Monday, October 16, 2006

Blogpoll: Welcome Back, Blogger! Edition

1 Ohio State --
2 Michigan 1
3 Southern Cal 1
4 Auburn 4
5 Louisville 1
6 Florida 4
7 Tennessee 2
8 Notre Dame 1
9 Arkansas 4
10 California 1
11 Texas 1
12 Oregon 1
13 Georgia Tech 3
14 Boise State --
15 West Virginia --
16 LSU 3
17 Nebraska 3
18 Boston College 8
19 Clemson 2
20 Rutgers 2
21 Wisconsin 5
22 Georgia 6
23 Wake Forest 3
24 Pittsburgh 2
25 Oklahoma 1
Dropped Out: Missouri (#17), Iowa (#18), Navy (#23), UCLA (#24), Virginia Tech (#25).
Good to be back, kiddos. It looks like a lot of the names have changed since I've hung around, but it's clear to see that dreams have remained and they've turned around. Welcome back, blogger. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

And that's just three days of growth, ladies.

Right, onto more important things. Your boy spent the weekend carousing around the taverns and inns of Chicago and watching football on television in a drunken haze. Trusty commentator protonjockey hypothesized that my "bye week mini-vacation" was a cover story, and that I was actually in recovery for a liver transplant surgery. A worthy theory, but the idea of me and my raging drinking habits making it to the top of a transplant list is laughable. Nope, my only chance of getting a new liver is by kidnapping, drugging, and disfiguring a drifter again.

You're working like a dream, my trusty hobo kidney.

Right, so what was I talking about? Oh, yes, Blogpoll. I manage to unclench my death grip on Mr. Bold last week, passing the torch to a few other bloggers for the most wildly divergent poll. Methinks this week shall see a continued shift to the normative mean, as a lot of scores have been settled on the field. Here's a quick recap of my picks:

  • We've got ourselves a #1 and a #2. Don't really think there's much wiggle room here, those two dastardly Big Ten behemoths are clearing the way for a game of the century. Both have had some struggles, but neither has been in extreme jeopardy of dropping a game. As it's quickly being established that Wisconsin is the third best team in the conference, Michigan's workmanlike wrangling of the Badgers makes it pretty clear that there is a big drop-off between the big guns and the wannabes in the Big Ten.

    Plus, think of the marketing:


  • I handled the recursive loss loop as best I could. USC - Arkansas - Auburn - Florida - Tennessee - Cal. Yikes. My only shortcut was putting Arkansas down near the bottom, but I think I can be justified by the strength of schedule and quality wins of the teams above them.

  • Texas, your schedule still sucks. Your climb up the rankings will be a steep and arduous one. Plus you were losing to Baylor, and not even the badass Baylor who managed the 1995 Colorado Rockies (greatest baseball team of all time, ever, period.). Just the crappy football Baylor.

    Even this guy would go 4-0 against the four weakest teams in the state of Texas.

Well, there ya have it. Ballot is due on Wednesday morning, so give me a shout if you have any particularly strong objections.

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