Week 15 BlogPoll Top 25: The Rematch Is Real

The last one of these for a while as the regular season came to a close. Bowl season is now upon us and that means no more weekly updates. I know, I know. It’s a sad time. You crave weekly polls to justify your belief that some team should be ranked No. 16 and not No. 17. Well I’m sorry, but it’s over. That ship has sailed and we move forward toward bowls aplenty and a rematch for the national championship.

My thoughts are in tune with that of the BCS Standings. The LSU Tigers will face the Alabama Crimson Tide for all the candy and that crystal football. You may not agree with rematches and you may believe the Oklahoma State Cowboys made their case for No. 2 with a huge win over their biggest rivals, but Bama has the better loss (only in sports do we talk about “better losses”). My question is who gets the title if the Tide pull out a 9-6 overtime win? Maybe Orson Charles can split the football in equal pieces for both teams.

The big winners of the week were the Clemson Tigers, a team that was given little or no chance to win the ACC Championship. The Tigers proved beating a team twice in one season may not be so hard after all.

The biggest losers were the previously undefeated Houston Cougars. Drop your undefeated season in the fashion they did and you’re sure to plummet.

There it is, the last poll of 2011. Miss it. You know you will.

Week 14 BlogPoll Top 25: Alabama, Take Your Seat At The Table

We have one team set to play in the national championship game and another needing one final victory. At this point, you better get used to the idea of a rematch if you haven’t already, because the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide are on their way to one. Additional comments below.

There you have it. One half of the national championship game has been all but determined. It will take a BCS miracle – or debacle depending on how you look at it – to knock Alabama out of the no. 2 spot, so that’s where they sit in my poll as well.

No. 3 is up for debate. Both the BCS Standings and AP Top 25 put the Oklahoma State Cowboys in that spot, but I’m in line with the USA Today Poll and have them at no. 5. Look, I was all for the Cowboys playing for the title, but then they lost to the Iowa State Cyclones in a game they were leading 17-7 early and turned over the ball five times. If they can rebound against the rival Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, then we can discuss their ranking again, but for now, they have the harder climb in my opinion.

Not that no. 3 really matters. It all may be said and done for anyone other than LSU and Bama. The risers of the week – the Virginia Tech Hokies – are in that spot in my poll and, like Oklahoma State and the Stanford Cardinal, will be cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday. Cheer all you want; I don’t see an upset happenining.

The Arkansas Razorbacks were tied for the drop of the week, but win the honor outright because of what they may have lost. It’s all over for Arkansas, but you can be proud of a season in which you only lost to no. 1 and no. 2. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but the SEC West gave no free passes this season.

On to conference championship weekend and one final BlogPoll before the bowl games are decided.

John Brantley’s "Career" Day

It was bound to happen. We didn’t know when or what it would all mean, but eventually Florida Gators’ quarterback John Brantley would have his “career” day. It was the 11th game of his second season as the starter, but for one game it came together and gave us all hope there was enough fuel in no. 12’s tank for just two more.

Here’s the line Brantley put up against the Furman Paladins: 16-for-28, 329 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

It’s not a great stat line and not even close to the best you’ve seen this season. Take a look at the Oklahoma State Cowboys for instance. Brandon Weeden has had four or more touchdowns three times in 2011 and has only had three games in which he passed for less than Brantley’s 329 yards. But that’s not the point.

And the point in this particular case isn’t the opponent either. It’s what we witnessed and what Brantley did. One touchdown covered 64 yards, another 80. There was one point in the second quarter when Brantley completed five-straight passes totaling 159 yards. The last two of those completions went for scores. His completion percentage wasn’t that of an All-American, the game as a whole may be forgotten in a few years, but for one game, we caught a glimpse of what Brantley could do in the type of offense he was made for.

Part of us wishes this has happened weeks ago, months ago, or even more than a year ago. Instead, we never quite knew what we had in Brantley. We were aware of the hype and had heard of the potential, but little was consistent. A lot contributed to that though, much of which was beyond Brantley’s control. He can’t shoulder the blame for the gigantic offensive question mark the Gators have carried with them for the past two seasons. Regardless, we wanted him to eventually shine through.

If it was just the one time, to witness it may have been anticlimactic, but it was oddly comforting. If it carries over to an aerial display against the Florida State Seminoles and into the bowl game, it will give us at least one positive note on the end of the 2011 season. You may not be a John Brantley fan, but for one day he made a number of us proud. Brantley will get off the roller coaster soon after one of the rougher rides we can remember. He was a good kid that powered through the dips while rarely experiencing the peaks. Saturday was a peak and one he should look back on fondly.

The Bull Gator Week 12 BlogPoll Top 25

The TBG entry in the BlogPoll in all its glory with expanded commentary below…

LSU and Oklahoma State hold the inside track to play for the national title, but you already knew that. Houston keeps winning, but is as much of a long shot as Boise State is year after year. The Broncos and Stanford did make the picture a little clearer though by bowing out of the race. Where things will get interesting is if the Tigers or Cowboys lose.

