The only constant in our ballot this week is at the top where Alabama and Oregon remain entrenched. The Tide made quick work of Missouri, while the Ducks sat at home on their couch eating a big block of cheese.
We did not punish South Carolina much for their loss in Death Valley. The back-and-forth tussle with LSU was compelling TV all the way to the wire…either team could have won it. The Tigers made fewer mistakes.
Kansas State stayed perfect in escaping Iowa State 27-21 in Ames…aka the “Starkville of the Midwest”. The Wildcats were most certainly looking forward to their Top 10 matchup at West Virginia this week. The Mountaineers however couldn’t navigate two straight weekend trips to Texas, and fell hard to Texas Tech in Lubbock 49-14.
Our team of the week is Oregon State, who stand at a surprising 5-0 on the year. We have been a little slow to move the Beavers up, but maybe second guessing ourselves a bit on that. With OSU’s starting quarterback Sean Mannion out for a few weeks to injury, Coach Mike Riley’s squad didn’t miss a beat with backup Cody Vaz (332 PaYds, 3TDs) at the helm as they drilled a good BYU team 42-24 in Provo. The Beavers host Utah Saturday night.
You can find the complete BlogPoll here when it comes out each Tuesday. So, without further ado, here’s the RBN ballot this week:
|1||Alabama||6-0||1||RBs Lacy, Yeldon both go over 100 in 42-10 Mizzou rout.|
|2||Oregon||6-0||2||Ducks off a bye rock Thursday Night vs. Arizona State.|
|3||Florida||6-0||5||Gators survive sandwich game vs. Vandy. Host ‘Visor’ next.|
|4||LSU||6-1||7||Tigers find just enough offense thanks to frosh RB Hill.|
|5||Notre Dame||6-0||6||Goal line, stand in OT lifts Irish past Cardinal 20-13.|
|6||South Carolina||6-1||4||Third game of the gauntlet…Gamecocks visit Swamp Saturday.|
|7||Kansas St.||6-0||9||Thanks to Kline (3TDs), Wildcats stay perfect in Ames.|
|8||Oklahoma||4-1||15||Sooner 63-21 victory punctuates fact…time for Mack to go.|
|9||West Virginia||5-1||3||Back-to-back trips to Texas too much for jet-lagged WVU.|
|10||USC||5-1||10||USC defense forces 4 turnovers in 24-14 Washington win.|
|11||Ohio St.||7-0||8||QB Miller (360 TotYds, 3TDs) wills Buckeyes to Indiana win.|
|12||Florida St.||6-1||11||QB Manuel throws for 439 PaYds, 4TDs in 51-7 BC rout.|
|13||Clemson||5-1||12||After bye, Tigers, HC Sweeny host Virginia Tech Saturday.|
|14||Oregon St.||5-0||17||Beavers, Riley don’t miss a beat with backup QB Vaz (3TDs).|
|15||Georgia||5-1||14||After bye, Bulldogs, Richt visit Kentucky…name your score.|
|16||Stanford||4-2||16||Cardinal battle ND to the wire, lose OT thriller 20-13.|
|17||Texas A&M||5-1||19||Fun and games are over…LSU Tigers visit College Station Sat.|
|18||Cincinnati||5-0||18||Bearcats win eighth straight…drop FCS Fordham 49-17.|
|19||Rutgers||6-0||20||Knights top Syracuse 23-15 despite posting just 237 TotYds.|
|20||Michigan||4-2||21||Wolverines roll Illini 45-0. Host rival Michigan State next.|
|21||Texas Tech||5-1||NR||Red Raiders, HC Tubberville stun top 5 West Virginia 49-14.|
|22||Mississippi St.||6-0||25||After 41-31 win over Vols, MSU 6-0 for first time since 1999.|
|23||Louisville||6-0||24||21-point, third quarter burst lifts Cardinals over Pitt 45-35.|
|24||Ohio||7-0||23||34-28 Akron win gives Bobcats first 7-0 start since 1968.|
|25||UCLA||5-2||NR||Bruins bounce back after Cal loss…drop Utes 21-14.|
|Others considered: TCU, Nebraska, Arizona St., Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma St., Boise St., Northern Illinois, UCF, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, North Carolina St., Tulsa, Kent St.|