Monday, November 16, 2009

The Week 11 "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 11 "4th and Fail" College Football Poll.

Here's last week's poll for a reference point.

Final Ballot (with Total Points in parentheses)

1. Alabama (38)
T-2. Florida (35)
T-2. Texas (35)
4. TCU (27)
5. Cincinnati (25)
T-6. Georgia Tech (18)
T-6. Boise State (18)
8. Pittsburgh (12)
9. LSU (5)
10. Ohio State (4).

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. Pittsburgh
9. Ohio State
10. LSU

Explanation: The top three have not changed, nor will they until one of them loses, and Cincinnati keeps getting it done -- now with both Collaros and Pike. TCU was impressive in its thrashing of Utah, and Georgia Tech booked its trip to Jacksonville for the ACC title game. Boise is still lingering and undefeated, despite a less-than-impressive schedule. Ohio State clinched the Big Ten with a win over Iowa, so they get some love in this poll, and LSU is still the best two-loss team.

-Ted's ballot

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

Explanation: To help me with my ballot this week, I consulted with the Jeff Sagarin computer rankings. I mainly tried to get a better sense of the schedule each team has faced. The other factor in some of my poll shuffling this week is that I like a team that makes a statement. The two biggest statements this weekend were TCU and Alabama. That's why they each bumped up a spot. This week also features the unfortunate return of Ohio St. I don't know how I should feel about them making a BCS bowl again. I'm really tired of them, and don't wish them any success, ever. But, they will face a Pac-10 team (Probably Oregon or Stanford) who should steamroll them. Another humiliating loss on the national stage would be gratifying at least.

- Wooj's ballot

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

Explanation: The top 3 stay unscatched and on their respective collision courses. Cincy's Friday night struggle and TCU's convincing win over Utah has prompted be to switch their positions on my list. Boise State remains at 6 for once again not playing a meaningful schedule. Georgia Tech comes in at #7 as the top 1 loss team. The Wannstaches of Pittsburgh U come in at #8 this week after most likely nailing the proverbial coffin of Charlie Weis' coaching career at ND. Oregon comes in at #9 as the top 2 win team and the likely winners of the Pac-10 Conference. Finally, as much as I hate them, the Buckeyes of Ohio State did win the Big 10 through a tiebreaker with Iowa and they will be heading to the Rose Bowl. Therefore, I must give them some credit and stick them at #10 on my list.


We also have a guest ballot this week coming from a friend of the site, Chucker. He did a favor for us the other day, and this is how we reciprocate that favor.

- Guest ballot: Chucker.

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

Explanation: Good to be here folks, hope I’m not a “one-hit wonder”. Bama gets the top nod here after easily taking care of a Mississippi State team that Florida struggled to put away. Texas seemed to finally hit their stride and look to cruise on into Pasadena. TCU edges out Cincy for the 4th spot after the Bearcats squeaked out a W against West Virginia. Georgia Tech (and their nauseating offense) remains the best one-loss team after clinching a birth in the ACC title game (good luck selling that one out) and undefeated Boise continues to hang around following their manhandling of the Vandals. The great “Wannstache” and his Panthers come in at number 8 while the Tigers and Ducks round out the top 10. Couldn’t bring myself to put Ohio St. in the top 10 well…because it’s Ohio St, and because it’s the Big Ten.


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