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Gobbler Country's Preliminary Week 9 BlogPoll Ballot

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The biggest mover this week is Mizzou, which proved me wrong by beating the No. 1 team in the BCS standings and moving into the Top 10. I looked down on Mizzou the first seven weeks of the season and really don't have any reason to anymore. The full poll as well as explanations are after the jump. The final ballot is due Wednesday morning, so get in your complaints and grievances by Tuesday night.

Games Watched: UCLA at Oregon, South Florida at Cincinnati, Michigan State at Northwestern, Nebraska at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma at Missouri, Washington at Arizona (50%), Duke at Virginia Tech.


  • Again, I said I wasn't going to rank the Hokies until at least after the Georgia Tech game, no matter how good they looked against CMU, Wake and Duke. I'm standing by that. Yes, the Hokies are coming off three consecutive blow out wins, but they were still against CMU, Wake Forest and Duke, fercryinoutloud.
  • Boise State and Oregon stay at No. 1 and No. 2, however Auburn moves into No. 3. I'm still high on No. 4 TCU and expect the Frogs to handle the rest of their schedule, but Auburn and Cam Newton just look ridiculous at this point and have wins over four Top 25 teams and another win against a good Clemson squad.
  • Alabama jumps Michigan State. This is more of an "eye test" move. I think the Tide just looks better than the Spartans, despite their one loss. Sparty struggled with Northwestern, but has a chance to prove their worthy of a move up this weekend against Iowa.
  • Utah is slowly but surely proving it's worthy of a better ranking than I've been giving it. Its next two games against Air Force and TCU give the Utes a chance to make a good jump.