Here's the collective blognoscenti opinion, commented on capably by Andy Hutchins. You'll notice that Barking Carnival won the lowest team bias reward, which may be code for biggest emotional swing after a big loss to a rival. I'll discuss my horrific betrayal of the Longhorns down below.
My comments on collective opinion:
- I don't think Illinois is all that, but they may not be exposed until bowl season.
- I have a lower regard for the Big 10 in general this year, but really like Wisconsin and am impressed by early results from the Brady Hoke regime at Michigan.
- Wisconsin's path to an undefeated regular season looks crystal clear to me.
Here's my ballot:
- I dropped Texas out in anticipation of a loss at home to Oklahoma State and because of what I saw from the OL and QB position against Oklahoma. Is it an overreaction? I don't think so. I'd say my response to our loss was without hysteria and pretty philosophical, which is more than I can say for some. Youth and inexperience at all of the skill positions will always be punished in big games. Texas has to prove to me that it can take the next step on offense.
- I have a higher regard for West Virginia than most. Their defense is scrappy and the offense can move the ball on any team in college football.
- Admittedly, I'm getting out ahead of public opinion in the polls with respect to Georgia and Notre Dame. Both teams have a shot at building on a rough start and continuing their winning ways. Qualitatively, they're also just playing better football. ND making the switch to Rees at QB is a big deal and Georgia is playing better D with @ Vandy, Florida, New Mexico St, Auburn, Kentucky @ G Tech still on the schedule. ND goes USC, Navy, @ Wake, @ Maryland, BC, @ Stanford. Both teams have navigable roads to return to respect.
Comments, attacks, mockery are all welcomed.