for them. I'm sure this ranking doesn't last long though as SEC play starts in earnest.


Javon Ringer
- Completely carried MSU against FAU in rain and muck on an ugly day in East Lansing. Had a career day and deserves a second straight POW award.

On the cusp:

  • West Virginia - They dropped 6 spots after not playing, but when thinking about it, no way they deserved being ranked over several undefeated teams after an insipid showing against ECU. Plenty of time to move back up the rankings though.
  • Illinois - I was high on Illinois, but am full of questions after a bad game against Louisianna Lafayette.
  • Virginia Tech - Good win against GaTech, but big game vs. UNC next week (who would have thought that?)
  • Clemson - Underwhelming win against the dregs of the ACC in NCST. This team just might not be very good.
  • Tennessee - See what happens when you run the ball UT? Now please go back to using the UCLA gameplan this week.


  • Illinois - LW 18 - Analysis above
  • West Virginia - LW 19 - Analysis above
  • Arizona State - LW 20 - Maybe they were looking ahead, but wow. Should never lose at home to UNLV. Pac10 took a beating.
  • Virginia Tech - LW 25- Analysis above

Way Too Early Heisman Ballot:

  1. Mark Sanchez - Surgical against OSU. I'm still impressed with his dislocated knee. Frontrunner unless USC loses.
  2. Chase Daniel - Might be the best QB in the nation, but I want to see him do it against some real teams first.
  3. Tim Tebow - Hasn't done anything to lose the Heisman but needs some big performances in SEC play and a NC game berth to win it again.
Posted on: September 3, 2008 8:23 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2008 1:07 am

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 1

Well now we have results to back up our bias.

Here is my week one ballot for The Best Damn Poll In the Land.

  1. Louisiana State - LW 1 - Stays number 1 until they lose, but they actually did a good job with Appalachian St. QB situation still seems unsettled, but has the talent to make another run. Schedule looks tougher though with Alabama looking much improved
  2. Southern California - LW 2 - Looked flat out dominant in a blow out of a UVA squad coming off a 9-4 season. I was very impressed with Mark Sanchez coming off a dislocated knee cap. The team to beat in my mind.
  3. Florida - LW 6 - Moves up three spots due to fears over the improvement of the defense being allieved and the overwhelming team speed. It was only Hawaii, so if the defense sputters Florida will drop right back down the rankings, however even in their easier games, the UF defense look poor last season. So it seems safe to say the defense is at least improved.
  4. Oklahoma - LW 4 - Feasted on overmatched opponent per usual. Man do they look dominant in doing it though.
  5. Georgia  - LW 3 - Drops due to injuries and not performance. Looked great in the opener before Richt put in the backups. However the loses of their starting LT's and DT's will be big down the road, and as good as UGA is, I don't think they can overcome them.
  6. Ohio State - LW 7 - Looked great against Youngstown St. and injury to Chris Wells doesn't look major. Hopefully it won't linger into the season. I'm lower on OSU than some, but in two weeks they can prove me wrong and vault to the top.
  7. West Virginia - LW 8 - Where has this Pat White been? Makes biggest Heisman statement of week 1. I like WVU a lot this year. They should move up as teams above them falter. Can they get the monkey (actually Bull) off their back this year and beat USF?
  8. Missouri - LW 5 - Strange to drop a team after beating a top 25 team but the defense made Juice Williams look like Doug Williams (and that is a complement) and could seriously hold this team back this year. Mizzou can probably beat any team above them, but the defense does not look championship worthy. Plenty of big games this season to dispel the notion though.
  9. Texas - LW 9 - Took care of business with FAU, a surprise team from last year that looked like they could make some noise in this game. Texas is one of the teams I feel will move way up before the end of the season. Just some advice to future Longhorn opponents though, keep your mouths shut: Howard Schnellenberger told a FAU student paper before the game, "Texas always has a very polished team that has great talent, but they aren't tough, they aren't a physically tough team." Yikes.
  10. Kansas - LW 10 - Beat up on the worst D1A school from Florida. I'm actually higher on Kansas than a lot, but a lack of beef in the schedule will prevent them from moving up much and they will likely be jumped without winning  huge most weeks.
  11. Auburn - LW 11 - The spread didn't take in week 1, but it never does the first season, so no big concern. The starting QB seems to be up in the air, but the defense looked great as usual. Better watch out for SM this week though.
  12. South Florida - LW 16 - A nice jump up due to some losses and great performance. Many think USF was a one year wonder, but they have a ton of speed and should challenge WVU for the Big East crown. Need to avoid a mid season swoon like last season.
  13. Fresno State - LW 21 - Biggest in poll mover of the week. They were my favorite non-BCS team, but a brutal schedule temperered expectations. However they really shut Rutgers down in the second half and I was impressed that they won comfortably despite them having to travel thousands of miles across the country for their first game against an upper echelon Big East team. Wisconsin better watch out. Even if FSU loses to Wisconsin in a close game, I think they can be the first non-BCS one loss team to make the BCS games, provided the win out.
  14. Wisconsin - LW 14 - I should have probably swapped Fresno and Wisconsin, but that will be rectified one way or the other in two weeks. Looked okay but not great against Akron. Still is my pick to win the Big10. Big test against FSU will be telling.
  15. Alabama - LW NR - Alabama completely manhandle clemson. 0 yards rushing. Just unbelievable. I would have moved them hire, but I felt Clemson was overrated to begin with. I thought Bama was one more season away from contending, but I could be wrong. They looked great, but I'll wait until SEC plays to move them further up.
  16. Penn State - LW 24 - Looked good against a team without a pulse. Not a lot to say. Won't be able to tell much for several weeks until the Illinois game as Oregon State looks like one of the Pac10's worst and is followed by Syracuse and Temple
  17. Texas Tech - LW 17 - Defense doesn't looked like it has improved (24 to Eastern Washington?) meaning no better than 5th best Big12 team.
  18. Illinois - LW 12 - Was overranked to start the season. I should have started them at 16 or 17. Thus I'm not really penalizing Illinois here as I was impressed with how well they played against Mizzou (despite the defense looking highly overrated). Should remain a top 25 team throughout the season (though they won't move up much unless they improve the D).
  19. Brigham Young - LW 19 - The trendy BCS buster pick looked sloppy versus Northern Iowa. Four fumbles in the second half needs to be fixed. Still, winning out will almost assuredly result in a BCS bid. Could there be two BCS busters this year.
  20. Arizona State - LW 20 - Looked less than stellar against Northern Iowa. Interesting games the next few weeks. Will have a chance to shoot way up against UGA later on in the month, but don't sleep on UNLV and Stanford.
  21. Cincinnati - LW 22 - Another team who beat up on a non-D1A school. Nothing much to tell. -Dustin Grutza looked very good though to the relief of Cincy fans. Chance to make big noise this week against OU. I think OU wins comfortably, but I don't see a blow out.
  22. Florida State - LW 23 - Moved up on a bye. FSU will take what it can get hehe. Starting QB chosen but not named. Still, has a very manageable schedule for the several weeks. Should move up while others fall. Still my darkhorse pick for ACC champs.
  23. Wake Forest - LW UR - Like with Wisconsin, wish I flipped them with the team above. Baylor isn't a worldbeater, but Wake looked good against them and might be the class of the ACC.
  24. Virginia Tech - LW 15 - The ACC looks to dominate the bottom of the top 25 this year. People might question VT ahead of ECU, but I do feel VT is a better team and that is what a poll is supposed to be. I overranked VT a bit to start the season, but they still have a great defense and special teams, which ironically is what did them in against ECU. Should win the Coastal division still.
  25. South Carolina - LW UR - A lot of people aren't impressed with SC because of the ugliness of their win, but they still shut out a BCS team 34-0. I feel the QB play will improve dramatically and therefore will make SC a dangerous team with that defense which will vie for best in the SEC and thus the nation.

