Monday, October 12, 2009

The Week 6 "4th and Fail" College Football Top 10

Each writer for this blog, weekly, will compile their own top ten college football ballot. For each ballot, first place gets ten points, second place gets nine, and so on. We will then add together the totals and bring to you our collective poll. With that said, I present to you the Week 6 "4th and Fail" College Football Poll.

Here's last week's poll, as a reference point for you.

Final Ballot (with Total Points in parentheses)

1. Alabama (29)
2. Florida (28)
3. Texas (24)
4. Virginia Tech (21)
5. Cincinnati (17)
6. USC (13)
7. Boise State (11)
8. Miami (10)
9. Iowa (9)
10. Ohio State (2)
Others receiving votes: Oregon (1)

The voting breakdown is as follows, with brief explanations from each writer:

-TV's ballot.

1. Florida
2. Alabama
3. Texas
4. Virginia Tech
5. Cincinnati
6. Iowa
7. Boise State
8. Miami
9. USC
10. Ohio State

This week, I swapped UF up to the number one spot, if only temporarily. Flat out, the defense dominated LSU, and the game was never really in doubt, despite running a dumb-downed offense. Plus they ended that absurd Saturday night win streak in Death Valley. I'm not trying to take away from 'Bama, because they've still been the most impressive team to date, just wanted to show UF love for the win at LSU. VT moves up to fourth after a thrashing of BC. Cincinnati has a huge game with USF on Thursday, so they could be dropped soon, or have potential to rise. Iowa jumps to sixth after a big win against Michigan to remain undefeated. Still have to respect Boise State as an undefeated team, despite not being in a BCS conference, followed by one-loss teams Miami and USC. Ohio State cracks my top ten this week to round it out.

- Ted's ballot.

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Texas
4. Virginia Tech
5. Cincinnati
6. USC
7 Miami
8. Boise St.
9. Iowa
10. Oregon

Explanation: The Tide and the Gators are in a dead heat. I almost put Florida in the top spot, but Alabama's resume is still a bit better for now. They both have consecutive road wins against SEC teams but Alabama also has the neutral site win over Virginia Tech which is looking better by the week. The only jump I made was the aforementioned Hokies leaping Cincinnati, because of another landslide victory and their close win against Nebraska from a few weeks ago is looking even better now. Filling out the last two spots which were vacated by LSU and Auburn both losing are Iowa and Oregon. Iowa because they are undefeated and even though the schedule isn't tough, 6-0 is impressive. Oregon got the nod over Ohio St because they lost on the road and it was week one. Ohio St has started doing it's thing again though, and pretty soon they will be back in the hunt for the BCS Championship Game.

- Wooj's ballot.

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Texas
4. VT
5. USC
6. Cincy
7. Boise St.
8. Miami
9. Iowa
10. Ohio St.
Teams knocking on the door: USF, TCU, Oregon

Explanation: After some more deliberation I decided to shake up my top 10 a bit. Alabama continues to impress every week by handling their respective opponents. Therefore, I decided to put them ahead of a Florida team who has not impressed me yet. However, there is no reason to kick Florida out of the top 2 for still winning games. Texas comes in at #3 as they set up for the Red River Shootout against an OU team that is once again led by Sam Bradford. VT got the monkey off of their back by defeating BC in the regular season quite handily, and therefore moving up to #4. USC comes in at #5 after their bye week, and they will be clashing with long-time rival ND this weekend. Undefeated Cincy comes in at #6, and their top 10 status will be on the line on Thursday Night as one of the teams knocking on my list’s door, USF, will take on them for the privilege to be on my list. Boise St. was jumped by USC and Cincy because they are a large mystery with a lack of schedule strength, but the Broncos will continue to look good as long as Oregon continues to shine. The Miami Hurricanes come in at #8 after their thrashing of Florida A&M, and they will be in action against UCF this weekend. The Iowa Hawkeyes crack the top 10 after their win against Tool Forcier and the Michigan Wolverines. The Ohio St. Buckeyes have made my list after handily beating the Badgers of Wisconsin 31-13…LSU showing their true colors also helped.

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