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Week 11 BlogPoll Ballot

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Still thawing out from last night...

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas Tech 1
2 Alabama 1
3 Texas 1
4 Oklahoma 1
5 Florida 1
6 Southern Cal 2
7 Utah 2
8 Boise State 2
9 Penn State 6
10 Oklahoma State 3
11 Ohio State --
12 Missouri 1
13 Georgia 1
14 Ball State 1
15 Michigan State 3
16 TCU 4
17 Brigham Young 1
18 Pittsburgh 4
19 Oregon State 7
20 Florida State 3
21 North Carolina 5
22 West Virginia 4
23 LSU 2
24 Air Force 1
25 Tulsa 1
Dropped Out: Northwestern (#17), Minnesota (#19), Georgia Tech (#20).

Justifications (or at least the best I can do):
  • Well, there it is: Texas Tech is my No. 1 team in the country. As I sit here and count Mizzou's losses as "quality losses," those same exact teams end up in Tech's "signature win" category. I think Alabama may get the nod on name recognition in the big polls, but Tech earned its spot... for now.
  • No offense meant to Alabama, as I don't want to take away from winning in Death Valley. Top 2 is Top 2 at this point.
  • Texas and OU creep into the 3/4 spots, with Florida lurking behind. I wouldn't want to mess with anyone in the Top 5 right now. Florida and Oklahoma are playing some outstanding football at the moment.
  • Without even thinking, I give USC a two-spot bump despite a questionable effort in a win over Cal. I'm not quite ready to vault Utah and Boise over the Trojans yet.
  • Penn State falls in a No. 9 only because I can't justify pushing them down farther. I won't push them past a two-loss Ohio State team they just beat, I won't push them past a two-loss Missouri team, etc.
  • Poor Oklahoma State. Two losses on the season and they're both to the nation's No. 1 team... on the road... in your own division.
  • Ball State may have reached its ceiling in my book.
  • BYU drops as a result of TCU dropping, as the Frogs lost to a solid Utah team but need to stay ahead of a BYU team they thrashed a few weeks back.