Here's the collective opinion of the Blognoscenti:
Some comments after the break...
- The ranking of the Ohio Bobcats garners an eye roll and a sigh. Very bloggeresque. Don't they understand that there are lives at stake here?
- Northwestern has defeated 3 FBS team. Given the trend in modern scheduling, that's a sterling achievement, even if it is Boston College, Vanderbilt, Syracuse. Props to the Purple
- A decade of good football and some high profile wins means TCU is now afforded a surprising level of baseline respect by national media
- Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, TCU, KSU, Oklahoma State - do they all round robin wins or losses on each other or does one team clearly emerge from the group to contend for the Big 12 title? This league has great depth, but our teams at the top aren't super elite. Just like last year
- I was mocked for excessive homerism for premiering Texas in the Top 10 before the season. Now we sit at #12. Are we one bye week and a win in Stillwater away from cracking it?
- The rake who voted Stanford over Alabama at #1 actually has a solid resume based argument. Michigan and Arkansas sound like great wins, but they probably aren't, and Stanford has a legit feather in their cap. However, my eyes tell me differently. They tell me that football is about match-ups and that Stanford exploited a backup USC center who couldn't make line calls against a blitzing 3-4 defense and an undersized Trojan defense that couldn't handle being smashed for four quarters. USC will probably finish with fewer losses when it's all said and done
- I was a Jim Mora Jr skeptic because he always struck me as whiny, but I love what he's doing at UCLA
- If Florida emerges from their schedule with only two losses, bet the house on them in their bowl game, irrespective of opponent. Georgia, South Carolina, FSU, LSU....yikes
Perusing Andy's breakdown of the balloting and was interested to see that Oklahoma has the widest disparity in voting. A lot of people are quietly convinced that this is a secret four loss team while others feel that OU's grip on the Big 12 is secure. What say you?
Peter Bean and I both placed in the top 5 of the homerism awards. Clearly, we're still giddy about the Grove. OR PERHAPS WE KNOW SOMETHING....