Week 8 College Football BlogPoll: Where The Florida Gators Get One Spot Closer To No. 1

Week 8 of the college football season has come and gone, while my entry in the SB Nation College Football BlogPoll Top 25 has remained much the same. The players in the top 10 are the same names you saw one week ago, but there has been some movement. Even if that movement is minimal.

A few points:

• While some have moved our mighty Florida Gators to No. 1, I haven’t gone that far just yet. However, I do move the Gators to No. 2 with an eye on the top spot. Both Florida and the Alabama Crimson Tide have looked impressive, but the Tide’s balance at the moment gives them the edge for me. The Gators scored 44 against the South Carolina Gamecocks with minimal offensive production. Imagine what they could have done if firing on all cylinders. Until that happens though, Florida is just off of that top spot.

• The Oregon Ducks take the hit for Florida’s success and the continued rise of the Kansas State Wildcats. Oregon has done nothing to hurt itself, but Florida and Kansas State have been that much more impressive against better competition. The Ducks are a great team that could play for a national championship, but not if that game were played today.

• No. 5 and No. 6 continue to be held by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Oklahoma Sooners. That won’t be the case much longer as the two face off this coming Saturday. One will drop (if only slightly), while the other may find itself ranked even higher. Most have the LSU Tigers as their top one-loss team, but if the two faced off today on a neutral field, I think the Sooners would take it…easily. That’s a Fantasyland game that isn’t on the schedule, but I’d still imagine most would take Oklahoma.

• The West Virginia Mountaineers are in serious danger of falling right out of the top 25. Two weeks ago I had them at No. 4. After the blowout loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, they fell to No. 17. After another convincing defeat–this time to Kansas State–they have fallen to No. 24. Not only can’t the defense stop anyone, the offense is starting to struggle to score points as well. We have to all believe that those two losses won’t be the only ones the Mountaineers experience this season.

• Finally, the No. 19 Ohio Bobcats rose three spots this week. At 7-0, the Bobcats deserve the ranking, but even if they manage to get through the regular season undefeated, this isn’t a top-10 team.

Week 7 BlogPoll: Where The Florida Gators Become (A Justified) Top-3 Team

We’ve come to the week where the college football landscape is taking shape. Teams are halfway (or more) through their regular seasons and, while some are dead in the water, others still hold on to national championship hopes. Suddenly – and rather abruptly – our own Florida Gators are among those that remain in the discussion. You may not believe it, but the polls say so, and now so does the first official BCS rankings of the 2012 season. But that’s not this; this is my ballot in the week 7 SB Nation College Football BlogPoll.

A few points:

• I don’t have Florida No. 2. I don’t have them far behind at No. 3, but Oregon is my No. 2. Tell me I’m wrong. That’s fine, but the Ducks’ ability to score in bunches makes me believe that if the two played right now, the Gators would struggle to keep up. It would be the best defense Oregon would face by far, but they match Florida when it comes to speed. It would be a great game and in a couple of weeks I’d imagine I may change my stance on that, but for now, the Ducks are No. 2. Of course, I also have the feeling this matchup could very easily become West Virginia/Texas Tech.

• Maybe I’m subconsciously keeping the Gators away from the top spot or getting them too close to it. Look what I did to South Carolina. Gave them the top spot and now they need some luck to put themselves back into title contention.

• Oklahoma didn’t just impress me; the Sooners impressed a lot of people. That’s a defining win if there ever was one. The one loss hurts, but Oklahoma looks like they’ve rebounded nicely. No, much more than nicely. Tremendously.

• I don’t know what happened to West Virginia, but it was ugly, ugly, and a whole lot more ugly. Texas Tech enters the poll, although the delta doesn’t reflect that. No they weren’t No. 17 last week; they weren’t ranked.

• Duke didn’t last long at all. They lasted one entire week. My jinx is alive and well y’all. (Taking “y’all” out for a spin there. It didn’t work, did it? No. Moving on.)