If LSU does lose a game, can you realistically take Alabama or Oregon – two teams the Tigers beat – over them? No you can’t, but as we’ve seen in the past, losing late in the season hurts more than losing early. The Ducks’ loss to the Tigers has almost reached out of site, out of mind status.

If Oklahoma State drops one, is the possibility of a LSU-Bama rematch restored? The Crimson Tide would be the most attractive team to play for the title with only one very close loss to the nation’s top team, but they also wouldn’t have won their own conference. Of course, the alternative isn’t much better. The Ducks could win the Pac-12, but like Bama, Oregon has already lost to LSU.

All of that and it boils down to this, the picture is only clear if the Tigers and Cowboys win out. If one, or both, don’t, enjoy the chaos.

The big climbers of the week are Georgia (up four spots) and Michigan (up five). The Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East, which is almost laughable considering none of us expected that before the season. It wouldn’t be the first time the “experts” crowned a champion too early. The Wolverines are part of a Big Ten contingent at 8-2 that makes that conference about as easy to figure out as all the scandal surrounding it.

The biggest losers of the week are Cincinnati (falling 10 spots) and Penn State (a 12-spot drop and a season that will be difficult to salvage due to one of the darkest clouds hanging over it we’ve ever seen). The Bearcats still have the inside track to the Big East while the Nittany Lions 5-1 Big Ten record could quickly become 5-3 with visits to Ohio State and Wisconsin to close the regular season.

One team to keep an eye on is Southern Miss who could quietly move into the top 10 before all is said and done.

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

SB Nation Week 9 BlogPoll Top 25

You’ve seen the TBG submission; now view the whole thing. And yes, Florida got votes. For the full write up and a number of awards passed about, go here.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 9

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (74) 25.44 3.86
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12) 24.65 3.73
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.65 3.28 Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 3.18 Arrow_up 3
5 Clemson Tigers 21.25 2.84 Arrow_up 3
6 Boise St. Broncos 21.12 2.66
7 Oregon Ducks 19.13 2.53 Arrow_up 2
8 Kansas St. Wildcats 17.02 0.96 Arrow_up 3
9 Arkansas Razorbacks 16.69 1.35 Arrow_up 1
10 Michigan St. Spartans 16.33 1.89 Arrow_up 4
11 Oklahoma Sooners 15.44 0.85 Arrow_down -8
12 Wisconsin Badgers 14.67 1.50 Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.32 2.69 Arrow_down -1
14 Virginia Tech Hokies 11.74 2.33 Arrow_up 1
15 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.85 2.94 Arrow_up 1
16 Texas A&M Aggies 8.89 3.22 Arrow_up 2
17 Michigan Wolverines 8.50 2.00
18 Houston Cougars 8.45 3.81 Arrow_up 2
19 Penn St. Nittany Lions 6.70 3.15 Arrow_up 5
20 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5.42 3.40
21 USC Trojans 5.07 3.63 Arrow_up 7
22 Arizona St. Sun Devils 4.89 3.12 Arrow_up 3
23 Georgia Bulldogs 3.63 2.73 Arrow_up 3
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 2.86 2.68 Arrow_up 6
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.25 2.02 Arrow_down -12
Others Receiving Votes: Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Baylor Bears | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Syracuse Orange | Florida St. Seminoles | Washington Huskies | Miami Hurricanes | Illinois Fighting Illini | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | SMU Mustangs | Florida Gators | Iowa Hawkeyes | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | BYU Cougars | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Arkansas St. Red Wolves
Updated: Oct 25, 2011 9:02 AM EDT

The Bull Gator Week 9 BlogPoll Top 25

Plenty of movement this week as we lost a few among the ranks of the undefeated. It starts to get interesting now with few left with no losses. LSU and Alabama will play each other, so another will fall soon, giving any of those next few in line a chance to move into the top two.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Bull Gator Ballot – Week 9

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU Tigers Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_down -1
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal Arrow_up 2
5 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_up 2
6 Clemson Tigers Arrow_up 3
7 Kansas St. Wildcats Arrow_up 4
8 Oregon Ducks
9 Houston Cougars Arrow_up 5
10 Arkansas Razorbacks
11 Michigan St. Spartans Arrow_up 7
12 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers
14 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -11
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions Arrow_up 1
16 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_down -1
17 Virginia Tech Hokies
18 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 1
19 USC Trojans
20 Texas A&M Aggies Arrow_up 3
21 Georgia Bulldogs
22 Texas Tech Red Raiders
23 Texas Longhorns
24 Arizona St. Sun Devils
25 Cincinnati Bearcats
Dropouts: West Virginia Mountaineers, Washington Huskies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Illinois Fighting Illini, Auburn Tigers, SMU Mustangs
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings »

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.