Right: Jim Tressel loves him some polls and voters. And Celine Dion.
Expanded Poll with full flagellation and awards.
Huge shifts in the poll this week, with teams shooting every which way: UConn up an astounding 13 spots, Kentucky and South Carolina gonzo, an entirely new bottom five, and a solidified base for Ohio State, now up 38-11 in first place votes on LSU after an impressive defeat of Penn State was coupled with LSU's SOS getting hammered.
But this week's biggest difference between blogtopia and reality: Hawaii. In the BCS, Hawaii is 14th despite getting nothing but hatred from the computers. In the AP, Hawaii is #12. If Hawaii wins out, they will be in a BCS bowl despite playing no one of consequence whatsoever, taking on two wretched I-AA teams, and struggling in games against the likes of Louisiana Tech and San Jose State.
Bloggers say feh to this: Hawaii is #20. Our poll is officially better than yours, AP. Full poll after the jump.
|1||Ohio State (38)||24.5||--||The state of Michigan would like to extend a hearty "#*$@, not again" to Jim Tressel and his infuriatingly consistent program.|
|2||LSU (11)||23.0||--||Lost significant support for #1 with the torpedoing of their schedule.|
|3||Boston College (1)||22.3||--||Well... yeah, okay, I guess. Matt Ryan, Heisman leader? Yay for uninspiring QB candidates.|
|4||Oregon (1)||22.1||1||Could potentially shoot to #1 if they dominate Arizona State.|
|5||Oklahoma||20.8||1||Doesn't have the schedule strength in the Big 12 to move up without serious help, IMO.|
|6||Arizona State (2)||20.8||--||See Oregon, replace "Arizona State" with "Oregon."|
|7||Kansas||18.8||--||Any day now, my brain will explode like that guy in "Scanners."|
|8||West Virginia||18.5||1||Normality restored in the Big East, at least for the moment.|
|9||Missouri||17.4||2||Missouri-Kansas: game of the year in the Big 12?|
|10||Georgia||14.5||12||I heard something about some sort of celebration?|
|11||Michigan||12.1||8||Everyone who predicted this after the first two weeks of the season, raise your hand. You, with the hand in the air: you're a dirty fibber.|
|12||Virginia Tech||11.2||--||Don't drop after losing because, like... who goes in front? Exactly.|
|13||Connecticut||10.8||13||Well, what the hell, sure, it's 2007, the Year Of Infinite Improbability, let's have UConn in the top fifteen. Even though they should have lost to Temple.|
|14||Texas||10.2||3||Still hasn't had one single good performance yet, except maybe a loss to Oklahoma.|
|15||Alabama||10.2||8||Iron Bowl shaping up to be a doozy this year.|
|16||Auburn||9.5||4||A little peeved that Auburn is above USF, but it's hard to sort through the detritus down here these days.|
|17||Southern Cal||9.1||4||Ooooh, the Holiday Bowl.|
|18||Florida||7.5||10||Ooooh, the Music City Bowl.|
|19||South Florida||6.7||9||The magic carpet ride is over, man.|
|20||Hawaii||6.5||1||Don't vote for these guys. Just don't.|
|21||Wake Forest||4.9||5||Jim Grobe is the man, man.|
|22||Boise State||4.2||4||IMO, a clear example of "we haven't seen their flaws, so they must be good." Two-touchdown loss to 2-6 Washington (other win: Syracuse) warrants poll placement?|
|23||Tennessee||3.7||3||Inexplicably in control of the East.|
|24||Wisconsin||3.6||2||Poll stay promises to be brief.|
|25||Clemson||3.0||1||Hey... you guys.|