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SB Nation BlogPoll Ballot, Week 1: Defending Champs Earn Top Billing


So, yeah, right. Sorry about last week's omission of the Georgia Bulldogs, though the 'Dawgs hardly looked like a Top 10 program in the first half of their opener against SUNY-Buffalo. Ballot breakdown after the jump.

1. Alabama
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Oklahoma
5. Oregon

At the top, the Crimson Tide played the toughest week 1 opponent on a neutral field and are rewarded with the top spot on our ballot for the second straight week. The rest of the top five predictably came away with Ws in week 1: USC trounced Hawaii 49-10, LSU past North Texas 41-14, Oklahoma held on to beat UTEP 24-7 and Oregon routed Arkansas State 57-34. No movement in our ballot from the preseason.

6. Arkansas
7. Florida State
8. Georgia
9. Michigan State
10. South Carolina

Arkansas holds serve at #6 this week, while Florida State jumps South Carolina for 7th. Georgia cracks the top 10 after last week's ballot SNAFU. Michigan, last week's no. 9, almost unfairly drops all the way to 20 this week. South Carolina drops a few spots with their close win. Michigan State's victory over Boise State will look good at season's end given the Broncos will probably still win double digit games with a favorable schedule.

11. West Virginia
12. Wisconsin
13. Texas
14. Oklahoma State
15. Clemson

West Virginia won big over Marshall. Wisconsin survived a scare against Northern Iowa? Texas bested Wyoming. Oklahoma State dropped 84 over hapless Savannah State, Florida State's week 2 opponent. Finally, Clemson carried the flag for the ACC with a 231 yard performance from RB Andre Ellington.

16. Virginia Tech
17. Nebraska
18. TCU
19. Washington
20. Michigan

Virginia Tech and TCU have yet to kick off the 2012 season. The former kicks off the season tonight against Georgia Tech. The latter has the week off before opening up against Grambling State at newly renovated Amon Carter Stadium. Washington jumped out to a 21-6 lead over San Diego State and held on for a 21-12 win, while the aforementioned Michigan drops after getting pasted by Alabama at Cowboys Stadium.

21. Ohio State
22. Stanford
23. Kansas State
24. Georgia Tech
25. Florida

Ohio State opened the Urban Meyer era with a big win over the other Miami. Stanford struggled to put away San Jose State. Kansas State hardly broke a sweat in a 51-9 victory over Missouri State. Georgia Tech plays tonight and Florida pulled away from Bowling Green in the fourth quarter for a 27-14 victory.

Maybe next week: Notre Dame, Missouri, North Carolina, Louisville, Auburn.