Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Top 25 is So Easy When I Can Ignore Two Conferences

OK, I didn't ignore the ACC completely, though the thought did cross my mind. I had the temptation to punish Clemson for the sins of the rest of its league, but then I relented and played a four-team Tiger parlay in the middle of my ballot.

Other thoughts:

  • Alabama and Ohio State have established themselves as the top two teams in the country. Sometimes, the preseason consensus is right. The Bucks and Tide were on top of most preseason polls and lo and behold, they look the best of any contender right now.
  • Was it Cecil Hurt who asked via Twitter "does this mean I need to rank James Madison #2? Whomever it was, that was the line of the weekend.
  • I look forward to my friend, the anonymous Ute's latest invective about how I am not giving any love to the team of the Aughts that should have won multiple national titles. Because really, there's no difference between 12-0 seasons.
  • I know that giving Oklahoma a massive bounce for beating an unranked team might be a little much, but we do know that Florida State has an excellent offense, so the Sooners shutting down that passing game is worthy of kudos. Phil Steele says "thank you, Bob Stoops."
  • Take one look at Nebraska's schedule and you too will understand why Vegas pegged the Huskers for ten wins this year.
  • Blogosphere debate of the week: is Jacory Harris overrated or is he a victim of a terrible offensive line. Saturday's game reminded me a little of the '95 Orange Bowl, when Nebraska pummeled Frank Costa more and more as the game progressed, to the point where he was chucking the ball immediately by the end. (Little remembered fact from that game: after Nebraska tied the game at 17 in the fourth quarter, the Huskers blew a coverage and Costa overthrew a wide open receiver on what would have been a sure touchdown, most likely because the pass rush had made him gunshy. That overthrow was the difference between Penn State winning the national title and being remembered as a nice 12-0 team. See, Boise State, luck comes into play even for the major conference teams.)
  • Michigan's ranking is brought to you by Desmond Howard, Tim Biakabutuka, Ryan Mundy, Junior Hemingway, Rumeal Robinson, and Ray Jackson.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

No Utah? Do you even watch football? They are 14 in both polls. Your beloved Sagarin has them at #12. They just steamrolled UNLV by 28 without their starting qb and linebacker. I realize it is UNLV, but the team didn't even score an offensive TD. Utah's defense is dominant, and their offense will be dominant when their QB gets healthy. Easily a top 10 team.

Notre Dame? ha. Please explain how they can possibly be included. Their defense is god awful. Again, your beloved Sagarin has them at #51.

There's other mistakes in your poll, but those two examples alone discredit your entire poll.

Michael said...

Like clockwork...

Sagarin is useless at this point in the year because there are so few data points. If he has Utah at 12 in late October, then that will be different. I don't have Utah ranked because I didn't rate Pitt very high before the year, so an OT win at home over the Panthers doesn't impress me.

I had Notre Dame rated before the season, they had a comfortable win over Purdue, and then an arguably unlucky loss to Michigan. Brian Kelly can coach and Charlie Weis could recruit. We'll see what happens when they play Utah in South Bend.

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