Monday, November 2, 2009

The Week 9 "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's last week's poll, as a reference point.

Final Ballot (with Total Points in parentheses)

1. Florida (29)
2. Texas (27)
3. Alabama (26)
4. Cincinnati (19)
5. Iowa (18)
6. Oregon (17)
7. TCU (10)
LSU (8)
9. Boise State (7)
10. Georgia Tech (5)

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

-TV's ballot.

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

Explanation: Florida and Texas both looked dominant, so yes, I dropped Bama after their bye week. Cincy is still winning, so I've got them fourth. Oregon has been so impressive since the Blount incident. That's part of the reason they are ahead of an undefeated Iowa, but it's also because Indiana is really bad. If Iowa bounces back next week, they'll rejoin the top 5. TCU and Boise are still winning, but not really playing anyone. LSU and GT round out the top 10, with LSU coming in ahead of GT because it took GT until the fourth quarter to distance themselves from the 110th best offense in the nation in Vandy.

- Ted's ballot

1. Texas
2. Florida
3. Alabama
4. Cincinnati
5. Iowa
6. Oregon
7. LSU
8. Georgia Tech
9. TCU
10. Boise St.
Explanation: Texas has been the best team over the last several weeks and did something that Florida and Alabama have not. They went to top 15 team's house and won soundly. I hate to penalize teams that were idle, like Alabama was, but Florida and Texas were too impressive not to move up. Iowa probably deserves to be lower but so long as they have zero losses, they aren't falling. As for Boise St and TCU, they remain undefeated, but Oregon, LSU, and Georgia Tech have much better resumes and have played multiple tough games. TCU and Boise St. are essentially in a competition between each other for an automatic BCS spot. It will most likely come down to TCU's game against Utah, who at the moment is still ranked. The Horned Frogs have a chance for another big game while the Broncos don't.

- Wooj's ballot

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

Explanation: I’m not about to push Alabama out of the top 3 like the BCS has just because they had a bye. I also will not push Texas ahead of Florida because Florida decided to look like the #2 team in this week’s poll. Texas had a big win, and they still do not need to worry as long as they just win out. Iowa stays at #4 because even though Indiana gave them more of a scare than necessary – they are still the undefeated Big 10 (Little 11) frontrunners. Oregon stays in at #5 for winning the aforementioned match in which the winner would stay ahead of the Bearcats (Who come in at #6 because I don’t think being undefeated in the Big East is very impressive at all). TCU stays ahead of Boise St. as they fill in the 7 and 8 spots. Although I still believe that LSU is completely overrated they have been given the #9 spot because they are still a 1-loss SEC team that “controls their own fate.” Georgia Tech stays at #10 for having problems with Vandy.

On the cusp: Penn St. and Pitt.

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