BlogPoll: Preliminary Week 4 Ballot

Lots of movement in our ballot this week with 3 of our top 10 teams from last week getting the boot. That's right. We actually had the cajones to omit Penn State, California and Mississippi for their epic fail in week 4. Our justification? Look at the resumes of these three teams (opponent rank in parenthesis).

Penn State

Akron (130) - W 31-7
Syracuse (114) - W 28-7
Temple (118) - W 31-6
Iowa (15) - L 10-21

Mississippi

at Memphis (131) - W 45-14
Southeast Louisiana (186) - W 52-6
at South Carolina (41) - L 10-16

California

Maryland (81) - W 52-13
Eastern Washington (136) - W 59-7
at Minnesota (55) - W 35-21
at Oregon (19) - L 3-42

 

These teams haven't played anyone and fell flat on their face in their first true test of the season. As we are now four games into this young season,  we begin to move towards more of a resume-ranking approach. Based on the resumes of these three teams, Penn State, Mississippi and Cal haven't done anything to justify sticking around our Top 25 ballot.

We also have a new #1 this week. Our top slot goes to Alabama. The Tide arguably have the best win of the season of the Alabama-Florida-Texas triumvirate.

As always, your feedback is appreciated.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama (4-0) 2
2 Florida (4-0) 1
3 Texas (4-0) 1
4 Virginia Tech (3-1) 4
5 LSU (4-0) 1
6 Cincinnati (4-0) 5
7 Oklahoma (2-1) 3
8 Southern Cal (3-1) 4
9 TCU (3-0) 4
10 Houston (3-0) 12
11 Ohio State (3-1) 3
12 Iowa (4-0) 14
13 Oklahoma State (3-1) 5
14 Kansas (4-0) 1
15 Georgia Tech (3-1) 2
16 Boise State (4-0)
17 South Florida (4-0) 9
18 Missouri (4-0) 6
19 Miami (Florida) (2-1) 10
20 Georgia (3-1) 3
21 Auburn (4-0) 5
22 Nebraska (3-1) 4
23 Michigan (4-0) 3
24 Oregon (3-1) 2
25 South Carolina (3-1) 1

For your reference, here is last week's ballot.

Dropped Out: Penn State (#5), California (#6), Mississippi (#7), Florida State (#19), Clemson (#20), Pittsburgh (#21), North Carolina (#25).

Welcome! Iowa (#12), South Florida (#17), Auburn (#21), Nebraska (#22), Michigan (#23), Oregon (#24), South Carolina (#25).

Waiting Room: Mississippi, Penn State, Wisconsin, Brigham Young

By Conference: Big XII 6, Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 3, Big Ten 3, Big East 2, Pac-10 2, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, WAC 1

Teams We Disagree On The Most: Missouri (6.36), Auburn (6.36), Iowa (5.66), Boise State (5.66)

Teams We Agree On: Alabama (#1), Florida (#2), Texas (#3), Houston (#10), Ohio State (#11), Georgia (#20)

Games Jeff Watched:

Wake Forest at Boston College (twice)
Mississippi at South Carolina
Arizona State at Georgia (50%)
Texas Tech at Houston (50%)
TCU at Clemson (50%)
Michigan State at Wisconsin (50%)
Indiana at Michigan (25%)
Notre Dame at Purdue (25%)
Florida at Kentucky (25%)
Iowa at Penn State (25%)
Georgia Tech at North Carolina (25%)


Games Brian Watched:

Wake Forest at Boston College
Mississippi at South Carolina (50%)
Missouri at Nevada (50%)
South Florida at Florida State (50%)
Iowa at Penn State (50%)
Michigan State at Wisconsin (25%)
Indiana at Michigan (25%)
Notre Dame at Purdue (25%)

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