Before I get to my draft BlogPoll ballot, I want to say this;
USC ranked 5th in the BCS, and 4th in the Harris/AP Polls, is total bullshit.
I don’t usually resort to foul language, but there is no valid explanation for the Trojans that high. Consider –
USC’s “marquee” win – at Ohio State – was less impressive at 18-15 than what 3-5 Purdue eventually did to the Buckeyes.
USC moves up this week after escaping at home against Oregon State 42-36. The Beavers are currently 4-3.
Oregon State’s other two losses are to Arizona and … Cincinnati. The Bearcats beat the Beavers at Corvallis 28-18. Yet, undefeated Cincy is ranked 8th in the BCS, 3 spots behind USC. (That’s a Cincinnati team that moved down 3 slots after destroying Louisville 41-10.)
Oregon State averages 400 yards a game and 29.9 points. Against the supposedly stout USC defense they gained 482 yards and 36 points. At USC, that is. The loss was bad enough to move USC’s scoring defense from 4th to 15th nationally.
The computer polls, who aren’t rife with the bias of human voters, rank USC 9th, about where they ought to be. The humans, by placing USC 4th, are basically saying that there are zero consequences in losing a game. Moreover, in losing to a bad Washington team that is currently 3-5.
Here are the current BCS standings for teams 1 through 21. USC is ahead of 3 undefeated teams, and likewise ahead of 8 one-loss teams that have all arguably lost to a better team than Washington.
1 Florida 7-0
2 Alabama 8-0
3 Texas 7-0
4 Iowa 8-0
5 USC 6-1
6 TCU 7-0
7 Boise State 7-0
8 Cincinnati 7-0
9 LSU 6-1
10 Oregon 6-1
11 Georgia Tech 7-1
12 Penn State 7-1
13 Virginia Tech 5-2
14 Oklahoma State 6-1
15 Pittsburgh 7-1
16 Utah 6-1
17 Ohio State 6-2
18 Houston 6-1
19 Miami (FL) 5-2
20 Arizona 5-2
21 West Virginia 6-1
Finally USC, ranked 5th in the BCS, isn't even in first place currently in the Pac Ten. Next week's opponent Oregon, undefeated in conference play, is.
There. I don’t have to explain my vote that places the Trojans 11th when the BlogPoll comes out.
My ballot (Mumme Ballot is top 12) –
|Last week's ballot|
Yes, I have Florida number one for the first time this season. In essence, I don’t know who else to put there.
Your comments solicited as always.