Posted on: November 9, 2008 12:36 am
Edited on: November 9, 2008 12:45 am


Another great week in college football. The ALA-LSU game was one of my favorites to watch, love the hard hitting, and the intensity. Of course it went to OT. Texas Tech rolled again, which is very impressive. The ACC is still really tough to figure out. The Big East is still a mess with Cincinnati making a splash. The spots after 15 or so are really tough to fill out right now, might as well flip a coin. Forgot a quick shoutout to Tennessee and Illinois...nice work your giving Flame more fuel for the Non-BCS argument. Without further ado...

Name: bigtenboy07

1. Texas Tech- LW 2- The Red Raiders finally have me convinced all the way. With the way this team is playing defense now they are the top team in the country. Their offense is incredible as usual, but their improved defense and running game finally have them contending in the big time. An off week (deserved) and then a trip to Norman.
2. Alabama- LW 1- The Tide made several mistakes against a fired up LSU squad. They came away with an impressive win in Death Valley. Their ability to throw the ball to beat you is something I find suspect. Their defense is still very good. Their showdown with Florida in the SEC CG will be for a spot in the NC Game.
3. Florida- LW 4- This team is on cruise control. Timmy Tebow is back to his usual beastmode self, and is dominating again. The defense led by Spikes is improving every week. The speed this team has…is just scary.
4. Texas- LW 5- Hookem Horns continues to go through the Big 12. They got the really tough ones out of the way and have to stay focused. Unless Texas Tech loses they cannot get to the Big 12 CCG, they will be very tough in a BCS game though.
5. University of Southern California- LW 5- Cal is one of the better teams on their schedule and they won the game. I am not sure how good this team really is. They haven’t really been tested by a really good opponent yet. Still have doubts about this team.
6. Oklahoma- LW 7- The Sooners can score with the best of them…and they will have to in order to hang with TTU in a couple of weeks. Sam Bradford throws it all over the field, and their talented group of WR makes moves after the catch. The defense continues to be a slight question mark in my mind.
7. Pennsylvania State University- LW 3- The game against Iowa turned out to be a trap. Please remember the name Shonn Greene because he is a monster. Penn State did not look great, but this team is still better than the rest. If they win against Indiana (duh) and Michigan State (likely) they will go to the Rose Bowl, not a bad season for old Joe Pa (The game was mismanaged though, in the wind as well).
8. Boise State- LW 9- This team is one that I have trouble figuring out. They look very good against their competition, but their competition hasn’t been much at all. A win against Oregon is really the only hallmark on the schedule. I guess we will see after they run the WAC and play in a BCS game.
9. Utah- LW 10- A nice win over TCU this week. Brian Johnson leads the team well, and will lead them to an undefeated season (still have BYU), doubtful for an at-large bid though.
10. Ohio State- LW 12- The Bucks offense looked better this week. If Pryor keeps improving this team will not only be dangerous down the stretch…but in the foreseeable future. The defense is solid as usual.
11. Oklahoma State- LW 8- Zac Robinson is still a very good QB, but they ran into a buzz saw. Their schedule has been very tough, but they can prove a lot by winning ‘BEDLAM’.
12. Missouri- LW 13- The offense appears to be back on track. Chase Daniel leads the offense, and the defense needs to continue to improve if they want a shot at winning the Big 12 Title game against one of those monsters from the South.
13. Georgia- LW 14- UGA wins a shootout in the SEC? It was good to see Matt Stafford get back on track. UGA can still get to the Capital One Bowl (disappointment), but might meet the also disappointed Buckeyes.
14. Brigham Young University- LW 16- The Cougars continue to climb back up the rankings in part due to Max Hall’s impressive performance at QB. How good are they really? We’ll find out…
15. Michigan State- LW 17- This team is not your uncle’s Michigan State. They are not going to fold like a lawnchair down the stretch. Dantonio has them playing well and Hoyer is playing just well enough to give Ringer room to run. An improved defense gives them a chance to beat Penn State in the final week.
16. Ball State- LW 19- Flame’s boys jump up the rankings in part because this is the first full game I have seen of theirs. Nate Davis is a very good QB who is NFL caliber. Winning the MAC will not get them in a BCS bowl, but small steps and the recognition from 08 could get them into a BCS game in 09 (if Davis stays).
17. North Carolina- LW 22- This team continues to win with Sexton (backup ) at QB. Their defense is tenacious. They are a team who is coached by Butch Davis and they just find a way to win. The ACC is wide open, but they are top of the class.
18. Pittsburgh- LW 23- Pitt handled Louisville easily. This team seems to finally have found their grove. Shady McCoy is one of the best RB’s in the country. We could see them in a BCS bowl…
19. Cincinnati- LW UR- The Bearcats beat WVU in OT this week. A very nice game for them. At 7-2 they still have Pitt but then SYR and @Hawaii (nice scheduling in Dec. by the way).
20. Florida State- LW UR- Bobby got a nice birthday gift an easy win (in the former Bowden Bowl). Ponder continues to improve as do the Noles. ACC champ?
21. Texas Christian University- LW 11- A tough loss to Utah this week on Thursday night. The Horned Frogs have a great defense, and could pose a problem to a BCS conference team in a bowl game.
22. Louisiana State University- LW 16- The Tigers played very well against the Tide. They matched up well, and played well on the lines. Their running game is very good, and could frankly beat the teams ranked behind them.
23. Tulsa- LW UR- Tulsa is recovering from their loss against Arkansas and are still a one loss team. Their schedule is weak, but their offense is still pretty impressive.
24. Oregon- LW UR- The Ducks have a solid offense, but have not beaten a good team all year.
25. Oregon State- LW UR- The Quiz is a beast at RB. He has been very good for them. This team still controls their own destiny in the Pac 10. Win out…and the title is theirs.

