Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Return of the Blog Poll

The Blog Poll rears it's ugly head again on Aug. 22. For the second straight year, 'tis a great honor for me to serve my fellow bloggers and college football junkies as a mere cog in this endeavor.

Below is my tentative preseason Blog Poll ballot. I won't cast the real ballot until Sunday evening (Aug. 19), so I am quite open to persuasion here...

1Southern Cal
2Texas
3LSU
4West Virginia
5Michigan
6Wisconsin
7Oklahoma
8Florida
9Louisville
10Georgia Tech
11Virginia Tech
12California
13Ohio State
14Florida State
15Hawaii
16Oregon
17Arkansas
18Rutgers
19Nebraska
20Missouri
21TCU
22Penn State
23South Carolina
24UCLA
25Wake Forest

Initial thoughts....
--Zero points for originality regarding my #1 pick.
--I really like those Longhorns, and it's just too perfect and storybook for their QB to have the name of Colt McCoy.
--Wisconsin is the ACCFR Official Darkhorse National Title Contender. OK, so they went 12-1 last year (not exactly "darkhorse" material), but nobody's talking about them this summer.
--Aside from Ramblin' Racket, I trust that no one else will have the Jackets anywhere near the Top 10. Shoot, I'm betting that half the pollsters won't have Georgia Tech in their Top 25. Fools.
--Florida State may be too high. Sure, being a Seminole alum, I'll likely always be a bit biased, but I put them at #14 by default. I couldn't think of another team that should be better.
--Hawaii is probably too high, but they'll have one-loss at most and that offense should be holy-frickin-poi incredible.
--I could see Arkansas going anywhere from 10-2 to 4-8. The hillbilly upheaval in Fayetteville this offseason has been almost Shakespearean, but Darren McFadden alone should be good enough for bowl eligibility.
--Rutgers, Nebraska, Missouri, Penn State...meh. 8-4, all of you.
--Wake Forest is every bit a Top 25 program this year. Just watch.

2 comments:

Jarrett Carter said...

Wow. Hawaii over Arkansas?

I agree with the Wake assessment.

Anonymous said...

Amen on the GT rankings man. Glad someone has the balls to rank GT above VT.