We shuffle our ballot after ten of the Top 25 took it on the chin last week. Anybody that thought Alabama was going to trip up against Mississippi State hasn’t been paying attention.
Notre Dame impressed us with their big 30-13 win over Oklahoma in Norman. The Irish defense held the Sooners to just 15 yards rushing, and get themselves firmly into the BCS discussion.
Somehow Georgia snuck out of Jacksonville with a 17-9 win over Florida. The Gators get the assist with six turnovers, as the Bulldogs now have a clear path to the SEC East divisional championship.
In stealth like fashion, Florida State has scratched and clawed their way back up our ballot. The Seminoles seem to have righted the ship despite the loss of star running back Chris Thompson for the season. Sophomore backs Devonta Freeman (391 RuYds, 5TDs) and James Wilder, Jr. (439 RuYds, 10TDs) will now form a potent 1-2 punch the rest of the way. The future is now for FSU.
Our team of the week is Boise State, who is fresh off a 45-14 win over Wyoming. After a season opening loss to Michigan State, the Broncos have reeled off seven straight wins and sit atop the Mountain West. A stat about Boise that caught our attention: the Broncos haven’t lost in October since 2001…a streak that covers 48 straight games.
You can find the complete BlogPoll here when it comes out each Tuesday morning. So, without further ado, here’s the RBN ballot this week:
|1||Alabama||8-0||1||QB McCarron no INTs in last 8 weeks. Tide +17 in TO margin.|
|2||Oregon||8-0||2||Ducks rush for 425 yards; top Buffalos 70-14. At USC next.|
|3||Kansas St.||8-0||4||Can QB Kline win the Heisman? His 316 TotYds vs. TT helps.|
|4||LSU||7-1||5||After bye, Tigers ready to host Saban, Alabama Saturday.|
|5||Notre Dame||8-0||7||Irish convincing win at Norman puts them in BCS discussion.|
|6||Florida St.||8-1||10||RB Devonta Freeman (104 RuYds, 2TDs) subs in 48-7 Duke win.|
|7||Clemson||7-1||12||Tigers rolling…have scored 37+ points in 7 straight games.|
|8||Georgia||7-1||16||Bulldogs in SEC East drivers seat after 17-9 Florida win.|
|9||Florida||7-1||3||UF sloppy showing (6 turnovers) cost them shot at division.|
|10||Stanford||6-2||14||Cardinal sack Washington State 10 times in 24-17 win.|
|11||South Carolina||7-2||11||RB Lattimore suffers horrific knee injury…out for the season.|
|12||Ohio St.||9-0||15||Buckeyes top Penn State 35-23 to win the ’2012 Ineligi-Bowl’|
|13||Texas A&M||6-2||19||Aggies roll up 671 TotYds in 63-21 Aubie win. At MSU Sat.|
|14||Oklahoma||5-2||6||ND holds Sooners to just 15 yards rushing in 30-13 rout.|
|15||Oregon St.||6-1||9||Washington beats its second Top 10 team of the year in OSU.|
|16||USC||6-2||8||Trojans caught looking ahead…lose to Arizona 39-36.|
|17||Louisville||8-0||22||QB Bridgewater’s 416 PaYds leads UL over Cincy 34-31 in OT.|
|18||Texas Tech||6-2||13||Red Raiders get caught in KSU buzzsaw…Host Mack, UT next.|
|19||UCLA||6-2||24||QB Hundley, RB Franklin lead Bruins past Arizona St. 45-43.|
|20||Nebraska||6-2||NR||Huskers knock off Michigan 23-9, in control of Legends div.|
|21||Oklahoma St.||5-2||NR||Frosh QB Wes Lunt returns in 36-14 TCU win. Visits KSU Sat.|
|22||Mississippi St.||7-1||17||Bulldogs get rolled by Bama 38-7…just like everybody else.|
|23||Kent St.||7-1||NR||Golden Flashes get 7 turnovers, drop undefeated Rutgers.|
|24||Boise St.||7-1||25||Broncos haven’t lost in October since 2001…48 straight.|
|25||West Virginia||5-2||NR||Maybe WVU found a defense during bye week. TCU next.|
|Others considered: Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, North Carolina, Tulsa, Arizona St., Cincinnati, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio.|