2013 Football Recruiting: Jordan Sherit Visits Florida; Gators In Good Shape With Defensive End

Jordan Sherit visited Florida last weekend and with all eyes planted firmly on the four-star defensive end, he had good things to say about the Gators. Sherit is enjoying the recruiting process to the fullest, but Florida may be in the best shape to gain a commitment from the Tampa, FL (Hillsborough) defender.

Sherit told Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports.com he could have seen himself committing to the Gators during his visit. He was the only visitor and received special attention from Will Muschamp and the rest of the coaching staff. Sherit said he loved every minute of the visit and values what Florida has to offer both athletically and academically. He also appreciates the fact that Muschamp didn’t pressure him into committing, but instead told him to take his time and come to the decision on his own. It doesn’t hurt that Tampa is just a quick trip away down I-75.

Both 247Sports and Rivals give Sherit four stars. 247 ranks him as the No. 6 overall weak-side defensive end while Rivals has him as the No. 6 overall strong-side DE. ESPN and Scout don’t break the tie as both put him at the more generic position of just defensive end. With the attention Sherit is getting, he definitely has a chance to climb all of the lists as his senior year approaches.

Despite his near eagerness to commit during visits, Sherit has yet to do so and it could be a while until he announces his school of choice. He plans on making additional visits during the summer to see how other schools compare to Florida. Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford currently round out his favorites, but the Gators are thought to hold the lead. The 2013 class doesn’t have a defensive end among its ranks, only making it more enticing for Sherit to join the fold.

SB Nation Week 10 BlogPoll Top 25

The entire SB Nation BlogPoll in all its glory. The TBG ballot here.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 10

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (76) 25.11 2.61
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (15) 24.41 2.53
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.82 2.27
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 2.21
5 Boise St. Broncos 21.32 1.82 Arrow_up 1
6 Oregon Ducks 19.91 1.90 Arrow_up 1
7 Oklahoma Sooners 18.97 1.24 Arrow_up 4
8 Arkansas Razorbacks 17.18 2.02 Arrow_up 1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 16.68 1.67 Arrow_up 4
10 Clemson Tigers 15.36 2.16 Arrow_down -5
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 13.92 2.81 Arrow_up 4
12 Virginia Tech Hokies 13.06 2.72 Arrow_up 2
13 Houston Cougars 11.84 4.10 Arrow_up 5
14 Michigan Wolverines 11.43 3.21 Arrow_up 3
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions 10.57 3.47 Arrow_up 4
16 Michigan St. Spartans 10.07 2.37 Arrow_down -6
17 Kansas St. Wildcats 9.87 3.75 Arrow_down -9
18 Wisconsin Badgers 7.99 3.18 Arrow_down -6
19 Georgia Bulldogs 6.79 3.07 Arrow_up 4
20 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6.56 2.82 Arrow_up 2
21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4.58 3.04 Arrow_up 9
22 USC Trojans 3.87 3.97 Arrow_down -1
23 Cincinnati Bearcats 3.76 3.50 Arrow_up 1
24 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 2.26 2.81 Arrow_up 2
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 2.24 2.73
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Washington Huskies | Texas A&M Aggies | Ohio St. Buckeyes | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Florida St. Seminoles | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Missouri Tigers | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Florida Gators | North Carolina Tar Heels | Virginia Cavaliers | Wyoming Cowboys
Updated: Nov 1, 2011 9:51 AM EDT

The Bull Gator Week 8 BlogPoll Top 25

Top 10 unchanged. No real reason to change it. Some movement after that, but not a lot. We do have the addition of two-loss teams to the poll for the first time this season. Congrats Texas A&M and Auburn, you have made it.

The Bull Gator Week 7 BlogPoll Top 25

If Florida had been able to keep it close, the Gators might have found themselves still in my top 25. That wasn’t the case though and instead they drop out along with upcoming opponent Auburn.

