With Alabama‘s surprising 29-24 upset loss to Texas A&M Saturday, the Oregon Ducks take over the top spot in our BlogPoll ballot this week. The Ducks looked sharp in their 59-17 win over Cal, while new #2 Kansas State struggled (260 TotYds) to put away a pesky TCU team 23-10.
When you think about it though, the performance by Bama wasn’t totally unexpected. After a highly emotional win the previous week vs. LSU, the Tide looked flat to start, as A&M and freshman sensation QB Johnny Manziel rolled to a 20-0 first quarter lead. Alabama needs help now to get back into the title game scenario.
For the second week in a row, we drop Notre Dame a spot in our ballot. The Irish struggled to put away one of the worst teams in a BCS conference – Boston College – after eeking out a OT win over lowly Pitt the week before. QB Everett Golson is improving every week though.
What in the world has happed to Florida? After losing a heart-breaking game to Georgia a few weeks ago, the Gators have struggled to beat woeful Missouri 14-7, and Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20. Two TDs in the last two minutes, including a blocked punt for a score, were needed to avoid the upset to ULL. Even more staggering, Florida could only muster 162 passing yards against a ULL pass defense that had allowed 294.6 yards per game (114th nationally) coming into Saturday…eeesh!
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||Oregon||10-0||2||Ducks ascend after QB Mariota’s 6TDs vs. California.|
|2||Kansas St.||10-0||3||K-State drops TCU 23-10 despite gaining only 260 TotYds.|
|3||Alabama||9-1||1||Somebody finally knocked off the kings…Tide needs help now.|
|4||LSU||8-2||4||QB Mettenberger (273 PaYds, 2TDs) improving in MSU win.|
|5||Georgia||9-1||8||Bulldogs win at Aubie seals SEC Eastern Division crown.|
|6||Notre Dame||10-0||5||Irish drop after back-to-back ugly wins vs. lowly Pitt and BC.|
|7||Florida St.||9-1||6||Seminoles, QB Manuel score in final minute of 28-22 VT win.|
|8||Clemson||9-1||7||Tigers get 12th home win in a row…drop Maryland 45-10.|
|9||Texas A&M||8-2||13||We were all Aggies for the day…weren’t we? TAM 29, Bama 24.|
|10||Florida||9-1||9||Gators need late TD, blocked punt to escape UL-Lafayette.|
|11||South Carolina||8-2||11||Carolina takes advantage of Hog turnovers in 38-20 thumping.|
|12||Stanford||8-2||10||Cardinal, new QB Hogan top Oregon State 27-23. Ducks next.|
|13||Ohio St.||10-0||12||After week off, Buckeyes travel to Madison to face Badgers.|
|14||Oklahoma||7-2||14||OU tops Baylor…Stoops passes Bud Wilkinson on wins list.|
|15||USC||7-3||16||With 38-17 ASU win, Trojans battle UCLA for Pac-12 South.|
|16||UCLA||8-2||18||Bruins battle low temps in 44-36 Wash St. win. USC next.|
|17||Nebraska||8-2||19||Huskers have four double-digit comeback wins in 2012.|
|18||Oregon St.||7-2||15||After Stanford loss, Beavers hope to rebound vs. California.|
|19||Wisconsin||7-3||25||RBs Ball and White power Badgers past IU. Ohio State Sat.|
|20||Louisiana Tech||9-1||20||Kenneth Dixon of Strong, Ark. sets NCAA frosh TD record (24).|
|21||Kent St.||9-1||21||Kent rushes for 400 in nice win over Miami (OH). BGU next.|
|22||Northern Illinois||9-1||22||NIU QB Jordan Lynch has 35 total TDs in 2012…Wow.|
|23||Rutgers||8-1||23||With UL loss, Scarlet Knights have clear path to Big East title.|
|24||Texas||8-2||NR||Wishbone tribute to former coach Darrell Royal awesome.|
|25||Louisville||9-1||17||Louisville plays with fire once too many times. SU wins 45-26.|
|Others considered: Oklahoma St., Michigan, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Boise St., Utah State, UCF, Northwestern, San Diego St., Mississippi St., Washington, Arkansas St.|