Monday, December 8, 2008

Blogpoll draft ballot, final regular season.

1 Texas 1
2 Florida 2
3 Oklahoma --
4 Alabama 3
5 Texas Tech 1
6 Southern Cal 1
7 Penn State --
8 Utah 3
9 Ohio State 1
10 Boise State 2
11 Oklahoma State 2
12 Georgia Tech 11
13 Cincinnati 5
14 Oregon 5
15 Georgia 2
16 TCU 2
17 Michigan State 3
18 Missouri 10
19 Boston College 2
20 Pittsburgh 4
21 Northwestern 1
22 Mississippi 3
23 Brigham Young 3
24 Florida State 3
25 Virginia Tech 1

Dropped Out: Ball State (#15), Oregon State (#16).

Here it is. I don't think the software is right. None of the up and down numbers make sense, as you will note if you scroll down and review last week's ballot. So, ignore the up and down numbers. As for my top four, I have Texas-Florida-Oklahoma-Alabama. My Big XII rationale is the same as last week. I don't think Oklahoma should have been in the title game over Texas, so I'm not going to give excessive credit for whipping a team that Texas whipped once and probably would have again. As I said last week, I'm a big believer in using head-to-head results among fairly comparable teams, and I'm also generally opposed to conference rematches in bowl games unless there is a really compelling reason. So, why Texas over Florida for #1? It could have gone either way. Each team's signature win was nearly identical to the other's: Texas beat OU by 10 on a neutral field, Florida beat Alabama by 11 on a neutral field. Texas Tech's loss, in the final seconds on the road against one-loss Texas Tech, was more excusable than Florida's loss at home to Ole Miss.

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