On the cusp: A ton of teams…Minnesota, Northwestern, BC, VT, South Carolina, and a couple more.

Dropped out: Georgia Tech (18), WVU (20), Cal (21), Minnesota (24), Maryland (25)
New Arrivals:  Cincinnati (19), Florida State (20), Tulsa (23), Oregon (24), Oregon State (25)

POW: Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech: Hate giving it to the same guy again but cannot deny 40/50 for 456 yards, and 6 TDs (no INTS!). Oklahoma State has a good defense too. What a great player, and your Heisman leader…

Category: NCAAF
Tags: TBDPITL, Top 25
Posted on: October 19, 2008 10:57 am
Edited on: October 19, 2008 12:17 pm


Wow what a weekend, a lot of shakeup this week as teams get into conference play and get their second loss of the season. Texas looks as dominating as ever, and the top 3 just got by. A couple of big matchups this week with Penn State visiting Ohio State and Texas hosting Oklahoma State. I had a tough time filling out the middle-bottom of the ballot. Really think after 13 or so the poll is wide open.

Here is the ballot folks...

Name: bigtenboy07

1. Texas- LW 1- The Horns dominated the Missouri Tigers at home and the offense looked outstanding. McCoy threw the ball 32 times…and it was incomplete 3 times. Crazy. The schedule for Texas is still very tough
2. Alabama- LW 2- Bama won the game against a scrappy Ole Miss team. However the biggest news for Tide fans will be the result of the injury of Terrance Cody. How hurt is the big fella? If he is out for any period of time that would really hurt the Tide as they have won most of the time because of outstanding line play (O and D).
3. Pennsylvania State University- LW 3- They appeared asleep for a while against Michigan. Perhaps they were looking towards Ohio State. 39 unanswered points left little doubt that Penn State is a very good football team. Big showdown in C-Bus where Joe Pa has not won since they entered the Big Ten.
4. Oklahoma- LW 4- Oklahoma offense looks very good again against a solid Kansas team. The defense still has me a bit worried. Sam Bradford is an outstanding QB, but they need a couple of Texas L’s to get to the Big 12 CG.
5. University of Southern California- LW 5- USC went on the road and beat the worst BCS team in the country. Sure the game wasn’t close…but no other team is close to as bad as WSU. Good game to inflate stats though…
6. Florida- LW 6- The Gators took care of the bye… The impressive win over LSU will leave a good taste in their mouth. A large matchup with UGA remains.
7. Texas Tech- LW 7- Still not in love with this team as they continue to look unimpressive. T&AM is not good, but it is a rivalry game so we can make an exception. They have a gauntlet of a schedule to prove themselves contender or pretender.
8. Oklahoma State- LW 9- The Pokes could have had a big letdown, but handled a talented Baylor team (watch out for Griffith). Zac Robinson is a very good QB, and Dez Bryant continues to make plays. They also have a great running game.
9. Georgia- LW 10- UGA climbs up a spot after a nice win against Vandy. Knowshon Moreno got some yards this week (172!). Finally they realized that if they gave him the ball enough…he would dominate. Novel idea…
10. Ohio State- LW 12- The Bucks showed up on the road and put up a 45 spot. The running offense was impressive, but they only passed the ball 11 times. The defense held Ringer to just 67 yards. A HUGE matchup for the Big Ten title looms in Columbus with the Nittany Lions.
11. Louisiana State University- LW 13- The Tigers fought off a tough South Carolina team on the road. They still need to figure out that QB spot…a tough date with Bama remains on their schedule.
12. Utah- LW 14 Utah beats down another inferior opponent. They continue to climb as others falter. They have a large matchup with BYU and one with TCU to see if they are worthy.
13. Boise State- LW 19- A shakeup in the middle of the poll and another impressive win over an improving Hawaii team jumps the Broncos up to 13. They still have to win the WAC and will most likely get an invite to a BCS bowl.
14. Pittsburgh- LW UR- LeSean McCoy is a great RB, and the team seems to be gelling under the stache. This team can still get to a BCS game…by winning the Big East.
15.South Florida- LW 15- South Florida wins again, and is probably still the favorite for the Big East, but their loss to Pitt puts them in a tough spot.
16. Texas Christian University- LW UR- This team jumps up the rankings after destroying a BYU team. The Horned Frogs have an outstanding defense, and their big win over BYU is impressive, and their only blemish is against Oklahoma.
17. Minnesota- LW 23- Minnesota is a team that is vastly improved. They are bowl eligible after a 1 win season. Weber is a very good QB you probably don’t know and Decker is a beast at WR. Their defense has an impressive front as well.
18. Georgia Tech- LW UR- The Ramblin Wreck is a team that can run the ball with their option look. They never seem to blow anyone out but they are very talented. Paul Johnson is a good coach.
18. Boston College- LW UR- BC gets an impressive win against VT. Who wants to win the ACC? Anyone? Bueller?
20. Tulsa- LW 23- Tulsa scored 77 points and put up 791 yards of offense. That is insane. This team probably will not get a BCS berth at this point, but they are a very solid team.
21. Northwestern- UR- This is a team that can do a little damage. Bacher needs to limit the number of picks if this team wants to upset a some people. This team is 6-1 folks. Their win AT Iowa is looking a little more impressive but their remaining schedule is tough (Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois). 
 22. Florida State- LW UR- The defense can be good, although they looked bad against NC State. If Ponder grows into the role of a good QB for them they can be pretty solid, especially in the ACC.
23. Missouri- The Tigers can still score it well, and Chase Daniel is still an impressive QB. Their running game is bad, and their defense is bad. This is a team that will probably lose at least 1 more game this year.
24. Ball State- LW 25- Ball State continues to roll…but what is the marquee win?
25. Cincinnati- LW UR- The Bearcats can play a little bit. Their lone loss at the hands of the Sooners.

