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SB Nation Blogpoll Top 25: Week 8

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College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 8

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (57) 24.58 0.67 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (23) 24.08 0.69 --
3 Oklahoma Sooners (6) 23.08 0.82 --
4 Wisconsin Badgers 21.30 1.29 --
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 20.23 1.18 Arrow_up 1
6 Boise St. Broncos 19.87 1.44 Arrow_down -1
7 Stanford Cardinal 19.10 1.81 --
8 Clemson Tigers 18.72 2.08 --
9 Oregon Ducks 17.07 1.49 --
10 Arkansas Razorbacks 15.12 3.56 --
11 Kansas St. Wildcats 13.49 3.12 Arrow_up 3
12 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.41 2.95 Arrow_up 3
13 West Virginia Mountaineers 11.50 3.21 Arrow_up 3
14 Michigan St. Spartans 11.38 2.70 Arrow_up 8
15 Virginia Tech Hokies 10.86 3.02 Arrow_up 4
16 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.01 4.15 Arrow_up 1
17 Michigan Wolverines 7.76 3.07 Arrow_down -6
18 Texas A&M Aggies 6.66 4.46 Arrow_up 6
19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 6.40 3.03 Arrow_down -7
20 Houston Cougars 5.99 4.14 Arrow_up 1
21 Illinois Fighting Illini 4.44 3.17 Arrow_down -8
22 Auburn Tigers 3.99 3.62 Arrow_up 4
23 Washington Huskies 3.45 2.99 Arrow_up 4
24 Penn St. Nittany Lions 3.34 3.91 Arrow_up 1
25 Arizona St. Sun Devils 2.56 2.85 Arrow_down -7
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Bulldogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | USC Trojans | SMU Mustangs | Cincinnati Bearcats | Texas Longhorns | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Baylor Bears | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Florida Gators | Florida St. Seminoles | North Carolina Tar Heels | Virginia Cavaliers | Ohio St. Buckeyes | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Temple Owls | South Florida Bulls | TCU Horned Frogs
Updated: Oct 18, 2011 6:30 AM PDT

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011

- I can't rank Penn State because I've watched them play and they're pretty miserable, no matter what their W-L records says. Barely scraping out a win over a horrible Purdue doesn't really do it for me.

- A&M is the greatest source of ranking variability amongst bloggers - how do you assess a team with nearly dominant offense, bad defense, and a strange capacity for self-destruction while losing two games by the narrowest of margins?

- How do we handle an undefeated Boise St vis a vis one loss teams that result from LSU-Alabama type clashes? This is the folly of the BCS. The assignment of value with only moderate evidence.

My ballot:

- Washington is my new entrant into the Top 25, largely on promise and a lack of ideas. QB Keith Price Gilbert has now strung together more quality games in six starts than the entirety of Jake Locker's career which suggests that Sarkisian has the entire UW program on the upswing or Mr Locker may not have been quite as crippled by his surrounding talent as his supporters suggested. Interesting factoid of the dagger-in-kidney variety: freshman jumbo-TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins avoided his seemingly inevitable trajectory to OT by losing 25 pounds and is playing TE capably for the Huskies as a blocker and receiving threat. 15 catches, 244 yards, 4 TDs. In a 6 foot 7, 255 pound package. Think we might we might be able to use him?

- Last week, I got out ahead of un-ranking Texas (never have I so openly predicted a sure Texas loss without real reader blowback - it looks like our expectations are fully re-calibrated), ranking Georgia (remains to be seen, 5-0 after 0-2 start), and ranking Notre Dame (4-0, after 0-2 start; I'm obviously predicting ND over USC). Georgia and Notre Dame are shaky vessels for confidence, but I'm still convinced that Kelly can coach and though Richt can't, the SEC East is secretly feeble.

- Kansas State is a marvel. Props to Longhorn Scott who told me before the season that KSU would be the surprise team of the Big 12 and that their tricky run game would be a headache for any and all comers. I'm dreading/looking forward to playing them in equal measure.

Thoughts?