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Week Ten BlogPoll Ballot Submitted

Here on the eve of a presidential election, I, like Richard Nixon, would like to make one thing perfectly clear. Actually, I would like to make three things perfectly clear; viz.:

  1. I remain, in principle, a resume ranker.

  2. I exist, at present, in a haze of uncertainty, in the midst of which I am unsure of many things, aside from the obvious fact that Georgia is about to begin an extended period of dominance over Florida.

  3. Due to the reality of the second item listed above, I probably have not been true to the first item listed above in compiling the following BlogPoll ballot:

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 1
2 Texas Tech 8
3 Penn State --
4 Florida 1
5 Texas 4
6 Southern Cal 2
7 Oklahoma --
8 Oklahoma State --
9 Utah --
10 Boise State 1
11 TCU 6
12 Missouri 14
13 Ohio State --
14 Georgia 8
15 North Carolina 3
16 California 3
17 LSU 3
18 Ball State 3
19 Michigan State 7
20 Pittsburgh 6
21 Maryland 6
22 Cincinnati 4
23 Georgia Tech 3
24 West Virginia 2
25 Oregon State 1

Dropped Out: Connecticut (#14), Florida State (#16), Minnesota (#18), Brigham Young (#23), Air Force (#24), Oregon (#25).

As always, I invite commentary, questions, and constructive criticisms of my top 25, which seems to me intuitively correct. By that, however, I mean only intuitively, so I am not sure which of those rankings (a) require further explanation or (b) are capable of further explanation in any satisfactory way.

I’m flying by the seat of my pants on this one. If any of that looks strange to you, let me know what, and why, and how you think it ought to be rectified, and I will do my best to justify it, or, failing that, change it.

Compared to last year, this year hasn’t been all that wacky, but it’s been topsy-turvy enough that I’m soliciting your feedback now more than ever before. I am open to arguments in favor of unranked teams and I am able to report that Northwestern and South Carolina both received serious consideration for inclusion.

For what it’s worth, I watched the Houston-Marshall game on Tuesday and the Cincinnati-South Florida game on Thursday. On Saturday, I watched parts of the Minnesota-Northwestern and Auburn-Mississippi games, the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, most of the South Carolina-Tennessee game, and a good bit of the Texas-Texas Tech game. On Sunday evening, I watched most of the Central Florida-East Carolina game, not because it affected my ballot (which it did not), but because I figured it was worth scoping out Orlando, since that almost certainly will be Georgia’s postseason destination.

Go ‘Dawgs!