On the cusp: BYU, Kansas, Virginia Tech, Oregon

Dropped out: BYU (8), Kansas (16), Michigan State (17), Virginia Tech (18), North Carolina (20), Wake Forest (21), Vanderbilt (24)

POW: Colt McCoy, Texas QB: I hate to put a big name guy up there and I have picked him as POW several times. But going 29/32 for 337 yards and 4 total TDs has to be on here. This guy is also a great leader. Hello Heisman…maybe.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: TBDPITL, Texas
Posted on: October 5, 2008 12:39 am
Edited on: October 6, 2008 9:28 pm

The Best Damn Poll in the Land Week 6

What a week. The Buckeyes went on the road and beat a tough Wisky team...other than South Florida's loss the rest of the top was status quo. The bottom of the top 25 is very different, including several new arrivals.

Name: bigtenboy07

1. Oklahoma- LW 1 Boomer Sooner runs up and down the field at will. Bradford is a beast. We will learn a lot more in the Red River Shootout.
2. Alabama- LW 2 I am not really discouraged by the game against Kentucky. Every CFB knows that you can’t win them all pretty…and this was one of the ugly ones. If you don’t know about Glenn Coffee yet…wake up! They have tests remaining, and Saban will have them ready.
3. Missouri- LW 3 They stay in third spot after ringing up points like they are playing a video game. Chase Daniel is ridiculious, and Maclin is a monster. If their defense can keep people under 50…they win most games.
4. Louisiana State University- LW 4 LSU is a team that still surprises me. They have plenty of skill guys, and if Lee can get it to them in any type of efficient manner they will be tough. Their defense is beastly (have you seen that D-line?). Scott is an under the radar Heisman candidate as well.
5. Texas- LW 5 Horns! They can score very well with Colt McCoy (what a great name by the way). Their defense still needs to step up, and has a big test in Oklahoma.
6. Pennsylvania State University- LW 6 Penn State finally looked unimpressive. A road win at Purdue isn’t too bad. They just didn’t look great, but they will be ready to go play Wisconsin in Madison… (what a tough stretch for the Badgers especially without a QB)…
7. Texas Tech- LW 7 The video game offense continues. Harrell gets 7 TDs this week…what a joke. Crabtree is almost unguardable. Their defense needs to prove itself against a couple of worthy foes…but they are contenders.
8. Southern California- LW 8 They blew out the Ducks in the Collesium. Just because they lost a game people are really underrating them. They are still good folks…really good.
9. Brigham Young University- LW 13 This team almost has me convinced… I guess they can’t do anything but beat up who they play. Their offense with Hall is crazy.
10. Ohio State- LW 10 The Bucks get a hard fought win on the road against a pretty good Wisconsin team. It is tough to play there in Camp Randall. Pryor and Wells continue to grow, and hopefully the offense keeps getting better.
11. Florida- LW 11 A blowout for the Gators. They take care of a pretty bad Arkansas team. Harvin is a beast, and almost impossible to guard. Watch out SEC if this offense gets back on track they can still be dangerous (this means you Vandy!).
12. Georgia- LW 12 This was a much needed off week. They got trounced last week and need to recover. Stafford and Knowshon still make them a great offense (the O-line needs to step up a bit..) Their defense needs to recover and shut people down.
13. Kansas- LW 16 Rock Chalk moves back up. They fell behind early…but woke up to hold onto the win. I still really like Todd Reesing at QB and think he is an absolute winner.
