Monday, November 9, 2009

The Week 10 "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 7 "4th and Fail" College Football Poll.

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

Final Ballot (with Total Points in parentheses)

T-1. Florida (27)
T-1. Texas (27)
T-1. Alabama (27)
4. Cincinnati (21)
5. TCU (18)
6. Boise State (14)
7. Georgia Tech (13)
Iowa (6)
T-8. Pittsburgh (6)
T-10. LSU (2)
T-10. Oregon (2)
T-10. Utah (2)

Thoughts: Um, wow. This has got to be as odd a poll as we have seen so far this season. Apparently all three of us see no distinction between UF, Bama and Texas, but there is a gap between those three and the next group of teams. But there is also quite a gap between the middle-of-the-pack and the bottom tier of the top ten.

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

-TV's ballot.

1. Florida
2. Texas
3. Alabama
4. Cincinnati
5. TCU
6. Georgia Tech
7. Boise State
8. Iowa
9. Pittsburgh
10. LSU

Explanation: The top three have not changed, and Cincinnati survived a late push by UCONN to stay undefeated. TCU cracks the top five after Iowa suffered from Dennis Dixon Syndrome. GT is now probably the best one-loss team, so they come in ahead of Boise. Iowa stays in the top 10 because they still control their destiny in the Big 10 despite the loss to Nowrthwestern (and not the good Northwestern that plays high school ball in Miami). Pitt cracks the top 10 because well, they only have one loss. And LSU is the lone two-loss team in my ballot because their two losses are to two of the top three teams in my ballot -- plus they got jobbed out of that interception.

- Ted's ballot

1. Texas
2. Alabama
3. Florida
4. Cincinnati
5. TCU
6. Boise St.
7. Georgia Tech
8. Pittsburgh
9. Utah
10. LSU
Explanation: The top six shapes up pretty easily. It really doesn't matter where Texas, Florida, and Alabama are, they all control their own destiny to the National Campionship game. I think Texas has the best and most complete team as of right now. Both the Gators and Crimson Tide offenses are still a bit underwhelming. Georgia Tech is now the best one-loss team in the mix and has a chance to finish with a mighty-strong resume (rivalry game vs Georgia and ACC title game left to play). By no means do I think Pittsburgh and Utah are the 8th and 9th best teams in the country, but by default they have moved up. They do have nice resumes, but both have a game against a top five opponenet coming up. I'm keeeping LSU in the ten spot because they're the best two-loss team by a distance, although Ohio State is lurking, FML.

- Wooj's ballot

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Texas
4. Cincinnati
5. TCU
6. Boise St.
7. Georgia Tech
8. Iowa
9. Oregon
10. Pitt.

Explanation: The top 3 remain as is for surviving the week unscathed. Cincinnati barely escaped an inspired UCONN effort, and they also edge out the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian for the #4 spot. Boise St. comes in at number 6 even though they needed all 4 quarters to earn a W against more weak opponents. Georgia Tech comes in at #7 after Wake Forest broke my Miami Hurricane-biased heart and let Georgia Tech remain as the class of the ACC Coastal Division. Iowa lost Stanzi and their undefeated season this past weekend, but seeing as they are a one-loss team in a decent conference they still deserve a spot in the top 10. I choose to show Oregon some love because there is no way that USC should be ahead of them after only one removed from the shellacking in Eugene. Finally, the Pitt. Panthers come in at the 10 spot in this week's poll until further notice.

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