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Gobbler Country's Week 11 Preliminary BlogPoll Ballot

This one obviously needs a lot of help. This is the blog's ballot, not just mine, so your opinion matters. Leave your input in the comments and I'll alter the ballot based on those. The final vote is due Wednesday morning.

Games Watched on TV: South Florida at Rutgers, West Virginia at Cincinnati, Tennessee at Ole Miss, Houston at Central Florida, Georgia Tech at Duke, Florida at South Carolina, Iowa at Ohio State, Stanford at USC, Texas A&M at Oklahoma, Utah at TCU, Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, Wyoming at San Diego State, Arizona State at Oregon. Games Watched Online: Virginia Tech at Maryland, Miami at North Carolina, Notre Dame at Pittsburgh.

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



  • Welcome to the Poll: North Carolina and Central Michigan.
  • No change in the Top 7. I didn't see any results that were so drastic that any of the unbeatens should be moved one way or the other.
  • Yep, I'm back on the Chippewa bandwagon.
  • There was a lot of movement in the middle of the poll because there were a lot of teams that were ranked in the second or third tier that lost, but didn't deserve to move out of the poll entirely. Meanwhile, most of the teams in the fourth and fifth tier won. This creates mass confusion as to where teams should be ranked.
  • I'm not sure if Houston should be ranked or not. If someone gives me a compelling argument why it should be back in the poll and a team that should drop out, I'd be willing to listen. Yes, the Cougars have solid wins to hang their hat on, but they've struggled recently and their two losses have been to marginal teams. CMU has a win on the road against Michigan State and its two losses were against BCS school Arizona and Boston College. Right now I think it's better than Houston.
  • Stanford makes a huge jump. Most points ever against USC and in the Coliseum gets my attention. The Cardinal were No. 24 on my ballot last week and leap frog over a few teams to No. 17.
  • As with most weeks this season, valid arguments can be made for movement of any teams outside the Top 10. We've got three more weeks for this to shake out, but I doubt the picture will be any clearer then, either.