14. Utah- LW 17 Hello Bowl eligibility! Well that was impressive…their win this week was ok against Oregon State, a nice comeback for sure. Still a few hurdles left before BCS time…
15. South Florida- LW 9 It is tough to lose a home game…but it apparently happens when you don’t play on Saturday. Grothe is a good QB who will make plays for them. Still a solid team down there, especially against the rest of the Big East.
16. Vanderbilt- LW 22 No folks…this is not a misprint. This team found a way to win the game at home, a very impressive performance. No longer are the ‘Dores the pushovers in the SEC East…Tennessee now that is your job.
17. Virginia Tech- LW 18 I wasn’t really impressed this week, but this team seems to be getting better. The defense has to continue to improve and Taylor will make plays at QB.
18. Michigan State- LW 19 Michigan State threw the ball a little bit this week. They didn’t look great against a subpar Indiana team, but with Ringer running the ball they will be very tough. Don’t forget about the talent WR they have…Mark Dell (if only they could throw him the ball).
19.  Oklahoma State- LW 21 The Pokes can score it a bit now folks. Robinson is a talented QB and runs the offense well. Sure they beat a bad Texas A&M team…but they still put up 56.
20. Boise State- LW 25 They still roll em up on the Blue Turf. This is a tem who went into Autzen stadium and got the win, pretty impressive. Ian Johnson and co including Moore keep the offense rolling.
21. Wake Forest- LW 23 The Demons got the week off but have to get ready for Clemson. That is a big game…no worries for the Decs then…
22. North Carolina- LW UR The Tar Heels make their appearance. This team finds a way to win, and beat up on a pretty good UCONN team.
23. Tulsa- LW UR Tulsa scores a bundle…and their schedule appears pretty easy from here on out.
24. Northwestern- LW UR Yup…THAT Northwestern. Sure they are smart…but they can play some football too. Could be a spoiler, watch out for Tyrell Sutton a very good RB (from Ohio I might add…).
25. Boston College- LW UR BC is a pretty good football team. They have QB whose name is Crane who had a great week. Those type of performances continue and this team could challenge for the ACC.

On the Cusp: Wisconsin, Illinois, Auburn, Fresno State, Ball State, TCU, Florida State.

Dropped out: Auburn (14), Wisconsin (15), UCONN (20), Fresno State (24)

POW: Graham Harrell QB, Texas Tech: I don’t care that he threw the ball 51. It is impressive he completed 38 for 454 yards and 6 TDs. For good measure he ran one in too. I don’t care who they are playing, those numbers are sick. Juice Williams comes in a close second with 431 total yards against an ok Michigan D.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 21, 2008 12:27 am
Edited on: September 21, 2008 12:30 am

The Best Damn Poll in the Land Week 4

Another interesting week, with some great performances, and a couple of upsets. My top 25 was shaken this week with 4 teams dropping out of the rankings after unimpressive performances. Here it goes fellas:

Name: bigtenboy07

1. Southern California- How many bye weeks does this team have? This team has been impressive thus far…although they have only played 2 games.

2. Oklahoma- Sam Bradford is a very good QB who has a great efficiency rating. The defense is very good, and Oklahoma seems to like to hang half a hundred on people. They have a long road to go in the Big 12.

3. Georgia- UGA went on the road and beat an ok Arizona State team. I am impressed when a team goes on the road, and takes care of the opponent. Knowshon is a beast, and the defense is physical. Knowshon just does crazy stuff…the dive into the endzone was just crazy. Watch out SEC.

