The Preliminary CBSSportsline.com Blogpoll Ballot: Week 5

Diverse and varied elements of the college football blogosphere, I have good news: starting Sept. 29th, the Blogpoll will be the CBSSports.com BlogPoll Top 25 and found in its own dedicated area on CBSSports.com, listed right alongside the AP and Coaches. The weekly BlogPoll results will appear there first.

Tomahawk Nation is an esteemed member of this blogpoll.  The standard operation procedure is this: preliminary ballot goes up on Monday, we debate it, and I submit the final on Wednesday morning.  So, yes, you get to give your input, and engage us in a debate!  You'll need to bring it though, none of this "Auburn SUX, Utah #1" stuff.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 8
2 Oklahoma 2
3 Missouri 2
4 Texas 2
5 LSU 2
6 Texas Tech 2
7 Southern Cal 6
8 Penn State 4
9 Brigham Young 1
10 South Florida 5
11 Georgia 9
12 Florida 9
13 Ohio State 3
14 Oklahoma State --
15 Auburn 11
16 Utah 1
17 Boise State 4
18 Wake Forest 7
19 Virginia Tech 7
20 North Carolina 6
21 Georgia Tech 5
22 Kansas 1
23 Vanderbilt 4
24 Maryland 2
25 Oregon 1
Dropped Out: Wisconsin (#13), TCU (#18), Miami (Florida) (#20), Colorado (#22), Clemson (#25).

Some preliminary notes:

  • As a partial resume ranker (hey, isn't everybody), I placed Bama over Oklahoma.  Bama has two impressive beatdown wins over a top 35 type team (Clemson), and a very good (though not, in my opinion National Championship Good) Georgia Squad.  I try to balance what a team has done, with my subjective feeling of how good that team really is.  I give very little credit for blowing out horrible teams. 
  • The numbers say less than 35% of all Thursday Night Road teams come away victorious.  USC and UF were both 24 point favorites (roughly).  UF lost at home, in a non-look ahead situation, and thus they are placed lower.
  • North Carolina has two road wins over BCS teams, and lost at home to Va Tech on some shameful officiating. 
  • I really want the MWC to start playing some big games, so we can even some of this stuff out.
  • TOP 10 UPSET ALERT: These are teams inside the top 10 who are favored by less than two TD's.   #3 Missouri -11 @ Nebraska, #4 Texas -13.5 @ Colorado, #6 Texas Tech -7 @ Texas Tech, #8 Penn State -12 @ Purdue, and # 10 USF -13.5 v. Pittsburgh
  • NOLES NOTE: If you haven't read through Inside the Film Room: First Half Play-By-Play Breakdown, you are really missing out.  This is by far the best and most analytical thing I write every week, and it takes me about 4 hours to put it together.  If anything out there will give you a better understanding for the inter-workings of FSU's play, point me to it.  I know it is a long piece, but if you're a 'Nole fan, you should read it.  Heck, print it out and put it on the commode.
  • Finally, being on sportsline will drive some traffic to this site.  Some of this stuff will be very much of the "wins are the best measure of a good QB", "ESSSSSSSS EEEEEEEEEE SEEEEEEEEEEE" chanting, sucking on the tube of ESPN for their college football info, crowd.  I know that we generally try to have a higher level of discussion here, but please be nice to anybody who does come along. 
  • Let's hear your thoughts!
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