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We’ve gathered the staff here to come up with the inaugural Sports of Boston College Football Top 10. The results are tabulated in the same way a typical poll is done with the first place team on the ballot receiving ten points down to one point for the tenth place team and first place votes are in parentheses.
The top of the poll was pretty consistent with a unanimous #1 in Florida while Texas earned every second place vote. Alabama and USC were consistently ranked before the ballots diverged a little from there.
Pollsters are SoB’s Carl, Erikk, KC, Mike, and Ty and comments were gathered with the votes. The ballots are available.
|1||Florida (5)||50||—||Erikk says ‘They didn’t lose, so that keeps them at #1. Pretty simple.’|
|2||Texas||45||—||Mike says, ‘Same story as Florida, they hold this spot until they lose.’|
|3 (tie)||Alabama||37||—||Ty says, ‘Solid win against a real good Virginia Tech team. Nick Saban and the Tide will be expecting big things this year.’|
|3 (tie)||USC||37||—||‘Quarterback problems may not be as bad as some thought.’|
|5||Oklahoma State||26||—||Erikk says, ‘After handily beating Georgia, they easily jump to a 4-0 record with the chance to go 7-0 before they play Texas.’|
|6||Penn State||24||—||Mike says, ‘With Ohio State’s struggles this weekend, look like the class of the Big Ten.’|
|7||Mississippi||19||—||Erikk says, ‘At first I thought it was all just hype, but with their victory over Memphis they showed they can get their act together. Still a lot left to prove, though.’|
|8||Ohio State||14||—||Mike says, ‘If Ohio State is in this for the long haul, near miss against Navy better be the exception.’|
|9||California||12||—||Ty says, ‘Jahvid Best showed why he is one of the best runners in the game finishing with 137 yards on the ground and two scores.’|
|10||BYU||3||—||Erikk says, ‘The MWC gets no respect, but TCU, BYU, and Utah can all play with the major conferences as Utah showed against Alabama. BYU got lucky with Oklahoma and TCU is the team to beat in this conference.’|
Others receiving votes: LSU 2, Oklahoma 2, TCU 2, Miami 1, Virginia Tech 1
While most teams were playing low FBS or even FCS teams to open the season, the SoB staff rewarded the teams who played and beat good or ranked teams, evidenced by Alabama and Oklahoma State’s ranks. Oklahoma’s upset loss, while to a ranked team, dropped a preseason National Championship contender out of the poll, but that is partly due to Heisman contender Sam Bradford’s injury as well. Ohio State’s near loss has Sports of Boston questioning their viability and they did not even make Erikk’s Top 10.