4. Florida- The Gators went in and just destroyed the Vols. Tebow is doing what his team needs him to do to win, but isn’t putting up the gawdy stats. Percy Harvin and the rest of the weapons are enough to put fear in any defense.

5. Louisiana State University- LSU went on the road in a very tough place to play, and beat a good Auburn team. The offense is good with Charles Scott, but the QB spot is still in a little bit of question. If the QB manages the game, and doesn’t throw those pick 6’s the LSU team could be very very tough.

6. Missouri- Missouri drops one this week after beating Buffalo by 21. It wasn’t as much what the Tigers did, but what the other Tigers did (LSU that is). Chase Daniel has led that offense…and with Jeremy Maclin they will be really tough to even slow down.

7. Texas- The Longhorns took care of a pretty good Rice team. Rice can score, but Muscamp (one of the best DCs in the country) held them to just 10 points. Colt McCoy is really stepping up this year.

8. Wisconsin- The Badgers got the week off after an impressive win against Fresno State on the road. The Badgers will have to bring it in Big 10 play if they want to get a shot at that coveted BCS spot (which they have missed out on the last couple of years, because no conference can provide 3 teams).

9. Alabama- The Tide rolls on, this time on Bobby Petrino. They did that one for all loyal fans across the country. Julio Jones is an absolute monster, and Bama ran it all over Arkansas this week.

10. Penn State- Hello Nittany Lions. Joe Pa is leading this squad against inferior competition thus far, but they are just taking them to the woodshed. The running game is good with Royster and co., and the passing game is improving with Clark at the helm, and Butler on the outside. The defense is still untested.

11. Texas Tech- The Red Raiders appear to have a bit of a defense with that outrageous video game offense. I would say put two guys on Michael Crabtree…but I am not sure it would make a difference.

12. Ohio State- Many will have them ranked lower than this, but this team may be energized with Pryor running the show. Boeckman got just one snap this week. Pryor appears to be the new QB, and he did well today throwing 4 TD passes. He needs to work on when to put touch on the ball, and when to throw that laser. His mobility makes the Bucks offense at least able to move the ball. They enter Big 10 play next week with Minnesota…what a test…

13. South Florida- The Bulls are a team that I have trouble figuring out. Matt Grothe is a good QB, and they have a fairly solid D, but sometimes they look less than impressive. They get the benefit of the doubt with their nice win against Kansas, but will they be tested in the BE? Who knows?

14. Auburn- The Tigers had a tough game against LSU, and came up on the short end of the stick. LSU got a late TD to go up. Auburn has a very good defense which will keep them in games, if the offense ever comes along they will be really tough to beat.

15. Brigham Young University- BYU continues to put up points seemingly at will. Sure Wyoming isn’t a very good team, but blanking them 44-0 ain’t bad. Max Hall can throw it around, and they may run the table and be looking to be a spoiler in a BCS game.

16. Wake Forest- This team will not ‘wow’ anyone with flashy games, but they just win games. Skinner can throw it through a pinhole by the way. This team has a shot get through the ACC nearly unscathed.

17. Kansas- A lot of people don’t quite believe in this team yet, but I am not one of them. Reesing is one of those QBs I really like watching. He seems to move around the pocket all the time, and almost always find an open receiver. This kid will lead the JayHawks to many more wins this year.

18. Utah- They did not look great against Air Force, but came away with the win. Johnson runs their spread offense very well, and makes them difficult to stop. I am not sure this team has a great win yet (Michigan is not a great win this year).

19. Illinois- The Illini got the week off after an unimpressive win last week. Juice and the boys will have a tough task next week going to Penn State at night. That place gets crazy, and Penn State is a good football team. This game will show us a bit more about the Illini (was last week a fluke?).

20. Clemson- The Tigers still impress with their potentially great rushing attack. They need to improve winning those games they are supposed to win (they always seem to lose a couple of those). The team is talented, but they need to stay focused to have a chance to win the ACC.

21. Virginia Tech- VA Tech beat a pretty good North Carolina team, which seemingly has a lot of weapons. Tyrod Taylor can be a good QB, and the VA Tech defense needs to step up and get their lunch pail in order for VA Tech to compete in the ACC.

22. Michigan State- Javon Ringer is an absolute beast. The guy can just run the football. Dell is a very good WR, and they need their QB to pick it up a bit if they want defenses to respect the pass. They will need to throw the ball (preferably off play action for them) in order to keep lanes open and 9 out of the box against Ringer.

23. Connecticut- They finally make it from ‘on the cusp’ into the poll. Not a lot of folks know about this team, but Brown can run the football. They didn’t play great against Baylor (who has a beast at QB by the way). They just find a way to win games, that is something that I respect. They also have that soft BE schedule…look out.

