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Gobbler Country's Preliminary Week 14 BlogPoll Ballot

You have a say in these rankings, so please leave your gripes in the comments. This ballot is supposed to represent the Gobbler Country community, not just my personal opinions. We always start with my opinions and change the ballot based on what you guys feel. Final ballot is due Wednesday morning.

Games Watched: Oregon State at Oregon, Central Michigan vs. Ohio, Nebraska vs. Texas, Georgia Tech vs. Clemson. Games Listened To: Florida vs. Alabama.

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

  • First and foremost, I have moved TCU ahead of Texas. This comes on the heels of Texas' last-second win over Nebraska. For the record, I am graduate of the University of Oklahoma and I have a strong dislike of Texas. But while I'm biased against the Longhorns, I think the two teams' resumes merits moving TCU ahead of Texas.
  • Texas struggled in each of its last two games against Texas A&M and Nebraska and probably should have lost to the Huskers. Its best wins are over Oklahoma and at Oklahoma State and those two wins don't seem as shiny as the Longhorns would have liked.
  • TCU challenged itself in non-conference with road wins over Virginia and Clemson. While UVa wasn't very good this year, Clemson was at that turned out to be a good victory the Horned Frogs can hang their hat on. I also think that in the end the Mountain West was a tougher conference than the Big 12 this year. Both have the same number of ranked teams on my ballot, with Utah being higher than Nebraska and BYU being higher than Oklahoma State.
  • While this is a very close call, I have to move TCU ahead of Texas. The Horned Frogs were playing a lot better at the end of the year than Texas was and have a slightly better resume.
  • Everything else is pretty self explanatory. Nothing major happened because so many teams had the week off. Georgia Tech jumped a few idle teams after its win over Clemson.
  • These ranking aren't set in stone. If there's a good enough argument to move any team up or down, it'll happen. Remember, you have until Wednesday to get teams moved around.