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BlogPoll: Preliminary Week 12 Ballot

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Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama (11-0) --
2 Texas Tech (10-0) --
3 Texas (10-1) --
4 Florida (9-1) --
5 Oklahoma (9-1) --
6 Southern Cal (9-1) --
7 Penn State (10-1) 1
8 Utah (11-0) 1
9 Oklahoma State (9-2) 2
10 Georgia (9-2) 3
11 Missouri (9-2) 3
12 Boise State (10-0) --
13 Oregon State (7-3) 13
14 Ball State (10-0) 2
15 Ohio State (9-2) --
16 Georgia Tech (7-3) 4
17 Michigan State (9-2) 5
18 Brigham Young (10-1) 1
19 Cincinnati (8-2) 5
20 Pittsburgh (7-2) 3
21 TCU (9-2) 3
22 North Carolina (7-3) 12
23 Boston College (7-3) 3
24 LSU (7-3) 7
25 Miami (Florida) (7-3) 1



Dropped Out: Florida State (#13), South Carolina (#21), Tulsa (#25).

Welcome! Oregon State, Boston College, Miami (Florida)

Yes, we put aside our East coast bias and woke up to the fact that Oregon State might be a pretty darn good team. They have now beaten Southern Cal and California and have the inside track to the Rose Bowl. Two of their three losses were to what we consider Top 10 teams (Penn State and Utah).

Waiting Room: Florida State, Maryland, Oregon, Nebraska, Northwestern.

Teams We Disagree On The Most: LSU (9.19)

What to do with Louisiana State? Jeff and I have a whopping 13 spot differential between our ballots for the Tigers this week. Jeff is high on LSU, while I'm not. We're really not sure what to do with these guys ... they are currently sitting at 7-3 (3-3). Their best win is a 24-17 victory at South Carolina. Their second best win? That might very well be their 41-13 beat down of Appalachian State back on August 30. Their three losses were at Florida and Georgia and Alabama at home. The Bayou Bengals pushed the #1 team in the country to overtime, but were absolutely pasted by both Florida and Georgia. And then last night they were down to Troy 31-3 in the third quarter before Troy remembered that they were, you know, a Sun Belt Conference team, were probably clearing $1m to play the game, and LSU scored 37 unanswered points (30 in the fourth quarter). Your guess is as good as ours.

Teams We Agree On: Alabama, Texas Tech, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Penn State, Oklahoma State, North Carolina ... we agree on these teams within one spot in the polls (standard deviation 0.71)

By Conference: Big XII 5, SEC 4, ACC 4, Big Ten 3, Mountain West 3, Big East 2, Pac 10 2, WAC 1, Conference USA 1

Games Brian Watched:
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois (50%)
Virginia Tech at Miami (Florida) (50%)
Notre Dame vs. Navy
Northwestern at Michigan (25%)
Ohio State at Illinois (25%)
North Carolina at Maryland
Wake Forest at NC State (50%)
Mississippi State at Alabama (25%)
Boston College at Florida State

Games Jeff Watched:
Virginia Tech at Miami (Florida)
North Carolina at Maryland
Wake Forest at NC State (50%)
Boston College at Florida State
Mississippi State at Alabama