24. Vanderbilt- Wait…this is not a joke. Yes that Vandy that is 4-0. Vandy has a tough test with Auburn next week, when will find out if this team is for real.

25. Oklahoma State- Another team goes from ‘on the cusp’ into the rankings. Oklahoma State had the bye this week, and were successful. Robinson is a very good QB who can lead the offense to scores. The defense will have to step up. The schedule doesn’t get easier…with games AT Missouri, Texas, and Texas Tech.

On the cusp: East Carolina, Oregon, Miami (FL), North Carolina

Dropped Out: Oregon (17), ECU (15), WVU (23), Fresno State (25)

POW: Colt McCoy, Texas- Colt had yet another great week. He went 19/23 with 329 yards passing and 4 TDs. He also rushed 8 times for 83 yards, and a TD. A nice game for Colt who is quietly (in the QB packed Big 12) having a very good year.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Poll, TBDPITL, Top 25
Posted on: September 14, 2008 2:12 am
Edited on: September 14, 2008 2:18 am

The Best Damn Poll in the Land Week 3

Wow what a week. It wasn't a great one to be a Buckeye fan...but some of the other games were OK including Wisconsin with a nice road win. Whoa its late...lets hope this doesn't have tooooo many errors (or miscues).

Name: bigtenboy07

1. Southern California- USC arrives at the top spot after taking the Buckeyes to the woodshed. USC has a nasty defense, a great combo of RB’s, big play receivers, and a QB who when given time can pick ya apart. Also the Trojans have their toughest games at home, expect to see this team in Miami.

2. Oklahoma- The Sooners are boomin’. Sam Bradford looks to be as good as they get, and he has plenty of weapons. The offense maybe one of the top in the country, and they continue to run up 50 points on teams. The defense is also solid, but their performance in big games still remains a question mark under Stoops (he used to be sooo good in those big games).

3. Georgia- Georgia doesn’t drop as much  because of their performance, but because of the teams that jumped them. UGA has plenty of talent with Stafford and Moreno and co. AJ Green is an outstanding WR. The playcalling baffled me, Moreno should have gotten MANY more carries against a game USCe defense.

4. Florida- Florida got the week to rest, and they can use it. They go to Tenn. Next week, which is always a tough place to play. The Vols were Gator Bait last year, and appear to be the same this year. Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin lead a very potent offense. If the defense continues to play well they can be a serious NC contender. If the defense struggles…they just have to score more to be NC contenders.

5. Missouri- Can anyone stop their offense? I am not sure if anyone can. Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin are an outstanding combo. Don’t forget about Chase Coffman one of the better TE in the country. The question about this team is their defense. A lot of teams score on them…but then again they did score 69 against Nevada.

6. LSU- The Bayou Bengals didn’t have any trouble this week. LSU is loaded with talent at the skill positions and the QB just has to manage the game. The defense is still stifling. The Bayou Bengals will not relinquish the crown easily…

7. Texas- Sure the hurricane stopped them this week…but that may be one of the only things that stops them all year. The offense appears back in gear with Colt McCoy and Crosby at WR. The defense under Will Muscamp will continue to get better, and could help them contend in the Big 12.

8. Wisconsin- Wisconsin went to play Pat Hill at their place, and came away with a tough win. The big offensive line for Wisconsin can run some people over now, and their defense looked pretty good tonight. This was a very good win for Wisconsin, and now they look to their Big Ten schedule.

9. Alabama- The Tide is still rolling. JPW is a solid leader and the mixture of older guys and young guys makes them a fun team to watch.

10. Texas Tech- Michael Crabtree is just ridiculious. Can anyone stop him? I doubt it. The Red Raiders can score with anyone, if they stop some people they may be a serious threat.

11. Penn State- The Nittany Lions looked very good. Ok so it was against Syracuse, but they have looked good all year. The offense with Clark is showing they can throw the ball a little bit and they can certainly run it. They will contend in the Big Ten, they have been amongst the most impressive teams of the season, albeit against flimsy competition.

12. Auburn- Auburn drops in my poor after their terrible offensive performance. I am not sure their offense can do well enough to contend in the SEC this year. It just doesn’t seem to be working for them, although the defense is still outstanding.

13.Ohio State- Many will have the Buckeyes ranked lower than this due to their poor performance against USC. They still have plenty of talent, and will win most of the rest of the games on their schedule. Perhaps they will still make a BCS bowl.

14. East Carolina- They struggled with Tulane, but they got away with the win. They have to stay focused on their C-USA schedule in order to get a possible BCS bid.

15. BYU- BYU put it on UCLA. Max Hall can throw it around the yard, and didn’t leave any doubt, and gave some confidence to voters. 59-0 ain’t bad…watch out for the BCS buster (one of them).