Much like the AP, my top 10 remains unchanged. Nothing stood out at me to make me shuffle them around this week. You’ll also notice there isn’t a two-loss team among the bunch. At this point, it’s too hard to distinguish which was the best of the bunch. The Gators, for instance, lost to my no. 1 and my no. 2, but did so by a combined 58 points. Texas A&M, on the other hand, lost to my no. 5 and no. 10 in much closer games, but blew huge leads doing so. So for this week, no two-loss teams. Debate away.

The Bull Gator Week 6 BlogPoll Top 25

BlogPoll time and this week there are plenty of changes. Florida-beater Alabama took the top spot away from LSU – the Gators next opponent. From no. 8 to no. 15, there are risers with the exception of Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have started the season well, but I’m still not sure what to think of their defense. And at no. 16, there’s our team. You can determine whether a drop of four spots is too little or not. My reasoning: the Gators have some serious areas to work on, but damn the Tide are good. Debate if you must.

SB Nation Week 5 BlogPoll Top 25

You’ve seen the TBG entry, now here’s the final poll.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 5

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (71) 24.73 0.55 Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12) 23.72 0.74 Arrow_up 1
3 Oklahoma Sooners (9) 23.33 1.03 Arrow_down -2
4 Boise St. Broncos 20.41 2.55
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 20.23 1.85 Arrow_up 2
6 Wisconsin Badgers 19.25 3.07 Arrow_down -1
7 Stanford Cardinal 19.25 2.37 Arrow_down -1
8 Nebraska Cornhuskers 16.89 2.92 Arrow_up 1
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 15.12 3.05 Arrow_up 1
10 Florida Gators 14.76 2.42 Arrow_up 5
11 Oregon Ducks 14.52 4.34
12 Virginia Tech Hokies 14.16 3.21 Arrow_up 1
13 Clemson Tigers 13.61 3.86 Arrow_up 6
14 Baylor Bears 10.51 3.36 Arrow_up 4
15 South Florida Bulls 10.36 3.81 Arrow_up 2
16 Texas A&M Aggies 10.03 4.47 Arrow_down -8
17 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 7.65 4.50 Arrow_up 6
18 Michigan Wolverines 7.43 4.26 Arrow_up 3
19 Texas Longhorns 7.15 3.65 Arrow_up 1
20 Arkansas Razorbacks 6.49 4.19 Arrow_down -6
21 Illinois Fighting Illini 4.85 4.22 Arrow_up 3
22 West Virginia Mountaineers 4.22 3.16 Arrow_down -6
23 TCU Horned Frogs 3.62 3.36 Arrow_up 2
24 Arizona St. Sun Devils 3.00 2.89 Arrow_up 13
25 Florida St. Seminoles 2.84 3.28 Arrow_down -13
Others Receiving Votes: Houston Cougars | Iowa St. Cyclones | Michigan St. Spartans | Kansas St. Wildcats | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Texas Tech Red Raiders | USC Trojans | Utah Utes | Ohio St. Buckeyes | Auburn Tigers | North Carolina Tar Heels | Georgia Bulldogs | Washington Huskies | Missouri Tigers | Temple Owls | Vanderbilt Commodores | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Fla. International Golden Panthers | Tennessee Volunteers | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Cincinnati Bearcats
Updated: Sep 27, 2011 9:01 AM EDT

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011

The Bull Gator Week 5 BlogPoll Top 25

Back again for another week as the season really begins to shape up. Below you’ll find my entry in this week’s SB Nation BlogPoll. Plenty of movement this week, although most of it is minor shifting. The same horse is in the lead, but with tough match ups ahead, that could change quickly. Unlike a certain big-name poll, a two-loss team we all know and…well, whatever…didn’t make the ballot. Discuss if you wish.

The Bull Gator Week 4 BlogPoll Top 25

It’s BlogPoll time again. We’re three weeks into the season and definitely starting to get a better idea of which teams may truly have a shot at the national title. It’s still early, but we’ve already seen some stumbles. Feel free to disagree with whatever I have here. That’s why it’s posted.