Blog Pollin' 11

Read it and weep...  Help me out in the comments. 

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 TCU
4 Texas
5 Cincinnati
6 Georgia Tech
7 Boise State
8 Oregon
9 LSU
10 Ohio State
11 Pittsburgh
12 Stanford
13 Iowa
14 Penn State
15 Wisconsin
16 Oregon State
17 Oklahoma State
18 Clemson
19 Arizona
20 West Virginia
21 Utah
22 Southern Cal
23 North Carolina
24 Brigham Young
25 Virginia Tech

1 Bama

2 Florida

3 TCU

4 Texas

5 Cincy

I keep swimming against the tide on Texas.  Hey, they might be great, but we'll never know.  If you schedule four patsies out of conference, you deserve to get punished in the rankings.  I just ask you play one good team.  The collapse of the Big 12 this year doesn't help.  And, by season's end, I'll move Cincy ahead as well if they win out for this simple reason: the Big East might be one of the strongest conferences top to bottom this season.  Crazy, I know.  But it has something almost every conference except the Pac-10 lacks, a really good middle class of teams.  

6 GT

7 Boise

8 Oregon

9 LSU

10 Ohio St

GT is one horrible game away from being in the top three and in control for the national title game.  Boise benefits from some poll inertia.  I want to move them down, but there's really a lack of teams forcing my hand.  I'm back to ranking Oregon highly.  Ohio St finishes its long road back to the top ten.  Welcome back, Buckeyes.

11 Pitt

12 Stanford

13 Iowa

14 Penn St

15 Wisconsin

I'm very close to putting Pitt in my top ten, but I just can't make myself fully internalize what I said about the Big East.  If Pitt's a top ten team, then the Big East has a good elite and a great middle class, and therefore is one of the best conferences in America.  I just can't make myself believe that.  Stanford is looking more and more like the Pac-10's power team as they become the latest team to whack USC's lousy defense.  Then I have the Big Ten logjam.

16 Oregon St

17 Okie St

18 Clemson

19 Arizona

20 WVU

WVU was pretty close to spoiling things, eh?  That's a good team.  I'm back on the Beavers bandwagon, as their losses are to Cincy, USC, and Zona.  They even have a win over Stanford.  When the dust settles, don't be surprised if OSU is the team standing.  Clemson has completely rebounded since losing to Maryland, perhaps the most mystifying loss of the season by any team.

21 Utah

22 USC

23 UNC

24 BYU

25 VT

A little mid major love at the bottom of the poll as Houston drops out because they can't beat UCF and UTEP.  This means SMU might be in the CUSA title game, just to warn you.  What the hell are the Trojans doing slumming with these teams?  

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