16. South Florida- They won a tough game against Kansas and looked good. Matt Grothe is a good QB who could possibly lead the Bulls to a serious run in the Big East.

17. Oregon- Finally got to see the Ducks. They may have problems if their QB is hurt (although the Freshman can run it a bit). They were way down to the Boilers, but pulled it out, and won it in 2 OT on the road. This team is solid, and I am glad I finally got to see them.

18. Wake Forest- Wake continues to win and Skinner is the definition of a precision passer.

19. Utah- The Utes put a whopping on the Aggies. They can score with anyone with their spread offense with Johnson at the helm. The Utes are also looking to crash the BCS party.

20. Illinois- Illinois didn’t play too well against LL but pulled out a victory. Juice Williams is getting better and better in that offense, and a sured up defense could have the Illini contending for the Big Ten.

21. Clemson- The Tigers claw their way back into the rankings. They still have the talent to win the lackluster ACC.

22. Kansas- The Jayhawks remain in the rankings after a tough tough loss to South Florida on the road. Reesing is magic in the pocket, and is a very good QB. He could lead to the Jayhawks to some serious wins in the Big 12.

23. West Virginia- The Mountaineers remain in the rankings after an off week. They should win the rest of their games until they face Auburn on 10/23. That will be an interesting OOC matchup.

24. Virginia Tech- VA Tech is a much better team with Taylor at QB. He can make plays. The VT defense will have to begin to live up to their reputation if they want to win more games. They are in the ACC though, and the win against GA Tech was a good one.

25. Fresno State- Most will probably drop them out of the rankings, but I like the way they played against Wisconsin. They missed FG, dropped a couple of big pass plays, and were still right with the Badgers. The Bulldogs could run the table the rest of the way…but will the BCS come calling?

On the Cusp: UCONN, Michigan State, Florida State, Oklahoma State

POW: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma: He gets my honor for the second week in a row throwing 5 TDs and rushing for another. He also completed 18 of 21 passes for 304 yards. The runner up was last weeks POW Javon Ringer who carried the ball 43 times!


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Posted on: September 2, 2008 8:51 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2008 4:44 pm

The Best Damn Poll in the Land Week 1

Ok sorry fellas I didn't see the deadline, but sent my ballot to The Greek on Sunday. Of course that means that I have Tenn still in the top 25, but didn't update my ballot. For that purpose I will put the ballot I submitted to the Greek here. After the game on Monday I would take Tenn out of the top 25 and probably insert UCLA at 25. The polls are so fluid here, that the bottom 5 or so will be tough to rank at this point in the season.

Without further adeu....

Name: bigtenboy07

1. Georgia- Nothing out of the ordinary for the Dawgs. The offense looked good, and Caleb King and Knowshon Moreno will be a tough combo at RB. It seems that the points were scored once the first team left the field. Which doesn’t give me too much concern about UGA’s D.

2. Ohio State- Everything was going very well for the Buckeyes until Beanie Wells went down. Without contact the injury still has many puzzled. The Buckeyes defense looked very good (giving up 74 yards albeit to YSU). What didn’t look great for the Buckeyes was their red zone offense having to settle for FGs 3 times and twice when they had first and goal. Perhaps that can be attributed to rust, but against better teams they will have to cash those into TDs.

3. USC- USC was flat out impressive. I don’t think UVA is a very good squad but going there and destroying them was impressive. Sanchez looked outstanding and that stable of backs including Gable and McKnight seem very impressive. USC scored 7 TDs…and no one scored more than 1. Look out for the weapons out there on the west coast. They will have a week off before the Buckeyes come to the Left Coast.

4. Oklahoma- Chattanooga isn’t a very good way to judge Oklahoma (neither are most of the opening games) but Oklahoma did what they were supposed to do. Winning 50-0 at halftime is pretty impressive. The offense appears crisp, and they seem poised to make a run at the Big 12 title.

5. Florida- The offense seemed to struggle for the first quarter, but more than made up for that in the latter part of the game. Tebow didn’t have to do as much as he did last year, and the parts around Tebow appear to be outstanding. Good news for Gator fans is that FLA had a couple of picks and a good punt return from Brandon James. An improved defense could mean a monster squad in the Swamp.

6. Missouri- Missouri played a pretty good Illinois squad and scored almost at will. The offense with Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman, and Jeremy Maclin along with an impressive showing from their RBs make their offense one of the most potent in the country. The defense with 10 returning starters looks pretty good even though Juice carved them up a bit.

