Preston Dial #85 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts with Michael Williams #89 after Dial's touchdown against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11 2010 in Tuscaloosa Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Um, OK, so this year the Blogpoll is under new management and we must have failed to read the fine print that stated that ballots are due on Monday morning at 8 am. Our bad. So, anyway, here's how our ballot for the week would have looked had we been more timely with submitting it.
And to make it up to you, we give you even more information this week. Think of this as a bit of a behind the scenes look at how Jeff and I compile our ballot.
We have a new number 1 this week in Alabama. It wasn't unanimous, but our two ballots at the top diverged quite a bit this week so Alabama edges LSU for this week's top spot with an impressive 27-11 win over Penn State. There was a bit of a shuffle in the top 5, but LSU, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Boise State hold onto our ballot's top five spots.
The only team with a loss that makes our ballot this week is 1-1 Oregon for the Ducks' 69-20 drubbing of Nevada. Can't fault UO too much for losing to a top 5 team in week 1.
Teams encouraging the most disagreement between ballots include West Virginia (7.78), Auburn, Ohio State and Florida (7.07). Jeff and I both agreed on the placement of Alabama, Boise State and Arkansas.
By conference: 6 SEC, 5 Big 12, 4 Pac-12, 4 B1G Ten, 3 ACC, 1 Big East, 1 Conference USA, 1 WAC
Thoughts / comments, let's hear 'em ... for next week's ballot.
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||2-0||SEC||0.00||W 27-11 Penn State|
|2||LSU Tigers||2-0||SEC||1.41||W 49-3 Northwestern State|
|3||Oklahoma Sooners||1-0||Big 12||3.54||BYE|
|4||Wisconsin Badgers||2-0||Big Ten||0.71||W 35-0 Oregon State|
|5||Boise St. Broncos||1-0||WAC||0.00||BYE|
|6||Stanford Cardinal||2-0||Pac-12||1.41||W 44-14 Duke|
|7||Florida St. Seminoles||2-0||ACC||0.71||W 62-10 Charleston Southern|
|8||Texas A&M Aggies||1-0||Big 12||1.41||BYE|
|9||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||2-0||Big 12||2.12||W 37-14 Arizona|
|10||South Carolina Gamecocks||2-0||SEC||1.41||W 45-42 Georgia|
|11||Arkansas Razorbacks||2-0||SEC||0.00||W 52-3 New Mexico|
|12||Nebraska Cornhuskers||2-0||Big Ten||2.12||W 42-29 Fresno State|
|13||Michigan St. Spartans||2-0||Big Ten||4.24||W 44-0 Florida Atlantic|
|14||Oregon Ducks||1-1||Pac-12||4.95||W 69-20 Nevada|
|15||Auburn Tigers||2-0||SEC||7.07||W 41-34 Mississippi State|
|16||Arizona St. Sun Devils||2-0||Pac-12||1.41||W 37-30 Missouri|
|17||USC Trojans||2-0||Pac-12||4.95||W 23-14 Utah|
|18||Virginia Tech Hokies||2-0||ACC||5.66||W 17-10 East Carolina|
|19||Texas Longhorns||2-0||Big 12||0.71||W 17-16 BYU|
|20||Baylor Bears||1-0||Big 12||4.95||BYE|
|21||Ohio St. Buckeyes||2-0||Big Ten||7.07||W 27-22 Toledo|
|22||North Carolina Tar Heels||2-0||ACC||6.36||W 24-22 Rutgers|
|23||Florida Gators||2-0||SEC||7.07||W 39-0 UAB|
|24||West Virginia Mountaineers||2-0||Big East||7.78||W 55-12 Norfolk State|
|25||Central Florida Knights||2-0||CUSA||3.54||W 30-3 Boston College|