POW: Mark Sanchez - The Navy RB got a lot of love and deservedly so, but Sanchez brought back memories of Matt Leinhart and Carson Palmer with a thorough dismantling of Virgina. And he did this coming off a busted knee a few weeks ago. This got him a POW vote from me.

Dropped Out:

  • Clemson - LW 13 - Didn't fall in love with Clemson like some did, but I still overranked them. Pathetic performance versus Alabama. 0 yards rushing is inexcusable with the talent at RB. They can still win the ACC, but unless they improve the offensive line play it will be a long, disappointing season.
  • Tennessee - LW 18 - I was high on UT's team this season, but underestimated the loss of Erik Ainge. There is a good team here if they get better QB play and the OOC realizes that running the ball is a good strategy when your avergaing over 7 yards a carry and your QB couldn't find an open receiver with a GPS and a search team.
  • North Carolina - LW 25 - My sleeper team looked horrid against McNeese St. Could have been first game jitters, but no excuse for looking that bad and they aren't getting ranked until they prove something now.

New to Poll: Alabama, Wake Forest, South Carolina

On the Cusp:

  • East Carolina - Could have easily ranked them instead of Virginia Tech, but I think they played over there heads. Playing WVU close will move them into the rankings for sure.
  • Boston College - Strange road game versus Kent St. Offensive was not up to par, but the defense look dominant as expected. With the state of the ACC they could make some noise with that defense.
  • Oregon - Looked better than I thought they would versus Washington. I still don't think this is a great team after all their losses, but if they keep performing like they did this week, they will move up quickly
  • UCLA - Front four looked amazing against UT. If their QB can play like he did in the 4th quarter as opposed to the first half this team can do some damage in the Pac10. Then again you can never tell with this team.
  • Utah - Beat a Michigan team that won't be very good this year. I think Utah could be good this year, and will have the chance to prove it, especially since fellow BCS cinderella Brigham Young is their conference.
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