7. WVU- Pat White showed that he throw the football. Albeit against Villanova (and no this isn’t basketball). The Stewart era seemed to get off to a pretty good start although it is a little concerning that Villanova scored 21 points on the WVU defense (especially with a couple of tough games coming up).

8. Auburn- The last time that UL Monroe came into Bama they won (although it was against Alabama) not so much this time. Auburn plays very good defense and it may take a little longer for their new spread offense to begin clicking.

9. Texas- Colt McCoy looked very good both passing and rushing the football. A resurgence of Colt McCoy could make Texas a tough team to contend with. Texas honored Vince Young during the game, will McCoy be honoring the Texas faithful with a big bowl win…who knows?

10. LSU- LSU played a game in very difficult circumstances. The players had to be worried about their families, homes, and the imminent arrival of Gustav. That said the defense looked strong and fast. The D-Line may be the nastiest I have ever seen. The offense looked vanilla and Charles Scott filled in very nicely. The question at QB still looms against more difficult defenses.

11. Kansas- The Jayhawks? Yes those Jayhawks. They move up in the rankings mostly because of a terrible performance by Clemson.

12. Texas Tech- Graham Harrell was lighting up the scoreboard just as he did in 2007. He threw for right around 500 yards and a couple of scores. Crabtree again played very well. The questions don’t lie with the offense, they can score on everyone. The question comes when the other team has the ball. Can the Red Raiders stop the other guys enough to win the big games?

13. Wisconsin- Wisconsin imposed their will running for 400 yards. PJ Hill was dominant running for over 200 yards. Akron isn’t a great football team, but Wisconsin took it to them. The Badgers will have to continue to run the ball and supplement it with the pass. Evridge looked pretty good in his debut, although he didn’t have to do much. Wisconsin can’t look ahead to Fresno State just yet…they have to handle Marshall first.

14. Arizona State- Rudy Carpenter is a solid QB who could lead the Sun Devils to a couple of big wins. They will have to be ready quickly as UGA comes to visit the desert.

15. BYU- The Cougars had no issue with Northern Iowa. Hall was throwing the ball all over the yard. The question in part will be their defense and they way they handle the success of being the Non-BCS darling.

16. Tennessee- How will they perform on Monday?

17. Alabama- I believe the phrase is ‘Roll Tide’. The Tide did just that and rolled over Clemson. Bama’s D held the explosive duo of Spiller and Davis to nearly nothing. JPW carved the Clemson D and the Big Freshman Jones tore up the secondary and appears to be a physical monster. Bama could be a serious contender in the SEC West but will have to finally beat Auburn (for the first time in recent memory).

18. South Florida- South Florida played well, and appear to the only other hope for the Big East. Pitt was embarrassed by a MAC team at home. Matt Grothe is a good QB who could lead the Bulls to a very successful season in the Big East. George Selvie is a beast on the end…and can bring the heat for the Bulls D.
19. Penn State- They played Coastal Carolina…wow. The Lions were pretty good throughout the game though. The rushing attack with Royster looked good and Clark still has to prove that he can throw the football enough to keep the defense honest. Williams and Norwood will have to step up at the WR spot to help Clark.

20. Fresno State- Can they handle Rutgers?

21. Wake Forest- The Deacons headed down to Texas and demolished the Baylor Bears. The offense is good, and the defense appears strong. It just doesn’t seem right that Wake would be good at football…but they really are. Believe in them.

22. Illinois- A team without a win cracks the top 25. They played a very tough Missouri team and handled themselves well. A couple of times the game could have gotten out of hand, but didn’t. The defense looked tired against the spread. However the offense looked good and Juice Williams being able to throw the ball could be serious trouble for other teams on their schedule.

23. Cincinnati- Can Ben get a 6th year of eligibility? It could go a long way in determining how the Bearcats do in the Big East.

24. Oregon- The Ducks are down to their 10th QB…ok it just seems like it. It will be interesting to see how they play that offense without the protypical run QB.

25. East Carolina- Skip Holtz got his team prepared and took down the mighty VT. They looked sloppy throughout the game, but still handled the Hokies. The Hokies however appear to have little to no depth/talent at WR, and Glennon appears to not be ready for the starting job…lose that redshit Taylor.

Out of the rankings: Clemson (11 last week), VA Tech (19), Pittsburgh (20).

New Arrivals: Alabama (17), Oregon (24), East Carolina (25)

POW: Juice Williams, Illinois. Juice had a great game against a tough Missouri defense and kept the Illini in the game. Juice threw the ball 42 times connecting 26 times. He threw for 451 yards and 5 TD’s. Juice had two INTs and one was ripped from his WR. A very good game for Juice who has shown that he can throw the ball a little bit which will make him a much more dangerous player. Playing a tough opponent allows Juice to get my vote for POW.

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